Instead of just visiting the big cities consider the mind blowing landscapes of places like Montana for a spot of fly fishing, have a dude ranch stay, consider a wagon train vacation or ride a roller coaster in a theme park. USA has activities and attractions that will make your family vacation memorable.
- Dude ranch stay
A stay at a guest ranch makes roughing it very easy. Give your kids an authentic taste of the old West and take a step out of your hectic family life. Wranglers and ranch hands can provide horseback riding lessons, guided trips and individual trail rides. Or there are hayrides, singalongs, Western dance lessons, cookouts, hiking and even spa activities.
- Ice Hotel, Quebec, Canada
Families with kids are more than welcome at this amazing hotel, constructed entirely of ice and snow, for either overnight stays or day trips. It’s one of the most unique vacation spots in the world. Activities include slides and a walking trail, you can also arrange dogsledding, snow mobiling, cross-country skiing, skating and ice fishing. Or take a drink at the bar with glasses made from ice. You could even make this an annual trip because the hotel design changes every year.
- Wagon Train Vacations, Tetons, Wyoming
Families will love this unique experience in a covered wagon riding the old trails of Wyoming. Sit back in a padded seat or go camp to camp on horseback. Once in camp there is plenty of time for hiking, swimming, trail rides on horseback, canoeing and relaxing. Experienced ranchers will teach you how to handle the horses, cook great meals and share plenty of yarns around the campfire.
- Underground Railroad cycling, Ohio
The family will love the adventure of cycling along these underground railway routes and learn a bit of history along the way. The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route honors the bravery of those who fled the bondage of slavery and those who provided shelter. It passes points of interest and historic sites along a 2,028-mile corridor beginning in Mobile, Alabama and then heads north through normal points of interest into Ontario ending at Owen Sound. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced loops you can take with guided or self-guiding options.
- Calgary Stampede, Canada
This 10-day feast of events is great entertainment for all the family. Pack your hat and boots for the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” that takes place every year in July. There is a rodeo, concerts, chuck wagon races, agricultural competitions, pancake breakfasts and many other events that transform Calgary into a cowboy heaven.
- Fly fishing, Montana
Think River Runs Through It and you’ve got your perfect family vacation, without the human tragedy of course! The movie was filmed on the Yellowstone River and if you were inspired by it, take the kids here. It’s also one of the best locations for fly-fishing.
- Winter at Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
The winter wonderland at Whistler is a favorite getaway of many families. This is a real playground for mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, hiking, golfing and horseback riding. Alpine meadows, mountains and temperate rainforest team with birds and wildlife and are a primary habitat for black bears, coyotes, cougar, moose and deer.
- White water rafting, Colorado
This is the capital of white water rafting in the USA. Enjoy anything from a scenic float trip to heart stopping Class 5 rapids. There’s something for people of all ages and abilities on the rivers in Colorado.
- Skiing, Colorado
Colorado ski resorts have plenty of great packages to take the pain out of your ski vacation. With all inclusive deals and plenty of powder falling to keep the family entertained stop in at Wolf Creek, Copper Mountain, Monarch Mountain or any number of locations for a great vacation on the slopes.
- Disneyland, California
This is the easiest and probably most obvious family vacation destination in North America. Book yourself into a hotel onsite for easy access to everything – perfect for recharging through the day, for parents to escape and for making the most of the least crowded times of the day.