Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Vacations Close to Home

For many folks the last several years have been a bit more lean, and maybe you are looking for some ways to still enjoy some family fun on a tighter budget. Let's face it gas prices are still much higher than most of us would like and that also factors into your travel costs whether you are driving or hopping on an airplane.

However, don't give up and remember that its not how much you spend on a vacation that really matters. The time spent together, talking, laughing and just having fun while creating memories is what really counts. Many families are choosing this year to find some fun things to do close to home and maybe splurge a little there instead of traveling to far away destinations. This page has some good vacation ideas close to home for those who are looking for some affordable family vacation ideas for this year.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

View from Mount Scott

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is located about 25 minutes to the northwest of Lawton, Oklahoma. It offers over 15 miles of hiking trails, camping, wildlife viewing, and some great mountain scenery. The picture to the left is a view from the top of Mount Scott. You can take a short drive to the top of it and there are great views in all directions. The view from the viewing platform is quite nice and gives you a nice look at Medicine Park and nearby lakes. This is a great location for a long weekend getaway or a full length vacation. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Redwood National and State Parks

Located just north of Eureka, along the Northern California coastline are a number of Redwood parks. There are actually three distinct redwood species found in the world: Dawn Redwood, Giant Sequoia, and Coast Redwood. At these parks in Northern California you will see Coast Redwoods and they are truly amazing to see. Between Redwood National Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park there are many opportunities to view these magnificent trees. These parks also provide many great opportunities to camp, hike and view Roosevelt Elk and other interesting wildlife. These parks are particularly nice because not only can you enjoy these beautiful, big trees, but they are also situated along a scenic part of the Pacific Ocean, so you can also enjoy the beach. We visited in the summer of 2011 and enjoyed some great time hiking and taking in the sights. If you are ever heading up the coast along Highway 101 be sure and stop in and see this magnificent area.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Colorado Ski Resorts

Colorado has many fine ski resorts and this is a favorite destination for many. We took our first family ski trip right before Christmas and tried out Copper Mountain. It is located about 75 miles southwest of Denver and we had a great time there. Our kids learned how to snowboard and ski. The weather was great for both traveling and skiing, the scenery was spectacular, and the resort and instructors were great. All and all it was a wonderful trip and we enjoyed our time there just prior to Christmas.
Ski resort and snow report information

Friday, November 11, 2011

Family Ski Vacations

It is getting to be that time of year and the ski resorts are beginning to see activity as families head up to the slopes. Enjoy a weekend getaway or extend your stay throughout the week. There are many wonderful family ski resorts throughout the United States, which are set up to handle kids of all ages. Whether you are an old pro or a novice a ski vacation can be great fun. Enjoy the slopes during the day and then relax by a roaring fire in your condo or vacation rental and share stories together about the days events. If you are new to skiing you may want to consider some lessons to help you feel confortable on the slopes and help you get off to the right start.

Here is some good information on Virginia Ski Resorts and Ski Resorts in New York that may be helpful.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Travel to Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a good choice for a family vacation if you would like to combine fun with an educational experience. There are many fully guided, narrated tours that allow you to cover a lot of ground in a day or so. Take a tour of the US Capitol building and see many of the unique monuments and statues in the area. Here is a link to more information on trips to Washington, DC and other great east coast family vacation ideas. Enjoy!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Family Travel to Tucson

Tucson, Arizona has many fine hotels and resorts and the fall is a wonderful time to visit. Here is a picture of the beautiful pool area at the Hilton El Conquistador located at the base of the mountains. This was taken in the early morning so it is still a bit hazy, but on a clear sunny day the view of the Santa Catalina Mountains is absolutely tremendous. This resort has several pools, one especially geared for kids. The pool area also has gas fire pits in the outdoor sitting areas near the pool that are very nice when things cool down a bit in the evening. Enjoy golf, tennis, horseback riding or pamper yourself with a massage or at the spa. While you are in Tucson be sure and take the family to the Pima Air Museum. They have a wonderful collection of all types of aircraft. If you enjoy history and the old west, then you may want to visit Tombstone, which is a little over an hour to the southeast. Have fun and stay safe!