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Where are you taking the kids for summer vacation? More importantly, will they remember it when they are grown-ups?
In a new slide show on Bing Travel, family travel experts Pauline Frommer and Beth Harpaz contribute to our list of natural wonders that dazzle children. Yellowstone National Park, the Great Barrier Reef and the Bay of Fundy make the list.
Going to Yellowstone, located mostly in Wyoming, is like going on safari. Frommer’s daughter loved Yellowstone’s volcanic landscape, bubbling mud pits and unpredictable geysers. She enjoyed getting stuck in a “traffic jam” of bison, hearing wolves howling in the distance, encountering moose and finding huge animal scat right outside the tent in the morning. “It’s an amazing place to take your kids,” Frommer said.
Kid-pleasing destinations often feature the opportunity to see animals in the wild. You can travel to Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland and Virginia, for example, to see wild horses. “It’s one of the loveliest, most accessible wildlife areas you can take your kids to,” said Beth Harpaz, Associated Press travel editor. “The horses are easy to spot, the trails are flat loop trails and easy enough for little kids.” Or consider a visit to Samburu National Reserve in Kenya for a chance to see lions, cheetahs and leopards, or Pack Creek on Admiralty Island in Alaska to see brown bears munching on salmon.
Which natural wonders have dazzled your children or grandchildren? Share your thoughts with other travelers in the comments section.
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In 2007 I took a month off work, rented a van, and took my 8 and 13 yr old grandchildren on a monthlong camping trip. We stopped in Dahlonega, N GA, to learn about the US first gold rush and see Babyland gen Hospital, home of the Cabbage Patch dolls, they saw fireflies for the first time. Then we went to mammoth Cave in KY and toured that and several other caves and spent a day at KY Horse Park. We next drove east to Pittsburgh and spent a day a historic Kennywood Amusement park. From their we went to Eire, PA, where we discovered the campground tent area was too small for the Tent Mahal (11 x 12) so we rented a camping cabin that night and went out for pizza. The children were amazed by the educational exhibits on the Great Lakes at the museum and enjoyed swimming. Then we spent 3 days at Niagara Falls. I slept on a battery operated blowup mattress, we had portable DVD players and large fans but never really had a heat prob lem. Doing our own food instead of buying fast food helped a lot. We had a great time and they still talk about it.
Another natural resourse for a family vacation is the Azorean Islands in the middle of the Atlantic! Whale watching
I take my 8 year old grandson to WDC to the great museums quite frequently then visit my brother in Annapolis where he let's my grandson steer his sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay. In April I took him to the Grand Canyon (with the help of his aunt and uncle), the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. Am thinking of taking him to Redwood Nat'l Park where his aunt and uncle live. Have also taken him to Lake Tahoe. As a result of the exposure, he has become more and more inquisitive as well as an avid reader. His teacher says she can tell that he has been to a lot of places. Been a great experience for me, as well. Traveling with kids really makes everything much more wondrous!
My city-kids loved climbing Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica. The beauty of the location and the excitement of the human chain needed to climb the Falls provided a memory for a lifetime.
all are great but so pity that non from nepal or other himalayan region are being selected in this list.........
What? No mention of Yosemite or the Florida Everglades? And sorry but traveling to Africa or Australia or South America would be cost prohibitive for most parents.
If you're going to take kids there, better be pretty wealthy. Every state has natural wonders closer at hand and less expensive, too.
Last summer, we took five weeks camping out in the Pacific NW. Our four kids saw Glacier, Mt. Rainier, Olympic, and Mt. St. Helens NP's. The year before we did the Grand Circle Tour and visited Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Canyonlands NP's. Both trips were fantastic! Our family prefers our national parks over any other destination. There is so much to see in our beautiful country!
Lived next door to Crater Lake,for a dozen years before seeing it. It was a breath taker, and have taken many visitors now, who often didn't know about it. The water is very blue and reflects the high rim, often perfectly. It is very deep but the outstanding thing you don't see is that GREEN plant growth exists at 200' depth because the water is so clear!
The best painting of it is a Robert Woods!
Traveling from Texas to the Atlantic Ocean and thru the
Smokey Mountain Range 3 years ago. My four grandchildren
had a great time wading and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.
Zions National Park, the scenery is excuisite, the stars have never been brighter, and the hike variety in difficulty for all ages. Canyoneering here will stick in your mind forever.
No mention of Mammouth Cave in Kentucky? This cave system is the longest known and mapped in the world, many different tours for different abilities and since it is a National park, the proceeds stay US and help maintain this natural wonder. As other bloggers have mentioned, a plane ticket to Australia alone is over 2K.
We started our family vacations when our son was 2. He's seen Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Rocky Mountains(both US & Canada, Smokey Mountains,Glacier, Zion, Arches,Acadia, Badlands and even more that I can't remember. He now has a 2 year old son and started him out with a visit to Yosemite this year and knows it's very important to leave your child with those wonderful memories. My son will never forget learning to swim in the cold Merced River near the Stoneman Bridge in Yosemite. Problem is...I get teary eyed everytime I now visit Yosemite and we cross the Stoneman Bridge. Ahhhh those sweet memories!!!
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