Summer Travel Ideas for Families
As the mother of an almost three-year-old, I am no stranger to planning trips with small children in mind. My own daughter, Ruby, took 15 plane rides before she turned 2 (some were better than others but we survived them all!). As summer is fast approaching, I thought I’d share my top five travel destinations for families with small children.
1. Hawaii – In addition to the gorgeous landscapes and perfect weather, Hawaii’s many top-notch resorts offer great kid’s programming and day camps. These camps tend to cater to children over four, however, many also offer nanny services for younger children. Pro tip: be sure to reserve nanny services in advance as they do book up during popular travel times.
2. National Parks – While young children may not be able to partake in all activities associated with exploring our beautiful parks, they will certainly enjoy the access to nature and wildlife. If you're searching for a less-traversed park to visit, try Olympic National Park, one of my personal favorites and combine it with a couple of days in Seattle. Pro tip: Don’t forget that on August 21 we will witness a coast to coast, total solar eclipse! Certain Parks will offer prime viewing for this amazing event!
3. Mexico – If you don’t mind the heat and humidity, summer can be a fabulous time to visit Mexico. Many resorts offer special promotions during their slower summer months and have special kids programming for children as young as two! Pro tip: Avoid the sweltering heat by exploring San Miguel de Allende. Though you won’t have access to the beach, you will experience incredible culture. The Rosewood resort in San Miguel offers some of the best children’s programming around.
4. Canada – Our neighbor to the north has so much to offer! Their national parks also offer tremendous access to nature and wildlife and attract fewer crowds than their US counterparts! From the Yukon to Jasper to Banff and Lake Louise, there is so much to explore! Pro-trip: Enjoy free admission to all of Canada’s parks in 2017 to commemorate the nation’s 150th anniversary.
5. San Francisco/ Monterey/ Tahoe – Sometimes it's fun to stay local and as a Northern CA resident, there are plenty of great destinations to visit within a 2-hour drive. With access to the mountains, ocean and one of the world’s premier cities, living in Northern CA can’t be beat! Pro tip: No matter where you travel, be sure to leave a couple hours of unscheduled time for naps, resting and spontaneous fun.