• By: Classic Journeys

    5/7/2015

  • 3 Easy steps to choosing the best family vacation in North American this summer.


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    WHEN IT COMES TO SUMMER VACATION….

    Bring the heat ——> Sand or Sea?

    SAND

    Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion

    Ask your kids what they know about the desert, and they’ll probably tell you two things: It’s hot, and there’s no shade or water anywhere. Imagine, then, how shocked they’ll be as they splash along freshwater stream beds; slither through cool, shoulder-width slot canyons; and duck in and out of the shadows cast by 1,000-foot sandstone hoodoos. Bike, inner tube, sand-surf and ride donkeys through three of the most unique national parks in the United States.

    Bryce Canyon National Park
     

    SEA – PACIFIC

    San Juan Islands

    You might assume the Pacific Northwest is cool this time of year, but the San Juans sit in a banana-belt microclimate where daytime temperatures are surprisingly warm. This itinerary strikes a balance between culture (exploring an 1800’s British settlement from the ‘Pig War’ and marveling at the masks and totem poles at the Royal British Columbia Museum) and adventure (sea kayaking among Orca whales and  swimming in hot spring pools under waterfalls to satisfy all tastes.

    Orca Whales
     

    Wildlife sightings range from the river otters and harbor seals in Clayoquot Sound to black bears in Tofino. Think vacations should include a little R&R? How about soaking in natural hot springs and indulging in local wines and fresh oysters? Yep, you’ll do that too.

    MAKE COUNTLESS MEMORIES WITH YOUR FAMILY ON A 6 DAY / 5 NIGHT NORTH AMERICAN FAMILY JOURNEY.

    GOTTA COOL OFF ——> MOUNTAINS OR OCEAN?

    MOUNTAINS ——> Grizzly Bears or Black Bears?

    GRIZZLY BEARS

    Alaska Family Journey

    If your kids are happiest when they have dirt on their soles and in their fingernails, you’ll be a harmonious family after hiking through temperate rain forests, hand-tramming yourselves across the deep Winner Creek Gorge and frolicking on the ice of Chugach glaciers. Get within a paddle’s reach of sea otters, puffins, sea lions and other wildlife as you sea kayak glacier-fed waters. Culinarily speaking: fresh Alaskan salmon and halibut, just minutes out of the water.

    Hiking in Alaska


    BLACK BEARS

    Canadian Rockies or Montana

    The sounds of silence? You’ll find them high in Glacier National Park or the Canadian Rockies. The cool, summer mountain air is unpolluted by traffic noise, ringing cell phones and your kids’ dinging video games. At night, the lack of light pollution means you’ll gaze upon a blanket of stars that seem to outnumber the pine trees. Enjoy hikes on wildflower-trimmed trails, around alpine lake shores and even on frozen glaciers. Scenic gondola rides, a whitewater rafting adventure or horseback riding offer respite for weary legs.

    Whitewater rafting

    OCEAN – ATLANTIC

    Nova Scotia

    Lobster tastes especially sweet when it arrives at your table just minutes from the ocean. And your appreciation grows even deeper when you sail on a traditional wooden ketch past iconic lighthouses and watch the fishermen hauling in their catch. Maritime life permeates Canada’s east coast. Step right into it—and back in time—whether by roaming the picturesque and historic streets of the country’s earliest settlements or paddling a canoe like the native Mi’kmaqs did.

    Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

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