• By: Classic Journeys

    2/18/2014

  • Which North American destination is right for your family adventure? Take our brief quiz and find your perfect match!

    1. Fill in the blank: When it comes to summer vacation…

    A. Bring the heat (proceed to question 2)

    B. Gotta cool off (proceed to question 3)

    2. Sand or sea?

    A. Sand (Check out our Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks Family Journey)

    B. Sea (Proceed to question 4)

    3. Mountains or ocean?

    A. Mountains (proceed to question 5)

    B. Ocean (proceed to question 4)

    4. Pacific or Atlantic?

    A. Pacific (You’ll love our San Juan Island Family Journey)

    B. Atlantic (Ever considered Nova Scotia? You should.)

    5. Grizzly or black bear?

    A. Grizzly (Go west. Way west on our Alaska Family Journey)

    B. Black bear (The Northern Rockies in Montana and Canada are calling your name.

    BRYCE CANYON, GRAND CANYON AND ZION NATIONAL PARKS FAMILY JOURNEY

    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 for a family travel tour of a lifetime.

    Kid's running through slot canyons
     

    SAN JUAN ISLANDS FAMILY JOURNEY

    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. Our San Juan Islands family vacation tour strikes a balance between culture(art galleries, sculpture gardens and museums) and adventure (sea kayaking among orca whales) to satisfy all tastes. 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.

    Orca whales in Puget Sound
     

    NOVA SCOTIA FAMILY JOURNEY

    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.

    Kayakers in Nova Scotia
     

    ALASKA FAMILY JOURNEY

    If your kids are happiest when they have dirt on their soles and in their fingernails, you’ll be a harmonious bunch after this family vacation spent 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.

    Sea otter in Alaska
     

    CANADIAN ROCKIES OR MONTANA FAMILY JOURNEY

    The sounds of silence? You’ll find them high in Glacier National Park or the Canadian Rockies on this family tour.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.

    Canadian mountains
     

    Your kids will have the best what-I-did-this-summer essays and countless memories after 6 days, 5 nights in one of North America’s national parks. Call 800.200.3887 to book your quality family time.

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