Join Date: Sep 2012
can't stop at ten, sorry, enjoy
You probably couldn’t go 200ml without being awe struck and creating memories for life.
I have an 8 and 10 year old and we do a big trip every year stopping as many places as we can. We try to never go and come home the same way so we can see more. The ones I hear them talking about the most:
Yellow Stone(3wks) (soaked in hot springs, geysers, feed stone flies to the wild salmon, wolves taking down an elk, bears and cubs, they got tired of bison……… Not to be a downer but Yellow Stone has become very touristy with lots of fenced walk ways and bleachers at OldFaithful; looks like an amusement park. But, find some smaller trails and within 25yds you’re in the wild again.)
Tetons(1wk)(walk behind a hot spring fed water fall and swimming out, mouse and calves, bear, beaver, so many spring flowers, hiking, weasels, kayaked lakes)
Jackson Hole(1 day)(rodeo and city fun)
Mt Rushmore(3 days)(night show, Jem Caverns National Park, Hwy16 vista drive pigtail bridges, there are many touristy amusement parks all around but we only did the cement sled run kids liked it. We were there until the day before Sturgis and it was great, every small town had Main St closed for motor cycles only. All the bikers we met were retired or lawyers, doctors, contractors. We never saw anything rowdy but we left the day it was really starting(week long), we just saw thousands of bikers enjoying the outdoors.)
WY, Craters of the Moon National(2 days)(lava tubes, just different and kids liked it, they say NASA used this area to test rovers)
Oregon Dunes(2days)(quads, dune buggies)
Canada/ Victoria Island/ Butchart Gardens(3 days) (kids were babies but I talk about it, put your rig on a ferry and go, gardens are dog friendly, July 1st is Canada’s independence day “4th of July”)
Washington Coast(2 days)(find a fireworks friendly beach, find a Indian reservation and let the kids pick some fun, then I get a few for the kid in me, my kids love the parachute ones and then chase them down.)
California, Organ and Washington Coast(never enough)(Tide Pools at a minus tide, finding agents, drift wood, clamming, crabbing, fishing, oyster farms, shells, sea glass, tons of wild life: whales, otters, elephant/harbor/lion seals, orca, dolphin……. )
California Santa Cruz late winter/very early spring: Monarch butterflies(1/2 day)(millions in one or two trees and when the temp reaches 64-67 they all take flight. There are other wintering sights too.)
Utah(2 wks)(Slot canyons in Escalante(kids wont stop talking about),the national park loop from NV-Col and back 5 National Parks and many State Parks, mountain bike, horseback, hike, rafting, closest encounter with a big RAM, spring time flowers, dinosaur tracks)
NewMexico Albuquerque(1wk)(October Hot Air Balloon Festival(200+ colorful balloons and 100+ shape balloons))
Carlsbad caverns(3 days)(the bat flight every night, caverns, stars)
Spring time in any of the desserts(3 days each)(Joshua Tree, Mohave, Death Valley……, spring time flowers, unique wild life, just neat..)
Grand Canyon(3days)(you’ll remember it forever)
Yosemite(3 days)(1 week+ for backpacking)(very beautiful, water falls, is also very touristy find a quiet trail)
Cal. Rose Parade(3 days Jan 1st)(see the floats being made, help build a float, sleep in the streets holding a front row space or just buy bleacher seats)
Cal RedWoods(2-4 days each)(Muir Woods costal, Calaveras Big Trees-Natural Bridges(cave to float through) these are the oldest and biggest trees ?in the world?
Water falls along the Columbia river(2days)(we enjoyed 10 in 4hrs but I think there are 70-ish, kids got tired after 4 or 5 but wife loved them all and would have seen more)
Tahoe(the whole area is beautiful but it can be busy)
Cal. Lake Almanor and surrounding area(weeks)(I have been going here for 38yrs several weeks each year and now my kids are loving it too. Boating, motor cross, 4x4, snow(MtLasson), volcanic activity, lava tubes, fish hatcheries, great fishing(rivers, streams, creeks, lakes)Round lake is full of bluegill a great way to start young ones fishing catch 50/hr they’ll be hooked, horseback riding, golf, biking, fantastic 4thJuly FireWorks over the lake, minimal/no bugs, lots of wildlife, fantastic weather June-Oct cool at night warm during the day, lake will warm up to 75 surface temp in late July. This lake is far enough away from any big cities that it is still not destroyed; the water is clean, much of the environment is untouched, and only a little crowded Memorial/Labor/Fourth weekends.
This is definitely not the SHORT list, there are still many more places to see and enjoy. There is nothing as exciting as the first time but I want to go back again and again, to all of them. Have fun, go slow and enjoy. We just did 3wks+ in Florida and next year maybe Washington DC, would love to see the fall colors in the Smokey Mountains.
Should have put in some pics