You are probably familiar with the old adage: the family that plays together, stays together. Well, here is a new take: the family that plays together outside, stays happy and healthy side-by-side. Getting outdoors with your family is one of the very best ways to bond and have fun.
Get on a Bike
Biking allows your to cover more terrain than you would on foot, and it’s an adaptable activity for kids of all ages. Check out the Lone Star Geyser bike trail in Yellowstone National Park. This trail is 3 miles in each direction. Lone Star erupts in an epic display about every 3 hours, so pack a lunch and wait for the show.
Go Car Camping
Pull right into a campsite, pitch a tent, and start a fire. Check out the Balsam Mountain campground in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. For a fee of $14 per night, you can have a beautiful home base. They provides water, trash services, and bear-proof boxes, making the trip even less complicated for you.
Soak in Natural Hot Springs
Take a relaxing dip in the fountain of youth by soaking in a natural hot spring with your family. Explore Goldbug Hot Springs, between Salmon and Challis, Idaho. Getting to this secluded paradise involves a 2-mile rugged hike, so plan to stay there for a while. At Goldbug kids will have plenty of space to splash in pools that aren’t too hot for them.
Go for a Float
Use gravity to your advantage as you sit on a raft and watch glorious nature float by. Take your family for a 3-hour float trip on the Bow River in Yoho National Park. This breathtaking stretch of river offers views of Three Sisters Mountain. Click here to book a train trip to Yoho National Park.
Hit the Trail and Stay the Night
There is nothing quite like carrying your life on your back. Try backpacking the Blacktail Deer Creek trail in Yellowstone. This is a great choice for families, because the campsite is only 2 miles from the trailhead. Purchase a backcountry camping permit, and remember to bring your bear spray!
There is never a bad time to experience the natural world with your family. Plan a road trip or hop on a train. Rent a bike, splash in hot water, or hit the trail. Encounter beauty, breath in deliciously fresh air, and forge unforgettable memories by taking your family outside.
About the Author:
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley