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Last Minute Family Summer Getaways

Last Minute Family Summer Getaways

If you haven’t already planned and booked your family summer getaway, you’re probably thinking it’s too late. The truth is, there are still many options available, plus you’ll reap the benefits of booking a last minute cheap flight. The hardest part of last minute travel is organizing an itinerary that works for mom, dad, and the kids, so an easier alternative is to choose a destination that will do the organizing for you. A great way to experience this and still stay within a budget is by attending a family camp. There are hundreds located throughout the country, all at different price ranges and with different accommodations and activities. The following three should give you a better idea of the kind of camp that would suite your family best.

Camp Concord in South Lake Tahoe, California is the most basic of family camps, and priced accordingly. A family of four can reside here for a week for about $1,260, meals included! Nestled in the Eldorado National Forest, Camp Concord can house up to 18 families at a time. Activities offered include hiking, canoeing, and swimming. At night, shuttles are available to Nevada casinos for the adults, and babysitting is provided for the little ones. The icing on the cake is the weekly beach barbeques and champagne breakfasts.

If you can afford to spend a bit more, Medomak Camp for Families is a great choice. Pack up the kids and hop on a last minute cheap flight to Washington, Maine, where activities range from yoga and photography, to sailing and kayaking. For the estimated price of $2,100 for a family of four, you’ll get fresh produce from the camp garden, weekly lobster bakes, and coffee and fruit available throughout the day. For the adults, Medomak Camp offers massages and weekly beer tastings while the staff supervises the kids.

Kids get bored easily? Your best option is Wonder Valley Family Camp in Sanger, California. Sure, it’s the most expensive at $3,700 for the week, but this camp has got it all: a skateboard park, go-kart racing, a mini-bike dirt track, and waterslides. Additionally, every Thursday night is Parent’s Night, which consists of a prime rib dinner, casino tables, and free babysitting until 11:30pm.

No more excuses! Between the affordable family pricing, complete activity planning, and the deals you can score on a last minute cheap flight, you may even want to leave today!…

Vacation Getaways for Kids and Dads

Vacation Getaways for Kids and Dads

During vacation time, it is important that you get down to planning things together so that each family member can voice his choice of destination. A few time-tested vacation ideas or must-see places for dads and kids are suggested below. Whether it is skiing on a snow-capped mountainside that draws you or the safari, which delights your kids, you will find it all here. So pack your bags and gift your children a vacation and a memory to stay with them all their lives!

National Park Vacations

Life in the city – daily routine, commuting to and back from work, etc. may get to you at times. If you are looking for an outlet, an outdoor family vacation is an answer to it. National Parks like Yellowstone (Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana), Yosemite (California), the Grand Canyon (Arizona), Crater Lake, Death Valley, Glacier Bay, etc. provide countless opportunities to revel in the abundance of nature. The Rocky Mountain National Park is one such destination worth considering. It provides adventure opportunities with all sorts of climbing, fly-fishing, snowshoeing, skiing, backpacking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and bird watching, all in the backdrop of breathtaking scenery.

Beach Wonders

Building sand castles on the beach with your kids may give you an insight into the fantasy world of your child and help you bond better as a dad. If you are the adventurous type, water sports at the beach with your kids is an exciting option. America is blessed with beautiful beaches which are well maintained, making them ideal family vacation spots. Clearwater Beach, Cumberland Island, East Hampton, Laguna, Little Palm Island, Naples, Newport Beach, Ofu Beach, Poipu Beach, and beaches in Hawaii are the top beaches suited for a family vacation. Whether you are attracted by pristine and calm waters, rocky beaches, sandy beaches or all types of snorkeling and diving sports, you have it all here. One of the most suitable beaches for kids is the Kauai Beach—a natural wonder in itself, it offers the opportunity to ride horses and indulge in kayaking, biking, and fishing, apart from water sports.

Cities

If you haven’t taken your kids to the famous cities of America, you haven’t added value to their education. It is important that your kids learn about the seat of American politics, economic growth and strength, cultural resources and influence, academic institutions, etc., and the impact of all these on the world. The cities of maximum importance are New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, and Seattle. In addition, places like Orlando, Las Vegas, and Miami can prove to be one of the most memorable family vacations with entertainment opportunities galore for all age groups.…

Unique Ca Getaways are Trips to Remember

Unique Ca Getaways are Trips to Remember

With hard-earned vacation time often in short supply, travelers want to make the most of every weekend or vacation they get. Sometimes that means trying something completely different – a getaway so unique that it will become Topic A around the Monday morning water cooler.

California is blessed with many such unique vacation adventures, and here are three of our favorites:

Luxury tent camping

If your memories of tent camping are crawling into a pup tent, zipping yourself into a sleeping bag, and then writhing all night on a hard piece of ground, we have good news: You can now get the back-to-nature tent camping experience but with a twist that is sure to appeal to all those who swore off tents back in their early 20’s.

About 17 miles west of Santa Barbara a place called El Capitan Canyon offers safari-style tents that have been outfitted with real beds, electricity and other conveniences you would expect in a hotel room. The tents are real tents, all right, and zip up just like the ones from your younger years, but they’re set up on a permanent wood deck that makes them feel more cabin-like, except that this still is a canvas tent.

There are 26 such tents at El Capitan Canyon – along with dozens of small cabins and yurts – and each one measures 12 feet by 14 feet and is furnished with either one queen bed or two double beds. You’ll get bed linens and towels, a small desk, chairs, a bedside table, heating, lights – in other words, considerably more amenities than you probably remember taking with you on that backpacking trip into the Sierra Nevada.

The setting at El Capitan is quite woodsy with groves of sycamore and oak trees, although there are large open areas of grass where the kids can play as well as barbecue pits and picnic tables for each of the tents, cabins or yurts. Just a mile or so down the road is the gorgeous Pacific Ocean and El Capitan State Beach where you can picnic and swim. There are also scenic hiking trails nearby including the Bill Wallace Trail.

We should note the word “luxury” here is a relative term – compared with your every-day garden-variety campground, El Capitan is definitely a couple of notches better and the tents are much more comfortable than any tent you would set up on your own. The cabins and yurts looked cozy as well. But remember, you’re going to be camping with no indoor plumbing and modern, clean bathrooms are a couple minutes walk from your tent. A heated swimming pool also is available.

Besides the comfortable accommodations, a big plus for El Capitan Canyon is the on-site Canyon Market that includes an excellent sandwich shop, light groceries and other provisions for your stay. The market has “barbecue kits” available for purchase that include all the meat and fixings for hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, fish or even tri-tip. If you do decide to …