Tailor Camping Adventures to Your Family
There are thousands of campsites around the nation that offer everything from deep-woods roughing it, to car camping in a surfside campground, and even luxury log cabins in ritzy mountain resorts. Any of these offer a multitude of family-friendly activities, from hiking trails to jet ski rentals. Before you get all excited and plan the ultimate adventure, take some time to weigh out what "adventure" means to the people in your family. Having realistic expectations of what everyone's capable of, what they'll enjoy safely, and what you can afford will help ensure that your vacation doesn't become the script for a disastrous family comedy.
Measure Your Family's Adventurous Spirit
Are you and your family white-water-rafter or room-service-and-shower campers? Knowing what each family member is comfortable with will help you choose the right type of camping vacation.
Reserve Your Campsite
Campgrounds fill up quickly in the high season. Once you know where you're going, reserve a campsite as early as possible. Websites like ReserveAmerica.com help you get the spot you want.
Ideas for Every Type of Camper
If you still haven't decided on the ideal camping trips, try one of these classic destinations. No matter what your family's style is, there's something here for them.
- Grand Canyon:
For those who have to see America's high points (and love the smell of mules)
- Yosemite or
For car campers or brave expeditioners (depending on how far from the road you go)
- Finger Lakes, Upstate New York:
For families who love easy access (just in case they run out of diapers)
- Glacier National Park, Montana:
For the ultimate adventurers looking for unspoiled wilderness
- Aspen & Vail Resorts:
For the cushy camper (and "camper" is used very loosely)