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Summer is a great time to get back to nature... and your kids will thank you for it!

With the kids out of school, there is no time better than summer to escape the rat race, explore the glory of nature, and get a new, fresh perspective on this beautiful world we live in… minus the smartphones! There is so much majestic scenery that we take for granted; and it’s all readily accessible. Disconnecting from our day-to-day routines and rediscovering the spectacular sights and sounds of nature is one of the best things we can do for our kids. This is where real learning takes place. From mountain climbing adventures to river rafting, ziplining to camping under the stars, there are plenty of great vacation opportunities for families with budgets of all sizes and kids of all ages. Here are a few ideas.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park is in Montana’s northwest. With over 1 million square acres of natural splendor, over 700 miles of hiking trails, and 130 named lakes, Glacier National Park is a showcase of natural beauty.  The park includes two mountain ranges, and you’ll enjoy taking in the beauty of snow-capped peaks, melting alpine glaciers, expansive meadows, canyons, and cascading waterfalls. Five-day family camping and adventure packages are available, including ranger-guided tours.

Idaho River Rafting

Rafting on the Salmon River is an experience your family will never forget. Flowing over 425 miles, the Salmon River is the longest remaining free-flowing river system in the lower 48 states. Protected by Congress as one of America’s first Wild and Scenic Rivers, the “Lower Salmon” offers rafting excursions suitable for families with kids as young as seven. Its large white-sand beaches provide an abundance of activities including swimming, paddleboarding, and camping under the stars.


Grand Canyon National Park

This one goes without saying… If you have not been to the Grand Canyon yet, it’s one for the bucket list. As one of America’s most cherished national parks—and among the most visited tourist attractions globally—Grand Canyon National Park is a must-experience. Located in Northern Arizona, in the ancestral homeland of 11 associated tribes, the Grand Canyon’s geological splendor is one of the most spectacular examples of natural erosion anywhere in the world.

Yellowstone National Park

As America’s first national park, and among its most prized, Yellowstone is another natural playground full of striking environmental wonders. Straddling the corners of three states—Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho—Yellowstone offers visitors the opportunity to observe an abundance of wildlife as well as unique hydrothermal and geologic features that include about one-half of the world’s active geysers. Most park campgrounds and lodges are reserved far in advance, so be sure to plan ahead if you’d like to visit.