There are few greater bonding experiences than hitting the road together. For an unforgettable trip this fall, check out these family-friendly destinations.
There’s no better time to plan a family getaway than during fall. The temperatures are pleasant, and the landscapes are even more beautiful than usual. With plenty to explore, both in a city and out in nature, these destinations provide some of the best fall family vacation ideas to take this year.Denver, Colorado
The Rocky Mountains become even more stunning in the fall, and Denver, Colorado gives you the best of the city and nature. The city boasts many shops, restaurants, and free museums to visit. Families can head out to one of the nearby national parks or campgrounds to take in the dazzling peaks, rivers, and forests. There are also many gorgeous hiking trails easy enough for the whole family to take, too.
Black Hills, South Dakota
Families who want to cross national icons off their bucket list can travel to the Black Hills of South Dakota and visit Mount Rushmore National Monument or Crazy Horse Memorial. Custer State Park offers plenty of trails to hike, and the area contains amazing wildlife—kids will never forget the first time they see a buffalo in real life.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Speaking of wildlife, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has a must-see collection of animals and scenery, and after its peak summer season, the crowds become much more manageable. The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center also has many great activities for the kids to do. From becoming a junior park ranger to performing science investigations near Old Faithful, there’s plenty of fun to have while learning more about the area’s natural wonders.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina is another mountainous destination full of things to do in the city. The Smoky Mountain location offers multiple opportunities for outdoor activities, such as hiking, ziplining, and exploring caverns. For those who enjoy the arts, the city itself is home to the Appalachian Craft Center and various performers.
Branson, Missouri is a gorgeous city in the Ozark Mountains, especially when the leaves turn colors in the fall. The area includes family-friendly attractions such as museums, resorts, and theme parks. One of the most popular is Silver Dollar City, an adventure park themed around the 1880s. There, families can experience the rides, shops, shows, and seasonal events that make the park so popular.