What kind of trips do you enjoy taking with your family? Some people seek out luxurious resorts, others pile into the car for an extensive road trip, and still others seek out the most thrilling parts of the country to visit. If you fall into the latter category, these adventurous activities need to be on your bucket list. From marveling at massive wildlife to exploring some of the world’s most beautiful and rugged landscapes, here are two of the best summer vacation ideas for adventurous families.
Custer State Park – South Dakota
South Dakota has plenty of attractions for the adventurous family, but Custer State Park deserves a shoutout of its own. This 71,000-acre stretch of rolling plains, stark granite peaks, and cool mountain waters shows off all the beauty and thrill that the legendary Black Hills have to offer. Celebrate South Dakota’s role in the Old West by exploring historic buildings and landmarks and attending activities like the Blue Bell Hayride and Chuck Wagon Cookout. Your family will also love spotting the iconic herds of bison that roam the park. Throughout your trip, you’ll enjoy plenty of hiking, biking, camping, swimming, horseback riding, and other fun and thrilling activities the park has to offer.
Great Sand Dunes National Park – Colorado
When you think of traveling to Colorado, you likely imagine an exciting mountain adventure. The Rockies are full of some of the best summer vacation ideas for adventurous families, but there’s also plenty to do beyond the mountain range. Take Great Sand Dunes National Park, for example. This San Luis Valley destination covers 30 miles of towering sand dunes, including the 750-foot-tall Star Dune—the tallest sand dune in the country. Here you’ll find one of the best hiking trails in Colorado, which takes you up Star Dune to see the glorious views across the park. You’ll also get to admire the gorgeous sight of the Sangre de Cristo Peaks in the background. Once you’ve made it to the top, the entire family will enjoy speeding down the side of a dune on sleds or sandboards.