Traveling with your children requires a great deal of planning, much more so than if you’re traveling solo or as a couple. Beyond the tedious tasks of booking flights, rental cars, and hotels there’s also packing and all the issues that go with that chore.
But one of the most difficult aspects also seems like the most simple. Where do you go? Everyone’s going to have their own opinion. One kid might want to visit a theme park, another might want to go to the beach, and someone may even just want to stay home.
However, travel is important for kids. It’s vital that they experience different areas and cultures and take away knowledge that they didn’t have before. And one of the best ways to do this is by immersing your children in the wonders of nature.
If you’re looking for a spectacular destination idea for your next family vacation, consider one of these natural wonders your kids will love.
The Grand Canyon
As far as natural wonders go, the Grand Canyon is near the top of almost every list. Located in Arizona and easily accessed from airports in Las Vegas or Phoenix, this is a feast for the senses and one of the most beautiful and impressive spots on earth.
However, there’s much more to it that simply standing on one of the lookouts. Take a ride on a mule to the bottom of the canyon, consider a rafting trip through the canyon on the Colorado River, or visit one of the many museums that explain how the canyon was formed. You can use this as a teachable moment because the water flow through the canyon is rapidly diminishing. Your kids will also enjoy the numerous birds and other wildlife species that make this area their home.
Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii
Obviously a vacation to Hawaii doesn’t come without lazy days on the beach but if you visit Hawaii’s Big Island you’ll find much more than beaches to marvel at. Volcanoes National Park is located near Hilo on the eastern side of the island of the island and the Kilauea volcano has been erupting steadily since 1983.
However, this type of volcano doesn’t erupt in the way most people think; it’s a slow and steady ooze of lava that reached the ocean earlier this year.
The park itself has a wonderful museum and the Halemaumau crater is very active and often sends fountains of lava high in the air. You can also take a boat trip to see the lava entering the ocean, a helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view, or simply drive the chain of craters road through the park to see the power the volcano has had over the island for over 300,000 years.
Few natural wonders compare to the mighty Niagara Falls and while the falls are obviously the focus there are many more activities that your kids will love. Of course you’ll need to take a boat ride to the base of the falls and the spectacular tour that takes you behind the falls, but there’s much more to do in Niagara.
Consider a Niagara Falls hotel that gives you easy access to the indoor waterpark, visit the butterfly sanctuary, and visit Clifton Hill for the rides and games. Plus, there are numerous dining options to please even the pickiest eater in your bunch. Whether you visit the American side or the Canadian side or both, you’ll find Niagara Falls to be one of the most family friendly destinations that also features one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world.
Giving your kids the gift of travel and unique experiences is often more important than material items. Allowing them to explore and visit natural wonders around the country or the world gives them a perspective that they simply can’t get by reading a book or viewing a website.
And the best part is that there are no shortage of beautiful places to visit. The redwoods in California or Red Rock country in Utah are also incredible vacation destinations to consider. But at the end of the day a vacation is supposed to be a fun family experience and adding a beautiful natural wonder to that equation adds up beautifully.