If you’re an American planning a family vacation this summer, there are plenty of choices both north and south of the border. You don’t have to go very far to experience a different culture, see amazing sights and get the ultimate vacation experience.
Whether you choose a Cabo San Lucas luxury resort or a rustic cabin in Alberta Canada, your first step in planning your vacation is choosing whether you want to go north or south of the border. Whichever route you choose, there are several ways you can save money on your vacation:
- Download apps to book the best deals on hotels, restaurants and sightseeing tours
- Go grocery shopping instead of buying all of your meals prepared.
- Limit your souvenirs
- Take advantage of free tours – many cultural museums, parks and zoos offer free admission on certain days, or during certain hours
Canada is a land filled with many amazing adventures and fascinating places. Discovering the true north strong and free will give you and your family memories that won’t soon be forgotten! It is not just frozen tundra and desolate land. Here are few destinations worth considering:
Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta
Set within the borders of Banff National Park, the area surrounding these two towns will take your breath away. The Rocky Mountains, electric blue glacial lakes, abundant wildlife (everything from sheep to grizzly bears), and waterfalls show you what Mother Nature is made of. You can stay in Banff, at the classic hotel Fairmont Banff Springs, or you can choose a bit more subdued surrounding in Lake Louise where you can revere in the silence and peaceful beauty.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gros Morne is a geological wonder and offers much diversity in the form of soaring peaks, coastal lowland, untouched lakes and precipitous cliffs. Beautiful doesn’t begin the describe the sights you’ll see here.
Long Beach, Tofino, British Columbia
Outside magazine recently named it the “best surf town in North America” and for good reason. This beautiful beach town is situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island, but don’t let the remote location deter you from visiting. It’s been drawing surfers and nature lovers for years. You’ll find miles of beach, awesome waves and breathtaking beauty.
This has long been a destination for those wishing to escape the stresses of home, especially in the middle of winter. The warm climate and beautiful beaches have been attracting tourists for years. Here are some must-see attractions if you decide to head south for your family vacation this summer:
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of Mexico, this is an ideal destination. 5,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range, Oaxaca is filled with markets and breathtaking views.
Brilliant sunsets and laid-back vibes are what you’ll find here. This is an ideal destination if you want to dive or snorkel, as the area offers more than 30 dive sites. Enjoy some fresh fish tacos while you’re on the beach.
Cabo San Lucas
There is plenty to see and do here and is a popular tourist spot for surfers, divers and snorkelers alike. Want to relax on the beach and do some sightseeing? You can do that too. There are plenty of activities to choose from and you and your family will never get bored.
Family vacations are important not only for getting the rest and relaxation you need, but also for bonding together!