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Great Camping Road Trips for Parents and Kids

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With summer break coming up for children across the United States, now is the time to plan an ultimate summer trip for your family. Here are a few of the best places you can take your family this year and any year for that matter.

Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery is an important site for learning about the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Children with their families can visit the Civil Rights Memorial Center to take a tour of the exhibits and learn about the hopes and dreams and the struggle for equality in our country. You can also take your kids on the Alabama Civil Rights Museum Trail if you would like to go on a road trip for your summer trip. This trail will take you to important sites in the Civil Rights Movement across Alabama.

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

If you are looking for a wonderful outdoor adventure, the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska is one ultimate trip. The Kenai Peninsula is one of Alaska's beautiful vacation destinations. While visiting this region of Alaska you can explore the Kenai Mountains in Kenai Fjords National Park, where your kids can see glaciers, fjords and especially the Harding Icefield. Fishing is another wonderful activity to enjoy at this destination, the Kenai River has an amazing salmon population. For a bit of relaxation after all of your outdoor adventure you can visit the Pratt Museum in Homer, which has stunning exhibits on native cultures and the early settlers.

Vancouver, British Columbia

For a more mild climate during the summer you can travel to the Northwest and spend some time exploring Vancouver in British Columbia. Vancouver is a big city, with lots of big city activities, but it also has plenty of outdoor activities as well, and you and your children have the chance to do some international travel over your summer trip. In 2010 Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics and during a visit you can explore some of the facilities built for the even. In addition, Vancouver is filled with shopping, dining and arts and cultural destinations. If you are looking for a little excitement while exploring the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is a fun option. Other destinations not to be missed include the Bloedel Floral Conservatory and  Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Remember not to forget your passport for this trip.

Channel Islands, California

The Channel Islands are an amazing archipelago off the coast of California. Here visitors can enjoy the Channel Islands National Park, or visit the most populated of the archipelago's islands, Catalina Island. During a visit to the Channel Islands you can enjoy a wide variety of land and water destinations. The Channel Islands National Park protects five of the islands. Within the protection of the park there is a wide variety of wildlife, as well as natural and cultural resources. You should keep an eye out for seals, sea lions, dolphins, and many more. Catalina Island is part of the Southern Channel Islands and while staying there you can enjoy all types of recreation, including biking, hiking, golfing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and even a zip line tour. This trip is sure to start out exciting since the only way to access the islands is either by boat, or a helicopter flight from one of two coastal locations.

Overseas Highway, Florida

Road trips are another great option for a summer trip. The Overseas Highway that travels through the Florida Keys is a fantastic choice so you can enjoy the fun of a road trip and the warm summer activities of the Florida Keys. This highway stretches from the mainland south all the way to Key West. While driving you can watch for some of the unique wildlife and ecosystems of the Keys, including saltwater crocodiles and mangrove swamps. Families with experience snorkeling can spend time at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater preserve in the US. Other fun activities include fishing, chartering a boat, swimming and more. You will also get to cross the Seven-Mile Bridge, which crosses a channel that connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Big Island, Hawaii

Hawaii's islands are filled with fun family destinations. You will get to explore some very unique destinations and enjoy plenty of fun in the sun. The Big Island is the largest of the islands and offers a wide range of activities, from the beaches to the snowy mountaintop. You will love spending time snorkeling, swimming, surfing and many more amazing activities. Each of the island's towns has delicious dining, shopping and have a fun atmosphere. The Big Island is also the only island to have an active volcano. You can travel upland on the island to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the impact of the volcano. Sometimes you can walk out to see the flowing lava and other times you can take a helicopter tour.

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

This barrier island is filled with beautiful white sand beaches, dunes and a wonderful relaxed summer atmosphere. Here you and your kids can relax from the long school year and spend some time with no deadlines and no planned activities. You can rent a little beach house for the family and enjoy the warm summer days and the beautiful beach. The kids will love playing in the beautiful white sand. You can also enjoy days of bike rides and walks on the beach. There are plenty of nearby destinations to explore as well, including Myrtle Beach, Huntington Beach State Park and more.

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is a fantastic destination for families that enjoy music. This city played a pivotal role in the evolution of Blues music. You can explore Beale Street, which was the center of the Blues culture in the early year and is a great starting point for exploring the city. You certainly won't want to miss out on a trip to Graceland while exploring Memphis. The home of Elvis Presley is open to visitors for tours, where you can travel through the life and rise of Elvis. The home has an amazing collection of memorabilia. The tour extends beyond the mansion into the rest of the estate, including the trophy building. You can also tour the Elvis Presley Car Museum and more.

Rock City, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga is a fun filled city for the family to enjoy. There are many fascinating museums to explore as well as attractions and festivals. The Tennessee Aquarium is a wonderful destination for the kids, and the Aquarium even offers a cruise onto the Tennessee River on which it is located. The International Towing and Recovery Museum is another fun attraction for the family to enjoy. Here you can see a variety of different tow trucks, as well as many toy tow trucks. After exploring the city you can travel to Lookout Mountain. Ruby Falls is an amazing underground waterfall, located over 1,000 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain. On top of the mountain you can ride an incline railway and travel to Rock City in Georgia. Rock City is an amazing rock garden, where you can walk along a trail featuring fascinating rock formations, a bridge, caves and a spectacular view where it is possible to see seven states.

San Antonio, Texas

You can travel to San Antonio for another great summer vacation. The home of the Alamo is filled with interesting attractions. If you want your children to visit some historic places there are lots of options in this city. You can eat at historic restaurants and stay at the historic Crockett Hotel, which was built on the site of the Alamo Battlefield in 1909. You can also visit the Alamo, which was the first Mission in San Antonio. San Antonio's River Walk is another wonderful way to enjoy the city. You can take a leisurely walk and enjoy the dining and shopping of the city. Or you could instead take a boat tour instead of walking on the River Walk.
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