Ah – summer vacation! That time of year when families spend time together and visit new places. But if the thought of planning your next getaway with the kids invokes the tiniest bit of fear – relax – we've got you covered. Here are four vacation destinations that promise to be stress-free and fun for the whole family.
Love to camp, but don't like dealing with the gear? Then try "glamping" (glamorous-camping) at El Cosmico in west Texas. Stay in a fully stocked, renovated vintage trailer or Sioux-style tepee and enjoy the hammock groves and outdoor communal kitchen. Spend the day riding bikes around the high desert then soaking in a wood-fired hot tub under the stars.
European Summer Vacation (Sort Of)
Experience the old-world country without leaving home in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth, Washington. Lodge in a rustic chalet and explore the town's charm with shopping, outdoor theaters, sports activities, and restaurants all decked out to feel like a small German village. Don't forget to visit the nutcracker museum!
One Stop Fun
Active families looking for non-stop play can't beat the hotel and adventure park combo of Great Wolf Lodge. With 13 locations around the U.S., this massive resort caters to all ages. There are giant pools and water slides, mini-golf courses, high-tech treasure quests, kid spas and more. At night, little ones can attend story time while parents use the fitness room or relax at the bar.
Getaway In The Poconos
Nestled in the picturesque mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, Woodloch is an all-inclusive nature resort offering a wealth of outdoor excursions and over 30 activities scheduled daily. Complete packages for lodging, food and events are designed to fit any budget, giving families the ultimate in stress-free summer vacation planning.