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5 Family-Friendly Bucket List Adventures in the US

While hiking and camping are common ways to experience the outdoors in the States, there are definitely other activities to consider for the family. Here are some suggestions for 5 family-friendly must-dos to add to the bucket list!

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado: Sandboarding and Sand Sledding

Sand Dunes National Park Credit NPS 1
Sand Dunes National Park. Credits: National Park Service

Thrill seekers, this one’s for you! The rolling sand dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado (less than a four-hour drive from Denver) are the tallest dunes in North America and ideal for sandboarding or sand sledding. You can rent sandboards and sand sleds in Alamosa, a small town about 55 kilometres southwest of the park.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone: Marvel at his Majesty

The lower falls of the Yellowstone Grand Canyon. Credits Brand USA
The lower falls of the Yellowstone Grand Canyon. Credits: Brand USA

Carved by volcanic activity, melting glaciers and erosion, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone will take your little ones’ breath away. This impressive canyon was carved by the Yellowstone River, which is the longest undammed river in the States. Explore trails that lead to beautiful overlooks, and make sure your camera is ready!

Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania: Go zip-lining!

Zip line in the Poconos Mountains. Credits Brand USA
Zip line in the Poconos Mountains. Credits: Brand USA

About a 90-minute drive from New York City, you can find yourself right in the middle of nature in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Here, you can take the family zip-Lining at Camelback Mountain. The lines are placed in the midst of the forest, and you will zoom above the trees – properly secured, of course!

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California: Explore the underwater world

Monterey Bay Aquarium. Credits Jay Cross
Monterey Bay Aquarium. Credits: Jay Cross

At Monterey Bay Aquarium in California (about five hours from LA), kids ages eight to 13 can go surface scuba diving. What better way to safely meet amazing sea creatures through guided tours while getting a fish’s-eye view of the wonders of the bay. No experience is necessary, only a sense of adventure! 

Antelope Island State Park, Utah: Go horse!

Antelope Island State Park Image Brand USA Arnaud Muller

For a more leisurely outdoor adventure with the family, opt for scenic horseback riding with beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and blue water. Antelope Island State Park, about an hour from Salt Lake in Utah, is a great place to go riding on the island without sticking to a path. You can even see bustling Salt Lake in the distance!

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