Here at Pit Stops for Kids, we travel approximately once or twice a month, all year round. In December of every year, we take a moment to reflect on the past year’s trips, and try to select the five that stood out the most. It’s a tough decision, and always, there are multiple contenders. But we have our winners! Use the list below as inspiration as you plan your travel for the coming year!
Top travel destinations of 2016 in the US:
While we promote traveling abroad, it’s wonderful that the U.S. is such a large, diverse country. There’s plenty to see and do right here at ‘home’. Below, read about our favorite ‘finds’ in the US:
Honestly, you can’t go wrong anywhere in the greater Salt Lake City area at any time of year. The Wasatch Mountains beckon in all seasons, with mountain biking and hiking opportunities in summer and world-class skiing in winter. We’ve previously explored Park City, Utah, which we’ve named a Best Ski Town. But the narrow slot canyons of SLC also offer amazing mountain vacations, with a decidedly different ambiance.
Alta Ski Resort is tucked away by Cottonwood Canyon, where the ritz and touristy vibe of Park City melts away, leaving a focus on the mountain terrain and cozy accommodations. At Alta, you’re more likely to run into locals than celebrities, and while the ski runs are on the challenging side, there’s a full area dedicated to beginners, and neighboring Snowbird offers additional acreage next door. We absolutely recommend staying at the Alta Lodge if it’s in the budget; this idyllic ski lodge includes most meals and a wonderful kids’ program. Plus, you can ski from the back door. One thing to note: it’s skiing only at Alta, no snowboarding allowed.
Mt. Hood, Oregon:
You know we have a ‘type’ when it comes to family travel destinations…the more outdoorsy, the better. So apologies if mountain vacations aren’t your thing, but stick with me here. Mt. Hood, Oregon is a destination that offers a little of everything: the beauty of nature is all around you, excellent and challenging hiking and mountain biking is right outside your door in summer, skiing abounds in winter. But wait, there’s more…the charming wine and cider-boasting town of Hood River is just a short drive away for foodies (our pick if you’re vacationing without the kids), and Portland is adjacent as well, ideal for those who want to include some city touring into their vacation.
Rent a cabin in Government Camp, and explore for a long weekend, like we did, or stay slightly closer to the city in Collins Lake Resort or Resort of the Mountain. Or do the ultimate: stay at historic Timberline Lodge.
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