Traveling with kids can be a seriously daunting task, long flights can lead to wailing and blood-curdling-seat-kicking-screams. Taking a vacation shouldn’t add to your stress and often, with kiddies in tow, it can do just that. All that being said, traveling with the children is one of the most important things you can do for them. So, you’ve decided to do take them….but where to?
Travelforkids.com a travel website designed for families looking for kid-friendly destinations and this year has named Quebec and Montreal the go-to destinations for families with children in 2009. “Traveling to Montreal is like a visit to Europe. It’s not just that everybody is speaking French - the children at city parks, the fruits and vegetables at the markets, the fresh croissants - all make you feel like you’ve crossed an ocean,” says one parent about her family’s trip. Not to mention, if you’re trying to save some cash visiting a place like Quebec is a more “budget friendly” alternative and the favorable Canadian exchange rate won’t give you a heart attack. It won’t just be the kids that enjoy the maple syrup sugar pie here!
Maybe the children aren’t ready for that kind of culture and would prefer to get their hands dirty, so to speak. How about a vacation to one of 30 Dude/guest ranches in the mountains of Colorado?
Colorado Dude Ranches are a great alternative for a family looking for an educational and entertaining trip. Included in your day rate is everything from riding, river rafting, fishing, hiking, tennis and mountain biking to crafts and photo workshops, swimming, hay rides and more. In addition, while Mom and Dad get a massage the kids can learn how to pan for gold, build a campfire and learn archery. Kids game nights and Chuck wagon cookouts allow for the parents to have some adult candlelight dinner time as well.
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