Inspiring, majestic and vast, America and Canada’s far-reaching landscape is unmatched for breathtaking scenery and an unforgettable holiday experience. Exploring this incredible environment as part of your vacation opens up a host of thrilling activities and keeps the kids happy and healthy.
With so many outdoor activity options to partake in across America and Canada, it can be difficult to decide where exactly to go. We’ve made a great guide of some of the top spots for you, so sit back, read and enjoy.
One thing to remember before planning any adventure holiday is to book well in advance and make sure your accommodation is comfortable, accessible and a good base for your travels. Follow the fantastic Bluegreen Resorts blog for more tips on vacations and suitable lodgings.
Impressive and vast, Alaska is home to a diverse range of wildlife and offers a multitude of activities for outdoor-loving families who want to experience a subarctic climate. Spanning an eye-popping six million acres, The Denali National Park and Preserve is the perfect location to introduce the kids to wildlife with over 650 species of flowering plants, 39 species of mammals, 169 species of birds and 14 species of fish. The animals roam freely in the tundra, but guests can still appreciate the animals up close in their natural environments from the safety of a shuttle bus which operates regularly.
British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver is home to the best whale-watching experiences, with three- to five-hour tours enabling eager passengers to delight in the sights of killer whales, humpback whales and other marine wildlife such as seals and bald eagles. For ski-loving families, Whistler, an alpine village in the north of British Columbia, is ideal with its world-famous ski resort which hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Finally, the Canadian Rockies should also be on the vacation to-do list if you and the family are keen hikers who want to spot some black or grizzly bears.
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Channel Islands National Park, California
The Channel Islands are ideal for families who want to soak up the sun on sandy beaches, or to enjoy some exhilarating water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking and diving. There is plenty of wildlife to see, and visitors should look out for gray whales, elephant seals, common dolphins and sea lions. For more relaxing days, bird-watching can be a pleasant pastime thanks to the varied species of seabirds which call the Channel Islands home.
The Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Situated in North America, Colorado offers an impressive array of family-friendly activities and a unique range of wildlife-watching experiences. Dependent on the time of year, the Rocky Mountains are perfect for spotting elk, eagles and coyotes – especially in Moraine Park and Horseshoe Park – amongst a multitude of other interesting species. Aside from keeping a watchful eye out for all creatures great and small, there are numerous ventures suitable for all ages including horseback riding, hiking, rafting and fishing, so no member of the family will be left out.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
America’s first national park is an absolute must-see for nature lovers who want to enjoy some impressive geothermal features such as geysers and hot springs. The kids might also be impressed with the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super-volcano on the continent.
Most importantly, Yellowstone is home to wolves, elk, bison and grizzly bears, for those who want to experience its abundant nature. Recreational activities are also numerous and include hiking, camping, boating, fishing and sightseeing.
Introducing children to the natural world through a fun-filled holiday is sure to make for some wonderful memories, not to mention a collection of impressive vacation photographs featuring imposing mountain ranges, glistening lakes and beautifully dense forests.