Picking Your Destination
Hopefully by now you've got a pretty clear picture of the experience you're hoping to have with your family (if not, start here). Next you get to find the perfect destination to fit your experience.
Picking a destination can be very fun and very frustrating. Chances are there are a few locations that will fulfill your desired experience (unless your desired experience is very specific like wanting to see The Grand Canyon which can only be seen at The Grand Canyon). If you’re wanting to see natural arches then do a quick internet search and see what comes up. Let's look at a few things to help you narrow your choices to make it a little easier.
Start by asking yourself a few questions.
When you answer each of these questions, you should get a pretty good idea if this destination is a good place for you right now.
How close it is to where you’re located. Can you drive there or will you have to fly?
What time of year is best to visit each location? What time of year are you hoping to travel?
Can you camp or will you have to stay in a hotel or vacation rental?
Is it a good spot to visit with your age of children? Ie- hiking levels, time in the car, kid activities…
How quickly can you save up money to visit there?
Some other things to consider when picking a destination
Where you travel doesn't have to be an extravagant getaway for you to have a good time. One of my favorite memories is our family trip to Mystical Hot Springs (which you can read about here). It's not a fancy place AT ALL, actually it's quite run down, but it was perfect for what we were looking for. We stayed in a tiny cabin and made a "no electronics" rule which meant we had the best time have tickle fights (yes seriously), listening to our kids silly stories, and cuddling (this was honestly out of necessity to stay warm but my mama heart sure didn't mind).
It's probably best to think about what kind of vacationer you are. Is vacation for you a kind of organized chaos of dashing place to place to see what adventure lies around the next corner? Maybe it's a lazy morning by the fire with a big breakfast and a hike in the afternoon. Whatever travel looks like for you is absolutely perfect, but may influence where you choose to travel.
Time plays a big part when choosing a destination. How much time do you have to stay there? How much time will it take to get there? If we only have to drive a few hours to get to our destination then we're usually okay with only spending a few days there (heck, we once drove to Arches National Park, a three hour drive, just for the day). It's completely up to you to decide how "worth it" it is to travel to your destination for the amount of time that you have to spend there.
If you still need some inspiration on places to travel and explore then follow our family to get ideas.