New Hampshire’s White Mountains are a favorite for serious hikers and backpackers, with the Appalachian Trail skimming across the tops of the tallest peaks in the Northeast as it traverses the mountains on its way from Maine to Georgia. But the White Mountains’ trails aren’t just for serious backpackers. The region is also networked with trails all ages can enjoy, even those not in shape for strenuous climbs.
Acadia National Park in Maine was the first national park in the East, and includes the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast, along with several other mountains, lakes, ponds and forests. Its jagged and irregular shore is lined by a succession of high cliffs, headlands, coves and beaches. Trails and cycling routes are accessible from the road that circles the park, and handy Island Explorer buses stop at all the attractions and at trail crossings, so walkers and cyclists can explore the park without backtracking. You can rent kayaks, canoes, sailboats and bicycles, and find fishing and whale-watching cruises outside the park in Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor or Southwest Harbor.
Peru is known for its blockbuster attractions, including the Sacred Valley, the Maras salt flats and, especially, Machu Picchu. But if the idea of navigating the trip with kids seems daunting, Cox & Kings, a luxury travel company, can tailor the trip to meet the needs of your whole family and take the stress out of the logistics of vacation planning.
While miles away from Utah’s ski country of Park City, the state’s southern parks can get some snow here and there. Before your winter trip, prepare your family for possible ice, snow or just tons of sunshine on your trip to Utah’s lower half.