Families are as different in their choices of vacations as there are vacation spots. Vacations are a once in a lifetime opportunity for family members to create lasting memories. It’s a little easier to narrow down choices of vacation spots once the theme of the vacation is chosen. For example, some family want to get back to nature, others want to spend time sightseeing and still others may just want to get away from the hustle and bustle and find a fun place to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

The central focus of a family vacation is making the time spent together memorable. Evaluate the amount of vacation time and optimize it proportionally according to the type of vacation your family chooses.

Meaningful Vacation Spots

Take a general consensus from family members of how they want to spend their vacations. They can choose White Water River Rafting, spelunking the caves in Pennsylvania, Virginia or for a more exotic adventure in Central or South America. Back home in Washington, D.C., there are plenty of historic monuments and buildings for family sightseeing tours. Children especially love to peruse the Smithsonian Institution with all of its memorable artifacts.

Go North to Canada

For families who haven’t discovered the wonders of the U.S. Canadian neighbor for vacations start in Atlantic Canada in Newfoundland and Labrador. The sight of whales cavorting in the rough and tumble North Atlantic is a memory never to be forgotten. Head to western Canada and there are memories to be enjoyed every year in the first week of July at the world’s largest rodeo, “The Calgary Stampede.” While you are in Calgary, check out the world’s largest shopping mall, Eau Claire Market.

Hiking and Great Photo Ops

For families who prefer hiking, Hawaii’s Cathedral Mountains are a challenge. In Montana, families can spend vacations at a dude ranch with horseback riding and guided tours or fishing in the cold Cascade waters. If photos are important, there’s nothing like the picturesque Colorado Rockies.

Relax and Enjoy a Memorable Vacation

Sometimes, families just need a rustic cabin to relax and enjoy a memorable vacation. Reserve a cabin in the Ozark Mountains and wake up to all the comforts of home and the sound of woodland creatures as your family awakens each day.

Fishing, Swimming and the Great Dome of Florida Sunshine

Florida is called “The Sunshine State” for a reason. From north to south and east to west, families can make memories fishing, swimming, boating, waterskiing and lots of opportunities to try a diverse selection of southern cuisine, shop in towns and cities and enjoy a wide range of family style entertainment.

New Orleans – For a Memorable Ghostly Vacation

New Orleans is a microcosm of different cultures that have influenced life in this famous U.S. city. While New Orleans is known for its food and music, there is another attraction families love: New Orleans Haunted History tours. If a haunted history tour doesn’t stay in memory, it’s difficult to imagine what else will. There are a number of haunted house tours in NY, PA, TX and KY.

The Most Memorable Vacation

Whether the family chooses an adventurous White Water River Rafting vacation or a vacation in a tropical island, the most memorable vacation is enjoying family fun together.

This article was written by Ryan Thomas for Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting. Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting has guided thousands of whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek and throughout Colorado.