While summer may be well underway, there’s still time to enjoy a family vacation in 2021. Whether you’re looking to get away on an exciting adventure or prefer something a little closer to home, we’re bringing you a few tips for trips you need to consider this summer. Keep reading to learn more.

A Visit to a Lesser-Known National Park

With many travelers eager to get outdoors and explore this summer, national parks across the country are seeing record crowds. Many of the most popular and famous parks, like Yellowstone, Glacier, and Yosemite, are implementing caps on daily entry and requiring reservations to help curb the crowds. Not only can these restrictions make visiting more challenging, but, once inside, you’ll be left waiting in line to take pictures with landmarks or to hike popular trails.

If you’re looking to get outdoors and do some hiking and sightseeing this summer, head to some lesser-known parks instead. Pinnacles National Park in California is often overlooked but offers miles of beautiful desert hiking. Great Basin National Park in Nevada rivals the views you’ll find in nearby Utah, with stunning night skies, elevation changes, and plenty of wildlife.

Cruise to Alaska

For countless travelers, cruises and summer go hand-in-hand. The stress-free travel, exotic destinations, and exciting excursions make cruises a wonderful choice for travelers of all ages and interests. This year, a cruise to Alaska is a great chance to take back your vacation this summer. Whether you want to hike a glacier, enjoy some local cuisine, or even just relax and take in the sights from the ship, you’ll find it all on an Alaskan cruise. Cruises are also a great choice among families looking to travel together. From grandparents to the youngest grandchildren, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, as well as plenty that you can enjoy together.

Become a Tourist in Your Own City

Not quite ready to get away this summer? No matter your reasons, it’s still possible to enjoy an incredible vacation, without leaving the comfort of your home. When you need to stay closer to home or don’t have enough time for a big vacation, a staycation may be just the trick.

Whether you’ve lived in your home for decades or are new to town, scout out the top tourist destinations, and give them a try—or another try. From museums to water parks to national and state parks, you’ll no doubt find that there’s plenty to do in your own backyard that you often overlook in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Even a family game night at home can be a great way to unwind and relax—it’s also a great chance to start planning your next vacation away together!

Planning a Safe, Exciting Vacation This Summer

If you’re itching to get out this summer, there’s still time. Let these ideas inspire you to plan your own fun, exciting, and relaxing summer vacation. From cruises to low-key staycations, these trips are perfect for spending time with family, creating new memories, and getting away from your day-to-day life for a while.

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