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The Best Family Getaways During The Pandemic
Planning a family vacation right now may seem like a daunting task. Although it may be your safest bet to stay home, if you are antsy to get away, here are some nature escapes that offer physical distancing as well as ample outdoor options for the entire family.
1. The Catskills, NY
The Catskills are made up of four counties: Delaware, Greene, Sullivan, and Ulster. According to visitthecatskills.com, while each of the four corners of the Catskills has its own unique qualities, there’s a consistent sense of Catskill charm in every riverside town, mountain village, or rural hamlet. The whole family will have plenty of space to roam and explore the natural countryside with hiking trails, rolling hillsides, and lakes for fishing and relaxing.
2. Big Bear, CA
Fall is one of the best times of year to experience Big Bear. With some of the best fall colors in Southern California, lakeside picnics, hiking trails and a charming town to explore, this mountain community is full of outdoor activities for all ages. The area also provides a natural habitat for wildlife, including about 30 wintering bald eagles and 29 species of rare plants, ten of which are indigenous to the area.
3. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
Take a camping trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado and experience the tallest dunes in North America and a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. The kids will love exploring these varied terrains as well as hiking, sandboarding, and splashing in Medano Creek. At night, the views of the stars are unmatched.
4. Sedona, AZ
“Sedona exists at an impossible intersection of soul-nourishing wilderness and pampered luxury—where soaring red rock monoliths cradle an array of resorts, spas, art galleries and boutique wineries,” reads the visitsedona.com website. This magical town is slowly and cautiously starting to reopen allowing you to enjoy a family vacation with activities ranging from spa treatments to hikes through the stunning Sedona Caves.
5. Destin, FL
Grab a piece of sunshine and warmth in Destin, Florida this fall. Stunning white beaches, challenging golf, and world-famous fishing define this Emerald Coast city. The whole family will enjoy spending the afternoons on the beach and exploring the town. We recommend booking an Airbnb with a pool as an added bonus to family fun.