United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Our next summer trip
  2. 2 Family winter holiday
  3. 3 Trip Report Not a Typical Trip Report
  4. 4 Asheville, SC to Knoxville, TN Transportation
  5. 5 Advice Nashville to Washington D.C please!
  6. 6 February trip San Fran to Yosemite...
  7. 7 glacier national park to yellowstone route
  8. 8 Where to Eat on Kauai?
  9. 9 Muir Woods - new rules
  10. 10 Lodging in Yellowstone Park
  11. 11 Trip Report Will Travel for Food - A Long Weekend in Philly to try a restaurant
  12. 12 Padre Islands
  13. 13 Brooklyn dinner? Bronx Breakfast? And opinions on the zoo?
  14. 14 safe travel idea within US to travel alone with preteen daughter and Mom
  15. 15 NASHVILLE
  16. 16 Nj to Charleston SC during Christmas bestate way
  17. 17 4 days in San Diego
  18. 18 Copper - How many open runs usually open in December at Copper Mountain?
  19. 19 Lodging locations in Miami for an overnight visit
  20. 20 Restaurants - NYC Financial District
  21. 21 Hard Rock Stadium - transportation to stadium or parking?
  22. 22 Drive Time from Philadelphia to Gettysburg?
  23. 23 Galveston
  24. 24 Where to go in Florida . . . without a car?
  25. 25 PNW & its grudge against the bumbershoot
View next 25 » Back to the top

Budget winter getaway w/ kids, ≤12hr driving distance from Dallas?

Jump to last reply

I posted this on the trip idea forum then read that it gets little activity so I'm re-posting here. I would like to plan a winter vacation for the family (us, toddler, 9yr old) to de-stress and focus on reconnecting amid all the holiday commotion, and I'd like help with some place suggestions. We're really flexible on dates (Nov through Jan) and location. I'd like to keep it under $1000 and ideally under $500 for travel and lodging. I'm thinking within 12 hours driving distance from Dallas, TX and 5-6 nights. We have an economical car.

I'm totally open to other suggestions, but I'm thinking some sort of cabin with a fireplace in a scenic location and access to sleigh rides in the snow, some neat cultural sight seeing... something that provides enough activities if we want to be active, but no pressure that we're missing some big opportunities if we aren't. The activities hopefully won't be overly expensive in the way vacation activities go--the less we spend on lodging, the more we can spend on fun.

We have several diet restrictions (vegetarian and allergies), so we'd either need access to places that can accommodate special diets or we'd need the ability to make our own foods.

We tend to like sightseeing, educational opportunities (especially history and science), hiking, national/state parks, music and theater, museums, natural wonders, unique oddities, photography opportunities, and my husband really likes trying local/new restaurants.

We don't like to pack a lot in with go-go-go between activities in one day, don't like to get up early, aren't the pool-lounger type, and don't like to split up into different activities or put the kids in daycare.

Any suggestions for us? I'd really appreciate the help!

25 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement