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Need ideas for a mother and son trip this summer

May 15th, 2007, 11:22 AM
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Need ideas for a mother and son trip this summer

My 16 year old son has been going thru a bit of a difficult time this year. Would like to take a trip w/ him this summer anywhere in the US or Europe. Looking for something fun and maybe a little adventureous. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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May 15th, 2007, 11:41 AM
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We are going to Orlando and staying at the Royal Pacific (Universal, Island of Adventure)
 
May 15th, 2007, 11:57 AM
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What are his interests?
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May 15th, 2007, 11:59 AM
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You give us no info on where you/he have already been, what you consider adventurous, where you live, budget, length of trip or any other info and we're supposed to come up with ideas?
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May 15th, 2007, 12:11 PM
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Why don't you two take a trip through the Canadian Rockies?
 
May 15th, 2007, 12:19 PM
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do some white-water rafting
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May 15th, 2007, 12:19 PM
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Or go to alaska!
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May 15th, 2007, 12:20 PM
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really, we have no idea what your 16 year old son is like or what would interest him. more info please.
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May 15th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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Maybe everyone could just give suggestions as to what YOU think would be fun and adventurous.

alaska would be fun and adventurous - in anyone's opinion (I think).
Moose, bears, whales, elk, etc.
Boat trips, Flight-seeing, Sportfishing, kayaking in the fjords, biking, rafting, glacier viewing,
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May 15th, 2007, 12:45 PM
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This is what I was thinking of for my 16 yo son this summer:
http://www.fallingwatersresort.com/yurt_village.htm
Hope you can find the right thing for him.
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May 15th, 2007, 01:33 PM
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My then 15 year old son and I took a trip to New Mexico and he loved it. We did Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. We went rafting, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, into the ruins to explore, up the Sandia Tram and lots more. He wasn't all that much an outdoor kind of kid, but we really had fun. We moved to NM the following year!

Hope this gives you some ideas!
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May 15th, 2007, 01:37 PM
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mclaurie, you don't have to sound so huffy!

We live in Boston. We could be gone for a week. We can fly anywhere. Money is no object and we would like to do anything adventerous.
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May 15th, 2007, 01:57 PM
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Hi, Janiekins! I know you said US or Europe but I am thinking that Boston is a very short flight to Toronto! Rent a cottage for a week on a lake near Huntsville, 2.5 hours north of Toronto. Go to Algonquin Park...hiking & kayaking. If you really want to be adventuresome, forget renting the cottage & camp for a week in the park( rez required).
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May 15th, 2007, 02:04 PM
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You could fly to Calgary and then drive to Banff and Lake Louise. There are some wonderful hikes in the Canadian Rockies in that area. It is breathtaking. My teenagers both loved it a few years ago. We stayed at the Rimrock Resort in Banff and loved it. The Banff Springs hotel and the Chateau Lake Louise are also spectacular.
 
May 15th, 2007, 02:21 PM
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My sons loved Whistler/Blackcomb in the summer. Mostly for mountain biking and hiking, but now they offer an incredible array of adventure activities: ecotour zipline, ATV tours, rafting, ice climbing, summer skiiing, wall climbing, horseback riding, summer luge, and more, in addition to the usual hiking, cycling, golf, tennis, etc.

Lots of nice places to stay in the village. You could fly into Vancouver and take the train up, or rent a car.

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/todo/summer/index.htm

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May 15th, 2007, 02:28 PM
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Adventure is in the eye of the beholder, so I'm going in a different direction. You didn't say if your son has already been to Europe, but a foreign city can be an enormous adventure. I suggest London or Dublin, for cool atmosphere, music scene and shopping (yes, even for a guy).
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May 15th, 2007, 03:20 PM
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Thank you everyone for your really great ideas! Much appreciated!
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May 15th, 2007, 04:08 PM
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You sound like a very cool mom! Anyways...

California could be a lot of fun. I remember a family trip where we started in San Francisco, then drove down Highway 1 to several cities along the way. We really enjoyed being able to do the city thing, and then spend some time taking in the beautiful Pacific coast. My brother was about 16 at the time, and he enjoyed it a lot.
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May 16th, 2007, 04:21 AM
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I'm sorry if I sounded huffy. It was more frustration that I couldn't remember where you lived and wanted more info.

Ballooning has always seemed very adventurous to me and can be done in lots of different places. Here's a co. that does trips in Europe (I know nothing about them but it sounds good)
http://www.rextravel.com/tour/bombard/depcalen.htm

and I also see listings when I google for Utah, Vermont, New Mexico etc.
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May 16th, 2007, 04:35 AM
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I second the idea of Universal and Islands of Adventure.

Also, Disney's Discovery Cove.
 

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