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Planning a family summer vacation with a 13 and 11 yr old.

Old Oct 28th, 2004, 05:10 AM
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Last summer you went to Colorado, where did you stay? Do you recommend this for a summer trip? I also looked into the idea of Canada, only the Vancouver side. I am thinking of a family trip, but incorporating my parents (60's) and my brother's family (kids-3,5,and 7)Or should we just do the resort thing? Are these kids too young to enjoy Colorado? My kids are probably the perfect ages-10 and 12.
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Old Oct 28th, 2004, 05:37 AM
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We have a 13 y/o and 11 y/o and live in Virginia so these posts are timely for us too.

Last summer we did a driving trip that we really enjoyed:

1) Finger Lakes Region of NY: Corning glass museum, wine country and resort on Seneca Lake.

2) Niagara Falls (with a side trip to Buffalo for wings at the Anchor Bar, where "Buffalo wings" was invented). We took a falls view room at the Marriott on the Canadian side and it was worth the $$$, and Maid of the Mist was a big hit.

3) Toronto (with stops on the way in the Niagara Valley wine country of Canada) -- three nights at the Intercontinental (again, worth the extra $$) ... great Indian and Chinese food, Blue Jays game, excellent zoo and museums.

4) A long drive to Cedar Point Ohio, to the world's greatest roller coaster amusement park ... a big hit with the kids

5) Two nights in Cleveland, to see the Rock & Roll HOF and Indians (except we were rained out).

We would have added a rafting trip on the Yioughagheny on the way home but I needed to come back a day early for work.

Two years ago we did a tour of the Southwest -- Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas. That was more of an outdoors and hiking trip, with some whitewater rafting thrown in for good measure. Since you were just out west that may not be your next agenda, but I think of it as our best trip ever.

Good luck!

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Old Oct 28th, 2004, 07:05 AM
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Our boys are now 13 & 15 and following is a quick rundown of two week vacations we've taken over the last few years with their ages at the time:
- 13 & 15 - Hawaii: Maui & Kauai - Fun, but kids thought one week would have been enough
- 12 & 14 - Alaska: Great trip including a remote cabin deep inside Denali park and three days at a fly in bear camp
- 11 & 13 - Costa Rica: Another good time including a great eco lodge(Bosc del Cabo), beaches, and volcano.
- 10 & 12 - Ranch in Montana one week, Yellowstone & Cody the other. Ranch was a lot of fun.
- 9 & 11 - Vancouver Island including Tofino, whale watching, & then Whistler to hike.
- 8 & 10 - Canadian Rockies with side trip to Drumheller to see the Dinosaur museum and park.

Of the above the Costa Rica and Alaska trips were probably the most interesting and memorable. Trying to figure out active vacation for next summer as well. Thinking Galapogos/Peru or maybe Italy/Greece.
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Old Oct 28th, 2004, 07:19 AM
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msr3017: What was the name of the resort on Lake Seneca? Also how long was the drive from VA (we are located near Richmond). Would this be a good place for little and big kids to vacation? My brother has the younger kids and they would be traveling from NJ. I am trying to think of a trip that could incorporate us all and be easy. If we drove up that way, we could take a side trip to Niagra. How many days was your trip? Thanks for the info. I think my sister in law would like a lake trip vs an ocean trip.
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Old Oct 28th, 2004, 07:50 AM
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The california coast is a great trip. You can do theme parks, beaches, hiking, site seeing, and hollywood.
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Old Nov 1st, 2004, 08:01 PM
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To girlonthego,
This is my third attempt to write this.My computer keeps deleting it so I'll be brief. Your kids are at a great age for Colorado. That is how old my kids were this past summer when we went. Stayed at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs for 2 nights and a time share in Avon for a week. Avon is a great location and they have a great pool in their community center.
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Old Nov 1st, 2004, 08:06 PM
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posting in segments so I don't lose everything. Horseback riding, white water rafting and hot air ballooning may be tough for the other families' little ones. My kids were excited to touch the snow up in the mountains in June. Can't remember the name of the place we stayed in Avon. This was our best vacation because there was so much to do. And days that we wanted to relax we would go to the community center and swim. Let me know if you are really interested and I will pull out some of my info that i shoved somewhere.
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Old Nov 6th, 2004, 11:13 PM
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Should you wind up deciding on New England (which I think you said was your choice), don't miss Plimoth Plantation just outside of Plymouth, MA. It's incredibly well done and such an experience for kids (and adults!).
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