Here are 15 West Coast Family Vacation ideas that your kids will love. From mother nature’s outdoor experiences to winter skiing and snowboarding, there is something for everyone.
So make memories with your family this summer on a road trip on the west coast. You won’t regret it!
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1. Tanque Verde Dude Ranch, Arizona
Taking the kids to a dude ranch is fun for the whole family. There are so many activities your kids will love from horseback riding (ponies for the little ones) to family cookouts. I’m sure your kids will want to go back year after year.
Check out a review of the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson Arizona by The Cactus Chronicles.
2. Great Wolf Lodge, Numerous Locations throughout the US
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a few days away, the Great Wolf Lodge is a great place to take the kids. From their indoor water-park, arcade and evening story hour your kids will really enjoy it.
The Great Wolf Lodge has many locations throughout the United States. Check out these tips on everything you need to know for a great trip.
3. San Diego California
San Diego is known for having the best zoo in the country but there are other great things to see and do in San Diego with kids. Check it out for yourself and you will be planning your next trip to San Diego!
4. Gum Wall Seattle Washington
You may not like this next one but I bet your kids will. Seattle has a gum wall. Read this article by Rachel Teodoro to discover Everything you Need to Know about Visiting the Gum Wall.
5. Whidbey Island Seattle Washington
When in the Seattle area, take the kids to Whidbey Island and discover all the things to do on this island. From the ferry ride to get there to Langley Whale Center and so much more you and the family will enjoy a weekend there.
6. Downtown Seattle
The Gum Wall in Seattle may be cool but there are so many other places to visit when you’re on your trip there. From going up into the space needle to exploring Waterfront Park and riding the Seattle Great Wheel to going to the aquarium, exploring Seattle can be fun for the whole family.
Honey & lime blog tells us all about their visit to Seattle in 10 of the Best Things to Do With Kids in Seattle Downtown area.
7. Yosemite National Park
I’m a big fan of national parks and living on the east coast, I’ve also consider folks that live on the west coast to be lucky cause they have so many beautiful national parks to visit. Yosemite is one of my favorites.
Here are the Top Things to do in Yosemite National Park as told by Park Ranger John. He gives you many tips to make your trip to Yosemite be a memorable one.
Oregon is another west coast family vacation state that’s should be on your bucket list. They have outdoor adventure for your family to explore. From a great zoo to off-road vehicle rides through sand dunes, there are many things for your kids to discover.
The Family by Mom blog has 10 Things to do in Oregon with Kids that will make any family vacation a memorable one.
Utah is a great place to take the family. Although not Disney World you kids will get to experience this country’s beauty and a million stars.
We are know about the Utah 5 national parks that are on everyone’s bucket list but there are other things to see in Utah. Shop with me Mama blog tells you about 3 different places in Utah to see and although one of them is one of the 5 national parks, her other two ideas may be just want you are looking for.
So visit 3 Interesting Ideas for a Family Vacation in Utah to read all about it.
10. San Francisco California
I have been lucky enough to have visited San Francisco many times throughout the years and its true, that you fall in love with “the city by the bay”. There is so much to see and do here and the food is also part of the experience.
From experiencing the Golden Gate Bridge, to watching the fisherman bring in their load, to catching a game at Oracle Park, San Francisco has so much to see and experience that both adults and kids will love it.
The Farm Girl Gabs blog tells us all about the 14 Must-Do Experiences in San Francisco to help you plan your vacation there.
11. San Diego Zoo Safari Park California
I know there are lots of zoos and safari adventures in the USA but in my opinion the San Diego Zoo is the best. You and your family get to see animals from around the world that you just don’t see in many other zoos.
Lala to Mama blog has season tickets there and tells us all about her experiences with tips so our trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park can be enjoyed by our families.
13. Bear Lake Utah & Idaho
Bear Lake is a natural fresh-water lake that borders Utah and Idaho with stunning aqua-blue water. This beach community with the mountains in the background is a great place for a family vacation. I was lucky enough to vacation there many years ago with my family and my kids still talk about all the fun we had.
The Utah Family Fun Stuff blog has a post that tells you about 21 Fun Summer Things to Do at Bear Lake. Its a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list, believe me you won’t regret going there.
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13. Southwest Road Trip
Taking a road trip with your kids is the best experience, as you drive and see all what this beautiful country has to offer.
The Southwest offers the background for a stunning road trip with so much to see and do.
Travel Melodies blog took this trip and tells us all about their families experiences of their Southwest Road Trip with Kids.
14. Park City Utah
For a winter getaway with the family, Park City Utah is a place you should consider. From the bohemian feel of the town to the surreal snow that Utah is known for, Park City is a great family place for skiers and snowboarders.
Check out Wild About the West blog featuring Things To Do Park City, A Family Fun Itinerary.
15. Grand Canyon National Park
Another bucket list trip that is an experience for adults as well as children is a visit to Grand Canyon National Park.
While most people only go to the south rim of the park they say the north rim is breathtaking.
Stacie from Divine Lifestyle blog gives us tips on Visiting the Grand Canyon National Park for both the south and north rims.
I hope you enjoyed our list of West Coast Family Vacation ideas. There are so many beautiful and fun places to travel on the west coast with your kids. Where are some of your favorites?
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