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Day trips are a great way for families to spend time together away from their every day routines. Here are five ideas of great day trips to take with your family.

State Parks/National Landmarks

Families on a budget can find many activities and things to do for little to no cost at a variety of state parks and national landmarks. These adventures can be to historical sites rich in the history of heritage of a particular area, archaeological sites or monuments of cultural information on diverse populations.

There are opportunities to explore nature with trails, gardens, caves, springs and a variety of other natural wonders for the entire family to enjoy. Activities can include swimming, boating, kayaking, hiking, picnicking and rock climbing. This variety of sites and activities can engage and interest all ages.

Beach It

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Take a walk on the beach, enjoy each other again!

If you are within a few hours from the coastline, you can always take a day trip to the beach on a warm day. There are lots of activities to do at the beach from swimming, jet skiing, surf lessons, beach volleyball, hunting for seashells, family picnics and building sandcastles.

Older teens and young adults can sunbath and read. Younger children can have fun playing in the sand. Even infants will enjoy seeing the ocean for the first time and getting their feet wet.

Amusement Parks

Though they can be relatively pricey, theme parks and amusement parks are popular day trips for families with children. Most theme parks have a variety of attractions for all ages. There are educational theme parks, family theme parks and regional parks.

Most theme parks have rides such as merry-go-rounds, roller coasters, trains and water rides. Some parks have cartoon or movie characters or special entertainment such as concerts, fireworks and theatrical performances. You can spend the entire day at a theme park in order to visit all the rides, shows, restaurants and shops.

Museums

Families can enjoy a nice day trip to area museums. There are several types of museums that appeal to families with children such as science museums that usually have a special area for children that involves hands on learning activities. Natural history museums can have exhibits on dinosaurs that appeal to children.

Some art museums may have art classes for children on certain days to give them an opportunity to create their own art. Adults will be able to find interesting exhibits and historical information while the kids are playing and engaging in their hands-on activities.

Flea Markets and Farmers Markets and Local Farms

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Taking trips with your family is something that can strengthen everyone’s relationship with each other.

For a great weekend daytrip idea, try visiting flea markets, farmers markets and local farms within driving distance. These markets are becoming more and more popular, as families are becoming increasingly interested in eating local.

Activities for kids may include sampling local baked goods and finding vintage toys. Farmers markets often have local entertainment for all ages such as live bands or local artists. Local farms sometimes have activities, depending on the season, for families to participate in such as berry picking, pumpkin patches and hayrides.

These options offer different and unique activities for families to enjoy.

Whether you have been saving for years or ready for a spontaneous trip with that special someone, it’s time for a romantic getaway. Here we compiled a list of beautiful romantic getaways for you and your partner. This short list highlights unique, “off the beaten path” locations.

Copenhagen, Denmark

In the spirit of a dreamy gondola ride on the canals of Venice, consider the often overlooked city of Copenhagen. Offering the romantic canal scene that is so famous in Italy, the capital of Denmark is a beautiful city with dozens of museums, wondrous venues for street shopping, and several breathtaking castles to view. Couples can also spend time at Tivoli Gardens, a popular adventure park, where they can wander amongst the flowers or watch the fireworks as the sun sets. On top of all of this, Copenhagen offers theater, fine dining, and shopping.

The Resort At Paws Up, Montana

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The Resort At Paws Up, Montana are a great place to vacation

With various couples packages available, the rustic resort at Paws Up Montana is a perfect resort for the outdoorsman (and outdoorswoman). Couples will enjoy fireside dinners under the stars, horseback riding, fly fishing and the choice between luxury cabins or the wonders of glamping (glamorous camping). One of the packages also includes a Ghost Town Tour, ATV rides and cliff rappelling, and even a hot air balloon ride.

Gibraltar

A small territory on the south coast of Spain, Gibraltar is a beautiful city and a great destination for a weekend with a loved one. Known for the famous Rock of Gibraltar (a very large limestone ridge) this destination is brimming with natural phenomena.  From hikes to the top of Gibraltar Rock, to spelunking in caves, any adventurous soul will be thrilled to share this experience with the one they love. For those wanting to play it safe anywhere except the bedroom, there are plenty of places to go including six different beaches surrounding the area, any one of the exciting bars or dancing clubs, or even in search of live jazz bands.

Ultima Thule Lodge—Alaska

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Ultima Thule Lodge—Alaska might be somewhere you want to visit

If playing cowboy in Montana is not your style, why not try the mountains of Alaska? The Ultima Thule Lodge in beautiful rural Alaska just might be the wilderness escape you need. This is a breathtaking location for a weekend of alone time with your partner. The wonderfully built cabins are tucked into a hillside and feature an open kitchen, and a gorgeous sitting room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the mighty Chitina River and a great view of the mountains. After a long afternoon of hiking, skiing, exploring, fishing or flying, you can relax with a romantic visit to the wilderness lodge’s wood-fired sauna.

Kelowna, British Columbia

Nothing says romance like a good glass of wine and a great view. Kelowna is a beautiful city in Southern British Columbia on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake. The city is surrounded by parks, pine forests, vineyards, mountains and orchards. You and your lover will have plenty to choose from on your romantic vacation. The downtown area hosts the waterfront City Park and a lakeside cultural district. Over 20 local vineyards offer wine tours and tastings. Besides the overflowing barrels of wine reminiscent of a biblical Promised Land, The city is home to outstanding golf courses, scenic trails, and an abundance of beach and water-based fun.

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