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Old 09-19-2017, 01:28 PM
 
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Hey All,

We are a family of 4 (Husband and wife in 30's, a 3 Yr old child and 25 yr old cousin) from Houston who are planning a trip for either March or May 2018.

We prefer natural sightseeing (e.g. national/state parks), some child friendly hikes and overall a relaxed trip.
We have already been to below so can someone please suggest what else can be done:

Grand Canyon
Smokies
Rockies

So far, we have Sequoia National Park or Florida Keys on our radar but wanted to get inputs from here too.

Thanks for your inputs,
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:32 PM
 
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Big Sur, California is amazing. Great hiking and gorgeous views, plus lots of child friendly activities nearby (Monterey Bay Aquarium, sea lion beach, etc.). May would be a great time to visit. March probably a little cold.
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:55 PM
 
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Big Sur, California is amazing. Great hiking and gorgeous views, plus lots of child friendly activities nearby (Monterey Bay Aquarium, sea lion beach, etc.). May would be a great time to visit. March probably a little cold.
Just make sure that the road was open. There was a big land slide last year.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:36 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Hope U R Flying...

CA or Smokies for Spring. (NO CA is quite pretty in spring) Plenty of National Parks / historic / view sites / Mtns / beaches / fun cities activities, potential of desert wild flowers (March / April). I love finding treasures such as this State Park (Near Las Vegas.) great for sunrise / sunset / camping
https://www.google.com/search?q=vall...mUBvQQ_AUICygC

I also enjoy San Francisco in the Spring.

I prefer Smokies in the fall.

GC is TOO BIG and spread out, best to see via flight or raft trip (not with 3 YO...)
Rockies likely too much snow (Best in August)
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:48 PM
 
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Consider Yosemite National Park if your trip is in May. The waterfalls will be at their peak in May and hiking trials will be open but still relatively uncrowded.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:50 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I think one of the most amazing places in the US is Moab UT, surrounded by state & national parks including Arches & Canyonlands & with river trips available ( don't know about with a 3yo tho). Plenty to see & do.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:18 AM
 
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Just make sure that the road was open. There was a big land slide last year.
Yes absolutely. I was assuming that by May 2018 the Big Sur roads will be open again. Good point.
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:43 AM
 
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Thanks all for the wonderful replies.

Thanks,
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Old 09-21-2017, 10:24 AM
 
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March is still frozen in the rockies. Of course plenty of people will still be hitting the trails and even camping. Just remember that if you join them in March you'll be hiking and sleeping in the snow.
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Lafayette
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Big Bend national Park.
There are also some great parks in the Hill County area such as Bastrop state park, Pedernales State Park, Garner State Park just to name a few.
If you want to go out of Texas I will highly recommend Petit jean State park and the Ozark Mountain parks.
Have fun!
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