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Old 10-22-2017, 11:41 AM
 
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We are looking for ideas about our next summer vacation (Mid May to August 2018).
There will be 4 able-bodied and active adults on the trip and one pleasant-tempered-but-active 4 year old.
We’d like to spend less than $5000 not including airfare for 7 days somewhere in the US (or perhaps Canada).
Generally, we are interested in nature (hikes, chill canoeing or kayaking not so much white water rafting or zip lining). History. Art to a lesser extent.
Things we hate: CROWDS, shopping, bad hotels, overbooked days.
We recently had a fabulous vacation in Charleston.
We’ve enjoyed the North Carolina side of the Smokies.
We live in DC area so that’s out.
Definitely no to Disney World or Land.
We’d like a hotel/lodge/resort central enough that we don’t have to switch lodging at all. In that vein, we are open possibly to a cruise.
We are leaning towards a large national park but would like recommendations as far as which and where to stay.
We’d love ideas! Thanks so much in advance.
I would say you take a trip either Yellowstone National Park or Glacier National Park. There's plenty of hiking at each park and you could choose to stay in the park lodge for your entire visit.

If you go to Yellowstone, I'd encourage you to see if you can get a commercial jet flight into Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Such flights do occur during the summer months at least. Yellowstone is next to Grand Teton National Park and you can see both parks quite easily.

IMO, Glacier is the more interesting and less crowded of the two parks. However, getting there is more of a challenge. You'd probably want to fly into Spokane, Washington and drive east.
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Old 10-22-2017, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Haven't been there in a while, but the Southwest parks were never crowded; Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef in Utah are gorgeous. Check dates for the monsoon season (July, usually). It's even prettier just after.
Zion is now a madhouse during peak summer season. It's bad enough that there's talk of requiring a reservation to visit from about May to early September in order to get the daily head count back to a manageable and sustainable level. Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef are isolated enough to be uncrowded enough, but I suspect the crowds return in huge force once you get to the Moab area.
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Old 10-24-2017, 08:51 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Nova Scotia / PEI / NB / St Lawrence = great ocean Kayaking

Vancouver Island / Victoria / North Cascades NP (Bellingham) = great ocean Kayaking (inland waters)

Both places you can get accommodation with sea kayaks and do day trips.

Estes Park CO (pre-season)/ with side trips to Loveland / Ft Collins / WY (Snowy Range + Saratoga / Encampment / Veedauwo) + Boulder / Golden, CO. Grand Lake

Glenwood Springs, CO / Carbondale / Maroon Belles / Aspen

Blueridge Parkway (or some area along / Asheville...)

When the toddler can bike well (safe and fast)... Washington DC ( many miles of bike trails, lots to see and do)
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Old 10-25-2017, 10:17 PM
 
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Nova Scotia / PEI / NB / St Lawrence = great ocean Kayaking

Vancouver Island / Victoria / North Cascades NP (Bellingham) = great ocean Kayaking (inland waters)

Both places you can get accommodation with sea kayaks and do day trips.

Estes Park CO (pre-season)/ with side trips to Loveland / Ft Collins / WY (Snowy Range + Saratoga / Encampment / Veedauwo) + Boulder / Golden, CO. Grand Lake

Glenwood Springs, CO / Carbondale / Maroon Belles / Aspen

Blueridge Parkway (or some area along / Asheville...)

When the toddler can bike well (safe and fast)... Washington DC ( many miles of bike trails, lots to see and do)
I sounds like we have similar taste.

We live in DC
Did Golden, CO this summer.
Did Asheville the summer before.

NoVA Scotia and Vancouver Island both sound great. Thank you.
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Old 10-25-2017, 10:20 PM
 
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Grandparents really love the idea of Savannah/Tybee Island. We think it will be similar to our Charleston trip last summer that we very much enjoyed. Once kid is a little older, we will venture to Pacific Northwest and do a New England trip.

Thanks, all!
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Old 10-27-2017, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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There will be 4 able-bodied and active adults on the trip and one pleasant-tempered-but-active 4 year old.
Wed like to spend less than $5000 not including airfare for 7 days somewhere in the US (or perhaps Canada).
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That's not going to happen on a budget of $5000 for 4 adults and a child.
The OP can easily do a cruise for four adults and a child for $5000. The OP said "not including airfare".

To the OP, Savannah and Charleston are more different than they are alike.

Completely different vacations.

Also take a look at Jekyll Island, Georgia and St. Simons Island.
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:01 PM
 
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The OP can easily do a cruise for four adults and a child for $5000. The OP said "not including airfare".

To the OP, Savannah and Charleston are more different than they are alike.

Completely different vacations.

Also take a look at Jekyll Island, Georgia and St. Simons Island.
Could you share more about how Charleston and Savannah differ? Id love to know!
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Old 10-27-2017, 08:14 PM
 
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You want to stay in the US CAN, so i would research Floridas state park website and go from there. Can suggest you visit the gulf coast, from the clearwater beach area and south. There are many beach towns to choose from all the way to Naples. Many activities in Florida , but not much hiking.
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Old 10-27-2017, 09:10 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Grandparents really love the idea of Savannah/Tybee Island. We think it will be similar to our Charleston trip last summer that we very much enjoyed. Once kid is a little older, we will venture to Pacific Northwest and do a New England trip.

Thanks, all!
You can also consider a 'bike trailer' I still have (and use) the Blue Sky I used for bike camping trips with my toddlers (now age 35+)

Bicycle Trailers by Blue Sky Cycle Carts
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Sebago Lake. Rent a cottage on Frye Island. Use that as your base to explore New England.
Kiawah Island S.C., although if you went to Charleston, you might have gone there already.
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