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Old 10-28-2017, 10:21 AM
 
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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.
Florida is kind of pushing it in summer. If the OP wants to do Florida, Id recommend a place like Fernandina Beach, which is right up at the Georgia border. Its close to places like Jekyll and Cumberland Island (which is really interesting), but not too far for a day trip to St. Augustine. There is actually fairly passable hiking in the state parks up in Fernandina as well (for Florida) and you can see a fort there or ride bikes around like you can do in Jekyll as I think theyve now finished up the bike paths. Unfortunately the gulf waters are just not refreshing at all once it gets to about May. Its like swimming in a bathtub. The Atlantic side (while without as pretty water up there) at least has refreshing water temperatures.

I also like northern Michigan around Traverse City. There is Sleeping Bear national lakeshore, Mackinac Islands, and lots of pretty lake areas around there with cute little towns. The weather would probably be a lot more pleasant. Unfortunately in Florida you get to rainy season in the summer, with more rain the hotter it gets. August is really not recommended since thats when the hurricanes start really coming. However, the rain tends to get worse as summer progresses. Its best to go in May, but even then it can be sweltering. In Michigan at least you might have a shot at cooler weather, although I spent one summer up in northern Michigan where it was in the 90s about the entire time so you never know!
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Old 10-29-2017, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It's hard to find a major national park these days that isn't in the process of being loved to death. Washington state? Base in Port Angeles or Sequim or maybe one of the park lodges and you have mountains and rugged beaches to explore, the ferries that take you to other parts of Washington and British Columbia, and the option of a day or two in Seattle at the start or finish.

The park is spread out, and it helps disperse crowds, but the down side is that there can be a lot of driving if you want to do something like make a day trip from Port Angeles to the Hoh rainforest.
My husband and I actually just did Olympic National Park last month and really enjoyed it. It was our first ever trip to Washington State. I agree with the above that the Port Angeles area or Crescent Lake (just a little farther to the West) is the best area to stay to maximize your access to as much of the park as possible since it is so spread out. On the plus side, that makes it less dense and crowded than nearly any other National Park. Very diverse regions of the park will enable you to hike old growth forests, mountains and coastline.

We were there in Sept, and the weather was fantastic, but I have no idea what it is like in the Summer.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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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.
Wed 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.
Weve enjoyed the North Carolina side of the Smokies.
We live in DC area so thats out.
Definitely no to Disney World or Land.
Wed like a hotel/lodge/resort central enough that we dont 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.
Wed love ideas! Thanks so much in advance.
certainly on $5,000 you will not be able to do much in Canada. I would suggest a cruise but if you don't like crowds that isn't a good idea. How about anywhere in the south, maybe Gulf shores Al and check out time share rentals. Most of time share companies do rent out units, this would work well for all of you, give you freedom to do some cooking yourself and still eat out when you want. You should be able to find all the activities in that general region. Of course further west you can find places like Grand Canyon, Zion and Brice, all are awesome. And the cost would be within your budget. New England is another place that offers everything you are wanting.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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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)
somewhat disagree with you on the Canada suggestions. I agree all are spectacular and offer what the family is wanting but Canada is very expensive. NO way can a family of 4 adults and a little one vacation for a week in Canada for $5000.00. Activities alone would eat up half the money. I do love Vancouver though.
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:34 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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somewhat disagree with you on the Canada suggestions. I agree all are spectacular and offer what the family is wanting but Canada is very expensive. NO way can a family of 4 adults and a little one vacation for a week in Canada for $5000.00. Activities alone would eat up half the money. I do love Vancouver though.
We just returned yesterday from 10 days in SE / Atlantic Provinces (not cheap). Nova Scotia was very great!, NB also. PEI... nice but an expensive side trip (CDN$46.50 bridge toll).

Total for 10 days (2 of us) <$800 (Food, rental car, Fuel (4,000km) lodging entertainment)
+ Air ($108 each way from west coast) (Only ONE has to pay... free companion pass for last 2 yrs)

YMMV

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Old 11-12-2017, 04:25 AM
 
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Florida is kind of pushing it in summer. If the OP wants to do Florida, Id recommend a place like Fernandina Beach, which is right up at the Georgia border. Its close to places like Jekyll and Cumberland Island (which is really interesting), but not too far for a day trip to St. Augustine. There is actually fairly passable hiking in the state parks up in Fernandina as well (for Florida) and you can see a fort there or ride bikes around like you can do in Jekyll as I think theyve now finished up the bike paths. Unfortunately the gulf waters are just not refreshing at all once it gets to about May. Its like swimming in a bathtub. The Atlantic side (while without as pretty water up there) at least has refreshing water temperatures.

I also like northern Michigan around Traverse City. There is Sleeping Bear national lakeshore, Mackinac Islands, and lots of pretty lake areas around there with cute little towns. The weather would probably be a lot more pleasant. Unfortunately in Florida you get to rainy season in the summer, with more rain the hotter it gets. August is really not recommended since thats when the hurricanes start really coming. However, the rain tends to get worse as summer progresses. Its best to go in May, but even then it can be sweltering. In Michigan at least you might have a shot at cooler weather, although I spent one summer up in northern Michigan where it was in the 90s about the entire time so you never know!
We have family that we see yearly in Florida so we are well-acquainted with the special kind of heat and humidity it offers.

Strangely, we had looked at Mackinac Island! We were disappointed by the lack of rentals of the size we need. We hadnt checked Traverse City though. Will look into it.
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:26 AM
 
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My husband and I actually just did Olympic National Park last month and really enjoyed it. It was our first ever trip to Washington State. I agree with the above that the Port Angeles area or Crescent Lake (just a little farther to the West) is the best area to stay to maximize your access to as much of the park as possible since it is so spread out. On the plus side, that makes it less dense and crowded than nearly any other National Park. Very diverse regions of the park will enable you to hike old growth forests, mountains and coastline.

We were there in Sept, and the weather was fantastic, but I have no idea what it is like in the Summer.
Sounds like we will have to add this to the list if not for this summer than sometime soon. Thank you.
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:29 AM
 
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We just returned yesterday from 10 days in SE / Atlantic Provinces (not cheap). Nova Scotia was very great!, NB also. PEI... nice but an expensive side trip (CDN$46.50 bridge toll).

Total for 10 days (2 of us) <$800 (Food, rental car, Fuel (4,000km) lodging entertainment)
+ Air ($108 each way from west coast) (Only ONE has to pay... free companion pass for last 2 yrs)

YMMV
Cruising out of Boston might be the best option for us to explore this area. Anyone done it?
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Austin
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We are leaning towards a large national park but would like recommendations as far as which and where to stay.
Wed love ideas! Thanks so much in advance.
Go to the Rocky Mountains in CO. We go almost every year and there are several small towns to enjoy such as Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Frisco, Winter Park, etc.

Also, there are several National Parks in Utah such as Arches, Capitol Reef, Zion and Bryce Canyon that are very interesting.
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Could you share more about how Charleston and Savannah differ? Id love to know!
Tybee Island itself is much bigger and packed than the Charleston islands of Sullivan's or Isle of Palm. Tybee is much more commercialized. It may be too hectic for your group. Our extended family loves it for keeping the teens/young marrieds entertained & not hearing the dreaded "bored" word (kids like to troll the tourist stores & food stands; bars for the older ones). The hotels/motels are horrendous on Tybee -- just scroll through Yelp. Lots of condo/private rentals that are excellent, however. Savannah itself is where you'd stay for the Hilton/Marriott's of the world.
The city of Savannah has a more spread out feeling than the peninsula of Charleston. Savannah is on a river & Riverwalk itself is the main tourist drag. Also, it's an "open container" city with many breweries in the walk-able core city. There's a paddleboat or two to river cruise for a couple of hours.
Savannah is the home of the College of Art & Design & the Telfair Museums -- my fav. There's a resort casino across the river & a gambling cruise boat if that's your thing.
Historic sites abound, just like Charleston. However, there's a lot more acreage of city parks & squares & cemeteries than you'll find in Charleston. One caution here is the crime rate close & around the city far exceeds Charleston's peninsula & close in areas. Just know where you are as any tourist should.
Savannah shares many "local chain" restaurants with Charleston, but is not the huge foodie town that Charleston is.
I love Charleston & chose it for my retirement hometown. Don't have that same cozy feeling about Savannah, but certainly enjoy visiting there!
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