Jul 132010


It's summer - time for families with teens and tweens to get outdoors!

     Welcome to our Family Summer Travels with Teens and Tweens – Part 1  blog carnival.  We have been reading lots of family travel blogs lately and always enjoying seeing what other families with teens and tweens are doing for vacation fun. 

     As our readers know, we have recently returned from a whirlwind weekend in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire.  Later in the summer we will be re-visiting the Jersey Shore, one of our favorite summer destinations.  And like us, most of the articles we have been reading find families with teens and tweens getting outdoors!  Haven’t planned your summer trips yet?  Read on for some ideas and inspiration.

Family Time at New England Resorts

     We’ll start off with fellow New Englander, Vermont’s Miss Magpie who presents two family visits to teen and tween friendly resorts in her home state.  In  Destination Vermont posted at FindandGoSeek’s BLOG, Miss Magpie describes her recent trip to to The Essex Resort and Spa in Vermont with her  8 and 11 year old children.  Looks like they had a great time taking the Soufflés and Baked Custards class at the Resort’s Cooking Academy.  In The High Points of a Family Trip to TopNotch we get the low down on pools, bike paths and ice cream options near Stowe Vermont’s fabled Top Notch Resort.

To Mountain Hikes

     Farther west, we hear from Amy of  The Asthma Mom about a daytrip to Colorado’s Roxborough State Park in Roxborough State Park and the Fountain Formation.  The 300 year old  Fountain Formation, a layer of rock that eroded down from the Ancestral Rocky Mountains offers fun with a challenge if you visit the Colorado Front Range.  Her article is a good reminder that teens and tweens with asthma can often be tougher than we think.

View of downtown Anchorage from coastal trail, courtesy Frank Flavin, ACVB

To Alaska

     Still farther west, Glennia of The Silent I and her tween son Alex explored Alaska in a series of posts publishing lots of pictures, tips and links that are a treasure trove for anyone planning a similar trip.  We particularly enjoyed Anchored Down in Anchorage. 

Heading to Mexico!

     Heading south, we read about the trip that Travel Dither blogger Debbie Ferm and her 13-year old son Wyatt took to Mexico in a series of articles including the Mayan Riviera is Fab for Families.  They hit all the hot spots including the town of Playa del Carmen for shopping and Xel-ha for snorkeling and cliff jumping.  They also toured the  ruins of Tulum, and experienced zip lines, all terrain vehicles, and caves at Xplor Adventure Park.  Sounds like the kind of trip our active teens would love.

And Italy’s Cinque Terre

     Farther abroad, the wandering Gill Family shared photos and insights from what sounded like a beautiful but fairly challenging hike with friends on the Cinque Terre trail in Italy in their article  Five Lands and Friends, Hiking the Cinque Terre on their wonderful Gill Adventure Blog.  This is one hike we have always wanted to try so we enjoyed experiencing it vicariously with them.

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