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Photo Gallery: My Top 10 Family Adventures

Posted On May 3, 2016 at 10:10 am by / Comments Off on Photo Gallery: My Top 10 Family Adventures

By Michael Lanza

Looking for an unforgettable adventure to take your family on? How about hiking a volcano, exploring slot canyons, or rafting for six days down a classic wilderness whitewater river? How about backpacking a wild coastline or deep into the glaciated mountains of Washington’s Glacier Peak Wilderness (lead photo, above), or taking a multi-day float trip on one of the West’s most spectacular (and gentle) rivers? How about diving into a place that awes people of any age—the Grand Canyon?

The photo gallery below spotlights several trips that rank among my family’s favorite outdoor adventures of all time. Check it out as a starting point for identifying your family’s next big trip.

Then, for more photos and links to the full story about each of these trips (with more photos and trip-planning information in each story), see “My Top 10 Family Adventures.” You may also be interested in my stories “10 Tips For Raising Outdoors-Loving Kids,” “10 Tips For Getting Your Teenager Outdoors With You,” and “10 Tips For Keeping Kids Happy and Safe Outdoors,” and all of my stories about Family Adventures at The Big Outside.

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Crater rim, Mount St. Helens.
Backpacking the Olympic coast, Olympic National Park.
Floating the Green River, Canyonlands National Park.
Exploring the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
Idaho's Middle Fork Salmon River.
Tonto East Trail, Grand Canyon.
Vernal Fall, Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park.


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