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Photo Gallery: The 10 Best Family Adventures

Posted On April 30, 2017 at 8:22 am by / Comments Off on Photo Gallery: The 10 Best Family Adventures

By Michael Lanza

Looking for an unforgettable adventure to take your family on? How about hiking a volcano, canoeing through one of the planet’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries, 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, or hiking to Yosemite’s world-famous waterfalls (lead photo, above)? How about diving into a place that awes people of any age—the Grand Canyon?

The many outdoor trips we’ve shared as a family have given us a quality and quantity of time together that rarely occurs in “normal” life, and have shaped the people my two teenage kids are rapidly growing into. Those times are irreplaceable.

We’ve also been fortunate to have taken, together as a family, some of the best outdoor adventures in America. The photo gallery below spotlights the 10 trips that rank as my family’s favorite adventures of all time. Check it out as a starting point for identifying your family’s next big trip. Then scroll below the gallery for links to my full list of top 10 family adventures and other stories.


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Hiking Mount St. Helens.
Hiding in massive driftwood on the Olympic coast.
Floating the Green River, Canyonlands National Park.
Backpacking Zion's West Rim Trail.
Idaho's Middle Fork Salmon River.
Tonto East Trail, Grand Canyon.
In the narrows of Paria Canyon.
Hiker on the John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park.
Paddling through a mangrove tunnel on the East River, on the edge of Florida's Everglades.
Skiing the Biscuit Basin Trail through the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone.

See the full list of “My Top 10 Family Adventures,” which has links to the full story about each of these trips, with trip-planning information in each story. You may also be interested in my “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 a menu of all of my stories about Family Adventures at The Big Outside.


Read about more of our family adventures in my book Before They’re Gone—A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks.



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