2. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone was an annual Spring Break trip for my family while I was growing up. We would go fishing with Grandpa at Henry’s Lake nearby and then spend a few days exploring the park itself. I know take my boys every few years or so and we look forward to every return trip.
Why we love it: It offers a great opportunity to disconnect from the normal rush of life while connecting instead with both nature and each other. The geysers never fail to impress (or to share their pleasant odors)!
What to do: Visit Old Faithful and the other geysers and hot springs. We always like checking out the flower-shaped Morning Glory Pool. You can also visit the Old Faithful Inn for a bit of shopping while you’re waiting for Old Faithful to erupt every 90 minutes. Also be sure to explore for some wildlife including bison, elk, bears, and Bighorn Sheep.
Tips: Hotels and other accommodations usually book out even up to a year in advance. Be sure to plan ahead or be willing to drive in from a hotel outside the main hub of action. My family has most recently been finding accommodations through Airbnb and have been very happy with the offerings. Also, be sure to really relax! My husband and I always talk about how refreshed we feel when we come back from Yellowstone because we do our best to leave our devices alone and dial into our family.