Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Best Places to Travel with the Grandchildren

There are a few no-brainer destinations for grandparents who want to travel with their grandkids. Those destinations include Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and even Legoland. Well, there is a plethora of other destinations out there that both grandparents and their grandkids can enjoy together!
Here are 8 destinations where grandparents can take the grandkids:

1    Oxford, England

Everyone seems to love the magic that encompasses certain book series including Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Alice in Wonderland. Well, in Oxford, the entire family can walk past the garden that inspired the book, Alice in Wonderland, before spending time at Blenheim Palace with its hedges that are similar to the ones in Harry Potter. London is not too far away, so it is possible to visit the studios where all the Harry Potter movies were filmed and stop in at the Great Hall at Oxford University’s Christ Church.
Oxford, England
2    Raquette Lake, New York

Summers are full of fun and excitement in Upstate New York at the Sagamore. Grandparents and grandkids can spend their days on Sagamore Lake, whether they are swimming, canoeing, or kayaking. The Great Camp Sagamore is a National Historic Landmark and served as an Adirondack retreat for the Vanderbilt family for over half a century. The best part of this adventure is that if families stay right at the Sagamore, there are no televisions or phones in the rooms, so everyone can spend time together without interruptions.
Raquette Lake, New York
3    Alaskan Cruise

Cruises are always a fun getaway, as everyone can find something to do that interests them. Both grandparents and their offspring will love an Alaskan cruise, because the scenery is more unique as are the excursions. Everyone can spend time dog-sledding and salmon fishing, while also spotting glaciers, whales, brown bears, and more. Cruises are also a great way for grandparents to spend one on one time with each grandchild.
Alaskan Cruise
4    South African Safari

Want to set the bar impossibly high for all the other relatives? What child wouldn’t want to see rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, and buffalo up close? There are many destinations for safaris, but South Africa is one of the safest ones for families. The Gondwana Game Reserve hotel has a junior ranger program as well as many other family friendly activities that will keep everyone busy and active.
South African Safari
5    The Outer Banks

Renting a large house on the beach can be easy in the Outer Banks, which makes it fantastic for grandparents who want to travel with their grandkids. The beaches and the ocean will offer hours of fun that will include swimming, long walks, seashell searches, paddle boarding, fishing, and sunbathing. Families can also go horseback riding and take a private helicopter tour.
The Outer Banks
6    Costa Rica

Costa Rica is becoming more popular with families as there are numerous activities for people to do with smaller children. Tortuguero is one of the best destinations, because families can ride a boat through the canals as they look for wildlife. A lush rainforest can be found within the Manuel Antonio National Park and everyone can learn how to surf in the Pacific Ocean there. Two other activities that everyone will love includes whale watching and zip lining.
Costa Rica
7    Mackinac Island, Michigan

Go back in time on the charming Mackinac Island in Michigan. Families can stay at the infamous Grand Hotel, where they can participate in afternoon tea and sit on the rocking chairs on the massive front porch. There are no cars allowed on the island, so everyone will need to walk to get where they are going, or they can take a horse and carriage ride. There are multiple activities at the hotel including swimming, Quidditch matches, and visits to the butterfly house. Throughout the island are antique shops, fudge shops, and boutiques that display items everyone will want to purchase. No one will want to miss the live musical performances that are held every day either.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
8    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Families love the options that they have when they visit Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. They can stay in a rented house or condo, a hotel, resort, or one of the numerous mom and pop places that have been there forever. Most Myrtle Beach getaways include numerous days at the beach, but people can also spend time shopping, playing mini golf, or any of the other activities that line the shoreline.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
These are some of the many destinations that grandparents can take their grandkids for a spectacular vacation. While the destination is very important, what is even more important is the time that everyone spends together as a family.

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