The summer is here, the kids are finally done with school, and like most people, you are probably looking to take a fun break somewhere with your family to enjoy the sunshine.  However, when you are thinking for more than just yourself, it can be tricky planning a family vacation. It’s not as simple as just booking a flight like it was when you were younger. Now you have kids to think of, possibly more than one job to work around, and the hard task of somehow keeping it affordable. Well, to help you out, we have put together three quick family getaways that would be a fun trip without any of the hassle.

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Trip Option 1

The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Stay: Maswik Lodge – a clean, low cost, convenient hotel located inside the park.

What to Do: There are few things that take your breath away better than waking up next to the natural phenomenon that is the Grand Canyon. However, there is a lot more to do than just walk around the canyon. You can take your kids on a tour of the park with a ranger, and help them become a junior ranger. There are also a number of museums, a visitor center, and a gift shop on the South Rim. As in most national parks, there are also a number of trails to hike, and easier ones to walk with your kids, as well as scenic roads to drive.

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Trip Option 2

Lake Placid, New York

Stay: Mirror Lake Inn – affordable, but luxurious, with a spa, restaurants, and golf nearby.

What to Do: The location of the 1980 Winter Olympics is actually the perfect location for a summer family vacation. Inside Adirondacks State Park, your family will be able to enjoy a plethora of outdoor summer activities, including: hiking, rafting, biking, camping, sailing, kayaking, and fishing. You can also pay a visit to the family friendly Dancing Bears Restaurant, and return after the kids go to bed to enjoy their beer, poured from taps encased in blocks of ice.

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Trip Option 3

Monument Valley, Utah

Stay: The View Hotel – located on the edge of Monument Valley, this hotel will give you a stunning view of the valley for an affordable price. Of course, Monument Valley is a great place to camp as well.

What to Do: Monument Valley is so picturesque, it looks as though it could be right out of a Western movie—and to be fair, it probably is, having been used as the setting for more Westerns than perhaps any other location. This whole region is a pleasure to explore, and there is plenty to do and see for the whole family. Some of the must-see features in the area include Four Corners Monument, Valley of the Gods, and the multitude of ancient ruins and rock art. There are also plenty of opportunities to go biking, hiking, golfing, camping, and horseback riding.

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