Top 12 Presidents Day Weekend Vacation Ideas
The President’s Day holiday celebrates the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln but it is also a great time to take your family and get away for a few days. Short trips are a great way for your family to reconnect, learn new things or just take time to get away and relax for a few days. Coming up with a great idea for a trip is simple as these 12 suggestions indicate.
1. Disney Vacation
Traveling to see Mickey Mouse is always an exciting adventure. With five different parks to choose from, you and your family can spend President’s Day walking around Epcot and learning about other cultures. You can get in touch with nature at Animal Kingdom or visit a real movie set at Hollywood Studios. Of course, a stroll through Cinderella’s Castle and a ride on Space Mountain is a necessity when you take at trip to Disney.
2. Condo Rental a Few Hours Away
It isn’t necessary to travel long distances to enjoy a vacation with your family. With new house-sharing options online, you can find a condo or house just a few hours from you with all types of amenities. You can search for a nice mountain cabin with a pool table and hot tub or look for a beach front condo where you can sit on the deck and listen to the waves crash while you drink your morning coffee.
The Caribbean is just a short plane ride away and can be the perfect cure for the winter doldrums. With President’s Day falling in the middle of February, your family may be thrilled to head to a warm, sunny tropical destination for a few days to get away from ice, snow and winter air. With many resorts available, all with different amenities, you can find one that will suit the relaxation needs of your whole family.
Need a little excitement to get over the winter blues? A trip to Vegas is the perfect mid-winter vacation destination. Enjoy the lights and noise of the many casinos as you try your luck. Vegas is also home to some of the best restaurants in the world and, of course, you can catch some of the biggest names in entertainment while you are there. Vegas is just a few hours from Hoover Dam, so you can incorporate some education into your trip.
A trip to Orlando does not necessarily mean you have to visit Disney. There are many other attractions in the Orlando area. You can learn more about the vibrant sea life in Florida with a visit to Sea World. If you have a Harry Potter fan in your family, a trip to Universal Studios is almost a requirement. There are also many beaches and other attractions in the Orlando area that will entertain your family for days.
Sometimes, just getting away from your house is enough of a break. Consider taking the family to a hotel right in your hometown. Choose one with a swimming pool for some family fun as you splash around. There are also hotels that have game rooms and other activities for children, especially on weekends when business travelers are not staying there. You may also learn more about your own town by visiting tourist areas locally.
7. Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas offers the perfect combination of scenery, weather and fun. Located on the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, Cabo has the Sea of Cortez on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. It is very popular for sport fishing as well as for sunbathers who want to enjoy the beautiful beaches. You and your family will love the shopping options as well as the many delicious restaurants in the resort. You will want to visit the famous stone arch, a stunning natural rock formation at Land’s End.
8. Waterslide Family Getaway
There is nothing more exciting than sliding down a giant slide into a pool of water. There are several resorts that have stunning indoor waterslide parks that will allow your family to spend the entire holiday weekend splashing, sliding and laughing. Because the parks are indoors, you can be sliding into a giant pool of water or sit poolside in a bathing suit as snow falls outside the windows.
9. RV Trip
Camping is an excellent way to reconnect with your family. Unfortunately, for many parts of the country, pitching a tent in February is not an option. Instead, consider renting an RV and getting off the beaten path. Park in a secluded national forest, light a campfire and spend the weekend communing with nature. Today’s RVs have all the comforts of home, including full kitchens, showers and comfortable beds. Pack some board games and cards for good, wholesome family entertainment.
10. Unique Remote Cabins
Another way to get off the beaten path is in a unique remote cabin. You can find cabins with stunning views of mountains, waterfalls and rivers. Sit on the porch in a wooden rocker and sip your coffee in the morning, watching the sun rise over the mountains. Spend the nights shooting pool or playing foosball with your kids. You can find cabins with indoor swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs and more.
11. European Tour
If you want to really get away, you may want to take a quick European tour. It is possible to do a quick European tour in a short trip. Start in Bruges, Belgium where you can taste delicious chocolates or sample unique beers. Next, head to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Follow up Amsterdam with a trip to Venice, France, floating on a gondola, step into some unique art galleries and grab food at a cute pasta bar.
12. River Cruise
Gliding down a river on a boat can be one of the most relaxing things you will do. The peace of the water and the views you can see are much different than what you see on land. You can actually choose river cruises that take you through historic areas, providing your family with some educational value as well as a relaxing few days away.
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