Point Reyes Seashore Lodge
Kachemak Bay, Alaska
Ross Lake, Washington
National parks often get the drive-by treatment: Vacationing families cruise in for the day, climb out of the minivan at a few major vistas, and then high-tail it out for the night. These lodges, in five of America's most revered parks, will guarentee you linger.
Ski resorts have realized how perfect their alpine playgrounds are for summertime family getaways. They're opening their slopes to mountain bikers and hikers, ratcheting up adrenaline levels at kids' adventure camps, expanding day care, and offering lodging deals in the off-season. Here, four of the summer's best.
Still Breathtaking After All These Years
Washington's Coolest Rainforest
Racing the Wind in a Modern-Day Outrigger Canoe
A Hiker's Valhalla in Montana
A Seal's-Eye View of the Maine Coast