Everyone in the Family Will Love These Awesome Last-Minute Summer Vacations
With the kids out of school and parents frequently on abbreviated work schedules, summer is the time to pack everyone in the car and head out for a family vacation. Just a few weeks are left before the school year starts, so there’s still a little time to plan the trip that the kids will always remember. Here are Yahoo's top family vacations.
The adult playground of Paradise Island (Photo: Thinkstock)
Paradise Island in the Bahamas wasn’t always paradise. The 685-acre island, just off the shore of Nassau and connected by a bridge, used to be called Hog Island. The sprawling Atlantis (No. 8 on our list) is the best-known and largest resort on the island, with a water park and a walk-in aquarium. While meal plans are available at the Atlantis, it’s not all-inclusive. With kids, an all-inclusive resort can be particularly beneficial — no worrying about food and drinks! Try the Riu Palace Paradise Island, which includes activities such as swimming with the dolphins. And with a name like Paradise, you know it has to be good.
2. Grand Canyon
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is a popular entryway to one of the most spectacular sights America has to offer (Photo: Thinkstock)
Trekking to the Grand Canyon has long been an American family tradition. Parents bring their kids to marvel at a canyon that is 277 river miles long, 18 miles across at its widest, and one mile deep. Phoenix is about a five-hour drive away, and most visitors go from there to the South Rim, where the majority of facilities are located. The North Rim is open only from mid-May to mid-October and can be more difficult to access. The park offers a number of lodges close to the rim, with trailheads nearby from which you can hike a short (or long) distance into the canyon.
The idea used to be to escape FROM Alcatraz. Now families are flocking to escape TO the infamous prison (Photo: Thinkstock)