5 Late-Summer Trips for the Whole Family

One last summer fling.

The summer may be winding down, but there is still time to head out for a long weekend of fun before school and work kicks into high gear. 

From the east coast to the west—and everywhere in-between—there are plenty of adventure destinations that are perfect for families looking to make the most of their summer vacations.

Here are just a few of our favorites.

Napa Valley, California

Adventure by The Outbound Collective

A trip to Napa Valley isn't all about the wine! Stay the weekend at Bothe-Napa State Park for 10 miles of hiking trails, swimming, and exploring in coastal redwood stands. Other family-friendly excursions include biking the Napa Valley Wine Trail and hiking the Skyline Winterline Park.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Adventure by Tate Yoder

Acadia National Park is full of adventures for any family. From short sightseeing trips (like checking out the Thunder Hole) to challenging hikes (like the Beehive Trail), you can mix it up from day to day. One thing you can be sure of...natural beauty will never be in short supply! The nearby town of Bar Harbor is also flush with great dining and quirky shops.

Black Hills, South Dakota

Adventure by Alex Thompson

The kids will never forget a trip through Custer State Park. In addition to great hikes, the 30-minute wildlife loop will bring you and your family into the habitat of bison, pronghorn, deer, elk, and coyote. While you're in the area, check out Mount Rushmore and Little Devil's Tower.

Northwest Arkansas

Adventure by Jon King

Head to northwest Arkansas for gentle hikes through the woods, curving mountain bike trails, and camping next to clear rivers and streams. Base the family in the town of Fayetteville, and check out Devil's Den State Park, the Slaughter Pen singletrack, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art (it's free!).

St Augustine, Florida

Adventure by Devin Roberts

In the corner of northeastern Florida sits St Augustine, the oldest continually-inhabited European settlement in the United States. It is full of history and family-friendly activities. Hike on the sand dunes, swim in the gentle waves of the Atlantic Ocean, bike down streets lined with live oak, and walk the fort walls at the Castillo de San Marcos.

Cover photo of St Augustine, Florida by Sara Sheehy

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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