Summer Vacations

Written by Serena Berger
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Summer vacations should be something that the whole family enjoys. All too often, there is stress or tension associated with getting the whole family on the road and out of town, but with a little careful planning this can be avoided. If there are family members with distinct taste in recreational activities, instead of taking turns planning vacations with one person's priorities in mind, you may be able to find someplace to go where everyone can find something to enjoy.

One shared priority for summer vacations is often getting away from the heat. While you may be happy to get away from a northeast winter and go to one of the popular Orlando theme parks for winter vacation, chances are in July you don't want to go from extremely hot to unbelievably hot. Especially if you are a family who wants to engage in active or sports-related outdoors, you should think about taking summer vacation somewhere cooler, where you can enjoy the location itself as well as the activities.

Mid-Atlantic Summer Vacations

Summer vacations to mid-Atlantic areas like Virginia and West Virginia can be particularly lovely. West Virginia is known as the Mountain State, because of the glorious stretch of the Appalachian Mountains that passes through the state. The New River Gorge National River and the Gauley River National Recreation Area are both within the canyons of the Appalachian Mountains, in an area often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East.

There are a number of activities that are perfectly suited to the climate and topographical features of this beautiful area. Whitewater rafting, at every level from Class I to Class V rapids can be found on the two major rivers, and biking, climbing, walking, horseback and llama riding, ATV riding, and camping are all enjoyable in the surrounding mountains and country. If you drive to the area, you can also take a few side trips on the way there or the way home to the many historic homes, battle sites, and towns in Virginia and West Virginia.

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