For hiking families, the rugged coast of Maine is irresistible. Acadia National Park — the first national park east of the Mississippi — is home to countless plants and animals, as well as the tallest mountain on the nation's Atlantic coast. Within the park, hikers enjoy the refreshing Great Head Trail.
This two-mile hike, rated as moderate, is ideal for families who prefer shorter and less intense hikes. But make no mistake about it, the circular hike brings you close to breathtaking sights, including dramatic pink granite cliffs, sandy shores of pulverized shells and icy-cold water.
Address: Great Head, Schooner Head Road, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert, Maine 04609
Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing family vacation at Dunton Hot Springs, nestled deep within the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Twelve restored rustic cabins — with modern amenities — date back as far as the 1800s. The baby-friendly accommodations include strollers, cribs, pack-and-plays, high chairs and infant bathtubs.
Dunton Hot Springs offers private hiking activities for "the quintessential wilderness experience." Hike and picnic among wildflowers and sparkling streams as you explore hidden trails, mountain passes and deep valleys. Outings are customized to your needs and range from gentle walks to power hikes.
Address: 52068 W. Fork Road #38, Dolores, Colorado 81323
In the secluded shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa is uniquely situated at the convergence of four winding country roads. This family-friendly inn features just 28 suites and ideal accommodations, including babysitting and childcare services, high chairs, cribs, bibs, toys and children's clothing.
Hiking trails are offered for every ability level and set out right from Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Visit one of the area's 250 breathtaking waterfalls or enjoy panoramic views of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
Address: 445 Main St., Highlands, North Carolina 28741
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