Natural treasures make great family vacation memories. Take the kids and get outdoors. Behold the power of water and enjoy an explore of some of the country’s natural waterfalls. For families who like to hike or families who like low-key outdoors, these are some falls that suit everyone’s adventure seeking spirit. Grab a GPS and some trail mix.
Shoshone Falls: Twin Falls, ID
If big and famous falls are what you’re after, head to Idaho’s Shoshone Falls. The cascade drops from a 1000 ft wide rim from 212 ft. That’s higher than Niagara Falls. These falls are part of Snake River system and mark the divide between unique aquatic ecosystems. The falls are well maintained by the State Parks system so there is plenty to learn while visiting.
Stay a bit north of the river in Ketchum where you can get comfy in this four bedroom vacation home. With three queen suites, your entire family will be in the lap of luxury when you’re not out sight seeing. The cabin is set on an acre of land making plenty of private yard space for the kiddoes to roam safely.
Hebron Rock Colony: Blowing Rock, NC
Huge boulders fell down the mountainside centuries ago and left a breathtaking rock waterfall that is easy to climb. For beginner to moderate hikers, Hebron Rocks Colony is a fun climb to the top where a still pool awaits for swimming and wading. Side trails along the waterway are a safer bet for inexperienced hikers and on wet days when the rocks are too slippery.
This pond-side cottage is a cozy log-cabin style nest for your little ones to rest after a long day on the mountain. Rustic decor showcases the best Appalachia has to offer: quilted bedspreads, pine furniture, and hand made details. A paddle boat is available for enjoying the pond.
Niobe Waterfalls: Woodstock, NY
The Catskill Mountain Range is home to a variety of falls and land formations. The Niobe Falls have been featured in The New York Times as a must-see vacation destination. But not to worry, this country setting still remains uncrowded. This charming Victorian home is perfectly located right at the falls. You can spend the day exploring in your “own” backyard or on the trails. Most of the rooms have a waterfall view, so let the young ones out to be free. You can supervise from the window while you enjoy some adult conversation.