There's nothing like the thrill of a family mountain vacation, where there are so many activities to enjoy at altitude. It's a great opportunity to step back from the stress of day-to-day life and breathe in the fresh mountain air while exploring panoramas and vistas that are simply awe-inducing.
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Family Mountains: Top Destinations
Best Mountain Destinations for Families
Mountain charm, mile-high air and small-town feel adorn the vacation spots on this list. Between zip-lining, fly fishing and paragliding, you'll never find more family fun than on these mountainside retreats.
1. Big Bear Lake, California
In the winter, Big Bear Mountain is popular among skiers and snowboarders for its pristine, snowy hills, but in the warmer months, you have 8,200 mile long roads of panoramic views to go mountain biking, boating on the lake, and hiking. Take a zip-wire tour around the glistening water filled with fish, then go fishing with the family, or waterskiing, paddleboarding, or kayaking!
2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Between mountain biking, fly fishing, paragliding, and disc golf, there's no shortage of fun summer activities for the entire family. In the winter, Jackson Hole turns into a veritable skiing hot spot. Make sure to take the aerial tram that takes you over 4,000 feet in the air for remarkable picturesque views - and don't forget to bring your camera to capture everything!
3. Lake Tahoe, California
For camping enthusiasts, Lake Tahoe is the spot to be, with a number of national landmarks with panoramic views. Mountainside retreats with ski runs are available year-round, and there's no shortage of summer activities to enjoy, like kayaking on the lake, boating, paddleboarding, and even rock climbing.
4. Park City, Utah
There is something for the entire family in Park City, from beautiful scenic drives, to visits to art galleries, to hot air ballooning in the elevated clean air! In the winter, you can go tubing and zip-lining. There are a ton of restaurants and shops to visit, and the town itself has a rich history and artsy culture that only adds to its mountain charm.