Family Vacations Special Issue 2003
ON STANDS NOW!
F E A T U R E S
Off the Beaten Park
This summer, ditch the car to find true adventure—and big fun—in America’s national parks.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, Tennessee
DRY TORTUGAS, Florida
ROCKY MOUNTAIN, Colorado
CHANNEL ISLANDS, California
PLUS: The best of CANADA’S PARKS and where to find OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS
One family’s GLORIOUS HIATUS on Hawaii’s Big Island.
PLUS: THE ALOHA GUIDE: How to soak up the best of the Hawaiian islands.
By Mike Harrelson
Our exclusive report on how parents feel about travel now. Despite some jitters, families are getting out there—but staying CLOSER TO HOME. By Janine Sieja
PLUS: PASSPORT TO ENLIGHTENMENT: One adventure dad’s manifesto; ten safe-and-sound trips that match your current state of mind.
The New Dude
At Colorado’s Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, the horse might take a backseat to rafting, fishing, or hiking. By Tim Brookes
PLUS: MULTISPORT FUN: Seven more wonders of the dude ranching world.
When the sea summons, answer! Idyllic beach escapes from the grassy bluffs of Cape Cod to the sun-baked sands of southwest Florida. By Meg Lukens Noonan
PLUS: the latest sunglasses; super-low off-season deals; awesome surf schools.
D E P A R T M E N T S
Parents’ days off; dynamite dinosaur digs; dolphin-safe encounters; North Carolina’s new paddling trail; our family summer adventure calendar; a discounted Honduran hideaway; kid hydration packs; and more.
An Asian sojourn on horseback. By Thomas L. Kelly and Carroll Dunham
The Perfect Ten
From the Great Plains to the Last Frontier, adventure lodges we love.
Paddling a Norwegian river is a major triumph for an explorer’s son. By Børge Ousland
Get your family wired with these rugged, high-tech travel tools. By Bob Parks
Experience a new view of the big blue aboard a four-masted schooner. By Christopher R. Cox
PLUS: THREE more family-friendly voyages.
Vacation tips from OutsideOnline.com’s travel expert. By Tim Neville
Follow the Leader
The year’s best guided trips. By Meg Lukens Noonan
The North Stars
Our top-ten list of fun family forays into the wilds of Alaska. By Doug Fine
A Worldwide Web of Savings
How the Internet can lead you to real vacation values. By Amy Marr
Five peaks handpicked to bring out your kid’s inner Messner. By Clark Norton
2003 Family Guide: ON STANDS NOW!