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When you have kids, especially those of school age, you pretty much live your life around the next school break. Christmas is over, you get in your stride and then wham. Easter. Two weeks after that it appears the summer break has arrived. Time just flies past at a rate of knots.
It’s vital to get booking in advance if you want to get away for a family break and save a little bit of money. The earlier you book, the better the deals tend to be. Unless of course you fancy a real last minute end of the break dash but this can be a little like playing roulette as you might not get anything and also, you lose the excitement that builds up as your trip draws nearer.
For families who don’t have a huge budget to spend jet setting their children across the globe there are some incredible places you can head out on the ultimate family road trip. One of those is Colorado.
Colorado is packed full of things to do year-round. You will find loads of family attractions and acre upon acre of national parks. There are a mix of beautiful towns and cosmopolitan cities so you can really make the most of a break here. Plus you won’t be starved of heritage and history, it’s important your kids learn about their own country before heading off to explore others.
The town of Dillon is pretty special thanks in part to its crystal colored reservoir, Lake Dillon. In the winter months it is full of the Apres Ski set and those breathtaking mountains don’t disappoint when they aren’t a whitewash of snow. You will find 26 miles of shoreline surrounded by the mountainous backdrop and so many activities your children will love that won’t cost you a fortune. You can head out onto the lake boating or learn how to sail, even just a family walk and a picnic will hit the spot on your vacation. If you are looking for something special in the evening the Dillon CO restaurants will cater for everything and provide you with a brilliant atmosphere.
Part of the fun of Colorado is the chance to walk the same paths as the prehistoric Dinosaurs, this is something the children will really love. Keeping in theme you can visit the Dinosaur National Monument, Dinosaur Ridge and Picketwire Canyonlands. At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Dinosaur Journey Museum and the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center there are a host of interactive exhibits to explore.
There is also a great opportunity to get your kids on horseback and take part in some real Wild West action. You can let your children experience living on the new frontier and the views that rewarded the settlers as they arrived at the base of the mountains. There is no way you are going to come away from here without stories to share over the years.
So before you book crazy vacations to other countries, why not think about saving the cash and teaching the kids about their own heritage.
This post was written by a contributing writer.