Canoes were invented thousands of years ago by indigenous peoples, who carved their crafts out of huge trees or painstakingly pieced them together with bark and resin. Fortunately for modern would-be explorers, obtaining a canoe now requires much less work—the paddling is the hard part.
Although occasionally canoes are powered by sails or small motors, they’re most often paddled. Although family bonding, relaxation and fishing are the usual goals for a canoe trip, the more adventurous may enjoy rapid-running and racing.
Canada and the northern U.S. are canoeing favorites, due to the abundance of lakes, rivers and fish in these regions. The Boundary Waters (between Minnesota and Ontario) is one of the best places in the world to canoe, with thousands of miles of wilderness water routes and a prohibition on motorized vehicles. Top exotic destinations include the Amazon River (hop on in Ecuador or Peru) or Africa’s Zambezi.
The Texas capital is teeming with city and nearby state parks, with plenty of trails and rivers to please hikers, bikers, kayakers and swimmers alike.
Experience rural Belize and explore ancient Mayan ruins when you stay at these top jungle lodges.
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With a little help from your friends—aka, professional outdoor guides—your family can have a safe and hassle-free vacation.
For those bored with the average five-star hotel, Winvian resort’s unique cottages offer luxurious and imaginative lodging.
Thanks to imaginative pet-tailored programs, four-legged friends can now join the family vacation fun.
Explore Tampa on a nature tour, including crabbing on the bay, canoeing near alligators and visiting the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary.
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Seattle, Belize, Las Vegas and Switzerland offer amazing family travel deals, and a whole lot of fun.
From wild amusement park rides to mellow nature hikes, the Wisconsin Dells has it all.