Best Family Vacations With Young Adults

Best Family Vacations With Young Adults
Today’s family vacations come in all shapes and sizes, including those that include solely adults. As young adult children head off to college or start their first job, parents and grandparents often worry that their days of vacationing together are over. Often, that’s not the case. Resorts, cruise lines and tour companies are seeing more family and multigenerational groups with young adults traveling together.

The best destinations for all-adult family vacations offer plenty of activities and attractions for every interest and age group. While fun-filled days can be packed, it’s important to build in lots of options as well as plenty of free time that family members can use to go off on their own. As with any vacation, it’s essential to involve all family members in the decision making process. This is particularly true for family vacations with young adults. While travel plans should be designed to please everyone, it’s important to build in some exciting experiences that will be particularly appealing to the 20’s and 30’s crowd.

Although many families may have previously opted to fly to international destinations, domestic departures currently appear to be more popular for families traveling over the next few months. With these trends in mind, here are five great vacation options for families with young adults to consider:

Miami & The Florida Keys Escape. This enticing combination of South Florida destinations offers a wealth of exciting experiences. Spend several days enjoying Miami's beautiful beaches and many attractions, then head to the Florida Keys. Florida’s 125-mile-long subtropical island chain is known for its incredible natural beauty, outstanding boating and fishing, and opportunities for outdoor adventure. Finding the right place to stay and make memories together is essential. Families with young adults often seek out resorts loaded with lots of activities, such as Florida’s Hawks Cay Resort. Beautifully transformed after a $50 million-dollar renovation, Hawks Cay has seen an increase in bookings from all-adult families. Set on 60 waterfront acres on Duck Key, the AAA Four Diamond property features a wide variety of accommodations, top-notch restaurants, superb recreational and watersports facilities, an extensive array of activities, and a massive saltwater lagoon. Family groups with young adults will be pleased with the resort’s adults-only pool and dining area, the 7,000-square-foot spa & fitness center and the property’s spacious villas complete with kitchens and multiple bedrooms - giving both parents and young adults the space they crave.

Tropical Caribbean Cruise. Caribbean cruises are a popular option for family vacations with young adults. Today’s ships offer a highly-inclusive vacation experience with amenities appealing to all interests and ages. Departing from convenient Florida ports, Celebrity Cruises' Caribbean voyages are a superb choice for families sailing with young adults - providing opportunities to make memories both together and apart. The enchanting isles on Celebrity's Caribbean itineraries are home to some of the world’s best beaches and attractions including the massive Great Maya Reef, legendary championship golf courses and ancient Mayan temples. In addition, Celebrity’s award-winning ships are coveted vacation destinations complete with spacious accommodations, globally-inspired gourmet dining, exciting entertainment and a wide variety of wellness options. Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Apex, is well-designed for families vacationing with young adults. This revolutionary cruise ship offers 17 dining options perfect for foodies, with menus and dishes created by Michelin-starred chefs. Celebrity Apex also features gorgeous interiors, a dozen bars and cafes, vibrant entertainment and nightlife, breathtaking outdoor spaces and exceptional spa and wellness programs. The ship is loaded with Insta-worthy spots as well.

Multi-Sport National Parks Adventure. Outdoors-focused family trips are particularly popular right now and national parks destinations often top the list. These trips can include numerous logistical and programming challenges, which can be masterfully handled by the right tour company. Austin Adventures, an award-winning family-run tour operator, has spent more than 35 years creating memorable family adventures and is skilled in planning and delivering outstanding national parks vacations. Austin Adventures has extensive experience with the growing all-adult family travel trend and cites the importance of full days, outstanding guides, strong detail focus, and loads of options for all interests and fitness levels. The company has seen significant increases in all-adult family bookings for both its all-inclusive small group departures and customized private journeys. While Austin Adventures matches up families with similar demographics on their planned group departures, family with young adults often choose to make great travel memories on the company's exclusive adventures and customized tours. Yellowstone National Park trips are popular.

All-Inclusive Arizona Spa Vacation. Arizona is one of the country’s top spa destinations, so it’s an excellent choice for wellness-oriented families vacationing with young adults. There are several superb all-inclusive spa resorts to consider. Located on 400 acres north of Tucson, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa offers a wide array of retreat packages, spa treatments, classes and outdoor wellness experiences for guests ages 18 and older. Canyon Ranch Tucson is another great choice for parents planning wellness vacations with young adults. Surrounded by Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, the award-winning all-inclusive property offers more than 35 daily wellness activities along with an extensive array of spa and fitness facilities, fitness trainers, nutritionists and more. CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa near Scottsdale has been named as one of the world’s top 30 wellness retreats. The property offers guests complimentary access to over 70 weekly wellness classes and activities. Several retreat companies also offer all-inclusive Sedona yoga and holistic healing wellness vacations.

Colorado Guest Ranch Getaway. Families with young adults will have tons of fun together at Vista Verde Ranch, an outstanding AAA Four Diamond Rocky Mountain all-inclusive property located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Multi-bedroom luxury cabins are available at the ranch, providing families with plenty of room to spread out. The meals here are delicious, too. Both summer and winter are popular times to visit Vista Verde Ranch. During the summer months, horseback riding and outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking and fly fishing reign supreme. Vista Verde features all-adult weeks from January through mid-February and in the fall, which could be a good choice for families vacationing with young adults. During the winter months, Vista Verde Ranch turns into a snowy wonderland filled with memorable adventures. It's a magical time for families with young adults to visit. Families can enjoy back country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fat biking, ice fishing, horseback rides and horsemanship clinics, tubing, spa services and more. Culinary experiences including cooking classes, wine tastings and beer tasting opportunities are also offered. Convenient shuttle transportation is available to nearby Steamboat Ski Resort for downhill skiing and snowboarding, too.

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