June 23, 2017

How to Plan a Perfect Mountain Getaway

mountainI’ve yet to take my kids to the mountains, but it’s definitely in the back of my mind for once my three-year-old son is a wee bit older. Fortunately, the Winter-Park Fraser Chamber in Colorado put together a few top tips for organizing a perfect mountain getaway. Take a look:

Go Early or Late in the Season. Hiking is a popular outdoor activity for many people and families who like to hit the trails on the weekends, holidays and peak summer travel months. If you can, opt for periods just outside high season, like April or October, when weather is still nice, but there are fewer crowds.

Look for Travel Deals. Check in with the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Bureau for deals and coupons that might not be available elsewhere. They may also be able to suggest low-cost or free options for family fun on a dime.

Be Aware of Altitude. Don’t let altitude sickness wreak havoc on your vacation. Spend a day or two adjusting to a base altitude before heading up a mountain where elevation can increase rapidly. Drink plenty of water and be sure to bring along sunscreen.

Consider Transportation. Look to see if a mountain offers a shuttle if you don’t feel comfortable driving in mountain conditions. If you visit a mountain resort, many times you’ll be good to go walking, biking or taking a shuttle everywhere you need to go.

Pack Layers. Make sure to dress in layers when you travel to a mountain since even in the summer it can be cool in the mountains. It’s also wise to bring along a rain poncho and hiking boots to stay dry and keep from slipping on the terrain should a rain shower approach while you are on the mountain.

Do you have any great tips for planning and organizing a mountain getaway? Let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: Justin Johnsen

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