The summer is 10-11 weeks of having no form of school assignments or activity to consider and it can quickly become a maddening time of boredom. A quick way to engage the children while keeping the rest of the family excited about the upcoming summer period is to take an around two countries trip.

Traveling, experiencing different cultures and learning about a foreign nation are all essential tools in preparing a future generation for success given our emerging global village. A very easy and safe way to do is to split the summer explorations between the US and Canada. Both the US and Canada have typically enjoyed great relations and an extended period of civil peace. Once you carry a valid ID before attempting to cross the border, the peace will continue.

Peace Arch Park

A great place to start is the park where the Canadian Highway 99 and the US’s Interstate 5 meet. The Peace Arch Border crossing has a bit of history and is the very epitome of international cooperation. The park stretches into both the US and Canada with 20 acres being managed by the US and 22 acres being managed by Canada.

A few other interesting sites near the border are:

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Niagara Falls- This is literally 19 miles away from Buffalo New York.

The Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts- Located on the tip of British Columbia; this US land enclave requires a quick slip into Canada before going back to the US.

Haskell Free Library and Opera House- Purposely built to straddle both the US and Canadian border, this is a historic site in both countries with an entrance in each.

Ojibway Park- Great Camping site near New York

Gilpin Staging (Christina Lake) – For the adrenaline enthusiasts, this site offers ATV and other off-road trails.

Camping at Home

Maybe your ideal vacation is simply to travel at home, here are a few exciting sites for adults and children of all inclinations.

Boyd’s Key West Campground, Key West, Florida- Famous for water sports and an exciting nightlife.

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, Tennessee- The largest waterfall east of the Mississippi can be found here.

Telluride Town Park Campground, Telluride, Colorado- There are many activities here from the Bluegrass Festival to the hot air balloon festival. For those wine aficionados, there is also a wine festival hosted here annually.

River’s Edge RV Resort, Fairbanks, Alaska- In addition to having great wildlife, a vintage car rally is hosted here every Wednesday afternoon and they have great RV supplies here.

Camping Resorts

Not all families enjoy roughing it in nature; some prefer a resort experience while in the RV. As such, here are some ideal stops for you.

Hershey Park Camping Resort, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania- With the best prices for entrance to Hershey Park, prepare your sweet tooth for this visit.

The following sites are more for luxury RV experiences with most having full-service hookups and heated pools and loads of activities for the entire family.

The Springs at Borrego, California

Mill Creek Ranch Resort, Texas

Zion River Resort, Virgin, Utah

Timber Wolf Resort, Montana


Author bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at Stylerail, a lifestyle blog as well as Sataco, an electro mechanical company in Lebanon.