Yorktown will soon be moving to a larger land-based facility, joining the Vietnam-era supply base and the Cold War
Memorial among Patriots Point’s unique offerings. You can
even arrange group camping aboard ship for an experience
that’s as real as it gets without going to sea. Find out more
and start planning your trip at PatriotsPoint.org.
The adjacent Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina offers
nautical-themed accommodations and there’s even a nice
public golf course on the site. Patriots Point is also an embarkation point for ferry rides to Fort Sumter, where the
first shots of the Civil War were fired. Nearby Fort Moultrie is another historic site to explore, as are the antebellum
garden estates mansions along the Ashley River and the historic mansions and colorful markets of downtown Charleston. Name-brand hotel rooms are available throughout the
region or you can rent a beach house or oceanfront Wild
Dunes Resort condo on the Isle of Palms. And be sure to
treat your family to a fresh-off-the-boat seafood feast at one
of the fine Shem Creek restaurants.
ZION NATIONAL PARK/UTAH
The American West is home to spectacular destinations
like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, but for scenic wonder and outdoor adventures to delight kids of all ages, Zion
National Park in southern Utah is second to none.
The mountainsides and canyons in the 230-square-mile
Zion National Park have been sculpted over the eons to re-
veal multi-colored cliffs, natural arches and monuments in
stone. Imagine sharing a guided horseback tour with the
grandkids through nature’s rock cathedrals or a ranger-led
hike into one of the park’s unique hidden ecosystems. The
full-day trek on the Zion Narrows Trail along the Virgin
River is an awesome adventure that will inspire members
of every generation. And because Zion is part of the na-
tional park system, there’s a Junior Park Ranger program
that introduces youngsters to the basics of environmental
management, plus daily programs and evening presenta-
tions that focus on topics like the area’s wildlife, geology
and human history.
The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway can be enjoyed from
the comfort of your vehicle and the Zion Canyon Scenic
Drive offers free shuttles that take you to nine remote lo-
cations where you can hike or bike trail loops that range
from easy to challenging. There are three campgrounds in
the park or you can reserve rooms, suites or cabins at the
Zion Lodge. Go to nps.gov/zion for more information.
Several full-service campgrounds are located near the
park, as are a variety of other accommodations hosts that
include Western-style bed-and-breakfast inns, frontier-themed lodges and ranch resorts. Most of the larger facilities have swimming pools and other recreational amenities.
They’ll also arrange horseback, rafting and ATV excursions
for your whole gang.