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Family Fitness Vacation Ideas

Summer vacations make lifetime memories. The Daniel Plan asked Lisa Nicholson, owner of Enjoy Travel Agency, to share her Top 5 Family Fitness Vacation ideas, including activities that will get you exercise while having fun!

If you have some favorite active family vacation ideas, email davidj@saddleback.com!

1. Hawaiian Islands - #1 Maui - The Valley Isle

Haleakala National Park

An active, but not currently erupting volcano, rises 10,000 ft. above sea level making sunrise viewing unforgettable. Hike through richly colored landscapes and untamed wilderness. For the real adventurers, bike down the crater in the early morning.

Iao Valley State Park

Emerald peaks guard the lush valley floor of this incredible Valley - the 1,200 ft. Iao Needle overlooks exotic tropical plants and the beautiful clear natural pools. Easy hiking with ridge-top lookout offers a fantastic view of Kahului Harbor.

Ohe'O Gulch - Seven Sacred Pools

Drive down the famous "Road to Hana" where lovely waterfalls and tranquil pools await you. The Pipiwai Trail offers splendid hiking culminating at Waimoku Falls, a natural playground with cliff diving for the daring, historical sites, and swimming for all.

Kaanapali Beach

# 1 finest crescent beach nestles into Black Rock. Black Rock is known for some of the best snorkeling on the island of Maui. Don't be surprised to see amazingly large variety of tropical fish, not to mention the many incredible large sea turtles on the island!

Don't forget – additional options include horseback riding, kayaking, ziplining, and whale watching!

2. Cruises – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines "Allure of the Seas" Rated #1 by Frommer's

The Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness neighborhood is the perfect place to strengthen your body, soothe your mind and renew your spirit. The latest fitness equipment and of course, during your cruise, you can experience healthy dining options.

Just to name a few activities aboard this incredible cruise ship:

  • Complimentary Rock Climbing wall
  • Pool and Whirlpools
  • Ziplining
  • Wave runners

Of course, with the incredible Caribbean ports you will venture to… additional excursions abound!

3. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Sea World, Florida

Florida has many magical theme parks in which to walk, explore and, of course, see a certain MOUSE. It is also known for the hundreds of miles of coastline in which to sail, jet-ski, swim, and sport fish.

4. California Whitewater Rafting Trips!

Experience the fun and excitement of a California adventure on the American River. Pursue your passion of quality fun and outdoor recreation for you and your family. Trips to fit any skill level and all ages. Swimming pool, fishing pond and a walk to Troublemaker Rapids, as well James Marshall State Park, where gold was discovered in 1848. What excitement!

5. Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, CA

California's Premier Guest Ranch & Resort, nestled in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and the renowned Santa Barbara County Wine Country, is one such rare retreat. The Alisal has been a hideaway for generations of families. They welcomed their first guests in 1946. Today, the romance and majesty of the "Old West" remains in the Ranch's wide-open spaces and unspoiled natural beauty.

This Ranch is set on a 10,000 acre working cattle ranch. This one of a kind resort blends the best of nature with exceptional golf, horseback riding, tennis, fishing, first class accommodations, spa services and fine dining.

Editor's Note: To learn more about these destinations, Lisa Nicholson may be reached at enjoytravel@sbcglobal.net.