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Where can we have the best family vacation for 6 adults?

To celebrate a 70th birthday with adult children:

1-2 weeks; active; hiking; good food; (last vacation was for the 65th in Hawaii)

15 Answers

top answer by
Heidi from Colorado

How about Colorado

Southwest Colorado could be ideal. Spend some time soaking the hot springs at Pagosa Springs. There also hiking, golf and delicious food. The patio at Alley House Grille would be a great place for a birthday party. The Springs Resort & Spa would be a great place to stay.  Or you could rent a house or condo at Wyndham Pagosa.

Then head to Durango (only 45 minutes) and check out this amazing foodie town. Some of our favorite eateries are Steamworks Brewing Company, Ken & Sue's, Brew Pub & Kitchen... and I could go on. It's hard to find a bad meal in Durango.

Rent bikes and ride the Animas River trail. Stop in at Ska Brewing Co and Animas Brewing Company along the way.

Of course you don't want to miss the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and if you come in the right season check out Soaring Tree Top Adventures (a true 5 star zip line experience that is only reachable by train).

I have written a lot about Southwest Colorado on my website, You could swing by there for more info!

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  3. Alley House Grille (restaurant)
  4. The Springs Resort & Spa (hotel)
  5. Wyndham Pagosa (hotel)
  6. Durango (city)
  7. Steamworks Brewing Company (restaurant)
  8. Ken & Sue's (restaurant)
  9. Brew Pub & Kitchen (restaurant)
  10. Animas River (attraction)
  11. Ska Brewing Co (restaurant)
  12. Animas Brewing Company (restaurant)
  13. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (attraction)
  14. Soaring Tree Top Adventures (attraction)
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answered by
Watzisname from Chicago

Can I suggest Arizona? I find the state incredible with it's diverse topography and amazing opportunities to hike, eat and enjoy fantastic vistas. From Tucson in the south and the fantastic Saguaro National Park, desert museum to Sedona up north where you can easily spend 5 days (we have) - Pink Jeep tour, hiking the many canyons just minutes from the city (loved Fay Canyon & Bell Rock), eating Prickly Pear  cactus ice cream, Chapel of the Holy Cross, enjoying sunset from the airport overlook, shopping at Tlaquepaque, relaxing at the many spas and feeling the positive "energy", or just sitting back and enjoying the sunset playing off the magnificent red rock all around you!! 

And don't forget the Grand Canyon National Park, while you are at it!! 

If you have the time, head up north to Utah and enjoy Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park too, will make for the perfect trip with incredible sights and an appreciation of natural beauty while enjoying your 70th :)

Happy Birthday!!

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  5. Chapel of the Holy Cross (attraction)
  6. Tlaquepaque (attraction)
  7. Grand Canyon National Park (park)
  8. Utah (attraction)
  9. Zion National Park (park)
  10. Bryce Canyon National Park (park)
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answered by
Andrew from Fort Lauderdale

The British Virgin Islands! Beautiful mountains and the Caribbean waters are amazing. Lots of activities including hiking, snorkeling, diving (if you are certified), water skiing, fishing, sailing and of course fresh seafood! 

Maybe you would like to charter a luxury catamaran? Of course, there are some great resorts and you can also rent houses. My nephew just came back from honeymooning on St John  and he had a great time!

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Fredrick from Moshi

Tanzania, Africa, its the best place you can have such kind of vacation you are planning, for one to two weeks you can have a wonderful time and memorable vacation in life time for doing a game viewing safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro CraterLake Manyara National Park,etc. The best thing is; You can combine this kind of tour with Zanzibar beaches, one of the nice beaches in the world, Short hiking can be included in your plan, What is the most unique activity than doing a Local hunting with one of the primitive societies remain in Africa? By doing this day action with Bushmen (Hadzabe) you will not forget in your life time. Welcome. 

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Andrew from Fort Lauderdale

The British Virgin Islands! The Caribbean Sea is stunning and if you are into charter boats you can rent one for a week or more. I'd suggest a luxury catamaran that way you get an ever changing view and every night you spend at a new anchorage - a new island every day. Try Virgin Gorda, Norman Island, Salt Island, TortolaPeter Island - just to name a few!

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answered by
Clifford from Kenya

Hello Susan,

I will start with a fact: Princess Elizabeth and Phillip were touring Kenya when she was crowned the Queen of England while spending time at the Treetops Hotel; a treehouse, offering the guests a close view of the local wildlife in complete safety. I recommend this amazing place Treetops LodgeSecondly, Watamu and Diani Beaches in Kenya was rated among the top 25 Africa’s best beaches. WatamuDiani BeachAnother spectacle is the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve known for the massive wildlife migration in the world. Masai Mara


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answered by
Carol from Atlanta

I just took my Mom (for her 80th) to the resort  Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara.  We had a fabulous time!  There are so many activities there for all ages....swimming in the ocean or pools,tennis, hiking the hills, wine tastings at local wineries, a beautiful spa, great food.....I could go on......

I am a picky traveller and the Bacara resort did not disappoint on any level.  The rooms are all in Villas spread out across the hillside.  Most of the rooms look out to the ocean.  There were families there with little kids, too. But, there are several pools to choose from if you prefer a quiet atmosphere.  

The Bacara hotel staff went out of their way to do special things for my Mom the entire trip.  I highly recommend Santa Barbara.  There is also a Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara (closer to Montecito) that I can also recommend.  

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If summer, try Jackson, WY or Maine.

If winter, try Costa Rica or Chile. Chile will be cold at night, but warm during the day.

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Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Hello Susan!  I would consider looking at the Osa Peninsula in, or around, Corcovado National Park.  We have stayed several times at the Aguila De Osa Inn.  The cabins are beautiful, the food was fantastic, and the excursions were a lot of fun. The wildlife is incredible. The hikes are anywhere from easy to challenging.  You can also look at VRBO, or AirBnb.  Having been there a few times, and knowing it is on the short list for next December for my Mother's 70th birthday got me to thinking that with what you are envisioning, this might be a decent spot.  

Another area I would consider is a land based excursion in Galapagos And maybe piggyback it with 3-4 days in Amazon tributaries in eastern Ecuador.  Both are great for hikes, wildlife and such.  We enjoyed Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge and Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge and our stay at Sacha Lodge was amazing.  Whatever you decide, have a great time with your family!

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  5. Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge (hotel)
  6. Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge (hotel)
  7. Sacha Lodge (hotel)

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Chryssa from Copenhagen

Would be glad to give you some advice if you wish.

Which season are you going? Winter / Summer? What kind of whether do you prefer?

answered by
Pawan from Delhi

Rajasthan in India, if you are interested in culture and heritage. If you need any further information you can write to us at

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Meir from Tel Aviv

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Dilworth from Hanover

Ocho Rios, Jamaica staying at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande . With direct flights from JFK and lots to see and do in Ocho Rios like Dunn's River Falls, Dolphin Cove, Bob Marley Museum and Zip Line to name a few.

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Jenn from Boston

Visit Costa Rica JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa - They have everything from zip lines to hikes, horse back riding and more. 

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Azores would be good. Islands like Sao Miguel Pico Island and Faial Island have great hiking and good places to eat local fish. And it's a unique place where few people holidays.

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