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Where to go for a family holiday in The Great American West

If you’re looking for a fun family holiday that will entertain both adults and children, head to The Great American West. The diverse states of Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming offer incredible outdoor scenic adventures, intriguing museums, and tours of iconic sites the whole family will enjoy!

Idaho

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For family fun head to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area which has ‘Glade Runner’ – Idaho’s first alpine mountain coaster that travels at speeds of up to 40 kilometres through the beautiful woods of Boise National Forest. For a summer family adventure go bike riding on the Route of the Hiawatha which has panoramic views of Idaho’s mountain scenery and passes through ten tunnels and seven trestle bridges up to 230 feet high. Or go hiking at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve to explore lava flows, caves and craters.

Montana

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The whole family will enjoy a spectacular outdoor adventure in Glacier National Park. Whether it’s hiking, boating or horseback riding, Glacier’s breathtaking scenery and wildlife make this an unforgettable summer holiday location. Head to Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies where children can set off a geyser eruption, set up camp or fish, as well as seeing the largest collection of T-Rex fossils in the U.S. Cave explorers of all ages will love an underground tour through the most highly decorated limestone cavern in the Northwest at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park.

North Dakota

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To learn more about the U.S.A.’s rich history head to North Dakota Heritage Centre and State Museum where there are thousands of high-technology displays and artefacts including a life-size T. rex skeleton! If your child loves aeroplanes take them to Fargo Air Museum which features vintage and modern aircrafts, most of which can still fly. Theodore Roosevelt National Park has scenic byways such as the Oxbow Overlook, breathtaking views at the Painted Canyon Visitor Centre, wildlife watching (spot the bison, wild horses, bighorn sheep, deer and prairie dog) and the Medora Musical – for some foot-tapping Wild West inspired fun!

South Dakota

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Go on a self-guided tour of Mount Rushmore National Memorial where children can take part in a  ‘Junior Ranger Quest’ completing fun challenges along different stops. Sit out under the stars with the family in Badlands National Park and view the Milky Way as part of the Night Sky Program or do a geology scavenger hunt. Let your kids explore what it was like to be a pioneer in South Dakota and ride in a covered wagon to the one-room schoolhouse or make corncob dolls and drive a pony cart at the Ingalls Homestead where the writer of “Little House on the Prairie” lived during her childhood

Wyoming

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Take the family to Yellowstone National Park’s upper loop to see Mammoth Hot Springs which looks like an inside-out cave, Old Faithful – a geyser that erupts water to heights of 40 metres and Grand Prismatic – the most photographed thermal feature in Yellowstone. Learn about the old west at Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum which has a unique collection of western artefacts including horse-drawn carriages and wagons. Grand Teton National Park is the perfect place to take the family for a summer holiday with swimming and hiking in stunning scenery or for the ultimate skiing and snowboarding adventure visit Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

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