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Vacationing with kids is always fun— but it can also be a challenge, too. Finding stuff to keep them entertained, but also engaged is key to making your family trip a success… and if they’re tired of the same old museums and state parks, it’s time to start thinking outside the box when planning a family vacation. Luckily, we’ve gathered a list of unusual and exciting places that kids and adults alike will love. Get out there and get exploring!


Natural Waterslides


If your kids love waterslides, but standing in line for hours isn’t your cup of tea, check out these gorgeous natural waterslides. Meadow Run in Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park has slowly been earning a reputation as one of the best natural waterslides in the country. Its long corkscrew waterway dumps you into a shallow pool at the end. It can move you pretty fast, so you might want to wear jeans to protect your skin! This park offers RV-friendly camping, making this a great weekend trip during the summer.


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Although we’d love nothing more than to hit the road full-time in our RV, the reality is that it stays put many months of the year. We could put it in storage, but it’s pretty convenient to have close by; especially at our home where we can use it as a guest house for visitors.

Allowing family and guests to stay in our RV has perks—for them and us. First, it allows everyone their privacy. Guests can retreat to their own space at the end of the day and truly unwind. No one has to be “on” for the entirety of their visit—hosts included. This relaxation pays off by making the time we do spend together of better quality.

And this way, we don’t have to shuffle our house around. Everyone can stay in their own bed and our company can spread out in the RV. Fewer displaced children and teens makes for a happier household.

If you’ve never used your RV as a guest home, here are a few ways to add special touches to your guest’s stay:


Stock with Refreshments

Your guests will likely eat with you for meals, so you don’t have to stock the refrigerator to the brim. Add some wine and beer if your guests drink, and make sure to have plenty of bottled water on hand. Place water bottles or a jug and small glass on each bedside table.


Make Sure it’s Clean

Just like you wouldn’t have guests in your home without cleaning, the same holds true for your RV. I love when guests stay in our RV because it forces me to get out there and give it a thorough cleaning. Once guests leave it doesn’t take much to clean it again so it’s ready for our next trip.


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