Good news, intrepid travelers! If an adventurous safari has been on your family’s bucket list for ages, then a safari vacation right here in the good ol’ USA is in order. Typically, when vacationers think of safaris, they image riding through the South African bush to snap picks of antelope and giraffe, or perhaps even sledding through the snow on safari in Norway. But you don’t have to traverse oceans for the safari trip of a lifetime — America’s vast wildernesses make the perfect backdrop for some epic sight seeing and incredible animal spotting. Plus, a safari in America can be incredibly educational for the whole family, so it’s the perfect choice for an enriching vacation for the kids before they head back to school or during a school break. Read on for three reasons why an American safari is the ultimate adventurous family vacation.
Moose and Bobcats and Bears, Oh My!
Africa isn’t the only continent that boasts a bevy of awe-inspiring wildlife; North America is home to some of the most fearsome and beautiful animals on the planet. If you journey to the U.S.’s old-growth forests of the northeast, you’re sure to encounter an incredible array of wildlife, from howling coyotes and tree-climbing black bears to smooth and sleek foxes and super cute chipmunks. But for the ultimate animal spotting adventure, however, you will need to head out west. The national parks in the western portion of the country — including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier National Parks — serve as habitats for many of North America’s most unique animals, some of which are endangered. Safari through this region of the U.S. to spot American bison, grizzly bears, moose, wolves, and more. Keep in mind that these are also some of the largest, most wild animals in the U.S. — so remember to keep your distance while on safari!
Spectacular Scenery Abounds
A safari through the wildernesses of America isn’t just about spotting animals, it’s about taking in the absolutely jaw-dropping scenery found in our country’s most remote areas. Some American safari itineraries offered by tour companies, for example, take participants through the Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, with stops for exploration among the frothing geysers, colorful hot springs, and the rugged, snow-capped beauty of the Grand Teton mountain range. Make sure you also book your journey with a tour operator that offers activities that get you up close and personal with the spectacular scenery. The mountains and springs of the Wild West really come to life when you and your family bike through its back roads, raft down its rivers, or hike through its world-famous trails. Oh, and a word to the wise — make sure you pack comfortable hiking shoes!
A Chance to Learn
Chances are, dry history textbooks elicit nothing but groans from your kids. But embarking on a safari in the U.S. is the perfect way to teach your kids some important American history lessons, especially since learning while on vacation will not feel like a chore! Yellowstone National Park, for example, is one giant history lesson in and of itself — it is America’s first national park, founded way back in 1872. While on safari, kids and adults alike will get the chance to delve into America’s long history of conservation and resource management, issues that were first strongly addressed by nature-loving president Teddy Roosevelt. Many monuments and plaques dedicated to noteworthy American conservationists and other interesting historical figures dot the landscapes that you will journey through while on your safari. A safari, quite literally, is your family’s chance to see history come to life.
History isn’t the only thing you will learn about while on an American safari; lessons about the natural world abound as well. Your curious kids can get their questions answered about America’s ecosystems, range of wildlife, and geological history — and even the physics behind the watery explosion of the Old Faithful geyser that erupts every 35 to 120 minutes! For the best learning opportunities, make sure you have a knowledgeable guide with you for your journey. A travel professional can help match you with the right guides and educational tours so that your family can truly make the most out of the safari experience.
What part of the U.S. would your family like to journey to for a safari?