Going on holiday with your children is always special. You get to see them all excited about going away, and it’s a great time to create memories and be together as a family. However, there are times where you need a bit of space away from your kids and want to go on a holiday as a couple – free from all the stress that family travel brings. For some parents, they have family members that can look after their kids, allowing them to go away on their own quite regularly. For others, these holidays are only possible once your children are grown up and have families of their own.
Either way, there are loads of great holiday ideas out there, and I believe the US hosts many great destinations for a kid-free travel experience. There are so many unique things you can do here, and loads of great cities waiting to be explored. Plus, going on holiday in the same country that you live in means you can go for short weekend breaks if you still have kids at home to look after when you return. Keeping all this in mind, here are some of my top holiday ideas around the US without your kids:
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Stroll Down The Las Vegas Strip
Now, Las Vegas is what I call a bucket list destination. It’s somewhere that people from all four corners of the globe aspire to travel to. As far as iconic and legendary places go, few cities can compete with Las Vegas.
The problem most parents have is that it’s hardly the most child or family friendly holiday destination. It’s very much somewhere you go as a couple, or with a group of friends. So, when you’re thinking about holidays away from your children, this will be near the top of the list. There’s almost too much to enjoy in Las Vegas with a whole host of casinos and entertainment venues right by your side as you walk down the strip.
I have one big piece of advice; make sure you do your research before booking a hotel. There are some areas of the city that aren’t safe, so you don’t want to be walking back there at the dead of night. If you have a look here https://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsList-Las_Vegas-Safe-Hotels, you’ll find a list of some of the safest places to stay in the city. The great thing about Las Vegas is that, if you live close to it, then you can just enjoy a weekend away and save some money. Or, because there’s so much to do, it’s a good week-long holiday option as well.
Visit The Missouri River
A great holiday idea is taking a trip to see the largest river in North America. The Missouri River is iconic, but that’s not the main reason this is a great holiday idea. If you’re looking for a great weekend getaway that puts you out in nature, then this is the one for you. There are loads of nature trails you can go on by the river that takes you past lots of gorgeous sites and scenes.
Obviously, the main draw is the river itself and how gorgeous it looks as it flows on by. Seeing as the rive is so big, it passes through or by loads of cities in the state. So, where’s the best place to go? For me, I suggest staying in Hermann, which is a nice little city in the River Valley. There are a couple of reasons I suggest this is your base camp, the first of which is that it offers great views of the river from the city – and the outskirts. But, as you can see here https://hermannwinetrail.com/oakglenn-vineyards-winery/, it’s also home to some gorgeous wineries and vineyards. As a consequence, you now have more things to do during your trip as you can go to one of these and enjoy wine tasting and all the extras that come with it. All in all, your weekend getaway to the Missouri River will be relaxing, fun, and full of fresh air.
This is one of those trips you probably would never be able to go on with kids as it’s more of a cultured holiday. So, if you have the chance, try and go on it!
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Witness The Waterfalls In Sioux Falls
Over in South Dakota, you’ll find the well-named city of Sioux Falls. As the name suggests, your main port of call here will be some lovely waterfalls. However, what I like about this is that it’s not just one large waterfall in a random location on the side of a cliff. Instead, you go to a place called Falls Park, which houses lots of little waterfalls, rivers, sculptures, and plenty of places for a picnic. As it mentions here https://visitsiouxfalls.com/things-to-do/falls-park/, it’s the main attraction in Sioux Falls, so you simply have to go there!
I think it’s a great place to go without children as you can really take in the natural beauty of the place without anyone complaining that they’re bored. Plus, the city itself is very much a place for mature people. There are some great bistro’s for you to dine in, sampling some of the finest food in South Dakota. It’s a great city to take long walks as well, the city itself can be covered by foot in just a day or two. As if this wasn’t enough to get you excited, it’s also home to one of the top bakeries in the whole country. This reason alone is enough to get plenty of you off your seats and booking flights right away.
Speaking about booking flights and other things, you’ll find Sioux Falls is a very cheap place to visit. Again, this just adds to it being one of the best holiday ideas in the US right now. Whether you want a couple of days away, or a whole week to yourselves; there’s enough here to keep you satisfied without tearing a hole through your finances.
Oh, and one last point; perhaps you should avoid going there during the colder months of the year. The climate can get very cold and uncomfortable, which makes it hard to enjoy some of the big things here like the park. Instead, summer is your best bet as the weather gets much warmer – but it’s not unbearably hot like in some places.
Visit Florida Without Going To Disney World
I’m confident when I say that there are people reading this who’ve been to Florida before. Most likely, you’ll have been with your kids. Also most likely, you’ll have gone to the likes of Disney World of the Universal adventure park place. While neither of these places is particularly bad, it just feels as though you’re always forced to go there if Florida is ever brought up around your children.
As a result, you miss out on so many amazing things that are literally close to these theme parks. So, now’s the time to fulfill your dreams and actually visit Florida without having to go to the kid-friendly places that you usually spent all your time at. Orlando itself is home to many of these theme parks, but there are also other things to enjoy there too. In fact, why don’t you get as far away from the parks as possible by taking a hot-air balloon ride up into the sky?! This is one of the coolest things you can do in Orlando as it gives you an amazing view of the city that you can’t really get anywhere other than from a plane window. From here, you can see the little tiny people as specks walking through Disney World, and you’ll know that they probably wish they could be up there with you instead!
Obviously, that’s not all there is to enjoy here, and Orlando is also home to some amazing shopping malls that will definitely help occupy a lot of your time. What’s more, there are a host of extravagant villas and hotels with luxury spas that offer loads of different treatments too. This is a great idea if you want to relax and truly de-stress on your holiday.
Also, don’t forget that Orlando is just one of the many places you can visit in Florida. Why don’t you go somewhere different like the Everglades National Park? This is something you simply need to witness as it’s full of amazing natural beauty. You’ll notice that enjoy more nature-filled holidays is a bit of a running theme here, and that’s because kids are less likely to enjoy this, and family holidays are more about going somewhere and being entertained as a unit.
Don’t get me wrong, family holidays are great, and there are so many different family holiday ideas out there as well. However, sometimes you just need a bit of a break and want to travel somewhere without your kids. These four ideas are great ways you can go exploring all over the US and take in some truly magnificent experiences you may not get to enjoy on a family holiday.