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Q | Do you have any recommendations for an authentic lodge or cabin experience out west that includes family friendly outdoor activities?

We are interested in going west this summer for a week or so with our two kids (6 and 8 years). We're interested in an authentic, lodge or cabin experience complete with family friendly outdoor activities (i.e. fishing, hiking, swimming, zip lining, gazing at the stars) and good food. Do you have any recommendations? -Brooke, MA

A | Arizona makes a great western stop for families

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North Rim of the Grand CanyonAs a resident of both Arizona and Montana, I am torn as to which state I can most highly recommend
for your family trip. Given that my Best Family Travel Advice colleague Amy Whitley has provided
some great suggestions for Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon, I will focus on Arizona.

Your children will likely be excited at the prospect of a visit to the Grand Canyon! I would
recommend flying into Phoenix, renting a car and then spending a few days in Sedona’s Red Rock
country. ( This is two hours north of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport ). The whole family can enjoy Slide Rock,
Pink Jeep tours and easy, family friendly hikes in spectacular canyons. There are some great cabins and lodges in Oak Creek, just a few miles north of the main street in this charming town.

Spend a few days and then head north through Flagstaff, across Route 66 and on up to the south rim of
the Grand Canyon. There are many great places to stay but my favorite is the El Tovar Lodge, perched
right on the edge of the canyon. My three sons have traveled extensively and continue to rate their
Grand Canyon experiences at the top of their lists. After all it is the Grand Canyon!

P.S. If you decide instead to make your way to Big Sky, Montana, know they added a new zip line just last year!

Photo courtesy of Alan English via Flickr.

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