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Top 10 Outdoor Family Vacations in North America

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
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4. Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Find out here why it’s called the GREAT outdoors!

Steamboat Springs is a one-of-a-kind spot for families. There are great children's ski instructions, not to mention any number of of après-ski activities.

The Kid's Vacation Center is the starting point for families with a streamlined check-in process and (just in case you’re a warm-climate family) a spacious facility to prepare your young ones for the cold.

Lessons are available for children starting at 2.5-years-old, and there are five kids-only slopes where little ones can get good enough to make you proud of their progress (and yet maybe a little embarrassed that they’re getting better than mom and dad).

The Rough Rider Basin is a nod to the Old West with teepees, a log-cabin playhouse and snack areas.

And to top it all off, the whole family can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Great Rockies … followed by a soak in the area's signature natural hot springs.

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