Best Summer Mountain Vacations for Families in the World

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FACT: Mountains are not winter-only vacation spots! Also a fact, the Gowhee app has compiled some of the best summer mountain vacations for families below.
Mountains in the summer are great for many reasons. It is a great budget-friendly alternative during peek season. Families can find lakes with water activities, enjoy the fresh air (often much cooler than at the beach), and organize hikes that kids and parents can enjoy.

Think outside the box this summer and go up high.

best summer mountain vacations for families blog cover: Tents in front Kandersteg lake
Photo by Dino Reichmuth

Best Summer Mountain Vacations for Families in the World

La SOA Chalets – Schattwald, Austria

For a truly unforgettable experience, the Austrian alps are one of the best summer mountain vacations for families. La SOA Chalets offer free stays for the kids and access to beautiful hiking trails and the gorgeous Wannenjoch peak. Hiking down to the nearby village is a one-of-a-kind cultural experience that kids love.

Key Information: Chalets start at 165 € per person – kids can stay free – cribs and rollaway beds available

Good To Know: The resort has amazing mountain views all throughout, including from the pool and the nature playground.

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Massanutten Resort – Massanutten, Virginia

At the Massanutten Resort in Virginia’s beautiful the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can spend your family vacation hiking and mountain biking or splash in their exclusive water park. There are lots to do for kids, including a family adventure park and ropes course!

Key Information: Hotel rooms start at $99 per night – kids club available – laundry room 

Good To Know: You can’t skip the street curling experience!

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Blue Ridge Mountains Virginia. Photo by Mitchell Kmetz

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers access to not just one, but two incredible national parks: Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Set in this beautiful backdrop are opportunities to go rock climbing, horseback riding, river tubing, whitewater rafting, and much more.  The resort has lots to do for kids, including a climbing wall just their size and a giant bungee trampoline.

Key Information: Room rates vary by booking package – cabins and home rentals available – easy public transportation from the airport

Good To Know: The resort offers lots of different activity packages, so look at their lodging specials to see if there’s one that fits your family!

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High Peaks Resort – Lake Placid, New York

The High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid encourages harmony with nature. This eco-friendly resort offers free snowshoes in winter and access to its fleet of watercraft in summer. And you can take the whole family, even the furry members– dogs are welcomed! Kids really love the four pools– two indoor and two outdoor pools mean that kids can swim no matter what the weather’s doing.

Key Information: Rooms start at $152 – fitness center – condos and villas available for larger families

Good To Know: Lake Placid hosts lots of sporting events to watch throughout the year, including the Olympic trials!

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Overview of Lake Placid NY. Photo by Kelly Vohs

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort – Alberta, Canada

Located in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains, the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort is your family’s destination for family-friendly outdoor adventure. This pet-friendly resort is located in the heart of Canada’s oldest national park and offers all you need for an amazing family vacation. Their condos and suites even have kitchens to feel like a home away from home.

Key Information: Rooms start at $189 – laundry room available – free shuttle service to downtown Banff

Good To Know: The resort offers bike rentals, and there’s no better way to tour the mountain trails than by bike!

>>> Find amazing kid-friendly trails and outdoor activities in Alberta,Canada here

Berghotel Oeschinensee – Kandersteg, Switzerland

Since 1892, Berghotel Oeschinensee has been delighting guests. It is located in the Unesco World Heritage site of Jungfrau-Aletsch, home to Europe’s largest glaciers. You can see evidence of how these glaciers created the mighty Alps even today! You can also enjoy the crystal clear waters of Lake Oeschinen and take a ride on the nearby alpine slides.

Key Information: Rooms start around $380 – no partying or loud music allowed – breakfast is provided

Good To Know: The hotel season is May-October, perfect for a summer mountain vacation.

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Kandersteg lake in Switzerland. Photo by Patrick Robert Doyle

Gallatin River Lodge – Bozeman, Montana

Gallatin River Lodge is your family’s home base for amazing summer adventures in Montana. It’s close to some of the best fly fishing in the world, as well as opportunities to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and much more. 

Key Information: Suites start at $595 per night – free bottled water-free airport transportation

Good To Know: The lodge’s award-winning restaurant’s menu changes seasonally, and there will always be something on the menu to delight even the pickiest eaters.

Park City Mountain Ski Resort – Park City, Utah

With thousands of acres of ski areas and snow trails, as well as access to the charming Park City, your family will have lots to do at the Park City Mountain Sky Resort. You’ll want to take mountain getaways every year after staying here! Little kids can have big adventures on the ski slopes and mountain trails– there are activities for the whole family.

Key Information: Lodging starts at $155 per night – lots of rooming options available including residences – transportation to Park City available

Good To Know: If your kids don’t know how to ski yet, the resort offers family classes.

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Park City Utah Main street. Photo by Olivia Hutcherson

The Springs Resort & Spa – La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Sometimes the best summer mountain vacations for families happen in unexpected places. Most of the time when you think of Costa Rica, you think of the beach– but Costa Rica’s mountains are spectacular, and the Springs Resort & Spa in La Fortuna offers an unforgettable experience. The resort offers horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and much more at their adventure center. Kids also really enjoy the resort’s lagoon pools and hot springs. 

Key Information: Rooms start at $635 – two and three-bedroom suites available – laundry room available

Good To Know: Parents can relax at the Ginger Sushi Restaurant while keeping an eye on the kids as they play in the adjacent game room– it’s a great way to get some “you time” while knowing the kids are safe.

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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite – Fish Camp, California

Tenaya Lodge is one of the best ways to enjoy Yosemite National Park. The lodge’s staff and knowledgeable guides love the park and want to share that love with your family. There are fun outdoor activities for even the youngest explorers. The lodge is located close to amazing rock climbing locations like Half Dome, and there are many beautiful waterfalls to picnic by.

Key Information: Rooms start at $373 per night – cabins available – pet friendly

Good To Know: You can’t miss the nighttime flashlight hikes– they’re not scary for kids, and they’re a ton of fun.

What’s your favorite mountain destination? Share the best places you’ve visited with your kids in the comments below!

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