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Where should we go -- vacation question

We have not been on a vacation that did not involve family since our kids were born (now 10 and 12, almost 11 and 13). We just didn't have the money. However, we are about to move from one house to another, and we have a few weeks in between. My husband and I realized that we would have to move to a hotel and then it dawned on me -- we could pay for a hotel somewhere else, as long as we are paying for a hotel, how about somewhere other than along the highway in our town?

So -- here is the deal -- two daughters, both 2e, gifted/ASD. One also had stomach birth defect that makes it hard for her to travel or go on bumpy roads and severe sensory defensiveness, meaning crowds, noise, etc are difficult for her. Also, we live in one of the hottest states in the United States, so we would like to go somewhere cooler. We consider 85 to be a cold front, and laugh at all the FB posts about the horrible suffocating 90 degree weather people are experiencing. Finally, my dh cannot handle airports well at all and I am afraid to fly.

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What part of the country are you in? I would like to recommend Colorado. There is so much to see here. The weather is great (in the summer), the crowds are minimal, and there are tons of things to see and do. Of course, I may be a little biased.... It really is beautiful, though!


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I agree that mountains would be nice. One of my kids is like yours, and she does well with calm time in the woods. Higher elevations are cooler.

Colorado is great. We've found it helpful to visit in the off season, so in the summer, places mainly know for skiing are great, and in the winter, places known more for hiking and summer fun are great. It's less crowded and that makes all the restaurants easier to deal with. My DD does well with simple things like swimming in the hotel pool.

There are plenty of smooth roads -- its easy to avoid the bumpy ones!

There are similar options in other parts of the US --Blue Ridge Mountains, Adirondacks, Cascades, etc. But the Rockies are my favorite!

Also, canoeing in calm water is a big hit with my kids.

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I agree that mountains would be nice. One of my kids is like yours, and she does well with calm time in the woods. Higher elevations are cooler.

Colorado is great. We've found it helpful to visit in the off season, so in the summer, places mainly know for skiing are great, and in the winter, places known more for hiking and summer fun are great. It's less crowded and that makes all the restaurants easier to deal with. My DD does well with simple things like swimming in the hotel pool.

There are plenty of smooth roads -- its easy to avoid the bumpy ones!

There are similar options in other parts of the US --Blue Ridge Mountains, Adirondacks, Cascades, etc. But the Rockies are my favorite!

Also, canoeing in calm water is a big hit with my kids.
OK, Colorado does sound great. Please advise me on road smoothness. It's a big deal for us.
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I don't think you will have a problem with the roads in CO even if you are heading up to the mountains, I really love Beaver Creek, near Vail, it has a nice villagey atmosphere with kid friendly things to do. Disclosure, I live in CO but do not have SN kids.

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Agreed re: Colorado. Many beautiful places right off the highway, not too crowded in the summer. Lake Dillon, and Grand Lake are both family friendly and amazing with nice inexpensive rentals of canoes, kayaks, etc. Lots of hiking trails, wildlife. Vermont's similar, and again very accessible from the highway.

My son, gifted with HFA, loves the beach. I chose a quiet stretch on the bay side of Cape Cod and Rhode Island.
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Another vote for Colorado here. There is something very relaxing about being away from everything for a little. Especially those kids are that often ‘overstimulated’ find that it really relaxes them. I also like New Mexico (even though there is obviously less to do there for everyone)
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