Here are a few budget-friendly and unique vacation spots Dad is sure to love:
Dad the Golfer: Does Dad like to tee up on the green to relax? Here are some "hole-in-one" spots that may have him on par:
- If you're in or around the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area, this is one of the best spots to golf. It's the home to 120 18-hole courses and has many budget-friendly packages to choose from. This area also offers many affordable accommodations, so book now for Father's Day.
- Florida is a great place for golfing. The weather is fine, and there are a wide variety of cheap courses to putter away on.
- Las Vagas isn't just for gambling anymore. Nevada offers golfers inexpensive lodging and many affordable courses to choose from.
- Traverse City, Michigan, has turned up again and again for the golfer's "must play." Known for its beauty and affordability, this is any Golfer-Dad's dream come true.
If you're not in or around any of these areas and still want to give Dad a golf weekend, check out Golf Zoo, http://wwwgolfzoo.com/. All you have to do is enter the dates and the location you want to visit and let Golf Zoo do the rest. Plus, they offer Gift Certificates.
Dad the Outdoors Man: If Dad loves the outdoors, why not give him a weekend of fishing, hiking, camping, and enjoying nature?
- Two Rivers State Recreational Area in Waterloo, Nebraska, is the outdoors man's dream. This 650-acre natural paradise offers fishing, swimming, seven miles of hiking trails, and even cycling. For an added kick, why not stay in a restored Union Pacific Railroad caboose? These sleep up to six people for only $60 a night.
- Great Sand Dunes National Monument (Colorado). For the dad who likes to "sleep under the stars," the Pinyon Flats campground at the base of the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains is sure to please. For $12 a night, plus a $3-per-person park entrance fee, families can camp out, build sand castles, and take nature walks. There's even a Junior Ranger program for your little campers 3–12 years of age.
- Gold Bluffs Beach Campground (California). Even though it's in California, this location is extremely easy on the pocketbook. For $22 dollars per site, your family of four can camp in the dunes along 10 miles of beach. Even though there's no swimming allowed, you can still have lots of fun beachcombing, gray whale watching, fishing, hiking, and so much more.
For more great outdoorsy vacation spots, check out FamilyFun.com http://familyfun.com/ under "Travel."
Dad the Driver: Rather than Dad driving the family everywhere, why not let Dad really "put the pedal to the metal"? These unique facilities allow the speed-racer Dad to test his nerves and his abilities:
- Bob Bondurant School of High Performance in Phoenix, Arizona: With one, two, three, and four-day courses available, Dad can get a taste of the fast-paced life of a real racecar driver.
- Daytona Beach: Yes, Dad can even drive on this world famous beach as long as he obeys the rules. Plus, it's only a short ride down to all the action.
So whatever Dad enjoys doing, whether it be golfing, camping, or racing around a track at breakneck speed, be sure to let him know how much you love and appreciate him this Father's Day.