Rafters with paddle in water
OARS offers a 3 day river adventure that's great for families.
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6 Off the Grid Vacations Where You Can Truly Get Away from It All

A Whitewater Rafting Adventure

If you want to bring along the kids, you may think your options are limited, but there are a surprising number of whitewater rafting trips geared for the whole family that provide the ideal way to unplug from the electronics and reconnect with life. Little ones as young as 4 years old are welcome on the three-day Lower Klamath River trip offered by OARS.

The Klamath River is situated in the remote northwestern corner of California and provides fun, bouncy rapids that are an ideal introduction to whitewater. Plus, the water is relatively warm, making it fun for other activities like swimming too. The trip includes easy hikes, blackberry picking and even the opportunity to gold pan.

Of course, there are plenty of rafting adventures to be had all over the country — and the world. Whitewater rafting in Colorado, for example, is incredibly popular due to the plethora of rivers and beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Sandy beach with ocean in backgroundDiscover seven miles of unspoiled sands on Little St. Simons Island.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

A 15-minute ferry ride on the Hampton River will bring you to the private barrier island of Little St. Simons. The Lodge sits upon 10,000 intrusion-free acres, surrounded by marshland and maritime forest, with a feel as if it’s worlds away from the mainland. Just 32 guests can stay at any one time, and there are no televisions or telephones. It’s one of the best ways to get away from it all in the United States.

Instead, you’ll find seven miles of unspoiled sands with pretty seashells strewn about, and the opportunity to enjoy swimming in the gentle surf, fishing or watching all the birds, which include bald eagles and some 280 other species.

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Tsylos Park Lodge, British Columbia, Canada

Tsylos Park Lodge aims to provide guests with the best in off the grid family vacations. There’s no WiFi, no TV and no cell signal, so forget about texting and email — just enjoy the peace and tranquility of the great outdoors that surrounds you.

Spend your days taking part in activities like hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and fly-fishing in world-class waters, and then feeding your hearty appetite with delicious meals that involve actual conversations around the table.

If that sounds a little too secluded to you, there are plenty of small towns away from any sign of hustle and bustle where you are that much more likely to relax and take in your natural surroundings. Creston, British Columbia is a great little place for a laid-back vacation — especially if you can motivate yourself to leave your phone in the B&B for a few hours.

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