Palm Springs is blessed with lots of California blue sky and surrounded by mountains in all directions. Within this desert paradise, you’ll find some really good kid-friendly Palm Springs hiking trails.
Hiking the Ladder Canyon Trail / Painted Canyon Trail loop was easily the most fun we had while hiking with kids in the Palm Springs area.
When our kids were 6 and 4 years old, they hiked up to the Lost City in Colombia. Our kids hiked to the Lost City all on their own without being carried (aside from the odd moments where we carried them over rocks or down a steep section). The other hikers at the camps were always in shock to see our two little hikers show up at the end of the day. And the other guides on the trail were so impressed they always ran over to congratulate our two incredible hikers.
Looking for a fun and easy place for a family vacation? Palm Springs is your place. Blessed with palm trees and blue skies, Palm Springs is a small family-friendly city with a pleasant desert climate.
We enjoy teaching our kids to appreciate the beauty of nature, so hiking in Joshua Tree National Park was a perfect fit. A lot of people come spend one day in Joshua Tree, but if you have the time, there are enough enjoyable things to do in Joshua Tree National Park to fill several days.
Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery we’ve ever seen. We were lucky to spend 3 weeks in the summer for our holiday in Scotland with kids. When we travel with our kids, we tend to spend as much time outside in nature being active as possible, so we knew that Scotland would be right up our alley. But it wasn’t all hiking and some of the hikes we did were so much fun for the kids.
One of the most breathtaking sights in Glencoe, Scotland are the majestic Three Sisters. The majority of the people who see them stop at the viewpoint, take a few pictures, then get back in their car and leave. But did you know that one of the best Glencoe walks is a short hike up into a river valley between two of the sisters? It’s a bit challenging with small kids (ours were aged 6 & 3), but it can be done.
Fort William, Scotland bills itself as the “Outdoor Capital of the UK” and for good reason. It sits at the foot of Ben Nevis (the UK’s tallest mountain) and is the starting point and ending point for many epic multi-day hikes, including the famous West Highlands Trail.
The Hermitage Woodland Walk is a magical, family-friendly walk through the woods. One of the reasons this Tay Forest Park walk is so fun is that it was once a pleasure ground for the Dukes of Atholl in the 18th century. The Dukes designed the area and planted many of the trees for their personal enjoyment.