Talk to just about anyone around and the economy continues to be bad enough that the idea of a vacation seems far fetched. We didn’t have grand plans beyond doing some RVing this summer, possibly including a trip into the Yukon area of Canada. But between wildfires here in Alaska and vehicles breaking down on us, that just isn’t looking too promising. So what can you do?
Summer Staycation ~ Visit local museums
Have you looked at what museums are in your area? I have found that many communities have local gems that are often overlooked and may be low cost or free to enter.
In Anchorage, there are not only larger venues like the Anchorage Museum or the Alaska Native Heritage Museum, but there is a small natural history museum I plan to bring my 4 year old to enjoy and my older boys could enjoy a visit to the Alaska Aviation Museum or the Alaska State Trooper Museum. There’s also the Wildlife Refuge about an hour from Anchorage and the Alaska Zoo that we can visit. Or, heading north there are plenty of exhibits (e.g. the Iditarod Museum) in the Mat-Su Valley.
Summer Staycation ~ Get out and enjoy the outdoors
Whether it’s a picnic at a local park, hiking or riding your bikes, this can be a refreshing way to enjoy yourself. Pack up your food, include a blanket to spread out on, and head on out for some fun.
Odds are that we’ll try our hand at gold panning again in the area of Hope, Alaska as it is basically the cost of gas to get there and back.
Summer Staycation ~ Have a campout in the backyard
Our RV currently lives in the backyard and my husband and I have been tempted to have a ‘night away’ in our own backyard. Back in Ohio, the boys and hubby would set up tents at the back of the property to camp out. If the forecasted rain for this week stays and leaves enough moisture so that the fire bans are lifted, then we’ll be enjoying fires in the fire pit.
Overall, I like the idea of a staycation. If we can scrape together some money for an overnight in a local hotel with a pool, then we might do that. However, as summer is tourist season in Alaska and the prices for a basic hotel can be $200+, we might save that kind of staycation for the winter.
Here are some previous posts shared here on Day by Day in Our World about our summer adventures.
Alaskan Specific Posts
Looking Back at Summer Adventures, Part 3 (Fairbanks)
Looking Back at Summer Adventures, Part 2 (Alaska State fair)
Looking Back at Summer Adventures, Part 1 (Vacation Bible School)
What are some ways your family has enjoyed a Staycation?
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