When you think of mountain vacations you likely imagine driving deep into the woods with a car full of gear to a big cozy cabin surrounded by thick trees and mountain peaks. That's not far from the truth if you find the right cabin for your adventure.
Where to Stay: Camp Misty Mount, Maryland—Open May to October.
What to Do: With 29 cabins at Camp Misty, your little ones might have a few friends to play with, but don't stay around the campground too long. The hardwood forests of Catoctin Mountain Park, where your cabin and the president's Camp David are located, provide many opportunities for your family to get out and move around.
Take the Hiking Challenge: Hike seven trails and make your way to six mountain destinations to complete your "passport." When finished, head to the visitor center where you'll be rewarded for finishing. The trails range from easy to moderate and each destination is distinct from the others, providing scenic views and a unique experience.
If you don't do the hiking challenge you should still visit Chimney Rock and Wolf Rock.
Enroll your little ones in the Junior Ranger program, where they'll learn about the park's wildlife, resources and history and earn a badge upon completion.
Insider Tip: Reserve cabins 16, 18 or 20 for a more secluded cabin experience.