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Aspen, USA

Activities

Summer is a great time to visit this chi chi, yet relaxed Colorado resort. Check out the restaurants, shops and galleries where you can pick up anything from works by emerging artists to original paintings by the likes of Dali (although prices can be gulp-inducing). 

Recover with a hike in the Rocky Mountains. If you prefer to stay level headed, there are guided nature trails around the lake at Maroon Bells. Pack the kids off to Camp Aspen/Snowmass between 3 June and 30 August where there's childcare from one year up and adventures for teens including rafting, horseriding, skateboarding and overnight camps with cookouts.

Where to stay

Stay at the Hotel Jerome, newly refurbished and family-friendly with great food, staff, rooms and a serene outdoor pool.

The lowdown

Price: Seven nights in a junior suite start at £8,234 for a family of four, including breakfast, flights and transfers with Scott Dunn.

More information: scottdunn.com

Whistler, Canada

Activities

It's hard to get bored here, even the two-hour drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver is beautiful. Whistler's a buzzy kind of place, with more than 200 shops that sell outdoor sports clothing, fashion, jewellery, books and chocolate. 

The Peak 2 Peak gondola is good for adrenalin junkies, or go zipwiring over Fitzsimmons Creek or flying along mountain bike trails.

Where to stay

Nita Lake Lodge is in the Creekside area, away from the hustle and bustle of Whistler, and offers a swimming on the lake plus free use of kayaks and canoes, paddleboards and bikes. 

The Lowdown

Price: A week in a two-bedroom lake-view cabin costs from £5,148 for a family of four, including flights and car hire with Bridge & Wickers.