Dude ranch/camping

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Being forced to unplug and get back to nature can create the ultimate family bonding trip.

"The cowboy/dude ranch experience can be perfect for the family to just unwind and reconnect on a much more personal level," said Tim Larison, co-founder of Family Travel Gurus.

Family vacations involving 20-30 people are nearly a bi-weekly occurrence at the Resort at Paws Up in Montana. Families can choose to stay in cabins or luxury tents and can participate in a slew of activities, including horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, kayaking along with use of an outdoor spa and a recreational fitness trail.

"Everything is right here on campus, there is no driving around Montana trying to find these activities," said John Romfo, vice president of sales of the 37,000-acre luxury ranch.

"When you get the family out of their comfort zone on several of our unique activities, that's when you start to see some real bonding."

First published December 17, 2014: 9:13 AM ET

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