Sasha and Malia enjoying a summer of fun

VIDEO -- In these dog days of August, it's vacation time for many families and that includes America's first family...

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In these dog days of August, it’s vacation time for many families and that includes America’s first family. The Obamas haven’t exactly been loading up the station wagon, but for Sasha and Malia, it’s been an opportunity to see the country nevertheless.

President Obama ordered up a scoop of fun for his daughters this summer. An ice cream store was just one of the sweet stops on the Obama girls vacation.

This weekend it was all about the great outdoors and America’s west. For 11-year-old Malia and 8-year-old Sasha it meant some thrilling whitewater rafting.

The first family then toured Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful.

But perhaps the most breathtaking moment was standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon at Hopi Point, thousands of feet above the Colorado River.

Still this trip is just one of many for the Obama girls. They’ve already logged thousands of miles from Paris to Moscow to London and even Ghana.

Up next is the island of Martha’s Vineyard.