Family Vacation

The best family vacation spots to take your loved ones this year

There is nothing like some quality time spent with the ones you love and a family vacation is the perfect opportunity to bring everyone closer together. So corral the kids, maybe bring along Grandma and Grandpa too, and set out to one of these top family-friendly destinations to build fond memories that will last a lifetime.

Top 12 Family Vacation Destinations

  • 1. Orlando, FL

    Orlando is a top city for family vacations for many reasons, but the strongest argument is that it's home to Disney World. The kids will be in heaven when they meet Mickey and Minnie, and Orlando has other attractions to keep adults happy too. For an adrenaline rush, take the family to Gatorland. Get up close to Florida's famous beast: the alligator. Zipline over the swamps and learn about wildlife.

  • 2. Los Angeles, CA

    Home of Hollywood, the Lakers, and sunny weather, Los Angeles is the perfect place for a family vacation. If it's basketball season, cheer on the Lakers at the Staples Center. Even if they don't win, chances are you will see a few celebrities in the crowd. If not, hit the surf and people-watch at the famous Venice Beach. With street performers and funny souvenir shops, you can soak up the sun while having family-fun!

  • 3. Washington, D.C.

    Take the family for a fun and educational trip to Washington D.C. With iconic landmarks, memorials, and museums, this capital city is ideal for families looking to immerse themselves in US history. Who knows, you might run into the President! Head to the National Mall and stop at the Lincoln Memorial. Take a peek inside to read the words of President Lincoln's famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. Do you have a future US astronaut in your family? Stop at the National Air and Space Museum for incredible exhibits about NASA and space exploration.

  • 4. Cape Cod, MA

    If the East coast is calling then Cape Cod is the place to take your family. A classic vacation town, there is plenty to do and see. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the great outdoors as you make memories with your family. Go for a cruise on the water and look out for dolphins, whales, and seals that like to pop up to say hello. Or spend a day relaxing at one of the beautiful beaches around the cape. Play in the sand, hit the waves, and check out one of the many lighthouses.

  • 5. Florida Keys, FL

    The Florida Keys are a hot spot for family vacations because of its perfect mix of fun things to do and amazing weather. With different islands to explore, your days will be spent in bliss as you have the time of your life with your loved ones. Take an eco-tour! The charter tours offer a glimpse into the aquatic life that surrounds the islands. There are land options too like Jeep off-roading.

  • 6. Williamsburg, VA

    One of America's most cherished historical cities, Williamsburg offers an exciting trip back in time. Founded in 1632, this city is home to some of the most important events leading up to the American Revolution. Visit Colonial Williamsburg and walk amongst buildings dating back to the 18th century. Walk inside to get a feel for how town life was like so many years ago. You could also take a trip to Busch Gardens, Williamsburg's premiere theme park. Ride on rollercoasters, watch a theater performance, or view the zoo animals.

  • 7. Savannah, GA

    If a Southern escape is more your style, Savannah has plenty of attractions for the whole family. With sprawling lawns and trees covered with Spanish moss, Savannah's antebellum charm will sweep you off your feet and make it hard to leave! Soak up some history at the Owens-Thomas House, a national landmark and museum. Learn about how families lived and decorated their homes in the 18th century.

  • 8. Kauai, HI

    Families flock to this small Hawaiian island for a magical vacation in paradise. The tropical climate and beautiful scenery will keep you on the many beaches, trails, and parks. Get a glimpse of Kauai's past at the Kilohana Plantation. Take a train ride over the 105 acre grounds and feed the wild pigs, goats and sheep. Stop over in Koloa, a fun section of Kauai that offers shopping, beaches, and zip lining. Glide over Hawaii and get a birds eye view of the lush nature.

  • 9. Chicago, IL

    The Windy City is a top destination for family vacations with countless museums, sports stadiums, and theaters. There is always something to do in this midwestern city! The world famous deep dish pizza doesn't hurt either. Head up to the North side for a fun-filled day at Navy Pier. Play mini golf, go through a glow-in-the-dark maze, and ride around the 260 ft. Ferris wheel.

  • 10. Wisconsin Dells, WI

    The Wisconsin Dells is a popular midwestern tourist destination loved by kids and adults alike. Named after the Wisconsin River's characteristic dells, you will be mesmerized by these striking sandstone formations that surround the water. Noah's Ark Water Park is the largest waterpark in the US with 51 water slides. Open May through September, this park will cool you off in the hot summer.

  • 11. New York, NY

    NYC is the place to be for a family-friendly city escape. The energy of New York City is contagious, the food is delicious, and with so many attractions your family will easily create fun memories to look back on. Learn about your family origins at Ellis Island, a museum and historical site in the bay. Built in 1900, it served as a gateway for immigrants coming to the US.

  • 12. Branson, MO

    Branson is a city located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains and has old time charm that will appeal to all members of the family. With limitless possibilities for a memorable vacation, there is plenty to do and see in this entertaining city. Spend time at Table Rock Lake, located just outside of Branson. Scuba dive in the lake, go parasailing, and end the day camping out in an RV.

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