Top 10 Family
Travel Destination Spots

Picking a family travel destination spot can be the hardest but most fun part of planning a vacation!

There are so many places! So little time! And throw a budget in there and now you're really crunched for ideas...

Let me help you out by offering some suggestions and why I think they belong on the list of Top 10 Family Travel Destination Ideas.


#1 - Orlando, Florida

Disney World Magic Kingdom

Orlando makes the top of my list because...DISNEY WORLD of course! What child's dream isn't to stand in the most magical of all places?

Not to mention, the weather in Orlando is almost always perfect - sunny, warm, not much rain - it doesn't get any better than that!

The whole Disney experience includes the Magic Kingdom (which is what everyone thinks of when you say "Disney," but there are many other theme parks that Disney runs - Epcot Center, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

You can even bundle your package to save money on tickets and upgrade your experiences.

If you aren't up for the Magic Kingdom, there are plenty of other attractions in the Orlando area to keep kids of all ages busy:

  • Universal Studios Orlando
  • SeaWorld
  • Golfing
  • Beach - if you're willing to drive a little 

#2 - Grand Canyon

Your kids will never forget riding in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon!

Man-made theme parks are fun, but nothing compares to the wonder and awe of natural attractions like the Grand Canyon.

At 277 miles (446km) long and 10 miles (16km) wide at some parts, the sheer size will impress young and old. The colors and shapes of the canyon will amaze your family as well.

When President Theodore Roosevelt viewed the Grand Canyon in 1903, he said, "What you can do is keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see." In 1908 Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a National Monument. In 1919, it became a National Park. 


#3 - San Diego, California

Snapchat fun at the San Diego Zoo!

San Diego has everything a family could want - sunshine, beaches, a world-renowned zoo, and plenty of restaurants and other activities to keep you busy.

The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park are absolute must-dos, but LEGOLAND, the USS Midway Museum, and SeaWorld are my suggestions as well.

With the spectacular beaches, your kids could learn to surf or just relax and build some sandcastles!


#4 - Yellowstone National Park

If your family loves the great outdoors, look no further than Yellowstone National Park to provide all you are looking for!

During the warmer months, you can camp, hike, bike, swim, raft, go horseback riding, and climb. There's also fishing, canoeing, nature and wildlife viewing , and even zip-lining! 

In the winter, there's skiing, dog-sledding, and snowmobiling - and then you can cozy up to a warm fireplace in a beautiful resort when you are done.


#5 - Gatlinburg, Tennessee (Smoky Mountains)

Imagine waking up in your log cabin, hearing the rushing stream and birds chirping outside your window...That's the beauty of the Smoky Mountain area!

For those living closer to the East coast of the US, Gatlinburg (and all of the Smoky Mountain region) can be more affordable and easier to access than Yellowstone, but with many of the same outdoor attractions.

There's hiking, boating, zip-lining, rafting, camping, fishing, and taking in all the nature sights. For rainy days, there are also plenty of indoor activities to do in Gatlinburg like museums, an aquarium, water parks, and arcades.


#6 - Washington, D.C.

If your kids are a little older, I recommend your family visits Washington D.C. at least once. There are so many historical monuments, museums, and government buildings to see that the whole trip would be a built-in history class!

Of course, there are other activities in Washington for families. You could take in a sports game (depending on the season of your trip), take a day trip out to Mount Vernon, visit the zoo, check out the parks, and even head down to the Riverfront for some water play.


#7 - Hawaii

I haven't personally been to Hawaii (YET!) but I've talked with plenty of families who adore it and highly recommend it so it's on my list of best family destination spots.

O'hau, which is home to the state capital of Honolulu, is one of the most popular islands. You'll find Waikiki Beach, the historical site of the USS Arizona Memorial, Volcanoes National Park, and plenty of resorts and hotels to choose from.

The other island all have something special to offer too. Maui is famous for it's colorful beaches, Kauai is less populated and more tropical, and Lanai is the smallest island that allows tourists. 

With so many options, it can be hard to choose - but since they are all so beautiful, you really can't go wrong with any pick!


#8 - Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head in South Carolina is a beautiful beach family destination location. From the white, sandy beaches, to climbing a lighthouse, to kayaking and looking for dolphins, this place has it all.

There are even fun indoor activities like The Sandbox, the children's museum, and the Coastal Discovery Museum.

And to top it all off, Disney even has a resort here - The Hilton Head Island Resort!


#9 - Anaheim, California 

Disneyland!

If you're ready for more Disney fun, head to the West coast for Disneyland Park! This is the only theme park that Walt himself had direct supervision over, so you know it's good.

Other than Disneyland, you'll also find Disney California Adventure, Knott's Berry Farm, Discover Cube, and Downtown Disney for other activities in the Anaheim area.

You could also venture into the bigger city of Los Angeles to find all the fame and glamour of California!


#10 - Niagara Falls

Straddling the border between the US and Canada, you don't need a passport to experience the beauty of Niagara Falls. (But if you do have passports, there is a lot to discover just across on our friendly neighbor's side of the Falls!)

Obviously, the wonder and amazement of the Falls itself is a sight to behold, but there are lots of other attractions and activities that will keep your family entertained. 


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