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Family Vacation Destinations

The best family vacation destinations are those venues that cater to the needs of the families it hopes to attract. In other words a visit to some romantic couples' getaway may not have the necessary activities and attractions to occupy the underage crowd. If your family enjoys outdoor adventures then a visit to New York City to view plays, museums and historical sites might be real yawn. Then again, a trip to a dude ranch may produce nothing but complaints from those family members who prefer more cosmopolitan pursuits.

All of the best family vacation destinations fall into a few vacation categories: adventure, city, outdoor, relaxing and tropical…or some combination thereof. Family vacation destinations include a variety of amusements and activities to entertain and thrill the entire family, offering something for everyone in the family. Here are our top ten travel destinations in the USA for you and your family:

  1. Disneyland – Los Angeles/San Diego area – numerous museums, lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:
    1. Knott’s Berry Farm
    2. Universal Studio’s Hollywood
    3. Graumann’s Chinese Theatre
    4. Sea World Adventure Park
    5. San Diego Zoo
    6.  San Diego Wild Animal Park
    7. …plus a wide variety of family and adult activities


  2. Disney World – Orlando/Central Florida – numerous museums, lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:

    1. Universal Orlando
    2. Wet ‘n Wild
    3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    4. Cirque du Soleil
    5. Medieval Times
    6.  Kennedy Space Center
    7. …plus a wide variety of family and adult activities

  3. Wolf Lodge & Waterpark – Dallas-Ft Worth, TX - numerous museums, lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:

    1. Six Flags Over Texas
    2. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
    3. Palace of Wax & Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
    4. Forest Park Miniature Train
    5. Ft Worth Zoo
    6.  Log Cabin Village
    7. …plus a wide variety of family vacation destinations and adult activities

  4. Jellystone Park – Nashville, Tennessee – numerous museums, lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:

    1. Nashville Shores
    2. Adventure Science Center
    3. General Jackson Showboat
    4. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
    5. Christmas Village
    6.  Music Valley Car Museum
    7. …plus a wide variety of family and adult activities
      NOTE: There are many Jellystone Parks located throughout the United States, most being east of the Mississippi



  5. Lost Rios Waterpark/ Chula Vista Resort – Wisconsin Dells, WI – many nearby lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:

    1. Canyon Creek Riding Stables
    2. Captain Ron’s Original Dells Jet Boats
    3. Cascade Mountain Ski, Snowboard & Snow Tube
    4. Circus World Museum
    5. Extreme World
    6.  Kalahari Indoor Theme Park
    7. …plus a wide variety of family vacation destinations and adult activities

  6. National Zoo – Washington, DC – many nearby lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:

    1. National Museum of Natural History
    2. Six Flags America’ Hurricane Harbor
    3. Rock Creek Nature Center
    4. National Air & Space Museum
    5. Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater
    6.  National Museum of American History
    7. …plus a wide variety of family and adult activities

  7. Circus Circus Adventuredome – Las Vegas, NV – many nearby lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:

    1. Blue Man Theater
    2. Excalibur Tournament of Kings
    3. Madame Tussauds Interactive Wax Museum
    4. Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater
    5. World’s Greatest Magic Show
    6.  Monty Python’s Spamalot
    7. …plus a wide variety of family and adult activities

  8. George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park – Salt Lake City, UT – many nearby lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:

    1. Utah Museum of Natural History
    2. Hill Aerospace Museum
    3. Hogle Zoo
    4. Clark Planetarium
    5. Wheeler Farm
    6.  Red Butte Gardens
    7. …plus a wide variety of family vacation destinations and adult activities

  9. Museum of Science – Boston, MA – many nearby lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:

    1. New England Aquarium
    2. Duck Tours
    3. Harvard Natural History Museum
    4. TOMB
    5. Boston Children’s Museum
    6.  Franklin Park Zoo
    7. …plus a wide variety of family and adult activities

  10. Seattle Aquarium – Seattle, WA – many nearby lodging options, restaurants, and nearby indoor and outdoor activities, including:

    1. Pacific Science Center
    2. Woodland Park Zoo
    3. Museum of Flight
    4. Point Defiance Park
    5. Northwest Trek
    6.  Space Needle
    7. …plus a wide variety of family and adult activities

Road Trip!

Some family vacation destinations can be lumped together to create a memorable RV road trip. For instance last year my brother and his wife packed up their camper, tossed in the kids (ages 16 & 12) and set off to see the Western, United States. In a two week period they visited Disneyland and Yosemite National Park in California, Glacier National Park in Montana, Yellowstone in Wyoming, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and back to Mesa, Arizona.

Many families have discovered that by renting an RV which provides not only the transportation, but the lodging and dining facilities, they can have a better vacation at a lower cost than staying at a fancy resort. With gas prices going down, this could be a way to celebrate family togetherness while exploring some of the natural, historical and fun attractions of this country.

Whether you choose to fly, travel by train, or road trip by car or RV, there are enough family vacation destinations scattered throughout the United States, to ensure that you create a lifetime of memories with each visit. Get the kids involved in planning your family’s next vacation. You might be surprised to discover that they already have some great ideas about activities for your family's next vacation.

 

 

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