11 Family Vacation Ideas

By Kara Reynolds | Feb 14, 2022

Is it time to plan the next family vacation? Maybe you’re tired of going to the same campground or waterpark you do every year. Or perhaps you’d like to explore a new part of the country.

Check out these 11 family vacation ideas to level up your travels and strengthen your household ties!

Have a Nature Adventure

What better way to bond as a family than to get out into nature? In America, we have many national parks–land reserves protected by our government. Consider visiting one of these parks for your next vacation.

1.   Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is home to over 3,000 square miles of trails and the famous geyser, Old Faithful. The territory spans the northeast of Wyoming, into Montana and Idaho–a whopping 2.2 million acres. You can expect to see wildlife like buffalo, elk, and maybe even grizzly bears if you visit.

If you look to avoid the rush of traffic, the best times to visit the park are late April through May and September through October. Yellowstone is busiest during July and August when children are out of school and the temperatures are warmest.

2.   Grand Canyon National Park

If you want to instill a love of nature in your children, take them to the Grand Canyon. Located in Arizona, this massive chasm is a mile deep and up to 18 miles across. Consider riding a mule into the Grand Canyon, camping at the northern rim or scheduling a helicopter ride to see the incredible panoramic view.  

The most suitable time to visit the Grand Canyon is from March through May. You can also try returning later in the year, during September through November, when temperatures begin to dip and crowds begin to thin.

3.   Yosemite National Park

Do you want to see millennia-old Sequoia trees, majestic rock formations and impressive waterfalls? Yosemite National Park might be the perfect place to vacation for your family. Yosemite stretches over 1,200 square miles of California and is home to the Half Dome and El Capitan.

When planning your trip, consider visiting either in May or September when the crowds are light. Many of Yosemite’s roads are closed during the year due to snow, leaving much of the park inaccessible. This forces most visitors to come to the park during the summer.

Enjoy a Theme Park

If you’re a family that seeks thrills of a different sort, try visiting a theme park for your next vacation.

4.   Walt Disney World – Orlando, FL

Celebrate childhood by visiting Walt Disney World with the whole family. With a park this vast, there’s bound to be an attraction for everyone–from Mickey and Minnie to Star Wars and Marvel, the park even offers roller coasters for your more adventurous family members.

Try visiting Disney World during March through May or later in September through mid-November for more reasonable prices and temperatures.

5.   Hersheypark – Hershey, PA

If anyone in your family has a sweet tooth, you’ll want to add Hersheypark to your bucket list. Hershey, PA, is home to the delicious chocolate kisses, Reese’s and Kit Kat. If that’s not enough reason to visit, Hersheypark features a variety of family-friendly and more adventurous rides, a waterpark, zoo and chocolate town.  

6.   Cedar Point – Sandusky, OH

If you have a family of thrill-seekers, you’ll want to head to Cedar Point for your next vacation. Home to 17 world-class roller coasters and 72 rides–rest assured, this park will keep the busiest adrenaline junky content. Cedar Point also has a water park with thrilling slides to help you beat the summer heat. Located on Lake Erie, Sandusky itself has beautiful beaches you can check out in your downtime.

Explore a City

Maybe you’re a family that enjoys exploring a new place and learning about its history–if so, check out these exciting cities:

7.   Boston, MA

If you have kiddos interested in learning about the American Revolution, going to Boston might be the perfect place to see history come alive. There are numerous historical landmarks to explore, including the Freedom Trail, Boston Common and Paul Revere House. Consider catching a baseball game at Fenway Park or getting some New England clam chowder at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

8.   Washington, DC

One of the best places to investigate and learn our nation’s history is in our nation’s capital, through–the many free attractions, monuments and museums. Add the National Mall to your list and include kid-friendly museums like the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Additionally, consider arranging tours of the White House and U.S. Capitol.

9.   Jackson Hole, WY

If you want to travel to a city off the beaten path, head to Jackson Hole. Located in Wyoming, just minutes from Grand Teton National Park, this city features natural wonders in all directions. You can also easily access Yellowstone National Park from Jackson Hole. This city is an excellent option for family members who love hiking or skiing, and it’s a cheaper alternative than Aspen or Tahoe.  

10.        Chicago, IL

Chicago is the third-largest city in the U.S. and features a myriad of activities for families. Millennium Park is a fun and accessible place to take kiddos to play and take pictures. Additional free options include going to Navy Pier and taking the family to Lincoln Park Zoo. While it costs money, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry can be great options for family fun too.

11.        San Diego, CA

Traveling to San Diego combines the best of everything–exploring a city, beautiful beaches and animal encounters. If you want time on a beach, head to Coronado Beach, Mission Beach or La Jolla Shores. Check out the San Diego Zoo, which is home to one of our nation’s largest endangered species of animals. If you have kiddos that want to learn, check out the Fleet Science Center or the San Diego Air & Space Museum. You can also see the Navy Pier and tour the historic USS Midway military vessel.

Plan Your Next Vacation

When it comes to exciting vacation opportunities, our country has plenty of options. Consider what’s the best fit for your family–a nature trip, theme park vacation, or tour of a city, and plan your next holiday today!

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