Priorities change when kids come into the picture. This applies especially to vacation destinations that we choose for our families. We need to have family-friendly, wholesome and educational vacations that everyone will enjoy. When traveling to the United States, we often see Universal Studios as one of the must-visit places to see.
However, there are many more family vacation destinations that we can choose from among many tourist spots in America. These are places with activities that all family members from different ages will surely enjoy. Parents will appreciate the care that staff in these places give to our families, plus the added attraction of entertainment and accommodation options.
10 Grand Wailea, Hawaii
If you are looking for a luxurious getaway in a private place, head to the Grand Wailea, a resort by the Waldorf Astoria group. The 40-acre property faces the Wailea Beach that the whole family can enjoy. The water complex at the Wailea features jungle pools, slides, waterfalls, rope swing, jacuzzis, and even a swim-up bar. Parents can enjoy the spa where they can enjoy relaxing services such as water therapy, sauna, a Japanese furo, Swiss jet showers, and specialty baths. While the parents are away, the kids can play at the Rock, a kids club where they can take part in activities that will surely complete their vacation.
9 Yosemite National Park, California
An ideal vacation is one where the whole family has the opportunity not just to relax but to learn something new as well. Yosemite National Park is the perfect getaway for the whole family. It is a mixture of adventure, relaxation, and education all rolled in one. There are many family-friendly accommodations in the Park that range from campgrounds to hotels. Amidst the magnificent views, your family can enjoy many activities like rafting, biking and hiking as well as snowshoeing and skiing during the winter. Family-friendly restaurants like burger joints and pizza places are scattered around the Park, making sure that all your family members will have your fill during your vacation.
8 Sonesta Resort, South Carolina
Nestled along the coast of Hilton Head in South Carolina is Sonesta Resort. This is one of the most luxurious, yet family-friendly places that you can spend your vacation in. Aside from the stunning beach, you can also explore the tropical gardens on the property. While kids are enjoying activities like biking, wading in the lagoon swimming pool, teens can enjoy kayaking and tennis. Parents can do some rounds of golf or relax at the Arum Spa. This is also the perfect venue to hold precious family events like birthdays and weddings because of the stunning scenery that serves as a perfect backdrop for these momentous events. There are many restaurants to choose from so you will never go hungry or thirsty at the Sonesta.
7 San Diego Zoo
There are very few trips that can excite the whole family as trips to the zoo. When considering where to take your family when on a vacation in the United States, drop by San Diego Zoo. Your kids will surely enjoy seeing animals like polar bears, koalas and pandas. Get a safari feel when you see the elephants, jaguars and lions. San Diego Zoo is also an educational experience for children because they will learn about animals of the past and the cause of their extinction. You can even see the zoo from the top when you take Skyfari Aerial Tram. The Zoo offers transportation around the property through their hop-on, hop-off bus.
6 The Inn at Fontanel, Tennessee
Country music and honky-tonk bars are the first things that come to mind when we think of Nashville, but head to The Inn at Fontanel and you will see that the city has a lot to offer for the whole family. The Inn sits on the grounds of the former home of country star Barbara Mandrell. The luxury boutique inn is child- and pet-friendly so you can bring the furry members of your family as well. There are only six suites in the resort-like property, complete with activities like hiking trails, amphitheater and ziplines. Although small, The Inn houses two restaurants that serve meals from breakfast to dinner, offering sumptuous dishes that will surely be liked by the whole family.
5 Legoland, Carlsbad, California
One of the most educational toys in the world is Lego, so imagine a whole property patterned after this famous toy, and you will have a fun-filled vacation that will surely be enjoyed by the whole family. There are many rides, shows and attractions that everyone will love. You can choose from movies, water park rides, a soundstage and many others. There are many types of accommodations that you can choose from to fit your family's taste and budget. Luxury hotels, cute bed and breakfast units, and family-friendly resorts are within the vicinity of Legoland, ensuring that you will have a comfortable, enjoyable and relaxing vacation with your family.
4 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Montana
Winter is a special time for the whole family. There is something great about seeing the landscape covered in white. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a beautiful place to spend the holidays with the family and this is one of the top destinations for a family vacation. Accommodations range from luxury lodges to slopeside hotels. Enroll in the mountain sports school or enjoy family skiing activities. Enjoy amazing views from the top when you get on the lift. There are events all year round that will surely be enjoyed by the whole family. Enjoy popcorn during movie nights or delicious organic meals during farm to table festivals.
3 Hotel Monaco, Portland, Oregon
Portland may be famous for its dining and brewery scene but the Kimpton Hotel makes visiting the city a family affair. The kid-friendly and pet-friendly boutique hotel cater to the needs of their little customers. Welcome gifts are given upon arrival, amenities like kid-sized bathrobes, toilet latches, and nightlights are available in the rooms, and kid-friendly menus are found in the hotel. You don’t even have to bring your bulky strollers as you can rent them at Monaco. While your kids are enjoying the bicycles that can be used for free, parents can enjoy the complimentary coffee all day or the complimentary wine during social hours. It is located in the heart of the city where you can explore the Portland Japanese Garden or Forest Park.
2 New Hope, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania may not be on the top of your vacation destination list but when traveling with your family, a stress-free holiday is what New Hope can offer. The town is full of charm as its art scene is flourishing and antique shops are well represented. An amusement center perfect for families with kids can be seen at Peddler's Village. Your kids can run around in the obstacle course, ride the carousel, or see the Giggleberry Fair. There are plenty of accommodation options that are in the heart of the town, accessible to other attractions like the Bucks County Children's Museum or the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve where the whole family can reconnect with nature as you explore the meadows and wildflower trails.
1 Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
The perfect winter vacation in your family is waiting for you at the Park City Mountain Resort. Quaint lodgings will welcome you as you prepare to enjoy the different winter activities offered by the resort. Ski and snowboard lessons are available not just for adults but for children as well. The village around the resort deserves a visit as well because of the history it holds as an old mining village. There are also events that you can take part in like music festivals, holiday celebrations, and fireworks displays. Stop by the numerous cute shops that offer tasty snacks, handcrafted cocktails and mouth-watering dishes for your family.