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Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations for this Summer

Travel Team | Feb 13, 2023

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The best part of family vacations is the memories you make with your loved ones. Being together is the goal, but finding the right backdrop for your family adventures is a key element in the best plans.  

Top Spots for Family Vacations

Check out our top 10 family destinations in the United States. Choose one your family will love based on location, climate, and activities available.

Orlando, Florida

Little girl happy at Disneyland.

Theme park central and home to Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, is the dream when it comes to memorable family holidays. You can’t leave without a visit to one of Disney’s world-famous attractions or to Universal Orlando, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Remember Orlando has a lot to offer outside of the theme parks, so this is a place where you can always find something to do.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a nature lover’s paradise, with plenty of adventure to boot. Geothermal geysers and world-famous sites like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in its vicinity make this destination ideal for all ages and a diverse range of interests. National parks can be busy places so be sure to plan extra time to see everything.

Washington, D.C.

For the bustle of the city, culture, history, entertainment, memorials, and beautiful parks, head to the U.S. capital of Washington D.C. Visit in spring and enjoy the fantastic National Cherry Blossom Festival. Many of the tourist spots in the capital city are free, making this a budget-friendly option.

Lake Tahoe

Boasting clear blue waters, beaches, mountains, and ski resorts, Lake Tahoe is the biggest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's the perfect place to incorporate adventure, nature, and relaxation for all the family.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

If popular and busy vacation spots aren’t your thing, you can find peace and avoid the crowds at the Outer Banks, North Carolina. With 100 miles of shoreline, populated with only small villages and seaside towns, you can relax, take in the tranquility, and enjoy your precious family time. Restaurants and the town squares tend to be busy, but you can usually find a place to stay that is less crowded.

Cape May, New Jersey

If you’re looking for family fun by the sea with all the amenities of a modern beachside town, Cape May, New Jersey, is known as America’s Original Seaside Resort. The beautiful beaches, nostalgic promenades, and history-steeped architecture have something for all the family.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If skiing is your bag, you’ll want to check out Jackson Hole, Wyoming. With three big resorts to choose from and events all season, there is plenty to do for all ages. Those who need a break from the slopes can head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art to view life-size sculptures of wildlife and rotating collections of art in all mediums.

Destin, Florida

Child wearing floaties splashing water at the beach in Florida.

Destin is home to some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, not to mention nature trails, harbor boardwalks, and all the golf you can play. With well-known shops, restaurants, and beach parties, it’s a popular family destination.

Grand Canyon National Park

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is a must-visit and the ideal spot for a family trip. This awe-inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful national treasure can be enjoyed by all age groups, whether you want to wander and observe or take on some adventure activities. A helicopter ride over the canyon is a family experience to remember.

San Diego, California

As cities go, San Diego, California, has a real family vibe, with gorgeous beaches, green parks, warm weather, and fantastic dining and shopping experiences. For a real family treat, visit the famous San Diego Zoo.

Get Ready!

When traveling within the United States, consider adding trip protection to your preparations. It may help cover the expenses of unexpected cancellations, lost baggage, or other needs. Visit SevenCorners.com or contact one of our licensed travel insurance agents to get the right protection for your family vacation.

About the Author

Nikki Vivian is a UK-based writer with more than10 years’ experience writing for print and online publications, covering topics from lifestyle and parenting to food and travel to careers and professional development. Nikki has been published in The Guardian, writes regular profiles for Prospects, and is an expert contributor for several careers websites to name a few.

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