15 Fantastic Family-Friendly Vacation Spots in the U.S.

The Grand CanyonSummer is almost here, and with no more homework and no more books, it’s time for families to take a look at having some fun. That’s right, it’s prime vacation season, and if you haven’t already started planning one, the time is now.

Kids certainly add a new twist to vacation planning, but family vacations are incredible opportunities for learning, having fun, and making lifetime memories. From coast to coast there's an array of amazing locations to explore and discover together that offer fun for families of all ages, with no passports required. Here are 15 great family-friendly vacation spots in the United States to consider.


1. Treesort

Located in Southwestern Oregon, this bed and breakfast is actually a bunch of tree houses. There are plenty of cool outdoor activities in the vicinity as well, including tree climbing, of course.

2. Mount Rushmore

Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this is a historic site they’ll never forget.

3. Hawaii

Anywhere in this beautiful state is an exotic adventure. Learn to surf, explore volcanoes, or just enjoy the natural beauty of the islands. Aloha!

4. Branson, Missouri

There are shows and attractions galore in this Midwestern hot spot. Be sure to hit Silver Dollar City amusement Park.

5. San Antonio

Visit the Alamo; explore the city’s famous River Walk; dine on delicious Tex-Mex cuisine. This city provides a great slice of Texas life.

6. Las Vegas

It doesn't haven’t have to be a sinful trip, there are plenty of family-friendly shows and attractions. For example, Circus Circus has a huge carnival year round, and kids will love exploring all the various hotels.

7. Niagara Falls

Witnessing the power of the falls is amazing, and there’s plenty of fishing, boating, and other activities to do in the 400-acre surrounding state park as well.

8. Disney World

From young to old, the four Disney Parks  -- Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios -- in Orlando offer thrills for every age and personality. 

9. Williamsburg, Virginia

This area is packed with history to be soaked in at places like Colonial Williamsburg. There are also plenty of opportunities for just plain old fun too with Busch Gardens and Water Country USA nearby as well.

10. Washington, D.C.

The city is brimming with fun and educational opportunities. Tours of the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Smithsonian Museums can all be done for free too.

11. The Grand Canyon

From hiking, to river rides, and camping, there are plenty of ways to explore this amazing natural wonder.

12. Legoland

Located in San Diego and now outside of Orlando too, these parks pack a ton of fun, even if you've outgrown Legos. The whole family will be fascinated with the amazing creations made from Legos, and there are rides for all levels of thrill seekers.

13. San Francisco

The city is filled with fun things to do, and the weather is typically gorgeous in the summer. Don't-miss attractions include: Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge

14. New York

Take a bite out of the Big Apple and show them a slice of city life. There's more to do than you'll ever get to from the museums, to the Statue of Liberty, to Times Square, and plenty more.

15. Your Own Back Yard

If time or money doesn't allow any far away trips, there are still plenty of memories to be made and fun to be had with staycations. Because it really doesn't matter where you are, as long as you're together and having fun.

What great family vacation spots would you add to the list?


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