The Best Vacation Spots for Families

A good vacation is all about creating lasting memories with your family. The best vacation spots offer something for every member of your clan, from outdoor adventurers to history buffs, and everyone in between.

Big city family vacations don’t get much bigger than New York, one of our favorite cities for a kid-centric getaway. It’s easy to spend days exploring the city’s iconic landmarks—from the Empire State Building and the Met’s Modern Art gallery to the Statue of Liberty and Central Park’s sprawling lawns.

The capital of the United States makes a fascinating and enlightening destination for families, thanks to its many museums and attractions, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the International Spy Museum. Then, there are the monuments and memorials of the National Mall and the countless other historical landmarks throughout the city.

One of the most iconic natural wonders in the world, Niagara Falls, is a bucket-list family vacation spot that you really have to see in person. This amazing waterfall is actually three waterfalls in one—Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls—and it’s truly mesmerizing. Then, there are the rafting and camping opportunities in the surrounding national park.

Salt Lake City is another one of our top picks for a family-friendly destination, because it offers a variety of things to do and see. From the world-famous ski resorts of the Rocky Mountains to the canyons and hiking trails that surround the city, there’s plenty for outdoor enthusiasts in the family to enjoy.

On the southeastern coast, Charleston, South Carolina, is a charming historic coastal town that offers plenty of family-friendly activities and attractions. Besides its irresistible beach, you can take a harbor cruise or explore the town’s historic district.

Located along the rocky shores of the Atlantic, Acadia National Park is a nature lover’s dream, offering scenic beaches and islands. Hiking and biking are popular here, as is enjoying the spectacular scenery. Hardy visitors who visit during the winter can also cross snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing off their bucket list of family activities.

When it comes to beach vacations, there are few places that rival the beauty of Hawaii. From Waikiki’s glistening sand to Lanikai Beach’s gentle surf and the black-sand beaches of Kauai, this Pacific island is a beach paradise. In between soaking up the sun, you can also explore the island’s rainforest and volcanic landscapes.