Favorite Family Vacation Spots

Favorite Family Vacation Spots

Your children give you countless moments to remember — the school play, a special award and the winning goal to name just a few of the year’s highlights. Now it’s your turn to give them something grand — an exciting family vacation they’ll remember for a lifetime. Chose a destination that caters to everyone’s interests — whether that’s sitting on the beach and splashing in the sea or soaking up some big city culture. So save up and head out … the bonds you bring back home will be more important than any souvenir you save.

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Beach Bound

Watch your little fishes splash in the sea and build castles in the sand while you sit back and savor the sun. Some of the best family vacation spots are at resorts that include everything from a kids’ day camp and special tuck-in amenities to adult golf packages and spa services for you. Say aloha to family-friendly Hawaiian islands such as Maui and Honolulu, or visit Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Your kids will be entertained with wondrous water parks, thrilling activities such as swimming with the dolphins and snorkeling, and mind-blowing aquariums.

Snow Sledding

Bundle everyone up and race to the top of the hill for an exhilarating time on the slopes. This mountain-mania vacation includes sledding, building snowmen, zip-lining and riding in a snowmobile for the kids; you’ll be busy heli-skiing, snowboarding, enjoying a cocktail in the lounge and having your feet massaged. At night, cozy up around the fire pit eating s’mores and telling stories of your action-packed day. Look for family-friendly ski resorts in Vail, Colorado; Deer Valley, Utah; Tahoe, California; and Okemo, Vermont.

City Slickers

If you’re looking for a family vacation rich in history and culture, check out the West Coast where destinations such as San Francisco and Los Angeles feature interactive museums, culturally rich theaters and engaging attractions that include Hollywood, Disneyland, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Head in the opposite direction to Washington, D.C., where your family can spend their days exploring and learning about the National Mall, the Capitol, the National Zoo, all the monuments and cathedrals and, of course, the White House.

Outdoor Bound

Head to one of the many campground hot spots across the United States for adventurous afternoons and starry nights. Pitch a camping trip to your kids that is completely customized to your family’s desires — rough it in a tent or rent a cozy room lakeside — either one gives you memorable adventures in fishing, hiking, canoeing, mountain climbing and swimming. Adults and kids alike find all kinds of outdoor wonder at Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as “Spa Magazine,” “L.A. Parent,” “Business,” the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.