Need some family vacation inspiration? If you still haven’t decided where to take the kids this summer, our picks for the best family vacation destinations are a great place to start:
Sure there are spectacular beaches chock full of sea grasses and mountainous dunes, but “The Cape” is a special environment that gets into your soul. Kettle ponds for warm-water wading, quaint towns with brick paths for strolling, band concerts on a green, evening ballgames out of a Norman Rockwell painting, and miles and miles of peaceful pathways to stroll, pedal or paddle makes Cape Cod one of top picks for families.
Recommended Resort: Wequasett Resort and Golf Club
Stretching almost 100 miles from Corolla to Ocracoke Island, the barrier island offers a buffer between the Atlantic Ocean and mainland North Carolina. For vacationers, it also provides a buffer from the crowds, noise and chaos of some other beach resorts but still showcases wide beaches, lukewarm southern waters and gorgeous scenery. Nature lovers will love the Outer Banks as much as we do.
Recommended Resort: Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks
America’s natural wonders were chosen to be national parks to preserve their majestic beauty. Don’t let summer crowds dissuade you from visit the country’s finest scenery, including our nation’s best: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Theodore Roosevelt, Voyageurs, Shenandoah and Acadia National Parks. Even if you can’t make a trip to these parks, take the time to explore the parks nearest to you.
Recommended Resort: El Tovar
Maine’s rocky shoreline draws millions of families every year, and for good reason: These coastal villages are every bit as charming as you’ve imagined them. Whether it is in a luxury oceanfront resort with fine dining, sparkling pools and a kid’s program, or in a secluded cabin on one of Maine’s small islands, the coast is vacation-worthy in any season, but a wonderful place for kids in the summer.
Recommended Resort: Sebasco Harbor Resort
Few families forget the breathtaking sites of the Rockies, from wild mountain goats in Glacier National Park to the jutting peaks of the Teton Mountains. Although many think of the Rockies as a ski destination, the area actually gets more visitors in the summer months to enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing, camping, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and more.
Recommended Resort: Viceroy Snowmass
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