From sea to shining sea, from theme parks to beach vacations, America is filled to the brim with amazing family-friendly travel destinations. Take the fam on a memorable thrilling outdoor adventure or a relaxing seaside getaway at some of the best travel destinations in the U.S.
1. Orlando, Florida
No conversation on a family-friendly travel destination would be complete without mentioning Orlando, Florida. The world capital of theme parks is home to Star Wars Land, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Universal Studios in addition to water parks, resorts, and so much more. The family owned Fun Spot America is open for some thrill or good old fashioned arcade games and has Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster.
There are a lot more things to do in Orlando than theme parks. The many area beaches are only a short drive away for sunbathing, swimming, and digging your toes in the warm sand. Consider heading to the Everglades for an airboat tour or hitting some of the incredible and unique local dining venues like the steampunk-themed Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. Check out Universal Citywalk (Universal Orlando Resorts entertainment and dining district). Orlando has over 5,000 restaurants featuring celebrity chefs and local favorites! Nightlife and entertainment, dance clubs, craft breweries and wineries are available for indoor and outdoor fun. Take in a history museum, indulge in a luxurious spa, partake in an ecotourism adventure, or watch or play sports (there are over 150 golf courses).
A trip to Orlando is for families, couples, single travelers, or a group of friends and guaranteed to be an unforgettable vacation filled with unique experiences for all. We’ve got more tips for trips and flights to Orlando here!
2. Outer Banks, North Carolina
This charming and history-rich vacation spot tops many lists of affordable, family-friendly travel destinations. The Outer Banks is actually a chain of towns on barrier islands right off the coast of North Carolina. There’s more than 100 miles of coastline to trek — or on which to take sailing and windsurfing lessons — and 3,000 shipwreck sites that are explorable by snorkeling or scuba diving. Enjoy charming seaside villages, gorgeous beaches and rustic lighthouses, state parks, and historic sites. (Roam the site of the pirate Blackbeard’s final battle at Ocracoke, the launch location for the first flight of the Wright brothers at Kill Devil Hills, or the mysterious grounds of the Lost Colony at Roanoke.)
Famous for seafood, sitting on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, delights locals and visitors. From live, steamed and fried, there is no shortage of fresh seafood and fish.
3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The other Carolina makes our list, too, with a 60-mile stretch of picturesque coastline that attracts vacationing families year in and year out. Myrtle Beach is renowned for sunny and clean beaches, tasty dining venues, and the more than 100 pristine golf courses (and inventive mini-golf courses!).
The beach is just the beginning. Attractions like the upside-down universe of WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium are fun for the whole family. Sports fans will love a trip to watch the local minor league baseball team or race go karts around the Broadway Grand Prix.
4. Niagara Falls, New York
Check this wonder of the world off of your bucket list and revel in the overwhelming power of North America’s most spectacular waterfalls — the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. This is actually the oldest state part in the U.S. (established back in 1885). The kids will love exploring the Cave of the Winds, a close-up viewing area that brings you right up to the rushing torrent of the Bridal Veil Falls.
We also highly recommend a jaunt aboard the Maid of the Mist, a ferry tour that plunges you right into the roaring spray of the Horseshoe and American Falls. In addition to the world-famous waters, there’s plenty to do in the revitalized downtown and local area with family-friendly spots like the Buffalo Zoo or Rainforest Cafe.
5. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Sometimes what you really want is to unplug and escape from the hubbub of life. There’s no better place to leap off the grid than Jackson Hole, the Wyoming resort town surrounded by national forests and the Grand Teton National Park.
A former blue-collar settlement, Jackson Hole is now the perfect winter wonderland, nestled in the middle of world-class ski mountains (of varying skill levels!) and complete with resorts and breathtaking rugged terrain. In warmer weather, hike the Grand Teton park’s many forested trails and then unwind at a dinner theater production at the famous Jackson Hole Playhouse. Prepare for your trip to Jackson Hole with more tips here!
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