Family vacations might make some teenager’s eyes roll, but once they are making lifelong memories, those are some vacations that become the ones they can never forget. Once you get over the fact that there may be some yelling and fighting at the beginning, especially over who gets the window seat, you can start planning your next trip for your whole family, no matter their ages.
5 Places for a Family Vacation
Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida
- Walt Disney World is timeless. If your family grew up watching Disney movies and belting out the songs during carpool, this is a perfect place to bring each other together and feel the magic. Also, if you only want to visit some Disney parks and want to experience more than just the mouse, Orlando also has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal, where there are rides for older children and adults as well as Discovery Cove, where you can swim with dolphins and even snorkel! You can also take advantage of all the water parks in the area and adult nightlife such as Downtown Disney!
If you are worried about crowds, the off-season for Disney is March or November, and the heat of Florida isn’t quite as intense during those months, either.
The Grand Canyon
- A national park is always a win for a family vacation. The Grand Canyon shows the hard work that helped shape our country and there is so much to do that no one will be complaining. Your family can enjoy any of the many hikes that are offered or even take a donkey down the North Rim. If you planned ahead and like adventure, you can raft the Colorado River and sleep under the stars.
The West is one of those places with everything to do, so to make sure you know what to take advantage of, do your research. Even look up houses as if you were going to be a potential buyer like Oakland houses for sale to see what activities are suggested for locals.
- If you have a family full of history buffs or just recently saw “Hamilton” or “National Treasure,” the nation’s capital may be the vacation for you! Your family can visit the National Mall which has renowned monuments and family-friendly museums including the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History, all for free!
Staying in the heart of D.C. can be quite pricey, however; to save money, you can stay in Arlington or Alexandria, which are also overflowing with historical shops and tours for an added bonus to your vacation.
- Jump in your car and crank up the radio for your next family vacation and head to the mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Your family can explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for free of course, or get some cotton candy at the Great Smoky Mountains National Amusement Park after they took a ride on the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram to reach their destination. There is also the Arts & Crafts Loop, an 8-mile road dotted with artisan shops to see how locals entertain and sell their goods.
- Maybe you even have some family to visit in the Midwest, but the Windy City offers everything from shows to museums and zoos to fariswheels for the family. You can visit Millennium Park and see the photogenic “The Bean,” or head to the Shedd Aquarium or Lincoln Park Zoo to satisfy the animal lovers in your family. If you all love sports then you can head down to Wrigleyville and cheer or boo the Cubs at Wrigley Fields, one of the nation’s oldest ballparks. There is so much more to discover in Chicago. You could even plan your vacation around eating their world-famous hot dogs and deep-dish pizza with no complaints!