February 1, 2017

Top Family Vacation Spots

Top family vacation spots

It’s February. Really.

We’re already into the 2nd month of the year.

This means that spring is just around the corner. Which means that summer is fast approaching.

For many of you, the May-August season means family vacation! It’s never too early to plan your family vacation (in fact, in many cases if you’ve waited this long you’ve waited much too long!).

U.S. News and World Report ranked the 13 best family vacations in the United States. I’ve picked a couple of these that I personally experienced as some of the top family vacation spots.

Washington, D.C.

Our nation’s capital is a huge tourist attraction, for obvious reasons. But does it live up to its hype?

There are so many fun things to do here that it’s difficult to narrow down. From the historic White House tours to the Smithsonian Museums to the various memorials, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had for families.

A wonderful perk of D.C. is that most of these attractions are free! However, this is offset by inflated pricing of lodging and dining in the area. And although there are fun things for kids to do, children won’t fully appreciate the significance of activities such as visiting the Lincoln Memorial or watching the legislature in action at the Capitol building.

Still, I would recommend a family vacation to D.C. if you can swing it! It’s amazing to step foot in such a historic place.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone is a beautiful place, period. There’s gorgeous scenery, wildlife, hot springs, geysers—it’s a wonder of the natural world.

If you’re a camping family or outdoorsy people in any way, this is certainly the place to go. There are tons of hiking and nature-exploring activities available. Keep your eye out for moose and bears and other amazing creatures just walking along as you drive down the road!

Admittedly, however, some aspects of this vacation don’t live up to their full potential. For example, we waited at Old Faithful for quite a while and its eruption was pretty anti-climatic.

That being said, though, I would like to visit here again and take in the whole experience with more mature eyes.

 

Some places listed on the U.S. News ranking that I would love to visit but have never had the chance include Walt Disney World and Hawaii. Travel expenses were just too much to justify visiting these places for my family growing up, but I would love to go someday!

What are some of your top family vacation spots?

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