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Best Family Vacations

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For a vacation to satisfy the whole family, a destination has to offer entertainment options and activities to amuse travelers of all ages, as well as a selection of dining and lodging that can accommodate groups. U.S. News editors took these factors into account, in conjunction with opinions of everyday travelers, to compile a list of the world's best family vacations. Use this ranking to plan your next family trip, then contribute to next year's list by voting for your favorite destinations. 

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Grand Canyon

#1 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: The beauty of the Grand Canyon should not be understated, and neither should the many ways to enjoy it. Whether you raft down the Colorado River or camp near Havasu Falls, your family will never forget the time spent here. Read More

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Honolulu - Oahu

#2 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Affordable hotels and a variety of activities help Oahu stand out among the Hawaiian islands as the best for families. The nearby Waikiki Beach is especially popular, and the USS Arizona Memorial and 'Iolani Palace offer plenty of sightseeing opportunities. Read More

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Yellowstone

#3 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: There's no replacement for family bonding in a tent or under the stars. When you're not roasting marshmallows around the fire, your family can visit famous sights like the Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful. Read More

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Washington D.C.

#4 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Families looking to add an educational bent to their trip should seek out Washington, D.C., for its countless ties to U.S. history. Kids and adults can both enjoy a visit to the Lincoln Memorial or an afternoon spent at the National Zoo. Read More

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Orlando-Walt Disney World

#5 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Entire worlds await you in Orlando. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lures Muggles in droves, but Walt Disney World still treats visitors to a range of rides and attractions. Parents may find Orlando to be exhausting, but a Disney trip is a rite of passage. Read More

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Yosemite

#6 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Just a few hours by car from San Francisco or Lake Tahoe, this national park can easily be enjoyed over a holiday weekend. There are also adequate accommodations and park facilities to make the visit easy for large groups. Read More

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San Diego

#7 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Year-round pleasant temperatures and miles of coastline are just part of the reason families flock to San Diego. The city offers an abundance of outdoor activities and attractions like SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, so the whole family will be entertained. Read More

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Bahamas

#8 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Aside from the draw of warm Caribbean waters, the Bahamas offers a wealth of resorts that cater to a variety of age groups. Think: waterslides and kids clubs for the little ones, and casinos and beach bars for the older crowd. Read More

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Sydney

#9 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Sydney's most popular sights may not hold the eye of your whole crew, but its kid-friendly attractions will. Darling Harbour alone boasts the Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum. When temperatures rise, hit Coogee and Bondi beaches. Read More

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Costa Rica

#10 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: If your family loves adventure and relaxation, Costa Rica is for you. Where else can you hike active volcanoes, zip line through cloud-covered rainforests and sprawl across powdery sands within the span of just a few days? Read More

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Rome

#11 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Use Rome as your classroom and tour sites like the Pantheon and the Colosseum for a glimpse at ancient times. Plus, local culinary specialties like pizza and pasta satisfy all the little ones' demands. Read More

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London

#12 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: With no language barrier, London makes for an easy introduction to Europe. Families should take advantage of the free museums, as hotel accommodations can get pricey. Make sure to save some time for attractions like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. Read More

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Outer Banks

#13 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Families often gravitate toward the beaches, mini-golf courses and the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island. If you want to add a dash of history to your trip, visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Save money by booking a cottage or beachfront house. Read More

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U.S. Virgin Islands

#14 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: The U.S. Virgin Islands are accessible, reasonably priced and safe  three major selling points for parents in search of a convenient and kid-friendly getaway. Many recognizable hotel brands, such as Marriott and Westin, maintain properties here. Read More

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Hilton Head

#15 in Best Family Vacations

Why go: Hilton Head's clean, firm beaches offer a scenic setting for fun family bike rides. When you and the kiddos need a break from the shore, check out the island's other natural wonders like the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Avoid costly resort fees by booking a vacation rental.  Read More

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