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Best Family Vacations

For a vacation to suit the whole family, a destination should offer dining, lodging, entertainment and activity options that can accommodate groups and amuse travelers of all ages. Taking these factors into account, as well opinions expressed by travel experts and everyday travelers, U.S. News compiled a list of the world's best family vacations, featuring trips for a variety of family types. Use this ranking to plan your next vacation; then, contribute to next year's list by voting for your favorite destinations.

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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, hike the Rim Trail or camp near Havasu Falls, your family will never forget the time spent here. Read More»

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

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Why go: With no language barrier, London makes for an easy introduction to Europe. Families enjoy the free museums, as hotel accommodations and transportation 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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Why go: Its affordable hotels and variety of activities help Oahu stand out among the Hawaiian islands as the best for families. Waikiki Beach is expecially popular for parents and kids, and the USS Arizona Memorial and 'Iolani Palace offer sightseeing opportunities. Read More»

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Why go: When a history lesson comes with gelato, your kids will be eager to learn. Use Rome as your classroom and tour the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and more for a glimpse of ancient times. Plus, local culinary specialties like pizza and pasta satisfy all the little ones' demands. Read More»

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Why go: Yosemite wins over families with its easy accessibility. Just a few hours by car from San Francisco and 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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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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Why go: The bizarre and the beautiful creatures — like giant tortoises and colorful finches — that inhabit this tropical paradise will command everyone's attention. Families may want to consider exploring the Galápagos on a cruise, which will provide comfortable amenities and accommodations. Read More»

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Why go: New Zealand's adventure capital packs quite a punch. Ever considered a synchronized bungee jump with your kids? Even if you're not that wild, your family is sure to enjoy other Queenstown activities, like rafting, mountain biking, hiking, skiing or snowboarding. Read More»

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Why go: Going on a safari in Serengeti with your family is a one-of-a-kind experience. As you cruise along the savannah in a jeep, keep your eyes peeled for gazelles, lions and hippos. And with millions of creatures in the Migration, you're bound to see a fair share. Read More»

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Why go: Families looking to add a dose of learning 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 The White House and Washington Monument or an afternoon spent at the National Zoo. Read More»

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Why go: There's something for every age group in Singapore. Your first stop should be Sentosa Island, which boasts a Universal Studios theme park. But make sure to save time to ride the Singapore Flyer and visit the world-renowned Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. Read More»

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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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Why go: Gigantic metropolises are not typically family-friendly, but Hong Kong is an exception. This multi-island territory boasts two theme parks — Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park. When the crew gets weary, head to one of Lantau Island's sandy shores. Read More»

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