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Best Family Vacations in the USA

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Family vacations can supply lifelong memories, but to ensure that every member of the family is satisfied, it's important to pick the perfect locale. U.S. News gathered a list of destinations that are highly praised by experts for offering reasonable rates and activities the whole family can enjoy. Then our readers voted to help pick the top places in the country to visit as a family. The list below includes a variety of family vacation ideas based on votes from thousands of travelers; we hope you find these ideas helpful when planning your next trip, and we invite you to cast your vote for your favorite places below.

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Grand Canyon

#1 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: The Grand Canyon is a universally admired family destination. You'll find lots to do here, including hiking, kayaking, rafting and riding the Grand Canyon Railway. The Grand Canyon also manages to be budget-friendly. Read More

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Honolulu - Oahu

#2 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: Honolulu – especially Waikiki – offers excellent child-friendly beaches and activities like snorkeling, swimming with dolphins and the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. Plus, many hotels sit along the shore, negating the need for public transportation or a vehicle. Read More

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Yellowstone

#3 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: Kids will get a kick out of watching Old Faithful erupt, and there's nothing quite like an afternoon hike to bring the clan together. Hotels inside the park can be expensive, so make this a BYOB (bring your own bed) vacation. Read More

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Orlando-Walt Disney World

#4 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: Known for its timeless appeal, thrill rides and performances, Disney World is engineered specifically for families, and its formula is very successful. But if you aren't up for putting on mouse ears, Orlando hosts a slew of other theme parks that are sure to excite wee ones. Read More

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Yosemite

#5 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: What makes Yosemite an excellent family destination? Its numerous outdoor offerings, from hiking and camping to mountain climbing and rafting. And, unlike other parks, Yosemite boasts relatively easy accessibility (San Francisco is only a few hours away by car). Read More

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Washington D.C.

#6 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: The key to D.C.'s family appeal is the National Mall, which is surrounded by free, kid-friendly museums and renowned monuments. If you have some extra time, spend a few hours at the National Zoo (which also offers free entry) or snag a treat at one of Georgetown's cupcake shops. Read More

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San Diego

#7 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: The simple truth: San Diego offers 70 miles of sandy fun. When the waves start to bore little ones, the creatures at the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld are sure to hold their interest. And if you need some relief from the sun, head to the museums of Balboa Park. Read More

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Anaheim-Disneyland

#8 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: Similar to its Disney sister city, Orlando, Anaheim has enough mouse-themed attractions to keep parents and kids busy and smiling. Plus, Anaheim has the added benefit of its California location, which sits in close proximity to the beaches and sights of Los Angeles and San Diego. Read More

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Myrtle Beach

#9 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: Myrtle Beach lacks the diversity of other destinations on this list. But in terms of accessibility and cost, Myrtle Beach offers an excellent family getaway. Ripley's Aquarium and Mount Atlanticus Miniature Golf are welcome distractions from the shoreline. Read More

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Acadia National Park

#10 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: Nothing saves family togetherness quite like the great outdoors. Families can spend their days hiking or biking portions of the 45 miles of carriage roads before bonding over an open fire. Plus, it doesn't get much cheaper than camping out.  Read More

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Williamsburg

#11 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why Go: Colonial Williamsburg allows youngsters to immerse themselves in history. If you're visiting in the summer, don't deny the kids a chance to cool down at Water Country USA or to ride the coasters at Busch Gardens. Read More

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Ocean City

#12 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: The miles of sandy beaches and activities surrounding the boardwalk draw families to Ocean City, Maryland, and the affordable options for lodging and dining keep them coming back year after year. Read More

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Colorado Springs

#13 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

Why go: Family photo ops abound in Colorado Springs. From Pikes Peak to the Garden of the Gods, there's no shortage of opportunities to take in all that nature has to offer. And when you need a break from soaking up the great outdoors, pop into the eclectic art galleries scattering Manitou Springs. Read More

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