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Best Family Vacations in the USA

In order to provide recommendations for a family vacation in the USA, U.S. News gathered a list of destinations that offer kid-friendly entertainment and reasonable rates. We then asked our readers to help us pick the top places in the U.S. to visit as a family. The list below provides 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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Why go: Known all over the world for its timeless appeal, thrill rides and performances, Disney World is engineered specifically for children and families, and its formula is very successful. But if you aren't up for putting on mouse ears, Orlando hosts a slew of theme parks that are sure to excite wee ones. Read More»

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Why go: Like many national parks, what makes Yosemite an excellent family destination is its numerous outdoor offerings, from hiking and camping to mountain climbing and rafting. And, unlike other parks, Yosemite boasts relatively easy accessiblity (San Francisco is only a few hours away by car). Read More»

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Why go: Yellowstone's assortment of attractions make the park an exceptional, must-see destination for families. 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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Why go: Honolulu — and especially Waikiki — offers excellent child-friendly beaches and activities, like snorkeling, whale watching, swimming with dolphins and the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. Plus, many hotels are nestled right along the shore, negating the need for public transportation or a vehicle. Read More»

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Why go: The Grand Canyon is a universally admired family destination, perhaps due to the Brady Bunch and the Griswolds. You'll find an abundance of activities here, including hiking, kayaking, rafting and riding Grand Canyon Railway. This iconic spot also manages to be budget-friendly, making it an ideal option for a family road trip. Read More»

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Why go: The key to D.C.'s family appeal is the National Mall, which is surrounded by world-class, kid-friendly and free museums. Organized tours of the Mall and the Capitol Building also provide an excellent means of seeing the city's sights. If you have some extra time, spend a few hours at the National Zoo, which also offers free entry. Read More»

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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 interst. Plus, if you need some relief from the sun, head to the museums of Balboa Park. Read More»

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Why go: Myrtle Beach is primarily a beach destination and it lacks the diversity of some of the other destinations on this list. But in terms of accessibility, cost and quality of beaches, Myrtle Beach offers an excellent family getaway. Meanwhile, Ripley's Aquarium and Mount Atlanticus Miniature Golf are welcome distractions from the shoreline. Read More»

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Why Go: Nearly every attraction in this tiny Virginia town caters to families. Colonial Williamsburg, for example, allows youngsters and adults to immerse themselves in history. If you're visiting during 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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Why go: San Antonio contains an abundance of family-oriented attractions, including the Alamo, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld and historic parks. Add plentiful family-friendly restaurants and a relatively unique setting and San Antonio truly is a first-rate family destination. Read More»

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Why Go: Trade crowded, expensive Orlando for relaxed, affordable Tampa. Mingle with manatees at the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center or look for lions at Big Cat Rescue. If your family can't shake the longing for roller coasters, Busch Gardens and Adventure Island will do the trick. Read More»

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Why go: San Francisco is home to some excellent family-friendly attractions — Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, to name a few. The city also offers proximity to some great outdoor attractions, including Yosemite National Park and Muir Woods. The only downside: It's pricey. Read More»

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Why go: Chicago has more kid-friendly attractions than other metropolises of comparable size, even New York City. The city houses the Lincoln Park Zoo, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. And don't forget about the rides at Navy Pier because your kids sure won't. Read More»

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Why Go: If you've got young skiers in tow, Telluride is the ideal place to shred some powder. The Telluride Ski Resort offers training programs for younger riders. Plus, the Kid's Night Out program will free you up for a romantic dinner. Planning a summer visit? Telluride has plenty of hiking trails to explore. Read More»

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