Best Affordable Family Vacations
The following destinations are recognized for their multi-generational attractions, dining options and large accommodations, as well as their overall affordability. Because family travel can get expensive, we took into account user votes, travel expert opinion and the availability of cost- and kid-friendly amenities to whittle down our top-ranked inexpensive family destinations. This list spans prime spots for adventure like Yosemite to low-key beach locations like Destin. Use these rankings to start planning your next trip for the whole gang — but first, vote for your take on the top destination below.
Why go: One of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world is also one of the most affordable. The Grand Canyon allows families to see a great American natural wonder at a very low price. For picture-perfect vistas, hike the Bright Angel or the Rim trail. Just be sure to reserve hotels well in advance, as the area is perpetually crowded in the spring and summer. Read More»
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Why go: For a miniscule entry fee, Yosemite offers children and parents an excellent introduction to California's variety of outdoor attractions. Hiking, camping and skiing are popular activities for families at Yosemite. And should your kids get tired of the great outdoors, nearby San Francisco serves as an excellent daytrip. Read More»
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Why go: Yellowstone offers families unforgettable (and very inexpensive) natural attractions. The majestic cliffs, large plains and awesome geysers are sure to inspire young children and teenagers, while geothermic wonders like Old Faithful and the Mammoth Hot Springs will captivate visitors of all ages. And don't worry about shelling out a pretty penny for a hotel room — just bring your own tent. Read More»
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Why go: Always a favorite for its affordability and attractions, Washington, D.C., is a stimulating and educational family getaway that won't obliterate your kids' college savings. Many of the museums on the National Mall are free, including the National Gallery of Art and the National Air and Space Museum. To save on hotel costs, book early or stay in nearby Arlington, Va. Read More»
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Why Go: Perched on Florida's panhandle, Destin packs in plenty of fun in the sun without leaving a major dent in your wallet. Families should bring their intrepid youngsters to Gator Beach to see nearly 100 alligators splashing around. Not feeling up to a gator feeding frenzy? Head to Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park, where mini golf, racetracks and water rides abound. Read More»
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Why Go: Travelers of all ages will enjoy strolling through Freedom Park's 100 green acres. Families and in search of educational sites should head to the Levine Museum of the New South to explore post-Civil War exhibits and historical displays specific to Charlotte. Families on a budget will take delight in Charlotte's year-round Southern hospitality and inexpensive hotel rooms. Read More»
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Why go: Vancouver is a first-rate North American destination and it's also easy on the pocketbook. The city contains a bevy of beautiful outdoor parks — including Stanley Park — right in the heart of the city. The popular Granville Island Kid's Market and Waterpark is an affordable Vancouver attraction that will please kids and parents alike. Read More»
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