Best Affordable Family Vacations

To help you plan a budget-friendly family vacation, U.S. News conceived a list of affordable, kid-friendly destinations and ordered it based on expert opinion and reader votes. The following destinations are recognized for their multi-generational attractions, dining options and large accommodations, as well as their overall affordability. 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 favorite destinations below. 

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Why go: One of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world is also one of the most affordable. For some of the most coveted views of the Grand Canyon, hike the Bright Angel or the Rim trail. Just be sure to reserve hotels well in advance; 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 extensive access to hiking, camping and even skiing facilities. Meanwhile, the park's 1,200 square miles of towering Sequoias, staggering cliffs and dramatic waterfalls make for some excellent family photo backdrops. Read More»

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Why go: Yellowstone's 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: A family trip to Washington, D.C.won't obliterate your kids' college savings. Many of the museums are free, including the Museum of Natural History 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: Destin packs in plenty of fun in the sun without leaving a major dent in your wallet. Bring intrepid youngsters to Gator Beach to see nearly 100 alligators splashing around. Or, head to Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park, where mini golf and water rides abound. Read More»

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Why go: Families head to Ocean City to enjoy the boardwalk, games, rides and kid-friendly beaches. Though the cost of lodging surges in the summer months, choosing to bed down a bit further from the shoreline can often lead to significant deals. Read More»

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Why go: Vancouver is a first-rate North American destination that's easy on the pocketbook. The city contains a bevy of beautiful outdoor parks right in the city center. The popular Granville Island Kid's Market and Waterpark is an affordable attraction that will please kids and parents alike. Read More»

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Why go: Colonial Williamsburg offers all the history a family could ever want. And with nearby Busch Gardens and Water Country USA it's easy to please all of the age groups in tow. The parks can get pricey but area accommodations are cheap. Read More»

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