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Best Family Vacations

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From relaxing beaches to bustling cities, the search for the best family vacation can be difficult. For a trip to satisfy the whole family, a destination has to offer entertainment options and activities to amuse travelers of all ages, as well as a variety of dining choices and hotels or resorts that can accommodate groups. U.S. News considered these factors, in addition to opinions of everyday travelers, to compile a list of top-notch family vacations. Use this ranking to plan your next family trip, then contribute to next year's list by voting for your favorite destinations.

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#1 Yellowstone

#1 in Best Family Vacations

There's no replacement for family bonding in a tent or under the stars. When you're not roasting marshmallows around the fire, your family can spend time at famous sights like the Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful. Read More »

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#2 Grand Canyon

#2 in Best Family Vacations

The beauty of the Grand Canyon should not be understated, and neither should the many ways to enjoy it. Whether you and the kids raft down the Colorado River or camp near Havasu Falls, your family will never forget the adventures and memories made here. Read More »

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#3 Orlando-Walt Disney World

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Entire worlds await your family in Orlando. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lures Muggles in droves, but the epic Walt Disney World Resort still treats kids of all ages to a range of rides and attractions. Parents may find Orlando exhausting, but a Disney trip is a rite of passage for kids. Read More »

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#4 Yosemite

#4 in Best Family Vacations

Just a few hours by car from San Francisco or Lake Tahoe, this national park (one of America's most popular) makes for an easy weekend getaway that's full of adventure. There are also adequate lodging and park facilities to make the visit easy for large groups. Read More »

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#5 Washington, D.C.

#5 in Best Family Vacations

Families looking to add an educational bent to their vacation should seek out Washington, D.C., for its countless ties to U.S. history. Kids and adults can both enjoy a visit to the Lincoln Memorial or an afternoon spent at the National Zoo. Plus, most major attractions are free to explore and there are a wealth of hotels to choose from. Read More »

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#6 Anaheim-Disneyland

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This area of Southern California isn't home to as many amusement parks as its Florida counterpart, but the original Disney resort is still fun for the whole family. Plus, after a day at the theme park, it's just a short drive to the beach. If you plan to travel in the summer, make sure to book your hotel early to secure the best rates. Read More »

Partners View 20 photos
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#7 San Diego

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Year-round pleasant temperatures and miles of beaches are just part of the reason families love to vacation in San Diego. The city offers an abundance of outdoor activities and attractions like SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, so both kids and adults will be entertained.  Read More »

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#8 Maui

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This Hawaiian island offers a little something for each member of the family. Nature enthusiasts can snap photos of the beautiful landscape along the Road to Hana, sports lovers can spend the day on the golf course and culture hounds can participate in a traditional luau. You won't regret splurging on a stay in an oceanfront hotel suite. Read More »

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#9 Niagara Falls

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A quintessential family road trip destination, Niagara Falls draws Canadian families from the north and their American counterparts from the south. In addition to hiking and historical significance, the area's main attractions are its three namesake waterfalls. You can take in the views from a variety of memorable vantage points, such as the Skylon Tower or the Niagara SkyWheel. Read More »

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#10 Outer Banks

#10 in Best Family Vacations

Families often gravitate toward the beaches, mini-golf courses and the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island. If you want to add a dash of history to your trip, visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Plus, you can save money by booking a cottage or vacation rental right on the beach. Read More »

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#11 Sanibel Island

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Your family needs to wake up for at least one Sanibel Island sunrise. After, you can scour the low tide sand in search of seashells. In addition to being a shelling paradise, Sanibel boasts stellar seafood (grouper and stone crab are the island's specialties) for your family to feast on. Plan to visit during the fall for the best prices and shelling conditions. Read More »

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#12 Hilton Head

#12 in Best Family Vacations

Hilton Head's clean beaches offer a scenic setting for a fun vacation for the family. When you and the kids need a break from the shore, check out the island's other natural wonders like the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Avoid costly resort fees by booking a vacation rental. Read More »

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#13 Ocean City

#13 in Best Family Vacations

This Maryland beach destination has all the makings of a quintessential family vacation: clean, sandy beaches, a 3-mile-long boardwalk and a variety of mini-golf courses. To save money, skip the hotel room and stay in a beachfront vacation rental instead. Read More »

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#14 Martha's Vineyard

#14 in Best Family Vacations

If you've seen the iconic Black Dog sweatshirt and are wondering whether Martha's Vineyard lives up to the hype, it does. Located off the coast of Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard has welcomed generations of families to eat, bike, hike and enjoy the island's secluded beaches. Martha's Vineyard accommodations are notoriously pricey (especially during the summer), so be sure to snag hotel or vacation rentals in advance for the best rate. Read More »

Sunset on Martha's Vineyard View 21 photos
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#15 Puerto Rico

#15 in Best Family Vacations

Beaches in Puerto Rico have clear, calm waters, which attract families from around the world. During your family's trip to this Caribbean island, be sure to eat at least one meal of street food (plantains, pork rice and beans). Following Hurricane Maria, most of the island's famous attractions have been restored, so you can snap a family photo during your visit to El Morro or Castillo de San Cristóbal. Read More »

Puerto Rico Skyline View 13 photos
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