Planning a vacation can be hard, but planning a vacation with kids can be a monumental task! With so many different ages and interests, where can you possibly go that will be fun for everyone? While you are right to question whether or not your young children will enjoy a trip to wine country or Manhattan, there are many kid-friendly places that the entire family will love. Here are just a few.
Yellowstone National Park
If you are ready to unplug and enjoy some quality nature, Yellowstone National Park is where it’s at. It was the first national park in the United States for a reason. It is a geological and biological wonder. And the best part is that you don’t have to traverse miles of rugged terrain to see the best landmarks. Most of the sights at Yellowstone feature their own parking lots and paved paths. Even during the busy season, there are so many places to see that crowds aren’t a major problem. There are delicious places to eat, and with a variety of lodging options, you can choose your level of roughing it. And seriously, turning the bend and seeing a vast herd of buffalo is exciting no matter your age!
Orlando is a family vacation super-destination, and for good reason. Few places are as jam-packed with unique entertainment options as Orlando. While Disney World is always a crowd-pleaser, there is so much more to do and see in Orlando than Mickey Mouse and Cinderella. Beyond theme parks, the Orlando area is close to many natural beauties. Whether you enjoy nature or more urban activities, there is something for everyone and every budget in Orlando. And remember, the beach is just a short jaunt away.
Lesser-known Gatlinburg is like the Orlando of the Smokies. Nestled in some of the most pristine natural landscapes in the country, Gatlinburg is a quaint town bursting with adventure. From dinner shows to alpine slides, it is full of family-friendly activities. You also don’t want to miss the gorgeous hikes just outside of town, or the thrilling yet peaceful Dollywood theme park. Round out your trip with an incredible aquarium and exciting museums, and you will have a vacation your family will never forget.
Wine country can wait for when the kids are out of the house! Until then, think family-friendly when you plan your vacations. If the kids aren’t having fun, chances are high that you aren’t either. Luckily, there are places all over the country that are sure to please everyone at any age.
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