The Best US Cities for a Family Vacation

The Best US Cities for a Family Vacation

Summer is officially here with school letting out and pools opening, so you are probably starting to think about planning that family vacation. If you want to stay in the US for your summer vaca this year, check out this list of great suggestions. Whether you are looking for a lively beach destination, a quiet beach town, something with a lot of outdoor activities,  or a vibrant city to explore – we’ve got you covered!

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Are you looking for a family vacation destination that includes the beach with many other family activities?

Consider a trip to San Diego, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, or the St. Pete’s/Clearwater area in Florida.

San Diego has 70 miles of coastline, studded with several stunning beaches, plus 300 days of sunshine per year. Beyond the beach, they have the top-rated San Diego Zoo & the safari park in nearby Escondido to explore. You’ll also find tons of fun kid-friendly museums (such as the Maritime Museum of San Diego, pictured above), and a SeaWorld theme park.

Myrtle Beach has many family activities including theater, shopping, golf, tons of museums, parks, and 60 miles of coastline.

In St. Petersburg/Clearwater, you’ll find a very diverse beach city with tons of activities and  different areas to explore, including Treasure Island for beachfront restaurants, the abandoned Pirate  Ship at John’s Pass, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.


Are you looking for more of a quiet beach destination for your next family vacation?

Consider a trip to Sanibel Island (located near Fort Myers), or Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

Sanibel Island is Fort Myers’ more laid-back, quaint neighbor. It is one of the best places in the world  to collect seashells. In addition to seashell collecting, it has many hiking trails to explore.

Kiawah Island​ is most famous for its world-renowned golf courses, but it also offers some of  Carolina’s best white sand beaches, bike trails, and coastal hike spots. Don’t miss Beachwalker County  Park & Night Heron Park


Does your family enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, and camping?

Consider a trip to Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon.

Yellowstone​ offers much to explore including mountains, canyons, geysers, and waterfalls. Don’t miss Yellowstone Lake and Mammoth Hot Springs.

Yosemite ​is another great option for outdoorsy families. Here you will find 1200 square miles of  waterfalls, giant Sequoia trees, and steep cliffs and rock formations.

The Grand Canyon​ in northern AZ is driveable from Mesa or Scottsdale. Here your family can camp,  hike, and even take a donkey ride to the bottom of the canyon.


Are you looking for a city that offers tons of shopping, dining, activities, and kid-friendly museums?

Consider Kansas City, Chicago, San Antonio, or Scottsdale:

Kansas City​ is famous for some of the best BBQ in the world, plus shopping and more fountains than  any other city in the world besides Rome.

Chicago ​is one of the most diverse (and the 3rd largest) cities in America, and is also the 3rd largest! Here you’ll find a large arts scene,  several shopping districts, and thousands of restaurants.

San Antonio​ has tons of family activities including SeaWorld, Six Flags, the San Antonio Zoo, the San  Antonio Riverwalk, Brackenridge Park, and more.

Scottsdale ​offers many activities including safari wildlife tours to see coyotes and snakes, or a hot air balloon over the Sonoran Desert. You’ll also find tons of shopping, and resorts tailored specifically to families.


This list should give you a good start on planning your next family vacation. Let us help you with the rest! Call us today at 402-281-3022 to talk to one of our travel specialists.