Best Family Vacation Destination Ideas for 2018

Disneyland, California

Trying to decide on a family vacation destination can be difficult. It needs to be somewhere everyone can enjoy, a place that has plenty of family-friendly things to do, and it needs to have a good option for family accommodations. It might sound impossible to find all of those things in one spot, but we’re here to tell you it’s definitely not!

In fact, there are dozens of perfect family vacation spots around the United States that you should definitely consider when researching. We’ve been to many of these places ourselves and each of them were a hit with the kids.

Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Obviously, Disneyland and the surrounding area is a perfect spot for a family vacation. Not only will the kids love you when you tell them that’s where you’re going, it can be very easy to plan because of all the options that are available to families. Anaheim is the epicenter of a family vacation to Disneyland, which is also very close to the beaches and cities, so if you don’t want to spend your entire vacation with the mouse, you can build other activities into the itinerary, as well. When we go to Disneyland, we always try to avoid major holidays and spring break, as that is when the park is most crowded, hot and expensive. We also try to cut costs by staying in an Airbnb or apartment hotel, so we can cook our own meals.

Maui Hawaii
Maui Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

There are many great destinations for families in Hawaii, but the island our family likes the most is Maui. It’s easy to get to, has a lot of family-style accommodations, and plenty of activities that the whole family will enjoy, like snorkeling, spending time on the beach and in the ocean, hanging out at the resort pool, and going on excursions like whale watching. The other great thing about Maui is that the island isn’t exceptionally large, so you can drive around to the activities you want to do and see easily.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Along with the other National Parks around the United States, Yellowstone is a great family destination because you can choose your style. It’s great for a budget vacation. You can save money on accommodations by camping instead of paying the sometimes steep cost of a hotel for the whole family. If you bring along a cooler or lunch box, you can also pack your own lunches into the park, saving quite a bit of money on food costs. Activities in the park range from walking nature paths, hiking the various trails, watching the Old Faithful geyser erupt, keeping an eye out for wildlife, and seeing the various sights along the way.

Monterey, California

If you’ve never been to Cannery Row in Monterey, California, you absolutely must go. It’s a perfect spot for families to vacation. On Cannery Row, you’ll find the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, which will captivate the hearts and minds of your children, and it’s equally exciting for parents too. Just a short drive away is the stunning coastline and many fantastic, enormous beaches to explore and play on. One of our favorite parts of the Monterey area is the abundance of great food. Everyone loves the fresh seafood and artichokes that grow in abundance in the area.

Seattle, Washington

Many people think it rains all the time in Seattle, which would make it a less than desirable family vacation destination, but that’s not really true. In fact, during the summer month, Seattle is a very lovely place to vacation. The sun is out until at least 10pm, giving you ample time to play. Some of our favorite things to do in Seattle are walking through Pike Place Market and trying all the products along the way, skipping rocks at the beach at Myrtle Edwards Park, riding the ferry to Bainbridge Island, and eating lots of clam chowder.

Washington, DC
Washington, DC

Washington, DC

If you’re looking for an educational, as well as fun and entertaining, destination to take your family, there’s nothing like a trip to the nation’s capital. The best part is that most of the main Smithsonian museums are free to get in, so you won’t have to spend a fortune to see everything. Walking around the National Mall to see the monuments, and learning about the history of our nation along the way is a fantastic way to spend time with your family.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

It’s no wonder this is a top destination for families, as it’s also packed full of American history. There are nearly 30 family-friendly museums, parks and activities that the whole family will enjoy and will keep you entertained for days. Our favorite things to see are the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Zoo and the Ben Franklin Museum. When you’re done checking out all the historical sights, there are parks to play in and waterfront promenades to walk along. And don’t forget the required Philly Cheesesteak Challenge! There are so many places to get a cheesesteak, that we like to make it into a competition to see which one we all like best.

Where to stay: Loew’s Philadelphia Hotel

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Disney World is probably the #1 top family destination in the United States. I saved it to last because you already knew it would be on the list. This is definitely a vacation you really have to save for though, because getting tickets for the family to the parks can be very expensive. If you want to stay at one of the park’s resorts, you need to book well in advance, and plan ahead for things like character breakfasts and early entry to the park, which often come along as perks. Orlando is so much more than just Disney World. There are a dozen theme parks and water parks to visit, along with other attractions, like Sea World.


These are some of the best family vacation destinations spots in the United States. If you haven’t been to any of these, we highly recommend visiting. They are all very easy, but super excited spots to visit.

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The best family vacation destinations in the United States
The best family vacation destinations in the United States

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