There’s no better time of year to go on a family vacation than during summer. The kids are out of school, and you have some much-needed time off of work. Now, all you have to do is decide where to go and plan your trip, which can get tricky. There are so many fun, family-friendly places to visit that it’s hard to pick the best destination. But don’t worry. Here are nine must-see places to travel this summer.
San Diego is one of the best places to travel for families. There are so many things to do that it’s almost impossible to get through. Not only is it lined with breathtaking, laidback beaches, but it’s also near some pretty incredible attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Knottsberry Farm. It’s the ideal place to wear comfy, warm weather clothes and your swimwear.
Myrtle Beach has become famous for its family-friendly activities and beaches. That’s why it makes it on summertime travel lists year after year. There are countless resort-style hotels with attractions like waterslides and lazy rivers, not to mention the gorgeous beaches that line the city. There are also tons of things like mini-golf and go-kart racing tracks. This is a spot with a lot of variety, so be prepared by packing a lot of clothing options. You’ll need kid’s swimsuits and plenty of athleticwear, so everyone is comfortable.
If you want to travel to a truly tropical destination with your family, make your way to Punta Cana. This is a wonderful spot for an all-inclusive resort experience fit for adults and kids. Stock up on vibrant swimwear and clothes for a vacation, and get ready to lounge by the pool and eat fresh food. For a more adventurous experience, take a family snorkeling excursion, swim with the dolphins, or try parasailing.
Millions of visitors stop to see the Grand Canyon National Park every summer, and your family should too. This is a different type of vacation than the usual beach getaways that offer lots of adventures. Bring a backpack stocked with water, snacks, and different layers and go on a hike in the park. You can also take things a step further and camp out for a few nights for an unforgettable experience.
For an oceanside vacation with lots of oceanside outdoor activities, Key West is the place. It’s become known as an easy-going destination with plenty of snorkeling and diving so you can see the incredible coral reefs. If you’ve gotten your fill of sunshine and swimming, this small island city has even more. There’s the Key West Aquarium, Butterfly Conservatory, and the Ingham Maritime Museum for endless family fun.
Branson, MO, might not be on your vacation radar, but it should be. Known as the Vegas of the Ozarks, it’s got more than 100 live shows and attractions, with something for all ages. There are also stunning lakes nearby for boating, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. But that’s not all. There are also a few waterparks that are excellent for kids. With so many water activities, be sure to pack rash guards to help the whole family to stay protected.
Yellowstone National Park is another international, outdoorsy destination that everyone should see, and it’s perfect for families. Spend your days hiking and exploring the world-famous geysers like Old Faithful. And don’t forget to stop and check out the countless buffalo roaming the countryside. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a moose. At night, sit by the campfire with cozy throw blankets and roast marshmallows together.
Cape Cod is a quintessential destination for family trips in the summer. It’s the ideal place to relax, enjoy the great outdoors, and play games. When you’re not sitting seaside, you can stroll together through the quaint and cute small town and try out the amazing fresh seafood. Just remember that Cape Cod can get rainy during the summer, so be prepared. Include a few women’s pullover tops for yourself and some hoodies and sweatshirts for your family.
Explore and learn together as a family on an exciting trip to Washington, D.C. This is a city where you can dive deep into history, culture, and delicious cuisine. You’ll be doing a lot of walking here, so include a few pairs of comfortable shoes for every family member. It’s also a good idea to wear practical and lightweight clothes. Bring athleticwear options like leggings and cotton T-shirts, but you can include slightly dressier options like chino shorts and sleeveless tunic tops.
Put these destinations on your summer travel bucket list for a memorable family vacation everyone will love.