A family vacation is one of the most memorable experiences you can have with your kids. But planning a trip that will please everyone can be difficult. Luckily, there are many great options out there for families of all sizes. The best family vacation ideas include fun activities, kid-friendly hotels and resorts and affordable destinations.
The Grand Canyon may be at the top of everyone’s bucket list, but a visit to this iconic national park can also be a great option for a cheap family vacation. With a range of activities to choose from, you can hike (serious hikers will plan for the full descent from the rim to the river in two days), take in the view from the Grand Canyon Skywalk or raft down the Colorado River. There are also a number of budget-friendly lodging choices, like the historic Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins or the recently reopened Hotel June in Malibu.
Known for its mind-bending museums, the stunning Getty Villa and its year-round hot weather, Los Angeles can be a great budget family vacation. With a range of kid-friendly hotels and resorts from the luxury Signature at MGM Grand to the affordable Hotel June in Malibu, the city offers something for every member of the family. Plus, the sprawling pools at the Caesars Palace and the High Roller are sure to give kids a thrill.
New York City is not only an epic choice for a family vacation, but it’s also often affordable thanks to a variety of frequent and affordable nonstop flights. While it may be pricey, there’s always something to do in the Big Apple, from catching a Broadway show to enjoying a hot dog at Coney Island. There are also a number of free and family-friendly things to do, including exploring Central Park, taking in the views from the Brooklyn Bridge or hopping on a Staten Island Ferry for postcard-perfect views.
A trip to Disneyland may seem cheesy, but it’s often a lot more affordable than an Orlando vacay and is a great place for families with young kids. It’s easy to navigate with a stroller and there are plenty of rides that the whole family can enjoy, like Radiator Springs Racers (which looks straight out of the movie Cars). Plus, Anaheim’s summer weather is generally cooler than Florida’s. And there are tons of kid-friendly hotels in the area, like the Good Housekeeping 2023 Family Travel Award winner Westin Anaheim Resort and Spa.