A family vacation should live up to the name: time away from the daily grind and a chance to reconnect with loved ones. But it’s not always easy to find a destination that appeals to the interests of every family member—particularly when money is a factor. We’ve compiled the best destinations and activities to help you plan a memorable trip for your brood. From beach getaways to mountain retreats, city breaks and cruise vacations, these unforgettable family trips will create memories to last a lifetime.
Theme park vacation
If your kids are in a theme-park mood, it’s hard to go wrong with a visit to one of the many kid-friendly parks around the world. Disney and Universal are perennial favorites, but you can also choose from a variety of other great options like Legoland and SeaWorld. Look for discounts and deals on tickets and other vacation extras, and make sure you book your stay during a slower period (like winter).
You don’t have to travel far from home to enjoy a camping trip. With the right location and amenities, you can turn your backyard into a family adventure. Camp in a tent or pitch a cabin with the option of dining under the stars or roasting marshmallows for s’mores around a campfire. If your kids are old enough, take them for a hike through the forest on a guided nature walk or have them participate in an outdoor art class led by a local artist.
A secluded beach vacation
A barrier island chain off the coast of North Carolina is a favorite place for families to relax. Book a multibedroom vacation rental and spend a tranquil week exploring miles of beaches. Or try a new activity each day, from dolphin-spotting excursions to pirate-themed boat tours. And don’t miss the opportunity to hone your golf skills at one of the region’s numerous courses.
Las Vegas vacation
While you may think a trip to the “Sin City” is strictly for adults, the city actually offers a wide range of fun things to do with your family. Lace up your Gore-tex hiking boots and explore the national forest trails, or let the little ones fly down the Downtown Vegas zipline. Then spend evenings by the campfire roasting marshmallows and eating s’mores while you gaze at the night sky.
UNESCO world heritage site vacation
A UNESCO world heritage trip lets your family see and experience history firsthand—from ancient ruins in Greece to the desert landscape of the Great Wall of China. This type of vacation can also give kids a deeper appreciation for what people went through to protect the world’s cultural treasures and natural beauty.
For a more intimate, educational experience, opt for a UNESCO cultural heritage tour with a small group of like-minded travelers. These trips can be more expensive than a standard package vacation, but the experiences and memories will last a lifetime. Check with your travel agent for current specials and packages.