When you only have a few weeks out of the year to spend quality time together as a family, you really want to make it count. This is when you make those memories that you’ll be laughing over as you look at pictures together twenty years from now. Planning the best family vacations starts with choosing the right destination.
To help you plan the best family vacations possible, here are the top 3 family-friendly destinations, for a trip you’ll never forget.
The Grand Canyon
Visiting this enormous chasm in Arizona makes for an iconic family trip. Six million years in the making, the Grand Canyon extends 277 miles, reaching up to 18 miles wide. You can view this canyon from the North or South Rim, or be adventurous and take a hike into its mile-deep gorge.
There is a lot more here than just spectacular views. There are guide-led horseback tours, helicopter tours, white water rafting, Jeep tours, camping, hiking, and hotels and restaurants both inside and outside the park.
The best part about the Grand Canyon is that there’s a trip for every budget here. You can fly into the local airport, stay at a hotel inside the park, and take in the park by helicopter, or you can drive to the area, camp in tents or an RV for free on BLM land just outside the park, and just pay one per-vehicle entrance fee for the whole family.
Walt Disney World
Nearly every child dreams of a trip to Disney World. What could be more fun than meeting your favorite Disney character in person, enjoying the thrill of amusement rides, or getting all dolled up like a princess at the Bibbidy Bobbidi Boutique and salon?
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is comprised of four main parks: Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The huge mega-complex also offers the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks, 21 hotels, an RV park, and the Disney Springs complex for dining, shopping, and entertainment. There’s so much to do here, you may never want to leave.
For those who want to go all-out and fly internationally for their family vacation, Sydney may be the place for you. While many often think of Paris or London for their first international trip, Sydney offers a wide variety of activities to families, and their seasons are the opposite of the United States, so you can enjoy the summer surf and boating at Bondi Beach in Sydney while your neighbors back home shiver through the post-Christmas blahs.
Catch a show at the landmark Opera House, explore Darling Harbor and The Rocks, climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, or attend one of the amazing Sydney festivals like Festival of the Winds or Sculpture by the Sea.
Your family can relax and soak up the “no worries” coastal vibe in this city “down under.” If you choose any of these 3 destinations for the best family vacations, you’ll be sure to have a blast, spend a lot of time with your loved ones, and create memories that will last a lifetime.