Planning a vacation with the whole family isn’t without its challenges.
From finding accommodations that can fit everyone to researching things to see and do that will hold even the youngest travelers’ interest, there’s plenty to consider before booking a trip.
Some vacations are better suited to families than others. If you’re ready to plan your next family getaway, keep reading for a few ideas for family-friendly trips.
Explore a National Park
The U.S. is home to more than 400 national parks, monuments, battlefields, and other protected sites. Whether you’re looking to take your family on a big adventure or want something a little closer to home, there’s a national park waiting for you.
The wide variety of parks means that there is a wide variety of landscapes, landmarks, and activities to choose from. Go hiking through the mountains.
Try your hand at a high-adventure sport like rock climbing, whitewater rafting, or skiing.
If you’re planning a trip to one of the parks, there are skiing, climbing and hiking guides written by experts that can help you find the right route and park for your needs. These guides can be found online or in local stores near the parks.
Or, explore a museum or nature center, go searching for wildlife, or simply enjoy a scenic drive.
A visit to a single national park can easily fill an entire vacation. There are also plenty of areas in the U.S. where you can visit a variety of parks or sites in one trip.
For instance, Washington, D.C. is full of monuments you can explore, while Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks are within just a few hour’s drive of one another, making it easy to visit all five in a single vacation.
Take a Cruise
Cruising is perhaps the most family-friendly vacation you could ever find. Not only do cruise ships offer a variety of fun family activities, but they also make the entire traveling process simple for families of all sizes and ages.
If you’re traveling with little ones, having your sleeping quarters and all activities on one ship makes it easy to go back to your room for naps. With a wide variety of foods to choose from, there’s something for every taste — including even the pickiest eaters!
And exciting ports make it simple for families to experience a variety of unique destinations and cultures without worrying about visas, complicated travel arrangements, and other travel headaches.
A cruise to Alaska is a wonderful chance for families to enjoy some incredible views and landscapes that would otherwise be difficult to reach by car or plane.
Whether your family is looking forward to relaxing and taking in some entertainment or eager to hike a glacier, there’s something for everyone on an Alaskan cruise.
Plan a Road Trip
A road trip may not be the easiest way to travel with a family. But if you can push through the endless questions (“are we there yet?!”) and navigate the complicated planning required, you’ll be rewarded with a special family memory that you and your kids aren’t likely to forget.
From a cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway to a cross-country trip on Route 66, there’s no shortage of family-friendly road trips to choose from.
Planning a Fun Vacation With Your Family
Planning a fun family vacation doesn’t have to be a challenge. From an Alaskan cruise to a classic American road trip to a national park adventure, any of these awesome trips could become a vacation memory that you’ll treasure forever!