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1. Orlando, Florida - Walt Disney World
Orlando provides fun for the entire family all year long. Probably no other city in the USA attracts
families and children quite like Orlando. It doesn't matter if you are a small child or 33 like I was
when I first visited
Walt Disney World,  the thrill and excitement you feel when you first enter the
park is the same. As exciting as all this is, don't forget Sea World, Universal Studios or countless
other attractions that can be found here. Any of which could be just the thing to spice up your
family vacation for this year. If you want to save a few dollars and visit when temperatures are a
bit cooler, then try to avoid visiting during the summer, and see if you can plan your visit during a
fall break.

2.  Branson, Missouri
Branson is a great place to visit. Whether it is for a few days or an extended vacation, there is
plenty to see and do. The neat thing about Branson is that it has a little something for everyone.
If you like the outdoors then the Ozark Mountains are right there for hiking, camping or other fun
activities. Plus, Table Rock Lake is just 7 miles southwest of Branson on Route 165 where you
can fish, swim, scuba dive, rent a boat or enjoy other water activities. For others it may be to take
in a live show or two, or check out the shopping and restaurants. In fact, Branson features over
50 theatres and more than 100 live shows. While you are there don't forget to visit Silver Dollar
City, Branson's family theme park and take a ride on the scenic railway. More
information here.

3. San Diego, California
San Diego has many fine beach resorts and it is a great destination for any family vacation.
There is so much to see and do while visiting the area. While any visit to San Diego should
include ample beach time, be sure and allow some time while you are away from the beach to visit
Sea World, Legoland and the world-famous San Diego Zoo, located in Balboa Park along with
many fine museums. If you are looking for fine dining, shopping or other entertainment, then plan
on visiting the historic Gaslamp Quarter. San Diego's mild climate makes it a perfect vacation
spot even in the winter. Although it's summer weather temperatures in the 70's are also very
inviting, especially to those coming from areas with soaring hot summer temperatures. If you are
looking for a good family beach, then
Coronado Island is a nice pick with wide sandy beaches
and a nice backdrop of fine homes and the Hotel del Coronado. Located in San Diego Bay is the
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Spend the day exploring more than 60 exhibits with a
collection of 29 restored aircraft, and try your hand at being an aviator on one of two flight

4. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs is the second largest city in Colorado. It is located about an hour south of
Denver and is set against the stunning backdrop of
 Pike's Peak.  This is a beautiful mountainous
area with spectacular views and a favorite family vacation destination for many. Aside from the
great scenery, there are lots of fun things to see and do while visiting.
If your family is looking for an active getaway, then there is no shortage of hiking and biking trails
and other opportunities for outdoor adventure. An absolute must while visiting the area is to take
the train ride up from Manitou Springs to the top of Pike's Peak. The view from the top is
absolutely magnificent and you will be so glad that you made the trip. Make sure that your stay
also includes a visit to the Garden of the Gods and to the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings, both of
which are nearby. Click the link to
Colorado Springs.

5. Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Area, TN
The Great Smoky Mountains are a major mountain range in the southern part of the Appalachian
Mountains. They straddle the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, and attract millions
of visitors each year. Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are two great communities nestled here,
and this area offers a wide range of
cabin rentals. If your family normally stays in hotels, then this
might be the time to try something new and rent a cabin. Some of our best family vacations were
times when we did this, as it gives everyone a bit more space and affords you a few more
amenities, not normally found in a hotel. For the family seeking adventure, enjoy hiking,  
horseback riding, white-water rafting, snow skiing, golfing and many other outdoor activities.
While you are in the area be sure and  visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ride the
country's largest aerial tram to the top of Ober Gatlinburg, and visit the Titanic Pigeon Forge and
the famous Dollywood Theme Park. If you are a racing fan, then you may want to check out the
Bristol Motor Speedway, where you can join other racing fans for a few action-packed hours of
racing excitement. The Biltmore Estate is also nearby and definitely worth a visit. Completed in
1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was when it was first

6. San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas, and the third largest metropolitan area(behind
Dallas and Houston). The Battle of the Alamo took place here in 1836, as Texas fought for
independence from Mexico, so there is a great deal of history here. Take a self-guided tour
through the old mission and barracks of the Alamo and try to imagine what it must have been like
during that historic battle. No visit to San Antonio is complete without visiting the famous River
Walk. It is located along the San Antonio River where it winds through central San Antonio and is
lined with shops, restaurants and lush vegetation. Take a leisurely stroll along the river or hire a
boat and take in the views as you motor along on a guided tour. San Antonio has several theme
parks to choose from. Six Flags Fiesta Texas has roller coasters and other thrilling rides, along
with its own water park, and Sea World offers fun for the entire family. Located just north of San
Antonio are the Natural Bridge Caverns. Take the Discovery Tour to experience a world of
magnificent underground beauty. This is a 75-minute tour that takes you through this incredible
cavern and covers a distance of about a half-mile.

7. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offers a wide variety of beach resorts, beach hotels, and other fine
accommodations  for the perfect beach vacation getaway. Enjoy over 60 miles of wide, sandy
beaches and all the fun in the sun that you can handle. Feel the sand squeeze up between your
toes as you walk along one of the most beautiful beach areas along the Atlantic Ocean. While
you are there, don't forget to check out the many fine restaurants,  shops, and play a few rounds
of golf at some of the 120 courses found in the area. Other popular activities include Broadway at
the Beach, Ripley's Aquarium, NASCAR SpeedPark, The Carolina Opry, and much more!

8. Seattle, Washington
Seattle is the largest city in Washington State, and is located on the western side of the state,
nestled between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. This is a beautiful area with towering
evergreens, lush vegetation, magnificent views and a favorite family vacation spot for many.
Aside from the great scenery and abundance of outdoor activities there are many other
attractions here. Towering 600 feet, near downtown, is Seattle's Space Needle, a spectacular
structure built for the 1962 World's Fair. Both young and old alike will enjoy a trip to the Seattle
Aquarium, and while you are visiting the area be sure and take a short excursion on one of
Washington State's ferries. Once you park your car on the vessel, you can walk up to the
restaurant or passenger areas and sit back, relax and enjoy the view. The ferry to Bremerton is a
very popular ride, and the shipyard there is quite interesting. Another popular route is the ferry
ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, but there are a number of other great routes available
throughout this same area. Seattle has many other fun things to see and do, depending on the
length of your stay. Be sure and visit Pike's Street Market, tour Seattle's Underground City, take a
ride on the Seattle Monorail or take a short drive south and visit Mount Rainier.

9. Flagstaff, Arizona - Grand Canyon and More
The summer temperatures in Phoenix average around 106 degrees F and sometimes climb as
high as 120. However, if you travel a little over two hours to the northeast you will find yourself in
the city of Flagstaff in a totally different setting. Flagstaff rests at an elevation of about 7,000 feet
and is surrounded by much higher mountains and tall Ponderosa Pines. Instead of 100 degree
plus days the summer high temperatures are about 80 degrees F.
There are many fun things to do in Flagstaff and there are a number of wonderful vacation
attractions just a few miles away. The Meteor Crater is 35 miles east of Flagstaff, the Grand
Canyon is only 81 miles away and just 28 miles to the west is Williams, where you can make your
Grand Canyon visit even more special by taking a round-trip train ride from here. Sedona is only
28 miles away and is noted for its beautiful red rock and stunning formations. If you enjoy the old
west and are interested in gold panning or mine tours, then you may want to head toward
Prescott. It’s about 87 miles from Flagstaff and has been home to much past and present mining
Flagstaff can be great fun in itself or serve as a great central location to explore many of
the wonderful attractions that are nearby.

10. Williamsburg, Virginia
Virginia's Historic Triangle offers a great number of attractions and is a fun and exciting way to
learn about American history. Travel back in time almost 400 years and visit Jamestown,
Williamsburg,  and the Yorktown Battlefield.   Explore the original Jamestown settlement and see
life-size re-creations of the colonist's fort. Visitors can also board replicas of the three ships that
sailed from England to Virginia in 1607.  At Colonial Williamsburg you can step back in time and
see first hand what life was like in the 18th century while touring the restored capital of Virginia.
Watch American History come alive on the eve of the American Revolution.  After exploring our
rich American heritage, come back to the 21st century and take some time to enjoy yourself at
Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.  Williamsburg is both rich in American history and in
family fun and a great spot for your next family vacation.  

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, no two people will agree on the top ten family
vacation destinations in the United States, but hopefully this list and the brief description we
provided for each destination is helpful. Taking time as a family to vacation and have fun together
is so important. Be sure and make it a priority and start planning your next family vacation soon.
Have fun and stay safe!

Top Ten Family Vacation Destinations

seattle, washington
Most family vacations consist of a
road trip to visit the relatives, or
maybe an afternoon or two at a
nearby water park. Even though
these may be fun, maybe this is the
year to really take it up a notch.

No two people will probably agree
on just what the top family vacation
destinations are, but here are some
picks that we feel will be on most
people's lists. Check some of these
out and see what you think.
Favorite Family Vacations