The Getaway Lifestyle
10 Budget-Friendly Vacation Spots for your Family Getaway
Traveling with a family can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be with the right destination. There are plenty of family-friendly getaway spots in the US that aren’t Disney destinations, and we’ve put together ten of the best for your family to explore. There’s something for everyone at these destinations for kids and parents alike. Start planning your next getaway now!
Washington, District of Columbia
This one is perfect for your tween or teenaged children, especially if they’re in history class. Even if you or your children aren’t a fan of history or politics, there’s still plenty to be engaged by. Take a bus tour around the Tidal Basin and National Mall, visit the Smithsonian Museum, or simply dine around at the amazing restaurants around the capital city.
The town of Hershey bears the name of Milton Hershey’s legendary chocolate company. Kids of all ages will notice the connection and be eager to travel there. The town features Hershey Park, a theme park with rollercoasters, a zoo, beautiful gardens, and a water park. You can also take tours of the chocolate factory to satisfy your sweet tooth and the Hershey Museum to learn more about the sweets.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is a gem on the South Carolina shore. It features extensive beaches with delicate waves that are perfect for children. There’s plenty to do on land as well–shops, games, and restaurants are all over the boardwalk, along with Ripley’s Aquarium and Broadway Grand Prix. Just be mindful that it can get pretty busy in the peak of summer and on holiday weekends.
Similar to Washington DC in that it appeals to history buffs, Williamsburg is a beautiful colonial town that’s almost like a real-life museum. Tour the town and get a real-life history lesson, ride through the streets in a horse-drawn carriage, and visit the artisanal shops. If you or the kids have had your fill of history and education on your family getaway, come back to the future in the nearby Busch Gardens for the rollercoasters and waterpark.
Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City is one of the most family-friendly beach resorts in the United States. It has wonderful beaches for building sandcastles and riding waves, features excellent seafood and crab at the restaurants all along the boardwalk, and it’s very affordable. There are several museums, performing arts centers, and family-friendly attractions like Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Like Myrtle Beach, you might want to book in advance because it’s a very popular family spot in the summer.
San Diego, California
This is one of the best places for an active family. This sunny beach city in SoCal is one of the best places to try your toes with surfing, and the food is excellent too. If you’re feeling less brave, you can go kayaking or paddle boarding, visit the many quaint parks and art centers, and the massive San Diego zoo. For a change of pace, you can slow down and appreciate a sunset from the cliffs along the shore or visit the wildlife at nearby SeaWorld.
Yellowstone National Park
Kids of all ages can appreciate this national treasure, Yellowstone. It features breathtaking views of the American west, with plenty of opportunities to explore, hike, and camp. You can take wildlife tours and visit the iconic Old Faithful geyser. Explore a dormant volcano and visit the hot springs in all months of the year. Lodging can be booked in advance, with lodges available on the park’s grounds.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Need we say anymore? This is another world-famous national park, and for a good reason. You don’t need to be an adult to be breathless at the sweeping cliffs. There’s plenty to do, and it’s all pretty affordable too. Take a hike from the rim to the river, raft down the Colorado river, or better yet, take a helicopter ride for a birds-eye view of the canyon. Go ahead and plan this bucket-list trip today.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
This is one of the more expensive options on the list, as this American territory is in the Caribbean. It’s a wonderful old city on an adventure of an island. The whole family will appreciate the picturesque beaches, and be wowed by the bioluminescent bays and the exotic rainforests. The city itself is packed with dozens of historic and artisan shops and eateries where you can get some souvenirs, sample some rum, and explore the island’s culture.
Rounding out the tenth spot on our list is a snowy family getaway in Snowbird, Utah. Just 45 minutes from Salt Lake City, this mountain resort has ski courses for people of all skill levels. Kids skiing for the first time can join classes and instructors to learn. There are plenty of hot springs and outdoor pools along the resorts to try out, and with plenty of restaurants featuring exotic game on the menu, you won’t be disappointed by the food either.
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