You’ve been busy working hard and can’t remember the last time you spent quality time with your family, but now the kids are out of school, you deserve some time together. Vacations are always exciting to plan and you want to pick the perfect place where everyone can have fun — that’s the tricky part! Whether you are stuck for inspiration or overwhelmed by choice, keep reading to discover our top USA destinations in 2018 for families with kids.
Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite is great for a long weekend in the great outdoors with your family. With hiking, biking and horseback riding, you’ll never be bored of exploring over 3000km² of stunning parkland. If you have little ones with you, we recommend sticking to the easier paths and accessible routes, like Mariposa Grove where there are over 500 giant sequoias. There are also ranger tours and activities designed for kids aged 4+, like nature discovery walks and campfire nights. For more inspiration, check out this guide on what not to miss at Yosemite from Ash at dirtinmyshoes.com.
Camping may not be an option for you if you have a baby or toddler but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay inside the park. You’ll be spoilt for choice of cabins to rent, but why not go for something out of the ordinary? There’s a Christmas cabin available all year round with fake snow on the roof and festive decor, so no matter what time of year it is, you’ll be able to relax in a cosy lodge after a long day of hiking.
Cape Canaveral, Florida
If you’ve been to DisneyWorld before and are looking to branch out in the Sunshine State, head to the ocean. With interactive and exciting exhibits at the Kennedy Space Center, American Space Museum and the Walk of Fame, the Florida Space Coast is ideal for a family vacation. Base yourself in Cocoa Beach if you want to be in the middle of the buzz, so you can walk out of your hotel and onto sandy beaches. If your kids are older, take a kayaking trip to the Thousand Islands Conservation Area to see wild dolphins, manatees and sea turtles up close.
There will be a lot of hotels to choose from but why not make it the ultimate activity vacation and book into a surf studio beach resort? With views out over the ocean and easy access to the waves, you’ll never want to leave!
Living on a dude ranch might be a world away from city or suburban life for you or it could feel just like home — either way, it’s an amazing experience for you and your kids. Tanque Verde Ranch and White Stallion Ranch are some of our favourite family-friendly destinations. With horsemanship and penning lessons as well as mountain rides and hikes, you’ll fully immerse yourself in ranch life and enjoy the Arizona landscape. Kids’ clubs for ages 4 and above mean their days will be packed with unique activities and they’ll be falling asleep when they hit the pillow. It’s also the perfect opportunity to take a break from your screens and enjoy each other’s company. If you’ve never been on a ranch vacation, check out this packing list from the Dude Ranch Association.
Staying on a ranch also means you don’t have to worry about travelling to and from sights, or about food as they’ll offer hearty home cooked meals and cookouts. A wonderful escape from busy everyday life into the Arizona desert, a ranching holiday could be your perfect vacation spot.
Cave Junction, Oregon
Every kid wants a treehouse of their own, so where better to stay for your vacation than at Treesort? Michael and his team are all about community and very family focused, making this the ultimate retreat for the family. Located next to their breeding ranch and stables, they have amazing activities for all ages, like rafting along the river, treehouse ziplines, and even a giant Tarzan swing. This is the polar opposite of big theme parks, resorts or hotels that you might be used to but that could just make it all the more memorable! Check out their website to read the story of how they came together and to find out more about your stay.
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