As summer rapidly approaches, many are finding ways to spend their vacation time. Enjoying the sun and sea of the Caribbean might be a fun way to relax this summer while hiking across the European countryside can add excitement to an eventful summer. China is also a majestic place to visit. However, while traveling abroad has its allure, it is not necessary to travel hundreds, maybe thousands of miles for quality respite. For those looking to stay close to home, America has some of the best destinations for family vacations.
The Magic of Disney
America offers some popular amusement parks around the country for excitement or leisure. Starting in Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is one of the best places that caters to both children and parents. With over 132 attractions, including those at Epcot, the family can enjoy sufficient thrilling rides and amusements to fill an entire day.
If trekking to Florida is too far, those living on the west coast can also experience the magic of Disney, like Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, offers similar amusements. After a day at Disneyland, families can be transported back to the medieval era at Medieval Times, where they can watch a jousting tournament. Whether visiting Florida or California, Disney is a great option for families.
For families wanting to enjoy the beauty of nature, America has some of the most pristine landmarks. With its hot springs, lush forests, active geysers and sprawling meadows, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming offers nature enthusiasts the opportunity to view the beauty of nature’s perfection. For a vacation that offers families outdoor activities, from hiking to rafting, and riding the Grand Canyon Railway, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is the place to visit. In the Florida Everglades, a natural preserve in South Florida, those on holiday can hike the trails or view by boat the more than 360 wildlife species, including birds, alligators, and manatees.
Culture and History
Places featuring American culture and history are some of the finest places to visit. On Boston’s Freedom Trail, families can learn the history of the American Revolution. Here, families will visit the Old State House, the center of the events that started the American Revolution, in addition to visiting the warship, Old Ironsides. Families can also visit the historic town of Williamsburg in Virginia, where they can walk the same steps as the Founding Fathers did over two centuries ago. In addition to Williamsburg, vacationers can visit Jamestown and Yorktown to see monuments to this country’s history.
Art and Museums
If the family wants to take in art, America has various museums that showcase American talent. The City Museum in St. Louis Missouri is a structure that consists of man-made caves and tunnels that house a ten-story slide and a Ferris wheel. Los Angeles, California also has some museums that families can visit on their vacation. The Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Holocaust Museum, and the Getty Museum are all art centers within the city, where families can look at some great art and history while visiting West Los Angeles.
Alright, alright, alright – if the beach is the only way to go this summer, America has many beautiful beaches to share with tourists. The Emerald Coast, also known as the Redneck Riviera, in the Panhandle of Florida, has some of the most picturesque beaches in the United States. San Diego, California is also a place that families can visit to enjoy a bit of sun and fun. Finally, Honolulu, Hawaii has some of the greatest places to surf, if you’re keen.
Okay, so you have some ideas. Now, it is time to pack for our trip. When traveling, especially with children, it is always best to travel light. Try to keep it simple by relying on small bags instead of large, suitcases. If traveling with a baby, a tote that serves as a diaper bag tote is more practical than carrying everything in cumbersome luggage.
Sun lotion is also extremely important, so pack plenty for the entire trip and apply it to your children regularly to ensure they are protected from harmful UV rays.
The last thing to pack for a trip to any one of these locales is a smile and a positive attitude. When the vacation is over, the family will have numerous stories to share about the great vacation you took in America. The children will be happy. The husband will be happy. More importantly, you will be happy and quite rested.