Summertime is almost here and that means it’s time for you to start planning your summer vacation! When it comes to families, finding a place to go that the whole crew can enjoy takes a lot of research, hope, and luck. Picking the right destination means picking a place where everyone can have a great time and make memories to last forever.
The top 10 places to consider for your family summer vacation are:
10 – Utah’s National Parks.
We turn that plural because you can visit 5 national Parks in Utah that are all within a short drive of each other. Geographical wonders (such as the monocline at Capital Reef) camping, hiking, and plenty of family-friendly lodges await you.
9 – Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
One of the most beautiful places you can imagine, the crystal clear waters, towering mountains, and beautiful vistas give you plenty to see, do, and explore. Hike, bike, shop, take a hot air balloon ride, hop in a gondola, or take a river cruise. No one here will ever get bored.
8 – Disneyland - Anaheim, California.
Though some families head to Florida’s Walt Disney World in the summer, consider heading instead to the pacific shores where you can tour the unique and vintage park built over 50 years ago. Rides for the kids, entertainment for you, and fun for all. Bonus: the beaches here are close enough to extend your trip into something special.
7 – Ocean City Maryland.
The boardwalk is full of food, shopping, amusement rides, arcades, and a Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum. Fishing and swimming in the ocean are as much fun as the Jolly Roger Amusement Park. A quick trip down the shore will lead you to Assateague Island to spot the wild horses.
6 – London.
Show your family just what this two-millennia-old city has to offer. Brush up on history at the British Museum or Tower of London, check out a show at the West End Theater District, take a ride on The London Eye, and see real royalty at Buckingham Palace. But don’t forget to pack your umbrella and wellies.
5 – Washington D.C.
The place to go to appreciate the country we live in. From memorials to museums, D.C. is as rich in history as it is in things-to-do. You can walk just about everywhere and many of the attractions and offerings are free.
4 – Montreal, Canada.
Summer is a perfect time to visit as the number of festivals offered is outstanding. If you love music, you’ll find no shortage of events, and the Festival des Arts de la Rue has over 60 street theatre companies and 800 performances that adults and kids will enjoy.
3 – San Diego, California.
San Diego is warm and sunny all year around and offers some of the best family activity you can find anywhere. 70 miles of pristine beaches include La Jolla Shores, which has small and slow waves, and Shell Beach where the seals and sea lions hang out. And don’t forget the San Diego Zoo.
2 – Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
This is the place for family fun and activities galore. Whale watches, a Pirate Museum, and a golf club with a resort-worthy family pool are just a few of the activities for you. But don’t forget the beaches of the bay and the Atlantic Ocean, lobster rolls, and baseball.
1 – The Galapagos Islands.
There is nothing as amazing as getting up-close-and-personal with a giant tortoise, blue-footed boobie, or short-feathered penguin. Amazing and exciting adventures await you as you study the wildlife, enjoy the beaches, and explore the active volcano. Family fun at its best.
Take what we’ve learned and use it to your advantage. Then pack up the ecbc travel gear and head out for a great adventure!
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