Rear view of a family walking along the beach with their dog while on holiday.

Vacations with the family create memories to last a lifetime. Yes, we all know the popular destinations that scream ultimate fun for kids, and let’s admit it, exhaustion for parents. But what are the best vacation destinations for families to all enjoy?

Here is our list of seven best vacations for families where kids have fun (and adults do, too!).

Black Hills, South Dakota

Why Go? South Dakota might be one of the most underrated states. There is a monumental vacation waiting for your family in the mountain range rising up from the great plains.

The Family Will Love: Aside from the epic Mount Rushmore, kids will love the outdoor adventures galore. Hiking, panning for gold, wild west theaters, exploring deep inside a gold mine, following the roaming buffalo, and so much more provide learning and entertainment for days!

You Will Love: See the Black Hills by rail on the 1880 Train, a vintage steam train ride.

Sunrise over Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Jackson Hole, WY

Why Go? Jackson Hole is home to Grand Teton National Park and a world-class ski resort.

The Family Will Love: The amount of outdoor activities in Jackson Hole is endless. You can raft the Snake River, tube the runs at Snow King Resort, and explore a magical ice castle before ice skating in Teton Village.

You Will Love: A post ski soak in Granite Hot Springs while watching the snow gently fall on tree branches.

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn Jackson Hole

This Jackson Hole hotel is a beautifully decorated and architecturally interesting lodge-style property with modern accommodations and premier amenities. There is even an oversized indoor hot tub to enjoy!

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Why Go? Where else can you snorkel in natural pools, swim with manatees, and climb ancient Mayan ruins?

The Family Will Love: Swimming, swimming, and more swimming. Swimming with dolphins, manatees, and sea lions too!

You Will Love: Exploring the cliff top ruins in Tulum; some of the best preserved Ancient Mayan ruins along the coast.

Where to Stay: The Grand Mayan at Vidanta Riviera May

Can we say swimming pools? The sanctuary pool, infinity pool, and a vast network of interconnected pools, are all heavenly.

Breckenridge, CO

Why Go? Adventure during all four seasons. With close proximity to Denver, Breckenridge is the prefect wild-west town to escape city life, for a fresh air, mountainous adventure. Downtown Breckenridge is walkable and filled with delectable restaurants and bars.

The Family Will Love: Ski school, sledding, ziplining, mountain biking, white water rafting, fishing, and building a snowman family.

You Will Love: After a day on the slopes, get a hot stone massage, and sip bourbon at Breckenridge Distillery.

Where to Stay: Valdoro Mountain Lodge

Washington DC

Why Go? With so many free museums, monuments, and neighborhoods to explore, Washington DC is a perfect family vacation choice. If you have school age children, even better, since you can weave in an educational element into their vacation. Only have 3 days to spare? No problem. Check out our 3-day guide to Washington, DC.

The Family Will Love: All the Smithsonian Museums, including Air & Space, Natural History, and the National Zoo. Take the whole family on a bike ride through the Mall and other monument stops. Don’t forget to take an evening ghost tour!

You Will Love? The new District Wharf filled with outdoor activities, live entertainment, and so many restaurants to choose from.

Where to Stay: The District by Hilton Club

Sanibel Island, Florida

Why Go? A Sanibel Island sunrise is like no other. Spend days on the beach, and evenings dining on grouper and stone crab.

The Family Will Love: Beach time! Searching for seashells during low tide (shelling), body surfing, exploring the Darling National Wildlife Reserve, and perfecting your sandcastle building skills are all great things to do together on Sanibel.  

You Will Love: The peace and quiet of this natural island destination.

Where to Stay: Casa Ybel Resort

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