Planning a vacation with the entire family in the United States? Perhaps merely a holiday getaway where every family member can spend the festive season together, unwind and have fun? Here are the top 10 cities in the US where you can vacation to your heart’s content:
1. San Francisco, CA
Start off some sightseeing at the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge then say hello to the animals at the San Francisco Zoo with its newly developed Lemur Forest. For a glimpse of marine life, visit Aquarium of the Bay. It also features a Bay Theater, magic show and restaurants serving exotic food. The California Academy of Sciences and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art provide the educational touch to your vacation while China Beach and Ocean Beach are great places to get a dip or just feel the sand between your toes. And if your family is fearless, tour the historic former maximum security federal prison-Alcatraz.
2. San Diego, CA
A San Diego vacation isn’t complete without visiting the renowned San Diego Zoo with its thousands of animal species and conservation advocacy programs. LEGOLAND theme park has a waterpark and SeaLife Aquarium that are sure to dazzle any kid who’s played with LEGO blocks. The USS Midway Museum – longest-serving naval aircraft carrier – will definitely charm the lover of big ships and aircraft. Other points of engage include Old Town San Diego and the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
3. Orlando, FL
Favorite destinations in this city are Disney World and Universal Studios. Disney charms with all its magical shows, thrill rides, stunning fireworks, castles and princesses; and Universal Studios allows you behind the scenes of favorite movies. For something different but equally exciting for the family, there’s iFly Orlando. It’s an unique activity that closely simulates sky-diving. Or try the gator zipline over at Gatorland. These activities make an unique vacation with kids. Other all-time favorite places include SeaWorld and the Kennedy Space Center.
4. Seattle, WA
Take the family on a vacation surrounded by nature at Discovery Park. It offers breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountain ranges, has cliffs, open meadows, streams, forests and beaching. Totally relaxing. If your kids are into flying machines, the Museum of Flight is filled with artifacts of aviation history, aircraft and spacecrafts. Baseball enthusiasts will enjoy touring Safeco Field and Theo Chocolate is obviously a must-see for chocolate lovers. Before you make home, take the whole family for a ride on one of the Washington State Ferries.
5. New York
The Big Apple is a huge city with millions of people where anyone can easily get lost. But with careful planning and a strict code to stick together, it’s an awesome place to explore on a family vacation. A popular visitor site is the American Museum of Natural History featuring prehistoric animal fossils and other exhibits. Carnegie Hall and Manhattan Children’s Theatre offer classy stage and musical performances while the younger kids will enjoy the puppet shows at Asphalt Green’s Lenny Suib Puppet Playhouse. Madame Tussaud’s New York will delight teenagers with wax replicas of favorite celebrities. Of course, don’t leave without visiting the Statue of Liberty or running through Central Park at least once or going all the way to the top of the Empire State Building.
6. Denver, CO
This is the city for the outdoors family. You and your kids can happily hike on any of the Rocky Mountains trails. Or go white-water rafting on the famous Colorado River. Not the outdoorsy type? Denver is still good for a vacation with kids. They’ll love the Butterfly Pavilion where they interact with butterflies, a friendly tarantula and more. The Carousel of Happiness is an one-of-a-kind carousel ride not only on horses but various individually carved animals. And if the family gets a craving for Mexican food, try Casa Bonita Restaurant which also having retro picture-taking, daredevil skydivers, and strolling musicians.
7. Atlanta, GA
This “Capital of the South” was home to the 1996 Olympics so a visit to the Centennial Olympic Park is a treat. The park has R&B, reggae and jazz music performances on certain weekdays and an once-a-month free family fun day of games, kids’ activities and surprises. Stroll along Piedmont Park’s spacious green ball fields and playgrounds. If you brought Fido along, he can chill out at the dog park. Free movies await you at the Atlantic Station or haggle over goods at the open flea market there. Also worth visiting are the Underground Atlanta and the Yellow River Game Ranch.
8. Boston, MA
Ever ridden a swan boat? You can ride one at the Public Garden waterways in stately Boston-another great city for a vacation with kids. Along with the swan boats are “Make Way for Ducklings” sculptures inspired by the classic children’s book of Robert McCloskey. Fenway Park offers a “in-the-game” atmosphere with it being the oldest major league baseball park in the US.