7 Top Destinations For Your Next Family Vacation

7 Top Destinations For Your Next Family Vacation
Today’s family travelers are looking for great drive-to destinations where they can have fun, relax and make memories together. There's a wide variety of family-friendly options in the United States to choose from including dreamy island getaways, exciting sailing cruises, cool dude ranches, and wonderful all-inclusive resorts. These vacations offer plenty of opportunities for the entire family to have fun while enjoying the great outdoors.

If you're looking for an appealing destination for your next family trip, check out these seven fantastic vacation options located throughout the United States:

1. Florida: Hawks Cay Resort. Consistently named as one of the nation’s top family resorts by USA Today 10Best and others, this 60-acre AAA Four Diamond property in the Florida Keys reopened in 2018 after an extensive $50 million renovation. Families and multigenerational groups staying at award-winning Hawks Cay Resort will appreciate the luxury of space as well as the wealth of amenities available at the resort. Hawks Cay features 177 large guestrooms and 250 spacious multi-bedroom bedroom villas with plenty of family room. Families can access Hawks Cay’s full-service marina and extensive array of watersports, play tennis on eight lighted courts, splash in the resort’s five swimming pools and huge saltwater lagoon, interact with dolphins at Hawks Cay’s onsite Dolphin Connection, and rejuvenate at the Calm Waters Spa. Enjoying memorable meals together at the resort’s six top-notch dining outlets is another vacation highlight. Kids and teens programs, activities and special events for children of all ages are available at Coral Cay, the resort’s expansive adventures and activities center, which features a soccer field, putting greens, basketball courts, and a cool Pirate Ship Pool that’s perfect for little ones.

2. Michigan: Grand Hotel. Opened in 1887 and accessible only by ferry or plane, this renowned hotel is located on historic Mackinac Island overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. The Grand Hotel is open seasonally from June to October and is known for catering to families and multigenerational groups. Motorized vehicles are banned on the island and families often enjoy riding bikes on Mackinac Island’s extensive network of paved and natural trails and taking horse-drawn carriage rides. The resort offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities including tennis, golf, croquet, bocce ball, children’s programs, and swimming in the renovated Esther Williams Swimming Pool with its new family-friendly area. The Grand Hotel’s Full American Plan rates include daily meals and special discounts are also available during Family Added Value Days in July and August. Children 5 years of age and younger stay free.

3. Colorado: Vista Verde Ranch. Families will fall in love with this beautiful AAA Four Diamond Rocky Mountain playground set on 540 acres about 23 miles from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Both summer and winter are popular times for families to visit. During the summer months, horseback riding and family activities reign supreme. This luxury dude ranch also features fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, photography, yoga, rafting, kayaking, culinary pursuits and more. A highly interactive kids program for ages 6-12 and a teen program are offered as well. During the winter months, Vista Verde Ranch turns into a fairytale wonderland filled with snow and fun family adventures. Families can enjoy tubing, back country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, sleigh rides and other activities.

4. Maine: Windjammer Sailing Cruises. Families can enjoy being out in nature and exploring Maine’s magnificent coast aboard the Maine Windjammer Association’s nine beautiful sailing vessels, including Schooner American Eagle. On these relaxing multi-day cruises, families can reconnect and make lasting memories while hiking and beachcombing for treasures on deserted islands, spotting sea otters and other wildlife, taking in Maine’s spectacular scenery, and savoring bountiful meals including a delicious lobster bake. Opportunities to help hoist the sails are available, too. These memorable Maine cruises depart from Rockland and Camden, making the voyages easy to combine with a trip to Acadia National Park. The all-inclusive sailings are unscripted and itineraries vary daily, which makes the trips even more exciting. These cruise experiences are ideal for multigenerational groups and families with older children. Full ship charters are available as well.

5. Wyoming: Paradise Guest Ranch. For more than 100 years, Paradise Guest Ranch has been catering to families with kids of all ages. This ranch’s rates include three meals daily and all of the ranch’s regular activities, including an extensive horseback riding program, fly fishing, hiking through the Bighorn Mountains, and fully supervised free kids programs for tots through teens. Paradise Guest Ranch’s horseback riding programs begin at 6 years of age. Guests can take two–hour rides and well as half–day and full–day excursions. The ranch also features an award-winning Kids Program as well. Special events, such as the Amateur Talent Show, Gourmet Night, Square Dance and a Kid’s Rodeo are also offered.

6. Pennsylvania: Woodloch Resort. Nestled on the shores of Lake Teedyuskung in the Pocono Mountains, this four–season all-inclusive resort has been named as one of the top family resorts in the United States by USA Today 10Best. Owned and operated by the Kiesendahl family for over 55 years, the focus at Woodloch Resort is on reconnecting and making great family memories together. Set on 1,500 acres, Woodloch’s all-inclusive rate plan includes accommodations, daily meals, nightly entertainment, and a wide array of fun activities and family events like the athletic contests, summer and winter Olympics, boating, water–skiing, fishing, hiking, biking, tennis, bumper cars, zip–lining and much more. Woodloch also offers a golf course and spa, and there's even a Kid’s Club area where parents and kids can do activities together. Families can stay in well-appointed vacation homes, lakeview hotels rooms and multi-bedroom suites.

7. Arizona: White Stallion Ranch. Families enjoy making memories together at this family-owned ranch set on 3,000 acres of spectacular Sonoran desert bordering Saguaro National Park West in Tucson. Rates at White Stallion Ranch include three meals daily, select beverages, scenic trail rides and horseback riding programs excluding lessons, swimming, hiking tennis, evening entertainment, visits to the ranch’s petting zoo, and a weekly ranch rodeo. Additional activities include rock climbing, fat-tire e-biking, shooting, team cattle penning competitions and watching movies in the ranch’s 27-seat movie theater.

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