Your Next Great American Vacation
Summer is here and families of all shapes and sizes are looking for affordable ways to relax, learn, adventure and enjoy the season with their loved ones. Here are our top five suggestions for a fun, flexible, family-friendly getaways.
Disneyland Magic: If your kids are at least 4 years old, there’s no place like Disney for a magical, memorable family getaway that both children and adults can truly enjoy. Insider tip: There are plenty of people who are completely obsessed with conquering Disneyland, and they are more than happy to share their secrets. Do your research and plan ahead to have the best experience at Disney.
The Jersey Shore: If you’re looking for a family trip that’s easy going, fun and relatively affordable, look no further than Ocean City, Cape May, or the Wildwoods in New Jersey. Rent a house close to the beach and closeness to the boardwalk, and a cruiser bike, and get ready for a week of no driving, family dinners, coffee, and donuts on the porch, afternoons at the beach; and pizza and rides under the glittering lights of the boardwalk at night. Insider tip: Ocean City and Cape May are “dry towns,” meaning alcohol cannot be sold within their city limits. These cities’ “dry town” status makes them safer and more family-friendly. (Don’t worry: adults can easily stock up at a neighboring town.) This could be your next great American vacation. Check out Ameri cars.
Pacific Northwest Tour: If you can’t decide whether to visit the beach, the city, or the mountains, the Pacific Northwest is an excellent choice. Spend a day or two in Seattle, seeing the Space Needle, taking in the city, and riding the Ferris wheel at Pier 57. Don’t forget to go watch the fish fly at Pike’s Place Market. Then take a jaunt down to Portland for some interesting food, cultural attractions, and artsy young people as far as the eye can see. Check out the Columbia River Falls and Multnomah Falls for some breathtaking views and great hiking. Finally, visit the Oregon Coast for some rest and relaxation, walks on the beach, and amazing scenery; or rent a cabin in the woods for some serious family time. Insider tip: No trip to the Seattle-Portland area should be undertaken without a dining agenda in mind. Check out online reviews and plan your eating along with your activities along the way.
Southern Staycation: For travelers who are looking for an adventure off the beaten path, the Southern United States offer an unexpected journey filled with incredible scenery, powerful historic tourism, great food and music, and, of course, Southern hospitality. Your itinerary should include cities like Raleigh, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; and Charleston, South Carolina, or slow things down and plan your entire trip around one Southern destination. You won’t be disappointed! Insider tip: Get all you can of that Southern charm by exploring Bed and Breakfasts or Airbnb rentals rather than traditional hotels. Need car insurance information?
Your Next Great American Vacation Could Be A Glamping Adventure: You don’t have to be a millennial to understand the allure of packing up all your stuff in a van and hitting the road. But if you have kids, sleeping on the ground, managing mosquito bites and sunburns and poison ivy and extreme boredom just don’t seem to be worth the trouble. Upgrade your adventure by car camping, or staying in affordable cabins or other, slightly less rustic conditions along the way. Insider tip: glampinghub.com has a thorough inventory of beautiful cabins for the not-quite-hardcore camping family.