Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations


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Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Dads cling to the idea that everyone should be happy, but the deck is stacked against them. Sometimes, the more they try to enforce fun, the more their enthusiasm is rejected. Fun cannot always be coerced when kids are bored by an uninspiring locale. Picking a vacation destination that works for everyone can make the difference between a relaxed, fun drive and a white-knuckled, psycho dad.

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Location: Orlando, FL.

Inside Scoop: Orlando is the mecca of family vacations. The twin pillars of family fun are Universal Studios and Disney World. For a family on a budget, Disney World is expensive, but not every penny needs to go to Mickey. An escape to nearby (free) Cocoa beach can break up the vacation.

Budget Tip: Fort Wilderness campground at Disney is just $4 per person a night compared to the over $300 a night stay per person at a Disney Hotel. The site hosts free campground activities like marshmallow roasting!

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Location: Montana & Wyoming

Inside Scoop: For kids who are constantly glued to PSPs and computer screens, a national park can be a vital experience. Awe-inspiring nature still amazes the tech-savvy generation. Although it's known mostly for its geyser, the park is enormous and offers much more; boating, camping, horseback riding, roller skiing, and hiking are just a few of the activities.

Budget Tip: There are over 40 picnic areas in the park. Pack a lunch and picnic like Yogi! Just pay the park entrance fee of $25 per private vehicle which allows entry for a whole week.

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Location: Greater Midwest

Inside Scoop: Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy Bear are alive and well across the Midwest at Jellystone Campgrounds. Jellystone has waterslides, pools, bike trails, volleyball tournaments, mini-golf contests, prizes, and outdoor movies starring Yogi and the Ranger at night.

Budget Tip: Pick a weekend that has scheduled events and enjoy things like hay rides, scavenger hunts, and water/pool activities for no extra fee! You'll pay around $50 per family to camp here a night.

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Location: San Antonio, TX

Inside Scoop: Roller coasters are a good climax point to plot a longer trip around. For example, a trip to Six Flags Fiesta in San Antonio, Texas can allow for a day or two visiting the Alamo and the River Walk before you take the kids to Splashtown.

Budget Tip: Consider purchasing a season pass - it pays for itself in less than 2 visits at $65, compared to the one time visit price of $50.

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Location: Madison, WI

Inside Scoop: The town of Wisconsin Dells has a plethora of both natural and man-made water activities. The most famous waterpark is Noah's Ark, but various hotels have built-in water rides as well.

Budget Tip: Sign up for Noah's Ark Savers Club online(free) and receive exclusive notifications of specials/discounts available only to members who have signed up. Also check their website for new weekly coupons you can print. A regular entry, one day pass is $32.00

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Location: Washington, D.C.

Inside Scoop: The nation's capital is a terrific place to whet kids' appetites for learning. Parents and kids can get lost in the museums alone, starting with the National Air & Space Museum. Walking the lengthy National Mall, which goes from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, can introduce history to kids.

Budget Tip: The National Arboretum, National Zoo, and all Smithsonian Museums have free entrance!

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Location: San Diego, CA

Inside Scoop: Seventy miles of coastline are a good place to start, followed by Balboa Park and the best zoo in America. Legoland California is a modern marvel with 50 rides. At Legoland's Fun Town Fire Academy, little Smokies can put out their first four-alarm blaze.

Budget Tips: Play mini golf for just $6 a round, get a "legoland drivers license" by participating in a course for $5, or pan for treasure for $3. Regular admission is $60 adult and $50 a child, per day.

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Inside scoop: At 14,110 feet, Pikes Peak towers over Colorado Springs. People come here to feel rejuvenated and to breathe the mountain air, so the tourist resorts are first-class

Budget Tip: Check their website for the yearly scheduled programs that occur on special dates for free. Just pay the normal park fee of $10 per adult and $5 per child (or $35 per vehicle). These programs include bear awareness programs and a critter hike.

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

Location: Carlsbad, NM

Inside Scoop: Up to 28 miles of underground area have been explored, and the tours only visit the best spots. The Caverns are at the foot of the Guadalupe mountain range, which allows for camping and hiking escapes. To introduce kids to conspiracy theories, Roswell is full of alien attractions. New Mexico is also rich in Apache and Comanche Native American history.

Budget Tip: Kids can take the special spider cave tour ($10) or sign up to be a junior ranger. Children under 15 get free entrance. The regular entrance fee is $6 per adult.

Top 10 U.S. Family Vacation Destinations

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