Looking for your next vacation spot in the USA? If you haven’t visited these five places with the kids you’ll definitely want to start planning!
1- New York City
If you don’t live in New York City then you’ll just have to take a trip with your kids to do all those exciting things to do in New York that you’ve seen in the movies.
Take the ferry over to Liberty Island to gawk at the Statue of Liberty. As one of the USA’s most iconic symbols of freedom, it’s a landmark that embodies the soul of America. Visiting Ellis Island is also an educational experience, as it was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the country.
One of the best ways to experience any city is to check out the places where locals like to hangout. It’s no different in New York City and the good news is you can explore the Big Apple eve if you’re on a tight budget. Here’s an insider’s guide to things to do in NYC if you’re on a budget.
Your kids have learned about 9/11 at school, so a visit to Ground Zero is a chance for you to help them connect to all the things they’ve heard about that tragic event.
It doesn’t matter what age your kids are, you won’t have any trouble finding things to see in New York City. In fact, there’s so much to do, you’ll need to get organized before your trip to make sure you fit in all the best spots. Read this post for everything you need to know to plan your first trip to New York City.
2- Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon in Northwestern Arizona is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the USA. The enormous 277-mile long gorge will take your breath away and 6,000 feet deep drops will have your head spinning. It’s the perfect spot for a geology lesson, as the rocks are millions of years old.
With older kids, you could bike along the South Rimor hike into the canyon on a free tour, where a ranger will tell you all about the fossils and wildlife of the area. Another fun way to explore is on the back of a mule, which is pretty popular! You’ll have to reserve your spot on this excursion well in advance.
3- Washington DC
Home to the world’s most famous buildings, United Sates Capitol, and the White House (who hasn’t heard of the White House right?) makes Washing DC a great choice for a meaningful vacation with the kids. A tour of the monuments will make their history lessons at school come to life. Visiting DC is both educational and exciting, as many of Washing DC’s landmarks also feature in TV shows and the blockbuster movies. DC also has some of the best museums in the world, such as the Smithsonian. There’s no shortage of things to see in Washington DC! Here’s a good Washington DC guide to check out.
4- Yellowstone National Park
The USA’s first national park is a geyser wonderland. The entire family will be thrilled to see Old Faithful shoot steam up into the sky. Yellowstone National Park is littered with geysers, mud pots and technicolored hot springs.
Many of the geysers are within walking distance and for families that love wildlife, this is the place to go. Yellowstone National Park is home to bison, elk, and bears. Wolves slink in the forest and Bighorn Sheep are often spotted.
5- Disney World and Disneyland
When it comes to choosing a vacation for the family, Disney World in Orlando is a sure winner. A trip to Disney is not only fun for the kids but parents will love it too. Just keep your eye out for the reactions on your kids’ faces when they see the characters they love wandering around. You’ll be hard-pressed to tear the kids away from the Magic Kingdom. Make sure you spend some time in Fantasyland and go on the classic rides, like Dumbo, and It’s a Small World. As there are four parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios), you’ll want to put aside lots of time to explore.
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is also fun for families. Disneyland is much smaller than Disney World and has two parks (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventures). Both Disney World and Disneyland have several rides in common, such as Space Mountain and It’s a Small World. Rides you’ll find only in Disneyland include the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Here’s more information about Disneyland California’s Disney Maxpass.
6- Pacific Coast Highway Drive
The Pacific Coast Highway Drive is a beautiful drive between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Pack the family up in the SUV and head off on a road trip of a lifetime. The scenery is amazing, with coastal cliffs and lovely beaches.
You’ll definitely want to make lots of stops. The kids will love discovering all the fun things to do in Santa Cruz, including the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, and exploring Monterey. In Monterey, go kayaking and spend a few hours in the Aquarium. The animal shows are fun to watch. Pt. Lobos State Natural Reserve is the place to spot sea lions and whales while Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is perfect for hiking and camping. Don’t forget Hearst Castle too!