Great Destinations for this Year's Family Vacation

Kevin Gardner

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the options out there when trying to choose a destination for your next family vacation? The best destination for your family will depend on a variety of factors including the amount you want to spend, the distance you want to travel, and the unique interests of all of your family members.

The following are six great suggestions on family vacation destinations that you might want to explore this year:

Orlando and Walt Disney World

A Disney World vacation is something every child should get to enjoy at least once during their childhood. If your family hasn't yet made the Disney World trip, it's about time. Kids of all ages can find something they enjoy among the attractions of Orlando and the surrounding areas. Not only is there Disney World, but there's also Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and Epcot. If one or several of your kids are more into beaches than amusement parks, there's nearby Cocoa Beach and Clearwater Beach to head to for a day trip.

The Caribbean

Touring the Caribbean islands is an unforgettable experience. Your kids will most likely be entranced by the beautiful, warm Caribbean waters. These days, it's very convenient and affordable to arrange a Caribbean trip for the family with some of the best all inclusive cruises around. With a cruise, you're family can explore several Caribbean islands all in one trip!

Acadia National Park, Maine

Maine's Acadia National Park is a popular destination thanks to its natural beauty. A vacation to Acadia is ideal for outdoorsy families with a particular appreciation of being out on the water. Acadia is perfect for boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is an iconic American vacation destination. There is plenty to see and do in Yellowstone. Those who visit the park will definitely want to catch a glimpse of Old Faithful. They can also enjoy scenic drives throughout the park during which they can spot wildlife including bison, bighorn sheep, and elk.

Yellowstone is a good destination if your kids are particularly into science, geology, and the outdoors. The park offers many different opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, bicycling, and boating.

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

If what your family enjoys more than anything is spending a day on the beach, the Outer Banks is a perfect destination. The beaches of the Outer Banks are largely unspoiled and much less developed than beaches in more touristy areas like Ocean City Maryland or South Beach, Florida.

In addition to time on the beach, a vacation to the Outer Banks can also offer some fascination history. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina is located nearby. If your kids are interested in aviation and planes, they'll love learning about the Wright Brothers and the birth of flight during their Outer Banks vacation.

Quebec City, Canada

If you'd like your family vacation to give your kids a unique cultural experience, you might want to consider heading up north to tour Quebec City in Canada. With Quebec City, you don't have to journey too far to see a different country and experience a new culture.

There are many historical sites to tour during a visit to Quebec City. In particular, vacationers will want to check out Old Quebec. There are various walking tours and bus tours that include a lot of information on the city's history.

A visit to Quebec can also include some outdoor activities. Those who visit in the winter months can check out a ski-shoeing excursion through nearby Jacques-Cartier National Park.