Some parents like some adventure with their families, while others want to take it slow. The ideal family trip is different for everyone, but these travel bloggers got you covered: from epic road trips in Canada and route 66, to theme parks and chilling in famous resorts on some beach in Latin America or the Caribbean, America has it all!

Sea To Sky Highway, BC, Canada

The Sea to Sky Highway (also known as Highway 99) on Canada’s Pacific Coast is lauded as one of the world’s most beautiful driving routes. 

Taking the drive from Vancouver to Whistler and beyond, you pass many rugged shorelines, mountains, eye-catching lakes and waterfalls. Some of our favourite stops along the Sea to Sky highway en route to Whistler include: Cypress Mountain Lookout, Porteau Cove, Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls. Whistler is home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Whistler also hosted a major part of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Winters are popular for snow sports, such as ripping around in a snowmobile and wandering an enchanted forest.  The summer months are filled with festivals and endless outdoor activities, such as hiking, and whitewater rafting. There are plenty of activities for all ages, and that is coming from us with kids aged 7,5,3 and 1 is really something.

In the summer, you can also visit the nearby Green Lake (a vivid turquoise coloured lake just north of Whistler Village), and Lost Lake. Both lakes are easily accessible.

On your way back, it is time to live the Van City life. We recommend taking in the incredible sights along the Vancouver Seawallview the city from the water, explore Vancouver’s thriving art scene and murals, do a popular scenic hike, or wander Granville Island and the popular market.

How much you spend in Whistler depends a lot on what  activities you choose. There are a ton of free hiking and other outdoor options if you are on a budget. If you are planning to visit Whistler for a week in peak season, expect to spend $200CDN minimum per room (on the basic end of hotels), plus cost of activities.  The Aava hotel is a nice basic hotel option. In Vancouver, expect at least $200 a night as well, with it getting more expensive based on location. We love the Coast Coal Harbour hotel in Vancouver.
Debbie, WorldAdventurists.com

Wild Wild West Road Trip

Trip Length: 20 days
Estimated Cost: $5,000-$8,000
Recommended Ages: 6+
Howdy, cowboy! If you’re a family of adventurers looking to experience a piece of the American wild, wild west, we have the perfect road trip for you!
You’ll arrive in Los Angles and spend a couple of days enjoying the beach and adjusting to the new time zone. From there, you’ll head east towards Pioneertown, an old movie set for western films.
While you’re in the area, explore Joshua Tree National Park, spending a restful night in the California desert town of Twenty-Nine Palms.
Continue heading east and you’ll find yourself on Route 66 in the quaint town of Williams, Arizona. Catch a wild west show at the train station before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway to visit Grand Canyon National Park for the day.
Leave the city behind as you make your way north towards nature’s expansive playground in Utah. View stunning natural phenomena like Horseshoe Bend, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park. Spice up your trip with a whitewater rafting or jeeping adventure, a horseback ride, or a scenic river float for the younger members of your family!
Start winding your way back toward Los Angles, stopping at Zion National Park for several days to enjoy its beauty!
Finish your trip with a visit to Calico, an old western ghost town, or enjoy a few days in the mountain town of Julian where you can pan for gold or tour an old mine! Wrap up your adventure with a few relaxing days at the beach in San Diego.
Melanie, Suitchase

 

California Dreamin’

Are you California dreamin’ in 2021 for a family adventure? Consider this San Francisco to Los Angeles itinerary to hit up some of highlights of the golden state. Fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and after acclimating, head east to Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs. The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is the perfect home base for families complete with its own mini water park, Splashtopia, and spacious family suites (the Luxury Suite comfortably fits a family of 5).
Heading north through the Central Valley, continue using your National Park Pass by visiting Sequoia National Park (home to General Sherman, a 275-foot redwood tree) and then continuing on to Kings Canyon National Park and then, California’s jewel, Yosemite National Park. Need a home base for Yosemite exploration? Rush Creek Lodge offers many on-site amenities for the whole family.
As you dash back west towards the Bay Area, you can spend a day exploring the coast in gorgeous spots such as Carmel, Monterey or Half Moon Bay before concluding your travels in San Francisco. You can stay anywhere along the coast but The Sanctuary Beach Resort offers a quieter, more private experience and has frequent beach bonfires complete with s’mores.
For a family of four, you will need to budget around $1,500-$2,000 for 7 days, for hotel, car rental, admission to parks and meals. Our kids are 7, 5 and 2 years old.
Kristina, Million Miler Mom

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Disney World, Florida, USA

Our family’s favorite trip is definitely to Disney World.  It consists of four theme parks, two water parks, tons of nice restaurants, and Disney Springs, a center with dining and shopping.
We enjoy everything we do there, but the majority of the highlights are found at the theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.
Magic Kingdom has tons of family friendly rides with no height requirement, as well as a few larger rides, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a roller coaster with animatronics from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Space Mountain, an indoor, space themed roller coaster.
Animal Kingdom has live animals, a Pandora themed section, and themes inspired by Asia and Africa.
Epcot has an aquarium, interactive exhibits and a World Showcase with sections devoted to eleven different countries.  Rides include Soarin’ Around the World, a ride that simulates flying over famous landmarks, and Test Track, a ride that ends with a spin around a track at sixty-five miles per hour.
Hollywood Studios has lands featuring Star Wars and Toy Story with new rides to match.
Kids as young as two can enjoy things, but I think it is best when they are at least four.
Disney World has over two dozen on property resorts from which to pick, but our family’s favorite is Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It is not often a giraffe walks by your hotel balcony.
The cost of a Disney World vacation varies wildly, from budget friendly to the cost of a new car. It varies so much depending upon what we do and how long we stay, and we have been several times.  I think a reasonable estimate all in when you stay at a deluxe resort for a few days is probably around $4,000. Luckily, there are ways to save money.
Adriane, Put On Your Party Pants

 

Latin America & The Caribbean

Costa Rican Rich

Nosara is located on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. It is known for yoga, Playa Guiones’s long surf break, Playa Pelada’s offshore reef, and just north of Nosara is the beach at Ostional Wildlife Refuge which is a nesting site for Olive Ridley Turtles.
My two boys (aged 11 and 8 at the time) and I stayed at the Gilded Iguana, a surf hotel located in the town of Guiones. The Gilded Iguana was recently renovated and is beautiful. A full restaurant is on site, live music, pool, pool bar, and updated amenities.
The famous surf beach is 200m from the hotel down an unpaved road. The surf club provides boards each day, an outdoor shower, lounge area, smoothie bar, bathrooms, ping-pong table, foosball, changing stalls and optional surf lessons.
During our stay in Nosara we joined Sea Saw Fishing for a half day fishing trip. The captain, Juri, was amazing with kids. He cleaned the fish we caught and recommended a restaurant that would cook our fish for us.
Pipin ATV picked us up from our hotel to take three families down the dusty road into the jungle. Kids need to be 18 to drive alone so they will be paired with an adult in the group of a guide.
Playa Ponies took us on an amazing horseback ride through the jungle and down Playa Pelada. They were able to match each riders’ ability with the perfect horse.
A stay for a family of 4 at the Gilded Iguana runs around $288/night for a Standard Surf Room.
Stacy, One Fly Life

 

Jamaican Me Crazy

Our all-time favorite family trip has been to the island of Jamaica. This small tropical island situated just beyond Cuba is the perfect worry-free destination for families with children of all ages. It is also a great choice for multi-generational groups because there are activities to suit everyone.
There is no shortage of activities to choose from on the island. You can take a day trip to hike a waterfall, tour a rum distillery or Bob Marley’s museum. You can take a catamaran cruise, see the sunset and cliff divers at world famous Rick’s Café, visit a craft market, or go horseback riding on the beach.
The cost really depends on where you are coming from and what type of property you are looking for. However, from the East Coast United States, expect to pay between $300 to $500 per round-trip flight. Hotel rates can run from $100 from a budget property to upwards of $900 per night for a 5-Star luxury all-inclusive resort.
We recommend the Jewel Grand Montego Bay Resort & Spa for families with children. It is a newer property just 15 minutes from the airport and is ranked as one of the top hotels in Jamaica. Expect to pay an average of $350 per night.
This 4.5 Star all-suite resort has 7 restaurants, several bars, a kids club, two pools, a fitness center, a beautiful beach, kayaking and paddle boards, a teen lounge, fitness classes, and world-class daily activities and entertainment that are all included in the room rate. Plus, there is an on-site spa, several golf courses within a one-mile radius, excursions and scuba diving that you can take advantage of for additional fees.
Darla, Fun Fitness Family

Turcs & Caicos With Kids

Caribbean family vacations are our absolute favorite trips during the spring and fall. We continually return to Turks and Caicos because it is the #1 place that my boys ask to go. Turks and Caicos is an easy flight from the USA with many non-stops flights from the southeast.
Our first trip to Turks and Caicos was when Josh was 8 months old and Gray was 5 years old. We have been back many times since then as well. We always stay at the Beaches Turks and Caicos which is completely family centric. The cost at one of these Beaches resorts is about $800 a day for a family of 4.
As a mom, what I love most about Beaches resorts is the fact that they have a kids club for kids starting at 6 months old. Beaches is one of the only, if not the only, all inclusive resort that has infant child care included in your all inclusive package. Your kids will love the waterpark, daily and nightly theater shows, swim-up smoothie bars, x-box game room, and so much more.
One of our favorite things to do on vacation is build sandcastles and swim in the ocean. Turks and Caicos is unique in that there are 2 distinctly different types of beaches you can visit on the island. If you stay at the Beaches resort, the beach there is located on Grace Bay and is 12 miles of white sand and turquoise water. If you venture to the south side of the island you will find more of a rocky beach but get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. You can secure day trips to these different beaches from any resort you book.  You can also add water excursions like jet skiing, snorkeling, and boat cruises.
A family vacation to Turks and Caicos will definitely bring your children a ton of joy and build those family memories that are so important in life. My boys will tell you that staying at the Beaches Turks and Caicos is their most favorite vacation ever.
Tiffany, Mommy And Me Travels 

Playa Del Carmen, Xcaret, Yucatan

One of the best family trips is our recent trip to Hotel Xcaret in Playa Del Carmen. I recommend Hotel Xcaret to anyone looking to have a good time without the added stress of planning everything. Their concept of fun-inclusive means you get to enjoy parks, tours, food, and activities at no additional cost.
We were able to zipline, kayak, eat (food is phenomenal), drink, explore caves, snorkel at a water park, drive utility vehicles, and so much more without worrying about transportation or food. I will admit, it is expensive but certainly worth the price.
We paid $450 per night for two adults (kids under 5 years old are free), and believe we got our money’s worth. For that price, you get access to ALL of their parks and tours. You don’t need to leave the hotel for anything.
The transportation is included, so hop on the bus and head to the park or tour of your choosing. How amazing is that? All you need to do is make a reservation for which tours you want to participate in and everything is taken care of from there. It’s all of the fun without the added stress of vacation.
The beach isn’t spectacular, but with so much to do between the parks, activities, food, and tours I’m sure you’ll be able to overlook this small flaw.
Coritta, It’s A Family Thing 

 

Stay tuned for next week and some epic european road trips across Scandinavia, Southern and Central Europe!

4 Replies to “Best Family Trips In The World – America”

  1. This is such an awesome article for future travel planning! Every corner of the Earth has been covered! Thank you so much for letting FunFitnessFamily be a part of it : )

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