There are so many places to travel with kids in the U.S., and so many variables, too! Where you should go depends on what your family likes, how old your kids are, what your budget is, and how long you have for your trip. But what are the best places to travel with kids in the U.S.?

If you and your family have a tight budget, consider staying local. Search your state + vacation + budget to find the best spots that won’t break the bank. There are so many beautiful places to travel with kids in your own state, that you can easily take a road trip.

But if you’re considering a different state, travelling with kids when they’re young can provide savings too; when they’re under 2 years old, they fly for free! So that’d be the perfect time to fly to Hawaii or another far-away location before you have to pay for a plane ticket.

How can you decide where to travel with kids in the U.S.? We’ve narrowed it down a little for you… Here are the best places to travel with kids in the U.S.

Best Places to Travel With Kids in the U.S.

Niagara Falls

Known as America’s Oldest State Park, Niagara Falls is home to the Aquarium of Niagara, which will probably be your child’s favorite part of the visit! You can get up close and personal with penguins and even sharks!

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Grand Canyon

Just like Niagara Falls, people travel from all over the world to visit the Grand Canyon. If you’re visiting, be sure to check out this Arizona Bucket List before you go!

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San Diego

With year-round warm weather, miles of gorgeous beaches and fun outdoor activities, San Diego is a top vacation spot in the U.S. because of its fun family vibe. One of the most-visited cities in the world and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., families can explore 70 miles of shoreline during their San Diego family vacation. San Diego also features some of the top tourist attractions for families; there’s plenty to do and see for kids of all ages.

San Diego is a Fun Destination for the Family - Belmont Park rides

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

This is one of those spots that you don’t want to forget your camera for! Go hiking, visit the Jagger museum, take the Crater Rim Tour, or just drive Chain of Craters Road. Before you go, you can check the volcano conditions. Sounds crazy, right? “Check volcano conditions before you go!”

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Golden Gate Bridge

Take a walk on the pedestrian pathway on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Older kids will love the absolutely breathtaking views of this great city, but with more than 10 million annual visitors, there’s a lot of hustle and bustle so be mindful if you have little ones. Plan your visit before you go.

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Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks, or OBX, is a 200-mile long string of narrow barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, beginning in the southeastern corner of Virginia Beach on the east coast of the United States. The stunning barrier islands are home to some of the largest undeveloped beaches on the East Coast, making OBX a popular beach vacation destination for families.  If you’re looking for casual lodging for the family in The Outer Banks, North Carolina, then Waves Village Resort in Rodanthe is a wonderful choice.

10 Fun Activities to Do Outdoors in the Outer Banks Rodanthe Pier


The world’s first national park, Yellowstone is one of a kind. Explore mountains and forests, catch a glimpse of hot springs and geysers, and watch wildlife in its natural habitat. Be sure to check for road closures before you head to Yellowstone in the winter.

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Disney World

You and your kids can have a wonderful vacation at any Walt Disney World resort, but the flagship in Orlando has to be the happiest place on earth. The toughest part will be decided which one of the parks to visit; Magic Kingdom, Epcot Centre, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom.

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Cedar Point

You’ll enjoy live entertainment, water rides, thrill rides, and events for the whole family at Cedar Point. Located in Ohio, this is a spot you’ll want to visit during summer!

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Where’s your favorite spot to travel with kids?  



Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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