Parents look for destinations that cover the essential Ps: peace, playfulness, and plenty of activities to please everyone in the clan. Does the selected destination have enough activities to keep the kids entertained while providing some adult-friendly amenities and attractions?
Is there a range of lodging options to fit every budget? Is the destination easy to get to for everyone?
Typical, boring destinations won’t cut it for this particular traveller. There has to be more than a Wi-Fi-free zone, a few token museums, and a place to park the car.
Here are some of our favourite otherworldly places that fit the bill for an unforgettable family trip.
Tennessee- The Smokies
The Appalachian Mountains are calling, and your family should answer. One of the US highlights is camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking in the Smokies. The budding botanist in your family will be thrilled to see the prevalence of rare plant species, and there are good chances of spotting some wildlife.
The Great Smoky Mountains are also home to the world’s longest-running outdoor drama, Unto These Hills. The two-hour play depicts the history of the Cherokee people and is performed nightly from June to August.
However, go beyond the traditional hotels and lodging options and stay in log cabins in the Smokies for an immersive experience. What’s better than waking up to the sound of birds chirping and fresh mountain air?
Hawaii – The Aloha State
A sense-gasming, jaw-dropping, happy-tear-inducing destination if ever there was one. The 50th state might be better known as a paradise for honeymooners and surfers. But, it also boasts family-friendly activities like zip-lining, paddle boarding, and volcano tours.
The peacefully swimming green turtles, the bright rainbows arcing over cascading waterfalls, and the aroma of tantalizing Korean BBQ will leave everyone refreshed and satisfied. There’s no need to be bound in Oahu—visit one of the quieter, lesser-known islands like Kauai or Lanai for a more low-key holiday.
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Mexico – The Yucatan Peninsula
The Yucatan Peninsula is a place of history, mystery, and adventure. The ancient Maya civilization called this place home, and there are plenty of ruins to explore, like Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Coba.
If your family is inclined toward a more relaxing holiday, the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen and Cancun are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkelling. And no trip to Mexico would be complete without some delicious food. The Yucatan Peninsula is known for its fresh seafood, so don’t forget to try the ceviche.
Whether you’re looking for a place to hike, relax on the beach, or explore ancient ruins, the Yucatan Peninsula has something for everyone in your family.
South Dakota – Badlands & Black Hills
Spanning across five million acres of forests and mountain lands is an oasis in the middle of the Great Plains. The Badlands offer an abundance of nature-based activities like hiking, biking, and horseback riding for the outdoor enthusiasts in your family.
And the stunning landscapes with towering spires and pristine prairies as far as the eye can see will surely satisfy everyone’s inner photographer.
Your family will be enthralled by the stories of the Lakota people and the area’s early settlers. Be sure to visit Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Deadwood—a historic city where Wild West legends like Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill Cody made their mark.
There are many places to stay here, from rustic camping sites to luxury resorts. Whatever you choose, you will surely have an unforgettable experience in South Dakota.
Bora Bora – The Pearl of the Pacific
This South Pacific island is the stuff of postcards and dreams. Bora Bora is a true paradise with turquoise waters, golden beaches, pink sunsets, and lush jungle vegetation. And it’s not just a place for honeymooners—it’s perfect for families too.
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There are plenty of activities to keep everyone in your family entertained, like snorkelling, kayaking, and hiking. And the kids will love feeding the friendly stingrays at the Bora Bora Lagoonarium.
After a long day of adventure, relax with a traditional Tahitian massage or enjoy delectable cuisine at one of the renowned restaurants on the island. Make sure you book a room with a view of the famous Mt. Otemanu. You’ll never want to leave this spectral place.
Fiji – The Land of Smiles
What’s so contagious about this South Pacific island nation? It might be the stunning sun-kissed beaches, the welcoming locals (Fijians are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet), or the taste-bud-tingling cuisine.
What’s more, Fiji consists of over 300 islands. No wonder it’s called the Soft Coral Capital of the World. Thank your stars for choosing Fiji for your family holiday because there’s plenty to see and do here.
From world-class surfing and scuba diving to zip-lining and hiking, your family will never be bored in Fiji. And don’t forget to feed the sharks. That’s right; your adventurous ones can swim with sharks in Fiji.
Your high-energy family will be thrilled with all of Fiji’s activities. And at the end of the day, you can all relax in your luxury villa overlooking the crystal-clear waters.
Los Angeles – The City of Angels
Los Angeles offers endless possibilities. From the Hollywood Hills to the sandy beaches, the Universal Studios theme park, to the world-famous Griffith Observatory, there’s a lot to explore in LA.
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And that’s just the beginning. There are also world-class museums, like the Getty Center and the California Science Center. Not to mention all the shopping you can do on Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue. How could we miss Disneyland? With so much to experience, your family will never be bored in Los Angeles. And at the end of the day, you’re getting an award for ‘The best parents ever.’
The food scenes in LA are also incredible. From street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, your taste buds will take a vacation too. So, why wait any further? Pack your bags and head to LA for an unforgettable family holiday.
Family fun time is the real joy of life. The smiles, endless hugs, and inside jokes are what make memories that last a lifetime. But with today’s hectic schedules, finding the time to bond together is hard. That’s why holidays are so important. They give us a chance to unwind, relax, and be together.
So, when you get an opportunity to stay closer to the people you love, in a stress-free environment, pounce on it. Feast your eyes on new horizons, try new things, and be together. Spam your camera roll with happy memories, not things. And when in doubt, go to the beach. These are moments your family will never forget.