Are you trying to plan a family getaway but aren’t sure where to go? We’re sharing our top 5 picks for the best cities for a family vacation in the U.S. From vibrant cities, to historic places to mountain destinations, we have options for a variety of interests.”
This is a guest post contributed by Fred Jones.
With spring on the horizon and summer not far behind, the kids will soon be out of school. This is the perfect time to plan an amazing family vacation. With so many worthwhile places to see, it can be a bit hard to narrow down. To start it off, here are 5 of my favorite destinations for a family vacation, with a special emphasis on places that adults – and teenagers! – can both enjoy.
5 Places to Vacation with the Family
Charleston, South Carolina
The cobbled roads. The colorful houses. Charleston seeps historic charm. There are horse-drawn carriages, surfboard-ready waves, and all manners of low country activities. Teenagers will especially love the ghost tours that take place all around. A city this old is bound to have some hair-raising tales and families can learn all about them through late night tours around graveyards, alleys, and even dungeons. Charleston offers an insight into a different part of history.
While it’s known more for fast cars and popularizing the blazer and t-shirt look (Miami Vice fans will get it). Miami has a rich, cultural personality that can be overlooked. A walk through Little Havana is like a course in Cuban history. There’s plenty of entertainment for all ages as well; the defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat, play their home games downtown and of course, you can’t forget about the beaches. Just make sure you book your lodgings early, as hotels in Miami have a tendency to fill up quickly.
Right in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, Asheville brings in visitors from all across the country. In a manner befitting the town’s personality, the local baseball team is named the Tourists. The reason it’s so visited is that it’s such a different town. The downtown is a winding maze of stores and rolling hills. A big draw in Asheville, is Biltmore Estate, the largest private home in the country and an architectural feat.
The oldest city in Tennessee is not very well known, even in its own state. But once a year that changes and people from all over the country come to town for the National Storytelling Festival, the biggest storytelling festival in the country – adults and teens will be impressed by the energetic shows and theatrical costumes. Plus, a 20-minute drive to Greeneville, TN and you’re in the home city of the 17th president, Andrew Johnson and the birthplace of Davy Crockett.
Another ‘oldest city’, Savannah is a throwback to the old south. Time moves slower here, and people of all ages enjoy the southern charm of this city. Named “One of America’s favorite cities”, old oak trees and an incredible historic district draw people from all around. The ever-popular trolley guides offer amusing tours of the city that will get all ages interested.
Family Vacation Essentials
Fred Jones writes for a number of travel websites and is in the early stages of setting up his own blog. He works from his study in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife and three kids.