We are living very busy lives. We eat fast food and drive or walk faster towards our workplaces. Most of the time we don’t have time to sit together, talk to each other or at least have a dinner. In such busiest days, vacations look like a family blessing. They provide us a chance to relax and spend a quality time with our loved ones.
In this article, we have provided a list of 30 plus fun family spots for vacations in the U.S. All of them are in different states, but their beauty is mind-blowing. We have also added a small description with every place, which will help you in finding out the best option for you.
So, let’s begin now!
List of Famous Vacation Spot for Vacation in the USA
- Yellowstone National Park
Established in 1872, the Stone National Park is the first National Park of the world. It comprises an area of 3,472 square miles and is located 96 percent in Wyoming, 3 percent in Montana, and 1percent in Idaho.
Being a family spot, the place attracts the people of every age. It has five different entrances with more than 300 active geysers, 290 waterfalls, 1800 archaeological sites, 92 trailheads, and 2000 campsites.
And do you know, where is the largest North American lake situated? Well, it is the Yellow Lake, which is present in the same park.
And if you love animals, you must have a look at 67 species of mammals, 285 species of birds, 16 species of fish, 6 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians, and more than 7 aquatic nuisance species, which make the park more beautiful and colorful.
So, if you are planning a family trip in the coming months; then September is the best month to travel to the Yellowstone National Park. Although the suitable time begins in July, due to rush, you may extend your visit till the next month. The entrance fees for a private and non-commercial vehicle are just $25 for a week, which also makes it economical for the families.
- U.S. Space & Rocket Center
There are many tourist attractions in the Alabama state, but there is no comparison with the U.S Space & Rocket Center. It is located in Huntsville and due to its uniqueness; the place receives the highest number of tourist across the world.
Entering the place introduces you to the new wonderful world of space, where you can find the one and only space camp and the earth’s largest space museum with more than 1,500 rocketry and space artifacts.
Not only that, but you will also find the grave of Miss Baker—the monkey that stayed alive in the space for a year. It means that the place is the greatest source of information about the U.S science and technology for the kids and adults. In addition, management organizes different exhibitions for the tourists, whose schedule is easily available on the official website of the place.
U.S Space and Rocket center is open around the year. The museum hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and the ticket costs $25 for the adults, $17 for children from 5-12 years and free for the kids of 4 years and under.
- Grand Canyon National Park
Are you and your family interested in camping, hiking, and rafting? Are you looking for a great place to enjoy a unique weather and different valleys? If yes, the Grand Canyon National Park is the best option for you.
Located in Arizona state, it is the 17th national park of the U.S and it has unique geological colors and erosions. It is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.
The Grand Canyon village for the canyon, hiking, rafting, and camping, The Havasu falls, South Kaibab Trail, and the Mather points are the must visit places of the park.
If you are planning to visit the park, you should have a look at its website and find out the nearest entrance point from the South Rim or North Rim.
- One World Trade Center
Are you planning to visit New York with your family? Do you want to enjoy a high-speed ride in one of the tallest buildings in the world? Do you want to have a 360-degree view of the city? Then, you should visit the one world trade center, which is the sixth tallest building in the world.
Although the visit might look costly, enjoying a 500-year CGI time lapse of New York in the elevator journeying upward at 23mph is a real chance for lucky people. There are five elevators with no windows, but gives a clear view of the whole city in just 47 seconds.
The place is open to the general public on Friday and the ticket price for entering is a bit higher. It costs $32 for the adults, $30 for the senior adults, $26 for the children aging from 6 to 12 and free for the kids below this age limit. In addition, the restaurant on the 101st floor costs $40 for chicken, $34 for a salmon, $48 for a steak, and much more.
Well, you have to buy the eatery from any of the café or restaurant, because; nobody is allowed to take any drink or food item in the building. Also, pets other than the service animals are not permissible so, you must be careful before visiting the place.
- City Museum
According to the awards of trip.com, the city museum is the number one place for visiting with the family. It covers an area of 600,000 square feet and is known as an electric mixture of the funhouse, children’s playground, surrealistic pavilion, and a great architecture.
It remains open 7 days a week so; you can have a visit on any day. The ticket costs $14 for everyone above the age of 3 and you can have a keen look at the 10 story slide of the old factory workers, world’s largest pencil, two old planes, a 30 ft big Ferris wheel, fiber glasses, cooling tubes, and the biggest underpants.
There is a lot more to explore and you can find them during your visit, so what are you waiting for? Just go and grab the tickets for yourself and family.
- Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is famous for its waterfalls, but the large area covered with the grand grassy meadows, deep valleys, 500 ancient giant sequoias, and vast wilderness is also a great source of attraction for the tourists.
Located in California, the camping is very common in the Yosemite National Park and people love to do it enjoying the food and drinks. There is a Bridalveil waterfall in the park, where the wind blows the water and gives a look of bridal’s veil blowing in the air.
From April to October, it is known to be the best time for visiting the place because; the weather is pleasant. If you want to avoid traffic and rush, you must book before. The ticket costs $15/week for an individual on foot or bus, $30/week for a motorcycle rider, and $35/week for the automobiles. So enjoy the beauty of the park and explore the places, which haven’t been explored yet by anybody!
- Schlitterbahn Waterpark
Summers without going to a water park look too boring. If you think the same, then Schlitterbahn water parks in Texas and Kansas are the best options for you.
For the last 20 years, the Schlitterbahn water park is winning the award of world’s best water park, as well as it is also awarded as the friendliest destination for the kids in Texas. The places have water everywhere with tubing rivers, uphill water coasters, Boogie Bahn surfing rides, Torrent Tidal Wave Rivers and picnic areas with shade.
The resort at the water park is open for the whole year, but the best visiting time is April to October. The ticket cost is also reasonable as it offers an adults’ entrance for $51.99 and $39.99 for the children and senior citizens. It means you can enjoy mild to wild rides at such an affordable price.
- Arches National Park
Have you ever heard God is a Stoneman? If you have heeded that, then, believe me, Utah’s Arches National Park is the backroom of HIS workshop. City-sized organ pipes, stone bridges, the landscape of unique and contrasting colors and textures, massive fins, fixed giant rocks; and huge rock-valleys are common in the park and not in any other place of the world.
It has almost 2,000 different types of rocks, which adjust in a way that can make you surprised. The park also offers Sunset Jet boating, watching the giant mobs through pinnacle helicopters, canyon lands traveling via jeeps, river rafting, camping sites, hiking trails, and much more.
If you really want a good place this time, then Utah’s arches national park is the best choice for you because; it is a true combination of geology, zoology, history, architecture, botany, and yes, of course, entertainment!
- Cedar Point
Cedar Point—the roller coaster capital of the world is situated on a peninsula of Lake Erie, Ohio. As the name depicts, the amusement park maintains 72 rides, which is a world record with 17 types of roller coasters.
The management has also introduced a new roller coaster. The first hyper-hybrid ride is the world’s first steel-on-wood roller coaster to stand over 200 feet tall and drop in 30 seconds. If you are adventurous, then you must plan a trip soon. That’s because the park is regularly open until the Labor Day in September. After that, there will be weekend programs for the Halloween.
In addition, if you want more, then a one-mile long white sand beach, and outdoor water park and an indoor water park, two marinas, and a sports center are also near to the place. So, don’t wait anymore and have loads of fun.
- Musical Instrument Museum
Are you and your family tired of hiking, camping, and riding on the roller-coasters? Do you want to spend a relaxing weekend? Then, what about visiting the Musical instrument Museum and enjoying the music from all over the world.
Located in Phoenix, it is the top rated museum of the state and also included in the top 20 museums of the U.S. There are 6,800 musical instruments collected from different parts of the world, which gives you a chance to watch and experience the earth’s music under one roof.
Not only that, but there are regular musical events, which invite singers and musical groups to perform in front of the audience.
- Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island also known as “The Rock” is a beautiful family spot for the vacations. Most of the people might have heard about the place in relationship with the prisons, but now it has developed into an island with gardens, model industries, first lighthouse, tide pools, colonies of the birds, and auspicious bay views.
The 22 acres vast place is rich with the history so, you may take your kids to enrich them with the past events of the state. But you have to be careful about buying the tickets for the Alcatraz Cruises. Many fake tickets have been reported by the people, which they have bought from the private agents. In order to save your money, time, and prestige’ you should buy the ticket from the official concessioner to the National Park Service. They do not only provide the passes, but also the transportation.
- National Air and Space Museum
Do you love Sun? Are your kids fond of the moon, stars, and our whole galaxy? Then, we have a cool family spot for you!
Located in Washington DC, the National Air and Space Museum of Smithsonian Institution are the most visited museum of the U.S and the third most-visited museum in the world.
The museum contains the Apollo 11 command module, the Friendship 7 capsule flown by John Glenn, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Bell X-1 which broke the sound barrier, and the Wright brothers’ plane near the entrance. Not only that, but it is a great place of research in the space and aviation technology. The most important thing is that it offers free entrance to all the visitors and is open throughout the year except 25th December.
- Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium is known as the world’s most magical aquarium. Iy has six different galleries with tons of gallons of water, thousands of marine species and more than 70 amazing habitats.
The At&T Dolphin tales provides a great way of learning about the behaviors of different music with effects of theatre and music. Another interesting thing is the animated “Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow, that attracts an audience of all ages and tell them the ways of preserving the environment.
In addition, you will also find Cafe Aquaria, which offers delicious sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta and delectable desserts. Tailgate parties, fitness classes, and wine tasting are other than that.
So, if you are feeling fed up with the land life, and then you must visit the marine life and spend some quality time there. Have fun!
- Freedom Trail
Are you a foreigner and do you want to learn the great history of America? Are you an American and do want to feel more patriotic? Here’s the best option for you. Yes, the freedom trail, which is one the best places to visit with the family.
Freedom Trail is a 2.5 miles long walking trail, which offers you to see the 16 historic sites of America. They include churches, museums, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and signs of American Revolution.
As you will walk, you will feel yourself in the old times and will learn about the brave people who have made the golden history. The management of the Freedom Trail offers daily walking tours for the general public. All you have to do is to book a plan and buy an online ticket. Believe me, you will have a wonderful 90 minutes while walking and exploring the enriched history of America.
- Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sleeping bear dunes is a national park, which stretches on the 35-mile long beach on the Lake Michigan and also includes 13 hiking trails. For most of the Americans, it is the most beautiful place in America with offering swimming, sunbathing, camping, river trails, hiking trails ride bikes, hunting, fishing, and much more.
The best thing about the park is its availability in the winter season as well. For example, the 100 miles long hiking trails are used for skiing and snowshoeing. So, if you are planning a family visit for winters, Sleeping Bear Dunes would suit you!
The entrance pass only costs $20 for a private vehicle and is valid for 7 days, which makes it feasible for most of the families.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Established in 1916, it is one of the most beautiful national parks of the U.S. and situated on the island of Hawaii, Hawaii. It covers two active volcanos namely Kilauea and Mauna Loa. It does not only provide a great area of research to the scientists but is also a lovely place to visit with the family.
- San Diego Zoo
If you are an animal lover and your kids love to watch and feed the animals, San Diego Zoo is one of the best places for the visit in vacations.
Situated in the Balboa Park of San Diego, California, it has 3,700 animals of more than 650 species. There are anacondas, Arctic foxes, Australian Wonders, Bateleur Eagles, Bee-Eaters, Black-headed weavers, Bog Garden, Bonobo, Bromeliad Garden, California Condors, Camels, Capybaras, Chinese alligator, Dung beetle, Elephant, Fern Canyon, Fossa, Galapagos Tortoise, Gelata, Giant Panda, Giraffes, Gorillas, and many others.
The Zoo believes in a natural habitat of the animals, therefore, they do not live inside the cages. There are different types of passes for the visitors. It includes,
- Gates pass—for a day costing $54 per adult and $44 per child. It offers admission plus unlimited use of the Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus, and Skyfari Aerial Tram.
- 2-Visit Pass—It costs $86.40 per adults and $76.40 for the kids below 4 years. It includes two 1-Day Passes that can be used at the San Diego Zoo and/or San Diego Safari Park.
- Everglades National Park
Traveling in Florida is incomplete without visiting the beautiful Everglades National Park. America’s Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the country.
It is a home to many endangered species including green turtles, American crocodile, Atlantic Ridley Turtle, Atlantic leatherback turtle, snails, wood stork, Florida Panther, Garber’s spurge, West Indian manatee, Red-Cockaded woodpecker, and many others.
Not only that, but there is a fantastic chance for camping overnight and enjoying the weather. It also offers lodging, hiking, fishing, biking, boating, and canoeing in the beautiful area.
Unlike the other national parks, the entrance fees are also lesser, It cost only $10 for a private vehicle, $5 for bikers and people barefoot.
- Art Institute of Chicago
Founded in 1879, the art institute of Chicago locates Chicago’s grant park. Due to its recognized curator efforts, it is one of the most visited art museums for the lover of art.
The place has a permanent collection of 300,000 artworks and organizes at least 30 exhibitions in a year. Not only that, but some rare and valuable artwork including Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic is also a part of the Art Institute.
- Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth caves are the longest cave system explored till the date and the mammoth cave national park is responsible for preserving the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky.
If you want a water-side camping, then it is the best place for your and the family. In addition, exploring the caves will be a new thing to do during these vacations. It will be fun and you will be able to discover a new world, you haven’t been in before.
- Heartland Harvest Garden
Do you want to know how we get the food? Do you want your kids to know the things that make our plate? Then, you should plan to visit the Heartland Harvest garden.
Missouri’s famous Heartland Harvest Garden is America’s largest edible landscape, where every seed, herb, shrub, flower, and the plant is a part of our daily routine food. There are fruits and vegetables, which are fresh and provide a fantastic look to the place. It also helps in relaxing the minds with the help of greenery everywhere.
At the place, you can also taste different items at the tasting station that will make you more mouthwatering.
- Dinosaur Valley State Park
Also known as a national natural landmark, the Dinosaur Valley State Park is located in the northwest of Glen Rose. It is one of the most beautiful places in America and also provides you with a stunning view of the Paluxy River.
In addition, you can also find the tracks of the dinosaurs they had left long ago, do camping, enjoy a picnic with barbeque, hike, ride your bike/horse on the mountains, swim and fish in the river, watch for the wildlife and look for a geocache.
- NASCAR Hall of Fame
Do you want exhibitions, races, fun, and legends under one roof? Then, it’s time to visit the world’s famous Nascar Hall of Fame. You can enjoy different interactive sessions and event at the High Octane Theater and enjoy the delicious food at the Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant.
The Glory road in the hall provides you a great record of 18 historic cars and their track paths. In addition, the car racing events are more than fun for the people of every age.
- Denali National Park and Preserve
Denali is a heaven-land of six million acres wild land, divided by a single road and blessed with a lot of animals, trees, mountains, and landscapes. It is a fantastic combination of low altitude taiga forest, which results in a high elevated high alpine tundra and snowy mountains.
Mountaineering is the best part of the Denali National Park and preserve, which gives you a chance to reach the top of North America. You can also explore the wildlife, which comprises 39 species of mammals, 169 species of birds, and one species of amphibian. I am sure you and your kids will love it!
- San Antonio Riverwalk
Are you a newly married couple? Ahem Ahem! Then the San Antonio Riverwalk, simply known as the Riverwalk is the best choice for you.
The road passes by a peaceful river known as the San Antonio River, with a large number of bars, hotel, and coffee shops on the other side of the walking path. The cool breeze, flowers, and the trees relax the visitors and make their mood awesome and nice.
So if you haven’t visited the place yet, make a plan and enjoy the spot!
Some Enjoyable Road Trip That Everyone will love to Go
- COASTAL CALIFORNIA: BIG SUR
Coastal California, also known as the Big Sur is a national treasure of America. The 90 mile long bluffs, sea, and sky make the road trip memorable for people of every age.
Canyons and meadows make the view more beautiful, with hotels, art galleries, and restaurants on the other side.
- COASTAL CALIFORNIA: POINT REYES, CA
Experts state that “the amazing thing about the Pacific Coast is that it is still mostly wild, open, and marvelously beautiful country, where you can drive for miles and miles and have the scenery all to yourself.”
Point Reyes is a popular and famous tourist destination that stretches 30 miles to the northwest of San Francisco. It is a beautiful way of reaching the cape, with many beautiful inns and hotels. You can stay in a treetop or waterfront room, enjoy any delicious dish from the menu and carry on until you reach your destination.
- THE GREAT SMOKIES: BRYSON CITY, NC
Have a big vacation in a small town is the slogan of the place and it succeeds in fulfilling the promise.
Bryson City is a small town, which is surrounded by Nantahala river for Kayaking and rafting, Fontana Lake for boating and fishing, railroad paths, trout streams, Tsali Trails for hiking, plains for horse riding, and breath-taking views of the beautiful waterfalls.
If you haven’t made a plan yet, they can be the best choice for you and your family!
- NATIONAL PARK PARADISE: JACKSON HOLE, WY
It is a place of athletes, Olympians, football and rugby players, and adventure-loving people because; it is all about real challenges in the area. Backpacking, camping, flat water paddling, cycling, climbing, Mountain biking, whitewater paddling, Train Running, Hiking, Skiing, and snowboarding are the things, you will find at the National Park Paradise of Jackson Hole.
The park remains open throughout the year because; it offers different adventure in accordance with the weather conditions. There is also wildlife with plenty of moose and bears in the area.
- COWBOY COUNTRY: DALLAS, TX
Dallas is a place of country music and if you are a musical person and loves dancing then; just pack your bag and be ready to have a road trip towards Dallas.
There is a lot of places in the city, which offers free music and dance lessons. Cowboys Redriver is one of them, which is famous for Honky-tonk for a live country music.
P.S. Don’t forget to wear the cowboy hat because; it’s all about that!
- GREAT LAKES GETAWAY: CHICAGO, IL
It borders the beautiful Lake Michigan, with camping sites, restrooms, electrical hookups, and shower facilities. There is also a providence of fishing, picnic points, boating, and etc.