Choosing the Best Summer Vacation for Your Family
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Choosing the Best Summer Vacation for Your Family

by guest writer Paisley Hansen

May 14, 2019

Time to Hit the Road for the Annual Summer Family Vacation

Family summer vacation planning
The summer vacation is an annual rite of passage for many families. Hitting the road with your loved ones gives you the opportunity to reconnect and create a host of amazing memories. As you sit down to plan your summer vacation, here are five of the best family vacation destinations to consider:


Pick a park, any park! The country is flush with an abundance of beautiful national parks that are just begging to be explored. If majestic mountains are your family's love, head to the charming mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado to explore the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. If you want to get up close and personal with loads of wildlife, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming delivers plentiful opportunities to see a host of animals in their natural habitat. Or try the lush rainforests of Olympic National Park in Washington state if your family is looking for a more tranquil national park experience. Whatever your travel fancy, there is the perfect national park to meet all of your needs


The quintessential theme park destination is a must-see for all families. There is no better time to visit Disneyland than this summer. The much-anticipated opening of the new Stars Wars land, Galaxy's Edge, will keep the park hopping. While the crowds tend to pile up during the busy summer months, the park compensates by adding longer operating hours with every attraction running at full capacity. Now is the time to jump right in and embrace the magic of Disney!


Take a walk through history with a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. Start your visit with a day at Colonial Williamsburg and immerse yourself in 18th-century America. As the world's largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg allows children to try their hands at historic trades, watch dramatic reenactments, and even dine in an authentic tavern. Just a short drive from Williamsburg is the historic Jamestown Settlement and the Revolutionary War's Yorktown Battlefield. After all that learning, the kids can burn off energy at the Busch Gardens theme park. Or cool off from the summer heat by splashing around at Water Country USA, Virginia's largest waterpark. All of this fun and education can be had in this charming region of Southern Virginia


A trip to see the glitz and glamour of New York City should be at the top of any family travel bucket list. Kids will be in awe of the bright lights and towering buildings. New York City has no shortage of fun things to do with the family. Soar to the top of the Empire State Building, ride the ferry out to visit the Statue of Liberty, take a stroll through Little Italy and pick up a gelato cone, visit the famed Bronx Zoo, take in a Broadway show, and scamper through Central Park. The possibilities are endless in the city that never sleeps.


Escape the hustle and bustle of life with a relaxing trip to the beach. Florida's Emerald Coast is exploding in popularity, and for good reason. The region gets its name from the stunning green waters of the Gulf of Mexico that are juxtaposed against the sugar white sand that is perfect for frolicking in the sun and the surf. Destin is an ideal beach town to make your home base as you explore the beauty of this coastal area. A variety of hotel and condo accommodations will please any budget and preferences.

You only have 18 summers with each of your children. Be sure to make them count by including summer vacations as part of your routine. The memories that you create together will last a lifetime, making all of the time and money invested in these trips worth it.
Author Bio: Paisley Hansen is a loving wife and mother of twins. She is a self-described "DIY addict", and loves to decorate her house and office with her creations. As a mother, Paisley is really passionate about health, nutrition, and spending time with her family. When she's not writing, you can find her with a glass of mint lemon water and a child on each hip. Who says moms aren't superheroes?