Traveling with children can be a challenge, especially when it comes to deciding where to go next (and navigating the ever-changing logistics of COVID-19 regulations). But whether you’re in search of a camping adventure or a thrilling amusement park, there are plenty of places right here in the U.S. perfect for your next family trip—many of which are easily accessible by car.
The CDC recommends traveling within the U.S. only if you are fully vaccinated (unvaccinated travelers should get tested and wear a mask when possible). It’s important to check any local regulations when planning a trip, and booking early is a great way to score post-pandemic travel deals, especially when it comes to rental cars and flights. Things might feel a little different as you venture away from home, but we’re all ready for a little “revenge travel,” whether it’s one hour away or straight across the country.
From camping in national parks to exploring cities like Boston and San Francisco, here are 50 vacation ideas for kids of all ages right here in the U.S.
1. Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
The happiest place on Earth really is worth it for a memorable family vacation—especially as it expands with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For ease, book into one of the resort’s many themed, family-friendly hotels, which include Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Or, you can be a little savvy and stay only a mile “off-campus” to save over $200. A few things have changed since the pandemic, including limited capacity and face masks in all indoor spaces, but don’t worry, all the magic is still there.
2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Home to legendary geyser Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park is an ideal spot for camping, hiking, fishing and just getting away from it all for some quality family time. Camp out at the Mammoth campsites, located near Mammoth Hot Springs, where RVs and tents are welcome (and there are flushing toilets). The campground is currently by reservation only, so be sure to book in advance.