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    My family has traveled quite a bit and ranked our Top 10 US Destinations. These are the places that created some of the best memories for our family. OUR SITE REFERENCE: http://www.smart-travelers.com

    1. Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida Disney World is a fantastic vacation for all family members. With 5 theme parks, 2 water parks, Downtown Disney and much more, there is something for everyone here. You will find all Disney parks are very clean, well laid out with lots of places to take a break for a meal. We have been many times and would go back again in a heartbeat – and our son is 14 now.

    2. Cruising – Caribbean or Alaska Cruises offer you one of the best vacation experiences for your money. My family loves cruising, mainly because you can travel to many ports-of-call but don’t have to unpack each time. Please see my Cruises and Cruising page for more information.

    3. Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming Yellowstone is the best national park my family has visited. The park is enormous but has some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see. We saw lots of wildlife, including a black bear, which was exciting. My family actually camped here in our RV at Grizzly RV Park, but there are many hotel options. One of the nicest we saw was Old Faithful Inn located right next to the famous geiser.

    4. Hawaii Aloha!! Hawaii is a wonderful chain of islands that is geared for tourists. Each island is different from the next, with the active Kilaeua Volcano on the Big Island, the beaches on Oahu and Maui, and lush scenery on Kauai. Some of our favorite sites included walking near the Kilaeua Volcano, snorkeling at Molokini Crater off of Maui, and driving around the the beautiful Kauai.

    5. Washington DC Washington DC is an excellent family vacation destination. With all of the monuments, the US Capitol, the White House and of course the Smithsonian , there is lots to do here. Remember, all government buildings including all of the Smithsonian museums are completely FREE. TIP: If you want a tour of the White House or access to the Senate and US Congress gallaries, you need to book these in advance with the office of your Senator or member of Congress.

    6. Dude Ranches – Bandera, Texas City Slickers here we come. If you kids love the whole cowboy and horses scene then we recommend you consider a vacation at a dude ranch, also known as guest ranches. In Texas, there are several located in the Hill Country but there are ranches all over the USA including Colorado and Wyoming. Your days are filled with horseback riding, pitching horse shoes, trail rides, fishing and of course eating some wonderful country breakfasts and BBQ dinners.

    7. Destin, Florida Destin, Florida has probably the most beautiful beaches in the entire US mainland. We would compare these beaches to the likes of Bermuda and the Caribbean. Destin is a wonderful seaside town about 50 miles east of Pensacola, Florida. The sand is a brillant white color with clear blue water. There are lots of hotels, condos and several campground to choose from here.

    8. Hershey, Pennsylvania Where better to take your kids to than Hershey, Pennsylvania. This is a small town east of Harrisburg that offers some wonderful vacation options. The town itself is decorated with candy kiss light poles and you can smell chocolate in the air all over town. There is an amusement park called Hershey Park. While in Hershey you should also consider visiting Amish Country in Lancaster County.

    9. Boston, Massachusetts If your family are history buffs then you must head to Boston. Boston has some excellent museums like the Museum of Science which has 500 hands-on exhibits and the Boston’s Children’s Museum. You can also take the Freedom Trail or visit Faneuil Hall which both offer a view of Boston’s history. Oh, and don’t forget to eat some clam chowder… its to die for.

    10. Seattle, Washington You may not think it, but Seattle is a great city to take a family. The downtown area is beautiful and offers some excellent sites like Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and an underground tour showing the city from below. And don’t forget there are tours of the Boeing Everett Factory and the Microsoft Campus.

    Have A Great Family Vacation!!

    http://www.smart-travelers.com

    Posted by SmarterTraveler Jan 11, 2011

  • #73671 Reply

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    Dude Ranches – Bandera, Texas is my favorite destination to vist and spend vacations.

    posted by Kevin Wade

  • #73672 Reply

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    I want to add more five:

    1. Grand canyon

    2. Austin

    3. San diego

    4. San Antonio

    5. Myrtle beach

    posted by Ashik

  • #73673 Reply

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    I would like to know what your top 10 favorite places to vacation with family… please list.

    Mine would be San Diego California – for the beaches and disney land.
    Salt Lake City Utah – for a house boat with the whole family
    Orlando Florida- for Disney world

    posted by valperea

  • #73674 Reply

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    Those were some excellent choices. I would agree on most of them. how old are your children? mine is just 7 and i feel some of those would be best till he is a bit older.
    thanks!
    felicia

    posted by orlando4holidays

  • #73675 Reply

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    Well the houseboat rental that valperea talks about is really fun, and you can do it all year long.

    Think of it as houseboating in Lake Powell, though, which you can reach from Utah or Arizona. Glen Canyon is the most beautiful part of the lake in terms of scenery, and there are lots of boat rental companies — some offering discounts if booked by the end of this month… and they can help you package the vacation so you might not need a travel agent.

    Safe there, safe home!

    Kyle

    posted by todobigo

  • #73676 Reply

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    IMO, Yellowstone National park is better for kids and family. It was the first national park on earth which is identified for its diverse wildlife and geothermal features like Old authentic Geyser.
    Yellowstone National Park offers plenty of activities for families like bubbling geothermal mudpots, nature walks, backcountry treks, canoeing camping and picnicking.
    I’d also like to recommend travelers to take a tour toward Shenandoah National Park which is located in Luray, VA, USA. This park is ideal for all types of visitors like with family, friends and girl friend as well. So visiting there and make your tour unforgettable.

    posted by JohnWilson

  • #73677 Reply

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    Shankspony,

    You sound like you like cooler weather destinations. I’m sure everyone could pick a different top 10. Our list was based on the family experience we had at the location. Of the hundreds of places we visited these are the ones we remember most. We also asked my son, who is 14 now, to give us his take on the stops.

    I agree with you on Denver. My wife is not much for skiing so we’ve only been a few times. Give me more info on what you like about Denver and what places you visited there. I would love to hear them.

    Happy Travels…

    posted by SmarterTraveler

  • #73678 Reply

    MFT Admin
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    I have traveled quite a bit and ranked my Top 10 US Destinations. These are the places that created some of the best memories for me.

    1. Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida
    Disney World is a fantastic vacation for all family members. With 5 theme parks, 2 water parks, Downtown Disney
    and much more, there is something for everyone here. You will find all Disney parks are very clean, well laid out
    with lots of places to take a break for a meal. We have been many times and would go back again in a heartbeat –
    and our son is 14 now.

    2. Cruising – Caribbean or Alaska
    Cruises offer you one of the best vacation experiences for your money. My family loves cruising, mainly because
    you can travel to many ports-of-call but don’t have to unpack each time. Please see my Cruises and Cruising page
    for more information.

    3. Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming
    Yellowstone is the best national park my family has visited. The park is enormous but has some of the most
    beautiful scenery you will ever see. We saw lots of wildlife, including a black bear, which was exciting. My family
    actually camped here in our RV at Grizzly RV Park, but there are many hotel options. One of the nicest we saw
    was Old Faithful Inn located right next to the famous geiser.

    4. Hawaii
    Aloha!! Hawaii is a wonderful chain of islands that is geared for tourists. Each island is different from the next,
    with the active Kilaeua Volcano on the Big Island, the beaches on Oahu and Maui, and lush scenery on Kauai. Some
    of our favorite sites included walking near the Kilaeua Volcano, snorkeling at Molokini Crater off of Maui, and
    driving around the the beautiful Kauai.

    5. Washington DC
    Washington DC is an excellent family vacation destination. With all of the monuments, the US Capitol, the
    White House and of course the Smithsonian , there is lots to do here. Remember, all government buildings
    including all of the Smithsonian museums are completely FREE. TIP: If you want a tour of the White House or
    access to the Senate and US Congress gallaries, you need to book these in advance with the office of your
    Senator or member of Congress.

    6. Dude Ranches – Bandera, Texas
    City Slickers here we come. If you kids love the whole cowboy and horses scene then we recommend you consider
    a vacation at a dude ranch, also known as guest ranches. In Texas, there are several located in the Hill Country
    but there are ranches all over the USA including Colorado and Wyoming. Your days are filled with horseback
    riding, pitching horse shoes, trail rides, fishing and of course eating some wonderful country breakfasts and BBQ
    dinners.

    7. Destin, Florida
    Destin, Florida has probably the most beautiful beaches in the entire US mainland. We would compare these
    beaches to the likes of Bermuda and the Caribbean. Destin is a wonderful seaside town about 50 miles east of
    Pensacola, Florida. The sand is a brillant white color with clear blue water. There are lots of hotels, condos and
    several campground to choose from here.

    8. Hershey, Pennsylvania
    Where better to take your kids to than Hershey, Pennsylvania. This is a small town east of Harrisburg that offers
    some wonderful vacation options. The town itself is decorated with candy kiss light poles and you can smell
    chocolate in the air all over town. There is an amusement park called Hershey Park. While in Hershey you should
    also consider visiting Amish Country in Lancaster County.

    9. Boston, Massachusetts
    If your family are history buffs then you must head to Boston. Boston has some excellent museums like the
    Museum of Science which has 500 hands-on exhibits and the Boston’s Children’s Museum. You can also take the
    Freedom Trail or visit Faneuil Hall which both offer a view of Boston’s history. Oh, and don’t forget to eat some
    clam chowder… its to die for.

    10. Seattle, Washington
    You may not think it, but Seattle is a great city to take a family. The downtown area is beautiful and offers some
    excellent sites like Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and an underground tour showing the city from below.
    And don’t forget there are tours of the Boeing Everett Factory and the Microsoft Campus.

    Have A Great Vacation!!

    Thanks
    NickLee
    Alabama Vacation Rentals

  • #74885 Reply

    William R. Parks

    I can tell about one place where you’ll love to visit with your family. It’s st john. There are so many things to love about St. John’s. Coral Bay is really the place to be. Its quiet and Island rustic- a real get-a-way. Aqua Bistro, Skinny Legs, Ms. Vies and the Tourist Trap were our favorites. We recommend the Ram’s head hike, snorkeling at Waterlemon, and kayaking with the group that Eileen recommends

    Plan your next family reunion on St. John! Give the local banquet hall a break and knock this party out of the park by renting a multi-bedroom villa from Windspree Vacation Homes. Small families, large families, and even larger families can all be accommodated in one or more cottages, apartments, and luxury villas on the low-key, quaint side of St. John island known as Coral Bay.

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