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Family Vacations

Find Your Next Adventure with the Kids

Family vacation. For most of us, the phrase alone brings to mind vivid memories from childhood. You all remember sitting in the back seat with your older brother or sister, annoying each other out of pure bored...

om before singing a shrieking chorus of, “Are we there yet!?” that set your parents on the verge of “turning this car around and going home!” Inevitably, you arrive and that eternity of boredom out on the highway turns to ubiquitous joy as you set off on a dead sprint for the hotel pool, or better yet, the beach—belly-flopping into the crashing waves.

Now you’re older and you’ve settled into parental life yourself. It’s time to pay it forward and give your little crew their own lifelong memories of family travels. Whether it’s laughing the day away at one of the country’s best amusement parks, splashing around at the waterpark, or even sneaking in a dash of history into a family vacation, we’ve covered it all from sea to shining sea.

Mom Knows Best Family Vacations

Below we’ve selected some of our top family travel stories, taking you around the country (even the world) with expert advice from the ones (usually) planning the trip—moms. Our Mom Knows Best series covers everything from family-friendly hotels and cheap family vacations to where to go for a back-to-school family vacation and vacations with a newborn baby. (You can even celebrate your incoming bun in the oven with our story on the best babymoon vacations.)

Of course, we also know that families come in all shapes and sizes these days, which is why we made a point to get the LGBTQ perspective on what makes the best family vacation. The destinations include sites where children can live and breathe LGBTQ history and the fight for equal rights. That said, we know kids are kids regardless of who their parents are, so there’s always going to be a pool for them to splash the day away.

Peruse through our magazine to find some of the best family vacations around the country and start making memories that will last a lifetime.

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