The best family beach vacations in the US

Family vacations are wonderful opportunities to let your kids explore and open themselves up to new experiences, whether they’re toddlers or teenagers. You don’t have to leave the country for a getaway as there are plenty of amazing destinations for family vacations right here in the US. From beaches to historical sites, you’ll find tons of attractions to visit and activities to enjoy. Don't forget the fantastic vacation homes, either. Soak up gorgeous mountain views from your getaway cabin, or fire up the barbecue in your cottage rental’s spacious backyard and make the most of your home away from home.

Save the date for Destin's beaches

With so many beautiful beaches scattered throughout the country, you don’t have to go far to enjoy the best family beach vacation in the US. If you’re looking to take advantage of the warm weather down South, you’ll want to check out the incredible turquoise waters of the Emerald Coast and the powder-soft beaches of Destin, which annually draw millions of visitors eager to experience the unique, sugary white sand made of Appalachian quartz. Destin also calls itself the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and your kids will be amazed at the diversity and richness of its marine life. Settle into a modern cottage rental with a pool and a hot tub, and enjoy unbeatable views of the Gulf of Mexico before going off to explore the water parks and or try family-friendly activities like kayaking and snorkeling.

Washington, DC is the capital of fun

Bustling with historic buildings, awe-inspiring monuments, and important landmarks, as well as boasting a convenient and efficient metro system, Washington, DC ranks high on any list of the best family vacations in the US. For a fun and active way to see the city, try one of the many walking and bike tours that cover all the important sites, from the National Mall to the White House. Toddlers will enjoy playing in the parks, and older kids and teenagers will be mesmerized by the interactive exhibits at the city’s world-renowned museums. Rent a bright vacation rental in a charming neighborhood close to sights and attractions, or stay in a renovated summer rental with pool access in a quiet, walkable area.

California cool in San Diego

If your family is craving some sun, sand, and surf time, head over to San Diego, whose 70 miles of coastline means that there’s a beach that’s just right for your brood. Book a breezy cottage rental at La Jolla Shores with a spacious balcony overlooking the beach. You can enjoy the ocean views—you might even see seals frolicking in the water—before taking your teenagers surfing while the little ones snorkel or explore the tide pools. Or you can get a cheery beachfront Coronado Beach vacation home rental with a private pool, along with a patio where you can hang out after an active day of boogie boarding, swimming, and paddle boarding.

Orlando always offers an adventure

Orlando is bursting with kid-friendly attractions, activities, and places to stay, so it's no wonder that millions of families head to the city every year. Known as the theme park capital of the US, Orlando is where you’ll find classic destinations like Walt Disney World, and Universal Orlando. There’s even more to this destination than theme parks, though. Your kids will love exploring the hands-on science exhibits at Wonder Works and seeing what it's like to be an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center. Or take a breather and tour the famous Florida everglades by boat. Make the most of your family’s trip to Orlando with a spacious villa rental at a resort that's close to theme parks and provides amenities like pools, tennis courts, hot tubs, and games rooms.

Down-home Appalachian vacation in Pigeon Forge

Right by the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is a popular outdoorsy choice for people looking for a fun and unique family vacation in the South. With its friendly Appalachian vibe, Pigeon Forge has plenty of rustic cabin rentals with all the home comforts you need, from full-sized kitchens and barbecue grills out on your patio to shared kids’ play areas and pools. Breathe in the beautiful scenery before hitting one of the nature trails or taking a dip in a swimming hole. If the kids are looking for bigger thrills, take them to one of the many theme parks and attractions in downtown Pigeon Forge—from Dollywood and aquariums to dinner theaters and country music shows, everyone’s sure to find something to enjoy.