Great US locations for affordable and fun family vacations

Spacious vacation rentals in the great outdoors

There’s nothing like heading off to the wild yonder for a family adventure vacation after being cooped up at work or school. If you’re looking to enjoy the fresh air and get active, national parks offer gorgeous scenery and amazing wildlife along with activities like river rafting and horseback riding. You can choose among plenty of roomy cottage rentals with scenic views and easy access to hiking trails, or splurge on a luxury villa rental with resort amenities like hot tubs and miniature golf.

See awe-inspiring scenery on a Grand Canyon getaway

One of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is a majestic chasm that measures over 299 river miles in length. The Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most visited parks in the US. It offers hiking trails for all levels, sightseeing opportunities and guided ranger tours, and other fun outdoor activities. Make sure to find a comfortable cabin for rent with amenities like hot tubs and fire pits so you and the family can relax after a tiring day.

Get close to nature at Yellowstone National Park

The world’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park is home to steaming pools and shooting geysers, including the famous Old Faithful. It’s a great choice for an action-packed family adventure, with over 2 million acres containing a huge diversity of wildlife, the world’s biggest petrified forests, a grand canyon, and Yellowstone Lake. From your spacious getaway cabin in the woods, you can get access to trails for day hiking or backcountry exploring, or visit historic areas in Yellowstone. At night, unwind with the kids around a cozy wood-burning stove, or fire up the barbecue grill on your spacious deck and enjoy a sumptuous steak dinner.

Enjoy high-octane fun on a theme park family vacation

Theme parks are a no-brainer when it comes to fun places for a family vacation. Whether you're in Appalachia country or in sunny Florida, you'll find a huge variety of theme parks and attractions that'll keep everyone from toddlers to teenagers, and even adults, entertained. Fortunately, it's easy to find and book vacation rentals close to amusement parks, with plenty of options ranging from luxury condos with pools and hot tubs, to charming vacation rentals with gorgeous lake views from your private balcony.

Orlando offers theme parks galore

Orlando is known as the theme park capital of the world for a reason. With more than a dozen theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and LEGOLAND, as well as golf courses and science attractions like the Kennedy Space Center, your family will want to stay in this sunny city for as long as possible. There's also a wide range of great vacation rentals that will make sure you have a fun family trip. You can choose a spacious lakefront condo with beach access and a swimming pool, or a bright vacation home with a comfortable patio and a barbecue area.

Find all-around entertainment in Gatlinburg

If it’s a unique family vacation you want, look no further than Gatlinburg. Set against the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg offers tons of fun for guests of all ages and interests. Admire the beautiful views, diverse wildlife, and distinctive Appalachian culture, or plunge into the museums and attractions, including the underwater tunnels at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. There are plenty of thrilling outdoor adventures for older teens and adrenaline junkies, as well as kid-friendly attractions like water parks and entertainment centers. Make the most of Appalachia's charm by booking a roomy cabin rental with unbeatable mountain views and a furnished deck for barbecues.