Majestic mountains, beautiful beaches, wild canyons, a cultural melting pot, iconic cities, and more—the USA has a huge variety of amazing family vacation spots. From the spectacular Rockies and glittering Lake Michigan, to vibrant Miami Beach and charming Martha’s Vineyard, there’s no shortage of destinations that make for great family memories. And there’s a wealth of great vacation rentals that can make your stay even more enjoyable. From sea to shining sea, there are vacation homes for just about every budget or preference. Posh mansions, getaway cabins, casual cottages, and more are available for weekly or long-term rentals.
On top of the world in the Rockies
Home to iconic Yellowstone National Park with its geysers and canyons, the Rocky Mountains draw a year-round stream of visitors seeking natural wonders and outdoor adventures. Colorado is a popular family vacation destination with breathtaking mountain drives through Rocky Mountain State Park, backcountry skiing and snowmobiling, hiking and biking, and summer music at Red Rocks Amphitheater. The cities of Boulder and Denver offer vibrant culture, including the Denver Art Museum’s extensive collection of Native American art. Families can get away from it all in a remote cabin rental with modern amenities plus a firepit under the stars. Or try a cozy cottage with a private garden in downtown Boulder, within walking distance to dining, shopping, and art exhibits.
Midwestern lakeside getaways
The endless shorelines of the Great Lakes are dotted with historic lighthouses and secluded coves, classic beachtowns, and stunning beaches with high dunes. A Michigan family vacation could include a beach dune climb in Traverse City along Lake Michigan, a schooner excursion on the Blue Water Area of Lake Huron, or a hike along cliffs on Lake Superior in the wild Upper Peninsula’s spectacular Isle Royale National Park. For a break from nature, there’s Detroit’s shining urban Riverfront area with dining, shopping, an aquarium, and a quirky carousel. There’s no shortage of lakefront cabins and cottages for rent on the Great Lakes, smaller lakes, and rivers, and they can include amenities such as fireplaces, patios, or private docks.
Mountain adventures on a Poconos family vacation
Within 2 hours’ drive of New York City and Philadelphia, the Poconos have long been a popular year-round family fun spot. There’s always something to do here: skiing and snowboarding, hiking and horseback riding, canoeing and river tubing, splashing in waterparks—the list goes on and on. If you're a motorhead, enjoy the NASCAR stock car races at Pocono Raceway. The city of Scranton has shopping, dining, and the Steamtown USA train museum, which offers historic train rides. Stunning scenery is all around, such as the dramatic Delaware Water Gap with its network of trails that includes part of the Appalachian Trail. Vacation rental options include ski cabins and lakefront houses with amenities such as firepits and private docks.
Endless recreation on New England’s rugged coast
The coast of New England has long been famous for its pretty seaside towns, as well as its mouthwatering lobster roll sandwiches and stunning scenic drives. The island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, accessible only by ferry, boasts historic lighthouses, picturesque villages and farms, and historic harbors. Families can rent sea kayaks, go fishing, relax on the beach, or enjoy nature right outside the door of their vacation rentals. Cottage and cabin getaways can offer high-end amenities such as private courtyards, personal golf carts, and mahogany decks with incredible water views. Budget-conscious travelers can find affordable rentals here, too, even dog-friendly ones that are steps away from activities such as golfing and boating.
Almost heaven in the Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area of North Carolina is packed with culture and history amid the beautiful and ancient mountains. Families can enjoy and explore the natural heritage, Cherokee culture, crafts, and music that are all native to the area. Throughout the year, festivals celebrate the region's diverse art, crafts, dance, and music, plus there's skiing, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and more. The Blue Ridge Mountains extend into Virginia, home of Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive, one of the USA’s most famous scenic drives. Families can find cabin and cottage rentals with mountain views, riverside locations, and amenities such as smart TVs, firepits, and hot tubs.
Sun and fun in Florida
Florida is celebrated for its beautiful subtropical weather and famous kid-friendly vacation destinations. White sugar-sand beaches surround the state and give a choice of ocean or gulf for swimming, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and more. There’s a wide variety of beach communities in the Sunshine State, from lively, sophisticated Miami to the laid-back Florida Keys and down-to-earth Panhandle. Huge, thrill-packed theme parks abound, notably in Orlando and Tampa. Vacation rentals are plentiful, including cottages and cabins that may have a private pool or private dock, or be part of a golf resort or on the waterfront.