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Top 10 U.S. Bucket List Trips for Families

As parents, we understand how precious and fleeting childhood is.

Our kids will only be kids for so long. Soon enough they will all be grown up and independent as ever. That’s why it is so important to take advantage of those years while they are still young.

Use this limited time to create unforgettable memories with your children. Here are some bucket list vacation ideas for staying in the United States!

Don't let this precious time slip away. Your children will thank you for it years from now when they look back on these priceless moments filled with laughter, adventure, and love.


Home to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando is a very popular destination for families. If you would rather skip the theme parks, this city still has plenty to offer. Head on over to the Sea Life aquarium or be immersed in the art and technology of a Blue Man Group show. With the gorgeous weather and abundance of family activities, you and your kids will have a blast.

Washington, D.C.

This is a destination rich in history and full of family-friendly activities. The Smithsonian should of course be at the top of your itinerary, full of fascinating information and interactive activities. While this on its own could take up days of your time, you won’t want to miss checking out the White House or seeing a performance at The Kennedy Center. This is an amazing educational experience for any age group.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon’s magnificent views are enough to put this destination at the top of anyone’s bucket list. Taking your family here will make for a trip full of adventure. View the natural beauty of this landmark while spending the day hiking or amp up your experience by going on a helicopter ride over the gorgeous landscape. Be sure to snap some cool pictures here and capture the awe of the little ones.


The Big Apple is a popular destination for all travelers and for good reason. The glistening city lights, Central Park, and the vast number of world-class museums and other family-friendly locations make this a must-visit. Put on your walking shoes and choose a handful of activities to make this the trip of a lifetime. You’ll also be able to satisfy any picky eater with the number of food options available across the city. Eat, shop, and play to your heart’s content here.


Hawaii has several islands your family can choose from when planning a visit. Wherever you decide to stay, the views here are hard to beat. These islands have gorgeous beaches and lush greenery that make it the perfect tropical destination. Enjoy a relaxing stay on the beach, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, or learning the culture of the islands. Those looking for more adventure will find incredible hiking opportunities and ziplining through the breathtaking Hawaiian terrain.

Alaskan Cruise

Cruises should be at the top of every family’s bucket list. The all-inclusive nature of cruises makes this an easy option when traveling with kids. They are also full of activities for all ages. While a very underrated destination, an Alaskan cruise should be included on your bucket list. This destination has gorgeous views and exciting itineraries. The family can view wildlife from the ship and on land all across the state. Once docked, be sure to take the family on a once-in-a-lifetime trip dog sledding. Full of unique culture, history, and thrills, this makes for an experience the entire family will enjoy.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

This gem is located on the shores of Lake Michigan has bluffs that tower 450 feet above the lake and miles of sandy beaches. This is a refreshing and exciting trip for the whole family. Stop at the Dune Climb and watch the kids dig, play, and climb the massive sandy dunes. There are also plenty of water activities that can be enjoyed in Lake Michigan or one of the many inland lakes. From swimming to tubing to kayaking, the whole family will enjoy the cool, clear waters during a hot, summer day. End your day relaxing on the beach taking in the bright, starry sky and pointing out constellations.


Another Lake Michigan destination makes the list, but this one is filled with city lights. Get a City Pass and explore some of the city’s top attractions like the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. Home of some of the world’s tallest buildings, be sure to visit the Willis Tower. The Skydeck is the highest observation deck in the U.S., and you will have a jaw-dropping view of the entire city from the 2nd tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. While here, don’t miss the opportunity to grab some famous Chicago-style pizza!


The Mile High City is the ultimate outdoor city, making it a perfectly balanced vacation destination for families. The Rockies make for a gorgeous backdrop while taking a hike, walk, or bike ride in or around the city. There are also numerous family-friendly activities throughout the city such as zoos, museums, parks, and sports games. Be sure to take advantage of the sunshine here since Denver offers 300 days of sunshine each year.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

America’s most visited national park in one of America’s oldest mountain ranges, this is the perfect getaway to relax and unwind from the stress of everyday life. Outdoor lovers will love the abundant wildlife, waterfalls, and challenging hikes. Take a scenic drive when the leaves change colors in the fall or walk through the tranquil forests keeping an eye out for one of the 80 historic buildings in the park. Camping out in the smokies will create memories to last a lifetime.

What do you think? Do any of these family fun destinations make sense for your next summer vacation?

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