The key to planning a successful multigenerational family vacation is to make sure there are enough attractions and activities to satisfy every generation. Enjoy a vacation the entire family will love, with these five inspiring family-friendly destinations.
Exploring National Parks is ideal for families who dream of hiking-filled days and star-filled nights. With plenty of activities from ranger-led talks and hikes, to photographing stunning vistas and wildlife, to biking, horseback riding or white river rafting, you won’t be lacking for great options for family time — both together and apart.
With amazing experiences around every corner, Yellowstone National Park offers a mix of everything, including hot springs, geysers, mountains, valleys, lakes and wildlife from elk, antelope, eagles, bears and bison. Highlights include hiking the four-mile Wapiti Trail and strolling the boardwalks near the Upper Geyser Basin.
Costa Rica is a top family trip pick, thanks to plenty of direct flights from the U.S., a variety of climates, natural attractions and adventures for all ages and abilities. Zip line through the vibrant, lush rainforest canopy or relax on pristine beaches. Frolic in the hot springs or surf the coast. White water rafting or rappelling is sure to thrill the adrenalin junkie family members. Get up close to both extinct and active volcanoes, and visit chocolate and cocoa plantations. Costa Rica is also known as the birthplace of eco-tourism and offers an incredible outdoor nature classroom. Children and adults alike are sure to love the sloths, toucans and giant turtles, just to name a few of the many animals you can encounter. There is so much to do and see, everyone in the family is sure to be pleased!
A fantastic way to venture far, without leaving the country, is to visit Alaska – the last frontier, with everything from whales, bears and glaciers. By land or by cruise, there’s plenty to see and do – from dogsledding, helicopter flightseeing, hiking over glaciers and canoeing/kayaking the fjords. It’s not uncommon to see whales, bears and moose. If you’re traveling with a younger set, a cruise has fun excursions and ports of call, as well as plenty of children-friendly options on the ship. If you choose to go by land, Denali National Park is a family-friendly option, with events ranging from musical performances and family activities to ranger-led bike adventures.
An African safari is a once-in-a-lifetime family escape full of awe-inspiring wonders. Everyone, from children to grandparents, will enjoy discovering the magnificent wildlife, including spending a majestic day at a giraffe sanctuary, riding camels and elephants, or visiting an animal conservation park. Families can set their own pace each day by choosing between game drives and visiting local communities. Depending on the countries visited (Namibia is an especially family-friendly, easy-to-navigate destination), activities can include horseback riding, snorkeling, swimming, fishing and touring markets.
Many cruise lines offer ships and itineraries that are tailored toward families with children. The all-in-one-place entertainment factor, and the opportunity to explore multiple port destinations, make cruising a great multigenerational travel choice. Cruises also allow as much relaxation or activity as you want – from spas and lounging by the pool to live stage shows, monster waterslides, rock-climbing walls, surfing, miniature golf and arcades. Many cruise lines are also recognized for their award-winning children’s and teen programs, with games, crafts, recreation and programs that keep kids active and exploring the ship. On a cruise, everyone can set their own pace, making it a great option for balancing personalities and energy levels.
Of course, there’s also the ports of call. Caribbean destinations offer private beaches, hiking, snorkeling, swimming with stingrays or dolphins, diving and other activities that you and your children. Your travel professional can help you choose the cruise line, ship and destinations that provide both plenty of activities and family-friendly accommodations.
If any of these family-friendly vacation destinations sound like a fit — or if you have another dream destination in mind — a travel expert can plan every detail of your getaway, so you can focus on having fun and spending quality time together creating memories to last a lifetime.