US Destinations

Planning a stateside vacation? Check out some of our favorite destinations, including national parks, beaches, theme parks, and more crowd pleasers. Then use our itinerary planner to pull it all together.

8 All-American Drives With Google Maps

Parents teamed up with Google Maps to create family-friendly road trips to some of the app's most-searched summer destinations and attractions. With low gas prices and loads of fun places to stop, there's never been a better way to see the country.

The 10 Best Family-Friendly Resorts

Today's resorts are splurging on amenities for parents and young children, offering kids' menus in gourmet restaurants, family events like bonfires and clambakes, even free access to baby gear. CHILD reveals where to find a slice of paradise.

6 Best U.S. Lake Beaches

Cannonballs! Sailboat races! And...sand castles! We've teamed up with the travel gurus at to bring you six wonderful freshwater destinations that offer everything you love about lakes--with beaches to boot.

Top Family Getaways

We asked the staff of Parents to share their favorite vacation spots. Whatever your pleasure -- from Maine to California -- you'll find the perfect escape right here.

5 Kid-Friendly California Vacations

Warm weather? Affordable hotels? Things for kids? This state has it all.

The 10 Best Aquariums for Kids

In an exclusive Parents survey, we checked out the 60-plus aquariums around the country to find the ones that offer the most for families.

The 15 Best Children's Museums in the U.S.

The best children's museums in the country feature interactive exhibits where kids want to linger, playing is encouraged, and learning is a byproduct of the fun.

8 Reasons to Visit Nashville

Whether or not you're letting your babies grow up to be cowboys, you can still wrangle lots of family-friendly fun in Music City USA. And even if country tunes aren't your cup of tea, the charm and hospitality of this Southern hot spot will win you over. Check out why you should get to know Nashville.

Call of the Wild: Parents' 10 Best National Parks For Families

From glaciers to geysers to animals galore, there's plenty for your kids to see at our top picks from among the nation's 59 parks. Family-friendly trails and ranger programs also made these spots stand out.

The 10 Best Science Centers

Packed with family-friendly experiments and plenty of stuff to touch, these winners cater to the younger crowd.

Why We Loved Our Disney Cruise

Katie, age 11, gives us a look at what she did on her Disney cruise, which included exploring the ship's themed areas and playing on Disney's private island.

Walt Disney World: Ease Your Trip With Magic Bands

Mindy Walker, executive editor of American Baby, shares her secret weapon for Disney World success: Disney magic bands. The wristbands allow families to buy ice cream, sign up for a FastPass, and even get into the hotel room without having to carry any cards or cash.

The 10 Best Beach Towns

Find your next dream vacation spot at one of Parents magazine's 2013 picks for the 10 best beach towns.

50 States, 50 Landmarks

You won't want to miss these historical sites in every state.

6 Quick Getaways Perfect for Your Next Long Weekend

These mini vacations--perfect for summer's long holiday weekends--will give you all the thrills of a big family trip in half the time.

7 Places to Take Your Kids (Before They Grow Up)

There are so many great things to see while your children are still young. Here are our top picks.

The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in America

Planning a getaway for the whole gang? Check out our info-packed guide to the most comfortable, hospitable, downright-fun hotels for parents and kids.

What's Fun for Kids in Vail and Beaver Creek

Check out our guide to these hot family ski spots.

What's Fun for Kids in Washington, D.C.

Our insider's guide offers helpful tips on how to mix education and enjoyment in the nation's capital.

The 10 Best Art Museums for Kids

From gallery tours for toddlers to camps for school-age children, even the most high-end art museums have devised wonderful ways to welcome families. In the first investigation of its kind, CHILD champions the cultural centers that have made the visual arts accessible and fun for kids.

7 Unique Playgrounds for Kids

These distinctive playgrounds will help your little ones have fun and keep them physically active.

8 Awesome Places to Take Your Harry Potter Fan

Your wannabe wizards will find these Harry Potter-inspired destinations absolutely magical.

5 Things to Do In Nashville

Forget the drama from the hit TV show--Nashville is a town practically made for families. The city has tons of activities that let your entire clan tune in to Nashville's proud music tradition. Plus, there's kid-friendly Southern food in spades, a burgeoning park system, and a museum network that rivals some of the country's biggest metros.

10 Best Children's Museums: 2011

Tons of cool stuff to touch, one-of-a-kind educational exhibits, and special events galore put these kid-driven museums on top of our must-visit list.

Why We Loved Our Royal Caribbean Cruise

Watch Julia, age 8, explain why she loved her time on her Royal Caribbean cruise. The kid-friendly ships offer character breakfasts, pools, live entertainment, and more.