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.

50 States, 50 Landmarks

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

10 Best Water Parks of 2016

Cool off at one of these epic water parks with lots of fun activities for younger and older kids alike.

The Best Family-Friendly Resorts

Clambakes on the beach, pontoon boat rides, and nature walks--ah! Find a slice of paradise that fits your family's price point.

State Secrets: 50 Little-Known Local Destinations

We asked 2,000 parents to share their local go-tos so you can be in the know too. Check out our top pick per state--this is a list you'll definitely want to save!

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.

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.

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.

The 10 Best Science Centers

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

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.

The 10 Best Beach Towns for Families

These destinations deliver all the ingredients for a magical stay with the kids: pristine ocean water, nature activities, and a boatload of inland fun.

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.

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.

8 Awesome Places to Take Your Harry Potter Fan

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

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.

12 Fun Winter Festivals for Families

Take advantage of cold weather and snow with these kid-friendly winter festivals

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.

4 Cool Spots You Can Mine for Gold and Gemstones

Take a trip the whole family can dig! Mine for precious metals at California Gold Panning, search for emeralds and other gemstones at the Emerald Hollow Mine in North Carolina, and dig for diamonds in Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas and the Crystal Grove Diamond Mine in New York.

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.

"My Favorite Vacation"

Last summer, we invited readers to tell us about their best family vacation. We received hundreds of fresh and exciting recommendations -- from budget weekend getaways to splurge beach escapes. So here are the winners. We hope these trips inspire you to grab the kids and start packing!

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.

Top Family Trips: Shenandoah and Skyline Drive

A road trip through the heart of one of Virginia's iconic national parks.

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.

7 Unique Playgrounds for Kids

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

Hooray! Carolina Town Will Become First Autism-Friendly Vacation Spot

Surfside, South Carolina is becoming the first official autism-friendly destination, where locals hope families affected by ASD will visit to enjoy a relaxing, judgment-free vacation.

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