The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in America

Sheraton

(800-325-7832)

You'll find Sheraton -- with 204 hotels nationwide -- in top form at its eight family resorts, each of which offers unique kids' programs.

Pluses for Parents

Many Sheratons offer adult diversions, such as golf, tennis, spas, and gourmet dining.

Lures for Little Ones

The summer children's programs at resort properties are imaginative and well supervised and include such activities as nature hikes, astrology, and dance.

Noteworthy Properties

Sheraton El Conquistador Resort and Country Club, Tucson

Four swimming pools, six hot tubs, and dozens of hiking trails are sure to fill your family's days. At night, lively saloon singers, musicians, and dancers entertain. Lori Rebeck, mother of a 4-, 9-, and 11-year-old, reported that her kids relished the "rattlesnack bites" (at the hotel's Last Territory Steakhouse & Music Hall). "My youngest devoured as many of the chicken nuggets as she could get her hands on. She didn't even care when we joked with her that she was eating rattlesnake!" (The supervised children's program is open only Easter week and during the summer.) Prices start at $85 per room per night.

Sheraton Tamarron, Durango, Colorado

"There's great skiing nearby at Purgatory," says Jeff Patton, father of a 5-year-old, "but summer's the time for far more kid activities -- when hikes, art workshops, games, and races take place." Another bonus: When you order an adult meal, your child eats for free. Prices start at $109 per room per night.

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