What vacations are on your family's bucket list? According to a Parents survey, most of you want to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando with your kiddos, but a lot of parents also want to experience Europe, Hawaii, and Alaska with their brood. First, head over to our full guide to bucket-list trips for families to decide on your next vacation spot. Then use the details below to help plan your adventure!
Fall and spring are the best seasons to catch a hotel deal in Europe.
France & Italy
Home in on an affordable base in Hawaii:
NORTH SHORE OF OAHU
Go here if you’re looking for a location that feels authentically Hawaiian and don’t mind the lack of restaurants or shopping nearby. You’ll love its uncrowded beaches and crystal-blue water, shave-ice stands, and the Polynesian Cultural Center, where kids can learn to play the ukulele and soak up Hawaiian culture and history.
Where to stay: One of the few hotels on the North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort is so beautiful that more than a dozen movies—including The Hunger Games—have been filmed on its 850 acres. Your kids can ride a pony on an ocean-view trail, learn stand-up paddleboarding in a calm cove, and take part in a hula performance.
KA’ANAPALI BEACH ON MAUI
Go here if you don’t want to rent a car (there are many restaurants and attractions nearby) and/or you like to snorkel. This 3-mile stretch of sand is home to Black Rock, one of the island’s best snorkeling spots.
Where to stay: The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel offers many free cultural activities. Tropical gardens, a whale-shaped pool, and a free sunset hula also woo families.
KOHALA COAST ON HAWAII (THE BIG ISLAND)
Go here if you want to check out Volcanoes National Park—you might be able to see the lava flow from the park’s Thomas A. Jaggar Museum & Overlook.
Where to stay: The Hilton Waikoloa Village offers pools with slides and a lazy river and a lagoon with snorkeling equipment.
DISNEY'S AULANI ON OAHU
Go here if you’re torn between a trip to Disney World and the beach. It’s also a good pick if you want some kid-free time. Aunty’s Beach House, the massive drop-off club where 3- to 12-year-olds learn the hula and play Hawaiian instruments, operates into the evening.
Fall is a great time to catch a deal on a hotel in Hawaii.