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Forum  RV info and tips        Topic   Top 10 Best Summet Family Destinations
Posted by: .... at 3:18:10 AM on Thursday, June 30, 2016
As summer begins and school gets out, vacationing families start hitting the road or snapping up plane tickets. But not all destinations are ideally suited for family travel.You want lots of attractions and activities aimed at kids, along with sights that adults find interesting, and the comfort and convenience to make the whole trip a fun and worry-free experience for everyone. Our first stop isn''t technically one locale, but several, scattered all across the United States. Can you guess some of the places we''ll be potentially vacationing?
1. National Parks

National parks across the country can provide thrilling vacation opportunities for families. Take Yellowstone, for example. There''s the excitement of waiting for Old Faithful to blow, and the thrill of exploring the park''s other geothermal features. Families can travel around the grounds on horseback or take day hikes into the backcountry, where there are opportunities for wildlife sightings. In some instances, however, Yellowstone''s bolder wildlife will come find you, and you''ll have to be careful they don''t wander too close.

2. Costa Rica

Costa Rica kills when it comes to ecotourist adventure. Up and down the coasts, there''s swimming, sunning, surfing and snorkeling on some of the most picturesque beaches on the planet. Assuming you can drag your family away from the seashore, consider heading inland where you can trek through the shrouded forests of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and other rain forests.

3. Maui, Hawaii

Like in Costa Rica, water-related recreation is very popular on Maui. Families can try out all sorts of fun aquatic activities such as parasailing, wind surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving. Maui even has its own national park, Haleakala National Park to be precise, and we already know those make great destinations for family travel.

4. Orlando, Fla.

The first thing most families probably associate with Orlando is Walt Disney World, and for many, that''s probably "enough said." But Orlando also has other attractions that help ensure it''s a great summer destination for families.

5. Boston, Mass.

Boston is loaded with kid-friendly attractions that adults will enjoy right alongside them. There''s the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science and the Skywalk Observatory located at the Prudential Center.

6. San Francisco, Calif.

San Francisco is a great example of a city that has something for everyone. There''s the mercantile bustle of Fisherman''s Wharf and Pier 39, the thrilling disquiet of visiting infamous Alcatraz across the San Francisco Bay, and the novelty of traipsing through Chinatown and Japantown. Golden Gate Park offers all sorts of outdoor leisure opportunities, as well as museums and botanical gardens.

7. New York City, N.Y.

New York City can get a little steamy during the height of summer, but if you catch it on the outskirts of the season, the weather will be more cooperative and you can enjoy the Big Apple in comfort. It''s a little hard to know where to start when it comes to recommending places to visit in New York City, because there''s just so much to do there. But for a family''s first visit, here are a few must-see-sights to consider.

8. Washington, D.C.

When it comes to vacationing in Washington, D.C., a family''s best option is to start at the National Mall. Centered on or near the Mall are the 13 Smithsonian museums, galleries and gardens -- all free of charge -- including the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the American Indian Museum and the African Art Museum. The National Zoo is just a short distance away.

9. Chicago, Ill.

Chicago gets mighty frosty during winter, making warm summer months the perfect time for families to pay a visit to the Windy City. A good first stop is Navy Pier, where you''ll find the Chicago Children''s Museum, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, a swing ride, a fun house, miniature golf and more. Some nights, you''ll even see the lake lit up by a stunning fireworks display.

10. Alaska

If Chicago gets too cold in the winter for ideal family travel, Alaska takes it to a whole other level. But during the summer, many parts of Alaska are quite temperate, making it much more accessible for families looking to explore the fantastic scenery of the Land of the Midnight Sun.
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