Family vacations are an incredible opportunity to experience new things, have fun, and create lasting memories. With a finite number of summers to enjoy together with your kids, why not make each one count? Here are five bucket list destinations that are all within easy reach, promising an incredible vacation that’s safe for you and your family.

Orlando

While some people spend every spare vacation day enjoying the magic of Disney World, for others it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With exciting rides and immersive worlds to explore, not to mention seeing their favorite characters up close and personal, a trip to Disney is nothing short of magical.

Tackling such a busy destination with kids can feel intimidating, but there are a few tips that can help. It’s recommended to arrive at the parks early (ideally at least 30 minutes before opening time) and to come armed with a rough plan of attack for the main rides and attractions you want to see. If possible, visiting during the off-peak season will also make a big difference.

Alaska

Full of natural wonder, unspoiled landscapes and lots of adventure, a visit to the northernmost state is truly unforgettable. Luckily, it has also never been easier to visit. To avoid spending too much time on the transport logistics and make the most of your trip, a cruise to Alaska is the way to go. 

With a perfectly planned itinerary, you can see towering glaciers and breaching whales, learn about fascinating Alaskan history, or enjoy freshly caught fish at a shoreside restaurant. Plus, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained in between stops while you unwind on board. 

Grand Canyon

As one of the seven natural wonders of the world and America’s second most visited National Park, the Grand Canyon deserves its awe-inspiring reputation. While many of the canyon’s longer trails are too difficult for children, there are plenty of hiking routes for you to enjoy as a family (or if you prefer, you can cycle around the rim).

In the summer months, kids can also enjoy daily Native American dance performances and ranger-led programs, where they can learn about history, geology, and wildlife. With breathtaking views all year round, it’s one bucket list destination your children won’t forget in a hurry.

Hawaii

With its tropical climate, warm ocean water, and a long list of activities to enjoy, Hawaii makes for a great kid-friendly destination. While there’s a lot to do on every island, Oahu is generally considered the best for family holidays as it is fairly affordable when compared to other parts of Hawaii. 

Whether you want to snorkel or surf, experience island culture at a luau, or simply enjoy one of the many world-class beaches, Hawaii offers the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation that the whole family will enjoy.

New York

If a city trip is more your style, then you can’t go too far wrong with a vacation in New York. There’s no shortage of things to see and do in the Big Apple, and kids will love the hustle and bustle of it all. 

There, you can take a bus tour and stroll around Central Park and Times Square, or visit the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center. Once evening comes, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a slice of New York pizza before enjoying a Broadway show. Before you visit, make sure to grab the New York City Pass to get great discounts on all the major attractions.