Family Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer is the best time to take a vacation in the US. The sun is shining, the waves are pounding, the rivers are flowing and the flowers are blooming. Taking the kids on a much needed family holiday is a great way to bond and create memories that will stay with you forever.

The US offers a wealth of amazing things to do, places to stay and people to meet. Discovering these places is a journey that needs at least some preparation so here are a few ideas to get you started.

Book yourself into a seaside beach resort

A beachside resort is the best way to experience seaside living in luxury. On one hand you have stunning resort-style pools and lagoons, and just a short walk away you will come across the natural beauty of the ocean. Popular places to stay can be found in Santa Cruz, California and Ocean City, Maryland.

Theme Park Holidays

America is known across the world to be home to some of the most intriguing, fascinating and adventurous theme parks. From Disneyworld to Legoland, the kids will fall in love with the wonder and adventure that they offer. This is an experience that every child should have at least once in their youth, and there is no better way to discover it than with the ones they love.

Take a Road Trip

Taking a road trip across the United States is often only something we ever dream about. So why not make these dreams a reality and embark on the adventure of a lifetime? The best way to do this is with an RV rental as this gives you the freedom to take your time and stay wherever the road may lead you. If you are after a scenic route, be sure to check out California's Pacific Coast Highway or if history is what you are after, you cannot go past Route 66.

Battle a Wild River

This is the perfect idea for those adventure seeking families out there. White water rafting is a fantastic adrenaline activity that is perfect for those families with teenagers, who want to experience something a little out of the ordinary. The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon are ideal destinations for this kind of fun as they are your classic American White Water Rafting destinations. Oregon and Washington also offer some great white water rafting destinations, so take your time to decide which level of adrenaline best suits you.

Discover the Great Outdoors

Exploring nature is the best way to spend a family vacation as it allows you to discover your adventurous side, spend quality time with your family and uncover some of the earth's most amazing natural wonders. The US is home to many amazing natural wonders, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Rocky Mountains, and the Great Smoky Mountains. All of these intriguing destinations are just begging to be discovered.

California

Legoland

Located in Carlsbad, California, this kids' attraction is the only one of its kind in the US. Positioned on 128 acres of ideally located land, this theme park is the perfect excuse for a family trip, not only in summer, but all year round.

Yosemite National Park

Home to 840 miles of hiking trails, some of the country's most unique wildlife and the picturesque Yosemite Falls, the Yosemite National Park is a great place to spend a summer vacation. The park offers plenty of accommodation options and with the choice of swimming, kayaking and exploring all within easy reach, you won't be left without something to see or do.

San Francisco

If sun, surf and sights are what you are after, look no further than the stunning city of San Francisco. Home to Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, an Exploratorium and a Childrens' Zoo, this is the perfect city to take the kids for that much needed summer vacation.

Disneyland

Ask any kid where their dream holiday destination is and there is a pretty high chance that they will answer "Disneyland!" Possibly the world's most famous attraction, this theme park is home to everything Disney, as well as a whole lot more!

Some of a child's (and adult's) fondest memories are of those family vacations taken over the summer months that were spent exploring America's most beautiful regions. Instead of just dreaming about the possibilities, why not actually put your thoughts into action and get ready to embark on the experience of a lifetime.