Do you have a family travel bucket list? Planning travel with your kids may be challenging at times because kids are busy and as families, we are often limited in when we can travel.
When I plan our family vacations, I start with finding the dates first. That’s typically the most difficult part. Once I have the dates of our trip, I look at a few places on our “wish list” and check prices.
When I’ve got a good idea of how much each option will cost, my family talks about our preferences. Now that my kids are teens, we include them in the conversation. Then, we book our trip and feel comfortable that we are on the best vacation for our time and money.
If you use a similar process, you may want a starter list of places to travel with kids to use as a baseline. We’ve developed this list of 100 places to travel with your kids in North America and Europe to use when trying to decide where to take your next family vacation.
In some cases, we have traveled to these places before. Some of these destinations are on our bucket list though, and we haven’t yet traveled to them.
Because of that, we can’t necessarily speak first-hand about the various amenities and activities that you’ll find at every destination. Some will be better for older kids, while some are great for kids of all ages. It’s important that you do some work upfront to see what types of things you’ll be able to do at the destination.
When looking at family travel destinations, look at the various family-friendly activities and amenities that kids will love. Is there a theme park, amusement park, or water park? Are there kid-friendly day trips you can take beyond the destination? Or maybe there are more adventurous activities, like zip lining, horseback riding, and surf schools?
Some of these destinations, particularly the New England cities, can be combined. For instance, with a longer vacation, you can go to Salem, Boston, Plymouth, and Cape Cod. Or, consider an East Coast road trip where you can visit even more cities.
Cruises are another way that you can visit multiple places during one vacation. Canadian, Caribbean, and European cruises typically visit several different destinations in one trip.
Disclosure: We visited some of these destinations at no or reduced cost for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
If you’ve got older kids, look over the list with them and see what they are interested in. I like to match our travel up with what the kids are learning in school. For example, after they learned about ancient Greek history, we went on an Adventures by Disney trip to Greece. They really loved being able to actually see things they just read about in books.
100 Places to Travel With Your Kids in North America and Europe
Cape Cod, MA
North Conway, New Hampshire
San Francisco, CA
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale/Miami, FL
Marco Island, FL
San Diego, CA
San Antonio, TX
Key West, FL
Sanibel and Captiva, FL
Tybee Island, GA
Hilton Head, SC
Kansas City, Missouri
New Orleans, Louisiana
Bar Harbor, ME
Mall of America, Minnesota
Yosemite National Park
Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota
Grand Canyon National Park
Banff, Alberta, Canada
The British Virgin Islands
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Prague, Czech Republic