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100 Places to Travel With Your Kids in North America and Europe

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.

Zipling in Vail, Colorado

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.

The Acropolis

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.

The best places to travel with kids in North America and Europe, including cruises, cities, national parks, and more.

100 Places to Travel With Your Kids in North America and Europe

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Hawaiian Islands

Boston, MA

Cape Cod, MA

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Newport, RI

Portland, Maine

North Conway, New Hampshire

Seattle, WA

Portland, OR


San Francisco, CA


Orlando, FL

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Phoenix, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Fort Lauderdale/Miami, FL

Marco Island, FL

San Diego, CA

New Mexico

San Antonio, TX

Austin, TX

Destin, FL

Tampa, FL

Key West, FL

Sanibel and Captiva, FL

Savannah, GA

Tybee Island, GA

Hilton Head, SC

Atlanta, GA

Asheville, NC

Raleigh, NC

Indianapolis, Indiana

Detroit, Michigan

Kansas City, Missouri

New Orleans, Louisiana

Branson, MO

Galveston, Texas

Washington DC

New York City

Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Cooperstown, NY

Bar Harbor, ME

Ogunquit, Maine

Sarasota, Florida

Caribbean Cruise

Stow, Vermont

Chicago, IL

Nashville, TN 

Memphis, TN

Vail, CO

Grapevine, Texas

Mall of America, Minnesota

Yosemite National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota

Plymouth, MA

Grand Canyon National Park

Salem, MA

Vancouver, BC

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Toronto, ON

Montreal, QC

Quebec City, QC

Halifax, NS



Atlantis Resort and Paradise Island 

Turks and Caicos 

The Cayman Islands

US Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands

Puerto Rico 

Dublin, Ireland

Edinborough Scotland

London, England

Zurich, Switzerland

Munich, Germany 

Berlin, Germany

Lisbon, Portugal

Sagres, Portugal

Azores, Portugal

Florence, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Venice, Italy

Rome, Italy

Prague, Czech Republic

Brussels, Belgium

Madrid, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Paris, France

Athens, Greece

Crete, Greece

Santorini, Greece


Stockholm, Sweden

Oslo, Norway

Vienna, Austria

Marbella, Spain

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