Quality time with your family is a time well spent, and more and more people are going on multi-generational vacations, so everyone is involved in the trip. Whether the family member is 3 or 73; you’ll want to ensure that each loved one has an enjoyable experience and will take some beautiful memories home with them. It can be a challenge to please everyone in every situation; however, you can navigate a varied and successful family vacation that everyone will appreciate. The following are some things to consider if you’re taking a trip in The States this year and want to include your whole team.
The beauty of the United States is that there are so many climates and cultures on offer, and you won’t struggle to find a destination that will offer every member of your family something to enjoy. The only problem you might find is too much choice! Try to consider the ages of those attending; your senior parents may prefer a warm and mild climate, over a snowy east coast in the north during the holidays, so plan accordingly.
A great place to start is by picking the environment that you feel the majority will appreciate; think about if you need a sunny coast to relax near, or if your family enjoy the great outdoors a little more and trees and mountains would please the crowd. Invite the vacationers over for dinner and decide on an environment, pick the dates you’ll be traveling, and figure out the best destination for the weather and situation at that time of year.
- For Sunshine, Sand, And Sea Views
The majority of the west coast will offer something for those who want to wear their sunglasses and enjoy cold beverages as they listen to the waves. There are the busy coastal cities in California; these can also offer you attractions like Disneyland and the history and glamor of Hollywood so that kids and grandparents will be entertained. There’s, of course, Florida, for a more humid heat; they’ll be plenty of beaches to relax, and you can travel inland for the theme parks or perhaps a try around the Everglades.
- For Trees, Mountains, And Lakeside Activities
You’ll find some beautiful, natural retreats where the family can breathe in the fresh mountain air and listen to the sounds of nature in the national parks across The States. Each generation in your family will be able to enjoy fishing, sitting around the fire and walks or treks as relaxed or intense as they can handle, making it perfect for children, parents, and grandparents. Check out sites like FodorsTravel.com for 20 of the best national parks the country has to offer family travelers for some inspiration.
- For History, Landmarks, And Tourist Hotspots
The east coast is the perfect place to start if your family enjoy learning about the culture and history of the USA. Destinations like Washington, New York, And Boston are beautiful in the spring and fall, and every generation in your family will have some to see and appreciate. Whether you want classic strolls through the park, photo opportunities at classic landmarks, or a trip to see a show; you’ll find an array of quaint towns, harbor life, and big city options. Take a look here for some destination inspiration and run them past your family.
Your choice of accommodation will affect how smooth your family vacation will run. Therefore it’s essential that you plan and book somewhere where they’ll be enough space for everyone to feel at ease and relaxed enough to enjoy themselves. You can take a look at sites like Resorts & Lodges for an array of options across the USA. Once you’ve all made your mind up on the destination you’ll be traveling to; the fun of finding the right accommodation for your family can begin.
A resort in one of your chosen destination is the perfect way to ensure every member of your family is relaxing and being well looked-after. Organized activities and excursions are on offer, and in sunny destinations, you’ll find pools to enjoy. Spa facilities, restaurants, shops, and service could be just outside your door; so take a look at a few and pick one for your families wants and budget. You’ll also have the option of booking into a number of separate rooms in a resort setting, so everyone will have their own retreat and can join in with the activities as they choose.
A lodge is ideal for families who enjoy being in each other’s company for the duration of a vacation. Self-catering options will ensure that everyone has a chance to pitch in and cook, and you’ll be able to step out into your ideal vacation environment when you open your lodge’s door. Everyone can still enjoy their separate bedrooms before joining one another for meals and family games.
Hotels can be as budget friendly, or as extravagant as your family desires. They will allow you to book separate rooms and grab breakfast before heading out to enjoy the sights and sounds of your chosen destination. Depending on the facilities at your hotel; senior members could relax in the spa or read, before catching up with the rest of the family for dinner. Whatever accommodation you choose; the adults can always take it in turns to look after the kids, so people can go out for drinks later in the evening (one of the best benefits of taking the whole family away on vacay).
The key to the success of your family’s vacation is ensuring that everyone has the chance to do what they want throughout your trip. Make sure that each of the day’s plans is discussed in advance so that people can opt in or out and won’t feel pressured on the morning of any excursions. Don’t take too much advantage of grandparents offering to take care of the kids (you know better than anyone how exhausting they can be); you’re there to spend time with everyone, so make sure that there are enough situations where everyone is involved and having a great time.