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10 Summer 2020 Family Vacation Destinations to Warm You Up

That chill in the air created the perfect setting for the holidays, didn’t it? But now that they’re over and the new year is on the horizon, we say it’s time to warm things up a bit. And, although it may seem super early (especially if you’re a serial procrastinator), there’s no better time than now to map out your summer vacation plans. 

But who are we kidding? You’ve been so busy with family time and the holidays, who wants one more thing on their to-do list? We know we sure don’t. So our very own Tina Williams, CEO of Tripbound, did the research for you — scouting out the top destinations and accommodations for your 2020 summer vacation. 

Ready to hear what they are? Drumroll, please! Here are 10 summer 2020 family vacation destinations to warm you up next year. 

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1. Washington, D.C.

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If you’re looking to get a healthy dose of that unwavering, feel-good love of country we call American patriotism, look no further. Whether you’re yearning for a spontaneous escape from your own sleepy suburb or an inspiring adventure through our nation’s history, a visit to the capital of the good ‘ole USA is a great way to shake the chill and warm up this summer. 

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. National Harbor Capital Wheel 
  2. National Air and Space Museum 
  3. National Museum of Natural History 
  4. United States Botanic Garden 
  5. Lincoln Memorial 
  6. Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Where Should You Stay? 

Look no further than Wyndham National Harbor! It’s located in its own mini city of sorts, so you’re within walking distance to fabulous places to eat, and a 10-minute drive away from the heart of D.C. If traveling with kids in tow, they’ll love the on-site LEGO room, game room with Wii consoles, and access to movie rentals each night. Kid-free vacay? This resort is only minutes away from MGM Grand Casino, perfect for a night out to try your luck!

READ MORE: A Mini Travel Guide to Washington, D.C. for Families on a Budget 

2. Orlando, Florida 

Few places radiate summertime as much as Florida. Orlando doesn’t boast millions of visitors every year for nothing! With a multitude of amusement parks and entertainment centers to choose from, Orlando’s got the ultimate escape to the fun that you (and the kids) have been searching for.

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. Walt Disney World
  2. LEGOLAND Florida
  3. Gatorland
  4. WonderWorks
  5. Crayola Experience
  6. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  7. Discovery Cove

Where Should You Stay? 

Wyndham Bonnet Creek makes the perfect host for your summer getaway. Why? Because you’ll be less than a mile away from the gates of Walt Disney World. And, for a small fee, the resort provides transportation to and from the Disney parks throughout the day. Plus, Wyndham Bonnet Creek has can’t-miss on-site attractions from the five awesome pools to the lazy rivers, kids’ splash pad, convenience store stocked with Starbucks, and four restaurants!

READ MORE: 10 Helpful Tips & Tricks You Should Know Before Your Stay at Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort 

3. Panama City Beach, Florida

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Can you think of a better way to warm up after a long winter than soaking up some vitamin D with your toes in the sand? We can’t either. Panama City and the adjacent Panama City Beach provides some of the finest beaches found on all of the Florida panhandle. Twenty-seven miles of stunningly soft sand beaches, in fact. And the emerald green Gulf of Mexico waters make this beach one of the most popular choices.

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. Shipwreck Island Waterpark 
  2. Gulf World Marine Park 
  3. St. Andrews State Park 
  4. Shell Island
  5. Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise

Where Should You Stay? 

Look no further than Wyndham Vacation Resorts Panama City Beach for your oceanfront home away from home. You’ll enjoy the private oceanfront balcony in your (and every) suite-style unit at the resort. And there’s no need to worry about beach equipment with the on-site lounge chairs and umbrella rentals, so you can get right to relaxing! There’s also a fantastic bar/restaurant with $10 gigantic refills of delicious spiked slushy drinks next door — just a 5-minute walk up the beach. And when you need a break from all the sand, the resort has two great pools that offer distinct amenities: one beachfront and one with a splash zone for the little ones.

4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Gentle Carolina seascapes combine with gracious southern hospitality, making Myrtle Beach the gem of family vacationing this summer. Some 60 miles of picturesque Atlantic beach offer stunning ocean views and soft sand beaches. Up and down the stretch of beach known as “The Grand Strand,” world-class golf courses, one of a kind water parks, live theater, and fine dining await you.

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. Brookgreen Gardens
  2. Barefoot Landing
  3. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
  4. Broadway at the Beach
  5. Broadway Grand Prix

Where Should You Stay? 

No doubt about it – Wyndham Ocean Boulevard is the place. So what makes this beachfront resort so special? You’ll love the easy beach access, as well as several pools and lazy rivers! And when you get hungry? There’s a great deli/snack station at The Palms Pool Bar that’ll help you minimize mealtime stress. Not to mention, at the end of the day when you simply need a way to wind down, the movie rentals and on-site game room will give you lots of opportunities for family bonding time. Lastly, for some serious luxury relaxation, enjoy the whirlpool tubs in the master bedroom of your spacious, affordable suite!

READ MORE: 10 Favorite Family Summer Destinations on the East Coast in 2018  

5. Santee, South Carolina

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Nestled between the busy capital city of Columbia and historic Charleston, Santee combines unassuming Southern hospitality with natural splendor. Famed for its golf courses and the beautiful Lake Marion, Santee is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of sweet tea as the herons fly overhead this summer. 

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. Santee State Park 
  2. Lake Marion Golf Course
  3. Fisheagle Wildlife Tours
  4. Smith’s Superstore
  5. Santee National Wildlife Refuge 

Where Should You Stay? 

There’s no sweeter place to rest your head than Wyndham Vacation Resorts Lake Marion. You’ll appreciate the convenient access to fishing, boating, horseback riding, and more. Plus, with an on-site swimming pool, you can take your pick between heading out on the lake for a dip or a dive in the pool to cool off. And with a full kitchen in your spacious suite, you don’t have to spend your full vacay restaurant hopping (if you don’t want to).

6. Sevierville, Tennessee

Sevierville, Tennessee, is undoubtedly the place where Smoky Mountain summer fun begins. Like Sevierville native Dolly Parton, this tiny town certainly knows how to pack a punch! Located in the foothills of America’s number one national park destination, this Tennessee treasure is filled with spectacular shows, outside adventures, and a shopping set-up that rivals the Mall of America. Southern hospitality and the allure of the great outdoors peak in the Smoky Mountains of Sevierville, creating an unforgettable atmosphere and experience.

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo 
  2. Dollywood Splash Country Water Adventure Park
  3. Forbidden Caverns
  4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  5. Dollywood Theme Park  

Where Should You Stay? 

If you’re taking your summer vacay to the Smokies, we say look no further than Wyndham Vacation Resorts Great Smokies Lodge for your perfect home away from home. This resort is an excellent place for a family getaway, especially because you’ll get access to all the indoor and outdoor waterparks at no additional charge! There’s a free indoor playground at the Wilderness Lodge, plus an arcade room with putt-putt golf and bowling (for an added fee). Plus, you’ll never stress over food options here. There are great, quick eats or tasty meal options available throughout the day at the Wilderness Lodge.

READ MORE: 5 Mountain Towns With Summer Fun Your Family Won’t Want to Miss

7. Williamsburg, Virginia

This summer, take a step back in time to the very beginnings of our nation when colonists first stepped foot onto the grounds of Virginia’s Tidewater area! Start your day off at a colonial-style breakfast nook or tavern where service staff dress in once-ultra-fashionable garb. Try on the shoes of the settlers in Colonial Williamsburg, or visit the historic outside sites of Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Battlefield. Next, browse both modern and vintage boutiques, art galleries, and shops on the streets of Merchants Square, where Americans have been “shopping” since the 17th century. 

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  2. Colonial Williamsburg
  3. Go Ape Treetop Adventure
  4. Water Country USA
  5. Wythe Candy — Merchants Square
  6. Historic Jamestowne

Where Should You Stay? 

Check into Wyndham Kingsgate for the perfect summer family vacay. Kingsgate is ideally located near great restaurants and local shopping, so you won’t miss a beat before getting out there and exploring the area! You’ll love the on-site mini movie theater that shows films throughout the week. This resort also features an adults-only pool. Plus, it has indoor and outdoor pools with a hot tub. And the kiddos will love the resort’s putt-putt course, playground, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and snack bar for easy daytime treats. Not to mention, the arcade room! It’s totally free to enter, and you’ll have access to tons of games, including Xbox and Wii systems.

READ MORE: A Local’s Perspective – Your Affordable Historical Travel Guide to Williamsburg, Virginia

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8. Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Steamboat Springs is your destination for summer excitement. Located in the distinctive Yampa River Valley in northwest Colorado, Steamboat Springs was first known for its revitalizing natural hot springs. Today, however, it has earned the moniker of “Ski Town USA,” thanks to the area’s world-class ski slopes. But there’s more to see and do beyond wintertime! Explore the Yampa River at your own pace, from the comfort of a lazy tube ride to the thrill of shooting the river’s Class III rapids on a guided kayak tour. These same waters that provide thrilling adventures also offer abundant opportunities for trout fishing!

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. Saddleback Ranch
  2. The Land Up
  3. Old Town Hot Springs
  4. Steamboat Resort Scenic Gondola Rides

Where Should You Stay? 

Looking for the perfect place to find some fun this summer? You’ll love Wyndham Vacation Resorts Steamboat Springs, tucked away in the rugged beauty of the Routt National Forest. The resort is ideally located right outside downtown Steamboat. And as its name would suggest, Steamboat Springs has a top-notch steam room and sauna, giving it some major relaxation points! You’ll love the breathtaking mountain views straight from your suite. There’s also a great BBQ area with picnic tables and a large fire pit, perfect for cozy family time after your day’s adventures.

READ MORE: 7 Family-Friendly Day Trips to Make from Steamboat Springs 

9. Branson, Missouri

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Located in the middle of America and lauded as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” Branson is a destination that sets you at center stage. Nestled on the pristine lakes and forested trails of the Ozarks, the mountains of Missouri emphasize fun, comfort, and the feelings of home. With over 50 theaters lining its downtown strip, the Branson entertainment scene showcases an array of music revues, stand-up comedy, star-studded acts, and live performances. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, a show-stopping musical, or a one-of-a-kind summer family vacation, the memories to be made in Branson are as limitless as its neon lights. 

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. Dolly Parton’s Stampede
  2. Silver Dollar City’s White Water
  3. Table Rock State Park
  4. Silver Dollar City Theme Park
  5. Titanic Museum

Where Should You Stay?

Wyndham Mountain Vista has everything you want for your family summer vacation, and then some! Surrounded by vast, beachy lakes, the ambiance at this resort is something special. There are lots of beautiful walking areas with man-made ponds and waterfalls. This resort is exceptional because every single room has a balcony with gorgeous views. The kiddos will love the Play Days program, which always has great activities going on! And you’re sure to enjoy the on-site live entertainment and special activities such as wine tastings.

READ MORE: Branson, Missouri – Your Host for Family Memories During Any Season  

10. South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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California’s not all Hollywood and vineyards. Just like Nevada’s not all casinos and deserts. The best of both states can be found on the banks of beautiful Lake Tahoe. The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe, is the breathtaking backdrop for your summer escape. With endless adventures like water skiing, mountain biking, golfing, fishing, and more, this Southwest destination is sure to make memories your kids will cherish for years to come. 

Popular Family Attractions: 

  1. Rubicon Trail in D. L. Bliss State Park (Family-Friendly Hike)
  2. Lakeview Commons Beach
  3. SUP Tahoe
  4. Inspiration Point at Emerald Bay

Where Should You Stay? 

Located near the lake, your stay at Wyndham South Shore guarantees a stunning backdrop and days filled with picturesque boating. Wander the many miles of scenic hiking trails, raft the nearby Truckee River, or relax among the beautiful vistas and enjoy the year-round outdoor hot tubs. When it’s time for the kids to take a break, you’ll love the adults-only swimming pool. The quiet and comfortable lodge-style rooms are perfect for relaxing and reconnecting with your family and friends after an adventure-filled day! And we have a feeling you’ll enjoy capping off each night stargazing from your private balcony/terrace.

READ MORE: 6 Reasons Why You Should Plan a Trip to South Lake Tahoe in the Summer Now

Booking your summer vacay today is the perfect way to push through these last few chilly months. Whether you dream of playing at the lake, hiking in the wilderness, or sitting poolside with a fruity concoction in hand, make it a reality with Tripbound for some stress-free family fun in 2020!

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