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4 Memorable Vacay Spots in the U.S. to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

As the saying goes by Gretchen Rubin, “The days are long, but the years are short.

Isn’t that the truth? Your new baby arrives into the world and next thing you know, he or she is walking, talking, and—before long—going off to college. So, it’s no wonder people say to take those family vacations now, and not delay any longer. Hello, they grow up so fast!

Oftentimes, however, many things stand in the way of you doing just that—work responsibilities, sports competitions, dance recitals, and so much more. But, when you think about it, work will be there when you return. And, okay, maybe your children seem to have activity overload. It never ends.

If that’s the case, you’ve got the perfect excuse to pack up and go! As a family unit, sometimes all you need is an escape from everyday life to bond and make memories. To help you do just that, the Tripbound team has put together a list of four memorable vacation spots in the U.S. to take your kids ASAP—before they get older and leave you with an empty nest (*cue the tears just thinking about it).

1. The beach.

vacay spots to take kids before they grow up

If you Google “taking kids to the beach,” you’re likely to see a lot of topics on how to stay sane when doing it. While it can present a challenge if you’re not prepared, it’s without a doubt a popular spot to venture to before they get older.

So, to help it be a memory-making experience, be sure to book your stay near a family-friendly beach. There are some locations that are more open to kids, and some that are not.

A good way to detect the best beach to park your chairs, towels, and umbrella is whether or not it has the right amenities for children to keep them entertained—plenty of space, nearby food trucks or restaurants, watersports rentals, and, yes, public restrooms.  

Also, resist the urge to bring anything and everything from your suitcase! It’s best to pack light (especially if your resort isn’t beachfront and requires a short walk), taking only the necessities along—plenty of sunscreen, sunnies, water toys, Ziploc baggies for their sandy clothes, water and snacks, hats, and some beach towels. Toss it all into your tote and you’ll be golden!

Some of our favorite beaches include:

– Emerald Grande Beach in Destin, Florida

– The Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

– Oceanside in San Diego, California

2. The mountains.

vacay spots to take kids before they grow up

When you take your children skiing for the first time, you’re able to take their experiences to new heights, while allowing them an opportunity to connect with nature. Plus, getting them acclimated to the environment and adventure at a young age helps expel any fear factors that come into play as soon as they get older.

Trust me. I didn’t go skiing until I was in my early 20s. And, I was beyond terrified. Granted, I was eager to get out there with my now husband and his family instead of being limited to the elementary-level slopes. So, I avoided lessons altogether. (What a horrible idea that was.) What did I experience? Kids flying past me as I was stuck on a “hill” terrified to go any further.

That said, do your kids a favor and hit the slopes with them. If the mere thought of doing just that makes you a little nervous, ski destinations offer 2-hour beginner lessons (taught by the experts) on a gentle, less crowded slope without speedy skiers or snowboarders rushing by.

Some of our favorite ski areas include:

– Beaver Creek in Avon, Colorado

– Steamboat in none other than Steamboat Springs, Colorado

– Smuggs in Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont

– Park City Mountain in Park City, Utah

– Taos Ski Valley in Taos, New Mexico

3. The top history museums.

vacay spots to take kids before they grow up

Now, you might think this is a vacay spot that requires you wait until your kids do get a little older. But, not so fast. Even your curious, question-asking little ones can benefit from it, too.

You see, taking your children to history museums provides an immersive learning experience that “provokes imagination, introduces unknown worlds and subject matter, and offers unique environments for quality family time.” And, overall, our nation has some pretty cool places, granting kids—young and old—exposure to the unknown like space, dinosaurs, and so much more.   

Some of our favorite history museums include:

– 17 World-Class Museums that make up The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

– Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia

– Historic Jamestowne in Williamsburg, Virginia

4. The parks—Amusement & National Parks.  

vacay spots to take kids before they grow up

When thinking about the best park to go to, the obvious thing to say would be Disney World and surprising your kids with the news in a creative way. And, while Disney World is always a must-visit on your family bucket list for some fun and adventure, there are other less-obvious amusement park and national park choices.

So, if your family is the thrill-seeking type and loves a good adrenaline rush you get from riding out-of-this-world roller coasters, hit up an amusement park near your home base. Or, if you prefer to explore the great outdoors and catch some fresh air, our national parks are the way to go. From Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Zion, and so many more, you’ll get the chance to take the classroom outside!

That said, in addition to Disney World, here are some of our favorite parks:

– Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri

– Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia

Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks in West Yellowstone, Montana

– Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

– Zion National Park in St. George, Utah


Taking your kids to any of the vacay spots shared here today is the perfect way to make the years count. Remember, they really do grow up so fast, so don’t delay an opportunity to create vivid memories that’ll last long after they leave the nest.

If you’re ready to book your next family vacation to either the beach, mountains, history museums, or parks, call Tripbound today at 1.888.816.5214 to speak with a friendly, knowledgeable travel coordinator. We’ll get a sweet, suite stay on the books that’s affordable and stress-free in no time!

Have questions or something to share on today’s topic? Or, a destination in mind for your next family vacation? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!

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