One of the great things about having children is being able to travel with them to some of your favorite destinations. Many people think that you have to stop travelling when you have children, but that simply isn’t the case. Sure, you might not be able to travel quite as much as you did before – and it might be a bit more work – but great family vacations can still be in your future after you have had children.
The list below includes 20 of the best places to travel with your baby. Hopefully, one or more of these destinations will be a good match for your needs, and you will be able to book your trip right away!
1. The National Park System
Okay – so this isn’t actually one place, but actually a collection of places across the United States. The National Park System includes many of the most beautiful locales in the country, and they are open and accessible to all. Kids tend to love the wild beauty and natural experience of the Parks, and parents love giving their children these memories.
2. Cruise to Alaska
Most people never get the opportunity to cruise to Alaska, which is a shame. Alaska is a place of incredible wild beauty that has largely been untouched by man. Visiting by cruise is a family-friendly way to travel, as you will be entertained and fed throughout your voyage to and from the largest U.S. state.
You knew this one was coming. Visiting Disneyland is practically a rite of passage for young parents, although you may want to wait long enough for your kids to reach an age where they can enjoy plenty of the attractions.
4. A Tropical Resort
Traveling to an all-inclusive resort is a great idea for new parents, as you will have access to everything you need right there on site. Rather than having to put together the entire trip on your own, booking a resort will give you time to relax while knowing that all of the details are taken care of nicely.
5. The Desert
This might seem counterintuitive at first, but a desert vacation actually makes a lot of sense for a young family. You aren’t going to have a toddler out in the sun for long anyway, so it won’t matter much if the temperatures are soaring into the triple digits. Desert resorts tend to have golf for dad and a spa for mom, so everyone should be able to enjoy the trip (while sharing babysitting duties).
6. London (or another great world city)
While you might not want to raise your kids in a big city such as London, taking a trip to a world-class city is an experience you won’t soon forget. Since you will be in a big city, it will be easy to pick up any supplies you need for your child along the way.
7. Child Friendly Bed and Breakfast
Not all Bed and Breakfast facilities are suited for kids, but those that are tend to be well-equipped to help you with anything you might need. Since this will ‘feel’ more like a home than a hotel, your child may be more comfortable as well. And a comfortable child is one that (hopefully) will get a good night’s sleep.
8. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Whistler, or another ski resort, makes for a great selection because of the all-inclusive resorts that can be found at the base of the mountains. Ski towns tend to be tightly packed and easily walkable, meaning you won’t have to load your kids into the car each time you want to go out for something to eat.
9. Indoor Water Park
This kind of destination is becoming more and more popular, as indoor water parks continue to pop up around the country. These parks usually have hotel rooms on site, so the kids can walk down to the water park and spend the whole time having a great time on the slides and in the pools.
10. Quiet Lake Resort
No matter where you live, there is likely to be a quiet resort on a lake somewhere relatively near to your home. These places make for great family vacations, especially for a young family who is just learning how to travel together successfully. Lakes usually have plenty of summer activities such as canoeing, swimming, fishing, and more.
Who doesn’t love Hawaii? Depending on where you live, it only takes a flight of a few hours to feel like you are in a whole new world. There are plenty of resorts on the islands to pick from, there are beautiful views everywhere you turn, and outdoor activities are easy to find. This is easily one of the most popular family travel destinations, and for good reason.
12. San Diego
Heading to San Diego is in many ways like the mainland version of Hawaii. While the setting is not as tropical, you will be surrounded by great scenery and plenty of outdoor adventure options. San Diego is easily one of the prettiest cities in the United States, and it makes for a great family vacation spot.
13. Rent Your Own House
Nervous about taking your child away from home for the first time? One of the best ways to calm your fears is simply to rent a home that you can transform into your own for the duration of your stay. Pick out a destination relatively close to home and rent a house. Then, bring as much of your child’s ‘stuff’ from home as possible so that he or she feels comfortable and relaxed. It won’t be home, but it might be the next best thing.