By Teresa Plowright, About.com Guide
- Top Vacation Spots
- Ideas By REGIONS
- Europe With Kids
- Disney Vacations
- Family Adventures
- Ages and Stages, Toddlers and Teens
- Great Outdoors / Active / Ski Getaways
- Out of the Ordinary Ideas
- Holiday Season
- Summer Vacations
- More Seasons & Holidays
Top Vacation Spots
The popular places where families flock, plus some personal favorites.
- Myrtle Beach and More Southeast US
- Yellowstone National Park
- More Top Spots for Family Vacations
- A Personal Favorite List
Ideas By REGIONS
It's a big world out there: explore great places to play, relax, and tour.
Europe With Kids
Europe deserves a special mention, as many parents dream of a trip with their kids but are daunted by the logistics or expense. Yet there are many ways to travel in Europe on a budget, and logistics can be simplified by making a home-base and exploring the environs. Meanwhile, those who want to splurge can have all the details handled on a "family adventure" escorted tour.
- London with Kids
- Paris with Kids
- Italy with Kids
- Eurocamp Holiday Villages - Many Countries
- Europe With Kids - Many More Ideas
Disney is not just about theme parks! There are Disney Cruises, too (with great kids programs and nurseries on each ship), and "Adventures by Disney" guided tours around the globe.
- Disney World Overview
- Top Tips for Visiting Disney World
- Adventures by Disney
- Disney Vacations: Cruises
- Disneyland - California & Around the World
- More: Save Money, When to Go, Disney Christmas...
- Share Your Disney World Experiences
These small group escorted tours explore destinations ranging from the Great Outdoors to the great cities of Europe. Generally high-end in cost, they offer best-of-the-best itineraries and handle all of the details.
Ages and Stages, Toddlers and Teens
Are you traveling with babies, teens, or grandparents? Find ideas here for the stage of life that fits your family.
Great Outdoors / Active / Ski Getaways
Feel the need to unplug, get to the Great Outdoors, move the body and soul?
Out of the Ordinary Ideas
Want to do something out-of-the-box? A kind of trip that the neighbors certainly haven't done?
- Horse-Drawn Caravans in Ireland
- Family Safaris in Africa
- Family Adventures in Asia
- More "Out Of The Box" Ideas
The holiday season at the end of December is a peak time for family getaways, but the festivities start much earlier. In any country that celebrations Christmas, lights and decorations are up by the end of November and you're sure to find festivities.
- Thanksgiving Weekend
- Tree Lightings
- Great Places to See Santa
- Christmas Train Rides (including The Polar Express)
Whether it's a road trip plus camping or an itinerary in Europe, for those of us with school-aged kids, June, July and August offer the best chance to have a longer family holiday.
- Summer Ideas by Region
- Ten Great Summer Vacation Ideas
- Awesome Affordable Summer Getaways
- Summer Ideas A to Z
- More Summer Travel Ideas
More Seasons & Holidays
We love to fly to different places as the seasons change, and we also like to flock to special destinations to celebrate major holidays. Some cities go all out with parades, festivities, and special experiences for families.