There’s no question that vacationing with the entire family is entirely different from venturing out on your own. Everything from travel planning to getting around town to where to eat is different given varying ages and interests among family members, making it sometimes difficult to decide where to go.
Fortunately, there are several vacation hotspots that offer fun for the whole family. Take a look and learn about traveling to DC, as well as other fun cities, like Flagstaff (AZ) and Portland (OR).
Washington, DC provides easy access to a variety of activities, museums and attractions. Take in the Smithsonian museums, toss around a Frisbee on the National Mall or climb to the top of the Washington Monument. A visit to Washington, DC is also ideal for lovers of history and America’s past.
Head to the National Archives and Library of Congress, both of which offer tremendous opportunities to explore the history of our country and even the world. You’ll also find a number of top restaurants, like Blue Duck Tavern and The Source, both of which have been frequented by the Obamas. If you can, experience one of DC’s top festivals, like the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Flagstaff is a must for outdoor-loving families. This quiet town in northern Arizona offers many miles of trails that are perfect for hiking, biking and exploring. In the winter, Flagstaff transforms into a winter wonderland, a perfect time for a visit to the Arizona Snowbowl for skiing and snowboarding.
Less than two hours from the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff is a perfect base for exploring one of the world’s natural wonders. It’s also an ideal location for those who want to Southwestern, Mexican and Navajo cuisine, as well as textiles, architecture and design.
Portland is well-known (in an affectionate way) as one of the weirdest places in America. In fact, a sign displayed in Portland’s Old Town reads simply “Keep Portland Weird.” With this in mind, Portland is a fantastic place for those who enjoy unique music and a variety of interesting foods at both lively restaurants and food trucks.
Portland also has a variety of family-friendly attractions, including the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Portland Art Museum and the Oaks Amusement Park. Portland is a must for those who like to get outside too, so get out and explore the Willamette River, Springwater Corridor and Oneonta Gorge. The picturesque views and opportunities for adventure are second to none.
As the capital of Virginia and the former capital of the Confederate States of America, Richmond has a rich historical past that’s a must to explore. Tour the Capitol building, go window shopping in Carytown or go on a walking food tour to explore the flavors of Richmond. You’ll also want to seek out colorful murals around town that are part of the Richmond Mural Project.
Just outside of the downtown area, there’s even more for families to explore and enjoy, like the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which boasts a huge children’s garden with lots of room to run and play. There’s even a sprayground so bring swimsuits for the kids when it’s warm outside. The Treetop Zoofari, Richmond’s first adventure park, is another must-do for families that like to get outside.
Regardless of whether your family is interested in outdoors adventure or savory foods across town, these four hotspots are sure to please most everyone in the family. You can learn more about each of these cities, including Washington, DC, at Hipmunk.com.
This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a travel website that offers customers a fast and easy way to find the best travel deals.