26 Feb Top 5 U.S. Vacation Spots for Families in 2020
I remember singing America the Beautiful as a schoolgirl. I mechanically chanted the lyrics alongside my classmates, but I never really thought much about the words. As an adult, I can appreciate the imagery of the song. “Amber waves of grain” and “purple mountain majesties” eloquently describe but a fraction of the scenic American landscape.
And as an avid traveler, I can attest that some of the most picturesque backdrops in the world can be found right in our own backyards. If you are planning a spring break escape, summer road trip, or winter getaway, consider checking out some of the sights, landmarks, and amusements in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Read below to learn about the top 5 U.S. destinations for families in 2020.
Atlanta is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines nestled in the Deep South. There’s no shortage of excursions, attractions, or grub to keep your brood engaged and energized. Foodies may want to visit Atlanta’s Buford Highway for authentic treats from around the world or dine in one of the massive food halls like Ponce City Market or Krog Street Market. For a killer view of the skyline, hit the beltline, a pedestrian and bike-friendly path connecting Krog, Ponce, and the city’s largest greenspace – Piedmont Park. Not to be missed is the inspirational tour of The Martin Luthor King Jr. National Park and Historic site. Just up the road from there is Pemberton Place, the home of the World of Coca-Cola and the world-famous Georgia Aquarium. If Georgia is on your mind, head to Atlanta and see just how much the city has to offer!
Sandusky is in the heartland of the United States. The small Ohio town sits on the Great Lake Erie, and savvy travelers can score a budget-friendly lake house just steps away from fishing, boating, water sports, and the incomparable Cedar Point (more on that later). The quaint island village of Put-in-Bay is just a ferry ride away, and music-lovers can enjoy a day trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in nearby Cleveland. Thrill-seekers will agree that Cedar Point Amusement Park makes Sandusky, Ohio well worth a visit. Cedar Point roller coasters consistently rank as some of the best, fastest, and scariest in the world! The most daring visitors will ride the legendary Millennium Force, brave the floorless Valravn, and soar to heights of 420 feet at 128 mph on the Top Thrill Dragster.
Santa Monica, CA
Just North of the Los Angeles airport, Santa Monica, California, is a beach town built for families who want to kick back and enjoy the perfect weather. Eagle-eyed tourists will recognize the Santa Monica Pier as a must-see landmark that is perfect for iconic photo ops. The pier houses amusement rides, entertainment, and restaurants. “The Strand,” which is a 20-plus mile paved multiuse path, runs underneath the pier alongside the Pacific Ocean. It stretches from Will Rogers State Beach in the North to Torrance County Beach in the South. Bicyclists and runners will enjoy the beauty along the coast. Vacationers can also walk, shop, and sightsee on Ocean Avenue and the Third Street Promenade. Plus, Santa Monica is a convenient base for travelers who want to enjoy day tours to Los Angeles, Hollywood, or even Las Vegas!
The Gulf Coast of Florida is famous for pristine beaches and crystal waters. Sarasota is no exception. This town is the ideal location for rest and relaxation on white sands under blue skies. Siesta Key is Sarasota’s most famous public beach. However, it would also be worth it to explore Sarasota Beach and Crescent Beach. If you are sticking to water activities during your trip, your packing list may be pretty basic: Bathing suits, sandals, sunscreen, and hats. But you will also be prudent to remember a few other essentials like insect spray, umbrellas, beach toys, and picnic supplies. When I’m at the beach, I don’t want to leave for anything! But if you are planning some activities on drier land, Jungle Gardens and Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary are solid choices for animal lovers. Sarasota also boasts marinas, farmers’ markets, and parks!
New York, NY
Visitors from around the globe flock to the bustling metropolis of New York – and with good reason. There’s something for everyone! The seemingly infinite entertainment choices in this massive city may tempt you to over-schedule your trip. But if your family is visiting New York for the first time, it would be wise to focus on a few activities that you all can enjoy at a leisurely pace. For example, during the day, you can take the kiddos to Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Or, tour the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center. In the evening, before hitting a Broadway show, take a stroll in Times Square. And please remember to tip the street performers! The Big Apple has even more to offer, but it’s up to you to choose the activities that are the best fit for your family and, most importantly, plan ahead! Tours and shows can sell out weeks or months in advance, so decide what your trip will entail and make reservations as soon as possible. It will alleviate stress and give you something to look forward to!
Where will you travel to in 2020 and beyond? Click HERE to check out the Top 5 International Trips for Families in 2020!