11 Best Family Vacations in the U.S. For Traveling With Kids

Time Out tip: Don’t miss the spectacular Skywalk at Grand Canyon West, which juts out 70 feet from the canyon rim—there’s nothing but glass between you and the Colorado River 4,000 feet below.

3. San Diego, CA

With sunny beaches, fantastical theme parks, and the world’s largest comic book convention, there’s no such thing as bored children in sunny San Diego. Plus, like a good Pixar flick, the best kid-friendly activities won’t leave adults gaping at their phones. We promise parents will love mingling with exotic animals, splashing through waterfront fountains, and marveling at towering Lego sculptures right alongside the kids.

Time Out tip: Avoid rowdier crowds and embrace calm waves alongside other families at Mission Beach, Coronado Beach or La Jolla Shores.

4. Yellowstone, WY

No other place on earth is like Yellowstone National Park. The massive, natural sanctuary (3,471 square miles of green!) mesmerizes all visitors with its mountains, canyons, geysers and subalpine forests (and don’t be surprised if you spot buffalo). With challenging hikes into the backcountry as well as handicap-accessible wooden boardwalks, the wonders of Yellowstone are for everyone. Bring a tent and get here early to take advantage of the affordable campgrounds (seven are first-come, first-served and five require reservations). Pack the car with a cooler of campfire meals and snacks to get you through the weekend.

Time Out tip: Plan a trip to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center to see animals without having to hike for it.

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