Best summer vacations for families

All summer vacations are great, but these ten places you could take your family to this summer are over-the-top super-great for their travel-worthy sights and superb summery-ness. This is going to be a summer vacation to remember!

  1. Virginia Beach, Virginia

    The East Coast is full of beaches that set the scene for the best summer vacations for families. One of the most classic destinations along this stretch of coastline is Virginia Beach, a place known for surfing, fishing, and local amusement parks like the Ocean Breeze Waterpark.

  2. Yosemite, California

    Choose a vacation rental near Yosemite National Park and you will embark on a family adventure full of hiking to waterfalls, rafting on rivers, and encountering local wildlife. A great alternative to beach vacations, national parks allow families to be active together.

  3. London, England

    Are you looking to expose your kids to new cultures? Take a baby step abroad with a summer trip to London. Rent your own flat in the middle of the city and spend your time visiting the big sites, from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square.

  4. Bethany Beach, Delaware

    Some of the best summer vacations for families are the simple ones. Choose a vacation rental right on the ocean in Bethany Beach, and make sure it has a barbecue for evenings of family fun by the grill. In Bethany Beach, kids will entertain themselves on the beach while parents relax.

  5. Jekyll Island, Georgia

    Not all beach vacations are the same. When you plan a trip to Jekyll Island, you will be opening the door to more entertainment options. This barrier island is known for incredible kayaking tours that reveal local wildlife, in addition to offering beautiful beaches for sunbathing, sand castles, and water sports.

  6. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    Some families choose to plan a beach vacation that also delivers some culture. In Puerto Vallarta, you will find all the sun, sand, and surf you crave, with a side of authentic music and cuisine.

  7. Toronto, Canada

    Some of the best summer vacations for families are city breaks. Head to a new city and there will be plenty of new things to discover, and certainly something for every member of the family. Escape the summer heat in Toronto, where you can check out local attractions including the CN Tower, the Art Gallery of Ontario, or drive 90 minutes to Niagara Falls.

  8. Traverse City, Michigan

    One of the best family summer getaways is to the lake. In Traverse City, choose a vacation rental right on the lake and spend your trip kayaking, boating, and watching the sunset. Many rentals here are also pet friendly if you want to bring your pooch on the summer vacation, too.

  9. Kennebunkport, Maine

    Few things are as perfect for a family vacation as a small, charming coastal town. That's exactly what you'll find in Kennebunkport, Maine. While summer is the busy season here, it's never too crowded. Choose a rental right on the beach to maximize your Maine getaway.

  10. Puerto Rico

    Some travelers need to really get away from home to relax. If that sounds like you, pack up the family and head to the Caribbean for the ultimate summer beach getaway. Rent an ocean villa in Puerto Rico and spend your days snorkeling, fishing, and soaking up the sun.