While everyone else is flocking to the beach, why not explore someplace a little more offbeat? Pack the family up and get ready for a summer to remember at one of these amazing vacation spots.
1. Asheville, NC
Lonely Planet named Asheville the top U.S. travel destination for 2017 — visit Asheville once and you’ll see why. Great restaurants, friendly locals and amazing mountain scenery make it easy to enjoy the great outdoors and local culture. Affordable attractions to visit include the Biltmore Estate, Asheville Mystery Museum, River Arts District and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
2. Austin, TX
Locals may “Keep Austin Weird,” but that’s just part of its charm — and part of what earned the Texas capital a spot on Condé Nast’s list of the Friendliest Cities. Cool off at Barton Springs Pool and zipline over Lake Travis. Then, check out the monthly free Blues on the Green concert in Zilker Park or the city’s longest-running free live music series, Unplugged at the Grove. Finish your night at one of the Backyard Story Nights at the Historic Scoot Inn for an evening of storytelling and local legends recited under the stars.
3. Las Vegas, NV
Surprisingly, Las Vegas is brimming with family-friendly attractions. Consider Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium, which houses more than 15 different shark species, Komodo dragons and other cool animals; the Lion Habitat Ranch, home to 40+ lions; and Red Rock Canyon, a gorgeous National Conservation Area where the family can hike, rock-climb and bike. Of course, there are always the thrilling rides at Circus Circus’s AdventureDome to provide some quintessential amusement park fun, too.
4. Savannah, GA
Another one of Condé Nast’s Friendliest Cities, Savannah is brimming with Southern charm, walkable streets and lush greenery. Skidaway Island State Park offers many impressive backdrops for selfies and family photos with towering palm trees and moss-laden oaks. Other Savannah attractions to check out include River Street’s nine-block concourse filled with restaurants, pubs, galleries and boutiques or the Savannah Children’s Museum, an interactive outdoor educational experience.
5. Baltimore, MD
Baltimore might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you’re thinking “family vacation,” but “Charm City” is home to a host of family-friendly attractions. One of the hottest areas to explore is the iconic Inner Harbor, where you’ll stroll among shops, boutiques and convenient landmark attractions such as the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, National Aquarium and Baltimore Museum of Industry. Come hungry, because Baltimore’s fresh blue crabs are world-famous.
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