Taking a family vacation can be an amazing experience. It can be a fantastic bonding experience for one, but it can also be a relaxing event that everybody can enjoy. But sometimes it’s not as relaxing, and more stressful.
That’s why it’s important when planning a family vacation to choose the right location. And in choosing the right location, it’s important that you don’t break the bank. Sure, road trips can be fun, but if you don’t win the 21st contest a new car seat can be expensive. Check out these ideas for awesome and affordable family friend vacations that your family will absolutely love, and everybody will enjoy.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco is a great place to go with the family, and with three airports in the vicinity it’s easy to find a cheap flight for everybody. The time to go to San Francisco for cheap is in March, when many hotels are up to 40 percent off their regular prices.
There are lots of great things for families to do in San Francisco, like explore Pier 39 and the Fisherman’s Wharf, and take a walk through Chinatown. Everybody loves a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, and your family will no doubt all enjoy a trip to the city by the bay.
For older kids, a family trip to Washington D.C. can be a great affordable vacation. Many of Washington D.C.’s attractions are free, including admission to all nineteen Smithsonian museums. All the national monuments and the National Zoo have free admission too.
The D.C. public transportation system is one of the best in the nation, making it an affordable solution to taking expensive taxis on your vacation. It’s easy to get to historic Civil War battlefields, and it’s a fantastic vacation that your family will find interesting and enjoyable. Not to mention all the soft shell crab you can eat!
Portland is a great vacation for a family on a budget, and there are lots of beautiful things to see and fun things to do. There’s a reason Portland has been called America’s “Best Big City”, and a trip there with your family will show you why. From a riverboat cruise across the Willamette to a delicious dinner in the Pearl Distract, Portland has got tons of great things the family will enjoy.
Your family will love strolling through the beautiful and world famous Rose Garden, or spending some time searching for a book in Powell’s. A walk along the waterfront during the Saturday Market is another great idea that everybody will enjoy.
San Diego, California
A summer family vacation to San Diego will be sure to satisfy everybody’s quench for a great family trip. There are a lot of terrific activities for families to do in San Diego that are cheap, and everybody will have a great time.
Check out the sea lions in La Jolla, and if you’re all feeling up for it, go and snorkel with them. Renting kayaks in La Jolla is also an inexpensive way to experience the beauty that San Diego has to offer. Beaches in Mission Bay are some of the most beautiful in the country, and Coronado island has what’s been called the nicest sand in the world.
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