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The United States boasts an unmatched diversity of destinations for your family vacation. From coast to coast (to coast), snowy mountain peaks to dramatic deserts and vast wildernesses to dynamic cities, the list of potential enticements is endless. Here to inspire you are 10 of the best domestic vacation destinations that are family-friendly as well as affordable.
1. Washington, D.C.
What better example of a glorious American destination than our capital, Washington, D.C.? The White House, National Mall and Lincoln Memorial are iconic venues, but it’s the museums that really make D.C. a place for the whole family to enjoy. The National Museum of Natural History, National Geographic Museum, National Museum of American History and many others feature special kids’ exhibits. There’s also the National Zoo, where admission is free. Stay at the Courtyard Embassy Row for a central location and acclaimed on-site restaurant, Nage.
2. Yellowstone National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yellowstone National Park is a truly incredible natural treasure. Go camping in summer for an unforgettable, yet affordable, experience. Witnessing Old Faithful’s blast, admiring bison herds any spotting wolves in the wilderness will be lifelong memories. If you get tired of campfire fare, drive to nearby Jackson, WY for hearty cowboy fare. The Silver Dollar Grill embraces the Western spirit in decor and cuisine, and offers a Little Buckaroos Menu.
3. Chicago, Illinois
As a major city frequented by business travelers, Chicago offers great hotel deals on weekends. Take advantage with a getaway to the Windy City, where you can stroll down Navy Pier, see aquatic creatures at the Shedd Aquarium and meet SUE the T. Rex at the Field Museum. Be sure to sample the city’s famous (and kid-friendly) culinary specialties — Chicago dogs and Chicago-style pizza.
4. Clearwater, Florida
Clearwater offers all the typical delights of a Florida vacation — golden sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters and nostalgic family amusements — without the crowds and high prices of some of the state’s larger coastal cities. A major draw is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Book a family suite at Chart House Suites on Clearwater Bay, which comes with a full kitchen.
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