1) Yellowstone National Park
America’s oldest national park is the perfect getaway for outdoorsy families: it offers breathtaking natural attractions, diverse wildlife and unique species of plants. Yellowstone was established in 1872 and has fascinated vacationers ever since. Yellowstone doesn’t only offer recreational opportunities like hiking, camping and fishing, it is also home to grizzly bears, wolves and elks – if you go there, you might even catch a glimpse of free-ranging herds of bisons! Yellowstone Park is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which is the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the northern temperature zone – perfect for nature lovers!
2) Orlando, Florida
Nicknamed “Theme Park Capital of the World”, the Orlando area is a great family destination. The relatively small city with its 250,000 inhabitants is one of the leading tourism destinations of the world and features 5 of the 10 most visited theme parks in the world. How about a trip to Walt Disney World Resort? SeaWorld Orlando and the Universal Orlando Resort are great for kids, too. There’s endless possibilities!
3) Grand Canyon, Arizona
This natural site is a must see for every American! The Grand Canyon was carved by the Colorado River many moons ago and is 277 miles long and over 6,000 feet deep – hence the name. Besides visiting the canyon and doing some sightseeing, you can go rafting or hiking around the area or even book a canyon flyover. A highlight for families is the glass-bottom observation deck that sits 4,000 feet above the Colorado River and offers a breathtaking view over the canyon.
4) Keystone, South Dakota
A trip to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial will forever be remembered by your kids – the sheer size of the 60-foot sculptures will leave them speechless! A trip to Mount Rushmore is fun and educational at the same time since it teaches your kids about the political history of the USA. You can be sure that they will remember who Abraham Lincoln is after seeing his giant face carved into a mountain!
5) Niagara Falls, New York
Show your kids the magnificence of nature with a trip to Niagara Falls. The three waterfalls between Canada and the USA form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world! They build the border between New York and Canada; the area around the falls is definitely worth visiting, too. Did you know that the waterfalls are not only a tourist attraction but are also used industrially for the production of electrical power?
6) Washington, D.C.
The capital of the US is definitely worth a visit; it is the place where history comes alive: The White house has been the residence of every American president since John Adams. Take a tour of the White House and see the Blue Room which is home to presidential receptions and have a look at the State Dining Room, too. D.C. is also home to other renowned historical monuments and free, kid-friendly museums. It will definitely get your kids interested in politics and the nation’s history!
7) Yosemite National Park
Another United States National Park on our list – this time in the state of California. This World Heritage Site is known for its breathtaking waterfalls, granite cliffs and diversity of animals and plants. For a small entrance fee, you can go hiking or just relax on one of the low-price camping areas of the park.
8) Seattle, Washington
The largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA has so much to offer! Visiting the space needle, the Bill Gates house or drinking a coffee or hot chocolate in the first ever Starbucks coffee shop – there’s plenty of activities that kids and adults will enjoy alike. Seattle is the fastest-growing major city in the United States and definitely worth visiting!
9) Honolulu, Hawaii
Visit Hawaii for a true summer vacation experience – Honolulu offers a wide range of family-friendly activities like snorkeling, swimming with dolphins or just relaxing at the beach. The shore of Honolulu is lined with hotels so that you can reside just a stone’s throw away from the sea.
10) Sandusky, Ohio
There’s one particular reason to pay this small city on the shores of lake Erie a visit: Cedar Point! The second-oldest amusement park in the States is known for its vast number of roller coasters and bills itself as the “roller coaster capital of the world”. But there’s more than just roller coasters: family rides, kid’s rides, water rides, a boardwalk and a beach. You can even reside in on-site resorts and campgrounds!
We hope that our list of great places to go in the US helps you choose where to go next on summer vacation. Oh, and don't forget to take some books with you! Reading is the best way to avoid boredom on long journeys. If you're going by car, you could take the Tidy Books Box with you! The portable library holds 40 children's books of all shapes and sizes. Get inspired by our suggestions for kids' summer reads, too!
Have a great summer!