20 Vacation Destinations Your Entire Family Will Love

It turns out you *can* make everyone happy.

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    Trout Lodge

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    Royal Caribbean Cruise

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    Smugglers' Notch

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    Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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    Safari West

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    Steamboat Springs

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    The Hotel Hershey

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    The Maine Windjammer Association

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    Out'n'About Treesort

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    Vista Verde Ranch

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    LEGOLAND California Resort

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    Sandy Island

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    Dollywood's Dreammore Resort

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    Whistler Blackcomb

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    Family Nature Camp

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    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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    Story Land

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    Camp Denali


  • Ready to go back to camp? The YMCA serves up some of the best — and most affordable — sites for outdoor fun. This one is perched in Missouri's Eastern Ozarks and overlooks the vast Sunnen Lake. The family-friendly accommodations include buffet-style meals and adjoining two-bedroom cabins that share a common room.

    Book it: Go to ymcaoftheozarks.org. Browse the offerings at ymca.net to find a camp near you or in a locale you'd like to visit.

  • For a big-boat cruise that caters to everyone in your brood, consider Royal Caribbean's new Harmony of the Seas, which also happens to be the biggest ship to ever set sail. On board you'll find 16 restaurants, an ice skating rink, a zip line and the world's tallest slide at sea. NBD.

    Book it: Call 866-562-7625 or go to royalcaribbean.com.

  • The slopes along this Vermont hot spot are just as fun during warm sunny months as snowy cold ones — and the prices are lower too. Adults can choose between getting a massage or taking a zip line canopy tour, while the kids can hop onto the resort's free shuttle bus bound for skate camp, theater workshops or one of four water parks.

    Book it: Call 800-451-8752 or visit smuggs.com.

  • This Oahu, Hawaii-based Disney destination offers an island experience filled with faces your kids will love seeing, like Mickey and Minnie. It's been hailed as one of the best family vacation resorts because of special touches like the man-made snorkeling lagoon, the 18,000-square-foot spa and nightly entertainment the entire family will enjoy.

    Book it: Visit resorts.disney.go.com/aulani-hawaii-resort.

  • A 400-acre accredited animal park in Santa Rosa, California — inhabited by giraffes, zebras, buffalo, wildebeests, warthogs and impalas — offers the Safari experience your kids have been dreaming of. If you need a break from the animals, you can explore the Napa or Sonoma wineries nearby.

    Book it: Call 800-616-2695 or visit safariwest.com.

  • With spectacular scenery, luxurious amenities, and a full roster of fun, these slopes in Colorado make for just as great of a getaway when they're snow-free. Fill your days with less strenuous (but equally entertaining) activities like fly-fishing and soaking in hot springs.

    Book it: Visit steamboat.com.

  • As soon as your children approach the front desk of this Hersey, Pennsylvania-based resort, they'll be asked one of the best questions of their young lives: Do you want milk or dark chocolate? Another reason it was named one of best family-friendly resorts by

  • !7-the-hotel-hershey1" target="_blank">Fodor's Travel? The exclusive Hersheypark and Cocoa Clubhouse.

    Book it: Call 844-330-1711 or visit thehotelhershey.com.

  • This sailboat lets you spend the day enjoying an authentic New England seafaring experience (it even comes with a crew to do the serious work for you). You'll find yourself hauling lobster traps and sails, tying knots, fishing and seal spotting as you float across the Penobscot Bay.

    Book it: Call 800-807-9463 or visit sailmainecoast.com.

  • The legendary Pinehurst, in North Carolina, where generations of champion golfers have played, offers shorter "family tees" on seven of its eight courses. Share a day on the greens together with the resort's Family Fairways package, which includes free club rentals for everyone and a one-hour beginners' or basics-refresher lesson.

    Book it: Call 800-487-4653 or visit pinehurst.com.

  • Nestled into the treetops in Cave Junction, Oregon is one of the best family-friendly vacation resorts, according The Travel Channel. During the day, you can learn how to build a treehouse, raft and participate in ropes courses. And the crown jewel of rooms at this hotel, the Swiss Family Suite, doesn't disappoint — it has a swinging bridge that connects the adult and kid units together.

    Book it: Call 541-592-2208 or visit treehouses.com.

  • If you want to become one with nature (and horses!), this all-inclusive luxury ranch in Clark, Colorado is the one to beat. It includes daily horseback riding lessons, plus scavenger hunts and fly fishing excursions.

    Book it: Call 800-526-7433 or visit vistaverde.com.

  • Your kids will love seeing the little bricks they always play with come to life at this amusement parks, which

  • !8-legoland-california-resort" target="_blank">Fodor's Travel named one of the best year-round destinations in the country. It features replicas of cities made out of bricks, along with 60 rides, countless shows and an associated hotel with themed rooms — like pirate or kingdom!

    Book it: Call 877-534-6526 or visit legoland.com.

  • Another notable YMCA family camp for the entire family: Sandy Island by the crystal waters of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. You can reminisce with your kids about past summer days while taking sailing lessons and waterskiing, then take up line dancing or participate in a talent show by night.

    Book it: Call 603-569-2725 ext 232 or email the Camp Office at campingservices@ymcaboston.org. Browse the offerings at ymca.net to find a camp near you or in a locale you'd like to visit.

  • This houseboat lets you steer your own vacation through the lakes of Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota — no sailing experience is required. Voyagaire provides easy-to-follow maps and instructions well before you step on board. Boats are also equipped with full kitchens, bathrooms, grills and (just as essential) a swim slide.

    Book it: Call 800-882-6287 or go to voyagaire.com.

  • Country charm is just one of the reasons this Gatlinburg, Tennessee-based resort from living legend Dolly Parton is so popular. It also offers a daily camp for four- to 10-year-olds, live music and, if you're lucky, an appearance from the singer herself.

    Details: Prices start at $169 per night for a king guest room.

    Book it: Call 800-365-5996 or visit dollywoodsdreammoreresort.dollywood.com.

  • Another mountain to hit when it's hot: Whistler Blackcomb, in Whistler, British Columbia, which has mountain biking, fishing, mini golf, horseback riding and bungee trampolines. Or, if you're feeling truly daring, a bear viewing tour.

    Details: Prices start at $115 per night and vary depending on which lodging property you choose.

    Book it: Call 888-403-4727 or visit whistlerblackcomb.com.

  • Instead of just looking at Mother Nature, professional naturalists take guests on guided field trips at this camp in Bar Harbor, Maine. You can choose to go bird-watching, explore tide pools or comb the cobblestone beaches of beautiful Mount Desert Island. It's no wonder Discovery named it one of the top outdoor family vacations in the United States.

    Details: Prices start at $935 per adult and $480 per child (15 and under) per week.

    Book it: Call 800-597-9500 or visit coa.edu.

  • Anyone who's read the Harry Potter series will appreciate this real-life experience at Hogwarts. Lonely Planet named it one of the most unforgettable family experiences, because getting paired with your own wand and drinking a mug full of butterbeer is not an experience you'll be likely to toss aside.

    Details: Prices for a vacation package start at $169 per adult each night and includes admission to both theme parks and one of the on-site hotels.

    Book it: Visit universalorlando.com.