5 U.S. States for Every Kind of Family Vacation
Welcome back, travelers, to the Travel Like a Star Blog! Now that the weather is beginning to turn, it's time to consider getaways! With a state-based vacation, it's easy and accessible to plane for a week away or even just a few days. Within the U.S. alone, you can enjoy a camping experience, a theme park vacation, a beach break, a city trip, and even more! Take a look at some of these itinerary inspirations for five unique options.
This is the absolute top state to visit if you truly want to feel transported to a new country. Ideal for outdoorsy families who love fresh air, adventure, and snapping pictures beside breathtaking scenery, this state has it all. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage is the top spot for getting an up-close view of Alaskan wildlife, like moose, wolves, and bears, all beside gorgeous views of meadows and ponds. Along the 1.5 mile loop, you will also have the opportunity to see bear feeding! The Alaska Railroad is another great chance to have the experience of a lifetime while also getting some amazing pictures of the scenery. The mountains in Alaska are truly stunning! In between these adventures, consider pitching a tent in one of Alaska's amazing campsites. If that's a bit too outdoorsy for your family's style, Alaska is also home to some of the country's best award-winning lodges. Just don't forget to try the salmon!
For families looking for unique, urban experiences, California has something for everyone. Film lovers will love the Warner Bros. Studio's three-hour-long tour, showcasing iconic sets from beloved television and movie classics. From there, take a detour over to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which recently opened in September of 2021. This museum hosts an impressive collection of iconic props, set pieces, and homages to film's rich history. For families looking to venture out of Los Angeles, Northern California, such as Napa, hosts some of the best vineyards in the world. Older family members will appreciate a refined afternoon of tastings alongside incredible views of wine country. For younger members, California is also host to Disneyland, the incredible San Diego Zoo, and several national parks.
Tropical travelers will never want to leave the sandy shores of the Hawaiin islands. For an upscale beach experience, this state is the best way to get the
island experience without digging out the passports. After a relaxing few days of beachside lounging, consider visiting Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park, an educational and breathtaking experience on Hawaii's Big Island. Along with the natural wonders of volcanoes, beaches, and water sport activities, Hawaii is home to a rich cultural history. This culture will introduce you to flavorful cuisine, unforgettable festival experiences, and traditional perfomances. Natives are proud of their culture and happy to share with tourists what they consider to be must-see stops! For the most authentic experience, consider interacting with the locals and learning about these gorgeous islands from their expert viewpoint.
More rural-based families may be looking for a change of pace on their vacation, something different from the usual beaches and forests of getaways. They may want to consider a city vacation! For some inspiration on how to enjoy a city vacation to the fullest, check out another blog post we wrote on the subject here. When it comes to city travel, most vacationers immediately think "NYC." The Big Apple is a very fun city, with tons to do, for sure! However, there are plenty more cities to consider to shake things up. Chicago is a more accessible option for many, and just as dynamic. For example, Chicago is home to 67 museums! From art and history museums to planetariums and children's experiences, there are endless options. For the adrenaline-seekers, check out the Willis Tower's Skydeck, a transparent room that juts out into the air, over 1,300 feet up. Enjoy authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza, visit the iconic Bean in Millenium Park, and wrap it all up with a game at Wrigley Field---seasonally, of course.
The natural wonders of this state are unmatched---and underrated! Home to Acadia National Park, Maine sees 3.5 million visitors every year just for this site alone. Seafood lovers will be in paradise when they try this state's famous lobster and freshly caught cuisine from one of Maine's many harbors. These amazing restaurants are located in breathtaking coastal towns, like Maine's famous Bar Harbor. Along the coast, enjoy tours of some of Maine's many lighthouses, and be sure to keep your eye open for sea glass along the way. These coastal, small-town feel delights will appeal to those looking for a quaint, relaxing getaway. Maine combines the natural beauty of nature with all the comforts of local dining, cottage-esque B&Bs, and shopping.
If you're looking to enjoy your next vacation in a unique way, look no further than the U.S.! As we've seen, you can experience anything from a cultured, museum-based getaway in a palm-tree climate, to camping in a mountainous, majestic landscape, to traversing a city skyline. Thank you for checking in this week! As always, if you're ready to escape to one of these destinations or another one you've been eyeing, connect with me here to see how we can set that up.
Until next time, toodles!