It’s officially Summer and that means it’s time to take the ultimate family vacation. If you haven’t decided where to go yet, here are highlights of four of the top get-away destinations that our great nation has to offer.
Orlando may very well be the most magical place on Earth. From the wonderous sights and sounds of Walt Disney World’s parks and resorts to the splendor of SeaWorld’s ocean life, this subtropical spot has something for every member of your family. With over a dozen theme parks, some of the world’s finest food and entertainment, and more miniature golf courses than you can count, you and your family will have the adventure of a lifetime. And, with the second highest number of hotel rooms in the country, your family will have a great range of hotel options – no matter what your budget.
In 2004, my family and I travelled to Arizona and embarked on what my son considers to be the greatest vacation experience of his entire life—visiting the Grand Canyon. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, this national park stretches 227 river miles long, spans up to 18 miles in width, and possesses a depth of just over one mile, so it’s no wonder why over 4 million people visit this geological marvel each and every year. While there, you and your family can hike trails, observe a unique variety of wildlife, whitewater raft and learn about local Native American culture and history.
Chicago is a place very near and dear to my heart. As a native daughter of the Windy City, I know first-hand of the fun and excitement that the city has to offer your family. Delight in the deliciousness that is deep dish pizza at either the original Giordano’s Pizzeria or Uno Pizzeria & Grill; stroll through the exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago; munch on a classic Chicago-style dog as you root for either the Cubs or the White Sox at a home game; laugh uncontrollably at a Second City improv show; embrace the blues at Buddy Guy’s Legends and explore the modern-day menagerie that is the historic Lincoln Park Zoo.
Washington, D.C. is easily the ultimate all-American family vacation experience. Our nation’s capital boasts some of the most historic sites imaginable. Walk the streets paved by our forefathers as you visit Ford’s Theatre, climb the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and gaze at your reflection in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the Washington Mall in front of the Washington Monument. But the fun doesn’t stop there—you can enjoy a prime cut at BLT Steak, shop the 10 acres of stores at CityCenterDC, ride the nation’s highest-rated public transportation system and bask in the glory of the Star-Spangled Banner flag at the National Museum of American History.
The ultimate family vacation can be closer than you think. A new destination transports us and creates fabulous family memories.