at 18, I have not traveled too much (once) out of the country. but with 40+ states under my belt and 15+ vacations over my life, I feel pretty qualified to give you my top five vacation spots that do not require international travel!
(Youtube video on same topic in bar above)
5. Seattle, Washington
First up, I would suggest Seattle for a vacation! There are so many things to do here for all ages! Although there is quite a homeless population, the tourist areas are the safest. There are many museums that are just so amazing to experience. If you choose this as your next vacation spot, then I would definitely suggest you check out the Aquarium, Pike's Place, the First Starbucks, the Gum Wall, and the live performances at the Paramount Theater! You can also take a ferry over to Bain Bridge Island where the cutest town lives. Seattle has amazing restaurant options and many activities for the children and the adults!
4. Banff, Canada
I could not make a top vacation list without including Banff, Canada even if it is not in the United States. Banff is a beautiful national park located in Calgary, Canada. Here you can hike, swim in the hot springs, take scenic tours, dogsled, ski, snowboard, bike ride, see historic sights and so so much more! This is definitely the perfect long-weekend trip to take with the family! Banff also has a very cute Canadian town right outside of it where you can get souvenirs and really amazing food! Calgary is also a great place to explore and it is not far from the national park! I would definitely suggest going here for great family activities and sightseeing!
3. Kauai, Hawaii
Coming in number three is Kauai. This is definitely a relaxation focused vacation. Because Kauai is so small, you can almost do everything there is to do! There are coffee tours, beaches, lots of shopping, amazing food, luaus, hiking, and so much more! This island is very small, so it is more of an immersive experience than next up on the list. This can be a very inexpensive trip if you stay in an Airbnb rather than a resort or hotel, and if you plan very well!
Pros : Cons :
relaxing have to rent a car to be able to sightsee
lots of sightseeing not as much to do as other islands
not as tourist focused as other Hawaiian islands expensive plane tickets
hiking and bike riding
2. Maui, Hawaii
Maui, in my opinion, is a better vacation than Kauai, although both are amazing options! There is a lot more to do in Maui than there is in Kauai which is why it is my number two on this list. However, Maui is a lot more touristy than Kauai! I loved Maui a lot and I got to do so much with my family! Out of the Hawaiian islands I have been to, Maui is defiantly the most family friendly! I went to Maui when I was 5 years old and I still remember how much fun it was! In opposition to Kauai, Maui has fun elements but also very relaxing ones, too! If you decide to go to Maui, definitely go on the Road to Hana! It is beautiful. There are luaus that you can go to which really bring the island to life! Also make sure that you get some hiking in if you love adventures and beautiful sights! There are beaches everywhere. And my most important suggestion is to try the shave ice!
Pros : Cons :
family friendly expensive if you have a big family
many things to do
authentic experiences with Hawaiians
1. Disney World, Florida
Obviously I am going to suggest Disney World first if you know me at all. There are many perks to Disney World, although there are a couple of down sides. My favorite thing about Disney is how immersive and interactive it is. It is also very safe and very friendly. The food here is amazing (especially the snacks) and it truly is so much fun for the whole entire family. This was always my go to vacation growing up, as it still is today. If you go to Disney World, I would suggest staying on Disney property so you can get the full experience! I would also suggest staying at least 3 days to get to do everything that you want! Make sure that you stop by Disney springs for more Disney related treats and souvenirs!
Pros : Cons :
many attractions can be very exhausting
rides for children and adults Florida can get very very hot
great food expensive
firework shows big crowds
musical shows long lines
4 parks, one water park Florida weather is unreliable
different events and festivals
Thank you so much for reading my top vacation list! Please comment your favorite vacation you have gone on, and any questions you have about the vacation spots I have listed! I can tell you more information on each place if you are interested! If you do want more information and more about my experiences in these places, check out the YouTube video I made in the bar at the top of this page! Thank you again for reading, and I hope you come back to my blog to read more!
by, Molly Rose Meredith