Classic Trips for Families

There are countless great family getaways; destinations that promise to entertain everyone in the group. But then there are those quintessential vacations that seem to capture the very essence of adventure: Part scholastic, part active, part leisure—the kind of iconic vacation that you remember from your own childhood. Here, we picked five varied spots in the U.S. that fit the bill—from Savannah to Montana—and built out trips that highlight the history of each place without compromising on fun, food, or comfort.

  • Montana


    There’s a lot of ground to cover in Montana, and almost all of it is stunningly beautiful, so it lends itself to an old-fashioned road trip—there are even outfits that organize summer bike trips for a family that’s ready for a more active adventure.


  • Washington, D.C.

    Washington, D.C.

    D.C. is one of the first American landscapes that kids become familiar with from afar—and, in person, D.C. really lives up to expectations. The buildings themselves—from the Neoclassical U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument, which stands 555 feet tall in front of the iconic Reflecting Pool—are impressive, majestic even, to kids and adults alike.


  • Savannah


    Sometimes referred to as America’s first planned city, Savannah has retained much of its original structure and charm. Savannah’s grid town plan was laid out in 1733 by General James E. Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia, and you can still see most of the city’s signature squares today.


  • Boston


    As a city built on the back of the Revolutionary War, Boston’s the perfect place to instill in kids an appreciation for American history. Luckily, the famously great walking city makes it easy on parents by making its most interesting monuments easy-to-find and accessible for all ages.


  • Utah


    Utah’s impossibly red sandstone rocks make up some of the country’s most iconic landmarks and by far the best place to see them is in Moab, a smallish desert town on the state’s Eastern edge, not far from the Colorado border.