AAA’s Best Family Adventures for 2019

Family vacations are important. When you are away from your every day "to do" list, you can pay more attention to each other. Here are AAA's recommendations on where to create those family memories in 2019.


Yes, Orlando is a no-brainer when you’re talking about family vacations – it’s the #1 vacation destination in the US! But, we have to mention it here – it’s such a reasonable drive from the Carolinas and there really is so much to do. Of course, there are the mega-theme parks of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. For those space-interested families, Orlando is only an hour or so from Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. And, while Orlando is kid nirvana, adults will be impressed too – from a plethora of golf courses to a booking fine dining scene.


America’s Last Frontier with spectacular scenery, glaciers galore and amazing wildlife is a great family destination. Besides all the natural wonder, kids (and adults too!) will enjoy the gold-panning, sled-dog meet and greets and Native American attractions. Opt for a cruisetour, you’ll be able to see the best of the best. On the cruise, you’ll experience calving glaciers, historic coastal towns and marine life, like humpback whales. The tour portion takes you inland to Anchorage and/or Fairbanks and Denali National Park, home of the tallest mountain in North America.


Rainforests, beaches, amazing volcanoes and wildlife, like monkeys and sloths make Costa Rica a wondrous vacation for the active family. Zip line over the rainforest, visit a pineapple plantation, see an active volcano and relax in natural hot springs. Best time to visit is mid-December to April to avoid the rainy season.


A family vacation classic, our Nation’s Capital doesn’t disappoint. What better way for the kids to experience America’s history than to see it in person. For a first-time visit, choose a traditional itinerary filled with classic attractions like the White House and the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum.


America’s National Parks are simply extraordinary – some say the best idea America has ever had. No matter where you visit, from the Great Smoky Mountains on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee to the Grand Canyon, covering more than 1900 square miles of Arizona, each offers a myriad of opportunities for family bonding and memories. For starters, make the trip to Yellowstone – America’s first National Park and the beginning of a worldwide national park movement.

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