Choosing a family vacation destination can be a daunting task, especially when ages and interests vary among family members. However, it is important that the whole family feels included in the decision-making process and that any selection made is one in which every family member can agree.

Before reaching any decision regarding an upcoming family trip, we recommend setting aside at least 15 minutes for a family meeting to brainstorm and discuss vacation ideas. After all possibilities are presented, request that family members indicate their top three destination choices on a piece of paper. (Include young children in this process by writing down their picks on their behalf.)

Next, tally responses and create a final list of ideas. Then, take a family vote. If there is a tie, or if no decision can be reached, then differ to the parents’ top choice in order to reach a conclusion.

We understand that choosing a family vacation that is enjoyable for both adults and kids can be challenging, so we’ve compiled 5 Vacation Ideas the Whole Family Can Enjoy to help ease the selection process:

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

  • National Park

What better way to explore the country’s natural resources and preserved land than by taking a visit to one of America’s many national parks. As an educational trip that captures the attention of both adults and children, a vacation to a national park would be a suitable option for families with varying ages and abilities.

Ocean View in Key West

  • Beach

A wonderful thing about a trip to the beach is that it is almost always certain to delight the whole family. Adults can relax under an umbrella while children can work together to build majestic castles in the sand. Don’t forget to pack your beach bag!

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Via National Park Service

  • Mountains

There’s no better place to clear one’s head than amidst the tranquility of the mountains. Whether you choose to embark on an adventurous horseback trip or prefer to relax in your cabin, a family trip to the mountains is always a safe bet for the whole family.

NYC Skyline

  • New York City

A trip to the Big Apple is exciting for adults and children alike. Engage children of all ages with a boat trip on the river, a visit to FAO Schwarz or tickets to a popular Broadway Show. For older teens, we recommend a visit to China Town or the Statue of Liberty. While you’re there, be sure to explore the 9/11 Memorial, an educational and historic museum honoring the victims of 9/11.

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  • Staycation

While it is always exciting to explore a new city or take an adventure to parts unknown, there is also value in finding peace at home. A staycation allows all family members to relax and rejuvenate without leaving city limits. Whether it’s a night at a local hotel or a camping trip in your own back yard, a staycation is a fabulous alternative to traditional family vacations.

Do you have a family trip you would like to see added to our list? Share your ideas with us in the comments below. On behalf of the entire team, we hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable vacation.