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We just came back from a staycation with two other families. We had such a good time, visiting, laughing, getting to know each other really well. While we did a large rental home resort nearby, it did get me to thinking about what other destinations would make a good fit for multiple families or multi-generational vacations. For ease of getting everyone to one location, I stuck to destinations in the United States. Here are seven of the best multifamily vacation destinations in the United States.
What Makes a Great Multifamily Vacation
First, let’s look at what makes a great multifamily vacation destination.
Because we’re considering all ages, the vacation needs to be easily accessible. Flying to remote parts of the world, or country, may not work for Grandma and Grandpa. Consider destinations that are an easy drive from home or a short enough flight that everyone can handle.
Secondly, make sure there’s a mix of activities for all ages and skill levels. Teens and young adults may want thrilling adventures, while parents and younger children may need some low-key activities and quiet time.
Finally, choose a destination where you can get a large multifamily vacation home or a hotel that accommodates large groups with common areas.
The Adirondacks region of New York State highlights the upstate New York region with rolling mountains, diverse waters, and plenty of family-friendly activities. Here you can visit wineries while taking a scenic drive or hit the many hiking and kayaking trails before returning to camp. Lake Placid is often the top vacation spot, but consider spending your time in Lake George for a mix of history and scenic trails.
Where to Stay:
There’s no doubt that Orlando is one of the best multifamily vacation destinations. The theme park mecca, Orlando is home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and SeaWorld. LEGOLAND Florida is a short drive away.
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A dude ranch vacation has the right amount of adventure and relaxation for every member of the family. Think horseback riding, roping cows, group campfires, hiking, fishing, and sometimes even whitewater rafting. While you might stay in separate cabins, a dude ranch vacation is often small enough that you'll still spend plenty of time with family.
We like the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana, just a 40-minute drive to Yellowstone. It has room for 80 people and plenty of activity.
Also check out R Lazy S Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with the Grand Tetons and Snake Rivers as your playground.
San Diego, CA
San Diego has a lot of attractions, yet still maintains a laid back vibe, thanks to its proximity to the ocean. Everyone will enjoy visits to the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND, Sea World, or even surf lessons at the beach.
Where to stay:
- I like this 3 bedroom home that sleeps 9 and has surfboards for use. It's minutes to the beaches and downtown.
- This modern beach oasis has an outdoor kitchen, has stunning views, and sleeps 8.
What to do:
In San Diego, if you're flying in, you may want to consider a car rental as everything is spaced out. Check all the car rental sites at once using Discover Car Rental here.
The Florida Panhandle offers beautiful beaches, with fewer crowds. The WaterColor Inn in Santa Rosa Beach is my favorite for one of the best multifamily vacation destinations.
Here they have golf, beaches, miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing, a pool, canoeing, and more. As it is a hotel, families will stay in separate rooms. But as there's so much to do here, you'll likely be off exploring in different combinations of family groups. Meet up for dinner each evening at one of the delightful seaside restaurants nearby.
Gatlinburg & Knoxville, TN
Combine some of the best theme parks, add a bit of cheesy kid-friendly attractions and throw in a stunning mountain backdrop and you have the Gatlinburg and Knoxville Tennessee area. Here you can visit Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and my favorite, Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
I think the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is wonderful for all ages, as you can drive through most of the park for exquisite scenic views and opt for easy 1 mile hikes, to more strenuous 4 hour or more hikes.
Where to Stay:
- Consider camping in the National Park. Even if you don't have your own camping equipment, use a rental such as RVshare.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon National Park is celebrating 100 years as a National Park this year. Of course, the area is much older than that. The quintessential family vacation destination however still offers a lot more than just a roadside attraction.
What to do:
Be sure to stop in one of the visitor's centers with the national parks and pick up your National Park passport and get it stamped.
Where to stay:
A cruise is another fantastic way to spend a vacation with multiple families. The kids can head to the kids club while the adults lounge poolside with drinks. When you book, be sure to book together so that the cruise line knows to sit all the families at one table.
What are your thoughts? Have you vacationed with multiple families or multi-generations before? What are your tips for the best multifamily vacation destinations?