Vacationing with the family is like flying first class vs private jet: no matter what happens, it’s going to be an amazing time. You get to travel to incredible locations with your favorite people and experience new destinations together. It’s choosing the perfect vacation for a family that can be difficult. Driving or flying? Budgeting or splurging? How many days? Once you figure out the logistics, then you can worry about the preferences! Someone is always going to initially complain or be unhappy, but all of that will fade once you arrive. If you need some inspiration, consider these unexpected destinations for your next family vacation!
You may not think of it, but Branson, Missouri has all of the components for the perfect family vacation. You can make everyone happy. We’re talking top-notch sports facilities, gorgeous clear water lakes, exciting dinner theaters, museums, and a modern landing with shopping and restaurants. In case you haven’t heard, Tiger Woods opened his 19-hole course, Payne’s Valley Golf Course, nearby in 2020. It’s everything you’d hope for from the iconic golfer, both challenging and beautiful. Another Branson attraction is actually about 20 minutes south. Table Rock Lake is known for its beautifully clear water and gorgeous shoreline. Inside, outside, rain, or shine, Branson has some sort of unique entertainment. You just have to give it a chance.
Fort Robinson, Nebraska
For the history buff and conservation enthusiast, Fort Robinson, Nebraska is the place for you. As a former military base from the late 1800s, it has a ton of history. It was active during multiple wars, trained K9 units, and served as a POW camp. If you’re not interested in the history, consider the sites. Fort Robinson has beautiful views, hiking trails, equestrian trails, kayaking, and best of all, guided tours through bison country. The cute, “wild” donkeys that approach your vehicles for pets and snacks make this destination a must!
Gatlinburg, Tennessee really is a great place to visit. The mountains are truly stunning and offer the adrenaline seekers the fix they might need. White water rafting, hiking, or a walk across the Sky Bridge will get the heart pumping. If you’re more interested in indoor activities, there are museums and theater shows aplenty…they even have an indoor waterpark. You could spend your morning exploring the aquarium, grab a quick lunch at one of the many local steakhouses, and spend the afternoon ziplining through the Great Smoky Mountains. The options are endless.
If you’re interested in a family vacation that won’t break the bank and will keep everyone happy, search no more. You now have three more destinations to add to the list!