Best Family Vacation Places USA West

Here are the Best Family Vacation Places USA West edition. You can also check out the top US vacation places in the East or search for all different types of vacation ideas on the menu. 

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The Best Vacation Places in the United States - West

The West is only a little more expensive than the east coast of the United States  while the opportunities for family adventures stretch as far as the  wide open desserts, and as high as the Rockies and Sierra Nevada Ranges. 

California Vacation Ideas

California is a place of family vacation dreaming and the diverse landscapes from a coastline dotted with famous cities from San Francisco to San Diego, the dramatic cliffs of Big Sur to the sprawling desserts, and mountains in between offer some of the most iconic and unforgettable vacations experiences out there. Join us on our Californian adventure.

Big Sur

VIDEO: Big Sur ROAD TRIP | The Mongolian Family

There is nothing like gliding along the edge of the Big Sur. Drive the decelerating Bixby Bridge high above the California Coast on Highway one, where down below, whales and seals inhabit the waters below.


Why does San Diego often come up as one of the top vacation destinations for family travel in the United states? We make it the starting point for a classic California family road trip and find out for ourselves. Including advise for families on the best ways to approach:

VIDEO: San Diego Vacation Travel Guide

The Pacific Northwest

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The Pacific Northwest is clearly one of the most spectacular areas of the United States and it's pristine rugged beauty lends itself to road trips, but the good weather window is quite small.  And although the bends io the higher altitudes around the mountains areas may require you take the bends slowly through much of this country the outdoor family activities will make road tripping, camping or staying at great little family friendly accommodations more than worthwhile.

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Link your trip of the Crater Lake area which is in the south of Oregon near the California border and head along the Oregon coast to Olympic National Park in Washington.

VIDEO: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon - with Kids

VIDEO: Fishing with Kids (Olympic National Park)

PLAN YOUR Pacific Northwest VACATION 

Check out this Family road-trip Movie through the Pacific Northwest for More Ideas. I was inspired by this production to start planning a journey myself. I am loving this family vacation documentary packed full of fascination ideas about travel and life and filmed by an award winning documentary maker. The video has some great ideas about live and travel with a Californian mindset. If you have an hour sit down and watch it with your family

Although the area is a little remote because of the tremendous amount of rain they receive, setting out from June to September can help you avoid  a drenching (potentially). 

See more on the Pacific Northwest on TripAdvisor:

VIDEO: The 7 Wonders of Oregon

Seattle for Kids

Things to Do in Seattle with Kids

Kids and adults alike will enjoy soaking up the vibe in the Pacific North Wests biggest city of Seattle. While Seattle has one of the top children's museums in the country, more farmers markets than farms, kid friendly features like the Artists at Play Playground the Museum of FLight and a top Zoo the real attraction of this part of the country is the wilderness areas nearby. 

TripAdvisor is a good place to check out the top attraction in Washington State - more information.

YellowStone Family Vacation Ideas


Yellowstone touches three states but he main part is in Wyoming.  A huge volcanic area has more geysers than almost anywhere else on earth. There was a reason Yellowstone was the worlds first national park. Take the kids to see the Old Yella geyser by moonlight and avoid the crowds.

VIDEO: Spring Time in Yellowstone National Park

Talk with kids about the impact the reintroduction of wolves has made on the park and take in the petrified forest.

Yellowstone at Tripadvisor including reviews, camping, and things to do - Yellowstone more information.

Plan your Yellowstone Family Vacation Adventure

Nearby Big Sky Ski Resort 

Mesa Verde National park Colorado

If you have kids that love climbing a visit to Mesa Verde National Parks is something you are going to want to include on your itinerary. 

Gaze at the stars by night and climb to the more than 600  homes the Ancestral Pueblo people who made more than 700 years ago.

See TripAdvisor for travel information and accommodations of Mesa Verde - Click Here.


Everybody knows the best ski resorts in the USA are located in the west. Then it stands to reason this is also where the top family ski resorts are too. Check out the review links below the video.

USA Ski Resorts from our Companion Site

International Ski Resorts

Colorado Family Ski Vacations

Grand Canyon Family Vacations

The Grand Canyon is often regarded as the Western United States Premier natural attraction. If you ask anyone that has been there they will agree. But what are the best ways to attack a family vacation to this sometimes overwhelmingly popular destination.  

Plan your own Grand Canyon Family Adventure

Texas Family VAcation Ideas

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