17 Family Vacation Itineraries to Start Planning Today

Are you looking for awesome ideas for your next family vacation? This list of family vacation itineraries are great for all ages and budgets to inspire your next trip.

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Exploring the many family friendly destinations in the USA has been one of my favorite things to do as a family. I love discovering new US destinations and planning out our vacation itineraries.

The planning part is one of my favorites but I have learned that not everyone enjoys it as much as I do. I want to help take the stress out of planning your itineraries for your family trips, so I put together this list of all the trips we have taken and the itinerary for each.

This includes 2 day weekend getaways, a 7 day Disney World vacation, and a 9 day Southwest road trip. All of them will do a lot of the research for you. That includes where to stay, what to do, and where to eat.

These itineraries for family vacations have all been done by our family too! As we add new experiences and trips I will be sure to add them to this list. Also check out our post on Traveling All 50 States: How It’s Going (Updated 2022).

Tickets & Discounts: I always recommend shopping for the best travel deals when planning a trip! This takes time but can help you SAVE! Our favorite places to check: Theme park tickets, hotels, and car rentals check out Undercover Tourist. Hotels and other travel needs check out TripAdvisor and Bookings.com. Always compare prices because they often have specials and deals during the year.

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Best Family Vacation Itineraries

Southern California Theme Park Itinerary

We love visiting theme parks and our Southern California Theme Park Itinerary was a great trip. We visited Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, and Disney’s California Adventure. We also included a few touristy places in Hollywood.

Read the article for the full itinerary: 9 Day Southern California Itinerary for Your Theme Park Vacation

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Las Vegas 4 Day Itinerary with Kids

Our Las Vegas 4 day itinerary was a mix of day trips and days on the strip. There are actually a lot of things to see and do in Las Vegas the are great for kids. We also spent one day at Zion National Park which I highly recommend. We fit a lot of activities into a short time but it was the perfect amount of time for our family.

Read the full itinerary: Zion National Park to Las Vegas Road Trip | Las Vegas 4 Day Itinerary

Disney World 7 Day Itinerary

I love visiting Disney World in Orlando Florida and we have visited for 2 days at Disney World all the way up to a 7 Day visit. If you are visiting Disney World for the first time or have a week for your family trip, I suggest planning rest time and time at the parks in a week long vacation.

This amount of time will allow rest days and an opportunity to visit all four of the parks. If you are looking for ticket deals be sure to check out my partner Undercover Tourist for their latest theme park deals.

Read Our Full Itinerary: Disney World 7 Day Itinerary Planning Guide

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NY to Florida Road Trip Itinerary

I have made the trip from NY to Florida numerous times as a kid as well as with my kids. It usually takes at least one overnight to drive down, unless you have multiple drivers and can drive through the night.

The great thing about driving this route is you can decide to take a number of different routes to get from point A to point B. Depending on where we want to stop along our drive we can customize our route to include unique stops.

One of my favorite stops was at Jekyll Island in Georgia. This place is a little off the highway but if you have time to stop it is totally worth it.

Read Our Full Itinerary: New York to Florida Road Trip Itinerary

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Tucson Arizona in 24 Hours with Kids

Tucson, Arizona was added to a bigger trip we were on but it was a place I wish we had more time to visit. The 24 hours we did have was a quick trip but we really enjoyed it. It was our first visit to Arizona and I need to plan a trip back.

Read What We Did: Family Activities in Tucson with Kids that Everyone Will Enjoy

New York City in 2 Days

New York City is one of those places that you can never really see everything. You have to pick and choose the attractions you want to do. We have done this trip twice. Our second trip to NYC we stayed at the Westin and focused a lot of time around Times Square and Broadway.

Read Itinerary: New York in 2 Days: Tips for First Time Visiting NYC with Kids

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9 Day Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

This was one of our first really big road trip itineraries and it will always be one of my favorites. We were able to visit 3 states, Disneyland, White Sands National Park, and the California coast. It was amazing!

Read the Itinerary: Best Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

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Hershey, PA Weekend

We have visited Hershey, Pennsylvania numerous times over the years for their Halloween and Christmas events as well as different times throughout the year. They have a Hershey Chocolate Tour at Hershey Chocolate World, Hersheypark, 3 Hersheypark resorts, and other family fun things to do.

Read Itinerary: Fun Things to Do in Hershey PA with Kids

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4 Day Pigeon Forge Itinerary

Pigeon Forge is so much fun with the many kid friendly attractions as well as the proximity to The Great Smoky Mountains. We really enjoyed hiking Clingman’s Dome and staying in a cabin. If we visit again I would include Dollywood into our visit.

Read Our Itinerary: Things to Do in Pigeon Forge with Kids (4 Day Pigeon Forge Itinerary)

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2 Day Jamestown, NY Itinerary

Our weekend in Jamestown, NY was one of the most surprising weekend getaways we every went on. We visited the National Comedy Center, spent time by the water, and explored Panama Rocks. It was a great place to visit for a family trip.

Read Itinerary: Best Things to Do in Jamestown NY for a Weekend Getaway

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6 Day Orlando Itinerary

Sharing an Orlando itinerary is difficult because I could come up with many different ways to spend your time in the central Florida city. This was one of our first trips and we did a split stay at a few resorts. We have also done a quick weekend getaway to Orlando that was a lot of fun.

Our Orlando itinerary should help you get started with what type of vacation you want to have and give you ideas for where to start.

Read the Itinerary: Orlando with Kids: 6 Day Orlando Itinerary

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Watkins Glen 2 Day Itinerary

Watkins Glen State Park may be one of my favorite places to hike in New York state. It is so beautiful. If you want to avoid the crowds you should arrive early. To do this you might want to plan a weekend getaway and stay close to the park. We stayed at the Harbor Hotel and it was a perfect location.

Read Itinerary: Best Things to Do in Watkins Glen (Family Weekend at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel)

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2 Day Pittsburgh Itinerary

Pittsburgh will always hold a special place for us because we lived there for a short time but we love to go back. It is an awesome city to visit with kids because there are so many family friendly attractions.

Read Our Itinerary: Pittsburgh Weekend Trip with Kids

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3 Night Carlsbad Itinerary

Carlsbad, CA is a great place to visit for families looking to visit Southern California. It has great beaches, food, and family friendly attractions. Legoland California is located in Carlsbad making this a great spot for families.

Read Itinerary: Fun Things to Do in Carlsbad CA with Kids | 3 Night Carlsbad Itinerary

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Weekend in Buffalo Itinerary

Buffalo, NY is continuing to grow and has a lot of family friendly attractions. Combine this with a night or two at Niagara Falls, USA or Niagara Falls, Canada and you can have a great trip.

We love the food options in Buffalo and expect to spend a lot of time finding the best Beef on Weck or Wings. In Buffalo they are called wings, not Buffalo wings! Growing up in Buffalo may make me bias but this is an underrated city that is worth the visit.

Read Our Itinerary: Best Fun Things to Do in Buffalo NY with Your Family

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Tennessee Road Trip Itinerary

For our Tennessee road trip we visited the first Kentucky Fried Chicken! Need I say more? This trip was packed full of unique places to stop on our drive to Pigeon Forge.

Read Itinerary: 8 Awesome Stops for a Family Fun Tennessee Road Trip

2 Nights in Mystic Connecticut

All I ever knew about Mystic was from the movie Mystic Pizza, so I was excited to visit this small coastal town. If you are a fan of the movie you can visit the Mystic Pizza location for a slice.

What I discovered was a really cute town to spend a couple nights visiting. The highlight of our trip was the Mystic Aquarium. Plan to arrive early.

Read Itinerary: Best Things to Do in Mystic Connecticut with Kids

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I hope you can find inspiration in these family vacation itineraries to start planning your next family adventure.

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