There are a lot of really great places to visit, but that doesn’t mean they’re all perfect for families. Some destinations require a little too much time on a plane. Some are a little too unfamiliar, so they can be scary, while others are just plain boring to young children.

Don’t take chances on your vacation. Make sure you pick a place in 2019 that the whole family will love by choosing from the destinations on this list.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe
There’s nothing like going to the lake. If your family likes spending time on the sand, choose the ultimate lake and get started planning a weekend getaway in Lake Tahoe, California.

There’s something for everyone at Lake Tahoe, no matter what your age. Take a sightseeing cruise on the water and enjoy a little lunch while you do it, take a tour around the lake, or hit the trails on horseback. Teens are sure to love the jet ski rentals and parasailing. If you and your significant other have a chance to get away for the evening, plan a dinner cruise with dancing.

Of course, if you do nothing else but sit on the beach and watch the kids play in the water, you can bet everyone in your family will consider your trip to Lake Tahoe a success!

The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a great family destination every year, but it’s sure to be an even better bet in 2019. That’s because this park is celebrating its 100th year as a national park. With its centennial birthday celebration, you can expect plenty of special events and displays all year long.

With or without the special celebrations, there’s still plenty to do. Activity ideas include:

  • Art exhibits
  • River trips
  • Mule trips
  • Guided tours
  • Hiking
  • Ranger programs
  • And much more

The Grand Canyon is a great destination in 2019 if you think your family could use a little more awe in your lives. There’s nothing like observing the canyons from the North Rim.

Disney World

Disney World
It’s true that Disney World is a popular destination on any list for family-friendly vacations, but it especially belongs on every 2019 list. Even if you’ve been to Disney World many times before, there’s a new attraction in 2019 that your family just can’t miss.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening at Disney World in the fall of 2019, and it means more than just a few people dressed up as your favorite Star Wars characters. This expansive park will include 14 acres with plenty to do:

  • Ride the Millennium Falcon and prepare for a critical mission
  • Participate in a battle with the First Order
  • Tour Batuu, full of rogue traders, droids, and creatures from the Star Wars universe
  • Make a stop at the Black Spire Outpost before heading into space
  • Train to become a young Jedi with Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
  • Stay in a Star Wars-themed hotel room

Hawaii

Hawaii

If you’re looking for a more adventurous travel experience, consider Hawaii. It has long been a top destination spot, but in 2019, it’s sure to be even more fascinating to children of all ages.

Hawaii is situated on an active volcano. It’s fascinating for children to discover that this entire chain of islands exists because of volcanic activity. That lesson will be even more clear in 2019. That’s because Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has reopened after the massive volcanic activity in 2018.

There are popular tours that will take you on an adventure, showcasing the events that changed the park, so the kids can really see how an island is built out of molten rock. You can check out amazing lava tubes with vibrant microbial mats living on the cave walls, you can bike around the volcano, and you can take a zip line above the island.

Alaska

Alaska
Alaska is a great place to visit in 2019 with the kids. That’s because it’s celebrating its 60th year as a state!

Birthday celebrations come with plenty of events and fun things to do throughout the year, which includes amazing things to do all year round. Check out the Northern Lights in the spring, bathe in a hot spring, or go on a riverboat discovery tour. The kids are also sure to love exploring natural areas, especially if it means getting to see a brown bear!

A vacation should be fun for the whole family! Make sure that’s the case by planning a trip to one of the family-friendly destinations on this list.