Top 20 Family Vacation Ideas for 2020

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2020. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? We have picked the Top 20 Vacations for Families in 2020. These are our favorites for this year. 

Walt Disney World Resort

A Disney World vacation is almost like a rite of passage for most families. 2020 is a great time to visit the parks with so many new additions to the parks recently including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Pandora- The World of Avatar, Toy Story Land, and more. There are even more new attractions opening this year, as well, including Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the first ever Disney Parks ride starring this iconic character. 

Universal Orlando Resort

If you are a Harry Potter fan, then you have to plan a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort! However, there’s so much more to experience here with three parks, including Volcano Bay, Universal’s new water theme park. Universal is growing and adding new hotels all the time, with their newest, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Dockside Inn and Suites scheduled to open in May, completing Universal’s most affordable property yet. 

Beaches Turks & Caicos

This all-inclusive family filled luxury resort is perfect for all types of families. With four magnificent villages that represent Italy, France, Key West, and the Caribbean. The resort hosts a 12-mile long beach with the turquoise water for hosting snorkeling wind-surfing, paddleboard, sailing, and kayaks. Your teens and tots will busy from morning to night with the endless fun in the water park, X-box lounge, and the dance club. This island resort is the perfect setting for those multigenerational family gatherings to bachelor/bachelorette weekends or a much-needed girls weekend getaway all available at Beaches. One of our favorites at Beaches is the inexpensive vow renewal that allows you and the whole family (including the kiddos) to experience your big day.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun

The Grand at Moon Palace is one of our favorite all inclusive resorts for families! With new accommodations, world class dining, a waterpark, golf, and spa, the whole family will love a visit here. Plus, kids and teens stay free at Palace Resorts in addition to up to $1,500 resort credit which can be used on spa treatments, tours, romantic dinners, golf, or even swimming with dolphins! 

Atlantis

Atlantis offers so much for families to do together! Of course, there’s pools and beaches to enjoy, but you can swim with dolphins, sharks, or stingrays, ride water slides in a one-of-a-kind water park, visit the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, and so much more. There are numerous accommodations available to fit all needs and budgets. 

Southern California

Southern California offers so much to see and do! If you want the thrills of a theme park, you can visit Disneyland Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm, or Universal Studios Hollywood. You can also get up close with marine life at Sea World San Diego. Your LEGO loves will want to spend a day at LEGOLAND California. Plus, with beautiful beaches and the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, there’s something for everyone in the family. 

Hawaii

Aloha! Once you visit Hawaii, you will want to come back again and again. The beauty, adventure, culture, food and atmosphere makes Hawaii one of the top places for families to visit year after year. There are so many places in Hawaii to visit. For families, Maui is our top pick with great resorts, shopping, excursions, and dining.  It is a great island to experience Hawaii for first timers.

National Geographic Journeys

National Geographic Journeys trips, which are offered in partnership with G Adventures, blend fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group all at an unbeatable value.

Adventures by Disney

Are you looking for the ultimate family “luxury” experience to destinations around the world? You may want to try an Adventures by Disney vacation. This is a tour experience, so you are joining a group of families. You will make lifelong friends! Disney provides amazing tours to Italy, New York, Nashville, Costa Rica, Peru, and more. All of these experiences provide unique local and behind the scenes experience. Once you take one Adventures by Disney Tour, you will be back for more.

Alaska

Alaska is America’s final frontier. Whether you visit on a cruise or stay at one of the breathtaking resorts, you will not be disappointed. You can travel to Alaska based on your family. If you are looking for a more relaxing experience, a cruise with stops in Alaska cities may be a perfect trip. If you are more of an adventure seeker, planning a tour throughout Alaska may be a better fit for you. We can help you plan the ultimate trip to Alaska. Live out your dreams by climbing glaciers, seeing amazing wildlife, and much more!

Iceland

Have you always dreamed of seeing the colorful Northern Lights in person? You can experience the natural beauty of Iceland’s Golden Circle, visit the largest icecap in Europe, go whale watching, hike waterfalls and valleys, visit a “red sand” beach, and experience the world renowned Blue Lagoon, complete with the Northern Lights twinkling in the background. 

New York City 

Have you ever wanted to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve? There is so much “magic” to New York City! In 2017, book your vacation around these spectacular events. We have exclusive NYC partners that provide packages to these events. Imagine a private breakfast and then exclusive outdoor seating for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you want a break, you can head inside to warm up with some hot cocoa and private bathrooms. It is the ultimate way to experience these “bucket list” vacations with your family.

Hard Rock All Inclusive Resorts 

With four resorts in places like Mexico and the Caribbean, Hard Rock All-Inclusive Resorts are the perfect choice for a couples’ getaway or a family vacation. The Hard Rock Resorts offer everything you are looking for, including amazing beaches, cool pools, world-class restaurants, high energy nightlife, and much more. These are the resorts you and your family will never forget! 

Cruise

Are you looking for the ultimate family vacation? Would you like to wake up every morning in a new destination full of adventure and only have to unpack once? If you are saying “yes,” then cruising is perfect for you. Whether you are on a river cruise or an ocean voyage, if you can dream it, you can do it on a cruise. Cruising can also be a very economical vacation since everything is included in one price. Our favorite ocean lines for families include Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Adventures by Disney even has a partnership with Ama Waterways if you’d like to try a river cruise. 

Puerto Rico

If you are looking for a destination with amazing beaches, rich history, and world-class resorts, then Puerto Rico is for you! During your adventure; you can dive coral reefs, trek through jungles, shop until you drop, or just lay on the beach. You can enjoy a family cruise to Puerto Rico or spend time at one of the incredible hotels. The choice is yours in this tropical paradise! 

Punta Cana

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has everything you need for the perfect Caribbean vacation. From amazing all-inclusive resorts to stunning beaches and world-class golf courses, there is something for the whole family. No matter your budget or dreams, Punta Cana is the place for you and your family. 

Jamaica

Whether you’re looking for an adventure, want to tie (or re-tie) the knot or simply want some rest and relaxation in paradise, Jamaica has the All Right you need. Jamaica is teeming with rivers and waterfalls, many pouring into the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Paradise in Jamaica can be whatever you want it to be – lose yourself in the adventure and take it all in. Get back to nature in the magic of rainforests, which seem to be as alive as any of the tropical animals that live there. Take your loved ones to hike the Blue Mountains and look at the world through new eyes. Meet the island’s friendly people, try local cuisine and watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea to the sound of slow reggae rhythms and good times. 

Riviera Maya

Stretching down the Yucatán Peninsula’s Caribbean coast lies the Riviera Maya, home to many of Mexico’s best hotels and resorts. The Riviera Maya coastline stretches from the southern end of bustling Cancun to the north, down south to the Mayan Ruins in Tulum, and in the center of the coastline, the once sleepy fishing village turned popular city of Playa del Carmen. The coastline today is dotted with an abundance of all-inclusive resorts as well as smaller boutique hotels perched on the idyllic sandy beaches. The most popular activities for visitors to this region include visiting the Mayan ruins, eco-tourism parks including Xcaret and Xel-Ha, snorkeling along the expansive barrier coral reef, golfing and of course soaking up the sun on the relaxing beaches. From miles of soft, sandy beaches to breathtaking ancient ruins, you will surely have an unforgettable adventure. 

Italy

Italy is on many bucket lists, and for good reason! It’s an absolutely incredible place full of history, culture, cuisine, art, gorgeous landscapes and so much more. Wonderful old Italian destinations like Venice, Milan, Verona and Rome are architecturally stunning. Did you know that Italy also has a large number of beaches? They range from rustic and secluded to tropical and luxurious and everything in between. Italy is also known for its beautiful lakes, and Lake Como is no exception. This picturesque lake, located near the Swiss border, is dotted with ancient villages and gorgeous villas set against the dramatically steep hills and grand mountains of the Italian Alps. No matter where you “Rome” in Italy, you’re bound to find some fascinating ruins. Look around for temples, arches and government buildings that date back 2,000 years. You’ll find the best selection of Greek ruins in Sicily. 

Costa Rica

You can see the sand and crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean, framed by swaying palm trees; listen to the soft crashing of the waves, and relax as you watch the sun gradually go down on the horizon in Costa Rica. Did you know that Costa Rica is one of the happiest places in the world? The Ticos are proud of the feel-good vibe tourists feel here, and 2 million visitors a year agree. If possible, we recommend staying more than a week since some of the national parks are hours apart, and a trip from Dreams Las Mareas to Arenal Volcano is at least 3 hours long. It can be really worth your while spending a couple of days in each part of the country. This way you save your day trip travel time and you get more time to enjoy each excursion. Two weeks will give you enough time to really discover Costa Rica and its “Pura Vida.”

Contact Siera Duiser today at siera@destinationstoexplore.com or 734-771-1290 to book and plan your 2020 vacations. Most destinations only require a small deposit. You can then make monthly payments until the final payment due date. That makes any vacation more affordable. Ask her about the travel payment plan.

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