It’s about that time, to start planning your summer trips. Not sure where you want to head this year? Well, the folks at US News and World Report ranked the top 20 best family vacations in the US and the list includes somewhere in North Carolina. With the help of reader votes and expert opinions, U.S. News compiled this list of travel destinations that offer reasonable rates and activities the whole family can enjoy. These places are all great options to choose from when looking for a getaway. I’ve been lucky enough to go to half of the destinations they included. And most of these trips were when I was a kid myself. So I can vouch that they are kid approved.

This list has something for everyone. Whether nature and national parks are your vibes or the history of our nation. Maybe you love a good theme park (I know I do) or a bustling tourist town full of activities and attractions. Both coasts are covered and few places in between as well. And of course, you can’t talk about US vacation destinations without flying out to Hawaii. And how great is it that one of the best family vacations in the US is in North Carolina? Somehow even though I’ve lived in North Carolina my whole life it’s a place I’ve never been! Keep reading to see the list and get some ideas for your next trip! Happy travels.

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