Summer is here! The kids are out of school, the sun is shining and you can practically hear the annual family vacation calling your name. Ditch the same old vacation spot and create new family memories at one of these southeastern destinations. The region is rich with culture, amusement parks, national monuments and so much more, sure to provide high thrills, a lot of fun and memories that last a lifetime.

Williamsburg, Virginia

Take a trip back in time to 18th-century Colonial Williamsburg where the kids can learn colonial dancing at Geddy House and farming, carpentry and 18th-century living at Great Hopes Plantation. To add a little adrenaline to the trip, head to Busch Gardens, Williamsburg’s premier amusement park. If you have younger children, the park includes a Sesame Street attraction and a wildlife safari park that is sure to entertain!

Orlando, Florida
America’s most popular family vacation destination is nestled in Orlando, Florida and you are not going to want to miss it! Plan a trip to Walt Disney World where the kids can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and all their Disney pals while enjoying rides, shows and great family fun. Universal Studios, Disney World’s neighbor, offers dreams and wonders at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or watch the kids get slimed at Nickelodeon!

Washington, D.C
This family vacation spot will entertain, educate and awe visitors of all ages. The nation’s capital has free family friendly sites such as the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian and the National Mall. The kids will go crazy for paid tours through the Spy Museum and the Air and Space Museum!

Charleston, South Carolina

Charming Charleston offers romantic getaways and family friendly options. The city holds the secrets to Revolutionary War battles, charming restaurants and B&Bs. Just around the corner, Folly Beach offers some of the most beautiful and clean beaches on the coast. Take the family for some much needed R&R and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Chattanooga, Tennessee

One of the region’s hidden gems, Chattanooga is home to Rock City which features incredible caverns, formations and family fun. Ruby Falls, named one of the world’s most magnificent cave waterfalls, is nearby as well. The site offers an amazing glimpse of a 145-foot waterfall that you have to see in person to understand its awesome beauty.