Best Vacation Destinations

The world's best vacation destinations is a subject that could fill a book—more than a book. There are thousands of books and travel related magazines and websites that will point you in thousands of different directions. The best family vacation destinations will be found just about anywhere a dart lands when you when you throw it at the globe. As will the kinds of vacations and getaways that appeal to any other demographic.

While Las Vegas may be one of the best vacation destinations for adults to enjoy glitz, glamor, gambling, and partying, it also boasts hundreds of family and kid-friendly attractions. While Disneyland in Anaheim, California may be a child's dream come true, there are plenty of rides and attractions to also thrill adults.

It is safe to say that the percentage of Americans who have a passport is somewhere between 20 and 30 percent, although this may have increased in the last couple years now that passports are required for travel to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. This certainly indicates that one of the best spots to go on vacation for US citizens is the good old United States. Foreign tourists seem to agree with this, as the United States is the number two (after France) visited country in the world. This is the third or fourth largest country in the world (depending on how you measure it), and it offers just about everything a tourist might desire—from the Arctic glaciers and wildlife of Alaska to the steamy subtropical tropical swamps of the Everglades and from the superb skiing in the Rocky Mountains to the monument and museum studded Washington DC.

The best spots to go on vacation in the United States (with both domestic and international travelers) start with the country's famous national parks and its cities. These are among the best family vacation destinations as well as popular with every other demographic because of stunning scenery and diversity of experiences. Number one on the list of the most visited parks in the United States is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddling the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. Next comes the indescribable Grand Canyon, the waterfalls and rock formations of Yosemite, and the plains and wildlife of Yellowstone. In the United States you will find the sophisticated glitz of New York City, the glitz of Hollywood, the historic heritage of Washington DC and Boston, and the jazz of New Orleans.

We have barely scratched the surface of the best vacation destinations in the United States alone. Every other continent and virtually every other country offers a similar diversity of experiences. For the most decadently relaxing holiday, many people look for the best tropical vacations, most often on islands. You can honeymoon on one of the Hawaiian Islands or on romantic Fiji. You can go scuba diving in the Mediterranean, in the Caribbean, or on the Great Barrier Reef of the coast of Australia.

Some of the best spots to go on vacation for ancient history can be in places as different as the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and the Acropolis in Athens to enigmatic Stonehenge in England and Machu Picchu in Peru. For more "modern" history, few places can live up to the grand cities of Europe. You can enjoy the romance of Paris, with its iconic Eiffel Tower and it magnificent seventeenth-century Palace of Versailles, the stately pomp of Buckingham Palace, or Michelangelo's sublime Sistine Chapel. Move to Asia, and you have the graceful temples of Bangkok and the gleaming metropolis of Shanghai.

The best family vacation destinations depend more on your budget, time allotted, and interests. If your family is outdoor and adventure oriented but your budget is slim and you have little time, you will probably find wilderness and camping areas within less than a couple hours from your home. If your time and budget are more generous, you could go camping through East Africa on wildlife safaris or sailing through the Greek Islands.

Options for the best vacations throughout the world are virtually unlimited and are defined only by your budget and imagination. A great place to start, though, is with the booking tool right on this page. This can help you look at flights, hotels, cruises, and more around the world as you start planning the best vacation for you.

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