2020 has thrown us a loop with Coronavirus - but polls show Americans still want to travel! I've compiled a list of the best domestic destinations that will allow you to have an incredible vacation while still remaining socially distant from large crowds.
1. Blackberry Farm, Tennesse
Blackberry Farm is a unique and fresh family-centered getaway experience at the base of the Smokey Mountains. Cottages and resort rooms are nestled among the beautiful countryside.
Discover life on a fully working farm which still enjoying all the luxurious amenities of an upscale resort. From (literal) farm-to-table food served fresh each day, to outdoor activities such as hiking and horseback riding, as well as kid's camps which provides artful and educational programs with certified caregivers - it's an incredible escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
While the little ones enjoy exploring in their camp, adults can enjoy local wine tastings and gourmet dinners. Perfect for multigenerational family vacations, there's truly something special for everyone at Blackberry Farm.
2. Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida
Club Med Sandpiper is perfect for families who are looking for sun, fun, and endless activities. You don't have to worry about a thing here because everything is all-inclusive.
Located on the Saint Lucie River, it's close to Florida's beautiful beaches, provides water sports, pools, splash-pads, and southern charm. Various food and drink options are located throughout the resort. Recreational sports and kid's clubs are also included in the fare - you'll truly be able to relax and enjoy!
3. Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island is known for its sugar-sand beaches, championship golf courses, and delicious restaurants. The peaceful island is located off South Carolina's shore and is a playground for families.
Best Hilton Head Island resort for families:
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort is fashioned after an old-school family lodge with outdoor activities and simple charm. The resort is made up of multi-bedroom villa units perfect for larger family gatherings - most with full kitchens.
Kids will love zipping down the waterslide into the heated pool, and younger children will have a blast in the Little Dipper kiddie pool with several surprising water fountains.
Best Hilton Head resort for couples:
Montage Palmetto Bluff is surrounded by rivers, marshes, and maritime forests, Montage Palmetto Bluff is the bucolic, Spanish moss-draped setting for a picture-perfect getaway. Located minutes from Hilton Head Island in the area of Bluffton, it's worth the short distance - the Montage Palmetto Bluff is an absolute oasis for couples stealing away for some rest and rejuvenation.
The classic cottages and villas perfectly encompass the charm of the south. Fine dining, luxurious spa services, a riverfront marina, and a signature golf course provides upscale enjoyment for a special getaway.
4. The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
Individuals who love the outdoors but don't want to rough it completely will absolutely love the sweet spot of this resort. Guests will find secluded luxury tent suites with private master bedrooms, hot tubs, heated slate bathroom floors, and big terraces with Adirondack chairs — not to mention, a chef, a butler, and a daily housekeeper.
The Resort at Paws Up encompasses 37,000 acres in the Montana wilderness but provides shuttles so guests can experience the MANY activities the resort has to offer including:
zip-line and adventure course
mountain bike riding
5. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Nature lovers looking to explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole is a fun and lively destination with tons of fun things for families to do.
During winter months, guests flock to this area for the fantastic snow sports including skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. In the summer kayaking, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, mountain biking, and stagecoach rides are just a few of the many options available.
The quaint town of Jackson Hole features funky art galleries, unique dining, and shopping to explore. Insider tip: you can't miss Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream near Jackson Square for the BEST ice cream!
Best Jackson Hole resort for families:
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole: Just because you'll be engaging in rugged activities while in Jackson Hole doesn't mean you have to stay rugged! After a long day of play return to relaxation and luxury at the Four Seasons. The rooms are spacious with breathtaking views.
The resort offers children's programs, and babysitting and nanny services and plenty of fine and casual dining, and year-round heated pool and whirlpool.
Best Jackson Hole resort for couples:
Hotel Jackson: Adventurous couples will love this modern and upscale hotel that combines Rocky Mountain ruggedness with top-shelf luxury. Located in the heart of Jackson Hole, just steps away from shops, art galleries, restaurants, and the iconic elk antler arches of Town Square, you'll be walking distance to everything.
The goal of Hotel Jackson is "to celebrate and share the area’s unique Western heritage while providing guests with every modern luxury and unrivaled customer service".
6. Maui, Hawaii (BONUS)
While not in the continental United States, recent polls of internet searches have clearly shown Americans are dreaming of traveling to Hawaii. Maui is one of my favorite Hawaiian islands and is perfect for a family or couple getaway.
Maui is considered the most diverse Hawaiian island by most - you'll never be bored and it's a great middle-ground between adventurous outdoor activities and miles of gorgeous beaches.
Our favorite Maui Family-Friendly Resort:
The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui is our favorite for families - especially those with little ones. All rooms are suites so there's plenty of space to spread out and for all the extra belongings that come with kids. There are multiple pool options including a baby splash pool. The beach area is calm and easily accessible via the Wailea path in front of the hotel.
Our favorite Maui Resort for Couples:
Andaz Maui At Wailea is an incredible resort. Step into the 15-acre beachfront Wailea resort, with its most intimate beachfront accommodations, and be greeted by welcoming resort staff and a refreshing tropical cocktail before being whisked off to your private ocean or garden view guest room or residential villa. Sleek and modern with adventure easily accessible - the Andaz Maui is that perfect sweet spot between luxury and convenience.
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