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Summer is the season to get away on a family vacation, when the kids are out of school, the weather is inviting and a well-earned break from work is in order. There are a variety of options for places to go, and here are seven of the best summer vacation spots for you and your family to get you inspired.

  1. Boston, Massachusetts

    Join a guided walking tour on the Freedom Trail and learn about the history of Boston. Live like a local for a day and take a free, leisurely walk at the Boston Common, which is an ideal spot for family picnics.

  2. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

    Visit the famous Jenny Lake for an adventurous camping experience, where you can catch fish and boat on the waters. Climb the foothills of the Grand Tetons, and enjoy the breathtaking views along the way. If you have another day to spend, don’t forget to visit Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. The center offers a magnificent view of the Grand Tetons through its enormous ceilings.

  3. San Diego, California

    Go to Balboa Park to learn about the history of the place. Not too far away from Balboa Park is the San Diego Zoo, where you can see pandas. You might also consider taking your loved ones to SeaWorld San Diego, where you can see dolphins, whales and sea lions.

  4. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Summer in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is all about outdoor activities. Try your hand at fly fishing or horseback riding, or hike the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bring backcountry equipment if you plan to go camping, or consider trying out whitewater rafting.

  5. Tucson, Arizona

    Arizona is hot in the summer, but Tucson is a great place for learning indoors. Take the tram tour at the Pima Air and Space Museum to learn about this exciting field of study. Go to the Tucson Museum of Art, and be impressed with the various exhibits, as well as a collection of pre-Columbian artifacts.

  6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Myrtle Beach is known for water-related activities like surfing or fishing at the pier. Spend your summer holiday in this city, where you can enjoy parasailing and boat cruising. You can even rent a kayak or jet ski to explore the ocean on your own. Or, prepare your tent and go on a camping trip at the Ocean Lakes.

  7. Salt Lake City, Utah

    Visitors to the Salt Lake City Public Library not only enjoy reading books but also have a chance to marvel at the impressive architecture. For more architecture and culture, spend an afternoon at the Salt Lake Temple grounds, which is a famous landmark of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Visiting any of these vacation spots will make for a fun-filled summer vacation. Check the weather forecast before planning your trip, and enjoy quality time with your family.