Top 5 US Family Destinations for Britons in 2019

So, you're planning a trip to the states with your family this year, but with so many American tourism destinations to choose from, you're not sure where to start? 

Most attractions that you'll come across will be family-friendly, but some are just more fun and interesting than others. Then there are the fundamental staples that everyone should see at least once, and those are the places you really don't want to miss when you visit with your family. 

Pro tip: Be sure to check that you have a valid ESTA USA permit before your departure. You need an ESTA permit to travel as of 2010, but you may be eligible for a waiver, so look into that as well. is the easiest site to use for getting your permit or waiver squared away. 

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With that said, here are the top five U.S. family destinations for Britons in 2019 and virtually every other year:

1. Grand Canyon National Park

No trip to the U.S. is complete without a tour of the Grand Canyon. The vast, expansive canyon provides a perfect backdrop for countless family photos and there are dozens of different trails to explore. Many people choose to fly into the U.S. at an airport near the Grand Canyon to start their trip in close proximity to the main attraction. If you're going to be bringing children to the park, be sure to take every safety precaution possible to keep your little ones away from ledges and other hazards – the canyon can be just as dangerous as it is majestic. Thus, it may be best to stick to guided tours when you're with the family.

2. Yosemite National Park

California's Yosemite National Park is home to one of the nation's most beautiful and diverse landscapes, with every natural wonder and feature you can name, and probably some that you can't. From grasslands to geysers, the area is absolutely packed with scenic beauty and exploration opportunities. The must-see spots in and around the park include Glacier Point, Half Dome, Mist Trail, John Muir Trail, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, and Tuolumne Meadows.

3. Redwood National Forest

Redwood trees are absolutely amazing to behold, so Redwood National Forest is definitely a place you'll want to see in person if you haven't yet had the chance. Sure, you could look at pictures of Redwoods online all day, but there's nothing quite like being in the presence of these iconic and massive trees. The surrounding old-growth forest also makes for an enchanting, otherworldly environment.

4. New York City

A visit to the U.S. shouldn't come without a trip to New York City. Sure, it isn't perfect, but it's certainly a sight worth seeing at least once. After all, the Statue of Liberty is an American icon and it really does look different in-person. In a perfect world, you could arrive near New Year's Eve in time to attend the annual celebration at Times Square. Be careful if you're on a budget for the rest of your trip, as there are many ways to overspend in NYC.

5. Seattle

Why Seattle, you may ask? Well, if you're coming from any of the other destinations on this list, a trip to Seattle will give you a great drive on the way there, and the city itself is a treasure. Taking a ferry ride and dining at the restaurant on the top floor of the Space Needle are the two most recommended tourism activities, but there are many other things to do in Washington's capital. Plus, the entire state and the rest of the Pacific Northwest are gems that no nature lover should leave the U.S. without seeing. 

From New York to California, Then Up to Seattle

In closing, you could actually see all five of the destinations listed above on one extended road trip. If you start in New York City, the trip would be doable in a vehicle, which opens up the possibility for exploring and camping at leisure. 

If you really want to see as much as you can in one trip, you don't want to be anchored to one location or region. Thus, a cross-country journey in an RV or camper van would be the perfect option for anyone who wants to return to Britain feeling like they got their money's worth. 

You could start by touring the Big Apple. Head south along the East Coast on one of the many highways that run parallel to the coast, and then take I-10 straight across to California with a stop at the Grand Canyon at around the halfway point. From there, you could take the Pacific Coast Highway all the way up to Seattle to cap off the most epic U.S. road trip ever with views from the observation deck at the top of the Space Needle.

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