We looked at all 50 states—plus Washington D.C.—to bring you a terrific list of enjoyable—and low-cost!—mini-vacation locations. Take the road less traveled: With 700-plus islands and more than 2,000 cays, the Out Islands of the Bahamas presents the entire brood a chance to experience the actual Bahamian lifestyle. Resort Los Lagos affords villa rentals that can sleep up to nine and have a full kitchen, dining room and volcano views. Forgo fancy duds and pack additional swimsuits for the Abacos’ countless water actions, including boating, snorkeling, swimming and paddleboarding within the clear, shallow waters.
Then explore Fort Clinch State Park, house to a Civil Conflict-era fort with reenactments, as well as nature trails, picnic spots, a fishing pier, a beach and a museum. Another choice: The centrally located Pineapple Fields Resort features self-catering condos that offer conveniences like washers and dryers. Check out the world’s largest undeveloped barrier island on the Padre Island National Seashore.
An hour off the mainland by ferry, Block Island is a nationwide treasure. From late February to the end of March, Fairbanks is a wintery wonderland; children can burn some energy on a playground compete with ice slides, a frozen train and lighted sculptures at the World Ice Artwork Championships on the Kid’s Park. It’s also a marine park, with freshwater and saltwater lagoons, the largest swimming pool on the island, two waterfalls, an underwater view of a predator tank, and a swim-with-the-turtles expertise.
Two lighthouses (both built within the 1800s) guard the island. Explore the local history with a visit to Governor’s Harbour, or lease bicycles to pedal round Harbour Island. Break up a day on the seaside with an outing to the Cayman Islands Nationwide Museum The colonial-era constructing depicts the island’s pure and cultural historical past in 3D displays, murals and movies.
Situated in the heart of Oklahoma, Tulsa is a place to chill and loosen up. Many of the northern tip of the island is a nature protect, open to tours. Plus, there’s the opportunity to see fascinating wildlife — monkeys, sloths, hundreds of chook species — proper outdoors your door. Plus, points of interest like a zoo and an aquarium promise fun for all ages.