The Best Spring Family Vacations Everyone Will Love

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Making spring break vacation plans can be thrilling at best and painstaking at worst—especially if you’re trying to book last-minute flights and hotels. Throw a few kids into the mix and the odds of a migraine and a tantrum jump twofold.

That’s why it pays to explore your own backyard and look beyond traditional hotels when organizing a warm-weather getaway. More than 60 percent of families with at least one child say they’ll vacation within driving distance of home, according to a recent survey from Airbnb. The survey also found the window for booking travel this year is much shorter for families, with more than half organizing a trip between one and three months ahead of time.

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Beach-front and coastal locales were unsurprisingly high on the priority list, but destinations like the Smokey Mountains and Phoenix, Arizona are seeing a major increase in tourists this year. And lucky for you, Airbnb already did the legwork by picking out prime rentals in each location. It’s also worth noting these family-friendly vacation hotspots will make for a fantastic holiday whether or not you’ve got a few rugrats tagging along.

Here are 14 destinations, from Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas, that’ll be sure to make everyone (yes, even you) happy this spring.

1. Orlando, FL

If you’re hoping to spend your spring vacation riding roller coasters and hanging out with Mickey Mouse (no judgment), then this luxurious, four-bedroom is exactly the type of Airbnb you should book. Less than a 10-minute drive to Universal Studios and a mere 20 minutes to Walt Disney World, this comfortable retreat has easy access to the best Orlando has to offer. [From $120 per night,]

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2. Los Angeles, CA

Located just minutes from the ocean, the Santa Monica pier, and Venice Beach’s iconic boardwalk, this artsy farmhouse is a restorative escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby attractions. The amenities—it’s spacious, family-friendly, and exceptionally close to LAX airport—of this California pad make it perfect for an easy weekend getaway. [From $182 per night,]

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3. New York, NY

Tucked away in the up-and-coming neighborhood of southwest Harlem, this spacious (it’s got three bedrooms) apartment is the perfect springboard to explore Manhattan. Spend time in one of the many parks or head midtown for a classic New York evening: dinner and a Broadway show. [From $300 per night,]

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4. San Diego, CA

For those seeking sun, sand, and laidback California vibes, the gorgeous coastal town of San Diego should be at the top of your list. A stay at this quaint, renovated 1924 craftsman is just a short drive away from the San Diego Zoo, the hip Glasslamp Quarter, Mission Bay, and surfer-packed beaches. [From $121 per night,]

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5. Washington, DC

Spending the weekend in a basement apartment might not sound like your ideal vacation, but this historic flat located in the heart of our nation’s capital will change your mind. The fully restored 100-year-old home features original brick walls, exposed rafters, and plush furniture to make your stay as unique and comfortable as possible. [From $100 per night,]

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6. Phoenix, AZ

Hit the mental reset button with a stay at this inviting Coronado bungalow in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. With a large backyard and private pool, you can escape the stress of your regular routine in peace and quiet. And if you feel like venturing out to the charming nearby downtown area, you won’t have to go very far. [From $149 per night,]

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7. Paris, France

As the only international destination on the list, Paris is home to some of the world’s most impressive museums and culinary scene. You’ll never run out of things to do in this dazzling European city. Whether it’s your first or fifth visit, a stay at this charming two-level apartment just 15 minutes from the city center will have you feeling like a local Parisian. [From $121 per night,]

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8. Lake Tahoe, CA

The kids will love Lake Tahoe’s towering mountains and lake. And, to be honest, whether you’re visiting in the spring, summer, fall, or winter, you’ll find an endless supply of outdoor activities. This cozy cabin, which comes with a private deck and Jacuzzi, is the perfect respite. [From $145 per night,]

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9. Central Florida Gulf Coast

Soak up the ocean breeze, take a dip in a heated pool, or teach the kids how to fish during your stay at this waterfront home off the Central Florida Gulf Coast. You can canoe, lounge on the beach, or scan the water for manatees and dolphins (they’re spotted daily). No matter how you spend your time, you’ll return from this getaway totally refreshed. [From $157 per night,]

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10. South Florida Gulf Coast

This contemporary beach home has all the amenities a family needs: a modern kitchen, BBQ grill, and plenty of televisions. But trust us, you’ll still want to venture out and explore the beaches, water sports, and golf courses that surround the city of Naples. [From $119 per night,]

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11. Las Vegas, NV

Yes, Las Vegas can be a family-friendly getaway. Along the Strip you’ll find a theme park, botanical gardens, and an aquarium. Skip the resorts and rent instead. This four-bedroom Airbnb has a large heated pool and spa, and a BBQ and fire pit. [From $220 per night,]

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12. Smokey Mountains, TN

Experience mountain living with this luxury cabin located right at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Although this two-story lodging has everything you could possibly need to stay entertained—a hot tub, pool table, multi-game arcade, foosball, and stunning views—you’ll want to get out and hike the various nearby trails. [From $120 per night,]

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13. Big Bear, CA

Modern, yet charmingly rustic, you’ll be dreaming about this custom-designed, three-bedroom cabin in Big Bear, California long after your spring vacation has passed. Soak up the mountain views, unwind in the hot tub, hit the lake, or rent some bikes—each moment in Big Bear is filled with endless possibilities for adventure and relaxation. [From $161 per night,]

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14. Orange County, CA

Set in the beautiful oceanfront town of Newport Beach, California, this contemporary apartment is mere steps from the water. Have family meals on the stunning rooftop deck or hit the vibrant downtown area for a bite—just make sure you immerse yourself in the easy-going southern California lifestyle. [From $179 per night,]

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