In honor of the family summer road trip, we present 12 reader recommendations for great family vacation spots.

MATADOR GOODS HAS done it again!

A week and a half ago, they announced yet another book giveaway. Up for grabs was a copy of National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything Families, a volume chock-full of suggestions for family travel in the U.S.

To enter the contest, all readers had to do was leave a comment describing their favorite family vacation destination. The Goods team picked one winner at random, and we here at Trips are pleased to be able to present — accompanied by photos — all of the submitted destinations.

In honor of the family summer road trip, here they are:


Seagulls on the beach in Galveston, Texas

"I live in Texas, so on vacation we go to the beach. We have had lots of fun at Corpus Christi and Galveston. Although Galveston was hit by a hurricane and it has not been built back yet. We love to camp out at night and during the day go to the beaches. The kids love this and it is like two vacations in one. Camping and the beach." - CarlenePhotographer: eschipul (For accommodations check out Galveston Vacation Rentals)


Sunset surfer in Panama City, Florida

"We love Panama City Beach FL. Thanks for the giveaway!" - kim vPhotographer: SugarCreekPhoto


Amusement park ride on the Jersey shore

"My family loves to go to the Jersey shore, we go to the beach and realx, then walk the board eat and have fun!" - susanPhotographer: joiseyshowaa


Colorful fish shacks on a pier in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

"My family'€™s favorite destination is Cape Cod. Quite uncrowded once you get to the Outer Cape, wonderful beaches bay-side and sound-side, beautiful nature, lots of family-friendly places, lots of quiet. It is absolutely dreamy." - ElenaPhotographer: twoblueday


Sand dunes on the beach in Holland, Michigan

"We love to visit Holland, Michigan just about every year. The beaches are beautiful and there is so much to see and do and so many friendly people! Thanks for the contest!" - Hillary FairchildPhotographer: msprague


Tulip festival in Pella, Iowa

"Pella Iowa, during the tulip festival is adorable. Cute town, great bakeries, and even a windmill." - Kelly Ann T.Photographer: cwwycoff1


Walking on the beach on Sanibel Island, Florida

"It has to be Sanibel Island, Florida. We LOVE it there." - Carol"WOW someone else had my destination too. I love Sanibel Island too the shells are fabulous! I try to get there once a year." - chris swanPhotographer: Christina Welsh (Rin)


The biggest parking lot in the world, Edmonton

"My favorite vacation is going to the West Edmonton Mall (Edmonton, Canada) for the day. It’s the water park or the amusement park or just exploring the oh so many shops and maybe just maybe dropping some coin on the way. And you guessed it, for us the only affordable vacation we get most of the time. Every couple of years we do splurge, unfortunately not this year. Cheers." - Marion GreenwoodPhotographer: fdecomite


Old brick building in Hermann, Missouri

"An often-overlooked (and incredibly cheap) vacation destination within the US is Hermann, Missouri ( The locals are friendly, the buildings are German, and the wineries are fantastic. Be sure to stop in to Adam Puchta Winery and try the Norton (grape not available anywhere else!) and the Vignoles. It’s a little out of the way, but really, all good wineries are!" - Colin WrightPhotographer: johnnyalive


Palm trees at sunset, Coronado Island, California

"My family's favorite vacation is a trip to the beach, and our favorite beach is on Coronado Island near San Diego. The Hotel del Coronado adds old world charm, and the beach itself is fantastic. Definitely a winner in our books." - Renee GPhotographer: Pez


The Strip, Reno, Nevada

"We love going to Reno!" - MishiaPhotographer: Zack Sheppard


American flags in front of the Capitol, Washington, D.C.

"Our family'€™s favorite destination so far has been Washington DC--all the sights and history is incredible and it is so green!" - Carol SPhotographer: dbking

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