TripAdvisor Announces Best Family Destinations, Cities & Vacations For 2011

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, announced the winners of their inaugural 2011 Travelers’ Choice® Family award-winning best family destinations and hotels.  Top family-friendly spots were named in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico.

The destinations were identified based on the greatest number of recommendations from reviewers who traveled with their family.  Top family-friendly hotels were determined by the highest review ratings from those who traveled with family. The beauty of these awards, is the winners are chose by the people, based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers all around the world.

According to a recent TripAdvisor survey, 83 percent of U.S. respondents plan to travel with family in 2011.  Ninety percent of that segment is planning family trips domestically.

Check out the list below and let us know what you think! We agree with most of the picks – except for Caribbean/Mexico, as Turks & Caicos (our favorite Caribbean destination) isn’t mentioned.

Travelers’ Choice Family Award-winning U.S. Amusement Park Destinations:

  1. Anaheim, California
  2. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
  3. Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Sandusky, Ohio
  6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  7. Hershey, Pennsylvania
  8. Ocean City, Maryland
  9. Carlsbad, California
  10. Panama City, Florida

Travelers’ Choice Family Award-winning Great U.S. Destinations to Discover:

  1. Williamsburg, Virginia
  2. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  3. Lake George, New York
  4. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  5. Branson, Missouri
  6. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  7. Corpus Christi, Texas
  8. Port Aransas, Texas
  9. Daytona Beach, Florida
  10. Destin, Florida

Top 10 Family Friendly Cities in Europe:

  1. Florence, Italy
  2. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  3. London, United Kingdom
  4. Berlin, Germany
  5. Barcelona, Spain
  6. Rome, Italy
  7. Vienna, Austria
  8. Paris, France
  9. Budapest, Hungary
  10. Istanbul, Turkey

Top 10 Family Vacations in the Caribbean & Mexico:

  1. Paradise Island, New Providence Island
  2. Ixtapa, Mexico
  3. Playa Paraiso, Mexico
  4. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
  5. Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
  6. Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
  7. Akumal, Mexico
  8. Cancun, Mexico
  9. Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
  10. Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba

Top 10 Family Vacations in Canada:

  1. Niagara Falls, Ontario
  2. Whistler, British Columbia
  3. Banff, Alberta
  4. Edmonton, Alberta
  5. Ottawa, Ontario
  6. Quebec City, Quebec
  7. Vancouver, British Columbia
  8. Montreal, Quebec
  9. Toronto, Ontario
  10. Victoria, British Columbia

For more information and detailed descriptions on the above destinations, visit TripAdvisor.

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