6 Reasons to Take a Family Vacation in the City

By | December 3, 2017 |

When you begin planning your next family vacation, you might think first about “getting away from it all” by traveling to a theme park, beach resort or national park. While these experiences are all great options for the entire family, a city trip can offer a host of new activities and a different way to build new memories together.


Here are five considerations for deciding whether an urban getaway is right for you and your family:

1. Easy Transportation Options

A large city is easy to access by plane, including major airlines and discount carriers, with some cities like New York, Washington and Los Angeles even offering multiple competing airports. And when visiting a major hub, you may also choose to travel by train or take a discount, inter-city bus service.

2. Hotels in the Middle of Everything

When visiting a big city, you can make the most of your vacation time by staying in the heart of it fall. Most major cities have at least one Holiday Inn property in the city center. And when staying at a Holiday Inn, kids stay and eat for free — this policy means that children age 19 and under stay for free when sharing their parents’ room, while up to four kids under age 12 eat free at Holiday Inn restaurants. (Read more about our Kids Stay and Eat Free program here.)

3. Less Driving Equals More Fun

Once you arrive at a major city, you’ll have the option of forgoing your own car — or a rental — and relying on public transportation. Many cities offer transit passes for visitors, allowing you to save the time and money it takes to rent a car and give your children, who might not normally travel on subways and other train systems, to enjoy a new way of “getting there.” Depending on where you visit, other fun local transportation options can include bike- sharing or -rentals, ferries and ride-sharing services.

4. Access to Cultural, Sports Attractions

Major cities enjoy a rich variety of famous zoos, aquariums, museums and other sports, educational and cultural attractions that smaller destinations can’t support. You can plan your family vacation around a ballgame, a play or concert, or a music or arts festival. These activities are not just opportunities for enrichment, but they can be fun for both parents and kids alike.

5. Endless Activities

Beyond the major tourist attractions, large cities can offer a nearly infinite number of family activities. For example, you could sample your way through a food tour, take a scenic boat ride or visit an observation deck at the top of a skyscraper.

Depending on your family’s interests, you will likely find a range of specialized tours of a city’s architectural highlights, historic sites and sports venues — you name it. With Holiday Inn’s free WiFi for guests, you can research and book activities from your hotel room. And what better way to relax after a full day of events than to take a dip in the pool at your hotel.

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