Cherry Blossoms signal spring in Washington, D.C.

Family Vacations

Plan a trip that your kids will remember for a lifetime. Take them to historic destinations where they can learn about the past first-hand, set them loose in a museum where they're encouraged go get their hands on everything, or take them to an iconic American destination that will make their "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" essay sing when they get back to school.

In the following articles, you can read about the best destinations in North America for kids and families. From Mexico to Canada and throughout the U.S., we've compiled a list of family-friendly attractions and destinations that will keep the kids entertained for an afternoon or a weekend -- and we've included links to helpful Mobil Travel Guide information including city guides, hotel recommendations, and restaurant ratings.

Family Vacations in the Mid-Atlantic

From the Statue of Liberty to the U.S. Capitol, exploring the Mid-Atlantic steeps you in history and activity.

Family Vacations in New England

Take the kids on a swashbuckling tour of the seaboard, or through the streets of a charming old town.

Family Vacations in the South

Enjoy the warmer climate year-round by visiting destinations indoors and out that will thrill kids.

Family Vacations in the Midwest

The Heartland entices with natural beauty, history, and activities.

Family Vacations in the Southwest

Landscapes in the Southwest bring visitors who want to explore, play, and learn.

Family Vacations in the Rockies

Arrive ready to hike or ski the mountains, but be prepared to find a host of diversions along the way.

Family Vacations along the Pacific Coast

From the trappings of Hollywood to the delights of Seattle, visits to the Pacific Coast can mean a day at the beach or an afternoon spent skiing.

Family Vacations in Canada and Mexico

Seek adventure in the snowy peaks of Canada or in the warm waters of Mexico. Explore ancient cultures, natural wonders, and modern cities.

Whatever your interest, you'll find a vacation idea on these Family Vacations pages. Continue reading to find out about the many charms of the Mid-Atlantic.

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©2007 GBCVB Cyclists exploring the shores of the East Coast.

Family Vacations: Mid-Atlantic

Family vacations in the Mid-Atlantic states can be busy, exciting trips through cities via planes, trains and automobiles. The links below will help you plan a trip to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Visit some of the region's most sought-after destinations such as New York City, the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., Annapolis, Maryland, or even the Crayola Factory in Pennsylvania, or plan ahead to make sure you've got just the right hotel room for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, or the Fourth of July celebrations in Washington, D.C.

Continue reading to find links almost forty destinations kids will love, along with recommendations for family-friendly hotels and restaurants rated by Mobil Travel Guides.

Delaware

Winterthur Gardens and Enchanted Woods

Fairies occupy the grounds of Delaware's Winterthur Gardens, an imaginative place to take your children.

Lewes

Delaware's village of Lewes offers a well-rounded set of seaside activities for the littlest toddlers to the choosiest teens.

Maryland

Annapolis

The nautical converge on Annapolis to try Maryland's waters or to visit the Naval Academy.

Assateague Island

Wild ponies roam this sleepy island. Well worth the drive for the many opportunities to explore scenic and natural beauty, Assateague Island is a quiet destination.

The B&O Railroad Museum

The final destination of the B&O line is now a museum that celebrates all things rail.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Plan a full day to explore the variety of attractions available by land or sea at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Chesapeake Bay

America's largest estuary. Spanned by a 23-mile bridge/tunnel as well as the Chesapeake Bridge, this shallow bay is an important and beautiful natural resource.

New Jersey

Atlantic City Boardwalk

From the late 1800s, this boardwalk has been welcoming visitors who arrive to play the casinos and troll the beaches.

Cape May

The nation's oldest seaside resort, Cape May reflects the architectural sensibilities of the Victorian era, and activities of days gone by.

Six Flags Great Adventure

Coasters, exotic animals, and a gigantic waterpark define Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.

New York

Adirondack Park

Upstate New York's Adirondack Park attracts outdoor enthusiasts year-round with stunning views and activities.

The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History in New York features eye-popping exhibits for kids of all ages.

The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo fascinates children and adults with exhibits that are realistic, educational and fun.

Central Park

New York's Central Park features a zoo and special playgrounds for kids, along with entertainment throughout the year.

Chrysler Building

With its stainless-steel crown, Art Deco spikes, triangular windows and gargoyles, the sheer romance of the Chrysler building's facade is worth lugging a pair of binoculars around New York.

Circle Line Tours

View New York City from its waters on a Circle Line Tour, a relaxing, informative way to sightsee.

Cooperstown

Americana down to the baseball and apple pie, Cooperstown, New York, is a must-see for fans of the game - and history.

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building's view of New York and beyond can stretch for 80 miles on a clear day.

Ground Zero

Guides walk visitors through this solemn site, remembering the events of September 11th, 2001 and looking to the future.

Lake Placid

Host to the Olympics twice, Lake Placid, New York lets you experience sports that Olympiads pursue.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Usher the holiday season in at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visit New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art with a kid's eye and you'll be delighted with what you see.

Rockefeller Center

The most action-packed city blocks in New York wow out-of-towners with the constant buzz of commerce.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Its spires and intricate architectural details make St. Patrick's Cathedral one of New York City's most admired landmarks.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

When some of the world's greatest architects collaborate to house the works of many of the world's greatest artists, an iconoclast is born.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Symbolizing freedom and hope, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island continue to inspire.

Times Square

New York's Times Square absolutely buzzes with excitement with shops to please little tikes and teens alike.

United Nations

Massive in size and scope, the United Nations complex is host to a complexity of nations and politics

Pennsylvania

Binney & Smith Crayola Factory

Take a colorful tour of the Binney & Smith Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Science Center

Pittsburgh's massive Carnegie Science Center entices visitors of all ages with fascinating exhibits.

Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's most-admired work is Fallingwater, the home that seemingly floats over a stream in Pennsylvania.

Franklin Institute of Science

The gigantic human heart at the Franklin Institute of Science is an oversized science lesson.

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania documents the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.

Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil makes an appearance in Punxsutawney to mark the end - or the near-end of - winter.

Hersheypark

Sweet rides at Hersheypark amusement park round out this dream trip to the chocolate factory.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are two of Philadelphia's most-visited destinations.

Kennywood Amusement Park

Classic wooden roller coasters, a vintage Kiddieland, and lush grounds make Pennsylvania's Kennywood a beloved destination.

Mummers Parade

A New Year's Day tradition in Philadelphia, the Mummers Parade (and museum) delivers a long tradition of humor.

Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Show your children a different world in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, a peaceful tour through Amish communities.

Philadelphia's Old City

Planned by William Penn in 1682, and its now an artsy neighborhood - as well as the proud home of Elfreth's Alley, the oldest residential street in America.

Pittsburgh's Three Rivers

To get a good view of Pittsburgh's three rivers, take the Duquesne Incline.

Please Touch Museum

Let your kids roam the Pennsylvania's Please Touch Museum, where they get hands-on time with everything.

Sesame Place

Langhorne, Pennsylvania's Sesame Place theme park features sets, characters and themes from Sesame Street.

Washington, D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery

Solders from every war the United States has fought are buried at Arlington. It is also the site of President John F. Kennedy's grave.

Fourth of July Festivities

Plan ahead to make your Fourth of July Festivities in Washington, D.C. memorable.

The National Mall

And entire vacation can be planned around the museums, events, and attractions on our National Mall in Washington, D.C.

National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. explores the thrill of flight.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

All things monetary are scrutinized at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C.

International Spy Museum

Cool and sleek, Washington, D.C.'s International Spy Museum is an undercover look at sleuthing.

Lincoln Memorial

Gazing out at the Reflecting Pool and to the Washington Monument and the National Mall, Abraham Lincoln's massive figure is an imposing reminder of what he accomplished for our nation.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival

For a few fleeing weeks in March and April the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes over Washington, D.C.

National Museum of the American Indian

In Washington, D.C., the National Museum of the American Indian is a new addition.

National Zoo

Early birds arrive at 6 a.m. at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to see the animals as they start their day.

Supreme Court of the United States

The highest court in the nation is fronted by eight rows of pillars that hold up the motto, "Equal Justice Under Law."

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Devoted to documenting, studying and interpreting the Holocaust, the museum is also a memorial to the Holocaust's six million victims.

U.S. Capitol

An icon of 19th-century neoclassical architecture, the U.S. Capitol houses the country's legislative branches.

White House

Pennsylvania Avenue's best-known residence once maintained an open-door policy. These days, it's a bit more difficult to get in, but don't' pass an opportunity to see what you can when you're in town.

From the Mid-Atlantic, it's easy to sweet through New England as well. Continue reading to find more family vacation destinations in New England states including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Visit the following links to learn about scenic drives or to get recommendations on Mobil Travel Guide's ratings on hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

A warm summer night draws crowds of fans to Boston's Fenway Park.

Family Vacations: New England

Pinpoint the places in New England -- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut -- that offer the best activities for your children. Teach them to sail at Bar Harbor, let them run on the beach at Martha's Vineyard, or take them on a tour of the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory in Vermont.

Each season brings a new set of delights to New England. Visitors can see the season's earliest blooms at the Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, watch a game on a hot summer day at Boston's Fenway Park, or celebrate autumn at the Keene Pumpkin Festival. Thanksgiving is a particularly poignant time to visit Plimoth Plantation to experience some of the hardships endured by the settlers during their first winter.

Continue reading to find links to 25 amazing places in New England, and use our helpful links to find Mobil-rated hotels and restaurants that welcome families with kids.

Connecticut

Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum

See all your friends at the Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum in Cheshire, Connecticut.

Mystic Seaport

Seafarers at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut walk the decks of tall ships and hear tales from costumed pirate docents.

Stonington Borough Lighthouse

Stonington, the oldest borough in Connecticut, has lovingly restored its lighthouse more than once. It now stands as a beacon to Connecticut's maritime history.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

See fantastic dinosaur skeletons and more at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Maine

Bar Harbor

In Bar Harbor, Maine, family-friendly resorts are packed with kayaks and bikes for rent, and old-fashioned charm to explore.

Boothbay Harbor

The Boating Capital of New England is a sailor's paradise along Maine's mid-coast.

Ogunquit

On Maine's coast, the fishing village of Ogunquit is a place where kids can sail, swim, or hike to their heart's content.

Penobscot Bay

Recreational opportunities available at Penobscot Bay range from water sports to landlubbing along the rich coastline.

Massachusetts

Boston Children's Museum

The Boston Children's Museum allows kids explore, climb, and even dig their way through a visit.

Boston Harborfest

Six days packed with more than 200 patriotic events surround July 4th in Boston - by land and by sea, this festival celebrates Americana.

Boston Marathon

On the third Monday in April, Patriot's Day, 500,000 spectators take to the streets of Boston to cheer on the Boston Marathon's runners.

Boston's Public Gardens

Storybook characters live in Boston's Public Gardens, a magical journey through literature.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

View the charming collection at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts.

Fenway Park

Take your kids to Fenway Park for a game and a behind-the-scenes tour they'll love.

Freedom Trail

Boston's Freedom Trail allows you to walk a 2.5-mile trail past 16 historic sites.

Harvard Square

Historic Harvard Square is also the more historic village of Newtowne, the first planned settlement in Anglo North America. Now it buzzes with activity.

Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard is a bucolic family destination offering the best of a Massachusetts seaside escape.

Old Sturbridge Village

It's New England in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village, an outdoor living history museum an hour from Boston.

Plimoth Plantation

At the Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, find out how the earliest Americans and Native Americans lived.

Plymouth Rock

The ten-ton granite boulder that marks the Pilgrims arrival in the New World marks the beginning of a journey that includes whale watching, kayaking, and beach bumming.

Salem

Witch trials made the town of Salem, Massachusetts famous, and the streets here are filled with mystic history.

Walden Pond

Henry David Thoreau's place of rest presents a serene escape and an excellent opportunity for contemplation.

New Hampshire

Keene Pumpkin Festival

Celebrate Halloween at New Hampshire's Keene Pumpkin Festival, a weeklong event.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Rent a cottage at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, where bucolic towns thrive on summertime lake activities.

Odiorne Point State Park

Sea creatures teem along the shores of Odiorne Point State Park in New Hampshire, a hands-on park for the whole family.

White Mountain National Forest

New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest boasts natural beauty and budget-friendly campsites.

Rhode Island

Benefit Street

Providence's Benefit Street features historic homes and in June, a festival to celebrate the historic neighborhood.

Block Island

Take to 17 miles of beaches at Block Island, Rhode Island's windswept seashore.

Newport

See Newport, Rhode Island's tony vacation destination, but stay for the family fun.

Vermont

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour

Kids love touring Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory - and its graveyard of "retired" flavors.

Green Mountains

Vermont's Green Mountains create a haven for skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer, but there are also caves to explore and amazing fall foliage.

Lake Champlain

Solders, warriors, smugglers, spies, patriots and traitors have visited Lake Champlain throughout the years.

Sand Bar State Park

Sand Bar State Park's 2,000-foot stretch of sand is Vermont's most coveted swimming hole.

Shelburne Museum

Vermont's Shelburne Museum's large campus features true American folk art.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Just outside of Woodstock, Vermont, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science makes a home for raptors, and other less volatile birds in the shade of trees and gardens.

New England's charms are rivaled by the hospitality down South -- particularly in the winter months when family vacation seekers look for a few days in the sun. Continue to the next page to read about some of the best locations in the South for a great family vacation.

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Explore natural and modern history in the south.

Family Vacations: The South

An inviting climate makes the South an attractive family vacation destination throughout the year. Kids love historic destinations, living history museums, and modern amusement parks that thrive in the South -- Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana -- and everyone notices the spirit of hospitality throughout the region.

Below, you'll find links to family vacation spots in the South designed with kids in mind, along with helpful links to Mobil-rated, family-friendly hotels and restaurants near each destination.

Alabama

Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores, Alabama, features 32 miles of sandy shores for exploration and play.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Huntsville, Alabama's U.S. Space and Rocket Center is home to the Space Camp program and a museum.

Vulcan Statue

The 56-foot statue in cast-iron celebrates Birmingham's past as a mining town.

Arkansas

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Spend an entire week -- or more -- exploring more than 160 miles of sandy beaches, barrier islands and charming towns along the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Little kids can crawl in the crannies at Blanchard Springs Caverns in Arkansas.

Ouachita National Forest

Renowned or glistening streams and pristine lakes, Ouachita National Forest is also a favorite stomping grounds for geology enthusiasts and rock collectors.

Ozark Folk Center State Park

Pioneer life is celebrated at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Arkansas.

Florida

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks

The whimsy of snow-bound waterparks in Florida marks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks.

Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay

At Tampa Bay's Busch Gardens, see exotic, endangered animals and enjoy a theme park, too.

Cape Canaveral

A barrier island off the coast of Florida, Cape Canaveral Is home to the Kennedy Space Center, but it is also Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine

Destin

Little ones collect shells while older kids learn deep-sea fishing beyond the shores of Destin, Florida.

Kennedy Space Center

Special programs for kids at Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center make this a truly memorable place.

Key West

At the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys, Key West maintains pleasant weather - most of the time - and a relaxed beach culture.

Little Havana

Find a slice of Cuba in Florida where streets are lined with authentic Cuban eateries and cigars hand-rolled by Cubans.

Miami's South Beach

South Beach's fashionable streets are adorned with Art Deco buildings and beautiful people.

Ringling Estate, Sarasota Bay

An estate befitting a circus baron.

Sanibel Island

Shores lined with seashells and frequent dolphin sightings mark Sanibel Island as a lively seaside destination.

St. Augustine

Early Spanish history along the soft-sand shores of St. Augustine, Florida, makes this a dynamic spot to visit.

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

Movies and activities converge at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Venetian Pool

Dating back to the 1920's, this enormous pool looks like a Venetian Grotto and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World, the jewel in Orlando's crown, gives families everything to do.

Georgia

Amicalola Falls

Twelve miles of hiking trails wind through wooded paths and breathtaking views of the falls.

Chippewa Square, Savannah

At the center of downtown Savannah's historic district, Chippewa Square celebrates General James Edward Oglethorpe who founded the colony of Georgia.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Prehistoric creatures dominate the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Georgia.

Georgia Aquarium

A six million gallon tank provides a home for the featured residents of the Georgia Aquarium.

The Golden Isles

Sea, Jekyll, St. Simons, Little St. Simons, and Cumberland Islands make up the Golden Isles of Georgia.

Jekyll Island

Georgia's smallest barrier island, Jekyll Island was a retreat for wealthy industrialists in the late-1800s.

Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site

Commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., this center includes interpretations of King's life as well as his grave.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Best seen by canoe, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge brims with wildlife.

Savannah

One of Savannah, Georgia's many historic homes belonged to the founder of the Girl Scouts. Read more about historic Savannah, Georgia.

Stone Mountain

The world's largest exposed piece of granite features the Confederate Memorial Carving, which depicts three Civil War figures, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Tybee Island

Sand dunes on this barrier island serve as a backdrop for beach activities and cottage life.

World of Coca-Cola

The museum that celebrates one of the world's most-recognized brands is a big draw in its hometown of Atlanta.

Kentucky

Kentucky Derby Festival

The Kentucky Derby Festival's ten days of events in Louisville leads up to the Race for the Roses.

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

A giant baseball bat marks the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in downtown Louisville.

The National Corvette Museum and Factory Tour

The National Corvette Museum and Factory Tour is the centerpiece of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Louisiana

Louisiana State Capitols

Two state capitols grace Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Explore them both.

Mardi Gras World

If you can't make it down for the event, visit Mardi Gras World museum for a look into New Orleans' most notorious event.

National D-Day Museum

Telling the story of World War II, the National D-Day Museum in Louisiana gives kids an opportunity to learn.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Kids celebrate music at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April and May.

Plantation Alley

Thirty antebellum mansions overlook the Mississippi River on Great River Road, and some of them are open for business as bed-and-breakfast inns.

Spooky Cemeteries and Haunted House Tours

Older kids are thrilled by Spooky Cemeteries and Haunted House Tours of New Orleans.

Mississippi

Delta Blues Festival

Celebrating the Mississippi Delta Blues sound, this festival is the second oldest in the country.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Mississippi's Gulf Islands National Seashore features idyllic beaches, island hopping, and salt marshes.

Natchez Trace

Now designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Natchez Trace has long been a route of trade and commerce.

North Carolina

Outer Banks

Its storied past - disappearing settlers and visits by Blackbeard - makes the Outer Banks an interesting destination.

Wrightsville Beach

North Carolina's Wrightsville Beach maintains a small island feeling while delivering a big vacation experience.

South Carolina

Biltmore Estate

The largest home in the United States rests on 8,000 acres of lush gardens, active vineyards, and a luxury inn.

Charleston

One of the most lovingly preserved cities in the U.S., Charleston, South Carolina, presents a picture postcard journey through the Old South.

Edisto Island

Lull around South Carolina charm and history at Edisto Island.

Hilton Head Island

This semitropical paradise welcomes visitors to its beaches, salt marshes, lagoons, and lush forests.

Kiawah Island

South Carolina's Kiawah Island merges pristine beachfronts, naturescapes, and resort fun. Find out more about Kiawah Island.

Tennessee

Beale Street

Beale Street is the place to be for music and nightlife in downtown Memphis.

Graceland

At times quirky and always unusual, Graceland's many oddities are the curiosity of Tennessee.

Grand Ole Opry

The longest-running live radio program in the U.S., the Grand Ole Opry is now a resort that includes a convention center, golf, and shopping.

National Civil Rights Museum

The struggle for justice is explored at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

National Storytelling Festival

In early October, Jonesborough, Tennessee welcomes storytellers of every age to weave their tales.

Pigeon Forge and Dollywood

Families simply cannot be bored in Pigeon Forge and Dollywood, Dolly Parton's homage to her home in Tennessee.

Tennessee Aquarium

The world's largest freshwater aquarium, the Tennessee Aquarium features river and lake creatures.

Virginia

Assateague Island National Seashore

Wild ponies and other unusual animals roam the shores of Assateague Island National Seashore.

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg

Eye-catching and fun, Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, features amazing architecture and exciting rides.

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg, the world's largest living history museum, tells the story of early settlements in Virginia.

Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement

English settlement is explored at Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement.

Mabry Mill

Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this scenic mill is now a living history center.

Monticello

The home of Thomas Jefferson is a Roman neo-classical masterpiece.

Mount Vernon

George Washington's plantation along the Potomac River is carefully preserved in Virginia's countryside.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Chantilly, Virginia, houses the Smithsonian's overflow collection of air and space vehicles.

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach's 2.5-mile boardwalk is the epicenter of activity for this busy and bucolic beach town.

West Virginia

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Steeped in history, West Virginia's Harpers Ferry National Historical Park tells many stories. Read more about Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Monongahela National Forest

One of the largest protected woodlands in the nation, the Monongahela National Forest is home to a wide range of plant and animal life.

River Rafting on the Upper New River

Experience the challenge and adventure of river rafting on the Upper New River in West Virginia.

Winter Festival of Lights

Oglebay Park's Winter Festival of Lights brings magic to West Virginia's winter nights.

From Ogelbay Park, it's just a short trip to Ohio, where the Midwest begins. Plan a family vacation in the Midwest any season of the year, and you'll be thrilled by the charm and straight-forward warmness of the people you meet.

Visit the following links to learn about scenic drives or to get recommendations on Mobil Travel Guide's ratings on hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

Sleeping Bear Dunes is one of Michigan's best-kept secrets.

Family Vacations: Midwest

Family vacations to the Midwest -- Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and both Dakota's -- entice with destinations like Cedar Point in Ohio, home to the world's tallest, fastest rollercoasters, and Conner Prairie in Indiana, one of the nation's most calm natural landscapes.

Seek all-out-exciting trip or a quiet weekend by visiting the links below, and find Mobil-rated family-friendly hotels and restaurants that will help you plan your trip in advance.

Illinois

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Springfield, Illinois, is home to President Lincoln's humble log cabin and his impressive library.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Kids head directly for the armor or miniature collections at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago Blues

Chicago's Blues Festival celebrates the genre with a festival in June that spotlights the region's legendary performers and songs.

Chicago International Children's Film Festival

Films for -- and sometimes by -- children are celebrated in a lively Chicago festival in October.

Magnificent Mile

Those few who aren't interested in shopping on this legendary street can still be delighted by its architecture, entertainment, eateries and diversions.

Millennium Park

A reclaimed Brownfield becomes a coveted city space in downtown Chicago's Millennium Park.

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry lets kids explore lots of machinery.

Navy Pier

The giant Ferris wheel attracts kids to Navy Pier, activities and restaurants keep families there all day and night.

Shedd Aquarium

Chicago's famed Shedd Aquarium was the nation's first inland water museum, and remains a beloved landmark.

Wrigley Field

Chicago's vintage baseball field features an old-fashioned feel, and a few lovable quirks.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago's Lincoln Park lights up during the holidays, offering events, ice sculptures and guided tours to visitors.

Indiana

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a bright world of exploration.

College Football Hall of Fame

South Bend, Indiana, celebrates the spirit, legends and heroes of college football.

Conner Prairie

Work the fields as they did in the 1800s at Conner Prairie, Indiana's living history museum.

Holiday World

In Santa Claus, Indiana, preschoolers have a special place to play at Holiday World.

Indianapolis 500 and the Finish Line 500 Festival

The days leading up to Memorial Day Weekend mark the Indianapolis 500 and the Finish Line 500 Festival.

Iowa

Amana Colonies

Visit the Amana Colonies, one of the most successful communal colonies in American history.

Bridges of Madison County

The bridges that crisscross the waters of Madison County draw visitors who seek romance.

Iowa State Fair

Traditional fair competitions as well as a rubber chicken-throwing contest highlight the Iowa State Fair.

Kansas

Dodge City

Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City shows kids what Front Street was like in 1876, a rough-and-tumble tour of the Old West.

The Oz Museum

A visit to the Oz Museum is like stepping into the story, with witches, flying monkeys, and munchkin memorabilia.

Michigan

Frankenmuth

It's Christmas all year long in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and families arrive for a dose of holiday cheer and fried chicken dinners.

Grand Hotel

Michigan's Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is a charming masterpiece of old-fashioned luxury.

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

Dearborn, Michigan, celebrates innovation at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

Mackinac Bridge

Connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas and is nearly five miles long.

Mackinac Island

Northern Michigan's car-free island welcomes visitors for a historic retreat.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Lake Superior's shoreline features sculpted sandstone cliffs, best seen by boat tour.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Lake Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a favorite for families.

Tulip Time Festival

Holland, Michigan, pays tribute to its Dutch ancestry with a tulip festival held in the shadows of its picturesque windmills.

Minnesota

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness offers 1,200 miles of canoe routes.

Children's Theater Company

The Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis presents classics as well as forward-thinking works.

Mall of America

A gigantic mall with roller coasters, the Mall of America features a four-story Lego play area.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.

St. Paul Winter Carnival

Button up their coats and get the kids out at the St. Paul Winter Carnival, a celebration in the city streets.

Missouri

Branson

The Live Music Show Capital of the World, Branson, Missouri thrills with musicals, amusement parks -- and go-cart tracks.

The Gateway Arch

From the Gateway Arch's observation area, see the gateway to the Old West.

Kaleidoscope

Kansas City's Hallmark Cards invites children into Kaleidoscope to create in a world developed just for them.

The Magic House

In St. Louis, kids are encouraged to play in this unusual Victorian house-made-museum called the Magic House.

St. Louis Zoo

Kids get up close to animals at the St. Louis Zoo, an imaginative place thoughtfully designed with kids in mind.

Nebraska

Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historic Park

Memorabilia from his Wild West shows make a visit to Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historic Park a treat.

Carhenge

A place where cars mystically Chimney Rock

Its rising spire can be seen from the Oregon Trail and it also serves as the place where the plains give way to the Rockies.

Chimney Rock

Standing out as a landmark in the landscape, Chimney Rock has long oriented travelers.

Henry Doorley Zoo

A glass dome and a glass tunnel allow visitors at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo to walk into animal habitats.

North Dakota

Fort Abraham Lincoln and Fort Mandan

Visit this authentic fort on the American frontier that was once the most important stop on the Northern Plains.

International Peace Garden

Stand in two countries at once in a garden that celebrates peace between the U.S. and Canada.

North Dakota State Capitol

Bismark's tallest building is an Art Deco gem that stands out in the town and on the prairie.

Ohio

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Superlatives abound at Cedar Point Amusement Park where the tallest, fastest, and highest coasters lure visitors.

Cincinnati Museum Center

An old train station comes to life as a museum center, where kids can explore science and fun.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

In Ohio, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center tells the story of the road to freedom.

Paramount's Kings Island

Rides themed on Paramount movies attract visitors to Paramount's Kings Island on Southwestern Ohio.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival

In August, fans descend on Canton, Ohio, to revel at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Rock stars' report cards amuse kids who visit Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Serpent Mound

Ancient people formed this snake into the land, and visitors arrive to wonder at its origins.

South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

Begun in 1948, the Crazy Horse Memorial is a nine-story sculpture being carved into the Black Hills.

Mammoth Site

Kids can participate in a dig where more than fifty mammoth skeletons have been found.

Mount Rushmore

More than 5,700 feet tall, Mount Rushmore is stunning to witness by day, and at its nightly lighting ceremony.

Sturgis

The little town of Sturgis throws a big party each year, welcoming revelers to its streets to shop, play, and celebrate.

Wind Cave National Park

Visitors to Wind Cave National Park come to see - and hear - one of the world's longest and most complex cave systems.

Wisconsin

Apostle Island National Lakeshore

In northern Wisconsin, this group of 21 islands is a summertime ritual for visitors who arrive to explore nature and play.

Door County

Charming cottages populate this Lake Michigan peninsula near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion

Ornate, roomy, and a bit fascinating, the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee reflects a Flemish style and gives insight to the man behind the brand.

Jelly Belly Warehouse Tour

Tour, and of course taste, during the Jelly Belly Warehouse Tour in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Lambeau Field

To fans, it's not just a stadium, it's an experience. Visit the hallowed stomping grounds of the Packers and find out more about Wisconsin's beloved team.

Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright's sublime creation is a National Historic Landmark offering tours and opportunities to learn more about Wright's philosophies.

Wisconsin Dells

The Wisconsin Dells lures families with more than a dozen waterparks and many attractions.

Northern Wisconsin's summers are short, so families take advantage of every free moment at destinations like the Wisconsin Dells. During the winter, Midwesterners look for destinations in the Southwest, where warm skies and dry air make for a relaxing family vacation. Continue to the next page to find out more about family vacations in the Southwest.

Visit the following links to learn about scenic drives or to get recommendations on Mobil Travel Guide's ratings on hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

Visitors to Atlanta take in the sunny side of this cosmopolitan city.

Family Vacations: Southwest

Children are thrilled thrilled by tales of the Old West and inspired by visits to some the region's most advanced scientific locales. Plan a family vacation in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, or Nevada, and you'll have an opportunity to show your kids the Grand Canyon, old cowboy towns, or Space Center Houston. Arrive at the right time of year, and catch the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, participate in the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, or see the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.

Explore the links, below, to find destinations your kids will love. We've included links to Mobil-rated family-friendly hotels and restaurants near each destination, so all you need to do is pack. Continue reading to find out more about places to take your kids in the Southwest.

Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Visit spider rock and explore a wild and varied landscape.

The Grand Canyon

Take a rafting trip along the Colorado River for an up-close view from the depths of the Grand Canyon.

Sabino Canyon

Offering hikers a uniquely lush experience in an otherwise dry area, Sabino Canyon is a fascinating landscape to explore.

Sedona

Explore Native American ruins and haunting rock formations on a Jeep tour through Sedona.

Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural school draws students who explore his style and tourists who gaze on his work.

Window Rock

The Navajo Nation's landmark arch brings tourist who see beauty - and mystique - in it.

Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Lava shaped the unearthly landscape at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

Hells Canyon of the Snake River

Mimicking the profile of a woodsman's saw, this mountain in central Idaho cuts an unexpected line in the landscape.

River Rafting on the Salmon River

After mid-July, River Rafting on the Salmon River gets mild enough for little kids.

Sawtooth National Forest

Winter sports like skiing are popular at the scenic Sawtooth National Forest.

Montana

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center

Kids enjoy summer day camps at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

See the prairie field known as Custer's Last Stand, and learn about its history.

Museum of the Rockies

Find out about the ancient history of the Rockies at this amazing look into the region's prehistoric finds.

Virginia City

Virginia City is a well-preserved gold rush town welcoming visitors to explore its history.

Nevada

Las Vegas

From over-the-top themed hotels, attractions, and shopping, families can have a lively outing in Las Vegas.

Pyramid Lake

Not far from the trappings of Las Vegas, Pyramid Lake delivers a dash of solemnity in the Nevada wilderness.

Whitewater Park and Kayak Slalom Racing Course

Test your skills at Reno's Whitewater Park and Kayak Slalom Racing Course.

New Mexico

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Hot air balloons take to the sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Carlsbad Caverns

Take a self-guided or ranger-led tour through the spectacular underground Carlsbad Caverns.

New Mexico Missions

With settlement of the land came the establishment of new churches and mission. These surviving structures tell the story of faith in the region.

Roswell

Drawing tourist who are looking for an out-of-this-world experience, Roswell is a destination for conspiracy theorists and the curious.

Santa Fe

Museums with an eye for kids, as well as local culinary delights, top the list of what kids like about Santa Fe.

The Taos Pueblo

The oldest continuously occupied structure on the continent, dating back to A.D. 100, Taos Pueblo is an interesting look into history.

Oklahoma

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Kids can be cowboys at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

More than 100 Native American tribes attend the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival each June.

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Remembering those who suffered and died, this memorial is a sobering look at the tragedy and a message of hope for the future.

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

Celebrating one of America's greatest folk singers, this festival attracts acts and fans who love the genre.

Texas

AIA Sandcastle Competition

Galveston's Sandcastle Competition, hosted by the American Institute of Architects is amazing.

Austin

Explore a city alive with art, music, nightlife, politics, and charm.

Bat Watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge

The largest urban bat colony in North America lives in Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge.

Everyone's Art Car Parade and Festival

In early May, Houstonians take to the streets for Everyone's Art Car Parade and Festival.

Fiesta San Antonio

For ten days in April, more than 100 events are held throughout the city to celebrate Fiesta San Antonio.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Cowboys covet a chance to wrastle, rope, and ride at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Lake Amistad

The Rio Grande, Devils and Pecos rivers join here, creating a source of beauty and a nature.

Padre Island National Seashore

Kids kick up the sand on 80 miles of the Padre Island National Seashore, a natural playground.

Presidio County Courthouse

This courthouse in a small town in West Texas dominates the skyline.

San Antonio

A melting pot of a city, San Antonio is host to a wide array of destinations and festivals, particularly along its river.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort

About 175 miles west of Houston, the Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort is high-tech water fun.

Sea World

San Antonio's Sea World combines an amusement park, water park, as well as animal attractions and live entertainment.

Space Center Houston

Interactive exhibits at Space Center Houston allow you to touch a moon rock and dock a space shuttle.

Texas Gulf Coast

Beauty, wildlife, bucolic port towns, and noteworthy beaches dot the Texas coastline.

Shake the dust of Texas off your boots, and head to the Rockies for the fresh, cool mountain air. Continue to the next page to read about planning a family vacation in the Rockies.

Visit the following links to learn about scenic drives or to get recommendations on Mobil Travel Guide's ratings on hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

The grounds of Colorado's statehouse are as majestic as the building.

Family Vacations: The Rockies

From mountaintop to river valley, the Rockies are for exploration. Climb, hike, raft, swim, or simply walk your way through spectacular vistas in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, or Idaho. National parks include the Great Sand Dunes, Yellowstone and Glacier, while smaller attractions like the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, all give kids experiences they'll treasure for a lifetime.

Read the articles below to find attractions in the Rockies that your kids will love - you'll also find Mobil-rated hotels and restaurants in the area that welcome families.

Colorado

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

The world's largest hot mineral pool maintains a 90-degree temperature year-round.

Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

This gigantic monument to Buddah brings worshipers as well as the curious to Colorado.

The Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Summit Pikes Peak via the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

Red Rocks Park Amphitheater

Attending a show at this outdoor theater, surrounded by strangely acoustical red rocks, is an eye-catching and ear-worthy experience.

Pike's Peak

Climb or take a rail line to the famous peak, and find out when it's best to visit.

Telluride

A vacationers paradise, the trappings of Telluride are particularly alluring to families who come here to take advantage of comfortable resort life and a host of outdoor activities.

Utah

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Anyone interested in animals should plan a trip to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest facility of its type in the U.S. housing animals that range from puppies to ponies.

Great Salt Lake

Take to the ancient waters of this salty sea, a prehistoric relic of the region's oceanic past.

Lake Powell

This busy recreational lake offers houseboats for rent and many opportunities for water enthusiasts.

Monument Valley

Up-close, the eerie images of the old west in Monument Valley will remind you of old shoot-out movies, but the beauty of this region is well worth the effort made to get there.

Temple Square

One of Salt Lake City's most stunning attractions, Temple Square presents a grand façade to the city.

Utah Olympic Park

Park City was host to the Olympics in 2002, and now visitors can experience the thrill of the games.

Wyoming

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Cody hosts five museums in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, each explores the Old West.

Cheyenne Frontier Days

This rodeo is among the biggest in the nation, creating a festival atmosphere that even the most dedicated city-slicker would find hard to resist.

Cody, Wyoming

The Old West is never forgotten on the streets of Cody, where you're likely to run into shootouts and cowboys.

Devils Tower National Monument

Kids as young as four are invited to try climbing Devils Tower.

Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark

A sacred mountain, this distant destination in the Bighorn National Forest is revered as a spiritual destination.

The Rockies were the last hurdle to the West for the pioneers. Continue to the next page to find out how to plan a family vacation in the Rockies.

Visit the following links to learn about scenic drives or to get recommendations on Mobil Travel Guide's ratings on hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

Portland proudly demures its skyline to the greeenery that surrounds it.

Family Vacations: The Pacific

California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii represent some of the most diverse landscapes and cultures in the U.S. From the relaxed beach life along California's portion of the Pacific Ocean, to the snowy banks of Alaska's coastline, visitors to this region are treated to spectacular views from almost any perch they choose along the western coastline. We've assembled a list of family vacation destinations in the Pacific region and coupled them with Mobil-rated hotels and restaurants that cater to families for your convenience.

Travel to the San Diego Zoo, visit the Columbia River Gorge, or hike up the side of a Hawaiian volcano. If you arrive at the right time, you can catch big events such as California's Tournament of Roses Parade, Portland's Rose Festival and Rose Gardens, or the Washington State International Kite Festival. Or show true grit and arrive in Alaska in time for the Iditarod.

Alaska

Iditarod Sled Dog Race

Covering more than a thousand miles from Anchorage to Nome, the Iditarod is the height of sportsmanship for mushers.

Saxman Native Totem Park

Learn about totems and their meaning at this site, where more than two dozen totem poles tell the story of life in Alaska.

World Ice Art Championships and Kid's Park

Late February's World Ice Art Championships and Kid's Park in Fairbanks is spectacular.

California

Alcatraz Island

Creepy and informative, a visit to San Francisco's Alcatraz Island gives some excellent insight into prison life.

Big Sur Coastline

Mysterious, majestic, jaw dropping - these are words used to describe California's Big Sur.

California State Railroad Museum

Sacramento shows off locomotives that helped to build it at the California State Railroad Museum.

Chinatown and the Chinese New Year

San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest community of Chinese in the U.S., and while the neighborhood is lively throughout the year, Chinese New Year brings a celebration to the streets.

Disneyland

Disneyland's dizzying array of things to do keeps families happy and entertained for days.

Exploratorium

San Francisco's Exploratorium creates innovative hands-on exhibits that wow kids - and their parents.

The Getty Center

An extraordinary collection of art inside is rivaled by the gardens outside the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Golden Gate Bridge

Iconic, dramatic, beautiful, the Golden Gate Bridge delights visitors who drive or walk across as well as shutterbugs who try to catch a snapshot in just the right light.

Hearst Castle

Grand, and over-the-top, Heart Castle in San Simeon welcomes visitors for tours and living history programs.

Hollywood

Discover some of the best tourist destinations in Tinseltown.

La Brea Tar Pits

Los Angeles prehistoric swamp continues to give paleontologists something to work on and visitors something to see.

LegoLand

Imagination and reality meet at Carlsbad's LegoLand, a playground of possibilities inspired by - and made up of - Legos.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Many hands-on activities and truly awe-inspiring displays make a visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium memorable.

Napa Valley Vineyards

Drive through, hike around, or sit and sip, but don't miss an opportunity to explore California's Napa Valley.

San Diego Zoo

More than 800 species call the San Diego Zoo home. A world-class facility, plan for a long visit.

Santa Barbara

This charming Spanish-styled town features gardens, seaside diversions and activities year-round.

Santa Catalina Island

Arrive by ferry or boat on this car-free island just a short drive from Los Angeles, and enjoy a quiet seaside retreat.

SeaWorld

San Diego's SeaWorld thrills kids with opportunities to touch, learn about, and see things aquatic.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Twenty-six-story trees tower at Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park.

Tournament of Roses Parade

Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade celebrates the Rose Bowl each New Year's Day.

Venice Beach

Each day brings a reason for festivity and activity on Venice Beach.

Winchester Mystery House

A tangle of rooms, staircases, and doors, this mansion boggles visitors and designers.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park's mountains, trees, and waterfalls are legendary for their beauty.

Hawaii

Kapalua Beach

Maui's Kapalua Beach is among the best in Hawaii, and it's an ideal locale for families with toddlers.

Oahu's North Shore Big Surf Competition

The best arrive to compete in some of the world's tallest waves in November and December.

Polynesian Cultural Center

Learn about regional culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu.

The USS Arizona Memorial

This monument to Pearl Harbor pays tribute to the 1,177 crewmembers who died in the attack.

Waikiki Beach

Oahu's famed two-mile stretch of sand is a resort haven with plenty for kids and parents to do.

Waimea Canyon

A great place to catch a rainbow, Waimea Canyon's bright colors can be seen on foot or by helicopter.

Oregon

Astoria-Megler Bridge

Cross the Columbia River from Oregon to Washington.

The Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls

See the many waterfalls at Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls.

Mount Hood

Outdoors enthusiasts arrive on this volcanic mountain to take advantage of its beauty, trails and sights.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Waterfalls and forested trails create a paradise for those in search of exercise or escape.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Rent an ATV to cross the landscape of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

Pioneer Courthouse Square

This historic spot is a point of civic pride and celebration.

Portland Rose Festival and Rose Gardens

June is time for the Portland Rose Festival and a visit to the Rose Gardens.

Seaside

Marking the end of Louis and Clark's long journey, the town of Seaside delivers history with a dollop of charm.

Washington

Northwest Folklife Festival

Memorial Day weekend thousands converge on Seattle for a cultural celebration, the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Mount St. Helens

From here, visitors get a pristine view of the Pacific Northwest, and can also learn about the power of a volcano.

Pike Place Market

Lively and full of food, art and music, the Pike Place Market is wonderfully entertaining.

San Juan Islands

From the Puget Sound's San Juan Islands you can see sea lions, dolphins and orcas.

Seattle Center

Soar up the Space Needle and visit the heart of Seattle at the Seattle Center.

Washington State International Kite Festival

Colors and shapes take over the windy skies in August in Long Beach, Washington.

From Washington, continue exploring the continent -- it's sometimes just a short boat-ride from Washington to Canada, and it's a brief journey by plane to the warm and welcoming shores of Mexico. In addition to family vacation in the U.S., we've compiled favorite vacation areas in Canada and Mexico. Continue reading to find out more.

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A Trolly tours visitors through Toronto.

Family Vacations: Canada and Mexico

From Niagara Falls to Vancouver, or Chichen Itza to Cozumel, exploring the far north or south of North America reaps many rewards. From the friendly charms of Canada in places like Old Quebec, to a warm welcome in Mexico, it's worth a visit to explore the treasures both countries hold.

From December - March, whales arrive in the Sea of Cortez to mate, making frequent surface visits.Here you find more than a dozen must-see destinations and events in Canada and Mexico, accompanied by hotel and restaurant recommendations from Mobil Travel Guide.

Canada

Banff National Park

Alberta's snow-capped peaks at Banff National Park draw explorers for outdoor sports.

Calgary Stampede

With a purse of more than a million dollars, the Calgary Stampede is the wealthiest rodeo in the world.

Compobello Island

Seals swim up to this welcoming island to explore, just like terrestrial visitors do.

Hockey Hall of Fame

Toronto, Ontario's Hockey Hall of Fame is the go-to place for hockey fans everywhere.

Lake Louise

Pristine, crystal clear, and offering majestic mountain views, Lake Louise is the pride of Alberta.

Montreal

Montreal's European charm brings the tourists out in their walking shoes.

Niagara Falls

View Niagara Falls from a bridge, boat or trail - and from the U.S. or Canada.

Old Quebec

Canada's walled city, Old Quebec is a dash of Europe in North America.

Prince Edward Island

Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island, was the inspiration for Anne of Green Gables.

Toronto

Shop and explore in this cosmopolitan city.

Vancouver

Visit the city of Vancouver to explore a hip, trendy, international metropolis.

Victoria and Vancouver Island

Arrive at Victoria and Vancouver Island by boat to begin an enchanting journey through gardens and architecture.

West Edmonton Mall

Theme park-meets-mall in Alberta's West Edmonton Mall, where more than 800 shops are surrounded by rides.

Yukon

Those in search of a getaway will be pleased with this remote and under-populated region.

Mexico

Chichen Itza

The ancient city of Chichen Itza features Mayan relics and temples.

Cozumel and Isla Mujeres

Busy beaches and lots to do make Cozumel and Isla Mujeres such sought-after destinations.

Guadalajara

A city with history and welcoming charm, Guadalajara invites visitors who want to take time to explore.

Los Cabos

Beaches stretch out to welcome visitors this sandy paradise.

Oaxaca's Day of the Dead and Night of the Radishes Festivals

In Oaxaca, Halloween is celebrated with a Day of the Dead and Night of the Radishes Festival.

Xcaret and Xel-Ha

Incorporating assets of natural surroundings into activities that families will love, Xcaret and Xel-Ha are a favorite of families.

Whale Watching in the Sea of Cortez

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