6 US Cities You're Probably Not Planning to Take Your Kids to — but Should

May 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Sedona red rocks, a boy with a kite and a lighthouse
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With summer fast approaching, it's time to start planning our vacations. Planning an enriching vacation for a family can be challenging with so many options and so many peoples' interests to consider. Cities are popular destinations, but profound discoveries and adventures while traveling need not be tethered to bucket-list destinations. If you're looking to bring the whole family along on a trip to a city rich with art, history, science and outdoor fun, we've taken a deep dive into some of the most unexpected and underrated family-friendly cities. 

Whether you're East or West Coast or anything in between, the U.S. has a seemingly endless list of destinations that kids will love. Here, we have taken a look at six less conventional choices for summer vacations and revealed distinct opportunities for family travel, some of which also translate to financial savings. Sit back, relax and get your credit card ready — you're going to want to book one of these vacations ASAP. 

1 /6: Sedona, Arizona

Chairs next to a creek
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1/6 :Sedona, Arizona

2 /6: San Jose, California

A boy flying a kite
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2/6 :San Jose, California

3 /6: Durham, North Carolina

An old building in Durham, North Carolina
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3/6 :Durham, North Carolina

4 /6: Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri skyline
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4/6 :Kansas City, Missouri

5 /6: Aspen, Colorado

Mountains in Aspen, Colorado
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5/6 :Aspen, Colorado

6 /6: Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

A lighthouse
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6/6 :Ocracoke Island, North Carolina