5 Cities to Consider Vacationing with Your Teen in the U.S.

We talk about cruising or visiting Europe a lot here on the blog, but let’s not forget that the U.S. has a wide variety of places to visit with your teen. It can be hard to know where to go, especially if you, the parent, haven’t been somewhere before. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Here are our top 5 cities to consider vacationing with your teen in the U.S.

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As a teenager, travelling can be an exciting experience. These cities not only offer exciting activities and attractions but also provide opportunities for teenagers to learn about history, culture, and diversity. Plus, when in doubt, there’s always great shopping and food to enjoy!

1. New York City, New York

This one is probably no surprise. We actually started taking our son to NYC when he was 4 and he LOVES it. Of course, our visits have changed a lot over the years. In the beginning it was all about the dinosaur bones in the American Museum of Natural History and riding on a subway for the first time. Now we spend more time going to games (Go Mets!), the theatre and people-watching. Teens can enjoy famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the One World Trade Center. There are plenty of museums to visit such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and the MET. You can also take in a Broadway show or simply walk around the city and experience the vibrant atmosphere. I can’t emphasize this enough – do not spend all of your time in Times Square! There is so much more to see. Oh, and don’t forget about Central Park, too!

2. Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is another great city to take teenagers to. It has beautiful beaches and famous attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Teenagers will love the opportunity to take a selfie with the Hollywood sign! You can also stroll down Rodeo Drive or visit the infamous Santa Monica Pier. If your teen is into celebrities, take them to Madame Tussauds Hollywood for an awesome photo experience with their favorite wax celebrities. Maybe a movie star homes tour will interest your teen as well. Another favorite for those into movies or potential celebrity watching is the Warner Brothers Studio Tour.

3. Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a great destination for teenagers who love history and politics. If you are a U.S. resident, you can request tickets to visit the White House and the Capitol Building from the D.C. office of your local Congressman. Now, let’s set some expectations. There are hundreds of museums in DC – the Smithsonian alone has 19! You will want to sit down with your teen(s) in advance to find out their priorities because there is no way you will ever see everything in one visit. The city has world-renowned museums such as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Not to mention the monuments and memorials like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Check out some of the monument tours – we did one at night that was fantastic. There are also some great walking tours if your teen would enjoy learning more about the history of the buildings and politics.

4. Boston, Massachusetts

Next to New York, Boston is our other favorite city to visit in the U.S. Who can resist the combination of interesting history and fabulous food? Boston is a historic city that provides a wide range of activities for teenagers. The city is famous for the Freedom Trail, which takes you to significant historical sites such as the Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution Museum, and the Old North Church. Teenage sports fans may also enjoy a visit to Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox play. Exploring trendy neighborhoods such as Harvard Square and Newbury Street are also a fun way to explore Boston. Don’t miss Boston’s North End for a Little Italy feel and some of the best food and pastries in the city.

5. Orlando, Florida

Let’s face it – Orlando is a haven of theme parks for any age. Many teenagers are now ready to try some of the scarier roller coasters they may have been afraid to ride when they were younger. Of course, there is Walt Disney World, but don’t forget about Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. Discovery Cove is a great place to visit if your teen is interested in animals and an up-close visit with dolphins. Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Universal City Walk at Universal Orlando Resort both offer fun eateries and shopping. If you have a car, take about an hour drive to the Kennedy Space Center or the beach.


Travelling is a great way for teenagers to learn about history, culture, diversity and have some fun too. There are plenty of destinations in the United States that offer unique experiences for teenagers. These five cities are just a few examples of the many destinations that teenagers would love. It’s important to involve your teen in the planning and research to help ensure that your teen will enjoy their travel experience to the fullest.

Whether you’re looking for adventure, culture, or just a place to relax, there’s sure to be a destination on this list that’s perfect for you and your teen.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today and go see something! 🗽



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