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Old 01-03-2016, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Houston(Screwston),TX
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Vegas will be horribly hot.
Yeah, my father picked that one(I think he wants to go gambling lol). But if my family complained about walking in the heat on our Atlanta vacation, I can only hear the moans walking in Las Vegas from place to place. And that's with 3 small children ages 8-9.
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Old 01-03-2016, 01:17 PM
 
Location: CA
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Houseboat trip - we went to Sacramento Delta years ago- large houseboat slept 8 adults easily. The Delta was fun because of the navigation involved with the tides and drawbridges. And we could dock at places along the way. (We did get beached one night due to miscalculation)

Horseback camping trip - we hope to take a guided trip into the Eastern Sierras this summer with guide, cook, and all included.

High Sierra Pack Trips; Horseback Riding; Mule Packing; John Muir Trail Packing; Horse Drives; Outfitters;Packing Schools

Best in your planning and vacation!
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Old 01-03-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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5 members of my family have been on a cruise before, which is one of the main reasons a cruise was suggested because they wanted the whole family to experience the fun. I'm not against a cruise myself but i'm not overly thrill about it either. If everyone once to go of course I'll go but I need to have other options that make sense budget wise and the overall experience that will please everybody.
If it matters, a cruise might be the easiest one to divide the overall budget most easily.
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Old 01-03-2016, 01:22 PM
 
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Yeah, my father picked that one(I think he wants to go gambling lol). But if my family complained about walking in the heat on our Atlanta vacation, I can only hear the moans walking in Las Vegas from place to place. And that's with 3 small children ages 8-9.
Rule it out, IMHO.

Walking the Strip, in and out of casinos, isn't as much fun as it used to be in my experience. And with 3 little ones? No way.
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Old 01-03-2016, 02:09 PM
 
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I'd consider San Diego over LA or Vegas with kids.
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Old 01-03-2016, 04:56 PM
 
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Destination: Atlanta Stay at your house. Tour the GA Aquarium, Coke, the Zoo AND go tubing in Helen. Six Flags is a great one, too!!
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Proxima Centauri
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Hi CD, My family and I are in the process of deciding where to take our next family trip in the month of June. It'll be 13 of us going on our year family trip ranging from ages 8-56 years old. Right now were deciding between 5 destinations.

1.Cruise/Cozumel
2.New York City
3.Washington D.C.
4.Las Vegas
5.Los Angeles

Our main concern is deciding which destination would work best for everybody's budget. Basically which destination in that list would cater for each age group within our family and would be the cheapest out the list. More bang for our buck. Were factoring in things such as (rental house,rental car, groceries, flight prices, food scene, nightlife, children activities,sightseeing,etc.) Los Angeles and Las Vegas are at the bottom of the list because we would have to get a rental car and spend extra money on gas but were not completely ruling it out. D.C. and New York, we could rely on public transportation but hesitant on those cities because some family members don't want to stick out like tourist with 3 small children in a crowded Northeast city. We're from Texas so some of my family members are not use to congested cities and all that walking(not a problem for me). A cruise ship would be the most convenient as far as avoiding rental cars and houses and groceries and etc. but due to my calculations seems to be the most expensive. Especially considering me and my fiance would have to fork over a little bit more just to take a flight to New Orleans or Galveston,TX to get to the ports(we live in Atlanta now but the rest of my family lives in Houston). So I'm kind of stuck here and could use some more insight on these destinations. Thanks in advance!
You don't really want to do the cruise it seems. Manhattan will be quite expensive. The sites are spread out all over Manhattan and the Bronx Zoo is worth a day's investment. DC is the best of the five with all of the museums in the same area. Your kids will love the Natural History Museum and the Air and Space Museum. Stay in Northern VA on a metro line. I've never been to Vegas and I don't like LA. With the exception of the La Brea tarpits and museum, LA is boring.

May I add a destination? Hilton Head SC. My family did this and it was great. Contact a realty there. There are condos for rent and they are affordable. Since you live in Atlanta you may want to check out the flights into Savannah from Texas. Would that be a 4 hour drive for you?

Here is the link for the DC transit system:
http://dctransitguide.com/static/ima...system_map.png

If you do go to Cozumel buy your drinks on board the ship and take them with you. In Mexico the Coca Cola will be fine but the ice that comes with it will make everyone sick.
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:45 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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At $600-700 pp incl airfare, I'd suggest a pkg deal (perhaps all inclusive) to Cancun.
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We cruised the inside passage to Alaska a few years ago. Age span of our group was 15 to 80, there were 18 of us. We had a great time. Much easier than messing around with hotels and restaurants. There were things to do on ship while under way.
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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In my opinion-NYC is one of the coolest places to visit, but if you're looking into all staying in 1 big home together and grocery shopping, etc then it's not worth it. The best part of NYC trips for me has been staying in a high rise hotel somewhere in Manhattan (great groupon deals for hotels there usually) and eating some awesome food that all the restaurants there have to offer-it's almost too stressful to pick out what to eat cause there's so many options.

For a big family trip-I say go with the cruise. In my experiences, cruise tickets haven't been too out of hand, but the major issue is getting yourself to wherever the ship embarks from. Sometimes the plane ticket is more than the cruise ticket for me. But-while you're on the cruise, you eat as much as you want for free (unless you choose to go to a random sit down restaurant that charges), have a dinner table every night reserved for you, and tons of activities that it's impossible to get bored. If you can work it within you & your families' budget, I would say a cruise wins. If you choose not to drink a lot of alcohol, eat at a "fancy" restaurant, etc, then you could end up spending a very small amount while on board which I feel is worth considering if it means spending extra to get there.
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