When you’re a parent, it’s hard to find time to plan an amazing summer vacation. So don’t worry- I’ve done it for you! Whether your family is interested in classic theme park trips or exotic sunny-side locales, check out my list of 2016’s best summer vacation inspirations.

Rent A Flat In Paris

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There’s absolutely nothing like a lengthy stay in the center of Paris with your family. With renowned parks, like Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Villette, it’s easy to entertain the children for an entire afternoon. Stop for crêpes and café au laits on the way back to your rental flat near Le Centre Pompidou (a captivating museum for older children). Visit the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle for an educational experience or have a picnic of French cheeses and charcuterie under the Tour d’Eiffel. You can’t go wrong in Paris!

Tour The U.S. National Parks

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A classic road trip might be in store for this summer’s family vacation. With National Parks to visit in each and every state, it’s an easy choice to make. Tour the Southwest from Sedona to Moab and hit the parks in between, or cruise the coast from Seattle to San Francisco. My best tip is to visit lesser-known National Parks to avoid huge crowds.

See The Animals In San Diego

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San Diego, California is an unforgettable destination for families. The San Diego Zoo is the ultimate experience for children, as there are exhibits for every animal your child could dream of. The penguins, monkeys, red pandas, and arctic foxes are all favorites at the park. San Diego also has access to so many other amazing family-friendly spots like Balboa Park, The New Children’s Museum, and Seaport Village. And don’t forget the beach! Book a condo downtown for walkability, or choose a vacation house in the rolling hills above the city for a view you’ll never want to leave!

Sunbathe In The Italian Riviera

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Live in the lap of luxury this summer while on holiday in the Italian Riviera. All-inclusive resorts boast amenities like beach-front villas, kid-friendly restaurants, and water gear rentals. Book a private yacht for the day and experience the Mediterranean Sea at it’s finest. Try snorkeling then go for gelato with the children, or hit the spa with your significant other. That’s what nannies are for, right?

Visit Disney World

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Perhaps the most iconic family vacation of all, Disney World in Orlando, Florida is catered especially for children of all ages. Stay and play all in one place with Disney’s all-inclusive resorts. Choose from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom according to what your family is interested in. I predict the trendiest spot this summer will be Hollywood Studios, with their interactive Star Wars experiences where your child can train to be a Jedi or hug Chewbacca himself.

Created by Mandy Burkholder

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