Fantastic Family Getaways for all Fifty States

Are you  considering an All-American family vacation this year, weary of Disney, but not yet certain where you really want to go? If this sounds like you, Big John has compiled a star-spangled  list of fun-filled family getaways for all fifty states.  Not impressed? You should be. It can be quite difficult finding that perfect place for respite and leisure in remote places such as North Dakota.

Still, Big John’s Adventures in Travel believes some of life’s greatest adventures can be found in the most unlikely of places. So without further ado, let’s go explore these fantastic family getaways in the land of the free and the home of the brave. When we’re all through, perhaps Big John will have inspired you to plan that perfect family vacation of your own.


alabama Alabama


The Beach Club, Gulf Shores, AL


Nothing says fun in the sun while in the Yellowhammer State like the Beach Club in Gulf Shores.  Their sugar-sand beaches make this resort a true tropical paradise. The site has five outdoor pools, savory dining options, a full-service spa, and numerous other resort amenities. There’s truly something special about the Beach Club!  Phone:(866)348-9112



Alaska state flag Alaska

Hotel Alyeska

Hotel Alyeska, Anchorage, AK


Alaska is known as The Last Frontier and the Hotel Alyeska seemingly knows no boundaries.  This premier ski resort destination, nestled in the Chugach Mountain Range, offers countless amazing activities to include  fishing, bicycling, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, flightseeing, alpine skiing, snowboarding, and more.  Phone:(907) 754-2111



Arizona Arizona

arizona grand resort and spa

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ


The Copper State  has much to offer their guests when they book their stay at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix. This 220 acre resort boasts a top-notch golf course, a phenomenal water park, fine cuisine, and a whole lot more.  All rooms at this resort feature a private balcony or patio. Phone:(602)438-9000



arkansas flag Arkansas

Buffalo Outdoor Center

Buffalo Outdoor Center, Ponca, AR


If canoes, cabins, and zip lines are your thing,  then the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca  is your place for staying and playing inside The Natural State. This premier resort is located in the scenic mountain region of the Buffalo National River. Phone:(870)861-5514



california California

squaw creek

Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, CA


Arguably, the Golden State outshines them all with this luxury Squaw Valley ski resort in Lake Tahoe.  The Resort at Squaw Creek features 405 lodge-style guest rooms, an award-winning golf course, its own private chairlift, and much more. Phone:(530)583-6300



Colorado Colorado

vista verde

Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Springs, CO


For an all-inclusive resort experience in the Centennial State,  Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs is second to none.  This Luxury Dude Ranch  boasts a small guest count keeping your stay intimate, friendly, and fun. Phone: (970)879-3858 



connecticut Connecticut

waters edge

Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, Westbrook, CT


Situated along the Long Island Sound,  The Water’s Edge Resort & Spa offers a private beach and spectacular ocean views.  This Constitution State  resort boasts a luxury spa and on-site restaurant as well. Phone:(860)399-5901



Delaware Delaware


Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Rehoboth Beach, DE


For a Victorian-styled oceanfront retreat, look no further than the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach.  This First State  resort features fine Atlantic Ocean dining,  heated pools, and plenty more. Phone:(302)227-7169



florida Florida

club med

Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port Saint Lucie, FL


Visit the Sunshine State’s most popular all-inclusive family resort at Club Med Sandpiper Bay.  The resort sports an impressive 20 tennis courts, 8 sand volleyball courts, and an 18-hole on-site golf course. For those with kids, the thrilling water park will keep them smiling.  This premium sports resort is located right on the St. Lucie River.  Phone:(772)337-6638



georgia Georgia

sea island

Sea Island Resort, St. Simons Island, GA


This  breathtaking Peach State resort consistently rates as one of the top resorts in the world.  Just visit St. Simons Island and you will see why. The Sea Island Resort offers three varied settings  to suit every taste. Guests can stay Oceanside, riverfront, or right off the golf course.  Phone:(855)714-9201



hawaii Hawaii


Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, HI


  Over 62 tropical acres of the Aloha State  can be found inside the sprawling  Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa .  Amongst other magnificent treasures, this resort offers a black sand beach, a swimming lagoon with sea turtles, and a dolphin encounter experience. Phone:(808)886-1234



idaho Idaho

Coeur d 'Alene

The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, ID


This luxury Gem State resort is located on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene.  It is suitably referred to as  the “Playground of the Pacific Northwest”. This massive hotel has 338 guest rooms, an award-winning spa, a golf course, marina, and a whole lot more.  Phone:(208)209-5031



illinois Illinois

eaglewood resort and spa

Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago, IL


When in the Land of Lincoln, you’d be hard-pressed to find a finer place for leisure than the Eaglewood Resort & Spa. The resort offers amazing golf, fine dining, cosmic bowling and more. The location is just outside Chicago’s hustle and bustle but close enough to make any excursion into the city an easy one.   Phone:(630)773-1400



indiana Indiana

french lick

French Lick Resort, French Lick, IN


Perhaps the most impressive complex in the entire Hoosier State, this  3,000-acre vacation spot includes two historic resort spa hotels, riding stables, a Vegas-style casino and three superb golf courses. Phone:(888)936-9360



iowa flag Iowa

kings pointe

King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort, Storm Lake, IA


This Hawkeye State resort is more than just a fun day at the lake. The complex contains 100 guest rooms and suites, four cottages, indoor and outdoor water parks, and many other accommodations for guests of all ages. Phone:(712) 213-4500



kansas Kansas

great wolf

Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City, KS


Your Great Wolf Lodge adventure inside the Sunflower State begins in this massive 84-degree indoor water park. Splash away the day in over 38,000 square feet of water-packed excitement.  The facility offers a variety of Northwoods theme suites, dining options, and an array of activities to compliment the stay.   Phone:(913) 299-7001



kentucky Kentucky


Cliffview Resort, Campton, KY


The Cliffview Resort is a rustic adventure site in the eastern part of the Bluegrass State. The place sits next to the Red River Gorge and Daniel Boone National Forest.  The resort offers lodges and cabin rentals with  modern amenities. Activities include zip lines, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and more.  Phone:(888)596-0525



louisiana Louisiana


L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles, LA


You can’t get any luckier than to book a stay at the waterfront  L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles. This Pelican State resort  features 6 restaurants, a marina, and a full-service spa on site. Additionally, a golf course, a casino, and a fitness center are on site along with plenty to do for the kids. Phone:(337)395-7777



maine Maine

harbor side

Harborside Hotel & Spa, Bar Harbor, ME


The fact that this Pine Tree State resort is nestled on picturesque Frenchman’s Bay should be reason enough to stay here. The Harborside Hotel & Spa is considered the premier hotel of Bar Harbor. This place has all the stellar amenities one could wish for while vacationing in Maine. Phone:(207)288-5033



maryland Maryland

chesapeake bay

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, Cambridge, MD


Family vacations don’t get any better than at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort.  This vacation mecca inside the Old Line State combines real Eastern Shore relaxation with an entire array of adventurous activities.  Book today for the time of your life. Phone:(410)901-1234



massachusetts Massachusetts

green harbor

Green Harbor Resort, West Yarmouth, MA


The Bay State  got it’s nickname from places like Cape Cod at Green Harbor. Escape away to this beachfront resort situated on 7.5 acres of scenic splendor.  Whether you prefer the luxurious outdoor pool overlooking Nantucket Sound, row boating and canoeing in ocean waters, or whatever might float your boat,  fun for all  awaits your stay at Green Harbor.  Phone:(800)227-3263



michigan Michigan

crystal mountain resort

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, MI


This is the Midwest’s premier four-season family resort featuring some of the finest accommodations the Wolverine State has to offer. Amenities include 36 holes of championship golf, 50 downhill ski slopes, 30km of cross-country trails, and an award-winning spa.  Phone:(855)995-5146 



minnesota Minnesota

maddens resort

Madden’s Resort, Brainerd, MN


For good old-fashioned lake fun in the North Star State, visit Madden’s Resort  in Brainerd. Sprawling across 1,500 acres on Gull Lake’s Pine Beach Peninsula, the resort’s amenities include fishing, boating, swimming beaches, golfing and lawn games. Phone:(218)829-2811



mississippi Mississippi

beau rivage

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, MS


The Magnolia State doesn’t scrimp when it comes to luxury resorts. The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is certainly no exception to that rule.  This state-of-the-art casino resort offers something for every member of your family.  There an award-winning spa and salon, a championship golf course, indulgent restaurants and shopping, decadent pools, arcades, and more. Phone:(228)386-7444



missouri Missouri

Stonewater Cove

Stonewater Cove Resort & Spa, Shell Knob, MO


Since we’re talking about the Show Me State, allow me to show you a private lake and wilderness retreat in nearly 500 acres of  the Mark Twain National Forest. Nestled on the shores of Table Rock Lake, the Stonewater Cove Resort combines  natural beauty and outdoor fun with unbelievable indoor luxury. Activities include lake and forest adventures, spas, zip lining,  ATV riding, fishing, kayaking, and more!  Phone:(417)858-2563



montana Montana

The resort at paws up

The Resort at Paw Up, Greenough, MT


The Resort at Paws Up is a luxury ranch resort situated on  37,000 sprawling acres of The Treasure State. Guests have the option of choosing between an expansive private home or a sophisticated, safari-style luxury tent. The working ranch provides an unfiltered connection with the natural beauty and ruggedness of Montana. Spend your time on horseback or cast a fly and catch  trout. This first-class adventure resort is every sportsman’s dream. Phone:(406) 244-5200



Nebraska Nebraska

blue creek  

Blue Creek Lodge, Osh Kosh, NE


Are you  looking to the Cornhusker State for that best spot for the family to hunt, fish, or simply recreate? If so, then the Blue Creek Lodge is definitely the place for you. This place may be a hunter’s paradise but it has all the luxuries of a 5 star resort. This place is pet-friendly as well. Phone:(308)772-9912



nevada Nevada

WEstin Lake

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Henderson, NV


Escape the neon lights of Vegas and wind down with family at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson. This Silver State resort was named as one of the “world’s best hotels” by Travel + Leisure. The  provides an extraordinary list of outdoor activities to include paddle-boarding, kayaking, mountain biking, zip lining, and more.  Phone:(702) 567-6000



new hampshire New Hampshire


Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield, NH


With breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the  Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa offers hotel guests an experience unlike any other resort in the Granite State.  This New Hampshire getaway is perfect for vacationing with your entire family. The resort  offers a wide range of amenities and activities to include:  golfing, in-house spa treatments, indoor and outdoor pools, camp fires, dog sled adventures, and more. Phone:(855)837-2100



new jersey New Jersey

ocean place

Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch, NJ


Your family can renew their spirits at the Ocean Place Resort Spa. This opulent  Garden State hotel features 15 spa treatment rooms, massage services, and locker rooms with steam facilities and a whirlpool . Spend the afternoon lounging in one of two swimming pristine pools, or take to the beach, to experience those Jersey shores.  Dine on tantalizing cuisine or engage in numerous activities such as biking and boating.  Phone:(732)571-4000 



new mexico New Mexico


The Lodge Resort & Spa, Cloudcroft, NM


It’s only fitting that the Lodge Resort and Spa was created in the Land of Enchantment. This popular New Mexico mountain resort has much to offer. Enjoy a refreshing dip in their heated outdoor pool.  Play a round of golf, or just relax with a soothing spa treatment. The Lodge provides a historical setting unlike any other place in New Mexico. For a quiet weekend getaway  or an active family vacation, this place can’t be beat.  Phone:(800)395-6343



New York New York

Rocking Horse Ranch

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, NY


  The Empire State must be mighty proud! Rocking Horse Ranch was rated one of the top 10 family resorts in the United States by Traveler’s Choice. This all-inclusive vacation spot has horse adventures, an indoor water park, and more activities than you can shake a stick at! Phone:(800)647-2624 



North Carolina North Carolina

Grove park inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC


If you want a vacation steeped in history, then you’ll want to travel to the Tar Heel State and book your vacation at the legendary Omni Grove Park Inn. This century old hotel has hosted everyone from movie stars to presidents.  Situated on a western facing slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this historic Inn is anyone’s dream North Carolina vacation. Amenities include a 40,000 square foot spa, fine dining, kids activities, and more. Phone:(828)252-2711



north dakota North Dakota

lakeview meadow

Lakeview Meadow Resort, Jamestown, ND


 If you plan on doing a little hunting or fishing during your family getaway, then you probably have no business vacationing anywhere else other than in the Peace Garden State.  The Lakeview Meadow is located right in between the Jamestown and the Pipestem Reservoirs. Both places are ideal to fishing whether it’s during the summer or winter ice fishing months. The resort is also located in the heart of prime hunting area for waterfowl, upland game and big game such as whitetail deer.  This is North Dakota styled vacationing at its best! Phone:(701)252-5100



ohio Ohio

sawmill creek resort

Sawmill Creek Resort, Sandusky, Ohio


This Buckeye State golf and marina resort sits atop 235 acres adjacent to the Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve. It is located just 7 miles from the Cedar Point Amusement Park and less than 10 miles from Thomas Edison ‘s Birthplace.  The property features an 18-hole golf course, a 176-slip marina and shops inside an 1887 barn. Dining options include an upscale-casual eatery, an Irish pub,  a seafood restaurant , and a casual deli. Water sports activities are available. Phone:(419)433-3800




Goldskye Ranch Resort

Goldskye Ranch Resort, Fletcher, OK


Folks in the Sooner State really love their horses. So if you plan to spend your family vacation in Oklahoma, you’d best get with the program. Gold Skye Ranch is famous for its quality blend of trained horses, making your first horse riding experience one you won’t wish to forget.  At GoldSkye, you can simply lose yourself within the many fun activities to see and do.  Amenities offered include cabin rentals, fishing, kid games, basketball, camping , swimming, and more. Phone:(580)549-4012



oregon Oregon

The Resort at the Mountain

The Resort at the Mountain, Welches, Oregon


You know you’re in the Beaver State when you’re standing on the majestic Mount Hood. The resort at the Mountain, an upscale golf and spa resort is 1.4 miles from the Salmon River Trail and 1.8 miles from Mount Hood Village.  In addition to a 27-hole golf course and a day spa, amenities include a fitness center, an outdoor pool, tennis courts and two restaurants. Phone:(503)622-3101



pennsylvania Pennsylvania


Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA


Situated on 2,000 acres, the  Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is arguably the most luxuriant resort in the entire Keystone  State. In addition to an internationally acclaimed spa, the resort offers 36-holes of championship golf on two courses – the PGA-tested Mystic and the traditional Links Course.  The  resort’s facilities at Mystic Mountain  offer both downhill and cross-country skiing your winter recreational needs.  Phone:(724) 329-8555



rhode island Rhode Island

newport beach hotel

Newport Beach Hotel & Spas, Newport, Rhode Island


For a truly relaxing time with the family, visit the Newport Beach Hotel & Suites. You’ll drift away with the lulling sound of ocean just a few feet away . This Plantation State Resort features an indoor pool and hot tub with a cascading water wall. The rooftop deck  has a hot tub, fire pit, outdoor shower, and seating areas overlooking the falls at Newport Pond. Phone:(401)846-0310



SC South Carolina

kiawah island

The Sanctuary Hotel @ Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Charleston, SC


The Sanctuary Hotel was awarded the Forbes Five Star Award for excellence. This Palmetto State resort offers 255 spacious rooms and suites and are among the largest on the East Coast.  All hotel rooms are uniquely designed to include such exquisite amenities as a handcrafted desk and armoire, an elegantly appointed sofa and chair, and custom-made beds. Aside from world-class golfing, amenities include swimming pools, family activities, youth programs, and various lessons and classes. Phone:(800)576-1570



sd South Dakota

  holiday inn deadwood

Holiday Inn Resort Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, SD


The historic town of Deadwood is my favorite place in the Mount Rushmore State.  This contemporary casino resort is centrally located to all Black Hills attractions.  Some of these sleek rooms even   have balconies with amazing  views to the surrounding hills.  Amenities include 2 on-site restaurants (where kids 12 and under eat free), a casino, an indoor pool, hot tub and an entertainment/recreation center. Phone:(605)559-0386



tennessee Tennessee

Riverstone Resort

Riverstone Resort & Spa, Pigeon Forge, TN


Situated just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Riverstone Resort & Spa offers spacious condo rentals for that one-of-a-kind family vacation.  Luxurious professional design coupled with elegance offers up amenities such as full-size kitchens, elegant stone fireplaces, and more.  Stay one time at this Volunteer State resort and you’ll be volunteerin’ to come back and stay some more!  Phone:(866)908-0990



texas Texas

jw marriott

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio, TX


The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort has really set the standard for luxury in the Lone Star State!  This resort features the 36-hole TPC San Antonio golf course, a six acre water park, and seven restaurants of various cuisine. The full-service spa and fitness center on site are also sure to please. Phone:(210)276-2500




coral springs resort

Coral Springs Resort , St. George, Utah


This luxury Beehive State Resort is located between downtown St. George and Zion National Park. The suites unique styling pairs old world charm with southwest motif for results that are sure to please. The site features all the amenities one would come to expect in high living. With the Grand Canyon nearby, this one easily makes my list. Phone:(435) 879-5839



vermont Vermont

castle hill

Castle Hill Resort & Spa, Proctorsville, VT


Elegance is the word most often used to describe this Green Mountain State Resort. All of their rooms contain period furnishings and rental homes come fully equipped with kitchens. There’s an outdoor pool & spa on site, as well as some of the best skiing in Vermont. Phone:(802)226-7688



VA Virginia

Mountain Lake Lodge

Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke, VA


This historic Old Dominion resort sits on a 2,600-acre nature preserve. Guests have the option of a  sophisticated room, a private houses, or a charming cottage or cabin. Amenities at the Mountain Lake Lodge  include river access, an outdoor pool, a lake and hiking trails. There’s also a restaurant serving Appalachian-style dishes and a tavern on site. Phone:(540)626-7121



WA Washington

Campbell's Lake

Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan, Chelan, WA


Life in the Evergreen State is great  when staying at  Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan. This beachside vacation spot rests at the southern tip of beautiful Lake Chelan. The contemporary rooms include patios or balconies with spectacular lake views. Local seasonal local dishes are served on site. There’s also a spa and a host of children’s activities. Phone:(509)682-2561



WV West Virginia

Resort @ Glade Springs

Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, WV


This Mountain State  hotel and ski resort is set amidst  a gorgeous 4,100 acre property in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. The Resort at Glade Springs is a premier, full-service West Virginia resort  offering an extensive variety of recreational activities and lodging accommodations. Phone:(304)763-2000



wisconsin Wisconsin

grand geneva

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI


If you’re looking for that perfect getaway in the Badger State, then you’re sure to find it at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Enjoy the pampered life or engage in endless activities. Go horseback riding, ski down a snowy slope, or take a long drive down a fairway on two championship golf courses.  Phone:(262)248-8811



WY Wyoming

lodge and spa

The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, WY


This Equality State resort is last but definitely not least! Conde Nast Traveler voted the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch the #2 Hotel & Resort in the World, #1 Resort in the USA and #1 Dude Ranch in the USA! Come to where luxury encompasses God’s country on 30,000 acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness. Phone:(307)327-5284  



Wow! That was exhausting, now I need a vacation! I hope I’ve inspired you to get off your butt and find an adventure. Find that perfect family getaway that’s awaiting you.


Happy Travels,

Big John


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