As summer approaches it is time to soak up some sun and a few lists that may help when making that vacation destination decision.
The world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has announced the winners 2012 Travelers’ Choice award-winning Hotels for Families.
The key here is for families, so gather the kids and start to decide. Winners were determined from reviews and opinions from millions of travelers, says TripAdvisor.
Now, let's get to the lists of family-friendly fare.
World Large Hotels and Resorts:
1. Treasure Island Resort & Holiday Park, Biggera Waters, Australia
2. KeyLime Cove Resort and Water Park, Gurnee, Illinois
3. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, New York
4. Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center, Cortland, New York
5. Protur Bonaire Aparthotel, Cala Bona, Spain
6. Holiday Village Rhodes, Kolimbia, Greece
7. Beaches Turks & Caicos, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
8. Aparthotel Playa Mar, Port de Pollenca, Spain
9. Alfagar II Aparthotel, Albufeira, Portugal
10. Aquafantasy Aquapark Hotel & Spa, Selcuk, Turkey
“To inspire travelers planning family trips this year, TripAdvisor has identified hundreds of the most highly rated family-friendly properties covering popular hotspots as well as other appealing destinations for families worldwide,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.
They also broke it down within the United States. Here are those winners.
U.S. Large Hotels and Resorts:
1. KeyLime Cove Resort and Water Park, Gurnee, Illinois
2. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, New York
3. Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center, Cortland, New York
4. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Orlando, Florida
5. WorldQuest Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida
6. Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania
7. Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, Orlando, Florida
8. Marriott’s Harbour Lake, Orlando, Florida
9. Floridays Resort Orlando, Orlando, Florida
10. Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim-Main Gate Area, Garden Grove, California
U.S. Small Hotels and Motels:
1. Pollace’s Family Vacation Resort, Catskill, New York
2. Starlight Motel & Luxury Suites, Ortley Beach, New Jersey
3. Lampliter Oceanside Resorts, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
4. VIP Motel, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
5. Echo Motel & Oceanfront Cottages, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
6. Sierra Sands Family Lodge, Mears, Michigan
7. Park Vue Inn, Anaheim, California
8. Country Inn & Suites Hershey at the Park, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
9. The Suites at Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania
10. Sun Viking Lodge, Daytona Beach, Florida
Please note they surveyed hotels from the U.S. Europe, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. Complete list can be found here.
Meanwhile, the American Automobile Association (AAA) lists its summer vacation destinations.
AAA's Top Summer Land Vacation Destinations:
AAA's Top Summer Cruise Vacation Destinations:
AAA's Top Summer Exotic Vacation Destinations:
"Many Americans consider travel a mainstay to our way of life and are loyal vacationers," said Bill Sutherland, vice president, AAA Travel Services. "While some Americans may modify their travel due to rising fuel costs, those who can are still choosing to travel and they are traversing the world."
* AAA has more than 3,000 travel counselors located within more than 1,000 AAA Travel offices across the United States and Canada.