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Best West Coast Family Vacations to take this Summer!

Summer is here and you're wondering where to go and what to do? Here are some top West Coast family-friendly destinations for families in search of experiences that create closer bonds and lasting memories! Have a great summer and don't forget the sunblock, x

Keystone Resort: Hyatt Place Keystone and Keystone Lodge & Spa | Keystone, CO

This summer, Keystone Resort is launching its new Kidtopia Summer Signature Event. From June 29 to July 3, the Kidtopia Summer Series includes live mountaintop music, free daily activities, fireworks and lodging discounts. Families can enjoy a mid-day mountain concert and mountaintop picnic on July 1, with the Rocky Mountains providing the backdrop and a special family-friendly band providing the entertainment. Spend an evening at the Keystone Stables on July 2 as wrangler’s share tales of yesteryear over free outdoor games and s’mores. On July 3, celebrate Independence Day with a special Kidtopia Party, complete with a firework display over Keystone Lake. Guests who stay more than two nights can save up to 40 percent across lodging accommodations like Hyatt Place Keystone – a short, scenic drive from Denver – making it a very convenient destination for families. The property is equipped with scenic social spaces, complimentary hot breakfast, an "Odds & Ends" program for forgotten (or lost) items and a Coffee to Cocktails Bar featuring specialty coffees and premium beers, wines and cocktails, perfect for parents. Keystone Lodge & Spa also boasts spectacular views of Keystone Lake and the Continental Divide, in addition to having the ease of on-site dining and a spa for parents needing a reprieve from all the fun. Plus, guests who book at either property for more than two nights can enjoy free offerings such as guided hikes, golfing and scenic lift rides for kids 12 and younger.

Great Wolf Lodge | Grapevine, Texas; Grand Mound, WA; Anaheim, CA; Colorado Springs, CO

Families can escape to the West coast to Great Wolf Lodge, the country's largest portfolio of indoor water park resorts. The ideal vacation to swim, splash and slide, the centerpiece of the resort is the extensive 84-degree indoor water park, complete with water slides, a massive wave pool, a gentle lazy river, interactive pools and the dual body surfing experience, Wolf Rider Wipeout. Extending far beyond waterparks, Great Wolf Lodge also offers families quality accommodations, exceptional service, a multitude of dining options, popular indoor arcade games and more. There’s something for the entire family at Great Wolf Lodge, from PJ parties and nightly story time for kids to spa programming and evening “wine down” packages for adults. New at the Grand Mound and Grapevine locations are curated build-your-own Fort Kits —crafted by an Etsy mom of four and grandma to 12— that serves as the ultimate family bonding activity and souvenir to pop up once at home.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa | Oahu, HI

Aulani is perfectly positioned on 21 beautiful oceanfront acres of Ko Olina on the leeward coast of Oahu. Aulani’s world-class spa, restaurants, lounges, pools and excursions are all uniquely designed for families to discover the culture, history and traditions of Hawai’i. Guests and locals can now also experience the KA WA’A Luau: Aulani's signature Luau that portrays the local islanders' story of discovering their deep cultural roots in canoe exploration, which brought the first ancient explorers to the shores of Ko Olina and made Oahu the unique and bustling island it is today. The evening features lively song, traditional dance and a lavish Hawaiian feast with suckling pig and prime rib, fresh local seafood and authentic island fare, in addition to pre-show activities, such as kapa printing, flower arranging, temporary kaku tattoos and pa'i ai taro pounding.

The Garland | North Hollywood, CA

School’s out for summer and the perfect way to unite the family is by taking a trip to The Garland. Launching this summer will be Poolside Polaroids, where guests can reserve a retro polaroid and snap photos to take as keepsakes. The Garland will also showcase its new 'Songs of Summer' concert series, where guests and locals alike can enjoy an evening of beverages, bites (taco carts!) and live music beginning at dusk. The monthly series will take place from 7-10pm and self-parking or valet will be available at a cost. The event is free to all attendees and tickets will be available on Eventbrite. Scheduled dates will be on June 14, July 12 and August 16 with performances by Everyday People, LoveStoned and Cowling Band.Launching this summer are Poolside Polaroids, where guests can request a retro polaroid from the Lobby Bar and snap photos to take as keepsakes. Photos are $4 each.

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