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The 10 Best Cities For Families

PENNINGTON, N.J., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While the hustle and bustle of a visit to a big city can be exciting for kids, a recent poll* by Family Vacation Critic ® ( www.familyvacationcritic.com), an online family travel planning guide, shows that parents often hit road blocks when planning the trip. According to the poll, 40 percent of parents find the toughest part of a city vacation to be finding a family-friendly hotel that fits the budget. Families also find it difficult to choose the best attractions to see (21%); locate good, kid-friendly restaurants (14%); and get around the city (13%).

"There are a number of factors for families to consider when visiting a city with kids, but planning in advance can help cut down the stress and ensure a successful family vacation," says Lissa Poirot, executive editor of Family Vacation Critic. "The best cities for families include a variety of kid-friendly hotels at a range of price points; plenty of fun attractions, parks and family-friendly activities; and an easy-to-navigate transportation system."

Family Vacation Critic's list of the 10 Best Cities for Family Vacations include:

  • New York, NY
  • Washington, DC
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • San Diego, CA
  • Boston, MA

To help families plan weekend trips this fall, Family Vacation Critic has introduced new city guides with itinerary suggestions, hotel listings and planning tips.

For more information on the best cities for families, visit the 10 Best Cities for Families. For specific planning tips, visit Family Vacation Critic's City Getaway Guides.

* Family Vacation Critic polled its website readers by asking "What's the toughest part of a city vacation with kids?" For full poll results, visit: http://www.familyvacationcritic.com/cities-survey/art/.

About Family Vacation CriticFamily Vacation Critic ® is a comprehensive online travel resource for families that offers reviews of family hotels, resort and destinations. The site features vacation ideas, family travel tips and an online forum for family travelers. Family Vacation Critic is published by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 20 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com,   www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.comwww.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 260 million unique monthly visitors*, and more than 100 million reviews and opinions covering more than 2.7 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

*Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, July 2013

Family Vacation Critic and The Independent Traveler are either trademarks or registered trademarks of The Independent Traveler, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2013 The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved  

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