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6 New Family-Friendly (and Budget-Friendly) Tours Right in Your Back Yard

family at the beach during sunset Illustration by Francesca Spatola; Getty (1)

That the travel industry took a major hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic is hardly any secret. More than a few companies went out of business entirely while others decreased tour offerings, laid off or furloughed workers, or shuttered various parts of their operations.

The good news for family travelers is that those who survived reshaped their business models and pivoted to address the new pandemic-style of living. One of the most notable examples of this has been the proliferation of hyper-local tours from travel companies and tour operators small and large. Suddenly, there’s a growing emphasis on exposing Americans anew, including family travelers, to locations in our own back yard, or at the very least, in the same state. (Thus, often eliminating the need for a plane ride.)

In addition to launching or significantly expanding the number of domestic itineraries in easy to reach locations, a growing share of travel and tour companies are emphasizing smaller group bookings and entirely private options in order to address any continued pandemic concerns.

What does it all mean for family travelers? When planning summer entertainment and vacations this year, you won’t have to look (or travel) very far to have a memorable, engaging experience, not to mention one that’s appropriate for all ages.

Here’s a rundown of some of the domestic tour offerings available for the months ahead that are not only incredibly family friendly, but in many cases are also very budget friendly […]

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