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Orlando comes in 4th

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its inaugural 2011 Travelers’ Choice® Family award-winning best family destinations and hotels.  Top family-friendly spots were named in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico.

Winning destinations were identified based on the greatest number of recommendations from reviewers who traveled with family.  Top family-friendly hotels were determined by the highest review ratings from those who traveled with family.  Unlike any other honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

The average nightly rate for the entire list of Travelers’ Choice U.S. Family hotel award winners is approximately $215 per night.  TripAdvisor has also identified outstanding attractions and vacation rentals in these top destinations.  A family of four traveling for a week can save an average of nearly $600 staying at a vacation rental property compared to a hotel at these U.S. destinations, according to TripAdvisor’s Vacation Rentals Calculator, found at:


According to a recent TripAdvisor survey, 83 percent of U.S. respondents plan to travel with family in 2011.  Ninety percent of that segment is planning family trips domestically.


“For travelers planning their next family vacation, TripAdvisor has identified some of the very best family-friendly spots in the U.S. and around the world,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “These outstanding destinations offer myriad opportunities for families, including first rate attractions, restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals.”


Travelers’ Choice Family Award-winning U.S. Amusement Park Destinations:
1. Anaheim, California
2. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
3. Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
4. Orlando, Florida
5. Sandusky, Ohio
6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
7. Hershey, Pennsylvania
8. Ocean City, Maryland
9. Carlsbad, California
10. Panama City, Florida


Travelers’ Choice Family Award-winning Great U.S. Destinations to Discover:
1. Williamsburg, Virginia
2. Virginia Beach, Virginia
3. Lake George, New York
4. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
5. Branson, Missouri
6. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
7. Corpus Christi, Texas
8. Port Aransas, Texas
9. Daytona Beach, Florida
10. Destin, Florida


For the complete 2011 Travelers’ Choice Family lists, go to




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