Summer means freedom! Freedom to get away from the noise and back to nature.

Growing up, our family vacations included summer trips to see my extended family. We would load up the car, pets included, and drive from California to Texas. Some of my favorite memories of my childhood come from these trips. If you're up for a road trip, you're in luck because one of the top family vacation destinations is in Wyoming.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is perfect for your whole clan.

That's according to a list put together by U.S. News. They found the Best Family Summer Vacations and narrowed them down to a Top 15 list. Jackson Hole came in at number 14 on the list thanks to its incredible scenery, attractions like Grand Teton National Park, horseback riding and river float tours.

Others on the list seem pretty elaborate for the Mickey Mouse shirts and fanny packs of my youth, but they took into account the quality of family-friendly hotels and their prices along with kid-friendly activities and easy itineraries, so maybe they're onto something. So, where are we going this summer?

Here is their list of top vacation sites for the family:

1. Ocean City, Maryland

2. Puerto Rico

3. Whistler

4. Niagara Falls

5. Myrtle Beach

6. New York City, New York

7. Bahamas (Have you seen Atlantis?)

8. Minneapolis, Minnesota

9. Vail

10. Virginia Beach

11. Hamburg (Yes, as in Germany)

12. Boston, Massachusetts

13. Portland, Oregon

14. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

15. U.S. Virgin Islands

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