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Travel + Leisure Family’s list of the best hotels for families in the U.S. and Canada.

You’ve
heard the story before: overworked parents spend hours of free time planning
their family vacation, only to arrive at a hotel that’s “under construction,” a
pool that’s “being retiled,” and a backseat full of kids who’d rather be
anywhere else.

Time
off with your children is a precious thing—so why stay in a property that’s
less than stellar? To help plan your getaway, T + L Family presents the
top 50 family-friendly hotels in America, ranked in order by our well-traveled
readers in the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards poll.

Want
to camp out in a safari-style hotel abutting a 33-acre grassland preserve,
where zebras and giraffes roam free? No need to fly to South Africa—just take
the clan to Orlando,
FL. Not surprisingly, you’ll find several Orlando-area Disney hotels on our
list—many of which have cracked the top 10. And at the No. 3 hotel, Disney’s
Animal Kingdom Lodge
, you can climb Arusha Rock, an elevated platform
beyond the lobby, to look for roan antelope, waterbucks, and white-bearded
wildebeests. Or join a Wanyama Safari to get nearly too close to them for
comfort.

If
lounging under a sun umbrella is more your speed, check into Oahu’s Kahala
Hotel & Resort
, where the iconic blue-tile pool has been the center of
the action since 1964 (everyone from John Wayne to Julie Andrews has stretched
out on the poolside lounges). Kids love swimming with their resident bottlenose
dolphins in the 26,000-square-foot lagoon (note: the hotel offers “trainer for
a week” programs to the Flipper-obsessed).

In
fact, lots of these top 50 hotels have dreamed up fun diversions to make your
visit more memorable. In San Antonio, TX,
for example, the Hyatt
Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
hosts Iron Chef–inspired
family cook-offs.

And if
you’re looking for a great family ski hotel for the upcoming season, we have
you covered. The Ritz-Carlton,
Bachelor Gulch
, set right on the mountain at Beaver Creek Resort, has ski
nannies who will shepherd your brood to the slopes while you decompress with a
private yoga lesson. And kids will love meeting Bachelor, the ski lodge’s
friendly Labrador retriever.

But no matter where you end up
this year, if you’re looking for a great family hotel, this is the list to
consult. —Alison Miller and James Jung

America's Best Family Hotels 2010

Travel + Leisure Family’s list of the best hotels for families in the U.S. and Canada.

You’ve
heard the story before: overworked parents spend hours of free time planning
their family vacation, only to arrive at a hotel that’s “under construction,” a
pool that’s “being retiled,” and a backseat full of kids who’d rather be
anywhere else.

Time
off with your children is a precious thing—so why stay in a property that’s
less than stellar? To help plan your getaway, T + L Family presents the
top 50 family-friendly hotels in America, ranked in order by our well-traveled
readers in the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards poll.

Want
to camp out in a safari-style hotel abutting a 33-acre grassland preserve,
where zebras and giraffes roam free? No need to fly to South Africa—just take
the clan to Orlando,
FL. Not surprisingly, you’ll find several Orlando-area Disney hotels on our
list—many of which have cracked the top 10. And at the No. 3 hotel, Disney’s
Animal Kingdom Lodge
, you can climb Arusha Rock, an elevated platform
beyond the lobby, to look for roan antelope, waterbucks, and white-bearded
wildebeests. Or join a Wanyama Safari to get nearly too close to them for
comfort.

If
lounging under a sun umbrella is more your speed, check into Oahu’s Kahala
Hotel & Resort
, where the iconic blue-tile pool has been the center of
the action since 1964 (everyone from John Wayne to Julie Andrews has stretched
out on the poolside lounges). Kids love swimming with their resident bottlenose
dolphins in the 26,000-square-foot lagoon (note: the hotel offers “trainer for
a week” programs to the Flipper-obsessed).

In
fact, lots of these top 50 hotels have dreamed up fun diversions to make your
visit more memorable. In San Antonio, TX,
for example, the Hyatt
Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
hosts Iron Chef–inspired
family cook-offs.

And if
you’re looking for a great family ski hotel for the upcoming season, we have
you covered. The Ritz-Carlton,
Bachelor Gulch
, set right on the mountain at Beaver Creek Resort, has ski
nannies who will shepherd your brood to the slopes while you decompress with a
private yoga lesson. And kids will love meeting Bachelor, the ski lodge’s
friendly Labrador retriever.

But no matter where you end up
this year, if you’re looking for a great family hotel, this is the list to
consult. —Alison Miller and James Jung

Courtesy of Sandpearl Resort

America's Best Family Hotels 2010

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