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Imagine you and the kids in Hawaii. Hiking to a waterfall. Snorkeling through a lagoon. Lounging beachside. Dining at a luau. Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu, makes this kind of family vacation, well, possible. And that's just one of the country's best family stays.

No. 21 Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole, WY

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LEED-certified Hotel Terra blends luxury and sustainability, with fair-trade organic cotton robes, reclaimed-wood tables, and discreet in-room recycling bins. It’s easy to feel pampered when your room comes with floor-to-ceiling windows, rain showers, and heated bathroom floors. The hotel comes across first and foremost as an appealing couples’ retreat, but T+L readers vouched for its family credentials, too. Consider that you can book a suite with a full kitchen and that you’re within a mile from Grand Teton National Park and ski-in distance from Jackson Hole Mountain.

Parents Love: The rooftop infinity hot tub with views of Teton Village Commons and the Snake River mountain range.

Kids Love: Ordering in wood-fired pizzas from Il Villaggio Osteria, the hotel’s Italian restaurant.

America’s Best Family Hotels

No. 21 Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole, WY

LEED-certified Hotel Terra blends luxury and sustainability, with fair-trade organic cotton robes, reclaimed-wood tables, and discreet in-room recycling bins. It’s easy to feel pampered when your room comes with floor-to-ceiling windows, rain showers, and heated bathroom floors. The hotel comes across first and foremost as an appealing couples’ retreat, but T+L readers vouched for its family credentials, too. Consider that you can book a suite with a full kitchen and that you’re within a mile from Grand Teton National Park and ski-in distance from Jackson Hole Mountain.

Parents Love: The rooftop infinity hot tub with views of Teton Village Commons and the Snake River mountain range.

Kids Love: Ordering in wood-fired pizzas from Il Villaggio Osteria, the hotel’s Italian restaurant.

Courtesy of Hotel Terra

America’s Best Family Hotels

At last, a Hawaiian vacation that incorporates the kids. Meet Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu, where bassinets and baby-proofed balconies are standard. There's a complimentary kids’ club and volcano-themed pool area with a lazy river. And that luau? You’ll be joined by Mickey and friends.

T+L readers found Aulani’s combination of Hawaiian cultural touches, kid-friendly activities, and a spectacular beach setting to be pretty magical, ranking it America’s No. 1 hotel for families in our annual World’s Best Awards survey. Overall, the top 25 hotels range from coast to coast, mountaintops to valleys, each offering plush, spacious accommodations and fun for both kids and grown-ups.

A day at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, TX, might begin with horseback rides and end with s’mores by the campfire—or Moonshine Margaritas at Shellers Barrelhouse Bar. In West Virginia, the Greenbrier hosts an indoor arena for games of laser tag on its historic 10,000-acre property. And just down the road from Epcot, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas features a strip of old-fashioned arcade games and a Fantasia-inspired miniature golf course.

Many kid-friendly resorts take pride in pampering families, from creative activities at kids’ clubs to available baby products to spa treatments cateringto all ages. The staff at Virginia’s Tides Inn, for instance, offers marine-inspired full-body scrubs as well as bedtime servings of homemade cookies and milk.

This year’s crop of top-ranking family hotels is further proof that luxury and multi-acre water parks can seamlessly coexist. Book a room or suite at one of these 25 properties, and you just might make it a new family tradition.

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