photo: Beth Shea

Deciding where to go on vacation often boils down to one very important question: is it kid-friendly? From hotel accommodations, to activities and dining options, the best spots for families are ones that cater to kids by keeping them entertained and well fed. A new survey lays out the top cities in the U.S. for a family getaway.

A new study conducted by RewardExpert, a travel company that helps you find the best ways to spend your miles and points, compared 53 of the largest cities in the country and evaluated them based on 16 key metrics in three key categories: kid-friendly recreation, city profile and affordability. Based on the data collected, they gave each city a ranking. The top five most kid-friendly cities overall were:

1. San Diego, Ca

2. San Francisco, Ca

3. Portland, Or

4. Atlanta, Ga

5. Washington, D.C.

They also ranked cities based on specific categories, like the best playgrounds, where San Diego also ranked first. Tampa topped the list of most kid-friendly accommodations, Washington D.C. had the most kid-friendly museums and Atlanta was the best in kid-friendly dining. For the full list of rankings click here.

Where are some of your family’s favorite destinations? Tell us in the comments below. 

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