Amazing, accessible wilderness, fantastic locally-grown food and wines, not to mention a fabulous, flourishing arts scene; head to Australia's southern state of Tasmania, too, to hang out with such wild-and-wonderfuls as wombats and wallabies, pademelons and bettongs, as well as - of course - a real-life Tasmanian Devil or two.
Head to the Mojave Desert for hiking in one of America's most stunning National Parks, along with Outsider Art, inland seas, and California quirk at its finest.
Australia’s tropical north is gaining a reputation as an excellent family holiday destination – with its steamy climate, relaxed, outdoor living and easy access to spectacular wilderness areas.
Viva Las Vegas! Don't be put off by its moniker as the "City of Sin" - Las Vegas has lots and lots on offer for children (think: erupting volcanoes and gliding gondolas), without a single slot-machine or tequila slammer in evidence.
Chic lodgings, stunning desert scenery, fabulous (largely child-friendly) dining, pools galore, fabulous vintage shopping and year-round sunshine make Palm Springs a hot family destination.
With its wealth of child-oriented pastimes, rain-washed Seattle is an easy city in which to spend time, whether as a long weekend away, or as part of a larger West Coast road trip.
Strap on your seat belt, grab a map (or a map app), turn up the tunes, and head off into the wide blue yonder.
Explore Australia's mellow, cosmopolitan third-largest-city, with plenty of big city glitz (earning it the moniker "Bris-Vegas), and some stellar day-trips, including a Koala Sanctuary and the world's largest sand structure just a stone's throw away.
Sydney is a city exploding with great places to eat and drink, beaches that are world-famous for a reason, festivals that are fun-filled and often free of charge, and a glittering harbour at the heart of it all.