Traveling with teenagers can be challenging. If you're the parent of a teen, you probably know how teens can be moody, apathetic, uninterested or act embarrassed by your mere existence. What happened to that sense of magic your child used to have that once made them light up with excitement over every new experience?

On the flipside, traveling with teens can also be incredible. Traveling can make a profound positive impact on teens, teaching them about the world, culture and history. It can introduce them to adventurous new recreational sports, increase their confidence and bond them to you and others. Traveling can create lasting memories you and your teen will remember for a lifetime. 

So how does one plan a family vacation with teens in mind? Step one is to pick the right destination. Destinations that will interest teens are ones that combine the right balance of adventure, recreation, intellectual stimulation, independence and social interaction. Based on these criteria, here are 15 of the best family vacation destinations for families with teenagers. 

1) Orlando, Florida

First and foremost, Orlando is home to some of the world's most famous theme parks, including Universal Studios, Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld and Disney Land. These parks offer a wide range of thrilling rides, interactive experiences, and entertainment shows that appeal to teenagers' sense of adventure and love for excitement. In addition to the major theme parks, Orlando boasts a variety of other attractions like water parks, mini-golf courses, go-kart tracks, and vibrant shopping areas like Universal CityWalk. The city's youthful atmosphere is fueled by the presence of colleges and universities, making it easy for teenagers to connect with people their own age and enjoy a lively social scene. Orlando's sunny climate allows for a wide range of outdoor activities, such as golfing, biking and water sports. The city's list of cultural attractions, such as museums, galleries, and concert venues, cater to teenagers with an interest in the arts. Orlando is also a convenient place to fly to from just about anywhere in North America or Europe. 

2) Maui, Hawaii

Maui's combination of natural beauty, adventure activities, cultural experiences and relaxed Hawaiian vibe make the Hawaiian island a compelling destination for teenagers seeking a mix of excitement and relaxation. Maui is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including pristine beaches, lush rainforests, volcanic landscapes and waterfalls. These natural environments are perfect for outdoor adventures for teenagers, such as hiking, snorkeling, surfing, ATV touring, horseback riding and zip-lining. The island features the Haleakalā National Park, home to the dormant Haleakalā volcano. The sunrise or sunset view from its summit is a must-see experience that can leave a lasting impression on anyone, including your teens. Surrounding the island, Maui's clear ocean waters are a fantastic place for teens to discover diverse marine life by snorkeling or scuba diving. Whale watching is a popular activity in Maui, as the waters around the island are a breeding ground for humpback whales. Teenagers can take boat tours to see these majestic creatures up close. Culturally, Hawaii is rich with tradition and history. Teens will be entertained by luaus and other colorful musical performances and dance. And, of course, don't forget the beach, where relaxation, swimming, sunbathing and beach games are a classic combination for teens. Maui provides teenagers with plenty of photo-worthy moments to share with their friends on social media, and cherish as lifelong memories.

3) Charlevoix, Québec

Above all, Charlevoix offers a range of outdoor activities that can appeal to adventurous teenagers. In the wintertime, Charlevoix offers thrilling skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog sledding and ice skating. In sunnier seasons, teens can ride mountain bikes, hike scenic trails, go kayaking or set out on a boat to go whale watching. Exciting experiences are endless in Charlevoix. With its stunning scenery, Charlevoix provides teenagers with great opportunities for outdoor photography, too. Capturing the landscapes, wildlife, and cultural sites can be a creative and rewarding endeavor. Beyond the great outdoors, Charlevoix appeals to teenagers with an interest art, culture, history and food. Art galleries, concert venues, museums, local markets and restaurants with regional, farm-to-table dishes abound in Charlevoix. The area's historical sites, heritage buildings, and museums offer insights into the region's past. For teenagers who just need to relax, Charlevoix's tranquil landscapes and wellness centers can be rejuvenating. Depending on the timing of your family's visit, your teenagers might be drawn to the festivals and events that Charlevoix hosts. Music festivals, art exhibitions, and cultural events can add excitement and entertainment to an already memorable family trip. One great way to vacation is to stay at an all-inclusive resort in Canada. For example, Club Med Québec-Charlevoix, which offers more than two dozen included recreational activities like mountain biking, ski lessons and guided hikes, plus all-day dining and regularly scheduled, teen-friendly functions and entertainment.

4) New York City, New York

The Big Apple is one of the most vibrant, dynamic, diverse and enthralling cities in the world for teenagers to visit. Here teens can explore world-class museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, catch Broadway shows, attend concerts, and discover street performances. The city is home to some of the world's most recognizable landmarks, such as Times Square, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. Exploring these landmarks can be both exciting and educational. The City is a shopper's paradise, with famous shopping districts like Fifth Avenue, SoHo, and Greenwich Village. Teenagers can find a variety of fashion, electronics and unique souvenirs. While wandering the bustling city streets, teens might appreciate the NYC's vibrant street art scene. Murals, street performers and graffiti are found throughout the urban landscape. Interesting cuisine abounds in NYC. Teenagers will especially love to indulge in classic New York-style pizza. One of the major perks to bringing teenagers on vacation is it also can be a great opportunity for teens to learn about cultural diversity; and NYC can be eye-opening and educational from that perspective. Each neighborhood in NYC has its own unique character and charm. Exploring areas like Chinatown, Little Italy, Harlem, and the Lower East Side can be like traveling to different parts of the world. Navigating the city's extensive public transportation system can be an adventure in itself for teenagers. The subway and buses provide a convenient and efficient way to explore different neighborhoods. Overall, New York City's vibrant culture, entertainment options, iconic landmarks, diverse neighborhoods, and endless opportunities for exploration make it an exciting destination for curious teenagers.

5) Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a haven for eco-conscious travelers and nature enthusiasts. Its diverse ecosystems and national parks provide ample opportunities for teenagers to witness unique wildlife, explore the rainforest, experience firsthand the beauty of lush landscapes. The country offers a range of thrilling adventure activities suitable for teenagers, such as zip-lining through the rainforest, white-water rafting, surfing, canopy tours, and waterfall rappelling. These activities provide an adrenaline rush and exciting memories. With both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, Costa Rica boasts stunning beaches perfect for relaxation, sunbathing, swimming, and trying out water sports like windsurfing and snorkeling. Some teenagers might be interested in engaging in meaningful volunteer work during their travels. Costa Rica offers a wide range of volunteer programs focused on conservation, community development and animal rescue. The country's commitment to sustainability and conservation aligns with the values of many teenagers today who are concerned about environmental issues. Teenagers will also enjoy learning about Costa Rican culture through interactions with locals, exploring traditional markets and trying local cuisine. Costa Rica's "Pura Vida" lifestyle emphasizes simplicity and positivity, which can resonate with young travelers. And for teenagers looking to improve their Spanish language skills, Costa Rica provides an immersive environment where they can practice with locals and take language classes. Costa Rica is considered one of the safer countries in Central America for tourists. The well-developed tourism infrastructure and friendly locals contribute to a comfortable family travel experience for all.

6) Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park is known as a gateway to endless outdoor adventures. The park is renowned for its stunning mountain landscapes, pristine lakes and alpine meadows where teenagers can enjoy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and kayaking. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, bears, and bighorn sheep. Teenagers have the opportunity to see these animals in their natural habitats, which can be both exciting and educational. The park offers educational programs and interpretive centers that provide insights into the park's geology, ecology, and cultural history.Banff features several breathtaking lakes, such as Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, where teenagers can rent canoes, paddleboats, or kayaks to explore the serene waters. In the wintertime, Banff offers a plethora of winter sports activities such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Teenagers can enjoy the thrill of winter adventure against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Hot springs are dotted throughout the park. The Banff Upper Hot Springs are a great place for teenagers and adults alike to soak in the natural, mineral-rich waters while taking in panoramic mountain views. Jasper National Park, a neighboring park, is a designated Dark Sky Preserve. Teenagers interested in astronomy can enjoy stargazing in an area with minimal light pollution. Visiting Banff National Park can foster an appreciation for the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship among teenagers. The area's combination of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, educational opportunities, and group-friendly activities makes it an enticing destination for teenagers seeking to experience the wonders of the Canadian Rockies.

7) Marrakech, Morocco

Making memories is easy when you take your teens to a place as exotic and unique a Marrakech, Morocco. The city's unique blend of African, Arab and European cultures creates a dynamic, captivating atmosphere that can illicit awe and wonder even in the most surly teens. The medina (old city) of Marrakech is a UNESCO World Heritage site with narrow streets and historic architecture. Exploring the medina can feel like stepping back in time. The bustling markets are a sensory delight, with vibrant displays of textiles, spices, ceramics and jewelry. The central square -- Jemaa el-Fnaa Square --  is a lively hub of activity, with street performers, food stalls, musicians and local artisans. Marrakech's palaces and gardens, such as the Bahia Palace and the Majorelle Garden, are fabulous places to take Instagram-worthy photos. Visitors to Marrakech might opt to stay in a traditional riad (a Moroccan house with an interior courtyard), which can be a memorable experience for teenagers, providing a taste of local hospitality and architecture. Teenagers can learn about Islamic culture and traditions through visits to mosques, historic sites and interactions with locals. Those with an interest in cooking can participate in traditional Moroccan cooking workshops and learn to prepare local dishes. While Marrakech itself isn't in the desert, the area serves as a gateway to the Sahara Desert. You can join your teenagers to embark on camel rides, desert treks and overnight camping experiences for a taste of adventure. At the end of a long day touring, enjoy traditional Moroccan hammams (public baths), which offer relaxation. Some hammams offer family-friendly options where teenagers and their families can enjoy a soothing spa experience together. Marrakech's location also allows for fantastic day trips to nearby attractions such as the Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley and the coastal city of Essaouira. All-inclusive vacations in Morocco can be a great way to enjoy Marrakech. Resorts like Club Med offer tourists a home-base to enjoy all-day dining, recreational activities and kids' clubs in between excursions to explore the city beyond.

8) Bali, Indonesia

If your teenager wants to evoke envy in all their friends, there are few more fantastical places than Bali Indonesia. Bali is renowned for its idyllic sandy beaches, perfect for relaxation, sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying water sports such as surfing, snorkeling and diving. Teenagers with an interest in surfing can take lessons or ride the waves along Bali's famous coastlines, which has waves for any experience level. Inland from the sea, Bali offers a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking, white-water rafting and cycling, allowing you and your teenagers to explore the island's lush landscapes and rice terraces. The artistic and cultural hub of Ubud provides opportunities to explore art galleries, craft markets and workshops. Teenagers can also visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, visit temples, attend traditional dance performances, and learn about the Balinese way of life. Bali's location makes it a gateway to other nearby islands. You and your teens can take day trips to places like Nusa Penida and the Gili Islands for unique island experiences. Bali offers a variety of dining experiences, from local warungs (traditional eateries) to international restaurants. Teenagers can try Indonesian cuisine and savor fresh tropical fruits. Seminyak and Kuta are known for their nightlife, offering you the chance to explore beach clubs, bars and entertainment venues. Teenagers interested in relaxation and self-discovery can participate in yoga classes and wellness activities. Some might be interested in volunteering in Bali, contributing to local communities or conservation efforts. Bali's emphasis on sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices aligns with the values of many teenagers concerned about environmental issues. And the abundance of all-inclusive resorts in Indonesia make planning a family vacation seamless. These resorts take away the stresses of planning by offering all-day dining options, an abundance of included recreational opportunities, multiple pools and childcare services. 

9) Tokyo, Japan

If you're looking to really wow your teens with a city that rivals the most advanced in the world, then Tokyo, Japan is a fantastic place to go. This futuristic city is a global hub of technology and innovation. Teenagers interested in gadgets, robotics and technological advancements can explore areas like Akihabara and Odaiba, which showcase the latest trends. The famous robot restaurants in Tokyo offer a unique and entertaining dinner show with flashy performances featuring robots and dancers. Teenage fans of anime, magna and pop culture will be in heaven. Teenagers can visit themed cafes, shops and entertainment districts like Shibuya, which provide a colorful and immersive experience. For an adrenaline rush, Tokyo boasts some of the world's best amusement parks, including Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, offering thrilling rides and entertainment experiences. The city also features arcades, karaoke, and unique fashion districts. Explore trendy neighborhoods like Harajuku and Takeshita Street to find fashionable clothing, accessories and cosmetics. For those into art, Tokyo boasts a variety of art galleries and museums, including the Tokyo National Museum and teamLab Borderless, an immersive digital art installation. Traditional temples and gardens abound throughout the city. You and your family can can visit historic sites such as Asakusa's Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine, gaining insight into Japan's cultural heritage. Throughout your stay, you'll want to sample a wide variety of Japanese cuisine, such as sushi and ramen. After dinner, check out Tokyo's vibrant nightlife in areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku, where illuminated streets, neon signs and entertainment venues create a dazzling atmosphere. If visiting during the spring, you and your family can experience the beauty of cherry blossom season, known as hanami, where parks and gardens are adorned with blooming cherry trees. Consider staying at an all-inclusive resort in Japan to give you and your family a beautiful home base with a wealth of included amenities, dining options, childcare and activities. 

10) Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, located in the Andes Mountains of Peru, is an iconic archaeological site and a destination that offers a blend of history, culture and adventure. This ancient structure which dates back to the Incas is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most well-preserved examples of Inca civilization. Teenagers can explore the ancient ruins and gain insights into the history, architecture and engineering of the Inca Empire. Exploring the ruins and learning about the Inca civilization can provide teenagers with a valuable educational opportunity, helping them connect classroom knowledge with real-world history. Surrounding Machu Picchu, take in stunning mountain vistas, hike to glacial lakes and visit other sacred sites. For athletic families up for a physical challenge, consider taking a multi-day trek in the Andes mountains, such as the classic Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, or the Lares Trek. Local guides called Porters will help transport your family's camping gear to campgrounds along the trail and cook meals for you. Most trekking companies prepare extravagant local cuisine, which you will share as a trekking group. Camping is a beautiful way to enjoy the majestic skies above and imagine what it was like for the ancient Incas to live in the Andes. Completing a trek to Machu Picchu, especially if it involves multi-day hiking, can be a rewarding and empowering experience for teenagers, fostering a sense of achievement and personal growth. If you opt not to take a multi-day trek, the bus or train to Machu Picchu still offers an unforgettable experience. In nearby cities, such as Cusco or Aguas Calientes, teenagers can shop for unique handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs at local markets and from indigenous artisans. They can savor traditional Peruvian cuisine, trying dishes like ceviche and quinoa-based meals. And they can practice their Spanish or take Spanish lessons. The Andean landscapes, cloud forests, and diverse ecosystems surrounding Machu Picchu can also offer teenagers a profound connection with nature.

11) French Alps, France

No matter what season you visit the French Alps, these majestic mountains will wow you and your teenagers. The French Alps offer some of the most picturesque mountain landscapes in the world. Enjoy panoramic views of towering peaks, serene lakes and lush valleys. In the wintertime, these mountains are a mecca for snow sports enthusiasts. Teenagers can enjoy the thrills of skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, nordic skiing and other snow-related activities in world-renowned ski resorts. Ski resorts like Chamonix, Courchevel, and Val d'Isère offer not only excellent slopes but also a lively après-ski scene with restaurants, cafes and entertainment options. All-inclusive resorts in the French Alps make planning a mountain getaway seamless. Resorts like Club Med include group ski lessons, lift tickets, guided hikes and mountain bike trips in addition to all-day dining and childcare services. During the warmer months, the French Alps offer a range of outdoor adventures like hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing and zip-lining. Some areas in the French Alps have adventure parks with treetop courses and rope bridges, catering to teenagers' desire for excitement and adventure. The French Alps are dotted with beautiful mountain lakes like Lake Annecy and Lake Geneva where you and your teenagers can enjoy swimming, paddle boarding and other water activities. The alpine villages and towns in the region have a distinct charm. Explore traditional architecture, local markets and cultural events. The local cuisine -- called Savoyard cuisine -- is known for its cheesy delights like fondue and raclette, which will be a memorable culinary experience for you and your teenagers. Some alpine resorts also have wellness centers and spas where families can relax and unwind after a day full of adventure. 

12) Cancún, Mexico

All-inclusive resorts can be a great option for families with teenagers. These beautiful resorts often include all-day dining at multiple restaurants, scheduled social events for kids and teens, and more than two dozen included recreational sports like kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, paddleboarding, tennis and more. The safe, secure resort grounds allow teens to roam freely and have some autonomy, giving parents the opportunity to relax. Club Med Cancún is considered one of the original all-inclusive options in Cancún and is regularly ranked the best resort in Cancún. Cancún itself is renowned as a desired family vacation spot because of its pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Visitors enjoy swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, and a wide range of other water sports. Nearby attractions like Xcaret and Xel-Há offer adventure parks where teenagers can experience zip-lining, snorkeling in cenotes (natural sinkholes), and interacting with marine life. Cancún has water theme parks like Wet'n Wild and Ventura Park, offering water slides, wave pools, and other water rides for a day of fun.The region is also famous for its many historical sites, including the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Coba. You and your teenagers can explore these archaeological sites and learn about the fascinating Mayan history rooted in the region. Nearby islands like Isla Mujeres and Cozumel are accessible via ferry and offer even more opportunities for snorkeling, beach relaxation and exploration. Cancún's tourist infrastructure is family-friendly, making it well-suited for teenagers traveling with their families. And visiting Mexico can offer teenagers the chance to practice Spanish, experience Mexican culture, and learn about the local way of life.

13) Istanbul, Turkey

All-inclusive vacations in Turkey may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering your family's next vacation, but there's many reasons why it should be! These resorts give families an excellent home-base where they can enjoy all-day dining, more than two dozen included recreational sports and planned activities and excursions. Enjoy the resort grounds in between outings to explore Istanbul, an exciting and exotic destination that seamlessly blends modernity with ancient history. You and your teenagers will create lasting memories as you explore Istanbul's many historical and cultural sites -- like the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern. These sites offer educational opportunities for teenagers to learn about Byzantine, Ottoman and modern Turkish history, and create an unforgettable backdrop for interesting photos. A cruise along the Bosphorus Strait offers stunning views of the city's skyline, bridges and waterfront attractions, while a trip out to the rock sanctuaries of Cappadocia will delight you by natural splendor. The bustling markets -- the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar -- have a vibrant, buzzing atmosphere where you and your teenagers can explore a wide range of goods, from spices and textiles, to jewelry and souvenirs. Nearby, Istanbul's thriving arts scene features a mix of interesting street art and contemporary galleries. Bohemian neighborhoods like Beyoğlu and Kadikoy, are a wonderful place to wander. Head to the Mediterranean sea for a day of seaside relaxation and recreation. Throughout your journey, you'll want to indulge in Istanbul's culinary scene, which is diverse and flavorful. Try traditional Turkish dishes like kebabs, baklava and Turkish delight. The city is easy to navigate with an efficient public transportation system, including trams, buses and ferries

15) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, located on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, is a popular destination for its stunning beaches, luxurious resorts and a variety of land and water recreational activities. Punta Cana is  an excellent vacation spot for teenagers because it offers a splendid mix of adventure and relaxation. The area's pristine sugar-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing, jet skiing and sailing are boundless. Inland, Punta Cana offers adventure excursions like zip-lining, ATV rides, and dune buggy tours, adding excitement and thrill to your beach vacation. The lush forests of the Dominican are fun to explore. Numerous national parks give visitors the chance to venture out and observe local wildlife. Nearby islands like Saona and Catalina can be visited for day trips, offering you and your teenagers a chance to explore beyond Punta Cana. For golf-lovers, Punta Cana also boasts some incredible courses. While traveling, teenagers will get to practice their Spanish, try Dominican food and engage with local culture. The island is also known for its all-inclusive resorts, which make planning a family vacation a breeze. These resorts offer all-day dining, more than two dozen included recreational activities, kids' clubs and multiple pools catering to both adults and children. Perhaps the most sought-after all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic is Club Med Punta Cana. Located on the #1 most pristine beach in the Dominican, Playa Blanca, the resort is surrounded by turquoise waters and features newly-renovated two-bedroom family rooms, and an adults-only Zen Oasis perfect for promoting health and wellness. 

14) Rio, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro's mix of natural beauty, cultural experiences, outdoor adventures and vibrant atmosphere make it an exciting and enriching destination for families with teenagers to seek a memorable vacation. First and foremost, Rio is famous for its beautiful beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, where you and your teenagers can relax, swim, play beach volleyball and enjoy water sports. All around you, soak in Rio's vibrant culture. Listen to samba music, try Brazilian cuisine (such as feijoada and açaí bowls) and take in the area's festive and colorful Carnival traditions. Outside the city, the Tijuca Forest awaits, beckoning you to take a hike through the trees. Iconic landmarks are fun to explore -- set out to see the Christ the Redeemer statue and stand atop Sugarloaf Mountain, where you can see breathtaking views of the city. Street art and markets abound in Rio. Neighborhoods like Santa Teresa are a great place to shop for unique souvenirs. At nighttime, Rio offers an energetic nightlife with live music, dance clubs and beachside parties. One excellent way to take a vacation in Rio is to stay at all all-inclusive resort, where all-day dining, recreational activities and kids' clubs are included. All-inclusive vacations in Brazil are plentiful. For example, just a stone's throw from Rio de Janeiro, you'll find Club Med Rio Das Pedras, an Eco Resort in the Mata Atlantica, a superb, preserved ecosystem that borders both ocean and forest. The Club Med Resort puts the focus firmly on ecology, and offers a good range of land and water sports in the heart of nature. Then, set out for trips to the city for a perfect harmony of natural splendor and urban adventure. 

In a world of boundless possibilities, choosing the perfect vacation destination for you and your teenagers can be a thrilling yet challenging task. Whether seeking relaxation, adventure, cultural immersion, or historical education, the top 15 vacation destinations for families with teenagers we listed above all stand out for their dynamic atmospheres and abundance of teen-friendly activities. We wish you and your teens a bon voyage as you venture the globe.