Summer Family Vacation Ideas...?

Brainstorming vacations (only within USA, sadly) for my family. That means a 7 yr old, a 4 yr old, 2 people in their mid 30s, and 2 in their early 60s (my parents want to come!). We like beaches, mountains, cities, theme parks, so anything goes. My mama does not do rustic, so no camping. Just wondering what worked for y'all past or present?
  1. Walley World is not on the table
  2. Maybe Sonoma County, CA
    Stay somewhere with a pool (it gets hot!). Train Town & state parks hiking for kids. Lotsa cool local events (movies, family-friendly concerts). WINE. Downside: pretty close to home for my fam (1.5 hours) so doesn't feel like a real escape, also far for my parents (they live in NC but have better means to travel than my fam of 4)
  3. Orange County, CA
    Gorgeous beaches & Disneyland! Shopping for my mama! Downside: not exactly escaping the traffic/urban sprawl we live in, just picking a southerly version.
  4. Sanibel Island, FL
    Seashells! Pristine beaches! Affordable accommodations! My dad raves about it! Downside: expensive cross country flights just to lay on the beach, is there enough for the kids to do there? Potential for hurricane season wrench in plans
  5. Sunriver, OR
    Cool family resort with kids camps! Beautiful locale, outdoorsy vibe with nice accommodations. Downside: it easy for anyone to get to
  6. San Diego, CA
    Beautiful beaches, zoo, Legoland, cool parks. Nice city/outdoors balance. Downside: we love SD, so we've vacationed there a bunch...even with my parents. Maybe time for something new/different?
  7. Black Hills of South Dakota
    Lot of family fun activities in the Black Hills, hot spring pools, old timey train rides, Mount Rushmore, sightseeing, old West stuff, fossils, wildlife, fairly cheap. Getting there from California and NC might be a challenge/expensive, though...
    Suggested by   @andersun
  8. The north rim of the Grand Canyon!
    The south rim gets 10 million visitors a year, the north rim only gets 2 million, and it's beautiful 💜
    Suggested by   @cvlop61
  9. Tahoe
    Closeish to home, mountain getaway, swim beaches, potential boating, lot of the ski resorts have fun summertime activities....
    Suggested by   @andersun
  10. You aren't too far from one of my favorite places on earth if you end up going to Sunriver! This is Crater Lake National Park and it's only an hour and 20 minutes away!
    Added bonus, Bend is 20 minutes the other direction, and there are a ton of outdoor activities, and a lot of breweries too!! We loved Sunriver, btw👌🏻and all of these are great for every age bc there's so much to do!!
    Suggested by   @cvlop61
  11. Also, Lake Havasu, Sedona, Catalina Island..
    Suggested by   @cvlop61
  12. Gatlinburg?
    Cheap cabins, good mix of outdoorsy beauty and touristy fun, beautiful mountains, relatively close to your parents-maybe possible to fly to them and then drive there? I took the kids at several ages and always had tons to do at fairly reasonable prices.
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  13. I vote you rent a house instead of stay in a hotel. I'm becoming a fan of homeaway
    Suggested by   @Boogie
  14. Yosemite
    (May already be too late for accommodations?)
    Suggested by   @andersun
  15. Town Lake in Austin
    Water, weirdness, nature and so much good food.
    Suggested by   @Boogie