11/28/2012 07:05 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Pick The Perfect Family Vacation (INFOGRAPHIC)

Beach, city, or mountains? Stop pulling your hair out trying to pick your next family vacation. Every family is different, so before you start planning your next trip, we wanted to start you off on the right foot. Pick the essential shoes for your group's getaway and let us guide you to a great destination.

Your sophisticated, hip family might start the day on the tennis court or in the gym, but by the time you hit the café for breakfast, you've packed the running shoes away. We recommend Paris and Rome for families exploring the Old World. These perennial favorites provide a great mix of cultural and historical activities: museums with the kids by day, and a Michelin-star dinner for two by night. Families looking for a stylish place to relax and take advantage of culture and beaches should check out Cartagena, Colombia, a resort destination for all generations.

Tired of family sightseeing and too much travel time? A laid back beach vacation may be in the cards. In the winter months, you can't beat a family trip to the Caribbean. Amazing beaches and a leisurely island vibe make these islands the perfect destinations to bring family together. For those willing to wait for warmer weather, Cape Cod combines New England charm and beach style. Get your group together and just hang out by the ocean.

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Vacation doesn't mean you have to sleep in. After all, with whole days away from work and school there's so much more time for fun activities. For families looking to enjoy the sun and indulge active imaginations, nothing beats a trip to Disney World in Orlando. More adventurous travelers may choose to roam off the beaten path in the Swiss Alps for a winter wonderland, or Australia for the long summer days Down Under.

Vacation time is adventure time, so you want to take your family to explore the great outdoors. Whether your boots are plastic ski boots or leather cowboy boots, the American West can't be beat. Let your herd's inner "dudes" out in Flagstaff, Aspen or Jackson Hole. For those who want to head East, Stowe, Vermont offers winter activities for the whole family, from skiing and skating to sleigh rides and shopping.

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When you vacation with your relatives, you can let your hair down and kick your shoes off. For a no-pressure vacation where you can log some quality time connecting with your family, try the Pacific coast. Want dramatic views and flowers in your hair? The waves and woods of Big Sur just may be a fit. Or, head north to Vancouver Island, where you can kayak with killer whales and find a new perspective while your family communes with nature.

Where will your family wander this year? Let us know where you're planning to go and how you chose that spot!