Animal lovers must visit the Dallas Zoo. As the largest zoo in Texas, it spans more than 95 acres. Credit: Embassy Suites by Hilton

Family vacations are as unique as the families that enjoy them. If your family vacations in 2016 involved returning to the same destinations again and again, 2017 is a great time to take embrace the weekend, step away from the traditional and explore a new city. So grab your family, pack your bags and plan your next family vacation around the activities available in any of these five family-friendly cities.

1. Dallas
Dallas may be known for its business district and professional sports teams, but the city has plenty of other, lesser-known attractions that make it a great place for a family vacation. Animal lovers must visit the Dallas Zoo. As the largest zoo in Texas, it spans more than 95 acres. For those who enjoy aquatic wildlife, the Dallas World Aquarium is a must see. Finally, if you think your inner ear is up to it, thrill seekers will love Zero Gravity Thrill Park. There, you can bungee jump seven stories, or simply drop 16 stories into a large net at the Nothing but Net ride. All of it makes for an exciting, memorable visit.

2. Chicago
The Windy City has plenty of activities for the kids. Museums such as the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and the Chicago History Museum provide plenty of conversation starters. Navy Pier is a historic landmark with a wonderful carnival and great restaurants. If you want to get a view of the entire city, nothing beats the Sears Tower.

3. Atlanta
The Alliance Theatre, widely recognized as the flagship theater in the southeast, performs kid-friendly shows all year. Meanwhile, fans of the screen will enjoy movie tours of the sites used in The Blind Side, The Walking Dead and Anchorman 2. And in Atlanta, how you see the city is half the fun. Stir your nostalgic side with an old-fashioned streetcar ride or step into the modern day with Segway and electric car tours. Whatever you decide, there is plenty to see and do.

4. Washington D.C.
Our country's capital is a site worth seeing at least once and is a great opportunity to share a more cultural and historic experience with the kids. The National Mall is home to the Smithsonian museums, the White House and the U.S. Capitol. For the most rewarding experience, it's best to choose a hotel nearby. For example, Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. Convention Center hotel is centrally located. Plus, it's perfect for families considering it is just a short ride away from the National Zoo and other Washington D.C. attractions. When was the last time your family visited the zoo all together?

5. Philadelphia
Philadelphia's draw starts with the Please Touch Museum. Designed specifically for children ages 1-7, the museum is more than 100-years-old and includes two floors of interactive areas designed especially for kids. In addition, the city is also home to Sesame Place, the only theme park in the nation dedicated solely to the beloved characters of Sesame Street. Finally, if you're interested in teaching your children more about the country's history, Philadelphia and its Independence National Historical Park can't be beat.

Plan your vacation today
Once you have chosen your destination, make sure to choose a hotel with lots of added value. Embassy Suites by Hilton's two-room suites will offer parents some private time at the end of a long day and with a free, cooked-to-order breakfast, it should satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Plus, once the kids are in bed, parents can take advantage of the evening reception, which features complimentary snacks and drinks for two hours every night.

A great family vacation starts with a great plan so don't delay. Gather your family together and map out your next trip by choosing the events that look most interesting to your group. Wherever you decide to go, with the entire family together, it's going to be great. Visit embassysuites.com to plan your weekend getaway.

About Embassy Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has more than 230 hotels with 49 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information, visit embassysuites.com or news.embassysuites.com. Connect online with Embassy Suites by Hilton at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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