A Guide to the Very Best Family Vacations in the Southeast

This 12-state area offers mountains and beaches galore

Beautiful Sunset in Southeast Alaska
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The sunny Southeast offers many destinations for a fun family getaway. The enormous U.S. region includes 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Since many of these states touch the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico, beaches are abundant. If you have a jones for a vacation in the mountains, you'll find it in Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and Georgia.