Headed to South Korea in the near future? Here are some of the best cities across South Korea for traveling families to add to their itinerary, whether you’re looking for an urban escape, culture and history or an all-natural haven.
Of course, you can’t visit South Korea without staying a few days in Seoul. The gorgeous destination is rich with culture and filled with interesting museums, architecture, green spaces and kid-friendly attractions. Whatever your family’s interests, you can find something they’ll all love here, from foodie delights to world-class shopping, nightlife to ancient palaces.
If you want a mix of culture and sandy shores during your visit to South Korea, Busan is the place to get it. This port town and second-largest South Korean city is popular thanks to this pristine combination. The beaches are great, but so are the many attractions you’ll find further in the city, including historic sites, temples and local cuisine. The city’s location means it’s a paradise of seafood, whether you’re indulging in some fine dining or scoping out the street food stalls.
You know this city as the host of the previous Winter Olympics, but it’s also a great winter stop if you’re traveling to South Korea during snow season. There are several large ski resorts, so your family can hit the slopes in style. There are also museums, temples and natural attractions nearby for when you tire of your skis and snowboards.
A unique cultural destination, Damyang is all about the bamboo. There’s a bamboo-themed theme park, a bamboo museum, bamboo-themed shopping and bamboo-themed dining. Giving the kids (and yourself!) their first taste of bamboo ice cream will be a travel experience to remember.
For a totally relaxed, nature-inspired stay, book a few days in Seogwipo. The main attraction here is definitely the nature. There are so many great hiking trails with views of waterfalls and coastline. In addition to hiking, scuba diving is also popular in Seogwipo. The kids are likely to enjoy the local water park and the available submarine tours.
Another great city for exploring South Korea’s history and culture, Jeonju offers Hanok Village, a living history attraction of sorts filled with traditional South Korean architecture and artisans, where you can also see local cultural practices in action. Beyond Hanok Village, there are temples, local restaurants, museums and more.
One of South Korea’s most-visited and famous cities, Incheon is home to nearly everything your family could want from a vacation. Between the city’s stunning temples and historic landmarks to its modern shopping centers and world-class amenities, including golf courses, spas and dining establishments, you’ll have your hands full in just choosing what to see and do.
Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.