Summer is almost here and that means families will embark upon a much needed vacation. But where should they go? Here's a list of vacations families can enjoy both internationally and locally. Pricing is based on a family of six, with two adults and four children.

A trip to Paris.

A family of six, can expect a trip to Paris, France to be pretty expensive, especially if it's for five days and six nights.

The first thing a family needs to plan for is getting there. Flight tickets will cost about $9,555.20 total, according to Delta Vacations. That gets the family there and back.

The hotel

You'll also need a place to stay on vacation and with that big of a family you'll need two rooms.

Staying the Crown Plaza, a 3.5 star hotel, will cost a family about $2,288.34 per room for five nights. So two rooms will cost about $4,576.

Paris car rentals
Matthew Staver, Bloomberg News

A family needs a way to get around. Renting a vehicle for the entire trip in Paris will cost $909.

That doesn't include the cost of gasoline but it does make traveling around the city and to any other locations much easier.

Hop on, hop off bus tour
Associated Press

This bus tour takes the whole family to various sites around Paris for an entire day.

For a family of six, it would cost about $258 and it makes finding sites much easier.

Other activities
Francois Mori, AP

A trip to Paris usually includes visiting the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

A family of six can go atop the Eiffel for approximately $105. Admission to the Louvre will cost about $12.43 per person. That comes to a total cost of $74.58.

Total cost

Airfare: $9,555.20
Hotel: $4,576
Car rental: $909
Bus tour: $258
Eiffel Tower: $105
Le Louvre: $74.58

Grand total: $15,471.58


Many kids dream of going to Disneyland. A trip to Disneyland isn't quite as expensive as a trip to Paris.

Planning a trip to Disneyland can be done through Disneyland.disney.go.com.

Staying at the Good Neighbor Hotel for four days will cost $2,168.06.

Food costs

A family can pay for a meal plan at Disneyland so they don't have to worry about shopping around for it.

Getting a four day meal plan will cost the family $1,227.

Disney airfare
Lynne Sladky, AP

While the airfare is included in the overall price of the trip, there are additional fees.

United Airlines is the least expensive airline to fly from Salt Lake City to Disneyland on but the additional fees start at $25 for the checked bag, $35 for the second and $100-$200 for checked bags weighing more than 50 lbs.

Ground travel

There are a few different ways to travel from the airport and around Disneyland.

Families can choose to rent a car, catch a motor coach or a get passes for a shuttle van.

Passes for a shuttle van cost $20 to $38 per person ages 12 and up, and $16 to $38 per child ages 3-11, depending on what airport you land at.

Motor coach will cost $27 to 35 per person ages 12 and up depending on the airport, and $18 to 25 for kids 3-11.

Other activities
Mike Terry, Deseret News

The hotels have swimming pools, so families can use those for no additional cost.

If a family wants to spenda day at Universal studios it will cost an extra $460. Admission to SeaWorld will cost the family an extra $429.94.

Passes to Disneyland are included in the overall price.

Total Disneyland cost
Tony Hicks, San Jose Mercury News, MCT

The trip will cost about $7,888.26.

That does not include the price for luggage as it varies.

Hit the sand dunes
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Hitting the sand dunes can be done at different places in Utah. At Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Kanab.

Families can camp, ride ATVs, hike, camp and go horseback riding.

Renting ATVs
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Renting a four-wheeler from Invert Sports costs $295 a day. So getting one for each person in the family will cost $1,770.

Renting one per person for three days would cost $5,310 for the whole family.

Entrance fees
Ravell Call, Deseret News

It costs $6 per vehicle just to get into Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park according to Utah.com.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

Camping at the main campground costs $16 a day. Staying for three days and two nights will cost a family $32.

Two person tents can be purchased at Walmart for $24.86 each or $74.58 for three.

Sleeping bags will be needed as well. Medium-grade sleeping bags will cost $15.97 each at Walmart. For a family of six, that comes to $95.82 before sales tax.


Going on vacation at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes costs includes a variety of facilities: showers, bathrooms, day use pavilions, OHV trails and riding areas.

Other activities
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Families can go on various hikes, watch some wildlife and take some photographs. All for free.

Total costs
Amanda Lucidon, Deseret News

Renting ATVs: $5,310
Entrance fee: $6
Camping fee: $32
Tents: $74.58
Sleeping bags: $95.82

Total: $5,518.40

Missouri, Nauvoo, Winter Quarters bus tour
Jeffrey Allred, Deseret News

If a family wants to go on a trip a little less expensive than Paris or Disneyland, or they're just looking for something a little more religious, they can go on a church bus tour.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Airfare is included in the overall cost for the trip, but the taking checked bags isn't. It's an extra $20 for each checked bag.

Motel costs

Going on the Missouri, Nauvoo, Winter Quarters bus tour by the Mormon Heritage Foundation will cost $2,690 for the whole family.

That's for two three-person motel rooms. Most of the motels have swimming pools.

Tour stops
Becky Cardon Smith

The tour goes to sites such as the Liberty Jail, where Joseph Smith, Hyrum and others were incarcerated with others, the Carthage jail, where Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed and Nauvoo, IL, among many others.

Church tour totals
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The tour costs approximately $2,690 for a family of six, staying in two rooms for seven days and six nights.

That price also includes three meals a day, bussing and airfare from Salt Lake City, UT.

There are no additional costs, except for $20 per checked bag at the airport.

River Rafting
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

For the family that prefers the outdoors, the can go river rafting down the Colorado River for various lengths of time.

The trip
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

The river rafting excursion starts in Green River, UT and goes down class three and four rapids.

Transportation will be provided from the Green River to Westwater Canyon. There the rafting begins and goes down the river. Once the excursion is over, transportation will be provided back to Green River.

Other activities
Tom Smart, Deseret News

The expedition includes more than rafting, as stops throughout the day allow travelers to go hiking and explore historic sites throughout the area.

Trip costs
Ray Grass, Deseret News

The overall cost to go on a two-day river rafting expedition down the Colorado River through Crateinc.com comes to $2,600 for the whole family of six.

It's $450 per person and that includes food, lodging, sleeping bags and all the equipment needed for river rafting.

The only thing the family needs to bring is a change of clothes.

Backyard camping
CARI HICKEN, Deseret News

Not every family vacation has to involve a lot of traveling and spending. Why not just camp in the backyard?


There are many different types and sizes of tents a family can buy. But for camping in the backyard, with a famil of six, three two-person tents should be fine.

Tents of this size can be purchased at WalMart for $24.86 each. Three tents would then cost $74.58 before tax.

Sleeping bags

Sleeping bags are a must for any kind of camping.

Medium-grade sleeping bags will cost $15.97 each at Walmart. For a family of six, that comes to $95.82 before sales tax.

Camping chairs
John L. White, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MCT

In order to sit around a camp fire, people need something to sit on.

If there aren't any logs to sit on, buying some camping chairs can be a good idea.

Camping chairs at Walmart cost $9.97 each. So six would cost $59.82 before tax.

Camping activities

Camping can be more than just a family sleeping outside in sleeping bags.

If family doesn't already have flashlights, they can purchase them at Walmart for $14.90 per flashlight. These can be used for playing "flashlight tag" but each person will probably want their own flashlight.

Six flashlights at $14.90 each will cost $89.40 total.

Total camping costs

Tents: $74.58
Sleeping bags: $95.82
Camping chairs: $59.82
Flashlights: $89.40

Total: $319.62