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Splash! 6 Destination Pools Worth Planning a Vacation Around

Grand Wailea

Everyone knows that booking a hotel with a fantastic pool is a winning strategy for families. But what if the vacation was the pool, delivering water thrills that your kids will be talking about for years? We've rounded up seven of the best such pools in the country, plus five cool hotel pools in the Seattle area that serve as an excellent anchor for a weekend getaway. (Note: *Rates can vary quite a bit by day and time of year.)

1. The world’s first water elevator: The Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Whale migration and sunsets aren’t the only magical events happening on Maui. At the Grand Wailea, families are having the time of their lives via a massive pool complex with four jungle pools, four intertwining slides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool with rope swing, a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis and an infant pool. Do not miss a ride in the world’s first water elevator (built into a volcano!).

Rates: Starting at $299 nightly

Other things to do: Take a boat tour to see humpback whales or watch from shore for free. Explore the sea creatures of the Hawaiian Islands and beyond at the Maui Ocean Center. (The road to Hana is gorgeous, but can be a long day for younger travelers.) Consider driving around the Northwest edge of the highway, which is not as crowded, and still provides stunning views.

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