Town and Country in San Diego, CaliforniaCourtesy Town and Country San Diego
With two kidney-shaped pools, a kitschy lawn filled with 80 plastic flamingos, and a giant wooden statue called Riki Tiki that harkens back to the heyday of tiki bars, Town & Country resort in San Diego embodies the best of the 1960s. In celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2020, the hotel will undergo an $80 million renovation that includes the addition of a vintage camper converted into a bar. Locals embrace the hotel’s quirky marquee known for its humorous messages, like “There’s no way everybody was kung-fu fighting.” San Diego is one of the 30 must-see places for families around the United States.
Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregonvia destinationhotels.com
Families flock to Sunriver Resort every summer to reconnect over retro-cool activities like tie-dye (shirts, socks, and bandannas), lawn games (croquet, Twister, and horseshoes), and board games (Clue, Sorry, and Battleship). Opened in 1968, the Destination Hotel property celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with live ’60s music, retro costume contests, ’60s trivia nights, and era-appropriate food and drinks specials such as Harvey Wallbanger cake and ambrosia. Find out how to make family vacations affordable.
Austin Motel in Austin, Texasvia austinmotel.com
Vivid vinyl tufted beds, push-button telephones, and pop-art wallpaper adorn each guest room at Austin Motel in Austin, Texas. This place pays homage to the roots of the retro hotel, which has been in operation for 80 years. The iconic kidney-shaped pool—with mid-century chairs, and classic red and white umbrellas sprinkled around—plus the vintage sign out front cement the property’s place in Austin’s storied history. Guests can pick up a plastic key fob modeled after old room key tags in the gift shop.