New Orleans is one of those incredible destinations every family traveler should experience in their lifetime but, if you’re trying to figure out the best time to go, this winter offers three great reasons to make that trip as soon as possible.
Mardi Gras Season
In New Orleans, the fun is nonstop, and the city truly has something for everyone. As of Jan. 6, Mardi Gras season is officially underway. While the festival may culminate with Fat Tuesday on Feb. 2, there is plenty of fun to be had along the way as the city prepares for the big day. Sample a king cake; enjoy a local community celebration; shop for beads and colorful masks; or take in an early season parade like the Krewe of Nefertiti parade, which makes its way through the streets Jan. 29.
New Orleans is home to a large Vietnamese population, so what better way to celebrate this fascinating culture than by celebrating the Vietnamese New Year? Jan. 21–27, visitors to New Orleans can participate in cultural festivities not only honoring Vietnamese culture and heritage but also celebrating the Lunar New Year. Held at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, northeast of the French Quarter in the Gentilly neighborhood, this weeklong schedule of events includes live traditional music and dance performances. You can also purchase authentic Vietnamese foods and participate in fun games and activities, ensuring the whole family will not only have fun but also get to know a little bit about Vietnamese culture.
Thanks to its southern location close to the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans enjoys great weather year-round. That said, in the winter, this benefit is particularly welcome to those looking for a break from cold-weather climates. The winter temperatures are mild, unlike the heat of summer, making it perfect to enjoy some of the great outdoor activities in the area. Walking tours of the city’s beautiful neighborhoods and fascinating cemeteries, river cruises along the Mississippi River and airboat tours exploring the hidden beauty of the swamps are just some of the ways to discover the history and culture of New Orleans while enjoying the beautiful weather.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
One of the appeals of multi-generational travel, as opposed to family gatherings at home, is no one is the host and everyone is a guest. When you’re all traveling together, nobody gets left to wash the dishes after everyone else leaves. But the best multi-gen trips are those well planned. Here are a few tips to make your family’s trip the best ever:
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, has its attractions for families, but traveling there to experience the city’s tango culture is a getaway better suited to couples. As they say, it takes two to tango.