Should your family travels coincide with the holiday season, here are four U.S. destinations to consider:
Beginning Nov. 1, this region looks just like the North Pole, with more than 1,500 decorated trees throughout town. The giant Community Tree features differently themed décor yearly, right next to the Branson Ferris Wheel, also decorated with lights timed to Christmas tunes.
Branson’s Silver Dollar City joins the fun with An Old Time Christmas boasting more than 6.5 million lights, 1,000 decorated trees, 600 giant wreaths, 3 miles of garland and 15,000 years of ribbon. At the World’s Largest Toy Museum, more than 1 million toys might inspire kids to craft their list for Santa.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
It’s all about Dollywood here. The theme park goes Christmas crazy, beginning the first Saturday of November. Find more than 5 million lights and a 50-foot-tall, animated Christmas tree and its synchronized light show.
With a name like Frostburg, it’s no wonder a winter wonderland awaits. The town’s Storybook Holiday starts Dec. 3. Students from Frostburg State University work with the community to raise money by hosting story times, a parade and more. The students also participate in Elf Olympics.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
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.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
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.