There’s nothing like a beautiful, crisp autumn day to inspire getting outdoors, and New England is filled with kid-friendly trails through the colorful forests to natural wonders and even mountaintops. If your family travel plans involve the New England states, try one of these hikes.
The Flume Gorge is a popular natural attraction in Franconia Notch, a deep cleft in the rock with 80-foot vertical walls and a stream tumbling through it. The trail to the gorge leads through woodlands strewn with huge boulders left by the glaciers, some forming caves kids can enter. After walking through the gorge, take the longer loop trail back to the entrance, crossing through a covered bridge above a waterfall.
While cool autumn days may not be ideal for Cape Cod’s beaches, you’ll find plenty of easy walking trails all over the Cape. Kids love the spooky boardwalk trail winding among the exposed roots of the giant cedar trees in the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp in Wellfleet. Between the unusually shaped trees are dark mossy pools, giving the whole forest a mysterious atmosphere.
For an easy walk with lots of interesting features, follow Railroad Trail through the grounds of Gillette Castle in East Haddam. The trail follows the route of the former owner’s miniature railroad (you can see the engine at the castle). Stone bridges and a tunnel are among the attractions along the way.
Kids will be happy with any of the several trails in Lincoln Woods State Park near Providence, but the 3-mile loop of the Lincoln Woods Trail is a sure winner. Enjoy the views of brilliant fall foliage from the ledges overlooking the pond while kids climb on the big glacial boulders strewn through the forest.
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Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
It’s not too early to plan holiday family travel, and those bound for the Grand Canyon region might want to consider booking tickets now for Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel’s popular Polar Express. Tickets are going fast!
Family travelers spending time in Riviera Maya, Mexico, cannot miss Xel-Há, a park offering an extensive list of activities, all surrounded by the pure natural beauty of the region. The beginning of fall marks the perfect time to visit the park, with more than 20 unique experiences.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
Qatar may not seem like your typical wintertime family travel destination. After all, you won’t find many snow-capped peaks or ski resorts in the world’s desert nations, but the country’s newest winter attraction will make sure you have so much fun you won’t even think about snow. From roller coasters and merry-go-rounds to cotton candy and ice cream, there will be something for everyone at this nightly, winter-themed entertainment park.