Family travelers can’t go wrong with a road trip, and the United States teems with scenic routes and fun-filled destinations. This summer, consider these five road trip destinations for an unforgettable vacation the whole family can enjoy.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park abounds with rich animal and plant life and is a hiker’s and mountain lover’s paradise. With more than 800 miles of maintained trails, hundreds of miles of scenic roads and countless waterfalls and overlooks to geological features and historic buildings, there’s too many reasons to make this a road trip hub. Looking for even more driving inspiration in this area? Cades Cove is an 11-mile, one-way look with various hiking opportunities within the park. This loop also features buildings dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries and boasts beautiful views of the mountains.
Nebraska may not be the first state that comes to mind when thinking of a road trip, but the state actually features nine scenic byways. To the west, Carhenge, Chimney Rock and Geological Park await, while Valentine in northern Nebraska features Niobrara River and the chance to stargaze at Merritt Reservoir, recently named one of the darkest places in the world. In eastern Nebraska, Omaha and Lincoln offer a plethora of activities, such as the award-winning Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Fontenelle Forest.
Embark on America’s most iconic drive along Historic Route 66 through Albuquerque and beyond. Start the trip at Tingley Beach, where you can keep an eye out for wildlife, go hiking and visit ABQ BioPark. This park features a zoo, aquarium and botanic gardens. Through Old Town Albuquerque, you’ll find a blend of the Old West with the new, including shopping, dining and entertainment options.
Down in South Walton lies the postcard-perfect 30A highway. This highway passes relaxed beach towns with unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. While in South Walton, head out on a fishing charter excursion at Grayton Beach State Park, or take photos in front of classic pastel beach houses in Seaside (fun fact: The Truman Show filmed here). In Blue Mountain Beach, the whole family can rent bikes, explore Timpoochee Trail and end the day with some ice cream at Blue Mountain Beach Creamery.
With several cities and towns sharing names with European counterparts, this unique road trip makes for great stories and memories. In Indiana’s little Milan, you’ll find the ‘54 Hoosiers Basketball Museum and Swiss Heritage Village. Over in Warsaw, explore its many scenic lakes and parks. In Oldenburg, often called Village of Spires, this German-style town features festivals, beer and restaurants with German flair. Other German eateries across the state include Schnitzelbank in Jasper, Gerst Haus in Evansville and Moser’s Austrian Café in New Carlisle.
Trying to plan a multigen trip? You may anticipate trouble finding a travel destination, activities and more to appeal to every member of your crew. However, a new report from Hilton found there are certain experiences all travelers want right now, regardless of generation.
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.
With the holiday season upon us, resorts all over the world pull out all the stops to bring the joy of the holidays to family travelers of all ages. Here are five more resorts to check out this holiday season:
When searching for unique gifts for family travelers, Etsy is a good place to begin. A marketplace of online shops owned by craftspeople and collectors, Etsy is filled with handcrafted works in all mediums, often one-of-a-kind or custom-made. It’s like an open studio, a place to share the latest creations directly to people who appreciate handcrafted things.
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.
Norwegian Cruise Line is known for offering an impressive assortment of itineraries letting family travelers visit practically every corner of the globe, but one part of the world has been missing for the past few years: Asia. Luckily, that is finally changing as the line returns to the region for the first time in three years.