There’s more to the American West than cowboys, Native American history and horses. If you get far enough out, there are opportunities to view species of North American wildlife in natural habitats, view constellations with an astronomer in unspoiled night skies, or hike and run along challenging trails. For these reasons alone, Jackson Hole is regarded as the home of the “American Serengeti.” Cheyenne, meanwhile, offers visitors a special opportunity to encounter the mythic bison.
In addition to ski season, the sky is literally the limit when it comes to outdoor adventure at The Four Seasons Jackson Hole. The property has sussed out a prime star viewing location in Grand Teton National Park. After snacks, beverages and a spectacular sunset, guests can view galaxies, comets, nebula and double stars, planets, the moon and other celestial sites with the property’s state-of-the-art,12-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and commentary from a noted astronomy expert.
Another excursion worth the splurge is a fly-fishing expedition, daytrips to Yellowstone National Park and exclusive and customized four-hour “safaris” within Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge. The Four Seasons’ dedicated naturalist team take participants into select locations to safely and comfortably view the magnificent creatures (elk, moose, mule deer, bison, bears, wolves, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, river otters, trumpeter swans, owls and other rare birds) in their natural habitats. Between sightings, the guides offer fascinating insights into Wyoming’s flora and fauna, geology and history of its significant ecosystem.
In addition to the Four Seasons, other companies offer safaris in the parks near Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris offers numerous packages that include several multiday, specialized safaris and photo safaris and workshops. Backcountry Safaris has a team of young, energetic guides whose observations and knowledge will inspire kids and teens interested in science and wildlife to follow in their footsteps.
Near Cheyenne, visitors can sign up for one of seven daily Bison Train tours departing from Terry Bison Ranch. The hour-long experience takes guests through a scenic pasture full of grazing bison, where participants can then feed the bison out of their hand from the side of the train. Guests will also see ostriches, camels and other farm animals.
Beyond the train, families can experience an authentic and more rustic side of Wyoming at Terry Bison Ranch. Accommodations include sites for RV parking, camping and cabin rentals, and on-site activities include guided horseback rides for those over 8 years old, pony rides for kids 2–8, ATV tours with guides and several ride-and-dine packages.
Sign the family up for a volunteer project while on vacation to create new memories, help others and make the world a better place. Consider one of these organizations for your next family vacation.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
When traveling with kids, a lot of factors come into play to ensure happiness and interest. The Family Vacation Guide researched Tripadvisor’s traveler reviews to determine the Top 100 Cities in the United States. Consider these cities when deciding where to vacation. From kid-friendly places to eat, hotels, attractions, ease of navigation and access to options, here are the top 10-ranked cities for kids according to real, family travelers’ reviews.
Disney Parks around the world shut down for months due to the global pandemic. Since then, most parks reopened, but with restrictions like limited capacity, no Fast Passes and more. Guests hoped they would bring back the beloved Fast Pass, allowing guests to skip long lines and head straight to the ride.
The St. Regis Punta Mita encourages guests to take a break from devices with the Disconnect to Reconnect experience. The offer promotes a digital detox, focusing instead on physical and mental wellness.
Before Disney Parks around the world shut down due to the global pandemic, guests were allowed to purchase and enter the parks with an Annual Pass. This ticket let visitors enter the parks multiple times a year, get discounts on food and merchandise, and more. Since reopening, Disney dropped the Annual Pass due to lower capacity and the reservation system. Recently, Disneyland Resort announced a new pass system for frequent visitors: the Magic Key Holder. There are a couple different levels for the passes, so make sure you do your research before purchasing.