Adventure calls all travelers, and we mean all travelers. Whether someone in your family has cognitive or physical disabilities, chances are one of these intuitive and specially designed adventure programs can be of service.
For families with members on the autistic spectrum, getting away from the crowds and hustle and bustle of high-tourist destinations during the off-season can be a lifesaver. The Rocky Mountains may just be the ticket this time of year. Guests enjoy the beautiful scenery, mild weather and freedom to roam and explore without concern of excessive lines and surprise activity, but with the added confidence of expert guidance when necessary.
Relax with the family in the serene atmosphere of Crested Butte, Colo., or enjoy a hiking, biking and sporting tour with the family and the help of the Adaptive Sports Center. Children and adults living with impaired vision, hearing and an array of physical and cognitive challenges can enjoy winter in the spring, seasonal fun and athletic activities with expertly trained guides. Check out the list of active pursuits and adventure sports, from stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking to hiking, biking and sledding for guests of all levels of activity and ability.
In Aspen, Colo., visitors enjoy active camps each winter and summer, completely focused on guests with special needs. The Challenge Aspen, Challenge Autism program in partnership with Autism Speaks boasts an added lineup — to the already impressive list — of activities and fun opportunities for guests on the autism spectrum and with a variety of special needs. Plan your trip and design your family adventure with experts or book during the seven-day camp experience.
The National Ability Center in Park City, Utah, is a remarkable program catering to all walks of life. Much like Challenge Aspen and Adaptive Sports, National Ability Center provides first-class care and service for guests seeking adventure activities and educational programs. Register for spring or summer lessons and build lifetime skills and confidence in new pursuits.
Spend the spring in the Rockies for a fun and completely inclusive family trip.
Family travels don’t necessarily need to be in theme parks or resorts with massive kids’ clubs. In fact, more upscale properties across the world cater to both adults and kids, and wellbeing brand Sensei joins the growing trend of family wellness travel. Sensei’s Wellness Science team, led by Dr. Vishal Patel, emphasizes the importance of family travels and exposing young travelers to wellness pursuits. Developing healthy habits at a young age can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s life, and bonding via family trips alleviates some of the main drivers of loneliness and isolation.
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While the United States offers a plethora of bike-friendly destinations, a recent study by personal injury law firm Bader Scott found some counties across the country are far more dangerous than others. Family travelers might be surprised to find many lie in popular vacation states.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
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.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.