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.
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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.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
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.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.