Your kids may be familiar with the Scottish Highlands from blockbuster films such as Harry Potter and Snow White and the Huntsman, but seeing the incredible landscape up close is a completely different experience. The sprawling scenery of Scotland acts as the setting for epic films and otherworldly scenes for good reason. Take your next family trip to the incredible landscape and enjoy Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. The metropolitan cityscape boasts the best of both worlds as it’s bordered by the lush green, rolling countryside of The Lothians. The quaint-meets-capital city feel provides a laundry list of attractions for visitors and families traveling at any budget.
Enjoy a family breakfast and fresh coffee at Deacon’s House Café. With sweet and savory starters ranging €4–12, you can indulge with a hearty and affordable start to the day.
Begin the day sightseeing and enjoying the long list of free activities scattered over Edinburgh. Stroll through the many incredible National Museums of Scotland, from the Scottish National Gallery to the Britannia. Hop on the free gallery bus to get from one museum to the next. Explore modernist art, ancient Egyptian collections and Galloway pieces from ancient civilizations with this list of old and new Scottish museums and galleries — all budget friendly.
For lunch, check out One Square for traditional Scottish fare with a modern twist. Try one of the signature cocktails with a view from the terrace.
With 72 acres of incredible landscape and pristine grounds, the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh is a must-see while in Scotland. Just one mile from center city, the Royal Garden boasts a fantastic view of the city as well as incredible plant life and a floral, glass-dome greenhouse. Get on your best walking shoes and bring a snack for the kids and enjoy a long day out and about exploring the Scottish Highlands.
Take a free tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town or check out the Potter Trail with real-life wizards and witches in the medieval district of the city. Both tours occur daily, are completely free and are beloved among travelers.
Dine early and enjoy the incredible atmosphere and upscale fare at Howies on a budget. From Sunday–Thursday, guests dining before 6:30 p.m. enjoy a two-course meal for €14.95, or opt for Scotland’s first rooftop restaurant, The Tower. Enjoy multiple courses €22–38 and take in the city views and classic Scottish cuisine.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
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.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
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.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.