Looking for the perfect destination to get away before the kids head off to school in September? Escape for a week or even just a weekend to one of these top favorites.
This Florida destination calls August and September “easy season” for a good reason — the crowds are smaller, the travel is more affordable, but the experiences are just as enjoyable. Catch one of the largest free music festivals in Florida at the Sing Out Loud Festival, featuring hundreds of acts, Sept. 1–23. Visit one of the many free and affordable attractions, tours and museums. Take an Art Walk on the first Friday evening of the month to see new exhibits and live performances at more than 20 art galleries. Head to St. Augustine Sept. 8 to celebrate Founder’s Day with historical reenactments and living history demonstrations inspired by Pedro Menendez’s landing more than 450 years ago.
At Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort , take it easy while enjoying the luxurious lifestyle. Through the rest of the summer, you can enjoy 25 percent off luxury villas, residences and bungalows, but that’s just the start of the perks. While you and your partner partake in morning coffee by your private pool and naps on the beach, the kids can get out all that summer energy at the Sugar Club, which offers fun activities, arts and crafts and more. It’s a great way to relax before the hectic school season begins.
Jet across the pond and see the best of London while there’s still a little warmth left in the air. Whether your kids are fans of history or Harry Potter, there’s bound to be something exciting for them to see. The exclusive Lazy Summer Days experience at The Arch London is available through Sept. 9, and includes a lovely picnic in Hyde Park with a gourmet spread and sparkling wine. The luxury hotel is tucked away in a Georgian townhouse for a comfortable hideaway near many top attractions.
If your family is more of the outdoor adventure type, Snowshoe, West Virginia’s, FreeFall Festival could be a great fit. The lineup of free concerts takes place Aug. 31–Sept. 2 in the scenic mountaintop village. While there, enjoy all the outdoor activities the West Virginia Allegheny Mountains can provide. During the same weekend, the resort hosts a beer festival with craft brews from around the country. Other activities include guided hikes, mountain bike races and yoga and art classes.
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
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.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Medellín, Colombia, with us.
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.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.