One of the most difficult aspects of your next family hike in Sedona, Arizona, will be choosing which trails to explore. Sure, some hikes can be physically challenging, but with so many stunning trails and outdoor adventure locales, it might be easier to narrow down the playing field — choose from this list of stunning hikes with beautiful focal points you don’t need a permit, a parking pass or a visitors fee for.
Beginning with the shortest trek on our list, Doe Mountain Trail is an out-and-back hike, totaling 1.4–2.5 miles, depending on how much time you spend exploring the mesa. The highest elevation point is 400 feet and, with moderately difficult trails, the views will be the most breathtaking part.
Another moderate hike following an out-and-back trail look, Devil’s Bridge comes to a two–four-mile loop, depending on where you begin the hike. Expect elevations up to 400 feet and well-earned views of the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area. Begin at Dry Creek Road for the shorter trek, or opt for the Mescal Trailhead entrance on Long Canyon Road for the longer version with the older kids.
Another out-and-back style trek, Bear Mountain Trail packs more of a punch for adventure seekers. This loop extends four–five miles, depending on your route, and can reach up to 2,100 feet in elevation. This hike may be a bit more strenuous, but completely worth the physicality — nearly the whole hike offers stunning vistas. Expect this trail to take you a few hours.
While a little on the longer side rounding out at six miles, Boynton Canyon Trail is on the more moderate side. With an elevation of 650 feet, this stunner showcases the region’s diverse red sandstone, greenery, wildlife and unique desert-to-lush forest landscape. This one is great for a choose-your-own-adventure hike with teens.
Leading to the famously beautiful Merry-Go-Round Rock, or Carousel Rock, this trail is majestic to say the least. This loop can extend six–eight miles with an elevation of 1,200 feet. It’s an easy-to-moderate trail, but on the longer side. This region is generally unshaded and getting on to Merry-Go-Round Rock can sometimes be restricted, so plan ahead for full sun and the possibility of not getting as close to the focal point as expected.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
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.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
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.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).