While Americans may think of whale watching in the waters off New England, California and the Northwest, family travelers in Europe can find some world-class whale watching there, too.
Between May and September, look for orca, minke, and sperm whales in the waters of Northern Norway. Whale-watching tours are easy to book in Tromsø, or from the beautiful Lofoten Islands.
Between June and September, magnificent orca whales frequent the Straits of Gibraltar in search of food. The best place to find a tour is in the Spanish town of Tarifa.
Gran Canaria, Spain
Spain’s Canary Islands sit in the Atlantic, closer to North Africa than to the Spanish mainland. Although best known for its beaches, the south coast of Gran Canaria is prime for spotting finback, pilot and sperm whales at any time of year. While you’re there, take a glass-bottom boat tour from the beach at Maspalomas to see colorful fish and sea life.
The waters off the Mediterranean coast near Genoa have been named a marine and whale sanctuary. Extending as far as the French coast and bounded by the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, the biodiverse waters are home to various whales and dolphins, as well as other large species.
The island of Madeira, located in the Atlantic 600 miles from mainland Portugal, is a prime spot for whale watching, with blue, fin, minke and pilot whales. Tours with marine biologists leave right from downtown Funchal, the capital city.
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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.
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.
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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.
Engaging children in a family road trip can be a challenge, so parents often concentrate on keeping backseat passengers amused with games and activities. These focus their attention inside the car instead of on the places you travel.