With palaces, castles, flamboyant flamenco dancing, beautiful Mediterranean beaches and the crazy architecture of Antonio Gaudi, Spain is sure to be a family travel hit, even with eye-rolling teens.
Begin with a bang in Barcelona and a trio of the fanciful places designed by the visionary Antonio Gaudi. The totally eye-boggling Basílica de la Sagrada Família is still unfinished, and you can ascend the tower to look down on the workers below.
See if your teens can find a straight line in the architecture of Gaudí’s Casa Milà, and be sure to go to the roof, where the chimneys are supposed to have inspired the looks of Darth Vader from Star Wars. Try to visit Gaudi’s even more fantastic Casa Batlló at night, when lights make its mask-shaped balconies and free-form façade even more spooky. For a break from sightseeing, spend some time on one of Barcelona’s Mediterranean beaches; they begin right in the city.
Picture stepping into the Arabian Nights — that’s what Grenada’s Alhambra feels like. The hilltop complex is made up of several buildings, towers, walls and gardens, but the highlight everyone will remember longest is the intricate, lace-like stone filigrees and the magnificent tile-lined ceilings of Nasrid Palace.
While in Granada, get lost in the colorful passageways of Albaicín, the medieval Moorish quarter, and explore Sacromonte quarter, where flamenco dancers perform in gypsy caves. That will be one for stories back home.
La Giralda tower (you can climb to the top on the ramped floor a king once ascended on horseback), the gold-washed cathedral and the splendid Alcazar are worth seeing. Teens will also want to see the Alcázar gardens used in Game of Thrones to see if they can spot the fountains from the Kingdom of Dorne’s Water Gardens.
Be sure to spend some time wandering the narrow lanes and secret corners of Seville’s old Barrio de Santa Cruz, a neighborhood of whitewashed houses, wrought-iron balconies and courtyards filled with flowers.
Wherever you go, stop for churros and hot chocolate; that will be their favorite part of the day.
Pasadena gears up for a lot of attention as it prepares to host its annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but it won’t just be the parade that makes it the place to be for family travelers in 2024. The coming year is full of great things for the city, like interesting anniversaries and fun kid-friendly events, which means great ways for visiting families to explore and discover.
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.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
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.
Dude alert: If you’ve fallen out of touch with the other guys in your family, Cody Yellowstone is the perfect place to catch up — and autumn is the ideal season for doing so in the great outdoors. From off-road adventures to historic ghost towns to plenty of wildlife, there’s something in this dynamic destination to please family travelers.