There’s something majestic about Utah’s otherworldly, rugged landscape. With more national parks, state parks, national monuments and natural wonders than you can explore in one trip, Utah keeps active travelers coming back for more.
Adventure-loving families already know Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley should be on your list, but these additional can’t-miss locales will be reason enough to plan two trips.
See the 72-mile-long Great Salt Lake on a warm-weather trip to Utah. On the south end of the lake, visitors find a local park and beach space to lounge between dips in the water. Perfect for a refreshing dip with the kids after a long hike or just a unique way to soak in the Utah summer sun. Like the Dead Sea, Great Salt Lake’s high-salt content allows swimmers to bob at the surface, so just relax and float with the family.
While in the area, head to Antelope Island State Park for hiking, beaching and incredible photo ops. More of a peninsula jutting out into Great Salt Lake, this stop is an easy way to check two destinations off your list. Just pack a day pack for your hike, including water, snacks and other essentials you might need — this locale offers more adventure pursuits than a few hours can allow.
For that star-filled night sky and otherworldly landscape your family has been dreaming of, Moab is the gateway to Arches National Park and a total must-visit. The geological wonder boasts Canyonlands National Park, Native American rock art, archeological finds at Bull Canyon Overlook and Copper Ridge and even more in the city.
Climb Grand Staircase cliffs and terraces, make your way to the Kaiparowits Plateau and shimmy through slot canyons. Visit the Escalante River Canyons filled with natural bridges, arches and monoliths. There’s even a quaint town nearby with Wild West-esque restaurants, general stores and attractions — just make sure you going during high season (spring and summer) as this village becomes a ghost town later in the year.
Once home to dinosaurs and prehistoric dwellers, Dinosaur National Monument is an incredible site for all ages. Check out dinosaur remains still embedded in the rocks and hike along stunning lakes, mountainsides and truly breathtaking terrain.
There is so much more to do in Utah, we would be here all day just talking about it. Plan for multiple trips and don’t try to do it all in one — there is just so much to see and do. Take it all in while you can and know your family can come back for the rest.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
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.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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.
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.