Choosing a multigenerational family vacation destination is rarely a last-minute endeavor. Depending on your kids’ schedules, your career or schooling, summer is typically the perfect time to let loose, but we have a list of destinations that boast family fun, year-round.
One way to ensure you’re including something for everyone: Choose a multisport destination. Most destinations capable of entertaining all the athletes and adventurers also come with a host of ways to unwind and relax. Think hiking trails and kayaks by day, great dining by night and shopping and spa-going peppered in throughout.
Entertain the restless go-getter but checking out Epic Discovery. This on-mountain summer experience is available in Vail and Breckenridge, as well as a laundry list of other destinations, including Stowe and Park City. Epic Discovery is essentially an adventure wonderland with rides, zip lines, steep slides, live concerts, restaurant weeks, diverse events and more.
If you’re heading to the Lake Tahoe area, Heavenly Ski Resort offers Epic Discovery with mountain coasters, rope courses, 4×4 vehicle tours and outdoor fun for pretty much everyone.
Take advantage of the region’s famously luxurious hotels and resorts. For travelers looking to relax after hikes, kayaking tours and summer activity outside (or just a full-on spa vacation), check out the many treatments and capabilities of nearby resorts, all offering spa days, high-end shopping, incredible fine dining and endless views of the mountains and bright-blue summer skies.
Utah and Beyond
If you want to go full camping mode this summer, but don’t really have the tools to adventure on your own, enlist the help (and comforts of home for your less camp-focused family) of the professionals, like Glamping Getaway Yurts or Under Canvas.
Sleep under the stars in Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, with a luxury tent after a long day of hiking, mountain biking and canyoneering.
For something with a little more variety, Under Canvas is available in every national park nationwide, and caters to all travelers. Enjoy the comforts of home in a completely stunning locale, available across the country. Check out the 7 Parks in 7 Days offer, where you can visit seven national parks by way of private aircraft during a weeklong vacation.
Do your best out there in the wild, enjoy the rugged beauty of it all, and plan for a car transfer back to the nearest city for some nightlife and civilization. If you can stand the heat, choose a camp in Arizona, Utah, Nevada or Southern California to set yourself up for a second leg of the trip, enjoying the comforts of Las Vegas, Nevada; Sedona resorts; Scottsdale nightlife; SoCal beaches; and anything a short drive away that can break up your multidimensional trip.
For those needing a little break from the heat — that’s what the beach is for — Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon is far more your speed. With sunshine and warm, comfortable weather, you can explore the park’s idyllic beauty with some natural adventures at your own pace. Spend a few nights before heading further north for Portland. Enjoy the comforts and quirkiness of the city with your crew, or head straight for Seattle, Washington, for more shopping and 5-star cuisine. Summer is a great time to enjoy the rare sunny days along the Pacific Northwest.
Getting the group together is difficult enough, but tackling the where, what and how can be overwhelming. Plan early and get a jump on some of the planning — and give yourself some warm weather fun to look forward to — or keep these destinations in mind for a more immediate trip. With a destination that speaks for itself, you can head out on a multigen vacation knowing everyone (or most) of your group can find something they enjoy.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
As a fan of train travel, I often choose a ride on rails over a drive or flight, especially in Europe, where I always relish the high-speed trains. In Tokyo, I once appreciated a speedy, efficient and easy-to-understand experience; but, speed isn’t the only appealing aspect of train travel. From Venice to London, on the Venice Simplon Orient Express, we traveled through the coastal cliffs of the Cinque Terra and dined in formal opulence; from Whistler to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer, we sipped tea while viewing the spectacular scenery.
While considering dreamy destinations for a romantic rendezvous, Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo immediately came to mind. I convinced my late husband, Bob, to take me there after a solo trip to Monaco (via helicopter from Nice-Cote d’Azur) on my first trip to the South of France. Our stays together left such an indelibly delicious memory that I’ve returned multiple times, including in 2018 and 2019. It’s a venue I recommend at any time, especially Valentine’s Day.
When considering a new destination for your family’s vacation list, solo trip, romantic getaway or just something to watch between trips, this list of wanderlust-inducing films should help. Watch a few of the family-friendly options with the kids and make it a movie night: