As the weather turns colder and leaves fall from trees, northerners begin to think of warmer places for family travels. Consider these destinations for a late fall getaway:
Although the Grand Canyon is Arizona’s best-known attraction, your family will find a lot more to do there. Relive the Old West in Tombstone, where you can see the famous O.K. Corral and watch staged gunfights in the streets. Kids can marvel at the wonders of nature in the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert or walk through the twisted sandstone walls of Antelope Canyon.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston charms at any time of year, and so do the famous gardens of Magnolia Plantation. Kids can absorb some history on the Slavery to Freedom Tour of original slave cabins, hearing stories of the families who lived there. Younger children will like the plantation’s zoo and nature center. For more wildlife experiences, go to South Carolina Aquariumfor interactive shows and hands-on exhibits where they can touch sharks and other aquatic creatures.
A three-in-one experience in American history, Colonial Williamsburg is easy to combine with the nearby sites of Jamestown and Yorktown. The capital of Virginia during the Revolution, Williamsburg was at the center of the fight for independence, and kids can get a sense of those times at costumed presentations. Jamestown is the oldest British settlement in North America and Yorktown is where the Revolution ended. Kids can interact with costumed interpreters, visit a Powhatan village and board replicas of the three ships that brought Jamestown settlers from England.
San Diego, California
One of the finest zoos in the United States, San Diego Zoo replicates natural environments for animals from all parts of the world. In the Safari Park, all animals roam free in landscapes ranging from savanna to jungle, and you can ride through it in an open-air vehicle. The zoo is in beautiful Balboa Park, where there’s also Fleet Science Center, with hands-on activities and interactive galleries, as well as Kid City, an area designed especially for children under 5 years of age.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
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.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Embrace the holiday season with a family coastal retreat to Virginia Beach. The destination offers a blend of holiday charm and year-round amenities perfect for family travels. With mild winter weather, pristine beaches and a variety of seasonal events, the destination offers a one-of-a-kind winter escape.