When Dollywood opened for the season in March, Dolly Parton also announced a booking update for Dollywood’s second resort, Heartsong Lodge & Resort. For those who want to visit the new 302-room hotel, booking opens in June for stays beginning in November, and the hotel is accepting group bookings for meetings and events in 2024 and beyond. Family travelers should keep the property in mind for late 2023 and 2024 visits to the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, theme park.
In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, HeartSong Lodge & Resort will boast a four-story atrium lobby; a showstopping fireplace; guestrooms themed to the surrounding area’s flora and fauna; and views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 10 miles from the hotel. Public dining options will include a 195-seat signature restaurant and lounge, a 40-seat private dining room and grab-and-go dining at Songbird Market.
Dollywood visitors this year also anticipate the park’s newest roller coaster, Big Bear Mountain, slated to open in May. Dollywood’s largest single attraction investment ever at $25 million, the coaster will measure almost 4,000 feet, also marking it as the longest roller coaster at the park.
Trying to plan a multigen trip? You may anticipate trouble finding a travel destination, activities and more to appeal to every member of your crew. However, a new report from Hilton found there are certain experiences all travelers want right now, regardless of generation.
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.
With the holiday season upon us, resorts all over the world pull out all the stops to bring the joy of the holidays to family travelers of all ages. Here are five more resorts to check out this holiday season:
When searching for unique gifts for family travelers, Etsy is a good place to begin. A marketplace of online shops owned by craftspeople and collectors, Etsy is filled with handcrafted works in all mediums, often one-of-a-kind or custom-made. It’s like an open studio, a place to share the latest creations directly to people who appreciate handcrafted things.
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.
Norwegian Cruise Line is known for offering an impressive assortment of itineraries letting family travelers visit practically every corner of the globe, but one part of the world has been missing for the past few years: Asia. Luckily, that is finally changing as the line returns to the region for the first time in three years.