The beauty of Arizona is undeniable — from the distinctive southwest architecture and breathtaking desert landscape to the handicrafts and artwork of talented local artists, there is plenty to take in, especially in Tubac. This tiny artists’ colony, locally known as the Village of Tubac, is nestled in Santa Cruz County in Southern Arizona, about an hour’s drive south of Tucson. Tubac is not only steeped in history but is also home to an impressive assortment of shops, art galleries and restaurants, making it well worth a drive for family travelers in Arizona.
Originally established as a mission farm in 1691, the area eventually became the O’odham village of Tubac in 1737, before turning into the first European settlement in Arizona in 1752 (known as Presidio of San Ignacio de Tubac). When the Gadsden Purchase made the area part of the United States in 1854, Tubac officially joined the nation, and the area continued to evolve. Tubac soon started attracting artists of all types who took inspiration from the area’s native cultures, local wildlife and the culture of the peoples who helped build Tubac’s history.
Today, Tubac thrives as a successful artists’ colony, welcoming visitors to wander the streets and explore the many shops and galleries calling the area home. Festivals run throughout the year, drawing visitors to enjoy the shops, taste the local flavors and discover the talents of both established and up-and-coming artists. Whether shopping for handcrafted rugs, bags and blankets at Tubac Old World Imports; tasty organic chocolates sweetened with local honey at Untamed Confections; or simply relaxing while taking in the beautiful artwork on display at Tubac Center for the Arts, there is something for everyone.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
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.
Munich’s Olympiapark, the mammoth complex built to host the 1972 Olympic Games, is one of the city’s most popular attractions for family travelers. Teens thrill at climbing along the rim of the giant roof and whizzing into the stadium on the zipline, while younger kids are mesmerized by fish swimming around them in the aquarium’s underwater tunnels.
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.
Falcon’s Resort by Meliá is a new, all-suites resort made by possible via a partnership between the hospitality brand and Falcon’s Beyond, an entertainment company. Situated in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, the property is the first of its kind — and it’s ready to cater to your traveling teen (and accompanying family travelers, of course).