Already known for its foodie culture, outdoor recreation and agricultural traditions, Las Cruces, New Mexico, may surprise many family travelers with its countless pet-friendly attractions and experiences. A family trip to Las Cruces with the family pet allows everyone, including your furry friend, to enjoy a getaway to a fun and historic Western city.
At Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market, every Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., people and pets can stroll through seven city blocks of stalls selling art, jewelry, fresh produce, handmade items and more. The market also includes food trucks and performers, creating an energetic atmosphere, perfect for leashed and socialized dogs.
For breakfast, head to The Bean at Josefina’s. This coffee shop features a beautiful, pet-friendly front patio. The whole family can enjoy breakfast with freshly made coffee alongside their pet. Other activities in Las Cruces the family and four-legged friend can do together include a walk through historic Old Mesilla. Featuring 19th-century buildings, Mesilla Plaza allows visitors to learn about the history of the area, as well as browse through bookstores, gift shops and even a chocolate store. The calm nature of the plaza is a popular place for those with dogs.
Hungry for lunch? At Spotted Dog Brewery, choose from a variety of classic American dishes and sit outside on the dog-friendly patio. Work off lunch with a hike to Soledad Canyon. This 1.5-hour hike promises scenic views and glimpses of wildlife, including reptiles and desert plants. Those up for a challenge can opt for the Tortugas “A” Mountain hike, a walk featuring spots to enjoy views of the Organ Mountains from one side and the city of Las Cruces from the other.
Las Cruces also boasts not one but two dog parks. Burn Lake Dog Park includes playsets, benches and plenty of room for dogs to play and mingle. Las Cruces Dog Park features trees, fire hydrants and open fields for dogs to run.
Don’t think you can’t have dinner without leaving your dog behind. At Andele’s Dog House, families can indulge in authentic New Mexican food on the outdoor, dog-friendly patio. Complete with strung lights, shade and a fire pit, the lively patio serves as a great spot for pets and families.
Treat yourself and your dog to dessert at Caliche’s Frozen Custard, a local favorite. Order frozen custard and choose from a variety of different toppings. Caliche’s also offers “Poochie cones,” little cones with frozen custard in it for dogs to enjoy. These cones are free and available upon request.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
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.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
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.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.