Whether you’re driving through the state’s stunning parks and beaches or making Richmond, Virginia, your next family vacation destination, this is one city where you can get away with a lot for a little — even with your brood.
With plenty of foodie fun, adventure activities and local shopping, Richmond is an affordable locale with a lot to offer. Time the trip right for the changing leaves and vibrant fall foliage and you’ll get even more bang for your buck, while even just strolling the streets can feel like a worthwhile retreat.
Start with a good old-fashioned breakfast with the kids at Moore Street Café. The breakfast menu boasts a wide variety of dishes to start your day, with something for every palate. Choose from something quick and simple, like various egg dishes as low as $3.50, or go all out and fill up with a hearty breakfast for around $5.50–8.50. Grab some caffeine or fruit for natural energy, as your family has a lot of exploring to do in town.
Conveniently for you and the little ones, getting around Richmond is also affordable, as the city is pretty walkable. Get your steps in or cut your time in half and rent bikes for $6–8 an hour, $40 for the day. The kids will love the freedom (they think) they have leading the pack, while exploring town and finding the next shop or activity to explore. Take advantage of the city’s public transportation system, but Lyft, Uber and cabs will be readily available for nightlife, as well, for when mom and dad want to have some fun.
Another great way to get the most out of Richmond is by immersing yourselves in the regional, seasonal natural beauty. Rent gear and get out on the water with kayaks, paddle boards and even rafting on the James River. Scenic hikes are always a must at Forest Hill Park or the North Bank Trail of the Richmond Slave Trail for some history. You can also get your steps in shopping and sightseeing through Richmond’s downtown area.
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For some manmade beauty, take the kids for a walk along Broad Street, shopping new and vintage, or make your way to the Museum District.
Don’t forget to make time for dinner in downtown later and take in the al fresco dining all summer and long into the autumn as stunning fall foliage rolls in. The city, with a town feel, is definitely ready for your last-minute summer vacation and fall-foliage getaways.
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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.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
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.
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