Jackson, Wyoming, also known as Jackson Hole, is a lovely little mountain town that gives traveling families great access to nearby natural attractions.
Unless you’re booking your Jackson stay well in advance, it’ll be a bit difficult to find accommodations both comfortable and budget-friendly. If you’re not working with a budget, you can have your pick of Jackson’s many unique boutique properties, but if you are working with a budget, consider Mountain Modern Motel. While, yes, the “motel” aspect does mean each guestroom opens up to the outdoors, the hotel itself has a charming, fun vibe perfect for young families. The rooms are stylish, yet functional, with open floorplans, an apartment-like design and lots of storage. Kids will love the platform bunk rooms outfitted like a modern-day cabin with queen beds and bunks over top.
When it comes to play, staying in Jackson is all about getting out of Jackson, so you’ll likely want to rent a car for your explorations of the surrounding attractions.
During the summer, Grand Teton National Park beckons with Jenny Lake and plenty of hiking. If your children aren’t yet old enough to hit the trails, you can still take a stroller to the Jenny Lake visitor’s area and explore the paved paths that give you great views of the crystalline waters. The short driving loop around Grand Teton National Park is also suitable, as it has plenty of stopping points that serve the best views in the park, whether you’re interested in snapping photos of the beautiful mountains or the native wildlife, including herds of bison.
The winter requires a little bit more activity, so you may want to wait until your kids are older before visiting Jackson in the snowy months. Once you do, though, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly activities suitable for active adventurers, from skiing and snowmobiling to dog sledding and snowshoeing.
Whatever season you visit, though, make sure your family gets a photo op in Jackson Town Square, where the iconic antler arches flank each street corner.
There are plenty of delicious eateries around downtown Jackson, so you won’t have any problem grabbing breakfast, lunch or dinner in town before or after heading out on your explorations of the area. Try Jackson Drug for a quaint, diner-style atmosphere and unbeatable milkshakes alongside behemoth burgers and tasty margaritas; for local beers, a brewpub menu and a lively atmosphere, go to Snake River Brewing; and for delicious barbecue and outdoor dining, try Big Hole BBQ Jackson.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.
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.
One of the appeals of multi-generational travel, as opposed to family gatherings at home, is no one is the host and everyone is a guest. When you’re all traveling together, nobody gets left to wash the dishes after everyone else leaves. But the best multi-gen trips are those well planned. Here are a few tips to make your family’s trip the best ever:
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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.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, has its attractions for families, but traveling there to experience the city’s tango culture is a getaway better suited to couples. As they say, it takes two to tango.