Just 5,430 feet above sea level and 30 minutes north of bustling Denver, Boulder, Colorado, remains an ideal, budget-friendly weekend getaway for families. This growing metropolis offers a blossoming foodie scene and laidback city vibe, surrounded by Rocky Mountain beauty.
Begin the day at the Boulder Tea House for brunch, boasting a variety of American and traditional Persian cuisine. Enjoy an American breakfast at $9.50 per person, including a homemade pop tart the kids will love, or the Honduran beleada for $10.50. Parents and adult children, add a mimosa or Bloody Mary for an additional $6.
Treat the kids to teatime during a free, 45-minute tour of Boulder’s own Celestial Seasonings Company. Visits include a walk through the tea production factory, Art Gallery, Tea Sampling Bar and Mint Room before concluding in the Celestial Gift Shop.
Completely surrounded by landscape and natural wonders, a trip to Boulder wouldn’t be complete without a biking or hiking expedition. Explore the great outdoors for little to no cost, from the Flat Irons and natural sandstone formations through more than 330 miles of trails.
Get from place to place along the five-mile stretch of Boulder Creek Path, or rent a car and head to Eldorado Canyon in Eldorado State Park for some hiking, rock climbing, biking, boating and fishing. Daily park passes range from $7–9 per car, making any of Boulder’s many parks a budget-friendly option.
Pearl Street is at the heart of Boulder and offers unique shops, restaurants and breweries with a historic, rustic feel. While downtown, explore the cultural scene with a tour through Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art for $1. Don’t forget to check out University of Colorado Boulder’s Museum of Natural History for interactive exhibits, dinosaurs and the kid-centric Discovery Corner.
Teens and older kids enjoy The Hill, the bustling neighborhood by the university offering fun restaurants, bars and cafes featuring live music and nightly events.
With lush green parks prime for outdoor adventures scattered through Boulder and fun local shops and restaurants to explore downtown, there is a buzz about the city perfect for active families. Get outdoors and have fun bonding over shared experiences while still taking time to lay low and enjoy the city. Residents of Boulder cultivate a colorful, healthy, active and fun environment for visitors to enjoy, even on a budget.
Only the bravest of family travelers should venture to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Every year, Universal Orlando turns into the spookiest place in Florida, if not in the country. On select nights throughout the season, visitors and locals alike can head to the popular amusement park for frights, scares and thrilling adventures. Explore 10 terrifying haunted houses; five scare zones; live entertainment; and themed attractions, food and merchandise.
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.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
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.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …