Dude alert: If you’ve fallen out of touch with the other guys in your family, Cody Yellowstone is the perfect place to catch up — and autumn is the ideal season for doing so in the great outdoors. From off-road adventures to historic ghost towns to plenty of wildlife, there’s something in this dynamic destination to please family travelers.
“With families back home and kids in school, Cody Yellowstone in the fall tends to be a destination for mature audiences,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director, Cody Yellowstone, the marketing arm for the region that includes the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, parts of Shoshone National Forest and a large swath of Yellowstone National Park. “This is a time when grown-ups with a zest for adventure will find many ways to play and experience the authentic Western vibe of Cody Yellowstone.”
Hauck suggests a fishing expedition at one of Cody Yellowstone’s revered fishing spots. These include Shoshone River’s North and South Forks and an assortment of rivers and streams within the landscape of Yellowstone National Park. Book an excursion with a local outfitter who specializes in fishing trips focusing on trout and Yellowstone cutthroat.
Make your driving trip through stunning mountains, valleys and forests even more memorable with the aid of the free TravelStorys app, which includes a GPS audio tour of the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway. There’s also a guided audio walking tour through downtown Cody offering insight into the town’s many historic locations and buildings.
Book a UTV tour with local outfitter Tread ’N Trails, and explore the backcountry and ghost town of Kirwin. The remnants of this vibrant, long-ago gold-mining town are nestled in the Absaroka Mountains, surrounded by plenty of great UTV trails. Be sure to park for long enough to hike to the foundation of a cabin in the process of being constructed by flight legend Amelia Earhart before she disappeared.
Don’t forget the wildlife: This is the season when Cody Yellowstone and the surrounding canyons, mountains, forests and river valleys teem with local critters. Bears, elk, wolves, moose, bison, eagles and river otters prepare for winter, mating or tricking out their dens. Elk bugling can be heard reverberating through the wilderness as these enormous creatures do their best to impress prospective mates or wage electrifying battles with their male rivals. Keep an eye out for wolves hunting with their pups or bears dining on pine nuts in preparation for the cold months ahead.
See the trails from a different perspective while hiking, biking or horseback riding in areas including Beck Lake, Slick Rock and Shoshone National Forest. Wrap up the day at a local restaurant or brewery — or even a cigar lounge. The new Cody Yellowstone Sippin’ Trail app will lead the way.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
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.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.
Known for its clear, vibrantly blue-green waters and varied and historic ports of call, the Adriatic is the new Mediterranean for cruise enthusiasts and family travelers. An Adriatic cruise is especially suited to multigen family trips, since it appeals to all ages with its beautiful beaches, water sports, rich marine life, historic cities, ancient archaeological sites, colorful cultures and varied cuisines. There is truly something for every traveler.
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Parents, it’s time to ditch family travel and embark on a romantic vacation at Solmar Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos. Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches and unparalleled hospitality, Los Cabos sets the stage for couples looking for a romantic escape away from the kids. At Solmar Hotels and Resorts, guests are invited to take advantage of the romantic accommodations, spa experiences, gastronomic delights and more.