Although Alaska may not be on everyone’s radar, it might move higher on your family’s must-visit list when they learn more. There are countless activities and breathtaking sights throughout the state, plenty of wildlife to see and much more, whether you spend time in the top tourist areas or venture off to explore Alaska’s hidden gems.
Drive along Summer Bay Road and discover a beautiful spot called Humpy Cove — a long, sandy, rocky beach along a creek. Relax or stretch your legs with a walk along the beach. Rent kayaks and get out on the creek, or fish for Alaskan salmon. Humpy Cove is home to Orca Island Cabins, which offers a secluded wilderness hideaway; keep an eye out for sea lions and humpback whales while relaxing on your balcony. Plan for a stop during a summer visit, as the road is closed during winter.
Hidden in the woods outside Talkeetna lies Goose Creek Tower (also known as the Dr. Seuss House), stretching about 14–17 floors high, with each floor smaller and smaller as you climb. Although the house is on a private property, you can still see it pop through the trees from the highway.
Hidden Ice Caves
Explore Mendenhall Ice Caves, a 12-mile-long glacier in Juneau. Take a guided tour through the hollow glacial cave and take in the breathtaking blue hues. The ice cave is only accessible to travelers willing to kayak to the edge of the ice and then climb over the glacier — well worth the adventure.
Although Juneau is a popular tourist destination, many travelers pass right by Glacier Gardens. Located in Tongass National Forest, the Glacier Gardens create a unique experience for travelers. The highlight of the gardens are the unusual flower towers, made from trees flipped upside down — the owners use the roots as planters for beautiful flowers. Visit during the summer to see the flowers in bloom.
Fall is in the air! Leaves are changing color and the weather is starting to get cooler. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I get to experience all four seasons and fall is easily my favorite. There is just something about all the colors and activities that come along with the season, especially in Pennsylvania.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
Most museums tend to be boring for children — they have to be quiet, they may not be interested in the exhibits and they can’t touch anything. At the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, kids are encouraged to run around, play and have fun while learning. The beloved museum will safely reopen in 2021 for kids and families to run, play and touch exhibits as they used to, and now is a great time to plan a visit next year.
In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!