Family travelers looking for a more accessible vacation in the outdoors should consider Jackson County, North Carolina, a county near the Tuckaseegee River that recently released an extensive accessibility guide for all travelers to enjoy. In Jackson County, everyone can have the chance to experience views of the mountains and take in magnificent waterfalls. Here are just some of the places in Jackson County offering accessible-friendly access:
Located a 45-minute drive from downtown Sylva, Balsam Lake features a wide range of accessible facilities, including accessible fishing spots and a concrete path exclusively for wheelchair users that leads to a wooden fishing dock.
Drive along Blue Ridge Parkway to see some of the state’s most beautiful views. While on the road, stop at Waterrock Knob to watch the sunrise or sunset. Waterrock Knob features paved viewing areas with ample parking and ramps.
This fully paved, one-mile trail takes visitors around a scenic stretch of the Tuckaseegee River. Near the Old Cullowhee Road entrance, there are two van-accessible parking spaces.
Park behind the courthouse via Keener Street or Savannah Drive to enjoy the now fully ADA-compliant building. Built in 1914, visitors can enjoy the historic structure, as well as the many exhibits featured year-round.
One of the tallest waterfalls in the eastern United States, Whitewater Falls includes a wheelchair-accessible viewing platform. The platform can be reached by the paved walkway, allowing all to take in the splendor of the falls.
This 18-room, pet-friendly boutique hotel lies in Cashiers and offers some of the largest rooms in town. Rooms include complimentary parking, and its close proximity to some of the region’s best natural sites makes it a great place to stay when visiting Jackson County.
If you haven’t heard of Light & Nine, you’ve been missing out on great travel gear designed by a mom with kids in mind. The line of duffels with side shoe compartments, roller bags, backpacks and garment bags come in fun colors including Blossom Pink and Bistro Green. Made from easy-to-care-for perforated materials, they also come with Nimix characters and motifs, so your small travelers can customize their travel gear with movable/removable icons ranging from race cars to rocket ships, skateboards to paper dolls, rainbows to unicorns.
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.
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.
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.
Family travelers to England can’t miss the return of the annual Bath at Christmas in the picturesque and historic city of Bath. Nights of entertainment, lights, and delicious food and drinks queue up for an unforgettable Christmas.