Colorado is famously a top ski- and snow-lover’s destination, but don’t let the season stop you — this locale boasts more summer festivals and warm-weather fun than your family might know what to do with.
Why Go Now
For culture seekers and music lovers, Snowmass Balloon Festival kicks off Sept. 6–8, 6:30a.m.–12 p.m. This all-ages, free event splashes Snowmass Village, Colorado, with vibrant-colored balloons, filling the sky with only rolling mountain tops to contend with in the distance. Take advantage of the free shuttle services transporting guests to and from nearby hotels, Septemberfest and Cidermass, both easily accessible and fun-filled events, making the 6:30 a.m. start time all the more worth it.
The following weekend, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival hosts a three-day celebration Sep. 13–15, for all the music lovers in your crew. Enjoy funk, jam bands, indie, rock, bluegrass, gospel, soul and a slew of performances with the kids. Enjoy local craft brews, music and atmosphere while summer comes to close.
Where to Stay
For all this activity, your family will need somewhere to rest at night. For a classic Aspen stay and easy access to the hot air balloons, Hotel Jerome is a 5-star experience. With luxe furnishings, city-meets-wild-west vibes and elevated dining and services, Hotel Jerome is for the family seeking comfort in the country. Check out seasonal promotions and specials for additional savings.
Leaning toward staying in Telluride? Madeline Hotel & Residences is a great family stay in an even better locale. With 4-star services, luxury amenities and leisure pursuits all under one roof, while in the heart of Telluride with adventure and outdoorsy excursions at your beck and call, this hotel stay is a must. Check out more adventure opportunities here.
What to Do
While the hotels are cozy enough to entice your family to stay in, a region this beautiful can’t be ignored for long.
Both regions and adventure-ready hotels offer enough outdoor activity to occupy the whole family. Take in the region’s rugged beauty on leisurely walks, al fresco dining locales, open-air festivals and at your own relaxing pace, or get into the wild with whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing and even boot camp.
Take the history route along the Aspen Smuggler Mine Tour and discover the 19th-century mine with the kids. See the sights like a prospector, including the largest silver nugget ever found. Don’t forget to visit Telluride Historic Colorado Avenue, as the quaint, charming main street is surrounded by the Rockies and a quintessential Telluride moment.
Expect Victorian homes, boutique shops and a rebellious history, as you’ll walk along the same avenue where Butch Cassidy’s first bank heist took place.
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 …
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.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.