In a destination where many scenes from the Star Wars franchise were filmed, Death Valley, California, consistently draws family travelers to its desert landscape every year. And, with set-jetting growing in popularity, Death Valley expects to see even more visitors in the coming years.
Death Valley features many location sites where the 1977 Star Wars movie filmed. Throughout Death Valley National Park, visitors can pretend as if they are in the film themselves when heading to Dante’s View, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Desolations Canyon, Artist’s Drive and Golden Canyon.
Beyond the region’s use in the popular film franchise, Death Valley is also a stargazer’s paradise. It’s one of the only gold tier-designated International Dark Sky Parks in the United States. In Death Valley, you can actually see the Milky Way with the naked eye!
The hardest part about enjoying every aspect of Death Valley is its location; the area sits two hours from Las Vegas and more than four hours from Los Angeles. The nearest town is at least an hour’s drive away. That’s where The Oasis at Death Valley comes to save the day.
Travelers can stay at AAA Four-Diamond The Inn at Death Valley and the family-friendly Ranch at Death Valley, both part of a recent multimillion-dollar renovation at the Oasis at Death Valley. The property’s proximity to many of Death Valley’s gems makes it the perfect family basecamp to explore the region. Even more? The properties feature massive swimming pools, gardens, horseback riding activities, many restaurants and more.
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.
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.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
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.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).