Plan ahead for a family trip this fall and get away with the kids on break. With mild temperatures and enough time before the holidays, fall months can be a great time to plan a trip, explore and experience a new locale with the family.
Wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts find Chilko River in the Chilko Valley, B.C., Canada, somewhat of a haven. With salmon and Sokeye flocking to the river in early fall, guests of Chilko Valley Estate observe Brown and Grizzly bears in their natural habitat with expert guides and luxury accommodations.
While the river region is private and accessed only by First Nations members, this experience is one-of-a kind and open to those booking with the Chilko Experience. The exclusive wilderness resort offers families an up-close look from a safe following distance at otherwise inaccessible natural beauty. Adventures vary, but check-in early to reserve your family package and accommodations.
Catalan culture celebrated human tower competitions since the 18th century. Once part of an elaborate dance, tower building requires quite a bit of strength and coordination as human towers extend nine stories high in ornate and unique formations. More than 30 teams compete with barefoot climbers wearing supportive sashes, or faixa, muscling their way to the top. Once the climbing formation is complete, a small child known as the exaneta, or flyer, climbs to the top and completes the formation. The tower competition is thrilling to watch, surrounded by live music, street performances and celebrations of Catalan culture.
Going back hundreds of years, Tug-of-War rituals have been held on the island of Okinawa, Japan, in hopes of a good harvest, prayers for rain and giving thanks to the Earth. Celebrated throughout the island for centuries, the tradition was established as a local festival after World War II. Symbolizing yuimaaru, or cooperation, Naha Great Tug-of-War brings locals and tourists alike, Oct. 6–8, to the main event on the final day. Participants take to the rice straw rope, weighing 50 tons and stretching more than 650 feet long, and pull.
Enjoy unique art exhibits and a varied lineup of live music and performances during La Fiesta des Suds in Marseille, France. Celebrated Oct. 20–22, guests enjoy family-friendly activities, live music, dancing, art shows and French cuisine during the annual art festival. Once an industrial-focused city, Marseille offers seaside charm with assorted influences.
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
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.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Medellín, Colombia, with us.
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.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.