Love the crisper weather and long to get outdoors to view the changing colors in the leaves? Check the tires on your bike, grab your helmet, round up your kids and head to upstate New York to enjoy a fall cycling adventure through picturesque towns along the rims of glittering lakes and on trails winding through deep forests.
If you long for wilderness immersion and ancient forests, choose the Ausable Chasm, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. There’s good reason in the dramatic landscape for the comparison, particularly at natural sites such as the serene Mystic Gorge, Rainbow Falls, Elephant’s Head, Hyde’s Cave and Column Rock. Areas include natural stone walkways and 15 miles of mountain biking trails in the Ausable Chasm Recreation Center that suit all levels of riders. More experienced mountain bikers can opt for challenging trails at Dewey Mountain, Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain.
John Boyd Thacher State Park is the perfect destination for wildlife viewing from a bike saddle. Located upon the Helderberg Escarpment, where countless fossils have been discovered, the park has a landscape filled with rocky slopes, cliffs, forest and meadows with views of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains. Try the Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail, or head over to Daniels Road State Forest for a range of demanding biking trails.
In the Catskills Mountains, the Catskill Scenic Trail Loop provides space to pedal along 19 miles of gorgeous pathways. You can even take advantage of bike lifts that will transport you and your bike to the top of Plattekill Mountain so you can enjoy the downhill rush of cruising back to the trail base at the bottom.
The legendary Finger Lakes region is a cycling paradise. Try the paved Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Ithaca, a 5.5-mile-long biking path that skirts scenic picnic areas perfect for pausing for a snack. Serious mountain bikers can test their skills at Harriet Hollister Spencer Park, Taughannock Falls State Park and Robert H. Treman State Park.
The bucolic Hudson Valley has a collection of charming towns linked by soothing landscapes. Gentle rides appropriate for families can be found along the trails in Minnewaska State Park Reserve in Ulster County’s Shawagunk Mountains. Cyclists will be treated to views of multiple waterfalls, plus three sky lakes, streams meandering through dreamy valleys and thick forests of hardwood trees.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
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.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
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.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.