No longer catering just to winter sports enthusiasts, ski mountains across the country have become year-round resorts, with family-friendly activities and adventures for summer family travelers. From mountain coasters and canopy tours to water parks and nature programs, ski resorts find new ways to use their terrain and facilities.
Park City, Utah, takes advantage of its Olympic Park with summer bobsled rides on the Olympic Sliding Track, the scene of bobsled, skeleton and luge events during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games. The Olympic Park also features two Zipline Tours, one of which is among the steepest zip lines in the world, reaching speeds of 50 mph.
Telluride, Colorado, also added kid-friendly summer activities, including Telluride Kids Camps. These include Fishing 101 and EcoXploration, designed to ignite an interest in the wonders of nature. For younger children, Mountain Village Story Walk features placards with pages of a book, unfolding the story as they walk around the village.
In the East, New Hampshire’s Cranmore Mountain was the first to go year-round, with mountain biking, a Mountain Coaster and a year-round Mountain Adventure Park with a Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip Line. At 1.3 miles long, Loon Mountain Gondola is New Hampshire’s longest scenic gondola ride, accessing sweeping views of the western White Mountains. At the base, Loon Adventure Center boasts the region’s biggest outdoor climbing wall and a zip line whizzing over a river.
In New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and an easy daytrip from Boston, Gunstock Mountain has one of the nation’s longest zip lines and a Mountain Coaster with banked corners, rolling drops and 360-degree turns. Gunstock’s Aerial Treetop Adventure is New England’s largest aerial obstacle course. A 250-site campground at the base of the mountain is also a perfect base for a water sports vacation on Lake Winnipesaukee.
In Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort has the greatest variety of summer activities, with a Bike Park and Challenge Course; the 3,100-foot Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster; 18 holes of miniature golf; and Adventure Zone, where a single-day ticket to Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline allows kids to fly as high as 20 feet into the air, secured by a harness. For kids ages 6–12, Camp Gokemo is a summer day camp with sports, nature activities, swimming, crafts and music.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through these pies from around the world, and maybe you’ll be inspired to take that next trip for a delicious slice.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Trying to plan a multigen trip? You may anticipate trouble finding a travel destination, activities and more to appeal to every member of your crew. However, a new report from Hilton found there are certain experiences all travelers want right now, regardless of generation.
With the holiday season upon us, resorts all over the world pull out all the stops to bring the joy of the holidays to family travelers of all ages. Here are five more resorts to check out this holiday season:
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.
When searching for unique gifts for family travelers, Etsy is a good place to begin. A marketplace of online shops owned by craftspeople and collectors, Etsy is filled with handcrafted works in all mediums, often one-of-a-kind or custom-made. It’s like an open studio, a place to share the latest creations directly to people who appreciate handcrafted things.