Hit the road with the family this summer and fall on one of these U.S. road trip itineraries through California and Virginia:
Best Road Trips Through Newport Beach, California
Pacific Coast Highway Drive: Start in Newport Beach and head south along PCH, passing through popular towns like Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente. The Pacific Coast Highway stretches more than 600 miles across California’s diverse terrains and coastlines.
Catalina Island: Travel from Newport Beach to the port town of Dana Point to catch a ferry to Catalina Island. Travelers can take part in activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Joshua Tree National Park: For a change of scenery, drive east from Newport Beach to Joshua Tree National Park to see the unique Joshua trees, striking rock formations and starry night skies. Explore Hidden Valley Nature Trail, Joshua Tree National Park Lost Horse Ranger Station or Skull Rock.
San Diego: Explore the coast of San Diego on your next road trip. Stop at locations like Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Museum.
Best Road Trip Stops in Virginia
Richmond: Drive through the capital city, known for its arts scene, architecture and museums. With more than 900 restaurants and kid-friendly activities such as Children’s Museum of Richmond and Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond is a fun and easy getaway for families.
Williamsburg: Drive southeast to Colonial Williamsburg, a restored 18th-century town offering a captivating glimpse into America’s past. Tour Jamestown settlement or hike through Great Falls and Shenandoah National Park.
Virginia Beach: For a coastal trip, travel from Virginia Beach south to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Virginia’s largest coastal city is known for its lively boardwalk, water sport activities and dining. Road trippers can also explore ViBe Creative District or hike First Landing State Park on the way.
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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.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
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.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.