Tag: NAtional Park
There’s so much more to Grand Canyon National Park than its jaw-dropping views, especially for families. After gazing across its expanse and taking a few keepsake photos, families can hike, bike and even whitewater raft in the park, which celebrates its centennial this year.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
As our snowshoes crushed through sheets of ice just outside Yosemite National Park, our guide, Ian, told us we were trekking about 200 feet from a black bear’s home. Beams of light searched through darkness to reveal evergreens resting in cool stillness. “Don’t worry,” he said, though I’m not sure his words had the power he hoped. “He’s too smart to bother tourists and besides, he’s probably sleeping.” He pointed his flashlight at a bulbous root mass of trees, rising like a wooden moon among fallen pines, a type of shelter in which some Yosemite bears hibernate.
When choosing the destination of your next family vacation, it is easy to be lulled into booking the classics and old standbys. For families with small children, amusement parks like Sesame Place, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Disney World, in Orlando, can seem like perfect matches.
There’s more to the American West than cowboys, Native American history and horses. If you get far enough out, there are opportunities to view species of North American wildlife in natural habitats, view constellations with an astronomer in unspoiled night skies, or hike and run along challenging trails. For these reasons alone, Jackson Hole is regarded as the home of the “American Serengeti.” Cheyenne, meanwhile, offers visitors a special opportunity to encounter the mythic bison.