Sunny days, palm trees, golden-sand beaches, tropical breezes and ocean waves to play in — it’s hard to find a better vacation spot than Hawai’i for your family’s winter travels. You have the choice of several islands, each with its own allure.
Flying into the state, you’ll probably land in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Along with the attractions in the capital itself, you can relax on the iconic Waikiki Beach and absorb some American history at Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
The dormant volcano of Mount Haleakala, which forms much of the island, offers varied environments to explore, from stark volcanic landscapes to semi-tropical rainforests. Golfers will appreciate the courses in Maui, and if you go in February, you can join Pacific Whale Foundation in celebrating the return of whales at the Maui Whale Festival.
The Big Island
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is the place to see volcanoes in action, with steaming craters and molten lava flowing into the sea. Stand on the rim of the steaming Halema’uma’u crater, legendary home of Pele, Hawai’i’s fire goddess. Learn more about island traditions at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.
Known for its tropical gardens, five of which are open to tour, Kauai is quieter than the well-known beach holiday islands and perfect for those who love nature and outdoor activities. Hike trails to dramatic waterfalls and explore the Na Pali coast landscapes, where Jurassic Park filmed.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
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.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.
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.
Embrace the holiday season with a family coastal retreat to Virginia Beach. The destination offers a blend of holiday charm and year-round amenities perfect for family travels. With mild winter weather, pristine beaches and a variety of seasonal events, the destination offers a one-of-a-kind winter escape.