In addition to having some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country, South Dakota is also home to numerous indigenous peoples, making it an ideal vacation destination for family travelers looking to teach children about the unique cultures and histories of the peoples who have called the state home for centuries and even millennia.
Visiting tribal lands, cultural sites, ceremonies and museums is a great way to introduce the family to the nine tribes residing there. Must-see attractions like Badlands, mako sica in Lakota, and the Black Hills, Paha Sapa, are a great way to let kids see firsthand some of the places South Dakota’s native tribes call their ancestral homes.
The Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills is an important stop for any family looking to learn about native cultures in South Dakota. This in-progress monument not only gives a glimpse into the making of a massive sculpture (it is currently being blasted out of the rock in the same fashion as Mount Rushmore), but also delves into the incredible history of the Oglala Lakota warrior Crazy Horse. The museum and cultural center located at the site not only detail the incredible story of Crazy Horse but also the living history of the Native American people, as well.
To get a true feel for the culture through its music, dances, costumes and customs, attend a powwow. These social events are hosted by different tribes throughout the year and are steeped in native traditions. Tribes come together to perform generations-old dances wearing traditional costumes of beautifully elaborate bead and feather work. With traditional drumming and singing to accompany the dancers, travelers get a true feeling for what it is like to attend a native cultural event. Native artwork, handicrafts and food booths round out the experience of a powwow.
If you plan to visit tribal lands, it is important to know about proper visitation etiquette. For example, religious ceremonies are an important part of native cultures and should never be interrupted. They often involve leaving behind devotions and offerings, like bundles, flags, pipes and food. Let the kids know how important these are in native religions and that they shouldn’t be disturbed. Be sure to dress and act respectfully at all times and, when in doubt, ask questions. You will find most tribe members will be happy to share their rules and expectations, such as whether taking photos or videos is allowed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.