Most people think of the obvious when planning multigen family travel to Arizona: The Grand Canyon. But Arizona is a vast state, offering many incredible destinations with their own charms. Tucson, in the heart of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, is the perfect way for multigen families to take a trip that will enthrall everyone, giving your family the perfect introduction to the beauty and flavors of the Southwest.
The little ones will love a day of interactive play at the Children’s Museum, open Tuesday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (they are open until 7 p.m. Thursdays). Children with special needs can benefit from the museum’s My Time hours (3–5 p.m. on weekdays) which offer a quieter and more controlled experience.
Kids of all ages will love Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which combines natural history with the living desert. More than 200 animal species call the museum’s 21-acre expanse home. Here, visitors can enjoy walking trails, a replica limestone cave, animal presentations and bird watching all in one unique location. For the older kids in the family, head to Musselman Honda Circuit for some go-cart action. Riders must be 16 years or older to rent these go-carts in one of the monthly race events.
Adults will love Tucson’s numerous golf courses and exploring the city’s many shopping districts for western wear, native artwork, Mexican handicrafts or even name-brand shopping. One of the best ways to shop Tucson — and entertain the whole family in the process — is going for a ride on the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and hopping on and off for shopping and bites to eat at your leisure. The 3.9-mile journey runs through downtown from University of Arizona to Mercado San Augustin.
Making sure everyone in the family enjoys their Tucson trip, be sure to check out Pima Air & Space Museum, where you can get up close and personal with a variety of aircraft, or head to Titan Missile Museum to uncover the history of the Cold War.
Surrounded by rugged desert, Tucson is a bounty of outdoor activities, historic landmarks and cultural hot spots, not to mention some of the best Southwestern cuisine in the region. This perfect pairing of big-city vibes and wild refuge will quickly become a family favorite.
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.
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.
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.