National parks are high on the list of popular destinations for family travel. These protected, treasured landscapes and natural wonders include Grand Canyon, Arizona; Yosemite, California; Zion and Arches, Utah; and the dramatic Maine coast at Acadia National Park.
If you take your family to visit these most popular parks or to others, including Yellowstone, Washington’s Olympic coastline, Grand Tetons in Wyoming, or Craters of the Moon in Idaho, you’ll pay admission fees of up to $35.
But budget-minded travelers can plan ahead for a free visit to any of the 108 national parks charging admission. On four days in 2023, all admission fees will be waived at all parks. The days are:
- April 22, first day of National Park Week
- Aug. 4, anniversary of Great American Outdoors Act
- Sept. 23, National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11, Veterans Day
The fee waiver applies to admission only, not for camping, commercially operated tours or outside concessions.
On any day of the year, you’ll find many other national parks and monuments that never charge admission. These include popular parks such as Redwood National Park, California; Hot Springs, Arkansas; New River Gorge, West Virginia: and North Cascades National Park, Washington.
You can also buy an annual Pass for $80, which admits your whole family to all parks, a bargain if you plan to visit three or more major parks in a year.
If you haven’t heard of Light & Nine, you’ve been missing out on great travel gear designed by a mom with kids in mind. The line of duffels with side shoe compartments, roller bags, backpacks and garment bags come in fun colors including Blossom Pink and Bistro Green. Made from easy-to-care-for perforated materials, they also come with Nimix characters and motifs, so your small travelers can customize their travel gear with movable/removable icons ranging from race cars to rocket ships, skateboards to paper dolls, rainbows to unicorns.
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.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
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.
Family travelers to England can’t miss the return of the annual Bath at Christmas in the picturesque and historic city of Bath. Nights of entertainment, lights, and delicious food and drinks queue up for an unforgettable Christmas.