News of the legendary Loch Ness Monster making an appearance in Atlantic Beach on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast made waves across the country and, while most likely a whale or eel was spotted, family travelers have all the more reason to visit North Carolina’s Crystal Coast to see some amazing wildlife.
The region’s most famous animals, Wild Shackleford Horses, descend from the Spanish mustangs brought over by European settlers 400 years ago. These wild horses roam the shores of Shackleford Banks and impress onlookers with their beauty.
Head to Croatan National Forest for some prime birdwatching opportunities. The forest is home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, as well as osprey, great blue herons and anhingas.
The Crystal Coast also features a sea turtle sanctuary, situated on Emerald Isle. Every year, between May and November, loggerhead sea turtles come to the beaches to lay their eggs. These endangered animals require protection, especially when they lay their nests.
Look to the sea to spot the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin, a popular sea creature that makes the most appearances in winter when they come to the area’s inland bays. To see the dolphins up close, book an excursion with Crystal Coast Ecotours to enjoy a personalized and guided tour of the barrier islands and potentially spot these graceful creatures.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.
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.
American travelers have had it pretty easy for, well, always, when it comes to visiting Europe, but thanks to new rules, that is all about to change. Starting in 2024, U.S. travelers visiting Europe (along with travelers from more than 60 other previously visa-exempt countries), must comply with new regulations if they want to visit most European destinations.
If you’ve always wanted to hang out with an astronaut, here’s your chance: British astronaut Tim Peake will be in residence at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas Resort on Nov. 2 to present his “Journey Beyond Earth” talk. Peake’s presentation will take place on the resort’s Sky Observatory Deck, where he’ll share the day-to-day life of an astronaut from training to launch, including what it’s like to take a spacewalk and the sensation of re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
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.
Walt Disney World is the single most visited vacation resort in the world for family travelers. With a yearly average attendance of more than 58 million people, you should expect crowds on any given day of the year. Crowds can fluctuate throughout the year, so choosing the dates for your family vacation is crucial.