With the holidays right around the corner, use this opportunity to take a family travel getaway to a festive U.S. capital. These cities offer plenty of yuletide cheer for the whole family.
Cheyenne hosts an annual holiday event, Old West Holiday. This year’s festivities kick off on Nov. 20. The event features the Cheyenne Christmas parade with more than 100 floats. View elaborate holiday decorations at the Governor’s mansion, Nov. 18–Dec. 24. Book a holiday stay at Little America Hotel & Resort Cheyenne. The property offers guests a New Year’s Eve package complete with a Champagne toast and late check-out.
Providence, Rhode Island
New this year, Three Nights of Lights is a three-day festival of citywide events incorporating the theme of light. Check out WaterFire, a bonfire arts events, Dec. 1–3. Illuminate PVD lights up City Hall with massive snowflakes projected on the building, as well as five-foot illuminated snowflakes on light poles throughout the city. The annual tree lighting at City Hall takes place Dec. 2.
Pierre, South Dakota
Christmas at the Capitol features dozens of decorated Christmas trees throughout the building. This year’s theme is Merry Prairie Christmas. South Dakota’s official Christmas tree will be decorated by three of the state’s Shriners Chapters: El Riad (Sioux Falls), Yelduz (Aberdeen) and Naja (Deadwood). Other South Dakota non-profits and organizations decorate the rest of the trees. The light ceremony takes place Nov. 22 and the trees remain on display through Dec. 26.
Belhaven University, located in Jackson, hosts one of the city’s most unique annual holiday traditions: The Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree. Since 1933, the university’s choir wears white robes and reflective accessories and assembles on a tiered structure, designed to resemble a Christmas tree. The choir delights the audience with a performance of classic Christmas carols.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.
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.
One of the appeals of multi-generational travel, as opposed to family gatherings at home, is no one is the host and everyone is a guest. When you’re all traveling together, nobody gets left to wash the dishes after everyone else leaves. But the best multi-gen trips are those well planned. Here are a few tips to make your family’s trip the best ever:
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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.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, has its attractions for families, but traveling there to experience the city’s tango culture is a getaway better suited to couples. As they say, it takes two to tango.