Take your family, or help another family go to one of these all-ages vacation destinations.
Tie a bow around your travel plans. Here are five family-friendly ways to give the gift of travel to those you love.
Give your family the world via an adventure trip crafted by Tauck (tauck.com), travel industry pros. Through their Tauck Bridges program, you’ll experience hands-on learning, off-the-beaten-path adventures and insights into local cultures. Whether you opt to explore Costa Rican rain forests, the wilds of Tanzania, the Swiss Alps or the islands of the Galapagos, you’ll create memories more lasting than the latest gadget or hip fashion item. Check out the company’s new e-brochure. It’s designed to offer parents and grandparents a colorful tool that will lure children into the vacation-planning process. After all, anticipation is part of the adventure.
Make a plan to visit our nation’s capital with your family and immerse yourselves in the depth and breadth of opportunity provided by the Smithsonian Institution (si.edu). From art and history to the National Zoo and the Air and Space Museum, there is plenty to explore in Washington, D.C. New this year is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, devoted to sharing the story of black life. With more than 37,000 artifacts collected, visitors can see Harriett Tubman’s hymn book, a sunken slave ship and a segregated rail car. The museum is committed to a robust schedule of programs for children and families. Currently, timed passes are required for admission. Check the website for details regarding long-term and same-day availability. Also, before your trip, consider a review of the online resources that inspire, prepare and educate.
Tap into the magic of the movies and the history of adventuresome Polynesian voyagers aboard Hawaiian Airlines flights now through March. Through a partnership with Disney, fans of the animated movie “Moana” can board a flight on which they’ll find themed entertainment, Moana amenities, casting videos, and the chance to enter a sweepstakes and shop for themed gifts. The movie’s characters explore fantastical lands and encounter incredible sea creatures while searching for a precious artifact. Upon landing in the Hawaiian Islands, the adventure is yours to create. gohawaii.com; starwoodhotelshawaii.com.
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In Nashville, Tenn., home of the Grand Ole Opry and the best in country music, learn how a simple radio broadcast spawned a global entertainment phenomenon. From industry legends to the latest luminaries, you’ll get a taste of history along with a contemporary dose of the genre in the “home of American music.” Take in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, the Bluebird Cafe and the Johnny Cash Museum. Ask about backstage passes, behind-the-scenes tours and family packages. opry.com; visitmusiccity.com.
For those who relish the white stuff, the gift of travel to Colorado ski country will be a high-altitude hit. At more than 21 resorts throughout the state, kids under various ages are offered the opportunity to ski free. For example, kids under 5 always ski free at Arapahoe, Aspen Snowmass and Loveland. Steamboat’s Kids Ski Free and Grandkids Ski Free programs enable children 12 and younger to ski free the same number of days as their parent/grandparent with the purchase of a five-or-more-day adult lift ticket. Other resorts offer lift ticket deals as well as lodging, lesson and gear discounts. coloradoski.com; colorado.com.