Rafting in Utah; film-inspired tours in San Francisco; outdoors fun in Colorado and Hawaii; cooking school in Santa Fe are included in list of new trips and attractions.
Ready to take a family trip around the U.S.? Here are five new trips and attractions (in the Western U.S. and Hawaii) that suit a range of travel styles.
GREEN RIVER, UTAH
Raft the Green River in Utah through red rock canyons with a new five-day trip offered by OARS. The frequency of Class II and III rapids (there are more than 50) keeps the thrill level high. From a series of shoreline camps set up en route, rafters can explore ancient petroglyphs, Native American ruins and the ranch where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid from the law. Five-day trips start at $995 for ages 6 and up, and $1,395 for adults; oars.com.
Visit the city that inspired the animated “Big Hero 6” with a new long-weekend itinerary in San Francisco designed by Adventures by Disney, including visits to the Walt Disney Family Museum and Lucasfilm as well as Muir Woods. From $2,669 per adult, $2,549 per child; adventuresbydisney.com.
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Go back to school — together — in Santa Fe. The cultural destination features a number of educational attractions like the new Santa Fe Art Classes, which offer two-hour painting classes where beginners are welcome ($45; santafeartclasses.com). Learn the basics of Southwestern cuisine in hands-on family cooking classes at Santa Fe School of Cooking ($75; santafe schoolofcooking.com). Attend skateboard Skate School ($25; skateboardsafety.com). Or make adobe bricks at Adobe in Action, a nonprofit group that provides them free to community projects (adobeinaction.org).
ESTES PARK, COLORADO
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Rocky Mountain Conservancy, a nonprofit organization in Estes Park, will celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s centennial throughout the year with new classes in subjects including art, survival skills, photography, sketching and environmental studies. Most are one-day courses, with a few, including one on wildflowers, covering two days. Classes are $10 to $250; rmconservancy.org.
Oahu’s North Shore is the epicenter of big-wave surfing in winter, when the curls are best left to the pros. But in summer, the ocean is calmer and ideal for learning the sport. Book a room at the newly refurbished 410-room Turtle Bay Resort, which offers surf lessons as well as horseback riding, stand-up paddling and fishing on its 840 acres. Rooms from $299; turtlebayresort.com.