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20 family-friendly vacation spots to bring your teen, including a destination my family always chose

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Traveling with a teenager isn't the easiest thing in the world — just ask my [Wise] parents. Every spring, we'd load up the car and embark on another epic family vacation , from sandy beaches to popular amusement parks .

But just like there are plenty of places to take the kids before they’re grown , there are several destinations — both within the United States and internationally — ideal for families with teens.

Many could be considered bucket list spots for teens, but why not splurge for the occasion? It may be the last before your kid(s) fly the coop.

Plus, if they are anything like me [Wise], they will look back and remember these vacations with fond memories years later.

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Best for ages: 15-18

Here’s why: Simply put, teens deserve to be treated to the ultimate dream family vacation before they fly the coop.

Do this: Book an all-inclusive package with flights (dealing with logistics in Africa can be tricky) offered by a tour operator like The Luxury Safari Company . For families with teens, they recommend visiting Sosian Lodge in the north of Kenya. In seven nights, families can strengthen bonds and have one-of-a-kind experiences while fly camping (sleeping in the bush), river tubing, working on an African cattle farm and even visiting with predator research teams. Of course, there are plenty of game drives and walking safaris, so teens can get the most epic of photos for Instagram.

Stay here: Ask for the Family Cottage at Sosian Lodge , set on 60,000 acres of Kenyan wilderness meets working cattle ranch. Another great option is Puku Ridge Camp in Zambia. Teens staying at this lodge in South Luangwa National Park will appreciate the private plunge pools and opportunities to meet school children in local villages. Finally, for the teen who insists on having good Wi-Fi and access to tennis courts or mountain biking (not easy to find in the African bush), there’s Feline Fields in Botswana’s Kalahari Desert.

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Butler County, Ohio

Best for ages: 13-16

Here’s why: This best of the Midwest destination proves that even inner-city teens can have fun in flyover states. Butler County also makes for a great halfway point for families coming from different coasts.

Do this: Teens who identify as foodies will love the aptly named Donut Trail where they can get their donut passport stamped at each of the funky boutique donut shops along the trail. (There is exactly a baker’s dozen!) Teens who collect all 13 stamps can collect a free T-shirt. Aspiring equestrians can get their horse fix at any of the area’s stables where they can rent horses or join a group ride. Teens who want to learn or practice wakeboarding will have a blast at Wake Nation . With its unique cable-tow system, no boat is required and beginners can learn at slower speeds. And for the ultimate rush, drive 30 minutes south to Cincinnati for indoor skydiving at iFly .

Stay here: Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center is just a few minutes by car from Miami University — one of the oldest public universities in the U.S. Guests can enjoy archery, community bonfires, badminton, nature trails and access to Acton Lake and Heuston Woods State Park .

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Charleston, South Carolina

Best for ages: 13-18

Do this: “For the slower-paced families, Sullivan’s Island is absolutely gorgeous and worthwhile," says Brittany Betts, a travel expert with  Florida Panhandle . "The beach there is well-kept and quiet, but there’s also a cute town full of unique shops and restaurants down the main strip. The reason why it’s combined with Charleston is because they are so near one another and this would be for the more fast-paced families that like doing several attractions,” she continues.

“There’s so much history in just this small town, but there’s also a large market in the area, cute restaurants with live music, and unique tours in old dungeons and through gardens that are really informative and fun for teenagers,” Betts explains.

Stay here: If you're looking for an affordable hotel option, the Courtyard Charleston Mount Pleasant is a great choice. Complete with outdoor pool, your teen will love relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.

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"Surprisingly I’ve been to Chiang Mai twice! I went once as a teen on a high school trip and then again as a grownup with my parents. I can’t say enough nice things about Thailand, the people are truly the kindest you’ll ever meet, and the nature is unmatched, it’s almost like the colors are brighter in Thailand. Some of the activities I got up to were exploring temples, checking out the night markets and getting to try a traditional Thai massage (I still think about it to this day)." — Vivien Moon, commerce editor at Shop TODAY

Here’s why: Chiang Mai is a safe, affordable, entry-level destination in Asia where families can learn about one of the most welcoming cultures on earth. It’s also where you can feed growing teenage boys on $10 a day.

Do this: Volunteer at one of Chiang Mai’s many elephant sanctuaries. While most weekly programs are only for ages 18+, Elephant Nature Park has one-night programs open to families with kids of all ages. Spend the day watching the elephants bathe in the river before helping to feed and walk them, and rest during the night in a traditional bamboo hut. In the ancient walled city, visit Chiang Mai’s 117 Buddhist temples, and even sign up for a monk chat at a wat to learn more about the religion and how most Thai boys spend their early teenage years becoming monks. Sign up for a Muay Thai camp or a cooking class including a shopping trip to some of Southeast Asia’s most colorful markets. Schedule your trip for November if you think your teen will love the world-famous Yi Peng Lantern Festival or in April for Songkran , the world’s largest water fight (where weapons include everything from buckets to squirt guns and hoses) held in conjunction with the Thai New Year.

Stay here: With its rooftop pool, a rarity in Chiang Mai, it’s hard to beat Akyra Manor . Teens will appreciate its location in the hip, artist-influenced neighborhood of Nimman. Between its spacious suites and being within walking distance of the lively night market, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is also teen-approved.

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"My parents and I had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica last year, thanks to all the accommodations/activities that Caribe Fun Tours planned for our itinerary. We started our trip at Hotel Costa Verde in Manuel Antonio, which had jungle views, pools around the property, yoga in the mornings and was walking distance from the beach. In Manuel Antonio, we enjoyed ocean kayaking and snorkeling and a guided hike in Manuel Antonio National Park . We ended our trip at Hotel El Silencio del Campo in La Fortuna, which had volcano views, hot springs around the property, a farm and garden to explore and a complimentary breakfast." —  Lauren Witonsky , associate editor at Shop TODAY

Here’s why: Teens are notoriously moody, but that won't stop them from enjoying Costa Rica , often called the happiest country on earth. Show them rainforests, volcanos, white sand beaches and what the "pura vida" life is all about.

Do this: Soar through the canopy in Monteverde, the high altitude cloudforest where ziplining for tourism was pioneered and the rest of the world followed suit. Sky Adventures Monteverde Park also has an aerial tram and a hanging bridges tour where you can see the levels of the cloudforest and its biodiversity up close. Teens who want to say they’ve climbed a volcano can do so at Cerro Chato, next to Arenal, the country’s most famous volcano and one of the most active in the world. No trip to Costa Rica is complete without a visit to its beaches, stretching for miles along both the Caribbean and Pacific. Learn to surf in the funky town of Tamarindo at Iguana Surf where the instructors all speak English and no one goes home without having caught their own wave. Hike in the tropical waterfront paradise that is Manuel Antonio National Park — Costa Rica’s answer to Yellowstone. (You can laugh at them, but don’t feed the monkeys.)

Stay here: If your teens are feeling a need to binge their favorite show while on vacation, they’ll love the turbo speed Wi-Fi at Tierra Magnifica , a luxury boutique property in the surf community of Nosara. (You’ll love the panoramic views and sense of safety.) If an all-inclusive is more your speed, teens will appreciate dining options and beachfront activities at The Westin Reserva Conchal.

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"Even though I went as an adult for the first time, I can say that I would’ve probably been obsessed with Denver if I was a teenager. The variety of teen-friendly activities I hit up when I was there brought me back to my younger years. From gawking at all of the vintage aircraft and space shuttles at Wings Over The Rockies to leisurely perusing the stunning exhibitions at the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Museum of Contemporary Art to taking in America’s favorite sport at Coors Field , Denver’s just a quintessentially cool city to explore." —  Jess Bender , senior editor at Shop TODAY

Sierra Hoeger, an associate editor at Shop TODAY (pictured below), has spent time close to Denver on vacation — more specifically, at Rocky Mountain National Park . She says, "Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding areas proved to be the perfect family vacation for my sister and I in our teens/early 20’s. We’re a pretty outdoorsy family and it seemed to have activities the entire family could enjoy, from hiking to checking out local coffee shops, visiting sites from our favorite movies and doing some shopping. We’ve been itching to get back ever since we first visited!"

Here’s why: The Mile High City is a must for families with teens who want to play in the mountains but have big city amenities.

Do this: Social media mavens can start the day at the Denver Selfie Museum where the backdrops are just as Insta-worthy as the surrounding Rockies. Or capture those tricks for TikTok at the 60,000-square-foot Denver Skate Park . Aspiring artists will want to check out the myriad collections at the Denver Art Museum (18 and under are free). In the winter, adrenaline junkies can’t skip a trip to Ruby Hill Rail Yard, an urban terrain park and snowboarder’s paradise.

Stay here: For golf fans, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver is a perfect choice if you're looking for a hole in one, and it's within walking distance of most of the city’s downtown sites.

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“I went on a Disney Cruise with my mom in my very early twenties and we had the best time, it’s definitely a must-do for any Disney-loving family. Some people might think it’s just for little kids (which it definitely has tons of kids activities) but there’s something for every age on the ship with a touch of Disney magic. There’s amazing live shows, character interactions and each ship goes somewhere different so you’ll get a different experience port-wise depending on which cruise you take!” — Shannon Garlin , an associate editor at Shop TODAY

Best for ages: 13-17

Here’s why: Cruises remain popular with families with teens for a reason; they’re less stress for you and teens love the independence. Thanks to owning everything from the “Frozen” franchise to “Star Wars” and Marvel, Disney can keep all kids — from toddlers to teens — entertained.

Do this: Book any Disney Cruise Line voyage on Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy. (Family Caribbean or Alaskan cruise in 2024, anyone?) Both ships promise “ultra-cool plush pads” designed exclusively for teens. The official teen club, Vibe, is a 9,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor oasis that only teens, using their Key to the World card, have access to. Vibe (ages 14-17) has a fountain bar, a 103-inch LCD TV, plenty of video game pods and two pools. Edge, the lounge for tweens (ages 11-14) has similar amenities as well as a lighted dance floor, a 10-foot-tall cinema, a photo booth and individual computer stations.

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" Jackson, Wyoming  is for the outdoorsy kid who loves skiing, snowboarding or simply building a snowman. They have the National Elk Refuge and is an iconic place to take pics and watch wildlife up and close. My favorite activity was riding on a fat bike and just enjoying the scenic views with the Teton Mountain Range as the backdrop.” —  Jannely Espinal , a commerce writer at Shop TODAY

Here’s why: Jackson Hole is a year-round vacation destination and convenient home base for exploring two of the country’s most popular national parks. With its small-town setting (population 10,500) where everything is within walking distance, teens can easily explore on their own.

Do this: Ski or snowboard together at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort , one of the most iconic ski resorts in the world. Rent bikes and ride 56 miles of paved paths or 115 miles of mountain bike trails, most with striking valley views. Since a family who rafts together stays together, battle the rapids on the Snake River or go for a scenic floating safari in search of moose, elk, bears and more. No trip to Jackson is complete without venturing into Yellowstone National Park via the equally stunning Grand Teton National Park .

Stay here: Located at the base of Snow King Mountain Resort , Snow King Resort is Jackson Hole’s best option for families who want immediate access to all kinds of outdoor adventures. Ski, snowboard, tube or — if you visit outside of winter — ride the mountain coaster and alpine slide. There’s also a massive mountain-top ziplining course, fly fishing and stargazing readily available for the curious teen.

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Louisville, Kentucky

Here’s why: Underground ziplines, a baseball museum, the Muhammad Ali Center and a bridge allowing travelers to be in two states at the same time are just a few of the memorable experiences families with teens will enjoy in Louisville , aka Derby City.

Do this: Tech-savvy teens will want to visit Ovrdrive , a state-of-the-art center with racing simulators and more than 100 virtual reality games. (Those ages 12 and up can also throw axes.) Head to the Louisville Slugger Museum and take home a personalized bat as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Cool off in the Louisville Mega Cavern boasting nearly 20 miles of underground tunnels and the world’s only ziplines that are entirely underground. Finally, check out Churchill Downs where teens can learn about the art and sport of horse racing by either attending a race or visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum (whose interactive exhibits include a horse race simulator).

Stay here: All rooms at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown come with separate TV rooms so teens can stay up late watching their favorite shows. The property also offers free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and is only a block from Museum Row.

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Los Cabos, Mexico

Here’s why: With several daily nonstop flights from major cities in the U.S., it’s easy and affordable to reach this beautiful international beach destination. Los Cabos is a drier alternative to Cancun, plus you don’t have to worry about hurricane season.

Do this: Between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific, take advantage of the year-round swells and learn or practice surfing in Los Cabos. There are approximately 1,000 miles of coastline, so it’s never too crowded. Teens keener on marine life can snorkel and dive alongside the likes of friendly sea lions and ominous-looking, yet harmless, hammerhead sharks. Other animal encounters include camel safaris in the outback. Despite its proximity to water, Los Cabos’s breathtaking landscape includes a desert playground. For a high-speed tour, opt for an off-road ATV or UTV excursion with Cactus Tours . For the best value, buy the Park Pass at Wild Canyon Adventures , which gives teens access to unlimited ziplining, horseback riding, bikes, a hanging bridge and more. The price even includes an ATV or UTV tour, as well as a bungee jump or giant swing ride.

Stay here: Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection has a teen club with a recording studio. Grand Velas Los Cabos ’ teen club has lots of games (including an Xbox Kinect), a bar serving non-alcoholic drinks and even an in-house DJ spinning the latest beats every night until midnight.

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"I went to the Maldives for my honeymoon in 2019 and stayed at Joali . It’s definitely a luxury property but I felt it was worth it after all the hours we spent on airplanes getting there for such a milestone event." — Adrianna Brach, the editorial director at Shop TODAY

Here’s why: You don’t have to be on your honeymoon to visit the Maldives . With its 1,190 islands, it’s a tropical paradise with lots for teens to do. An obvious bucket list destination, it’s also easy to justify taking when it could be your last vacation as a family.

Do this: Try new watersports like wakeboarding, kitesurfing, jet blades and even hydrofoils (which could be deemed more of an air sport). Become PADI-certified (ages 10+) and take an underwater family holiday card you’ll never forget. Since every other kid wants to be a marine biologist when they grow up, why not learn about conservation by transplanting coral, planting a tree or helping rehabilitate endangered sea turtles? Treat them to a treatment at Spa by ESPA at Joali Maldives where there’s a special menu for teens.

Stay here: Amilla has a program for older kids and teens including fire dancing lessons, guitar lessons, mocktail making classes and even nighttime glow rider bicycle tours. One & Only Reethi Rah also has a teen program, One Tribe, with dedicated teens-only chill space. And for adrenaline lovers? Stay at the Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru , which boasts a Mastercraft X55 boat that makes its own surf and comes complete with sound system.

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If you're searching for a destination where your teen will thrive, look no further. My [Wise] parents took me and my two siblings to Myrtle Beach almost every spring break where we spent the week relaxing on the beach, shopping at Broadway at the Beach and eating our way through the city.

Here’s why: There are several reasons Myrtle Beach welcomes nearly 20 million visitors annually. For starters, there are more than 50 beaches to choose from, several world-class golf courses to conquer and one of the country’s biggest boardwalks selling limitless fun.

Do this: Teens anxious to drive can get behind the wheel of their own go-kart and race on six different tracks at the Broadway Grand Prix . Teens aspiring to join the PGA Tour will want to play at one of the area’s 90 golf courses which host junior opens throughout the year. (There’s also a Top Golf if you can’t get a tee time.) Meanwhile, young fans of "The Walking Dead" won’t want to miss the AMC hit show-themed escape room , and fans of "The Simpsons," The Simpsons in 4D . Teens wanting to hang out with other teens can easily do so on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade , home to one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels. Of course, there are also plenty of beach activities including surfing, wakeboarding and horseback riding to choose from.

Stay here: Homewood Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach has an on-site waterpark with different areas for young and old kids. Meanwhile, the beachfront Grande Cayman Resort has 10 pools and four on-site restaurants.

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Myrtle Beach in June 2016

Porto, Portugal

Best for ages: 16+

Here’s why: Practically crime-free, extremely cheap and small enough to be walkable, Porto is the perfect European city to give teens a taste of independence. Located where the Douro River meets the Atlantic, its proximity to the beach and the Douro Valley ensures there is plenty to do.

Do this: Visit the world-famous “Harry Potter library” — Livraria Lello . Teens not afraid of sharks can learn to surf with Onda Pura . Take a scenic boat or train ride to the Douro Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated wine region where teens (16+) are legally allowed to taste wine and — more importantly — learn how it’s made.

Stay here: The breakfast buffet at The Lodge Wine & Business Hotel will satisfy any growing teen, and its picturesque outdoor pool is a rarity in this city founded in 1123.

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Reno Tahoe, Nevada

Here’s why: Reno Tahoe is a unique destination where mountains meet desert. It’s where annual events include the Zombie Crawl, the Great Reno Balloon Race, the National Championship Air Races and — last but certainly not least — Burning Man.

Do this: Venture downtown to take iconic Instagram shots of the murals (there are more than 100) and to pose for pics with the Burning Man sculptures . Embrace your inner Flintstone and bowl at the National Bowling Stadium , also called the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins.” Another good rainy day activity for teens is a trip to Need 2 Speed , an indoor go-kart racing track open seven days a week. It also boasts blacklight mini golf and a VR game. Beautiful weather? Drive to nearby Lake Tahoe to kayak in the crystal clear water or hit the slopes at one of the area’s renowned resorts. Teens can also explore hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails year-round.

Stay here: The coolest hotel in town (and perhaps Nevada) is Whitney Peak Hotel . It has a bouldering park on-site and is home to one of the world’s tallest climbing walls where teens can climb up for a bird’s-eye view of the Reno Arch.

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San Diego, California

Here’s why: Whether or not you agree with its nickname “America’s Finest City,” you’ll agree San Diego has beautiful year-round weather and so much to keep your teen(s) happy they’ll ask about going to college there.

Do this: Beach hop your way around the city’s nearly three area beaches, or cave hop via kayak or SUP . Take a self-guided street art tour , stopping to pose in front of massive murals — often illustrating important messages — for pics for the ‘gram. Ride the Giant Dipper roller coaster at the oceanfront Belmont Park or watch an interactive film in its 7-D high tech theater. Other must-consider attractions include the San Diego Zoo , San Diego Air & Space Museum , San Diego Automotive Museum and the Comic-Con Museum .

Stay here: The Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay welcomes RVs in addition to its fully-furnished tiny home rentals complete with fire pits and front porches. Between the on-site arcade, food trucks, poolside movie screen, basketball courts and indoor/outdoor fitness center, teens will never find themselves bored on vacation.

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Seattle, Washington

Here’s why: The city that birthed the grunge music movement is an artsy, alternative place most teens will feel so welcome in they’ll want to move there.

Do this: Seattle’s vacation ideas are vast and plentiful! For starters, take the popular Underground Tour to see what’s beneath the city via its vast network of interconnecting tunnels. Next, visit the Museum of Pop Culture , home to exhibits like Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and Indie Game Revolution. Teens developing a taste for coffee will also want see the many coffee shops in the city that birthed Starbucks and a growing trend toward artisanal brews. Don’t forget to catch the famous flying fish show at Pike Place Market — home to several pop-up murals that would look great on the ‘gram. Finally, adventure seekers can get their fix at the indoor ninja course at Elevated Sportz in nearby Bothell or on the miles of trails in the surrounding evergreen forests. There are also plenty of water sports to try in Puget Sound.

Stay here: Thompson Seattle is a luxury waterfront property within walking distance of Seattle’s top attractions including everything from Pike Place Market to hip vintage shops. Parents will appreciate the floor-to-ceiling views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain Range while the kids are looking at their devices.

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Space Coast, Florida

Here’s why: Just an hour from Orlando , Florida’s Space Coast is an inspirational beach destination where teens can learn about everything from space exploration to manatee conservation.

Do this: Get a trip to Disney World , Universal Studios and Epcot out of the way. Then head southeast to the childhood home of Kelly Slater (it’s the East Coast's Surf Capital) for some beach time. Explore further inland on a kayak or SUP tour winding through tunnels of mangrove trees. Sea turtle sightings aren’t guaranteed, but the Space Coast does have a huge concentration of them. Teens obsessed with LED lights will be in awe in the bioluminescent lagoon . The Space Coast is one of very few places in the world to see this phenomenon where the tiniest of marine creatures emit a neon blue light for protection. Teens who want to work for NASA will never want to leave the Kennedy Space Center with its rocket garden, 3D space films, shuttle launch experience and journey to Mars. For a really memorable experience, book some add-on "enhancements" that includes immersive training courses and even a casual chat with an astronaut.

Stay here: The family-owned and operated Surf Studio Beach Resort in Cocoa Beach has clean, low-cost accommodations that include kitchens (because teens are always hungry) and a private bedroom for the parents. Cape Winds Resort Rentals in Cape Canaveral also offers private beach access in addition to tennis courts, a basketball court and a pool.

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Tenerife, Spain

Here’s why: A trip to Tenerife is a rite of passage for most European teens. American teens will love the Island of Eternal Spring and its lively beaches, ethereal national parks and top-rated zoo and waterpark for the same reasons.

Do this: Ride the cable car up to the top of Teide, the world’s third-tallest volcano and crown jewel of Europe’s most visited national park . Snorkel while on a SUP or kayak tour in the shade of the cliffs at Los Gigantes, home to dolphins and sea life galore. Ride the zero gravity slide at Siam Park , the no. 1 rated waterpark in the world according to TripAdvisor, or head out on a quad safari en route to Spain’s highest village. Of course, there are also miles of beaches to explore (made of white sand imported from the Sahara or local, black volcanic sand).

Stay here: Families with older teens will enjoy the adults-only (16+) atmosphere at Iberostar Selecion Sabila , where luxurious, minimalist design meets beachfront all-inclusivity. Families with younger teens with small siblings can stay up the road at Iberostar Selecion Anthelia which boasts six pools and a kids’ camp.

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Whistler, Canada

Here’s why: Billing itself as an international mountain sports mecca, Whistler is another family vacation bucket list destination. It gives teens unlimited opportunities for adventure and — just as important — a greater appreciation for nature.

Do this: Drop into a teen group ski or snowboard lesson at Whistler Blackcomb , a venue for the 2010 Olympic Games. Those not wanting to try snow sports can hang out at the teen youth center: three rooms of video games, movies, skateboarding and special events. In the summer, junior golfers (16 and under) golf free with an adult on Whistler’s award-winning golf courses. Older teens qualify for a highly discounted green fee. Teens can also sign up for Summer Gravity mountain biking camps where they’ll learn from the pros and meet other teens obsessed with MTB.

Stay here: The best option for families wanting to stay at base camp is Fairmont Chateau Whistler . Guests ages 16+ are allowed on daily excursions sans parents (just signed permission slips). They include paddle boarding, hiking, biking and frisbee golf.

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"I stayed at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells a few years ago and had a ridiculously good time. There’s something for literally everyone — an indoor waterpark, arcade, amusement park, bowling alley, spa, golf simulator... I could go on. Such a great destination if you’re in the Midwest and looking for a fun family vacation!" — Audrey Ekman, a production associate at Shop TODAY

Here’s why: Wisconsin Dells is the waterpark capital of the world. Families can stay for two weeks and still never ride all the slides.

Do this: Visit the bottom of the ocean (or outer space) thanks to the underwater virtual reality experience at Kalahari , one of the country’s largest indoor waterparks. Race each other on the Raja king cobra-themed, side-by-side slides at Noah’s Ark . (It’s six stories high!) Visit Mt. Olympus to take on the nine-foot-tall waves at Poseidon’s Rage, one of the world’s largest wave pools or float on The River Troy, the world’s fastest manmade river. Tired of water-based activities? Attempt the Wizard Quest, the first fantasy team-building (or family-bonding) game in the country or unleash your inner Viking at Asgard Axe Throwing .

Stay here: While several area resorts boast their own waterparks, the top-rated property on TripAdvisor is the family-owned and -operated Black Hawk Motel & Suites . All guests get free admission to Timbavati Wildlife Park and a Wild Fun Zone attraction pass.

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How we chose

We chose the best vacation spots for families with teens by researching various destinations all over the world. We also interviewed a travel expert and asked for her recommendation, and we included quotes from Shop TODAY editors who've traveled to these places in the past.

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  • Brittany Betts  is a travel expert with Florida Panhandle , an online vacation planning site.

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Allie Wise is an associate editor for Shop TODAY.

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20 Best Holidays With Teenagers In 2024 (With Parents)


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Are you looking for the most fun holiday ideas with teenagers?

It can be a challenge to keep them interested and enthusiastic, but don’t despair – we have some great ideas here that are sure to get everyone excited!

Whether they’re just hitting the tween stage or are in the middle of high school, gathering up all your teens and jetting off somewhere is guaranteed to provide an unforgettable experience.

We totally get where you are at. Our eldest daughter is turning 18 soon and our middle child has just turned 14. We try to travel at least 4 times a year (each time visiting some place new) so we have plenty of trips under the belt with our teenagers.

Here are some of our top picks for the best holidays with teenagers in 2024: get ready for fun-filled days exploring bustling cities or relaxing on one of Europe’s gorgeous beaches…so read on!

Here Are The 20 Best Holidays With Teenagers To Check Out In 2024

Best Holiday Destinations for Teenagers


Traveling with teenagers doesn’t need to be a daunting task. We find that it is really about compromise and balance. Who knows, if you go somewhere really interesting they may even forget to check their phones.

But before we start, we think it is important to have a quick brainstorming session and write down all the things your teenager is currently passionate about. 

Because the best vacation for teenagers is one that involves activities that they will love – and every teenager is different.

For example our 17-year-old, really needs a good balance of activities versus ‘leave me alone’ time at a resort or Airbnb. She is a tech-head and an introvert so she is happier when she gets time to do her own thing and get lost in some games.

She is really into things such as Anime, comic books, drawing, and planes, and as with most kids, she loves fun places such as theme parks, rope courses, etc. So we try to include a few activities that we know she will absolutely love.

To help balance days to keep her from feeling overwhelmed, we typically try to head out in the morning and come back to the resort somewhere around mid-afternoon to give her time to do her own thing.

Here are our top 20 best vacations for teens.

1. Dubai with Teenagers

– For Teens Who Love Adventure –

For one of the best holidays with teenagers head to dubai

Looking for one of the best holidays for teenagers that also offers a good dose of adventure?

For one of the most teenage-friendly holidays that you can have, why not head to Dubai?

Your teenagers will enjoy the adrenaline rush of a desert 4×4 safari (our teenagers love quad bike sand duning – it’s so much fun!), or why not take them on a camel ride across the dunes?

Had enough of the sand? Take them to the beautiful beach where they can kill some energy.

After more water activities during the hot days?

How about these for some great holiday ideas for teenagers :

  • Aquaventure Waterpark
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Hub Zero Gaming Experience
  • Hysteria Haunted House
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
  • Thrill Zone Laser Tag
  • Virtual Worlds Gaming

Don’t forget to head to the Dubai Mall . Why? Because this mall is AMAZING.

Your teenagers will love the ice rink, but there is also the Dubai Aquarium , which is one of the largest aquariums in the world .

You’ll also find an Underwater Zoo , as well as a really cool indoor theme park .

You can kill lots of time on the rope courses , in the arcade , on the rollercoasters and simulators , and more.

It’s definitely one of the best holidays with teenagers you can have!

Want to hear from other parents who have been to Dubai? Our kids were 14 and 16 and both absolutely loved it – one of the few places they want to go back to. Would recommend the Wild Wadi, desert safari , trip round the museum, the ‘duck trip’ which goes on land and across the creek. We stayed at the Madinat which is superb for teenagers as you have the souk and restaurants on site – well worth a visit even if you’re not staying there. Propmill (Reviewed on TripAdvisor )

Wondering when to plan your trip to Dubai? Click here for more information on the best time to visit Dubai .

Want to head to Dubai? Below we have information on where to stay and which tours to book so you can have an awesome trip!

Where To Stay In Dubai:

For an epic family trip, why not book a room at the world-famous all-inclusive Atlantis The Palm ?

Atlantis, The Palm

This resort has rooms to fit up to six people .

What we love about this resort is that it has an underwater aquarium, and swimming with dolphins opportunities.

You’ll also have complimentary access to the Aquaventure water park and the Lost Chambers Aquarium .

So you can entertain the teens without even leaving the resort.

Which Activities To Pre-Book: 

Dubai vacation with teenagers

  • Click here to book your Desert Safari tour (includes sandboarding, a quad bike ride, camel riding, and a BBQ dinner)
  • Grab your tickets online for IMG Worlds of Adventure (the largest indoor theme park in the world)
  • Secure your tickets for the popular Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park (fun rides, attractions, and access to their private beach)
  • Book a fun day at Ski Dubai (ride a traditional toboggan, climb inside a human hamster ball, play interactive games in the snow cavern, and meet some penguins)
  • Grab tickets to visit Ferrari World (with over 25 racing-themed rides, shows, and attractions, try out the unique F1 experience with state-of-the-art racing simulators & more!)
  • Grab your combo pass for Dubai Parks and Resorts (see three theme parks – Motiongate, Legoland, Bollywood Parks, and one water park)

– For Teens Who Love Water and Nature –

Hawaii with a baby, kids or teenager

Maybe not the most unique from our list of teenage vacation ideas, but Hawaii has to be on the list. Hawaii is definitely one of the best activity holidays for teenagers and families.

Of course, we all know that Hawaii is the perfect island-style vacation. It is one of the best family vacations for teens who love water, the beach, and surfing.

Sometimes the best holiday for teenagers is simply a destination where they can be lazy. But for those who love to stay active, there are plenty of things to do to kill the energy.

Teenagers can enjoy some stand-up paddleboard lessons , or why not learn how to conquer those waves on the surfboard ? You can even go snorkeling .

For teenagers who love adrenaline, how about jet-skiing or paragliding ?

You’re sure to come away with a really satisfied teen.

Had enough of the ocean? There are waterfalls to discover and horseback riding to enjoy.

Grab your Go Oahu Card – All-Inclusive Pass and visit some of the best attractions on Oahu. After all, Oahu is one of the best places to go for family day trips in Hawaii .

Visit the historical Park of Pu’uhonua O Honaunau . Or visit Honolulu Zoo where you can see a range of endangered Sumatran tigers, Hawaiian Nene, Komodo dragons, and black rhinos.

After all, Oahu is one of the best places to go for family day trips in Hawaii .

Want to hear from other parents who have been to Hawaii? Our two teen boys loved the ATV tour of Kualoa Ranch. The vistas were absolutely breathtaking and the ride itself was fun and easy. They also loved our drive along the North Shore. We stopped at many beaches along the way and did a lot of swimming and snorkeling. Another thing they loved to do as well was shopping at the Don Quijote store in Honolulu. They were in awe of all the different foods and snacks and filled up all the empty spaces of their luggage with goodies to bring home. Anovamom (Reviewed on TripAdvisor )

Where To Stay In Hawaii:

One of the best family resorts in the US is situated in Hawaii. The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, A Waldorf Astoria Resort , is a fabulous 5-star resort with rooms for up to six people.

What we love about this resort is that it has a water park, nine outdoor pools, as well as a teen lounge called The Spot.

Grand Wailea Resort & Spa

A teen lounge is a fabulous place where teenagers can go to play video games, table tennis, air hockey, foosball, and pool. We find that a teen room is really helpful for rainy days.

If you have a teenager that loves to be busy, it also offers paddleboard lessons , guided stand-up paddle excursions, guided kayak tours, and the outrigger canoe experience.

Which Activities To Pre-Book:

Teenage vacation spots in Hawaii

  • Umauma Falls Zipline Experience in Big Island
  • Oahu Snorkeling and Turtle Watching Half Day Tour
  • Kauai Ultimate Off-Road Ranch Tour (See the filming locations of mega-hits like ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and ‘The Descendants’)
  • Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
  • Kualoa Ranch One Day Adventure in Oahu (Choose among 9 packages and unveil the gems of the natural paradise by foot, horseback, or all-terrain vehicle)

Not sure which island to book for your trip? Here is a handy post that compares Maui versus Kauai .

Hawaii is definitely one of the best holiday destinations with teenagers. There is just so much to do to keep everyone happy and active.

– For Teens Who Loves Culture, History, And Beaches –

How to sese the five Cinque Terre Towns in Italy - Cinque Terre with Kids

is hands down one of the best holiday destinations for families with teenagers. How do we know? We have done it and survived.

Yes, we spent a whopping three months traveling from the top to the bottom of this amazing country and have only amazing Italian stories to tell.

Gardaland Themepark

Italy is an extraordinary country with tonnes of things to do on the best family vacation with a teenager.

From countless historical monuments such as those in Rome , Pompeii , and Matera , to check out amazing destinations such as the Amalfi Coast , Cinque Terre , and Taormina .

We have only scratched the surface here. Italy is a wonderland of teen-friendly activities.

Aeolian Islands

Exploring the Aeolian Islands via a private boat rental

There are sensational theme parks such as Gardaland , great places to check out on motorboats like Aeolian Islands , and so much more.

So if you are searching for the best family vacation ideas with teenagers, Italy is your country for sure.

Our teenager absolutely loved Cinque Terre, the Puglia region, Sicily as well as Lake Garda (together with Gardaland themepark). I think it is important to know what your child loves doing, for example my teenager thinks it is incredibly boring and painful to check out old towns (one of my favorite things). So it is always a compromise (example: let’s check out the old town today and tomorrow we can spend the day at the themepark), otherwise I end up with a grumpy teenager.

Where To Stay In Italy With Teenagers:

For the best family vacation with teenagers, you must choose the right spot to base yourself at.

Here are some of our recommendations Lucca , Orvieto ,   Amalfi Coast , Lake Como , Lake Garda , Ostuni , Sicily , and other places in Southern Italy .

  • Skip-the-line to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel (The queues at popular attractions can be hectic. Grab these skip-the-line tickets to get to the attractions faster).
  • One-day tour of Tuscany from Florence (Includes Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, and lunch at a winery)
  • Day tour from Rome to see Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius (For the teens who love history)
  • Check out Capri and Blue Grotto from Naples or Sorrento (This is such a stunning day trip and a must-do if you are based in Naples or Sorrento)
  • Learn how to be a Gladiator in Roman Gladiator School (Now which teen boy wouldn’t love to give this a go!?)

– For Teens Who Love Vintage Cars And Historical Buildings –

Cuba - best teenage holiday destinations

One of the best places to go with teenagers who love vintage cars!!

Cuba is often recognized for two prominent characters, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. This country has a rich history of French colonial architecture and is also world-famous for its Cuban cigars.

Your teenager will love to take a tour around Havana in a vintage car and see the old-styled beautiful architecture of the city. A teenager’s holiday with parents doesn’t have to be boring.

You can spend your day on the beaches of Playa Blanca and Playa Linda Arena and visit Playa Tortugas to see the sea turtle conservation farm, which is also a popular sea turtle nesting site.

You can also trek through the stunning Escambray Mountains in the reserve site of Topes de Collantes. They are absolutely gorgeous, and make for one of the greatest teenage family adventure holidays!

It is important to realize that you need a visa to visit Cuba. You can use this helpful guide to get your visa for Cuba organized.

California Yosemite - best holidays with teenagers

The best family holidays with teenagers often involve a good dose of outdoor nature.

Yes, I know your teenager might complain, but if they are anything like our teenagers, as soon as they are outdoors, they are happy and relaxed and having fun.

One of the best places to travel with teens in the USA is California. California is a US state which lies on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and is popular for Los Angeles, the hub of the Hollywood movie industry.

Holidays with teenagers to Hollywood

California is a great place for people of all ages but there are lots of different attractions that teenagers will love.

You can visit Yosemite National Park which offers hiking trails and places to launch a kayak .

Lake Tahoe is also popular for its ski resorts and stunning beaches.

Take a trip around Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the thrill of making Hollywood movies.

They also have Legoland (although we usually find that Legoland is aimed at younger kids).

You can camp, hike, or mountain bike in Death Valley National Park.

A few other locations to visit are Palm Springs, San Diego, Griffith Park, and Knott’s Berry Farm. If you’re wondering where to go on vacation with teenagers in America, this is the best place!

  • Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the beaches and more!
  • San Francisco to Yosemite Park Small-Group Tour
  • LA: Skip-the-Queue OUE Skyspace with Skyslide
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: Early Access Ticket

6. Costa Rica

Costa Rica with Teens

For one of the best countries to visit with a teenager, look no further than the beautiful adventure-filled Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a great place to take your restless teenagers. You can join guided treks through the rainforest where you are either walking through the canopy on suspension bridges or hiking the paths of the Volcano!

You can expect to see monkeys, sloths, brightly colored frogs, large arachnids, reptiles, insects, and hundreds of different kinds of birds.

Costa Rica has beautiful beaches and you can give surfing, snorkeling, or scuba diving a try.

Teenage holidays with parents can be loads of fun for everyone (even the adults). See if you can find something that you both will love doing together!

Here is a great list of fun things to do in Costa Rica with kids check out where to stay in Costa Rica on our Dreams Resorts list here .

Want to hear from other parents who have been to Costa Rica? Activities [in Manuel Antonio]. All but me went on a nearby zip-line, which they all enjoyed, although there is a bit of climbing at several platforms. My daughters took surfing lessons, arranged by Tulemar, and had a lot of fun (we enjoyed watching). We also took a tour of the National Park, with an excellent guide named Johan Chaves… [In Arenal] the kids did river tracing — which involved rapelling and wading down rivers, and had a great time despite no prior experience. They also enjoyed standup paddle-boarding. My wife and I hiked the hanging bridges — which I don’t recommend when wet. The town has a nice center square, and my wife and kids had a great time going down there after the Ticos won a World Cup game. There are also rafting, waterfall, and other tours that we did not get to try… Ejeffrey (Reviewed on TripAdvisor )

Where To Stay In Costa Rica:

A fabulous hotel for your stay with your teenager/s is the popular Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort . This hotel offers spacious rooms that sleep up to 4 people with garden and pool views.

Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort

We love the facilities and activities on offer at this resort. The teenagers will love the stunning outdoor pools, and tennis and volleyball courts, and more, keeping them fully entertained.

holiday ideas with teenagers to Costa Rica

  • Grab your Guachipelin Adventure Volcano Combo Ticket – Zipline, Horseback & River Tubing 
  • Secure your spot on the ATV Side-by-Side Mountain & Beach tour From Tamarindo
  • Enjoy a day out with a San Jose Wildlife Refuge & Chocolate Tour
  • Have some fun on Rafting Class – “Jungle Run”: Río Sarapiquí
  • Buy your ticket for the 100% Adventure Park Combo: Zipline, Superman, and Mega Tarzan Tour in Monteverde

best holidays for tweens to marrakech, morocco

The best holidays for tweens and teens that don’t mind the challenge of a brand-new culture. Marrakech is one of the best places to visit in Morocco !

Take your teenagers to the walled city of Marrakech and rent a traditional Riad to stay in. 

This traditional home has an interior courtyard, or a garden in the center, which is great for relaxing at the end of a long day.

Spend your days exploring the exciting markets in Marrakesh. You can wander through a labyrinth of streets and see wares for sale, like pottery, jewelry, brightly colored fabrics, and rugs.

You will also get to see exciting sights like snake charmers, entertainers, and fortune tellers.

sahara - holiday with teenagers

For the ultimate family bonding experience, why not take a multi-day trip out to the desert, where you can try camel riding or trekking in the Atlas Mountains?

And if you are after an extraordinary adventure such as climbing Mount Toubkal with your teens you can do it in this amazing country too.

Yes, these kinds of activities make Morocco one of the world’s high-altitude destinations you must visit.

This is one of our favorite holiday ideas for families!

Want to hear from other parents who have been to Morocco? We just returned from two weeks in Morocco with our two kids (ages 14 & 17). It was a wonderful trip! … We stayed in Marrakech, went up to the High Atlas Mtns, drove out to the desert (Merzouga-Erg Chebbie dunes) by way of Ouarzazate and then to Fes and back to Marrakech. Stay in local riads. We did stay at the Sofitel when we first arrived in Marrakech for our first three nights. It was the end of June and I thought the large pool would be good for the girls. It actually was lovely and we did enjoy the pool each day. The location was good as it wasn’t far from the Medina and we walked there easily. We, did, however, love the riad in Fes – Ryad Mabrouka – as well as the riad (with good size pool) in Ouarzazate. The mountain retreat of Kasbah Toubkal was very unique – a cooperative ownership of local Berber and English. BCA (Reviewed on TripAdvisor )

Where To Stay In Marrakech:

A great option for your stay is in the Dar Rhizlane, Palais Table d’hôtes & Spa .

Dar Rhizlane, Palais Table d'hotes & Spa

It can be hard to find bigger rooms in Marrakech and this hotel has accommodation to suit up to six people.

The outdoor pool will keep the teenagers happy whilst the parents can relax at the spa: win-win!

  • Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys: Guided Day Trip
  • Desert Agafay and Atlas Mountains & Camel ride Day Trip
  • Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour
  • Marrakech Desert & Palm Grove Quad Bike Tour

8. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - best holidays for teenagers

For teenagers that love animals, Sri Lanka is one of the best teenage holiday destinations to visit.

A visit to Sri Lanka offers a variety of experiences for teenagers with many outdoor activities. 

Sri Lanka also has a lot of historic sites to visit. Be sure to visit Dambulla Cave Temple , where you can see relics and art. Explore the Temple of the Tooth, which houses the tooth of Buddha.

A visit to Sigiriya, a rock fortress that is accessible by steep stairs, will tire your teenagers out.

You can also visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to feed and clean up after the elephants or hop on one of the many safaris to see what wildlife you can spot.

Be sure to visit Arugam Bay, where you can relax on the pristine beach or try surfing.

Grab more tips about how to travel around Sri Lanka with teens and find some important information and tips for your trip to Sri Lanka here.

Truly a great option for those who are after teenage family adventure holidays.

Want to hear from other parents who have been to Sri Lanka? We’ve just returned from a 12 day holiday this July with a 12 and 13 year old and did the following: 1 night Negombo, 2 nights Sigyria/Dambulla, 1 night Kandy 1 night Kitulgala (rafting), 2 nights Ella, 1 night Udawalawe( safari), 1 night each of Mirissa, Unawatuna and 1 night Hikkaduwa. We loved the trip though probably should have spent a couple of nights in Mirissa and missed out one of the other beaches… The highlights of the trip for our kids were, in order, Kitulgala, Udawalawe, Mirissa, Ella. My highlights were similar but would probably put Udawalawe first and would include climbing Sigiriya. Anyway, overall we all had an amazing time. I think you’ll enjoy wherever you go in Sri Lanka, but for us we found our route gave us a bit of everything. Nicola F (Reviewed on TripAdvisor )

Mexico destinations for holidays with teenagers

Cancun, Mexico in Central America, offers an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

The combination of surreal natural beauty, fascinating history, and a lively atmosphere makes Cancun a top choice for your next teenage holidays with your parents !

Between exploring the sea life in the remarkably blue waters, swimming with the dolphins at Isla Mujeres, and tasting the spicy, flavorsome cuisine of Mexico, your teens will have very little time for much else!

The only time you’ll see your children on the phone is when they are snapping away at the unbelievable scenery.

In addition to countless outdoor activities, Mexico is also rich in culture and heritage.

When not snorkeling in the clear waters, you can enjoy a family trip to Chichén Itzá , the archeological wonderworld.

teenage holidays with parents to Chichen Itza, Mexico

With so many exciting attractions and activities, it’s no wonder that Cancun, Mexico, is one of the top destinations for holidays with teenagers.

With so many incredible resorts (including plenty of all-inclusive resorts) and accommodation options available, it will be a hard job leaving!

Where To Stay In Cancun:

One of the most popular luxury resorts by far is the gorgeous Hyatt Ziva Cancun . This 5-star resort has rooms that fit up to four people.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

it is a pretty beachfront resort that is set on the beautiful  strip of Punta  Cancun and framed by the Caribbean Sea.

The teenagers will love the theater shows or they can choose to lounge out at one of the three beautiful pools.

Want to hear from other parents who have been to Cancun?

Want to hear from other parents who have been to Cancun? Our kids were [16 and 8] when we first started going to Mexico and we stayed at  Moon Palace  and they loved it. Lots to do, included tours in the price, kids under 12 stay free depending on when you travel, they own the water park in town and guest can go for free. [I]t is not near other resorts and very safe for young kids. There was always something for the older one to keep busy and not have to be stuck with the younger one! Some with the younger one, always busy and rarely bothered his older sister. We would get a room with two queen beds and still have room for a roll a way The water is not as pretty and blue as other places do to the second largest reef in the world but the beach is huge and wonderful Plus stay at one Palace and can play at them all included. mcmomny (Reviewed on TripAdvisor )

best places to vacation with teenagers in Mexico

  • Chichén Itzá, Ik Kil Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour
  • Swim with Whale Sharks Experience
  • Jolly Roger Pirate Night Show and Dinner
  • Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour
  • ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Combo Tour at Extreme Adventure Eco Park


Arguably the highlight of any trip to Greece is the delectable Mediterranean cuisine.

Going on a family holiday to Greece will leave you with unforgettable memories of light-hearted conversation over platters of olives, cheeses, and fresh seafood.

But it’s not only the food that makes Greece one of the best places to vacation with teenagers.

With so many islands to explore, you can easily get swept away hopping from one island to another, swimming in the sea, and relaxing in the sun.

best places to vacation with teenagers in Greece

For a truly authentic experience, make sure that you add Santorini and Mykonos to your destination list. There are also plenty of other beautiful destinations in Greece that should be on your first trip itinerary.

As one of the oldest civilizations, Greece is rich in history. Your teens are sure to be enthralled by one of the mythology tours or caught up in visiting ancient ruins.

Whether you choose to visit the famous city of Athens or the quaint island villages, Greece promises a special experience for the whole family.

Want to hear from other parents who have been to Greece? We spent 4 weeks traveling around Greece – mainly Island hopping. We all really loved Zakynthos, Corfu, Crete and Santorini and Mykonos. I think if you and your kids love a more active holiday then Zakynthos and Corfu might be a better choice, however older teen girls who might not like being as active will love a few days in Santorini and Mykonos.

Best places to visit in Spain

The vibrant country offers the full package – idyllic beaches, tantalizing cuisine, a lively atmosphere, and a fascinating culture!

Your traveling teens will be completely enthralled by the adventurous activities on offer.

Ibiza Spain

From theme park excitement in Costa Dorada to exhilarating water sports, your biggest challenge will be pulling your teens away from the fun to reapply their sunblock.

Spain has finely tuned its tourism offerings to cater for holidays for teens.

Spain is home to one of the best teenage holiday resorts, like La Manga Club , but that’s not all.

Grand Hyatt La Manga Club Golf & Spa

For teenagers with an interest in art and design, make sure that you add Barcelona and the Gaudi buildings to your list of things to do.

If your kids are sports fanatics, then you can book a tour to a football stadium , and if your children prefer relaxing in the sun, then choose any of Spain’s charming seaside towns to visit!

If you are traveling with a teenager or as a group, you will need an easy way to go around the destinations.

We recommend that you choose the group taxi service , which you can book online.

Further Reading:

  • Read up on the 6 best holiday destinations in Spain for families to visit.
  • Love island hopping? Here is our list of 5 islands to visit in Spain .
  • Love the combination of a city and beach trip? You will love these 5 coastal Spanish cities .
  • Wondering what to do in Barcelona with kids ? Our post has you covered.

Bali with teens

Bali is one of the best places to visit when traveling with teens around Asia.

It’s dotted with soaring volcanoes, a lush landscape, gorgeous beaches, and majestic temples, and there is quite a lot teenagers would enjoy doing here. 

In Bali, numerous waterparks, theme parks, and outdoor activities await your energetic teen.

Take your teenagers to Kuta Beach for a fun beginner surf lesson . The friendly surf coaches are experts in their field and will make sure everyone is safe at all times.

If surfing is too boring for your teenager, try a white water rafting day trip instead.

You can head over to Waterbom Bali to give your teen an epic waterpark experience with thrilling rides, slides, and attractions like the 30-foot catapult and an off-shore surf bed. But that’s not all Waterbom offers.

The park also has a handful of restaurants and cafes at the food court. And there’s a lovely swim-up bar where Mom and Dad can go have cocktails after a long day.

If your teen loves nature and wants to see more of Bali’s village landscape, take a day trip to Ubud.

This scenic town is known for its verdant rainforest, rice paddies, and Hindu temples or shrines.

You can take a tour of Ubud with your family and explore the town’s magnificent temples, waterfalls, and natural springs. Ubud is also where you’ll find the famous Bali Swing.

I think Bali is a perfect destination for a relaxing trip. We prefer to have plenty of relaxing days on the beach or at the resort (which keeps the teenagers happy) and then to add in a few day tours. Whilst we (the parents) much preferred areas such as Ubud and Uluwatu, our kids preferred Canggu, Jimbaran and Semiyak areas (close to the beach).

Wanderlust Storytellers - Visit Takayama Japan

Japan is every teenager’s dream holiday destination, especially if they like robots and all things technology.

The country also boasts a fascinating culture with ninja and samurai traditions dating back thousands of years.

Your teens will have plenty of things to explore in Japan. They’ll get a front-row seat to the latest anime and manga comic books, Nintendo video consoles, and Hello Kitty memorabilia everywhere.

The best place to kick off your family trip to Japan is the capital, Tokyo. While places like Disneyland are more associated with toddlers and tweens, the resort hosts an array of age-appropriate rides, parades, and cruises.

Head over to DisneySea for a tour around the world, enjoy a leisurely ride aboard a steamer, or ride on a Venetian gondola.

After an unforgettable experience in Tokyo, consider taking a trip to Osaka. Our kids loved spending time at Universal Studios , and so will yours.

Here, they’ll get to live out their Hollywood dreams on famous sets like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, where they can explore Hogwarts Castle.

Our kids enjoy Japan a lot more than we did. They are into all things Anime (drawing Anime pictures and reading Anime books) and even list to popular Japanese songs (I don’t understand their taste in music!). So they absolutely loved the madness of Tokyo, being able to check out all things Anime and checking out the cat cafes.

14. South Africa

Cape Town Table Mountain

Looking for a great destination to visit with your teens in Africa? Look no further than sunny South Africa.

Situated in the southernmost part of the continent, South Africa is a great place to travel with kids . 

It’s dotted with stunning landscapes, gorgeous beaches, scenic road trip routes, and an abundance of wildlife safaris.

As the third most biodiverse country worldwide , South Africa is an excellent place for wildlife sightseeing. 

Take your teens on a self-guided tour in Kruger National Park to see the Big Five and other antelopes and wild cats, from big to small.

If your kids love water, uShaka Marine World in Durban is your best bet.

Your teens will love the water park slides, the rope adventure park, the aquarium, and other water activities like fish feeding, and cage shark diving.

While visiting South Africa, make sure you take your teens to Cape Town, famous for its monumental Table Mountain — voted New7Wonder of the World .

Spend time at some of the city’s gorgeous beaches like Camps Bay, Muizenberg, and penguin-filled Boulders Beach. 

Cape Town is packed with fun kid-friendly attractions like hiking up Lions Head and quad biking Atlantis Dunes.

If you have some extra time, take a family road trip along the Garden Route for the best scenic landscape views in South Africa.

South Africa is one of the easiest trips we have taken with our kids. There was barely any complaints from our teenager and tween. I think it is because most activities are more in nature and involves less sightseing (our teenager is not a big fan of sight seeing in cities). They absolutely loved the safaris and various animal parks we visited. She enjoyed shorter hikes (not a fan of the long ones though) and she loved the lazy days at the beach. I would go back to South Africa in a heart beat as it was one of my favorite and most relaxed family vacations with my kids.

15. New Zealand

Best things to do in New Zealand - Queenstown View

Despite its scenic landscapes, indigenous Māori culture, and world-famous rugby team, the All Blacks, New Zealand often gets overlooked for family vacations in Oceania. But we’re here to myth bust.

New Zealand is one of the best holiday destinations for teenagers who love adrenaline-packed activities.

New Zealand’s incredible landscape is dotted with natural wonders and outdoor activities that every adventurous teenager will love.

Queenstown, in the South Island, is popular for adventure sports like bungee jumping at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge.

Want to hear from other parents who have been to New Zealand? For teenagers I really have to recommend: 1. Rotorua (Adventure Capital North Island) 2. Queenstown (Adventure Capital South Island) 3. Mount Maunganui (my idea of hell and my boys love it!) 4. Paihia, Bay of Islands If you really are set on coming in our winter, head for the Tongariro National Park, and Mount Ruapehu, for skiing. It’s not often you get to ski on an active volcano! Or for (maybe) a bit of sun, Hawkes Bay – Napier, and my favourite little town (we may even retire to it one day) Gisborne. TopCatPom (Reviewed on TripAdvisor )

Your teens will also enjoy hiking or biking along the shore of Moke Lake. And on wet and rainy days, take them to Thrill Zone Queenstown for adrenaline-filled indoor activities like state-of-the-art virtual reality gaming.

Other excellent kid-friendly activities in New Zealand include unique wildlife experiences at the Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch and Zealandia Ecosanctuary in Wellington. 

Your teen might also like to go on a Hobbiton movie set tour in Waikato and learn about the story of Māori culture at the Manea Footprints of Kupe. 

Want to hear from other parents who have been to New Zealand? My teenagers absolutely loved Rotorua adventure stuff. We spent 5 days there and they loved the ziplining, luge, gondola, redwood forest, mountain biking tracks, exploring the thermal areas, zorb, kayking on the lake, hot pools. So I’d suggest Auckland for a few days , then Rotorua for some adventure fun stuff. NZp0ppy (Reviewed on TripAdvisor )

16. Thailand

Bophut beach on Koh Samui Thailand

Known for its captivating landscapes, Buddhist temples, and world-class beaches in Koh Samui , Koh Tao, and Phuket, Thailand is an excellent destination to visit with teenagers. 

After arriving in the capital, start with the best things to do with kids in Bangkok, like SEA LIFE Ocean World and Pororo Aqua Park, with its colorful slides.

The country’s tropical rainforest is speckled with a diverse range of wild flora and fauna. So if your teens like nature, they will love a holiday in Thailand .

Your teens can enjoy beach activities and watersports like scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, and wakeboarding.

Spend a day island hopping from Phuket to Phi Phi Islands or climbing up to the Big Buddha to snap a few photos.

If your teens are up for a bigger challenge, you can take them on a day trip to the Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai), where they can burn more energy climbing up the 108 steps.

Outside of swimming, snorkeling, and visiting Buddhist temples, Thailand also has a lot of hands-on experiences like visiting an elephant sanctuary, zip lining, and going through some of Thailand’s best food and night markets via a TukTuk . 

Thailand is a fantastic choice for families who have kids who love the beach! I find that the pace of travel on islands are typically slower which works better for our teenager that has anxiety issues. Thailand offers the perfect combination of awesome resorts, beautiful beaches and fun adventure activities such as zip lining, white river rafting, jet skiing etc.

17. Namibia

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Dominated by the red sand dunes of the Namib Desert, this southwest African country is often forgone as a family holiday destination for its neighbors, South Africa and Botswana. 

And unfortunately, they’re missing out. Namibia’s landscape might be arid, but there are plenty of fun things to do, like walking around the white clay and salt pan Deadvlei.

While visiting Sossusvlei with your kids , take them to the national park to climb up Big Daddy Dune for one of the most stunning sunrises ever.

Other fun activities your teens would like in Sossusvlei include a day trip to the Sesriem Canyon.

Take some time to explore activities in Swakopmund , like desert quad biking along the 977-mile Atlantic Coast, hiking to Spitzkoppe, and watching flamingos in Walvis Bay.

Our kids absolutely loved the activities at Walvis Bay and they loved jumping on the rocks at Spitzkoppe. I think they loved seeing the sand dunes Sossuvlei, but they weren’t a fan of actually trying to climb out the sand dunes (my kids are not very active).

Just because Namibia is covered in desert, it doesn’t mean the country lacks biodiversity.

In fact, you’ll find one of the largest national parks in Africa on the Etosha Pan. Here, your teens can enjoy spotting quintessential safari wildlife like zebras, lions, elephants, and giraffes.

Tip: Take a self-guided tour through the Etosha National Park and spot Africa’s Big Five and other wild animals at your own pace.

18. Australia

Best Things To Do In Hamilton Island - Road Tripping in a Buggy around the island

Australia is one of the most popular family holiday destinations in Oceania. Its outback landscape, unusual wildlife, and commercialized mega cities host many fun activities that every teenager would love.

The Gold Coast, about 50 miles from Brisbane, is dotted with water and theme parks like Wet ‘n’ Wild and Dreamworld, to name a couple.

Your teens can have fun indoors as well, like skydiving at iFLY Gold Coast and taking city views at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

Brisbane and Sydney are where you’ll find the most famous attractions in the country, like the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Garden, and Sydney Harbor Bridge.

You’ll also be a short drive and a boat ride away from the Great Barrier Reef , where your teen can enjoy snorkeling among some of the world’s best corals. 

Australia’s wild outback has lots in store for your teenager as well. Take a road trip in Australia and explore its best beaches and national parks, or book your tickets for a whale-watching trip.

Australia is such a comfortable country to explore. If your teenager struggles to be out of their comfort zone then this is a perfect choice. Our teens loved the theme parks, the escape rooms, the ferris wheels and spending time at the beach and on the water. We have a special memory of Andrzej (step-dad) took Katie (eldest daughter) swimming with the whales, it was truly magical.

19. Caribbean

Tobacco Caye Caribbean island in the Belize

The Caribbean is an idyllic region between the continents of North and South America, consisting of 700 islands with gorgeous white-sand beaches and colorful colonial towns.

The archipelago boasts nations with a vibrant carnival culture, groovy music, and tasty cuisine.

The Caribbean is a perfect family holiday destination, thanks to its inclusive activities like surfing and kayaking, its budget-friendly hotels, and its year-round perfect weather. 

There are plenty of fun things to do in the Caribbean with kids . From swimming with marine life at Stingray City in the Cayman Islands to go-kart racing and paintballing at Kool Runnings Water Park in Jamaica. 

You can also take your teens out into the tropical forest by visiting the World Famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park for a swim in the cascading falls.

London UK with kids

One place that most people don’t think about when looking for their next family vacation is the United Kingdom.

And that’s because the UK is packed with royal palaces and historical monuments like Stonehenge, which most teens would find a bit boring.

But that’s not all that the United Kingdom has to offer. In cities like London, you can hop on a red double-decker bus and spot top sights like Big Ben, the River Thames, and London Bridge in one go.

Other great things to do in London with teens include taking a tour of Buckingham Palace.  

Take some time to explore the farmlands and local culture in Scotland and Wales.

The quaint towns and counties in these countries boast authentic pubs where fish and chips are a highly recommended meal on the menu.

Northern Ireland is a country you shouldn’t skip while on a family vacation in the United Kingdom.

Here, your teens can get a front-row seat to attractions along the Causeway Coast Route, like Dunluce Castle, the Dark Hedges, and the volcanic Giant’s Causeway .

Want to hear from other parents who have been to London? Our first trip to London was 5 years ago for our daughter’s 16th birthday. She and i went back together 2 years ago, and she requested repeat visits to the London Eye and Westminster Abbey. She really liked all the tombs, with interesting stones in the floor. Also, climbing up to the Whispering Gallery and on up to the top of St. Paul’s, Madame Toussad’s Wax Museum, shopping at Camden Locks and Portobello Road. Fish and Chips restaurants, like Geale’s. We also really enjoyed visiting Harrod’s, where we ate lunch outside on a covered terrace, less formal than inside… Marty S (Reviewed on TripAdvisor )

FAQs About The Best Holidays For Teenage Families

After some additional information to ensure that you have joy-filled trips where everyone in the family is happy? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about traveling with teens.

Cycle round the town of Lucca, Florence with Kids

When you go on holiday with your teenager, choose places they will enjoy. Look for places with activities they like to do and that are age-appropriate. Ask your teenager what kinds of things they would like to do and plan a trip around those activities.

Daredevil Adventure with Kids in Swakopmund - Dune Buggies in Namibia

When planning a holiday trip with your teenager, safety should be your top priority. Before you go, it’s important to research the destination thoroughly and plan ahead. It’s important to stay aware of the local laws and customs in any country you visit with your teen. Research ahead of time to ensure that your teenager understands the laws for things such as drinking, driving, curfew, smoking, and public behavior. Make sure that they understand the consequences of breaking those laws or acting inappropriately. And lastly, if your teenager will be allowed to explore independently make sure to discuss how you will be checking in and how often you will be checking in.

Final Thoughts About The Best Holiday Destinations For Teenage Families

We hope you have enjoyed our holiday ideas for teens, hopefully, this post has opened up your options and given you some great destination ideas.

I really believe that the best place to go on holiday with teenagers will be different for each family. The trick is to find a destination that matches their interests, passions, and personality.

From Europe to South America to Africa, the world is filled with amazing places no matter what kind of holiday you’re after.

The most important thing is to make sure your teenagers will have an enjoyable time on their family vacation; if they are happy and engaged, that’s half the battle.

Don’t forget to include them in planning activities so they feel part of the process – teens tend not to enjoy simply being dragged along as an accessory!

So grab your passports and get exploring with your teens – it’ll be an incredible experience for everyone involved. Bon, voyage!

I would love to know which of the best holidays with teens you thought would be the match for your child.

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Best Places To Go On Holiday with Teens

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6 thoughts on “20 best holidays with teenagers in 2024 (with parents)”.

Hi Jolene, I had to comment because there’s not so many of us with teens. I now have 2, 15 and 13. They’re ridiculously well travelled so maybe not your typical kids and they hate beaches, as do I, so the places they REALLY want to go are the ones that are unusual, challenging or a big adventure. D loved Borneo, the trek we did, spear fishing in the jungle, being there on business, with me ( we were with Ian Ord, I’m sure you know him), he’s now coming to Bhutan with me and is game for anything different. Mongolia, more trekking in the Himalayas ( he’s already done Everest Base Camp ) Africa, Killimanjaro. He loves testing his new man strength. He also goes off on multi day camping/volunteering trips with his dad usually, they’re involved in beach clean-ups in remote places. through Tangaroa Blue. He loves scuba diving, but he’s picky, he’s been out to our Great Barrier Reef here too many times, it has to be somewhere new. My 13 year old on the other hand just wants to stay home and play computer games and eat junk – chalk and cheese! But he’d be pretty happy with theme parks. I think he’ll change very soon, he’s on the brink. Teens are the best to travel with.

I love traveling with teens too, but mine loves to complain and whinge which can be a bit of a downer 🙂 I think your comment shows how important it is to know what type of personality your child has as my kids won’t enjoy any of the destinations that are challenging and too adventurous. My eldest gets really uncomfortable in many parts of Asia – she loves structure, routine and she loves to know what to expect 🙂 Thanks for sharing your insight and your suggestions of destinations, I’m sure some readers will be able to relate 🙂

We are looking to travel next summer (Late July/Early Aug) with our Boy/Girl twins before they head off to college. On the list: Greece (not sure with covid etc- don’t want any last minute travel headaches- have heard some in Europe this summer), Hawaii (Maui + one other island) negatives-long flight- change of time zone and needing two weeks- ideal vaca is 7-10 days- just worried with organizing two kids to leave for college), Grand Cayman (Kimpton vs Westin), St Johns (Westin). Son loves: Cars, ATV, Adventure (jumping off cliffs, jet Ski), She loves (beach, Instagram pic spots, sunsets, Pool/swimming, shops, waterfalls, snorkeling, jet ski). Our favorite family trips have been Arizona (Scottsdale, Sedona), Marco Island Florida, Aruba and Turks & Caicos.

Those places all sound ideal and I am sure will make awesome vacation memories before they head off to college. Europe would be amazing (and tick a lot of boxes for both kids) especially if you have not visited before and fingers crossed by this time next year all travel will be as easy as it was before Covid!

Hi Jolene, great to read your article. I live in Perth, WA, originally from the UK. After my husband received a serious health diagnosis early this year which has left us with an uncertain future, we really want to go away on a family holiday next year. We have a 16.5 year old son and basically I am finding it impossible to find anywhere that we all agree on! My son is a typical teenager who seems to think the world revolves around him and we should all go where he wants (Dubai) I would like to go somewhere beautiful but with lots of activities to keep us busy. My poor husband just wants us to have a wonderful family trip but hasn’t really got a destination in mind or place he’s always wanted to visit! Every country I recommend my son doesn’t agree on and says it’ll be boring. I’m just stuck for what to do! When did booking a trip become so challenging! Any words of inspiration would be appreciated!

Hi Nicky, I would suggest think of places that you have not experienced yet that you would like to visit. Then maybe think of activities that you all enjoy together for example hiking and then look to see if you can do those activities at any of the places that you would like to visit and what else you can do. Good luck and hope you guys have an amazing holiday together. I am sure once you are all at your destination and doing fun activities you will all have a great time!

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23 Incredible Road Trips in the U.S.

Whether you’re looking for sweeping views of the pacific ocean or a multiday adventure through national parks, these road trips provide plenty of opportunities to explore the united states..

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Glacier National Park is one of many scenic places you can visit on an American road trip.

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In a country as large as the United States, there’s no shortage of destinations and detours to explore by car . Whether your idea of the perfect American road trip entails an epic, cross-country journey or a shorter jaunt through a few of its most iconic national parks , your options are as large and varied as the country itself.

Even if you don’t have the time to drive cross-country, there are plenty of road trip routes (ranging from three days to a week or longer): classic California itineraries , New England routes that shine especially well in the fall, scenic East Coast adventures, and a variety of Midwest journeys for folks farther from the coasts.

No matter your mode of transportation—be it van, RV, motorcycle, or four-door sedan—these are 21 of the best road trips in the nation to consider.

Put a New Twist on Route 66—Make It an American Whiskey Road Trip

Plan your next Route 66 trip around thirst-quenching stops.

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There are many ways to do a cross-country road trip in the USA, but these two itineraries will take you through some truly iconic American places.

1. Chicago to Los Angeles: A Whiskey Road Trip on Route 66

It doesn’t get more American than a 2,000-mile drive along the entirety of Route 66. There are endless ways to take this legendary trip (including an EV version —but to take your cross-country road trip to the next level, we recommend exploring another American pastime: whiskey.

Starting in Chicago and ending in L.A., you’ll stop by some of the leading craft distilleries in the United States, like Few Spirits in Chicago, Still 630 in St. Louis, and Red Fork Distillery in Tulsa. In between tastings, make time for detours to natural attractions, like the Grand Canyon, and quirky roadside curiosities, like Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Just remember to drink responsibly—this is a road trip after all.

Plan your trip

The full itinerary: Put a New Twist on Route 66—Make It an American Whiskey Road Trip

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No cars are allowed on Mackinac Island, so you need to park before taking the ferry to this spot.

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2. Bangor, Maine, to Seattle, Washington: The Great Northern on U.S. Route 2

Covering both the U.S. and Canada, a cross-country trip along U.S. 2 is ideal for anyone who wants to experience the vast diversity and expansiveness of North America. This drive runs the entire top border of the U.S. and showcases otherworldly natural wonders like Acadia National Park in Maine, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, and Mackinac Island in Michigan. The route also passes through Canada, taking road-trippers through Ontario into Quebec—this route may focus on nature, but you won’t want to miss a stop in Montreal or Ottawa.

You’ll also get to explore Montana and Glacier National Park ( reservations may be required ) before passing the Columbia Plateau and ending in the Pacific Northwest’s largest city, Seattle. Don’t miss spending time in the Olympic Peninsula (home to Olympic National Park) for a peek at one of the most scenic places on the West Coast.

3. Dana Point to San Francisco: Driving California’s Pacific Coast Highway

The seemingly endless views of the Pacific Ocean along Highway 1 (also known as the Pacific Coast Highway) are what road trip dreams are made of, and exactly what makes this California road trip so popular. However, with so many stops along the 655-mile stretch, we pulled together a list of the ones well worth pulling over to view. Don’t miss the perfect surfing waves in Santa Cruz, seasonal cuisine in Malibu, an afternoon a the boardwalk in Santa Monica, or a night in Big Sur as you drive between Dana Point (just south of Los Angeles) and San Francisco.

  • The full itinerary: The Best Stops for a Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway
  • The AFAR Guide to San Francisco

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The seaside town of Monterey was the setting for John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row .

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4. Big Sur to Mono County: A Literary Road Trip Through Northern California

Yes, this itinerary requires you actually put down your book to drive, but seeing some of the pivotal places that shaped American authors will be so worth it. Follow in the footsteps of writers like Jack Kerouac, Maya Angelou, and Amy Tan on this road trip that takes you through literary landmarks in Northern California, such as Caffe Trieste, a meeting place for Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Alan Watts, and other bohemian writers and thinkers. This 12-stop itinerary is perfect if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area because you’ll be able to stay make these trips in one or two days.

The full itinerary: The California Road Trip All Book Lovers Should Take

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Arizona may take its nickname from the Grand Canyon, but the state has far more natural wonders than just that one.

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5. Phoenix to the Grand Canyon: An Iconic Arizona Road Trip

This 240-mile Arizona road trip takes travelers along some of the state’s most iconic highlights, including its most famous one, the Grand Canyon. A great itinerary for first-time visitors and returning travelers alike, it offers plenty of opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, and biking—as well as tasty food along the way. Hike the 2,704-foot-tall Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale or take in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona on a hike to Cathedral Rock while exploring the Grand Canyon State.

  • The full itinerary: The Classic 5-Day Arizona Road Trip
  • Grand Canyon guide: The First-Timer’s Guide to the Grand Canyon
  • Where to eat in Phoenix: A Chef’s Guide to the Best Restaurants
  • Where to stay: The Best Hotels in Arizona ; The Best Airbnbs in Sedona

The Delicate Arch living up to its name in Utah's Arches National Park

The Delicate Arch living up to its name in Utah’s Arches National Park

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6. Zion to Grand Canyon: A National Parks Road Trip in the Southwest

If you’re looking to visit as many national parks as possible in one road trip, this southwestern itinerary is for you. This journey through Utah and Arizona lets you hike Angel’s Landing in Zion, feel tiny under Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, explore Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon, and, of course, raft down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Most visitors to the Grand Canyon remain on the rim, but take at least four days to venture within the canyon and take advantage of the trails and river rafting.

  • The full itinerary: The Ideal Road Trip Through U.S. National Parks
  • Utah’s 8 Best National Parks and Monuments
  • 10 Best National Parks and Monuments in Arizona
  • The First-Timer’s Guide to the Grand Canyon

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Stop and admire the winding roads of the San Juan Skyway.

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7. San Juan Scenic Skyway Road Trip: An Adventure Through Southwestern Colorado

This Colorado trip takes you along the 232-mile loop of the San Juan Scenic Skyway, where you will see plenty of alpine forests, mining towns, and craggy peaks. And for anyone looking to enjoy refreshments after a long day of driving, this route features many opportunities to stop at some of the best breweries in Colorado , such as Ska Brewing Co. in Durango.

  • The full itinerary: The Ultimate Southwestern Colorado Road Trip
  • Five Classic Colorado Road Trips To Take This Year

In small-town Buena Vista, the riverfront Surf Hotel offers front-row seats to Colorado-style adventure seekers.

In small-town Buena Vista, the riverfront Surf Hotel offers front-row seats to Colorado-style adventure seekers.

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8. Denver to Montrose: A 420-Mile Road Trip Through Colorado

Want to explore even more of the Centennial State? Head out on this weeklong road trip where you can fish for salmon in Colorado’s largest reservoir, visit numerous small towns, like Paonia and Crawford, with thriving art scenes along the Colorado Creative Corridor , and explore Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, one of the least visited national parks in the nation.

  • The full itinerary: Art Stars, High-Altitude Wines, and a Remote National Park: The Ultimate Colorado Road Trip
  • Where to stay: The Best Hotels in Colorado
  • The AFAR Guide to Denver

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Portland may be Oregon’s largest city, but with a population of some 652,000 (or 2.5 million in the larger metropolitan area), it isn’t intimidatingly large.

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9. Portland to Astoria: An Oregon Coast Road Trip for Outdoor Lovers

If you love the outdoors, then this six-day road trip along the coast of Oregon is for you. After driving to Coos Bay from Portland, travelers will meander along Oregon’s dramatic, rocky coastline, discovering some quintessentially Pacific Northwest vistas along the way: evergreen forests, seaside dunes, and marine ecosystems. Between stops, there are ample opportunities to stretch your legs hiking, kayaking, or strolling around the region’s small towns—like the historic old town in Florence.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an Oregon road trip without a stop (or three) at a craft brewery, such as Fort George Brewery in Astoria, or cozy coffee shop, like Bread & Roses in Yachats.

  • The full itinerary: An Outdoor Lover’s Road Trip on the Oregon Coast
  • The AFAR Guide to Portland

The State Capitol Building in Nashville marks the end of this road (trip).

The State Capitol Building in Nashville marks the end of this road (trip).

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10. Seneca Falls, New York, to Nashville, Tennessee: Follow the Path of the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Starting in New York’s Finger Lakes region and ending at the State Capitol Building in Nashville, this road trip traces the route of the national women’s suffrage movement. Highlights include stops at the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House ; Union Square in New York City, which was the site of the first suffrage march; and the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C.

  • The full itinerary: Celebrate Women’s Suffrage on an Epic, Self-Guided Road Trip
  • Where to stay: The Best Hotels in Nashville
  • The AFAR Guide to Nashville
  • The AFAR Guide to Washington, D.C.

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Asheville is one must-stop on a North Carolina road trip.

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11. Charlottesville to Asheville: A Scenic Road Trip Through Virginia and North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in the country. Beginning in the soft hilly meadows of the Appalachian Mountains from Shenandoah National Park down into the Blue Ridge Mountains, then into the Great Smoky Mountains, this five-day road trip is best done at a slower pace, which is perfect for admiring the dramatic outlooks and green plateaus. This eclectic itinerary features stops at an art museum, a dairy farm, and plenty of hiking trails.

  • The full itinerary: The Ultimate Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip
  • Where to stay: 12 Dreamy Blue Ridge Mountain Cabins You Can Rent on Airbnb and Vrbo
  • 8 U.S. National Park Road Trips to Take in Your Lifetime

Dowa:kwe dance group from Zuni Pueblo in 2019

Dowa:kwe dance group from Zuni Pueblo in 2019

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12. Albuquerque to Las Cruces: Discover New Mexico on This Three-Day Road Trip

This route steers you away from New Mexican tourist hot spots like Taos and Santa Fe and instead takes you on a three-day adventure with places that teach you about Pueblo history. You’ll stop at Indian Pueblo Kitchen (formerly known as Pueblo Harvest), a restaurant inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center that features Indigenous cuisine ; pick up peppers at Three Brothers in Hatch; and slide down the dunes in White Sands National Park.

  • The full itinerary: This New Mexico Road Trip Is the Perfect Introduction to the Land of Enchantment

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Historic Fort Martin Scott is one of the places travelers can visit to learn about Fredericksburg’s history.

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13. A Five-Day Scenic Road Trip Through Texas Hill Country

This Texas road trip starts and ends in San Antonio with stops in small towns like Bandera, Boerne, and consider a stop in Fredericksburg, which is one of AFAR’s best places to go in 2024 ). Over five days, you’ll find opportunities to stroll in a Japanese tea garden in San Antonio, relax along the Sabinal and Frio Rivers by inner tube, and eat as many tacos as you want. Seriously: You could eat tacos for every meal on this road trip and not get tired of them.

  • The full itinerary: Tree Houses, Tubing, and Tacos: The Ultimate Texas Hill Country Road Trip

Mount McKinley looms large on a drive through Denali National Park.

Mount McKinley looms large on a drive through Denali National Park.

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14. A Weeklong Road Trip Through Alaska’s Most Majestic Sights

This weeklong drive in Alaska starts and ends in Anchorage. You travel along four scenic byways; explore Wrangell–St. Elias wilderness, the largest U.S. national park; catch sight of Denali, the tallest peak in North America; and enjoy the surprisingly stellar food scene of McCarthy, a one-road town with only a couple dozen residents.

  • The full itinerary: Glaciers, Mountain Peaks, and Organic Farms: The Ultimate Alaska Road Trip
  • Which Alaska National Parks Should You Visit?

More than geothermal pools, Kirkham Hot Springs features a piping-hot waterfall.

More than geothermal pools, Kirkham Hot Springs features a piping-hot waterfall.

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15. Boise to Sun Valley: Explore Idaho’s Scenic Byways

Even a short road trip can be packed with adventure, good food, and scenery, which is exactly what this trip from Boise to Sun Valley along Idaho’s Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway offers. Although the drive only takes six hours, we recommend taking a few days to explore all the stops and detours along the way. One can’t-miss spot is the Kirkham Hot Springs , where you can stand under a waterfall that will splash you with 135-degree mineral water year-round.

  • The full itinerary: The Little-Known Idaho Road Trip You Need to Drive
  • Things to do: The Best Outdoorsy Things to Do in Idaho

Grand Portage State Park is the only state park jointly managed by a state and a Native American band.

Grand Portage State Park is the only state park jointly managed by a state and a Native American band.

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16. Duluth to Grand Portage State Park: A Scenic Minnesota Sampler

Although there are many appealing road trips throughout the Midwest, this 143-mile, three-hour circuit, which starts and ends in Duluth, Minnesota, is worth keeping in mind. Meandering north on MN-61 with this itinerary, you will enjoy prime views of Lake Superior and towns like Grand Marais, as well as Grand Portage State Park, home to waterfalls, hiking trails, and opportunities to learn about the Ojibwe community who occupy the land today. Once back in Duluth, enjoy a beer at Canal Park Brewing Company before checking into the waterfront Canal Park Lodge nearby.

  • The AFAR Guide to Minnesota

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Wind your way through colorful foliage in New Hampshire.

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17. Kancamagus Highway: A Quintessential New England Drive

Yes, you can take a road trip in New England at any time of the year , but this region shows off its best colors in the fall, when locals and tourists alike head out into the country to view the changing colors of the trees. Join other admirers of fall foliage on this popular, 34.5-mile road trip along New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway, colloquially known as the “Kanc,” for picturesque ponds, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks.

  • Plan Your Fall Getaway With This Peak Foliage Prediction Map

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Ogunquit is home to the small, postcard-perfect harbor of Perkins Cove.

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18. Maine’s “Lobster Trail”: Travel Route 1 Along the Coast

Traveling Route 1, affectionately known as “the lobster trail,” along Maine’s jagged coastline is an exercise in indulgence. Sample lobster dishes in all forms—buttered, steamed, on a roll, or even in a decadent mac-and-cheese.

The trip starts in the quaint small town of Ogunquit , with its rare (for the area) 3.5 miles of white-sand beach. Make your first lobster of the journey count, steamed with a side of drawn butter at Barnacle Billy’s in picturesque Perkins Cove harbor. Stop at Big Daddy’s for a cone on your way to the shipbuilding center—and summer home of George H. W. Bush—Kennebunkport. Stay at the recently redesigned 150-year-old classic White Barn Inn , and consider a sailing trip for an afternoon. With lobsters cooked in ocean water, the legendary lobster roll at the Clam Shack is a must.

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19. Raleigh to Charlotte: A 4-Day Trip Through North Carolina’s Reinvented Core

North Carolina’s Piedmont region extends from the coastal plain to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and includes farmland and rolling wooded hills, especially on the 1-40 stretch near Hillsborough. Starting in Raleigh, drive the short distances to Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte to see how these cities are innovating through art, food, and a celebration of the past. Take your time—four days should do—to experience downtown arts districts, James Beard Award–winning restaurants, and civil rights museums that speak truths. Plan your trip

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The Florida Road Trip You’ve Been Missing

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20. Scenic Highway 30A: A Sunday Drive Through South Walton, Florida

Florida is full of places to cruise with the top down, but it’s hard to beat a Sunday (or any day) drive along Scenic Highway 30A through northwest Florida, home to a postcard-perfect stretch of seaside towns known as South Walton.

The roughly 28-mile route through South Walton County kisses the coast for nearly all its length, taking you through gorgeous residential Gulf-front communities like Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach, and Blue Mountain Beach . Roll down the windows and let the emerald-hued views in.

Pull over to explore, too—maybe to admire the New Urbanism architecture in Alys Beach or to swim in the clear waters at Grayton Beach State Park . (The beach here has been lauded among the best in the world.)

  • The full itinerary: The Florida Road Trip You’ve Been Missing

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21. The Florida Keys: An Island-Hopping Getaway

For a sunny road trip itinerary in Florida, skip Miami and head farther south. Beginning in Key Largo and ending in Key West, the Florida Keys Scenic Highway is often overlooked for more well-known routes up north, but it is well worth going out of your way to experience.

As the name suggests, this route is very scenic, so plan to spend at least a few days exploring it and numerous stops along the way. Some highlights include driving across the impressive Overseas Highway, stopping to admire art in the town of Islamorada, and enjoying the historic sites, food, and (of course) beaches in the city of Key West.

  • The full itinerary: How to Road Trip in the Lesser-Known Florida Keys

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22. Memphis to Bristol, Tennessee: A Music-Driven Adventure

If you have about a week to spare and a deep appreciation for music, take a road trip from one side of Tennessee to the other, starting in Memphis and ending in Bristol. The eastbound trip spans genres, including rock ( Graceland ), blues ( Beale Street) and, of course, country (did you really go to Tennessee if you didn’t go to Dollywood ?). Nashville serves as the halfway point on your journey—so consider penciling in an extra 48 hours to fully explore the state capital’s greatest hits.

  • The full itinerary: 5 Great American Road Trips For Music Fans

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23. Arecibo to Condado, Puerto Rico: A Lesser-Known Side of a Well-Loved Island

In the minds of many, trips to Puerto Rico bring images of stunning beaches , delicious foods , and maybe a bioluminescent bay or two . But there’s plenty of history to be found here, too, as Puerto Rico was home to an Indigenous population known as the Taino, a heritage many Puerto Ricans embrace. That history can be explored via a road trip. Starting in the northern town of Arecibo, travel south to Ponce, then back north to Condado—along the way you’ll encounter petroglyphs, Indigenous sites, and breathtaking natural spots.

  • The full itinerary: A Puerto Rico Road Trip That Puts Indigenous Culture First

Additional road trip planning resources Picking the route for your road trip is only one part of your planning. From what snacks to pack to which podcasts to listen to, these additional resources will help you prepare for your next adventure:

  • Best road trip snacks
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  • Podcasts and audiobooks to download
  • What to pack for a road trip

This article originally appeared online in August 2020. It was most recently updated on April 4, 2024, to include current information. Additional reporting by Jessie Beck, Erika Owen, Ray Rogers, Terry Ward, and Sheryl Nance-Nash.

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99 Awesome Trip with Friends Quotes

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Is there anything better than travelling with friends? We don’t think so, either! Whether you want to cruise along iconic rivers, hike to incredible sites like Machu Picchu, spot the Big Five on a safari, or just relax on a beach , everything’s better together – including travel! To help you get inspired for your next adventure with friends, we’ve put together a list of our 99 favourite quotes about travelling and friendship. Enjoy!

  • “As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” – Winnie The Pooh

2. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

3. “Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.” – Unknown

4. “There is an unspoken bond you create with the friends you travel with.” – Kristen Sarah

5. “Friends that travel together, stay together.” – Unknown

6. “A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you.” – Unknown

7. “You can pack for every occasion, but a good friend will always be the best thing you could bring!” – Unknown

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8. “Life by the water is always better, especially with a few good friends in tow.” – Unknown

9. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

10. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

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11. “Everyone needs a friend that will call and say, ‘Get dressed, we are going on an adventure.’” -Unknown

12. “When traveling life’s journey, it’s good to have a friend’s hand to hold on to.” – Unknown

13. “The more I traveled, the more I realized fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

14. “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” -Edith Wharton

15. “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.” – Unknown

16. “Wanderlust isn’t about running away from it all.  It’s about experiencing the outside to discover the inside.” – Unknown

17. “True friends never apart maybe in distance never in heart.” – Helen Keller

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18. “We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

19. “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway

20. “Friendship isn’t about being inseparable…it’s being separated and knowing nothing will change.” – Unknown

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21. ”Having a best friend is like having your own little corner of the world to escape to.” – Unknown

22. “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” – Izaak Walton

23. “Good times and crazy friends make the best memories.” – Unknown

24. “Sometimes all you need is a great friend and a tank of gas.” – Unknown

25. “Good friends follow you anywhere.” – Winnie the Pooh

26. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

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27. “Everything you do is based on the choices you make” – Wayne Dye

28. “Travel like Gandhi, with simple clothes, open eyes, and an uncluttered mind.” – Rick Stev

29. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

30. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

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31. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” –Mark Twain

32. “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” – Paul Brandt

33. “The urgent things are not the most important ones.” – Unknown

34. “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling”. – Margaret Lee Runbeck

35. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

36. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” –Charles Swindoll

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37. “A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

38. “Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

39. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

40. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Unknown

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41. “Discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

42. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart!” – Confucius

43. “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens

44. “Own only what you can always carry with you: known languages, known countries, known people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

45. “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” – Chinese Proverb

46. “Travel sparks our imagination, feeds our curiosity, and reminds us how much we. all have in common.” – Deborah Lloyd

47. “Life is like a camera: you focus on what is important, capture the good times, develop from the negative and if things do not work out, take another shot.” – Unknown

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48. “Little by little, one travels far.” – J.R.R. Tolkein

49. “You know all those things you always wanted to do? You should go do them.” – Unknown

50. “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrate it for everything that it is.” – Mandy Hale

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51. “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert

52. “At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” – Shanti

53. “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Unknown

54. “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes

55. “Add life to your days, not days to your life.” – Unknown

56. “Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return.” – Island Company

57. “We all start as strangers.” – Unknown

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58. “If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

59. “Life is short and the world is wide.” – Simon Raven

60. “I don’t know the question, but travel is definitely the answer.” – Unknown

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61. “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

62. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent in the office or mowing your lawn.” – Jack Kerouac

63. “Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.” – Unknown

64. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go further, go together.” – African proverb

65. “It is not down in any map, true places never are” – Herman Melville

66. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. ” – Aldous Huxley

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67. “In the end… we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – Lewis Carroll

68. “Travel leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibu Battuta

69. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” – Unknown

70. “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

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71. “There are seven days in the week, and someday isn’t one of them.” – Unknown

72. “Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” – Peter Hoeg

73. “Find joy in the ordinary.” – Unknown

74. “It’s called the present. Open & use it!” – Unknown

75. “Travel is still the most intense mode of learning. ” – Kevin Kelly

76. “Travel is better with friends.” – Unknown

77. “As with any journey, who you travel with is more important than the destination.” – Unknown

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78. “Only the people you don’t know well enough seem normal. Every person you know well enough is odd, weird and different. This is called friendship!” – Unknown

79. “There are no strangers in this world, only friends I haven’t met yet.” – Unknown

80. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself” – David Mitchell

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81. “Having a best friend is like having your own little corner of the world to escape to.” – Unknown

82. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” – Unknown

83. “Of all the books in all the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport” – Unknown

84. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

85. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

86. “A true traveler’s journey is never complete.” – Unknown

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87. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Glenn Clark

88. “If there is no way, create one” – Unknown

89. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

90. “It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.” – Unknown

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91. “So much of who we are is where we have been.” – William Langewiesche

92. “We are all travellers in the wilderness of the world, and the best we can find in our travels in an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

93. “You never really travel alone. The world is full of friends waiting to get to know you.” – Unknown

94. “An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart, and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

95. “True friends will always push you towards the great possibilities of your future, false friends will always chain you to the mistakes in your past.” – Seth Brown

96. “Wherever it is you may be, it is your friends who make your world.” – Chris Bradford

97. “When you get lost in a really strange place, nothing is more comforting than finding your friend whom you trust and can show the way.” – Toba Beta

98. “Happy is the soul that has a friend. Happier is the soul that trusts in the truth of the heart of a friend. Happiest is the soul that knows the solemnity of friendship and honours its laws.” – Ogwo David Emenike

99. “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.” – Anais Nin

Whether you’re a young adult or simply young at heart , a trip with friends is always a good idea! Find the next adventure for you and your friends on TourRadar .

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50 Best Quotes About Traveling With Friends to Help Sum Up Your Epic Adventures

Short, funny and sweet sayings, messages and caption ideas all about your journey together.

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You can share these quotes, sayings and messages as Instagram captions or send them via group text leading up to your vacation. Regardless of how you share them, they will resonate and boost your travel partner’s anticipation. It’s also a fun way to stay connected as you countdown to your special getaway. Whether you’re going on an overnight camping trip or escaping to a relaxing resort, your friends will appreciate your thoughtfulness and get inspired.

If you can’t think of any quotes on your own, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. From short and sweet to deep and meaningful, we’ve rounded up some of the best travel quotes for friends to share with your fellow travel bug buddies. No matter if it's your first trip or fifteenth, these quotes will speak to the joy and happiness that only travel can bring. So, pack your bags and get ready to strengthen bonds and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

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  • “Good company on a journey makes the way seem shorter.” — Izaak Walton
  • “A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you.” — Unknown
  • “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill
  • “No adventure is complete without you by my side.” — Unknown
  • “Friends that travel together, stay together.” — Unknown
  • “It doesn’t matter where you’re going — it’s who you go with that makes it fun!” — Unknown
  • “As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” — Winnie The Pooh.
  • “Life was meant for great adventures and close friends. — Unknown
  • “You can pack for every occasion, but a good friend will always be the best thing you could bring!” — Unknown
  • "We all have that one friend who is either on a road-trip or planning a road-trip or thinking about a road-trip or talking to people who are on road-trip or posting quotes about road-trip." — Crestless Wave
  • “It’s the friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey.” — Unknown
  • “You never know where life will take you, but it will always be better with friends.” —Unknown
  • “We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.” — Unknown
  • “Wherever it is you may be, it is your friends who make your world.” — Chris Bradford
  • ​​“When traveling life’s journey, it’s good to have a friend’s hand to hold on to.” — Unknown
  • “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb
  • “A good trip is an even better one with your bestie.” — Unknown
  • “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends” —Shirley MacLaine
  • “Embarking on new adventures is a million times better with close pals.” — Unknown
  • “Life was meant for great adventures and close friends.” —Unknown
  • “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” —Mark Twain
  • “Adventure awaits — all you need is your best buddy to make it a reality.” — Unknown

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  • “Away is a place where it’s not about the money you spend. It’s about the moments you share.” —Unknown
  • “Just grab a friend and take a ride, together upon the open road.” —The Goofy Movie
  • Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck.” —Unknown
  • “I would like to travel the world with you twice. Once, to see the world. Twice, to see the way you see the world.” —Unknown
  • “Everyone needs this friend that calls and says, “Get dressed, we’re going on an adventure.” —Unknown
  • “Getting to know new people and gaining new friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So, conquer your fears and get out there.” —Tony Clark
  • “Traveling with friends is always better.” —Unknown
  • “No road is long with good company.” —Turkish proverb
  • "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." —Anais Nin
  • "In life, it’s not where you go – it’s who you travel with.” — Charles M. Schulz
  • “Exploring new places is always sweeter with your favorite people.” — Unknown
  • “Getting lost with you is a risk I’m always willing to take.”— Unknown
  • “As with any journey, whom you travel with is more important than the destination.” —Unknown
  • “At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” —Shanti
  • “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” — Trenton Lee Stewart
  • “I get a friend to travel with me… I need somebody to bring me back to who I am. It’s hard to be alone.” —Leonardo DiCaprio
  • “Travel should make friendships stronger and memories sweeter.” —Unknown
  • “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” —Ernest Hemingway
  • “Sometimes all you need is a great friend and a tank of gas.” — Thelma & Louise
  • “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” —Edith Wharton
  • “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” — Paul Coelho
  • “Sometimes all you need is a great friend and thirst for adventure.” —Unknown
  • “Nothing makes a good trip more memorable than experiencing it with your best friends.” —Unknown
  • “Traveling with a pal can be the foundation for a lifelong friendship.” —Unknown
  • “Good times and crazy friends make the best memories.” —Unknown
  • “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.” —Unknown
  • “Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”— Richard Bach

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15 Best Have a Great Trip Wishes And Messages For Travelling

Have A Nice Trip : Are you looking for some of the best Have a Great Trip Wishes to wish someone before they leave on their vacation? When someone is about to leave for their trip, they are usually excited and happy to be taking some time off work. The last thing you want to tell them before they leave is something stressful. Wish them a trip of their lives with some of these awesome have a great trip wishes that they will love. And maybe they’ll even bring you back a souvenir! Get some inspiration from our quotes and start wishing away!

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  • Finally, you are leaving on a holiday that was long overdue. I wish you nothing but the best memories and a wonderful trip.

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  • Goodbye and have a great trip. Please know that every one of us at the office will take good care of your work for you.

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  • The world is a beautiful place, and one must take the time to enjoy it time and again. I’m so happy that you’re leaving on your vacation.
  • I wish you a safe and happy trip. Remember, the journey is more important than the destination, so have fun on the flight .
  • I hope that you make some of the best memories on this trip. May you find your much-needed peace.

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Have A Nice Trip

  • I am so happy that you decided to leave on this trip. You work so hard, and you needed a break.

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  • Enjoy this trip that you are headed on. We are so jealous and happy for you at the same time.
  • Life was meant for great adventures, and I’m so glad that you are leaving on one! Have a nice trip, my friend.
  • It is time for you to leave all your worries behind and enjoy your trip. I hope you have a wonderful trip.

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  • What good would life be if we didn’t take the time to stop and smell the roses? Have a great trip and make awesome memories.

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Have A Good Trip Wishes For Friends And Family

  • What can I tell you except that I hope you have the most memorable trip of your life? Have a good trip. See you soon.

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  • As you embark on this trip, I hope you have safe travels, and I hope you make tons of new friends. Have a good trip.
  • There is nothing that one needs to have a fulfilling life: just a little bit of time to have a fun trip with friends! I’m so glad you’re going on your journey.
  • It is always a great idea to pack a suitcase and leave on an adventure. Have a good trip. Come back with many memories.

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  • We will definitely miss you when you are gone, but we’ll be happy knowing that you are having a grand time. Have the best trip ever!

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10 Best Vacations for Teens to Take Before College

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They say we only have eighteen summers with our kids. In reality, it is even less. When our kids become teenagers, things like athletics, friends, and jobs start stealing them away long before they leave for college. If you want to make the most of the time you have, create memories that you will all treasure on these best vacations for teens.

Who knows, your teens may enjoy your family trips so much that they even want to continue traveling with you after they fly the nest!

Family vacation ideas for teenagers aren’t one-size-fits-all. Some of us have adventurous teens, while others have teenage kids that are homebodies and need to be coaxed into trying something new. Just like all family travel, you need to find the right balance that appeals to their interests.

We have found that the best memories are created when we break our bad habits from home (primarily our phone addictions) and spend time actively engaged in experiences together. It doesn’t always take something epic or expensive to break those bad habits, but it does take something special and these ideas for vacations with teenagers are a good start.

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7 Tips for the Best Teen Vacations

Stay busy! We have found that one of the tricks for traveling with teens is keeping them busy. It is way too easy for the grumbling and whining to start the second they feel bored. So don’t let them get bored. Keep them moving, active, and interested. Then when you do have downtime, it feels precious and welcomed.

But don’t forget the downtime. I found the sweet spot for family travel to be between the ages of eight and twelve. Before that, kids tire easily and after that, we have found that teenagers actually need more downtime than tweens. So don’t push it, if they like to sleep late then don’t schedule early morning activities. Make sure there is at least one day without a scheduled activity. Give them time (and space) to decompress at the end of the day.

Take a tech break. Our family has found that forced technology breaks (e.g. “no phones on vacation”) just don’t work — for any of us. But the easiest way to get a real break from technology is by staying busy and doing activities together. Because when we are actively doing something, we don’t have any hands free to hold our phones.

This gets a whole lot easier when you are somewhere that doesn’t have great cell service or WiFi during the day (e.g. national parks, international trips with cellular turned off). Since we live our lives online, we always allow time for everyone to reconnect over WiFi at the end of the day, so no one is going cold turkey on breaking the phone addiction. That balance has been enough to keep our teen happy.

Engage in activities and experiences together . I like to plan activities where we are doing things “shoulder-to-shoulder” when thinking about where to go on vacation with teenagers. This could be climbing a mountain, paddling a raft, taking a cooking class, or learning Moroccan drumming.

The idea is that you are doing it together and it gives you the opportunity to struggle, fail, succeed, or show how to handle fear or challenges. But most of all, these experiences tend to be where the stories come from — the funny things that happen, the silly thing someone said, or the way you worked together on a task.

Give them their space. When teens have full-grown (or nearly full-grown) bodies they need more space and privacy. It gets harder to share a bed with a sibling or get a good night’s sleep on a pull-out couch or rollaway cot. Too many bodies in too small of a space is going to get on everyone’s nerves. This is the time to splurge on the suite, get two rooms, or book an Airbnb/ vrbo to give everyone some extra space.

Plan something special. Give your teen bragging rights or an Instagrammable moment, or just something that will stick in their memory bank with a “wow” experience. It could be high tea in London, an art class in Florence, rafting through the Grand Canyon, bungee jumping, or anything that matches their interest.

Capture the memories! Time goes too fast (trust me) and we aren’t good at getting family photos. A family vacation is a perfect time to get photos of the whole family with a photo shoot. I always use Flytographer. Get $25 off your first photo shoot with CODE57715 or use my referral link .

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10 Best Vacations for Teens

I’ve put together a list of some of our best vacations with teens, and if you aren’t in the teen years yet, here are some recommendations for the best vacations for kids too. And, if you are planning a special graduation trip , I have some ideas for those as well.

1. For Outdoorsy Teens: Dude Ranch Vacation

trail ride at Nine Quarter Circle ranch

We did a dude ranch vacation at the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Montana a few years ago and it is still one of our best teen vacations. There is just something about the way the teens and adults come together and bond over a week-long experience in nature. It is a great way to disconnect, enjoy nature, and have some good old-fashioned fun as a family.

Dude ranches come in all levels of luxury and amenities so you need to pick wisely to best match your family. I would recommend a ranch vacation for families with tweens and younger teens, but call ahead and find a week when many other teens will be visiting. Some ranches offer a wide range of activities such as waterskiing, ziplining, hiking, fishing, boating, and more, while many focus primarily on horseback riding, fishing, and hiking.

Family on cross country skis in the snow

And while dude ranches are most popular with families in the summer, they can also be a lot of fun when there is snow on the ground, either around the holidays or if you have a February or March break. We spent a March spring break at the Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and it was incredible to enjoy snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, snow tubing, horseback riding, and other snow activities in the Rocky Mountains. Plus, Vista Verde Ranch has an amazing culinary program — I’d go back just to enjoy the food and bring only my stretchy pants.

2. For Active Teens: National Parks Trip

Teen standing on cliff in Theodore Roosevelt National Park with badlands in the background

When you are looking to take a break from the busy, technology-filled life, there is no better place than our wonderful National Parks for the best vacations with teenagers. But don’t just drive through on road trips, make sure you stop and get outside.

Most parks offer amazing hikes and wildlife viewing and others have access to activities like horseback riding or kayaking. Often there will be a state park nearby that has even more opportunities for adventure and will be much less crowded. Given the popularity of national parks in recent years, be sure to check the park website or social media to learn if you need reservations to enter (especially Rocky Mountain National Park and Glacier National Park) or a permit to do certain hikes (like in Arches National Park).

Some of our favorite national park road trips have been:

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota (no crowds, beautiful scenery, and great wildlife)
  • Smith Rock State Park in the Bend area in Central Oregon (amazing rock climbing and not too far from the stunning Crater Lake National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park (great hikes and lakes)
  • Yellowstone National Park (amazing wildlife, landscapes, and thermal features)
  • Custer State Park in South Dakota (as well as Badlands National Park ) in the Black Hills
  • Glacier National Park and Western Montana

3. For the Theme Park Lover: Orlando, FLorida

Two teens in Magic Kingdom

Yes, you may have done the obligatory theme park trip when the kids were young, but it can be a whole different experience with teens. Instead of Princesses and Character Meet and Greets, it is all about the rides and immersive experiences. As the Universal Orlando commercials show, some parks are more for big kids.

Between the thrill rides, Wizarding World of Harry Potter , and special age 13+ events like Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Orlando is a great pick for teens. And if they love water parks , Volcano Bay and Margaritaville’s H2O Live both offer truly innovative features and attractions.

And now, Disney has certainly stepped things up with the addition of Galaxy Edge for Star Wars fans and the immersive Pandora – The World of Avatar , in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. I know plenty of “big kids” (ehem, young adults) that still love a theme park vacation — including my nephews who have gotten engaged at Disney or have taken a honeymoon to Disney.

But don’t worry, if you don’t love theme parks, there are still plenty of other fun things to do in Orlando . Here are my teen’s picks for the best Disney rides for teens .

4. For Beach Lovers: All-inclusive Resorts

Handstand on beach at Grand Velas

All-inclusive resorts are great for when you want to plan a multi-generational trip to make memories with the whole family. However, I have found that it helps to either bring a friend for older teens if they don’t have any family members the same age, or make sure you find a very teen-friendly resort.

Plus, an all-inclusive resort gives teens a little independence and you don’t need to worry about the tab they are running up for virgin Pina Coladas at the swim-up bar.

Two amazing resorts for teens are the Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Beaches Turks and Caicos . Grand Velas has a tricked-out teen club and tons of activities. Beaches is the only resort that I’ve seen that includes activities like snorkeling and scuba diving (as well as a gigantic X-Box Lounge.)

We have tried some luxury resorts like the Ritz-Carlton Aruba and the Four Seasons Costa Rica, and even the kid-centric Atlantis that have been nice too, but the kids really love the relaxing atmosphere and freedom they can have at a stand-alone, all-inclusive resort. My friend Kirsten has some great suggestions for all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica .

5. For the Thrill Seeker: Outdoor Adventure Trips

Mom and daughter on top of mountain with arms up

National Parks are great, but if you want to kick the adventure up a notch, an active adventure trip will keep everyone going. Perfect for adventurous teens, these outdoor trips offer opportunities for family bonding in a way that few others are able to. And remember, if you aren’t sure if a full-on adventure trip is for everyone in the family, just pick a destination that offers a variety of outdoor adventure activities and mix these in between other sightseeing or relaxing.

Some great outdoor adventure trips (both domestic and international) include:

  • A multi-day rafting trip with OARS. You will spend most of the day on the river and then camp at night. It is good for families that like to camp or aren’t afraid to try roughing it for a different experience. If you aren’t ready to commit to that long of a trip, you can always add white water rafting into a vacation to many different destinations.
  • Another option that keeps you active but has a little more comfort is a multi-day biking trip with Backroads . You will bike by day through beautiful settings like the Black Hills of South Dakota, and then head to a hotel at night to relax.
  • Some families might also enjoy a sailing adventure, like a Maine Windjammer Cruise or a Caribbean sailing charter.
  • A great outdoor adventure destination is Iceland . If you have the budget, Iceland is an excellent choice because of its proximity to the USA, amazing landscapes, and fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experiences like glacier hiking, ATVing on a black sand beach, snowmobiling on glaciers, taking a zodiac boat between icebergs and riding a super jeep through rivers.
  • Costa Rica is another great vacation destination for moderate budgets with activities including rafting, hiking, waterfall rappelling, and ziplining.
  • If you are looking for a more affordable alternative to Iceland, try the Canadian Rockies . You can zipline, climb a Via Ferrata , hike, go horseback riding , glacier hike, and more for much less (especially thanks to the weaker Canadian dollar.)
  • Another affordable Canadian destination that is packed with adventure is New Brunswick , where you can hike, rappel off cliffs, kayak, glamp, and even surf the tidal bore.
  • For summer hiking, we have also loved our trips to the Adirondacks and Lake Placid in New York

6. For City Lovers: CITY BREAKS

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Not every kid is cut out for outdoor adventure or wants to spend their time sunning on a beach. If you have a kid that loves art, theater, museums, and food, a city trip is just the thing. Visiting a big city is a perfect way to learn some valuable life skills too, like safety awareness/street smarts and how to navigate public transportation.

When visiting a city, it is important to do some research and have a plan before you go because just wandering aimlessly can get tiring and boring — unless that is exactly what they had in mind. Look up food tours, Instagram spots, street art tours, scenic lookouts, and other cool, new attractions that would appeal to teens. Remember, being the first to post from a cool spot like the Vessel, the Highline, or the Summit in NYC gives a teen great street cred.

Some of our favorite USA city trips have been to:

  • New York (Broadway, museums, scenic spots, and everything else — see the best things to do in NYC with teens and my complete guide to New York City with kids .
  • Chicago (affordable theater, great museums, public art…)
  • Milwaukee (remember, sometimes the smaller cities can be more affordable and manageable)
  • Minneapolis (food, history, shopping at the Mall of America and Prince’s Paisley Park)
  • Atlanta (great food , history, and attractions)
  • San Francisco (ride the street car, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Chinatown)
  • Los Angeles (Santa Monica pier, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood, LACMA…)
  • Miami (Wynwood Walls, Little Havana, South Beach)
  • Seattle (MoPop, Space Needle, Pike Place)
  • Nashville (music, great food , street art)

7. For the TRavel Lover: European Experiences

girl at a cafe in Paris

If your teen hasn’t been to Europe yet, there may be some eye rolls and sighs after too many museums or churches. However, if you find fun interactive  cultural experiences , they can learn and have fun at the same time.

Italy , England , Spain , Portugal , France , and Greece are all great for the first trip to Europe and offer recognizable landmarks and historical sites. Companies like Global CommUnity offer experiences like laser tag in Cold War bunkers in Russia and painting in Italy. There are also cooking classes like baking macarons in Paris and unique experiences like learning to row a gondola in Venice . All these experiences help create deeper, more meaningful experiences.

See our tips on visiting these European cities with teens:

  • Amsterdam with teens
  • Florence with teens
  • London itinerary
  • Lisbon itinerary
  • Paris itinerary
  • Venice itinerary
  • Dublin with teens
  • Vienna itinerary
  • Budapest itinerary

8. For the Culture Seeker: Cultural Immersion

Family in the Sahara desert

For a more immersive experience, help your teen gain a better appreciation of the world and different cultures in a non-Westernized country with a strong local culture. A few good “beginning” experiences in cultural immersion would be in Japan , Peru (hike the Inca Trail), Thailand (jungle, city, and beach), Israel and Jordan, or Morocco .

On a cultural trip , your family can see what it is like to be completely out of your element when it comes to language, food, and culture. Many of these destinations also offer opportunities for active adventure and the ability to interact with locals.

For example, on our Morocco trip, we took a cooking class that includes a visit to the souk to buy spices and ingredients on our own before we went to a local home to learn to cook traditional dishes. And in the Sahara Desert , we stayed in a tent and learned about the local culture along with a camel ride and some time spent sandboarding on the dunes.

9. For the Animal Lover: Wildlife Experiences

2 blue-footed boobies birds on rocks. Image courtesy of Canva

Another experience that brings smiles to teens’ faces is getting to see exotic wildlife up close and in their natural habitat. The teen years are the perfect time to visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador , take an African Safari, visit the penguins in Antarctica, or see the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

These are all bucket list trips that may be best to save for a graduation gift , but if you keep a close eye out for good airfare sales and work with vetted local tour operators you can save thousands. And if that type of trip isn’t in the budget, but you have an animal lover, try to visit some of the national parks like Yellowstone , or plan a trip to places like Cumberland Island in Georgia or Assateague Island National Seashore in Virginia to see wild horses roaming free.

10. For the Giving Teen: Service Trip

If your teens need a big dose of reality before heading out into the world, how better to show them the advantages they have in life than with a service trip? The thing about voluntourism is to make sure that your efforts are actually helping the local constituents and not just something that makes you feel good.

Me to We offers student volunteer trips, but also family trips that allow you to work side-by-side with local families to build schools, carry water and learn the local culture.

Read my post about 20 Service Trips for teens to find more options for summer or school break service trips.

What do all these trips have in common besides the ability to create lasting memories? They all represent a significant investment and need to be insured.

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Why you Need Travel Insurance

This post is written in partnership with Allianz Travel , my preferred travel insurance provider. All opinions are my own.

For the last few years, I have had an annual travel insurance plan with Allianz Travel . We always think about insuring large international trips that are paid in advance, but there are actually so many reasons to insure every trip.

Each year, I have had to use my travel insurance, both times for small domestic trips. But every time Allianz came through, once when I had to cancel a flight because I got the flu. The other when our flight was cancelled and rescheduled for the following day and I was able to utilize our trip delay benefits.

Here are just a few reasons why you should get travel insurance for your next trip:

  • Trip cancellation — many trips, especially vacation packages, cruises, safaris, and custom trips require an upfront deposit and have strict cancellation and refund policies. The only way to protect yourself against the unexpected is with travel insurance.
  • Trip interruption or delay  — if your trip is delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, or other reason, travel insurance can help cover your expenses such as hotel costs, food, transportation, etc.
  • International Healthcare — many people don’t realize that often your U.S. health insurance plan does not cover medical care or emergencies overseas. A simple fall or illness can be devastating without insurance, especially if it requires emergency transportation or an upgraded seat on the flight home to accommodate a cast or laying flat.
  • Delayed, Lost or Stolen Luggage —  travel insurance can reimburse you for the purchase of essential items if your luggage is delayed for 24 hours or more. And if it is lost entirely, the baggage loss and damage benefits will reimburse you for the cash value for the repair or replacement of lost items. Just keep in mind that different policies have different levels of coverage so if you have expensive bags and clothes, you may want to look for a plan with high benefits.
  • TravelSmart app  and Travel Hotline — with Allianz you have access to a 24-hour hotline if you need help rescheduling your travel, reaching airlines, or managing your trip. The TravelSmart app also helps travelers with quick access to emergency numbers, a medical translator, location-based access to pharmacies, doctors, hospitals, police, etc. The TravelSmart app is available for everyone, but Allianz customers can also track claims online and contact Allianz customer service.
  • Keep in mind that plans vary and not all plans include all of these benefits. When purchasing travel insurance, you will need to figure out your needs and work with Allianz to find the best plan with the benefits you are looking for.
  • If you plan on traveling more than a few times a year, you should also look at the advantages of having an annual travel insurance plan.

Check Allianz plans and get more information about travel insurance.


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Tamara Gruber is the Founder and Publisher of We3Travel. A former marketing executive and travel advisor, Tamara is an award-winning travel writer and recognized expert in family travel. Tamara is a member of SATW and the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and serves on the Board of the Family Travel Association. She is also the publisher of and the co-host of the Vacation Mavens travel podcast.

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Publish Date: November 21, 2022

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Really nice article, thanks for sharing such information. I went on dude ranch vacation Before a couple of years with my family. That was really great experience and beautiful memories. Wide range of activities was there we enjoyed horseback riding, rafting, swimming pool plays, fly fishing, cattle work and many more. The food was awesome and accommodation was also great.

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25 Ways to Wish Someone a Good Trip

It seems like a basic thing. However, how to wish someone a good trip is actually not easy.

Many people can’t find the words to say what they want to say. Some people just stay quiet, despite wanting to express their love, their wishes, and their fears to whoever is traveling. Not to worry, we have a solution.

If you’re wondering how to wish someone a good trip, you can start with the ideas below.

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24 Best Vacations And Ideas For Seniors With Limited Mobility


For many older adults who are wheelchair users or need mobility devices such as a cane or walker, the idea of taking a vacation can be daunting. Even if it’s with family members.

But the good news is that there are many destinations for senior citizens with mobility issues that offer accessible travel ( with family members or without). It just takes a little bit more planning. For example, you always want to check ahead to ask about wheelchair accessibility, access to elevators, etc.

Believe me, vacations for seniors with mobility issues are doable!

You can also consider contacting any of these tour companies who specialize in accessible tours for seniors. Or contact a travel agent to help you plan your trip.

Vacations are important parts of life; they provide the opportunity to recharge and spend time with family and sometimes friends. Vacations can also be great opportunities for exploring new places, trying out new hobbies, or even getting some exercise.

The key to some of the best vacations for elderly adults is finding an activity and destination that fits your fitness level and mobility limitations.

Many websites with senior citizen trips and ideas tell you about places to go but the truth is, a great many cities and towns are accessible to most anyone with limited mobility so I thought that in this article I will research some accessible vacation themes and ideas that you can do almost anywhere.

You deserve a break and we have some unique ideas of perfect spots for you! So take advantage and make this the best time of your life!

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Here are some great ideas for vacations for handicapped seniors to help inspire your next vacation! (If you prefer to watch our web story on this topic, check it out here.)

1. Ocean and River Cruises

Cruises are, in my opinion, the easiest way to take a vacation without too much physical exertion which makes them an obvious choice and perfect for many senior citizens. The cruise line can usually attend to most any special needs you may have.

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Cruise ships offer an opportunity for you and your family to explore new popular places while also enjoying the all-inclusive amenities of the ship itself.

I took many cruises with my elderly in-laws and I can tell you from personal experience that the ships were very accommodating for seniors who use canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.

In addition, they offer a wide range of activities on board and off-board (via accessible tours and excursions). There were times, I admit, that I never left the ship!

No matter what your activity level is, you can enjoy a great vacation on a cruise ship.

According to, the 5 best cruises for seniors are…

  • Azamara Club Cruises (a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.)
  • Holland America Line – I personally love this cruise line.
  • Royal Caribbean International – Another one of my favorites! Some of the most amazing ships I’ve been on have been with Royal Caribbean.
  • Oceania Cruises – Seems to be a more upscale cruise line
  • Silversea Cruises – A family-owned line with smaller ships that offer ultra-luxury accommodations.

Of course, you can also look at cruises via the port cities they can take you to. Some very popular ones are…

  • An Alaskan cruise
  • Caribbean cruises
  • European cruises

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If ocean cruises are not your style, consider taking a river cruise. These smaller boats are one of the best ways to visit beautiful parts of many countries.

There are many different river cruises in the USA, in Canada, Europe, South America and other countries.

Just like their ocean counterparts, the river cruises are a wonderful and easy way to travel if you are using a walker, a cane or a wheelchair to get about.

Some of the most popular river cruises are…

  • AmaWaterways – they offer river cruises throughout the rivers of Europe leaving from cities such as Paris, Budapest and Amsterdam.
  • CroisiEurope Cruises – another European river cruise line to consider leaving cities like Strasbourg, France and Engelhartszell, Austria.
  • Scenic Cruises – Yes, Europe has many river cruises and this is yet another. Leaving from Budapest, Zurich and Nuremberg.
  • American Cruise Lines – The USA also has a few river cruises as well leaving in locations such as New Orleans, Maine and Portland, Oregon.

As far as vacations for senior citizens go – I would rate cruising at the very top!

If you’ll be flying to start your cruise, read our article, Air Travel Risks For The Elderly , next.

2. Museums and Art Galleries

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Indoor and handicap accessible places like museums and art galleries can be one of the best things to do in some cities and towns. They can also be great vacation options for history and art lovers who have limited mobility.

An idea would be to visit a city or town that has multiple indoor museums and galleries to visit. Some of the cities that could be on your list are…

  • New York City
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • London, England
  • Washington, DC
  • Paris, France
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Florence, Italy
  • Athens, Greece
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Rome, Italy

If larger cities are not your idea of a vacation, consider these 100 small “Art” towns that you can visit and enjoy.

Smaller towns may not have the number of museums that the larger cities do but they usually have the most interesting ones. Here are some examples…

  • The Hammer Museum in Haines, Alaska
  • Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover, Delaware
  • The Bread Museum in Ulm, Germany
  • The Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin
  • Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho
  • The Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany
  • Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem, Georgia
  • Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa
  • Museum of Bad Art in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • The Kazoo Museum in Beaufort, South Carolina
  • The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The Dog Collar Museum Kent, England
  • The Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota
  • The Apron Museum in Luka, Mississippi

Travel for seniors with limited mobility can certainly include beaches. It’s a great destination for many older adults who love warm weather!

You don’t have to rule out beaches just because you find it too hard to walk on the sand. There are many beaches with boardwalks and sidewalks that you can visit.

If you’re planning family vacations with your grandchildren – a beach destination may be a wonderful option.

Some of the beaches and ideas that I can recommend are:

  • Daytona Beach – The beautiful beaches in Daytona offer handicap parking, free beach wheelchairs and easy accessibility throughout the area.
  • Miami Beach – If you enjoy the heat in South Florida, consider Miami Beach . They provide beach mats to make it easier for anyone with mobility issues to walk on the soft sand. They also have free motorized and manual wheelchairs with wide wheels made specifically for a beach.
  • Myrtle Beach – South Carolina also has beautiful beaches and Myrtle Beach is a great location. They offer free beach wheelchairs, handicap parking and accessible points throughout the beach.

You can find some accessible beaches here in the USA – see this list . There are many wonderful handicap accessible beaches in Europe too. See this list .

Read our recommendations on the Best Beach Chairs For Elderly Adults

4. National Parks

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Another type of popular tourist attractions are national parks. Many are wheelchair accessible , and you can still enjoy all the natural beauty that these parks have to offer.

According to the best places for those with limited mobility are…

  • Acadia National Park in Maine
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado
  • Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • Glacier National Park in Montana
  • Yellowstone National Park that spans Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

Read more about visiting U.S. National Parks in our articles about the National Park Pass for Seniors (here) and about the America The Beautiful senior passes (here) and whether they are worth the purchase.

5. Botanical Gardens

A botanical garden can be a great place to visit for some vacation time. Many adults love to visit Botanical Gardens and why not? They are filled with beautiful and unique flowers and plants and offer a wonderful, serene setting.

Here are just a few botanical gardens that are perfect for seniors who use a cane, a walker or a wheelchair.

  • United States Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC
  • Montreal Botanical Garden in Montreal, Canada
  • Adelaide Botanic Garden in Adelaide, Australia
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York
  • Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida
  • Waimea Valley and Falls Arboretum in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens in Singapore
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa

6. Bus Tours

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When I was younger I took a few bus trips with my classmates and what I remember is a lot of talking, laughing and singing!

After having just taken a bus tour in Iceland, Robin (the other half of Senior Safety Advice) says that after a few days, the members of her bus tour were in a very similar situation (minus the singing!).

Bus tours are a streamlined “cruise on land” that can take you to many popular destinations in a comfortable and relaxed manner.

As Robin found with her tour, they are perfect for many senior travelers who are looking for limited mobility vacations.

There were several seniors with limited mobility in her group and they were watched out for and cared for by everyone on the bus ( Find out whether Iceland is good for seniors to visit on a bus tour ).

One of the other things she loved was that the tour guide offered both entertainment and history all wrapped up in an organized trip. Leaving her to just sit back and enjoy.

As with her group, many bus tours are accessible for seniors with limited mobility and oftentimes the tours are filled with older adults so you should be in great company!

You can find some bus tours here at

7. Local Boat Tours

Local boat tours to beautiful locations like Niagra Falls, NY / Canada can make for a wonderful vacation for seniors.

Other types of tours like this can be found in…

  • Wendella Boats in Chicago, Illinois
  • Lake Powell , Utah
  • St Johns River Taxi in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Niagara Falls in New York and Canada
  • Island Princess Cruises in Stuart, Florida
  • Portland Boat Tours in Portland, Oregon

8. Tours for Handicapped Seniors

Embarking on a travel vacation is an enriching experience that should be accessible to all, regardless of physical limitations.

Let’s take a look at some tours that are specifically designed for handicapped older adults.

  • Travel for All
  • Easy Access Travel
  • Wheel the World
  • Ability Adventures
  • Accessible Caribbean Vacations
  • Disabled Accessible Travel
  • Epic Enabled
  • II Viaggio Travel
  • Latin America for All
  • Tapooz Travel

9. Music Themed Vacations

If music is your jam then consider a vacation in places like Nashville, TN or Branson, MI where many of the shows are handicap accessible.

  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Historic Ryman Auditorium

10. City Walking Tours

For those who can do a bit of walking with a cane or walker consider a walking tour. Just make sure to ask the tour operators how long is the walk and are there spots in between to sit and rest.

Also know that many major cities like Chicago and New York offer wheelchair accessible walking tours where you can explore your favorite landmarks in comfort.

You can also indulge in walking tours provided by museums such as the one offered by The Walnut Creek Historical Society. This is often a small group tour giving you a history of this beautiful northern California town.

Some other walking tours you can investigate are…

  • Historic Savannah Walking Tours
  • Wilderness on Wheels in Grant, Colorado
  • Wheelchair friendly trails in Austin, Texas
  • River Walk in San Antonia, Texas
  • River Walk in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • River Walk in San Diego, California

Accessible Cities

Some of the most accessible cities for citizens with mobility issues include:

There are several cities around the world that are known for being accessible to citizens with mobility issues.

Here are some examples:

  • Stockholm, Sweden: Stockholm is often regarded as one of the most accessible cities in Europe. It features well-maintained sidewalks, accessible public transportation, and many attractions and facilities designed with accessibility in mind.
  • Vancouver, Canada: Vancouver has made significant efforts to ensure accessibility for people with mobility issues. The city has accessible public transportation, including low-floor buses and SkyTrain stations with elevators. Many sidewalks have curb ramps, and attractions such as Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium offer accessibility features.
  • Portland, USA: Portland has been recognized for its efforts to improve accessibility. The city’s public transportation system, including buses and light rail, offers accessibility options. Many parks, museums, and public facilities prioritize accessibility.
  • Singapore: Singapore is known for its accessibility infrastructure. The city has made extensive efforts to ensure barrier-free access to public transportation, including buses and trains. Sidewalks and pedestrian crossings are generally well-maintained and equipped with curb ramps, and many public buildings have accessibility features.
  • Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne is considered one of the most accessible cities in Australia. The city has accessible public transportation, including trains and trams with low-floor access. Many attractions, parks, and shopping centers have accessibility features, and the city has a strong focus on creating an inclusive environment.
  • San Francisco, USA: San Francisco has made strides in improving accessibility for citizens with mobility issues. The city’s public transportation system, including buses and cable cars, offers accessibility features. Many popular tourist destinations, such as Golden Gate Park and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, have accessible facilities.
  • Barcelona, Spain: Barcelona has taken steps to enhance accessibility throughout the city. The public transportation system, including buses and metro stations, is designed to accommodate people with disabilities. The city’s sidewalks are generally well-maintained and equipped with curb ramps, and major attractions have accessibility features.
  • Seattle, USA: Seattle has taken steps to enhance accessibility for its residents and visitors. The city’s public transportation system includes buses and light rail with accessibility features. Many tourist attractions and public spaces have accessible facilities.

It’s important to note that accessibility features and infrastructure can vary within cities, so it’s always a good idea to research specific locations and services to ensure they meet individual needs.

11. All Inclusive Resorts

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Some other senior citizen trip ideas includes resorts!

All inclusive resorts are another “cruise on land” idea where you travel to one place and get to relax and do as much as you like or nothing at all.

I would recommend to search for all inclusive resorts and then contact them to find out if they can accommodate your mobility issues.

Some places to consider are…

  • The Caribbeans
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Turtle Bay, Hawaii
  • Little Valley Mountain Resort in Sevierville, TN

Read more about all-inclusive resorts in our article on resorts for seniors with limited mobility.

12. Resort Like Hotels

Many destination hotels have wheelchair accessible rooms where it is possible for a person with limited mobility to still enjoy themselves. I love staying in a hotel room with a great view. I often take weekend vacation trips to these types of hotels. I can sit back, take in the view and do what vacations are meant to do for me, relax!

According to some of the best resort hotels for seniors with limited mobility are…

  • Noelle in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California
  • Novotel Melbourne on Collins in Melbourne, Australia
  • Halekulani in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid, New York
  • Intercontinental David in Tel Aviv, Israel

13. Movie Themed Trips

If you’re into movies, maybe a trip to Los Angeles where all the great older movies were made. Make it a point to see at least one movie a day.

There are multiple movie themed tours available. I would recommend to contact the one(s) that you are interested in to get information on how accessible they are for your limited mobility issues.

  • Los Angeles Viator List

14. Theater Themed Trips

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Or maybe theater is your passion. Well, then a trip to Broadway is on the list!

But don’t think that New York is the only place to go for a theater themed vacation. I would recommend Ashland, Oregon which is famous for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

15. Activity Themed Trips

Cooking is something several of my friends love and they enjoy taking a culinary class wherever they travel. Making a trip to a great city and taking a few culinary classes could be a great vacation trip for you.

Outdoor activities are certainly not off limits to seniors with physical limitations.

Golf is another activity that you can still take advantage of! So why not make that a vacation destination for yourself if you love to play golf! You can find more information from the U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance .

Fishing tours for adults with disabilities can get you back on the water to do the thing that you love – fishing! If you’re an adventurous type and looking for a unique experience then consider the wheelchair accessible tours by National Geographic . They include things like Hot Air Ballooning and Riding a Camel in Morocco!

16. Book Themed Trips

If you’re a book lover like my friend Judy then you may consider visiting any of these wonderful book stores as an absolute treat during your vacation.

  • Powell’s Book Store in Portland, Oregon
  • Cărturești Carusel in Bucharest, Romania
  • Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal
  • Alabama Booksmith in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Ler Devagar in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan

17. Keeping It Local

Senior vacation destinations don’t have to be in a faraway place. Who says that you have to travel long distances to take a vacation?

I personally love sleeping in my own bed at night so taking a road trip to local places is a great way for me to take some time off.

Some perfect destination ideas could include things like…

  • Wine tasting events
  • Live shows in local parks
  • Visiting historic buildings in your area
  • Taking in the history at historical landmarks in your area

For many older adults, day trips every so often are a much better alternative than longer vacations.

Take a little time to check your local area for events that are wheelchair accessible. These places would also be accessible to seniors who use canes or walkers. Click here to do an Internet search .

18. Rent A Private Residence

If you prefer to spend your vacation time in your own space instead of a hotel then take a look at Handiscover – an Airbnb for people with limited mobility.

19. Games, Theater and Relaxation

For vacations with everything, you may want to consider places like Las Vegas, NV. There’s a little bit of everything there. It’s easy to get around and you can spend your time enjoying the theater, gambling, people watching or just relaxing.

20. Golf Cart Tours

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I bet you never heard of golf cart tours! What a great way to get around an city or area.

These are tours where the guests drive their own golf cart throughout the tour.

Here’s one in Rome, Italy and another in Iowa, USA and what looks like a fun golf cart tour in Nashville, TN . Check out other golf tours here .

21. Amusement Parks

I believe that all amusement parks comply with the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) and provide accessibility for disabled and of course, seniors that use adaptive equipment for mobility.

I would recommend that you contact any amusement park you may be considering to visit. This would be a wonderful vacation to spend with your family, especially the grandkids!

Here are some links to the information about accessibility for some popular amusement parks.

  • Disneyworld
  • Sea World in Orlando, Florida
  • Universal Studios
  • Busch Gardens

22. Riding The Rails

Trains are another great way to sightsee and get around for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation if you are limited in your mobility.

Amtrak is the most popular train service here in the USA and with it’s senior discounts , it can be an affordable way to travel for your next vacation.

The wonderful thing about train trips for elderly adults is that you can take longer, all-inclusive trips and even day trips locally. It’s really nice to have so many options available.

Of course, they are not the only train service – here are some great train vacation ideas to consider for your next get away!

  • Grand Canyon getaway
  • National Park vacations
  • Railway Adventures through Australia
  • VIA Rail through Canada
  • and many more scenic train trips to take throughout the world

23. Mobility Scooter Vacations

If you have your own mobility scooter then there are certainly many places you can go from national parks to cities and even beaches.

But if you prefer to leave your scooter at home (or you don’t own one) there are plenty of scooter rental places that you can rent one to use to enjoy your vacation.

  • Orlando, Florida
  • Seattle, Washington

Know that there are weight and measurement limitations on most lifts (for trains and buses) for mobility scooters so you will need to check with these types of transportation before you book your trip.

For example the shuttle buses in Yosemite National Park can accommodate mobility scooters and wheelchairs up to 24 inches wide and 46 inches long, with a top weight limit (scooter and person) of 750 pounds.

I would say that limitation is pretty common, but of course you should check in advance about any lift limitations, especially if you use a bariatric scooter.

24. Virtual Vacations

Finally, if your mobility issues are limiting you to the extent that you simply find it too difficult to take any type of travel, then you may want to consider virtually traveling to places from the comfort of your home and your easy chair!

Using a virtual reality headset – you can take a trip almost anywhere and see some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Take a museum tour, a trip to the Antarctic, scuba dive the barrier reef and travel through many of the major cities throughout the world!

For some locations, you don’t even need a virtual headset. Go visit these wonderful museums in England, virtually!

If you are looking to vacation in Europe but have some mobility issues, take a look at my article on European Tours .

The Importance Of Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is crucial for senior citizens with limited mobility who are planning a vacation. As we age, mobility issues may become more prevalent, and it’s essential to take appropriate precautions when embarking on a trip.

Here are some reasons why travel insurance is important for seniors with limited mobility:

  • Medical Coverage: Seniors with limited mobility may have pre-existing medical conditions or require specific medications. Travel insurance provides coverage for medical emergencies that may arise during the trip, including hospitalization, doctor visits, and medication expenses. It offers peace of mind knowing that any unforeseen medical costs will be taken care of.
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption: Mobility challenges can sometimes lead to unexpected changes in travel plans. Travel insurance can protect seniors from financial losses if they need to cancel or cut short their trip due to health-related issues. It typically covers non-refundable expenses such as flights, accommodation, and tour bookings.
  • Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation: In the event of a medical emergency requiring urgent evacuation or repatriation, travel insurance provides coverage for transportation back to the home country or to the nearest medical facility equipped to handle the situation. This can be crucial, especially if specialized medical care is required.
  • Personal Liability: Travel insurance often includes personal liability coverage, which protects seniors if they accidentally cause damage to property or injure someone else. This coverage can provide financial protection against potential legal claims and help manage any associated expenses.
  • Assistance Services: Many travel insurance policies offer assistance services that can be invaluable for seniors with limited mobility. These services may include 24/7 emergency helplines, medical referrals, translation services, and support in arranging medical appointments or accommodations tailored to their needs.
  • Baggage Loss or Delay: Travel insurance can provide coverage for lost or delayed baggage, ensuring that seniors have access to necessary items if their luggage is misplaced during the journey. This can be particularly important for individuals who rely on specific mobility aids or medical equipment.
  • Travel Support and Guidance: Travel insurance providers often offer travel support and guidance, providing valuable information about accessible destinations, transportation options, and facilities suitable for seniors with limited mobility. This assistance can help seniors plan their trips more effectively and ensure they have a positive and enjoyable travel experience.

It is important to review the specific terms and conditions of travel insurance policies, particularly regarding pre-existing conditions and coverage limitations.

Seniors with limited mobility should consider obtaining comprehensive travel insurance that specifically caters to their needs.

By doing so, they can minimize financial risks and enjoy their vacation with greater peace of mind.

Kindle Books For Vacation Reading

One of the great things about vacation is having the time to just sit back and enjoy a good book. But carrying books around with you is not very convenient. That’s where Kindle readers come in!

We recommend the Kindle Paperwhite because it can be read outdoors which makes it very easy and versatile.

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About the Author: Esther C. Kane, CAPS, C.D.S.


Esther C. Kane, CAPS, C.D.S. is a retired occupational therapist, a CAPS certified specialist. a certified Senior Home Safety Specialist and a CARES® Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.). She graduated from Florida International University and practiced OT in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina for 10 years. She specialized in working with neurological impairments in the senior adult population. Her expertise in home assessments and home safety issues for seniors will help you to make the best possible decisions for yourself or your elderly parent.

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Taking a road trip? These Western NC places voted among top 10 in US to stay. What to know.

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Several Western North Carolina locations have been voted as top choices in the country for road trip lodging this summer, according to USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice . From vintage trailers by the river to midcentury roadside motels, the choices in WNC alone have a little something for everyone.

It isn't the first time WNC has topped a 10Best list . Methodology provides locations chosen by an expert panel to voters in the community, who choose their favorite options to add to the lists.

Here's what to know about the WNC options chosen by readers for the 2024 10Best road trip roundup.

More: Asheville, WNC communities earn multiple 10Best Readers' Choice Awards for beer, breweries

Best glamping 2024

Coming in at first place on this list is Sky Ridge Yurts. Located at 200 Sky Ridge Drive in Bryson City, Sky Ridge Yurts has eight structures available for booking. 10Best praised the three-person Santeelah and six-person Fontana, and mentioned the cooking areas, full baths, heating and air conditioning available in each that make the yurts a true glamping experience.

10Best glamping spots

  • Sky Ridge Yurts (Bryson City, North Carolina)
  • Beaver Island Retreat (Beaver Island, Michigan)
  • Piney River Ranch (Vail, Colorado)
  • Treebones Resort (Big Sur, California)
  • Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo (River Ranch, Florida)
  • Nomad Ridge at The Wilds (Cumberland, Ohio)
  • Little Arrow Outdoor Resort (Townsend, Tennessee)
  • The Destination (Dadeville, Alabama)
  • The Resort at Paws Up (Greenough, Montana)
  • Borealis Basecamp (Fairbanks, Alaska)

More: WNC city voted among 10 Best Small Towns in the South: Here's why

Best roadside motel 2024

Two WNC options made the 2024 10Best list of best roadside motels. First was the Sunset Motel at third place. Located at 523 S Broad St. in Brevard, the motel has a wide range of rooms including a separate cottage on the property available to reserve. Rooms feature midcentury modern themes.

Rhodes Motor Lodge was the other WNC choice on the list, coming in at seventh place. The lodge at 1377 Blowing Rock Road in Boone features two stories of rooms all facing the Blue Ridge Mountains. In fact, the views were among the specific features praised by 10Best. Their house bar and restaurant, Canteen, serves homestyle meals and a rotating selection of local craft beer and ciders, plus wine and cocktails.

10Best roadside motels

  • The Groovy Nomad (Trenton, Georgia)
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Motel (Virginia City, Nevada)
  • The Sunset Motel (Brevard, North Carolina)
  • Roadrunner Lodge Motel (Tucumcari, New Mexico)
  • Bear Cove Inn (St Ignace, Michigan)
  • The Local - St. Augustine (St. Augustine, Florida)
  • Rhode's Motor Lodge (Boone, North Carolina)
  • The Starlite Motel (Kerhonkson, New York)
  • Americana Motor Hotel (Flagstaff, Arizona)
  • The Ozarker Lodge (Branson, Missouri)

More: West Asheville eatery is No. 2 on national Best New Restaurants list: What's on the menu

Best national park lodge 2024

Pisgah Inn, located at 408 Blue Ridge Parkway near Canton, was sixth on the list. The inn, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Pisgah National Forest, has a rich history beginning in 1919, when it first opened, and is one of only two remaining park lodges on the 469 miles of the parkway.

At an elevation of 5,000 feet, Pisgah Inn features views of the forested mountains and plenty of nearby hiking trails. 10Best also mentioned the quality of the meals served at the inn's dining room.

10Best national park lodges

  • Jackson Lake Lodge (Grand Teton National Park)
  • Paradise Inn (Mount Rainier National Park)
  • Old Faithful Inn (Yellowstone National Park)
  • Skyland (Shenandoah National Park)
  • El Tovar Hotel (Grand Canyon National Park)
  • Pisgah Inn (Blue Ridge Parkway)
  • The Ahwahnee (Yosemite National Park)
  • Many Glacier Hotel (Glacier National Park)
  • The Inn at Death Valley (Death Valley National Park)
  • Glacier Park Lodge (Glacier National Park)

More: This NC amusement park ranked in the top 10 countrywide; Coaster, entertainment praised

Best vintage trailer hotel 2024

Asheville River Cabins was fourth on the list of best vintage trailer hotels of 2024. At 318 Wanderlust Ridge in Arden, Asheville River Cabins offers reservations for private cabins and vintage Airstream trailers. Its website suggests hiking the property's river trail or tubing down the river.

Currently, riverfront Airstream rentals start at $159 per night. Airstreams are equipped with full kitchens and private fire pits.

10Best vintage trailer hotels

  • The Vintages Trailer Resort (Dayton, Oregon)
  • Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground (Buellton, California)
  • SkyStream Resort at SkyPark Camp + RV Resort (Skyforest, California)
  • Asheville River Cabins (Arden, North Carolina)
  • Sou'wester Historic Lodge & Vintage Trailer Resort (Seaview, Washington)
  • Hart's Camp (Pacific City, Oregon)
  • AutoCamp Yosemite (Midpines, California)
  • AutoCamp Cape Cod (Falmouth, Massachusetts)
  • Lake Bastrop North Shore Park (Bastrop, Texas)
  • Camp LeConte Luxury Outdoor Resort (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

Iris Seaton is the trending news reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach her at [email protected].

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The 24 best girls weekend getaways for 2024.

See which amazing locales around the globe are ideal for a girls-only vacation.

The Best Girls Weekend Getaways

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From city to sea, these escapes are perfect for an incredible getaway without the guys.

Whether you want to party it up, get adventurous with some scuba diving or pamper yourselves at a deluxe spa, these fantastic girls trip destinations offer something for every woman in your group. However you choose to spend your vacation, these girls weekend getaways are bound to help you and your best gal pals create lifelong memories.

Hot air balloons in Phoenix, Arizona.

This city, located in the scenic Sonoran Desert, is a wonderful destination for a memorable girls trip with plenty of options for wellness, art and adventure. Start your day together in Phoenix with a sunrise hot air balloon ride with Hot Air Expeditions, for a bird's-eye view of the sprawling landscape below. Next, explore art and culture at a local museum. The Heard Museum focuses on Indigenous art, and the Phoenix Art Museum displays works from many of the greats, including Monet, Picasso, O'Keeffe and Kahlo. This historic Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright's desert compound, located about 30 miles out of town – is another cool place to wander around in the area.

Don't miss the award-winning cocktail experience at Century Grand. For wellness and pampering, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa sits about 35 miles north of Phoenix and offers classes focused on personal growth as well as an award-winning spa. Or, head to the remote, all-inclusive Castle Hot Springs resort about 50 miles north of the city to bathe in the mineral-rich waters and dine on farm-fresh produce grown on property. For a resort stay in nearby Scottsdale, opt for the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North or the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain .

Victoria, Canada

Gold Terrace at the Fairmont Express hotel at sunset in Victoria, Canada.

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Reconnect with your friends in this charming waterfront city in British Columbia. Stay at the elegant Fairmont Empress hotel, which recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation to update its luxury Fairmont Gold experience. Put on your best dress for the iconic afternoon tea with finger sandwiches or meet the girls for the new Sunset Sips offering with cocktails served in teapots.

For some R&R in Victoria , walk to the newly opened HAVN floating spa to enjoy its outdoor hydrotherapy circuit. Leave time to visit the impressive Butchart Gardens with five themed gardens spanning 55 acres. Victoria is also brimming with historical and cultural sites, including Craigdorrach Castle, and you can find plenty of outdoor activities like kayaking and whale watching as well.

Read: The Top Weekend Getaways From Seattle

Newport Beach, California

Beach and palm trees at Newport Beach, California.

For the ultimate girls getaway, it doesn't get much better than Newport Beach . This Orange County destination – located about 45 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles – is home to attractions like Corona del Mar State Beach and the Fashion Island shopping center, an upscale open-air complex. When you need a break from shopping, explore the adjacent 1,000-acre Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve.

For a five-star stay with spacious accommodations, check into The Resort at Pelican Hill . The luxury two-, three- or four-bedroom villas are perfect for a sleepover with the girls. Spend your days lounging by one of the largest circular swimming pools in the U.S., hitting balls at one of the two championship golf courses or getting spoiled at the property's spa. For a waterfront stay, you can't beat the Balboa Bay Resort , located on the picturesque Newport Bay, with views of mega-yachts. Have a girls day at the spa, cruise the bay on a Duffy boat, or head to nearby Lido Marina Village for upscale shopping and gourmet dining.

Read: The Top Weekend Getaways From Los Angeles

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Jackson Hole welcome sign atop Teton Pass.

Hit the slopes with your besties at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for world-class skiing and snowboarding in Jackson Hole . After a day on the mountain, head to the iconic Mangy Moose in Teton Village for après-ski cocktails and live music. Hotel Terra and Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole offer easy slope access, as well as luxurious spas for relaxing and recovering.

The mountain adventure doesn't stop when the snow melts. During the summer months, you and your gals can go mountain biking at the Bike Park, take the scenic tram to the top for a waffle with a view at Corbet's Cabin and hike down through wildflowers, or explore new climbing routes on the Via Ferrata. You'll have so much fun that you may even want to return with your family in tow.

Read: The Top Ski Resorts in the U.S.

Aerial of kayaks explore the La Jolla Ecological Reserve in San Diego.

This Southern California destination provides warm weather, beautiful beaches , gourmet dining and upscale shopping. During the day, head out with the girls for kayaking in La Jolla Cove, hiking at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, visiting one of the many museums in Balboa Park, shopping in the Gaslamp Quarter or exploring California's roots at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

There's no shortage of dining options in "America's Finest City." Grab brunch at the lively Bib Gourmand-winning Morning Glory (worth the wait) in Little Italy, go for a sunset dinner cruise with City Experiences and grab after-dinner drinks at the space-inspired Mothership. Cap off your day with a sleepover at the newly opened The Lafayette Hotel and Club, which has been restored to its 1940s glory.

Aerial of The Las Vegas Strip at night.

From casino games to shows to grand hotels, Las Vegas offers many ways to spend a weekend away with the girls. To escape the hustle and bustle of the Strip, stay at the Delano Las Vegas , a quieter boutique-style hotel that's part of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino . Delano guests receive access to all of the larger resort's amenities, including the Mandalay Bay Beach and Shark Reef Aquarium. What's more, the Delano's spa boasts massages, body treatments and facials, and you can also enjoy a seasonal pool with a whimsical submerged chessboard and a lounge with panoramic city views.

For top-notch shopping, head to The Shops at Crystals. Vegas shows are also perfect entertainment for a girls getaway. Catch one of Spiegelworld's adults-only shows, a live performance at the Beverly Theater, a dazzling concert at the new high-tech MSG Sphere or live country music at Ole Red when it opens in early 2024. Weekenders may also enjoy the futuristic AREA15 for immersive art, a secret bar, rides and the surreal worlds of Meow Wolf's Omega Mart.

Palm Springs, California

Golf course with pond in Palm Springs, California.

Warm up in the desert with a weekend in Palm Springs . You and your friends can gossip poolside with a cocktail, enjoy a game of golf or round of tennis, explore the midcentury modern architecture on a self-guided bike tour, or take the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway for beautiful views of the valley below.

For an overnight stay, the Trixie Motel offers a pink party scene created by drag queen Trixie Mattel. You can also find a tranquil escape at the newly opened Azure Sky, with its updated midcentury modern aesthetic, or at Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa in nearby Indian Wells. At night, get dressed up for dinner at the industrial-chic Workshop Kitchen + Bar – one of the city's top restaurants – for contemporary American cuisine.

Lexington, Kentucky

Ranch horses eating grass in Lexington, Kentucky.

Steal away to the land of all things equine in the rolling green hills of Lexington , where white fences surround picturesque horse farms. Grab your friends and don your race-day best at the Keeneland racecourse, a world-renowned thoroughbred racing destination. Or, go for a horseback ride and stay the night at The Kentucky Castle, a 110-acre estate with European-inspired architecture. Check out the scenery and save time for a bourbon tasting at Woodford Reserve or Buffalo Trace Distillery.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green offers a free cooked-to-order breakfast daily, plus easy access to all of the city's can't-miss shops – including Joseph-Beth Booksellers in addition to the upscale boutiques in Fayette Mall and The Summit at Fritz Farm.

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There's no shortage of things to do in Atlanta . Wander through downtown's Centennial Olympic Park and tour the World of Coca-Cola, where you can sip sodas from around the globe, before taking a ride on the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel. Your group can enjoy some barbecue and bourbon at Twin Smokers BBQ or visit the TikTok-famous mozzarella bar Bastone! before turning in for the night.

Head back to your Lifestyle Suite at the Loews Atlanta Hotel , which is conveniently equipped with a Peloton bike should you want to burn off some calories. The property's spa offers a variety of fitness classes, as well as treatments like body scrubs, facials and massages. For the best views of the city, grab drinks at the Bellyard hotel's Drawbar, located in The Interlock. It has easy access to the area's top attractions, including Puttshack's high-tech mini-golf, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena. Top shopping areas in Atlanta include the posh Buckhead Village District and the expansive Lenox Square mall.

Read: The Top Things to Do in Georgia

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Sun, surf and fun are what you'll find in Miami at nearly any time of year. Spend a day with your friends shopping at the outdoor Lincoln Road Mall or Española Way in Miami Beach , or meandering through murals at the Wynwood Walls art installation, one of Miami's top museums . When you're ready for some nightlife, head to South Beach to dance the night away. Park your pals at the Hotel Indigo Miami Brickell in the Financial District to enjoy sweeping views of the Brickell neighborhood, an outdoor pool and cocktails at Mosaico Kitchen & Bar. For Asian cuisine and a clubbing scene, head to Komodo or Gekkō (owned by Bad Bunny and David Grutman).

New York City

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Friends can find any activity to strike their fancy in New York City . The FreeStyle Pass helps travelers save money and skip ticket lines at multiple attractions, such as One World Observatory – a top NYC observation deck option – and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Check out the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty during a brunch, dinner or other cruise with City Cruises.

Stay in the heart of bustling Times Square at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan , enjoy a more leisurely escape at the hip Arlo Williamsburg in Brooklyn or book a room in the vibrant Financial District at The Wall Street Hotel for a chic experience. New York City offers seemingly endless places to dine , from the high-end Clement restaurant at The Peninsula New York to the casual Melt Shop lunch spot.

Read: The Top Things to Do in Brooklyn

Napa Valley, California

Vineyard in Napa Valley, California.

Picture yourself and your friends sipping wine amid the rolling green hills of Napa Valley . An easy way to get the lay of the land is on a Getaway Adventures bike tour, which stops at wineries in areas like Calistoga. You can even sign up for a hot air balloon ride with Napa Valley Balloons – on a clear day, you can see all the way to San Francisco .

The centrally located Andaz Napa is a modern and convenient hotel to retire to after dining at one of the valley's top restaurants , such as The Grove at Copia with its farm-to-table fare. Also located in Napa is The Meritage Resort and Spa , offering a luxurious stay with on-site tasting rooms, a six-lane bowling alley and Spa Terra. For a storybook getaway with the girls, stay at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena and dine at Gott's Roadside for casual California fare.

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Los Angeles

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For the ultimate girls getaway, head to Los Angeles and experience luxury amenities, leading-edge fashion, skyline views and rooftop pools. Check into the historic, boutique Hotel Figueroa – created by women, for women – where you can enjoy a coffin-shaped pool, specialty suites and artwork by local independent female creators. At the five-star Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles , take in some of the best views of the city from the pool on the rooftop, see a concert at LA Live, or shop for clothes and accessories from up-and-coming designers at the nearby LA Fashion District.

Work up a sweat by hiking on Runyon Canyon Trail for views of Hollywood Hills. For a ranch-style getaway with the girls, head to Malibu to stay at the boutique Calamigos Guest Ranch, then dine at the Calamigos Beach Club Restaurant and Lounge, which offers scenic Pacific Ocean vistas just 10 miles from the ranch.

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Get your fill of retail therapy along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago . This central thoroughfare, which spans several blocks of Michigan Avenue, is lined with various shops and restaurants and several top hotels. The nearby Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago 's rooms are outfitted with bay windows that overlook the city, and the stylish Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown is home to a lively restaurant and lounge.

After a restful night's sleep, stroll through Millennium Park to see the iconic "Bean" sculpture and catch a show in the city's theater district. Of course, no visit would be complete without ordering some deep-dish pizza from a local favorite like Lou Malnati's or Gino's East.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Waterfall and dam along the Little Pigeon River in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

In the foothills of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park , you'll find amenities such as live entertainment venues, restaurants, shops and spas. The Island in Pigeon Forge entertainment complex features more than 80 shops and mouthwatering local eateries like Paula Deen's Family Kitchen. You'll find the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, an escape room and the Alcatraz East Crime Museum, which displays iconic artifacts such as Al Capone's rosary.

Also at The Island is the Margaritaville Island Hotel , which has rooms outfitted with fireplaces and private balconies as well as special offers like the "Margarita Package," complete with a frozen concoction maker. Additional Pigeon Forge must-dos include the Dolly Parton's Stampede and Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud performances, which are both top dinner shows in the area .

Santa Barbara, California

Boats in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California.

Have a quintessential Southern California vacation in Santa Barbara , which is known for its beaches, Spanish colonial-style buildings and abundant shops along the city's main road, State Street. Relax with your buddies at the Kimpton Canary Hotel , which boasts a rooftop pool, free loaner bicycles, and accommodations equipped with four-poster beds and yoga mats. The property's Finch & Fork restaurant serves seafood and classic American dishes.

When you're ready for drinks, venture to downtown's happening Funk Zone, where you can visit wine-tasting rooms such as Pali Wine Co. as well as distilleries and breweries. There are also great trails to hike in the Santa Ynez Mountains. In the nearby town of Los Olivos, in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country, you and the girls can enjoy handcrafted wine, expansive views and cozy amenities at Fess Parker; lodging options here include cabins and a charming inn.

Charleston, South Carolina

Downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Step back in time to 17th-century America while on vacation in Charleston . This charming port city in South Carolina is home to preserved historic mansions, beaches, award-winning restaurants and shops. Many of Charleston's popular attractions, such as the Battery and Charleston City Market, are easy to explore on foot or by bike.

After a busy day of sightseeing, gal pals can relax at Wentworth Mansion , a former home built in the 1800s by wealthy Charleston resident Francis Silas Rodgers. The hotel offers plush digs, a spa inside the property's former stables and the highly regarded Circa 1886 restaurant. For under-the-radar dining, The Wreck offers fresh seafood away from the crowds. Also in Charleston's Historic District, the cozy boutique Emeline hotel boasts suites with memorable touches like record players, plus close proximity to picturesque cobblestone streets and charming boutiques.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

White sand beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

It's hard to find a more picturesque destination than Carmel-by-the-Sea , thanks to its misty beaches and homes straight out of a fairy tale. This coastal village, less than 5 miles southwest of Monterey, is an ideal spot to hop on bikes and ride down to the beach and through charming neighborhoods with your gal pals. When you reach downtown, stop to check out the area's shops, restaurants and art galleries. For more beautiful sea views, venture to nearby Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Carmel offers a range of quaint hotels and inns, including the historic La Playa Carmel and the cottage-style Hotel Carmel.

Read: The Top Dog-Friendly Beaches in the U.S.

Charlotte, North Carolina

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The plethora of activities in Charlotte – think: artsy events, heart-pumping pursuits and top-notch shopping – makes this Southern city appealing to all kinds of travelers. Try whitewater rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where visitors will find the world's largest human-made whitewater river, or enjoy ample shopping opportunties at the high-end SouthPark Mall.

For boutique digs in Charlotte, stay at the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel . Overlooking an urban park in the city center, the property boasts amenities like complimentary loaner bikes, in-room yoga mats, a yoga deck and an on-site restaurant. Angeline's offers Italian-American cuisine at the hotel, while the rooftop Merchant & Trade serves up bar snacks and cocktails.

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If you're looking for an international escape that's close to home, head to Toronto . The city's abundance of distinct neighborhoods – such as Little Italy, Greektown, Chinatown and Little India – makes it a superb spot for foodies . Gourmands can pick up specialty items at Kensington Market. Meanwhile, fashionistas may want to shop for designer clothing at Bloor-Yorkville and music enthusiasts can check out top live music venues like Horseshoe Tavern, The Rex and Massey Hall.

When you need a break from all the city has to offer, take advantage of the Bisha Hotel Toronto 's amenities. Set between the Fashion District and Old Toronto, the hotel features a seasonal rooftop infinity pool, steam rooms, and four bars and restaurants, including an eatery with sweeping city panoramas.

New Orleans

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A vacation in this city is bound to include time spent sipping hurricanes on Bourbon Street and munching on beignets at Café du Monde. But if partying isn't your scene, don't fret: New Orleans offers something for everyone. The chic South Market district appeals to avid shoppers, Frenchmen Street boasts incredible live music, and the 18th-century Jackson Square is a must for history buffs. A streetcar ride down St. Charles Avenue, which features gorgeous mansions, is also a fun way to pass the time.

New Orleans is home to a variety of hotels, but for traveler-approved amenities and a superb location, hang your hat at the Loews New Orleans Hotel . This property sits in the New Orleans Art District and houses an indoor pool, a restaurant and a fitness center. Another option is the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel with diverse culinary options, spacious rooms and close proximity to many of New Orleans' top attractions .

Finger Lakes, New York

Dock at Keuka Lake in the fall, Finger Lakes, New York.

There are 11 Finger Lakes to explore on a scenic girls trip in New York state. Not only can you enjoy outdoor recreation on and in the lakes, but you'll also find opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing and golf. Maximize your time with your friends while visiting several local vineyards on a wine trail, seeing a show at one of the performing arts centers, zip lining at Bristol Mountain, shopping in Canandaigua, visiting a museum or petting an alpaca at Lazy Acre Alpacas.

A variety of accommodations awaits you in the Finger Lakes , ranging from campgrounds and bed-and-breakfasts to resorts and vacation rentals. For a memorable overnighter, opt for the Miami Motel with its art deco '50s vibe or the luxurious and historic Belhurst Castle . When you're choosing where to eat out, great options include farm-to-table cuisine at Kindred Fare, Roots Cafe or the opulent Diciannove Dieci.

Key West, Florida

Duval Street in Key West, Florida.

Escape to the Florida Keys for a tropical getaway with the girls. The southernmost key, Key West , is known for its abundance of ocean activities, year-round warm weather, lively Duval Street, historic homes and a laid-back vibe. Hop on bikes to search for the best key lime pie, kayak through the mangroves, taste rum at Papa's Pilar Rum Distillery, see the six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemingway house, visit the southernmost point in the continental U.S. and go sailing at sunset. For a night out, have a classic shot of whiskey with a pickle juice chaser at one of the iconic bars on the island, such as Sloppy Joe's or Capt. Tony's Saloon.

For overnight accommodations, explore the top resorts in the Florida Keys . You may want to stay at a beachfront property such as The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton . There's also the budget-friendly, adults-only NYAH Key West with bunk beds rooms that sleep up to six guests.

Read: The Top Florida Keys Beaches

Asheville, North Carolina

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For a girls trip focused on outdoor adventure, Asheville is a great choice because of its location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Explore the area's top hikes to get your adrenaline pumping. Your group will love getting a taste of life as a Vanderbilt by staying at the extravagant and historic Biltmore Estate. With 8,000 acres to explore here, activities include hiking, biking, fishing, floating on the river, horseback and carriage rides, bird walks, farm tours and more. Guests can stay at the Village Hotel, The Inn or one of the cottages that sleep up to five.

If you'd rather stay in town, The Foundry Hotel Asheville, Curio Collection by Hilton has a modern industrial ambiance with Appalachian cuisine and elegant guest rooms. With the property located in The Block, Asheville's historic Black business district, you'll be within walking distance of the vibrant downtown scene and its multitude of shopping and dining options.

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Sharael Kolberg is a U.S. News & World Report contributor with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to planning girls trips with her friends. She prefers to plan getaways in places that offer outdoor adventure and five-star spas. Her favorite destinations include Palms Springs, Jackson Hole and British Columbia. Kolberg used her personal experience and research skills to curate this list of the best girls trip ideas.

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Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan's Archewell Foundation back in good standing with state authorities

Archewell Foundation , the charity founded by Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan , is back on track as current after the California Attorney General's Office erroneously declared it delinquent, apparently due to an administration error.

The state's Department of Registry of Charities and Fundraisers declared the organization "delinquent," determining that it either hasn't submitted an annual report or paid its annual registration fees.

According to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly, the organization paid its registration fees with a physical check that was never received. A new check was resent, with the matter expected to be resolved within several days.

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The person added that the California state tax filing, as well as renewal and required payment, were sent and delivered to the California Attorney General's Office, which received them on time via tracked mail.

According to online charity registration records viewed by USA TODAY Tuesday, the organization received a delinquency notice on May 3 for "failing to submit required annual report(s) and/or renewal fees." Records show that the organization's last renewal was May 15, 2023.

The status of the charity's annual renewal data is now listed as accepted, with a filing received date on Tuesday.

December tax filings revealed that the foundation's donations declined by $11 million in 2022 compared to the previous year. The charitable organization received just over $2 million in contributions in 2022, compared to $13 million in 2021.

The foundation, started in 2021 by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was created to "uplift and unite communities," according to its  website .

Harry, 39, and Meghan, 42, were recently on their inaugural trip to Nigeria to celebrate the  10th anniversary of the Invictus Games .

The couple landed for their trip to Nigeria on Friday. The duke and duchess talked with students and watched performances, met with the country's chief of defense staff and attended a reception in honor of military families, while Harry met with injured service members at a military hospital.

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's charitable organization has been declared delinquent and temporarily cannot raise funds.

Who is Barron Trump? What to know about Donald Trump's son graduating high school

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Former President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump's youngest son, Barron Trump, will graduate high school on Friday, but what's next for him?

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Barron is set to graduate from Oxbridge Academy in Palm Beach, Florida, an elite preparatory school for grades six through 12. The school prides itself on its annual 100% college acceptance rate, with half of the graduates attending a top 100 U.S. university or a top 50 liberal arts college

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Where is Barron Trump's graduation? 

The graduation is being held at Oxbridge Academy but is "private, by invitation only," as reported by The Palm Beach Post.

Where is Barron Trump's college plan?

No official statement has yet been issued, but Donald and three of his older children, including Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Tiffany, all attended the University of Pennsylvania.

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Although Barron is old enough to vote for his father in November, he won't be casting a ballot as a delegate at this summer's Republican National Convention, as was previously announced.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Melania issued a statement through her office saying that while the 18-year-old was "honored" to have been offered the opportunity, he declined the offer. The statement cited Barron's "prior commitments" for the decision but did not elaborate.

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12 Best Places to Travel in August

These are the best places to visit in August in the United States and around the world.

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When July turns into August and you’re fretting that summer is flying by too quickly, it’s time to plan some travel. Even a long weekend trip or staycation will be satisfying and fun, especially for the young ones who may be ready for a change of pace. A beach or pool in California, Hawaii, Mexico, or Florida might fit the bill, and for those longing for distant places, we have several suggestions, including Kenya, Scotland, and Montenegro. 

Fresh mountain air in Jackson Hole and delightful breezes in New England, Nova Scotia, and Chicago (there are beaches on Lake Michigan and cruises on the Chicago River) will be refreshing in August. These are the best places to travel in August in the U.S. and around the world. 

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Malibu, California

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From a 30-mile stretch of surf to the hills and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu is a destination to put on your summer itinerary. If you read Travel + Leisure’s Family Travel Digital Issue , you may have already done just that. Malibu’s beaches are world famous, and beyond that, the city with the glamorous reputation offers hiking, culture, wineries, and history. Imagine yourself at an ancient Roman country home with a visit to the art-filled Getty Villa . Combine a guided hike or 4x4 tour with wine tasting for a fun way to get to know Malibu. In Malibu Creek State Park , there’s fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding along with spectacular views in this area that is the ancestral home of the Chumash Native American people. Get to the beach with an oceanfront stay at the Surfrider Hotel Malibu , Nobu Ryokan Malibu , or Malibu Beach Inn . Additional lodging options include Calamigos Guest Ranch & Beach Club and Hotel June .

North Carolina’s High Country

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Located in the state’s northwest corner in the Blue Ridge Mountains , North Carolina’ s High Country offers family fun and ideal August weather in the high 70s. The Blue Ridge Parkway , called “America’s Favorite Drive” for its scenery, wildlife, and varied activities, is just one of many attractions. In Boone , the Boone Greenway offers an accessible trail for hikers, cyclists, strollers, wheelchairs, and leashed dogs — perfect for a picnic among gorgeous scenery. In town, stay at the historic boutique Horton Hotel . Nearby in Blowing Rock, Tweetsie Railroad features attractions for all ages, including rides, entertainment, food, and a zoo. At Grandfather Mountain , you can walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge , and at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park , you can ride in a horse-drawn carriage and tour a historic mansion. Nearby in Blowing Rock, Mystery Hill is a fascinating attraction, and Chetola Resort offers a variety of lodging. Taste award-winning wines and spend the night at Banner Elk Winery and Villa , High Country’s original winery.

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August falls in the area’s dry season (from July to September), so a trip then is well-timed for the thrilling annual Great Migration when more than two million wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, and many of their predators cross the Serengeti into Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Located in southwest Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve is also home to lions, elephants, African buffalos, Thomson’s gazelles, and cheetahs. The nomadic Maasai tribe also lives in the area, herding their cattle and often welcoming visitors as tour leaders or selling their handmade items. A luxury stay at Sir Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri safari camp or ol Donyo Lodge, Relais & Châteaux would be a memorable addition to a visit. JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge and Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club are other plush options. Several tour companies offer safari excursions, including Intrepid Travel and Jacada .

Oahu, Hawaii

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Beaches , museums, luaus, fine dining, and convenient flights make Oahu a popular vacation destination for everyone from honeymooners to families and friends. In Honolulu, the Bishop Museum , Hawaii’s largest, explores the islands’ history and culture, and the Honolulu Museum of Art offers an extraordinary collection. The new Wai Kai entertainment venue on the shores of West Oahu offers a wave pool with surf for beginners to experts, cabanas, restaurants, a lagoon for kayaking and paddle boarding, entertainment, and surfing lessons. Families will enjoy the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina , with a skate camp, hula show, poke demo, and kids’ activities. The Prince Waikiki features ocean-view guest rooms, fine dining, and Naio Bliss Spa. Choose from the elegant Espacio Hotel , surfing-themed Twin Fin , classic Royal Hawaiian , or an expansive Ritz-Carlton residence . Hawaiian Airlines ’ increased summer schedule to Honolulu makes travel convenient, and there’s Starlink Wi-Fi on the Airbus A321.

Chicago, Illinois

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The “Windy City” is warm in summer, with perhaps a shower or two — making this the perfect time to enjoy indoor entertainment with a visit to the Art Institute , Children’s Museum , or Museum of Science + Industry . The popular Architecture River Cruise offers a 90-minute guided tour, and an evening version highlights the city skyline. On the Navy Pier , visitors can watch fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The annual Chicago Air & Water Show will be held on Aug. 19-20, and on Aug. 3-6, Lollapalooza takes place in Grant Park. Baseball fans can watch the “Crosstown Classic” on Aug. 15-16 when the White Sox and Cubs meet in Wrigley Field. Chicago’s beaches , parks, Riverwalk , and “The 606” green space are ways to enjoy the outdoors, along with concerts and summer films in Millennium Park . Stay at the conveniently located 21c Museum Hotel Chicago , Waldorf Astoria Chicago , Pendry Chicago , Arlo Chicago , Park Hyatt , or Ritz-Carlton . About 30 miles outside the city, the historic Deer Path Inn offers plush style and comfort.

Edinburgh, Scotland

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August is the sunniest and arguably the most exciting month in Edinburgh , with festivals galore, and it’s a great time to visit the United Kingdom, Travel + Leisure’s Destination of the Year . The temperature is in the comfortable mid-60s, and excitement is all around the historic city. The month begins with music, dance, theater, and opera at the International Festival and thousands of free performances throughout the city with the Fringe Festival , both set for Aug. 4-27. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo runs from Aug. 4-26, and the Art Festival runs from Aug. 11-27. Be sure to take time to explore the city’s history as you enjoy the atmosphere. Stay at the new Virgin Hotel or the Gleneagles Townhouse . Within a mile of UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian features views of Edinburgh Castle, a spa, indoor pool, sauna, and steam room.

Nova Scotia, Canada

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Nova Scotia’s short summer from mid-June to mid-September brings temperatures in the pleasant 70s, with a few days a bit warmer. The peninsula, one of Canada’s maritime provinces, is located east of Maine. Festivals mark the summer season, with events throughout the area. Visitors and locals take advantage of the warm weather with whale watching , surfing , kayaking , canoeing, boating, fishing , and water sports. On land, hiking, fossil hunting, stargazing , and golf are favorite activities. Sample local wines , and visit distilleries, breweries, cideries, and seafood restaurants. Cabot Cape Breton offers stunning surroundings, dining, and a 72-room lodge with ocean views from every room. There’s hiking and biking on the nearby Cabot Trail , fishing, and golf on two 18-hole courses and the new par-three ten-hole short golf course.

This small country , with more than 150 miles of Adriatic coastline, is warm and dry in summer, perfect for spending time at one of its many beaches, quiet seaside havens, and lively towns. Montenegro’s diverse landscape also includes mountains, fishing villages, ancient walled cities, and forests. Durmitor National Park , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the country’s five national parks , with hiking, rafting, and stunning scenery in summer. August events include the Sea Dance Festival , Aug. 18-20, featuring a variety of performances in Budva on Buljarica Beach. Places to stay include the ultra-luxury One&Only Portonovi , set on fjord-like Boka Bay, with Chenot Espace for exclusive wellness treatments. Guided hikes to mountain peaks and dives among ancient caves and tunnels are among activities offered at the resort. The Regent Porto Montenegro’ s unique design creates the atmosphere of being onboard a luxury ship.

Punta Mita, Mexico

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This 1,500-acre resort and residential community on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is located just north of Puerto Vallarta, about 25 miles from the airport.  A variety of vacation homes, condos, and beachfront villas are available , and renters have access to four beach clubs , tennis courts, pickleball courts, world-class golf courses, and children’s activities , ideal for an August family vacation. Concierge services are available 24/7 in the gated peninsula community, and everything visitors need is there on the property, from restaurants to a market and food delivery . Warm summer weather is perfect for relaxing poolside, surfing, scuba diving, paddle boarding, boating, and bike riding. In addition to residences, Punta Mita features hotels : Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, and the exclusive Naviva, a Four Seasons Resort .

Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Gloucester , America’s oldest seaport, is located on Cape Ann about 45 minutes from Boston on New England’s Atlantic coast. The working waterfront is home to the famous “Man at the Wheel” statue, also called “Fisherman’s Memorial,” a monument to mariners lost at sea. August brings festivals to the city, this year celebrating its quadricentennial with events that highlight its history and seafaring heritage. Enjoy fresh seafood and ocean breezes while exploring Gloucester, and learn about its past at the Cape Ann Museum . Tour the harbor on a boat trip to see lighthouses, fishing boats, and lobstering fleets. The Gloucester Blues Festival comes to Stage Fort Park on Aug. 12, and the Gloucester Waterfront Festival is set for Aug. 19-20. Stay at the oceanfront Beauport Hotel Gloucester or the historic Ocean House Hotel at Bass Rocks for a memorable New England summer experience.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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August is a popular time to visit Jackson Hole , with sunny, dry weather reaching the low 80s, outdoor activities galore, festivals, and convenient access to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Hiking trails and the Via Ferrata offer gorgeous mountain views along with a challenging workout, and for a more relaxing way to enjoy the scenery, ride the Aerial Tram for views of the Tetons, valley, and surrounding mountains. The nightly (except Sundays) Town Square Shootout is a reminder of the town’s wild west past. Summer’s Grand Teton Music Festival , June 30-Aug.19, brings world-renowned symphony talent, and the Art Fair , Aug. 18-20, features fine art, ceramics, photography, and more. Stay in luxury at The Cloudveil , located on Town Square. Or choose retro-style Virginian Lodge , Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa , or Hotel Terra .

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Yes, August weather is warm throughout Florida, but pools, water parks, air conditioning, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico beaches, and off-season prices make it an attractive summer destination. In Miami, the Pelican Hotel on Ocean Avenue is in the midst of South Beach nightlife and steps from the sea, with The Pelican Café , a superb Italian restaurant. The Elser Hotel , Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club , Esme , and Carillon Miami are among other options. On the Gulf Coast, the Ritz-Carlton Naples and Hotel Effie are welcoming summer guests. On Amelia Island , August marks the beginning of sea turtle hatching season, and the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is a great place to observe the protected turtles. In Fort Lauderdale, choose the all-suite Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach , Westin Fort Lauderdale , or Four Seasons Hotel & Residences . In Orlando, stay at the luxury Grande Lakes Orlando with its new water park or the Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek . The new Brightline high-speed rail just debuted its Orlando station, and service to South Florida is expected to begin this summer. 

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Twins’ lucky summer sausage goes international with road trip to Toronto for series vs. Blue Jays

The Minnesota Twins' home run sausage is pictured in the dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, May 3, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

The Minnesota Twins’ home run sausage is pictured in the dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, May 3, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Krohn)

A Minnesota Twins fan holds a sausage before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Monday, April 29, 2024, in Chicago. The Twins recently began passing around summer sausages in the dugout. (AP Photo/Erin Hooley)

With the celebratory sausage in hand, Minnesota Twins’ Ryan Jeffers (27) celebrates after his solo home run against the Boston Red Sox with Pablo Lopez in the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

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TORONTO (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and their lucky sausage have gone international.

The bagged summer sausage that the red-hot Twins have been carrying for good luck made it across the Canadian border for Friday’s series-opening game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Twins posted a photo on social media depicting the sausage on the observation deck of Toronto’s CN Tower .

Hitting coach David Popkins cooked up the sausage superstition last month, grabbing an unopened summer sausage from a table in the clubhouse and encouraging his players to tap it before at-bats.

The sausage has already been on one Twins road trip, double-sealed in a plastic bag and stuffed into a shoe.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said the sausage made the trip with the team, but wouldn’t spill the beans on how the well-traveled piece of meat made it over the border into Canada.

“I wasn’t in charge of the sausage; I will not be in charge of the sausage,” Baldelli said before Friday’s game.

The Twins have won 15 of 17, taking their past five series. Minnesota is 22-15 overall, 1 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central.

Detroit Tigers' Wenceel Pérez (46) celebrates his three-run triple against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Tigers third base coach Joey Cora (56) points to the baseball during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Baldelli had previously said the Twins would ditch the meat after their winning streak ended at 12 games with a loss to Boston on Sunday. But, the sausage stuck around through a home series against the Seattle Mariners in which the Twins won three of four.

The Twins are no stranger to unique home-run celebrations . Last season, they brought a fishing vest and toy fishing pole to the dugout, a nod to the state’s 10,000 lakes.


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Jennifer lopez goes house hunting in l.a. with friend, no ben in sight, jennifer lopez house hunting in l.a. with gal pal ... no ben in sight.

Jennifer Lopez was checking out new cribs this week -- and while she had at least one companion with her ... it definitely wasn't Ben Affleck .

The actress/singer was out in Beverly Hills Tuesday -- where she was accompanied by a woman who appears to be her longtime producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas , who was seen leaving a luxury property in the neighborhood with Jen by her side.

There may have been others in the mix too ... but like we said, J Lo's hubby is nowhere to be found. What's also unclear ... why Jen might've been window shopping for houses at all.

Of course, Jen could've simply been tagging along for Elaine -- or looking at houses for other people -- but it certainly wouldn't make a ton of sense for her to be poking around on a new crib for herself ... as she and Ben snapped up a palace of a home in Bev Hills last year.

As we reported ... after a lot of back and forth, the couple finally pulled the trigger on the $60 million estate -- and they've been all moved in since at least last May, when moving trucks could be seen at the crib.

Considering they literally just bought a place in 2023 ... you wouldn't expect Jen to be perusing for herself again, especially without Ben by her side.

Speaking of which -- this is the 2nd time we've seen Jen out without Ben. She hit the Met Gala solo last week, and we were told Ben didn't show 'cause of his filming.

Seems he's still busy.

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