family-friendly multi-generational trip ideas

Best Multigenerational Trips: Family-Friendly Vacation Ideas

By Candyce H. Stapen

Multigenerational trips are a rising travel trend. These diverse ideas offer vacations that your extended family will remember for all the right reasons.

Switzerland Just Won the Gondola War (If That Exists) With This Crazy Tramway

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/12/2018, 3:00 PM

Temperatures that plummet 20 degrees below zero. A hostile, windy crag 2.5 miles (4,000 m) high, totally devoid of trees. Air so thin that people can only wheeze, creeping around at 60% of their normal abilities.  It's not hell. It's Switzerland! Those are the conditions that workers endured to give the Alps a new wonder: luxury gondolas on the Matterhorn Glacier Ride, the world's highest cablewa...

Houston Street subway tiles in New York City

America's Most Mispronounced Place Names

By Zac Thompson

For travelers, nothing will separate you from the locals quite as fast as saying the name of their city, region, state, or street the wrong way. Impress them instead by learning the correct pronunciations of these 10 U.S. locales you might be mangling. 

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Exploring Alps near Lucerne: Pilatus, Rigi, and Titlis

3 Swiss Peaks for Every Fitness Level—And How to Do Them

By Molly Harris

Lucerne is one of Switzerland's most popular destinations, and day trips and overnight excursions from the city highlight the best of the Alps' picturesque countrysides, thick forests, and tall summits

The Arctic's Most Remote Cruise Destination Gets Less Remote

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2018, 12:45 AM

Polar expedition cruises—the industry term for active voyages in remote, icy waters—are a big trend at sea right now. They appeal to contemporary travelers' taste for unique adventures, while climate change has made routes in the Arctic and Antarctica passable for longer stretches of the year (a development it's impossible not to feel ambivalent about to say the least). Even the famously faraway N...

James Bond Museum Opening in Austrian Alps

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/26/2018, 11:45 AM

You'll have to wait until the fall of 2019 for the next James Bond movie, which is being directed by Danny Boyle and stars Daniel Craig in what is reportedly his last outing as 007. Starting on July 12, though, the debonair British spy's fans (Live-and-Let-Diehards?) can visit a new Bond-themed museum set at one of the shooting locations for the previous installment, 2015's Spectre.  The 007 Ele...

Hotel on Skis Debuts in Finland for Northern Lights Viewing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/21/2018, 9:15 PM

A novel way of experiencing the Northern Lights has come to Finland.  The new Aurora Wilderness Camp, located near the village of Kilpisjärvi, is comprised of three mobile cabins that have been mounted on skis so that they can be dragged into the remote reaches of the country's Lapland region. And because each unit has a glass roof, guests have a good chance of spotting the Northern Lights from t...

New Club Med Openings: Sicily, the Great Wall, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/13/2018, 2:30 PM

Club Med has embarked on an ambitious expansion project. The pioneer in all-inclusive resorts plans to add 15 new properties to its worldwide roster by the end of 2020, opening five resorts per year between now and then. Though you might associate Club Med with sunny spots in the Caribbean, major focuses of the company's latest efforts are Asia and the mountains of Europe. Openings scheduled fo...

What to Expect When You Stay Overnight at the Quebec Ice Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Every winter, North America's only ice hotel is rebuilt in Quebec. Here's what you need to know before checking in. 

Snow tubing in Quebec

Quebec Winter Activities That Make It Hard to Hate the Cold

By Zac Thompson

Quebec's cold-weather joie de vivre is contagious. Spend a few days snow tubing, ice fishing, and winter carnival-going in the French Canadian province and your seasonal affective disorder will be cleared up in no time.

In January, Learn to Ski—for Less—in Michigan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/19/2017, 12:30 AM

It might surprise you to learn that Michigan has one of the highest concentrations of ski areas in the United States. There are around 40 places to hit the slopes in the state. According to the Detroit Free Press, only New York has more (take that, Colorado and Vermont).  In January, 28 ski areas across the state are banding together to offer affordable introductory packages for downhill skiing...

Snowflake closeup

20 Top Destinations for a Winter Vacation in the U.S.A.

By Zac Thompson

Whether you love cold weather or dread it, you’re bound to find some travel inspiration in this roundup of 20 great places in the U.S. for winter vacations.

Why It's Good Most Big Ski Resorts in North America are on Multi-Resort Passes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/28/2017, 5:45 PM

Skiing has always been a pricey vacation activity. But today, it’s difficult to know whether one’s investment will pay off. You reserve a room months in advance, buy your lift tickets, maybe make reservations for good après ski meals, and show up at the mountain—only to find it’s brown instead of white. True, many resorts are expert at snow making. But as dedicated skiers and snowboarders know, the...

Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is unfairly one of the country’s lesser-known regions

14 Reasons Calabria Needs to Be Your Next Italy Vacation

By Michelle Fabio

Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is one of the country’s lesser-known regions among Americans, but that's not fair. We'll tell you why it makes for one of the best quiet beach and seaside vacations in Italy.
Snowy ski trail in New Zealand mountains

Where to Go Skiing and Snowboarding in the Southern Hemisphere

By Andrew Fleming

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere means ski season south of the equator. Keep the hunt for powder going at these 10 spots in South America, Australia, and New Zealand where you can combine an international adventure with a classic ski trip. 
 
Bird's-eye view of slope at Winter Park Resort

What's New at the Ski Resorts of Utah and Colorado? We Have the Scoop

By Violet Baron

Ski resorts in Colorado and Utah have made a number of upgrades and additions this year, from interactive apps that track progress on the slopes to major new ski lodges featuring local cuisine. Snow accumulation is still a risky business given the unreliable climate, but there will be plenty for guests to enjoy at these 8 resorts.
Nighttime view of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia from the slopes of Grouse Mountain.

Holiday Escapes for Canadian Travellers

Whether you're thinking of escaping to Caribbean beaches or capturing the spirit of the season somewhere closer to home, these ten suggestions will inspire you to find a place full of good cheer.
A skier catches up to the rest of the family on a ski trip.

Packing Tips for Ski Vacations and Winter Getaways

By Kara Murphy

Lighten your load by knowing what weatherproof gear to take, what to leave behind, and what equipment you can rent at the ski resort.
Chairlifts on the Golden Peak, Vail, Colorado.

Skiing the Northern Rockies: 12 Snowy Slopes

By Eric Peterson

Winter has already arrived in Colorado. Here's where to hit the slopes in the Northern Rockies.
Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View. Photo courtesy DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

10 Ways to See Yosemite Without the Crowds

You already know you want to see Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. Here are 10 more ways to experience Yosemite National Park.
Plane at Yellowstone National Park

When Weather Interrupts Your Trip: 6 Things to Do

By Sascha Segan

How to react when weather makes a mess of your flying plans.
A rock climber in southwestern Colorado. Courtesy Matt Inden/Weaver Multimedia Group

6 Exhilarating Colorado Adventure Getaways

From camping in yurts to ice climbing, each of these Colorado adventures delivers just the right amount of adrenaline.