We haven’t been shy about the fact that fall is one of our favorite times to get out of town and the ideal time of year for a long weekend. (We’re looking at you and MEA break, Minnesotans!) To help with the planning stages, we put together a list of some of our favorite spots.
With its sandy shores, sunny days, unique museums, and easy access to some seriously famous theme parks, Los Angeles offers a lot of options for families on the go. Disneyland® and Universal Studios Hollywood™ always top the list of favorites, but Griffith Park and its observatory, the Santa Monica Pier, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame are all great options, too. It’s pretty easy to fit a lot of things in just a few days, so be sure to check out our itinerary suggestions.
Sure, this one might be obvious, but there’s a reason Orlando is always at the top of the list for ideal family vacations. Equally, if not more, famous for its theme parks than LA, the options for larger, more kid-centric resorts that still perfectly cater to visitors of all ages are hard to beat. Oh, and there are plenty of the other kinds of parks to see too! Explore some of the area’s beautiful gardens, try out one of the exceptional golf courses, take an airboat ride through swamp ecosystems, or relax on one of the many lakes that are ideal for fishing and boating.
For budget-minded families, San Diego makes a perfect choice. Why’s that? October is Kids Free Month! That means children 12 years of age and under receive free admission with a paid adult (limit two) at more than 40 museums all month long — that includes the Children’s Museum, USS Midway, Birch Aquarium, and even the San Diego Zoo, just to name a few. Plus, with an average temperature of a sunny 74° in October, it’s a great place to spend time outdoors.
Looking for something a little different than the traditional idea of a family vacation? Try Seattle! It’s great for travelers of all ages and makes the perfect long weekend. Pike Place Market’s famous fish throwers are sure to entertain, the Space Needle delivers truly jaw-dropping views, and top-notch museums are everywhere. If you’re a family full of nature fans, Seattle’s proximity to national parks is also a plus.
If iconic sights, beautiful parks, and getting around town on cable car sound like your kind of trip, San Francisco is the place to be. The weather is rarely too hot or too cold, and there is plenty to do outside. Spend an afternoon at Golden Gate Park (did you know it’s bigger than Central Park in New York City?); visit Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 for shops, restaurants, and sea lions; or take a day trip to gaze at the towering Redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument.
Taylor is part of the Communications Team at Sun Country Airlines. What she loves most? Sun Country’s love of all things Minnesota and the airline’s focus on making everyone – from crew to passengers – feel right at home. If she were hopping on a flight tomorrow, she’d be headed west to Portland or south to Puerto Vallarta.