Extended families are finding travel is a great way to build memories across generations. Of course, one key to multigenerational vacations is choosing a location that appeals to all parties. If you’re planning a trip with both your kids and your parents, check out these top destinations.
Known as a resort town and premier golf destination, Scottsdale is a desert city with a lot to offer families. You can explore the Sonoran Desert with 360 Adventures or Desert Monsters Tours on a guided jeep or sand buggy tour. Or, head to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, which delights train enthusiasts with a museum, model railroad room, playground and rides. Animal lovers can take in wildlife, whether it’s the playful otters and penguins at OdySea Aquarium or the wolves and mountain lions at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Visits to the sanctuary are by appointment, so be sure to schedule ahead of time.
With a family recreation center and six pools, some with kid-friendly features like slides and a splash pad, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess makes an ideal stay for a multigenerational getaway. Youngsters can join in fun activities at the kids club (ages 5-12), while the adults hit the links or enjoy pampering at the two spas. If your kids are grown, your family may prefer the tranquility of the adults-only pool.
The Golden State has hundreds of miles of beautiful shoreline vistas, and portions of the I-5 route provide scenic mountain views as well. For a multigenerational trip, skip the corporate theme parks for some low-key California vibes.
Set on the southern coast in Santa Monica, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows makes family gatherings easy with luxurious bungalow-style accommodations complete with living area, separate bedrooms and private outdoor space. In summertime, you can lounge in the sun at Miramar Beach Club and take in dinner and a movie with Poolside Cinema. If you’re looking for next year’s Christmas card op, luxury brand Vilebrequin specializes in matching swimwear to outfit your clan. Outside the resort, hit the iconic Santa Monica Pier for its carnivalesque atmosphere, fishing, street performers and shops. Plane enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the aircraft at the Museum of Flying, while Paint: Lab has open studios and classes for artists young and old.
Further up the coast, Berkeley is a relaxed alternative to neighboring San Francisco. Amble down Telegraph Avenue to get a sense of Berkeley’s heart and stop off at UC Berkeley for a college tour or sports event. A nature haven, Tilden Park is a great spot for picnicking or taking a spin on the old-fashioned carousel. Continue your outdoor activities at Claremont Club & Spa with morning hikes, golf, swimming and tennis. Swim and tennis lessons are available for your junior family members, as well as a whole host of exciting activities through the kids club. Use the Gather In Berkeley promotion to book multiple rooms.
Cross San Pablo Bay to reach Sonoma, an ideal stop for a family of oenophiles. Even if the grandchildren are under 21, there are plenty of wine country venues that welcome kids. For example, you could visit the ranch animals at Cline Family Cellars or play bocce and cornhole at Larson Family Winery. You’ll also find wine tastings and sommelier recommendations at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, where extended families can take advantage of the Gather offer. When you need a stretch, hike amid towering redwoods and oak trees on the backcountry trails of Jack London State Historic Park.
For families who enjoy the outdoors but not the heat, British Columbia offers a picturesque combination of coastline and mountains, plus some of Canada’s mildest weather. What better way to see part of the province than with a short road trip from Vancouver to Whistler?
With the Family Affair Package and a three-bedroom suite, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the perfect starting place for an extended-family road trip. Though being at the heart of all Vancouver has to offer (within easy reach of Granville Island, Robson Street shopping and historic Gastown), you may find it difficult to leave!
To the east, you can take advantage of the Multi-Room Family Offer at Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The resort’s health club has seasonal family-fun options, such as croquet and toboggans. Families with older children can enjoy expert-led walking tours of Whistler’s cultural high points and outdoor guided adventures like biking or paddleboarding.
If your family prefers to keep to the coast, Victoria’s extensive activities appeal across generations. Book a whale-watching tour for an up-close look at orcas, dolphins and sea lions, or tour historic Butchart Gardens, which offers a unique experience each season and a menagerie carousel. If the grandchildren are still young, use the Kids Rule the Castle offer at Fairmont Empress to book your accommodations and get child-friendly perks.
Shared experiences create lasting memories, so whichever destination you choose, make sure to engage with your family as well as your surroundings. Start planning your trip and Experience Fairmont Moments today!