Looking to explore new vistas and treat your family to an educational or adventurous vacation? Here are five ideas to consider for 2016.
1. MYANMAR Travel along the Irrawaddy River, where men wear skirtlike longyis and women and children are adorned in thanaka, a face paint offering natural protection from the sun. Markets bustle with fresh fish, colorful vegetables and rich fabrics for sale. Avalon Waterways recently launched the only river cruise to navigate the northern portion of this storied river. It provides access to villages where elephant rides are possible and tourists remain a novelty.
2. UTAH’S WASATCH MOUNTAIN RANGE This mountain mecca is known for perfect powder days, stellar hiking and biking, fly-fishing and Robert Redford’s film festival. It also offers a plethora of new hotels, restaurants and outdoor adventures. Get a Vail Resorts Epic Pass to elevate your family’s mountain getaway.
3. NASHVILLE Music lovers can head to the country music capital and explore its origins. Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash museum and the Ryman Auditorium. Change it up with a stop at the Adventure Science Center. Always family- and pet-friendly, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel offers packages to help take full advantage of your stay.
4. WASHINGTON, D.C. There is no better way to provide an educational backdrop for an American election year than to embark on the ultimate show-and-tell experience: the U.S. Capitol. To arrange a tour, check with your congressional representatives. Visit the Supreme Court and the White House, and discuss what the upcoming elections might mean for your family.
5. CUBA Join the initial wave of visitors taking advantage of relaxed restrictions on travel to Cuba. Explore the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of this Caribbean island before the influences of a more modern way of living alter its current patina. From the cobblestone streets of Havana and pristine beaches, discover the country that has been off-limits for most Americans for decades.