Monumental Midwestern Weekend
Your weekend will be monumental when you take a day trip to visit these top historical sites, museums and national parks in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Activities, tips and traveling tools for the whole family.
At first glance, Manhattan may appear to be an unlikely outdoor destination—but this big city offers an abundance of fun when the temperature rises. Check out these exciting activities that the entire family can enjoy outside, and see why New York City is your next open-air urban sanctuary.
In this East Coast favorite, there’s enough to delight kids and adults alike throughout the city. Whether you’re exploring outdoors or indoors, everything is within easy reach of the city limits and is sure to charm the socks right off you.
Orlando is home to many of the world’s most beloved theme parks, making it every child’s vacation dream come true. For adults, the sophisticated city of Miami beckons with its stunning beaches and Latin-inspired cuisine. Together, these two iconic Florida destinations — separated by a 3.5 hour drive — offer a family vacation unlike any other.
Mont Tremblant’s known best for its slopes, and for good reason. After all, National Geographic ranked Tremblant — with its 96 pristine trails — one of the world’s Best 25 Ski Towns. But the Quebec’s town true charm comes through in warmer months, when locals and tourists mingle on picturesque patios overlooking the Laurentians and Lac Tremblant. For some of Canada’s best mountain adventures, golf links and locally sourced food, head just 90 minutes northwest of Montreal to Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant.
There’s nothing better than the twinkling lights and colorful displays of holiday decorations. Their mood-lifting jubilance is always a beloved sight to behold, and even more so when they’re done with extra creativity and skill as showcased in this special collection of Starwood properties across the country.
When asked what binds us most to our home, our family, or our community, it's never simply blood or location, but rather something more active, more interdependent, more beloved - tradition. And there's no better time of year for traditions to be celebrated and honored than the holidays. Whether you live in the sunny tropics, the snow-capped mountains or in a bustling city, you have a set of customs that were passed down to you from generations before you. We’ve compiled a list below of traditions from across the globe, and while some are more quirky than others, they all give us reason to do what matters most this season; gather and celebrate together.
This year, the spirit of Halloween comes alive in Orlando. Offering festivities for all ages, Orlando is a spooktacular destination for a fall getaway. From vampires and villains to princesses and heroes, all are welcome to discover the magic and make frighteningly fantastic memories.
Blue Mountain isn’t just a ski town. Take a trip to this idyllic mountain village — just two hours from Toronto — overlooking Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay for a fun-filled retreat with no snow required. Call The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain home base to discover all the resort has to offer, from stand-up paddle boarding to a high-flying coaster to spa renewal and much more.
Working for the holiday weekend? Spend it in Chicago, where the parks are aplenty and festivals hit every week. From Summer Solstice to New Year’s Eve, the Windy City’s never short of holiday happenings. Even better: Extend the trip a couple of days to take full advantage of the full Chicago experience.
Adventure awaits! Discover some of our favorite kid-friendly activities in Arizona. From exceptional museums to splash pads and mermaid school (yes, mermaid school!) we've got your summer plans covered with a refreshing getaway to one of the desert's most popular cities.
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Sometimes life is about the simple and timeless beauty of seeing the world through different eyes. And vacation getaways can provide a glimpse at the variety of experiences available to us. Energize yourself on a fresh tour of SPG Resorts from the perspective of members/guests who have captured the true spirit of these inspiring destinations. See you on the slopes!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Hotels and resorts across the country are going all out with their holiday decorations. Stop by with the family for gingerbread cookies, Santa sightings, towering Christmas trees, stunning light displays and so much more.
Texas may not scream holiday like New York City, but with tree lighting ceremonies, ice skating, New Year’s celebrations and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season in the Texas Hill Country. Check out some of our favorites in San Antonio and Austin below.
San Francisco might not get snow, but it’s still full of winter wonder. This is especially true during the holidays when Christmas trees light up the city and quintessential events set the streets aglow with a style unique to the City by the Bay.
Seattle takes its winter holidays seriously. From an enormous decorated tree downtown to an impressive fireworks display at the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve, there’s plenty to keep the entire family entertained in the Emerald City even if the weather outside is frightful.
Major studio theme parks are great but exploring an off-the-beaten path amusement park can make for an exceptionally memorable day. Whether it’s a family trip or adults only, a visit to these treasures of the American recreational landscape is the perfect way to make everyone on your weekend vacation feel like a kid again.
Chicago winters may be chilly, but things really heat up around the holidays. The Windy City doesn’t let a little cold weather keep it from celebrating the season with festivals, special performances and lots of gift-shopping opportunities, from the Mag Mile to a European-style Christmas market. Bundle up, come out and play.
A weekend getaway is an opportunity to make unforgettable memories with the family, and luckily you can always find an amazing setting close to home. White-sand beaches, mountain trails, historic sites and some of the most picturesque towns in the world are closer than you think.
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