July 22, 2024

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Father’s Day travel deals, trips for the whole family

Father’s Day is fast approaching and, thanks to increasing coronavirus vaccination rates, travel restrictions are lifting far and wide. As such, leisure travel is once again a welcome way to celebrate Dad.

If you are flexible on dates and destinations, keep in mind Delta’s incredible deals for roundtrip flights as low as $97 or 4,000 miles. Travelers can also use Alaska’s last-minute deals search function to find great rates for impromptu weekend getaways.

While couples may want to indulge in a wine and dine getaway over Father’s Day, keep reading for some of the best travel deals and trips the whole family will enjoy.

Family fun and food in Las Vegas

If it has been some time since you last visited Las Vegas, know the Entertainment Capital of the World is thriving once again with live entertainment and endless options for culinary outings.

Extravaganza at Bally’s Las Vegas — the largest show to first reopen on the strip — is everything you think a Vegas showcase will be. Experience more than 30 different acts demonstrating feats of strength and flexibility, awe-inspiring aerial acts and acrobatics, dancers and musicians, ventriloquists and more.

A motorcycle act, Globe of Death, is simply mesmerizing and the whole family will hold their breath watching these incredible artists defy gravity. Add to that a wonderful assortment of Vegas classics ranging from Elvis to Frank Sinatra in creative hologram form, and you’ll see why this extravagant variety show is a winner with guests. In fact, Extravaganza recently won five Best of Las Vegas awards.

The Globe of Death act at Extravaganza - The Vegas Spectacular, Bally's Las Vegas

The Globe of Death act at Extravaganza – The Vegas Spectacular, Bally’s Las Vegas

courtesy of Extravaganza and Caprio Media Design

If Dad enjoys a variety of art forms, take the family to AREA15 Las Vegas for Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. This 360-degree, full sensory experience brings guests into Vincent van Gogh’s creative world with light and sound shifting reality. While at the immersive playscape of AREA15, take up a thrilling axe-throwing competition, wander through a digital forest, and delight in the interactive art experience created by Meow Wolf. 

Then to celebrate Dad’s culinary curiosity, take the family to the recently reopened and completely reimagined Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. Reservations are a must at this fine-dining buffet where guests are tempted with an abundance of shellfish, Wagyu hot dogs, a sumptuous carving station, vibrant vegetarian platters, and a sweet tooth pleasing dessert station.

Then spend the night at Caesars Palace with the latest deals and promotions making the most of this Father’s Day weekend. Combine a stay with in-room champagne and chocolates, treat Dad to a cooking class, or enjoy the high life with promotional pricing on suites.

Budget-savvy beaches in Dana Point

A SoCal vacation doesn’t have to break the budget with affordable beach accommodations in Dana Point. This Orange County beach town is midway between Los Angeles and San Diego and known for its dolphin and whale-watching cruises, active marina, and flower-lined trails at Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area.  

The city of Dana Point is active with beachgoers and weekenders, and there are plenty of dining and activity options here, not to mention standout boutiques for shopping excursions.

One of the biggest draws for family getaways in Dana Point is the wonderful range of affordable lodging options. This is one area of Orange County where it’s entirely possible to find a budget-friendly hotel with easy beach access.

Aerial view of Monarch Beach located in Dana Point, California, in the southern portion of Orange County.

Aerial view of Monarch Beach located in Dana Point, California, in the southern portion of Orange County.

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Dana Point Marina Inn is located directly on Dana Point Harbor and provides scenic views and immediate access to watersports. The 136-room, pet-friendly hotel is in an ideal location for area attractions including Mission San Juan Capistrano, along with recreational parks, and state beaches.

Onsite, guests of Dana Point Marina Inn can enjoy the heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi, along with complimentary amenities including Wi-Fi, parking and a hot breakfast. Room rates start at $149 per night, while a whale and dolphin watching package begins at $194, combining accommodations with two tickets aboard the Dana Wharf Whale Watching vessel at the harbor.

Beachfront Inn & Suites is another great family hotel within walking distance to Capistrano Beach. This boutique property has just 33 rooms and is tastefully appointed with recently upgraded décor and furnishings. Guests will also catch some incredible sunsets from the elevated deck and outdoor pool.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is just a four-mile distance, while Disneyland is a mere 33 miles away. Beachfront Inn & Suites includes complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast daily, with rates starting at $169 per night.

For Hilton Honors points collectors, book your Father’s Day stay at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach. This lodging option is just steps away from the iconic Doheny State Beach, while onsite amenities include an outdoor pool and rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Pacific Coast.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach offers accessible amenities, an onsite restaurant, fitness center, and pet-friendly room options. Rates start at $159 per night, with whale and dolphin watching packages also available.

Luxury in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Thomas is an easy Caribbean getaway without the usual international paperwork, as CDC testing requirements do not apply for American residents returning to the mainland from the USVI. Plus, U.S. citizens traveling from the U.S. won’t need a passport for entry to this blissful beach getaway.

Ideal for family vacations, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas has completed a $100 million renovation amplifying sea-inspired luxury and resort amenities. The location provides endless views over Great Bay while introducing guests to locally sourced cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and a remodeled infinity pool alongside a new, family-friendly pool with a slide.

Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Additional outdoor adventure is found with catamaran sunset cruises and snorkeling tours, while the renovated Club Lounge is a perfect spot for Dad to enjoy updated culinary offerings. The all-new Seaside Spa Cabana experience shares a private airy space perched above the ocean for specialized body treatments, while enjoying the tranquility of rolling waves and gentle breezes.

With five primary onsite food and drink options, families have a vast assortment of culinary options ranging from local seafood to poolside cocktails. The latest addition of Southwind Trading Post introduces an upscale barista experience with unique coffees paired with signature breakfasts, salads, and smoothies. 

For more information about visiting the United States Virgin Islands, and additional travel planning ideas, visit usviupdate.com.