For outdoorsy families
Cycle the Tanesashi Coastal route in Hachinohe
The Tanesashi Coast cycle route extends from the island of Kabushima and runs towards the city of Kuji. Visitors can rent bicycles equipped with recorded guidance and battery-powered assistance – perfect for a family with young kids. The route along the coastline showcases both sandy and rocky beaches, grassy meadows and scenic views. Rentals start from £8 for 3hrs and £11 for the day. More information can be found at visithachinohe.com/en.
Where to stay: Shiho is a seaside inn where guests can see the sunrise from their room and explore surfing spots suka, Kanahama, and Okuki.
Party at Ullr Nights – Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
On Friday nights during the winter, Aspen Snowmass honours the Norse God of Snow — Ullr — with Ullr Nights, a nighttime winter wonderland party at Elk Camp on Snowmass. Visitors ride in the gondola up to Elk Camp for family-friendly outdoor winter activities such as tubing, riding the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster and snow-biking, with complimentary s’ mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire.
Where to stay: Located at the base of Snowmass, the ski-in-ski-out Limelight Hotel Snowmass offers family extras including Colorado’s largest indoor climbing wall. More information is available at aspensnowmass.com.
Enjoy Whale watching – Dana Point, California
The Whale watching in Dana Point is world-class with opportunities to spot them throughout the year, the grey whale season runs from November – April and blue whale season from May – October. In addition to whales, travellers can also spot dolphins, seals and an array of birdlife.
Where to stay: Next to the region’s most famous beach is DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach, featuring newly-refurbished rooms and suites that won’t break the bank. More information is available at visitdanapoint.com.
Hop over to Okunoshima Island, Hiroshima, Japan
Okunoshima Island, aka rabbit island, is located just off the coast of Hiroshima and is home to hundreds of adorable bunnies that roam the island freely. On rabbit island, there are short walks and great views while the kids adore all the cute bunnies. Visitors to the island can bring their own carrots and lettuce to feed the fluffy fellas; alternatively, rabbit-feed is also available to buy across the island. For more information, visit visithiroshima.net.
Where to stay: Located on the island itself is Holiday Village Ohkunoshima, a hotel and camping site, where visitors can enjoy delicious seafood while watching the sunset on the island where the rabbits play.