One of the best parts of the summer is when we get to take the time to thank all of the dads in our lives. Father’s Day is the time for barbecues, hiking and celebrating our dads. It’s also the perfect time to travel– the summer heat is comfortable, but not too hot. Here are places to make any dad happy.
For the foodie: Charleston, South Carolina
The South in general is a mecca for foodies, but Charleston offers a balance of traditional southern food and food influenced by other cultures. After a day on the beach, dine like a southerner at Poogan’s Porch.
In the mood for something more modern, but equally delicious? Try 167 Raw. It’s an oyster bar with incredible oysters, but also fantastic seafood in general. Their tuna burger is fresh, but flavorful, with spices that perfectly highlight the tuna. With the ocean minutes away, it doesn’t get much better than this.
We recommend staying at 27 State Street Bed and Breakfast. It features local pastries and fruit in the continental breakfast.
For the musician: Nashville, Tennessee or Seattle, Washington
With such a variety of music, it’s hard to pick the best place for music. For fathers who love the classics, few places are better than Nashville, Tennessee. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, or the Ryman Auditorium, home to the Grand Ole Opry. Any music lover will get a thrill from walking in the footsteps of nearly every music legend from the past few decades. We recommend staying at the Hotel Indigo Nashville— it’s minutes away from the Ryman Auditorium.
Meanwhile, Seattle is a haven for new and alternative music, with a healthy homage to the classics as well. Start the trip at the Museum of Pop Culture which has exhibits that immerse visitors in the lives and music of artists like Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. Then, check out the concerts in Seattle. Chances are, a big act will be in town, or there are smaller venues that have great local talent. For the modern music lover, we recommend the modern Hotel 1000.
For the adventurer: Juneau, Alaska
Juneau is great for any outdoors lover, and even during tourist season, it’s easy to find solitude. Plus, just getting to Juneau is an adventure on its own. Visitors can fly into Juneau, or they can take a ferry to get to the town, which means incredible mountain views and with some luck, whale sightings.
Once arriving to the town, visitors can explore the Mendenhall Glacier and the surrounding area– hiking, kayaking, whale watching and more are all available nearby. We recommend the Aspen Suites Hotel Juneau which is a quaint hotel just outside of town.
For the history buff: Boston, Massachusetts
While lots of people flock to Washington D.C for history, Boston is older than the nation’s capitol, and was home to much of the American Revolution. Visit the Old South Meeting House, which is where revolutionaries organized the Boston Tea Party. For a full history lesson, walk the two and half miles of The Freedom Trail which takes visitors through 16 historical sites.
We recommend staying at the Boston Omni Parker hotel, which is just as historic as the city.
For the lover of the path less traveled: Omaha, Nebraska
Trust us, here. In June, most major cities will experience crowds from tourists, but Omaha stays peaceful year round. Father’s Day is about being with family, and Omaha is the perfect family destination. Spend the day at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, which has the world’s largest indoor desert in the form of a giant domed exhibit.
On a Thursday, join locals on the weekly Taco Ride, which is an easy 10 mile ride along a railroad trail. It leads to Tobey Jack’s Mineola Steakhouse which has a taco special on Thursday.
We recommend staying at the Magnolia Hotel Omaha, which is right downtown and close to a children’s museum, for even more family adventures.
For the art lover: New York City, New York
New York City might be a given for tourism, but the city’s art can’t be missed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Modern Museum of Art offer incredible exhibits that are just as good the first time as they are the hundredth.
Plus, there’s the less appreciated forms of art in New York City. Walk the Central Park gardens, visit artisan restaurants, and take note of New York’s ever changing architecture. Looking for less crowded exhibits and galleries? Time Out highlights each week’s mustsee art shows, from the classics to the experimental.
For even more art, we recommend staying at The James New York, which has a curated art collection, and features local art in the hotel hallways.
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