Wondering what’s the best way to thank Dad for all his encouragement and wisdom throughout the years? Whether his hobbies include golfing, skiing, or even dreams of being an astronaut, there’s a getaway awaiting that your father won’t soon forget.
Treat your dad to a Father’s Day trip this June, or give him the gift of travel and start planning a trip for you to take together later this year. Here are six Father’s Day vacation ideas that are sure to please even the pickiest dads out there.
Play a Round of Golf in French Lick, Indiana
If your dad lives and breathes golf, give him a golfer’s dream trip to visit French Lick, IN, where he can play three courses built by legendary designers Donald Ross, Pete Dye, and Tom Bendelow, all at one resort destination.
Showcasing the hills of Indiana, the Pete Dye Course is carved into the hillside of one of the highest points in the state. Constructed in 1917, the legendary Donald Ross Course has been home to many regional and national tournaments and its rolling hills naturally create a challenging yet scenic golf destination.
Then there’s the nine-hole golf course, the Valley Links Course, converted from the original 18-hole Tom Bendelow Valley Links. No matter which courses Dad chooses, he’ll remember this getaway for years to come.
Where to Stay: You won’t just enjoy a round of golf at the West Baden Springs Hotel. Once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the hotel hosts an atrium that spans 200 feet. The hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels Worldwide and is committed to preserving this historic treasure.
Explore the Space Center in Hampton, Virginia
The Virginia Air & Space Center is home to the official visitor center of NASA Langley Research Center. Dad will enjoy interactive STEM exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircrafts, a hands-on space gallery, unique space flight artifacts, and more. If your dad is a space enthusiast, he’ll want to spend a day or two exploring the center. Be sure and allow time for a viewing in their IMAX theater as well.
Where to Stay: In the heart of downtown Hampton, the Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center, located near the Peninsula Town Center, is where you’ll find a variety of restaurants, retail shops, and entertainment outlets.
Take Him Fishing in Stevensville, Maryland
Every fishing enthusiast should get the chance to fish in the Chesapeake Bay and catch the most popular gamefish on the Eastern Seaboard—the striped bass. The spring trophy season is when the big bruisers, as large as 50 or more pounds, visit the freshwater to spawn—a good portion of which spawn in the Chesapeake.
Where to Stay: Rest your heads near the fishing action at the Inn at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Located on Kent Island, the club boasts 77 beautifully appointed guest rooms, plus suites and cottages. Treat Dad to a relaxing spa visit while you’re there. At the Knoxie’s Table, enjoy seasonal cuisine inspired by the farmers and watermen of the region.
Go Rock Climbing in Moab, Utah
If Dad enjoys getting out and hiking, take him to Arches National Park in Moab, UT . You can take an auto tour of the 18-mile scenic road, get rugged with backpacking and camping at designated sites and zones, go mountain biking, try rock climbing, give canyoneering a shot, or even raft down the Colorado River.
Where to Stay: While there, Dad will enjoy the Gonzo Inn, a boutique condo hotel that features the local scenery with its “desert-chic style” that’s reflected in the handcrafted woodwork, patinated metal, and beautiful views of the red rock cliffs. After a long day of hiking, you’ll enjoy relaxing in the indoor or outdoor lounges. Tailored to the outdoor enthusiast, the Gonzo Inn provides facilities for bike storage, cleaning, and repair, plus a coin-operated laundry.
Catch a NASCAR Race in Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City is a sporting destination in itself. In addition to the Kansas Speedway, nearby sporting events include Sporting Park Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City T-Bones baseball, and the Frontier Justice shooting range with a simulator room.
The Kansas Speedway has been a motorsport destination since 2001, and in addition to NASCAR weekends, hosts more than 200 events each year at the track. Known as one of the most unpredictable tracks hosting all three of NASCAR’s national touring series, the speedway will give your dad a true appreciation for the races.
Where to Stay: To be in the center of the sporting action in Kansas City, check in at the Best Western Premier KC Speedway Inn & Suites. In addition to the premium location, right at the entrance of Kansas Speedway, you’ll find all the amenities you’ve come to expect from a Best Western hotel.
Go Skiing in Aspen, Colorado
If Dad’s thrill is skiing the slopes, book a trip to Aspen, where you’ll have four world-class mountains within easy access. No matter his skill level, you’ll find a terrain for every age and ability.
Where to Stay: At the base of Aspen Mountain, you’ll find the St. Regis Aspen Resort, where you’ll have close access to the slopes and the town of Aspen. The hotel provides Ski Butlers who help you transition from guest room to ski slope. They’ll assist with ski and snowboard equipment and offer insights into the terrain and conditions.
After a day on the slopes, spend some time taking in the view of the Rocky Mountains in their heated outdoor pool or one of three year-round hot tubs. Or relax your sore muscles at their Remède Spa. Enjoy the luxury accommodations that include leather headboards, pillow-top mattresses, and marble bathrooms. There’s even a St. Regis Butler Service on call 24 hours a day to assist you.
No matter what your dad enjoys, there’s bound to be a perfect destination and hotel out there to fit his interests. When you’re ready to start planning the ultimate Father’s Day vacation for your dad, we’re here and ready to help. Just visit roomkey.com to search our hotel partners around the world and compare prices against lower loyalty rates to get the best deal out there.