Father's Day Vacation Ideas

Dads with their own unique hobbies deserve a special vacation once in a while. For Father’s Day, why not plan a special themed celebratory getaway that places his interests front and center? Whether it’s live music, team sports or outdoor activities, these fun-filled destinations are sure to be a delightful holiday for the entire family, and put a smile on dad’s face…for the duration of the trip and beyond!

The music-loving dad: Nashville, TN

By Marla Cimini

Music City is the ultimate destination for dads (and families) who are a little bit “country,” but enjoy rocking out to all kinds of music as well. From pop to blues to classical – this town’s many live music venues large and small feature performances nearly every night – even the renowned Nashville Symphony is a popular sell out.  Must-sees include the Country Music Hall of Fame, the legendary Ryman Auditorium, the Johnny Cash museum and the many Honky Tonks along 6th Street downtown (where there’s never a cover charge, but tips are always appreciated). A personal tour of the historic RCA recording studio B shows guests the actual spot where Elvis, Dolly and other superstars laid down the tracks for their biggest hits. And for the dad who strums a six-string, a stop at the world-famous Gruhn Guitar shop is always a guaranteed high note. When staying in Nashville, families can choose from a vast selection of accommodations…from cool downtown lofts within walking distance of all the main attractions -- to a posh, sprawling villa with a swimming pool.

For more information: www.visitmusiccity.com

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The baseball fanatic dad: Cooperstown, NY

Hit a grand slam with dad and plan a sports-themed weekend visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, located in central New York state between Albany and Syracuse. Avid fans have the chance to enjoy all things baseball while visiting the museum that celebrates our national pastime with exhibits, galleries – and for the diehard fan, a VIP experience is offered as well. The Hall of Fame Weekend is set for July 25-28, 2014, and it will feature four days of celebratory events and programs for baseball fans of all ages. The Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony for six of its newest members on Sunday (July 27), and include such greats as: Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. Over 50 Hall of Fame players are expected to attend this event, to meet and greet the fans, while honoring the “Class of 2014.” Cooperstown features an array of spacious rental homes situated near the museum -- ideal for an extended family traveling together.

For more information: www.baseballhall.org

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The outdoorsy dad: Yellowstone National Park

Why not treat dad to an unforgettable trip to the country’s first US national park – Montana’s majestic Yellowstone? Nature-loving dads will enjoy spotting wildlife such as moose, bison and elk against the breathtaking mountainous backdrop of Yellowstone Lake. At 132 square miles and nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, it is the largest, highest altitude lake in North America. With over 300 waterfalls, the park is also home to the world's largest calderas (featuring over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers). In addition, the park features one of the world's largest petrified forests. By leisurely driving along the park’s grand loop road, visitors can soak in the scenery from a number of stunning vistas, and enjoy roadside picnics, too. For hiking enthusiasts, the park offers literally thousands of miles of trails – from easy strolls to intense backcountry treks. And there’s no need to pitch a tent or actually sleep under the stars…fortunately, the Yellowstone area features hundreds of rental homes, cabins and cottages at a variety of price points to make your visit as easy, comfortable and rustic – or luxurious - as you wish.

For more information: www.yellowstonenationalpark.com

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The Golf-loving Dad: Orlando, Florida

If a tranquil weekend spent on the green is your dad’s idea of the perfect getaway, then a visit to Orlando Florida is a hole-in-one, for sure. With nearly 150 golf courses to choose from, this sunshine state’s destination attracts serious golfers from across the world – and shows players that it’s more than just theme parks. With many public, semi-private and resort courses, golfers often find themselves in the proverbial candy store when it comes to choosing just one. Whether a player is seeking a course with dramatic scenery or a one the that offers a highly challenging game, a few of the many top courses include: Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club, Grand Cypress Resort and Bay Hill Club and Lodge. And when he’s not on the golf course? No worries! There’s always excitement in Orlando – for the entire family, of course. In addition to visiting Mickey Mouse at Disney World, Epcot Center and Universal theme parks, parents and kids can keep busy with activities like stand up paddle boarding, tennis, shopping, Everglades tours – and even helicopter rides.

For more information: www.orlandotouristinformationbureau.com

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