Family Vacations that Will Inspire Your Teenagers
There may be no better way to imbue a love for art, culture and nature in your young adults than by exploring the world. Pique their interest with one of these unique experiences that provides a deeper connection to global cultures.
On your next family getaway, set out to introduce your teenagers to a part of the world they have yet to explore. Leaving behind school and screens in favor of an exhilarating family adventure — whether in ancient Egypt, modern Tokyo or something else entirely — these trips will give them an altogether different perspective and inspire a deep love of travel that will last a lifetime.
Street Style and Cutting-Edge Design in Tokyo
Japan’s thrilling capital is a veritable feast for the senses, and Tokyo’s collective fashion sense is no exception. For trendsetter teens who are willing to push the boundaries with their outfits, Tokyo’s cutting-edge street style will provide endless inspiration. The look here is less minimal and more mixed neons, prints and oversized streetwear paired with avant-garde hair and giant platforms. A few familiar trends are always consistent around the globe, but for the most part, Tokyo fashion is on another level. Want to really make their day? Book a trip in April, when Tokyo Fashion Week takes place. The concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo can help provide access to exclusive shows and events.
Ancient History in Cairo
Overlooking the Nile in the city center, The Ritz-Carlton, Cairo sets you right in the heart of the culturally bountiful Egyptian capital. The world’s oldest ancient wonder, the Pyramids of Giza, are a breathtaking sight that’s sure to impress even the most seemingly indifferent teen. Take a sunset cruise on the world’s longest river and make time to explore the Egyptian Museum with some 120,000 artifacts, including the iconic Golden Mask of Tutankhamun. Hunt for treasures or just soak in your surroundings at Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, a vibrant souk that dates back to the 10th century, and at the hotel’s Bab El Sharq, sample Middle Eastern cuisine with a backdrop of lush gardens and the Egyptian Museum.
American History in Philadelphia
For any budding politicians in the family — or even just senior class presidents —Philadelphia is the perfect place to spark an appreciation for the American political system and its humble beginnings. Just steps from The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, the birthplace of American Democracy comes to life at sites like the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross’s home and Independence Hall, where the forefathers debated and signed the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The most recent addition to the city’s historic offerings, The Museum of the American Revolution, features interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind artifacts, like George Washington’s field tent. When it’s time for a break, refuel at nearby Reading Terminal Market — one of the country’s oldest continuously operating markets is celebrating its 125th birthday this year, and offers a delicious taste of the city, from homemade Pennsylvania Dutch apple fritters to cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches, and more.
Outdoor Art and Culture in Berlin
Head to Germany’s capital city to experience the exciting art and culture that awaits, from oil paintings by the old masters to contemporary street art and everything in between. The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is situated in the Mitte neighborhood, which is also home to a host of cool galleries and larger-than-life murals, showcasing some of the world’s most compelling artists. While there’s no shortage of works by Renaissance and Dutch masters on view in Berlin, it’s likely to be the anonymous outdoor art that garners the interest of your teenagers. With an explosion of eye-catching graffiti and murals covering its concrete canvases, Berlin is known as the most decorated city in Europe. Ask the concierge to arrange a private walking tour for your family to gain a better understanding of the city’s dynamic street art scene — and prepare to photograph a multitude of Instagram posts.
Eco-Adventures in Kapalua, Hawaii
The natural beauty of this tropical oasis on the island of Maui is astounding, and perfect for families seeking that distinct balance of adrenaline-rushing adventure and restorative relaxation. The island’s unique eco-system provides ample opportunity for your teens to foster their connection to nature: Embark on a hike through the lush hills of West Maui, past rushing waterfalls, to the private Arboretum of the late D.T. Fleming, make the 28-mile descent by bike from the top of Haleakala, Maui’s active volcano, explore pineapple fields by horseback, and take advantage of crystal clear waters with a snorkel, SCUBA or surf lesson. For a different view, ask the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua to arrange a private helicopter tour over the island’s lush rainforests and mountains for your family.
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