As a mom that loves nothing more than seeing the world, I want to be able to show my kids as much of the world as possible. In a utopian world, I would love to hop around the globe with them in tow, jaws on the floor as we take in the sites of all 195 countries. Of course, right now, this remains a pipedream and leaves us wanderlust parents with the tricky decision of knowing where to prioritise.
For us, it has to be cities. It has to be exploring the gorgeous beating hearts across the world, where culture and diversity and history all come together like great oceans meeting. That’s where we want to start, by showing our kids the world’s most breathtaking metropolis’, starting with these kid-friendly cities:
- San Diego
Of all the places to start and end your day, nowhere is more special than the Omni San Diego Hotel in the downtown district; it has a heated rooftop pool, entertainment in every room and, best of all, a walkway to Petco Park, one of the most family-friendly baseball stadiums in the world. As for attractions to see, Balboa Park is must-pop-into-place and their legendary zoo with amazing parks and 14 museums should be on every list as well. Oh, and so should the New Children’s Museum, Air & Space Museum and SeaWorld.
Once again, you could throw a dart at Paris and land in a nerve-janglingly beautiful hotel. However, or advice would be to stay in the Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel. A trip to Paris should be memorable, and this luxury hotel will certainly help you achieve that. What makes it such an amazing city, though, is the fact you can explore so many of the major attractions, parks and museums without having to travel too far – they’re all within walking distance. As for must-see spots, you have the Eiffel Tower, Cites Des Science, the Champ Elysees, the Catacombs and, just 45 minutes by train, Disneyland Paris.
The heated pool at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower is what makes this the place to stay (not to mention the free breakfasts, that will make a light lunch a lot easier on the pocket). Moving onto what it is like as a city, though, it is about as relaxed and easygoing as anywhere on earth, which makes it perfect for those with toddlers or tinies. You have the Oregon Zoo, submarine tours at the Museum of Science and Industry, a planetarium, the Japanese gardens and, for dinner, some of the most mouth-watering eateries you can imagine (mmm hmmm, we’re talking about you Grilled Cheese Grill).
If you want a rich cultural experience where everywhere you look throws up yet more colorful places for your eyes to gaze, then you need to board a flight to Seville in Spain. You can waltz around the Real Alcazar Palace feeling like royalty or get transported back centuries by taking in the Barrio Santa Cruz and introduce your kids to some of the most delicious foods anywhere on the planet, such as the local delicacy that is tapas.