This Father’s Day, skip the tie and treat Dad to a travel adventure. Rock climbing in Utah, race car driving in Myrtle Beach -- check out our ideas to make this Father’s Day one he’ll remember.
For the dad who loves fly-fishing … book a rustic vacation by the bend of a river. Eastern Idaho’s <a title="Natural Retreats South Fork Lodge" href="http://www.naturalretreats.com/special-offers.php" target="_blank">Natural Retreats South Fork Lodge</a> rests along the south fork of Snake River, the largest North American river that empties into the Pacific Ocean. It’s also one of the best places in the US for tailwater and dry fly fisheries.
For the dad who likes to live on the edge … head to Moab, UT, the adventure capital of America. Popular places include Wall Street, a sandstone cliff along the Colorado River. After a day of climbing, Dad can unwind with a hearty meal of Grilled Cowboy Steak at <a title="Sorrel River Ranch" href="http://www.sorrelriver.com/dining/rivergrill" target="_blank">Sorrel River Ranch</a>.
For the dad who needs a little pampering … treat him to a mega-male spa treatment at the <a title="Arizona Biltmore" href="http://arizonabiltmore.com/Events/UpcomingEvents.aspx" target="_blank">Arizona Biltmore</a>, a resort crowned the “Jewel of the Desert” when it opened in 1929. Spa options include the deep tissue and soothing back treatments.
For the dad who likes to tee it up … treat him to a golf getaway at <a title="Hotel Terra" href=" http://hotelterrajacksonhole.com/packages/dads-day-off" target="_blank">Hotel Terra</a> near Jackson Hole, WY. Dad will enjoy a round of golf on a Robert Trent Jones course. When he’s not hitting the green, he can explore <a title="Grand Teton" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/road-trips/articles/grand-teton-national-park-wyoming" target="_blank">Grand Teton</a> and <a title="Yellowstone" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/road-trips/photos/explore-yellowstone-national-park" target="_blank">Yellowstone</a>.
For the dad who likes to let loose … kapow! See Dad put his strategic skills to the test in the forests of West Virginia at <a title=" Ambush West Virginia’s paintball center" href="http://www.adventurewestvirginia.com/site/adventures/paintball.html" target="_blank">Ambush West Virginia’s paintball center</a>. He’ll enjoy a real-life gaming adventure on a 4-acre paintball course, with game options such as Civil War-style battles and the ever-popular “Capture the Flag.”
For the dad who’s got skydiving on his bucket list … help him score bragging rights (and maybe a few laughs) with a tandem skydive. Dad will get his “knees in the breeze” as he ascends 18,000 feet in an aircraft courtesy of the <a title="Chicagoland Skydiving Center" href=" http://www.skydivecsc.com/firsttime/tandem-skydiving" target="_blank">Chicagoland Skydiving Center</a>, one of the safest skydiving facilities in the US.
For the foodie dad … satisfy his gourmet taste buds with a trip to the Crescent City. Try the Hyatt Regency New Orleans’s <a title="John Besh Package" href="http://neworleans.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-neworleans/offers/details.jsp;jsessionid=BEC0B26DD5669C3ECB4C143D1AFA1233.atg05-prd-atg3?offerId=44405723&isBookable=true" target="_blank">John Besh Package</a>. Dad will enjoy a breakfast buffet at 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, with classic and local menu options such as fried-oyster eggs Benedict and New Orleans beignets.
For the diving dad … he just might love Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. The 5.5-mile beach has received travel mag accolades as “the Caribbean’s best beach.” During his stay at the <a title="Westin Grand Cayman" href=" http://www.westingrandcayman.com/special-offers.html#29" target="_blank">Westin Grand Cayman</a> (where the fifth night is free), Dad will enjoy diving beneath the area’s aquamarine waters -- and seeing coral reefs, colorful fish and even shipwrecks.
For the dad who can appreciate a good craft ale … take him to a major <a title="beer destination" href="www.travelchannel.com/interests/food-and-drink/articles/top-7-beer-destinations" target="_blank">beer destination</a>. Our top picks for Dad: Portland, OR, which has more breweries per capita than any other city in the US; and Milwaukee, home to 4 of the world’s largest breweries.
For the dad who always wished he could do something really cool … help his dreams take flight. Cover his admission to <a title="Paragon Flight" href="http://paragonflight.com/flight-training/new-to-flying.html" target="_blank">Paragon Flight</a>, an FAA-approved flight training center. Dad will enjoy the scenic flights over Florida, and will be speaking pilot lingo in no time.
For the dad who loves the outdoors … enjoy a hike through the <a title="Great Smoky Mountains" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/road-trips/articles/great-smoky-mountains-road-trip" target="_blank">Great Smoky Mountains</a>. June is an especially good time to visit; mark National Great Outdoors Month with an <a title="America the Beautiful Annual Pass" href="http://www.eparks.com/store/product/93435/America-the-Beautiful-Annual-Pass-with-the-Passport%C2%AE-To-Your-National-Parks" target="_blank">America the Beautiful Annual Pass</a> for Dad.
For the dad with a need for speed … treat him to short-track racing stint at the <a title="Myrtle Beach Speedway" href="http://www.nascarracingexperience.com" target="_blank">Myrtle Beach Speedway</a>. The racecourse has been the training grounds for some of NASCAR’s top names like Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now it’s Dad’s turn to shine. See Dad zoom around the half-mile racetrack in a NASCAR vehicle -- at speeds of about 100 mph.
For the dad seeking fun in the sun … he’ll love a Caribbean getaway at <a title="Anguilla's CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa" href="http://www.cuisinartresort.com/index.php?catID=33" target="_blank">Anguilla's CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa</a>. Dad can enjoy an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, then savor a choice of Italian and Japanese cuisine at the resort’s dining venues, including Tokyo Bay.
For the dad seeking high-stakes gaming fun … head to the largest resort casino in the Western Hemisphere. A complex of 6 casinos, <a title="Foxwoods Resort Casino" href="http://www.foxwoods.com/packageslanding.aspx" target="_blank">Foxwoods Resort Casino</a> spans 4,700,000 square feet. For something closer to home, check out more of <a title="America’s high-stakes casinos" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/arts-and-culture/photos/america-high-stakes-casinos" target="_blank">America’s high-stakes casinos</a>.
For the baseball-loving dad … take him out to the ballpark. Enjoy a tour of classic <a title="Yankee Stadium" href="http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/ballpark/stadium_tours_details.jsp" target="_blank">Yankee Stadium</a>. Or take your pick from among more of<a title="baseball’s great stadiums" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/sports/photos/baseballs-greatest-stadiums" target="_blank"> baseball’s great stadiums</a>.