You have fond memories of summer vacations spent with aunts, uncles and dozens of cousins, and you love spending the holidays gathered around grandma’s table like a modern-day Norman Rockwell painting. But sometimes it’s difficult to get your extended family together.
To stay in touch, you like to hold family reunions on a regular basis. This year, it’s your turn to do the planning and you are ready to skip the overdone picnic in the park. The following are just a few great places to gather with Great-Aunt Martha and Cousin Bobby.
If you and your relations love football, Phoenix is a great place to gather for your reunion. In addition to its perfect fall weather — they don’t call it the Valley of the Sun for nothing — nearby Glendale is home to the University of Phoenix Stadium and the Arizona Cardinals NFL team. Select a weekend when the Cardinals will be playing, and purchase a cluster of seats from Ticketmaster’s official NFL Ticket Exchange; by using this website, you can rest assured that you are getting authentic tickets to the game. On the day of the game, gather in your rental vans in the parking lot for some serious tailgating and Uncle Bernie’s famous barbecued burgers. Then, head indoors to cheer on the Cardinals.
Breaks Interstate Park, Virginia
There are plenty of reasons why Better Homes and Gardens lists Breaks Interstate Park in Virginia as one of the 10 best places for a family reunion. The Breaks offers scenery that rivals the Grand Canyon, only without the massive crowds. The area’s natural rock formations, towers and caves are perfect for exploring, and the park is also home to plenty of hiking and biking trails, pools and horseback riding. For accommodations, Breaks Interstate Park has cottages and a rustic lodge you can rent for your extended family. The whole family can enjoy short hikes together and swims in the pool, and the younger cousins can venture into a cave while older relatives keep a close eye on them.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
If you are looking for an international twist to your family reunion, Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is a great option. The family-friendly resort features a huge 140-acre water park as well as a dolphin cay and marine exhibits that everyone is sure to enjoy. Atlantis also has 21 restaurants, so it is easy to find a place where your group can gather for tasty lunches and dinners.
Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
Conde Nast Traveler lists Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica as one of the best spots for an international family reunion. The resort features a three-tiered infinity pool where all of you can gather to splash and swim. The young and young at heart can sign up for surfing lessons while the rest of the family cheers from the sand. Your group can also gather in the evening for the resort’s bonfire nights, which includes plenty of food and live music.