Great Family Adventures: Mauiva's 'Western Wonder Experience'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: To give kids the grand overview of what the great U.S. West has to offer, this tour gets a lot done in a short amount of time, but doesn’t feel frantic. During it, you’ll whale-watch in California, marvel at the Grand Canyon, and play in Las Vegas. You’ll visit Alcatraz, drive down glittering Highway 1, crane your neck up at Yosemite’s ancestral sequoias, and behold Utah’s red-rock cliffs. If you’re recoiling at the idea of embarking on a multi-destination trip with kids in tow, know that Mauiva offers preplanned itineraries that jump from spot to spot via private plane, freeing you from having to deal with logistics or airport security. Sound expensive? It’s actually not too bad.

OUTFITTER: Mauiva, a tour company that sells “AirCruises”—all-inclusive, multi-destination tours with transport via private plane.

ITINERARY: Monterey to San Francisco, Sonoma, Yosemite, Cedar City, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas.

DATES: Seven consecutive days of your choosing.

PRICE: Starting at $1,600 per person, including private plane flights, four-star hotel overnights, daily breakfast and dinner, and sightseeing tours or a rental car.

INFO:, (888) 266-1882.

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