Celebrate the father-son relationship with our favorite father-son trips to take this year. And in case you missed it, be sure to check out our favorite mother-daughter trips for a girl’s getaway. Find some excellent father-son vacation ideas below.
You know you’ve reached “man status” when you can share a drink with your dad. Celebrate your relationship by swapping family stories over the ‘king o’ drinks’ in Scotland, home to over 125 distilleries. You’ll have a chance to taste the unique nuances of each region’s flavors with private tastings at some of the country’s very best brands of Whisky – Dalwhinnie, Cardhu, Strathisla, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore, Kilchoman, Lagavulin, and Laphroaig.
The stories of Marco Polo are woven throughout Mongolia, one of the last great adventure destinations in the world. What was once closed off to the rest of the world for most of the 20th century, is now welcoming visitors from near and far to experience the semi-deserts, rural steppes, and hospitality of the country’s nomadic people. It’s the perfect destination for father-son explorers to follow in Marco Polo’s footsteps on a week-long horseback journey through Khan Khentii and Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. The journey travels through stark and unpopulated terrain, rugged rolling hills, and Hagiin Har Nuur Lake, one of the country’s best-kept secrets. It’s accessible only via foot, horseback, or helicopter, and it’s so pristine, you’ll feel as if you are the first two explorers to lay eyes on it.
What little boy didn’t enjoy camping with their father? Take your camping trip to the next level with a fly-camping experience in Kenya at Sasaab. The whole adventure begins with a 4 – 5 hour walk along the Ewaso Nyiro River to the camping site tucked into the Samburu wilderness. Fireside chats and a night sleeping under Kenya’s dazzling night sky makes this father-son camp out truly unforgettable.
For the father and son who share a love of history, head to Vietnam to immerse yourself into the history of the Vietnam War. Highlights of the rich historical trip include a visit to the US Consulate and former CIA building in Saigon where helicopters evacuated the remaining US citizens in 1975, followed by a visit to a secret weapon chamber which the Viet Cong used as a place to hide and store weapons during the Vietnam War. You will also have the opportunity to meet a Hanoi veteran who served during the war between 1970-1975 and who can share his insights on history and his experience during the war. Enjoy lunch at the Saigon residence of the former US ambassador to south Vietnam in the 1960’s, and visit the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ where US POW’s were kept.
Trout Fishing in Rotorua
New Zealand is a playground for adventure seekers, and there’s no better place in New Zealand to find adventure than at Treetops Lodge, named one of the best lodges in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers. In addition to the endless hiking and horseback riding trails surrounding it, its lakes and streams are chock-full of rainbow trout. In a country known for some of the best trout fishing in the world, the streams and lakes at Treetops Lodge really are some of the best. In a world that moves so quickly, is there a better way to connect with your father or son than slow days spent fishing together?
Surfing the Sands in Morocco
We suggested Morocco as one of our top destinations for mother-daughter trips, but it’s great for father-son vacations too. For men, we suggest heading to Morocco’s Gold Sand Camp, a tiny desert camp surrounded by giant waves of windswept sand. Days are spent there surfing the sands in a 4×4 desert vehicle or on camel back. In the evening you’ll enjoy a traditional Berber dinner, live entertainment, and music under a never-ending sky full of twinkling stars.
Is there a better bonding experience between father and son than doing an activity together outdoors? For the adventure-seeking father-son duo, a week-long trek through the rugged terrain of Nepal is the perfect journey. With several hours of hiking each day, it’s a great opportunity to reconnect and share experiences together. At the end of the trek, you can change things up a bit with a stay at Seti River Camp, accessible only by boat, followed by a safari in Royal Chitwan National Park in search of the Asian rhinoceros, Indian bison, and royal Bengal tiger.
For a turbo-charged ice adventure, head to Sweden where frozen lakes provide a stunning location for daring drives in the world’s finest luxury sports cars. You’ll get to spend two days driving on full-size replica Formula 1 courses carved into the frozen lakes at Laponie Ice Driving, where professional drivers provide instruction in luxury sports cars from Porsche, Audi, and Maserati.
Does the mention of father-son vacations make you think of time spent outdoors at a lodge in the middle of nowhere? Us too. For some outdoor father-son bonding, head to Patagonia to explore some of the most scenic areas of Argentina via hiking, swimming, fishing, rafting, and horseback riding on a 50,000-acre reserve and working cattle ranch. In the evenings, you can unwind in the legendary Llao Llao Hotel & Resort on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake and at Tipiliuke Lodge in San Martin de los Andes.
Mountain Lodges of Peru’s goal is simple: “true comfort and true service, amidst true adventure.” For keen hikers, the Salkantay Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley is the only way to get to Machu Picchu. Just imagine – five days spent trekking on the undulating slopes along the Salkantay and retiring each evening to the Mountain Lodges of Peru – it is hands-down the most comfortable way to reach the ancient ruins and share an unforgettable trip with your dad.