Where to Spend Father’s Day, Based on What Kind of Traveler Your Dad Is

Wanting to do something extra special this Father’s Day? Treat Dad to a getaway centered around whatever activities they love to do most, with the ones they love the most. 

For the Adventurous Dad: Zimbabwe

Dads who love immersive travel experiences will marvel over Zimbabwe. Replete with dramatic natural landscapes — including the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls — and diverse wildlife (think lions, hyenas, and zebras), this landlocked country in southern Africa will surely provide a Father’s Day to remember.

Where to Stay: Perched atop the sandstone hills of the 130,000-acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Singita Pamushana Lodge is an immersive safari experience in Zimbabwe’s untamed wilderness. Embarking on twice-daily game drives, bush walks, or sundowner boat cruises, then dunking into luxurious suites’ refreshing plunge pool is our idea of a perfect safari getaway.

For the Outdoorsy Dad: Alaska

The Alaskan wilderness is perfect for Dads who love the outdoors. From the awe-inspiring scenery within Denali National Park to the salmon-filled streams of Copper, Kenai, and Nushagak Rivers, this is the place to bond over the raw beauty of the great outdoors.

Where to Stay: Nestled along the Tongas Narrows in Southern Alaska, The Ketch Inn is a revitalized 25-key boutique mountain lodge that embraces the outdoorsy spirit of its host town, Ketchikan (known for being the world’s salmon capital). Providing fully-guided fishing excursions, equipped with top-of-the-line gear and expert guides, guests are sure to catch King salmon during peak season right near the hotel. 

For the Relaxed Dad: Central California

Whether your Dad is innately relaxed, or in desperate need of some R&R, Central California is dotted with chill, beachfront towns, just off the Pacific Coast Highway. West Coasters can opt for lounging on the sands of Avila and Pismo Beach, enjoying wine country in Paso Robles, or riding the waves at one of Morro Bay’s renowned surfing coves.

Where to Stay: The Pacific Motel, set in coastal California’s Cayucos hamlet, is built for laid-back travelers seeking an effortless getaway. Refurbished, beachfront luxury adorns the 20 bungalow-esque guestrooms: clean white furnishings, natural woods, and expansive windows allow natural light to flow through each minimalist-style space. 

For the Golf-Oriented Dad: Scotland

What better place to take your golf-obsessed father than the birthplace of the sport itself? Schedule a tee time at the enthralling Old Course at St. Andrews or The PGA Centenary Course to make your golfer Dad feel as though he’s the real deal.

Where to Stay: Set in the rolling hillsides of Perthshire, Gleneagles is a charming countryside estate with three world-renowned golf courses: The King’s Course, The Queen’s Course, and The PGA Centenary Course. For premier access to Scotland’s historic 18-hole courses and sporting activities, including fishing, shooting, and riding, there’s no better spot to be at than Gleneagles.

For the Cocktail-Aficionado Dad: London

If sipping top-notch cocktails is the way your Dad rolls, take him to London’s savvy libation atmosphere. From sleek speakeasies to dark, intriguing bar fronts, Dads who love a good drink are sure to turn on their cocktail-aficionado alter egos when in the UK’s capital. 

Where to Stay: Imbuing sophisticated gentleman’s club ambiance through debonair interiors, dim lighting, and dark wood features, the Rosewood London’s Scarfe’s Bar, or The Nomad Hotel London’s Side Hustle, provide elevated sipping spots within two classic boutique hotels.

For the Foodie Dad: Marrakech

Marrakech, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is steeped in Moorish architecture, vibrant culture, and an astounding culinary scene. If your Dad is the foodie kind, there’s no better way to connect over your love for cuisine than eating your way through the city. (Consider Sahbi Sahbi, Toro Toro, and Nomad as must-visit dining destinations.)

Where to Stay: An iconic boutique palace in the heart of Marrakech, La Mamounia is a symbol of traditional Moroccan hospitality. The mesmerizing Moorish architecture keeps guests on the premise alone, however, the palace also features an unparalleled culinary scene with restaurants by acclaimed Chef Jean-Georges, Chef Rachid Agouray, and Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Pierre Hermé

For the Artsy Dad: New York City

The streets of New York City were essentially made for the world’s creatives. Formally, one could visit the MoMA, The Guggenheim, or The Met for a proper art museum tour, or simply stroll down SoHo popping into independent boutiques. Either way, the Dad who has a knack for art is in the artist’s playground here.

Where to Stay: Nestled amidst Manhattan’s hustle and bustle, Arlo NoMad is an artfully designed boutique hotel that’s an ideal city escape from the urban core. At the helm of a rotating art gallery curated by Jasmin Arakel, Arlo’s Living Room Gallery just launched its latest exhibit by Brock DeBoer’s Far From Home collection.

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