Create happy memories with your family

Create happy memories with your family
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Go on a holiday in the United States that gets everyone pumped up with excitement.

Spending time with your family can be difficult when you have many responsibilities to juggle.

One of the best ways to make up for lost time and put a smile on everyone's faces is go on a holiday - not just a short weekend trip, but a longer vacation that gives you and your family a break from your hectic lifestyle.

Now, with more affordable direct flights, getting to distant destinations like the United States has become easier and quicker.

With an endless number of family friendly activities in the US, here are some options you can consider to create enduring memories with your loved ones.

HAVE A CAMPFIRE

Imagine sitting on the beach around a warm bonfire with food, drinks and lots of laughter.

At Dockweiler Beach in Los Angeles, you can enjoy a beautiful sunset with your family as you fill your stomachs and watch planes take off from the nearby LAX airport. Don't forget to bring marshmallows to toast over the fire.

GET AN ADRENALINE RUSH

If you all love to take a ride on the wild side, sign up for ATV or jeep tours on mountains.

Adventure and off-road experiences provider Enjoy The Mountain organises group tours ranging from 30 minutes to two hours. Worried about the safety of your children? Fret not as the company also has rides suited to children under the age of 12, which means the entire family can have a blast exploring any of the mountains around California like Sacramento Prairie City, Bay Area Carnegie, Mammoth, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Hungry Valley, Lake Arrowhead and San Diego.

CRUISE AT NIGHT

Love city skylines and the water?

In Chicago, the entire family can hop on one of the many cruises available that will take allow you to enjoy the views of over 50 famous Chicago buildings starting from the south-east corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge.

Cruises like the Navy Pier and Wendella Sightseeing Boats even have night cruises that last more than two hours to enjoy the colourful fireworks display while on board.

With Entertainment Cruises, your children can head to the main deck while you sit back and enjoy live music and endless amounts of food and desserts.

EXPLORE THE WOODS

Set aside time in San Francisco to explore nature.

Visit the Presidio National Park and try out the many activities available. Get your children to fall in love with nature by going on kid-friendly hikes, letting them explore tree groves and hidden forts, and appreciating the beauty of sculptures made from felled trees.

Other enjoyable outings are visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum and Cafe, and learning crafts like how to create yarn birds.

TASTY TREATS

Enjoy sweet treats the best way - by going on a chocolate tour.

On the four-hour guided tour in Brooklyn, New York, you can sample chocolates at every stop. Visit some of the best chocolate makers in the burrough, like Jacques Torres in DUMBO, the Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill, Li-Lac Chocolates in Industry City and Raaka Chocolates in Red Hook.

Towards the end of the tour, you will also get the opportunity to snap photos with your family at Valentino Pier in Red Hook, which has the closest view of the Statue of Liberty.

WHAT'S NEW AT UNITED AIRLINES

United Airlines has now introduced daily non-stop flights between Singapore's Changi Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. This new flight route saves at least two hours each way, compared to the current United Airlines schedule via San Francisco.

Arrival time in Los Angeles is 10.15am, so travellers get to maximise their time for the rest of the day in the city.

It is also ideal for those who want to catch a connecting flight.

United Airlines operates more than 130 flights to over 40 airports across the US, with more seats to cities such as New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Houston and Washington, D.C.

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