Where To See The World’s Most Dramatic Cherry Blossom and Spring Tulip Festivals
This year more than most, everyone is desperate for a glimpse of spring to help them forget what a disgusting winter 2015 has been. All across the world cherry trees are in bud and ready to burst with pink perfusion to create lacy canapes dancing on spring breezes. Likewise, fat garden bulbs are sending their shoots toward the sunshine and soon gardens will sprout with spring tulips painting the landscape in impossibly bright colors. Oh yes, we need a dose of beautiful spring flowers right now! Here’s our master list of the best Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals across the globe.
We all know the big three St. Patrick’s Day cities that grab all the attention each year for gala green celebrations and boisterous parades. Boston, Chicago and New York are hard to beat for their St. Paddy’s Day enthusiasm and Celtic traditions.
But with more folks claiming to have Irish heritage in the United States than in Ireland, there are lots of other cities that go all out to celebrate their Gaelic connections and hoist more than a few pints of green beer and Guinness. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day across the United States:
There are of course the many famous beaches along the east coast; their beauty attracting people from all over. But I’m not exactly a beach person; my natural refuge is ideally surrounded by an endless variety of vegetation instead of sand and water. To my surprise, North Carolina has no shortage of incredible state parks. I’ve made it a task to visit every state park within NC, so here’s a look at the remarkable landscapes they offer:
This year why not let someone else do the driving while you sit back and relax with nothing to disturb your leaf-peeping revelry. We’ve pulled together a guide to America’s favorite rail journeys that travel past the country’s most stunning fall foliage vistas. Whether you have one day to spare or a week, here are the best train routes for doing some serious leaf peeping.
From New England, to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the narrow gauge rails of the west, there’s spectacular foliage scenery all along the way.
Fall is right around the corner. Soon warm summer breezes will give way to crisp autumn air and the season’s harvest will reach its peak, yielding delicious fresh produce. BnBFinder has paired exceptional orchard destinations with beautiful bed & breakfasts and inns to create unforgettable autumn getaways. So take advantage of the small window of time for leaf-peeping and apple-picking this fall and visit some of these outstanding local farms.
Soon the temperatures will begin to ease from summer’s heat and cool breezes will blow down from the hills and mountains. Before long, the urge to dress in bright orange will become irresistible. No, not for Halloween – for a great guys getaway to the wilderness! It’s nearly time to gather your buddies and take to the woods for a hunting, fishing and laughs. Combine the all-time favorite guy activities of fishing, hunting and hiking and go RVing and camping in some of America’s best spots.
Here’s a look at some of America’s best RV and Camping Parks for hunting, fishing and hiking:
Starting on June 14th, Philadelphia will be host to the largest permanent exhibit totally dedicated to the brain and neurology.
The Franklin Institute has constructed a 53,000 sq. ft. expansion, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, to house an amazing innovative exhibit – Your Brain. This exhibit allows visitors explore the inner workings of their brains. Visitors can test their brain’s ability to multi-task with a driving simulator, or walking under a piano that is hanging dangerously low in order to illustrate the way fear is represented in the brain. A neural light show displays the neural connections as visitors step on floor panels or climb up an 18ft structure. How would you like to enter a street scene made up of illusions and learn how your brain processes its surroundings?
The guys have had a long hard winter of shoveling snow and scraping ice off windshields. As warm spring weather is finally on the horizon, its time to plan a great guy getaway. Whether it’s a guys’ golfing weekend, bachelor party or a special Father’s Day experience, here are some of the best reasons for the guys to get together and go out and play!
Top Things to do in Washington with your kids.
We recently took a winter getaway to Washington, DC. We wanted to go somewhere we could drive to and that would have great things for our toddler to enjoy. My husband and I have not been to Washington, DC since we were kids ourselves. Most of the museums are free in Washington, which makes it a particularly great family destination.
When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives in a 25-story luxury resort, if you’re looking – but I think small. A lot smaller, in fact. ‘Tiny houses’ appear to be all the rage. Modest and minimalistic, a diminutive domicile can provide an excellent opportunity for clearing your mind and providing focus.
If you want to take the cozy experience for a test drive, there are a myriad of ‘tiny’ vacation rentals out there. From spaceship-inspired houses in the shadow of the towering Alps to Northwestern Oregon treehouses, the options wide and varied. Let’s take a look at a few unique selections…
It’s not too late to plan a sensational Valentines Day! Whether you’re celebrating as a couple, as a family, or even on your own, we’ve got inspirational suggestions for making this year’s Valentine’s Day one you will remember for years to come.
Here are exciting and imaginative – unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year:
Top Attractions For Family Vacations in the United States – Surprise, Disney World Isn’t on the List!
Families are always looking for great vacation spots to bring the kids. Here are our recommendations for top attractions for family vacations in the United States, and surprise, Disney World isn’t on the list!
I live in Portland Oregon where, no joke, our biggest tourist attraction (for adults and kids alike) is Powell’s Books – a bookstore with a collection so large that, in addition to its own three-story-tall city-block big building, it has started to take over the building across the street. It’s also the grandfather of the used/new-side-by-side sales model that more and more independent bookstores are starting to adopt across the country. If your family ever finds itself in Portland, you’ll have to see it.
Ghosts are like a fine wine; their boo only gets better with age. The same can be said for the historic homes where they reside. These houses have seen people come and go, while some guests have decided to stay forever. They spend their days and nights walking up and down creaky stairs, crossing rooms in a shadowy veil, and floating objects in mid-air. It’s probably because they have endless time on their translucent hands. You might slam a few doors, too.
On your next getaway to a haunted bed and breakfast, you can raise a toast with your fellow guests before listening to the innkeepers tell bone-chilling stories of past guests who never left.
When 9 ½ million people travel to a national park each year, you know it has something going for it. In the case of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – America’s most popular national park – there are many reasons for a visit. Whether you’re visiting the park for outdoor fun, scientific study, or just a desire to get away, these surprising facts should tempt you to learn even more about the wonder of the Smoky Mountains.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a jewel in the Southern Appalachians and well worth a visit of several days or more. The tourist areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are a short drive from some of the park’s most popular areas and offer numerous lodging and entertainment options
Think you need to go to Napa, Long Island or Washington State to tour a winery and sample locally made wine? Think again, because you can find wineries producing their own wine in some well traveled but not-so-obvious places.
It was while living in New York City that I first had the opportunity to learn about wine, and it was there that I fell in love with it. Combine the city’s wine and food with its history, architecture and culture and it’s easy to see why the Big Apple is a place like no other. You wouldn’t expect New York, a city known for busy streets and skyscrapers, to have a winery — but it actually has three!
What do you envision when you hear ‘bed and breakfast?’ If you’re like most people, you probably think about an historic Victorian or Queen Anne draped in lace and tucked away in a quaint corner of town. While it’s true that many inns were grand, former homes of the town’s well-to-do, some were not even used as homes at all.
From schoolhouses and churches, to working lighthouses and sail boats, some B&Bs lived completely different lives before opening their doors to travelers and serving up delicious breakfasts. So, next time you fall asleep in class, don’t be too hard on yourself. In fact, you may be onto something!
We recently visited Sesame Place for my son’s 2nd birthday, and what a wonderful experience it was.
Sesame Place is the only theme park that is based entirely on the Sesame Street television program. It is located 90 minutes south of New York City in Langhome, Philadelphia. We decided to go a little early in the season to avoid summertime crowds and spent two action packed days at the park.
Can you guess the most popular cities in the United States for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Well without question, nowhere on earth could possibly compare with Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day for authenticity. This year will be particularly vibrant with “The Gathering“, Ireland’s year-long heritage celebration that will stage events and festivities throughout the 2013. […]
Skyscrapers define the city skyline providing a backdrop for stunning waterways, and guests of the city will discover a rich tapestry of culture, arts, and entertainment they may not have expected. Pittsburgh is home to an iconic football team, one of the nation’s most beloved sandwiches, and a thriving tech and healthcare industry, and is […]
Philly Sure Knows How to Entertain on Turkey Weekend! It is so hard to grasp how rapidly the end of year is approaching, it seems like it was just yesterday we were celebrating the onset of 2012 and now I find myself having to gather my end of year shopping list. But I do have […]