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
It’s not often that the American cruise scene welcomes a new luxury cruise line to their shores, but that’s exactly what will happen in November when the MCS Divina sails into Miami. It’s time to say “Ciao Bella” (hello beautiful) to this chic European-styled cruise ship.
MSC Cruise Line has one of the newest fleets in the cruise industry with 12 ships, but has been largely unknown to the American market. For over 20 years, MSC had been offering cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America with primarily European clientele. With the introduction of their newest ship, Divina, MSC will establish a dedicated American presence to bring the charms of European style cruising to the United States.
The fall is the perfect time to plan a quick vacation, especially if the region you live in is isolated from seasonal changes. I must admit that fall is one of my favorite times of year. There’s nothing like camping out under the stars on a crisp September or October night. The greens, browns, reds, oranges, and yellows that color the trees are a treat to see.
When considering a trip this fall, put Portland, Oregon on your list. This city is a prime spot for an unforgettable vacation.
While it’s not one of those major U.S. cities where tourists fill the streets, it is truly a unique city where you can experience the very scenic outdoors; go hiking, see the beautiful Japanese influences on the city, or indulge in the local food craze. It’s a city with unique charm that should not be missed.
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!
We’ve just spent a few magical days on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina and I’ve come to realize that Fall months may well be the perfect time to visit this delightful island. The throngs of summer visitors who love this island so well have departed, the weather is summer-like still, golf courses are lush and green, and it’s the beginning of oyster season! Vacationers visiting Hilton Head Island in the next few months will share the experience with locals who come out of hiding to reclaim their beloved island and celebrate the bounties and warm weather of the fall season.
For most people on the go, the airport usually means early mornings, long lines, and uncomfortable seats. But there are a few airports across America that strive to deliver all the comforts of home, including a really great meal. These restaurants offer fine dining amidst all the hustle and bustle of traveling traffic.
Miami has a reputation for being a sultry and expensive vacation destination, but it doesn’t have to drain your wallet to have a great time in this chic city. The key to a low cost vacation in Miami is embodying the lifestyle of the locals and embracing the culture by hitting up all the free stuff.
Keeping your dollars in your pocket can be pretty easy—and it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time on the beach either. The only time you’ll have to shell out money is for food and drinks and if you play your cards right you can spend only a few bucks on each meal as well.
Music unites us all. Each year, nearly 40% of the adult population of the United States attends concerts, music festivals, and a slew of other musical performances. From college students, to vacationing families, to golden oldies, music has the power to bring people from all walks of life together. Here are the top five best music cities in America where you’ll always find great performances to spice up your vacation:
For many people, a chance to swim with sea turtles is a dream come true. There are seven species existing today that can be found swimming and diving to the depths below seas. Sea turtles have been around for over 110 million years – since the time of the dinosaurs. You can swim with turtles on any continent (except Antarctica). So get your swimming costume on, swap sandals for a pair of flippers and get ready to paddle around with one of Earth’s most ancient creatures.
Cook Island Marine Reserve is a small protected island located on the Gold Coast in the south east of Queensland. With plenty of soft and hard coral gardens it’s the perfect sanctuary for a rich marine life. Visitors can see a variety of tropical sea life the including clown fish, damsel fish, angel fish, the occasional manta rays and of course the resident green sea turtles. The turtles can be spotted all year round in these oceans so you’re guaranteed a chance to swim with some when you visit.
Unconditional love – it’s what pets give every single day. If you’re a pet owner, you understand the special place they hold in our hearts. When you’ve had a tough day at work you can be sure a wagging tail (and maybe a happy bark), or a soft purr and a rub are waiting to greet you. Your mood can go from blue to new just by walking through your front door.
When the time comes to leave for a getaway, it’s hard to look into those puppy dog eyes and say good-bye. Fido and Fluffy are like family members, so leaving them behind is especially hard. Luckily, there are many B&Bs that allow pets to accompany you on a getaway, depending on size and behavior. Pet-friendly B&Bs provide amenities for your furry friend, including beds, water dishes, toys and treats.