Start Fresh With The Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the USA.
It’s that time of year again – time to make some New Year’s resolutions, with the hopes of keeping them! We’re sharing some of our favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations and traditions that will have you looking forward to 2015.
Visiting Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science is a sweet treat!
The New York Hall of Science (www.nysci.org) is one of three locations hosting the Guinness World Record-holding Gingerbread Village with the theme of “Tale of Three Cities” this year. New York Hall of Science is located in Flushing, NY at the Flushing Meadow Park. The elaborate custom crafted gingerbread city is being shown at New York Hall of Science in Queens, The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Manhattan, and The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Let’s face it, adults have it hard these days. Don’t you regret wishing you were older when you were younger? Missing all those naps, the recess periods were stolen from you long ago, and the satisfaction of getting your fingers in paint. Those were the days. Don’t say goodbye to them yet though, if you’re around the Orlando area, and are fed up with being an adult, just check any of these five spots out where you can become a kid again.
Now that fall temperatures have started to cool and Colorado landscapes are turning to gold, it’s a wonderful time for some high-altitude hiking to hot springs in Colorado. Colorado is blessed with an abundance of scenic hiking trails to tease you into the mountains, but none so compelling as hikes that lead to soothing hot springs. What could be a better prize at the end of an energetic hike than to throw off your hiking boots and splash your way into the relaxing waters of a bubbling hot spring? Here for your daydreams then are 5 Colorado hikes that lead to wonderful hot springs pools.
This compelling question tickles our imagination and is the basis of a terrific new book published by Lonely Planet: The BEST Place To Be Today, 365 Things To Do & The Perfect Day To Do Them. The premise of this entertaining guide is to provide interesting and unique places you should consider traveling to – on the very best day to visit that particular spot. With something intriguing to do on every day of the year in 2015, this book makes it on our list of great Christmas presents for your favorite travel enthusiast.
So what’s the first day you would look up? Your birthday, anniversary, or perhaps that cold mid-winter week that you always hit the wall and want to escape to someplace exciting and warm.
Why is it that New England embraces the Halloween season with more gusto than any other regions of the country? Perhaps it’s our early roots and tumultuous history filled with ghoulish tales like the Salem witch trials, headless horseman, and ancient burial grounds. No matter the reason, the end of October finds communities all across New England constructing large displays of carved pumpkins, cutting corn mazes and decorating haunted houses.
Here’s a look at some of the best getaways in New England to celebrate the Halloween season and to escape for some ghoulish fun:
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Mention lighthouses and most folks think about the craggy coast of New England. But we would be remiss not to appreciate the majestic Pacific coast lighthouses guiding ships in from the far east or after rounding Cape Horn to reach California in the great gold rush era. Like the Spanish missions, lighthouses were built in strategic locals all along California’s coast.
Come along with us as we map out a dramatic 950 mile road trip (perfect for an RV vacation) traveling north to south to explore 7 distinct areas and 15 lighthouses along the Pacific coast of California.
On October 12, 1810, Bavaria celebrated Prince Ludwig’s upcoming nuptials to his bride with the citizens of Munich, Germany. The celebration took place in front of the city gates and included copious amounts of beer, food and games. It was so much of a success that they decided to host the event again the following year. Fast-forward 204 years and the tradition of Oktoberfest is not only celebrated in Munich anymore, it has traversed countries and continents snowballing into a world-wide event held every October.
The United States loves their beer, food and games just as much as Germany. Here’s a look at fun Oktoberfest celebrations across America:
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.
Okemo Mountain is Vermont’s perfect vacation spot For ALL SEASONS.
Summers and Fall at Okemo Mountain Resort offers outdoor fun for everyone. The Adventure Zone is a hub for family fun with the Mountain Coaster, Sawyer’s Sweep Zipline Tours, Haulback Challenge Course, Disc Golf Courses, Lumberin’ Cal Miniature Golf, Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline, Climbing Wall, AMP Energy Big Air Bag and my personal favorite Segway Personal Transport Tours.
Vegas has become Dog-Friendly. Here’s Where to Find The Best Pet Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas.
Taking your dog with you to Las Vegas is no longer a traveler’s dream, it’s a reality. More than a hundred Las Vegas hotels, since 2011, have added dog-friendly services to their already extensive list of amenities. Massages for your four-legged friend, plush beds, personalized water bowls, mouth-watering menus and easy to access dog-walking services have made Las Vegas one of the most pet-friendly destinations in the US.
Hawaii is a diver’s ultimate dream come true. From the Big Island to Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Kauai, meet a group of exquisite and beautifully-lush islands with no requirement of a passport to travel to for US citizens. With a perfect geographical location of 2500 miles from the closest continental landmass, it is one of the world’s most remote Archipelagos. This isolation from the rest of the world could only mean one thing: you get to share the sea with endemic and rare species.
Some of the top scuba sites you will not want to miss out in your scuba trip include:
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.
I can almost smell the aroma of grilling meat now! For everyone who just can’t get enough of the charred, finger-licking goodness of summer BBQ, your nirvana will be in Brooklyn next weekend at the Taste Talks All-Star BBQ where grilling masters will set up for a three day food obsessesive weekend. On Sunday, September 14th, the East River State Park will become a waterfront BBQ mecca as 25 of America’s trendiest chefs will gather to show off their grilling skills and talk some serious BBQ throw-down smack.
Going back to school has never been such a treat as when you stay at an historic Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast. While Labor Day means back to school and some sad faces, you won’t mind a bit when you’re heading for one of these converted schoolhouses that are now outstanding inns. They’ll be no complaining about staying late, or dozing off, as these charming properties will have you reminiscing for the simpler days of small communities school. And these fine establishments will be swapping the three R’s from Reading, Writing and ‘rithmatic, to Rest, Relaxation and Romance. So take notes on the Best Schoolhouse BnB’s across America.
21st Annual Tour des Fleurs. was a huge success and a wonderful day spent meeting growers along California’s stunning Half Moon Bay. This unique event offers the public a special once-a-year opportunity to tour local nurseries, greenhouses, wineries, harbor, and farms – many of which are not ordinarily open to the public. With anticipation July 26 arrived and I was headed to Half Moon Bay, a sunny coastal city south of San Francisco. So come along with me on my day of discovery:
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:
Discovering The Best Kept Secret Activities of Atlanta
If you live in or have ever traveled to Atlanta, you likely know about attractions such as the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field, the High Museum of Art, the CNN Center, the Atlanta Zoo, and Piedmont Park. You probably don’t know, however, about the vast array of other activities that are home to this charming southern city. Atlanta has a hidden collection of activities for those who are sick of seeing the same tourist traps time and time again.