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Off The Beaten Path Adventures in North America

Off The Beaten Path Adventures in North America

Craving a grand adventure, one that won’t make you pay $100+ just to get in, only to be surrounded by thousands of other sweaty people, all spending half of the day waiting in long lines (I’m talking about you, Disneyland)? That doesn’t seem like much of an escape, or any adventure I’d want to partake in.

So why not take the road less frequented, head outside of town, and immerse yourself in an unfamiliar wilderness. The western United States is wild and full of rare beauty that should be witnessed. Below are a few of my top destinations for that adventurous spirit of yours.

December 11, 2013 | By More
Sesame Place – Not Just For Summer, A Childhood Treat All Winter Long

Sesame Place – Not Just For Summer, A Childhood Treat All Winter Long

I was able to experience sesame place this past summer with my two year old son and share my experiences with you. As I look at activities to do in the winter to keep my now 2 ½ year busy, I look back at Sesame Place and see how many great events that they have throughout the year to enjoy. You sometimes think, that theme parks are just for the summer, but that’s not always true. Many have great activities all year round.

During December, Sesame Place is planning A Very Furry Christmas, which is featured between November 23-December 31st.

December 10, 2013 | By More
Beautiful Lyon, Underappreciated Gem of France

Beautiful Lyon, Underappreciated Gem of France

For most travelers, holidaying in France is usually about going to Paris, the Eiffel tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the many museums available in the capital. But if you’re looking for an excellent destination that is off the beaten track, you may want to check out these travel tips for the often underrated Lyon in France.

Designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Lyon’s cobblestone streets are at least 2000 years old. Walking along these streets gives an eerie feeling of being transported back in time. But it’s not the history that really makes Lyon such a delight.

December 9, 2013 | By More
Sightseeing Beyond The Taj Mahal – Visit Fascinating Agra!

Sightseeing Beyond The Taj Mahal – Visit Fascinating Agra!

Agra is a fascinating city. Capital of the Mughal Empire for a hundred and thirty years, Agra is endowed with beautiful archaeological sites of immense historic significance. The first of these that comes to mind is, of course the Taj Mahal. The beauty and fame of the Taj is so widespread that visitors often make day trips from Delhi exclusively to visit this glorified tomb and return immediately. But there’s so much more to Agra than the Taj Mahal; so I got myself an Agra tour guide and set off to explore this intriguing city.

My first stop was Agra Fort. This fortress was originally a brick structure from the 10th century. When the Mughals took it over, it got its new and present avatar of red sandstone under Emperor Akbar.

December 6, 2013 | By More
Planning an Adventurous Vacation to the OTHER Jersey Shore

Planning an Adventurous Vacation to the OTHER Jersey Shore

You’ve probably heard way too much about the Jersey Shore from the recent US television series, but did you know that there are two Jersey Shores? Let us introduce you to the original Jersey Shore – the largest of the Channel Islands located just offshore from Normandy, France and the southern coast of England. When you plan a holiday to Jersey you’ll find plenty of water sports activities like surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, diving and fishing, but what about those who are looking for some adventure on dry land? No worries, there are just as many great activities onshore.

December 4, 2013 | By More
Nibble Cookies and Shop Tax-Free at Mt Washington Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour

Nibble Cookies and Shop Tax-Free at Mt Washington Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour

The 17th Annual Mt. Washington Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour makes a perfect pre-Christmas weekend getaway. Holiday Cookie Tour. Just think about what an indulgent opportunity this is; shop for holiday gifts at famed North Conway New Hampshire (tax free) outlet stores and nibble your way around the 13 Country Inns in the White Mountains. Wow, talk about giving yourself an early gift for the holidays!

This two-day event is part Country Inn tour, part sweet sampling of original cookie and candy creations, and part tour of inspirational holiday decorations. The tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 & 15, 2013 from 11am to 4pm each day. The inns are all located within 15 minutes of each other, making it an enjoyable ramble through the scenic Mt. Washington Valley.

December 3, 2013 | By More
Explore Essex MA – Where New Historic Walking Tour is a Treat

Explore Essex MA – Where New Historic Walking Tour is a Treat

I recently gave myself an indulgent present on my birthday and spent a wonderful day exploring the quaint town of Essex, Massachusetts with my husband. I must say it was one of my best birthdays ever. Essex is located north of Boston in Cape Ann,bordered by Gloucester and Rockport. Although I’ve driven through many times, I had never stopped to explore. When I learned about the newly introduced Historic Walking Tour of Essex, I though it would make the perfect day away for my birthday celebration.

December 2, 2013 | By More
Experiencing the Beauty and Excitement of Lake Tahoe

Experiencing the Beauty and Excitement of Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe glows a deep, dark blue in the sun, dramatically framed by mountains and forest. Because the lake undergoes a natural process called deep mixing, plant matter that drops to the bottom decays properly in an oxygen rich environment, preventing the nutrients that fuel algae growth. As a result, Lake Tahoe is incredibly clear and beautiful. Located in the nothern Sierra Nevada mountains is the second deepest lake in North America and straddles two states and five different counties. That’s not what makes it exceptional though.

November 26, 2013 | By More
Sightseeing in Rome Off The Beaten Path

Sightseeing in Rome Off The Beaten Path

If you’ve visited Rome for the first time, chances are you’ve seen Rome’s architectural marvels, the Coliseum, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain and its other famed and fabled tourist attractions. But if you’re willing to get away from the crowds and discover some unusual tourist attractions, you’ll be rewarded with a some very special glimpses life in the eternal city. Consider adding some of these intriguing Roman sites to your itinerary:

November 25, 2013 | By More
Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.

November 22, 2013 | By More