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.
Looking for a great experience with your kids to do indoors this winter? A must see is Discover The Dinosaurs a traveling exhibit and entertainment event that is visiting cities across the United States.
Discover The Dinosaurs is a large exhibit that encompasses 8-10 elaborate scenes of dinosaurs from different periods of prehistoric times. These dinosaurs move, have sound, and you and your kids will be amazed at what you see. The experience starts with a scavenger hunt that adds to the learning experience. Once you are finished viewing all of the dinosaurs, take a try at digging up some dinosaur fossils.
Winter 2015 has to be one for the record books with huge snow storms and frigid temperatures whipping across the country. But it’s not all bad news. Remember the thrill you had as a kid when you could run out in the snow and play? Now with winter school vacation just days away, there’s a new attraction that is sure to light up smiles on every face, old and young!
Ice Castles have sprung up across America thanks to a very imaginative Utah-based visionary.
Discover the story behind the historic Three Stories at the Saybrook Point Inn.
This stately Victorian Italianate was originally built in 1892 by William Vars, a train engineer who brought visitors from Hartford to vacation on the Connecticut shore. The home fell into dilapidation when owned years later by Marie Clark. Stephen Tagilatela would walk past the grand house every day and watch the house crumble. Wanting to restore the home and maintain the history, Stephen purchased the house and renovations began on The Stories.
Chicago has no shortage of things to do in all seasons, from the Adler Planetarium to the Willis Tower Skydeck to the new Maggie Daley Park, visitors to Chicago can enjoy a wide variety of activities indoors and out. And this vibrant city is always improving and adding new experiences. Here are some of the newest and most popular attractions for winter fun in Chicago:
Know anyone who’s a diehard “Frozen” fan? True fans of the movie can now vacation like Elsa and Anna thanks to this list of cozy cabins and charming castles inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, courtesy of HomeAway.com – the world’s largest vacation rental site. Is your vacation fund melting faster than a snowman in the Sahara? Not to worry – with rates starting at just $60/night, there’s a destination for almost any budget. So enjoy these enchanting vacation rentals all inspired by the Disney movie, Frozen.
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.
Excitement is building in anticipation of the children’s film, Paddington, due to be released in the U.S. in mid-December and late November in the UK. The movie features the adventures of lovable bear, Paddington Brown, a storybook bear who has been entertaining young children (in book form) for over 50 years. London (Paddington’s hometown) is pulling out all the stops to honor the nation’s most beloved bear. 50 specially outfitted Paddington Bear statues will dot the city, appearing in strategic spots where Paddington encountered his most memorable adventures. Families will be able to follow specially designed Paddington Trails to follow the lovable bear all over the city.
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.
It’s all fun and games when the sun is out, but when the weather starts being difficult the trip becomes much more of a challenge. It’s always a good idea to pack some cheap materials for arts and crafts activities (such as some thread for friendship bracelet making) as well as a few card games like Uno or Happy Families.
However, if you’ve exhausted your imagination then it might be time to introduce some new interactive games that don’t require any resources at all. Here’s a list of the top ten rainy-day campsite games to keep everyone entertained.
Why visit Poughkeepsie, NY you ask? Well let me tell why Poughkeepsie is a great secret kept for family getaways. Located in the Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie has a great deal of culture and history.
If you like to enjoy the great outdoors, there are amazing hiking trials, the Walkway Over the Hudson, wineries, apple picking and many historical sites to see. With it being less than two hours from New York City, and accessible to many types of transportation, it makes for a great getaway destination. The views around the Hudson Valley make it well worth the drive. The Dutchess County Tourism website has an abundant amount of resources and events that will help you plan your vacation trip.
Every young girl has dreamed of being a princess. For more than 75 years, Disney princesses have captured our imaginations and transported us into magical worlds that only exist in our daydreams. HomeAway.com, the world’s leading vacation rental website, is helping make childhood fantasies a reality with this list of Disney princess-inspired vacation rentals. You won’t have to wish upon a star to stay in these properties on your next getaway – rates start at just $105 a night!
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?
Searching for the place to go to for some deep relaxation? Discover the island of Mallorca and let your dreams come true!
Mallorca is an amazing island located in the Balearic Sea not far from the east coast of Spain. Just imagine: warm sunny climate, picturesque landscapes, magnificent beaches, vibrant cities and a plenty of amazing activities as a bonus! Sounds great, right?
And that’s why it continues to attract millions of tourists year by year! So isn’t it time you discovered Mallorca for yourself?
City of Angels: What you Need to See The Next Time You Visit LA With Kids. When you’ve burnt yourself out on tourist traps like DisneyLand and SeaWorld, don’t fret, there are still plenty of interesting places to visit in LA that the whole family will enjoy. Family vacations are interludes you will all remember for years, but trying to please everyone in the group can be difficult. The City of Angels might surprise you with how many great sites it has to offer. Here are our suggestions for fun days in LA:
As the weather warms, anticipation builds throughout New England – it’s almost time to escape to the Cape! Stretching out like a big fist pump, the 70 mile scenic arm of Cape Cod beckons all to come play on its 600 miles of sandy coast. But the problem remains just as certain as the traffic congestion before the bridge, just where can you find the hidden coves and uncrowded beaches of your dreams. Luckily I’ve just discovered a terrific new Cape Cod guide that spells out exactly where to find the most select Cape Cod locations to make your vacation better than ever before.
Northwest Sightseeing – 5 Places to Drive to This Summer
A trip to the Pacific Northwest offers travelers incredible opportunities to see dramatic scenic landscapes. The natural beauty and friendly people attract visitors from all walks of life. The summer represents the best time to experience the vast openness of this growing area. Consider these five locations for your summer roadtrip as they are some of the most prized landscapes in the United States.
Sunsets on the beach. That phrase alone can conjure up powerful, peaceful images. A beautiful sunset, in a beautiful location, can make a bad day good, or a good day even better. Cape Cod has no shortage of beautiful places to catch a sunset. I have been privileged to live here my entire life and have seen thousands of sunsets from hundreds of locations. Choosing a personal favorite would be an impossible task as I have many. However, for any new visitor to the Cape I can recommend the place to catch your first sunset. That place is Rock Harbor in Orleans.
What is more exciting to kids than Legos? Here’s our trip report of a toddler’s first visit to Legoland Discovery Center in New York. My son could not wait to go and we invited some friends join us for the trip. Our friends purchased their tickets online prior to going, which is highly recommended to guarantee entry, and to take advantage of discounted online prices.