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.
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:
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.
According to research done by the insurance firm Endsleigh, almost a third of students list a road trip across North America as their dream destination, no doubt this has been inspired by one of many great road trip movies. Not only do road trip movies show entertaining stories against an ever changing backdrop, but they introduce us to a range of iconic landscapes, and local characters along the way.
Find Inner Peace by Hiking the Fautaua Valley to Two Spectacular Waterfalls in Pape’ete, Tahiti
Neither lengthy nor difficult, if there is any outing you really ought to take in Tahiti, it is the Fautaua Valley Trail hike. When we entered the gate opening the way into Fautaua Valley, the following step was obvious – follow the bubbling stream and the trail of fruit trees. We asked beforehand, not wanting to be horrible tourists, and yes, visitors are allowed to pick fruit, but you’d have to wash them first. Avocados, mangoes, passion fruit, everything looked like a tropical fruit flavored shampoo commercial, but we were actually there.
3 Fantastic Spots to Go Freediving
Fuelled by determination and a sheer love of the deep, freediving is an adrenaline-pumping experience that certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Hungry for the challenge, divers ditch their breathing equipment for the power of their own lungs to descend to great depths and explore all the underwater world has to offer. The thought might seem intimidating but anybody can learn the art of freediving, and those that do never look back.
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.
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.
Whether you’re passing through a national park on the way to your grandparents’ house or your road trip is your vacation, there is no end to the wonders you can see out on the open road.
Here are six of North America’s little-known, but most intriguing sights, perfect for either a day of sightseeing on a cross-country trip or as your primary vacation destination.
Top Free Things To Do In Paris
Paris is one of the most popular capital cities in Europe, drawing travelers from all over the world. It has always been known to be an expensive city, but there are also many things that you can do for free. So steer away from the super chic cafes and designer fashion boutiques and take in some of the many free attractions that define this elegant city. Here’s our list of the best sites and activities that are Free in Paris:
Holman Ranch…A place where ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is possible for your family or group gathering!
Holman Ranch, located in the hills of Carmel Valley, California is Monterey Peninsula’s best kept secret, and our much anticipated destination for a travel writer’s gathering. A 400 acre guest ranch awaited us and what we were about to see transported us to another world. Discover with me the unique offerings at Holman Ranch that make it an unforgettable spot for multi-gen family gatherings, weddings and group meetings.
After giving you eight good reasons to visit Croatia in 2014, we are going to take another look at this beautiful hotspot and see why Croatia is known as one of the premium sailing destinations in the world. Its attractiveness rises from the sheer variety of sailing experiences available to both amateurs and seasoned sailors. Sailing in Croatia provides challenge, adventure, excitement, and the ecstasy of coming into contact with some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth.
Ever wonder why your garden doesn’t look as wonderful as the professionals? Well then, you won’t want to miss the 23rd Annual Tour des Fleurs Festival in Half Moon Bay, California, where professional gardeners and farmers share their secrets of success and gardening tips with festival participants.
Every summer, garden enthusiasts throughout Northern California wait with anticipation for the Annual Tour des Fleurs festival in Half Moon Bay, California. Located just over a half-hour drive from San Fransisco Bay, the Half Moon Bay area has been known for it’s dramatic beaches, redwood forests, robust ocean fisheries, and verdant growing fields.
Keeping everyone entertained and happy on vacation is always an important goal. If you are traveling with kids or a group of friends, you will want to include them in what you do, and find activities that pique their interest. There’s one group we sometimes forget about entertaining, though… our dogs! With an ever growing list of hotels and resorts that welcome pets, why not take your favorite pup along? Here are some great ideas for planning a great vacation with your pup and for keeping your doggie happy on vacation.
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?