The Northwestern United States and Canada are known for having some the best biking trails in North America. Mountain biking is a great sport and a wonderful way to take in some stunning scenery and enjoy the hospitality of the locals along the way. With the large number and diversity of the trails through the region, you will always have a new and exciting trail to explore. Here are five of the most scenic bike trails in the Northwest United States and Canada.
Whether or not the old adage “In like a lion, out like a lamb” remains true, one thing can be counted on, March brings the beginning of Maple Sugaring season in New England. In 2013, the Northeastern United States produced 2.7 million gallons of maple syrup – Vermont alone was responsible for nearly half of that amount.
Considering those incredible numbers, and all the sugar houses offering demonstrations, tastings, and activities for children, New England makes a great escape during the spring months. The Maple Syrup region in the Northeast is like the kid-friendly version of Napa Valley.
Step Into the Fascinating World of Elves in Reykjavík’s Icelandic Elf School
The word brings to mind silly images of lawn gnomes, red-hat Keebler® men trotting beneath a tree toting cookies, and Santa’s helpers, right? You’d no sooner believe in their existence than you would a two-winged horse. Huldufólk, or “hidden people,” is the term for elves in Iceland, but these beings are no laughing matter. In fact, you can learn about their history and existence at The Icelandic Elf School (Álfaskólinn) in Reykjavík, the country’s capital.
Tour Abruzzo Like a Pro to discover magnificent lakes, picturesque mountain ranges, rolling hills and some of the very best beaches in Europe. Just a short distance from Rome, Abruzzo is where to find your taste of La Dolce Vita.
The phrase “this place has it all” is used far too loosely to describe many locations. Not too many of those places mean it quite the way that Abruzzo does. This central Italian region is an area where the past and present, the sky and sea, business and pleasure all collide to create a spectacular experience that visitors rarely find anywhere else.
When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives in a 25-story luxury resort, if you’re looking – but I think small. A lot smaller, in fact. ‘Tiny houses’ appear to be all the rage. Modest and minimalistic, a diminutive domicile can provide an excellent opportunity for clearing your mind and providing focus.
If you want to take the cozy experience for a test drive, there are a myriad of ‘tiny’ vacation rentals out there. From spaceship-inspired houses in the shadow of the towering Alps to Northwestern Oregon treehouses, the options wide and varied. Let’s take a look at a few unique selections…
With eyes around the globe turning to Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games in Russia, interest in discovering more about traveling in Russia is on the rise. Come summertime, skies stay light and bright until the early hours of the morning and the White Nights come alive with festivals and celebrations.
White Night and Summer Day Experiences You Can’t Miss in St. Petersburg:
With the Super Bowl behind us, it’s time for the boys of summer to migrate to their warm weather spring training fields. So find your sun glasses and baseball cap and plan a great getaway to one of these Beds and Breakfast Inns near spring training ball parks.
There’s nothing like spring… a time for blooming flowers, home makeovers, and a tease of warm weather. But spring isn’t a tease for baseball fans.
French Holiday Ideas For Wine Lovers
If you’re fond of the odd tipple or two, you might want to indulge your passion for spirits by taking a French Wine Holiday. What could be better than the chance to sample local foods and wines in a breathtakingly beautiful part of the French countryside? You don’t have to worry about hours of sightseeing or cycling up the side of a mountain, because wine holidays are all about indulgence.
Southeast Asia is an extremely picturesque region and Vietnam in particular is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The south of the country is home to the Mekong Delta, with its amazing floating markets and unique ways of life. The central regions have amazing beaches and the cultural heritage of Hué and Hoi An. The north has the stunning mountain scenery of Sapa and the jewel in the crown, that is, Halong Bay.
Halong Bay is quite simply astonishing. It is huge, for a start, covering about 600 square miles. The sea is clear and blue and the whole bay is dotted with almost two thousand islands.
America’s National Parks are perhaps the country’s greatest treasure, protecting almost 52 million acres of land, but when was the last time you visited one? With 59 National Parks in 27 states there is surely one close by ready and waiting to be explored. The National Parks Service has designed 6 Free National Parks Days for 2014 when the parks are open for all to visit free of charge. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit one of our parks. Trust me, you will leave wondering why you don’t visit more often. Here are the dates in 2014 when admission to National Parks will be free: