From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the United States has so many worthwhile destinations that planning a vacation can be overwhelming. But if you want to forget the beaches, forego theme parks and skirt the big cities, here are some suggestions that will yield lots of memories and whet your appetite for future off-the-beaten path travel. Guaranteed!
Ride the Rails
A century ago, elegant trains crisscrossed the North American continent. Today, most U.S. luxury trains have disappeared, but Canadian trains still travel a distinctive and breathtaking route through the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and Alberta, with deluxe accommodations, food, drink and sights the entire way. The Rocky Mountaineer is not inexpensive, but it’s an unforgettable way to see glorious sights in total comfort. Even an Amtrak journey, however, can be fun for a family and is a relaxing alternative to a road trip
Visit a Working Farm or Ranch
Agritourism is a trend, not only in Europe and Australia, but also in the United States, where it is possible to experience a rural lifestyle on farms and ranches as diverse as a Florida alpaca ranch, a permaculture farmstead in western Montana, a Vermont dairy farm or a southern California orchard. Choose the type of accommodation you prefer—from bunkhouse to private cabin, and choose a farm when you participate in daily chores—or not. “Farmstay” opportunities can be tailored to the kind of vacation you have in mind.
Head for Outer Space
Family Camp at One Tranquility Base in Huntsville, Alabama, allows adults and children to participate in virtual missions, and even train with real astronauts. Three-day programs introduce children aged seven and up to the exciting world of science and space travel. Activities include simulated missions, rocket building, and lessons about the past, present, and future of the American space program.
Youth programs are also available throughout the year at NASA’s Space Center U in Houston for age groups 11–14 and 14–18. If there’s a space enthusiast in the family, the day camp format might be just the ticket for fun in conjunction with a family trip to Houston or Galveston Island. Cosmosphere, a flight and space museum in Hutchinson, Kan., has space-oriented family programs and educational exhibits.
Lend a Hand as a Volunteer
Help care for animals, build trails, plant gardens, repaint buildings or use your skills at a nursing home or shelter at locations throughout the country that accept volunteers. You’ll pay for the experience, but the benefit is the “feel good” feeling that comes from helping others. Like ecotourism and agritourism, voluntouring is the new way to plan an enriching vacation as a single or with the entire family. Find your match in budget and philosophy; be gone for few as three days or as long as 12 weeks.
Truly Unusual Options
There are some vacation destinations that defy description, but they’re certainly not for the faint of heart. There’s a “human nest” in California that offers a bare bones (or twigs) experience for those who want a one-of-a-kind night in nature.
There’s an undersea hotel in Florida where your only neighbors are fish, and you can order a room service pizza delivered via waterproof container. Or check out the Hobbit Huts in Tennessee that can be reserved for groups of up to eight people with a separate cooking and dining hut included.
Anyone looking for an unusual experience can also book Yurts and Teepees for upscale “glamping” vacations. They’re available on secluded mountaintops in Colorado or in the sunny Southwest.
For an unusual winter vacation in Alaska, head to the Aurora Ice Museum and Chena Hot Springs Resort north of Fairbanks. Visitors enjoy the “warm” and friendly atmosphere, although everything is carved from ice. The bonus is a chance to see the Northern Lights during a stay there.Read More
Hopping on a plane these days often calls for a great deal of attention to the space taken by a person’s luggage. With these tips, travelers can maximize the space and possibly have the ability to use smaller suitcases.
1. Try Different Clothing Packing Approaches
There are many different ways to pack clothing, and it all depends on the goals of the traveler. People could:
- roll individual items for minimum surface area
- bundle clothing types together, to minimize wrinkling
- stack clothing as they would in a typical drawer
Each approach has its own benefits and disadvantages, and may make packing easier or more complicated.
2. Go Wrinkle-Free
Clothing that must be kept completely straight to avoid wrinkling may well take up the most space at all. Travel experts recommend avoiding clothing that wrinkles very easily. As an alternative, it may make sense to save the money paid to check an extra suitcase in exchange for dry cleaning or pressing services at the destination. People can also simply hang wrinkled clothing in a humid bathroom, as this approach will usually remove most minor wrinkles.
3. Consider Compression Bags
Sometimes, people pack items that are lightweight but bulky and could take up a lot of space in a suitcase. For these items, such as a heavy sweater, down jacket, or blanket, compression bags can save a great deal of space. These bags can often be rolled closed and will keep a vacuum-tight seal until they are opened. Although the bags that are designed especially for travel are often thicker and less likely to break, people may be able to use regular Ziploc-type bags for this purpose.
4. Pack Consumables for Travel
Anyone who has to take a lot of medications, or who uses many different lotions and serums while they travel, understands that even several small bottles could cut a suitcase’s space by a quarter or third. People can minimize medication confusion by bringing daily medication organizers and pictures of their current prescription bottles. Travel-size bottles for lotions and creams come in the smallest of sizes, making organization simple and efficient.
5. Stuff Solid but Bulky Items
Some bulky items, like shoes, take up space and cannot be compressed in any way. These things are ideal to stuff full in the empty spaces. People may be able to keep all their travel socks in an extra pair of shoes. Hard suitcases with a lining may have an opening in which soft, small items may be placed, ensuring that no inch of the suitcase is wasted. People might even fill these gaps with spare bags or snacks that they can use on the trip.
6. Pack for Organization
Ultimately, the goal of a space-saving suitcase packing technique is repetition. Any approach that requires a person to use tools they will keep at home in order to pack the suitcase full will be difficult to repeat for the trip home. In these instances, it might be more practical to consider a larger suitcase or simply pack fewer items, so that it is easy to pack the suitcase efficiently from anywhere.
Getting started on a trip demands a consideration of the suitcase that one might use. By trying out these space-saving packing approaches, people can cut down on the luggage they need without compromising on convenience they need while they are on holiday.Read More
San Francisco is situated in Northern California. It is a hilly region surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. The hot sun is always lousy here as the fog keeps descending throughout the year without taking a break. It one of the most vibrant cities in the whole of California, attracting tourists from all around the world. There are enough reasons for why you should visit this pretty spot at least once in your life time.
Why can San Francisco sweep you off?
The city of San Francisco can completely immerse you in its enchanting beauty. We will tell you the simple reasons behind it.
The city of San Francisco has a lot to do with tourists but it geographically small. So even if you have a day’s time you can almost travel around the whole city which is great.
The climate in San Francisco is highly unpredictable. They can vary within small distances. But the unsettling fog there keeps the chillness alive.
If you are a foodie then San Francisco is your paradise. San Francisco is hailed as the Best Food City in the country. The top 50 restaurants of the nation have their destination at San Francisco.
The other significant things that add fuel to the tourist attraction are Cable cars, The Golden Gate Bridge, and the Colourful Victorian houses.
Top 5 destinations that you shouldn’t miss in San Francisco:
The Golden Gate Twins: Of course, they aren’t called that way officially, the twins are the Golden Gate Bridge and the Golden Gate Park. The Bridge came to life in the year 1937 after a four-year long struggle. It spans a distance of 1.7 miles and a side walk that allows pedestrians, bicyclists, and wheelchair users to roam in peace. The excitement of strolling in the park is one the best experiences you can ever have because there is no one ‘Keep of the Grass’ sign in the whole of the park that occupies about 1017 acres. Now you know why the Twins take the first place in the list.
Lombard Street: You can never be as crooked as this road because it is this street that is touted as ‘the most crooked street in the world’. Though it has tight turns and bends the place features beautiful gardens and gives a scintillating view of the bay, Alcatraz, and the Coit Tower.
California Academy of Sciences: For all you geeks out there, this place is the cloister of wisdom. It has an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and world class research and education programs under its roof. You will never get to see a place with so much of knowledge heaped in one spot which makes it a must see destination in the whole of California.
Fisherman’s Wharf: if there is one thing that you can never forgo in the San Francisco tour is the amazement of hovering in the cable cars. The best spot that for the cable car ride is the San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf where you get to see the best view of the city.
Legion of Honor: Before the dusk breaks in and you get to end your tour, make sure you visit this place that was built as a memorial for the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country in World War I. but the story doesn’t end here, it also houses 4000-year-old Europejewishan and graphic art. This place can simply restore the feeling of patriotism and humanity.Read More
To put things out bluntly nobody needs a travel agent today. Once the internet got on board, travel agents lost their purpose. But travel agents have their own purpose. Even today there are people who prefer to organize their travel plans. So here we are bringing to you the importance of a travel agent and quick tips to select the right one.
Importance of a travel agent:
Experience will always provide a professional support. So a travel agent can always help you pick the best option, which might not happen when we are doing it single-handed.
You can actually save a lot of money if you are picking the right travel agent. Saving money not only means spending less, it means more value too.
You become aware of more options that are available. You get to choose the best from a larger lot.
A travel agent ensures not only about the clients’ comfort but also their safety. This is the why you need a travel agent.
As long as you are picking the right agent, you will neither regret his service nor his contribution.
Tips to pick a travel Agent:
Check online: As stated earlier, you check and book all your travel plans online. In the same way, internet can always be a great source to find out the best travel agent. Internet gives you the opportunity to find the best out of vast options and leave the rest.
Ask adequate questions: Consumer is always the king. so ask adequate questions to ensure your travel works fine. The travel agent is always under the obligation to answer all your queries and earn your trust. As far as your questions are prompt and perfect, you will always get a proper response. This will help you decide the travel agent who will work as you please
Be sure of what you want: Prepare a list of what you want, and make sure that they are really important. Only if you know what you want, you will be able to extract the maximum out of the travel agent. It is your hands to make optimum use of your travel agent.
Ensure your safety: finally, when you put your finger on the travel agent who came meet all your needs, make sure you keep yourself safe. Check the papers you sign with the travel agent. Most of the travel agents do not ask for any agreement. If you are doing, do only if it is completely necessary. But in any case, do not rely on vocal agreements.