Whether you’re an inveterate train buff, enjoy only an occasional ride along the rails or are just seeking another way to escape the current stay-at-home syndrome, railroad experiences are no further away than your computer. A number of websites offer virtual train trips around the world which are surprisingly, and delightfully, close to the real thing.
Theme or amusement parks are among the most sought-after of family outings but they can strain the most patient of parents. Whether they’ll all be open this summer is very much up in the air but if so, your kids will want to go. Planning ahead can help relieve much of that stress.
If ever a destination has exhibited a split personality, it’s the half French, half Dutch Caribbean island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten.
The joint Caribbean island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten combines the French and Dutch cultures in exciting and surprising ways. Among the most innovative is the opportunity to make French perfume at Tijon’s Parfumerie or to explore everything Dutch at Amsterdam’s Cheese Store. And then for the Caribbean culture itself, what better than the Topper’s Rum Distillery?
While our bodies may not be able to travel to other countries right now, our minds and memories can. You may relive treasured travel experiences right at home through souvenirs and mementos you’ve brought back from destinations around the world.
When people think of America’s national parks, they often picture soaring landscapes, vast vistas and dramatic terrain — and many of the enclaves fit that description. But the list also includes sometimes smaller, lesser-known sites which are equal in beauty, relate intriguing chapters of history and offer other attractions and appeals that make them well worth a visit.
VA bus tour through Denali National Park in Alaska is a wildlife adventure – moose, bears, Dall sheep, eagles, among others – accompanied by fascinating commentary that introduces you to a countryside unlike any other.
The Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA – non-stop fun in a unique setting – is a whirlwind wonderland of all-encompassing water park antics (thrilling water slides anyone?) plus a magical tour-de-farce that wends it way throughout the hotel plus more than a half-dozen other activities that appeal to all ages.
Branson, Missouri where, yes, some things can be all things to all people. And all of them wonderful. There are so many varied entertainment options in Branson for everyone of every age that they cannot be encapsulated into a single article.
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia provides a trip back in time in an authentic early American setting. Re-enactors playing George Washington and his original fellow patriots, everyday artisans like a blacksmith and silversmith, and other people who inhabited the town immerse visitors in a living history atmosphere as few other places do.
An Amazon river cruise on the 18-passenger Tucano Yacht is an every day, every night adventure involving hiking, animal exploration, visits to villages and sumptuous meals on board.
Cuba is an island of magnificent scenery, historic treasures – and countless contradictions. Despite recently tightened travel restrictions, Americans still may join people from other countries in visiting that intriguing destination.