Flying during the pandemic can be a surreal experience. The airport itself, security lines, check in counters, restaurants are empty. Where there are people, they are masked. The allegedly socially distanced plane ride itself feels constrained. And, I suspect, it’s going to be this way for awhile.
Branson, Missouri, is an island of fun and frivolity, excitement and entertainment nestled in the Ozark Mountains of mid-America. This something-for-everyone never-never land boasts variety enough to meet, and exceed, any expectations.
Despite the name, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the surrounding Grand Strand, offer much more than just another sun-and-sand getaway. From great golf and magnificent gardens to intriguing history and cultural riches, the destination offers something-for-everyone variety.
Utah’s National Parks – Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion – provide an unforgettable experience encompassing untold beauty, fascinating history and a wealth of geological information. Each one has something special to offer whether you’re driving through, hiking around or just standing and gazing in wonder.
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.