THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2016
Gatlinburg, at the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is an ideal... more
Gatlinburg, at the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is an ideal base for a family looking to explore the park's numerous offerings. After you've gone hiking, fishing, rafting or horseback riding, ride an elevator 342 feet to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle for stunning views of the Smokies. There's also an amusement center next door with nifty rides and games.
- Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
- Sugarlands Distilling Company
A great family beach vacation spot, the Alabama Gulf Shores and Orange Beach... more
A great family beach vacation spot, the Alabama Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer wonderful dining experiences, dolphin siting cruises, championship golf courses, fishing charters and nature hikes. Choose from national hotel and motel chains, camping or a variety of beach houses for your stay. There are numerous options for nightlife, from family entertainment to rocking roadhouses, enjoy your pick of plays, free concerts, dancing or just listening to any number of musical stylings at a local hot spot.
- Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
- Orange Beach Waterfront Park
- The Wharf
Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, which gets its name from its beautiful, clear green water. Beaches here have extremely fine, soft sand, so if you’re a beach-walker or your kids enjoy building sand castles, this could be a great destination for you.
- Henderson Beach State Park
- Destin Harbor Boardwalk
- Village of Baytowne Wharf
South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe (California)
Whether you choose to go downhill skiing or snowboarding at Heavenly Valley or Kirkwood Mountain or prefer cross-country skiing at Spooner Lake, a South Lake Tahoe vacation will put you close to it all. If you want to enjoy the nightlife or gambling on the Nevada side, choose to stay in town. Take a break from the slopes to ride the Gondola to the top of Heavenly or take a romantic sleigh ride in the snow. With a backdrop of pristine Lake Tahoe, the town of South Lake Tahoe is an idyllic place to visit anytime of year. Go boating, kayaking or jet skiing on the lake’s South Shore. Or take a cruise over to Emerald Bay on the North Shore. Or stay on dry land with a hike or bike ride along the Tahoe Rim Trail for jaw-dropping views. If you want to try your luck, walk or drive the few blocks to Nevada and visit one of the area’s casinos.
- The Gondola at Heavenly
- Tallac Historic Site
- Pope Beach
Jackson, Wyoming In the winter, there’s skiing (regular,... more
What outdoor activity can’t you do here? In the winter, there’s skiing (regular, cross-country, snowcat and heli-), snowshoeing and dogsledding. In summer, there’s fly-fishing, rafting (white-water or scenic) and hot-air balloon rides.
Plan your trip to Jackson
- Town Square
- National Museum of Wildlife Art
- Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
Estes Park is located 7,522 feet above sea level, nestled in the heart of the... more
Estes Park is located 7,522 feet above sea level, nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Shops, galleries and boutiques line the main street, which has a quaint, small-town ambiance. Exceptional outdoor adventures await both families and enthusiasts. Wildlife sightings, including elk and big horn sheep, are prevalent. Estes Park is the basecamp for adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park, where world-class hiking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and scenic drives abound.
- Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
- Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
- Estes Park Aerial Tramway
Set amid the coastal Chugach Mountains, Anchorage defies popular visions of... more
Set amid the coastal Chugach Mountains, Anchorage defies popular visions of polar ice caps and frozen tundra. It’s also warmer than you think (averaging 65 degrees in summer), making conditions ideal for sight-seeing or taking on uniquely Alaskan opportunities like arctic biking or touring the fjords of Prince William Sound. In the winter, you can ski, dogsled or do both simultaneously by "skijoring," which is cross-country skiing while being towed by a dog. Hey, it's no crazier a winter sport than the biathlon.
- Cook Inlet
- Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
- Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Steel and coal may have built this city, and you'll see the names "Mellon" and... more
Steel and coal may have built this city, and you'll see the names "Mellon" and "Carnegie" on an awful lot of things, but Pittsburgh has come a long way from its gritty, industrial past. The Waterfront Complex, a collection of shops, restaurants, a movie theatre and even a water park, was recently built on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel Works, and two new professional sports stadiums have opened downtown in just the past two years. However, history buffs will delight in a visit to sites like the Point State Park (home of the Fort Pitt Museum) and the Duquesne Incline, where you can ride an antique cable car and browse displays about this unique form of transportation. If you don't mind the extra drive, a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater is a must.
Plan your trip to Pittsburgh
- Phipps Conservatory
- The Strip
- Duquesne Incline
From ornate mansions to ocean views, this charming city - the largest in Maine - will enchant you. Saunter down the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets of the revitalized Old Port District, where you can browse through bookstores, explore craft shops and eat to your heart's content. Visit the Portland Head Light, which dates back to 1791, and is the oldest lighthouse still in continuous use in the U.S. The great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the city's native son, and you can visit his childhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. With kids in hand, enjoy the highly interactive Children's Museum of Maine. And then go next door to the calmer Portland Museum of Art, a small, but eclectic museum with Impressionist works, Maine landscapes by Homer and Wyeth and other collections. Land or sea is an option here, so if you're tired of the street life, take one of the popular scenic cruises or whale watches, or hop on a ferry to the islands in Casco Bay. At the end of the day, and without kids in hand, unwind and rest your tired feet at one of the city's brewpubs.
- Old Port
- Casco Bay Islands
- Portland Observatory
Coffee drinkers will recognize Kona as the source of some of the best beans in... more
Coffee drinkers will recognize Kona as the source of some of the best beans in the world. Get your blood pumping with a walk along the “Royal Footsteps” waterfront stretch of Alii Drive, or take stargazing to the next level with a nighttime visit to the summit of Mauna Kea. Waterfalls, volcanoes, and soft black sands are just some of the natural features that make Kailua unique. Shimmy your hips at a hula-filled luau, or get an eyeful of native history at the Kamakahonu compound.
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