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3 Must-Visit Spots in Breathtaking Southwest Utah
Aug 1, 2014
Southwest Utah may not be on your radar just yet, but it should be. This gorgeous part of the state...
Canada: On Vacation with Anne of Green Gables
Jul 30, 2014
When Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908, most people thought it was set in a whimsical land of the author's imagination. At that time, many people did not even know where Prince Edward Island was. Today, millions of people who were captivated by the book flock to Prince...
Washington DC: The Luxury Guide
Jul 24, 2014
Many can't see past Washington, D.C. for its glorious marble memorials and Capitol Hill politicking. For those who have never been to the national capital of the United States, it is simply a spot for the historic landmarks and the frustrating business of running a country. However, there is a...
USA: Play it Again, Uncle Sam
Jul 23, 2014
Every city has its own unique ambience, so that just hearing its name can evoke a certain type of emotion. Perhaps this is why some cities are used in song lyrics. Paris, for example, is associated with love and romance, while Vienna seems to call musicians to her streets. And...
Namaste: Yoga Festivals
Jul 23, 2014
Wellness, as experts say, has become an integral part of our daily lives. More and more people are realizing the importance and the positive difference that it makes in our lives and embracing the concepts that help nurture it. With this embrace of wellness around the world, the world has...
San Diego: The Beach Bum Guide
Jul 22, 2014
With some 27 kilometres of coastline, finding a bit of sand to lay your towel upon is not a problem around San Diego. The weather is almost always beautiful, so head out to the shore to explore these beaches and decide for yourself which one is best. Mission Beach Three kilometres of...
Vancouver: The Beach Bum's Guide
Jul 19, 2014
Listed among the top 10 beach cities in the world, Vancouver has not only sand and waves, but skyline, mountain and ocean views to boot. Whether your goal is sunbathing, swimming, playing or shedding all your clothing, you’re sure to find the perfect beach just a short distance from downtown... Kitsilano Beach For...
Maine: Eight Great Places To Eat Lobster
Jul 17, 2014
There is no surer sign aside from the shedding of hats and gloves that a Maine winter has ended than the re-emergence of lobster shacks along Route 1 in Maine. However, while these shacks always serve up the freshly caught lobster that the state has become world famous for, it...
Mexico's Pacific Coast: Escape to the Quietest Fishing Villages
Jul 16, 2014
If your idea of a vacation conjures up images of poolside service, well-stocked buffets and scented soap in the washroom, we can safely say that the following peaceful and remote Mexican villages are not for you. However, for those who yearn to some secluded sanctuary, these slow-paced villages are simply perfect.
The Light Fantastic: Midnight Sun Magic
Jul 16, 2014
During the summer months in the countries that dwelling the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets. This phenomenon is referred to as the midnight sun where the sun stays up the full 24 hours of the day, often for several months at a time. It gives fair weather to these...
Halifax: A Real Atlantic Gem
Jul 15, 2014
By Ariane Colenbrander So you’ve landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia – hopefully for more than a day or two. This eclectic capital city by the sea is made for both urban and nature lovers alike. I personally find the best way to start discovering a coastal city is right where it...
Gilroy: Home of the Famous Garlic Festival
Jul 12, 2014
This July, visit the Garlic Capital of the World - Gilroy, California - and experience one of America’s great food festivals.
Tampa Bay: Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!
Jul 10, 2014
If you’re looking for a break from all the amusement parks while visiting Florida, take some time to wander through a few of the amazing animal parks near Tampa Bay. Here are some of our favourites... Safari Wilderness Ranch Much closer than Africa, your safari tour travels through 260 acres of wilderness to...
Vancouver: The Luxury Guide
Jul 10, 2014
In what is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities, Vancouver lures in visitors with its cosmopolitan flair, multicultural vitality, and the abundance of natural beauty surrounding the city. The city is ringed by forested mountains which taper off into sandy beaches that create a stunning natural backdrop...
Toronto: 6 Great Microbreweries
Jul 9, 2014
There is nothing better after a long, summer's day than stopping at a pub to grab a beer. Toronto has a number of excellent micro-pubs to choose from, and here are some of the best... Great Lakes Brewery Family owned and operated since 1991, Great Lakes is the oldest independent brewer in the...
Alberta: The Great Dinosaur Hunt
Jul 8, 2014
Approximately 145 million years ago, Midwestern North America was a lush tropical habitat that was complete with its own vast inland sea. Humans weren't the rulers of the terrain as they are today, but rather massive dinosaurs of every different shape and size stroll as kings through the landscape. In...
Luxury Guide to Dallas
Jul 1, 2014
While Austin may be the capital of Texas, it is Dallas that embodies visitor's impressions of the state, where everything is bigger and bolder. Dallas, or "The Big D," is a glittering oasis of towering skyscrapers that juts out from the vast Texan prairie. While Dallas offers the quintessential Lonestar...
Ottawa By Phone – The Smart Way To See The Town
Jun 30, 2014
As the fourth largest city and Canada's capital, there is a lot to experience in Ottawa. Whether visitors are there to see the gothic style government buildings, experience the art and history in the cities museums or have a little fun in Ottawa's nightlife, it can be overwhelming to navigate...
Halifax: Paradise For Food & Craft Beer Lovers
Jun 27, 2014
By Ariane Colenbrander Many Canadian cities have embraced the locally-sourced, organic food scene, and Halifax is no exception. The city teems with hot spots and craft breweries, but as a first-timer there, it’s often hard to know where to begin. Enter Local Tasting Tours, which offers four food tours throughout the city.
Vancouver – The Art Of Fine Indian Dining
Jun 24, 2014
Indian food is soooo good that it seems like you can never eat it often enough. The lucky folk in Vancouver have a plethora to choose from, and some of them are consistently at the top of every “best of” list. Vij’s This is possibly the best Indian restaurant in the province. Rather...
Freedom Trail – Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 24, 2014
Events in Boston were a key part of the American Revolution and the Freedom Trail gives visitors a chance to walk in the footsteps of history. Many of the founding fathers lived in this city and the 4-kilometre trail takes you along a red brick path to where they met to...
Palm Springs By Phone – The Smart Way To See The Town
Jun 22, 2014
Nestled in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is a beautiful desert resort town. Each year, visitors flock to this oasis for world-class golf, tennis and to be pampered by their luxurious spas. Palm Springs is the largest city in Riverside County and attracts a lot of visitors that choose to...
Toronto - The Luxury Guide
Jun 21, 2014
Toronto, Canada's largest city, is an easy city to like. It is an economic and social powerhouse with a vibrant art and culinary scene as a result of a mix of 200-plus distinct ethnicities that have melted together in one of North America's most diverse cities. With shopping that rivals...
Edmonton – Exploring West Edmonton Mall
Jun 18, 2014
What do you look for when planning a day of fun? Rides… check; food… check; movies… check; hotel… check. It looks like the West Edmonton Mall has everything you’ll need to have a day or two of adventure – and it’s all under one roof! Tonnes Of Fun With 24 rides and play...
Chicago – Where To Eat The Best Hot Dogs
Jun 13, 2014
Forget your mom’s birthday and cancel Christmas – there’s a much more important date that you should have emblazoned onto your brain: National Hot Dog Day. They say that every dog gets his day, and this momentous celebration of America’s favourite sandwich takes place on July 23 – leaving you with...
Spas – The Stranger The Better
Jun 9, 2014
Forget a nice pedicure or a simple shoulder massage... Here are five of the most wonderfully weird spa treatments on the face of the planet. 1. The Spa That Slithers: Ada Barak’s Carnivorous Plant Farm, Talmei Elazar, Israel “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” If you fear our reptilian friends as...
Newfoundland – A Whale Of A Time
Jun 8, 2014
Newfoundland is not famous for much, but it is famous for its near unparalleled view of whales. The area around this part of Canada hosts the world's largest concentration of humpback whales which migrate to the area every summer. While off the shore of Newfoundland, the whales enjoy gorging their...
Mexico – You Have To Taste This!
Jun 6, 2014
By Brad Liski “Try mine!”; “You have to taste this.”; “Are you kidding me?”; “What is that?” “Amazing!” The first bites, and looks, are always a cause for comment. I’m not sure what it is, but it seems that when we sit down at a table to break bread, we all...
Alaska – A Whale Of A Time
Jun 5, 2014
In the vast waters that line Alaska’s coast, an encounter with a whale is likely, if not downright predictable. From the remote northernmost town of Barrow, to the lush southeast and even near downtown Anchorage – the state’s whale watching opportunities are the crowning jewel of many Alaska vacations. And in...
The U.S.A – All Aboard!
Jun 4, 2014
There’s an undeniable romance to riding the rails. Those who choose the train are seduced by the more intimate pace of crossing through – rather than flying over – a landscape. Other features of train travel? Interact with other passengers, seeing the geography change in front of you and accessing more...
New Brunswick – Exploring Acadian Culture
Jun 3, 2014
The Acadian Coast in New Brunswick is a place of wonder and has helped raise a unique group of people who vehemently love life and celebrate their culture. This culture was nourished by the isolation of the region until the mid-20th century. When the people gained access to the outside...
Philadelphia – It’s Beer Week
Jun 2, 2014
If you know Philadelphia, then you’ll realize how fitting it is that beer week lasts for 10 days – the Philly folk don’t do anything in a small way! 2014 marks the seventh year of the largest beer fest in the nation, celebrating 300 years of beer-brewing with pub crawls, tours,
Calgary – A Guide To The Stampede
Jun 1, 2014
An amazing amount of work goes into putting on the Calgary Stampede every year – hours of planning, hundreds of volunteers and years of practice for the performers. It is an event like no other, and should be on the “must-do” list of everyone who has ever thought about going to...
Baltimore – A Star Spangled Summer
Jun 1, 2014
The home of the original Star-Spangled Banner manuscript is honoring the 200th anniversary of the U.S. National Anthem with numerous special events running from the middle of June through to September. Explore the awe-inspiring sites that mark the birth of a nation and see re-enactments, performances and hands-on activities along...
Denver - 13 Top Brew Pubs
May 31, 2014
The mile-high city has some amazing beer-drinking spots that will keep your head in the clouds and your hand wrapped around a frosty pint. The next time you visit Denver, take an afternoon break in one of these great brew pubs. Denver Beer Co. They have a simple plan: good beer is...
Philadelphia – The Luxury Guide
May 29, 2014
Philadelphia still remains that same old City of Brotherly Love, but it has been on an upward trend of development recently. New beautiful places are springing up all over the place, it’s undergoing an impressive culinary renaissance, and there is something of a colonial cultural revival going on. As the...
Underwater Adventure - Meet The Creatures Of The Deep
May 29, 2014
Whether you’re a huge fan of sea life, an avid explorer or someone who just enjoys unique experiences, mingling with the denizens of the deep is an experience that shouldn’t be passed up... Sunlight on Water – Honokohau Harbor, Hawaii, US On the Kona side of the Big Island, Sunlight has been...
Canada – Hot! Hot! Hot!
May 28, 2014
Finding yourself in hot water in Canada can be a wonderful thing. There are plenty of natural, soothing hot springs to choose from in idyllic, calming locations. Here are some of our favourites... 1. Harrison Hot Springs, BC Just 120 kilometres from Vancouver, you’ll find the village of Harrison Hot Springs basking on...
Boston – It Started With A Cup Of Tea
May 27, 2014
It started with a cup of tea and escalated into a full scale revolution that carved out a new country. The Boston Tea Party was an event that forever changed the course of American history. It has since been immortalized not just by the country it created but by the...
California - Explore Columbia State Park
May 25, 2014
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain foothills, also known as California's "Mother Lode Country," Columbia State Historic Park isn't just some magnificent Californian park filled with preserved nature and nothing else. In fact, nestled in the town of Columbia, some might not even realized they are in a state park...
Seattle By Phone – The Smart Way To See The Town
May 23, 2014
From the lingering smell of teen spirit from the grunge bands of the 90s’ to the fragrant aroma of fresh brewed coffee, there is a lot to find interesting about Seattle. Here are our favourite apps to help you make the most of the city... Seattle Map The Seattle Map app taps...
Tampa – Explore By E-Boat
May 23, 2014
Everywhere there is water, there are always boats. However, in Tampa Bay, Florida they don't just have fancy yachts and zippy speed boats but they also have their own distinctly styled e-boat. No, the e-boat isn't some crazy online adventure that one can conduct from the comforts of their sun...
Chicago – Bach is Back
May 22, 2014
Bach is back… Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House in Chicago that is. Not only is the most intimate of the master architect’s creations open for public tours this summer – but for the very first time, architecture-lovers can now spend the night is his cubic masterpiece. Meticulously restored to its original 1915...
Illinois – Nine Reasons To Fall In Love With Galena
May 21, 2014
Nestled in the Mississippi River Valley, the cosy, small town of Galena strikes the perfect balance between historical allure and modern-day style. Here are just nine reasons why you won’t be able to resist its charms… 1. Fabulous & Friendly Known as the ‘town that time forgot’, Galena has stepped back into...
Culture, History, Smiling Faces - This is Mexico City!
May 21, 2014
Mexico is not new to me! Over my years working in the travel industry I have been most fortunate to visit many resort areas in this wonderful country – some many times. From the Pacific Coast to the Caribbean Sea Mexico boasts some of the finest beach destinations...
Whale Watching in Maui - A Whale of a Tale
May 21, 2014
Hawaii is the only place where humpback whales mate, calve and nurse their young and during the months of February and March Maui is a fantastic place to view these beautiful creatures. Whether observing from our balcony, strolling along the beach, engaged in other water activities, or just enjoying our...
Victoria, BC – The Viking Invasion!
May 19, 2014
A new exhibition at Victoria’s Royal BC Museum is shattering age-old myths about history’s bad boys: the Vikings. On its first North American stop, the Vikings: Lives Beyond the Legends exhibition highlights recent discoveries and provides fascinating insights into the Viking era. Artifacts, interactive computer displays and hands-on educational activities help tell...
Arizona - So Worth It
May 18, 2014
By Anne Shaw Who in their right mind gets up at 4:30 a.m. on their holidays? Well, I never said we were in our right minds. Yes, we had the kids up at 4:30 a.m. to drive to the north side of Phoenix for a Sunrise balloon flight. It was pitch...
Saskatchewan – A Special Place In RCMP History
May 13, 2014
The province of Saskatchewan is synonymous with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. On May 1873, the Dominion Parliament passed an act to provide for the establishment of a ‘Mounted Police Force for the North-West Territories’. A year later, the famous ‘March West’ brought 300 original members of the NWMP to what is...
Michigan’s Henry Ford Complex - Celebrating The Can-Do Culture
May 13, 2014
Where on earth can you see Lady Gaga's meat dress, the bus on which Rosa Parks took a stand for civil rights and a Model T Ford under the same roof? More than 80 years ago, The Henry Ford was formally dedicated by its founder, Henry Ford, and his friend and...
Washington, DC – Reopening The Obelisk
May 12, 2014
When it opened in 1884, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world. Fast forward to 2011 and the national monument had to close its doors for repairs, following damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. But the good news is that, after 32 months, this landmark monument has...
Canada – The Best Places To Eat Brunch
May 11, 2014
You don’t have to get up too early to enjoy it and you can have bacon with practically everything... What’s not to love about brunch? Here are some of our favourite spots in Canada for the best meal of the week... Harbour House Hotel, Restaurant & Organic Farm, Saltspring Island, BC Looking...
Universal Orlando – Mouth-Watering Fine Dining Options
May 10, 2014
Only at Universal Orlando can you soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D... But did you know that you can also sample some of the best fine dining options that the Orlando region has to offer? So, after...
Colorado – Get On Track For Brews And Blues
May 10, 2014
The first railroad cut through Colorado’s rocky terrain back in 1869 – and the transportation mode hasn't lost any steam since. These days there is certainly more of an eclectic selection of trains to choose from though. There are beer trains, wine trains and even blues trains – all traversing the...
Montreal By Phone – The Smart Way To See The Town
May 9, 2014
Montreal is a city that favours grace and elegance; a city where the past and the present mesh on a daily basis. Because of its beautiful Old World charm and European style, it has often been referred to as the 'Paris across the Sea’. While the city is classical, it is...
Boston – The Luxury Guide
May 8, 2014
Boston is a town of dualities. It has fully embraced all things modern without letting go of its colonial past. Modern skyscrapers are nestled next to historic hotels, while rich marketplaces line the cobblestone streets. Boston – or Beantown – has all that beautiful New England charm without sacrificing the...
Quebec – Winging It!
May 7, 2014
Every spring, Quebecers gaze skyward, watching for the geese to arrive. These migratory birds are easily recognizable thanks to their V-shaped flight formation and the din of their cries heralding the return of warmer weather. Literally hundreds of thousands of snow geese flock to the St Lawrence River, where they enjoy...
Atlantic City - Wedded Bliss By The Boardwalk
Apr 26, 2014
Atlantic City Ranks As One Of The Most Romantic In The U.S.A. Atlantic City has been named the 4th Most Romantic City in the United States by OpenTable, the online restaurant reservations site that connects diners with restaurants worldwide. Who knew? The OpenTable Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated using three variables: the...
World Report - Las Vegas & Florida
Apr 25, 2014
Las Vegas: Not Your Average Buffet With the introduction of the first Chef’s Table within a buffet, Bellagio raises the bar in buffet dining. This unique V.I.P. table experience includes a skilled chef team preparing the finest culinary dishes tableside. Upon arrival to Bellagio Buffet, guests will bypass the main line...
Discover America - Springtime Flower Power
Apr 24, 2014
By Josephine Matyas Wiarton Willie has predicted six more weeks of winter - not a happy thought for much of Canada, as it has been a cold and snowy season. But for large parts of the United States, early spring is a season of warming soil and early blooms. April is...
The Luxury Guide - Houston
Apr 24, 2014
As we all know, everything is bigger and bolder in Texas. Houston is a city that definitely knows this and lives by it! Everything in Houston is just that much bigger, bolder and better – but it is still a city with strong roots. Many of the original buildings from the...
Manitoba - Bonjour, Ca Va?
Apr 22, 2014
When thinking about the influence of French-speaking emigrants on Canada, Manitoba isn’t usually the first place that comes to mind… Yet the province has a rich history, having been settled by the French in the early 1800s. Although the culture was nearly wiped out upon the arrival of English-speaking settlers, in...
Canada - Voyages Of Discovery
Apr 16, 2014
Cruising through the Canadian Arctic is not your average cruise vacation. Visiting some of the most remote locations our great country has to offer, cruising the Canadian Arctic is an adventure unrivalled by any other. Arctic Explorer, MS Sea Adventurer This 10-day cruise, which departs from Resolute in Nunavut...
Las Vegas – Reality Sites
Apr 15, 2014
The city of Las Vegas is ripe for the plunder when it comes to reality television. Whether it is reality television following the some of the city’s most interesting residents, or just a show stopping by for an episode or two of extreme partying, there are film sets for reality television...
The United States – A Need For Speed
Apr 14, 2014
Most of us have experienced some form of fast-paced, high-adrenaline race, but getting behind the wheel of one of these advanced machines is an entirely different experience. Whether you want to drive a Formula One Car, a NASCAR race car or a dragster, tracks around the USA offer travellers a...
New York – Lost Kingdoms At The Met
Apr 14, 2014
A ground-breaking international loan exhibition devoted to the Hindu-Buddhist art of first- millennium Southeast Asia goes on view at New...
Louisiana - Follow The Beards
Apr 12, 2014
A few years ago, who could have believed that some of the most popular reality television stars hail from a little, backwater city in the south? Love them or hate them, you’ve got to admit that the folks of Duck Dynasty have some great adventures. Now you can visit some...
Cleveland – The Captain America Connection
Apr 10, 2014
Although the story is set in Washington DC, Captain America: Winter Soldier was mostly filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. The city is an excellent stand-in for DC on the big screen. Here are some of the Captain America sites to keep an eye out for the next time you’re in Cleveland. Cleveland...
Regina – The RCMP Heritage Centre
Apr 9, 2014
When it comes to being Canadian, the Royal Mounted Police are as Canadian as maple syrup. Saskatchewan’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre celebrates the story of how the Mounties conquered the Wild West of Canada. Located in the beautiful capital city of Regina, the centre is conveniently right across...
United States – A Bird’s Eye View
Apr 8, 2014
The United States has some fabulous observation decks for those of you who like to rise above it all to get a bird’s eye view of the world. Just check out some of the views from these dizzying heights... Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona Looking out over the Grand Canyon is a sight like...
Las Vegas – Discerning Dips
Apr 7, 2014
With more than 40 million visitors in 2013 alone, Las Vegas is still as booming as it ever was. Hordes of visitors flock to this city to vacation, see the sights and get into all manner of crazy adventures. However with temperatures that can easily soar, there are plenty of amazing...
Hawaii - Hula Honey
Apr 7, 2014
The Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance that is usually accompanied by a chant or a song that perpetuates the stories, traditions and culture of Hawaii. According to legend, the dance originated on the islands of Molokai and Kauai, however each island has its own special version of it. There...
Pacifica – California’s Natural Playground
Apr 6, 2014
One of the most panoramic coastal towns in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pacifica is famous for its beautiful coastline, breathtaking vistas and bohemian ambiance. The town’s ethereal beauty is further enhanced by its Mediterranean-style weather. Temperatures range from 15to 20 degrees cooler than they do on the central coast, drawing...
Virginia – Rock, Roll And Vines
Apr 3, 2014
The 5th largest wine-producing state in the U.S, Virginia’s local wine scene has an irresistibly cool rock ‘n’ roll edge. The state is overflowing with wineries – more than 200 in total – and there are dozens of wine trails that highlight the area’s lavish scenery, quaint small towns and historic...
And They’re Off - Amazing Horse Races Around The World
Apr 2, 2014
There are few things more adrenaline-inducing than the thrill of a horse race. For those looking to indulge in this age-old tradition, ready your bets as they canter down to these iconic horse race meetings... Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Kentucky, United States There is no more famous horse race in the United States...
New York – The Best Places To Play
Apr 1, 2014
For those who are overwhelmed by the noise and the never stopping pace of New York City – and also have a passion for golf – the New York Golf Trail is an unforgettable trip. This trail crosses the whole of New York State, but the crown jewel is the portion...
It Feels Oh So Right - Tucson Is A City Of Boundless Possibilities
Mar 29, 2014
By Josephine Matyas Think of Tucson as a place where the freedom to be/think/experiment/try intersects with a world of boundless possibilities. Toss in a little imagination and what flows is a way to play, to work, to relax and to rejuvenate in whatever way fits best for you. It’s like finding...
Great Breaks - March Deals for Canadians Across The U.S.
Mar 28, 2014
By Josephine Matyas There has been much media coverage about the drop in the Canadian-U.S. exchange rate, making holidays south of the border potentially more expensive for Canadian travellers. States and attractions have stepped forward with special deals to entice Canadians heading south for the March break – every little bit...
Chicago – In The Footsteps of Scarface
Mar 24, 2014
Although most of the original buildings are gone, the addresses connected to one of Chicago’s most notorious gangsters are well documented and can still be visited. Born January 17, 1899, Alphonse Capone was the fourth son born to Italian Immigrants Gabriele and Teresa in Brooklyn, New York. Like many boys in...
In Search Of Scarlett – Georgia’s Gone With The Wind Trail
Mar 23, 2014
Fans of the Margaret Mitchell’s rich, vibrant novel of the last days of the old south are looking forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of the equally compelling movie that follows the story of Scarlett O’Hara and the Civil War. The Gone With The Wind Trail in Georgia offers visitors a...
Columbus, Ohio – Feel Loved At Breakfast Time
Mar 23, 2014
Rapidly gaining a reputation as one of America's up-and-coming culinary destinations, Columbus' breakfast scene is creating a buzz with its diversity, one-of-a-kind experiences and vast number of five-star-worthy offerings. From classic diner fare, to offbeat, ethnic and funky, Ohio's capital city has an unusual number of top-notch breakfast joints. In fact,
Washington DC - It’s Blossom Time
Mar 22, 2014
In 1912 the mayor of Tokyo city made a gift of Japanese cherry trees to the city of Washington to celebrate the growing friendship between Japan and the United States. Over the years, hundreds more trees have been given by the Japanese, and today, more than 100 years after the first...
Massachusetts - Museums That Mesmerize
Mar 21, 2014
You’re more than familiar with the scene... Your feet hurt, the kids are emitting gargantuan yawns, and you could almost swear that the security guard in the corner is snoring beneath his peaked cap. A day at the museum is not necessarily always the barrel of laughs that we would like...
Miami By Phone – The Smartest Way To Navigate The City
Mar 21, 2014
From transit and food to zoos and celebrities, here are the hottest apps to help you navigate one of Florida’s hottest cities... Miami & Beaches App The Miami and Beaches app lacks an inventive name, but it provides everything visitors need to know about the city. With its "Around me now" feature...
San Francisco – The Luxury Guide
Mar 20, 2014
With its hilly streets and beautiful houses, San Francisco is consistently voted one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. The ‘City by the Bay’ is full of culture, blending both a bohemian and cosmopolitan experience. Shopping, San Fran Style When it comes to shopping, there are two distinct districts for...
New York City - The Best Spaghetti In Little Italy
Mar 19, 2014
No trip to New York City would be complete without a stop in Little Italy – and while you’re there it would be wise to fill your plate with some of the best spaghetti in town at one of these excellent restaurants in this historic neighborhood. Il Cortile Always popular among the locals,
Virginia Beach - Coastal Cuisine On The Trot
Mar 18, 2014
When it comes to freshest, most sublime coastal cuisine, the Boardwalk at Virginia Beach is hard to beat. With its stunning location, this culinary hub has piles of flavourful local specialities to savour, from seafood fresh out of Chesapeake Bay to the most refreshing craft beers. And now there is a fabulous Virginia...
St Louis - Hit The Blues Highway
Mar 17, 2014
There is something about the steamy, sultry south that calls out for mellow jazz melodies. If your vacation plans take you to St. Louis, make plans to visit as many of these excellent Jazz Clubs as possible. Highway 61 is the road that runs between St. Louis and New Orleans and it...
Arizona & New Mexico – In The Footsteps Of Billy The Kid
Mar 16, 2014
Depending on the story you read, William Henry “Billy the Kid” McCarty was either a hero or an outlaw. The only thing that can be said for certain about him is that he was a young boy, alone, during a violent time of American history. Billy was born late in 1859...
The Wearin’ O The Green - Celebrating St Patrick, Vegas Style
Mar 15, 2014
If you’re heading to Vegas this St Patrick’s weekend, you may find yourself doing a double-take at the iconic ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign. In honour of St Patrick's Day, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and Tourism Ireland have created a very special Irish welcome by turning the famous...
Clara's Big Ride
Mar 14, 2014
Canada's six-time cycling and speed-skating Olympic medallist Clara Hughes is making a 110-day bicycle journey around Canada supporting local mental health initiatives by community groups, schools and other local organizations in every province and territory. Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk will cover 12,000 kilometres and visit 95 Canadian...
Cold Hard Cash - 10 Great Money Museums
Mar 13, 2014
There is nothing quite like seeing some cold hard cash up close. However, not everyone has huge wads of cash to gaze upon... But they can make their way to a currency museum to see some big bucks up close and personal. Visitors to these museums can trace the currency...
Let Your Taste Buds Tingle - Massachusetts’ Wine & Cheese Trail
Mar 12, 2014
When it comes to wine country, Massachusetts rarely makes the top of the list. However from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, the Bay State is producing wine from a brilliant collection of locally grown grapes, apples, peaches and blueberries – as well as some artisanal cheeses to pair with it.
It Scores – Highlights Of The Hockey Hall Of Fame
Mar 12, 2014
The motto at the Hockey Hall of Fame is that you can "do it all at the hall", which is no exaggeration by any means. The Hockey Hall of Fame is the star of Toronto for hockey fans. It houses the legendary and much sought after Stanley Cup and showcases...
Awesome Adventures – Adrenaline Action In The Riviera Nayarit
Mar 11, 2014
Riviera Nayarit is a 320-kilometre stretch of Pacific Coastline in Mexico. While its resorts are popular with tourists, much of its beautiful wilderness remains untouched. Today, outdoor enthusiasts looking for a fun Mexican vacation flock to the Riviera Nayarit for endless days of adventure. Whether it is zip lining through endless...
Star-Studded Skies - Four Ways To Get Heavenly In Mesa
Mar 10, 2014
If you thought catching an Arizona sunset was on the must-do list, you need to check out what happens to the sky after the sun goes down… Arizona boasts two observatories – this is, after all, the place where Pluto was discovered – and the desert skies offer some of the...
Unmistakably Utah - 15 Fabulous New Reasons To Make A Beeline To The Beehive State
Mar 9, 2014
Home to five national parks, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and "The Greatest Snow on Earth", Canadian travellers are not usually short of reasons to visit Utah. But just in case you need that extra little push, here are 15 fabulous new reasons to unwind...
The Skinflint Guide – Nine Ways To Keep An Eye On Your Bank Balance In St Louis
Mar 8, 2014
When it comes to looking for free things to do, St Louis is one of the best cities in the world. The city is stuffed with glorious national landmarks, awe-inspiring wildlife attractions and art and sculpture museums that won’t cost you a dime. 1. St Louis Zoo A trip to the zoo is...
Oh Say You Can See – Driving Maryland’s Star Spangled Scenic Byway
Mar 8, 2014
Maryland's scenic byway system includes 18 designated roads that span over 2,400 kilometres of this beautiful and historic landscape. One of these 18 trails is the Star Spangled Banner Scenic Byway, which is combined with the Star Spangled Banner Trail to take in some of the most historic sites from...
Mexcaltitan - Riviera Nayarit’s Hidden Gem
Mar 7, 2014
Mexcaltitan is a sight like no other. From the air, it looks like a small, bustling metropolis that’s peeking out of the surrounding mangrove swamp. This small man-made island-city is 15 kilometres from the nearest town of Santiago Ixcuintla in the Mexican state of Nayarit, but it is only accessible...
Playing With Food - 11 Great Kids’ Restaurants In Orlando
Mar 3, 2014
Travelling with young people is a lot of fun, but finding a place to eat that they find acceptable can be a challenge. When vacationing in Orlando, try these great places that cater to the younger members of the family. ‘Ohana As soon as you walk in to the Polynesian themed restaurant...
Making A Splash – Eight Kid Friendly Pools In Las Vegas
Mar 2, 2014
In Las Vegas some hotels have a firm in the pool area so adults can drink and tan in peace. Here are a few of our favourite pools that welcome the wee ones with open arms... Excalibur The Excalibur hotel is easily the most popular location for families to stay and play.
Spring Has Sprung - 10 Things To Do In Canada For Spring Break
Mar 1, 2014
Spring break is the most anticipated time of year for most students. It’s a chance to throw off the pressures of study and pack a whole semester’s worth of fun into just a few short days. Here are some ideas of how to make the very most of it… 1. Head...
Banquets That Break The Bank – The Eight Most Expensive Places To Eat Sushi
Feb 28, 2014
At its very finest, sushi can be an art form – and a pricey one at that. Here are eight of the most expensive sushi restaurants around the world. 1. Koy Shunka, Barcelona, Spain Chef Hideki Matsuhisa certainly deserves his Michelin star for creating one of the best sushi restaurants in Barcelona.
Book-Lovers’ Heaven – The 11 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World
Feb 28, 2014
Public libraries are an important icon to cultures worldwide. They serve as a sacred place of learning where anyone can improve their knowledge. And although public libraries are a dying breed, many are jewels in their community because they have the most striking architecture and beautiful decor. Here are some...
The Luxury Guide - Montreal
Feb 27, 2014
With its elegant stone facades, cobblestone boulevards and traditional bistros, Montreal certainly has that je ne sais quoi. Known as ‘Paris-Across-the-Pond’, the city impresses visitors with its innovative cuisine, lively music scene and its French roots. Fill Up On Food                There are three must-buy items in Montreal, and strangely enough they...
Cheese Please - The Nine Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia
Feb 27, 2014
Philadelphia is known for Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell 13 and most all 13 its cheesesteaks! Cheesesteaks are a point of civic pride in Philly, as well as a major draw for tourists to the city, because while they are duplicated worldwide, these amazing sandwiches are rarely duplicated successfully...
Culture And Cuisine - LA's African American Heritage Tour
Feb 26, 2014
One of the world 19s most ethnically diverse cities, Los Angeles, has a great deal of African American history to its name. Celebrating the milestones and contributions of Black Americans, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Board has launched a three-day, self-guided tour of the historical highlights of the city.
Sippin' By The Sea - It Happens In Monterey
Feb 24, 2014
California has always been famous for its fabulous wine country. However, recently the lesser-known wine country of Monterey County has been slowly making wine enthusiasts forget about the more well-known wine locales of Napa and Sonoma. With over 18,211 hectares of grapes, Monterey County has become well known for its Chardonnay...
Perfect Shores - You Gotta Love Florida Beaches
Feb 22, 2014
By Donna Carter The sun has barely risen but from my hotel room window on Sanibel Island I can see there are already people on the beach, all of them bent over the sand in a posture widely known as the “Sanibel stoop.” It’s good that I know the island is...
Sites Of The Silver Screen - Eight 12 Years A Slave Locations
Feb 22, 2014
In addition to taking the audience through an incredible true story, the movie 12 Years a Slave invited us to see some of the glorious splendour of the graceful old south. The film was shot entirely in Louisiana, and some parts of New Orleans were made up to look like old...
Artful Pleasures - Indulge Your Cultural Tastes With Florida's Vast Array Of Museums, Performances, Exhibits & Festivals
Feb 21, 2014
By Donna Carter I 19ve just drunk a small cup of water from the freshwater spring at the Ponce de Leon Fountain of Youth Archeological Park in St. Augustine. When the Spanish explorer landed here in 1513, he believed the spring to be the fabled fountain of youth but apparently it...
"The Little Woman Who Started This Great War" - 10 Things You Didn't Know About Harriet Beecher Stowe
Feb 21, 2014
Her book changed what the world knew about slavery, but did you know how truly fascinating her life was? Here are 10 simple, but amazing facts about Harriet Beecher Stowe, the woman who wrote Uncle Tom 19s Cabin. 1. She Had A Remarkable Family Beecher Stowe 19s father a prominent minister and...
Time To Dream - Eight Martin Luther King Sites
Feb 20, 2014
Martin Luther King Jr was a man with a dream. It was a dream that children could live in a nation where they were not judged on the colour of their skin, but by their character. Through his powerful speeches and non-violent approach, this dreamer became the most respected leader...
The Luxury Guide - Mexico City
Feb 20, 2014
Who needs the white sand beaches of Baja or the historic pyramids on the Yucatan, when you have what is considered by many to be the most dynamic city in North America? Mexico City is what is best described as a 'sleeper city 19; it is popular among the sophisticated crowd...
The Road To Freedom - 12 Underground Railroad Sights
Feb 19, 2014
During the 19th century, slaves of African descent in the United States fled from the southern states to the northern free states, or even as far as Canada and Mexico, to escape their persecutors. Abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause set up a network of secret routes...
The Great Outdoors - Florida Boasts A Bounty Of Nature-Based Attractions
Feb 19, 2014
By Donna Carter Jerry is feeling much better today. It has only been hours since the 200-lb loggerhead sea turtle underwent a procedure at the Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center to remove a fishhook he had mistaken for food. As soon as he is fully recovered he will be returned to...
Simply Sun-Sational - Florida Is The Ultimate Vacation Playground
Feb 18, 2014
By Donna Carter The Sunshine State has certainly earned bragging rights for the countless attributes that make it the leading vacation destination for sun-seeking Canadians. As the saying goes, “when you’ve got it flaunt it” and Florida has plenty to flaunt: perpetual sunshine, a sub-tropical climate, endless beaches and a vast...
Get Down And Dirty - Lancaster's Annual Amish Mud Sales
Feb 18, 2014
Bored of browsing the local shopping mall? Then consider a trip to the annual Amish mud sales. Set among country fields or small towns of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County each spring, these community auctions that are fundraisers for fire services that serve the local traditional Amish communities. The sales happen every year on...
Endless Days Of Childhood - The Fun Never Ends At Florida's Theme Parks
Feb 17, 2014
By Donna Carter There are full-grown men wearing mouse-ear hats and little girls dressed up like Cinderella. There are human-size cartoon characters circulating among the crowd: a pair of chipmunks, a duck in a sailor suit, two adorable mice and a floppy-eared dog. The music filling the air is, When you...
The Long And Winding Road - Eight Destinations Where You Can Relive Beatlemania
Feb 16, 2014
It has been 50 years since Beatlemania kicked off with the band's journey across the pond. Over the subsequent years, The Beatles blazed around the world and created some of their most memorable music. Following that trail takes Beatle-junkies not only to a slew of locations that were immortalized in...
It’s Perfect - Vallarta Nayarit Offers Up A Vacation Menu For Vacation-Hungry Canadians
Feb 16, 2014
Pressing the provided snorkel mask snugly to my face, I flopped into the water, joined the group of swimmers and guides from our big catamaran, and headed towards the rocks edging the island in the middle of the Bay of Banderas. We swam, one at a time, through a small,
Northern Exposure - Discover Historic Towns & High Tech Festivals In North Florida
Feb 15, 2014
From Pensacola’s vibrant street life, to swimming with manatees on the nature coast, northern Florida blends history with nature – and then adds a good-old-fashioned dash of Southern-style hospitality for good measure...
Here Comes The Bride - Seven Romantic Places To Tie The Knot
Feb 14, 2014
Having your wedding and honeymoon at the same time is a stress free way to ensure your nuptials are the best time of your life – and usually at a fraction of the cost. And with so many romantic locations to choose from, your dream wedding is just a plane...
Pucker Up - Eight Romantic Places To Steal A Kiss
Feb 14, 2014
Whether it’s around the world or closer to home, these gorgeous destinations may just be the most romantic places on earth to steal a kiss with the one you love...
Where Arts Meet Nature - South Florida Is The Place To Experience Arts, Culture & The Great Outdoors
Feb 14, 2014
Think South Florida and you think Miami, of course. Red-hot nightlife, world-class performing arts, superb shopping – the city is hot, hot, hot. But there is much more to discover. Like the Fort Myers Film festival, or Bradenton’s Village of the Arts...
I Love Lucie - The Jewel Of The Treasure Coast
Feb 13, 2014
Just a two hour drive north of Miami, St Lucie County comprises of the cities of Fort Pierce and Port St Lucie, and the endless beaches of idyllic Hutchinson Island...
Be Still My Beating Heart - Five Romantic Places To Pop The Question
Feb 13, 2014
By Jenna Matthews The moment you pop the question should be completely unforgettable and awe-inspiring. So why not combine the trip...
The Centre Of Attention - From Light Speed to Laid Back, Central Florida Has A Pace For Every Personality
Feb 12, 2014
Sure there are beaches in Central Florida. Lots of them, with miles of white sand and perfect blue waters. But there are also theme parks galore with rides that will get your heart pumping and artistic endeavours that will touch your soul. There is fine dining, cosmic adventure and off-road...
Go Beyond Fast - A Peek At Daytona Beach's Arts, Culture & History
Feb 12, 2014
Ever since the 1950s, car racing has been a major feature of this sunny city on Florida�s Atlantic coast. Today, hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts annually flock to the Daytona International Speedway for blockbuster events like the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24-hour race. Certainly the Speedway is where the...
Going For Gold - Remembering The War Heroes Of Canada’s 1948 Winter Olympics Hockey Team
Feb 11, 2014
A jersey belonging to a member of the historic 1948 Canadian ice hocky team is currently on display in the lobby of the Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum...
It’s Exploding - The Art & Foodie Scene In Phoenix Is On Fire
Feb 10, 2014
Many times neighbours get along just fine, helping each other out when needed, but at the same time appreciating the ways in which they are different. With cities it can be much the same – and that’s what you’ll find in the Valley of the Sun in central Arizona...
Snapshots - Belize, Fiji, British Columbia, Australia, France
Feb 9, 2014
Belize: Artists In Residence Join two of Canada’s most celebrated culinary leaders, Toronto chef Chris McDonald and Food Network’s Manic Organic...
Free Fun In Fort Worth - How To Have A Blast In Cowtown Without Spending A Dime
Feb 8, 2014
Say the word ‘Dallas’ and images of oil tycoons, stretch limos and designer gowns spring to mind.... But neighbouring Fort Worth? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong, the city has more than its fair share of lavish living – but what it doesn’t have is its own iconic television...
SAM vs DAM - Art Museums Bet On Super Bowl XLVIII
Jan 28, 2014
Sports fans have undoubtedly made a few playful bets over the Super Bowl already – and they’ve maybe even put...
Delicious And Delectable - What’s New On Portland’s Busy Food And Drink Scene?
Jan 22, 2014
There’s so much happening on Portland’s bustling food and drink scene that it’s hard to keep up sometimes! Here’s the latest lowdown of all things delicious and delectable in the City of Roses...
Panning For TV Gold - Alberta Graces The Screen In Klondike
Jan 20, 2014
You’ve seen it in Brokeback Mountain, The Borne Legacy and Legends of the Fall, and this week it will once again be the star attraction on your TV screen. The rugged beauty of Alberta takes centre stage in the Discovery Channel’s first-ever scripted mini-series, Klondike, this week...
Gung Hay Fat Choy - Chinese New Year, California Style
Jan 19, 2014
With strong Chinese and Asian-American communities in all regions across the state, the Lunar New Year tradition is a popular annual celebration in California...
Rekindling The Flame - 10 Ways To Revive Olympic Fever In British Columbia
Jan 18, 2014
With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games set to take centre stage in Sochi, Russia, fond memories of British Columbia’s time in the limelight are inevitable, not to mention irresistible. When you’re overcome by nostalgia, though, don’t weep into your red mittens while cradling your Quatchi plush toy. Instead, get out...
The Big Easy On A Little Budget - 30 Free Ways To Explore New Orleans
Jan 18, 2014
Thomas Jefferson paid $15 million for the entire Louisiana Territory, or about four cents an acre. That means New Orleans...
Happy Cable Car Day! - Five Of The World’s Best Cable Car Rides
Jan 17, 2014
I’m not sure if you’re able to handle the excitement, but today is Cable Car Day. Yes, January 17 has been designated to celebrate all matters ‘cable car’, as the date marks that momentous day back in 1871 when Andrew Smith Hallidie received the first patent in relation to the...
All Hail Colorado! - Powder Reigns Supreme During National Safety Month
Jan 15, 2014
The widespread winter storm that entered Colorado last Wednesday has blanketed all corners of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) in snow, delivering powerful powder days at all 21 CSCUSA resorts...
Dine Out Vancouver - Do Too Many Chefs Spoil The Broth?
Jan 14, 2014
Public Invited To Sample Soup Made By 50 Chefs Do too many chefs spoil the broth? On day one of Dine...
Let There (Not) Be Light - An Eye Opening Experience At Dark Table
Jan 11, 2014
Already a hit in London, Paris and New York, ‘blind dining’ takes you on a culinary journey through uncharted territory, where the familiar – your food, your drink and your friends – take on a new air of enchantment...
Good Vibrations - Each Beach Town In The St. Pete/Clearwater Area Has Its Own Unique Vibe
Jan 10, 2014
You could be forgiven for thinking you are in Crete or Corfu rather than Florida when you wander through the historic riverfront town of Tarpon Springs, which lies just 20 minutes north of Clearwater...
A Family Affair - Discover What The Texas Gulf Coast Has To Offer Canadian Families
Jan 8, 2014
When it comes to great beach destinations, Texas isn’t usually the first destination that pops to mind. Cowboy boots, country music and mouthwatering barbecue maybe…but sunscreen and swimsuits? Surely not...
Unexpected Beauty - San Juan County Is Home To Some Of Nature’s Most Stunning Gems
Jan 7, 2014
Where in the world is San Juan County? Not the San Juan Islands in Washington State, not San Juan, Puerto Rico, and not the San Juan Mountains in Colorado – although they’re close. This San Juan is in Utah’s Canyon Country – the southeast corner of the state, and one...
Dig In - Food-Based Travel Across The United States
Jan 6, 2014
Culinary tourism is a growing trend that appeals across a wide swath of demographics: age, income, gender, education. Everyone loves to nibble, to taste and to explore culinary pathways. And a holiday to the U.S. offers up lots of regional variety. Come along as we explore some tours and trails...
It's Perfect - Vallarta Nayarit Offers Up A Vacation Menu That’s Just What A Vacation-Hungry Canadian Needs
Jan 5, 2014
Pressing the provided snorkel mask snugly to my face, I flopped into the water, joined the group of swimmers and guides from our big catamaran, and headed towards the rocks edging the island in the middle of the Bay of Banderas. We swam, one at a time, through a small,
Gateway To Adventure - Young Or Old, Everyone Has A Good Time In Mesa
Jan 4, 2014
Few destinations offer such a rich palette of sights and activities as Mesa, Arizona. Once the little sister in the Valley of the Sun, Mesa has blossomed into its own as a gateway to adventure and unlimited possibilities for visitors to explore...
Great Places & Great Faces - Get To Know South Dakota’s Famous Citizens & Attractions
Jan 2, 2014
There really is no place like South Dakota. Nestled between North Dakota and Nebraska, the state has been home to historic figures, explorers, pioneers and authors. It also boasts rolling prairies, moody badlands and expansive farmlands...
Packages And Parties - Celebrate The New Year Cleveland Style
Dec 29, 2013
NYE Packages Cleveland Pops: New Year’s Eve Concert and Dance at Severance Hall, University Circle Neighborhood, December 31, 9p.m. Ring in...
Ring In The New Year - 10 Spectacular Celebrations In Tampa Bay
Dec 28, 2013
Make this New Year’s Eve an experience to remember with any of the 10 spectacular celebrations throughout the Tampa Bay area. From aquatic adventures and fireworks cruises, to rooftop revelry and fiery Flamenco dinner shows, there are plenty of ways to ring in the New Year in Tampa Bay...
Bring In The New - Party Likes It’s 2014
Dec 27, 2013
No one can rings in the New Year better than the Canadians. With epic parties raging all around Canada on New Year's Eve, there will be no shortage of festivities and merriment for anyone...
That Jolly Old Man - Santa Claus Around The World
Dec 25, 2013
The act of children receiving gifts during the month of December is essentially the same all around the world. The character that brings the gifts however is not. In Canada we have Santa Claus, but many countries around the world have quite the unique view on the jolly December gift...
Dig In - Christmas Food Traditions Around The World
Dec 24, 2013
While the roast turkey that Canada enjoys every Christmas may seem pretty common place in a lot of other countries, every country celebrates Christmas a little differently...
Swap A Sleigh For A Raft - Raft The Colorado River With Santa This Christmas Eve
Dec 23, 2013
On December 24, families can join Black Canyon River Adventures for an unforgettable 20-kilometre ‘Rafting with Santa’ journey on the Colorado River...
North Pole Bound – The Saratoga And North Creek Railway Brings The Polar Express To Life
Dec 22, 2013
As the shopping malls get busier and busier, families can escape the crowds for an Adirondack getaway promising sing-alongs and Santa aboard everyone’s favourite holiday train...
Seasonal Stays - Holiday Hotels That Delight
Dec 21, 2013
A hotel lobby is not simply for checking in and checking out. At this time of year they are canvases for the Christmas imagination, as stunning yuletide creative concepts burst to life…...
Joy To The Whole World - 22 Tinsel-tastic Christmas Escapes
Dec 20, 2013
While Christmas is a time to spend with family, the allure of the many unique ways that different cultures celebrate the holiday is often too much to resist. Whether you crave dashing through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh or making your friends jealous by getting a tan on the...
Are You Looking For A Life Size Chocolate House? - Then Check Out The Bellagio
Dec 19, 2013
The magic of the holiday season has taken over the Bellagio. The Las Vegas resort’s conservatory and botanical gardens have unveiled a glistening winter wonderland that features moss-embellished reindeers, a life-size chocolate house and a family of topiary polar bears...
Ticket To Ride - Christmas Train Rides Around The World
Dec 18, 2013
During the festive season, many train operators decorate their cabins with evergreen garlands and Christmas lights and take their passengers on an unforgettable journey through snow-covered wilderness and illuminated towns. Here are a few of our favourite festive train journeys...
Desert Play Time - Family Fun In Mesa
Dec 17, 2013
Travelling with tots? Don’t worry, Mesa has you covered. Whether it’s creating a work of art or panning for gold, Mesa offers an enriching experience for every single family member...
Convenient Kaua‘i - What’s Blooming on the Garden Isle?
Dec 17, 2013
With WestJet announcing that its Vancouver-Līhu‘e route will now be served daily, it’s never been so convenient to trade our freezing Canadian temperatures for Kaua‘i’s warm sunshine. But there’s more to the Garden Isle than just glorious sunshine – so if you need even more of an excuse to escape...
Speed Freak Getaways - 13 Things To Do While Checking Out The Daytona 500
Dec 16, 2013
Every year the Daytona International Speedway draws huge crowds of racing enthusiasts for its variety of events – but no event draws more crowds than Nascar's Daytona 500. The race is held every third Sunday in February, and fans flock to Daytona Beach from across the world just to catch...
San Francisco - Seven Ways To Make The Season Bright
Dec 16, 2013
San Francisco is a holiday destination that is literally glowing with displays, decorations and tree-lighting events. Here’s a roundup of 10 great lightings and displays in the city by the bay...
Green Sleeps - Rest Your Head At An Eco-Chic Hotel
Dec 15, 2013
In this day and age, it’s chic to be environmentally-conscious. Hotels and destinations around the world are catching on to this trend and offering tempting green options for their guests, as well as doing their part to be eco-friendly while remaining truly luxurious. Below you can find a roundup of...
Food For Thought – Osoyoos’ Watermark Beach Resort
Dec 11, 2013
Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, British Columbia, has partnered up with Covert Farms and been selected to be part of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Canadian Signature Experiences Collection...
Harrison Hot Springs - Have Yourself A Steamy Little Christmas
Dec 7, 2013
The temperatures may be dropping, but the festive atmosphere is rising at Harrison Hot Springs. Located an easy 90-minute drive from Vancouver, Harrison has many merry events taking place this season...
Windy City Windows - Christmas Shopping, Chicago Style
Dec 7, 2013
Whether you prefer vintage finds or outlet discounts, boutique-style gems or unique home items, everyone has their own holiday shopping habits, and many involve steering clear of downtown shopping crowds. And whereas Chicago has plenty of shopping hotspots on its famed Magnificent Mile, here are some of our favourite –...
Cheers! - Celebrating Your Constitutional Right To Imbibe At The Mob Museum
Dec 5, 2013
Today is Repeal Day, marking the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition in the United States. Downtown Las Vegas’ Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is sure to be one of the most spirited places in the country today...
October 2013 - World Report Round-Up
Dec 3, 2013
Universal Orlando Resort is offering Canadians an exclusive 40-per cent hotel discount on a 4-night or longer stay at one of Universal Orlando’s three AAA Four Diamond on-site hotels...
Hit The Ice - The Best Outdoor Ice Rinks In The World
Dec 1, 2013
Augustaplatz in Baden-Baden, Germany During the summer months, Augustaplatz is a shallow pond with a massive fountain in front of the...
The Long & Winding Road - California’s Central Coast Is The Home Of The Original Road Trip
Nov 30, 2013
When it comes to great road trips, few can compare to those that are found along the California coast. There’s simply no denying it: this is classic road trip territory. So buckle up and prepare yourself for some surprises along the way as we snake our way south from Monterey...
Slaloms And Sips - The World’s 21 Best Ski Hill Bars
Nov 29, 2013
After a day tearing up the slopes, the first thing you probably want to do is just call it an early night, right? Wrong! When the sun sets on a day of speeding through the winter wilderness, it’s time for another sort of excitement...
Gilding The Lily - What’s New In Already-Perfect Beaches Of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Nov 28, 2013
When you’re already blessed with gorgeous, sandy beaches, lovely seas and a laid-back community bracketed by nature, what can you do to gild the lily? In the case of the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, you sit back and let the heavens come to you...
You Want It, You Got It - In Nayarit The Vacation Menu’s Varied & Delicious
Nov 27, 2013
Want a holiday bombarded with exquisite all-inclusive food and drink, or a high-end pied-a-terre resort hotel from which local area dining and drinking options can be savoured? How about an extreme pampering experience, or an exploration of mangrove swamps and Pacific jungle? You can get any of these, and plenty...
In The Flow – Tai Chi In The Great Outdoors
Nov 26, 2013
Instead of hitting the sweat-soaked gym, why not go ahead and skip it? Instead, slap on some sun screen and get out into the fresh air for some low impact, stress-relieving Tai Chi...
Newseum Anchorman Exhibit – It's Kind Of A Big Deal
Nov 24, 2013
Washington’s Newseum, in partnership with Paramount Pictures, is currently hosting ‘Anchorman: The Exhibit’, featuring props, costumes and footage from the 2004 hit comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, prior to the release of it highly-anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues on December 20...
Giving Something Back – Take Time Out For The Animals In Maui
Nov 24, 2013
A vacation to Hawaii is a dream come true for many people. However, after a few days of relaxing, looking out over the ocean and burying their feet in the sand, many pet owners begin to feel a yearning...
Dark Places – Indiana Cave System Now Among Top 10 American Caves
Nov 23, 2013
Located in southern Indiana, just south of Louisville, Kentucky, The Binkley Cave System has an incredible history, which started with its first exploration of the caves in the 1920s...
Hocking Hills – Alternative Accommodations
Nov 23, 2013
The Hocking Hills region of Ohio is a marvel among Ohio wilderness. It offers breathtaking scenery and some truly unforgettable experiences. However, the wilderness isn't the only point of interest in the Hocking Hills – as the region also boasts some truly one of a kind lodging options around...
Art In The Park – 16 Of The World’s Best Sculpture Parks
Nov 22, 2013
1. Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway While most sculpture parks pluck fine pieces from a variety of artists, Vigeland Park features...
In The Shadow Of Sherlock – Portland Celebrates The Super Sleuth
Nov 20, 2013
Footprints, splatter patterns and the powers of observation mark the journey through ‘The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes’ at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)...
A Brilliant Borough – The Bronx
Nov 18, 2013
With its fabulous shops, authentic Italian dining and some of the New York City’s most prominent cultural institutions, a visit to the Bronx can be a refreshingly authentic alternative to the tourist sites of Manhattan...
I Scream Ice Cream - It’s An Udder Delight In Arizona
Nov 17, 2013
There’s no better way to stay cool under the hot Arizona sun than diving into a delicious, locally-produced ice cream, so when you stumble across a local dairy farmer who produces his own ice cream, you are clearly in for a big treat...
The Light Fantastic - Massachusetts’ Many Festivals Of Light
Nov 15, 2013
Nothing screams ‘Christmas’ quite like that special moment when the Christmas lights are switched on – and this is something that the state of Massachusetts does with style...
Bacon Lovers – What’s Sizzling In Chicago?
Nov 10, 2013
The intoxicating smell of bacon is currently hovering all over Chicago’s culinary scene! This delicious trend is gaining momentum every day, offering everything from bacon-infused liquors to festivals to celebrate this cut of fine meat...
Texas Hill Country - Rockin’, Ridin’ & Racin’
Nov 9, 2013
In Texas Hill Country you’ll find the very heart and soul of the Lone Star State. This is where beauty and character collide: the beautiful rolling hills, sparkling rivers and bold displays of wildflowers are matched equally with the independent spirit of the Texas Hill County people...
Cowboys & Culture - Texas Prairies And Lakes
Nov 8, 2013
The Prairies and Lakes Region is dominated by the sprawling Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, which is a brilliant place to kick off your Texas vacation...
Guided City Tours - Walk, Bike Or Ride A Segway Across The U.S.A.
Nov 7, 2013
Enjoy the beauty of Florida’s Fort De Soto Park (in the St. Petersburg area) with a family-friendly, free one-hour nature walk...
Illinois - A Land Of Contrasts
Nov 6, 2013
Illinois is a land of contrasts, where whimsical towns lie side by side with scenic byways and some of the most eccentric attractions that the United States has to offer...
Puerto Vallarta - To All-Inclusive Or Not To All-Inclusive?
Nov 4, 2013
It may be an older destination than Mexico’s other winter travel hotspots, but Puerto Vallarta’s enjoying more and more attention from Canadian clients these days....
Birds, Churches & The Alamo - Discover the ABCs of the South Texas Plains
Nov 3, 2013
In the South Texas Plains you can walk in the footsteps of Spanish conquistadors and get an up-close and personal look at some of America’s finest Spanish architecture, like Goliad‘s graceful Mission Espiritu Santo or the Mission District of San Antonio...
Texas Big Bend - Mexican Cuisine & Mystery Lights
Nov 2, 2013
Experience Hispanic Culture, Natural Wonders & Frontier History In Big Bend Country Getting away from it all isn’t much of a...
Texas Gulf Coast - Space, Sand & Significant Art
Nov 1, 2013
When it comes to great beach destinations, Texas isn’t always the first to come to mind. Barbecue, yes; bikinis, no. However, the truth is that the Gulf Coast region offers almost 1,000 kilometres of sparkling coastline, dotted with quaint seaside towns...
In The Dog House - 13 Pet Friendly Hotels Across Canada
Nov 1, 2013
Many pet owners can’t imagine taking a vacation without the four-legged members of the family. While having a furry friend along does make many adventures more fun, owners need to plan ahead to find accommodation that will accept their cats and dogs...
A World Of Fear - Halloween Traditions From Around The Globe
Oct 31, 2013
The idea of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celts and the festival of Samhain. Two thousand years ago, November 1 marked the end of summer and the beginning of the new year. As the dark and cold of winter came on, people believed that the dead...
Creepy Cuisine - Do You Dare To Dine In A Haunted Restaurant?
Oct 30, 2013
With 170 years of history to its name, finding a spirit or two roaming the halls of Milano’s Tavern in Melbourne shouldn’t be a huge surprise....
Spooky Stays - Haunted Hotels Across The Globe
Oct 29, 2013
Forget five star luxury and relaxation: at this time of year, thrill-seeking travellers are seeking out the supernatural in the numerous hotels around the world that report ghostly happenings in their rooms and hallways...
Creepin' In Kentucky - Scare Yourself Silly In The Bluegrass State
Oct 27, 2013
There’s more to Kentucky than just pasture land and famous bourbon. When Halloween rolls around, the state celebrates with haunted houses, ghost walks, and ‘scream parks’...
Tracks Of Terror - Haunted Trains Around The World
Oct 27, 2013
Across the globe there are some superbly spooky ghost tours that are dedicated to remembering the ghosts of the past, exploring old, abandoned rail yards, and searching for ghost trains that are said to run through stations and then disappear...
West Hollywood - Five Hundred Thousand Freaks!
Oct 26, 2013
Each year hundreds of thousands of Halloween revelers flock to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood on October 31 for...
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ghost Walks Around The Globe
Oct 26, 2013
The world is filled with mystery, and regardless of your stance on the paranormal, plenty of places around the world...
On The Obama Trail - Presidential Tours Of Illinois
Oct 22, 2013
Preceded by Lincoln, Reagan and Grant, Obama is fourth president of the United States to represent the state of Illinois. It is an Illinois tradition to honour their presidents with a special ‘trail’ that highlights the places where they spent their time in the state...
Motown And Meat Dresses - 'Women Who Rock' Exhibition Hits Phoenix
Oct 20, 2013
Created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ‘Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power’ exhibition has rock-and-rolled into...
Let's Get Lost - 13 Amazing Corn Mazes
Oct 18, 2013
It's fall, which can only mean one thing: Canadian fun-seekers are busy looking for corn mazes to get lost in! Here are 13 of our favourites...
Big City Pleasures - Arizona's Valley Of The Sun Has Absolutely Everything You Want
Oct 17, 2013
If your recent holiday experiences are feeling a bit too much like an extension of your hectic everyday life, it’s time to get yourself to the Valley of the Sun – the aptly-named part of Central Arizona with Phoenix at the hub...
Snapshots - Japan, Mexico, Florida, Cruising & Canada
Oct 16, 2013
Japan: The Way Of Tea Context Travel expands its program in Kyoto with The Way of Tea, a new history and...
World Report - Malaysia, Florida And Cruising
Oct 15, 2013
Visitors to Malaysia can download a free application for their smartphones that puts a complete guide of Malaysia in the palm of their hand. The “Malaysia Trip Planner,” gives travellers personalized and practical information on Malaysia, and all there is to see and do...
A Place For All Seasons - North Central Arizona Has It All
Oct 14, 2013
Located north of the greater Phoenix area, North Central Arizona is a sprawling area of four distinct seasons. Winter skiing...
Southern Arizona - The Sweet Spot
Oct 12, 2013
True, northern Arizona may boast the Grand Canyon and the middle is infused with the energy of the big city, but as far as the perfect blend of culture and outdoors is concerned, Tucson hits the sweet spot...
Arizona's West Coast - A River Runs By It
Oct 9, 2013
Whether you dress it up with Route 66 memorabilia or zone in on the cooling waters of the Colorado River, Western Arizona has exactly what it takes to turn the first-time visitor into a lifelong enthusiast...
The Real Mexico - Discover Authentic Food, Culture & History In Mexico's Colonial Cities
Oct 8, 2013
Whenever I tell friends I’m going to spend time in one of Mexico’s colonial cities, their eyes widen in a peculiar combination of horror and awe. They fear travelling outside protected tourism resort areas isn’t safe, though in truth, it’s no more risky – and is likely much less so...
Explore Northern Arizona's Monuments, Canyons & Mesas
Oct 7, 2013
Venturing into Northern Arizona – the Arizona less travelled – be prepared for a mesmerizing land of vast canyons, sculpted red stone mesas and unspoiled backcountry...
Always Fresh - What's New & What's Still Hot In Florida Family Vacations
Oct 7, 2013
Always something new. Always a fresh twist on perennial favourites. That’s how the Sunshine State maintains its prominence among the world’s family holiday spots...
Winter's Coming - Where To Go, What To See & What To Do On A Winter Long-Stay Vacation
Oct 6, 2013
When winter hits Canada, some Canadians simply choose to pack their bags and head to somewhere warm. You need not go that far – check out the U.S...
Phonetastic - LA By Phone
Oct 5, 2013
With just your trusty smartphone to hand, Los Angeles can be yours. So load up these five apps and there will be no precious vacation time wasted getting lost in sprawling neighbourhoods...
We'll Be Back -- One Night In Sedona Is Just Not Enough
Oct 3, 2013
This year we took the family to Arizona, along with good friends, and travelled the state as a group of eight. And we saw and did so much. We had hot air balloon rides...
US Virgin Islands 2013 - America's Caribbean
Oct 1, 2013
Four of the US Virgin Islands’ beaches have received the prestigious Blue Flag certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Blue Flags have been raised at Lindbergh Bay at the Emerald Beach Resort and Great Bay at The Ritz Carlton on St Thomas, Trunk Bay on St John, and Pelican...
Star Of The Silver Screen - Vancouver On Film
Sep 30, 2013
It’s no surprise that Canada is a popular place for shooting films. Not only is the scenery spectacular, but the architecture is distinctive without being showy, and the cost is quite attractive when compared to northern California...
Hiking Through History - Housatonic Heritage Walks
Sep 29, 2013
Recognized as a National Heritage Area, the Upper Housatonic Valley is a collection of communities connected by rolling hills and the meandering Housatonic River...
Island Life - Staten Island's North Shore
Sep 26, 2013
Next time you’re in New York take the time to explore beyond the stereotypical streets of Manhattan. Staten Island’s North Shore...
South Carolina 2013 - Palmetto State
Sep 26, 2013
This fascinating attraction features five ‘ghost structures’ – frames of buildings that once stood on the site – including a former lunch counter, grocery store, outhouse and residences. The site also includes interpretive signage that tells the story of the Mann-Simons family who lived there and the significance of this...
Florida 2013 - The Sunshine State
Sep 24, 2013
Empire of the Penguin: The coldest theme park attraction in the world. This is the largest expansion to date across all SeaWorld parks. SeaWorld Orlando.
Virginia 2013 - The Old Dominion State
Sep 21, 2013
The trail pinpoints film locations, as well as the sites frequented by Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. The real Abraham Lincoln visited both Richmond and Petersburg in the closing days of the Civil War. Visitors can follow his historic path on foot or on Segways.
Bottoms Up - Seven Marvellous Minnesota Microbreweries
Sep 20, 2013
Ah, Minnesota… The land of a thousand lakes and a thousand beers. Minnesotans are fond of their beer, which makes the...
Everything Old Is New Again - Revamp At Detroit Historical Museum
Sep 19, 2013
The Detroit Historical Museum has opened its doors to visitors following a major renovation. Don’t worry though, the cobblestone streets...
California 2013 - The Golden State
Sep 17, 2013
A new and unique way of seeing the architecture of the only Danish city in the west. Highlights include a trip across the Santa Ynez River Sanctuary. Solvang.
Arizona 2013 - The Grand Canyon State
Sep 14, 2013
Butterfly Wonderland is the first phase to come to Odysea in the Desert, a $170 million entertainment complex. Butterfly Wonderland teaches about the life of a butterfly via educational and interactive exhibits that lead to an atrium filled with thousands of butterflies, tropical plants and waterfalls. Salt River Reservation.
Missouri 2013 - The Show-Me State
Sep 10, 2013
Reaching a top speed of 68 mph, this is the second-fastest wood roller coaster on the planet. Silver Dollar City Theme Park, Branson.
Mmm… Mesa -The Desert City's Flourishing Culinary Scene
Sep 9, 2013
Residents and savvy tourists alike have long known that there is plenty of fun to be had in and around...
Start Your Engines - Luxury Concours D'Elegance Is Coming To Canada
Sep 8, 2013
Over a hundred of North America’s finest restored classic cars will show at Cobble Beach Golf Resort as it becomes...
Pennsylvania 2013 - The Keystone State
Sep 7, 2013
What’s New • 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg: This year will see a 10-day commemoration that will include battle...
Five Fall Festivals For Foodies - Celebrating The Harvest In Montana
Sep 6, 2013
As summer begins to wind down and harvest season approaches, towns across Montana celebrate their agricultural heritage. It’s a time when...
Only In The USA - Spectacular Snow, Outstanding Resorts, Unbeatable Hospitality
Sep 5, 2013
Forget what they tell you in the old Beach Boys’ song…in the USA it’s not all about surfing; it’s about racing up the mountain to spend your day in an altogether cooler way.
Ski Canada - A Powder Hound's Introduction To Skiing Canada
Sep 5, 2013
Canadian powder hounds need to ask themselves one important question: why do you think skiers from across the globe are lining up to check out the slopes in Whistler and Banff, Mount Tremblant and Calabogie Peaks?
Humble And Glorious - San Antonio's Missions
Sep 4, 2013
Amid spring-fed rivers and rolling hills, San Antonio’s rich historic legacy can be found at the humble – yet glorious...
Utah - The Beehive State
Sep 3, 2013
 What’s New • Salt Lake Renaissance: Recently, Salt Lake City has enjoyed a true renaissance, highlighted by the opening of a...
Hot To Trot - Dance Vacations On Florida's South Coast
Sep 1, 2013
Florida's south coast is primarily known for sun and sand. However, there’s a new trend taking off in south Florida,
You Gotta Get Up To Get Down - Up On The Roof In Tucson
Aug 26, 2013
There’s always plenty of fun to be had in Tucson every day at street level, however on the second Saturday...
The Right Stuff - Mansfield Memorial Museum Displays Taxidermy For The Ages
Aug 25, 2013
If you’re interested in the bizarre and obscure, Ohio’s Mansfield Memorial Museum could be the place for you.  This Richland County...
Six of the Best - Nevada's Must-See Highlights
Aug 23, 2013
1. When You Wish: The Star Hotel and Basque Restaurant, Elko Anyone who has ever been to Elko will tell you...
On The Waterfront - Ontario's Eclectic Waterfront Trail
Aug 21, 2013
Winding along the Great Lakes and linking scenic countryside, quaint towns and big cities, Ontario's Waterfront Trail is a 1,400-kilometre-long...
X Marks The Spot - Harlem And Washington Heights
Aug 19, 2013
Located in northern Manhattan, Harlem and Washington Heights are home to some iconic New York City landmarks and some fabulous...
A Prickly Subject - Have You Ever Tried Cactus?
Aug 18, 2013
At first glance, the prickly cactus does not exactly look like a five star meal... However, most people don't realize...
Searching For Secrets - Riviera Nayarit's Dazzling Hidden Gems
Aug 17, 2013
A big favourite with Canadian travellers, Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is known for its 320 kilometres of golden coastline that sprawl...
The Smart Alternative - Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Aug 14, 2013
If you were to envision paradise, what would it be?  Miles of sandy beach? Warm waves breaking over your feet?
Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution - History And Adventure In Williamsburg
Aug 12, 2013
When you step into Williamsburg you are standing on what is considered to be the birthplace of the American Revolution.  Founded...
Fabulous And Free - Don't Spend A Dime In San Diego
Aug 9, 2013
Having fun during the summer in San Diego doesn't require a lot of money. In fact, many things are absolutely...
The Taste Of The Truck - Maine's Eateries On Wheels
Aug 7, 2013
Food truck fans can now add Maine to their bucket list of destinations for fun, fresh and mobile cuisine. Innovative food trucks can now be found in well-travelled Portland neighborhoods like the Old Port and Congress Street, as well as at the beach and beside a lake.
Water & Wine - A New Style Of Wine Tasting In Osoyoos
Aug 5, 2013
Wine tasting just got a whole lot more adventurous, as BC’s LaStella Winery and 3Phase Adventures Stand Up Paddling have...
Capital Idea - Week-Ending In Victoria The 'TripStyler' Way
Aug 4, 2013
There’s a certain je ne sais quoi in the air at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Some might call...
A Whale Of A Time -Spotting Sea Life On The Strait Of Georgia
Aug 3, 2013
If you’re crossing between Victoria and Vancouver, there is a new boat in town that can help you to make the very most of your time on this beautiful body of water.
BC Day - 10 Ways To Celebrate BC Without Breaking The Bank
Aug 2, 2013
BC Day almost upon us, and if you’ve neglected to do some advance planning, here are some fabulous, fun and free ways to celebrate all things British Columbia this weekend…
Yucatan Adventure - Discovering Flamingos, Chiclets & Mangrove Forests Along Mexico's Caribbean Coast
Aug 1, 2013
Cancun pulsates and permeates Mexico’s Caribbean coastal region and excursions emanating from this exuberant tourist Mecca allow nature, culture and adventure to merge into an endemic eco-active experience.
Nebraska 2013 - The Cornhusker State
Jul 31, 2013
The building appears much as it did in the 1930s and everyday objects, such as ledger books on shelves, pencils and pens on the desk, and even an overcoat on a hook, remain where they were last used. Nebraska City.
Kansas 2013 - The Sunflower State
Jul 31, 2013
The people in the small town of Musoctah have placed an old water tower tank on an empty lot, which will eventually become the World’s Largest Baseball. A baseball museum is being constructed inside. Atchison County.
Can You Dig It? - Become An Archaeologist For A Day In Newfoundland
Jul 30, 2013
Have you ever wanted to be an archeologist, but you weren’t sure that you want to dedicate your whole life to what is essentially the boring bit of all the Indiana Jones films?
Splish, Splash, Splosh - Say Cheese (And Wine) In Massachusetts
Jul 28, 2013
Stand aside France; get to the back of the line Holland… Massachusetts is fast becoming known for its delectable wines and delicately-flavoured cheeses.
Viva Pop Art - Bellagio Extends Warhol's Stay On The Strip
Jul 27, 2013
There’s never been a better excuse for art-lovers to ‘pop’ to Las Vegas, as the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has announced that it is extending its popular ‘Warhol Out West’ exhibition until January 2.
Summer Nights - Discover Tampa Bay When The Sun Goes Down
Jul 17, 2013
When the sun goes down over Tampa Bay, the average temperature is a pleasant 26 degrees celsius, making the summer evenings the perfect time to discover all of the attractions that the region has to offer.
Island Connections - Air Canada Adds Extra Lift For Cape Breton's Summer Of Fun
Jul 16, 2013
A jam-packed line up of summer events awaits travellers who take advantage of Air Canada’s increased seasonal lift from Toronto to Cape Breton Island this summer.
Snap Shots - Dracula Tours, A Walk In Seoul, A Night At The Museum
Jul 15, 2013
Something Wicked This Way Comes Scare yourself stupid in Romania this Halloween by following in the footsteps of Vlad the Impaler. Quest...
World Report May 2013
Jul 11, 2013
Pink Jeep Tours is offering the Ultimate Grand Canyon Experience Tour, that allow guests to climb aboard a state-of-the-art Scenic Airlines touring Vistaliner® and fly over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the majestic Colorado River on their way to the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. Once on the ground...
Snap Shots - Artful In Amsterdam, Tech Detox, Austin F1
Jul 8, 2013
Amsterdam’s iconic De L’Europe hotel is celebrating the reopening of the Rijksmuseum by transforming every room into an art gallery.
Now I Get It - A BC Writer Discovers The Charms Of The Yukon
Jul 7, 2013
For years, my friend, Anne’s descriptions of the Yukon included the phrase: ‘there’s not much there, but it is lovely”. I would ponder – what did that mean? During a long-awaited Yukon trip together, I finally got it.
Off The Strip - 9 Things To Do In Vegas Beyond The Strip
Jul 5, 2013
Use Las Vegas as a base for ATV tours of Valley of Fire State Park or horseback rides through Eldorado Canyon; kayak or paddleboard tours on Lake Mead or the Colorado River; aerial adventures on the rope course at Valley of Fire State Park or the ziplines at Bootleg Canyon.
Road Tripping - Cross-Border Getaways Across The USA
Jul 4, 2013
Summer is the time of year when Canadians pack up the vehicle and go road tripping. Ideally situated North of the United States, and the world’s longest undefended border, a drive South is an obvious choice when making travel plans. Canadian Traveller has compiled a list of top scenic drives...
It's Easy Being Green - Eco-friendly & “Green” Destinations Across The US
Jul 4, 2013
Travellers are thinking about the environment: the impact of their travel choices, where to go and what to do to leave the smallest footprint. This is where travel professionals come in – a little reading, some research and you’ll be well on your way to making suggestions that are good...
Park City - Pure Mountain Luxury In Utah
Jul 2, 2013
Park City is one of the most luxurious mountain destinations in the United States, playing home to some of the country's most lavish spas. Hidden away in the Wasatch Mountains – and just 40 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport – this is an area of pure luxury and recreation.
Finger Lakes - One Of The Best Kept Secrets In The Wine World
Jun 30, 2013
New York is not often thought of as iconic wine country, but travel upstate and you’ll discover the beautiful region of Finger Lakes, which has some 50 years of high quality wine production to its name.
'Sí, I Do' - The Definitive Guide To Tying The Knot In Mexico
Jun 29, 2013
A destination wedding is the ideal way to combine adventure and romance, giving the happy couple a chance to get married in a dream setting.
Thrills And Spills Galore - Seven Good Reasons To Visit California's Theme Parks This Summer
Jun 14, 2013
California has the most diverse selection of theme park attractions in the United States, and its unique blend of sun, surf and the fun make it the perfect location for an amazing family vacation. But if the sun, surf and fun aren’t enough to tempt you, here are seven good...
The Low-Down On Lower Manhattan - A District Swirling With Money And Life
Jun 10, 2013
New York City is made up of five diverse boroughs that are all very much cities in their own right. Of these five boroughs, Manhattan is considered to be the financial hub of the United States.
It's In The Bag - Duty-Free Shopping Means Cross-Border Commissions
Jun 4, 2013
Open any newspaper and you’ll see there have been big changes on the duty-free shopping landscape for Canadians crossing the U.S.-Canada border. With shopping being one of the top activities enjoyed by travellers heading south, it’s important to stay current on any changes and updates to the regulations.
Beyond Lincoln - Discover Illinois History, Mysteries & Natural Attractions
Jun 3, 2013
Thanks to Hollywood and its recent blockbuster, Lincoln, Illinois and its most famous son, Abraham Lincoln are back in the spotlight.
Pure Mexico - Utopian Villages, Colonial Towns & Butterflies In Michoacan
Jun 1, 2013
You don’t come here for beaches. You come here for Mexican traditions, remarkable craftwork, history from colonial to ancient pre-Hispanic, exquisite architecture, and, if you are a photographer, a slice of pure heaven on earth.
The Northern Light - Nowhere Does Summer Like Alaska
May 30, 2013
Fairbanks is one of Northernmost metropolitan areas in Alaska, and one of the Northernmost in the world, and as a result few places on Earth change more with the passing of seasons. During summer solstice, Fairbanks gets almost 22 hours of sunlight per day! If you’re looking to get as...
Way Beyond Shopping - West Edmonton Mall A Destination Unto Itself
May 29, 2013
West Edmonton Mall is Alberta’s number one tourist destination. It is also the largest shopping mall in Canada and the whole of North America. This shopping and entertainment centre features more than 800 stores and services, nine attractions, over 100 eating establishments, casino, comedy club, dinner theatre, movie theatres and...
Mega Value - The Mills Boasts Plenty Of Value & Plenty Of Fun
May 29, 2013
If you enjoy shopping, then you will love The Mills with its mega outlet, value retail and entertainment offerings. Found in...
Good Buys, Good Works - Washington Square Is Oregon's Place For Shopping & Philanthropy
May 29, 2013
The best part about shopping in Oregon is that there is no sales tax on any purchases at retail shops, restaurants, wineries, breweries, etc.
Retail With A Heart - Simon Malls Match Premium Shopping With Youth Education
May 29, 2013
Simon Malls is the most prominent retail development under the Simon Property Group umbrella. As the largest real estate company in the world, it counts The Mills, Premium Outlets and Community/Lifestyle Center properties as part of its portfolio.
Let's Celebrate - USA Outlet Shopping Festival Comes To Town
May 29, 2013
Shopping and dining are the top tourism activities in America, as tracked by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Office of Travel & Tourism Industries and U.S. Travel Association.
Bargain Alert - Premium Outlets Offers Phenomenal Savings Around The World
May 29, 2013
The secret is out! Bargain hunters worldwide have discovered where to find top designer labels and brands for less money.
Shopper's Paradise - Mercer County, PA Is Where The Savvy Shoppers Spend Their Money
May 29, 2013
No sales tax on clothing and shoes – this is one of the reasons Mercer County, Pennsylvania has become one of the largest, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year bargain destinations in the world.
From Denim To Designer - Macy's Celebrates All Things American
May 29, 2013
The name Macy’s needs no explanation. In 1858, it started out as a small, dry goods store on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City. Today, it has become one of the largest retailers in the world with over 850 stores and furniture galleries within...
Not Your Average Shopping Centre - Destiny USA Is Eco Friendly & Entertaining
May 29, 2013
Destiny USA Mall in Syracuse, New York is not your average, ordinary shopping centre. Formerly known as the Carousel Center (it was re-branded August 2, 2012), it is the place for the entire family. Spanning some 22.3 hectares, it features more than 260 retail shops and restaurants, plus a whole...
Bellis Fair Just Gets Better - A New Look Complements Great Shopping Deals
May 29, 2013
Lying in the northern corner of the Pacific Northwest about 32 kilometres south of the US/Canada border and 145 kilometres north of Seattle is Bellis Fair. The mall is made up of five major department stores including Target, Macy’s and Macy’s Home Store, and features more than 100 retail shops...
6 Classic Movie Locations In San Diego
May 24, 2013
Funnyman Will Ferrell's return as the fictional, yet legendary, San Diego news reporter Ron Burgundy is sure to have audiences in stitches in December 2013 when Anchorman: The Legend Continues opens. In the original Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the city of San Diego was the playground for Burgundy...
7 Great Ways to Treat Your Mom This Mother's Day
May 10, 2013
Once again, mom's special day is upon us. The day where her children show her how much they appreciate the fact that she laboured for hours to bring them into the world, put up with their raging teenage hormones, and helped them not walk off a cliff. For this Mother's...
On The Boardwalk - New Jersey's Boardwalk Towns Are Open For Business
May 7, 2013
    By B Ang   While much of New Jersey and its surrounding areas were inundated with floods caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the communities of Wildwoods and Atlantic City have escaped relatively unscathed. Attractions reopened days after authorities lifted the mandatory closing order. Most importantly, no damage was sustained to...
A Dream Come True - Simple Or Sophisticated, Mexico Has Whatever You Want For A Wedding
May 6, 2013
By Judy Waytiuk   Maybe it was spring breaks spent in Cancun that got them hooked on Mexico, or vacations in Puerto Vallarta with their parents when they were kids, or winter holidays along the Riviera Maya. Whatever the reason, more and more couples want to get hitched in Mexico. According to...
Presidential Destinations - See The History Of The Leader Of The Free World
May 5, 2013
    Has there been a year in recent memory with more interest in the presidents of the United States? Between the January 2013 inauguration ceremonies and the release of Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed Lincoln, “all things presidential” have piqued traveller’s interests. Now we’re making it easy to brush off your history...
Desert High - St. George Has Everything From A To Zion
May 2, 2013
    By Laurie Carter   Many of the snowbirds, golfers, outdoor enthusiasts and photographers who converge on the St. George area of southern Utah may not know it, but their first impression of the region’s surreal red rock landscape likely came to them as the backdrop for the Saturday matinee westerns of their...
Land Of Adventure - Beyond The Beach On The Riviera Maya
Apr 29, 2013
The 130-kilometre stretch known as the Riviera Maya features the tranquility of uncrowded beaches, a vast network of underground rivers, more than 100 cenotes, the action of eco-adventure sports including kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, bird watching and deep sea fishing, proximity to many of Mexico’s most significant...
Traveller In Chief - Five Free Days In The US Capital
Apr 22, 2013
Capital cities are often expensive and boring, with inflated prices and deflated culture due to a nomadic class of well-paid political and business professionals. You'd think that would be the case with Washington DC, capital territory of the world's biggest super-power, but DC has been the recipient of quite...
The Small Apple - How To Have The Best New York Vacation
Apr 17, 2013
    Visiting a city has one consistent downside: cities are big. That's true when you visit Melbourne or Caracas or Montreal - but New York City? It's name has become a stand-in for sheer, unmanageable size, and visitors are often left to wander aimlessly. Despite having seen some meaningful percentage of...
Modern-Day Treasure Hunters - 7 Specialty Retail Destinations
Apr 12, 2013
Some cities are well suited to being modern cities, packed with big-box stores and chain restaurants. Some cities, though, hold on to their small-town pasts, their unique sensibilities, or just their quirky identities, with surprising energy. These cities tend to spawn all kinds of shops and markets for the purpose...
Culture Clash - Discover Tucson's Fascinating Tri-Cultural Heritage
Apr 1, 2013
    By Josephine Matyas   Think about the beauty encircling Tucson – the tranquil desert, the majestic forests of Saguaro cacti, the dramatic mountain ranges – and it makes sense that this would be a place of arts and culture. Mix in a fascinating tri-cultural heritage, blending flavours of Native American, Hispanic and...
A Passion For Food - In New Orleans, To Eat Is To Let The Good Times Roll
Mar 28, 2013
      By Toby Saltzman   When most people think of New Orleans, they think of great jazz, great food and lettin’ the good times roll in the Big Easy, the city with soul that marches to its own beat. N’Awlins – as the locals say – lured the cultural cognoscenti long before its...
Snapshots - Travel Ideas From Around The World
Mar 28, 2013
  Malawi Dr. Livingston, I Presume 2013 marks the legendary explorer, David Livingstone’s bicentenary birthday. To celebrate, Robin Pope Safaris is offering a trip following the renowned Scottish explorer’s footsteps with its ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ safari. The 10-night package follows the Shire River from Majete Wildlife Reserve through Liwonde National Park...
Loving Nature - Go Local On The Bay Of Banderas & Discover Turtles, Crocs & A Tourist Paradise
Mar 28, 2013
By Judy Waytiuk     It's sunset on the Riviera Nayarit’s 300-kilometre-long perfect powder beach. At a quiet spot marked off by yellow rope laid out on the sand, about four dozen tiny baby sea turtles are wobbling clumsily on little flipper-feet to the surf. We who helped release them, one three-inch-long baby...
The Real Hawaii - Finding Hawaiian Culture, Resort-Style
Mar 28, 2013
By Janice Strong     I have to admit, I’m not much of a beach person. I sunburn too easily, the sand gets into everything…. You get it. So when I was planning my trip to Maui I was looking to get beyond the beach, lovely though it may be. I wanted to...
Ready, Bet, Go! - The Cosmopolitan Is The Strip's Newest Gaming Paradise
Mar 28, 2013
    To start a new gaming attraction in the world’s most competitive gaming market takes not only serious ambition, but serious funding. Come anywhere near one of the Strip’s newest resort casino hotels, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and you’ll know its creators had both. First and foremost, the Cosmopolitan is about...
World Report - February 2013
Mar 28, 2013
HAWAII Peaceful Paddling   There’s joy in a large-scale water adventure, a boat packed with excited travellers or a convoy of kayaks, but sometimes the water calls out for some more placid exploration. Hawaiian Paddle Sports, based on the island of Maui, is one of the state’s top-rated tour operators and great solution...
Everything Old Is New Again - Cancun Is Re-Inventing Itself To Stay On Top
Mar 27, 2013
    By Judy Waytiuk   Next to the U.S., which accounts for 58 per cent of tourists to Mexico, Canada at 17 per cent is its biggest source of tourism – and Cancun’s the biggest Mexican tourism draw by far, hauling in more than 3.3 million visitors annually, eagerly seeking sand and sea...
Visiting the Dino-Desert - Alberta's Adventure History Industry
Mar 24, 2013
    Alberta has a lot to offer dinosaur enthusiasts. The area around Alberta is known as the Badlands of the North. The erosion of the rocks which create the unique formations has revealed a unique glimpse into prehistory. The best Dino-tourism sites in Alberta are the Dinosaur Provincial Park, the Royal...
Sunny Climbs - Summertime Adventure In Michigan
Mar 23, 2013
    After the cold season, it is a time to explore and rediscover the beauty and excitement of summer. Whether you are looking for a thrilling experience or you simply want to relax and unwind, Michigan has a lot to offer to satisfy your summer adventure cravings. Michigan is one great...
Eastern Promise - Travelling Historic Nova Scotia
Mar 19, 2013
  Nova Scotia is the most populous of Canada's maritime provinces and has a unique a rich cultural history thanks in large part to its Scottish settlers. In many ways, Nova Scotia (Latin for "New Scotland") is like its namesake in climate and geography. Consisting of the main peninsula and...
Family fun in Connecticut
Mar 12, 2013
    Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor activities in New England, the beautiful state of Connecticut has plenty of gentle, family friendly opportunities for all ages. Moms and dads, grandparents, and little ones of all sizes can enjoy these fun activities. The Mystic Aquarium in the coastal town of Mystic...
Rapid Relaxation - Ten Exciting River Vacations
Mar 8, 2013
What is it that drives people to conquer the world’s most dangerous environments? Mountain climbers and cave divers put themselves in harm’s way to see heights and depths most of us will never approach, but not ever every nature adventure has to be so dangerous. White water rafting is a...
Ancient Landscape, Modern Living - From Salt Lake City To Soaring Peaks This Is The New Utah
Mar 2, 2013
By Laurie Carter     Canadians whose last experience of Utah was the 2002 Winter Olympics, will be astounded at the changes in Salt Lake City. While the four magnificent ski resorts and in-city venues remain, visitors can now skate on Olympic ice or experience the thrill of the luge for themselves. The iconic...
Rye On The Road - Ten Essential Stops For Whiskey Tourists
Mar 1, 2013
Many of the finer things in life are acquired tastes, but once people get over the hurdles of taste most find that the more unorthodox foods, from cured roe eggs to fermented grape juice, are some of the best in the world. Nowhere is this more true than with whiskey.
World Report - January 2013
Feb 28, 2013
  New Fairmont In Dubai The newest addition to the Fairmont portfolio is on the world’s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah, and near to many other man-made record holders like Burj Khalifa, the largest free-standing building in the world. Fairmont The Palm is a spacious development with 381 guestrooms and suites, including two...
A Place Like No Other - A Sampling Of Scottsdale's Sonoran Adventures
Feb 27, 2013
By Josephine Matyas   Just a stone’s throw from Phoenix, Scottsdale fits the bill for active-minded travellers who are energized by outdoor adventures in a pristine desert setting. The city’s backyard opens onto the lush Sonoran Desert, a rough-and-tumble oasis of mountains and parks, home to more than 2,000 native plant species...
Detroit: Rock City
Feb 21, 2013
    It doesn’t seem to matter what age we live in, Detroit defines it. The city is a sort of canary in the national coal mine, and its fate tends to foreshadow that of the nation. When the U.S. rode the automotive revolution, Detroit hit the biggest boom of all. When...
Hail To The King, Jr.
Feb 20, 2013
    Martin Luther King Jr. is the towering figure of the American civil right movement. His legacy literally spans the continent as King travelled the country to preach both non-violence and total non-cooperation. His thinking and methods became the backbone of the civil rights movement, and his philosophy is still referred...
The Sourest of Staples - Sourdough As Local Expression
Feb 18, 2013
    There are few foods that necessitate tourism. Sure, an authentic Asian style can be difficult to replicate in North America, and locals often have no way of telling the new from the traditional, but it is at all times possible to make most foods in most places. Sourdough, however, cannot...
The Edifice Complex - 10 Structures For Architecture Fanatics
Feb 15, 2013
Much of the tourism industry focuses on displaying natural wonder, and any housing you encounter is purely in service to the panorama it supports. Sometimes, however, the structures themselves become the attraction, huge or detailed or in some way unique constructions of human imagination and skill. Below are ten must-see...
Mesa Going Home - Cubs Baseball In Arizona
Feb 11, 2013
  From far and wide, baseball fans flock to Mesa, Arizona each March to enjoy Chicago Cubs Spring Training, not to mention the great weather. With Cactus League Spring Training officially kicking off February 22, would-be travelers should know it is not too late to plan a baseball pilgrimage on a...
NOLA At No Cost - 10 Free Things To Do In The Big Easy
Feb 1, 2013
Though New Orleans hardly requires further illumination, the spotlight is on the Big Easy this year in anticipation of Super Bowl XLVII on February 3. Those lucky enough to attend the big game will be greeted with all the charm the Crescent City has to offer. However, football festivities combined...
Northern Shores - From The Emerald Coast To The Historic Coast, Northern Florida Is In A World All Its Own
Jan 31, 2013
  By Graham Templeton   Did you know St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America? It was 500 years ago the Spanish landed and the state of Florida has celebrated ever since. What’s to celebrate up here? How about historic sites, both Spanish and aboriginal? What about miles and miles...
Doing Dali - From Sublime To Intriguing, Discover Florida's Cultural Treasures
Jan 31, 2013
  By Donna Carter   With the Sunshine State’s worldwide reputation for theme parks and beaches, first time visitors are often surprised to discover a vibrant arts and culture scene that includes a wealth of top-notch museums, opera, theatre, performing arts, world class symphony and a number of fascinating cultural attractions.     Remember “The Big...
Southern Arts - From Swamp Buggies To Art Villages, Discover Southern Florida's Many,
Jan 31, 2013
  By Graham Templeton   Think South Florida and you think Miami, of course. Red-hot nightlife, world-class performing arts, superb shopping – the city is hot, hot, hot. But there is much more to discover. Like the Fort Myers Film Festival, or Bradenton’s...
It's Always Sunny - Florida's Warmth Covers Much More Than The Weather
Jan 31, 2013
  By Lindor Reynolds   Postcards from Florida inevitably feature long, smooth beaches, groves of perfect orange trees, a grinning cartoon sun or stretches of pastel-hued hotels. The clichés are true, of course, because Florida is filled with natural attractions and manmade wonders to lure visitors. But Florida is much more than ever-expanding theme...
The Great Outdoors - Head Beyond The Beach & Discover Florida's Natural Attractions
Jan 31, 2013
    By Lindor Reynolds   Florida is a paradise for sports fans, wilderness enthusiasts and adventure-seekers. Whether you want to attend a game played by your favourite professional team, paddle a kayak through a secluded park or sit quietly to bird watch, Florida has what you need. If you’ve got the interest, the...
Centre Of It All - Central Florida Is THE Place For Hot & Cool Adventures
Jan 31, 2013
  By Graham Templeton   Sure there are beaches in Central Florida. Lots of them, with miles of white sand and perfect blue waters. But there are also theme parks galore with rides that will get your heart pumping and artistic endeavours that will touch your soul. There is fine dining, cosmic adventure...
You'll Be Amazed - Dinosaurs & Dolphins, Lions & Mice - Florida Theme Parks Have It All
Jan 31, 2013
  By Lindor Reynolds   Let’s face it: The Mouse dominates the Florida amusement park scene. Walt Disney World is synonymous with Orlando to many visitors and for good reason. It’s the world’s most-visited entertainment resort, drawing millions of visitors annually. But Walt Disney World isn’t the state’s only amusement park. Travel a...
Sand-Sational Playground - Endless Sunshine & Silky Sand Are Just The Start Of A Florida Vacation
Jan 31, 2013
By Donna Carter     Whoever coined the phrase, “life’s a beach,” had to have been thinking of the Sunshine State. With 2,880 kilometres of coastline dotted with hundreds of awesome beaches, Florida is truly a beach lover’s paradise. Moreover, no two are exactly the same meaning there’s plenty of diversity and choice.
Shopping Stateside - What You Need to Know
Jan 30, 2013
By Josephine Matyas   The long, cold Canadian winter has arrived – and odds are that you have clients looking to beat the winter blahs with getaway plans. As the temperature dips, people increasingly look for a change of pace, and shopping destinations may be just the ticket. Did you know that...
A Thunder All Its Own - Yucatan Has History, Mystery & Grand Adventures
Jan 28, 2013
By Judy Waytiuk   Yucatan’s thunder is often stolen by its neighbouring Maya Riviera tourism region along the peninsula’s coastline in the state of Quintana Roo – with good reason, since this glittering stretch of fine resorts, attractions and beaches offer perfect winter getaways, neatly packaged and manicured for tourists to enjoy. But...
Snapshots - Winter 2012
Jan 16, 2013
Himalayas Serious Biking Hearing the loud, dominant umpf from a 500cc Bullet Enfield really can awaken the hidden adventurer inside. Head out on the really, really open road with Extreme Bike Tours’ high altitude adventures through the Himalayan mountains. Led by Extreme Bike Tours founder, Zander Combe, bikers experience India on a deep...
Aah Kauai - The Perfect Spot For A Perfect Family (Ohana) Vacation
Jan 12, 2013
By Rex Armstead   When three generations look for somewhere to spend time together the options appear unlimited – until that is you really start to define exactly what the six-, thirty-six- and sixty-six-year-olds really want from their family vacation. Having thoroughly enjoyed a previous vacation in Kauai, it was not difficult for...
Rootin' Tootin' Beach Towns - The Texas Gulf Coast Is All About Fun In The Sun
Jan 9, 2013
By Tim Johnson   Garth Brooks, the best-selling country artist of all time, sings a song called I’d Rather Have Nothing, about banishing his heartache in a rum-soaked paradise – a sort of “Margaritaville” for the cowboy singing set. “Got in my truck and headed for Kansas/Morning found me in Port Aransas/Sipping...
Off to the Movies! - Locations and Film Tours
Jan 7, 2013
By Josephine Matyas   Everyone loves the movies. Letting your clients know about famous film locations at their holiday destination is definitely “value added.” Whether signing up for an organized film site tour or just cruising by spots that may be familiar from the big screen, movie lovers are sure to come...
10 Cities For Nightlife Fanatics
Jan 4, 2013
Travel is supposed to be relaxing, right? The golden rays of sunlight on a stretched (and impeccably toned) beach body, that’s what we all long for. But what happens after five hours of relaxation, after dinner and dessert? Here are 10 cities that have a tiring and inspiring answer to...
5 For The Family - Things For The Family To Do In South Dakota
Jan 3, 2013
By Merle Rosenstein   The rugged scenery and tantalizing terrain of South Dakota attracts families in search of outdoor adventure. America’s oldest mountains, the Black Hills, lay claim to the highest peak in the continental United States east of the Rockies. The awe-inspiring Badlands, a collection of buttes, spires and canyons contrast...
World Report - South Africa, Turkey, Cook Islands, Belgium, Oregon, Utah
Jan 2, 2013
South Africa Shy Antelope South Africa may be one of the most developed countries in Africa but it’s still Africa, which means it’s still teeming with opportunities for wildlife excursions. Mountains and jungles are often just a few minutes’ drive from civilization, and the safaris held there rival any in the world.
The Flavours Of Mesa - Foodies Find Local, Luscious & Completely Accessible Bounty In This Desert City
Dec 28, 2012
By Josephine Matyas   When the snow flies and the temperature plummets, winter weary Canadians cast their gaze to warmer climes. And often that gaze lingers on Mesa, a popular destination in the Valley of the Sun, and a place that is synonymous with the beauty of the Arizona desert, year-round summery...
By Dali, They've Got It - St. Petersburg/Clearwater Host One Of Florida's Top Arts & Culture Scenes
Dec 24, 2012
By Donna Carter   Sun, sea, sand and a bounty of outdoor activities are a given for this pair of communities that occupy a peninsula on Florida’s central West Coast. Rimmed by Tampa Bay on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west, the area’s sub-tropical climate has long been...
Night Moves - SoCal After-Dark Is All About Fine Foods & Fun
Dec 19, 2012
By Merle Rosenstein   By day, California’s Southern Coast tempts winter weary travellers with golden sand beaches, soothing surf and outdoor adventure. At night, the entertainment options are endless. Sun seeking snowbirds can dance to a salsa beat on LA’s Sunset Strip. Or, tune into live jazz in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.
A Perfect Match - Kids & Mexico Just Go Together
Dec 18, 2012
By Judy Waytiuk   Mexico holiday with the kids? Pick a spot – any spot in Mexico’s hottest tourism areas on its Caribbean or West coast. You're guaranteed great beaches, fascinating towns and cities, all sorts of history, culture, and nature to explore, and enough restaurants that even the pickiest eaters will...
Ten Spots For Music-Lovers (Part 1)
Dec 14, 2012
This one hardly needs an introduction, being the best-known rock destination in the world. However, the museum’s rapidly rotating menu of exhibits and special events make it a stop worth adding. Cliché or not, no self-respecting rock aficionado could pass up a chance to see special exhibits on everything from...
Saddle Up
Dec 12, 2012
  I had never seen anything like it. These were no mechanical bulls. I had come to Billy Bob’s – “the...
A Taste of Texas
Dec 10, 2012
  It was definitely love at first bite. Settled in front of my plate at Mi Tierra in San Antonio –...
The Great Outdoors
Dec 6, 2012
South Padre Island is one of those surprising places that you often, unexpectedly, find in Texas. Walking along the beach,
Definitely Unexpected
Dec 5, 2012
Climbing up into the picturesque Hill Country near San Antonio, I was impressed by many things: the tidy, beautiful, Bavarian-esque...
Teed Off In Texas
Dec 3, 2012
Teeing off in a state as diverse – culturally, and geographically – as Texas is a pleasurable and often surprising...
The Other California
Dec 3, 2012
  California – hmmmm – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Napa Valley…? Right, most of us have never heard of a surprisingly appealing region just an hour’s drive up the coast from the madness of LA. VenturaCountyWest encompasses rich farmland, rugged mountains, miles of sandy beaches and the unique Channel Islands. This is...
Offshore Bliss
Nov 29, 2012
Floridians from more congested parts of the state regard Lee County as a favourite vacation spot and Canadians are starting...
Urban Pleasures
Nov 28, 2012
  Growing up, I was a big fan of the mega-hit ‘80s serial soap Dallas, so I recognized the city’s iconic...
World Report - October 2012
Nov 27, 2012
  HONG KONG Visiting Asia’s World City Since it was reclaimed by China in 1997, Hong Kong has only become more important to Chinese-Western trade, making it a crucial bridge between cultures and one of the premier hubs for world travel. Any world-class metropolis will inevitably develop world-class attractions, and Hong Kong is...
An Uncomplicated Place
Nov 26, 2012
A collection of 15 unique beach neighbourhoods makes up the region of South Walton. Sprinkled along a 43-kilometre stretch of...
Ten Skiing And Snowboarding Destinations
Nov 23, 2012
It’s snow season in Canada, and travellers from around the world are beginning to flock to our many great mountains and high-altitude townships. They’re not the only ones who can travel to find the perfect ski vacation, however, and Canadians can go adventure travelling as well. Some of the best...
Desert Contemplation
Nov 21, 2012
To be brutally honest, I began this journey as more spa newbie than spa diva. My spa experiences were confined...
Real Fun
Nov 20, 2012
In Panama City Beach (PCB), it’s all about the beachfront and a “come as you are” kind of attitude (it’s...
Totally Awesome
Nov 19, 2012
Entering into Arizona’s Grand Canyon from mid air? That’s an adrenaline rush like no other. Our helicopter smoothly lifts off...
10 Destinations For The Nerd In All Of Us - Part 2
Nov 16, 2012
For part 1, click here.   Pythagoras’ achievements may have been entirely his own, or they might have been the compiled findings of his entire order - we really don’t know. What we do know is that the name of Pythagoras was used to publish and popularize some of the most revolutionary...
The World's Luckiest Place
Nov 15, 2012
The towns of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island anchor the busy 39-kilometre stretch of coastline known as the...
An Intruiging Mix
Nov 14, 2012
There are food moments that you never forget. And the cuisines of the Southwest are rich with culinary memories for...
The War Effort - Touring Canada's Military History
Nov 12, 2012
The marks of the First and Second World Wars are still visible in Canada today. Sometimes the marks are literal, the remnants of torpedo damage from U-Boats blockading Newfoundland harbours or sliding up and down the St. Lawrence River. Some of the marks are figurative, left in the family and...
Honky Tonks and History
Nov 8, 2012
The young fellow behind the counter at Gene’s Western Wear and Shoe Hospital in Flagstaff looks and sounds just like...
Pure Mexico
Nov 7, 2012
  Think Mexico, and you think beaches and margaritas, right? Think again: If plunging into genuine, rich history, off-the-beaten-path real-deal adventure, exploration,
A Rare Land
Nov 6, 2012
The beat-up Chevy truck has been this way before. At least that’s my take from the groaning of the engine,
10 Destinations For The Nerd In All Of Us
Nov 2, 2012
Somewhere along the line, nerds became big business. It used to be that the geekier elements of society were also its most marginalized, and nerds were creepy basement dwellers with little in the way of social cache. This is a post-Bill Gates world, however, a society where computing entrepreneurs can...
Settling In
Nov 1, 2012
  Long-stay vacations in the U.S. provide good options for a host of reasons. While you’re hibernating, oops, chilling out in...
Salem: The Home of Halloween
Oct 30, 2012
      Salem, Massachusetts is perhaps the most famous haunted town of all – and it’s not even be haunted! Sure, the city has more than its fair share of ghost stories, but ultimately its fame comes from its grisly real-world history, not sightings of the long-dead victims of its crimes. More than...
Forever Green
Oct 23, 2012
When Canadian golfers think “golf getaway” it’s natural for them to think of Arizona. Take more than 330 days of...
Florida 2012 - Sunshine State
Oct 22, 2012
The largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom history features attractions and experiences in an area that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. Highlights include: flying high with The Great Goofini or with Dumbo the Flying Elephant; and Casey Jr. Splash ‘n’ Soak Station. Under the Sea ~ Journey of...
Ten Haunted Halloween Walking Tours
Oct 19, 2012
  The catacombs of Paris are “home” to almost 6 million corpses. If ghosts are going to congregate anywhere, this would be it. With several hundred years of history, often bloody war-time history at that,  there are easily enough tragedies and unfinished stories to fuel ghost stories for generations. Walls made...
A Guide Of Your Own
Oct 17, 2012
  Nothing beats a good tour guide; not only do they know their stuff, the best take the time to build real relationships, and invest their groups with a real appreciation for the material and location. However, not all tour guides are good, not all are cheap, and often they are...
Go With The Flow
Oct 16, 2012
  If you’re looking to plan a trip this fall, why not follow the crowd? There’s always a reason a place is popular – whether it’s the attractions, the climate, or the people. Whatever the reason, these popular destinations are some of Canada’s favourites, according to the latestHotels.com Hotel Price Index.
Give Transit A Try
Oct 15, 2012
  At a resort, the only road many travellers care about is the one leading from the beach to the cocktail shack. However, urban travelling is by its nature more nomadic and diverse; the goal of most city visits is to see certain key landmarks while also gaining a more holistic...
Basking In A Golden Glow - 5 Of The Best Spots In The OC To Watch The Sun Go Down
Oct 10, 2012
Anaheim is home to popular theme parks and tons of water-based activities thanks to it many user-friendly-cum-trendy beach areas. There are so many things to do in Anaheim. How do you wind down the day here?
10 Historic Canadian Destinations
Oct 5, 2012
  Canadian Thanksgiving is often lumped under American Thanksgiving in terms of its meaning and history, overshadowed by the larger nation’s celebrations. However, Canadian Thanksgiving is not just a me-too holiday placed on a different date, but a rich modern slice of the unique Canadian story. It’s a history that’s still...
Make The Pilgrimage To Movie Mecca
Oct 4, 2012
    The Alamo Drafthouse is world renowned among cinephiles, and a major stop for anyone hitting all of Austin’s major cultural centers. The Texas institution first became known for its strict enforcement of movie-going etiquette. Fuelled by hundreds of anecdotes about annoying viewers being ejected from the theatre, Austin’s true movie fanatics...
Great River Destinations - Summer Floats Across The U.S.A.
Oct 3, 2012
America’s rivers flow through desert canyons and dense forests, past small towns and big cities, and through high desert and rugged mountains. Time on the river is a very popular way to spend vacation time – swimming, boating or floating is sure to create lasting memories. With so many rivers...
Kentucky's Historic Bourbon County
Oct 2, 2012
A new magazine has been launched to promote Kentucky’s varied tourist attractions by celebrating the state’s rich bourbon heritage –...
Bricks, Blockbusters & Beaches - All Family Fun You Can Handle In Central Florida
Sep 26, 2012
It’s like one of those tales from Hans Christian Anderson. You know the one about the village toy maker who brings magic to his work. Only this one is true.
10 Fantastic Dinner Trains
Sep 21, 2012
Skunk Train California’s Skunk Train offers an array of relaxing tours in the day and night, prioritizing faithful recreation of the...
Cultural Traditions
Sep 19, 2012
A cultural cornerstone for many Native Americans is the intimate bond they share with the land. Traditionally, all things – people, animals, birds, plants, the sun, rain – are sacred and interconnected. The people of Arizona’s 22 tribes still carry on many spiritual traditions of their ancestors.
Chicago Shopping Spree - Retail Therapy Here Includes Luxe, Fetish & Everything Inbetween
Sep 12, 2012
Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, has been called “Paris on the Prairie” in reference to its wide boulevards, abundance of green space, and proximity to water. Lakeview, the area referred to as Boystown has been the heart of Chicago’s thriving LGBT community since the 1970s, and...
Just Right - The Greater Fort Myers Area Offers Boasts A Perfect Blend Of Endless Sunshine & Exceptional Beaches
Sep 10, 2012
There’s no question Mother Nature achieved perfection when she crafted The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel where the quality of the sand is second to none. Pure, white and silky-soft, professional sand sculptors from around the world claim it’s the best on the planet from which to create their...
Nevada 2012 - The Silver State
Sep 7, 2012
CommRow is a new urban adventure and entertainment centre in downtown Reno. Inside is a bouldering park with an adjacent children's climbing and play area. Outside is the world’s largest climbing wall, towering above the Reno Arch at 50 metres high. After dark, live music takes centre stage in CommRow’s...
A Night On The Town - Berlin's Nightlife Is Wild, Sexy & Offers Something For Everyone
Sep 5, 2012
Berlin is one of those European cities filled with history, culture and parties. It has also had a thriving gay scene for nearly a century, with the notorious Eldorado club attracting gay icons like Marlene Dietrich and Christopher Isherwood back in the 1920s. Berlin is one of those European cities...
Kidstuff - Tons & Tons Of Fun For Your Junior Travellers
Sep 3, 2012
From two to twenty, it doesn’t matter what age children you’re toting. The St Petersburg/Clearwater area offers affordable attractions your kids will write (or blog) home about. For generations of vacationers, family bonding has meant fishing piers, miles of beaches and shore-side ice cream shops. And now the offerings have...
Texas 2012 - Lone Star State
Aug 31, 2012
The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix has found a home in Austin until 2021. This year’s race is November 16 to 18 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the nation’s first Grand Prix-purposed track and event complex, located southeast of the city. Austin.
Sun, Sand & Sitges - Spain's Sizzling Coastal Town Is The Place For Hot Beach Action
Aug 29, 2012
For many travellers, the epitome of a vacation is hours upon hours soaking up the sun and sights at the beach. Over the past several years, Sitges has secured a spot on the list of many in-the-know LGBT travellers. It’s proximity to Barcelona makes it a great city/beach destination, as...
California 2012 - The Golden State
Aug 24, 2012
Listed among the top 10 most anticipated theme park attractions in 2012, the steel coaster is a one-of-a-kind super launch ride that features the tallest inversion west of the Mississippi and ranks among the tallest coaster inversions in the world. Riders experience lightning speeds of 99 kph, with two upside-down...
Exhibit A - World-class Museums Across The United States
Aug 20, 2012
If there is one type of attraction that spans the entire continent, it has to be museums. Every town, city and state – no matter the size – has one, two, three…or dozens.
Putting The Aah, in Hawaii - A Canadian Decompresses on Hawaii, The Big Island
Aug 15, 2012
Over the past 15 years I have spent a lot of time travelling the United States, and I thought I knew it well. I must say, though, my first trip to Hawaii, the Big Island was exceptional – and unexpected. A pure state of calm is the best way to...
Remembering Pennsylvania's Civil War Past
Aug 8, 2012
With over 600,000 casualties, the American Civil War was the largest conflict fought on American soil. Pennsylvania aided the War effort in three ways: participation of citizens in the army; production and transport of supplies and artillery; and fundraising.
Game On - Get In The Action Or Watch The Pros In St Pete
Aug 3, 2012
Throughout the year St Pete/Clearwater hosts world-class sporting events. You can watch the action or get into the game. Your choice.
City On The Move - Historic Mexico City Incorporates New Inventions
Aug 1, 2012
Two travelators moving in different directions have been cleverly set up at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, allowing the constant stream of visitors to have a leisurely look at the giant image of the Mexican Virgin Mary. This Shrine is the most visited Catholic institution in the world,
Culturally Speaking - A Look At Vienna's Vibrant LGBT
Jul 30, 2012
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is well known for its grandiose architecture, cultural events and creative masterminds. It also boasts one of the most vibrant LGBT scenes in all of Europe, despite the fact it doesn’t define one particular area as the “gay village”. Here’s a brief overview of some...
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Jul 27, 2012
Arizona is a land of wide-open spaces, ranching and mining history and a rich Western heritage of cowboy traditions. The rough ‘n’ tumble landscape attracted those hardy individuals seeking fortunes in the new frontier. Peppered across the state are remnants of mining camps and ghost towns, stagecoach stops, ranches, historic...
Legendary Residents & Residences - Henry Ford & Thomas Edison Were Among Florida's First Snowbirds
Jul 25, 2012
After spending warm winters in the young metropolis of Fort Myers beginning in the late 1800s, world famous visionary Thomas Edison predicted the town would become a major tourist destination eventually attracting millions of people. At that time, such an idea may have seemed inconceivable, however, this was the man...
Screamin' For Vegas - A Round Up Of Family Fun In Sin City
Jul 11, 2012
The perfect playground for grown-ups, Las Vegas delivers non-stop entertainment, live sports action, spine tingling thrills and shopping that is second to none. Adrenalin-starved adults can find their favourite casino, set down some cash and wait for the big win. From car racing to dance clubs and from live concerts...
Wild & Wonderful - Oregon Really Does Have It All
Jul 10, 2012
Wild and wonderful, Oregon embodies all the best of the Pacific Northwest. A place filled with roaring rivers, soaring, snow-capped peaks, giant redwood rainforests and picturesque, untamed beaches, the Beaver State offers anything and everything a nature-loving person could ask for. But it doesn’t end there. When you tire of...
5 Must-Sees In Mexico
Jul 6, 2012
It’s not just the tamales that are hot in Mexico. Mayan cultural experiences, colonial city discoveries and eco-adventures will satisfy your holiday cravings.
Loving It Up - Honeymoon Locations Across The US
Jul 4, 2012
There are as many different honeymoon styles as there are destinations. Casual and laidback (think dude ranch getaway or barefoot beachwalks at sunset), or formal, with all the bells and whistles – hundreds of high-end properties would fit the bill quite nicely.
Bon Appetit Mes Amis! - In Montreal Dining Is A Requirement, Not An Option
Jun 28, 2012
Montreal, where there are 5,000 cafes and dining is a requirement not an option, has one of the biggest gay village areas in North America, stretching out along Ste Catherine Street East between Rue Berri and Papineau. During the summer months the roadway is closed to traffic creating a pedestrian...
The Pleasures of PV - Public Art, Fine Dining & Hot Adventures Highlight Puerto Vallarta
Jun 28, 2012
It’s arguably the most popular destination on Mexico’s West Coast – and certainly the largest, with hundreds of miles of dazzling beachfront all-inclusive hotels and high-rise condo developments where older, smaller, locally-owned hotels are squeezed into the spaces between the big developments in Puerto Vallarta proper. Heading north into Marina...
Beachin' It In Jersey - Exploring The Jersey Shore From Cape May To Atlantic City
Jun 26, 2012
Forget the images conjured by MTV’s hit docu-soap Jersey Shore, the real Jersey Shore is an alluring 160-kilometre playground of sea islands, lagoons and protected shoreline with an eclectic array of peaceful Victorian towns, over-the-top family amusements and never-sleep entertainment.
Kidstuff! - Family Resorts & Vacations Across The USA
Jun 18, 2012
Getting the family together can be a stress free vacation! The road to success includes understanding everyone’s expectations, providing a variety of activities that appeal to the interests of kids and adults, and planning, planning, planning.
United States
Jun 15, 2012
Be neighbourly and go big on culture, adventure and scenery whether you are visiting the Big Apple, the Big Island or Big Sur. All states are united in making you want to visit America The Beautiful.
Cruising The Coast - Head Down California Highway 1 For A Real Road Trip
Jun 13, 2012
With four glorious regions and 563 kilometres of jaw-dropping coastline, California’s Central Coast appeals to families, foodies, lovers of fine wine, outdoor adventurers and history buffs.
6 Great World Cities
Jun 8, 2012
Bright lights, big personalities. These cities are proud, loud and absolutely must-see destinations. Venice Ahh, Venice. City of romance, city of...
Presidential Trails - Illinois Pays Tribute to Trail-Blazing Leaders
Jun 6, 2012
Four Presidential Trails, one each for Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama link locations of interest, demonstrating how the state shaped political aspirations, and commemorating efforts at peace, economic prosperity and freedom.
I Do, I Do! - Weddings & Honeymoons Are The Fastest Growing Niche in Mexico
Jun 4, 2012
Destination weddings account for $18 billion a year in Mexico tourism dollars. Honeymoons tack another ten billion onto that figure, and most couples who love Mexico enough to marry there will return over and over again.
Ridin' The Rails In Alaska - Welcome Aboard A Train Trip Like No Other
May 30, 2012
Stepping aboard a train bound for the Alaska wilderness is the beginning of a journey filled with adventure and surprise.
6 Places To Explore - Culturally Speaking
May 25, 2012
We are not all alike. Never have been and never will be. Let’s celebrate our differences. Mardi Gras Leave the inhibitions and...
A Day At The Beach - Santa Monica's Famous Beach Attractions Don't Disappoint
May 22, 2012
Santa Monica has been recognized by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 Beach Cities in the World. And I couldn’t agree more. We strolled the downtown core on a warm and overcast day in April and ended up at the city’s spectacular strand, complete with buskers and street...
I Saved The Earth - A Newby Discovers The World Of Transformers
May 17, 2012
“I’m counting on you recruits. So is earth.” And with that I was off on an epic battle to save the world and recover the last All-Spark fragment from the evil Decepticons aboard Transformers: The Ride-3D at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Cheer On The Team! - Baseball Spring Training Happens Here
May 15, 2012
By Josephine Matyas After a long winter, baseball fans are looking for signs that their beloved game will start again soon.
St. George Feeds The Senses - From Canyon Hiking To Great Golf
May 14, 2012
With rugged red peaks rising from desert plateaus and deep canyons filled with low-growing foliage, St. George’s spectacular scenery and temperate climate draw visitors from around the world.
4 Adventures That Say: Do It Now
May 11, 2012
Man’s careless approach to the environment put these experiences on the endangered list. Don’t delay – do it now.
Historic New Jersey - Boardwalk, Battlefields & Iconic Inventions
May 9, 2012
Families flock to Jersey’s famous shore each summer for quality beach-time. Beyond the beachfront, the state’s proud past is on display in former battlefields, historic homes and lighthouses, in local museums, and along wooden boardwalks.
Vancouver - Pleasant But With An Edge
May 7, 2012
Writer Jan Morris once described Vancouver as being “the last resort of pleasantness.” Well, here’s some news: Vancouver is also pretty edgy.
Teed Off In Arizona - Head South For Desert Courses, Endless Sunshine & Great Packages
May 1, 2012
Once upon a time in the early 20th century, when duffers came to southern Arizona for the warm winter sun, they encountered dirt fairways and oiled sand greens.
Pooling Their Assets - Palace Resorts & Hard Rock Hotels Are Teaming Up To Wow All-Inclusive Travellers
Apr 27, 2012
By Laurie Carter Just when all-inclusive fans think they’ve seen everything, Palace Resorts has teamed up with Hard Rock Hotels to create a new and truly unique experience. Pairing the multi-diamond service and amenities that have long set Palace Resorts apart, with the entertainment-based, rock star feel of Hard Rock Hotels...
5 Places To Experience Local Flavour
Apr 27, 2012
What better way to experience other cultures than to do as the locals do? Worship, taste, listen and watch. You’ll be surprised what you can learn.
Wet & Wild - Wildlife Thrives on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Apr 23, 2012
Strolling magnificent stretches of white sand are just the first step to experiencing the natural side of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. There are more than 400,000 hectares of nature sanctuaries to explore, and most have paths and boardwalks that allow event the most timid of adventurers to...
Niagara Was A War Zone - Discover Our Military History During The War of 1812 Bicentennial
Apr 16, 2012
In June of 1812, Canada was not a sovereign nation yet, but a strong defence was needed to thwart attacks from the newly independent United States. Grievances centred on continuous arguments with Britain about economic issues.
O Canada
Apr 10, 2012
Sweet as maple syrup, fresh as Rocky Mountain air, fine as Niagara ice wine and daring as mountain heli-skiing, Canada connects culture and adventure coast to coast.
4 Unusual Places to Sleep
Mar 30, 2012
Do you like the top (a forest canopy) or the bottom (under ground)? Discover new places for sleeping around. Underwater Hotels...
Gay-Owned B&Bs - Great Accommodation In Special Places
Mar 29, 2012
Canada has become well known as one of the planet’s most gay-friendly destinations. Many mainstream hotels, inns, and B&Bs brand themselves “gay friendly,” but many gay travellers know there’s comfort in staying with other gay folk. Sometimes it’s just nice to be with the tribe.
5 Things To Do On A Girls' Getaway In Vancouver
Mar 23, 2012
Whether you’re planning your best friend’s bachelorette party or a relaxing retreat with mom, Vancouver is the perfect destination for a fabulous girls’ getaway.
Ridin' Into Tucson - Saddle Up for Ranch Adventures, Clear Skies & Desert Weddings
Mar 2, 2012
The thing about Tucson is that it seems to do everything well. Ranches and resorts run the gamut from working cattle farms to luxury retreats.
Make it Myrtle - Head To The Grand Strand For Romance, Relaxation & Family Fun
Mar 2, 2012
Myrtle Beach, one of the fastest growing vacation destinations in the United States, attracts an average of 15 million visitors each year.
I Do Aloha-Style - Walk Down The Aisle In A Marriage Made In Hawaii
Mar 2, 2012
Do you dream of exchanging vows on the sands of Kauai at sunset, or saying ‘I do’ on a private estate on Molokai with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop? How about surfing your way to holy matrimony on Oahu or living happily ever after following a wedding at Disney’s...
No Longer A Secret - Uncover All Of St Pete/Clearwater's Charms
Feb 24, 2012
Are you wearing your sunglasses? If not – put ‘em on. Beginning in 1967 Mother Nature showered St Petersburg with consecutive days of sunshine, earning it a well deserved place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mile After Magnificent Mile - Discover Dinosaurs, Lincoln & Plenty Of History In Illinois
Feb 20, 2012
Springfield, Illinois’ scenic capital, is a modern city brimming with attractions and recreational opportunities that is inextricably associated with the life of America’s most beloved president, Abraham Lincoln.
Discover San Antonio - From The Alamo To The Waterparks, You Can't Beat This Texas Town
Feb 17, 2012
On March 6, 1836, 189 Texan and Tejano heroes held the Alamo for 13 days before being overtaken by 1,000 men from Mexico’s army. According to legend, General William Travis drew a line in the sand and asked the defenders to step forward if they intended to stay and fight.
It's St. George! - National Parks, Western History & Rugged Beauty
Feb 15, 2012
In 1861 Brigham Young, the Mormon prophet-colonizer, gazed northward up a desperately barren valley. Waving his hand to include the entire setting, he said, “There will yet be built between those volcanic ridges a city with spires, towers...and homes with many inhabitants.” And so St. George came to be.
Aboriginal Edmonton - Discover A Rich Tapestry Of Aboriginal Experiences In Alberta's Capital
Feb 13, 2012
With more than 40 First Nations calling Alberta their home and Edmonton housing the second largest number of aboriginal residents in Canada, it’s no surprise to find a thriving selection of aboriginal tourism choices.
Big City Beach Action - Beyond The Boardwalk In Atlantic City
Feb 8, 2012
The Greater Atlantic City area is recognized for its world-class casino resorts, but in addition to black jack, slot machines, live entertainment and world-class shopping, the surrounding area is stocked with beachfront condos and homes for rent during the summer season.
Tee Time In Cancun - The Mexican Caribbean Is A Golf Destination Of Choice
Feb 6, 2012
Cancun is more than beaches, exotic nature and Mayan archeological sites. It’s an international golf destination featuring a collection of courses designed by as Nicklaus, Norman, Dye, Jones and Aoki. Whether you are a professional golfer, or an amateur, you’ll find everything you need from beginner to challenging courses and...
Utah By The Numb3rs - Counting The Ways To Enjoy The Beehive State
Jan 27, 2012
Utah’s dramatic landscape packs a punch with snow-packed peaks, colossal canyons and riveting rock formations. Bordered by Arizona, Colorado, Idaho and Nevada, Utah displays significant natural beauty and diversity and offers the best of the Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest.
Indulge Yourself - Living The Luxe Life In Scottsdale
Jan 27, 2012
When you think of Scottsdale, think of indulgence. Shopping, golf and spa, great meals and a sizzling nightlife enveloped by the scenic beauty of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert landscape also come to mind.
Let the Good Times Roll - New Orleans Is Back & Better Than Ever
Jan 27, 2012
The Big Easy. The Crescent City. N’awlins. No matter what you choose to call it (or how you decide to pronounce it), New Orleans is always a lot of fun. Laid low a few years back by Hurricane Katrina, the city has rebuilt and restored and created a place that’s...
Birds, Dogs & Dragons - Out & About In Harlingen
Jan 27, 2012
Touted as the best location for birdwatching in the Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen attracts thousands of enthusiasts especially during the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Recognized by the American Birding Association, the festival features field trips to hotspots, lectures by keynote speakers and educational programs for children.
Only Once - A Year of One-Off Celebrations Across The US
Jan 27, 2012
Everyone loves a celebration. Did you know that 2012 will be a year-long culinary party in Alabama? How about travel to the southwest – with 2012 being the Arizona’s centennial there’s a lot happening in every corner of the state. And there’s more. Just read on and enjoy the party...
Always Growing - Numbers Don't Lie, Everybody Loves Cancun
Jan 27, 2012
There’s a sunburned, margarita-guzzling elephant parked on the beach in Cancun: the luridly-painted image of drug cartel crime, violence, and corruption, and the North American consumer media jumps on the story at every opportunity.
Badlands & Dinosaurs - Prairie Like You've Never Seen It
Jan 23, 2012
At first glance, the Canadian Badlands in southern Alberta seem a bald expanse ravaged by harsh winds. But there are surprises in this landscape.
8 Eco-Adventures On The Riviera Maya
Jan 9, 2012
Anytime is a great time to pack your bags and head to Mexico’s Riviera Maya along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. And if you like to go green when you are on holidays, this is the spot, with plenty of eco-adventure parks that introduce you and your family to...
Musical Instrument Museum: In Tune With The World
Dec 30, 2011
When it comes to quality educative and entertaining destinations for children, Phoenix, Arizona’s Museum of Musical Instruments takes the cake. Seamlessly blending modern technology with antique instruments and modern music under one roof, this museum is one of the most unique experiences you could offer your child – and you’re...
Champaign County: A Season Of Festivals
Dec 23, 2011
When you think of Champaign, Illinois, lively festivals are likely not the first things that may pop into your mind. Despite Champaign’s reputation as a semi suburban city that hosts a large public university, Champaign, Illinois is also the home to a whole series of family oriented festivals that celebrate...
Take The Plunge - Head Off The Beaten Track & Discover The Mysterious Yucatan
Dec 21, 2011
Most people don’t realize that the sunny beaches along Mexico’s Maya Riviera are the purview of the state of Quintana Roo, while most of the massive Yucatan peninsula belongs to the Mexican state of Yucatan. That’s lesson one on the Yucatan.
US Report
Dec 21, 2011
You can now take a boat cruise from Captiva Island to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. The cruise explores the Caloosahatchee River and its cultural and ecological importance and includes lunch at a private club and a tour of the Estates.
Urban Oasis - Phoenix Rises From The Sonoran Desert With Big City Pleasures
Dec 21, 2011
There are few destinations that can match how Phoenix mixes bright lights and big city glitz with the jaw-dropping scenery of rugged mountain ranges and desert. Add picture perfect weather, a packed entertainment calendar and an eclectic mix of museums and attractions and you’ll find there is always something happening...
Ah Venice - Explore Fort Lauderdale, The Venice Of America
Dec 21, 2011
With its remarkable bounty of attributes, this Gold Coast city that began as an 1800s fort town is a modern vacation venue with countless blessings, both natural and otherwise. First, its southeast coast location between Miami and Palm Beach guarantees year-round sunshine and a balmy sub-tropical climate – the perfect...
Now You Don't Have To Drop - Shop & Stay Packages Across The US
Dec 21, 2011
For most vacationers, a little retail therapy is part of the overall holiday experience. And with a border between Canada and the United States stretching more than 6,400 kilometres, there’s bound to be back-and-forth traffic for weekend shopping getaways.
Fort Myers: 8 Places To Watch The Sun Set
Dec 9, 2011
There is nothing quite like watching the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico from the beaches of Florida’s west coast. Set along some of the finest, whitest and softest sand in the world, the beaches and waterways near Fort Myers and Sanibel Island are the perfect place to experience...
A Sporting Place - Golf, Fishing, Paddling, Baseball & Hockey - Get Beyond The Beach
Nov 25, 2011
Beached out? What to get off the lounger and move in all this Florida sunshine? There is plenty to do, and it is all so accessible you probably won’t know what to do first.
A Different Side Of Florida - Another Pace, Another Time - This Is The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Nov 25, 2011
Sandwiched between Sarasota in the north and Naples in the south, the Fort Myers area, often described as an “unspoiled island sanctuary”, has been attracting tourists since the early 1900s.
Legendary Residents & Residences - Visiting With Notable Citizens & Historic Heroes
Nov 25, 2011
After spending warm winters in the young metropolis of Fort Myers beginning in the late 1800s, world famous visionary Thomas Edison predicted the town would become a major tourist destination eventually attracting millions of people.
Islands In The Sun - A Look At The Communities Of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Nov 25, 2011
Idyllic weather, a colourful past, wonderful beaches, famous visitors, outstanding dining, wonderful beaches, easy-to-access outdoor adventure, fascinating attractions, wonderful beaches and the grace and charm of “Old Florida” – this is The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
Shore Delights - Discover Sun, Sand & Sparkling Cities On The Texas Gulf Coast
Nov 25, 2011
The Texas Gulf Coast stretches 1,004 kilometres south from Brownsville to the Louisiana border. Calm and serene cities and rollicking beach towns offer supreme sunbathing, wicked wildlife watching, historic sites honouring battle heroes, fine architecture, premium shopping and loads of family fun.
Here Comes The Sun - Six Sunsational Spring Break Spots
Nov 25, 2011
After a cold Canadian winter, families long to soak up some sun and get busy on the beach. Here are six super spring break suggestions that families will warm up to.
Simply South Dakota - Where History Meets Nature
Nov 25, 2011
South Dakota’s four distinct regions deliver vastly different visitor experiences. Southeast South Dakota celebrates the state’s agricultural bounty and chronicles encounters between early explorers and Natives. In the northeast, culture and history play a major role at art centres and on town tours.
Ay, Caramba, the Kids Will Love It! - Mexico Offers Kids Of All Ages Easy Access To Culture, History & Adventure
Nov 25, 2011
Travel is broadening, they say – and it’s definitely an eye-opener for youngsters, especially when travel embraces and explores cultures different from their own. But not too different: kids need a touch of the familiar. Mexico’s the perfect spot for experiences different enough to entertain, fascinate and teach them, yet...
We're Going To Mesa - With History, Deserts & A Whole Lot Of Fun, Mesa Is a Natural Family Hot Spot
Nov 25, 2011
In an ideal world, the family that travels together is open to a world of adventure, shared experiences, happy memories and lifelong bonding. In the real world of family travel, things present more of a challenge (think: cranky toddlers, dining disasters and a lack of appropriate activities). But some destinations...
A Whale Of A Time - Humpbacks & Waterfalls On Maui
Nov 25, 2011
Our whale karma was in overdrive. Visiting Maui in early December we were told our chances would be slim to none of seeing the majestic humpback whales that winter in the warm waters around the island. Yet, not 20 minutes into our kayak and turtle snorkel off Olowalu Point we...
Stone Crabs Are Just The Beginning - Head To Florida's The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Fall Festivals Are In Full Swing
Oct 26, 2011
Stone Crab season opens on October 15 in The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. So? It’s just one of the many, many events that highlight Islands Fallfest, a collection of festivals, shows, exhibitions and competitions that dominate the fall season on Florida’s southern Gulf Coast. This is the fourth...
Make A Splash - Get Out, Get Wet In St Pete's Deep Blue Seas
Oct 26, 2011
There’s no getting away from it. Anywhere you go in St Pete/Clearwater you’ll be surrounded by water. The peninsula where the cities lie is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Tampa Bay on the other. No matter your destination you’ll have to cross a bridge to...
Treasure Hunt - Hidden Shopping & Dining Gems Only The Locals Know
Oct 26, 2011
Taking time out from the beach to refuel and recharge is essential. Nothing energizes a shopaholic more than a standout session of retail therapy and fantastic food.
No Longer A Secret - Uncover All Of St Pete/Clearwater's Charms
Oct 26, 2011
Welcome to St Pete/Clearwater, one of the best-kept secrets on Florida’s West Coast. With 56 kilometres of award-winning beaches, world-class art and culture, and an abundance of outdoor activities, it’s no wonder our little piece of paradise is a favourite getaway for Canadians. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Canadians flock...
Surreal & Serene - St Pete's Cultural Offerings Soothe The Soul & Stimulate The Senses
Oct 26, 2011
We may as well start at the beginning. And for the St Pete/Clearwater area, the beginning is located at Weedon Island Preserve. This low-lying peninsula consists of tidal marshes, pine scrub forests, incredible views of the Bay and ancient Indian mounds dating back more than 3,000 years. The preserve was...
Home Away From Home - Grand Ladies, Superior Small Lodgings & Condo Rentals Fit The Bill
Oct 26, 2011
After the day’s beach adventures, or artistic explorations, it is always nice to have a comfortable place to come home to. And the St Pete/Clearwater area has something for just about every taste and budget, from world-class resorts to family-friendly properties. Settle into a Superior Small Lodging retreat, stow your...
2011 US Report
Oct 26, 2011
Renting a car at Miami International Airport (MIA) is faster and easier with the MIA Mover, a two-kilometre, elevated people mover system that connects passengers from MIA to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) and the Miami Rental Car Center (RCC), a four-level facility housing the operations of 16 major rental...
A Beachin' View - Riding The Rails On California's Coast
Oct 26, 2011
Why cram into a car when you can ride the rails in comfort on Amtrak California’s Pacific Surfliner? Panoramic windows on modern bi-level cars showcase the towering cliffs, windswept beaches, and picturesque towns along the Pacific coast. Take the train from Los Angeles to San Diego to reach romantic beaches,
Keen On Kauai - Hike It, Bike It - Explore Hawaii's Most Active Island
Oct 26, 2011
Remember the opening scenes of the 1970s TV series, Fantasy Island? It was filmed on Kauai, a tropical dream island that continues to exude the same magical charm.
Arts & Agriculture - Pop The Cork On Champaign County's Family Attractions
Oct 26, 2011
If you were to follow the Yellow Brick Road in Champaign County, it would lead to Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch with its The Wizard of Oz-themed playground, complete with a yellow brick road and murals from the movie, apple orchard, pumpkin patch, small petting zoo, and a bakery famous...
Gone Fishin' - Drop Your Line At Great Fishing Holes Across The US
Oct 26, 2011
Some destinations are blessed with shorelines, rivers and lakes teeming with catch – a magnet for those that love the outdoors, whether spending all day casting a line into the water, or just dabbling in a little catch-and-release while on vacation.
Play Hard
Sep 30, 2011
Active travellers may have a difficult time choosing from Arizona’s long menu of sports and adventure activities. Add to that a dizzying choice of places to stay – from rustic ranches to luxury resorts to charming B&Bs – and it means they can give-it-their-all during the daytime, and tuck in...
Nowhere Else In America
Sep 30, 2011
Arizona. Rugged. Breathtakingly beautiful. A palette of colour. Nowhere else in America are so many different landscapes – desert, pine forests, snow-capped peaks, deep canyons, red mesas – found within the borders of one state. If there is a distinct Arizona style uniting all of these various different landscapes, it...
Desert Drives
Sep 30, 2011
From the mystical red rocks of Sedona down to the famed fairways in Phoenix’s Valley of the Sun, and on to the ponderosa pine lined greens at Williams, Arizona boasts more than 300 golf courses, each with its own unique terrain and challenges. With a climate to be envied –...
Relax & Recharge
Sep 30, 2011
The Grand Canyon State’s gentle side speaks to everyone’s need to relax and recharge by indulging in a little culture or self-care. A wide choice of ranch stays, luxurious spas and well-serviced resorts make great destinations for weddings, honeymoons, romantic getaways, reunions and retreats. And there’s a real culture charge...
Natural Wonders
Sep 30, 2011
An extraordinary mix of desert landscapes, canyon lands, cool pine forests and the power of the Colorado River create a range of ecozones…and a generous sampling of ecoadventures and green travel opportunities. No other region in North America offers the broad spectrum of life zones found in Arizona. It is...
The Quiet Side - Exploring Your Eco-Senses On The Riviera Maya
Sep 30, 2011
Small, smooth, and cool, like beads, they cascaded over my head, shoulders and arms. Turned out they were lentils – but since I was firmly blindfolded for the Hacienda Tres Rios “Sense Adventure”, I had no idea what the little things were until I saw them in the photos developed...
Blessed By Nature - From Towering Mountains To Lush Vineyards, Oregon Is Indeed A Special Place
Sep 30, 2011
Sure there is the rugged coastline; the endless forests, huge mountains, boiling rivers and breath-taking scenery that attracts visitors to Oregon. But nature has blessed the state with so much more than physical beauty. You can eat your way around the state and feast on artisan foods, micro brews, fine...
Aaah, The Beach - Florida's fabulous beaches are the its greatest natural asset
Sep 30, 2011
With hundreds of miles of coastline punctuated by long stretches of silky sand, Florida remains one of the world's top destinations for beach lovers. It took root in the late 1800s when tourists from the northern United States began flocking there for its sub-tropical climate and sun-bathed beaches. Its future...
Hit The Slopes - Ride The Lift To Ski Commissions
Aug 22, 2011
Got clients heading to the slopes this winter? There are plenty of destinations and plenty of packages to choose. Air Canada Vacations sells packages to 17 destinations in North America: Marble Mountain in Newfoundland; Tremblant, Le Massif, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham in Quebec; Banff, Lake Louise and Sunshine in Alberta; and...
It's Family Time - Exploring The Wonders Of Both Central Florida Coasts
Aug 22, 2011
Sun, fun, thrills, adventure, relaxation, culture and gators – what more can you ask for in a family vacation? Our family fun started in Orlando, continued to the east coast and then ended in the Gulf Coast. Fifteen days of non-stop fun and relaxation all in one trip.
In Hot Water - Saskatchewan's Mineral Spas Soothe Your Soul
Jun 17, 2011
Rolling prairie, wheat rippling in the breeze under wide blue skies, long, straight highways – these pictures spring to mind when you think Saskatchewan. But what about the water? Yes, water. The province’s lakes and rivers are teeming with aquatic adventure. And when your day is done, you can soak...
Wow Washington - Bridges, Bets & A Look Way Back In Washington County PA
Jun 17, 2011
Explore the past and enjoy the present in Washington County, tucked away in southwestern Pennsylvania. Quaint towns, historic monuments, living history attractions, baseball action, golf, hiking, biking, and a warm welcome are what Washington County is all about.
Nature Reigns Supreme - From Urban Parks, To Wilderness Rivers, Get Outdoors in Oregon & Alaska
May 24, 2011
Whether it’s a visit to a vibrant urban centre, a quiet getaway in cottage country, or a canoe or kayak journey in the wilderness, in the Pacific Northwest, travellers can do it all. Bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Rocky Mountains on the east, the United...
The Jersey Shore - Beaches, Boardwalks, Plus Parks & Science Draw Families To Jersey
May 24, 2011
Think New Jersey is all about the beach? Well, think again. Sure, there are tons of beautiful beaches, action-packed boardwalks and tiny towns with Victorian charm, but how about the world-class sports events, nature preserves and historic museums and landmarks? Here is a sampling of some excellent options for a...
Beyond the Buzz - Las Vegas Is The Launch Pad For Desert Adventure
May 24, 2011
In Vegas hipsters can party like rock stars, shop ‘til they drop, or dance the night away at hot new night clubs. And what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Unless partiers prefer to take a break from the neon haze and head outside city limits to explore red rocks,
SoCal's Other Side - Beyond The Family Fun, Anaheim Is Aglow With Sporting Attractions & Cultural Adventures
May 24, 2011
Mickey, Snoopy, thrill rides, berry pies, pirates, knights on horseback – Anaheim is absolutely the place to head for family fun. It’s easy to get to, the accommodations suite every budget and group and it is always sunny. In fact, Anaheim is a family vacation dream come true. But it’s...
Ah, Napa Valley - Come For Wine & Discover A World Of Art
Apr 20, 2011
With an eclectic mix of art galleries, performance venues and museums, Napa Valley offers a vibrant and thriving art scene rich in cultural offerings for guests to discover. Visit local galleries featuring works of established and emerging artists; learn more about the region’s fascinating history at several area museums; enjoy...
Romance Of The Road - Illinois's Scenic Byways Are A Beautiful Window To The State's Past
Apr 20, 2011
Illinois boasts seven National Scenic Byways – roads that are less travelled and boast significant archeological, cultural, historic and natural attractions. Here’s a look at two – Historic Route 66 and the Great River Road. Both offer natural beauty and a look back at days gone by.
Road Trip! - Fairbanks Is The Gateway To Fun
Apr 20, 2011
Buckle up and hit the road for Arctic adventure based in Fairbanks. A short two-hour drive south of Fairbanks, is Denali National Park and Preserve, one of the last great frontiers for wilderness adventure. There is a vast array of activities and learning experiences for visitors of all ages in...
A Reel Good Time - Our Film Buff's Guide To Travel Across The US
Apr 20, 2011
The lure of the Silver Screen can be irresistible. For those mesmerized by the glitz and glam of films and television, many U.S. destinations can deliver a taste of Hollywood at film festivals, along film trails and on film locations immortalized on the big screen. So, without further ado, “the...
And There Was St. George - From Adventure To Zion, St. George Is Truly Unforgettable
Mar 25, 2011
In 1861 Brigham Young, the Mormon prophet-colonizer, gazed northward up a desperately barren valley. Waving his hand to include the entire setting, he said, “There will yet be built between those volcanic ridges a city with spires, towers...and homes with many inhabitants.” And so St. George came to be.
The Grand Dames - Explore New Jersey's Famous Estates & Historic Homes
Mar 25, 2011
Whether it sits on a Revolutionary War battlefield, a village of times long past, or it’s the grand estate of a president, poet or industrial legend, New Jersey’s historic homes and grand estates are architectural and decorative masterpieces just waiting to be discovered. Spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries,
Out Of State Adventure - Vegas Is A Great Base For Grand Canyon Exploration
Mar 25, 2011
One of the most popular, exciting and memorable attractions for visitors to Las Vegas is Grand Canyon National Park, among the great natural wonders of the world and less than an hour away by air and a few hours by ground. Its amazing views, dramatic rock formations, wildlife, river adventures...
The Beat Goes On - Music Festivals Across The US
Mar 25, 2011
Whether following an official music trail or settling into a lawn chair at an outdoor music festival, listening to tunes is a hot attraction for many leisure travellers. Music tourism is alive and well – you can sell it with a focus on the enjoyment of experiencing new and interesting...
Teed Off In Arizona - From Desert To Mountain, The Golf Is Great In AZ
Mar 25, 2011
It’s always tee-time in Arizona. Whether your game is target or traditional, your budget country club or municipal, your favoured plant prickly pear or pine tree, the state has something to suit your skill level, wallet and landscape preference.
Alberta Bound - Head North, Head South, Head To Alberta
Mar 25, 2011
Calgary, Edmonton, the Canadian Rockies – we all know the iconic Alberta destinations. But what about the rest of the province? Southern and Northern Alberta have plenty to offer, too. There are cowboys, there are dinosaurs, there’s Aboriginal culture, and there are adventures in the great outdoors.
Cultural Crossroads - Tucson Celebrates Its Intriguing Mix Of Immigrant Influences
Feb 24, 2011
In Tucson, the romance of the rough and tumble Wild West intersects with rich Native American culture and the bright lights of a world-class cosmopolitan city. Its rich, cultural roots run deep – first as a Tohono O’odham Indian settlement, then as an outpost for Spanish colonial explorers, and finally...
Twistin' By The Pool - High Summer Is Pool Season In Vegas
Feb 23, 2011
The smell of sun tan lotion, chlorine, and margaritas can only mean one thing in Las Vegas: the party has moved outside for pool season. Pools are incredible centrepieces of many of the resorts and offer a great alternative to relax in the desert. And, when it gets too hot,
Girls Wanna Have Fun - A Sampling Of Nova Scotia's Girl-Friendly Getaways
Feb 23, 2011
Nova Scotia’s cosmopolitan experience – from art galleries, live theatre, shopping, spas, and major sports events – is perfect for a girls-only roadtrip. Spend the day shopping at a stylish boutique in Wolfville or Truro. Find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip with a stop at one of the...
New Orleans Revival - The Big Easy Is Just Waiting To Welcome Visitors
Jan 26, 2011
New Orleans is bouncing back post-Katrina, welcoming millions of visitors per year. And with new restaurants (300 more since 2005), cultural attractions attracting record-breaking attendance, major hotel improvements, and enhancements to the Louisiana Superdome, the Big Easy is better than ever.
Above It All - Hot City Action, History & Haunting Wilderness Beauty - Discover Utah
Jan 26, 2011
Sublime scenery that invites contemplation; vast tracts of wilderness that invite exploration; vibrant cities that invite you to stay and enjoy theatre, nightlife and contemporary cuisine – this is Utah. Journey through this land and discover its secrets, and some of your own. One of the best ways to see...
Designed By The Desert - Art, Architecture & Pure Luxury Are Scottsdale Highlights
Jan 26, 2011
Vibrant, energetic and sophisticated. Three words that perfectly describe Scottsdale – the city in the Valley of the Sun known for resorts and spas that pamper, upscale shopping in malls and boutiques, and pure bliss on a seemingly-endless supply of golf greens.
One-Timers - Rolling Out the Red Carpet for One Time Celebrations - 2011
Jan 25, 2011
Has there ever been a year with so many celebrations happening from coast to coast? The 12 months of 2011 are filled with destinations whooping it up and rolling out the red carpet to mark anniversaries, many with special promotions for visitors. The list of possibilities stretches from one coast...
What's New 2009
Jan 25, 2011
As one of the nation’s youngest states, Arizona is continually growing, changing, evolving, and developing, not only to support a burgeoning population, but to accommodate visitors. The state’s unique personality means there is something new for your clients to discover with every visit.
Water Adventures
Jan 25, 2011
Rather than being a whole lotta beach without any ocean, the Sonoran Desert is dotted with oases, some natural and some man-made. There are not many land-locked states that can claim more than 1,600 kilometres of shoreline. Arizona can, easily. It is widely considered the world’s greenest desert for its...
Only In Arizona
Jan 25, 2011
There are some things that your clients have to come to Arizona to see. Nature had a hand in creating most of them, and all are spectacular. In many ways they define a state that is filled with superlatives. They are unique, they don’t exist anywhere else, they are inimitably...
Things That Make You Go Hmmm
Jan 25, 2011
Bet you didn’t know you can do some of these things in Arizona. The state is full of surprises, some that have been hidden for years, others that seem to pop up on a regular basis to supply new experiences and adventures.
Greens With Envy
Jan 25, 2011
Arizona’s golf courses are legendary. Their amazing diversity includes classic courses, desert target layouts and those that meander among towering pines and craggy and rolling foothills. With more than 300 golf courses throughout the state and an average temperature of 22.5 degrees in which to play them, Arizona is a...
Escapes With The Family In Mind
Jan 25, 2011
Arizona’s amazing demographic diversity means that there is something to capture the imagination of all ages. Kid-friendly attractions and venues with something appealing for adults as well abound in Arizona.
The “Cool” Side Of Arizona
Jan 25, 2011
There’s the kind of cool where soft breezes whisper among the branches of stately pines, and water laps gently at a sandy shoreline. Where lofty altitudes create a naturally cool environment and seasonal snow flurries bring a softness to the terrain. Where chilly nights mean snuggling into a down sleeping...
United States Report December 2010
Dec 13, 2010
Known for having The Greatest Snow on Earth®, the state of Utah is heading into the winter season with a wealth of new terrain, luxurious accommodations, on-mountain enhancements and adventure-packed packages to entice eager skiers and riders. A comprehensive list can also found at www.skiutah.com:
Laps In Luxury - Phoenix Is Ideal For Those Who Worship Action, Arts & Extreme Comfort
Dec 13, 2010
In the heart of the Valley of the Sun, surrounded by the beauty of a heart-stirring desert and the jagged peaks of several different mountain ranges, lies Phoenix. With roots that stretch back to its early days as a sleepy frontier town, Phoenix is now the fifth largest city in...
Lookin' For Love - Mazatlan Is Not Nearly As Well-Loved As It Should Be
Dec 13, 2010
Think of it as Puerto Vallarta, further north, but cheaper. Mazatlan, the largest city along Mexico’s Pacific coast, has always been a major port city and became a popular North American budget sun-and-sand tourist destination in the mid-1950s.
Dance, Dance, Dance - Miami's Live Music Scene Is Hot, Hot, Hot
Nov 23, 2010
With its white sand beaches, blue skies and 135 kilometres of Atlantic coastline Miami is a tropical playground. By day Miami moves at a brisk pace with a never-ending array of outdoor pursuits. At night, visitors can move to the throbbing rhythms of Miami’s famous DJ dance clubs.
A Mesa State Of Mind - Feeding Mind, Body & Soul In The Desert
Nov 23, 2010
It’s a challenge not to get lost in the shadow of a next door neighbour the size of sprawling Phoenix, but Mesa manages to offer the best urban amenities and the treasures of the open desert.
Art Writ Large - From Murals To Mariachi, Guadalajara Is THE Place To Discover Mexican Culture
Nov 23, 2010
Travellers seeking some of the finest history and culture Mexico offers, along with a little kick-back vacationing surrounded by other North Americans, can’t do any better than Guadalajara and its neighbouring communities around Lake Chapala.
Of God & Silver - Cathedrals & Silver Heritage Highlight Mexico's Colonial Cities
Nov 23, 2010
Ranging from the bustling centre of massive Mexico City to tiny, traditional villages like little Patzquaro in the unspoiled state of Michoacan, Mexico’s colonial cities are pure eye candy for lovers of fine historic architecture and local culture. After travellers have seen even one of these exquisite places, they’re hooked...
Say “I Do” In Myrtle Beach - Making Memories On A Honeymoon By The Ocean
Oct 29, 2010
Weddings are full of difficult decisions. What style gown? How many bridesmaids? Tails or dinner jackets? Who to invite? The details can be overwhelming. One decision is easy, though. For a memorable honeymoon, clients can choose the gorgeous Myrtle Beach area.
Good Value Abounds - High Season, Low Season, Myrtle Beach Is Always Worth It
Oct 29, 2010
Talking dollars and cents doesn’t faze Elaine Michaud, International Sales/Convention Services Manager for the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and VisitorsBureau. Even if they’re Canadian and American dollars and cents.
Green Perfection - Come Play At The Seaside Golf Capital Of The World
Oct 29, 2010
“You could spend a lifetime playing golf in South Carolina…and you’d never get bored.’’ That quote is from the website of a leading Canadian golf tour operator.
Hook, Line & Sinker - There's Plenty Of Angling Action On Myrtle Beach Piers
Oct 28, 2010
When they talk about trying their luck in the Myrtle Beach area, they don’t just mean the casino boats. Fishing is a major pastime, and the Myrtle Beach area makes it easy for visitors to toss out a line.
Fun, Fun & More Fun - Discover Speed, Wonder, Water Action & Magic In MB
Oct 28, 2010
There’s more to the Myrtle Beach area than golf. More to it than the beach, too. “Myrtle Beach,’’ one guide book declares, “is all about pleasure, pleasure, pleasure, now, now, now.’’
A Night Out - Laugh, Cry, Dance & Dine at Myrtle Beach Live Events
Oct 28, 2010
Myrtle Beach isn’t big – except when it comes to entertainment. Despite a permanent population within he city limits of roughly 30,000, its after-dark lineup is more big-city, including its own symphony orchestra.
Diversity Rules In Myrtle Beach - There Is So Much More Than Golf & The Beach
Oct 28, 2010
Myrtle, as the locals call it, is the largest of 12 municipalities that make up the Grand Strand, a 100-kilometre piece of South Carolina oceanfront stretching from Georgetown north to the border with North Carolina.
Calabash & Carolina Coastal - The Grand Strand's Cuisine Is Out Of This World
Oct 28, 2010
Fried food? The South is famous for it – infamous, the more nutrition conscious would argue. Well, with 1,700 full-service restaurants along the Myrtle Beach area, there are plenty more options.
Can Am Days 50th Anniversary - Celebrate The Grand Strand's Canadian Connection In 2011
Oct 28, 2010
Two hundred years ago, we fought. Today we occasionally bicker. “We’’ are Canada and the U.S., whose historic ties are one reason why, every March, the Myrtle Beach area rolls out the red carpet to welcome both Canadian and American visitors.
The Road To Mayan Ruins - Driving The Colourful, Historic Yucatan Peninsula
Oct 27, 2010
We’ve all heard horror stories about driving in Mexico, but those tales are ludicrously outdated. Mexican roads these days are better-built and maintained than a lot of Canadian highways, and the only threats they might pose in remote areas are dozing cows, who love sleeping on warm pavement. So don’t drive...
Big Fun - Family-Friendly Locales In The Lone Star State
Oct 27, 2010
In Texas the living is large. Hell, everything’s bigger in Texas – big money, big cars, big boots, big hair, big hats and big family fun.
Thrill-Seekers Wanted - Get High, Get Low, Just Get To Mexico For Your Adventure
Oct 27, 2010
Mexico’s unspoiled natural surroundings, diverse geography and breathtaking scenery offer endless possibilities for adventure seekers. From cycling in Baja California...
Cheers! - Find Local Flavour At Wineries & Microbreweries
Oct 27, 2010
The interest in wine tours and visits to microbreweries has exploded in recent years as travellers have learned to savour the food on their plate and the drink in their glass.
Top Of The List - What's Fun, What's New On The Riviera Maya
Oct 8, 2010
Despite a slow 2009 season, the Riviera Maya remains at the top of winter vacationers’ hot hit lists. Travellers are being drawn back to its beaches with assortments of highly competitive pricing packages, upgrades on existing properties, and new deluxe offerings designed to attract the adult-only, let’s-spoil-ourselves-rotten market.
Arizona's Gentle Side
Oct 5, 2010
Who would think a state renowned for hard adventure would also have a gentle side that speaks to everyone’s need to relax and recharge by indulging in a little culture or self-care? From ranch stays to New Age spas, from concerts to guided shopping tours, Arizona fills it all.
Arizona Outdoors
Oct 5, 2010
Arizona’s blessed with a range of ecozones, meaning your clients could easily spend a lifetime sampling the menu of outdoor activities. Add to that a dizzying choice of places to stay – from rustic ranches to luxury resorts – and it means that active and adventuresome travellers can play hard...
Native Arizona
Oct 5, 2010
In Arizona, land and culture are inseparable for the many welcoming Native tribes who call this home. This is the sacred heart of the Southwest – where the people of 22 tribes including the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni still practice the centuries-old traditions of their ancestors.
There's No Place Like Arizona
Oct 5, 2010
Why Arizona? Because an extraordinary mix of desert landscapes, the beauty of the canyon lands, the power of the Colorado River, and the magical ways that Native American and Hispanic cultures intersect, from the adobe architecture to the fiery cuisine, make Arizona a destination like no other.
Arizona Golf
Oct 5, 2010
From the mystical red rocks of Sedona down to the famed fairways in Phoenix’s Valley of the Sun, and on to the ponderosa pine lined greens at Williams, Arizona boasts more than 300 golf courses, each with its own unique terrain and challenges. With a climate to be envied –...
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Take The Kids To Tucson -You'll Find Fun, Fun, Fun In The Arizona Sun
Aug 29, 2010
Long weekends, Christmas break, Spring Break – Tucson is just the right spot for kids. Roaming around Tucson on vacation, families can check out interesting museums, exciting theme parks, outdoor adventure and rollicking Wild West action.
Big, Very Big - From Plazas To Pyramids Mexico City Is Full Of Amazing Stuff
Aug 29, 2010
There are conflicting reports over which is the world’s biggest city, but it could well be Mexico City. This remarkable city offers an overwhelming amount of culture, history, dining, and entertainment to the curious traveller: five Aztec temples, the continent’s largest cathedral, and stunning architecture ranging from Aztec ruins to...
Hit The Road! - Fairways, Byways & Salt Rubs In New Mexico
Aug 25, 2010
Half the fun of visiting New Mexico’s unique vacation spots is getting there. New Mexico’s scenic drives are best travelled under summer’s ever-changing skies, be it the road from Santa Fe to Chama, past ancient mineral springs and through magical Abiquiu for a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic...
Saskatchewan
Aug 25, 2010
RCMP Heritage Centre: Opened at the gateway of the RCMP Academy in Regina in May 2007, this facility features a unique, environmentally friendly building, extensive exhibition galleries, interactive media, a multimedia theatre and a variety of on-site interpretation services.
Teed Off! - Golf In Minnesota Is A Whole Lot More Than You Think
Aug 25, 2010
Who knew? Minnesota has more golfers per capita than any other state, and is the only state to have hosted all 13 USGA Championships. And, with more than 480 golf courses, there is a course to suit every level of play.
Adventure in Paradise - Los Cabos Offers Active Adventures On Land & Sea
Aug 25, 2010
The sapphire Sea of Cortez lapped the shore; cacti and desert shrub nodded lethargically under a halogen sun – and between, along the white-sand beach, my gallant steed Bambino followed six other horses with riders.
Manitoba
Aug 25, 2010
Manitoba Museum: The province’s largest attraction features nine interpretive galleries tracing Manitoba’s natural and human history, a planetarium and science gallery.
Universal Orlando Reveals Harry Potter Details
Aug 17, 2010
Universal Orlando Resort, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have revealed details of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, scheduled to open in spring 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort.
Disney Heads North To Alaska
Aug 17, 2010
Disney Cruise Line will offer Alaskan cruises during a four-month season of seven-night sailings aboard the Disney Wonder in summer 2011. Departing Vancouver, the Disney Wonder will sail to Alaska calling on Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.
Fore! - Top Spots To Tee Off In West Virginia & Arizona
Aug 16, 2010
Golf holidays are as popular as ever. Whether your clients are diehard golfers who want nothing more than top-quality courses or all-rounders looking for a mix of activities, our two featured golf destinations deliver.
Hit The Slopes - A Quick Look At 2 Hot Ski Destinations
Aug 16, 2010
All the amazing ski stories about Utah's incredible snow are true. With an average of almost 1,300 annual centimetres of dry, powder snow, there are great snow conditions from deep fluffy powder to nicely groomed slopes on a good balance of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs.
The Best Of Native American Tourism - Sell Clients on Culture, Heritage, Shopping & Gaming
Aug 16, 2010
The sights, sounds and events of Native American culture are perfect for the traveller with inquisitive and adventuresome tastes. America is home to hundreds of unique indigenous nations, reservations, pueblos and villages. That’s a gold mine for tourists interested in history, culture and landscape…not to mention shopping and gaming.
Twilight Movie Trails
Aug 16, 2010
Intrepid Travel has announced Twilight Trails, an adventure tour inspired by the best-selling book and movie Twilight. Twi-fans will visit the...
Stay & Shop San Francisco
Aug 16, 2010
The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express have created special offers for the winter holiday season with the “Stay & Shop SF” promotion for travel through January 31, 2010.
Daily Unlimited Golf In Hawaii
Aug 16, 2010
Makena Beach & Golf Resort, located ocean-side in the historic and scenic Makena region on the south side of Maui, has announced the Daily Unlimited Golf Package, which is ideal for golfers and non-golfers alike.
Wyoming - The Equality State
Aug 13, 2010
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center: Covering 2,415 square metres, this environmentally friendly “green” building is designed to set new standards for accessing and interpreting complex scientific information in an easy-to-understand fashion. Opening in August 2010. Located near the famous Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.
Wisconsin - The Badger State
Aug 13, 2010
Tall Ship Festival: Green Bay is one of six ports in North America to be a host for the 2010 Tall Ship Festival. Twelve vintage vessels will sail into the Port of Green Bay. The Scorpion’s Tail: America’s first looping tube water slide, and the tallest and largest of...
West Virginia - The Mountain State
Aug 13, 2010
Tri-State Casino & Resort: 150-room hotel decorated in a Mardi Gras theme. Amenities include Jacuzzi suites, 40-inch TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and meeting space. Cross Lanes. Wheeling Jamboree: Live shows and radio broadcasts return to the stage of the Victoria Theater, which hosted the jamboree in the 1940s. Showcases...
Washington - The Evergreen State
Aug 13, 2010
New Transportation Options: Amtrak Cascade has added a daily train service between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Also, the Link Light Rail train carries travellers from the airport directly into downtown Seattle in less than 40 minutes.
Virginia - The Old Dominion State
Aug 13, 2010
Virginia War Memorial: An education centre built partially underground will include an auditorium, theatre, library and exhibit spaces, focusing on Virginians' experience at war from Colonial times to present. Richmond.
Vermont - The Green Mountain State
Aug 13, 2010
Tram Haus Lodge: Features 57 guestrooms ranging from studio to three-bedroom units. Remnants of the old tram cable are used as decor for the hotel while the bar incorporates parts of the old Green Mountain chair lift. Hotel amenities include cafe, restaurant and bar. Located steps from the ski lifts...
Utah - The Beehive State
Aug 13, 2010
Utah’s new luxury properties: Amangiri near Lake Powell and St. Regis and the Waldorf Astoria in Park City. Patchwork Parkway: Known Route 143 been designated a National Scenic Byway. It is Utah's second-highest paved road, with an elevation of 3,221 metres at Cedar Breaks; and the steepest paved state...
Texas - Lone Star State
Aug 13, 2010
The AT&T Performing Arts Center: Multi-venue centre for music, opera, theatre and dance. Comprises an urban park covering over four hectares, the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Strauss Square, City Performance Hall and Sammons Park, home to The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Texas Ballet Theater,
Tennessee - The Volunteer State
Aug 13, 2010
Titanic Pigeon Forge: A 2,787-square-metre ship-shaped structure situated on 2.3 hectares. Features 20 galleries with hundreds of artifacts from the Titanic. Delta Queen: The legendary Delta Queen, the last fully operational, overnight passenger steamboat in the country, is now docked in Chattanooga and functioning as a boutique hotel.
South Dakota - Mount Rushmore State
Aug 13, 2010
Children’s Museum of South Dakota: Inside: hands-on exhibits that let kids build, climb, dance, imagine and create. Outside, exhibits allow interaction with nature. Brookings. Roundhouse Restoration Project: Includes the historic narrow gauge railroad interpretive centre, the living Map Theater, railroad-themed Roundhouse Restaurant and two gift shops. Lead.
Magical Arts & Cultural Edge - Edmonton Offers A Dynamic World Of Entertainment
Aug 13, 2010
Renowned as Canada’s festival city with more than 30 annual festive extravaganzas that are not to be missed – the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival and the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival are just three must-sees to consider – Edmonton rolls out the red carpet...
Lucy & Lady Luck - Gaming In Atlantic City Is Just The Beginning
Aug 13, 2010
Atlantic City is known by many names – Las Vegas East, America’s Playground, and AC to name a few – but a name that says it all is “party place.” If your clients are looking for non-stop fun beside the sea, Atlantic City delivers, from family fare to clubbing, pubbing,
Ride 'Em Cowboy - Steer Clients To Alberta For A Genuine Western Getaway
Aug 13, 2010
Alberta is the hub of Canada’s cowboy culture and people flock here for the Calgary Stampede in July and the Canadian Finals Rodeo in November – two of the province’s most popular events. But there are reasons for cowboys and their wannabes to visit Alberta year-round.
South Carolina - Palmetto State
Aug 12, 2010
Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade: Spanning 1.62 kilometres, this raised boardwalk stretches between the 2nd Avenue and 14th Avenue piers. Parts of it wind through dunes and trees while other areas are lined with shops and restaurants. Myrtle Beach.
Rhode Island - The Ocean State
Aug 12, 2010
Aspire Restaurant: Launched Friday night jazz series on the rooftop terrace above the Hotel Providence along with a new menu. Harbor Fine Art: Showcases paintings by local artists. Also features other art forms including stained glass. The Gallery also serves as a working studio. In the Historic Hill neighbourhood, Newport.
Pennsylvania - Keystone State
Aug 12, 2010
Accessing Civil War History Online: Using Google Earth technology and GigaPan images to provide high-definition, panoramic images, and views of historic sites. Stories are told through 40 “story stops,” which are living history presentations, and at historic sites in and between the communities of Carlisle, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Hanover, Harrisburg,
Oregon - The Beaver State
Aug 12, 2010
Brandy Peak Distillery in Brookings: Sun ripened blackberries crafted into artisan liqueur. The Meadow in Portland: Scores of salts from all over the world, plus tons of high-end chocolate bars, gourmet bitters and a few nice gifts for food lovers. Favorite 5 Country Farms Tours in Willamette Valley:...
Oklahoma - The Sooner State
Aug 12, 2010
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism: Offers a cultural tourism program that features four historically authentic tours highlighting mostly the northeastern part of the state. Interpretive actors appear during some sections of these interactive tours. Tahlequah.
North Dakota - The Peace Garden State
Aug 12, 2010
Earth Lodge Village: Earth lodges are the centrepiece of a new Three Affiliated Tribes effort to bring tourists to the Fort Berthold reservation. MHA Nation Tourism offers overnight stays in the six earth lodges, teepee encampment sites and two log cabins. Near New Town.
North Carolina - The Tar Heel State
Aug 12, 2010
NASCAR Hall of Fame: Interactive, entertainment attraction dedicated to the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech, four-level venue includes exhibits, interactive displays, a state-of-the-art theatre, a Hall of Honor to commemorate inductees, a parade of 18 historic cars, restaurant and retail outlet. Charlotte.
Ohio - The Buckeye State
Aug 12, 2010
Planet Snoopy: A theme park fashioned after the lovable comic strip PEANUTS, featuring Snoopy, and his pals. Boasts a Kids Area; Diamondback, the park’s tallest, fastest and meanest rollercoaster; and Boomerang Bay waterpark offering over 50 water activities, including 30 water slides. Kings Island.
New Mexico - Land of Enchantment
Aug 12, 2010
New Mexico History Museum: Exhibits trace the early history of indigenous people through 400 years of Spanish colonization, the Mexican Period, and travel and commerce on the Santa Fe Trail. Santa Fe.
New Jersey - The Garden State
Aug 12, 2010
75th Annual Baby Parade (August 6), parade for young children and families topped with bands, floats and dignitaries honouring the baby parade queen. Shore Chefs Crab Cake Cook-Off: Taste fare from the best chefs in the Garden State as they battle for the Best Crab Cake Award (August 21...
New Hampshire - The Granite State
Aug 12, 2010
Wine & Cheese Tours: Visit boutique wineries and tour family farms that produce delectable cheeses. Chocolate & Martini Tours: Sample an array of martinis and chocolates at cozy bars/restaurants and confectionary shops across the state.
Nevada - The Silver State
Aug 12, 2010
CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip and Frank Sinatra Drive: Urban community filled with fine art and spectacular architecture. Home to 4,004-room ARIA Resort and Casino; 392-room Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; the upscale Crystals retail and entertainment district; and the “Viva ELVIS” Cirque du Soleil show that pays tribute...
Nebraska - The Cornhusker State
Aug 12, 2010
Byways Passport Program: Visitors, who accumulate at least nine stamps in their souvenir passports from any of the 27 attractions listed, can receive smaller items and stand to win a laptop in the grand draw in October 2010.
Montana - The Treasure State
Aug 12, 2010
St. Mary Visitor Center: Home to five permanent exhibits focusing on the Native perspectives and connections to Glacier National Park. Blackfeet, Salish, Kootenai and Pend d’Oreille Nations provide insights on land, plants, animals, mountains and history of the area. Glacier Country.
Missouri - The Show-Me State
Aug 12, 2010
Brule: For over a decade, Brulé and the AIRO (American Indian Rock Opera) have been blending Native American sounds and rhythms to create a spectacular performance.
Mississippi - Magnolia State
Aug 12, 2010
Biloxi Lighthouse: One of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s signature landmarks. Offers visitors daily tours to see waterlines from hurricanes dating back over 100 years. Biloxi.
Minnesota - The North Star State
Aug 12, 2010
Target Field: New home of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team. Features one of the closest seating bowls to the playing field in all of Major League Baseball. The 360-degree open main concourse provides an uninterrupted view of the playing field. Minneapolis.
Michigan - Great Lake State
Aug 12, 2010
Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum: This historic structure has been renovated to house a permanent collection of fine and decorative arts. 150th birthday anniversary of W.K. Kellogg: Remembering the man behind the famous cereal. Celebrations include the unveiling of a statue honouring Kellogg and his work, an...
Massachusetts - The Bay State
Aug 11, 2010
MA GREEN: This Consumer Green Guide provides online information about travel businesses' environmental practices and informs visitors of the attractions, lodgings, restaurants and other companies who have environmental programs. Also, land and wildlife conservation efforts provide opportunities to enjoy landscapes and view wildlife. Details at: ww.massvacation.com/MAGreen.
Maryland - The Free State
Aug 11, 2010
Dinosaur Park: Site of dinosaur and plant fossil deposits from the Cretaceous Period. Interpretive signs tell the story of early flowering plants and of the industrial history of the area. Fossils unearthed on site will be donated to the Smithsonian Institute. Laurel, Prince George’s County.
Maine - The Pine Tree State
Aug 11, 2010
Down East Sunrise Trail: The first section of this multi-purpose trail is now open. Running along a 51-kilometre stretch of former railroad bed between Machias and its eastern terminus at Ayers Junction, the compact gravel trail welcomes pedestrians, bicycles, ATVs, and horses. The full trail will eventually cover 137 kilometres,
Louisiana - The Pelican State
Aug 11, 2010
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden: Re-opened in March following a seven-month, US $2.7 million renovation. Featuring works by 58 artists, including several of the 20th century’s great master sculptors. Open daily. Free admission. New Orleans.
Kentucky - Bluegrass State
Aug 11, 2010
Portal 31 in Lynch: Discover the importance of coal in eastern Kentucky’s history. Lynch. MEGA Cavern in Louisville: A massive limestone quarry for adventure tourism. Louisville. The Hatfield McCoy River Rats: Outdoor facility offers guided and unguided tours for kayaking, canoeing and tubing. Pikeville.
Kansas - The Sunflower State
Aug 11, 2010
Freedoms Frontier National Historic Area: Featuring the shared heritage of Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. Eastern Kansas. Oread Hotel: Offers deluxe rooms and suites, full-service bars, restaurants, and retail outlets. Lawrence.
Iowa - The Hawkeye State
Aug 11, 2010
Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum: Honouring the legacy of Alton Glenn Miller, one of Iowa’s and America’s favourite musical patriots. Clarinda. Architectural Interpretive Center: Explains the significance of architecture in Mason City, which boasts properties designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin, William Drummond and Francis Barry Byrne. Mason...
New York -The Empire State
Aug 11, 2010
Think Green: For the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, New York State has launched a green initiative that includes promoting green-certified restaurants and hotels, the State's parks, beaches, waterways and mountains. Empire State Development has even unveiled a new “green heart” in its famous I LOVE NEW YORK logo in...
Indiana - The Hoosier State
Aug 4, 2010
White River State Park: Home to NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, Victory Field and the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial. Indianapolis.
Illinois - The Land of Lincoln
Aug 4, 2010
2010 Illinois Travel Guide: Highlights 50 must-see attractions, dining and nightlife, and Illinois’ presidential trails. This new guide features user-friendly, region-specific information about the state’s shopping destinations, activities and attractions. Museum of Science and Industry: New weather exhibit, Science Storms. Spread over two floors, exhibits reveal the science behind...
Idaho - The Gem State
Aug 4, 2010
Idaho Golf Trail: Includes a new fourth loop (Eastern Loop) with three new courses – The Headwaters Course, Teton Reserve and Pinecrest. Kelly’s Whitewater Park: Idaho’s first whitewater park with five water features that can be used for kayaking, canoeing, rafting and tubing. Welcome Center has displays tracing the...
Hawaii - The Aloha State
Aug 4, 2010
Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort: Features two distinct courses: the 18-hole Makai Course and the 9-hole Woods Course; Seashore Paspalum turf; reshaped bunkers; and carts equipped with GPS systems. Kauai. Apps for iPhones: “Hawaii’s Best Beaches” app allowing users to search photos of Hawaii’s beaches...
Georgia - The Peach State
Aug 4, 2010
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum: Features new interactive exhibits detailing the life of President Jimmy Carter, and unprecedented access to documents from the Carter Administration. Atlanta. The Big House Allman Brothers Band Museum: Offers an extensive collection of ABB posters, photos, memorabilia and a vast archive of audio recordings...
Florida - Sunshine State
Aug 4, 2010
Salvador Dali Museum: New museum set to open in downtown St. Petersburg in January 2011. Double the size of the former Museum to showcase even more of the largest Salvador Dali’s collection outside of Spain. Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.): Opened the Healing Winds Visitor Education Center...
Delaware - The First State
Aug 4, 2010
Delaware Geocaching Trail: An adventurous scavenger hunt using GPS technology to seek hidden treasures, and explore all the historical and cultural gems in the First State. Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: A statewide journey to discover and experience a unique collection of craft breweries and wineries.
District of Columbia - The Nation's Capital
Aug 4, 2010
A First Lady’s Debut, National Museum of American History: New gallery features Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown plus 10 other gowns worn by first ladies starting from Mamie Eisenhower, focusing on the public interest and media coverage of the first ladies’ “debut” during her husband’s inauguration.
Connecticut - The Constitution State
Aug 4, 2010
Connecticut’s 375th anniversary: Industrious, Inventive, Enduring Connecticut will be celebrating state-wide by highlighting the citizens and achievements of the past 375 years. 2010 Mark Twain Centennial Celebration: Includes 100th Anniversary of his death; 175th Anniversary of his birth; 125th Anniversary of the publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn...
Colorado - The Centennial State
Aug 4, 2010
Four Seasons In Denver: Set to open September 2010 in Denver’s theatre district, the 45-storey landmark will offer 240 guest accommodations, a 24-hour signature Four Seasons restaurant, full-service spa and salon, 24-hour business centre, and meeting and event facilities. Denver. Durango Discovery Museum: Set to open this fall, the...
California - The Golden State
Aug 4, 2010
King Kong 360 3-D, at Universal Studios Hollywood: The world’s largest, most intense 3D experience, combines thrilling visceral effects to create a next-generation theme park experience. Guests don 3-D glasses then enter a tangled jungle to witness a titanic struggle between a 10-metre Kong and equally large dinosaurs.
Arkansas - The Natural State
Aug 4, 2010
Ozark Medieval Fortress: A genuine fortified castle built using the techniques and materials of the 13th century. Lead Hill. Queen Anne Mansion: Built in 1891, it portrays the finest American architecture, and decorative and cultural arts. The historic Kelley House located on the grounds is also open for tours.
Arizona - The Grand Canyon State
Aug 4, 2010
What's New • The Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites: First hotel to be built on Hopi tribal land in 50 years.
Alaska - The Last Frontier
Aug 4, 2010
Saltery Lodge: Offering a selection of day tours to both cruise passengers and FITs including the Saltery Lodge Wilderness Tour, Saltery Lodge Kayaking Tour, and Photography and Hummingbird Tour. Ketchikan. Talkeetna Air Taxi: A guided Ruth Glacier trek for all ability levels on the slopes of Mt. McKinley, North America’s...
Alabama - Yellowhammer State
Aug 4, 2010
The Alabama Black Belt Ghost Trail: A self-guided driving tour that spans 18 counties in southwest and central Alabama. Videos of ghost stories are posted on www.alabamafrontporches.com and feature famed storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. Trail sites include Old Cahawba and the St. James Hotel in Selma, Gaineswood Plantation in Demopolis...
British Columbia
Aug 4, 2010
Barkerville: A living history town that was the largest west of Chicago and north of San Francisco in the 1870s. General store, blacksmith, western show, stagecoach rides, gold-panning and mock courtroom sessions featuring \"Hanging\" Judge Begbie. East of Quesnel.
Alberta
Aug 4, 2010
Glenbow Museum: Western Canada’s largest museum tells the history of the people who lived here, both Aboriginal and European. Calgary. Alberta Birds of Prey Centre: Home to hawks, eagles, falcons and owls. Clients can tour breeding and rehabilitation facilities, see the new babies, hold a specially trained owl or...
War Sites & Warblers - Oswego County Boasts An Embarrassment Of Riches
Jun 29, 2010
Named for the Iroquois word meaning “place where the waters meet,” Oswego County in central New York boasts an embarrassment of riches for travellers. From sparkling sandy beaches, scenic hiking trails and stunning waterfalls to friendly festivals, cozy restaurants and unique shops – plus a range of comfortable accommodations to...
Winter Wonderland - Hot Festivals & Events Around The U.S.
Jun 29, 2010
Whether your clients choose to revel in the ice and snow of winter or seek an escape from the cold, the U.S. offers a host of fun festivals this season. Here are just a few to whet your appetite.
A Diversity of Riches - Sun, Adventure & Historic Treasures In Mexico
Jun 29, 2010
This month in Sun Destinations, Canadian Traveller presents Mexico, a country that offers sun, adventure and historical treasures. Mexico, a long-time favourite of vacationers, offers a diverse bounty of natural wonders that will delight any client. Turquoise seas, a stunning variety of breathtaking panoramas, beaches that spread into the horizon,
Wonderful Weddings - Say “I Do” To Dream Destinations Across America
Jun 29, 2010
The popularity of destination weddings continues to grow, as couples and their loved ones look for memorable ways to say “I Do”. From an eco-friendly ceremony in Taos to the fun of the Virginia Aquarium, here are just a few special places to consider for your clients preparing to a...
Discovering Aboriginal Heritage - First Nations History Comes Alive in Alberta
Jun 28, 2010
Alberta is home to 43 First Nations in three treaty areas – their cultures are distinct and diverse. Travellers can explore 10,000 years of First Nations life at ancient sites and museums around the province; paddle the same waterways of original Métis fur trappers; discover ancient petroglyphs and rock art,
One-Stop Shopping In Mesa
Jun 28, 2010
Serving as a one-stop travel resource, the Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau website, www.VisitMesa.com, offers exclusive packages for a wide variety of interests. All packages offer a la carte amenities including top Mesa attractions and activities, as well as car rental through Dollar Rent-A-Car. The packages can also be booked...
Revival Of The Fittest - Celebrating The Rebirth Of Sunny Isles Beach
Jun 28, 2010
When billionaire real estate mogul, Donald Trump, opens a hotel anywhere in the world, it’s a sure-fire indication the place is a vacation hotspot or well on its way to becoming one. Consequently, when “the Donald” opened one of his Trump International resorts on Sunny Isles Beach in 2004, it...
Leaving Las Vegas - Sell Fly Drive Vacations That Highlight The Other Nevada
Jun 28, 2010
Thank Nevada, think Vegas, right? Well, you would only be partly right. Sure there’s plenty of glitzy action on the Strip, but the stars, the real stars, are also out beyond the Las Vegas glitter. Sell your clients on a fly-drive trip through the state to check out some of...
Beyond Chicago - What To Sell In Illinois
Jun 28, 2010
Springfield, Illinois’ scenic capital, is a modern city brimming with attractions and recreational opportunities. It is inextricably associated with the life of America’s most beloved president, Abraham Lincoln. More than one million people come to visit the city’s many Lincoln sites annually. And there’s never been a better time to...
Set-Jetting 2008 - Fabulous USA film locations
Jun 28, 2010
According to tourism research, when a location is featured in a successful film, the number of visitors rises by more than half over four years. The tourists who make travel plans based on their favourite films are known as \"set jetters\" — and their numbers are growing. From the thousands...
Where Worlds Meet - Miami's New Marketing Campaign Welcomes The World
Jun 28, 2010
Miami is Where Worlds Meet, according to a brand new US $2 million global marketing campaign launched by The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, American Airlines and The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership.
What's Up Kauai? - New Hotels, Resorts & Attractions
Jun 28, 2010
Emerging from the shadow of neighbouring Maui, Kauai is coming into its own with new developments on line and host of new attractions and adventures to sell your clients.
Only In The U.S.A. - A Run-Down Of On-Of-A-Kind Events Across The States
Jun 28, 2010
Your clients won’t want to miss out on the most important “one-of-a-kind” events happening in the U.S. in 2009. There are some very unique events that may peak their interest and start you planning early for their special trip. Whether they love family fun and big dreams, the arts or...
Teed Off In West Virginia - Mountain Golf At Its Finest
Jun 28, 2010
There’s no doubt West Virginia is rural and is probably best known for its windy roads and dusty coal mines. Take a closer look into the leisure opportunities the state’s immense natural beauty provides and you might find something that surprises you: spectacular mountain golf courses. Sometimes the state’s coal...
A Whale Of A Time In Virginia Beach Waters
Jun 28, 2010
Humpback whales are once again cruising off the coast of Virginia Beach and local tour operators have whale-watching packages starting at just US $77 per person, available through March 16.The $77 package includes three days, two nights accommodations (breakfast included at some hotels) and admission aboard a two-hour Virginia Aquarium...
If You Think You Know Phoenix You Are In For a Surprise
Jun 28, 2010
If you think you know Phoenix, you are in for a surprise. New construction and massive renovations are transforming the city. The most impactful change will be the METRO light-rail system that is set to open on December 27. The initial 32-kilometre line will link Phoenix to the neighbouring communities...
Texas Tourism - Texas' Gulf Coast
Jun 28, 2010
Like everything in Texas, Houston is big. However, there is a saving grace when it comes to sightseeing – many of the city’s museums are in the Museum District and the second bit of good news is that some are ideal for the whole family. The Houston Museum of Natural...
Beyond The Beach - Daytrips In & Around Cancun
Jun 28, 2010
Renowned for its gorgeous white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and year-round sunny climate, Cancun is on everyone’s radar as a beach destination. Water sports like snorkelling, scuba diving, parachuting, even riding a waverunner, abound and the hotel strip, more than 30 kilometres long, offers everything from villas and five-star hotels to...
Frommer's Top Spots
Jun 28, 2010
The editors at Frommer’s have consulted their many author-experts to come up with the top destinations for 2008. The list of 13 of the best and most beautiful spots the world includes ranges from big-city hotspots to tranquil rural retreats.
Blacks From The Past - Exploring African-American History In The Mid-Atlantic States
Jun 28, 2010
As the site of many Civil War battlegrounds and the home to large portions of the Underground Railroad, the Mid-Atlantic region is saturated with intriguing and awe-inspiring stories of African-Americans from this turbulent period in America’s history. But the Mid-Atlantic’s African-American connections certainly don’t start, or stop, with the Civil...
Omni Access
Jun 25, 2010
The Omni Fort Worth Hotel, the Fort Worth Convention Center’s Headquarter Hotel, is scheduled to open January 2009 with 614 rooms and suites adjacent to the convention centre. The 38-storey, first class hotel boasts 29 meeting rooms, full-service fitness centre, wi-fi access, the Mokara Spa and the second home of...
New Guide For Philadelphia
Jun 25, 2010
New in the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (PCVB) Destination Planning Guide for 2009 is a section on “voluntourism” in Philadelphia, which provides opportunities for groups of any size and age to lend a helping hand and experience the true soul of Philadelphia during their visit. There are also new...
Princeville on Kauai
Jun 25, 2010
Starwood Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled the brand new Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas on the island of Kauai’s north shore. The luxury oceanfront property is sits on 7.5 hectares perched 60 metres above Anini Beach, and features 173 two-bedroom villas, four pools, three whirlpools, a two-storey clubhouse, a restaurant...
Halloween Horror Nights 18
Jun 25, 2010
For 23 nights this fall, clients will experience the most chilling and psychologically intense Halloween Horror Nights in history with all-new haunted houses, scarezones and shows at Universal Studios Florida.
Chillin' In Vegas - New Pools To Beat The Vegas Heat
Jun 25, 2010
Summertime is pool time in Las Vegas. While the action heats up in the casinos, clubs, theatres and restaurants, Vegas pools are the coolest place in town to see and be seen.
Ay, Caramba, I Do! - On A Beach, In A Hacienda, Get Married In Mexico
Jun 25, 2010
Pick a spot – any spot. Beachside romantic, colonial elegant, chic city style – there is a Mexico wedding to suit every couple and every budget. There are even websites devoted entirely to Mexico weddings and honeymoons.
Speed City - Daytona Beach Is A Lot More Than Motor Sports
Jun 24, 2010
Every year since the 1950s, car racing enthusiasts have descended on Daytona Beach for blockbuster events at its famous International Speedway, one of the world’s most notable tracks. Today, an annual series of high-profile races like the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24-hour race attract hundreds of thousands of avid...
Hit The Road - Gas & Travel Savings In The USA
Jun 24, 2010
The summer will soon be over and fall travel plans will soon kick off for many Canadians looking to head South. With the cost of fuel continuing to climb, more and more vacationers will be looking for close-to-home getaways. This past summer, gas topped US $4 a gallon in some...
Cenotes & Sea Fun - Mexico & Family Vacations Go Hand In Hand
May 26, 2010
When you get to know Mexico, you realize it's no surprise that one of the most wonderful surprise packages ever invented for kids – the piñata – originated here.
Funky Town - Food, Fun & Father's Day In The Pacific Northwest
May 1, 2010
The Pacific Northwest. The name evokes images of old growth forests, wild seashores, funky restaurants in Seattle, the old-world charm of Victoria and the new-world frisson of Vancouver, and of course, cruising past Alaska glaciers. But there is so much more to see. Places like Spokane and Whidbey Island in Washington...
Living On The Edge - Gulf States Feature Beaches, Mardi Gras & Sun, Sun, Sun
Feb 1, 2010
What do Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas have in common? Apart from the obvious fact that these states face the Gulf of Mexico, have beautiful beaches and easy access to fresh seafood, many areas along the gulf coast are havens for those wanting to escape cold winters.
VoluntEars & Magic Cards - What's New In Orlando
Feb 1, 2010
With new attractions and adventures opening at Orlando’s world famous theme parks, 2010 is sure to be an exciting year. And a whole range of new accommodation options – from eco-friendly to luxury – just adds to the mix.
Best Of The West - Vancouver Gets The Gold For Post-Games Vacations
Jan 1, 2010
Anytime is a great time to encourage your clients to visit Vancouver and its charming environs. And given the fact that the popular West Coast city is about to host one of the world’s biggest parties for sports enthusiasts, it is easy to sell a post-Games trip. After all, it...
Must See Utah
Jan 1, 2010
With so much to offer it is tough to pick THE best places in Utah. Based solely on visitation numbers, here are the top 15 favourites: 1. Temple Square and the surrounding Salt Lake City attractions include a conference centre, the world’s largest genealogical library and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Life Elevated - Discover Utah's History, Adventure & Unmatched Beauty
Jan 1, 2010
Sublime scenery that invites contemplation; vast tracts of wilderness that invite exploration; vibrant cities that invite you to stay and enjoy theatre, nightlife and contemporary cuisine – this is Utah. Parks Plus The Great Outdoors are truly great here and have a profound influence on all that goes on in the state.
The Other Florida - Panama City Beach Offers Fun, Sun, Sand & A New Airport
Dec 1, 2009
Once a classic seaside town, Panama City Beach is in the midst of a revitalization anchored by an airport, set to open in 2010, new oceanfront spas, restaurants, shops and accommodations. Of course, the main attraction remains the beach. Long renowned for its spectacular white-sand beaches and predictably sunny weather,
2010 Guide Now Available (Mesa)
Nov 1, 2009
Completely overhauled, the 64-page 2010 Official Mesa Visitors Guide includes features on Mesa’s newest tourist offerings, stories on Green Tourism, Pet-Friendly Locales, and Wine Bars, and a new Outdoor Adventure section that covers popular hiking trails, tips for exploring the Sonoran Desert, Stargazing in the Desert, Bird Watching and Wildflower...