Trip ideas – Vermont Travel Guides http://vermonttravelguides.com/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 09:05:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://vermonttravelguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Trip ideas – Vermont Travel Guides http://vermonttravelguides.com/ 32 32 14 winter road trip ideas in Lebanon that you and your friends should put on your to-do list https://vermonttravelguides.com/14-winter-road-trip-ideas-in-lebanon-that-you-and-your-friends-should-put-on-your-to-do-list/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 10:29:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/14-winter-road-trip-ideas-in-lebanon-that-you-and-your-friends-should-put-on-your-to-do-list/ Winter is particularly fascinating in Lebanon, as almost all Lebanese villages are blanketed in snow, while some even offer world-class ski slopes. Just last week, Lebanon received its first snowfall of the season. Since “winter is coming”, here are some road trips you and your friends should take to fully enjoy the snowy season in […]]]>

Winter is particularly fascinating in Lebanon, as almost all Lebanese villages are blanketed in snow, while some even offer world-class ski slopes. Just last week, Lebanon received its first snowfall of the season.

Since “winter is coming”, here are some road trips you and your friends should take to fully enjoy the snowy season in Lebanon:

Chabrouh Dam

Located in the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, Lake Chouwen is one of the best hiking destinations in Lebanon both in summer and winter, where you can see the beautiful frozen blue lake and scenic landscapes.

Jezzine

Head to southern Lebanon and visit the charming village of Jezzine, one of the liveliest villages during the winter season.

It is also an amazing natural destination, with a 70m high waterfall, considered one of the highest in the world and one of the largest pine forests in the Mediterranean.

Ehden

The mountainous village of Ehden in northern Lebanon has an incredible charm in winter, as it is completely covered in snow in a scene straight out of a painting!

Akoura

Go on an entertaining road trip with your friends and head to Akoura, a beautiful snow-covered village in the district of Byblos, located 1,600 meters above sea level. The village is home to many beautiful landscapes and a magnificent waterfall.

Sannine

The glorious Mount Sannine is a remarkable winter destination located around 2,628m above sea level, where you will have the chance to relax in a peaceful atmosphere and taste its coolest water.

Sawfar

Located 1,320 meters above sea level, Sawfar in Aley district is a marvelous mountainous region with beautiful surroundings including snow-capped valleys during the winter season and authentic cultural heritage, represented by traditional houses and residences.

Hasroun

You and your friends can add Hasroun to your winter bucket list for its magical view of towering mountains and the Qannoubine Valley, red-tiled houses, and friendly locals!

FAQ

Faqra is a magnificent destination with a panoramic and peaceful view and a historical heritage, characterized by the Roman ruins of Qalaat Faqra.

Bekaa Kafra

Bekaa Kafra is a fun destination to visit with your loved ones. It is one of the highest villages in Lebanon and the Middle East and the birthplace of Lebanon’s most famous saint, Saint Charbel.

Jered Tannourine

Take a road trip 75 km from Beirut and head to Tannourine, a winter paradise with its incredible nature reserve filled with a dense snow-covered cedar forest.

Laklouk

During the winter season, Laklouk turns into a paradise on earth. Visitors can also enjoy its seaside resorts located along the village, where they can spend the night overlooking the white landscape!

Dhour Choueir

Renowned for its nostalgic atmosphere, Dhour Choueir is located in the Metn district, where people can immerse themselves in its charming natural and traditional architecture and mesmerizing view of the surrounding villages.

Cedars of God

Located 2,000m above sea level, Cedars of God, also known as Al Arz, is one of the best ski destinations for skiers, with its beautiful mountains covered in snow until spring.

Al Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve

Located in Mount Lebanon, the Al Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve is one of the oldest and largest nature reserves in the Chouf region.

Home to more than 30 species of wild and rare mammals, you can hike and admire incredible winter scenery.

Related: 13 cozy places in Lebanon to enjoy a rainy day with friends

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9 American road trip ideas https://vermonttravelguides.com/9-american-road-trip-ideas/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 11:42:03 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/9-american-road-trip-ideas/ If you are a foreigner driving in the United States, you will need to bring an international driver’s license as well as your domestic license. All foreign drivers must also have photo ID. In most cases, this will be a passport. This trip along the California coast is one of the most beautiful in the […]]]>

If you are a foreigner driving in the United States, you will need to bring an international driver’s license as well as your domestic license. All foreign drivers must also have photo ID. In most cases, this will be a passport.

This trip along the California coast is one of the most beautiful in the United States. It is approximately 130 miles long and offers the traveler breathtaking views of the ocean. All beaches provide enough entertainment for those who enjoy surfing and snorkeling, as well as other water sports.

Keep in mind that this road is used for many events such as marathons and bike and car races and these may delay your trip somewhat if you go there. It doesn’t happen that often, but it can mess up your ride.

It’s probably the most famous American road trip and one that’s been mentioned in so many songs, movies, books, and every other art form you can think of. Its most famous and busiest part connects the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. These two are stops you must make.

The famous signs along the road that many tourists decide to take pictures next to are now painted. Indeed, too many tourists present a danger on the road, and this measure has been taken to ensure the safety of all on the road. The ride itself is half the fun of this trip, and be sure to soak it up.

The Million Dollar Highway is also known as the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. It’s a 300 mile trip across the state of Colorado. It is known for its dangerous and narrow roads and the beautiful panoramic view that you will be exposed to all the time.

The area was filled with small mining towns, and you should stop and visit at least a few of them. It’s a step back in time, allowing you to witness a vital part of American history firsthand.

Columbia River Scenic Drive

This is the shortest trip on our list – it’s only 75 miles long through Oregon, but it’s totally worth it. The best feature of this trip is the nature you will enjoy along the way as it passes through some of the most beautiful mountains and waterfalls in the United States.

The region is beautiful when it rains and when the weather is gloomy. This gives it a vibe and aesthetic it doesn’t otherwise have. Do not hesitate to visit during such a period even if you are not a fan of rainy weather.

This is another short trip but worth taking just for the beauty of the scenery. It is about 105 miles long and crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It is a national park and one that is kept in pristine condition as it is what attracts the most tourists.

There are around 75 viewpoints along the way, and you can choose which one you plan to stop at, as long as you drive or rent your own car. The area is stunning all year round, but it’s incredibly stunning in the winter, and this might be the best time to visit as long as you’re well prepared.

Hawaii is too often overlooked when it comes to great road trips in the United States, but it shouldn’t be that way since this trip is one of the most beautiful on our list. The highway is approximately 51 miles long and skips over a few of Hawaii’s islands, providing a beautiful scene.

The route follows Maui’s coastline and features some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. They are equally suitable for those who travel to relax as well as those who wish to participate in extreme water sports during a stopover.

It’s the shortest ride on our list, and it’s only 11 miles long, so it won’t take more than a day. However, even though it is short, it is one of the most beautiful not only in Michigan but also in the whole of the United States.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a perfect place for those who love nature, hiking, and spending time exploring wildlife. Be sure to get out of the car and explore the beautiful lush forests and majestic waterfalls you will find along the way.

The Loneliest Road in America

This rather long road trip crosses a part of the country which today is largely abandoned and empty. The road is over 400 miles long and passes through what was once mining country and is now mostly desert with few occupants. There are however gas stations and a few restaurants along the way to keep you fueled.

The view and the ride itself are the most important and engaging parts of this trip. As there is very little light pollution, you should also take the time to stop and enjoy the view of the stars once you have found a good spot.

This short trip through New Mexico skirts some of the country’s most magnificent and scenic mountains. It’s only 56 miles long, but the road winds around ancient Indian land as well as mountains and part of a desert. Sudden changes in scenery tend to confuse and stun drivers.

When you return you will need to take the Low Road through the valley. It’s a different route, and it’s a lot less exciting, although it’s beautiful in its own way. The valleys are beautiful when frozen over during the winter.

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10 Fun and Educational Field Trip Ideas for College Students – LittleGuide Detroit https://vermonttravelguides.com/10-fun-and-educational-field-trip-ideas-for-college-students-littleguide-detroit/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 18:33:29 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/10-fun-and-educational-field-trip-ideas-for-college-students-littleguide-detroit/ Day trips were always our favorite when we were kids and now it’s our job to plan school outings for our kids! Whether you’re a teacher, PTA member, or homeschooler, here are some great places to take students on field trips this school year! SEASONAL THEMES Blake Farms (Armada + South Lyon) offers fresh air […]]]>

Day trips were always our favorite when we were kids and now it’s our job to plan school outings for our kids! Whether you’re a teacher, PTA member, or homeschooler, here are some great places to take students on field trips this school year!

SEASONAL THEMES

Blake Farms (Armada + South Lyon) offers fresh air and fresh food! Students see a working farm, pick their own apples, interact with animals and have fun in our Barnyard Funland. School tours include a wagon or train ride, each child can pick 5 apples, enjoy cider + donuts and unlimited access to our Barnyard Funland.

Trips to Wiards County Fair (Ypsilanti) include apple and pumpkin picking, animal attractions, corn maze, miniature golf, entertainment zone and more!

Learn more about The Parade Company (Detroit) fascinating history, explore the 200,000 square feet of floats and see how award-winning artisans bring them to life each year for the annual Thanksgiving Parade.


ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

For generations, children of Metro Detroit have enjoyed memorable journeys through the Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)another zoo to try is the Toledo Zoo which includes a natural history museum and an aquarium located inside the zoo and included in the price of admission.

Introduce students to animals rescued at Barn Sanctuary (Chelsea) or the Conservatory of Creatures (Ann Arbor).

The Howell Nature Center offers a variety of school trip options ranging from outdoor and nature education to wildlife and adventure. There are great options for kids of different ages.

If you want to have fun with the family, check out the offers of Maybury Farm (Northville), MSU Tollgate Farm (Novi), Heritage Park Petting Farm (Taylor) and Bowers School Farm (Bloomfield Hills).


STEAM EDUCATION

Do something NEW! The Sloan Discovery Museum (Flint) features interactive exhibits that teach kids about different areas of science and history. Specialized STEM workshops are also offered in their state-of-the-art learning labs.

Learn in the laboratories of University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (Ann Arbor). The modern museum offers several hands-on exhibits to explore and guided lab sessions with scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems.

The Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills) offers programs in astronomy, earth sciences, engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and social studies, designed for pre-K-12 grades.

Craft, build, fly and play! The Michigan Science Center (Detroit) exhibits teach kids about engineering, health, and space. Let the kids explore the museum and enjoy a live demonstration on the science stage.

Legoland Discovery Center provides ample space for creativity and STEAM learning. Kids can build structures, create race cars and more, all in one awesome play space.

Get inspired and immerse your students in American ingenuity at The Henry Ford (Dearborn). Discover some of the most iconic inventions and incredible “failures” and learn how they changed the world, explore the past and learn how it relates to today, and experience the action of the real factory where the new Ford F-150 manufactured.


Cultural immersion

Metro Detroit has a rich history of cultural diversity and first-class interactive museums that showcase the history and ways of life that have helped shape our community. Plan visits to National Arab American Museum (Dearborn), Historical Museum of Detroit and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit),

Middle school and high school students can discover the painful history of the 1930s and 1940s at The Holocaust Center (Bloomfield Hills).

Art has been a storytelling medium for thousands of years and the Detroit Institute of the Arts collection has a rich history of people around the world and throughout history.

Photo credit: Toledo Zoo

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4 (long) weekend ideas near Bangkok for a relaxing getaway https://vermonttravelguides.com/4-long-weekend-ideas-near-bangkok-for-a-relaxing-getaway/ Fri, 14 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/4-long-weekend-ideas-near-bangkok-for-a-relaxing-getaway/ If you’ve ever needed a weekend away from Bangkok, now is the time. Here are all the must-have new hotel openings, deals, and packages on our radar in October. By Lisa Gries As much as we love Bangkok with all of its warm, buzzing hustle and bustle, it’s always refreshing to get out of town, […]]]>

If you’ve ever needed a weekend away from Bangkok, now is the time. Here are all the must-have new hotel openings, deals, and packages on our radar in October. By Lisa Gries

As much as we love Bangkok with all of its warm, buzzing hustle and bustle, it’s always refreshing to get out of town, even if it’s just for the weekend. As a travel guide, we have compiled a list of four weekend ideasone for each weekend of the month.

There is no longer any point in commenting on the eternal rainy season. We look like broken bands at this point, and as we strut barefoot on the soi in another dinnertime downpour, we aim to book a fabulous vacation far, far away from all the drama.

This month, given the long weekends, we’re especially excited to book vacation days and get out of here. We’ve selected newer hotels and more isolated hotels because you can probably get more than two nights off. Whether it’s Bill Bensley’s highly anticipated new venture or you’re heading to Seoul, hipper than ever, October weekend ideas are filled with design, nature and history. From Khao Yai to South Korea, here are our top picks of the month. Don’t travel in October – go for the weekend.

4 weekend ideas near Bangkok for October 2022

3 hours away by car: The train-inspired InterContinental Khao Yai finally opens in all its glory

Image credit: InterContinental Khao Yai

The wait is finally over. The InterContinental Khao Yai Resort finally opened its doors and began welcoming guests to its train carriage-inspired rooms. Teleporting guests to the golden age of travel, award-winning Bill Bensley is behind the incredible designs here, drawing on the story of the reign of King Rama V. Back then, the area served as a gateway for rail transport to northeast Thailand. Today, travelers can enjoy this nod to the past in the stunning setting of UNESCO-listed Khao Yai National Park just outside. A seamless blend of past and present, entwined in a charming and extremely unique way.

Currently, the InterContinental Khao Yai is offering a special Khao Yai Weekday Getaway Package, which includes a stay in one of the wagon-inspired rooms and suites, plus complimentary breakfast for two. Guests who stay three nights or more can also enjoy complimentary afternoon tea and late check-out until 6 p.m.

Recommended for: Design lovers looking for something different and imaginative in Khao Yai

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1 hour flight: the new JW Marriott Resort Suites Phuket Khao Lak is a new getaway for families

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Image Credit: JW Marriott Resort Suites Phuket Khao Lak

The JW Marriott Resort Suites Phuket Khao Lak has unveiled 52 exclusive two-bedroom suites, so if you’re looking for a group vacation in Phuket, this might just be the place. The perfect getaway for families, the resort brings together a wealth of beach vacation activities with a touch of luxury. From the water park to the wave pool, water trampoline, and water slide, there’s plenty to keep guests busy here, especially those who like to splash around. The expansive swimming pool is the longest in all of Southeast Asia (!), surrounded by eleven restaurants and bars to cool off and relax after a day in the sun. For those looking to unwind after dropping the little ones off at the kids’ club, there’s also the Quan Spa on-site, offering treatments like body wraps, body scrubs, couples massages, and more. We already feel the stress of family life melting away.

Recommended for: Families (and friends who feel like families) who like to enjoy everything fun in the sun

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2h flight (then 3h30 by car): Avana Retreat opens in the middle of the Vietnamese jungle

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Image Credit: Avana Retreat

Long weekends provide the perfect excuse to get out of Bangkok for more than two nights. For those who really want to disconnect and get away from it all, the brand new Avana Retreat is a nice escape, especially for those who have already visited the major cities of Vietnam. The 36-villa property is spread over 15 acres of lush jungle and rice terraces, and built around a stunning waterfall, about 3.5 hours from Hanoi airport. Spectacular views can be found at any corner of the resort, whether you relax in the 98-229 m² villas, the spa built in the middle of a stream, the open-air yoga pavilion or the four swimming pools at heated overflow. Here, tranquility is guaranteed, and a happy reconnection to nature is assured.

Recommended for: Those who wish to experience a relaxed and refreshing alternative to the bustling cities of Vietnam

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5.5 hours away: Naru Seoul opens as the city’s first MGallery

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Image credit: Hotel Naru Seoul MGallery

The South Korean capital is opening its first MGallery hotel with Hotel Naru Seoul. Bringing contemporary Korean design to the iconic Han River in the Mapo-gu district, the boutique hotel is named after the original name of the district and pays homage to its aesthetic and design offerings. Artists, poets, and painters have been drawn to the area for generations, and it shows in the artful touches found throughout the property, from the 196 rooms to the five restaurants. Whether you spend your days exploring the Mapo Food Culture streets outdoors or cycling along the river, Hotel Naru Seoul sits at the reassuring intersection between city exploration and a restful retreat. .

Recommended for: Han River runners, Korean food lovers, and anyone who wants to get the most out of Seoul (the hotel is near Incheon International Airport)

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Featured Hero and Image Credit: InterContinental Khao Yai

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok

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Celebrate your birthday with these 10 unique travel ideas https://vermonttravelguides.com/celebrate-your-birthday-with-these-10-unique-travel-ideas/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/celebrate-your-birthday-with-these-10-unique-travel-ideas/ Nothing makes a traveler happier than exploring a new destination on their birthday. Whether it’s a solo trip to pamper yourself or a group getaway with best friends, these unique birthday travel ideas are sure to prepare travelers for an epic celebration. ten Tours in New York, New York Head to the Big Apple for […]]]>

Nothing makes a traveler happier than exploring a new destination on their birthday. Whether it’s a solo trip to pamper yourself or a group getaway with best friends, these unique birthday travel ideas are sure to prepare travelers for an epic celebration.



ten Tours in New York, New York

Head to the Big Apple for an unforgettable birthday weekend. New York City is the perfect place to enjoy fine dining at a birthday dinner, hang out all night in exciting clubs and bars, or catch a theater performance on Broadway. Discover the city and explore its greatest sights with a tour of the 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and more.

  • Cost/Person:
    From $99

  • Length:
    6 hours

  • What’s included:
    Transport by luxury bus, Staten Island ferry, expert local guide and bottled water.

Book this tour

9 Fall in love with Paris, France

Travelers planning to explore Paris, France for their birthday this year can enjoy a skip-the-line tour of the Eiffel Tower. This organized trip eliminates long wait times and includes a ticket to the second floor of the tower. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city and learn about Parisian culture and customs. A champagne bar is available at an additional cost for travelers who wish to toast their birthday in the tower.

  • Cost/Person:
    $59.89

  • Length:
    1.5 hours

  • What’s included:
    Ticket for the second floor and the top of the Eiffel Tower, introductory commentary with an animator.

Book this tour

8 See the best of the UK from London, England

Those who want to explore the best of England for their birthday can see the highlights in a single weekend by packing the adventure into an 11-hour tour. Departing from London, travelers enjoy guided tours of important British sites such as Stonehenge and Windsor Castle, and relax at the Roman baths in Bath, England.

  • Cost/Person:
    $99.33

  • Length:
    11:00

  • What’s included:
    Entrance to Stonehenge, entrance to Windsor Castle, entrance to Roman Baths, expert guide, audio headset, coach transport.

Book this tour

Related: How to Spend a Weekend Visiting Stonehenge from Nearby Salisbury


seven Visit a wonder of the world in Rome, Italy

Nothing beats a birthday party like pasta, pizza and a glass of wine in one of Europe’s most popular capitals. Travelers heading to Rome for their birthday can see the city’s most important historical sites on a short, small-group tour with an expert guide.

  • Cost/Person:
    $49.74

  • Length:
    3 hours

  • What’s included:
    Professional tour guide, personal audio guide headset, skip-the-line entrance to Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and Colosseum.

Book this tour

6 Take a river cruise in Chicago, Illinois

Travelers who love and appreciate unique architecture will be thrilled to spend a weekend in Chicago for their birthday and experience the unique buildings on a river cruise. On board the boat, a professional guide provides an architectural overview of more than 40 iconic buildings in the city. Some of them include Navy Pier, Wrigley Building and John Hancock Building.

  • Cost/Person:
    $46.87

  • Length:
    1 hour and 15 minutes

  • What’s included:
    Onboard commentary

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5 Swimming In The Cenotes In Riviera Maya, Mexico

Mexico is an easily accessible destination from Canada and the United States, making it the perfect place to gather friends or family to celebrate a birthday. Flying to Cancun and staying at a resort or hotel in Tulum is usually cost effective and relaxing. Spend a full day discovering more of the Yucatán Peninsula with a chance to swim in a cenote, see Chichen Itza (Mayan ruins), and make a 30-minute stop in Valladolid.

  • Cost/Person:
    $69

  • Length:
    12 hours

  • What’s included:
    Bilingual tour guide, hotel pick-up in Riviera Maya or Cancun, buffet meal.

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4 Dance the night away in Honolulu, Hawaii

Venture to the Pacific for a birthday on a beautiful island. Travelers looking for a memorable Hawaii celebration can enjoy a Paradise Cove Luau in Honolulu, complete with Hula dancers, fire twirls and live musicians. There are three dining packages to choose from, and transportation to and from Waikiki hotels is provided.

  • Cost/Person:
    $125

  • Length:
    5.5 hours

  • What’s included:
    Lei & Mai Tai welcome, Luau buffet dinner, Cove card and return to the hotel.

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3 Kayaking Emerald Cove in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is a popular destination for celebrations of all kinds, from spontaneous getaways to bachelorette parties and birthdays. For a birthday, there’s nothing more fun than visiting unique restaurants and casinos with friends on the Strip. Add a fun day trip to the mix by kayaking Emerald Cover for an afternoon before heading out to Vegas at night.

  • Cost/Person:
    $115

  • Length:
    4-5 hours

  • What’s included:
    Snacks, bottled water, hotel pickup/drop-off, and option for single or tandem kayaks.

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2 Experience fire and ice in Reykjavík, Iceland

Travelers with a healthy budget for their birthday trip will have a memorable experience exploring the land of fire and ice. Fly to Keflavik Airport and stay in Reykjavík for a long weekend, embarking on a full-day trip to some of the island nation’s top attractions. The day includes a visit to the famous Golden Circle, which encompasses Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Spring and Gullfoss. Travelers end the day by bathing in the mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon.

  • Cost/Person:
    $207

  • Length:
    11:00

  • What’s included:
    Entrance to all sites (volcanic crater and blue lagoon), Wi-Fi and air conditioning on board the transport vehicle.

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Related: The 13 Best Cities in Europe for Birthday Parties (And the 10 Most Annoying)

1 Wine Tour in Napa, California

Travelers can spend their birthday tasting some of the country’s best wines with a coachload of friends on a Napa Valley wine tour. Over the course of 6 hours, travelers visit three different wineries where they learn about the winemaking process. Tastings in the cellars are not included in the ticket price.

  • Cost/Person:
    $124.99

  • Length:
    5-6 hours

  • What’s included:
    Executive coach, driver/tour guide, picnic lunch and hotel pickup/drop-off.

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10 Best One Week Trip Ideas in North America https://vermonttravelguides.com/10-best-one-week-trip-ideas-in-north-america/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/10-best-one-week-trip-ideas-in-north-america/ Although long-term travel sounds like a dream, not everyone has the time or resources to make it a reality. Sometimes a quick week-long getaway is all that’s doable, and it’s essential to make the most of that time by choosing a destination that’s reasonably close to home, not too expensive, and small enough to have […]]]>

Although long-term travel sounds like a dream, not everyone has the time or resources to make it a reality. Sometimes a quick week-long getaway is all that’s doable, and it’s essential to make the most of that time by choosing a destination that’s reasonably close to home, not too expensive, and small enough to have the impression of having seen a lot in just seven days. For travelers booking week-long trips from North America, consider these countries for their proximity and the best time of year to visit.



ten Mexico

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~4 hours (Cancun)

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~3 hours (Puerto Vallarta)

  • Best time to visit:
    december to april

Mexico is a vast country at the southern tip of North America that is a popular getaway spot for Canadians and Americans. It’s easy to find cheap flights to major tourist hubs like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, and accommodations at Airbnb and all-inclusive resorts around the country are reasonably affordable. Mexico offers incredible cuisine, beaches, jungles, tequila, and artisan markets to explore. A week is the ideal length to fully explore a city or region of the country, such as Puerto Vallarta, Tulum or Merida.


9 Costa Rica

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~5 hours

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~6 hours

  • Best time to visit:
    december to april

Costa Rica has become popular with North Americans in recent years due to its proximity and relatively affordable prices. Costa Rica is considered a safe destination to travel to, which means many families feel comfortable bringing their kids there for week-long beach getaways in Tamarindo. For more adventurous 7-day trips, solo travelers or couples can hire a 4×4 vehicle and embark on a road trip from La Fortuna to Uvita, stopping at the many national parks and ecological reserves in the country being developed. road.


8 Iceland

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~5.5 hours

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~11 hours

  • Best time to visit:
    june to october

Iceland is a land of mystery and beauty, home to the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavík. This small island nation in the North Atlantic is easy to fly in for a week’s vacation from the east coast of North America, but can be a bit of a stretch for those on the west coast. A visit in fall and winter means a chance to witness the Northern Lights, while a visit in summer means experiencing the midnight sun.

seven Guatemala

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~5 hours

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~5 hours

  • Best time to visit:
    November to April

Guatemala is another Central American country worth visiting for just seven days due to its small size. This is the perfect weather to experience the highlights of Guatemala while staying close enough to home in North America. Travelers can go to Guatemala City or Antigua. Top activities include hiking Pacaya, visiting scenic Lake Atitlán, and exploring Tikal National Park.

6 Colombia

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~6 hours

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~7.5 hours

  • Best time to visit:
    December to March

Colombia is renowned the world over for its high-quality coffee beans, so a must-do activity on a trip here is coffee tasting and a coffee farm tour. Travelers can fly to Bogotá, Medellín, or Cartagena, but should primarily base themselves in one of these areas if they’re only staying in the country for a week. Some ideal 7-day Colombia itineraries include spending a week in Cartagena and the Rosario Islands, staying in Medellín with a day or two in Guatapé, or focusing on exploring Bogotá for the entire week.


5 Ireland

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~6.5 hours

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~10 hours

  • Best time to visit:
    March to May or September to November

Ireland is a whimsical destination just across the Atlantic Ocean, making it a fantastic option for a week-long getaway from the East Coast. Travelers should try to visit during shoulder season for the best prices when temperatures are still fairly mild. Fly to Dublin then hire a car and drive the Wild Atlantic Way or simply drive through the center of the country to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher if time is tight.

Related: 10 places you should see in Ireland on a 7-day trip


4 Cuba

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~3.5 hours

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~7.5 hours

  • Best time to visit:
    October to April

Cuba is a beautiful Caribbean country with turquoise waters, white sand beaches and a rich history. The capital, Havana, has stunning architecture and charming old streets, which are well worth exploring on a guided tour. Travelers can also take a food tour in Havana to fully appreciate the local cuisine. Many visitors who only have a week to spend in Cuba choose to stay at coastal resorts in destinations like Varadero or Cayo Coco.

3 Portugal

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~7 hours

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~1 p.m.

  • Best time to visit:
    May to September

Although not very accessible from the west coast of North America, Portugal is an ideal destination for travelers visiting the east coast of North America for a week. It’s a short flight and offers delicious food, bustling cities, spectacular coastlines and low prices (by European standards). Travelers can choose to spend their week exploring the cities exclusively, dividing their time between Lisbon and Porto. Or, they can fly to Lisbon, hire a car and drive south along the coast to Lagos and Faro.

2 The Bahamas

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~3 hours

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~5 hours

  • Best time to visit:
    december to april

The Bahamas is a small Caribbean country, swollen with crystal blue waters, sandy beaches, charming beachfront cabin rentals and luxurious all-inclusive resorts. The Bahamas offers getaways for nearly every budget and travel style, and several islands are popular with North Americans for vacationing. The Exumas, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and Harbor Island are some of the best places for international travelers. In a week, visitors can focus on one island and take day trips by boat to snorkel, swim with piggies, or scuba dive.

Related: Explore the most of Thailand with this 7-day itinerary


1 Hawaii

  • Flight time from the east coast:
    ~11 hours

  • Flight time from the west coast:
    ~ 6 hours

  • Best time to visit:
    march to september

Hawaii is a US state located in the Pacific Ocean, and although it is a long flight from the east coast, it is easy to get there from west coast airports like Los Angeles or San Francisco. Travelers can head to Hawaii for a week and relax on one island or explore a couple. Kauai, Maui and Big Island are among the most popular choices.

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10 dream birthday trip ideas https://vermonttravelguides.com/10-dream-birthday-trip-ideas/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/10-dream-birthday-trip-ideas/ No matter how long it’s been No matter how long it’s been since someone’s big day, a birthday trip is a perfect opportunity to renew and energize people’s relationships and also to discover new new destinations that will fill their moods and their lives. Whether the honeymooners are looking for a romantic and relaxing getaway, […]]]>

No matter how long it’s been No matter how long it’s been since someone’s big day, a birthday trip is a perfect opportunity to renew and energize people’s relationships and also to discover new new destinations that will fill their moods and their lives. Whether the honeymooners are looking for a romantic and relaxing getaway, including sunbathing and relaxing on the coasts of the Ivory Coast, or for a more adventurous and exciting experience involving skiing in the Alps or Austria, or an African safari from the South, they will have to choose between various charming destinations to celebrate their anniversary trip and spend some quality time with their partner. Here are 10 Dreamy Anniversary Travel Ideas for a Romantic Vacation.



Related:What is the most romantic city in Europe for a honeymoon?

ten Visit the beaches of the Philippines

People looking for a romantic getaway with loved ones choose the Philippines. This beautiful country offers island hopping cruises to Nacpan Beach, El Nido and Borocay, which offers the most beautiful shores of golden sand, flanked by turquoise blue water and fringed with coconut palms. People also spend time at Rizal Park and stay at the most romantic hotels in the Philippines, where they enjoy a romantic dinner at the beach.


9 Discover the island of Bali

It’s hard to beat a trip to Bali, Indonesia for a romantic getaway. This island is a perfect destination for honeymooners, famous for its volcanic mountains, fabulous beaches, vibrant nightlife, exotic nature and friendly locals. Visitors usually take a ferry to the Gili Islands, offering parties, but also other activities like yoga and wellness retreats. Bali is also a place with the best accommodations and the most amazing sunsets.


8 Hit the slopes of Colorado

If partners are looking for a high-speed, active vacation, they should head for romantic getaways and world-class skiing in Colorado. People can choose from the best ski areas in Colorado, each offering a variety of accommodation options, such as Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge. After spending a wonderful day on the slopes, couples should opt for a romantic massage or an intimate après-ski outing.


seven Visit the best American cities

If couples are looking for a vibrant scene in one of the popular big cities, they should head to New York or Chicago. For a change of scenery, it is recommended to fly to one of the most beautiful cities in America and enjoy a long weekend in the South. Beautiful destinations like Charleston, South Carolina, Georgia, New Orleans, and Louisiana are the top picks, offering lots to do and see, lots of delicious food, and beautiful hotels. For one-of-a-kind breathtaking views, they should visit Out west, SanteFe offering sweeping mountain views, great art scenes and special cultural experiences.


6 Go on a river cruise

For some travelers, river cruises offer the excitement that comes with visiting various destinations in one trip with the convenience of combining multiple countries in one trip. They usually discover historic villages and European metropolises, visit romantic wine regions on the Danube, Rhine or Douro, explore the incredible temples of Vietnam and Cambodia and visit nearby islands on a cruise along the sea. Aegean and Mediterranean Sea. There are many hot accommodations in Hungary, Budapest.

Related: 10 Airbnb rentals in Budapest for a romantic vacation

5 Be wild on an African safari

An unforgettable and wild way to celebrate with your partner is to participate in the African safari choosing between different popular destinations in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania to observe wild animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffaloes which are important in the safari market, either for watching or for hunting. People can also stay in safe and comfortable hotels in Nairobi.


4 Relax on the French Riviera

There is no better destination to celebrate your birthday than the charming Ivory Coast. People travel to the South of France to bask on the stunning beaches, stroll through the incredible villages, visit new towns and shop in the high-end stores. Whether it’s strolling through the old town of Nice, visiting the village of Èze, discovering the stunning Calanques of Marseilles or gambling at the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco, people are sure to have the perfect birthday trip and stay in the most charming hotels on the French Riviera.


3 Walk the canals of Amsterdam

Paris and London deserve a romantic trip, but Amsterdam’s cozy hotels, charming canals, quirky architecture and vibrant nightlife make it the perfect anniversary getaway. People visit Amsterdam to see the stunning blooming tulip flowers, visit the famous Van Gogh Museum, take a cheese and wine cruise, experience the red light district, and spend the night in charming renovated Amsterdam canal houses.


2 Discover Hawaii’s Fabulous Beaches

Hawaii is the perfect choice for couples who want to combine both relaxation and adventure travel. The island of Maui has beautiful beaches where you can enjoy the beautiful sand and the biggest surfable waves on the planet. People also go on zipline adventures and hikes in Haleakalā Volcanic National Park. There are plenty of amazing hotels to choose from in Hawaii.


1 Savor Wine in California

California’s wine country has everything honeymooners need for a romantic trip, including vineyard-covered hills, incredible restaurants, luxury hotels and, of course, plenty of great wine. The Napa Valley Wine Train is the best option for tourists who want to explore the wine country on day trips in style while staying at Napa’s most luxurious hotels.

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Ideas for day trips from Nashville https://vermonttravelguides.com/ideas-for-day-trips-from-nashville/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/ideas-for-day-trips-from-nashville/ Presented by Susan Gregory, PARKS of Cool Springs Thinking of moving to Nashville and wondering what the area has to offer besides music? Here is my list of just a few of the many day trip opportunities near Nashville. Paradise for speleologists About an hour from Nashville, Clarksville is home to Dunbar Cave State Park, […]]]>

Presented by Susan Gregory, PARKS of Cool Springs

Thinking of moving to Nashville and wondering what the area has to offer besides music? Here is my list of just a few of the many day trip opportunities near Nashville.

Paradise for speleologists

About an hour from Nashville, Clarksville is home to Dunbar Cave State Park, one of the most accessible cave complexes in the region. The park’s more than 100 acres offer hiking trails and picnic areas; however, the highlight is the caves containing prehistoric Mississippian Native American rock art dating back to the 14th century. Between May and August you can visit this site which the natives believed to be a portal to the underworld.

In 1810, land surveyor Aaron Higgenbotham discovered what is now known as Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, about 30 minutes from Nashville. With 32 miles of caves and passages, the Cumberland Caverns offer beautiful rock formations, subterranean waterfalls, and huge underground rooms, including the Volcano Room, which hosts monthly Bluegrass Underground concerts.

A short 1.5-hour drive to Kentucky will take you to Mammoth Cave National Park, the largest cave system in the world. Over 400 miles of passages and chambers have been explored, with incredible features including Frozen Niagara, Fat Man’s Misery and Bottomless Pit; although it is estimated that more than 600 miles remain unexplored.

Shall we raise a toast

When people think of great wineries, Tennessee doesn’t automatically come to mind, but it should! Forty minutes south of Nashville is Arrington Vineyards, owned by country music artist Kix Brooks, winemaker Kip Summers and entrepreneur John Russell. The winery offers tastings, flights and sales of its award-winning wines. The 95-acre property hosts Food Truck Fridays and Music in the Vines, a free live music event on weekends.

One of the best-known spirits producers in the United States is the Jack Daniels Distillery of Tennessee in Lynchburg. The first registered distillery in the United States was established in 1866 by Jack Daniels. The master distiller has strategically located its facilities near Cave Spring Hollow, the source of the limestone-filtered waters that are a key factor in whiskey quality. The distillery offers tours, and even though the facility is in a dry county, you can still sample and purchase the product on a tour.

History is everywhere

The home of President Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage is now a historic site and museum in Hermitage, Tennessee, just 20 minutes from Nashville. Jackson purchased the 1,000+ acre property in 1804 for his wife Rachel. The construction of their house took place from 1819 to 1821; however, a chimney fire destroyed most of the original residence in 1834, when Jackson commissioned a new house to be built in the Greek Revival style. Today the house is in the care of the Andrew Jackson Foundation, which preserves the historic monument and organizes a variety of tours.

Many people don’t know that Nashville and the surrounding area saw some of the most important battles of the Civil War. Stones River National Battlefield Park, 40 minutes southeast of Nashville in Murfreesboro, is home to the largest enclosed Civil War-era earthen fort, Fortress Rosecrans. The 570 acres of parkland also include Stones River National Cemetery and the Hazen Brigade Monument, the oldest Civil War monument still standing on its original site.

About 20 minutes south of Nashville is the site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles, the Battle of Franklin. The Carter House became the headquarters of the Union Army’s Twenty-Third Corps. The family attempted to hide from Union soldiers on the farmyard. They also treated one of Carter’s sons who was injured during the battle. He was brought to his family home and died shortly thereafter. Tours of the property include the room where the son died and several outbuildings that still have bullet holes from the battle.

A short drive from Carter House is Carnton Plantation, the home of the McGavock family, which was used as a temporary field hospital for Confederate soldiers during the Battle of Franklin. In 1866, Carrie McGavock donated part of the land, now known as the McGavock Cemetery, to rebury fallen Confederate soldiers. Soldiers were reinterred in sections by state, and Carrie kept a log listing each one’s names, states, and regiments. The house, cemetery and grounds can be visited year-round, and Carnton is now a popular destination for people wishing to see the ‘widow of the south’ house.

simply fun

Never let anyone forget that Tennessee was the home of the King, Elvis Presley. Travel three hours west to Memphis to visit Elvis’ home, Graceland and Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded his first song, and be sure to try the world’s best barbecue at Rendevous.

If you need to burn off some energy or get the kids moving, return to Franklin for an afternoon at the SOAR Adventure Tower. This one-of-a-kind structure is a four-story ropes course with levels for everyone, from little ones and novices to expert climbers. When you’ve had enough of the rock climbing, try a round of mini-golf on the 18-hole, musical-themed course.

Obviously, you’ll never get bored living in Nashville once you find your “home base.”

Susan Gregory, an experienced and licensed real estate agent in Nashville, can help you find the right home to establish your new roots – then you can expand your branches to explore. Call Susan today at 615-207-5600.

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A ton of ideas for school outings to be found at the GLT Show 2022 | News and insights https://vermonttravelguides.com/a-ton-of-ideas-for-school-outings-to-be-found-at-the-glt-show-2022-news-and-insights/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 11:23:43 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/a-ton-of-ideas-for-school-outings-to-be-found-at-the-glt-show-2022-news-and-insights/ As always, the event is totally geared towards group travel and people looking for ideas, offers and expert advice. It is an occasion where major attractions, hotels, operators, tourist offices and all sectors of the travel industry come together to help visitors face to face with their specific needs. Teachers and educational tour leaders can […]]]>

As always, the event is totally geared towards group travel and people looking for ideas, offers and expert advice. It is an occasion where major attractions, hotels, operators, tourist offices and all sectors of the travel industry come together to help visitors face to face with their specific needs.

Teachers and educational tour leaders can take advantage of the ideas and exhibitors available and visit for free, although pupils and students cannot attend.

Click to register as a visitor

GLT show organizer Sharon Yandell said: “The overwhelming feedback from last year was about the friendliness and hospitality of the event. The visitor and exhibitor experience is of paramount importance to us and we work hard to ensure that the day is not only valuable but also enjoyable.

The Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes is next to the MK Stadium and is easy to find. You can get details on how to get there, here. Visitors and exhibitors can expect easy and free parking just outside the arena, a free bacon breakfast (without it it wouldn’t be the GLT Lounge), and a light lunch free for all.

Opening at 10am, you can meet experts who really understand the bands and come away with ideas and special offers. In addition, there will be lectures in the seminary theater that everyone can attend.

Who can we listen to at the Seminar Theater this year?

  • The country’s leading travel expert, Simon Calder
  • Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond
  • Award-winning journalist and cruise expert, Jane Archer

To learn more about the speakers and sessions, click here.

Simon Calder at the Group Leisure & Travel Show

Free coach trip details

Various coach routes and pick-up points for 2022 have now been posted on the grouptravelshow.com website, giving visitors the opportunity to travel to the event for free. Pre-booking is required.

Coach information and reservations

There will also be a free shuttle service between Milton Keynes Central Station and Marshall Arena leaving every half hour throughout the day.

You can register for free to attend the Group Leisure & Travel Show by completing the easy form at www.grouptravelshow.com/register.

* The event is open to people organizing group trips, including school visits, but pupils/students are not allowed to attend.

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Fun weekend ideas in Frisco to keep summer fun going strong https://vermonttravelguides.com/fun-weekend-ideas-in-frisco-to-keep-summer-fun-going-strong/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/fun-weekend-ideas-in-frisco-to-keep-summer-fun-going-strong/ The kids are back at school, the sun is setting a little earlier and football season is fast approaching. But there’s still plenty of summer fun in friscoand all the time it takes to tick a few more boxes off your seasonal wish list. Plan a weekend in Frisco with these activities in mind: Explore […]]]>

The kids are back at school, the sun is setting a little earlier and football season is fast approaching. But there’s still plenty of summer fun in friscoand all the time it takes to tick a few more boxes off your seasonal wish list.

Plan a weekend in Frisco with these activities in mind:

Explore the Star District
The Star in Frisco, home of the Dallas Cowboys, offers more than 35 restaurants, shops and specialty services.

Its delicious dining options currently include Mi Cocina, The Common Table and Sushi Marquee, and The Star features a number of new restaurants opening throughout 2022.

  • One of the most recently opened is Lombardi Cucina Italiana, which has an atmosphere reminiscent of an open-air villa in Italy and a menu offering authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist.
  • The Glen Restaurant and Monarch Stag (its adjacent scotch bar) are also now open. The Glen Restaurant offers hand-pressed craft cocktails, wine, Scotch and seafood, while Monarch Stag offers food, live music, a cigar lounge and selections of Scotch whiskey and bourbon of the whole world.
  • Coming soon is Tricky Fish, a stylish and casual seafood restaurant that believes in great food and simply prepared fresh ingredients.
  • Also on the program is the Snowbird Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen, an upscale Art Deco-inspired lounge with a tantalizing array of mixological cocktails, small bites and music.
  • Finally, Sidecar Social is a fun outdoor concept featuring craft cocktails and bites, games, karaoke, live music, TVs and an all-weather patio.

From unique sports fan stores to boutiques and lounges, The Star offers plenty of shopping opportunities.

  • Fans United is the ultimate store where sports enthusiasts can find gear and accessories from their favorite teams (that is, of course, the Dallas Cowboys).

  • Flea Style is a 6,200 square foot retail store filled with handmade, vintage and unique lifestyle products and apparel. Inside you will also find the Hat Bar, where you can create your own personalized hat.

  • Monkee’s is a new boutique for women offering footwear, apparel and accessories, and is set to open in 2022.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to put on your football cleats and play for the Dallas Cowboys?

Star Tours at The Star in Frisco give you the ultimate fan experience while providing an intimate insight into what it’s like to be part of Team USA. After a break, guided tours are back with three options for football fans.

Catch a game or two
Frisco is “The City That Gambles” and home to many of Dallas’ professional sports teams. Naturally, this means that sports take place all year round. In the summer you can catch:

  • FC Dallas play at Toyota Stadium – mark your calendars, as their final home game of the Major League Soccer season is on October 9.

  • Baseball’s regular season is winding down, with the Frisco RoughRiders playing their final home game at Riders Field on September 11. There’s no baseball experience like a summer’s day at Riders Field, especially with its lazy river, big enough to hold 1,267,973 baseballs.

Summer fun by the pool
There’s still plenty of time to spend a few more days at the pool this summer, and a weekend at a hotel with a pool makes it even easier.

When it comes to hotels in Frisco with outdoor pools, you’re spoiled for choice. There are over 25 hotels to choose from, and most of them have refreshing outdoor pools so you can enjoy the fresh air and stay cool at the same time. Choose from:

  • The Hyatt Regency Frisco is connected to the 200 shops and restaurants at the Stonebriar Center if you want to add a little shopping to your weekend. The swimming pool has comfortable poolside sun loungers available for easy reservation.
  • The Omni Frisco Hotel features an elevated pool overlooking the Tostitos Championship Plaza, a replica of the Dallas Cowboys’ 50-yard synthetic turf pitch at the Star. You’re just steps away from year-round entertainment, including The Star tours we mentioned above.

  • There’s also the Westin Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa, a great place if you’re looking for a golf weekend at Fazio’s course or want to stay in a hotel with a huge outdoor pool. A favorite here is the giant waterslide, but for a more relaxed approach, hang out poolside in a private cabana or play garden games on the event lawn.

Play volleyball at Frisco Rail Yard
Part food truck party, part backyard party, part picnic, all fun: Frisco Rail Yard is the perfect place to hang out with family and friends. This park offers food from the best food trucks in the area, outdoor games for families, live music and fun events. This year, the park even has new sand volleyball courts to really replicate that beach vibe.

Soak up the last few weeks of summer with all that Frisco has to offer – visit the website for more vacation ideas.

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