As the helicopter scans the island, my mouth drops open. Unfolding below me is a panorama of gouged chasms, tumbling waterfalls which resemble thick, silk ropes, and the Napali Coast. Its foamy waves crash against a jagged lush coastline. Wow!
Last year, the National Parks Service celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding. Knowing this, I set off during the summer to see Yellowstone - the park whose landscape in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho inspired it all. On my way there I visited Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. On my way back was Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
Standing on the shores of Resolute Bay I unzipped my Anorak, let the foggy mist envelop me and breathed in clean, fresh, cool air, a welcome relief from the relentless humid summer heat that lingered in the Northeast.
Clients looking for cool summer getaways close to home can have a “foreign” vacation in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. The lively French-speaking cities of Montreal and Quebec offer all the urban cultural and entertainment options, as well as fine dining and a European feel.
The world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy provide neighboring New Brunswick with plenty of natural attractions, and Gulf Stream waters give it the warmest swimming beaches north of Virginia. More beaches line peaceful Prince Edward Island’s shore, while Nova Scotia is fringed by charming coastal villages. Newfoundland has a far-away feel, and dramatic coastal scenery that rivals the Norwegian fjords.
NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, invites travelers from every corner of the globe to visit the destination during one of the most festive seasons of the year. From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that kicks off the season in November to the Christmas Tree lighting in Rockefeller Center and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square, there are countless reasons to visit New York City at the end of the year. “There is no more festive time of the year to visit New York City than the annual holiday season-it’s a time of year when the City’s hotels, attractions, restaurants and shops put their best foot forward to offer more than five million visitors a unique and memorable travel experience,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s president and CEO.
Thousands enjoy the magic of the Northeast’s annual color pageant, driving the scenic byways of Vermont’s Green Mountains and the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Maine. Later in the fall the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the hills and coastlines of Connecticut and Rhode Island are still colorful into late October and early November. But driving is not the only way to enjoy the show. Clients may not think about eliminating the stress of driving and trip planning by relaxing on a foliage cruise. Here are some to suggest.
Past and Present
This year, 2016, (August 15th to be exact) marked this first national park's hundredth birthday and that of the National Park Service. The park's deep canyons, craggy peaks, vast woodlands, alpine lakes and rushing waterfalls haven't changed much in a hundred years. Yellowstone National Park is the nation's spot, literally. Parts of it steam, spit, bubble and roar.
From now till September 4, the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum in New York City hosts “Via Antwerp. The Road to Ellis Island.” The special exhibit, showcasing original artifacts, documents and paintings, was created by the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp. Located in Flanders, Belgium’s westernmost province, Antwerp is also known for 17th-century Flemish art as well as trendy restaurants, nightspots and fashion boutiques.
Las Vegas. The name alone conjures up images of casinos, glittering lights, luxurious resorts, over-the-top attractions, and upscale dining. This 24-hour city has continued to draw visitors from around the globe and, if the latest arrival numbers are any indication, it’s likely to keep on this upward trajectory for years to come.
The vast expanses of Canada seem to invite exploring by train. VIA Rail, Canada’s extensive rail network makes that possible - and easy for you to plan (www.freshtrackscanada.com/partner/login). It stretches across the continent like a long ribbon from Halifax in the east to Vancouver and Prince Rupert in the west, with options reaching farther north to the land of ice and polar bears. It is one of the most modern train systems on the continent.