No one celebrates the holiday season like New York. Whether it’s the colorful balloons floating through the City during the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the bright lights of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree or the incomparable excitement of a million revelers coming together to watch the ball drop during the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, all eyes are on NYC during the most wonderful time of the year.
Arguably one of the most exotic destinations in the United States, the Hawaiian Islands awaits exploration. Without a passport in hand, travelers can visit from one to six different islands, or any combination. This is the trip of a lifetime for some, and a had-to return trip for others. Visitor arrivals are growing at 6.0 percent for 2018, according to Hawaii’s Department of Business and Economic Development
Canada wouldn’t exist if not for railways. British Columbia made a railway connection a condition for joining the rest of Canada. Without a railway link there was a fear of annexation as well as a movement for the then colony to join the United States.
The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was created to complete the task and in so doing created a great travel legacy of coast-to-coast rail service complimented by a chain of iconic properties, like the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Chateau Frontenac, Royal York and others.
I like river cruising. I like watching other boats passing close by, whether they be barges or tugs or fishing boats or boats full of passengers. I like seeing the two banks of a river and not worrying about rough waters. Ideally, I like a river cruise that stops now and then so passengers can disembark and sightsee for a while. But last fall, when I learned that the 147-foot long Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, a much heralded 1983 replica of an old-time sternwheeler, would be making a one-day repositioning cruise on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, I signed up to go. There was no time for sightseeing stops, but, all the same, that trip turned out to be the high point of a visit to Portland.
Cruise passengers whose boats dock in New Orleans always have a rich variety of activities and culinary options. And those who have a pre- or post-cruise stay in the city also have an opportunity to dig deeper into the pleasures of the French Quarter.
Although everyone thinks of the legendary fall foliage in New England, there are plenty of good reasons for your clients travel to there at any time of year. This is where much of America’s early history played out - think Pilgrims, Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party - so historic sites are everywhere. The arts have flourished for generations and its cities are known for art museums, galleries, orchestras and performance venues.
New England’s coastline draws visitors to long sandy beaches and rugged surf-splashed cliffs; the seafood is superb. Romantic country inns lure couples, exciting fun-parks keep kids happy, and outdoor enthusiasts find Nirvana in its mountains, lakes and rivers. New England is small enough that there’s no need for clients to limit a trip to just one of its enticing regions.
The Quebecois know how to do winter. For two weeks, in late January through mid-February, Quebec City throws a party full of dancing, music, ice slides, sleigh rides, snow swimming, parades and other activities for all ages. In 2018 the Carnaval de Quebec will run from January 26 through February 11.
The Canadian province of Quebec offers some of North America’s best skiing, with the added allure of a distinctly French flair. Canada’s Francophobic province is huge, snow covered in winter, and has more than 40 ski areas within easy reach of the cities of Montreal and Quebec.
You know your clients want to go to Florida for the sun, lots of beach time, and outdoor activities. Travelers should also be aware that the sunshine state has just ramped it up with an outstanding selection of foodie activities. Even better, you can eat and drink at these restaurants while also hanging out in some of the best Florida addresses.
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!