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Travel California: Certainly The Golden State

October 4, 2018 in Blog

California is a giant-sized wonderland of preserved wilderness, world-class cities, famous beaches, tantalizing cuisine and unparalleled wines. Be close to the action from any destination in California, whether it is Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego or Bakersfield! Travel within California is fantastically scenic and simple; with the largest network of state highways that bring all of the Golden States wonders to your car door, you can surf, ski and enjoy fine dining all in one day but you might want to make it two or ten!

A California for Every Kind

California is the third largest state in the United States, as well as the most populous state in the country. Consequently, California attracts visitors for all kinds of reasons. National Parks such as Joshua Tree in the expansive Mojave Desert, Pinnacles National Monument in the Central Coast, and Ansel Adams famously photographed Yosemite are rocky havens for rock climbers and hikers alike. The Sierra Nevada mountain range to the east boasts California’s premier ski resorts, including Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe.

North of the easy-going Sacramento capital lies California’s world-class wine region. Enjoy a trip through Napa Valley for some of the most exquisite restaurants and wine tastings the country has to offer. Lose yourself in quaint luxury at a Bed & Breakfast along the Carmel coast after spending a day at the Hearst Castle. Get star struck during a visit to Hollywood or wonder-struck at Southern California’s Disneyland Resort and California Adventure theme parks, across the street from each other. Don’t forget to explore California’s coastline with a trip to the historic Channel Islands or a whale watching expedition off of San Francisco’s Pacific shores.

The Platinum State

When you book your airfare to California, you will soon discover why this massive and diverse region along the Pacific Ocean is more precious than gold. The 48 state’s tallest peak resides in the Sierra Nevada region of California. Mt. Whitney welcomes thousands of climbers and hikers each year to its 14,505 feet of serene wilderness. Giant Sequoias, the largest living organism in the world, reside in Sequoia National Park and the tallest organisms on Earth, the California Redwood trees, grace the shores of California’s rugged northern coastline. California’s Death Valley is the largest National Park in the country as well as the hottest place on earth (in the summer) and the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Treat yourself to Death Valley’s spectacular wildflower bloom in March and April.

California also offers one of the most superb collections of luxury resorts, celebrity chefs and nightlife. It is not surprising, considering the state is home to America’s entertainment, music and tech industries as well as one of the largest economies and ports in the world. Don’t wait another minute to book your airfare to California; you could be tanning on the beach or summiting a mountain tomorrow!

by Anthon

Preparing your vehicle for holiday travel

September 19, 2018 in Blog

No one wants to have their holiday travel plans ruined due to their vehicle breaking down, so make sure you give it plenty of attention before hand. Complete a thorough check of all the routine items on your vehicle. The oil should be changed and you will want to check all the fluids including the transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and brake fluid.

Don’t wait until something breaks on your vehicle to replace it, especially when you are traveling for the holidays. Carefully inspect all of the hoses for signs of wear as you never know when they will end up breaking. If you haven’t used your windshield wipers for a while make sure they are in good condition.

Have someone stand behind your vehicle so you can make sure both of your turn signals work as well as your break lights. Replace any bulbs that are burned out or seem to be dim. Do the same for your headlights on both low beams and high beams. This will ensure other vehicles are able to see you coming and know when you are planning to stop or to turn. It is a good idea to carry fuses in your glove box so that you can replace any that may burn out during your travel for the holidays.

Your tires are very important when you are traveling for the holidays. Check the wear patterns on the tread to make sure they are in good shape. Of the two front tires are wearing unevenly you may need to have your vehicle aligned. You may find it is time to rotate the tires on your vehicle as well. This involves moving the front ones to the back and the back ones to the front.

Depending on the time of year when you travel for the holidays, you may experience bad weather. Make sure you have a survival kit in your car that includes tire changes which many end up being mandatory to drive on the roads in some areas. You also want this survival kit to include a flashlight with fresh batteries, flares, food, water, a first aid kit, blankets, a car jack, and a gas can.

It is a good idea to make sure you have a cell phone will you as well, with a battery charger that plugs right into your cigarette lighter so you don’t have to worry about the battery running low while you are traveling for the holidays.

Accidents can still happen even when you have properly prepared your vehicle for holiday travel. Seatbelts and car seats offer you a way to reduce the chances of serious injury if such an event does take place. Attach to the dashboard of your car the feature wide-angle dash camera video recorder so that nothing on the road is missed. In your glove box you should also have a disposable camera or your cell phone so you can take pictures of the accident scene for your insurance company. Make sure you have a pen and paper handy as well so you can exchange insurance and personal information with the other party involved.

Thousands of people choose to travel for the holidays using their own personal vehicle. Doing your very best to make sure your vehicle is in excellent working condition will help you to arrive at your destination safely.

by Anthon

Life is a peach, and so is Georgian travel – Georgia travel information

September 16, 2018 in Blog

Georgia is deeply entrenched in United States history, big business corporations, and welcoming hometown hospitality. The Peach State is overflowing with American heritage, monuments, battlefields and museums as well as sandy beaches and forested hiking trails. Travel down south this season to Georgia for a truly revolutionary experience.

Georgia is probably most famous in history for its Civil War participation in the Confederacy. Union General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” burned just about everything from Atlanta to Savannah. The battle and the following massacre of fire inspired the famous novel and movie, Gone with the Wind, which takes place in Atlanta’s neighboring Marietta. Travel to the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum to see the greatest collection of memorabilia and historical accounts related to the event. The museum is located on Marietta Square, a historic location surrounded by unique boutiques, exhibits and parks.

Interestingly, Sherman agreed not to burn Savannah after the mayor allowed his troops full run of the city. What results today is one of the only southern cities with authentic antebellum architecture and the colonial charm of Georgia’s first city. Savannah is an eclectic and often open-minded Georgian city, notorious for its parties and drinking and well rounded with Savannah College of Arts and Design, numerous theaters, countless annual festivals and a plethora of historic sites that are still standing.

Georgia offers an amazing array of activities and outdoor spaces, including the beautiful green and rugged paths of the Appalachian Trail. Hike portions of this winding trail or start from the beginning in Springer Mountain. Jekyll Island was once the prestigious private club getaway for the likes of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers; but today its 5 miles of beaches, resorts and condos are open to the public. Vacation with Georgians during the summer and enjoy golfing, fishing, or snorkeling.

Also a bastion of modern history, Georgia features the legacies of national and international figures such as President Jimmy Carter and civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. The capital city of Atlanta hosts the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, which preserves his childhood home and church among other exhibits. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is located near Plains, Georgia, and preserves such places as Carter’s home, school and railroad depot for generations hence to enjoy.

When you book your airfare to Georgia you will also be able to visit the solemn Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, the very same trail that the Cherokee Tribe took when they were forced to relocate to the west in 1838 while some 4,000 individuals perished along the way.

Travel to Georgia is a journey through time with all the luxuries and amenities of the perfect vacation along the way. From the mountain trails to the sunny beaches and rural countryside to major metropolises, Georgia is ready for you.

by Anthon

Holiday travel with your pets

September 14, 2018 in Blog

The holidays are a time when many people travel, and that leads to the dilemma of what to do with the family pets. Many people choose to bring them along because they don’t have anyone to care for them and they don’t want to place them in a dog kennel for the duration of their holiday trip.

Traveling with your pets for the holidays can be a pleasant experience if you are prepared for it. Otherwise it can turn into a nightmare due to the care your pets need and where you will be staying. If you are visiting family or friends of the holidays you really need to make sure they are comfortable with you bringing you pets along.

Keep in mind that most hotels won’t allow you to keep pets in your room. Make sure you look into this information before you secure the reservation. Those hotels that do offer you the right to bring your pets will you will charge you a deposit just in case your pet destroys something in the room during your stay.

Most airlines will make accommodations for your pets to travel in the plane but they have to be secured in a carrier. This can be very stressful for pets that are used to roaming around freely. They will have to fly in the cargo area of the plane unless the airline allows small cats and small dogs to be placed under your seat for the duration of the flight.

If you plan to place your pet in a carrier let them get used to it in the weeks prior to your travel plans for the holidays. This way they won’t be so overwhelmed by the concept of being in the carrier for the duration of the flight. This can be quite traumatic for your pet and you don’t want them injuring themselves during the flight.

Keep in mind that they will charge you more if your pet is aboard the plane with you instead of with the cargo. Still, this is a great way to ensure your pet is being well cared for while your travel for the holidays. If you have any connecting flights though you will definitely want to keep your pet on board with you. The risk of losing your pet this way will really put a damper on the holiday festivities.

You will not be able to take your pets along with you on the bus lines or the train due to their strict guidelines. The only exception to this rule is seeing eye dogs as not allowing them on board is a violation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a result many people traveling with pets for the holidays decide to take their own vehicle.

Make sure you have plenty of food and water for them so they can stay hydrated and feeling well. If you are traveling by car you need to plan to stop often for them to exercise and use the bathroom. It is a good idea to take along their favorite toys or blankets in order to minimize their stress during travel.

Pay close attention to the weather for your holiday travel as it can be quite a change for your pet. They are likely used to their normal climate and they may have trouble coping with the extreme heat or the extreme cold.

It is very possible to travel with your pets for the holidays but it take plenty of planning. You want them to be as comfortable as possible without it affecting your ability to enjoy traveling for the holidays as well. Even though you may want to have your pets with you, carefully weigh the decision. If you determine that they travel conditions won’t be right for them then find a quality kennel for them to stay at so you can still enjoy your holiday.

by Anthon

Virginia Travel

September 11, 2018 in Blog

Virginia – named after Queen Elizabeth I of England, who was known as the Virgin Queen – resides in the southern part of United States with greatly varying geography. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. It is one of the country’s most scenic States. From the amazing Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy beaches on the coast to the vivid activity in its cities, Virginia has much to offer. It is a great place to live, the state has a growing real estate market.

Richmond, Virginia’s capitol, was founded in 1607 and is located centrally – a convenient distance from many of the Commonwealth’s sites. The Richmond metropolitan area is home to approximately one million citizens and is described by Style Magazine as “a beautiful and graceful southern city, that it is hopelessly mired in tradition, that it is a vibrant center of commerce and arts.” Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy in the Civil War, has numerous fine old buildings and cultural options.

Virginia is perhaps the most historic of all the 50 states. Some of the most important events in American history took place here. It was one of the first places to have live history reenactments. In Northern Virginia, you can visit the homes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, Robert E. Lee, James Monroe, and many other prominent figures in American history. If you go to Arlington National Cemetery, you’ll walk among headstones that chronicle American history and you have opportunity to remember and honor the nation’s war heroes. In the Visitors Center you’ll find maps, guidebooks, exhibits, and information services that include grave locations. Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown (the birthplace of the USA) are three of Virginia’s most historic sites, don’t miss them if you are interested in American history.

Shenandoah National Park lies high above the classic American panorama, 300 square miles stretched out along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a precious reminder of the great hardwood forest that once blanketed the northeastern United States. This area is full of trails for biking and hiking or even a nice drive along the Blue Ridge mountains.

The oceanfront of Virginia Beach has many things to do and discover. The hotels are directly on the beach here, and all of the junk shops are set back on the street. This leaves pleasant views directly from many of the hotels on the beach. There are some nice beaches nearby that are much less crowded. There are also a lot of great restaurants and stores at the oceanfront.

Don’t forget to visit the East Coast’s pretty beach: Virginia Beach. Touted by the Guiness Book of World Records as the “Longest Pleasure Beach,” Virginia Beach is a family-friendly travel destination, it offers the classic beach vacation. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is the states largest and one of the most-visited aquariums in the nation, it should not be missed.

by Anthon

Family travel ideas in California

September 9, 2018 in Blog

California is a perfect place to go for family, there are many destinations that the whole family would enjoy.

Family Travel in Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is an ideal family travel vacation with its wide array of sea creatures to amuse visitors of any age. Their exhibits have gotten numerous awards, including animals such as giant octopus, various sharks, otters, and jellyfish, among others. The place is known for its many aquariums, which your family can explore through their aquarium map. One whole day is good enough to enjoy many interesting sea animals on display, and your family can learn at the same time enjoy. There are daily programs and activities for first time visitors, check out to make sure you get the best of the Bay Aquarium have to offer. Their programs include Aquarium Adventures where your family travels and immerse in field observations and studies of various sea animals. There are also Guided Tours for groups of 6 to 10 people that will allow you in-depth and behind-the-scenes tours and destinations in the aquarium.

First time visitors in Lake Tahoe

In Northern California, Lake Tahoe has much more destinations to offer for first time visitors than just a lake. It has a rich history in its making, since it was formed as a result of geological faults shifting. The destinations consist of various accommodations for a perfect weekend getaway with the family, such as amusement parks, picnics, bowling, golf, and even movies. You can choose to stay at one of the many destinations in Lake Tahoe, or if your family travel is more of adventurous type, you can go camping. Explore the beautiful outdoors by foot or by bike. Experience the 10th deepest lake in the world and all its beauty together with your family for a wonderful bonding destinations and experiences that will allow you to appreciate nature at the same time.

Hollywood

Hollywood has city passes for the whole family travel, consisting of day tours in museums like Behind-the-Scenes, Hollywood Entertainment Museum, the Hollywood Wax Museum, among many others. Hollywood Studios is the location of many film classics, such as Jaws, with rides and various souvenir stores. You can also take bus tours and view homes of the stars in the Los Angeles area for your destinations, and check out the world famous Walk of Fame and find the footprint of your favorite stars.

San Francisco City destinations

The heart of downtown San Francisco offers much more than shopping, with its numerous restaurants, lively culture, and many things to see. Ideal for a long weekend family travel, first time visitors like you can book yourself at the many destinations in the city and spend the days exploring various landmarks such as Pier 39, or treat your family to world class chocolate at Ghirardelli Square. San Francisco is known for its Golden Gate, world renowned destinations. There is also the San Francisco Zoo, for a nature trip within the city. Also check out the Alcatraz Island boat tours, Napa Valley Wine, the famed Lombard Street, Cable Car Rides, and the vintage Haight Street.