Some of nature’s greatest artwork can be found at California’s Mammoth Lakes. Frozen rivers and lakes snake around stone minarets and snow-covered, gray and rust colored, granite masses. Forests and waterfalls are everywhere. From a helicopter soaring at about 10,000 feet, the landscape is magnificent.
The state of Florida is well known for its many tourist attractions. The coasts have beautiful beaches, shopping, and nightlife and Central Florida has theme parks. I have experienced most of these so on this trip I was looking for an off-the-beaten-track area and experience. I found it in Crystal River. Located about an hour north of Tampa, and about 5 miles inland, Crystal River is the self-proclaimed Manatee Capital of the world. As it happens, this is the only area in Florida where it is legal to swim and interact with manatees. Each winter from November through March, well over 1,000 manatees migrate to the King Bay area of Crystal River to spend the cooler months in the warm spring waters. Here they are under federal protection, however with proper instruction and supervision, it is possible to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.
Catch a prize trout on my first try? Why not, when conditions for fly fishing are ideal in the cold water that cascades down from Mt. Tremper, rushes over the blue stones of former quarries, creates world-class rapids and the jewel of the Catskill Mountains, Esopus Creek.
In southwest Montana, Yellowstone Country is home to America’s oldest national park, a pristine wilderness of flower-filled valleys, lofty crags, thundering waterfalls and gushing geysers where the bison, grizzlies and antelope roam. Divide your 7 to 10-day adventure between city and country, and enjoy the best of both worlds. From 15 U.S. gateways, six major airlines fly direct to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (www.boz
emanairport.com), Montana’s busiest.
Captain Noah Barnes appeared from the wooden yawl, Babe, a spiffy motorized boat, capable of pushing the schooner Stephen Taber in and out of Maine’s Rockland Harbor. I snapped images of him, which he met with flair -- true to a theatrical background of having grown up with thespians and former Taber owners, Ken Barnes and his wife, chef Ellen Barnes.
Historically, you could say that Las Vegas has always been on a winning streak. If you consider that Sin City welcomed 37.4 million guests and had approximately 140,000 hotel rooms just 10 years ago, and has grown to over 42 million guest visits (including 6.6 million who visited on business) and almost 149,000 hotel rooms this past year, it’s quite clear Vegas continues to rise in popularity with leisure and business travelers. There’s something for everyone in Las Vegas, and with the opening of some notable restaurants, cool concerts, and boutique hotels, your clients should all have Vegas on their bucket list!
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.