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.
When it comes to monikers, San Francisco, the “City by the Bay,” might well be called the “City That Never Sleeps.” In the past 6-8 months, hoteliers, restaurateurs and museum curators have worked feverishly on new and refurbished options for the summer and fall high seasons. The big news is the long-awaited May 14 reopening of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), tripling gallery space in an eye-catching building addition by Oslo-based Snøhetta.
There is no better place for a visitor to have fun in the sun than in the state of Florida. Florida offers so much, from an Everglades experience, to Disney, to historical destinations that dot the state throughout. However, the real reason Florida pops into most people’s mind is because of the amazing white sand beaches. There are 1,200 miles of coastline in Florida and visitors can choose between either the Gulf of Mexico side or the wilder waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The western United States offers some of the best choices for skiing in North America. Their mountain ranges stretch higher than those in the east, so snow conditions are often
But helping your clients choose the right mountain can be more important in the west because not all mountains' terrains match all skier skill levels. Another factor that can be important to clients is distance from major airports. Some of the most exciting ski areas may require a bit more travel time from the airport to the slopes, but clients may make that trade-off to have less crowding and more space on the trails.
The holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Hanukah to Christmas and New Years is a beautiful and busy time of year. Here are a few suggestions for your clients that are looking for a slower pace of holiday traditions in cities and towns in New Hampshire