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September - Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach, Florida offers 27 miles of stunning white sand and turquoise waters along the Gulf of Mexico and has an average year-round temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and an average of 320 days of sunshine annually.

Fun in the sun for all of the family is a guarantee in Panama City Beach; with great attractions, top-notch restaurants, beach activities, amazing accommodation and world-class events, you'll never forget your Panama City Beach holiday.

Panama City Beach offers a wide range of accommodation options for every budget, suiting all types of travellers, from family groups to couples and singles.

Getting to Panama City Beach is now a breeze, thanks to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), serviced by Delta Airlines located just 10 minutes away from the famous sugar-white sandy beaches.

Top 10 Must Do’s in Panama City Beach

1. Stroll on the super white sand beaches and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

2. Take a morning dolphin cruise on a 50-foot catamaran to Shell Island and spend the afternoon snorkelling, swimming and relaxing.

3. Panama City Beach offer a wide range of beach activities including paddle boarding, snorkelling, diving and jet skis.

4. Shop the boutiques at Pier Park and ride the Panama City Beach Skywheel for Birdseye views of the coastline and incredible sunsets.

5. Make a splash at Shipwreck Island Water Park on its Pirates Plunge attraction or the 65-foot Tree Drop and then relax and take in the sunshine on the Lazy River.

6. Dive for treasure in the “Wreck Diving Capital of the South” and explore the local shipwrecks and artificial reefs.

7. Visit Heron Pond Nature Trail at St. Andrews State Park to birdwatch for snowy egrets, great egrets, blue herons and little blue herons and spot white-tailed deer or the occasional alligator.

8. Attend a world-class festival – from jazz to country music, Panama City Beach boasts a year-round calendar of events of festivals for you to enjoy. 

9. Enjoy a sugary treat at Thomas Donut & Snack Shop; locally owned and operated since 1971, it’s a local’s favourite! 

10. End each day watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico – preferably on a beach… with a cocktail

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August - Pittsburgh


 

Pittsburgh today still echoes its 20th century industrial past with popular sites including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art, as well as Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which is perfect for a refreshing break from the bustling centre. Situated where three rivers meet, the Pittsburgh neighbourhoods are all linked by an enormous 446 bridges, meaning it is more connected than ever before.  Take a look at some of our deals to Pittsburgh.

 

Perfect for everyone, Pittsburgh offers everything from American football to zip-lines. For an unmissable art experience, visit the Andy Warhol Museum, the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist. The museum features an extensive collection of works from the Pittsburgh-born artist’s iconic career in pop art.

For history and spectacular views all at once, ride the Duquesne Incline (which was used previously to haul coal) up Mount Washington for the most breath-taking views of Pittsburgh and experience one of the few remaining inclines in America today. On Mount Washington, there are traditional restaurants on Restaurant Row, which are perfect for a meal with a view. Take a look at some of our Pittsburgh offers here

A lot has changed in Pittsburgh since its days as an industrial capital: it’s become a more diverse, cultural and creative city which offers visitors a welcome they will never forget. British Airways will be the first British airline to directly link London and this trendy Pittsburghers city. Started from April 2019, this new route will take you from London to the lively hub of Pittsburgh in a respectable eight hours. It’s not hard to see why Pittsburgh is the ultimate place to visit- there’s simply so much to see and do that it would be difficult to squeeze it all in to one stay.

 

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Sports
Pittsburgh is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey team, and the world-renowned Pittsburgh Steelers, whose fans are almost as legendary as the team itself, and that’s quite an impressive feat.

The Steelers have reached the playoffs an astonishing 30 times and won the Super Bowl an awesome six times. The Heinz Field Stadium is their home, and from April to October exclusive behind-the-scenes tours are available, so you can see the inner workings of a true American football team’s home stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates are the local baseball team, and there is no place like PNC Park, their home ground. This stunning stadium perfectly captures Pittsburgh’s skyline and riverfront, meaning that the city is very much at the heart of its sporting scene.

Shopping
Visit the fabulous Ross Park Mall and Grove City Premium Outlets® to discover an extensive range of shops and outlet boutiques, including brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Michael Kors and many more. If retail therapy is your thing, Pittsburgh certainly has you covered! Calling all independent shoppers- downtown Pittsburgh is definitely the place for you. Explore the small boutiques and one-of-a-kind stores and find some hidden gems and buy special gifts that will make memories that will far outlast the trip!

Dining
New restaurants in the up-and-coming Downtown area blend high-quality ingredients and laid-back atmospheres to create a contemporary dining experience. Union Standard, set in the renovated Union Trust building, serves wood-fired, grilled food and rotisserie meats. City Works Eatery & Pour House offers diners modern American classics with tasty twists and an exhaustive list of craft beers on draft. Pittsburgh favourites include The Original Oyster House, the city’s oldest restaurant and bar, which has stood the test of time among generations of Pittsburghers.

Double Wide Grill is a Texas-style restaurant themed with a 1930s gas station theme, offers barbecued delights, even catering to vegetarians and vegans, so it’s a perfect spot for everyone. Restaurant Row on Mount Washington at the top of the Duquesne Incline is the hottest place in the whole city for magnificent views of the striking skyline and the three rivers meeting.

Outdoor Adventure
With so many beautiful parks, including Schenley Park, there’s so many ways to see the city other than by foot. Take to the skies and soar above the forests in North Park at its Go Ape zip line course or take to the water, and rent a paddle board from Stand Up Pittsburgh to explore the rivers. Hire a bike and pedal along the three Rivers Heritage Trail System. Healthy Ride has fifty stations throughout the city, so you can begin your adventure from wherever you are. Kayak Pittsburgh offer stunning kayak guided river experiences, ideal for beginners and beyond. You can even kayak whilst watching magical fireworks display at night or hire a pontoon from Boat Pittsburgh to watch the sun set over the majestic Pittsburgh skyline.

There’s no shortage of action packed adventures in Pittsburgh- whether challenging forest climbs or laid-back walks there’s something for everyone. Even walking around the city itself can be an exciting challenge, as the neighbourhoods are linked by bridges and some 712 sets of steps!

The surrounding Alleghany County Parks feature nine different parks and 12,000 acres of adventures, including Deer Lakes Park, spanning 1,180 acres and encompassing fishing lakes, an observatory, golf course, playgrounds and hiking trails.

Families
Pittsburgh has plenty of things to keep the whole family engaged! The Carnegie Science Centre has hours of hands-on fun, from investigating how the human body works to the marvels of rivers in H2OH!, everyone in the family can discover their inner scientist in the educational, amusing exhibits. Have an exhilarating day out at Idlewild&SoakZone, claimed to be one of the best theme parks for children in the world. The enchanting Story Book Forest and themed rides will easily fill an entire day with fun and laughter. Just Ducky Tours are an iconic part of summer life in Pittsburgh. Climb aboard their World War II amphibious vehicle and journey through downtown and the three rivers while learning fun facts about Pittsburgh and maybe even quacking at some local river residents!

For nature lovers, visit the National Aviary to see more than 500 birds in walk-through exhibits that put you alongside the birds so you can see their environments from their perspective. Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium also make an exciting day out with 77 acres to explore and 8,000 animals to see, there’ll never be a dull moment!

Adults
Beyond the outdoor adventures, sport, museums and idyllic parks, there’s even more to discover on a trip to Pittsburgh, perfect for friends or couples. Head to the South Side if you’re unsure what to do, it’s the one neighbourhood in Pittsburgh with something for everyone, including a lively night scene. Station Square has glorious views of downtown Pittsburgh as well as shops, restaurants and bars. Head to hipster heaven on East Carson Street and see the Victorian architecture and restaurants, bars, vintage clothing shops, theatres, galleries and coffee houses. Southside Works is the ultimate spot to dine, drink, shop and catch a movie at the Southside Works Cinema.

If you’re feeling lucky, Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore is open 24 hours and offers entertainment beyond its 3,000 slot machines, including a popular happy hour, live entertainment, dancing and dining. Why not head to a distillery or winery, such as Wigle Whisky distillery, and explore the process of making some of your favourite beverages? Or, for a morning living like a local, why not check out a farmers market to pick up some local produce to savour during your stay?

Pittsburgh is certainly the ultimate city for culture vultures, families, friends and sports lovers. Be one of the first to fly to British Airway’s new destination from London and book an unforgettable, action-packed holiday to Pittsburgh today. You won’t regret your decision!

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July - Bradenton, Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key

Anna Maria Island earned a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award as one of the Top Ten Islands in the United States. Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk received a 1st place award as the top cultural, sports and recreation project by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commission. Plus six of our beaches now have the prestigious “Blue Wave Certification” from the Clean Beach Coalition. With easy access to three international airports, we’re close to all the major attractions, yet far from the crowds.

There are 16 miles of powder white sand beaches found on idyllic Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Visitors won’t find any buildings over 3 storeys along Anna Maria Island, making beach life feel even more laid-back and unspoiled. There is a distinct community and family friendly feel, which is why this part of Florida is a hit with those looking for an authentic beach break.

Horse Surfing
The Bradenton Area continues to receive nationwide media attention for horse surfing experiences along Palma Sola Bay. Tagged as the birthplace of Horse Surfing, we are home to one of the only horseback riding stable in the State of Florida that offers horseback riding on the sand and swimming with horses.

“The Greenest Little Mainstreet in America”
Florida’s first LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy Retail Park 
On the quaint island of Anna Maria, history is being made with the first platinum LEED and Zero Net Energy Commercial Park. On Pine Avenue, a collection of Historic 1920’s bungalows have been retrofitted into boutique shops and cafes with a green twist. The historical relics are completely powered by solar energy and geothermics.

Village of the Arts
If you’re an art lover, the Bradenton Area is the place to visit! A national arts magazine has listed Bradenton as one of the nation's top 10 small cities for art. A stroll through our colourful streets has something for everyone, whether you’re a foodie, a vinyl enthusiast or a quilt lover, you will discover a range of services that range from knife sharpening to yoga.

Bradenton Riverwalk
As Downtown Bradenton’s showpiece, the Riverwalk serves as an outdoor gathering place and host for many diverse events and activities. The stretch is a mile and a half and is one of the longest public riverwalks in Florida. Running alongside the Manatee River, the Riverwalk includes a Family Fun Zone with a splash fountain and playgrounds, a great lawn for picnics, kayak launch, a day dock for boaters, a botanical walk, public artwork and the 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater.

Eco Tourism and Agritourism
When our visitor’s need a break from the sun and sand, there are several agri-tourism treasures for them to explore, offering entertainment and education for curious minds of all ages. All they need to do is head inland. Here are just a few of the many great places to start:

  • The Bradenton Area boasts not one, but two world-class wineries:
    • Bunker Hill Winery - is a "GREEN" Environmentally Responsible Winery and offers complimentary tours and tastings of their handcrafted wines. 
    • Rosa Fiorelli Winery - has a 10-acre Muscadine vineyard and their wines have won more than 100 awards. Tours include your choice of an authentic Italian lunch and wine in a complimentary souvenir glass to take home.
  • Dakin Dairy Farms - A visit to Dakin Dairy Farm is not only fun; it’s good for you! The farm is one of only three dairy farms left in the Bradenton Area.
  • Mixon Fruit Farms - has always been famous for its plump, juicy citrus, its gift shop and Groveside Café. But now, visitors can take a ride on the Orange Blossom Express through the groves past the Children’s Magical Maze and Wildlife Rescue, where the family will delight in an interactive show with rescued Florida animals, reptiles and birds. Our favorite thing about Mixons … their homemade orange swirl ice cream!
  • Robinson Nature Preserve - Robinson Nature Preserve in Bradenton is an exquisite nature preserve that is a popular destination for wildlife photography and bird watching, Tucked into the corner of northwest Bradenton, it includes 487 acres of coastal saltern, marsh, and mangrove habitat.
  • Turtle Watch Tours - In the Bradenton Area, the beaches are shared with Florida’s abundant wildlife and families visiting from May through November can experience “turtle nesting season”.

June - Sarasota

 

Sarasota County is a beautiful subtropical destination and cultural hot spot located on Florida’s Gulf Coast 80km south of Tampa. The cities of Sarasota and Venice are on the mainland and the six beautiful barrier islands are easily reached by walking, car or bike! Many properties are located on or within a short walk to the beach and great shops and restaurants nearby. As Sarasota was voted America’s No. 1 small city for art, it is the perfect destination for lovers of art and culture; visitors can choose from performing arts, opera, ballet, internationally acclaimed festivals and discovering the area's unique circus heritage. Award-winning white sandy beaches, jewel blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and an eclectic variety of cultural activities make Sarasota the perfect escape for couples and families.

Beaches
There are an abundance of sugar white sand beaches to be found in Sarasota and the extensive coastline is lined by six islands, each revealing its own personality. Lido Key has a variety of beaches including the unspoilt and secluded North Lido Beach or the family friendly Lido Beach. Longboat Key is a more manicured area with exclusive beachfront communities. On the extreme southern end of Longboat Key is Quick Point Nature Preserve offering scenic bay beach views and excellent bird watching opportunities surrounded by beautiful lagoons. Venice Beach is famous for the prehistoric sharks’ teeth and beautiful shells that are found along the shore, great for beachcombers of all ages; divers also love this area for its stunning reef. Casperson Beach is best reserved for beachgoers wanting an unspoilt and secluded experience.

SIESTA BEACH, SARASOTA - THE #1 BEACH IN AMERICA 2017
Siesta Beach, Sarasota boasts that it has the finest, whitest sand in the world, which attracts sand collectors and beach lovers from all over. The clear, clean waters along this gently-sloping beach-face make for ideal swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide, attracting fitness fans and volleyball players. Siesta is a year-round beach that is very popular with snowbirds during the winter months. There are lifeguards along this crescent-shaped beach along with full amenities. Recent upgrades include expanded parking and concession stands with seating overlooking the beach, while maintaining the beautiful natural environment, and a free trolley to transport beachgoers.

The Trip Advisor Choice Awards 2017 placed Siesta Key in the top five beaches in the world and is the only beach in the US to make the top 5 & Dr. Beach named Siesta Key as the number one beach in the US in 2017, for the second time since first being awarded in 2011.

Art & Culture
Sarasota County is known as Florida’s Cultural Coast and offers an assortment of cultural activities. The crown jewel of the Sarasota cultural scene is The Ringling Museum, John and Mable Ringling brought the circus to Sarasota in 1927 and created a legacy that continues to this day. The Asian Art Wing of The Ringling Museum, which opened in January 2016 showcases a modern design in contrast to the rest of the estate. Visitors can also head to the 1926 art deco theatre to experience superb acoustics at the Sarasota Opera, or The Gulf Coast’s professional ballet company, Sarasota Ballet for both classics and modern works. Sarasota Ballet just celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2015-16 season. Sarasota hosts a range of cultural and arts celebrations throughout the year such as the Greek Glendi and Venice’s Italian Feast & Carnival in February, the Sarasota Film Festival in April and the Sarasota Music Festival in June.

Sports
Nathan Benderson Park opened in Spring 2012, the 400-acre lake has been transformed into a world class rowing facility that hosted the World Rowing Championships in 2017 and the Masters Regatta in 2018. Events at Nathan Benderson Park also include Triathlons, Canoe & Kayaking, Stand-up Paddleboarding, Dragon Boat Racing, Water Polo and 5k & 10k Runs. A playground and paths for walking and cycling add to the variety of entertainment in the park. Sarasota also offers over 30 exceptional golf courses at terrific values.

Outdoors & Nature 
With year-round warmth and lush landscape Sarasota County is the perfect destination for exploring the great outdoors and connecting with nature. Visitors can head inland to Myakka River State Park – one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks. The 148km of nature serve as popular hiking, fishing and camping destinations. Visitors can walk among the treetops on the Canopy Walkway or kayak in the Myakka Lake tributary and get up close to alligators. Paddle boarding along Lido Key or kayaking through the mangrove tunnels on Sarasota Bay allows visitors to see dolphins and manatees in their natural habitat. The Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium offers up-close experiences with turtles, manatees, sharks and over 100 species of marine life, including two touch pools, viewable working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits this is great day out for families. Visitors to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium can learn first-hand from the biologists about the local marine life, you can even head out on the water on a research boat and help out on the surveys of local shark or sting-ray population. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a beautiful public garden with over 20,000 exotic plants, research and education centre offering a butterfly garden, banyan grove and a new Rainforest Garden exhibit, and plenty of room for little ones to stretch their legs.

Shopping & Dining
The colourful neighbourhoods of Sarasota offer visitors a variety of shopping and dining experiences. The Mall at University Town Centre, the area's newest shopping district, is a two-level enclosed shopping centre and features a Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, along with over 100 other shops; it is one of the biggest developments in South West Florida. Downtown Sarasota is a vibrant area with scores of independently owned shops and St. Armands Circle has a wide variety of high-end boutiques, alternatively the trend hunters can head to Southside Village. Eight main shopping districts in the area can be found, along with unique artist colonies for shopping and browsing. Enjoy al fresco dining to view stunning sunsets and enjoy the trendy rooftop bars in the downtown area. Sarasota offers a wide range of dining options from casual beachside restaurants to world–class elegant resort dining, and has the highest concentration of zagat-rated restaurants than anywhere else in Florida.

June - Washington, DC


 
Washington, DC is a city rich in history and proud in its heritage. With its memorials, monuments and historical sites making it a must-see place for every visitor, it is also great value for money with many of its iconic sights and museums FREE of charge!  Offering activities and attractions for everyone, very few cities in the world provide the same access to world-class museums, one-of-a-kind events and incredible displays as Washington, DC.

Washington, DC is a city made up of clean, green open spaces and a multitude of neighbourhoods, where restaurants and pubs buzz and the city is on view from a vast array of roof terraces. There’s so much to love about each one of DC’s neighbourhoods, from history on Capitol Hill and high-end boutiques in Georgetown to performing arts in the Penn Quarter and 24-hour dining in Adams Morgan. Get familiar with the lay of the land and find your place in DC.

Located between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, DC is full of surprises, you just won’t want to leave!

Monuments and Memorials:
No trip to Washington, DC is complete without touring our celebrated monuments and memorials. At the heart is the National Mall, a two-mile green expanse from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial.  Along the way, visitors will see the Washington Monument, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial to name a few.

While visitors can freely discover these attractions on their own, a tour offers a way to learn the history associated with each.  The highly-acclaimed Bike and Roll offers guided bicycle tours of the monuments with stops at all of the major attractions along the National Mall and also offers evening tours so that visitors can experience magnificent views of the attractions illuminated at night. For a truly unique way to see the city, glide across town on a Segway, all whilst taking in the sites of Washington, DC.

Museums:
Washington, DC is in a class of its own when it comes to high quality museums. Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex in the District consists of 17 museums, galleries and a National Zoo. Explore and learn about everything from the origins of man and the future of flight to the history of art across multiple continents with nearly 140 million objects, works of art and specimens to discover. And you won’t have to pay a penny to experience it as admission is free at every location.

Or why not visit the International Spy Museum, there's something for the spy in all of us. Guests adopt a cover, break codes, identify disguised spies, and become the subjects of covert surveillance throughout their visit. Through intense interactive experiences and immersive environments, the Museum examines actual events, reveals true stories, and presents hundreds of authentic tools of the spy trade.

The International Spy Museum is now at a brand-new, purpose-built facility at Washington DC’s L’Enfant Plaza, a short walk between the National Mall and The Wharf.

There are plenty more amazing museums for you to feast your eyes on such as the Museum of the Bible, the National Geographic Museum, the Law Enforcement Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and much more!

Neighbourhoods:
Washington, DC is made up of many neighbourhoods, each with its own flavour and flair. A huge variety of architecture, festivals and eateries solidify the city as a global crossroads, while farm-to-table restaurants, indie shops and galleries, busy outdoor markets and intimate music venues speak to the city’s local minded-side.

The diverse neighbourhood of Adams Morgan is mostly known for its nightlife thanks to all the bars and restaurants dotting the 18th Street corridor. Centred at the intersection of Columbia Road and 18th Street, sandwiched between U Street Corridor, Mount Pleasant, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Columbia Heights, and Woodley Park, the area might be less than 5 square miles, but there’s a lot for you to explore including historic row houses, the DC Arts Centre, an art gallery and performance space that supports emerging artists in the city.

Capitol Hill is one of the city’s most popular places to live, with 19th-century rowhouses and a market plus a vibrant dining and nightlife scene. Head to the neighbourhood both for its government buildings like the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court and the surrounding historic, walkable, restaurant-filled blocks.

With the U.S. Capitol as its beacon, Capitol Hill (lovingly named by Thomas Jefferson) has served as the centre of politics in Washington, DC since the early 19th century. But there is much more to the Hill than suited staffers and America’s most famous cast iron-domed structure. Hop off a Metro train at Eastern Market or Capitol South and begin a day filled with history, culture and dynamite eats.

Explore Dupont Circle and you’ll discover dozens of bistros, bars, boutiques and museums, as well as the vibrant stretch along 17th Street. This cosmopolitan neighbourhood offers a little something for everyone. An array of unique shops and exciting restaurants along Connecticut Avenue, one of the busy streets in the neighbourhood, is exciting enough to keep you going all day. Or why not join the throngs of locals on Sundays who visit the year-round Dupont Circle farmers’ market in front of the Metro station entrance on Q and 20th streets.

The beauty of Georgetown’s cobblestone sidewalks, grand homes and peaceful C&O canal are only part of the draw to this tree-lined historic neighbourhood – as home to some of the city’s top shops, tastiest restaurants and most luxurious hotels, Georgetown’s river waterfront is home to tons of great restaurants and plenty of outdoor activities. In summer, children (and adults, too) can splash in the sprinkler-style water fountain, watch the boats and feed the ducks. In winter months, the region’s largest ice rink opens for skating.

North of Dupont Circle – and across Rock Creek Park from funky Adams Morgan – genteel Woodley Park was one of several uptown neighbourhoods where 19th and early 20th-century Washingtonians escaped the summer heat. It still boasts historic architecture, including two grand hotels, plus the modern buzz of good restaurants with sidewalk cafés. The neighbourhood features a few iconic sights, including a Marilyn Monroe mural and two spectacular bridges, the Taft and the Duke Ellington. Its biggest attraction, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, which backs up Rock Creek Park, is home to the city’s famed giant pandas.

Outdoors:
When visiting Washington, DC, you should know you're entering a city where locals love to hike, walk and play outside. If you want to eat healthy, explore nature or tap into the city's local fitness bug, you can do it all in Washington, DC. Recreation is also plentiful. DC’s ultimate outdoor mecca is Rock Creek Park, a 4.4-square-mile expanse that includes numerous trails for hiking, biking and exploring. Plus, a nature centre, picnic areas, riding stables, tennis courts and historic site Peirce Mill. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding at Key Bridge Boathouse. Experience the tranquillity of floating on the water combined with breath-taking views of DC's monuments, Teddy Roosevelt Island's wildlife and the Georgetown Waterfront. Bring a picnic for a post-paddle lunch by the water.

The Wharf reestablishes Washington, DC, as a waterfront city and destination. This remarkable, mile-long stretch along the Potomac River comes to life with restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses—all complemented by monumental views and a vibrant culture. Home of the award winning Anthem concert hall, multiple intimate music venues, a host of local retailers, and the nation’s oldest operating fish market, The Wharf offers a truly unique DC experience.

The Wharf is one of the most connected and accessible neighborhoods in Washington, DC. With Metro and VRE in easy walking distance, Reagan International Airport and Union Station ten minutes away by car, underground parking, Capital Bikeshare onsite, and daily water taxi access, getting to The Wharf is a breeze.

Shopping:
No matter where you are in Washington, DC, there are a variety of stores, boutiques, gift shops and malls to find what you're looking for, whether it's a new look for your home or yourself. Chinatown and Penn Quarter are full of shopping possibilities, so check out 7th and F streets for a slew of options ranging from national retailers.

Head to the heart of Downtown DC for its newest shopping sensation, CityCenterDC, bustling with 10-acres of shops, cafes, restaurants and public space. Head to the hip hunter’s paradise where U Street’s old-school-cool vibe intertwines with trendsetting restaurants and shops along 14th Street. The historic U Street neighbourhood is exploding with funky furniture stores and edgy clothing outlets and cool boutiques.

Georgetown features a little bit of everything, from indie specialty shops to home design to high-end boutiques to national and international retail stores.

Tysons Corner is a favourite for the international shopper. Take Metro’s Silver Line to the retail mecca located in McLean, Va., and browse through goods from more than 300 shops at Tysons Corner Center, including brands like Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and C. Wonder.

Sports:
Washington, DC’s sports teams are a blast to cheer for, any time of the year.  The Washington Nationals stadium in Capitol Riverfront offers magnificent views of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument along with one of the National League’s most exciting teams.

Did you know that D.C. United is one of the most successful soccer teams in the country? Catch a game at Audi Field which opened last July with the familiar Wayne Rooney leading the team out.

The Washington Redskins regularly take the field in front of a packed stadium, and FedExField is home to one of only two marching bands in the NFL, a group that joyously plays “Hail to the Redskins” after every touchdown. Head to the Capital One Arena for a Washington Wizards basketball game to see All-Star John Wall in action. The arena is centrally located in DC’s bustling Penn Quarter & Chinatown neighbourhood, so after the game you can grab dinner, sightsee at a museum or relax with a nightcap at one of the neighbourhood’s buzzworthy bars. 

Dining Out and Evening Entertainment:
Beyond national treasures and historic buildings, Washington, DC’s neighbourhoods buzz with lively cafes and restaurants, rich culture and music of all kinds. It’s the real DC at its finest.

Dig in to one of the hottest restaurant scenes in the nation. When you visit the nation's capital, you’ll experience a food scene as colourful and eclectic as America itself. That means you can expect each meal at every restaurant to be different. From crave-worthy dishes served by celebrity chefs to world-famous chili bowls served from a diner, DC’s local flavour only has one thing in common: it’s all delicious.  The city received its first Michelin Guide in October 2016 signifying to the world what the locals already know; it’s a true culinary destination.

With an unparalleled music and nightlife scene, U Street draws locals and visitors looking to stay up late and have a good time. From underground dance clubs to industrial-chic spaces where you can sip artfully crafted cocktails and everything in between, this popular area in the District has every option to suit your vibe.

Festivals & Events:
You can find amazing events taking place all year long in Washington, DC. Explore everything that’s going on, from annual festivals and holiday celebrations to new museum exhibits, concerts and so much more.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. It includes spectacular weekends and daily events during March and April, promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  Each year, the Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival during June and July is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, DC, by the Smithsonian Institution’s Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each festival typically draws hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Independence Day celebrations, and there are lots of interesting sites from which to view them. For example, you’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars, sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or across the river in Arlington. Or why not head to the National Mall, one of the best but busiest places to watch the fireworks. Stake out your spot with a blanket, beach chairs and a picnic basket full of food.
 

Top things to do in Washington, DC:

National Mall
Besides well-known landmarks like the Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall also features over 60 other monuments and memorials for you to visit.

National Mall at Dusk
Touring the National Mall during the day is delightful, but for a truly magical experience, visit at dusk. That’s when the lights come on, bathing Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, as well as the Washington Monument, in an otherworldly glow.

U.S. Capitol Building
The U.S. Capitol Building is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and the center of American democracy. The world-famous domed building is home to the United States House of Representatives and Senate; where America’s congressmen and congresswomen conduct business, debate laws and pass bills on behalf of the American people. The U.S. Capitol and U.S. Capitol Visitor Centre are free to visit and are one of DC’s most popular monuments and museums which welcomes millions of visitors each year.

Bike or Segway Tour
Why not orientate yourself with the city by taking a guided bicycle or segway tour of the with stops at all of the major attractions along the National Mall and surrounding sites.

Culinary Food Tour
Treat your taste buds to a culinary food tour exploring DC’s iconic neighbourhoods and learning about the local history at the same time.

National Zoo
At the National Zoo, visitors can find all sorts of animals; lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park home. The zoo’s habitats feature animals from 400 different species and about 25 percent of the zoo’s residents are endangered.

Rock Creek Park
Hike through Rock Creek Park - DC’s ultimate outdoor mecca is Rock Creek Park, a 4.4-square-mile expanse that includes numerous trails for hiking, biking and exploring. There’s more to like about the park, too, like a nature centre, picnic areas, riding stables, tennis courts and the historical site of Peirce Mill.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration, held in Washington, DC. Each year, the Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan with spectacular weekend and daily events.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, our nation's most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honoured dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit Arlington National Cemetery to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

National Air and Space Musuem
The National Air and Space Museum takes visitors to the sky, showcasing the amazing technological achievements that have progressed aviation and space exploration throughout the last century. Our fascination with flight is still alive and well, as the museum is one of the most visited in the world year after year. Glimpse the 1903 Wright Flyer, run your hands over moon rock and experience the larger-than-life world of aviation and space travel.

Eastern Market
Visit Eastern Market on weekend mornings to browse the work of local artisans and sample farm-fresh produce and concoctions. Market Lunch’s blueberry buckwheat pancakes are a must-try in the market itself


Transportation

Washington, DC is a very walkable city, but the Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around and operates from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends. Taxis and Uber are plentiful and economic in DC or alternatively hop on a bike and explore all that DC has to offer.

May - St. Pete / Clearwater, Florida

St. Pete/Clearwater offers 35 miles of award-winning, spectacular white-sand beaches and breath-taking sunsets. With an abundance of arts and cultural must-dos, adrenalin-fuelled water sports and a fast-growing food and craft beer scene, this is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples and singles alike. A sun-drenched paradise where shorts and sundresses, flip-flops and sandals are the uniform of the day and the sounds of the Gulf provide an audio backdrop to a slower pace. The sun, the sand and the water await.

Start with digging your toes into the powdery sands of Clearwater Beach which was voted as America’s Best Beach on TripAdvisor’s annual list of the 25 Best Beaches for the last 2 years, and with St. Pete Beach ranked at Number 4 for 2019.

Beautiful Clearwater Beach not only has brilliant white sands but is also a hub of hubbub with a nightly celebration at Pier 60 filled with crafters, buskers and live music, a great place to watch the sunset. On laid-back St. Pete Beach, build the perfect sandcastle, fly over the water in a parasail or go stand-up paddleboarding on the brilliant Gulf of Mexico.

Find an Old Florida vibe in Treasure Island or Pass-A-Grille, or get active at family-friendly Fort De Soto. There’s no place quite like the pristine beaches of Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands - completely undeveloped barrier islands where you’re guaranteed a blissful break.

Some of the most breathtaking scenery and invigorating experiences are found on the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf. Rent a canoe or kayak to get closer to nature as you paddle through the peaceful mangrove trails. Or if you feel the need for speed, why not hire a jet ski from John’s Pass Village in Treasure Island or try your hand at a private two-man speedboat. For a bird’s eye view of the coastline try have a go at a Jetlev and get to fly 30 feet above the water with a futuristic jetpack strapped to your back!

Dial up the heat at St. Pete/Clearwater’s waterfront restaurants, rooftop lounges, nightclubs and bars. Whether it be grabbing a fresh grouper sandwich from one of the local beach bars or enjoying a farm to table dining experience, the area is well known for its culinary options. Along the craft beer trail you’ll stumble upon an array of small independent breweries crafting fresh artisanal beers you can’t find anywhere else. Both beer geeks and newbies will find suds to suit their palate. Other people eat and drink, but there they savour and with the added bonus of gentle sea breezes and sparkling water views, who can deny that this isn’t a winning combination! Nightlife in the area is vibrant and varied. St. Pete/Clearwater has one of the best nightlife scenes in Florida.

St. Pete/Clearwater is home to 26 distinct community neighbourhoods, from the Greek sponge fishing enclave of Tarpon Springs and Celtic-tinged Dunedin in the north to small town Safety Harbour, Madeira Beach, Indian Rocks and a string of other Gulf front beach towns all the way down to artsy Gulfport.

Immerse yourself in some of the area’s awe-inspiring art and culture in downtown St. Petersburg. Here you will find the world-famous Dali Museum, featuring the largest collection of artist’s work outside of Spain, as well as more than 70 incredible street murals, which adorn the buildings around Central Avenue. Another fantastic stop is The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center. Get lost in a swirl of glass sculptures before heading to the Morean Glass Studio and Hotshop to see resident artists creating glass art right in front of your eyes.

Located just 90 minutes from Orlando and 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater is your perfect beach destination and ultimate Florida holiday.

Top things to do in St. Pete/Clearwater:

  • Spend the day on one of our beautiful ‘Award-Winning’ beaches with Clearwater Beach voted as America’s Best Beach on TripAdvisor’s annual list of the 25 Best Beaches for 2 years in a row and St. Pete Beach ranked as Number 4 for 2019.
  • Celebrate the amazing sunsets at Pier 60 Festival, a nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach.
  • Explore natural adventures within our pristine park system. Swim, fish and snorkel, or hire a Canoe or Kayak and meander through the many mangrove swamps and waterways.
  • Observe astounding art at the Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg which houses the largest collection of the artists’ work outside of Spain.
  • Discover our diverse heritage from Tarpon Springs, a historic riverfront town famous for sponge diving, to Dunedin with its Scottish Heritage and antique shops galore.
  • Visit Winter the Dolphin, star of the ‘Dolphin Tale’ movies at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  • Quench your thirst on our thriving Craft Beer Trail or tantalise those taste buds on one or more of the seven stops along the oh-so sweet Chocolate Trail.
  • Bike, jog or rollerblade along the 38 plus mile Pinellas Trail.
  • Play a round of golf at more than 50 challenging courses.
  • Enjoy a day at one of the many state of the art spas.
  • Shop amid fabulous boutiques both fine and eclectic.
  • Why not attend one of our many festivals or events that take place throughout the year including the Clearwater Jazz Holiday or the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
  • Sports fans can take in a game at one or more of the area’s professional teams including Tampa Bay Rays (Baseball), Tampa Bay Rowdies (Soccer) or Tampa Bay Buccaneers (American Football).

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April - Florida Keys & Key West


The Florida Keys and Key West is a 126 mile long string of Islands connected to South Florida by the scenic Overseas Highway; a road that suspends the traveller in a place that bridges the gap between sea and sky. In the Florida Keys you are a world away from the theme parks of central Florida, in a place that envelopes you with its warmth and beauty and grants you permission to shed the worries of the real world you just left behind!

 

The turquoise blue waters that surrounds Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West is a treasure trove both above and below. Divers and snorkeler’s splash down into the only living coral reef in North America to discover nature’s idea of an aquarium, while fishermen anticipate the challenge of catching their dinner and kite surfers await the caress of the light trade winds.

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10 must do’s in the Florida Keys and Key West

1. Key Largo: Dive/Snorkel at John Pennekamp State Park – the crown jewel of the state park system and the first undersea park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles and the coral reefs and their associated marine life are a divers and/or snorkelers dream!

2. Key Largo: Kayak and explore Everglades National Park- it is the only eco-system of its type in the world with the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, it boasts rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and a wetland of international importance. Key Largo is considered to be the Gateway to the Everglades.

3. Islamorada: Fishing – Sport Fishing Capital of the World – Take a charter boat out to one of the only place on Earth where it is possible to catch a sailfish in the morning, and then venture into the backcountry in pursuit of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish in just inches of water.

4. Islamorada: Robbie’s Marina - A nostalgic destination reminiscent of why some of the most talented artists, writers, fishermen and presidents have called the Florida Keys home. Robbie’s rests peacefully among coconut palms with shimmering views of the nearby islands where the unspoiled Florida Bay and the exquisite Atlantic Ocean converge. With free entry, a private sandy beach, fabulous restaurant serving fresh local food and quaint art and craft pavilions one cannot help but understand why so many artists have chosen this place to immortalize in paintings. The kids will also love feeding the enormous tarpon?

5. Marathon: Dolphin Research Centre - Bring your family to meet with the family of dolphins and sea lions. Spend an hour or stay all day learning about these incredible marine mammals. Dolphin Research Centre, a not-for-profit research and educational facility offers several exciting daily presentations demonstrating the dolphins’ high flying athletics, dolphin education fun facts, dolphin research, new behaviour training, medical behaviours, and much more. Enjoy dolphin swims and other encounters, as well as other fun chances to touch a dolphin.

6. Marathon: Turtle Hospital – visit the Turtle Hospital and see how they rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, learn how they conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles and work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.

7. Big Pine Key: Visit Bahia Honda State Park and Recreation Area at mile marker 37. With its white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife, Bahia Honda Key frequently makes the list of most beautiful beaches in America.

8. Big Pine and the Lower Keys: spending a half day or full day exploring the backcountry waters off the lower Florida Keys. Encounter key deer, sea turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat as well as explore the Great White Heron National Sanctuary.

9. Key West: Sunset at Mallory Square – celebrate the end of the day at Mallory Square where every evening you can enjoy free live music and street entertainers, art and craft stores and enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down.

10. Key West: Day trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park - Explore a 19th Century Fort and snorkel crystal clear water with incredible marine life. Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area.

March - Denver, Colorado

Welcome to Denver, Colorado, the outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The Mile High City’s walkable city center offers urban adventures for all ages, from museums, parks and street art to boutiques, chef-driven restaurants and craft breweries.

Upscale shopping awaits in Cherry Creek, while Denver's seven professional sports teams entertain year-round. It’s easy to get to the walkable city center with direct rail service from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station. The city’s neighborhoods are easy to explore on bike or on foot, and the free 16th Street Mall shuttles in the heart of downtown run from early morning to late at night. 

Attraction Pass Options
A great deal! Pick from the city's best attractions. The Mile High City offers you two different passes to take advantage of the great attractions throughout the city. The Mile High Culture Pass gives you three days to explore many of Denver's top art and cultural museums, while the Denver CityPASS gives you access to three, four or five of Denver's most popular attractions for seven days.

Example of some participating attractions:

  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • History Colorado Center
  • Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
  • Molly Brown House Museum
Larimer Square
Historic Larimer Square is Denver's oldest city block, home to the first saloons and businesses in The Mile High City. Today, the Victorian buildings have been transformed into shops, wine bars and the hottest restaurants. Look for the sparkling lights strung across the street, relax at an outdoor cafe or bar, taste the best of cuisine created by local chefs or find unique clothing and accessories in the boutiques.

Lower Downtown (LODO) Historic District
Denver's happening historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to brewpubs, rooftop bars, restaurants, Coors Field baseball stadium and the newly renovated Denver Union Station. While you're in LoDo, stop by Rockmount Ranch Wear for a snap-button Western shirt at the store where they were invented; browse the locally-owned Tattered Cover Bookstore; or sip a handcrafted beer at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver's first brewpub originally owned by current Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper.

Union Station
Denver Union Station has undergone a massive restoration that transformed the landmark into a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub, complete with the Crawford Hotel. The historic, Beaux Arts 1914 train terminal is now a foodie destination, featuring local favorites like the farm-to-table restaurant Mercantile and the Terminal Bar, serving Colorado craft beer and food from the station's former ticket windows. A handful of local retailers includes the popular Tattered Cover Bookstore. Denver Union Station is also fulfilling its original role as a major ground transportation hub for AMTRAK, buses, light rail, and the direct rail service to and from Denver International Airport.

Denver Beer Trail
Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the craft beer paradise in The Mile High City. Explore the featured breweries, most of which are in the walkable downtown area, and you will find everything from Stouts to Lagers and all the flavors in between. Denver's craft beer culture is thriving and creative.

Denver Art MuseumThe Denver Art Museum is home to renowned collections of Western and Native American art. Explore the bold contemporary art inside and out of the new Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum, located in downtown’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, also offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month and is free for kids under 18 at all times.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is famous for its one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue that is surrounded by giant, ancient rock formations. Seeing a concert under the stars at Red Rocks is on every music lover’s bucket list. And, during the day, Red Rocks is a free city park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center that includes a Performers' Hall of Fame, where you can learn about all the great musicians who have performed on the stage, including the Beatles in 1964. Red Rocks is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.

Cherry Creek 
Cherry Creek Shopping Center is home to more than 160 stores and restaurants including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. Visit the guest services desk and ask for your “Passport to Shopping” offering discounts for more than 60 stores and restaurants. Head across 1st Avenue to find the charming, tree-lined streets of the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, where you can explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, spas and more. Cherry Creek is located just 15 minutes southeast of downtown. Go to www.shopcherrycreek.com/passport to see shopping offers and deals exclusive to the Cherry Creek Passport.

Denver Botanic Gardens
One of the top five botanic gardens in the United States, Denver Botanic Gardens is lush oasis in the city, offering year-round events and art exhibitions, a children’s garden, a conservatory, the Monet pool with its picturesque outdoor café and more. The Gardens are located 10 minutes from downtown Denver near Cherry Creek.

Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
The Wild West and Buffalo Bill Cody's exciting story as Pony Express rider, army scout, buffalo hunter and showman comes to life at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, located high atop Lookout Mountain. Enjoy views of the snowcapped Rockies in one direction and the Great Plains in the other. For those with strong nerves, there is an adventurous drive to the museum on the “hairpin” Lariat Loop Drive; then continue to I-70, exit 250, to see a live herd of buffalo. The museum is located 40 minutes west of downtown Denver. 

Colorado Railroad Museum
Surrounded by towering Western buttes in the town of Golden, the Colorado Railroad Museum features more than 100 narrow and standard gauge locomotives, cabooses and cars. Exhibits in and around the 1880s-style depot include a working Roundhouse and model railroads. Train rides every Saturday on the Galloping Goose take guests on a one-third-mile loop of track, while "Steam ups" and special events including "A Day Out With Thomas" occur throughout the year. The museum is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.

January & February - The Deep South, USA

Welcome to The Deep South, USA! The Deep South consists of five states, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee. Music fans will feel at home in Nashville’s Honky-tonks or in the blues bars on Beale Street in Memphis and the jazz filled streets of New Orleans. Join candlelit vigils in honour of Elvis, discover the roots of Bluegrass in Kentucky or visit the Dolly Parton theme park in Pigeon Forge.


Discover the natural beauty and fascinating culture of the Deep South, from beautiful national parks such as The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee or Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and scenic drives along byways such as the Natchez Trace Parkway to the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. This region has witnessed some of the pivotal moments in American history and you’ll find ample opportunities learn about the past from antebellum mansions and fascinating battlefield tours to uncover the secrets of the American Civil War, to the Civil Rights Movement sites and museums. 

Reasons to visit the Deep South...

  1. If you want to experience the 'real' America, then it just has to be the Deep South USA.
  2. It's a fantastic Fly Drive destination, where you can visit vibrant cities, small American towns, experience history, hear great music and eat fantastic food... all topped off with a big dose of Southern hospitality!
  3. For lovers of the Great Outdoors we have the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee and Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.
  4. Great for Golfing too, if you're a golf fanatic - there are some amazing scenic courses on offer across the Deep South States.
  5. And if your holiday needs to feature a beach, we have that too - the Gulf Coast has beautiful beaches and amazing seafood restaurants!

'Sweet Home Alabama' is a state immortalised in the lyrics of the legendary song. Nestled in the heart of the American Deep South, Alabama has a flavour all of its own! Award winning cuisines, the best barbecue and fresh from the Gulf seafood is washed down with the traditional Alabama sweet tea and served with a generous helping of southern hospitality.

Alabama's largest city was named after Birmingham, UK and its known for its foodie scene, lively entertainment districts, arts and attractions, Barber Motorsports Museum showcasing the world's largest collection of motorcycles, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute which details the city's role in the movement which changed America and Red Mountain Park are just some of the must do attractions.


Montgomery, Alabama's capital city was home to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Rosa Parks museum tells this inspirational story. Here one can also follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr and visit his church and parsonage. For thrill seekers, the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville has simulators that allow visitors to experience a space shot, G-force and weightlessness.

Alabama is also known for its music history, International superstars including Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones all came to Muscle Shoals, the 'Hit Recording Capital of the World' to record songs in the 60s and 70s. These working studios still used by international artists welcome visitors for tours. Live music can be found in almost every town and city in sophisticated bars and clubs. Saturday night juke joints and gospel choir church services. Festivals across the state celebrate music, local specialities and a wide range of beverages including the legendary tea!


For lovers of the great outdoors, Alabama sweeps down from the foothills of the Appalachians to the 32 miles of white sand beaches on the Gulf Coast providing plenty of opportunity to hike, bike, kayak and swim.

The port city of Mobile by the Bay offers Delta Safaris, eco tours and to restaurants that allow visitors to enjoy the ambience and soak up the sun. It is also home of the very first Mardi Gras which took place in 1703 and is still celebrated today.


In Kentucky you will find the Horse Capital of the World (Lexington), makers of 95% of the world’s Bourbon, longest cave system in the world (Mammoth Cave National Park), the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass Music). Kentucky also host large music festivals like ROMP and Forecastle, and food festivals including the International BBQ Festival (Owensboro), Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown) and World Chicken Festival (London).


The Horse Capital of the World
Get up close and personal with over forty breeds of horses at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Visit retired champions at Georgetown’s Old Friends Farm for Retired Thoroughbreds. Take in the Track Kitchen and watch the morning workouts at the Keeneland Race Track in Lexington. Explore the history and pageantry of the greatest two minutes in sports at the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs, Louisville.

The Bourbon Experience
Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® or visit stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Craft Tour. Explore another bourbon story with a visit to Buffalo Trace Distillery, the oldest continuously producing distillery located on the banks of the Kentucky River in Frankfort. Book a tour of Kentucky Cooperage, Lebanon, where new charred oak barrels are crafted for bourbon production.


Newport Ganster Tour
Explore the streets where the mob made their millions, gamblers lost their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. Join our gangster guides for a raucous, high energy presentation inside an old casino to explain the historic significance of Newport, and discover how this little town gave birth to the modern day gaming industry.

Muhammad Ali Center
The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural centre with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fuelled his journey.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Located just southwest of Corbin this park is contained entirely within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Here you will find Cumberland Falls, sometimes called the Little Niagara, or the Niagara of the South (the largest waterfall south of the Niagara). Many people visit the falls to witness a natural phenomenon called moonbow. The moonbow is a lunar rainbow that sometimes forms over the falls under a full moon on clear nights and an arch of white light is usually produced at the base of the falls. This phenomenon is not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere! The area is also a natural choice for water-sports enthusiasts, offering white-water rafting, canoeing, swimming, and fishing. Landlubbers will enjoy the hiking and horseback riding opportunities in this lovely area. The State Park offers great camping facilities and spots.

Shaker Village
A half-hour from Lexington in the town of Harrodsburg, is the largest restored Shaker community in the United States and the first site in the country to be designated in its entirety as a National Historic Landmark.In 1805, a group of shakers came to rural Kentucky and established a Village named Pleasant Hill. The population peaked to almost 500 in the 1820s and the community acquired more than 4,000 acres of farmland. However, after the 1860s, changing social attitudes and the Industrial Revolution signalled the community’s decline. By 1923, sadly the last Pleasant Hill Shaker died and the buildings, property and belongings passed into private hands.

Paducah
Paducah was first admired by William Clark as he made his way downriver in the early 1800s. Many others through the centuries, including famed humourist Irvin Cobb, would come to admire the river city as a beautiful place to linger. Creativity is the common thread that connects people from around the globe to Paducah, the world's 7th City of Crafts and Folk Art in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Anchored by the National Quilt Museum and a thriving fibre arts community, Paducah is a haven for creative thinkers and doers.At the heart of America's inland waterways, the river contributes to the constant flow of Paducah's engaging energy and fascinating history. From the colourful revitalization of the Lower Town Arts District to the vibrant streets of 19th Century architecture in Historic Downtown, Paducah invites visitors to immerse themselves in rich American heritage and a globally-celebrated creative culture.


Louisiana is a place where you can Feed Your Soul - a state with so much diversity that just a short drive takes you to another world within the state’s borders.

No place in America is better known for incredible indigenous food and music. Our cuisine is legendary no matter which part of the state you visit. Cajun and Creole delicacies – dishes with curious names like gumbo, jambalaya and étouffée and the best in Gulf of Mexico seafood – are at every turn, found alongside unique Louisiana spins on more traditional Southern fare.

Louisiana is the birthplace of jazz, the home of Cajun and zydeco music and a key player in the history of American blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll. Jazz, like its birthplace New Orleans, is an eclectic mix of European, African and Caribbean cultures and influences which spills into the streets of popular tourist districts such as the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny. To the west of the city are the swamps and prairies of “Acadiana,” where Cajun and zydeco still dot the landscape in venues ranging from dance halls and hole-in-the-wall clubs to festivals the porches of rural farmhouses. Other regional pockets, particularly in north and central Louisiana, were pivotal in the birth and evolution of country, blues, rockabilly and rock and roll.


Like the food and music, interesting history and memorable outdoor adventures are numerous statewide. Ornate antebellum plantation mansions dot the Mississippi River, showing and telling the story of the pre-Civil War south. Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole cultures remain prevalent generations later, and the range of experiences is as thorough as history exhibits at numerous museums, yet as simple as street signs in both English and French in many cities. And only in Louisiana can you find one of the oldest historical sites in America – the Native American earthworks and artifacts of Poverty Point, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, predates The Pyramids.


Adventure seekers find opportunities for fishing, hunting, biking, paddling, hiking, camping and bird- and wildlife-watching in thousands of acres of scenic swamps, coastal marshes and lowland pine and hardwood forests. And for adventure fused with Louisiana food and music, try a Louisiana festival – there are hundreds statewide each year, the biggest being Mardi Gras in New Orleans and several major Louisiana cities.

Nicknamed the “Festival Capital of America,” Louisiana hosts more than 400 festivals each year, including its famous Mardi Gras. Tap your feet in New Orleans dance halls to the sounds of live jazz. Indulge in Louisiana’s famous Cajun and Creole cuisine, as well as its libations (the state is home to the Sazerac, the U.S.’s first cocktail, after all). From boutiques to antiques, the shopping is also top-notch in Louisiana - and it’s tax-free for international travelers.


Mississippi is named for the Mississippi river which forms its western boundary and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The name roughly translated from Native American folklore means “Father of Waters.” The translation comes from the Chippewa words “mici zibi” meaning “great river” or “gathering in of all the waters” and the Algonquin word “Messipi”.

Mississippi was organized as a territory in 1798 and was admitted as the 20th state to join the Union on December 10, 1817. Jackson is the capital city and the largest metropolitan area.


Lush, rolling hills and flat cotton fields combine with white sandy beaches and the fabled Mississippi River to create horizons like no other in America.

Best known for the famous river that forms its western border, Mississippi is a state that runs deep. America’s music, be it blues, gospel, country or rock’n’roll, got its start here. Visit the BB King Museum or The Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum or the GRAMMY museum or the new Mississippi Arts Experience for an interactive experience found only in America.

Home of a King - The Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum in Tupelo is an attraction on every travel bucket list. Super fans to passers-by come to Tupelo and see where the King’s story began. You can visit the two-room house where Elvis was born, the church where he sang on Sundays and enjoy the beautiful grounds with walking paths and memorials.


Chasing the Blues - One of the most popular (and free) exhibits is the Mississippi Blues Trail. More than 200 markers across the state tell stories through words and images of bluesmen and women and how the places where they lived and the times in which they existed – and continue to exist – influenced their music. The sites range from city streets to cotton fields, train depots to cemeteries, and clubs to churches.

Home Sweet Home - A visit to Mississippi would not be complete without touring one of the state’s beautiful antebellum homes. Natchez, with its historic mansions, boasts the most of these grand estates, but they can also be found in Vicksburg, Meridian and Columbus as well. Stay overnight in one for an authentic and unforgettable night straight from Gone With the Wind.

Jackson - The new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is a powerful and moving testimony to the bravery and sacrifice of individuals from the 1800’s to the modern day. The next-door History Museum recounts 15,000 years of deep history from prehistoric times to the present day.

Clarksdale - Packed full of memorabilia from the 1920’s on, including Muddy Water’s homeplace, the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale recounts how the music that started in the Delta cotton fields migrated to Memphis and Chicago and eventually around the world spawning the likes of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin.

Down on the Gulf Coast - If gaming, shopping and time in the sand is your preference, then the Mississippi Gulf Coast is where you will find plenty of options. Beyond gaming, the coast features A-list entertainers, relaxing spa experiences and activities for children. Dine on delicious freshly caught seafood dishes and then visit the artistic towns of Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs.

Oxford - From the picture perfect town square to William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak and the manicured campus of Ole Miss, Oxford is quintessentially Southern.

Vicksburg - President Lincoln described Vickburg as "The Key to the South” in the American Civil War and visitors can relive the history at the expansive National Military Park.

Cuisine

Try a Hot Tamale - Dating back more than 100 years, the Hot Tamale is a savoury snack local to the Mississippi Delta and is not to be missed!

Greenwood - Discover how to make the perfect fried chicken, shrimp grits or fried green tomatoes at the Viking Cookery School, adjacent to the luxury Alluvian Hotel.

Breweries - Mississippi’s craft brewing reputations is growing from Lucky Town in Jackson to Crooked Letter in Gulfport and Southern Prohibition in Hattiesburg.

BBQ - Barbecue may not have been invented in Mississippi, but it sure was perfected here. Whether you’re in the state’s Northern Hills region, on the Gulf Coast, or anywhere in between, delicious barbecue is never too far away. From places only the locals know about to nationally-recognized restaurants, Mississippi has it all.  And don’t forget to ask for the Come Back sauce!


Tennessee is one of a kind. Experience the allure of our music, beauty, family adventure and history. Find it by losing yourself in the breath-taking beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, where the fog's so thick you can’t tell where the world ends and heaven begins. A place, where you can conquer the Appalachian Trails in the morning, then plummet back down to earth in the afternoon with ride after ride at Dollywood. Discover the grandeur of the mighty Mississippi River rolling through the land of the blues, rock and soul in Memphis. Or, experience the relaxation of driving through the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee with the top down, stopping to soak in our storied history.


Listen closely. Our music is America’s soundtrack. It’s the foot-tapping, head-bobbing, soul-saving kind. You’ll hear it in the lyrics and melodies found in the home and birthplace of country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul and everything in between. From the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to Beale Street in Memphis to bluegrass jams on the porches of Bristol. Tennessee is where it all began and never stopped.


It’s that magic you can only taste in every sip of oak-barrel-aged Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and each bite of “I’ve-died-and-gone-to-heaven” Southern cooking. It's that creative spirit America was built on, crafted by artists, visionaries and pioneers.


Close your eyes and feel it – it’s uniquely Tennessee. Come visit. Let it touch you. It’s a holiday that can only be Made in Tennessee.

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