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Weekend Getaways Close to Home

Getaways image There are times when a quick weekend getaway is exactly what you need to relax and unwind. You might believe it will be hard to find a location close enough to make it worth it for just a few days. But don’t worry, there are actually plenty of places that could be exactly what you are hoping for in a weekend away.

New York City

Getting to the city that never sleeps from just about anywhere is easy by car, rail, or plane. It has so many fun inside and outside things to do that weather should not factor into your decision: Central Park and the High Line for lovers of the outdoors, and intriguing museums or entertaining Broadway shows if and when you prefer to be indoors. For a bit of history, take a ferry to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.

San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the nation with its legendary Golden Gate Bridge, Victorian architecture dotting the steep hills, interesting and eclectic neighborhoods, cable cars, and lovely weather all year long.

AT&T Park is a fabulous place to enjoy the scenery while taking in a baseball game, as the stadium overlooks the lovely San Francisco Bay.

Washington, D.C.

Not only is America's capital chock full of free attractions, many of them are concentrated on the National Mall, making it effortless to see the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other highlights in just a matter of days. When you are visiting, don't miss out on the popular weekend brunch scene – just be sure to make reservations in advance.

New Orleans
You can't tackle all of the Big Easy's top sights in one weekend, but its various offerings make it easy to pick activities based on your interests.

If you like history, be sure to check out The National WWII Museum, or if you prefer to spend time outside, walk around the lovely City Park. Foodies (or even non-foodies) will want to breakfast or snack on the typical beignets, then spend some time walking around the famous and charming French Quarter.

Nashville, NC

Part mountain village, part hipster place, this North Carolina locale is a haven for adventurers and beer lovers. The renowned Appalachian Trail passes through the area if you want to hike a segment, and nearby Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway also offer fun day hikes. A day in the mountain air will make you thirsty, so be sure to check out some of the fun local breweries, which together have over 100 locally-crafted beers for you to try.

Chicago
Because it is centrally located and convenient to get to from almost anywhere in the U.S., Chicago is a great weekend destination for anyone wanting to experience its lively bar and restaurant scene, architectural history, or other activities. On mild days, get a selfie in front of "The Bean" and go on an architecture river cruise.

Meanwhile, museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum are perfect places to get out of winter's biting temps.

Seattle

In Seattle, be sure to stop in a local café for coffee, as the city is famous for its laid-back coffee scene (it’s home to the original Starbucks); tour the iconic Space Needle; then head over to lively Pike Place Market in the evening for dinner or drinks.

For anyone who would like a good workout, go for a hike in the lovely Discovery Park, or for courageous adventurers, head over to Mount St. Helens, an active volcano whose last major eruption was in 1980.

Take an umbrella, but don’t let the city’s famous rainy weather stop you; it is generally just a light drizzle or mist.

Romantic Getaways: Something Different

Taking a trip to renew your vows is an awesome way to re-energize any relationship. An anniversary vacation promises to combine all aspects romance, whether you have been a couple for 5 years or 50.

And what about those two people inching in the direction of the 40 year wedding anniversary? Contrary to a honeymoon where couples mainly seek leisure, an anniversary vacation demands more planning. The very first thing is to decide on a location and itinerary that is well-suited to your marital landmark.

For instance, wine tasting in Santa Barbara wine country might be suitable for a 45-year anniversary while a skiing in Colorado or going on a safari in Botswana might be better for a 5-year anniversary. Holidays like these will allow you to discover a brand new part of the world, as well as a new part of your partnership. And thankfully, we have done much of the work finding these perfect locations for you. Getaways portrayal

Principality of Monaco

Monaco Ville, better known as Le Rocher, has retained its original old town, complete with small, windy medieval lanes. Then get all dressed up and visit the celebrated Casino de Monte-Carlo where the gents must wear jackets after eight pm.

Amsterdam, Holland

Visiting Holland’s tulip display is a intimate way to spend your anniversary. And do not miss the beautiful 17th -century canal houses in Amsterdam that have remained mostly unmodified since Rembrandt’s time.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

A couple can reserve a private room in the lavish Trappers Cabin, which typically holds ten, and rekindle their vows at Beaver Creek Mountain, only 12 miles from Vail, Colorado.

Cabo San Lucas

Experience the glory of whale watching in Cabo when humpbacks start showing up between December and April.

Republic of Botswana
Go on a safari in Botswana to the Khwai Private Reserve which comes with unmatched admittance to the famous Okavango Delta and is situated along the Khwai River on the eastern border of the protected Moremi Game Reserve.
Algarrobo, Chile

Do you desire to swim in one of the world's most extensive saltwater pools? Then head to the Crystal Lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile.

Those Special Occasion Getaways

Vacations and important moments go hand in hand with festivity, good times and creating memories. Why not explore Santa’s workshop in Lapland, head off for a intimate city break in Dubrovnik for Valentine’s Day, get married in St. Lucia and honeymoon in Bora Bora!

Take a look at a few of the next foremost destinations where you can celebrate those special moments and create magical memories.

A Christmas in Rovaniemi, Lapland
If you seek to tick all the magical boxes, take a trip to Lapland with your children at Christmas time.

This locale is the most amazing destination for young children as well as grown-ups to embrace the Christmas spirit, and is located on the Arctic Circle making it feel more like you are part of Santa’s team.

Each day, young ones will be able to see Santa Claus at Santa Claus Village, and stop by the Santa Park where Santa’s tiny aids and his reindeer are there to say hello. It is every single child’s dream come true!

Happy New Year's Eve from Sydney Harbour Bridge
There is absolutely nothing more amazing than experiencing the mix of fireworks in Sydney which are viewed as one of the very best fireworks displays in the world.

At 6 pm, the celebrations get rolling with an entertainment show at Sydney Harbour, and at midnight, the distinguished fireworks show commences at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Viewed by millions of people around the globe, this 12-minute presentation is a sight to see.

Valentine's Day in Dubrovnik

Considered one of southeastern Europe’s foremost inspiring locations, Dubrovnik in Croatia has a unique medieval charm.

Dubrovnik might be the ideal spot to propose, with its old charming buildings oozing with medieval history.

Many writers, poets and painters have felt the influence of this impressive town. To truly experience the wonders of this town, jump on a cable car and observe the terracotta rooftops, the Adriatic Sea, and the island of Lokrum across the way.

Get Married in St. Lucia

There is no better place to get married than St. Lucia and there are countless good reasons why. A tropical island filled with rich rainforests and wildlife is primarily known for the Pitons, two mountainous volcanic spires emerald in color. This Western Caribbean island is the most desirable setting for your beach front wedding ceremony in paradise!

Honeymoon in Beautiful Bora Bora
The wonder is overwhelming on the smaller island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific, which is only 6 miles long and no more than 2 miles wide.

At the island's core rises Mt. Otemanu, a 727m dormant volcano, and it is encircled by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a greenish blue lagoon shielded by a coral reef. World renowned writer and author of the novel “Tales of the South Pacific”, James Michener, labeled it the “most beautiful island in the world.”

In the 18th century, British explorer James Cook penned it “Pearl of the Pacific”. Bora Bora is the ultimate definition of a tropical getaway; with its lavish resorts, warm climate and cheerful people.

Bali: Your Anniversary Destination

Bali is the greatest location to enjoy your anniversary, with its pleasant ambiance and enchanting landscapes. Bali feels and looks like utopia on earth, with its picturesque scenery and incredible blue waters. The highly developed arts, including dance, music and sculpture, the extravagant holiday resorts and vibrant nightlife bring many people to this carefree island.

Do these adventures sound good to you and your partner? Exclusive outings such as cruising in Crystal Bay, visits to the sacred volcano of Mt. Batur, and helicopter rides, as well as couple’s massages and cooking classes with local people – then Bali is your anniversary destination.

What Makes a Perfect Honeymoon?

Let’s not ignore the terrific honeymoon holiday that comes after the “I do’s”. The increased numbers of newlyweds looking for the perfect honeymoon has caused more resorts and cruise lines to feature specific romantic getaways filled with a romantic touch.

After the exhilaration of the wedding, most honeymooners are looking for a place where they can replenish their strength and share in the first memories as a married couple. Here are some of the top destinations to share those first moments as a wedded couple. Home photograph

I love you...marry me?

So, your true love has swept you off your feet and you're organizing your fairy tale wedding followed, of course, by the honeymoon vacation of your desires. The vast US, from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, has a range of destination options for all honeymooners whether they’re into mountain climbing, kayaking, skiing, or sightseeing.

Los Angeles and San Francisco, California
Los Angeles’ Hollywood sign and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge are just two of California’s most renowned symbols.

The Big Apple
The experienced hoteliers in New York City know just what honeymooners and other romantics want to make their stay memorable.

The Big Apple’s recognized sites, museums, and night scene make it worth getting out of bed.

Hawaii
If you’re looking for the perfect place to honeymoon, look no further than Hawaii where you’ll be astonished by its beautiful beaches and hidden coves; world-class resorts; delicious cuisine; appealing water sports; breathtaking natural beauty; and perfect weather.

Las Vegas, baby!
And don’t dismiss Las Vegas. The city offers 24-hour excitement and late-night action for honeymooners who favor more fun than a good tan. If you and your new spouse are into culture, good food and beautiful shores, Europe is a great honeymoon spot.

Paris
The cozy bistros and iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, often called the City of Love, make this city a fantastic place for couples to experience what romance is all about.
Italy

Nearby Italy is replete with history, world-recognized art, great fashion, exquisite food, and so much more. The famed Tuscany region is a destination that can't be overlooked because of its charming little towns, culture-rich cities as well as its tasty Chianti wine. In Venice you’ll see and hear the crooning of the gondolieri who float along the canals of the City of Water and you’ll marvel at the creativity of the masks donned during Carnival time.

Spain
The choice of places to visit in Spain is vast, from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands.

Seville will enchant newlyweds with its intricate architecture and Spanish folklore. By day, enjoy a visit to its luxurious alcazars. Follow this up with a regenerating siesta so you have the stamina to dance all night long.

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The South Pacific

Wonderful honeymoon memories can be made in the South Pacific. Two of the world’s best honeymoon spots include the South Pacific islands of Fiji and Tahiti. Both islands offer miles and miles of tranquil, breathtaking shores as well as some seriously amazing living arrangements. And who wouldn’t want to see tropical fish swimming under the coffee table at one of the many hotels offering over-water suites.

Experience the trip of a lifetime on an African honeymoon.
If you’re looking a true escapade, then a honeymoon in Africa is just what you're looking for, from long safari walks, great fishing, or fun canoe trips, or maybe just a good book in front of a hippo-filled river.

Weekend recreation Toast to married life before a camp fire as you look up to view the star-studded sky and enjoy the sounds of the African bush, with an occasional roar here and there. Zambia, often called the "Real Africa", is an authentic wilderness experience away from the crowds of tourist-packed destinations. It is a destination popular with honeymooners with a sense of adventure and a an appreciation for nature. It is a country teeming with some of the most remote and unspoiled wildlife in Africa, but also an area with incredible sunsets where you can enjoy true peace and quiet. A world in one honeymoon, South Africa features one of the world's most beautiful cities, Cape Town, an wealth of Big 5 game reserves, charming wine routes, unspoiled, sun-drenched beaches and exceptional mountain ranges.The “Rainbow Nation” is also home to a large wide range of varied cultures full of their own history and customs. Mauritius, an especially renown destination among honeymooning couples, is an island which lies about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa.

This island on the Indian Ocean, with its year-round good weather conditions and palm-fringed fabulous beaches, ticks of all the boxes as an idyllic, romantic retreat. Honeymooners will find that Mauritius offers a mixture of activity, plenty of chances to just lay back and relax, luxurious lodgings and the personal service they seek for such a momentous time.

Ten Off-the-Beaten Hikes for Your Bucket List

Would you love to break free from your life and travel to a place where you can be on your own? Detach from the mundane everyday and reinvigorate yourself with the grandeur of nature on some of the most rural treks. Go from Africa’s 3rd greatest summit to the Australian deserts or visit the most southerly point in Patagonia - each is magnificent.

And don’t be unnerved by the remoteness of these places - there’s a path for every type of trekker.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
Duration is approximately 17 days (13 days trekking)

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try out a trail different to the ever-popular Everest Base Camp trek

Best time to go is February to mid-May or end of September to December
How would you like to steer clear of the busier trails in Everest? This trail goes through Sherpa villages to the stunning greenish blue Gokya Lakes and runs through the Renjo La (5400m) on a rarely ventured trail.

It is regarded as one of the very top hiking trails in the Everest region, and its course gives you a view of the grand Himalaya’s 8000 meter summits.

On the ascend to Gokyo Ri, you can get the most stunning vistas of Everest and connecting mountains, Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End in Australia
Duration is about 14 days
Grading: Moderate to Challenging (6)

Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers desiring a challenge will love this
Ideal to go is Mid-April to August

An legendary walk in Australia, the complete traverse of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range, over 223 kilometers in Central Australia. Backpack through the semi-arid region on isolated ridges and canyons, sleep under the stars in the Outback; hike Mount Sonder, the highest summit in the Northern Territory and take in the stunning sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile

Duration: Approx. 6 days - 4 days of trekking
Grading: Challenging - 7
Ideal for: Experienced trekkers who are looking to get off the beaten track in Patagonia

When to go: Months of December to March

Journey through the southern-most part of the globe to Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will feel very far from everything.

There will not be many other travelers during this 42-kilometer area at the edge of South America. This route has been identified by Lonely Planet as an outstanding trek in Patagonia and is probably one of the few very remote spots on earth left to visit Close photo

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan
Duration: About 24 days (16 days trekking)

Grading is entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Best for: Anyone looking to get into mountaineering, or who is seeking a challenging trek

Ideal to go: Months of June to August
Believed to be some of the best picturesque hiking trails, it goes from the popular Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the bottom of the world's 2nd biggest peak.

This well-known route in Pakistan has captured the minds of adventure seekers and mountains climbers for years, with a vista that spans 360-degrees of a 7000 meter and 8000-meter mountains, together with the great K2.

The Southern Alps, New Zealand
Duration is about 6 days

Grading is Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Anyone looking to head for heights

Best time to go: November to April

Considered one of the top hiking (or 'tramping', to locals) destinations on Earth, New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a perfect combination of snowcapped peaks, turquoise lakes and golden hills. Hiking in the isolated alpine tarns with open vistas from above, this journey has even been used as a precursor for a trek in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: Approximately 13 days - 10 days actual of trekking
Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Best for those who have ticked off Mt Kilimanjaro from their bucket list and are looking for their next summit challenge
Ideal time to go: December to February and June to September
Not on the radar of most backpackers, The Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s pride and joy.

For those who like a challenge, the climb to Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third highest mountain, is the way to go.

West Coast Trail in Canada
Duration: About 8 days (a 7-day full-pack trek)

Grading: Moderate to Challenging (6)

This is for those active walkers who enjoy coastal walks and seek to combine it with an amazing forest trek and wildlife spotting

When to go: Month of August

Tour the Strait of Georgia by ferryboat, head to the northern trailhead of Vancouver Island to begin your travels, with the likelihood of seeing Orca whales, sea lions, eagles, and bears near the shoreline.

Respected as the world's top 10 hikes, if you plan it right, you will be able to stroll along the coast on the shelf.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan
Duration is about 27 days - 23 days trekking
Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for: Anyone looking for an extremely challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track
When to go: September to November
Journey the ultimate traverse of Bhutan crossing 11 grand passes over 4,500 meters through the isolated part of Lunana. This once-in-a-lifetime venture reaches the stunning Paro Valley where you’ll see a region with small Buddhist monasteries and remote villages that are hidden away most of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains in Tajikstan
Duration: Approx.14 days - 5 days actual trekking
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Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Those adventurers seeking to take their bush walking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing

Ideal time to go: Months of June to September
Famous for its scenic mountain backdrops and its gorgeous alpine lakes, this passage in the untainted region of Pamir goes into deep valleys with vibrantly pure lakes and flowering hillsides. You could potentially spot the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd in Mongolia
Duration: Approx. 11 days - 4 days actual trekking

Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Anyone seeking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture

When to go: June to August
This most removed area in Mongolia is filled with beautiful natural scenery, plentiful wildlife and a captivating history. You will also discover local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan natives, and study the wandering peoples which are indigenous to this land.

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