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Weekend Getaways Close to Home

There are occasions when a brief weekend getaway is exactly what you need to loosen up and unwind. You might believe it will be tough to find a destination close enough to make it worth it for only a few days. There are, fortunately, plenty of places that are perfect for an idyllic weekend away.

New York City

Close photograph Depending on where you are coming from, The Big Apple can be reached very easily by flying, driving, or taking a train.

Plus, great attractions indoors ( such as museums and Broadway shows) and outdoors (like Central Park and the High Line) make unpredictable weather a non-issue.

History buffs can go to Ellis Island by way of ferry to visit the first stop of many immigrants in days past or climb to the top of the famous Statue of Liberty.

San Francisco

Visitors love the climate in San Francisco, which enables tourists and locals alike to enjoy outdoor activities such as riding the iconic cable cars, walking across the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, and exploring the eclectic neighborhoods that each have their own colorful personalities. What's more, sports fans can enjoy wonderful views of the San Francisco Bay from AT&T Park during baseball season.

Washington, D.C.
Both history aficionados and would be politicians will love Washington, D.C., with its many things to discover on the National Mall such as the inspiring Lincoln Memorial, the striking Washington Monument, and many others; and most are free of charge. When visiting, don't miss out on the well-known weekend brunch scene – just be sure to make reservations in advance.

New Orleans
Everyone can find something to really love about New Orleans, with its broad assortment of things to do and see.

The picturesque City Park has a lot of enjoyable things to do if you want to be outside in the open air, or if you prefer museums, check out the distinguished and fascinating National WWII Museum.

No visit would be completed without eating beignets and enjoying a night out in the French Quarter.

Nashville, NC

Nashville, North Carolina is best known for its exciting outdoor things to do and local beer scene, since it is a mecca for both hipsters and outdoorsy types. Serious hikers will want to take a hike on the iconic Appalachian Trail which passes nearby, while anyone who just wants to enjoy a dazzling view and some fresh air can head over to Pisgah National Forest or the Blue Ridge Parkway. After an active day, you can go back to town to enjoy one of 100-plus local brews.

Chicago

Because it is centrally located and convenient to get to from just about anywhere in the U.S., Chicago is a great weekend destination for people wanting to experience its lively bar and restaurant scene, architectural history, or other activities. Temperature-permitting, take a cruise through the city on the Chicago River to see the architectural works of art, then take a walk to Millennium Park to see the notable sculpture nicknamed “The Bean” for its iconic shape.

Museum lovers might opt to visit Chicago in the cold winter months to enjoy the wonderful museums including the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Seattle
This beautiful coastal city has a lot to offer: have a coffee at the original Starbucks, then head over to the famous Space Needle, and finally check out the scene at the fun Pike Place Market where you can have dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants. Outdoor adventurers will want to enjoy time on beautiful Mount St. Helens, an active volcano, or in the gorgeous Discovery Park. Take an umbrella, but don’t let the city’s famous rainy weather discourage you; it is usually just a light drizzle or mist.

Those Special Occasion Breaks

When you think about the holidays or that important occasion, festivity, creating memories and having a good time come to mind. Therefore, why not consider heading to Santa’s workshop in Lapland, going away on an intimate break in Dubrovnik for Valentine’s Day, getting hitched in St. Lucia and honeymooning in Bora Bora? Take a look at some of the next top locations where you can observe those special moments and create wonderful memories.

Spend Your Christmas in Rovaniemi, Lapland
If you seek to tick all the magical boxes, journey to Lapland with your kids at Christmas time. This locale is the most amazing locale for young kids as well as grown-ups to welcome the Christmas spirit, and is located on the Arctic Circle making it feel more like you are part of Santa’s team.

Young ones can see Santa Claus everyday at Santa Claus Village, and stop by Santa Park where Santa’s tiny aids will present you to the most well-known reindeer of all!

Every single child’s wish come true!

Spend New Year's Eve at Sydney Harbour Bridge
There is absolutely nothing more breathtaking than witnessing the mix of fireworks in Sydney which are viewed as one of the very best fireworks displays in the world. The entertainment commences at 6 pm with an entertainment show at Sydney Harbour, concluding at 12 with a fireworks show for the whole family at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

This 12-minute performance is dazzling and is viewed by millions internationally.

A Romantic Valentine's Day in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is regarded as one of southeastern Europe’s most intimate vacation spots because of its medieval feel and Croatian charm.

Dubrovnik may possibly be the perfect spot to propose, with its old charming houses oozing with medieval history. This town has shaped many poets, writers and artists through the years. Hop on a cable car to explore the city where you can glimpse the terracotta rooftops, the opposing island of Lokrum and the Adriatic Sea.

Get Married in St. Lucia

Home picture St. Lucia has continually been seen as the best place to get married, and with good reason.

A tropical island filled with plush rainforests and wildlife is principally known for the Pitons, two mountainous volcanic spires emerald green in color. This Caribbean island is heaven and makes the most desirable location for your beach-side wedding.

Enjoy Your Honeymoon in Bora Bora
Bora Bora, meaning “created by the gods”, is a French Polynesian island barely 6 miles long and 2 miles wide, and although on the smaller side, it overflows with organic wonder.

At the island's core ascends Mt. Otemanu, a 727m hibernating volcano, and it is surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a greenish blue lagoon shielded by a coral reef. James Michener, the author who authored “Tales of the South Pacific”, penned it the “most beautiful island in the world.” 18th-century British explorer James Cook even called it the "Pearl of the Pacific."

Bora Bora is the supreme description of a tropical retreat; with its deluxe resorts, warm climate and friendly people.

Spend Your Anniversary in Bali
If you are looking for the greatest location to enjoy your anniversary, Bali is the place to go; with its stupendous mountains, coastlines and coral reefs.

The clear blue waters and the colorful scenery of the island make it feel like you’ve found utopia on earth. Luxury travelers head here because of the highly developed arts, the deluxe resorts and the active nightlife. If you and your significant other want to experience things like personalized cruising in Crystal Bay, private tours to Mt. Batur – Bali’s sacred volcano, a couple’s massage, cooking classes with locals and helicopter rides, then Bali is for you.

The Best Destinations for the Perfect Honeymoon

Let’s not ignore the terrific honeymoon vacation that comes after the “I do’s”. These days more and more cruise lines and vacation resorts are catering to newlyweds by offering exclusive honeymoon packages with lots of romantic extras. Your very first experience as a married couple should be a time to relax and rejuvenate as well as create unforgettable moments together.

There are plenty of destinations to pick from where you can share your first intimate moments as a married couple.

Marry me?
The proposal came as a surprise, the wedding ceremony was splendid, and now it’s time for the perfect honeymoon.

The vast US, from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, has any number of destination possibilities for all honeymooners whether they’re into mountain climbing, kayaking, skiing, or sightseeing.

L.A. & S.F., CA
The famed Hollywood sign in Los Angeles and the remarkable Golden Gate Bridge are just some of the most internationally recognized symbols that California has to offer.

New York, New York
Discernable and knowing New York City hoteliers have a keen eye for what newlyweds and other romantics want from their vacation in one of the world’s quintessential cities.

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

Hawaii

Hawaii’s striking beaches and hidden coves; first-class hotels; fresh, creative cuisine; water sports aplenty; extraordinary natural beauty; and optimal weather make it one of the world’s top-notch honeymoon destinations.

Las Vegas
And don’t overlook Las Vegas. For those newlyweds who want round-the-clock excitement and late-night fun more than they want to chill out at some beach, this city is the perfect destination.

Europe’s cultural marvels, diverse cuisines and relaxing shores make it a great honeymoon destination.

Vive La France!
Couples looking for an authentic romantic experience should travel to Paris, dubbed the City of Love, and snuggle in a cozy café or walk under the gleaming lights of the Eiffel Tower.

Italia!
Neighboring Italy is replete with history, masterworks of art, trend setting fashion, exquisite food, and so much more. The renowned Tuscany area 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 glide along the waterways of the City of Water and you’ll marvel at the creativity of the masks worn during Carnival time.

Espagna

Weekend graphic 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 couples with its elaborate architecture and Spanish traditions. During the daytime you can both wander through its lavish palaces and parks. Don't forget to recover your strength with a rejuvenating siesta just before going out on the town for some late-night dancing.

Greece

Greece’s azure waters and bright whitewashed houses make for interesting stories to take back home. Don't forget to accompany the extra fresh seafood and other culinary delights with a good shot of ouzo.

The South Pacific

The South Pacific offers amazing honeymoon getaways. Set in the South Pacific, Tahiti and Fiji are known as some of the best honeymoon destinations worldwide. Both islands offer honeymooners long stretches of unspoiled, tranquil beaches as well as over-the-top accommodations. And who wouldn’t want to see tropical fish swimming under the coffee table at one of the many hotels offering over-water suites.

Then there is Africa.
The least exciting thing you’ll do on an African honeymoon is to read a book in front of a hippo-filled river because the remainder of the time you’ll be on an exhilarating game drive, a walking safari, a fishing expedition or a canoe trip.

Accompanied by the sounds of the African bush, and the periodic roar of a lion, toast to the start of married life by the light of a camp fire and the sparkling of the stars. Frequently referred to as the “Real Africa”, Zambia is the place to experience raw wilderness devoid of the hubbub of large crowds of people. Honeymooners who like adventure and have a true love of nature have made it a popular destination to see. In this part of Africa, you will find some of the most remote areas full of wildlife, but you will also enjoy a place of beautiful and marvelous sunsets along with a silence you never knew existed.

For newlyweds wishing to have a wide variety of adventures in one place, South Africa is a great destination with its Big 5 game reserves, scenic wine routes, unspoiled beaches and breathtaking mountain ranges. It has been labeled the “Rainbow Nation” because of the myriad different cultures living there.

One of the world’s most fashionable honeymoon destinations, Mauritius is an island found 1,200 miles off the southeasterly coast of Africa. Its year-long warm temperatures and beautiful shores dotted with palm trees make this Indian Ocean island a perfect oasis for honeymooners. In Mauritius honeymooners will find that there are lots of activities to keep busy, but not stressed, with all of time necessary to kick back in a glamorous setting and just the right level of service they want for such a special moment.

Extraordinary Intimate Vacations

Taking an anniversary holiday, regardless of the amount of years together, is the ideal way to re-commit to your partnership. An anniversary vacation promises to integrate all aspects romance, whether you have been a couple for 5 years or 50. And for the husband and wife getting near the Ruby wedding anniversary? Different from a honeymoon where a couple wants to relax and have fun, especially after the months of preparing, an anniversary trip requires more strategic planning.

The 1st thing is to make a decision on a location and itinerary that is well-suited to your marital landmark. For instance, a 45-year anniversary may call for a peaceful time in Santa Barbara wine country, while a 5-year anniversary might require a ski trip to Colorado or a safari in Botswana. Everything from daring expeditions to romantic moments, these trips will show you a side of the world, and your connection, that you have never seen. And luckily, we have found the exact locations for you.

Principality of Monaco
Monaco Ville, better known as Le Rocher, has kept its original old town, complete with tiny, windy medieval lanes.

Later on, head to the celebrated Casino de Monte-Carlo which gives partners the occasion to get all gussied up, and the gents must don jackets after eight pm.

Amsterdam, Holland

What could be more intimate for an anniversary than to visit Holland’s renowned tulip display? Getaways art What you do not want to miss though are the 17th century canals in Amsterdam, which haven’t changed since the time of Rembrandt.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

In Beaver Creek, which is a mere 12 miles west of Vail, Colorado, a couple can stay by themselves at the remarkable Trappers Cabin nestled away in the Rocky Mountains.

Cabo San Lucas
Observe the glory of whale watching in Cabo when humpbacks start showing up between December and April.
Republic of Botswana

The Khwai Private Reserve in Botswana comes with access to the famous Okavango Delta, positioned along the Khwai River on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Algarrobo, Chile

Fly to Chile and stay at San Alfonso del Mar and lounge by the world’s 2nd premier, saltwater, man-made lagoon.

The 10 Greatest Offbeat Treks

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to leave all your worries behind and journey to where no one knows you? Separate yourself from the everyday and get back to the marvel of the outdoors on some of the most out of the way tracks. Travel from Africa’s 3rd tallest peak to the Australian deserts, or trek down to the most southern point in Patagonia – you won’t be sorry.

These spots may be out of the way, but don’t be discouraged - there is a trail for every explorer.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
Duration: Approximately 17 days - 13 days trekking
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging (6)

Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try a trail trail to the famous Everest Base Camp trek
Best time to go is February to mid-May or end of September to December

Would you like to enjoy a much quieter trail in the Everest area?

This hike runs through Sherpa villages to the fantastic greenish blue Gokya Lakes then spans across the Renjo La (5400m) on a path less traveled. It is regarded as the best trek in the Everest region, and gives a picturesque view of the Himalaya’s 8,000-meter peaks.

On the way to Gokyo Ri, you get the greatest site of Everest and the neighboring mountains, including Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End in Australia
Duration: Approx. 14 days

Grading: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers desiring a challenge will love this
Best to go from Mid-April to August

An renowned walk in Australia, the complete traverse of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range, over 223 kilometers in Central Australia.

Hike through the semi-arid region on isolated ridges and canyons, sleep under the stars in the Outback; walk Mount Sonder, the highest peak in the Northern Territory and take in the stunning sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile

Duration is about 6 days - 4 days trekking

Level: Challenging (7)

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Ideal for the experienced trekker who wants to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
Best time to go is December to March
Walk the world's most southerly trek to Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will get the sensation that you have come to the far reaches of the globe.

You will not observe many others on this 42-kilometer journey at the tip of South America.

This walk has been reported by Lonely Planet as an area in Patagonia with the finest walking trails and is one of the few remaining remote places left on earth.

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan

Duration is about 24 days - 16 days actual trekking
Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for those who are looking to get into mountaineering, or who are looking for a challenging trek

Ideal to go: Months of June to August

Viewed to be one of the greatest picturesque treks, it extends from the well-known Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the end of the globe’s second tallest peak. Pakistan’s renowned walk has impressed the likes of trekkers and mountaineers for many years, with a 360-degree view of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter crests, incorporating the remarkable K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand
Duration: Approximately 6 days

Grading: Moderate (5)

Ideal for: Anyone seeking to head for heights
Ideal time to go: Months of November to April
Regarded as one of the best hiking (or 'tramping', to locals) locations on Earth, New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a splendid combination of snowcapped peaks, turquoise lakes and golden hills.

Walking in remote alpine tarns with sharp vistas, this trek even been used as a precursor for a trek in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: About 13 days (10 days trekking)

Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Best for anyone who has checked Mt Kilimanjaro off their list and are looking for their next summit challenge
Best time to go is from December to February and June to September
Scarcely visited and quite isolated, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s hidden gem.

Climbing Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third tallest crest, is not for the faint of heart.

West Coast Trail in Canada
Duration: About 8 days (a 7-day full-pack trek)
Grading: Moderate to challenging (6)

Best for the active walker who loves coastal walks and wants to combine it with an exciting forest trek and wildlife spotting
Best time to go: August
Cruise by ferryboat across the Strait of Georgia with its Orca-filled waters, and journey to the northern trailhead of Vancouver Island where you can begin your trek and you possibly see a sea lion, eagle or bear along the coastline. Acknowledged as the world's top 10 hikes, if you plan it right, you will be able to stroll along the shoreline on the shelf.

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Snowman Trek in Bhutan

Duration: Approximately 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

Best months to go: Sept. to Nov.

Journey the greatest traverse of Bhutan crossing 11 grand passes over 4,500 meters through the isolated part of Lunana.

This coveted walkabout explores the splendid Paro Valley where you will uncover an area of tiny Buddhist monasteries and isolated villages that are hidden from the world most days of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains in Tajikstan
Duration: Approx.14 days - 5 days actual trekking
Grading: Moderate (5)

Best for those wanting to take their bush walking adventures a new level while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing

Best time to go is 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 possibly spot the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd in Mongolia

Duration: About 11 days (4 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)

Best for those looking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture
Ideal time to go: June to August
In this most out of the way area of Mongolia, you will be presented pure natural landscapes, wildlife and a compelling history. You will encounter local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan citizens, and discover more about the native people.

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