The warm weather once again beckons wanderers to find new, exciting destinations. Here are five suggestions on making this year’s summer travel to exciting USA destinations create memories of a lifetime.
New York City: Broadway Extravaganza We love visiting this vibrant, exciting city. Many hotels have packages that include tickets to Broadway’s biggest productions. One example is offered by the InterContinental NYC, a new luxury hotel right in the heart of Times Square. A one-night Broadway package includes tickets to the musical Wicked, dinner for two at the hotel’s French restaurant Ca Va and accommodations at the hotel, starting at $399 per room per night.
Orlando & Los Angeles: Visit a Disney Park Choose Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Both are in warm climates all year long, so a winter vacation can be a great break for all concerned. Adults will enjoy it as much as the kids will. There are so many great hotels on Disney property and nearby, and all are geared for kids and grown-up kids having the most fun possible. Depending on transportation costs and how many days at Disney with the kid(s), figure on about $300 per day per person in total costs (park admission, accommodations and food).
Honolulu: Wartime Memories Amid Tropical Beauty Several years ago, we enjoyed a Pacific Ocean cruise that took us to several Hawaiian island destinations, including Oahu’s Honolulu, the state’s capital city. We enjoyed Waikiki Beach, especially a history tour of the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Because of our family’s Navy traditions, we visited nearby Pearl Harbor. There, the sunken battleship USS Arizona serves as a memorial to the Navy men who died there when World War II began. We paid our respects to the memory of those who served then, as well as to honor those now protecting our nation today.
Laughlin: Be a Genuine Riverboat Gambler Gone is the 19th Century era when showboat gambling ships cruised the Mississippi River. Bringing back those memories is the Colorado Belle, a casino-resort on the banks of the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada, straddling the state boundaries of Arizona and Nevada. Built to resemble an old Mississippi paddlewheeler, the Belle’s bright decor gives visitors an authentic atmosphere of long-ago riverboat days. We’ve visited the Colorado Belle several times, and were mainly impressed by the value of the accommodations, restaurants and entertainment, about half what a similar Vegas experience costs.
San Francisco: City and Alcatraz Visit The beautiful City By The Bay is always a joy for us to visit. We especially enjoy walking around Chinatown and the Nob Hill area. On Nob Hill, we always have a meal or drinks or even Sunday brunch at the amazing Top of the Mark, a restaurant atop the Mark Hopkins San Francisco hotel, one of the city’s finest. Being a fan of 1930s Jimmy Cagney gangster movies, we enjoy the scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz. It’s the former prison home of real life gangster, Al Capone. When we were there, guards invited us to stand in a darkened solitary cell for just a few moments. It gave us a frightening hint of what it was like for a prisoner confined there for months.
Ted Sherman has spent a lifetime traveling. With journeys to every continent, almost 100 cruises and multiple group tours, he enjoys sharing his travel experiences and knowledge with others. Follow Ted on Twitter, @travel4seniors and on his travel blog, travel4people.
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