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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Each year in early October, nearly 600 hot air balloons fill the Albuquerque sky for a 9 day festival that is now the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta brings balloons, pilots, and spectators from all over the world to participate in and view the event. Many people travel from far and wide to come to this event, with some organizations even setting up special tours just for the festival. For example, America by Rail offers a train tour created specifically with this fiesta in mind. Different events take place over the course of the 9 days with the most popular being Dawn Patrol, Mass Ascensions, Special Shape Rodeo and Balloon Glows. Continue reading “Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta” »

Historic Museums and Sites to Visit in Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley is teeming with history and culture evidenced by its wide array of museums, which have made their mark not just in Pennsylvania, but the whole nation. If you love old houses and buildings, antiques, and history, you definitely have to tour the following extraordinary places. Continue reading “Historic Museums and Sites to Visit in Lehigh Valley” »

How to Make the Most of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

If you still haven’t figured out your plans for the summer, a great destination will be Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Summer is the best season to head there when it goes above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, unless you prefer to endure colder temperatures. The summer heat can be excruciating but if you want to cool off, Mt. Washington is the place to be. Whether you want to go hiking, cruising, or riding an ATV, there are plenty of activities that await you. Continue reading “How to Make the Most of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire” »

3 Reasons to Visit Grand Rapids

If you find yourself in the Midwest with nothing to do, why not take a trip to beautiful Michigan and visit one of its most vibrant cities? Grand Rapids is an exciting, attractive place to visit (and it was recently ranked #1 on Forbes’ list of Best Cities for Raising a Family). There’s something for all ages within this Great Lakes gem (and it’s also just a short drive away from the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Michigan!). Here are several “reasons” to visit this amazing city that hundreds of thousands of people call home.

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5 Best Places To Visit In Scotland

Scotland is a small and beautiful country blessed with lots of culture and heritage. You will find some of the most iconic and identifiable symbols, the well-known golf courses and many amazing breathtaking places in Scotland. There is so much to do and see in Scotland. Below are the 5 best places to visit in Scotland.

1. Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the crown of Scotland. Your trip to Scotland cannot be completed without visiting Edinburgh. The city of Edinburgh is known for its history, the scenic beauty and the cultural charm. The Royal Mile of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh castle are the most famous attractions of Edinburgh. You will also find a lot of shops, galleries, museums and restaurants in Edinburgh. There are many other attractions to see in Edinburgh like the palace of holy rood, Edinburgh zoo, etc. You can book an apartment in Edinburgh, instead of a hotel, to enjoy the luxury of this city, on your own terms.

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Free Things to do in New York!

Going to New York always leads to a great adventure. To the ill-prepared, it may end up being a very expensive one at that. There are some fabulous attractions that cost a pretty penny and if we’re being honest, they are often worth it, but if you are a poor, starving student or running a little low on family vacation funds, there are plenty of fun, FREE things to do throughout New York that will ensure a memorable and unique experience.

Staten Island Ferry

If you go to New York City and don’t see the Statue of Liberty at least sort of up close, there is something seriously wrong with you. It’s like an unwritten law that you must see it when visiting NYC. Luckily, there is a free solution that should not be passed up. The Staten Island Ferry is completely free, and it takes you right past the Statue of Liberty. Since 1905, the ferry has been a go-to form of transportation for people commuting between Staten Island and Manhattan. And if tourists hop on to check out the sites and enjoy the ride, so be it.

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Vancouver 101

Whether you’re a newcomer to the city, a visitor just passing through, or a longtime resident looking for fun, Vancouver has something to offer you. Although we could never possibly cover everything to see, taste, and try in Vancouver, this list is a great place to start. We sought advice from Milica S., a University of British Columbia graduate and Vancouverite, and she gave us a great list of sights to see and places to visit.

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Spend Christmas at the Vanderbilt Mansion

If you still don’t have any travel plans for the Christmas season this year, it’s not yet too late to come up with a place to go. Drive to New York City to visit the Vanderbilt Mansion while it is decked out for the holidays—the best time to see the National Historic Site located in Hyde Park, New York as it is dressed in all its glory to celebrate the Christmas spirit.

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5 Places to Take a Vino Vacation

If you enjoy a glass of wine on your vacations, there are plenty of destinations that have made wine production an integral part of the local culture. Touring wineries, sampling local delights, and absorbing the sights of rolling countryside vineyards are just some of the wonderful experiences you can have on a wine-themed vacation.

Tuscany, Italy

This picturesque region in northern Italy is one of the most romantic spots to journey through, and boasts some of the world’s best vineyards as well. Stunningly beautiful castles-turned-wineries dot the rolling countryside and produce regional vintages that are sure to delight discerning taste buds. There are many bus tours that make touring wine country easy and fun, and many incorporate the unbeatable Italian cuisine as well.

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5 Spots You NEED to Scuba

The web is full of lists of the best dive sites, and I thought it was about time that Reef-N-Rail gave our take. Here are the 5 spots that we think every scuba diver should put on his or her bucket list.

5. Barrier Islands, North Carolina

This spot is ideal for scuba divers on a budget who don’t want to dig out their passports for a great location. While most of the spots on this list are marine life havens, Barrier Islands is known more for its wreck diving. Wrecks from the 16th century along with more recent ones including a German U-Boat from WWII make up the over 600 shipwrecks in this area. This spot is also much less crowded year round than most top scuba destinations, though diving in the winter does require a heavy wetsuit.

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