Caribbean, USA & Canada

Caribbean, USA & Canada…

 

CANADA

  • ALBERTA: horseback ride Rockies at Brewster’s Kananaskis Guest Ranch (tel.800/691-5085or 403/673-3737) in Kananaskis Village (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/canada/), Calgary
    Banff, Jasper & Yoho Nat’l Parks , Candaian Rockies Canadian Pacific Railway (ref: 1000)
  • BRITISH COLUMBIA: sail the Great Bear Rain Forest (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/canada), Vancouver: Whistler, Museum of Anthropology, Victoria Royal British Columbia Museum(ref: 1000)
  • NOVA SCOTIA: Exploring the Cabot Trail a wildly scenic driving loop around Cape Breton Highlands National Park (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/canada)
  • ONTARIO: Toronto, Niagra Falls (ref: 1000)
  • QUEBEC: watch the world go by at a Le Marie-Clarisse restaurant terrace overlooking the pedestrian-only rue du Petit-Champlain (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/canada) Quebec City’s Winter Carnival (Feb), Montreal

Canada: Vancouver north Hwy 99 to Whistler (yr round skiing), eat in the Okanagan Valley (fruits Jun-Oct), stay in Kelowna lake area, up route 6 SE to Nelson (artist area) back to Trans-Canada Hwy to Banff Nat’l Park, Icefields Parkway north to Jasper Nat’l Park, through Saskatchewan, Saskatoon to Winnipeg (good French coffee and croissants), towards Lake Superior, short cut to car ferry Bruce Peninsula (scuba/kayak), to Niagara Falls, to Toronto: Hockey Hall of Fame and full moon canoe trip on harbor, north to Algonquin Provincial Park (wolves from hilltops over clear lakes), SE to capital Ottawa, snack of Beaver Trail (during winter skate on frozen canal), Quebec, Montreal (bagels), fresh water whates in St Lawrence River, Quebec City (city goat Batisse) (ref:The Big Trip)

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CARIBBEAN, BAHAMAS & BERMUDA

USA

  • X Games: LA for summer and Aspen for winter (ref: WTGW)
  • ARIZONA: Sedona jeep tour or hike the 4- to 5-mile loop trail around Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock, Grand Canyon by way of scenic Oak Creek Canyon rafting, stay at a guest ranch, mountain bike Sedona, stars through telescopes at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff or Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, B&B in Benson that doubles as an astronomical observatory, Heard Museum of Native American history, route 66 Wigwam hotel, Tombstone OK Coral (ref:Favorite Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/arizona) Tuscon Titan Missile Museum, Flagstaff Grand Canyon, Lake Powell houseboat 5 hrs north of Phoenix, Glen Canyon National Re Wahweap Marina (7 miles north of Page) Best to Rent 3 day 6ppl $1000, Grand Canyon rafting, Paria Canyon
  • ALASKA: Punchbowl Cove, look out from the Chugach Mountains over Anchorage at sunset, see Mt McKinley from the air and land on a glacier, seeing the Northern Lights, Chugging along the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, discover Grand Pacific Glacier: two vast glaciers of deep blue meet at the top of an utterly barren fjord, drive along the Seward Highway/Alaska Railroad, fish Kenai River (where biggest salmon have been caught), examine the Ketchikan Totem Poles: This Tlingit homeland has three unique places to see totem poles: historic poles indoors at the Totem Heritage Center, faithful reproductions outdoors in a natural setting at Totem Bight State Park, and brand new poles as they are created in a workshop at the Saxman Native Village Totem Pole Park, Fairbanks Midnight Sun Baseball Game without lights that doesn’t begin until 10:30pm on the longest day of the year (ref:Favortie Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/alaska) cheapest cruises May & Sept, make sure Inside Passage path is included departing from Vancouver, book 1 yr in advance for best options Anchorage salmon season start early June, Wild Salmon Parade until Sept, hike Mt McKinley, Denali Nat’l Park, kayak Glacier Bay, Northern Lights, Iditarod (March), ice climbingFESTIVAL: Jan 3rd Sat Polar Bear Jump in Anchorage, Mar Iditarod from Anchorage to Nome
  • CALIFORNIA: Joshua Tree Nat’l Park (ref:GT World) Skunk Train (tel.800/866-1690) in Fort Bragg once lugged logs and now takes tourists on an all-day outing through a redwood forest an 80-mile journey that crosses over 31 bridges and trestles and through two deep tunnels (offer a Sunset Dinner BBQ excursion), studio tour in LA, skate Venice Beach or Santa Monica, fly a World War II Fighter Aircraft: a vintage 600-horsepower fighter aircraft as you (yes,you) perform aerobatic maneuvers — loops, rolls, and lazy-eights — above the Carlsbad coastline, accompanied (but not flown) by a pilot from Biplane, Air Combat & Warbird Adventures (tel.800/759-5667), dive Wreck Alley 1 mile off coast of Mission Beach (ref:Favorite Exphttp://www.frommers.com/destinations/california) Big Sur (SF’s Golden Gate Bridge to Monterey on Hwy 1…250 miles to Santa Barbara: Ana Nuevo State Park’s Elephant Seals, 17 miles to Carmel Mission, hike redwoods of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burn’s secluded cove picnic, San Simeon Heart’s Castle (reserve), Morro Bay, Mission San Luis Obispo, La Purisima State Historic Park, Solvang (Danish Village), wineries of Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Barbara: Mt Whitney (4419m) highest peak in 48 contiguous states takes a day (ref: WTGW), horseback on beach or kayak Half Moon Bay in San Mateo (ref:GT World), Hollywood, Yosemite’s Half Dome, Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Coast, Napa Valley wine train best lat Aug to early Nov, San Francisco, Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, Sonoma Valley, Death Valley’s Scotty’s Castle, Redwood Nat’l Park, Sierra Nevada’s Sequoia Trees (Stratosphere Giant in Humboldt Redwoods State Park), picnic @ Ragged Pt 15 miles N of San Simeon (most breathtaking coastal vista in US) FESTIVAL: Jan 1st Tournament of Roses (floats & Rose Bowl) Pasadena, June Music Festival in Kings Canyon Seirra Nevada, July last weekend in Gilroy, Monterey Peninsula is the garlic festival www.gilroygarlicfestival.com with Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival close behind
  • COLORADO: network of 25 zip lines up to 1,400 feet long that crisscross the Animas River at Soaring Tree Top Adventures near Durango (tel.970/769-2357), (ref:Active Vaca http://www.frommers.com/destinations/colorado) river rafting, Durango vintage locomotive $60, Aspen/Vail
  • DC (Washington): view Washington Landmarks by Moonlight:A must. There is nothing as spectacular as seeing the Lincoln Memorial illuminated at night, unless it’s the sight of the White House, the Capitol, or the Washington Monument lit up after dark, go by bus on Tourmobile or by bike via the Bike the Sites service; both operations offer narrated day- and nighttime tours (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/washingtondc) Embassy Row, Georgetow, 14.5% tax of hotels!, Nat’l Mall for 4th of July festivities kick off, Tidal Basin, Nat’l Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, Nat’l Air & Space Museum, jazz @ Blues Alley, Penn Qtr (Spy Museum), Smithsonian, Nat’l Portrait Gallery, fireworks over city @ end of day, Nat’l Zoo, Mt Vernon Estates (G. Washington) (ref: WTGW), Vietnam Vets Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, 4th of Julyat the west lawn of the Capitol building has a 90 minute concert and huge fireworks display on the mall
  • FLORIDA: drive A1A, lunch at News Cafe on Ocean Drive in South Beach Miami, nonprofit Dolphin Research Center in Marathon Key (home to approximately 15 dolphins) will teach you how to communicate with, touch, swim, and play with the mammals, airboat through the Everglades, Sunshine Skyway Bridge crosses Tampa Bay and at 5 1/2 miles in length is the longest cable span bridge in the world, Florida’s Panhandle is the Land of the Two-Way Su wit h sunrises to the E and equally gorgeous sunsets W with best viewing place at Bud & Alley’s rooftop restaurant in Seaside (ref: Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/florida) Keys Key Largo scuba dive John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (260 variety of tropical fish), wim w/ Bottlenose Dophins @ Dolphin Research Ctr on Grassy Key, hike Crane Pt Hammock Botanical Preserve, eco tour kayak through Marathon or Big Pine Key, Ernest Hemingway Home, Mallory Square Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Museum for sunken treasure ship items on display (ref: WTGW) Margaritaville, Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center, Crystal River swim with manatees $32 (ref:GT World) Everglades Nat’l Park fan jet boat ride, Miami South Beach, Orlando Walt Disney World, Adventure Island
  • GEORGIA: Savannah Elizabeth Southern Diner on 37th, Atlanta Little 5, Braves game at Turner Field, Buckhead, Midtown Piedmont Park, Coca-cola tour, CNN/Weather channel tour, Athens
  • HAWAII: Kauai hike Kalalau Trail, catamaran on Holo Holo Charters to tour Na Pali Coast, sea kayak the Na Pali Coast, drive up to Waimea Canyon, south to Po’ipu beach, spouting Horn, Hanalei Bay, Tunnel’s Beach snorkeling, Brannecke’s Beach Broiler, Po’ipu (ref: WTGW)
  • IDAHO: Lake Coeur D’Alene, Stanley middle folk of the Salma river rafting (ref: 1000)
  • ILLINOIS: Chicago Millennium Park (Anish Kapoor’s Cloudgate), Sears Twr, Second City Sketch Comedy Show, deep dish pizza, Lincoln Park Zoo (free) (ref: WTGW), Great Lakes (ref: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa) Superdawg, Oak Park (Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture), Mellenium Park Art FESTIVAL: June 1st wk Chicago Blues Festival
  • IOWA: Des Moines Iowa State Fair (ref: 1000)
  • KENTUCKY: Bourbon Trail (Wild Turkey, Jim Beam), Kentucky Derby first wk in May
  • LOUISIANA: Jazz Festival, ferry to Algiers for a visit to Mardi Gras World, the warehouse on 233 Newton St. (tel. 800/362-8213; www.mardigrasworld.com) where all the floats for the historic parade,including a 240-foot replica of a riverboat — are stored, refurbished, and manufactured, shuttle buses are available from the ferry to the warehouse, but the recently renovated foot path, which begins at the statue of NOLA’s own Louis Armstrong, and winds its way to Newton Street, is a lovely way to check out the great view of the Mississippi and the adorable, restored shotgun houses of this up-and-coming neighborhood. Strolling and gaping at the intricate Victorian-era homes of the Garden District (where Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat was born, so to speak) (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/louisiana) New Orleans French Qtr (ref: 1000) creole lunch w/ glass of bourbon, steamboat cruise pass Oak Alley, St Francisville, Myrtles Plantation (haunted home), Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge (ref: WTGW), Acadiana for cajun, Tabasco Factory FESTIVAL: Feb Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • MAINE: Mountain biking at Acadia where John D. Rockefeller, Jr. built the carriage roads of Mount Desert Island, kayak Stonington, (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/maine) Acadia Nat’l Park (ref: 1000), climb Cadillac Mtn and kayak (ref: WTGW), eat lobster
  • MASSACHUSETTS: Salem, Cape Cod Nat’l Seashor, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, don’t bring car, try clam chowder, lobster, NE beer, best in July, arrive in Hyannis check into Cape hotel, drive rental car/taxi/bus/bike up 6A for shops/galleries/lobster, check out beaches, hike Nat’l Seashore trails, take ferry to Nantucket, check out 1850’s houses, lunch in Siasconset (fisherman’s cottages), 70 Hyline Inter-Island Ferry to Oak Bluffs, gingerbread cottages, Flying Horses Carousel, bus to Edgartown, on to Boston (ref: WTGW) (ref: 1000)Boston: Freedom Trail (Mass State House to Quincy Mkt to Black Rose), Charleston Navy Yard for Boston Red Sox, Copley Sq and Back Bay (Prudential Ctr to Newbury St), Boston Tea Party Ship (ref: WTGW), Plymouth Settlement
  • MONTANA: Glacier Nat’l Park going to the Sun Rd (ref: 1000)
  • NEVADA: Lake Tahoe, Route 375 known as the Extraterrestrial Highway, a 98-mile run of road that takes you right to Area 51 (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/nevada) August Burning Man (ref: WTGW), Las Vegas, Hoover Dam @ Black Canyon FESTIVALS: Aug/Sept wk leading up to Labor Day Burning Man Festival at Black Rock Desert www.burningman.com
  • NEW JERSEY: Atlantic City (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newjersey) family in Jersey and Uncle Carl’s grave
  • NEW MEXICO: try New Mexican food, less cheese and more sauce flavor (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newmexico) Roswell (Area 51), Carlsbad Caverns Nat’l Park, Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat’l Monument, Santa Fe FESTIVALS: July 4th Roswell UFO Festival with alien costume contests & concerts
  • NEW YORK: sail to the Statue of Liberty and climb up to her crown, Empire State blding at dusk, just before the city lights up, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, jog Central Park Reservoir, NYC on a Sunday morning with virtually noise, walk 125th Street, TriBeCa in the early morning (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newyorkcity) New York Rockerfeller Ctr, 34th St Empire State Bldg, Broadway show, Guggenheim, Central Park, Little Italy, Ellis Island, Wall Street, galleries in Chelsea, Long Island’s Hamptons (ref: WTGW), Brooklyn (ref: BL p 144) American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, Empire State Bldg, Frick Museum, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center at Christmas, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Times Square/42nd Street (ref: 1000)
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Great Smoky Mtns Nat’l Park, Outer Banks (ref: 1000), wreck dive the graveyard of the Atlantic in Outer Banks (ref:GT World)
  • OHIO: Holmes County Amish town (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/ohio) family in Cleveland
  • OREGON: Portland (ref: BL p 187), Siuslaw Nat’l Forest, dune buggies (www.sandland.com or www.hectalighthouse.com), The Oregon Coast, Crater Lake Nat’l Park (ref: 1000)
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Hershey Park (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/pennsylvania) Philedelphia cheese steak, Hershey Park, Lancaster
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Clemson, Charleston
  • SOUTH DAKOTA: Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/southdakota) The Badlands (ref: 1000) The Black Hills, Mt Rushmore
  • TENNESSEE: Nashville, Memphis FESTIVALS: July last wknd Tomato Festival Grainger County Tennessee, Aug 16th Memphis Elvis Week www.elvisweek.com
  • TEXAS: go to a rodeo, central Texas, upstream from the town of Gruene, is a stretch of the Guadalupe River that Texans love to float down “leisurely like” in tubes (one tube per person and one for the ice chest) with plenty of places to rent from, Big Bend Nat’l Park
    (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/texas) San Antonio River Walk, Austin, Killeen, Dallas, Big Bend Nat’l Park
  • UTAH: Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park, house boat Lake Powell and hike Rainbow Bridge (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/utah) Bryce Canyon Navajo Trail, Moab Mountain biking is a day trip from Salt Lake City or Denver best time in Apr & May or Sept & Oct several bike shops w/ rentals and shuttles to trail head about 10 mile loop (ref: WTGW) (ref: 1000) FESTIVAL: Sundance Film Fests mid-Jan
  • VERMONT: Brandon Gap of Green Mtns (early to mid Oct fall season)
  • VIRGINIA: Shenandoah Valley, Williamsburg, Jamestown
  • WASHINGTON: Puget Sound, Orca whales (July), Friday Harbor, fish for salmon, 2 person scooter to Lime Kiln State Park, Roche Harbor, Mt. Constitution, Lopez Island (ref: WTGW), kayak San Juan Islands (ref: 1000) hike Olympic Coast, hike Mt Rainier and Mt St Helens, windsurf Hood River (ref:Fav Exp http://www.frommers.com/destinations/washingtonstate)
  • WEST VIRGINIA: white water rafting New River May-late Oct or Gauley 6 consecutive wknds beginning wk after Labor Day
  • WISCONSIN: canoe Chetek (ref: 1000) Milwaukee Miller Park Brewery
  • WYOMING: Yellowstone Nat’l Park/Rocky Mtns (ref: 1000), Old Faithful early in the morning, walkways @ Upper Geyser Basin, Morning Glory Pool, Hayden Valley, Lamar Valley (ref: WTGW), Grand Teton Nat’l Park, Jackson Hole (ref: 1000)

 

 

     

    One Response to Caribbean, USA & Canada

    1. Wendy says:

      This is our quick reference sheet for the current RV trip we are on. There are a ton more wonderful places to visit but I compiled this specifically for our RV trip. So many of the places we’ve already been to, in the past, are not listed. One day we’ll go back and add those to this page!