Top 6 Spring Break Destinations

Let’s Go! This Year’s Top 6 Spring Break Destinations

As Bart Simpson says, “Cowabunga, dude!” That’s the perfect motto to take with you on Spring Break this year. This is a time of year where college students get a week of vacation, often choosing to spend their time on a tropical beach with their friends. It is also a convenient time for a family vacation, since many deals pop up. At TakeTours.com, we have all kinds of vacation packages to some of the best tropical locales. Keep reading to discover this year’s Top 6 Spring Break Destinations.

Miami Beach

Top 6 Spring Break Destinations
It’s always sunny in South Beach, Miami

Miami can sometimes be on the pricier side, but with the sheer amount of activities available, you might consider it worth the price. Miami has one of the best nightlife scenes in the U.S., and you’ll be able to find countless nightclubs and parties to let loose. Of course, there is Miami Beach, where you can relax, get tan, and go for a swim, along with a variety of other water activities.

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President Day Weekend: Affordable Pre-Spring Destinations

 

Get Inspired by the 5 Best Spring Destinations in the U.S.

President Day long weekend is right around the corner! This time of the year is perfect for a 3-day excursion to embrace nature if you are tired of the cold weather. Taketours picked out 5 best destinations for the season, get inspired and pack your bags!

Waves breaking on the rocks on a sunny day during a spectacular ocean view on the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Honolulu, HI
February in Hawaii is part of the big wave season, various of surfing competitions are held at the North Shore of Oahu. In addition to the blue blue oceans, the weather is not bad by this time of the year as well. Plus the more affordable price compared with the winter holiday season, a trip to Honolulu satisfies all needs.
3-Day Hawaii Honolulu, Pearl Harbor Tour from Honolulu with Round Trip Airport Transfer

Yosemite National Park, CA
In the middle of February, it is time for the famous “Fire Fall” view in Yosemite National Park. When the sunlight hits the Horsetail Fall in Yosemite Valley, it would appear as if there is lava streaming down the cliff. This rare scene can be only witnessed on a couple of special dates around mid-February, so try your luck!
3-Day San Francisco, Yosemite, 17 Miles Drive and Monterey Tour from Los Angeles

Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon is worth visiting any time of the year – you will not find such wonderfulness of nature elsewhere. Fewer crowds will be gathered at the Canyon – good news for photographers. Early spring also brings the milder temperature to the national park, and visitors can witness the splendid sunset at the rocky peaks cloaked with colorful hues.
3-Day Grand Canyon South Rim, Las Vegas Tour from Los Angeles

Niagara Falls, NY
Winter in Niagara Falls is even more fascinating than the summertime. The great fall will be frozen like an ice-coated fortress, a spectacular scene you would not find anywhere else.
2-Day Niagara Falls Tour from New York/New Jersey

Everglades National Park, FL
Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wildlife conservation in the United States. The national park’s distinct location just above the Caribbean islands makes it home for thousands of hundreds of wildlife species. Winter dry season is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park – those alligators and water birds will congregate by the water, perfect for observation.
3-Day Miami, Everglades Park All Inclusive Tour from Orlando

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Top Reasons Why You Can’t Miss Beautiful Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon Should Be On Your Travel List Of  Beautiful Places To Visit This Year 

Top Reasons Why You Can't Miss Beautiful Antelope Canyon

For those nature lovers and adventure seekers, Antelope Canyon is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring sculptures set in stone of the Lake Powell area. This national park is also known as “Corkscrew Canyon”, one of the few slot canyons in the area and the most photographed destination in the world. Located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is the most mystifying place you could ever visit. Here are the top reasons why you should keep this beautiful destination on your travel list this year.

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Vermont: The State of Bear, Beer, Maple Syrup, and Chocolate

Planning a road-trip? Vermont, the state of bear, beer, maple syrup, and chocolate may be the perfect destination for you

Google Map of Vermont
Google Map

If you are also planning your autumn trip in New England and can’t wait for the fall foliage to completely change leaf colors down in Boston, Vermont would be your dream place to visit.

Checklist before your trip to Vermont:

  • Vehicle with a big empty trunk. It’s almost impossible to do any sightseeing in Vermont without a car, and it’s also impossible not to buy a few packs of beers in Vermont.
  • Jacket
  • Trust me; your phone carrier would not work most of the time even in 2018.
  • Airbnb or a place to stay
  • Exciting mood

What to know about Vermont before your trip:

  • Vermont is famous for its local breweries, maple syrup, farms and chocolate, teddy bear factory, covered bridges, and beautiful trees
  • Weather can turn really cold during the night and early morning
  • People are extremely nice and warm

Here’s the trip we took during Mid-September, 2018 with a three day weekend getaway.Hope it might help you plan your next trip.

Day 1: Home >Stowe, Vermont> Hill Farmstead Brewery >The Alchemist Brewery > Prohibition Pig

Make sure you slept well the day before as you will have a 3.5 hr drive from Boston to Stowe. We left Boston at 8 am and arrived at our first stop, Moss Glen Falls, around noon. Moss Glen Falls (Stowe) can be reached thanks to a short but very nice hiking trail. (Suggested duration: 30 mins – 1 hour).

Later, we headed to Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, which has been named the best brewery in the world for 4 straight years according to RateBeer. If you are a dark beer drinker like me, you will definitely enjoy their Shirley Mae a lot; if you like pale ales, Abner would be a great choice; and even if you are not so much a beer fan, there’s an awesome pizza van right outside of Hill Farmstead Brewery. Try the chicken pesto pizza!

The Alchemist Brewery is another must-visit brewery in Vermont. You can sample a few of their tasty brews on draft, and take a look at their amazing facilities. Do not miss the all-time popular Heady Topper, which been rated the best IPA in the world.Prepare to bring your friends with you, as each customer is only allowed to purchase a limited number of four-packs.

Before you end your day, drive back to Stowe and have a fine dinner at Prohibition Pig, an amazing restaurant and microbrewery.

Moss Glen Falls
Moss Glen Falls
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Hill Farmstead Brewery
The Alchemist Brewery
The Alchemist Brewery

Day 2 (in Burlington): Vermont Teddy Bear Factory > Lake Champlain > Foam Brewers Brewery > Zero Gravity Brewery > Burlington Beer Company > Hen of the Wood

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory is one of the largest teddy bear factories. Its teddy bears are so cute and fluffy you might have a heart attack once you enter!You can sign up for a tour ($4 for adult),and build your own bear for the same price of an in-store teddy bear. During the tour, you will learn how and where bears are born, and see the entire bear-making process while cuddling buttercream or honey bears. Moreover, you will also visit the bear hospital, where the injured bears will sit in a hospital bed, wear a patient gown and have maple syrup IVs to help them recover faster. Once again, the place is so adorable that it will melt your heart. (Suggested duration: 2 hours).

Lake Champlain is very close to the Burlington City center area. We had our lunch in Church Street and walked around Waterfront Park. There are various ferries available on Lake Champlain, but remember to check the ferry schedule, since there are limited seats. Foam Brewers Brewery and Zero Gravity Brewery (or Queen City Brewery just across the road) are also located in the area, within walking distance. Indeed, you can take a romantic walk on the Waterfront Park from Foam Brewers, that will allow you to reach Zero Gravity Brewery in about half an hour.

If you are also planning to have a romantic dinner, head to the astounding Hen of the Wood, one of the best restaurants in the world! Remember to reserve at least a couple of weeks in advance, if you want to find a table.

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park

Day 3: Bragg Farm Sugar House >Quechee Gorge > Woodstock > Billings Farm & Museum > Home

We decided to take it slow on our last day and adding more sightseeing/nature attractions. We started with a sugar-high morning by visiting Bragg Farm Sugar House. Maple syrup is one of the signature products in Vermont. Take a free tour to learn the history of Vermont Maple syrup with endless maple syrup tasting.

Visiting Vermont covered bridges is also a must-do-activity in Vermont. We picked Taftsville Covered Bridge, Lincoln Covered Bridge, and Middle Covered Bridge in Woodstock, as they some of the oldest and prettiest ones in the state. We also visited Quechee Gorge, Vermont’s Grand Canyon, during our bridge hunt. Quechee Gorge is the deepest gorge in Vermont; you can take a nice picture on both sides of the gorge, by walking on the Route 4 Bridge.

If you are an animal lover, don’t miss a tour of Billings Farm & Museum before you end your trip. You will be able to pet farm animals such as pigs, jersey cows, horses, sheep, and chickens. Stick around for the 3 pm milking demonstration, and ask the knowledgeable and gracious stuff if you want to learn more about how the milking process works, and the farm daily routine.

Quechee Gorge
Quechee Gorge
Middle Covered Bridge
Middle Covered Bridge
Billings Farm & Museum
Billings Farm & Museum

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6 Must Visit Outdoor Spots in Seattle

Seattle is calling! 6 Must Visit Outdoor Spots that will make you smile

Skyline of Seattle
Skyline of Seattle

Known for its lush evergreen trees, a lot of rain, and views of the Puget Sound make The Emerald City a place that everyone needs to visit. Seattle has a lot to offer tourists who will see that the outdoors are a daily part of many of the residents who live in and around this huge city. Seattle’s location allows for many great views of the city and surrounding landscape as well as plenty to see within city limits. Check out these must visit outdoor spots in Seattle for your next trip to the Great Northwest.

1. Space Needle

Space Needle and Mount Rainier in the background
Space Needle and Mount Rainier in the background

Known as one the most recognizable landmarks in the world, Seattle’s Space Needle draws well over 1 million people each year. Opening in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle was created with a futuristic design that made it immediately stand out against the natural background of the area. Tickets are needed to go inside The Space Needle but there are plenty of things to see around the area as well. At over 600 feet tall, The Space Needle offers amazing views from the top which is the only 360-degree view that visitors will see of the city.

2. Pike Place Market

Pike Public Market in Seattle
Pike Public Market

This iconic open-air market is almost as well known as the Space Needle. You’ll find a slew of vendors and artists selling a wide variety of produce, seafood, flowers and artisan items that are native to the area. Make sure to check out the flying fish market that throws your selection to fish mongers before wrapping up fresh halibut, salmon, and crab. You’ll find the fishmongers write underneath the famous Public Market sign that the market is most well known for.

3. Golden Gardens Park

Sunset at the Golden Garden Parks
Sunset at the Golden Garden Parks

If you are looking for a beach to watch the sunset look no further than Golden Gardens Park. The park consists of 87 acres that are located on the edge of the Puget Sound. You can not only play in the sand and wash your feet off in the cold water but also catch a gorgeous view overlooking the Olympic Mountains. You’ll find plenty of interesting wildlife in the sand, thanks to the low tides, which include sea urchins and crabs. Plenty of sailboats use this area as well making for some great picture worthy opportunities too. If sand isn’t your thing there are trails that canvas the park for those looking to take a sunset walk along the water or through the wetland area on the park’s northern end.

4. Seattle Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden in Seattle
Japanese Garden in Seattle

The wet and cooler Seattle climate allows for some amazing gardens in the area that are pretty unique. Take for example the Seattle Japanese Garden that is located within the heart of the city. It may be a smaller garden with just a few acres but it definitely packs a punch with its focus on gorgeous Japanese maple trees as well as unique designs and landscapes that feel a world away from the busy Seattle area. The garden was designed with strollers in mind which allows residents and visitors to casually enjoy the surrounding beauty during a casual stroll through the area.

5. Market Theater Gum Wall

Market Theater Gum Wall
Market Theater Gum Wall

Yes, you read that correctly. The Pacific Northwest is known for being a little bit on the weird side and Seattle’s Market Theater Gum Wall is a great testament to that fact. Located in an alleyway underneath Pike Place Market, the gum wall draws locals and visitors alike in seeing the massive amount of gum that have been left by visitors. At one time there was thought to be 1 million pieces of gum on the walls which is enough to impress you or make you gag when you really think about it. The City of Seattle has cleaned the gum wall twice, using a pressure washer and an employee covered in a head to toe hazmat suit, with the most recent cleaning happening in September of 2018. The cleaning occurs to help preserve the actual wall itself but is sure to be covered once again with enough gum to make this a must on your places to visit in
Seattle.

6. Gas Works Park

Gas Work Park
Lovely Afternoon at Gas Work Park

If you’re looking for some kayaking make sure to definitely check out Gas Works Park located on the north end of the city. This 21-acre park has great water activities as well as plenty of room for lounging in the sun as well as bicycling. The park was built on the site of a gas plant in 1975 and features remnants of the gas plant making this a unique park in the Seattle area. The park includes a 60-foot hill which gives you a great view of the city as well as the water surrounding the park.

Seattle is full of places to visit to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful outdoors. Visit iconic landmarks like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market as well as the infamous Market Theater Gum Wall. Check out the local hiking, botanical gardens, and magnificent views of the city and Puget Sound in both Gas Works Park and Golden Gardens Park. Make sure to stop at these must visit outdoor spots in Seattle the next time you are in the area.  For more information about tours visit https://www.taketours.com/seattle-wa/

Sarah Miller is a writer, self-claimed nutritionist, and crossfit junkie. She spends most of her time meal prepping and actively trying to beat personal records in the gym, but always enjoys a meditative walk through a nearby woodland area or near a lake.