On the Road Again!
May 5, 2015
Hit the Road and Visit these Five Great Locations!
May 7 is National Tourism Day and we hand-picked several excellent locations for would-be travelers looking to hit the road and see the sights! So get your bags packed and crank up the 8-track! It's time to get on the road again!
- Los Angeles, California - When it comes to tourism, the City of Angels has plenty to offer. Los Angeles has a plethora of award-winning golf courses, enough sporting events to take up your entire stay (Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, and Galaxy soccer, just to name a few) and an abundance of theme parks that can cater to all age groups (Universal Studios, Six Flags and, of course, Disneyland). For those who would rather lounge by the beach and take in the sunshine, LA has more than enough beautiful sandy beaches so you can get your tan on! If shopping is more your speed, try Rodeo Drive and maybe you'll spot a Hollywood starlet! Want to see how movies are made? Check out a studio tour at either the Sony Pictures lot or the Warner Brothers location - both will have you hoping for your big break! With excellent weather, refreshing ocean breezes and plenty of great sites to see, a visit to Los Angeles will leave you breathless!
- San Antonio, Texas - Deep in the heart of Texas and home to the famed River Walk and many historic Spanish colonial missions is San Antonio. This growing metropolitan has plenty to see and do and comes with a large heaping of genuine Texas hospitality. In town is the aforementioned River Walk which snakes through part of the city and is lined with retail shops and restaurants. The famed Spanish mission, the Alamo, is steeped in Texas history while at the modern Tower of the Americas building you will have a 360-degree view of the city and your choice of some excellent Texas cuisine. At the famed Japanese Tea garden, you can soak in the serenity as you stroll through the exotic scenery of this beautiful and historic garden. You can end your day by cooling off at the enormous Splashtown Water Park! Situated on 20 acres and with over 50 rides and attractions, this amazing theme park is the perfect way to cap off your visit to San Antonio.
- Denver, Colorado - The Mile-High capital of Colorado, Denver is the perfect place for both indoor and outdoor activities. With over 300 sunny days a year, Colorado has plenty to do, whether you're in Denver or the surrounding area. In town, there's the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall with its numerous shops, restaurants and historic buildings, including the famed Tattered Cover bookstore in LoDo (Lower Downtown) and the Union Station train station (where the Ski Train leaves for Winter Park!). The U.S. Mint factory is nearby and here you can take a tour to see how U.S. coins are made. Outside of Denver proper, you can hit the Red Rocks Amphitheater, drive to Rocky Mountain National Park and stop by Estes Park, home to the Stanley Hotel (where Steven King was inspired to write The Shining) or check out one of the abundant ski resorts that dot the mountainous landscape (Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, just to name a few!) for skiing, mountain biking and fly fishing. From the large quantity of craft breweries to your choice of a grilled bison burger or Rocky Mountain oysters (look it up), when you're in Colorado, there's never a shortage of things to do!
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Nestled on the East Coast of Florida lies sunny Fort Lauderdale. A popular tourist stop, this large beach town has miles of pristine beaches, a thriving arts scene and plenty of fabulous restaurants. Take a walk down famed Las Olas Boulevard for shopping, happy hours and nightlife or stroll the peaceful grounds of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, an oasis in the middle of the city with hiking trails, kayaking and guided tours. For history buffs, there is the Victorian-styled Stranahan House which was once used as a post office and town hall, and the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum which has a showroom dedicated to the once-famed Packard automobile. If you are feeling adventurous, the Everglades Holiday Park is nearby and offers tours, wildlife encounters and airboat rides! For sports fanatics, Fort Lauderdale has the NHL's Florida Panthers playing in nearby Sunrise and plenty of minor league baseball stadiums in and around the city. At the end of your day, relax and unwind with a walk on one of Fort Lauderdale's legendary beaches and marvel at what Fort Lauderdale has to offer.
- Nashville, Tennessee - The Tennessee capital is known as Music City and for the all the right reasons. The legendary Honky-Tonk Highway (or Broadway) has many renowned live music establishments where many of today's country stars first got their start. From Tootsies to Rippy's to The Stage, in Nashville there is no cover charge, the food is outstanding and the music never stops. The celebrated Ryman Auditorium and even more celebrated Grand Ole Opry round out must-stops for music fans. For fans of history, the Belle Mead Plantation has guided tours of the original cabin and carriage house (which houses an impressive collection of carriages!) and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage mansion has a beautiful array of colorful gardens that is only minutes from downtown Nashville. On the lighter side, be sure the check out the Dukes of Hazzard museum (yes, you read that right) and the Jack Daniels distillery in nearby Lynchburg. With plenty of history, great southern hospitality and awesome live music, be sure to put Nashville on your road trip list!