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Washington, DC’s, New Experiences
Washington, D.C. intrigues visitors with several new experiences. Foil an espionage plot at the International Spy Museum, figure out our Neanderthal connections at the National Museum of Natural History and find out what ordinary foot soldiers felt while fighting the Civil War. Come visit again.
Alaska Cruise and Scenic Drive
Alaska offers America's last great wilderness. The state’s natural wonders delight even the most jaded of travelers. Combining a cruise with a scenic drive enables you to see icy blue glaciers, pristine lakes and panoramas of snow-capped mountains as well as whales and Steller sea lions.
Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park
Most large cruise ships plying the Inside Passage depart from Seward, which is about 127 miles south of Anchorage. We took advantage of the time before our 10 day cruise to explore another part of Alaska’s temperate rain forest: the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Cruising Carnival’s Dream
Carnival’s newest and largest ship, the 3,646 passenger Dream, launched September 2009, may be the “Fun line’s” best vessel yet, despite some crowding at maximum capacity. Several new features create smooth sailing aboard the Dream.
Flightseeing Denali and Wild Alaska
From our helicopter at 10,000-feet, Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park spread out below us as a massive river of blue ice. The glacier, slit with crevasses and dotted with turquoise pools, seemed to run on forever. Craggy cliffs and rugged brown slopes towered on either side.
Caribbean and Alaskan Camping with Home Comforts
Camping without work is my kind of outdoor overnight. Here are three great places to enjoy nature’s beauty without the bother. Two are in the Caribbean, where most islands discourage camping,and one site offers Alaska’s rugged coastal scenery and abundant wildlife as well as home cooking.
Explore Nevis in the Caribbean
Nevis, an off-the-beaten-path Caribbean getaway,is often dubbed the “nature island.” Nevis’s charm stems from its blend of rain forest and beach on an island with a population of around 11,000, big enough to support nice hotels but small enough to escape traffic jams and major malls
Bargain Vacations at National and State Parks
For a great bargain vacation, visit a state or national park. These gems come with budget priced accommodations, but first-class scenery. Savor wildlife, walking trails and wonderful views, but you should book lodging now for next summer.
Jewish Heritage in Hungary
Our week-long walking trip through Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic with Butterfield & Robinson turned into a pilgrimage to significant sites in our Jewish history. In Hungary we discovered Jewish sites in Tarcal and Budapest.
Whale Watching in Mexico
For decades, pods of Pacific gray whales have made the 5000-mile journey from Alaska to Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico, where the protected lagoons provide safe havens for birthing and nursing. February to mid-March, prime whale season, offer the best chance for up-close encounters.
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