A larger-than-life experience, Grand Canyon draws tens of thousands of families each year who unplug their smartphones, tune out of television, and create lasting memories together. Here are 10 ways the park helps kids replace virtual reality with a real-life experience that will stay with them for a lifetime. Guaranteed.
Quality lodging for passengers was an important part of the Santa Fe Railway system during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As the railroad expanded west, a chain of hotels and restaurants run by the Fred Harvey Company opened along the Santa Fe rail lines. The hotels and restaurants were known as Harvey Houses, and they became famous for their quality food and service.
Young, single, intelligent women who were also of “good character,” and had the sort of sense of adventure that propelled them to unknown territory in the 1880s to work as waitresses.
Death Valley is often thought of as one of the most rugged locations on Earth, but the truth is quite the opposite. From October through April, the valley offers surprisingly pleasant temperatures for people wishing to escape the winter cold. And visitors will discover an amazing amount of biodiversity made possible by over 600 ponds and streams. What’s more, there are more things you can do for fun in Death Valley than you can possibly do in one weekend.
As an avid hiker and backpacker, working at The Inn gave historian Woodruff and his wife Gayle the chance to get to know the area and also develop an expertise in its history. So in addition to guiding tours and delivering lectures, Woodruff, along with Gayle, eventually authored the book, Magnificent Oasis at Death Valley.
Although originally a working ranch that was built in the 1930s, most of its structures date to the 1950s. Set on the valley floor below and a short distance from the Inn, the Ranch has its own identity, history, and atmosphere. With a true western atmosphere, some liken it to a combination of a dude ranch and a national park lodge.
There’s a reason many first-time travelers become lifelong cruisers — cruise vacations combine all the best parts of the land and sea for an unforgettable journey through different cultures and experiences. Between packing, embarkation day, shore excursions, bucket list tours and cultural considerations, planning your cruise can seem overwhelming — but it doesn’t have to be.
What’s on your bucket list? Do you dream of ancient ruins or some of the world’s most beautiful beaches? Maybe your list is brimming with dazzling cities buzzing with culture and art. Or, perhaps you still need to uncover your travel dreams. When you’re ready to check off your top choices, let us know at Windstar Cruises. We’ll be thrilled to show you extraordinary destinations, including must-see cities, traditional villages and secret harbors where only small ships can go.
Cruise ships are not all alike, and size is very much a factor in finding the ocean cruise experience that is right for you. The size of the ship influences the style of cruising and whom you cruise with. It also influences where you can go.
Visiting Yellowstone for the first time? Here are some infographics to help guide you on all of the fun things to do, see, and eat within the Park. Our first-timer’s guides show you what to do, what to see, and some dos and don’ts for visiting Yellowstone.
The Inn’s foundation is the creative genius of architect Robert C. Reamer, combined with the business savvy of hotelier Harry W. Child. Constructed between June 1903 and June 1904, the builders used raw materials harvested from the local area. Adapting sixteenth-century technology they produced a modern wilderness log cabin with electricity, steam heat, and indoor plumbing.
Most people know about Yellowstone’s geysers; Old Faithful, the most famous, shoots steaming spray 100 to 180 feet into the air with regularity. But within Yellowstone’s nearly 3,500 square miles, you can hike forests, take a boat trip, admire a canyon, ride horseback, travel by covered wagon and stagecoach plus look out your car window to see bison, moose, elk, and bighorn sheep. That makes it a perfect family destination.
Here are three ideal days in the park for families:
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