Panama City Beach - April Destination Focus
Panama City Beach, Florida offers 27 miles of stunning white sand and emerald green waters along the Gulf of Mexico and has an average year-round temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and an average of 320 days of sunshine annually.
Fun in the sun for all of the family is a guarantee in Panama City Beach; with great attractions, top-notch restaurants, beach activities, amazing accommodation and world-class events, you'll never forget your Panama City Beach holiday.
Panama City Beach offers a wide range of accommodation options for every budget, suiting all types of travellers, from family groups to couples and singles.
Getting to Panama City Beach is now a breeze, thanks to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), serviced by Delta Airlines located just 10 minutes away from the famous sugar-white sandy beaches.
Top 10 Must Do’s
1. Stroll on the super white sand beaches and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
2. Take a morning dolphin cruise on a 50 foot catamaran to Shell Island and spend the afternoon snorkelling, swimming and relaxing.
3. Meet Roux, a rescued baby bottle-nosed dolphin, at Gulf World Marine Park and learn about their rehabilitation programme of Gulf marine life.
4. Bike through the winding paths of Panama City Beach's Conservation Park and enjoy a scenic picnic overlooking the protected wetlands.
5. Shop the boutiques at Pier Park and reward the kids with an ice cream.
6. Make a splash at Shipwreck Island Water Park on its Pirates Plunge attraction or the 65 foot Tree Drop and then relax and take in the sunshine on the Lazy River.
7. Cast a line off the Russel Fields Pier or its twin M.B. Miller Pier for Spanish mackerel or flounder.
8. Dive for treasure in Panama City Beach's natural or artificial reefs.
9. Visit Heron Pond nature trail at St. Andrews State Park to bird watch for Snowy Edgrets, Great Edgrets, Blue Herons and Little Blue Herons and spot White Tailed derr or the occasional alligator.
10. Check out the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre, located in the heart of Panama City Beach, where you can enjoy the sounds of many local and international bands.
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Texas - March Destination Focus
Texas. It's 267,000 square miles of amazing opportunities and unforgettable destinations. If you are looking for an inspirational location Texas is the perfect place. For big fun, there’s no place like the Lone Star State for your next holiday.
The Alamo Fort is the most popular historic landmark in Texas. Experience the battlefield first hand and walk in the footsteps of Bowie, Crockett, Travis and Esparza - with guided tours and events.
To Infinity and beyond - explore the fascinating history of manned space travel at Houston Space Centre, the official visitor experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre where you’ll be able to see some of the capsules that were actually flown in space and take a behind the scenes tram tour of the Space Centre. Get an insight into the workings of the Historical Mission Control Centre, the Space Station Shuttle, and discover for yourself the rigours of astronaut training at this informative and entertaining attraction.
Austin is an exciting and vibrant city with lots to see and do, spend some time at the State Capitol Building, the second largest in the country, discover the full story of Texas at the Bullock Texas State History Museum take a fascinating look into the life and work of Lyndon B Johnson, America’s 36th President including a replica of the iconic Oval Office at the LBJ Presidential Library.
Corpus Christi is a fantastic holiday destination – there’s the sun, the sea, fantastic beaches, superb restaurants, shopping and a host of attractions and activities for all the family to enjoy.
History comes to life at the USS Lexington Museum with real pictures and stories of the actual heroes that served aboard this iconic Aircraft Carrier during WW2. See for yourself the spot where a Kamikaze plane hit the deck during an attack, test your skills at the Virtual Battle Stations, see the Captain in action, walk the ship’s narrow passageways and get a first-hand view of the vintage aircraft on deck - and if some of the views look familiar that’s because parts of the movie Pearl Harbour were filmed here in 2001 - all aboard for a truly memorable experience!
Located in the stunning Texas Hill Country to the North West of San Antonio, the family owned and operated Mayan Dude Ranch combines the sights and sounds of an authentic cowboy ranch with traditional western hospitality backed up by modern facilities and amenities. With miles of scenic riding and horseback trails to explore, a true Texas welcome from friendly staff, and an array of outdoor activities on offer, the Mayan Dude Ranch is ideal for families and groups of friends looking for a fun filled get away from it all “Western Ranch” experience.
WHATEVER YOU LOVE, IT LIVES HERE
See below a selection of superb things to do in Texas
- Live music in Austin
- Art, music and great neighbourhoods in Dallas
- Big Bend National Park
- Cowboys and culture in Fort Worth
- Space Center in Houston
- UNESCO World Heritage site of the Spanish colonial missions including The Alamo
- Riverwalk in San Antonio
- State House in Austin
- Fabulous food including BBQ
- Tax free shopping
This is a place that breeds talent, and it’s the home of legends like Stevie, Janis and Buddy. Every night, you’ll find the same passion alive and kicking in every dancehall, nightclub, festival and lounge across the state. There’s something for every music lover here, from techno to Tejano and every style in between. Texas has long been a place for pioneers and trailblazers. Today, you’ll simply find them on stage.
There’s something epic everywhere you look in Texas. From the awe-inspiring Palo Duro Canyon, to natural wonders like Enchanted Rock and Natural Bridge Caverns, you’ll find landscapes begging to be explored. You’ll find countless ways to explore them, too, from hiking and biking to kayaking and canoeing. You’ll also find superb bird-watching chances in Big Bend National Park, since such an incredible variety of species migrate to Texas.
Food & Drink
Here, food is more than a meal. It's our culture, our way of life. Across the state you’ll find award-winning BBQ, the original Tex-Mex, truly astounding seafood and the best chili to ever grace a bowl. From five-star restaurants and renowned chefs to undiscovered food joints manned by tomorrow's culinary superstars, there is a flavor for every palate. So grab a fork and your taste for adventure and "come 'n get it."
If you really want to talk sports in Texas, we’d need a much bigger website. So, in short, if it uses a ball, stick, mat, club, helmet, racquet, pool, referee or pit crew, you can bet we have that sport (and in some cases, a championship title to match) and tickets to watch it live.
Professional sports are big time here. Texas hosts two NFL football teams, playing in two must-see-to-believe stadiums, including Cowboy Stadium with the world’s largest High-Definition Video Display. Texas also has three NBA teams in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, a pair of MLB franchises and even an NHL team. Yeah, ice hockey in Texas! Cool, huh? And don’t forget the other football... soccer. Besides the majors, they have dozens of thrilling, easily accessible minor league teams in every sport imaginable, scattered through friendly, mid-size cities that can be just as fun as the big boys.
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Colorado - February Destination Focus
With millions of rugged acres, many people travel to Colorado with adventure vacations and activities on their minds - and they do not leave disappointed. Colorado’s 4 National Parks and 300 days of sunshine finds folks hitting miles of scenic Rocky Mountain trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and climbing.
Colorado is packed with full of things to do year-round. From family attractions, national parks and outdoor adventure to cosmopolitan cities and welcoming towns, these Colorado vacation ideas will fill your trip itinerary to overflowing.
Things to do
Hot Springs & Cool Adventures
Buena Vista and Salida are family-friendly mountain towns located on the Arkansas River with many hot springs, restaurants, art galleries, breweries and distilleries. This year-round Colorado vacation destination is a playground for outdoor adventure. During the winter and spring enjoy skiing and snowmobiling.
With millions of rugged acres, many people travel to Colorado with adventure vacations and activities on their minds - and they do not leave disappointed. Warm weather finds folks hitting thousands of miles of Rocky Mountains trails for ATVing, four wheeling, mountain biking, backpacking and climbing Colorado's 14ers.
- Denver’s Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Zoo and the Denver Botanic Gardens
- Seven Falls, Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs
- Pearl Street Mall and the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company factory in Boulder
- Brewery tours and Old Town’s shops and restaurants in Fort Collins
Colorado Springs is the state's second-largest city, but it's first in the hearts of many visitors as a place of spectacular beauty with dozens of family attractions, natural landmarks and unique museums.
The city sits at the foot of one of America's most famous landmarks, Pikes Peak, upon whose summit Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write "America the Beautiful." Tourists still converge on the peak, where they can drive, ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or even hike to its 14,115-foot summit.
Garden of the Gods
One of the nation's most fabulous city parks, Garden of the Gods, is nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak. The stunning red rock formations draw tourists with cameras in tow to capture a perfect shot of the rocks framing the snow-capped peak.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The Amphitheatre's pair of geologically formed sandstone monoliths promote seamless acoustics for only in Colorado concerts experience. The open air theatre has charmed musicians from nearly every genre, from legends like the Beatles to more recent artist such as Ed Sheeran
U.S. Olympic Training Centre
One of the nation's three U.S. Olympic Training Centers is located here, and visitors can watch world-class athletes in action. Another top attraction is the U.S. Air Force Academy, an elite military training academy just north of the city. You can visit several areas of the academy, including the Cadet Chapel and the Honor Court.
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Florida - January Destination Focus
Florida World-renown as the The "Sunshine State”. Florida has superb year-round weather attracting millions of visitors from all over the globe. World-class theme parks in Orlando are one of the major attractions of Florida including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and many more.
Just an hour from Orlando is Busch Gardens in Tampa offering an amazing day out including thrilling rollercoaster rides, water rides and animal adventures. Orlando is a dream holiday destination with outstanding resorts and hotels, shopping for every budget - from premium outlet malls to exclusive designer stores, all-season award-winning golf courses and incredible restaurants and evening entertainment venues. Also, with cultural opportunities, arts and theatre, Orlando has an incredible amount of attractions to offer visitors of all ages.
Surrounded by the sparkling, calm waters of the Gulf Coast on one side, the Atlantic Ocean on the other and the Florida Straits in the South, Florida boasts some of the world’s best beach resorts and the only living barrier reef in the United States. Perfect for water sports of every kind including snorkelling, fishing, diving or simply passing the hours watching the incredible spectacle of dolphins enjoying life in their natural environment. Miles and miles of white, sandy beaches line each side of Florida with relaxing resorts on the Gulf Coast including Clearwater, Sarasota and Naples and vibrant resorts on the Atlantic Coast or Gold Coast as it is known, Miami, West Palm Beach and Ft Lauderdale being the most popular.
Travel to the Southernmost point in the United States, Key West and watch in awe the serene golden sunset celebrated daily by locals and visitors alike. With a Caribbean vibe and laid back ambience, the Florida Keys are a real treat for total relaxation and well worth a visit. A series of small coral islands, the Florida Keys are home to fine dining, exciting water sports, unique boutique shopping and miles of soft, perfect beaches to lie back and soak up the sun. Take a trip to the Everglades National Park, teeming with exquisite Florida wildlife and birdlife including alligators, manatee and pelicans. Explore by canoe, kayak, hiking and hot-air ballooning, all popular ways to experience the national parks and dense forests. An airboat ride across the marshlands is a trip never forgotten providing outstanding memories lasting a lifetime.
Internationally known for golf, tennis auto racing and water sports, Florida is a haven for sporting events of various inds. From PGA golf tournaments to auto racing at Daytona, Florida has a fantastic range of places to go and things to see. Drive over to the east coast and visit the jaw-dropping Kennedy Space Centre, examine the history of space flight and find out what the future holds for mankind’s exploration of space.
With some of the world’s best cruising departing from Florida, an ideal holiday is a cruise and stay combining the hectic hustle and bustle of Orlando followed by an enchanted tour of Caribbean islands. Try a two centre holiday with Orlando and the Gulf Coast or a three centre holiday adding on Miami or the Florida Keys. The options are endless when you choose to visit this heavenly destination, where one visit turns into many return trips to revisit attractions a second or third time or to explore more of this idyllic landscape.