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Caribbean - November

Antigua & Barbuda

The twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda sit just north of Guadeloupe. Antigua, the larger of the two is the main tourist destination and better suited to families with no shortage of resorts and plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained. Barbuda is well suited to couples seeking a romantic break, the secluded pink sand beaches, shorefront seafood restaurants and local marketplace are largely unspoiled by tourism infrastructure.


Lying north of Cuba are the 16 main islands that make up The Bahamas. The historic capital city of Nassau on Paradise Island has excellent shopping from straw market to designer boutiques; this is thought by many to be the most stylish spot in the Caribbean. By night the centre transforms into a vibrant clubbing spot. Exploring the area by ferry will take you to the pink sands of Harbour Island or face to face with the wild dolphins of Grand Bahama Island.


One of the most diverse islands you will find in the Caribbean, from the rugged coral reefs and harsh tides of the beaches of Bathsheba in the East, to the white sanded tranquil surroundings of the western beaches. The lively capital of Bridgetown in the South, with its old school colonial buildings and plantations to visit, its great restaurants and traditional Bajan hospitality, or further south to the full on nightlife of St Lawrence Gap and Oistins, to the secluded all-inclusive resorts and golfing greens to be found in the quiet and relaxing pace of the north. A climate of year round sun has kept Barbados as one of the most visited destinations in the Caribbean.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic is the second biggest nation in the Caribbean and shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. 
The capital Santo Domingo is a mixture of classic Spanish style buildings alongside modern high-rise skyscrapers. History buffs will enjoy the impressive display of monuments to document Christopher Columbus's arrival more than 500 years ago. Holidaymakers will be attracted to the large tourism gateway areas of Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and La Romana.
The climate varies between evergreen forests in the highlands, fertile valleys and desert zones with dune formations. Away from the city visitors can relax on one of the many pristine golfing greens, enjoy whale watching from Samana, or sunbathe on the bone white sands of Bahia de la Aquilas - consistently voted the Dominican Republic's best beach. Dominican Republic is also a diver's paradise with a number of wrecks to explore as well as a coral reefs and extensive cave systems. 


Just south of Cuba is the island of Jamaica, famed for its natural beauty and laid back atmosphere, holidays to Jamaica can be as active or as chilled as you want to make them. Visit the capital city of Kingston, and spot the European influence in its colonial architecture. Take a stroll around the Bob Marley Museum, housed in the late singer's recording studio to learn more of the nation's musical heritage. Alternatively head to Montego Bay, the islands second largest city and gateway to the northern coastal resorts
Go hiking in the Blue Mountains, or view the water cascading down the 180-metre drop at Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios. Continue your adventure by rafting down the Rio Grande River to St Margaret's Bay. Or do what many people go to Jamaica for, relax on Long Bay in Negril, a seven-mile stretch of pristine white sand, with tiki huts serving up chilled rum cocktails and spicy jerk chicken smothered in marinade to the blissed out sounds of local reggae.

Puerto Rico

Still very much the place to be seen, Puerto Rico combines the laid back pace of The Caribbean with the cosmopolitan nightlife of a US city. Whether you're watching the salsa dancers spin in Old San Juan or visiting one of the city's state of the art casinos, there is always something vying for your attention. Puerto Rico is home to 250 flawless beaches, most notably Mosquito Bay in Vieques considered to be the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world, a chance to swim in the liquid light and enjoy one of nature's most amazing gifts.

St. Lucia

St Lucia, the largest of the Windward Island is an archetypal Caribbean getaway. Couples can relax on one of its many secluded beaches; relax in the sulphur springs or luxury spas. Those in search of a more active holiday experience can sail, horse ride or take on one of the many hiking trails and enjoy the unspoiled rainforest and dramatic twin peaks of the Pitons.

Turks & Caicos

Made up of 40 islands, only eight of which are inhabited, Turks and Caicos Islands are encircled by coral reef and home to some of the most varied marine life in the Caribbean, making the islands a diver's paradise. Between late December and April, humpback whales can be spotted of the coast of Grace Bay on the island of Providenciales. The laid back pace, makes the island a perfect relaxation spot. Also worth checking out the local ripsaw music scene and trying the locally sourced conch fritters.

Washington, DC - October


Explore Washington, DC just like a local. Our walkable, cosmopolitan city is home to distinct neighbourhoods, unexpected hidden gems and unique experiences. Washington, DC offers the best in world-class dining, exciting nightlife, stylish shopping and one of a kind sites and attractions.
Fly nonstop to Washington Dulles International Airport from London Heathrow with United Airlines or connect from four UK airports and arrive refreshed, thanks to United’s high levels of in-flight comfort and personal service.
Washington, DC is rich in history, culture, passion and intrigue, and it’s only been getting better. Discover special events, interesting experiences and a constant stream of ideas about how to live it up in the city. 
And when it comes time to sleep, you will have no trouble finding somewhere cool to lay your head. Everything from budget-friendly inns to the poshest luxury suites, Washington, DC has something to inspire sweet dreams for every traveller. 
Monuments and memorials, eclectic neighbourhoods, true local flavour – Washington, DC is a place unlike any other. It’s your home away from home with free museums and America’s front yard.
Rich in history and proud in its heritage, Washington, DC is America’s cultural centre for a reason. With its memorials, monuments and historical sites making it a must-see place for every visitor it is the capital of free! Offering attractions and activities for everyone, very few cities in the world provide the same access to incredible museums, one-of-a-kind events and incredible displays as Washington, DC.
The city is made up of neighbourhoods, where people live and visit, where restaurants and pubs buzz, where cabs are hailed, hotels are busy and friends laugh. There’s so much to love about each one of it’s neighbourhoods, from history on Capitol Hill and high-end boutiques in Georgetown, to performing arts in Penn Quarter and a 24-hour diner in Adams Morgan. Get familiar with the lay of the land and find your place in Washington, DC.
Located between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, DC is full of surprises, you just won’t want to leave!
Top FREE things to do:
  • The National Mall - Besides well-known landmarks like the Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall also features over 60 other monuments and memorials for you to visit.Touring the National Mall during the day is delightful, but for a truly magical experience, visit at dusk. That’s when the lights come on, bathing Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, as well as the Washington Monument, in an otherworldly glow.
  • At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, visitors can find all sorts of animals; lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park home. The zoo’s habitats feature animals from 400 different species and about 25 percent of the zoo’s residents are endangered. All of the animals at the National Zoo, which is also a global research centre and conservation centre, are cared for by world-class zoologists and veterinarians.
  • Hike through Rock Creek Park – Washington, DC’s ultimate outdoor mecca is Rock Creek Park, a 4.4-square-mile expanse that includes numerous trails for hiking, biking and exploring. There’s more to like about the park, too, like a nature centre, picnic areas, riding stables, tennis courts and the historical site of Peirce Mill.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration, held in Washington, DC. Each year, the Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan with spectacular weekends and daily events.  Arlington National Cemetery, our nation's most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honoured dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit Arlington National Cemetery to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
  • The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum takes visitors to the sky, showcasing the amazing technological achievements that have progressed aviation and space exploration throughout the last century. Our fascination with flight is still alive and well, as the museum is one of the most visited in the world year after year. Glimpse the 1903 Wright Flyer, run your hands over moon rock and experience the larger-than-life world of aviation and space.
  • Visit Eastern Market on weekend mornings to browse the work of local artisans and sample farm-fresh produce and concoctions. Market Lunch’s blueberry buckwheat pancakes are a must-try in the market itself.

Bradenton, Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key - September

Anna Maria Island earned a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award as one of the Top Ten Islands in the United States. Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk received a 1st place award as the top cultural, sports and recreation project by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commission. Plus six of our beaches now have the prestigious “Blue Wave Certification” from the Clean Beach Coalition. With easy access to three international airports, we’re close to all the major attractions, yet far from the crowds.

Horse Surfing
The Bradenton Area continues to receive nationwide media attention for horse surfing experiences along Palma Sola Bay. Tagged by many as the World Capital of Horse Surfing, we are home to the only horseback riding stable in the State of Florida that offers horseback riding on the sand and swimming with horses. 
“The Greenest Little Mainstreet in America”
Florida’s first LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy Retail Park 
On the quaint island of Anna Maria, history is being made with the first platinum LEED and Zero Net Energy Commercial Park. A collection of Historic 1920’s bungalows have been retrofitted into boutique shops and cafes with a green twist. The historical relics are completely powered by solar energy and geothermics.
Village of the Arts
If you’re an art lover, Bradenton is the place to visit! A national arts magazine has listed Bradenton as one of the nation's top 10 small cities for art. The June 2012 issue of "American Style," a lifestyle magazine that focuses on art, artists and galleries, ranked Bradenton as tenth in its nationwide poll of the public arts and cultural amenities in small cities. 
Bradenton Riverwalk
As Downtown Bradenton’s showpiece, the riverwalk serves as an outdoor gathering place and host for many diverse events and activities. The stretch is a mile and a half and is one of the longest public Riverwalks in Florida. Running alongside the Manatee River, the Riverwalk includes a Family Fun Zone with a splash fountain and playgrounds, a great lawn for picnics, kayak launch, a day dock for boaters, a botanical walk and the 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater. 
Eco Tourism and Agritourism
When our visitor’s need a break from the sun and sand, there are several agri-tourism treasures for them to explore, offering entertainment and education for curious minds of all ages. All they need to do is head inland. Here are just a few of the many great places to start:
  • The Bradenton Area boasts not one, but two world-class wineries:
    • Bunker Hill Winery- is a "GREEN" Environmentally Responsible Winery and offers complimentary tours and tastings of their handcrafted wines. 
    • Rosa Fiorelli Winery- has a 10-acre Muscadine vineyard and their wines have won more than 100 awards. Tours include your choice of an authentic Italian lunch and wine in a complimentary souvenir glass to take home. 
  • Dakin Dairy Farms – A visit to Dakin Dairy Farm is not only fun; it’s good for you! The farm is one of only three dairy farms left in the Bradenton Area. 
  • Mixon Fruit Farms- has always been famous for its plump, juicy citrus, its gift shop and Groveside Café. But now, visitors can take a ride on the Orange Blossom Express through the groves past the Children’s Magical Maze and Wildlife Rescue, where the family will delight in an interactive show with rescued Florida animals, reptiles and birds. Our favorite thing about Mixons … their homemade orange swirl ice cream!
  • Robinson Nature Preserve - Robinson Nature Preserve in Bradenton is an exquisite nature preserve that is a popular destination for wildlife photography and bird watching, Tucked into the corner of northwest Bradenton, it includes 487 acres of coastal saltern, marsh, and mangrove habitat.
  • Turtle Watch Tours - In the Bradenton Area, the beaches are shared with Florida’s abundant wildlife and families visiting from May through November can experience “turtle nesting season”.

Naples, Marco Island & Everglades - August

Whether travellers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast - Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades — has an array of holiday options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, world-class golf, a thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all.

Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the Paradise Coast is easily accessible from some of Florida’s largest cities. Travellers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 43 destinations

They call it the Paradise Coast. It's the Southwest Gulf Coast area of Florida that includes the resort cities of Naples and Marco Island, along with Everglades City and several national, state, local and private parks and nature preserves.
Naples Beach & Pier
The white sands of Naples Beach hold obvious appeal, and the historic Naples Pier, open 24/7 for fishing as well as people-, bird- and dolphin-watching, is a popular gathering spot for visitors and locals alike to watch the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico.
Family Attractions
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is located in a 52-acre old-growth historic botanical garden and is a great spot for families. The zoo, accredited by the Association for Zoos & Aquariums, continues to add new exhibits that entertain as well as educate. 

With over 90 golf courses in the greater Naples area, it's obvious that golf is a major focus for residents and visitors. Although many of these are considered private, some turn semi-private in the off-season, meaning that they will allow non-members to play between May and December. 
Everglades National park
Many people don't realize the Gulf Coast entrance to Everglades National Park, located in Everglades City, is the gateway to the saltwater portion of this expansive national park. Many say this is the most beautiful section of the park, and it is a favorite with sport fishermen and paddlers for its natural wilderness and quiet beauty.

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Illinois - July

Illinois is probably best known for Chicago. The world-class city is regarded as the cultural heart of America. Renowned museums. Stunning Architecture - including the tallest skyscraper in North America. Michelin-starred restaurants. Chicago has them all. But what surprises visitors the most, is the 26 miles of ocean-like beachfront just steps from downtown and Magnificent Mile shopping. Discover all the hidden gems this great state has to offer.

Outdoor Adventures
Offering great ways to get the family off the sofa and into the Great Outdoors with adventures including hiking, biking, and interacting with wildlife

Route 66
300-mile stretch of American roadway, steeped in legend and packed full with eccentric lifers, nostalgic eats, quirky museums and more kitsch than you can shake a restored 1940’s gas pump at. This is the Mother Road. There is no better way to relive America’s golden age than along its most legendary highway, Route 66. The historic highway starts in Chicago and continues throughout the state. It is this iconic stretch where classic diners, drive-in theaters and quirky roadside attractions continue to wind their way through history and into the hearts of visitors to this very day. In fact, mile for mile you can discover more of Route 66 in Illinois than anywhere else. 

Illinois Shopping
Shop the Magnificent Mile, score some designer deals, and explore the delightful boutiques and galleries of historic Galena.

Family Fun
Things to do with kids with Illinois, including rollercoasters, waterslides, and all the tasty treats your picky eater could ask for. Just beyond the city lies Chicagoland, known for everything from Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunning architecture to exotic Anderson Japanese Gardens. Some of the biggest and best shopping outlets in America also reside here, many taking shopping to a whole new level with beautiful indoor and outdoor malls that seemingly go on for as far as the eye can see.

Illinois will always be the Land of Lincoln. With good reason, too. Abraham Lincoln spent the majority of his life in Illinois, fondly referring to it as home. Here, you can discover everything from his log cabin in the historic village of New Salem to his home in Springfield. Plus visit one of the most celebrated presidential museums in the world. Lincoln’s legacy marked the beginning of a long history of presidents, including Grant, Reagan and Obama. 
The Mississippi River defines the entire western side of Illinois and if it’s the great wide-open outdoors you’re looking, then you must explore Great Rivers Country. Charming river towns, steamboats, sprawling vineyards, and quaint bed and breakfasts are just of few discoveries that await visitors. This remarkable region is also home to Lewis & Clark’s historic point of departure, the Shawnee National Forest, and the appropriately named Garden of the Gods. 
But while Illinois’ attractions characterize the best of the authentic American experience, chances are, if you ask someone who has visited what they remember the most, they will say the warm, friendly people. This hospitality is something that is felt throughout the state and in the people who are waiting to welcome you. Are you up for Amazing!

The perfect 'Hang Out' City!

Chicago is a city of world-class status and unparalleled beauty. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of Midwest. Chicago is home of the jazz and blues, world-championship sports teams, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, reowned architechture, award-winning theatre and much more.

The biggest city of the Great Lakes region, Chicago sits on more than 26 miles of uninterrupted lakefront, offering 15 miles of sandy beaches and hundreds of beautiful parks, all nestled within a skyline of architectural wonders. You’ll find world-renowned museums, theatre, nightlife and music of every style, and some of the best foodie hot spots in the States.

One of America's most fascinating cities, with a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is home to some of the city’s tallest buildings, such as the John Hancock Center and Trump International Hotel & Tower. Close to the downtown area, hotels on the Magnificent Mile range from intimate boutique-style spots to some of the most luxurious in the city.

Purchase a Chicago CityPass for entry to five of Chicago's must see attractions. With CityPass, you can save an amazing 50% off regular admissions and skip most ticket lines. 

Bordering the Magnificent Mile, the area known as River North is the place to go for trendy bars and fine art galleries. 

The Loop is one of the most iconic parts of Chicago, located at the heart of the downtown area. The Loop is packed with skyscrapers, including Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings on the planet. Hotels here land you in striking distance of Millennium Park, the Planetarium and the Art Institute and the city’s renowned theatre scene can be found here too. Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area.

Go back in time, or to the other side of the world.

The Rockford region is set in the rolling, beautiful hills of Northern Illinois and only a 90 minute drive from the world class city of Chicago. Whether you want to explore the rich culture, exquisite Japanese gardens, visit the nature museum featuring Sue the T.Rex, or stroll through the Midway Village Museum which transports visitors 100 years back in time with 26 historical structures typical in a rural Northern Illinois town, including a general store, schoolhouse, town hall and police station. The Museum also celebrates Rockford’s link with the infamous sock monkey.

Kegel Harley-Davidson Motorcycles is the world’s oldest family owned Harley Davidson dealership. Complete with an expanded Harley-Davidson showroom, fashion & riding gear, collectables, H-D rentals and an on-site restaurant, Kegel’s is a must see.

Starved Rock, Utica
Explore bluffs and waterfalls along miles of trails.

The lush forest of Starved Rock State Park, with its serene waterfalls and beautiful lodge, offers a quiet retreat for visitors. Naturalist-led programs draw you farther into this hilly wonderland, located just minutes from the wineries, quaint shops and restaurants in Utica.

A playground of coasters, water slides and shopping.

Just north of Chicago, you’ll find a nirvana of theme parks and endless shopping called Gurnee. Here, you can race down a roller coaster, splash through a water park, and shop the largest outlet mall in Illinois, packed with more than 200 stores.

Don’t miss out!! Make sure to see all the great attractions the city has to offer. Call travelplanners now for the best deals on flights, hotels and attraction tickets, everything you need for your dream city break.

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Kissimmee - June 1/2

Kissimmee is located just minutes away from Central Florida’s world-famous theme parks, such as Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida.  Pair the thrills of the theme parks with off-the-beaten-path adventures and you are in for a holiday like no other.  
Explore natural landscapes and lose yourself in “old” Florida scenery.  Zipline through the tree tops, glide across the headwaters of the Everglades or soar above it all on a hot air balloon ride.
Reasons Kissimmee should be on your Bucket List
1. Soar over alligators at Gatorland.  Wave hello to the alligators and “jumping” crocodiles below as you zip across on the park’s “Screamin’ Gator” zipline attraction. But wait, there’s more! Dare to wrestle an alligator and, go ahead, sit on top of one.
2. Take the plunge at Fun Spot America – Kissimmee. You'll realize how brave you are when you link arms with a friend or two and watch the ground slip away from under you as you’re lifted 300 feet in the air, only to feel the rush of adrenaline as you plummet back down and find yourself swinging on the World's Tallest Sky Coaster. 
3. Become a fighter pilot for a day. For a unique view of the area, fly in a legendary WWII P-51 Mustang at Stallion 51 or become a fighter pilot for an afternoon by taking the controls of a restored antique fighter plane at Warbird Adventures at Kissimmee Gateway Airport. 
4. Soar in a hot air balloon. Getting up before dawn is well worth the effort for the experience of lifting into the sky aboard a hot air balloon. Don't forget your camera because the view of the sunrise, the theme parks and the landscape below is both exhilarating and breathtaking. 
5. Glide the headwaters of the Florida Everglades on an Airboat Ride. Take in the sights as you glide through the waters of this unique wetland ecosystem on a thrilling airboat ride in search of alligators, birds and turtles. With speeds reaching up to 45 miles per hour, you are sure to feel the rush.  Experience the natural beauty of Central Florida, just minutes from the famous theme parks. 
6. Get a bird’s eye view of Central Florida from 400 feet on The Orlando Eye.  Experience breathtaking 360-degree views of Central Florida, with sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral. 
7. Walk, or trot, in the footsteps of early explorers.  Take to the trails either by foot or on horseback through scenic trails along acres of pristine Florida ranch lands and lakes.  Experience old Florida and the unique history of the land and its settlers.  Also great for spotting wildlife and beautiful lush vegetation.  
8. Zip through the trees on the only zipline roller coaster in the U.S. Forever Florida Ziplines & Adventures in the Wild provides an adrenaline rush like no other.  Swing, swoop, jump and zip through the treetops at speeds up to 20 mph along 1,000 feet of a thrilling zipline track.  There’s also the Panther Pounce, a 68-foot tower jump, as well as the Peregrine Plunge, the fastest and longest single, straightaway zipline in Florida.    
9. Climb the tree tops: Need more treetop fun? Orlando Tree Trek has you covered, with a variety of aerial obstacles such as moving platforms, Tarzan Swings, ziplines and more.  Climb through the trees like never before while testing your endurance, balance, strength and nerves.  
10. Paddling: Get close to Florida’s natural beauty by spending the day at The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek. This eco-attraction offers a variety of ways to enjoy natural Florida from tandem kayaks, single kayaks, aluminum canoes, large paddle boards and even an electric boat. Basic paddling instruction is provided prior to launching and no previous paddling experience is necessary.
11. Escape to an exotic island for the day at Discovery Cove:  This one-of-a-kind experience is one to mark off your bucket list.  Swim with dolphins, stingrays and tropical fish and then spend the afternoon relaxing in your own private cabana.  
12. Fishing: The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is comprised of approximately 80,000 acres of fishable waters, making it world renowned for its largemouth bass fishing.  You are guaranteed to catch something along these waters as well as spot a variety of nesting birds and gators.  
13. Take a #Slothie. Stroll through Wild Florida’s wildlife park for a glimpse of some of Florida’s native species as well as exotic animals like their sloth family; Guy, Ana and George. Interactive experiences are available and these sloths love to pose for pictures.  
14. Travel back in time to the 11th century.  Feast on a royal meal, in the company of the Royal family, as knights defend their honor through jousting tournaments, sword fighting and majestic horsemanship in the live arena of Medieval Times. 
15. The Longest Ride. Pack those boots and cowboy hats and experience the Silver Spurs Rodeo, the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi.  Annually ranked among the top 50 events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), this event, which originated in 1941, has come a long way from its humble beginnings. 
16. Vacation like a celebrity in a luxury rental home - Pack your bags and head to Kissimmee, the vacation home capital of the world.  With homes that range from two to fourteen bedrooms, you will have plenty of space to stretch out and relax or play a good game of hide-and-go-seek.  Vacation home amenities include a private pool, in-home movie theater and an arcade to test your gaming abilities against your friends and family plus much more.

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St. Pete/Clearwater - June 2/2

With 35 miles of spectacular award-winning white-sand beaches and an average 361 days of sunshine per year, you are sure to find the perfect spot to soak up the sun whenever you visit St. Pete/Clearwater. From the pristine Caladesi Island in the North to Fort De Soto State Park in the South, there is a wide variety of beaches where families and couples can play or relax next to the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico before watching our amazing sunsets.
Located just 90 minutes from Orlando and 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater offers something for everyone and a holiday experience second to none.
Top 10 Things To Do:
  • Spend the day on one of our beautiful ‘Award-Winning’ beaches including St. Pete Beach, TripAdvisor’s number 3 beach in the USA and Clearwater Beach, which ranked at number 4 in the USA for 2017 
  • Celebrate the amazing sunsets at Pier 60 Festival, a nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach
  • Explore natural adventures within our pristine park system including Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands and Fort De Soto State Park
  • Observe astounding art at the Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg which houses the largest collection of the artists’ work outside of Spain
  • Discover our diverse heritage from Tarpon Springs, a historic riverfront town famous for sponge diving, to Dunedin with its Scottish Heritage and antique shops galore
  • Visit Winter the Dolphin, star of the hit movies 'Dolphin Tale 1' & ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Canoe or Kayak through the many mangrove swamps and waterways
  • Play a round of golf at more than 50 challenging courses
  • Enjoy a day at one of the many state of the art spas
  • Shop and dine amid boutiques and bistros, both fine and eclectic
With unmatched natural beauty and engaging people and activities, the St. Pete/Clearwater coast has something to capture the heart of every visitor. From pristine Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands in Dunedin, to the bustling sugar sands of Clearwater Beach, to the laid-back allure of Madeira Beach and further still to Treasure Island and points even farther south, there is definitely a stretch of beach to satisfy anyone. The area isn’t home to America’s award-winning beaches for nothing.
In St. Pete/Clearwater anyone can get closer to nature and rent a canoe or kayak to paddle through our peaceful mangrove trails or if you feel the need for speed, why not hire a jet ski from John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach or try your hand at a private two-man speed boat. For a bird’s eye view of our coastline try parasailing from St. Pete’s Beach or have a go at Jetlev and get to fly 30 feet above the water with a futuristic jetpack strapped to your back!
Grouper, stone crab and artisan chocolates are just a few of the delicacies to enjoy here. Other people eat, but here we savour and with the added bonus of gentle sea breezes and sparkling water views, who can deny that this isn’t a winning combination! With over 2750 local eateries ranging from local casual gems to fine dining establishments, there will be something to suit every taste.
Nightlife in the area is vibrant and varied. From local nightclubs and speciality cocktail bars to the craft beer hub of Dunedin, the St. Pete/Clearwater area has one of the best nightlife scenes in Florida. There is an abundance of eclectic music venues, hot dance clubs, cigar bars, fabulous local breweries and lots more to take your fancy.
Take off your sunglasses, put away the sunscreen and prepare to be amazed. Some of the area’s most beautiful and original sights can be found in our area art museums and galleries. Start with Mediterranean-flavoured Downtown St. Petersburg, which is home to the world-famous Dalí Museum, boasting the most comprehensive collection of the Spanish surrealist's works outside of Spain. Or head to artsy Gulfport, where galleries, shops and restaurants occupy Old Florida bungalows and the yearly Gecko-fest celebrates the town's independent spirit.

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Sarasota - May

Sarasota County is a beautiful subtropical destination and cultural hot spot located on Florida’s Gulf Coast 80km south of Tampa. The city of Sarasota is on the mainland and the six beautiful barrier islands are easily reached by either a scenic walk or drive over Sarasota Bay, with properties located on or within a short walk to the beach and great shops and restaurants nearby. As Sarasota was voted America’s No. 1 small city for art, it is the perfect destination for lovers of art and culture; visitors can choose from performing arts, opera, ballet, internationally acclaimed festivals and discovering the area's unique circus heritage. Award-winning white sandy beaches, jewel blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and an eclectic variety of cultural activities make Sarasota the perfect escape for couples and families.
There are an abundance of sugar white sand beaches to be found in Sarasota and the extensive coastline is lined by six islands, each revealing its own personality. Dr. Beach named Siesta Key Beach as the No.1 beach nationwide in 2011, and Trip Advisor Choice Awards 2015 awarded Siesta Key as the number one beach in the US. Lido Key has a variety of beaches including the unspoilt and secluded North Lido Beach or the family friendly Lido Beach. Longboat Key is a more manicured area with exclusive beachfront communities. On the extreme southern end of Longboat Key is Quick Point Nature Reserve offering scenic bay beach views and excellent bird watching opportunities surrounded by beautiful lagoons. Venice Beach is famous for the prehistoric sharks’ teeth and beautiful shells that are found along the shore, great for beachcombers of all ages; divers also love this area for its stunning reef. 
Art & Culture
Sarasota County is known as Florida’s Cultural Coast and offers an assortment of cultural activities. The crown jewel of the Sarasota cultural scene is The Ringling Museum, John and Mable Ringling brought the circus to Sarasota in 1927 and created a legacy that continues to this day. The Asian Art Wing of The Ringling Museum, which opened in January 2016 showcases a modern design in contrast to the rest of the estate. Visitors can also head to the 1926 art deco theatre to experience superb acoustics at the Sarasota Opera, or The Gulf Coast’s professional ballet company, Sarasota Ballet for both classics and modern works. Sarasota Ballet just celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2015-16 season. Sarasota hosts a range of cultural and arts celebrations throughout the year such as the Greek Glendi and Venice’s Italian Feast & Carnival in February, the Sarasota Film Festival in April and the Sarasota Music Festival in June. The Ringling International Arts Festival is a four day event held annually in October showcasing a variety of dance, music and theatre from around the world.
Nathan Benderson Park opened in Spring 2012, the 400-acre lake has been transformed into a world class rowing facility and The World Rowing Championships will be held here in autumn 2017. Events at Nathan Benderson Park will also include Triathlons, Canoe & Kayaking, Stand-up Paddleboarding, Dragon Boat Racing, Water Polo and 5k & 10k Runs. A playground and paths for walking and cycling add to the variety of entertainment in the park. Sarasota also offers over 30 exceptional golf courses at terrific values. 
Outdoors & Nature 
With year-round warmth and lush landscape Sarasota County is the perfect destination for exploring the great outdoors and connecting with nature. Visitors can head inland to Myakka River State Park – one of Florida’s oldest state parks. The 148km of nature serve as popular hiking, fishing and camping destinations. Visitors can walk among the treetops on the Canopy Walkway or kayak in the Myakka Lake tributary and get up close to alligators. Paddle boarding along Lido Key or kayaking through the mangrove tunnels on Sarasota Bay allows visitors to see dolphins and manatees in their natural habitat. The Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium offers up-close experiences with turtles, manatees, sharks and over 100 species of marine life, including two touch pools, viewable working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits this is great day out for families. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a beautiful public garden with over 20,000 exotic plants, research and education centre offering a butterfly garden, banyan grove and a new Rainforest Garden exhibit, and plenty of room for little ones to stretch their legs.
Shopping & Dining
The colourful neighbourhoods of Sarasota offer visitors a variety of shopping and dining experiences. The Mall at University Town Centre,  the area's newest shopping district, is a two-level enclosed shopping centre and features a Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, along with over 100 other shops; it is one of the biggest developments in South West Florida. Downtown Sarasota is a vibrant area with scores of independently owned shops and St. Armands Circle has a wide variety of high-end boutiques, alternatively the trend hunters can head to Southside Village. Eight main shopping districts in the area can be found, along with unique artist colonies for shopping and browsing. Sarasota offers a wide range of dining options from casual beachside restaurants to world–class elegant resort dining, and has the highest concentration of zagat-rated restaurants than anywhere else in Florida.

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Panama City Beach - April

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

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. 
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.
Outdoor Adventure
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

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. 

Adventure Sports
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

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.

Pikes Peak
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

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.


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