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Kissimmee - June Destination Focus 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 Destination Focus 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 Destination Focus

 
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.
 
Beaches
 
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.
 
Sports
 
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 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 
Music
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."
 
Sports
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. 

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.

Attractions

  • 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 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.

Illinois


Chicago is the perfect 'Hang Out' City!

"No trip to Chicago would be complete without a shopping trip or two, and there's nowhere better than Michigan Avenue to do just that."

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.

Chicago & Beyond
The journey to discover America begins in Chicago. Chicago greets you with a sweeping skyline punctuated by some of the tallest buildings in America. Here, you can explore the Magnificent Mile—a shopper’s paradise.

There are miles of sandy beaches, Michelin-starred cuisine, and works of art that begin in museums and spill into city squares and lakeside parks. Live music creates a drumbeat, laughter overflows from comedy theatres, and cheering bellows from the many sporting spectacles.
 
Renowned museums, plentiful shopping, fine dining,  and more—it’s all in Chicago, along with unexpected surprises that reveal a new side of this city.
 
Route 66
It’s a road so mythical, you may wonder if it still exists. And yet, cutting through Illinois is a 300-mile stretch of Route 66 that even today captures the imaginations of travelers the world over. The kitsch, the nostalgia, the people—it’s got all the makings of a road trip that’s just as much about the journey as the destination. Which is kind of the point when you take a trip down the Mother Road.

Rockford

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.

Gurnee
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.

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