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Traverse City and the rest of Northern Michigan get all the love when it comes to midwest summer destinations, but don't sleep on Door County, the peninsula that sits directly west across Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Right, we know what you're thinking. The first thing that comes to mind when someone says "Wisconsin" is winter, and you can get cheese in any supermarket, thank you very much.
This mentality is precisely what makes Door County so enjoyable to visit, the fact that it crushes all your preconceived notions of what Wisconsin is as a state and travel destination. What you'll find during the summer is a mellow, bed-and-breakfast paced community on a peninsula that is comprised of a series of small towns tucked in between dairy farms, wineries, and cherry orchards. You might also remember our story last fall about the restaurant with the goats on the roof. That's a novel place and a staple of the city, and foodies will also appreciate another local favorite, the state's traditional fish boil held "backyard style" during the warmer months.
It feels like we're finally turing the corner when it comes to the warmer weather, and sooner than later it’ll be time for the calendar to flip over to May. That means water park season will also officially be underway, so here’s a quick rundown of when some parks across the country are set to fire up their slides and lazy rivers for the very first time:
· Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort - New Braunfels, Texas - April 26
· Raging Waters - San Dimas, California - May 10
· Splashin' Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana - May 16
· Six Flags White Water – Atlanta, Georgia - May 17
· Water Country USA – Williamsburg, Virginia - May 17
· White Water at Silver Dollar City – Branson, Missouri - May 17
· Wilderness Resort – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin - May 23
· Noah's Ark – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin - May 24
· Water World - Federal Heights, Colorado - May 24
· Soak City at Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio - May 24
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Think fastBusiness Class to Europe is on sale right now, but for how much longer, who knows?
Airfares are hovering around $1,500-$1,700 for scattered dates during this summer; this is half off (at least!) the usual price of Business Class and what you'd easily pay for Economy seats during peak summer travel. United initiated the sale, but it hasn't been publicized. Reading between the lines, this means act fast. The lowest airfares come from non-hub cities, so search for departures from places like San Jose versus San Francisco, or Boston or White Plains versus New York.
We recommend paying close attention to the itinerary before booking, and trying for a routing that includes Lufthansa from Washington D.C. to Frankfurt on the new Boeing 747-8i. It showed up for us while searching Dayton to Malta!
We know how tempting large-scale trips to sexy-sounding destinations can be. The thought of summer in Paris or a weekend in New Orleans is totally understandable and, if you can swing it, we support you hundred percent.
But for those of you whose budget and time allowance clash head on with your wanderlust, we offer a friendly reminder: Don't forget about the small towns hiding all across the country that are typically cheaper, require less time to fully explore, and often provide just as many unique experiences as mass tourism destinations.
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It feels like we're finally turing the corner when it comes to the warmer weather, and sooner than later it’ll be time for the calendar to flip over to May. That means theme park season will officially be underway, so here’s a quick rundown of when some parks across the country are set to fire up their coasters for the very first time:
· Carowinds – Charlotte, North Carolina - March 29
· Elitch Gardens Theme Park – Denver, Colorado - May 3
· Holiday World & Splashin' Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana - May 3
· Kennywood – West Mifflin, Pennsylvania - May 3
· Six Flags Great America – Chicago, Illinois - May 3
· HersheyPark – Hershey, Pennsylvania - May 9
· Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio - May 10
· Darien Lake – Corfu, New York - May 10
· Michigan's Adventure – Muskegon, Michigan - May 21
· Great Escape – Lake George, New York - May 23
[Photo: Andrew 94]
[Photo: Andrew 94]
There’s all kinds of water parks across the globe, but there’s only one brand that truly exceeds the expectations of those looking to slip, slide, and swim all summer long. There’s no argument that Schlitterbahn has some of the best water parks in the world, and with locations across Texas and even in Kansas City, there are several options from which to choose. However, 2014 is unique in that they’re bringing in a new $500 million park into the family, as Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi should be turning on the faucet in just a few more months.
Many of the signature rides and attractions will make an appearance at the new water park. Visitors can expect things like a Torrent Tidal Wave River, swim-up bars, and beaches. There will even be something called Boogie Bahn—according to them it’s basically the world’s best inland surfing ride. There will be places to stay the night as well, as it looks like they’re trying to get Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi up and running as a full-fledged resort.
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We’re already sick of the winter weather and associated activities, so now it’s time to start looking forward to theme park season. Of course the fried food, corn dogs, and other treats will be on the menu; however, we’re most interested in the new roller coasters that will be arriving. Here’s five of the ones that we’re most excited to check out during 2014:
FireChaser Express – Dollywood
This steel coaster will do its thing at speeds of around 35mph, but don’t let that top speed fool you—this coaster sounds like it will still pack a punch. It’s a launch coaster so you’ll get up to speed in just seconds, as you twist and turn through a little less than a half a mile of track. FireChaser Express pays tribute through its theme to the volunteer fire departments that did their thing in and around the Great Smoky Mountains a couple generations ago, so it even has a backstory to go with it when it opens in March.
This week we shared our own snap of some unexpected extreme weather: high heat in Australia! And, while the "Polar Vortex" dominates the United States, it's nice to daydream about locales experiencing steamy, equatorial temperatures.
If your flight has been cancelled or you're still stuck in an airport, have a look at our round-up of some of the highest temps around the world right now:
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While most of the US is fighting with snow, sleet, ice, sub-zero temps and all of the joys that come with any mixture of those things, that's thankfully just a tiny speck of the world. Thanks to Winter Storms Hercules and Ion, Chicago just got buried in almost 2 feet of snow and will now be facing a high of -11° F (and that's no typo), but that's only one extreme when it comes to crazy weather; there are places experiencing some of it's hottest temperatures to date.
We snapped the photo above over the weekend, on our way from Brisbane, Australia to the Sunshine Coast, during the worst heatwave Queensland has seen in 15 years. That dashboard temperature reading of 47° Celsius converts to 116° Fahrenheit. What a scorcher!
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As North America's weather deteriorates more and more, we want to remind you that it's not even technically winter yet. With that sad news, we feel the need to share a silver lining; some places on the planet are basking in near perfect weather with nary a thought of bundling up. More specifically, we draw your attention to The Whitsundays, an archipelago of tropical islands at the bottom edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The group of 74 islands just off the central coast of Queensland features a handful of resort islands for those looking to escape the stresses of city life or the nip of Jack Frost. While the island's namesake island is the largest, the most popular is Hamilton Island, and it's also the one to feature the widest variety of outdoor activities.
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Not everyone can handle the stress of last-minute travel, which is why airline are only too happy to get you booking their flights as soon as seats go on sale.
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The majority of the US is gearing up to dive head first into fall as the temps start drop, dew blankets the morning grass, and turtlenecks and scarves come out of drawers. While some of us might be looking forward to pumpkin-spice flavored anything and the certain grand feast of Thanksgiving, there are destinations that don't even shudder at the turning of the calendar from September to October...and November and December.
If you just can't let go off your flip-flop tan-lines, here are some hot-spots that bask in the sun and heat all year round: