Soaring Above It All
Amangiri’s Camp Sarikais is gorgeous, but just wait until you see the view from the Utah retreat’s epic new Cave Peak Stairway. The Cave Peak Stairway features a mere 120 steps, but it’s set a whopping 400 feet above the rugged Utah desert. The steel suspension bridge sits at the end of Amangiri’s via ferrata, an iron climbing path designed to traverse difficult mountain landscapes. Travelers willing to brave both will earn a one-of-a-kind desert vista.
Source: Travel + Leisure
We All Scream for…
And the top ice cream spot in New Jersey goes to Van Dyk’s Homemade Ice Cream in Ridgewood. Being around for 40 years, Van Dyk’s is a staple in Bergen County and offers a selection of homemade flavors ranging from the OG’s to special creations and combos. Also please be prepared when going that you have cash on hand because that’s all they accept (it’s that legit).
Source: New Jersey Digest
When thinking of American national parks, most people may not picture a massive swamp, a seemingly endless swath of the Atlantic Ocean, or a 19th-century fort. However, those places represent three of the country’s most biologically diverse and captivating national parks. And all three are located at the southern tip of Florida, namely, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park.
Source: Lonely Planet
Next year, Rome’s Largo di Torre Argentina – a sunken square believed to be the site of Julius Caesar’s assassination – is set to open to the public for the first time. Also known as Rome’s “Area Sacra,” the square is home to the ruins of four ancient temples and doubles as a sanctuary for stray cats.
New Bangkok Digs
In a city where almost every high-end hotel brand has already made a mark, it takes something extra special to turn heads. Yet when Capella Bangkok finally opened after a seven-year tease, the city’s hi-so set swooped in like magpies. Why? Capella’s first foray in Thailand is the only city hotel with villas right on the Chao Phraya River, multi-roomed retreats with private gardens and swimming pools lined with travertine marble.
Source: Condé Nast Traveler
Worth the Wait
A new parks project in Central Texas is on the way, but you may have to wait over a decade to enjoy it completely. The Great Springs Project, a major feat announced by the National Park Service in December of 2020, will aim to connect four of Texas’ Great Springs between San Antonio and Austin – Barton Springs, San Marcos Springs, Comal Springs, and San Antonio Springs.
Let Us In
We sure hope Canada will open its borders by July 1, because an exciting new attraction is scheduled to open on that date on the Ontario side. The Niagara Parks Power Station should be a whizbang draw, combining fascinating engineering and cultural history with a state-of-the-art sound-and-light show each evening.
The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington, is the only community-based museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the history of pan-Asian Pacific Americans. Located in the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown Historic District, the museum is in a historic building constructed in 1910 by Chinese immigrants and is dedicated to engaging the public about the culture, art, and history of Asian Pacific Americans. Guided tours are available; the first Thursday of the month is free.
A New Train is Coming
The southwestern U.S. is getting a new luxury glass-domed train route through some of the country’s most scenic territory. The Rockies to the Red Rocks journey, set to start in August 2021, will take passengers on a two-day ride from Denver to Moab, Utah, winding through the Rocky Mountains and Utah’s gorgeous natural arches.
Awe StruckOne of the most recognizable sacred sites on earth, Bagan, features an exceptional range of Buddhist art and architecture, including temples, monasteries, frescos, and sculptures. Don’t forget to visit Shwesandaw Pagoda (one of the most famous of the more than 2,000 ancient temples and shrines that remain) to take in the views of the sunset. Source: Condé Nast Traveler
JetBlue is about to make the friendly skies a little more comfortable. In March, the airline unveiled the new Mint class aboard the airline’s A321 aircraft featuring 24 private suites, each with its own sliding door – the ultimate in airline privacy. Each seat also comes with a custom-designed seat cushion by Tuft & Needle, which folds into a lay-flatbed so passengers can snooze from takeoff to landing.
Source: Business Insider
The Blue Ridge Parkway, the longest linear park in the country, snagged the number one spot for most-visited National Park Service site in 2020. Passing through 29 counties in Virginia and North Carolina, part of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s popularity stems from its location connecting Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the most visited park for several years running and the third most-visited park overall.
A Living Cave
Home to a 21-foot stalactite that ranks as the third-longest in the world, this multi-room cave located 45 miles southwest of Tucson has only been open to the public since 1999. Kartchner Caverns is a living cave, meaning that its formations are still growing, and the park offers two guided tours that explore several different areas. The park is also a designated International Dark Sky Park, so it’s great for stargazing.
Source: Budget Travel
The haunting Nevada desert, featured in this year’s Oscar-winning film, draws travelers in search of hot springs, ghost towns and off-the-grid adventures. The scenic route from Portland, Oregon, to Lake Mead in southern Nevada cuts through the Great Basin Desert, the largest endorheic watershed in North America encompassing vast quantities of open public land that attract modern-day nomads, people seeking a long-term, off-grid lifestyle since anyone can camp at their chosen spot for up to two weeks before moving on to the next.
If you’re a fan of superhero comic books and the movies based on them, this might be your ideal tour. The approximately two-hour walk visits sites that have appeared in comics and films, such as the United Nations building, the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal, as well as locations where some comic book creators worked. Enthusiastic guides share insights regarding both the real New York and the city’s portrayal in comics, which tour-takers appreciate. TopDog Tours offers this outing every day starting at 3:30 p.m.
Source: U.S.News & World Report
Getting Back to Travel
A recent survey conducted by Skyscanner and two partners found that:
- 33% of Americans feel comfortable traveling now, compared to just 13% of people in the Asia-Pacific region and 20% of those in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
- Sunny cities and beach towns in the U.S. that have loosened visitor restrictions are drawing travelers’ attention.
- The top five destinations were Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
Hut to Hut Bike Trail
The new Aquarius Trail Hut System offers a backcountry mountain biking experience like no other in the region. A system of five huts furnished with beds, a bathroom, and a fully-stocked kitchen has been strategically placed along a 190-mile route through some of Utah’s most scenic backcountry – spanning from the peak of Brian Head at 11,307 feet to the beautiful town of Escalante at 5,820 feet.
Source: Sublime PR
Founded by Johnny Morris, CEO of Bass Pro Shops, Springfield, Missouri’s Wonders of Wildlife celebrates hunting, fishing and stewardship of the land and water through 1.5 miles of immersive galleries, featuring 4D dioramas and a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium. Some 35,000 animals representing over 800 species are on display, including zebra sharks, sea turtles and freshwater sport fish. Unique to the aquarium is its collection of historic boats used by fishing legends and celebrities, like Jimmy Buffet, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey.
Source: USA Today