Christmas is a time to celebrate and enjoy the festive season with family and friends, reflecting on the year that was with hopes of joy for the future. For some, this special season is a time to travel and explore, discovering the many ways Christmas is celebrated around the world. Here we look at ten great destinations to spend Christmas in the U.S.A. where the blessings of Christmas can be celebrated and observed.
Nestled in the western state of Colorado, surrounded by natures finest landscapes, is the mile-high city of Denver. True to its name, Denver sits one mile above sea level, tucked at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
With an impressive 300+ days of sunshine each year, Denver and its surrounds is the main gateway to some of North America’s finest powder and ski fields, natural attractions and probably the finest beer in the world.
I’ve always had a fascination with Antarctica. Maybe it’s the remoteness and inaccessibility of the icy pole that lures the explorer from within. Or maybe it’s the sheer size of the Earth’s largest continent with its mountainous terrain and harsh atmosphere where 98% of the landscape is covered in snow and ice.
It may be the world’s largest continent, but so much is unknown about remote, mountainous Antarctica. A land of mystery, intrigue and adventure, it’s no wonder this icy destination features high on many traveller’s bucket lists. The flying kangaroo has taken us even further down under with this one day sightseeing tour from Adelaide to Antarctica.
Utah’s National Parks – where the ground rises before you to majestic peaks of multiple colours; where it bottoms out to vast valleys and canyons below your feet; where it turns watering holes into rapid rivers around the next corner; where the 4am wake-up calls to witness the birth of a new day is worth every second – and all this can be found in just one park.
A lot can be said for a name, whether it’s the title for the latest work of fiction or a Hollywood blockbuster. Sometimes we’re drawn to something by name alone. Like looking through a book store with its endless array of novels and stories, there are bound to be fascinating titles that jump out at you, compelling you to reach for that next great read.
Driving through the wild Wasatch Mountains only an hour and half drive from picturesque Salt Lake City, Utah, we turned off the unpaved road into Scare Canyon. This dusty one car lane meandered through the forest and deep into the thick woods where we were greeted by the charming A-frame log cabin we were to call home for the next three days. It’s rustic out here with no running water, no electricity and just the stars to guide us. I was in love already…
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is possibly the most impressive site that I’ve ever seen. President Theodore Roosevelt was instrumental in preserving this national park over a hundred years ago. Said to be over 17 million years old, the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is probably one of my all time favourite destinations in America.
This July the American Canoe Association is once again holding its National and North American Open Canoe Championships in the lovely and always welcoming town of Wausau, Wisconsin. This is followed by the Midwest Freestyle Championships in August; just two of the many canoe and kayak related events held at this internationally recognised white-water location.
What better way to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit than a visit to one of America’s inspiring national treasures – the beautiful sights that make up the U.S. National Parks System.
The National Park System includes national monuments, battlefield parks and old homesteads and buildings that tell the stories of America’s past. Of course the park system also includes the beautiful natural wonders of the country and in this list we will take a glimpse at several of the places that we have come to love – vast areas of immense beauty that must be seen to comprehend and truly appreciate.
The Natchez Trace Parkway from Mississippi to just short of Nashville, Tennessee is one of the most stunning drives in America. With Spring in full bloom it’s the perfect time of year to explore this 444 mile (714km) parkway. Its path winds all the way from Natchez, Mississippi, through Alabama and into the rolling hills of Tennessee. Nature lovers will enjoy the parkway’s lush forests and flora and what seemed to be hundreds of nature trails, some with beckoning waterfalls.