Are you looking for a mountain vacation that will literally take your breath away? If so, Yosemite National Park should be at the top of your list!
This historical national park is one like no other. From breathtaking mountain views and spectacular waterfalls to the foliage and scerne hiking trails, you are sure to become one with nature and all it has to offer on this mountain trip of a lifetime.
The Sierra Nevada Mountain chain that makes up Yosemite was carved by an ice glacier along with weathering and erosion spanning over 30 million years. Yosemite Valley, often referred to as one of the natural wonders of the world, stretches almost 8 miles and is composed of granite walls twice the length of the empire state building (that's a whole lot of granite). The best view of the valley is located at the end of the Wawona Tunnel and is so stunning its mind blowing and literally gives the feeling of standing in the midst of a painted canvas.
Yosemite is the home to countless waterfalls created by the melting spring snowfall which produces roaring falls by mid May and running dry by early August. Due to California’s dry climate the waterfalls draw crowds of summer vacationers which makes it the busiest season for the park. While the park itself is fairly large the roads are single lane and can create a backlog of traffic during peak months. The best time to visit Yosemite, if you’re ok with missing out on the waterfalls, is early October after the crowds have receded and you can maneuver the park with ease.
If you’re like me and love being in nature but prefer not to sleep in it, the small towns surrounding the park offer lodging accommodations for groups of all sizes. If you prefer to stay in the city, the bay area is only a scenic 3hr drive away. On the other hand, If camping is your thing and you’re interested in staying at the park, you’re in for a wait as onsite camping is currently reserved 2 years in advance. Either way, Yosemite is worth the wait and the drive and once you experience it in person you’ll understand why
On August 30th the European Union proposed a recommendation to ban nonessential travel for U.S. citizens to European countries due to the significant increase in Covid cases in the U.S. Although September 22nd marks the official end of summer, many Americans are gearing up for their fall getaways and we want to keep you in the know before you go. Check out these updates on international travel guidelines for popular fall and winter destinations as of September 10, 2021.
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We’ve learned that Cancun is the most popular summer 2021 vacation destination. Although known for its spectacular white sand beaches and its fascinating turquoise blue sea, Cancun offers much more than your ordinary beach vacation. This magical oasis on the Riviera Maya provides one of a kind unique natural places, Mayan culture, water activities, adventurous excursions, international cuisine, golf courses, sophisticated spa facilities, exclusive shopping centers, typical handicraft markets and a nightlife like no other.
Should you find yourself visiting the most popular vacation destination, here's a list of things to know before you go!
Frequent “shared van” transfers to your hotel are available from $8 - $10 dollars per person from the airport. If you plan to use a shared van; it is better to pre-arrange your transportation via your tour operator or directly with a company in Cancun before you arrive. Private taxis also operate from the airport, rates go from $50 - $60 dollars per vehicle.
Taxi fares within the Hotel Zone can run anywhere from 50 to 80 pesos depending on the distance traveled. Every hotel has taxi fares displayed in their lobbies. It’s usually best to consult with your hotel concierge before taking a cab, they can tell you what the specific rate is.
Cancun has two different ocean conditions. The calmer and tranquil ocean conditions with no surf start from downtown Cancun and end at Punta Cancun where the Dreams Resort is located. The hotels on the long strip of the hotel zone, from the Hyatt Regency to the Westin have the liveliest surf.
If you visit Cancun during the rainy season (May – October), be prepared for
afternoon showers, but don’t worry the sunshine will return a short while later!
From tacos to full three course meals you will pay anywhere from 10 to 45 pesos (~$1-4 USD). That's about the average cost of food in Cancun, at least at the cheap places. Can you imagine paying less than $3 USD for a meal that not only fills you up but also tastes good.
Travelers to the country must complete a health declaration form and scan the QR code it generates on arrival. There is no need to take a test before departure or undertake any form of quarantine. Those concerned they may have symptoms should ask for the Sanidad Internacional health organization. The land border with the United States remains shut to all but essential travel. People trying to enter through the southern border with Guatemala and Belize may also be denied entry for nonessential travel.
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The world has been on COVID-19 restrictions for over a year and now we’re all ready to pack our bags and flee the coop! According to Tripadvisor’s 2021 Index, over two thirds of American’s are planning to travel this summer with 74% vacationing stateside and 13% going the international route. Florida is trending in popularity with 3 of the top 5 destinations being located in the sunshine state. The data ranked these cities as the most popular places to travel for summer 2021.
When in doubt Miami Beach is always a winner! Palm trees, beautiful beaches and diverse culture. Miami Beach is one of Florida’s most popular fun-filled summer vacation hot spots.
With it’s crystal clear water and picturesque scenery, Key West is the tropical oasis that we’ve all been dreaming of while in quarantine and it doesn’t require a passport, a Covid test or even a flight in some cases.
Known as the hub of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile string of beaches and home of The Skywheel, one of the country's tallest ferris wheels, Myrtle Beach ranks as number 3 on the top most popular 2022 summer travel destinations.
Orlando is this summer’s number one searched domestic destination offering a variety of theme parks and activities to ensure every member of the family is entertained and having fun at all times.
Florida takes the award for popularity but Cancun brings home the win as the most popular 2022 summer travel destinations. Count that as one of the few things that Covid hasn’t changed! Amazing travel deals, award winning all inclusive resorts with free onsite Covid testing and a variety of fun filled activities and excursions are just a few of the perks that Cancun provides!
Sun, Seas and Shots of Tequila in Cancun, Mexico