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When is the best time of the year to take your dream vacation? Our choice is… Right Now! You may not have that luxury in your schedule so, we put together a month-by-month calendar of some of those dreamy places in which to plan your getaway. Bon Voyage!
New England. Don’t let the crowds deter you, lots of people show up each year (nicknamed by the locals as “leaf peepers”) by car or by Amtrak train, for guided and (mostly) unguided tours of the truly amazing, wildly colorful scenery.
Nevada. The area, in and around Las Vegas, is the place to be in November when you can hike around nearby Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon in cooler temperatures. Explore the Neon Boneyard, which is home to more than 150 neon signs, then enjoy a dinner cruise on Lake Mead to take in the desert stars.
New York City. There’s so much to do in New York City in December. The “Lights of the Big City” are that much brighter during December as everything has more shine and glitter to them. See the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” starring The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Then go ice skating at Rockefeller Center under the shadow of the Christmas tree.
Caribbean cruise. After the holiday decorations come down, get out of town for a warm-weather cruise in the Caribbean. What with the winter break deals on cruise travel, you (and yours) could be on the beach for a song.
Costa Rica. It’s the dry season in Costa Rica during the month of February. Enjoy sandy beaches, lush greenery and wildlife reserves. Take time to zipline above Monteverde Cloud Forest at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and hike Arenal Volcano before splashing in the beaches on the Caribbean coastline.
Washington, D.C. Enjoy early springtime weather in Washington, D.C., with incredible views of the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin and the National Mall. Visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, where you can watch giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, Bei Bei and Bao Bao clamber around.
Paris. There just may be nothing else like an April in Paris! Enjoy the warmer weather while cheering on the runners in the Paris Marathon, stroll through the park on the way to check out a spring art exhibition or take the family to the Foire du Trone fair that brings the rides, carousels and fun of a country fair to Paris.
Cincinnati. Besides the baseball season being fully underway, many of Cincinnati’s top festivals take place in May. These include the beloved Cincinnati Flying Pig festival, which attracts more than 40,000 people who come for fun runs, 10Ks, and the big one, the Flying Pig Marathon. Another favorite is the annual Taste of Cincinnati.
Machu Picchu. Avoid heavy summer crowds by visiting Peru’s Machu Picchu in June. Book a guided hike along the Inca Trail, or, take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and hop a bus to see the fascinating ruins. Please do pay attention to the signs regarding protected areas while among the ruins.
Canada. This country offers very diverse outdoor activities for anyone who visits, whether it be countryside or city-scape! July is an optimal time to go for picture-perfect weather that is ideal for festivals, fishing trips, and of course, celebrating Canada Day on July 1.
Cancun. Head south to Cancun in August when you can swim with friendly whale sharks and watch as baby sea turtles make their way back into the ocean. Also, do not miss the chance to explore ancient Mayan ruins at Tulum and Coba.
Walt Disney World. Sidestep the crowds by planning to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando. after the summer rush. The Internet is full of deals to make the trip of a lifetime (for kids of all ages), so much more affordable.Yes, while it may be Florida, don’t forget to pack a jacket!