Category: USA

Photograph of the week: Arrival of the Blues Brothers

Photograph of the week: Arrival of the Blues Brothers

With a hefty catalogue of big screen musicals, Universal Studios deserves to be heard. And inside their Orlando theme park, heard they will be! Outside a mock New York store front, people begin to congregate, patiently anticipating an arrival. A thumping jazz beat in the distance elates the crowd before a cop car cruises around
Photograph of the week: Lighthouse at Anacapa

Photograph of the week: Lighthouse at Anacapa

In the summer of 2012, Josh McNair finally got the chance to take a boat out to the Channel Islands National Park and visit Anacapa. This island has a stark beauty that is very out of place in the industrial hodge-podge that is Southern California. After walking around the island, he started an approach to
5 of the best off-season luxury rental destinations

5 of the best off-season luxury rental destinations

Saying farewell to the holiday season always leaves travelers feeling a little blue. The warmth turns to cold and you long for a vacation after your vacation. But keep your chin up; there are plenty of go-to places for off-season stays that will warm the cockles of your heart and save you a few pennies
The magical burning waterfall that is Eternal Flame Falls

The magical burning waterfall that is Eternal Flame Falls

I was surrpised not to have stumbled upon this one before and apologise to those readers that already know about it, but whilst recently browsing the Web I came across the magical Eternal Flame Falls.  This is a double dose of nature in all its glory… a waterfall that happens to pass over a slight natural
10 of the quirkiest hotel rooms in the world

10 of the quirkiest hotel rooms in the world

Hotel rooms can be expensive, especially while on a city break – aiming to take in more sights than your balcony or window has to offer. Some of these suites offer more than just a stunning view. From quirky exteriors, underground caverns and tree top orbs, this post will take you through an alternate look on some of
Interview with Michael Frye, Founder of British Heritage Chauffeur Tours

Interview with Michael Frye, Founder of British Heritage Chauffeur Tours

Michael Frye, founder of British Heritage Chauffeur Tours, is one of those lucky people who has been able to enjoy two vastly different professions. For twenty years he was one of the principals of the London Symphony Orchestra, where he had the honour of meeting Stravinsky, and performing with musicians as diverse as Herbert Von
Top 10 places you won't find on Google Maps

Top 10 places you won't find on Google Maps

I stumbled upon this video recently, and thought it was rather interesting, so am sharing it here even though there’s no obvious luxury angle. Since even Nevada’s much-talked about Area 51 can be found on Google Maps (though admittedly, much of the operations there probably take place underground), it’s interesting to see what places are hidden.
10 of the most exclusive luxury hotel services

10 of the most exclusive luxury hotel services

If you believe that a luxurious hotel is just a place to stay for a night, you are wrong. Luxurious hotels offer much more than fashionable interior and unusual exterior to attract visitors. A wish to amaze guests has no limits. Nowadays hotels offer exclusive services for the most sophisticated visitors: from unique spa-procedures to
12 of the most stunning winter sun locations in the world

12 of the most stunning winter sun locations in the world

Following one of the wettest summers on record, Britons are in much need of some rest and recuperation in a dry, warm and sunny climate. But where can you go for almost guaranteed winter sunshine? What are the best beaches to eat your Christmas dinner on? Where are the perfect spots of winter paradise? Don’t fret, we’ve thrown
The 5 best wine destinations in the world

The 5 best wine destinations in the world

Love wine?  Love to incorporate some great wines in your next trip?  Then take a look at this list from TripAdvisor. According to the popular travel review site, these are currently the five best wine destinations in the world. I don’t suppose the French will be happy at not making the list, whilst California’s Napa Valley
Highlights of the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers' Choice Awards

Highlights of the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers' Choice Awards

The results are in for the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards rank the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. A record 46,476 readers participated, rating 370 hotels, resorts, and cruise lines above a score of 90! (To put this in perspective, the first list in 1988
The world's top 10 islands to visit

The world's top 10 islands to visit

National Geographic has come up with a top 10 islands to visit. Now you might expect to see the islands of the Maldives or maybe one or two of the Greek islands, but no… this list is quite different. There’s no Fiji, no Seychelles, and it seems that even the Galapagos don’t make the grade
Staying at home to explore Sedona

Staying at home to explore Sedona

I’ve done my share of world traveling. I’ve backpacked and hitchhiked, I’ve done a few luxury tours, and I’ve gone the group route. The one thing that all of these different types of travels have in common is the getting out and exploring. No matter if you’re traveling alone, with loved ones or with strangers
The 4 best tour guides in the world?

The 4 best tour guides in the world?

Wanderlust magazine, the bible for independent-minded travellers, has announced the four winners in its annual World Guide Awards, which honour the very best tour leaders from across the globe. In a ceremony at London’s Royal Geographical Society, Italian Luca Alfatti from Dragoman, Burmese Nyi Nyi ‘Frankie’ Naing who guides for Panoramic Journeys, G Adventures guide
Now you can explore the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Google Street View

Now you can explore the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Google Street View

You may recall back in 2010 that Google Street View extended to parts of Antarctica.  Now they’re going a step further and taking us underwater to explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Thanks to a partnership between the Catlin Seaview Survey and Google Maps, it’s now possible to observe the reef just as divers do. Specially adapted
Photograph of the week: Zion rainbow

Photograph of the week: Zion rainbow

John Ferebee had been visiting Zion National Park over Labor Day and spent the first day inside the park looking and photographing many of the popular rock formations but wanted something unique. Several miles west of the park are some very high mesas. This was taken from the top of the highest one looking back