On the drive into the rainforest in the Sierra Madre Mountains above Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a unique scene that gets into what I feel is the real Mexico. Much like the rural South in the United States that I’ve known and loved for most of my life, there seems to be a unique friendliness in the simple architecture of the structures adjacent to Puerto Vallarta’s Rio Caule as it rises into the mountains.
When we visit the small Middle Tennessee city of Manchester, it’s usually to visit family; my in-laws live in the city about an hour’s drive south of Nashville. If you’re familiar with big music festivals you’ve probably heard of Manchester’s annual Bonnaroo music and arts festival. But Manchester, Tenn., is also home to an archaeological find: Old Stone Fort State Park. But Old Stone Fort State Park isn’t just a place to discover an ancient place once important for Native Americans. It’s also a fun hiking adventure filled with beautiful waterfalls along the Duck River.
Spring break season is upon us, that time when families flock to the theme park madness in Central Florida, find a spot in the sand on the crowded beaches of the South or hit the slopes for a week of fun in the snow. But not everyone wants to fight the spring break crowds. In fact, I’d venture to say many families don’t travel during March and April because of the crowds and inflated prices. But if you are looking for spring break alternatives, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for five spring break alternatives. Continue reading
Just off A85 in the shadows of the modest peak of Ben Cruachan in Scotland is a hidden jewel of a castle. It’s a dot on an atlas, a prominent enough destination to actually be listed on a road atlas of Great Britain. But while the little dot of Kilchurn Castle technically exists on a map, it remains a hidden mystery beyond the trees and on the banks of Loch Awe. Kilchurn Castle brings the magic of the Scotland Highlands to life, if only you know where to look.
When traveling to Normandy, France, to visit the D-Day landing beaches, planning where to go can get overwhelming. Do you choose the British landing zones and beaches or the American D-Day beaches and airborne drop zones? When we visited Normandy, I wanted to visit both zones, but quickly realized for such a short visit, there was no way I could see the American and British landing beaches as well as airborne drop zones. We only had two days, so I decided to concentrate on the American D-Day beaches. Here are five ways to experience the American D-Day beaches of Normandy.