It’s a time-honored way to ring in the new year, and fun for the whole family to boot. First Night Boston, established in 1976, is a completely free outdoor extravaganza that celebrates New Year’s Eve in a big way. As long as you bundle up and plan ahead in terms of logistics, you can have a blast!
Maine might be best known for its beaches, but there is a lot of incredible nature to be found once you venture just a few miles inland from the ocean.
One such place is the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. It was named after Rachel Carson, a very popular and world-renowned marine biologist, who was also a very outspoken environmental activist during her lifetime. She was also editor in chief of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
I love history. For many years, I acquainted myself with cities by reading about their past, then exploring them by myself (mostly on foot). But in recent years, I’ve started taking advantage of more structured walking tours as part of my experience. Here are a few things I’ve learned about walking tours that I always keep in mind:
1. Take the tour as early in your visit as possible. This helps you quickly learn the city’s layout. In addition, your tour guide will help point out places you’ll want to try to see (or revisit) before you leave town.
2. Show up a few minutes early. Most guides are excellent at ensuring everyone hears the scripted parts of the tour. Nonetheless, you stand a better chance of learning more about places in between stops if you are walking closest to the guide and can banter a bit.
I’ve picked out three cities to feature in this blog. For each city I provide a “Top Choice” an “Honorable Mention” and a “Runner Up.” I hope you get a chance to explore these beautiful and historic cities with the benefit of a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.
The USA has a fantastic array of libraries, big and small, public and academic, for you to explore. Whether you go to see their general collection of books, to visit the rare books and manuscripts they contain, or to ogle the stunning architecture, these libraries are great destinations for you as you drive the nation.
If you’re a foodie, then chances are you’ve already heard about the “farm to table” movement that’s sweeping the nation. The idea behind farm to table is that instead of importing food from far off locals, restaurants instead look locally. They prefer to work in conjunction with area farms to get food that is fresh, free of chemicals and better on the environment.