Have the Perfect Year in California With These Seasonal Destinations

People insist that California doesn’t experience all four seasons, but that’s silly. The weather is different, but each season is beautifully represented in typical West Coast style. Visit California in spring, summer, fall, and winter to see for yourself.

Watch the Wildflowers Blossom in Spring

Head inland in the springtime, away from the coast. Later in spring, wildflowers pop up along California’s sandy coastline, but as the season gets going, the greenery struggling to bloom again craves warmer temperatures. It’s cooler near the water, even in sunny California. During March and April, springtime explodes. There’s less fog, the hotel rates are lower, and the crowds are thin.

Yosemite is one of the best places to watch the flowers return to the landscape. Head to the north of San Diego and let the Carlsbad Flower Fields steal away your breath. In Huntington Garden, camellias reign supreme. Check out Mendocino, as well. The rhododendrons in the Coast Botanical Garden will make you feel brand new.

Welcome Sea Life in Summer

Along the coast of California, marine life joins the tourists in flocking to the shores in the summertime, although many of them come from the opposite direction. Along the beaches of La Jolla, the leopard sharks are the most welcomed guests. In spite of the name, these sharks are harmless. The big, brightly colored critters are personally responsible for drawing divers, kayakers, and snorkelers to La Jolla every summer. Their visit almost always begins in June, but they tend to hang around in July and August, as well. Consider taking a swim with them this year. Dive down and say hi.

Experience the Perfect Fall in SoCal

Southern California puts on a spectacular show every autumn. Visitors never expect it because the stereotype is that California has no seasons, but residents of LA know better. The air doesn’t have the same crisp nip you experience on the East Coast, and you can still swim as you bob for apples and plan your Halloween costume, but multiple fall-friendly activities are on offer.

Just as you can in nearly any New England town, you can go apple picking around Oak Glen. You can spend an hour or two in a pumpkin patch picking out the perfect jack-o-lantern. Lose your way in a corn maze, or desperately find your way out of a haunted house. A drive through Los Angeles will even reveal breathtaking fall foliage. Keep your eyes pointed toward the mountains, or peep at the gardens throughout the city.

Spend Winter in Big Bear Lake

Believe it or not, California is home to some exceptional skiing. It’s such a hot destination that you need to make reservations well ahead of time. Check out HotelPlanner to find Big Bear Lake hotels in November, December, or January. In addition to skiing, snowboarding, and sipping cocoa at the lodge, you can play in the powder, make snowmen, and experience winter in an entirely new climate.

Have you ever thought of taking a seasonal vacation? Where would you go?

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What to Do in the Poconos in Every Season

The Poconos region spans 2,400 square miles and is known for its mountainous peaks, abundant forests, waterfalls, wildlife, and ample opportunities to get out and explore the countryside. Indeed, one of the best things about this area is that you can visit any time of year and find something fun to do. Here’s a small fraction of what you can look forward to during each season in the Poconos.

Spring

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Between the lows of winter and the highs of summer, spring is one of the best times to get outdoors and go hiking or biking in the Pocono Mountains. Plan a trip to one of these areas:

  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • Bushkill Falls
  • Dingmans Falls

You’ll find dozens of locations and trails to explore, but each of these will give you a look at the area’s best waterfalls. The tallest one at Bushkill towers at over 100 feet high.

One of the best things about exploring the state parks and nature areas in the Poconos is that the mountain range is a popular spot for discount hotels, luxury accommodations, and everything in between. Check out a Poconos hotel room from Hotel Planner in the area to enjoy proximity to these natural spots and all the other local attractions.

Summer

Summer in the Poconos is ideal for swimming and water sports. A visit to one of the waterfalls will cool you down, but you can also go swimming or camping at Worthington State Forest or Beltzville State Park. You’ll find beach areas at Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area and Gouldsboro State Park as well.

The area is also home to a couple of water parks that the whole family will love. Visit Camelbeach Waterpark, which features indoor and outdoor pools and slides, or go to Aquatopia, which has water slides, water rides, and a swim-up bar where you can order a cocktail and some bar food.

Fall

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Poconos is in a northeastern part of the United States that ignites with color every fall. From September through November, you can visit locations throughout the states to see the changing leaves. If your priority is to see the rich fall foliage deep in the mountains, keep an eye on the color forecast throughout the year in order to plan a successful vacation. The color zones run through the Poconos, so you should have several weeks in the fall when you can visit and see this phenomenon.

Fall is also a popular season for festivals in the Poconos. If you’re visiting this time of year, attend the Apple Harvest & Timber Festivals, Black Bear Film Festival, or Pocono Food Truck & Art on the Mountain event.

Winter

The area’s many ski resorts open their lifts and trails in the winter. These are a few of the areas where you can take the family for lessons, equipment rentals, and skiing and snowboarding fun:

  • Big Boulder Ski Area
  • Blue Mountain Resort
  • Camelback Mountain
  • Jack Frost Mountain
  • Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

Poconos promises tons of outdoor fun regardless of when you visit. Add these activities to your itinerary to make the most of your time in the Pennsylvania mountains.

 

Garberville, CA: Enjoying The Calm Side Of Californian Tourism

California is one of the most iconic destinations on the planet. The Golden State is a place that is visited by millions of Americans of each year, as well as millions of international guests. Most will take in the excitement San Francisco, LA, and San Diego. However, CA is also a place where you can enjoy a slice of tranquility and calm. Garberville is the ultimate place to do it.

The CDP in Humboldt County isn’t the most frequently visited destination in this part of the world. But it does still attract a lot of tourism given its tiny size. Here’s why it is the ultimate place for a few days of relaxation.

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Whether you’re a solo traveler or a family, there’s no doubt that the weather plays a big role. Garberville’s climate is pleasant and comfortable throughout the year. Aside from the heat, rainfall levels are fairly low during all months. This ultimately creates the perfect platform from which to build a relaxed few days in the sun.    

As a small location, Garberville isn’t exactly blessed with a plethora of accommodation options. However, the Best Western Plus Humboldt House Inn is set in the ideal location to enjoy the surrounding nature. Meanwhile, everything from the food to the rooms screams luxury and relaxation. This could either form a break during a tour of the area or become the central focus of the trip. Either way, you’ll be sure to enjoy those facilities.

Garberville is also home to an incredible golf course. For many people, this is the ultimate form of relaxation. While it is frequently used, it doesn’t tend to get so busy that it becomes a struggle to play. So, with a little practice before you go, this could be one of the most enjoyable rounds of your life. For casual golfers and passionate ones alike, this is a noteworthy selling point.

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The area’s Richardson Grove Park is another fantastic place to enjoy natural beauty. This is the perfect location for a scenic drive through the Redwoods or can alternatively be an ideal spot for hikes or camping. Frankly, anyone visiting this part of the world would be advised to grab hold of this opportunity. It truly is an opportunity to break away from the hectic nature of modern life. Just remember to take a camera with you as a few hours of snapping photos will allow those memories to last a lifetime.

Locals enjoy a relaxed culture, and that spreads to all visitors. This comes as no surprise given that there are only around 1,000 residents. There is still room for business, great health care and good school facilities. Nonetheless, it’s a far cry from San Francisco 200km to the South. Once again, this is simply a perfect place to break away from the rat race. As a family trip or a chance to recharge the batteries, you will not find any better.

And if you do wish to visit the exciting cities or even head up to Oregon, this can still be done too. For most visitors, though, Garberville is a hidden gem.

 

Travelling Kentucky: Must-See Destinations in the Bluegrass State

Kentucky is one of those classic American states that most people have heard of. Dubbed the “Bluegrass State” because of the bluegrass found all across the state, it’s one of the most interesting places to visit in America thanks to its iconic destinations and myriad of locations to visit. To help you plan a visit to Kentucky, we’ve listed some of the must-see destinations that you absolutely do not want to miss.

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Louisville

Louisville is home to the legendary Kentucky Derby, an annual horse racing event. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, and you’ll be surprised at the fantastic American cuisine that you can find all over Louisville. Another popular location in Louisville is the Louisville Mega Cavern, an underground adventure tour with zip lines and challenge bridges, making it perfect for adrenaline seekers.

Bowling Green

Bowling Green is where you’ll find the National Corvette Museum. For anyone that loves their vehicles, this is a fantastic specialty museum to visit. Even if you’re not a vehicle enthusiast, there’s still plenty of information to learn and the overall experiences is close to perfect. There’s also the Lost River Cave, Kentucky’s only underwater boat tour that offers nature trails and butterfly habitat viewing.

Florence

One of the top attractions in Florence is the Sherlock Escape Room game. It’s a fun and exciting challenge that is suitable for all ages. You’ll get to crack codes and solve puzzles in a number of different scenarios. If you’re looking for something related to the history of Florence, then consider the bustling Antique Mall. It’s a great place to snag some bargains if you’re interested in antiques, but even if you’re not, it’s a great way to browse to experience some history first-hand.

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Somerset

One of the most interesting attractions in Somerset is the Cedar Creek Vineyards. You’ll be able to sample a fantastic selection of wines and indulge in tasting sessions. In addition, there’s also the SomerSplash water park that will prove to be a fantastic hit with the kids. Make sure you book in at a Comfort Inn of Somerset Kentucky for great savings and convenient access to every other attraction. Somerset isn’t as popular as other locations but has fantastic sources of entertainment.

Lexington

Lexington has some of Kentucky’s best American cuisine. You won’t be going hungry with these generous portions at low prices, and there’s plenty of choice on offer if you consider yourself a picky eater. There is also Keeneland, a famous horse track that is frequented by the locals. Lexington is also home to Kentucky State Park, a fantastic location that can educate you on working on a horse farm.

The Bluegrass State is filled with things to do assuming you’re willing to do a little exploring. These are just some of the must-see destinations in Kentucky, but rest assured, there’s a whole world of adventure to explore once you come to Kentucky. There’s something for everyone here, so down to the Bluegrass State explore this unique state.

Don’t Visit Florida Without Doing These

If you are thinking of going traveling to Florida, you will probably already have some keen ideas in mind as to what to do. But the truth is that there are probably one or two things which you have not even considered, and yet which you could find yourself enjoy hugely if you do visit this state. Florida has so much to offer that it is hard to know where to begin, but there many sides to traveling there which are little-known wonders, and it is these which are worth looking into. Let’s have a look at some of these now, to get you inspired for your own trip.

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Rent A Boat

One great way to get around Florida, as with many similar destinations, is to rent a boat. There are many reasons you might want to do this, not least that it is a quick and easy way to add some instant style, luxury and comfort to your trip. Boat rental is one of those simple things that can add so much glamor to a holiday that you can hardly believe it. You probably won’t appreciate it until you try it yourself, so just give it a go when you are due to be traveling to Florida. You will be amazed at how much this simple act can add to your overall journey, and you won’t have to spend a great deal of money to do it either.

Cast A Spell

This next one is great for family traveling with kids, or even for any adults who enjoy a little sprinkle of magic in their holidays. Florida is home to the great Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a sprawling amusement park in the design of the famous Hogwarts castle. As you can imagine, this is something like a more modern Disney World, and yet much more enjoyable for people of all ages. If you are in Florida as a family and stuck for ideas as to what to do, you could do much worse than to go to the set of Hogwarts. The attraction routinely receives five-star reviews, and it is not too pricey to enter, so it’s well worth a look if you’re in the area.

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Hit & Swing

Are you a big golf fan? As it happens, Florida is one of the very top destinations not just in the US, but in the world, for ardent golfers. With some two hundred plus golf courses to choose between, there is hardly any surprise in that, so if you are a keen golfer you might not want to leave Florida before having a swing at one of those courses. If you have always wanted to play golf in one of the most beautiful settings on earth, then you need look no further than Florida itself – and it could be the ideal way to wrap up your holiday too.

These suggestions are a great way to get started in Florida, but bear in mind that there is much more besides. Take a look around and see what hidden gems you can discover too.

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