Plan Your Next Romantic Getaway to One of These Beautiful Small Towns

Written by: Anne Scott

Approximately 44 million people will travel across the U.S. this 2013 holiday season. Many will head for the big cities, estimates AAA. This year, take your loved one for a romantic getaway in one of these small towns. Enjoy the intimate atmosphere and beauty of these little treasures.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Smarter Travel recommends Carmel as a top small town getaway. Located 122 miles south of San Francisco, this town has a resident population of 3,700. Carmel is a beach town surrounded by the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the well-manicured greens of popular golf courses. Beginning as an artist colony, Carmel continues to offer small galleries and artists’ shops full of unique crafts. After a day of driving around the celebrity homes or golfing, take in a play or concert. Once boasting Clint Eastwood as the mayor, you may well see celebrities sitting along side you.

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A sunset walk on the beach is a favorite. Then a stroll into town to one of the small bistros tucked away down an artists’ ally. Carmel is also full of quaint inns for that romantic touch. Surprise your true love with a gift waiting for them in your room. Choose an assortment of chocolate covered strawberries or flowers and ask the innkeeper to arrange them on a sideboard in your room when they arrive. Special touches make this trip full of romantic memories. Continue reading “Plan Your Next Romantic Getaway to One of These Beautiful Small Towns”

The World’s 5 Most Breathtaking Skydiving Locations

Written by: Jeremiah Hill

To say free falling from the sky is a rush is an understatement. Experience the exhilaration and adrenaline rush of skydiving, especially in a beautiful destination with awe-inspiring views. If you’re looking for an overseas adventure to satiate your need for thrills, check out the following skydiving hotspots. Beware though, you may just end up being addicted to that indescribable surge of excitement.

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park in Utah is one of the most striking locations for skydiving, and it’s even more breathtaking from above when falling at terminal velocity. You’ll catch spectacular views in every direction. Skydiving staff will provide expert training for beginners who will learn how to control rolls and turns as well as how to pull their own ripcord. Skydivers can start their free fall at 14,000 feet.

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Pack Your Bags & Go: How to Embark on a Life-Changing Travel Trip

Written by: Jason Roberts

Whether you want to trace Holden Caulfield’s coming-of-age journey through Manhattan or follow Jack Kerouac on his iconic travels through the country, traveling is a reward in itself. You’ve now decided on forging your own travel story, but how does one prepare for a trip that’s worthy of a story?

Diving In

Whether you’ve just bought your first car or have outfitted your old bicycle with saddle bags for a cross-country odyssey, the first step on your trip may be the hardest. You simply have to pack your bag and go. Once on the road, you will find a community of travelers that will embrace you and a life full of adventure.

Driving at mountain road .

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