Planning a holiday for your family can sometimes be a daunting task. Picking the right time of the year, making sure there is enough time to enjoy all the sights, finding a hotel with as many amenities as possible for the least amount of money. So many things to consider.
Not to mention you want the trip to be fun and interesting for each and every family member. Depending on where in the country you live, you may want to schedule a tour today for someplace fun and close to your home. If time is not a concern, you can schedule tours and holidays across the country.
10 Tour and Holiday Ideas
Here are 10 interesting tour and holiday ideas you may not have thought of:
1. Hermann Wine Trail
The Hermann Wine Trail is in Hermann, Missouri, and the best time to visit is during the fall months, although there are activities year-round. This is a small German town that celebrates everything Midwest wine.
There are tours of the wineries, wine tasting, shopping, hiking, camping, fishing along the Missouri River and so much more to enjoy. This is also a popular wedding destination when the leaves are turning to colourful hues in the autumn.
2. Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hershey, Pennsylvania, is the chocolate capital of the world and the home of Hershey chocolate and candies. You and your family can take a tour of the Hershey candy-making plant, ride rides at an amusement park or have a chocolate-inspired spa day.
Besides the chocolate, there are several fine dining experiences as well as fun shopping, a museum and golfing. There is something for the entire family to enjoy an extended weekend or an entire week’s stay.
3. Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Located in the picturesque Ashland, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has gone on since 1935. There are three large theatres with several different shows running from March to October. If you don’t care for Shakespeare, there is bound to be another play that will pique your interest.
If you are not into theatre, there is a 93-acre park, Lithia Park, which has several eclectic playgrounds, hundreds of winding hiking trails, and is surrounded by part of the town. After romping in the park, visit some of the eateries, shopping stores, or activities located in the small town.
4. Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
The International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is one of the largest hot air balloon gatherings on the planet. Guests can get up close and personal with the balloons as they fill with hot air, talk to the pilots and watch a number of balloons glow late into the night.
There are other attractions at the festival, including chainsaw carving demonstrations, a fireworks show and countless vendors with the most delicious foods. When the crisp autumn skies fill with hundreds and hundreds of hot air balloons of every shape, size, and colour, you’ll want to take as many photos as you can. And there is a photo contest for the best photograph of the festival.
5. North American River Cruises
There are a number of river cruises, available for families and couples to enjoy for a weekend, a week as well as several weeks depending on how far you wish to travel. The cruises are luxurious and fun, but the stops along the trip are something you will never forget.
A few of the destinations and combinations include Niagara Falls, Toronto, and 1000s Islands; America’s Great Lakes; Eastern Explorer; Alaska, the Arctic Circle, and the Canadian Rockies, along with several others along the major rivers of North America.
6. The Arabia Steamboat Museum
The Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the most unique museums in the world. It is committed to the preservation and recovery of the Arabia Steamboat, a steamboat lost to the Missouri River in 1856. The steamboat was recovered in a farmer’s field in 1988 with the 200 pounds of cargo in pristine condition.
Over the thousand plus years, the Missouri River moved and changed courses which included some neighbouring farmland. The family that owned the land excavated the steamboat and preserved all its cargo. The museum includes a documentary movie of the excavation, as well as a demonstration of how the artefacts are being preserved.
7. Block Island, Rhode Island
Located off the coast of the mainland in Rhode Island, Block Island is an ideal island experience. This is a place to relax and unplug from the hassles of the world. There are quaint little shops, great dining experiences and the pristine soft sandy beach to explore and enjoy.
The island is approximately 10 square miles and has about 1000 permanent residents. Located less than 20 miles off the coast, you will feel as if you are stepping back in time. The land is part of a conservation grant to insure that hiking, biking, fishing, and many other activities will remain the best for miles around.
8. The 127 Corridor
If you are a bargain hunter, searching for the unspoiled whatnot, you and your family may enjoy the world’s largest flea market. Stretching from Gadsden, Alabama, up through North Covington, Kentucky and ending in Jamestown, Texas, the 127 Corridor is the perfect place to find a deal on anything and everything.
These hundreds of miles of bargains are billed as the largest flea market in the United States. There are other things to do besides shop, but who wouldn’t want to spend a week or a weekend looking through hundreds of miles of other people’s discarded items? You just may find the perfect wall art, salad spoons or unicorn-shaped pillowcase.
9. Burning Man
The Burning Man festival is held at the end of summer each year and lasts a little over a week. Located in Black Rock City in the Nevada desert, it is billed as the largest outdoor gathering to celebrate the 10 principles, written by the co-founder of the festival Larry Harvey.
Recently, the Burning Man organization is working towards leaving less of a carbon footprint and becoming a much more sustainable and responsible event.
10. McLaren Vale Wineries
Just a 45-minute drive south of Adelaide in South Australia you’ll find the top Mclaren Vale wineries. The wine-growing region is one of the most sustainable in the world, and it is home to award-winning wineries. It has a diverse range of food experiences to offer, from natural wines to organic produce.
It offers visitors an experience that can be enjoyed from morning till night – from tasting rooms through to restaurants and cafes serving up delicious meals with local produce sourced from within a 50km radius.
Taking your family away for a weekend or longer can be fun, exciting, and sometimes educational.