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9 Interesting Tour and Holiday Ideas You May Not Have Considered

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.

9 Tour and Holiday Ideas

Here are 9 interesting tour and holiday ideas you may not have thought of:

1. Hermann Wine Trail

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

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

Oregon-shakespeare-festival-theatre_800

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 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

Albuquerque 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

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

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

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 the hiking, biking, fishing, and many other activities will remain the best for miles around.

8. The 127 Corridor

Fleamarket

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

Burning Man Festival

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.

Taking your family away for a weekend or longer can be fun, exciting, and sometimes educational.

19 Comments

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    September 30, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    These are all fantastic suggestions that are different too. The Shakespeare festival sounds like fun, I’ve read a number of the plays / books now.

    1. Sabina Green

      September 30, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      It’s good to have something a bit different to consider.

  • clairelomax2018

    September 30, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    What a great list of places to visit. Especially like the sound of herseys your. I love their treats x

    1. Sabina Green

      September 30, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      Hersheys would be top of my list too x

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    September 30, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I think Block Island would be at the top of my list out of these! It looks beautiful.

    1. Sabina Green

      September 30, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      It’s so photogenic, isn’t it?

  • Kelly-Anne

    September 30, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    There are so many different great ideas for adventures. Oh block island looks amazing that would be the best idea for us.

    1. Sabina Green

      September 30, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      Block Island looks absolutely beautiful.

  • laura dove

    September 30, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Oh wow I have never considered any of these but I love the sound of all of them!! Sometimes I think choosing something outside the norm is the most fun!

    1. Sabina Green

      September 30, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Once you start researching places you begin to wonder if you’ll have enough time to do them all 😉

  • forkwardthinkingfoodinista

    October 1, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Wow so many fab ideas here for sure. I love the look of the balloon festival – how much fun would that be xx

    1. Sabina Green

      October 4, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      It looks amazing, doesn’t it? I would love to go to a balloon festival that big.

  • Sonia

    October 3, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I’d love to go on a wine trail, they sound so amazing! I’d also love to go to a Balloon Festival… but then I’d be happy doing all of them x

    1. Sabina Green

      October 4, 2019 at 7:34 pm

      We did a wine trail in France once which was amazing x

  • Mudpiefridays

    October 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve heard so much about Burningman from my friends, And I thing that would really be an exciting trip.

    1. Sabina Green

      October 4, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      It sounds really good, doesn’t it?

  • Mudpiefridays

    October 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve heard so much aboit Burning man, I think that would be a very exciting trip!!! 🙂

  • mommamack15

    October 5, 2019 at 10:22 am

    These are fab ideas, something a bit different to base a holiday around an event or festival. The hot air balloons look stunning, I’d love to see them fill the sky all together.

    1. Sabina Green

      October 10, 2019 at 9:21 pm

      Yes they look amazing, night glows are really good too.

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