Sometimes you just want to take a trip last minute. Many destinations are perfect for this type of trip. We rounded up cities, parks, and more for you to visit. It can be easy for a long weekend to sneak up on you. Even if one is looming a little sooner than you thought, there are plenty of destinations perfect for a short trip on even shorter notice. We rounded up some perfect weekend getaways in every state in the US that you can plan last minute. Alabama: Red Mountain Park Just south of Birmingham,Red Mountain Park is a perfect getaway for outdoor lovers. The 1,500-acre park offers trails for hiking and biking, treehouses, a dog park and, for the especially adventurous, zip-lining and a treetop challenge course. Admission to the park is free, but the price tag for extra activities ranges from $US29 to $US54. Alaska: Fairbanks The best chances to gaze upon one of Alaska’s best natural attractions – the aurora borealis, aka the northern lights – can be found in … [Read more...] about The best last-minute trip in your state
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Business Insider has spent a year finding the best best places to visit in the world for each month of the year. Now, we’ve taken the top destinations and compiled them into a travel guide for each month of 2019. The best places to visit in 2019 include tropical paradises, rugged outdoor playgrounds, and vibrant cultural hubs. The new year is right around the corner, which means there’s no better time to start thinking about where you want to visit in 2019. Over the course of 2018, I’ve compiled Business Insider’s “Best Places to Visit” series, highlighting 13 destinations that are best for holiday travel for every month of the year. Business Insider considered everything from airfare trends and climate data to local cultural events to determine the optimal month to travel to each destination. February, for example, offers the cheapest airfare to Hawaii, with November coming in a close second. Related:See the entire “Best Places to … [Read more...] about The 3 best places to travel every month of 2019
Abandoned places have a way of sending chills up your spine. From empty prison cells to mysterious nuclear laboratories, the US is full of fascinating, slightly unnerving places whose empty halls echo with the stories of past occupants. Keep reading to discover the eeriest abandoned place in every state. ALABAMA: Prattville Prattville is named for Daniel Pratt, who purchased the land in the 1830s to build a cotton gin factory. Once that became a success, he established other factories to build wagons, blinds, doors, and tins, as well as a flour mill. The town of Prattville still exists today, but many of the old factories and mills in the area are abandoned and full of rusty, silent machinery. ALASKA: Kennecott The Kennecott Mining Corporation was founded in 1903, when rich supplies of copper were found by two men exploring Kennecott Glacier. It became one of the world’s largest mineral companies, having produced at least $US200 million worth of ore. The price of copper dropped … [Read more...] about The eeriest abandoned place in every state
There are plenty of reasons why we should be celebrating the arrival of fall – sweater weather and pumpkin spice lattes come to mind – but most importantly, it means Halloween season is upon us. Between carving pumpkins, creating costumes, and visiting haunted houses, Halloween is undoubtedly the best time of year. And best of all, every state has its own events and traditions. Here’s the best thing to do for Halloween in every state. ALABAMA: Tomb of the Risen Dead in DeSoto Caverns Located at the DeSoto Caverns, a privately owned park boasting the first caverns in the US on record, Tomb of the Risen Dead occurs every weekend in October. The event ranges from “fire dancing to acrobatics to comedic juggling,” with new live entertainment every weekend. ALASKA: Halloween Train in Anchorage By October 31, it’s already pretty cold in Alaska, which is why the Halloween Train is key. The train, which travels from Anchorage to Indian in a 2.5-hour … [Read more...] about The best way to celebrate Halloween in every state
Neide Bollinger hurried toward the Molly Brown House Museum on a sweltering weekday this month, worried that she may have missed the start of a mid-morning walking tour on Capitol Hill. “I got lost,” she admitted after stopping in front of the mansion at 1340 Pennsylvania St., which looms large in Denver lore. Bollinger, 58, is no tourist. A Brazilian native with dual citizenship, she has lived in the Mile High City with her Colorado-native husband for 13 years, but never explored Capitol Hill on foot. “I learned about this from my students who took it and loved it,” she said after checking in with guide Leslie Wilson, who conducts the 2-mile “If These Walls Could Talk” walking tour on behalf on Historic Denver. Tours aren’t just for tourists, Wilson said. More than half of the people she leads are from within the city, while half learn about it from flyers, websites and other marketing resources such as denver.org. “I became a tour … [Read more...] about Denver tours: Are they still the best way to see the city’s history, architecture, street art and more?