Family Fun – See America This Summer

If you’re anything like the majority of us, you work hard and you fully intend to play even harder. But the appeal of the mid-week couch and an evening snooze in front of the TV often pushes back the plan making – especially as far as researching and planning summer holidays goes. I’ve decided that this year will be different. No more last minute trips to whatever I can find that’s roughly in budget. This year, I’m making the decision to go and see and do exactly what I want. I’ve landed on three options, from which I’m challenging my family to choose a favorite – shouldn’t be too hard for everyone to agree, should it? Wishful thinking perhaps!

Niagara Falls

Travel should make you happy. Travel should be fun. Travel should be something that makes you struggle for the words to describe your experiences. If you’re returning home from your holidays and only managing to say “yes it was, um, fine thanks” when asked about your trip, you need the Niagara Falls in your life. There’s no way you’re ever going to describe a ‘whirlpool jet boat tour’ in the Niagara falls basin as “um, fine”. There’s also golf, shopping, and a walking tour that takes you behind the actual Falls … now that’s a photograph to show the grandkids. This site will give you all the info you need to look into Niagara Falls becoming your next unforgettable travel destination.

Hollywood Sign & Walk of Fame

The Hollywood sign is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. We’ve all seen it. We all know exactly what it looks like. What you probably don’t know is that it was erected in 1923 (using mules and tractors to haul the materials up to the chosen display site on Mount Lee – part of the Santa Monica Mountains) as a marketing ploy devised by local real estate agents. They only expected the sign to last a year. Now, almost 100 years on, there are daily helicopter and hiking tours to the world’s most famous sign and to the nearby observatory. Later on, why not spend the rest of your day taking a relaxing stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At 1.3 miles long, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to see your favorite stars’ stars – these things cost around $40K each and are paid for by the celebrities themselves (and I’m told it’s not unusual to see celebrities posing for pictures with the public!).

John F. Kennedy Space Centre

This has it all. From the shuttle launch experience to meeting astronauts and taking guided tours of space rockets past and present, this is a day out that’s sure to come with its fair share of wide-eyed tourists muttering things like “wow” and “amazing”. There’s even a Mars base experience, for all those who can’t wait to see what the future of space travel could be bringing to the lives of our children and to our children’s children. The main attraction for me, however, is the used space suit complete with moon dust – the one time that the dust is more valuable than the clothes!

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