As a follow-up to my recent post “What’s Next On Your Bucket List? Somewhere Near?”, this article from USAToday has 8 great Southern drives! Enjoy the beauty of the South!
It is easy to get caught up into visualizing only exotic destinations when we create our bucket list, but in reality there are a lot of bucket list destinations in our own backyard ………… whether it be the beach or the mountains …. a city not visited ……… National or State Parks …….. Route 66 …..or your own home town!
One of our most memorable trips has been a 30 day road trip, basically going west on I 40 and returning on I 10! We visited 12 National Parks, several wineries, visited with friends, and saw a lot of our beautiful country! Our next bucket list road trip is to go west on I 80 and return on I 90! On these road trips be do try and visit as many National Parks as we can and we try to stay in either their Lodge or a cabin within the Park.
We have some friends from Florida that have recently retired and to celebrate they have taken their motor home and taken off on an American adventure …… seeing our beautiful country up close! This has been on their bucket list for sure!
We have an awesome country with great beauty, so make sure you have lots of “Route 66” destinations on your bucket list!
Is Italy on your bucket list? If so this just might be your chance! This Amazon Local deal offers an 8 day trip to the Tuscany region of Italy and includes airfare from New York, as well as lodging, rental car, and hotels. Check the details on the web site and book your dream trip to Italy!
A transit of the Panama Canal needs to be on everyone’s bucket list! There are some cruises from the Caribbean that sail into the canal, but only half way. To really experience the Panama Canal make sure you do the complete transit, which is offered on several cruise lines and ships. Normally the cruises are 14 days (+/-) and sail to/from the US west coast and Flordia/Caribbean, or there are a few cruises from Florida to/from South America.
The transit of the canal normally takes 8 – 10 hours and for cruise ships will be during the day. We sailed through the canal on the Radiance of the Seas, which at the time (2002) was the largest cruise ship to transit the canal! The Radiance of the Seas had been built to allow the transit of the Panama Canal! The available room on all sides of the ship were minimal, just like it was designed. Our Captain said, if my memory is correct, that our toll for the canal transit was over $300,000!
Just to be able to see this engineering marvel is worth the price of the trip! If you transit the canal today you also get to see the construction of the “new” Panama Canal which will much larger ships to move between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific ocean. The new canal is currently about 75% complete.
Get your Panama Canal cruise on your bucket list and not only will you have an awesome cruise …….. but also get to see one of the greatest engineering marvels in history!