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San Antonio for All Seasons

Readers of Globe Trott, here’s a new place to take a holiday: San Antonio!

Visiting San Antonio is fun- it’s one of the undiscovered travel destinations. That’s not to say that people don’t visit San Antonio, but if people knew how fantastic it was there would be even more visitors. In future years, more and more international visitors will likely discover the joys of San Antonio.

Once a sleepy town, San Antonio has come a long way. It is the home to several military U.S. Army posts and United States Air Force bases.Many of the soldiers and airmen stationed here have chosen gracious San Antonio as their place of retirement. The lifestyle is so easy and friendly.

Traveling to San Antonio is not difficult. Drive in via the highway, or arrive at the San Antonio airport. Cars are easily rented at the airport.

Once you have your bearings, it’s time to start exploring the town.

What can you do in San Antonio?

Well, first and foremost, you must eat! Mexican food in San Antonio totally rocks. Drive up to any cafe, and you will probably be delighted. I would recommend Chicken Fajitas or Beef Fajitas. These dishes cost a bit more because of all the meat, but wow, are they good.

Visiting The Alamo is an important stop. This is a part of Texas history, and of American history, so take a tour. In addition, don’t forget to have a photograph taken in front. (I should stress that you should pack your home electronics carefully before leaving home, so that things like MP3s, DVD players, and digital cameras are not forgotten.)

The Riverwalk is a fine place to book your hotel, or to simply explore during the day. Hotel rates with a river view can be quite pricey, but if you want that memorable experience, then why not save up and spend your money on a r0verview room. Don’t miss the retail shops, large and small.  You’ll find shopping  to be fantastic and you can find some incredible things at delightful prices.

Military museums at places like Fort Sam Houston are quite interesting, and something that most tourists miss. Entering military bases can require some registration as an anti-terrorism measure, so be patient as you go through that process, and be thankful that such measures are in place to protect you.

San Antonio has tourist-friendly weather all of the year. Summers can be humid and hot, so if you prefer milder temperatures, consider visiting in the winter. Whenever you go to visit San Antonio, I am sure you will enjoy your trip.

Presidential Historical Sites: Visiting The Clinton Library And Museum

This is one in a series of profiles on historic sites dedicated to U.S.Presidents.  Today let’s take a look at the Clinton Library And Museumin Little Rock, Arkansas.  We’ll share a few insider recommendations for the area too …

Overview Of The Clinton Library And Museum

After President Clinton left office, plans for an official library and museum were put on the fast track.  Little Rock was chosen as the location and the facility opened in 2004.  While there are numerous presidential libraries, this is the largest.   It is situated along the banks of the Arkansas River in the bustling River Market district, with a great view of the nearby Little Rock skyline.  The official title of the complex is the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, and it is open to visitors seven days a week.

The Center houses not only a museum and library, but ample exhibition and meeting space.  It has become one of Little Rock’s premier destinations for festivals, performances, lectures, and other gatherings.

Specific to the presidency, there are continually changing exhibits dedicated not only to Mr. Clinton but the presidency in general.  Of note is the full scale replica of the Oval Office, giving visitors a chance to experience the presidential command center up close and personal.

You will also find a full service restaurant on the premises, aptly named 42, the number of Clinton’s presidency.  It is open for lunch daily and brunch on Sundays and has garnered excellent reviews for its location, service, and view of the Arkansas River.  Of course, there is also a museum store where you can peruse all sorts of books, DVD’s, apparel, and more.

Exploring Little Rock:  What To See And Where To Eat

Little Rock itself is quite an underrated city.  The capital of Arkansas, it is within a one day drive of Arkansas wine country, the famed resort area of Hot Springs, and Memphis, Tennessee.  Towering bluffs hug the river, creating a natural scenic beauty you don’t find in many cities.

The city is known for its local cuisine, particularly barbecue and catfish restaurants.  You can spend a month here and try a different barbecue restaurant every day!  The style is distinctly Little Rock, with a blending of Memphis barbecue traits, along with those from Texas to the south and Kansas City to the north.  Several barbecue festivals are held each year with hundreds of area pit masters vying for best in show.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are numerous parks and generous green spaces for running, hiking, or just taking a stroll.  One great place to get some exercise in Little Rock is the Big Dam Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

For shopping and nightlife, there is a lively, energetic downtown area along with a few unique neighborhoods that are filled with restaurants, specialty shops, and late evening options.  Midtown, The Heights, and Hillcrest are three neighborhoods in particular you’ll want to explore.

The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock is just one of many presidential historic sites to explore around the United States.  To learn about all the others and to get destination tips and recommendations, visit us today at:

What To Do On A New York Cruise

There are many transatlantic cruises that sail across the Atlantic Ocean with New York as their destination.  With the city’s reputation as a first rate metropolis with lots to see and do regardless of your tastes, New York is a travel destination that must be experienced for yourself.

Lots of cruise liners stop at New York either as a port of departure or the port of destination.  If you want a cheap cruise deal, try transatlantic repositioning cruises like the ones destined for New York.  Not only will you get to experience life on a luxurious cruise liner, but you also get to see New York in a different light coming from the harbor.

If it is your first time in New York, then going on shore will be quite an experience.  The city is a place full of contrasts where you can find high powered business men in expensive designer suits and then a singing naked cowboy in front of Times Square.  You can enjoy the arts if you are so inclined with world class museums such as the Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and many others.  If you love culture, this is the place to visit.  Or, if sports are more your thing, New York boasts multiple sports teams of the top 4 professional sports: baseball, basketball, football and hockey.  Whichever season you are visiting New York, a team is bound to be playing.  And after you have enjoyed your day at the museum or at a game, you can replenish your strength at the many top rated restaurants New York has to offer.

While transatlantic New York cruises are a great way to travel to reach the city, you don’t have to go through all that trouble if you live in the surrounding areas but still want to explore the waters surrounding New York.  You can book a cruise to nowhere from New York where the ship explores the local landmarks from the water in such ways that even the most jaded locals would appreciate.

The Jersey Shore and Seaside Heights

Have you ever thought of visiting the beach in New Jersey? If you are not from New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania than you probably have not. The majority of the millions of annual Jersey shore visitors are from these three states. It can be a fun place to visit – especially if you are not from the local area. It may not be right up there with visiting New Orleans or San Francisco but you will learn a bit about a segment of American culture that you probably did not even know existed. The metropolitan populations of the region are huge melting pots of a variety of cultures. They are all on display when you visit the beach.

One of the most visited places on the coast of New Jersey is Seaside Heights. Why do people flock there? Two main reasons, besides the fact there is a pretty nice beach. One of the most famous attractions in Seaside Heights New Jersey is its boardwalk. It stretches for over a mile and boasts a wide selection of rides, games of chance, arcades, shops and food stands. There are two main amusement ride areas, both with rides that are not quite like Great Adventure but also a step up from a traveling carnival. Haunted houses, small roller coasters, bumper cars, kiddie rides and lots of others. As for the arcades they feature entertainment such as pinball machines, carousel rides, video games, skeeball and keno games that return prize tickets (redeemable for prizes, not cash). The boardwalk tends to attract a very eclectic mix of visitors. From teens to bikers to retired couples.

Some find the Seaside Heights boardwalk and its crowds a bit over the top. While there is no shortage of families that visit the boardwalk here, there is a more family centric but smaller boardwalk you can also visit in nearby Point Pleasant Beach. That community is much calmer and less of what is thought of as a party town.

The second major draw for Seaside Heights is its status as a party town. There are a few bars and nightclubs and, just as importantly, lots of hotel rooms. There are many teens and young twenty somethings that can’t resist the opportunity to spend time on the boardwalk, indulge in some nightlife, get up late and then wander over to the beach to take a late morning snooze on the beach. Enjoying the good life, Jersey style!

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