Catherine Adde, MA, CTC
TravelStore - Pasadena
Two of my favorite destinations on earth are Alaska and my native California.
Alaska offers unspoiled scenery, vast wilderness, spectacular glaciers, mountains, and wildlife. Travelers are spoiled for choice as our last frontier has a plethora of activities for both the adventurous type and those who prefer to visit ports of call via a luxury ship. Also, there are smaller expedition-style vessels for the active traveler that ply inland waterways for up close wildlife viewing, and often sail where the large ships cannot. In Alaska, you can kayak on the ocean, raft on rivers, watch for whales, hike, bike, or even enjoy an excursion on a vintage gold-rush-era train. The thrilling highlight of one of my journeys was landing on a glacier via an exhilarating helicopter ride!
California also showcases amazing scenery. There are redwood forests to discover, stunning ocean-front destinations like Big Sur, or Steinbeck's historic Monterey and the artist colonies in Carmel. Intrepid travelers can ski in California's mountains or climb the famed half dome in Yosemite National Park. Families can choose fun attractions like San Diego's famous zoo and theme parks: Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and Hollywood's Universal Studios.
Planning a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon? I'd suggest culinary and/or winery visits in Napa Valley which includes charming villages like St Helena. Art and garden aficionados can enjoy visiting museums and botanical gardens that are dotted throughout the state - many of these are close to major cities.
Whether you head north to Alaska or west to California, your explorations will create lasting memories. The Great Land and The Golden State, where would you like to go? What will make your adventure the trip of a lifetime? Please contact me, for I'm ready to design it when you are ready to do it!