This is a special week as I am visiting Yellowstone National Park for the first time, adding one more stamp to my National Parks Passport. I’m enjoying my stay in a cute little cabin in an area where you can cross three states in the span of 30 minutes. It’s honestly a fantastic time to be at the park, on an off week, because the crowds are quite tame.
I can finally say I have experienced Old Faithful. We enjoyed some time in the general store to pick up some of the famous ice cream, which I traded for some hot chocolate because how do people eat that cold delight in such temperatures? After that it was time to see Old Faithful in real life. It’s fascinating they’ve got the eruptions down to a science, although not precise. Hearing the pressure build up and to finally see the magnificent spout reach for the sky like the fountain show at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas without the use of man-made technology was impressive. We visited various other geysers in the vicinity and even got a close-up experience with a bison enjoying his dinner. Apparently, the force of Old Faithful is more intense in the summertime, but it was impressive enough for a first timer like me.
We later enjoyed a walk through Old Faithful Inn, built in 1904 with some of the most beautiful architecture I’ve seen recently. The property used to do tours, but, due to COVID, they are no longer doing them. You can still walk around and get a bird’s-eye view of the lobby. All guests are required to wear masks inside the property. The terrace here is another great location to see Old Faithful with a warm drink in hand.
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Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Reykjavik with us.