[caption id="attachment_36750" align="alignleft" width="361"] Being an empty nester gives you a great opportunity to see the country and the world.[/caption] You’ve finally got the kids out of the apartment and living independently. But what do you do now that you don’t have to plan vacations around school schedules or research kid-friendly destinations? Taking vacations without the kids can be an adjustment. Follow our tips below to plan a great trip and have a good time even though your little birds have left the nest.
Located just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side, the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City (LIC) is known for its waterfront parks and thriving arts community. From a growing community of artists to an…
[caption id="attachment_67292" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Carhenge, located near Alliance, NE, is a replica of Stonehenge made with old cars.[/caption] If you’ve ever done a road trip, you know that one of the best parts is the quirky, cheesy and always unexpected tourist attractions you might come across. From giant statues to unique houses, here is our list of the top 10 roadside attractions in the United States. Henry’s Ra66it Ranch If you’ve been traveling the long and lonely road along Route 66 and are in need of some companionship, stop by Henry’s Ra66it Ranch. Just look for the signs exclaiming “Hare It Is!” Owned by Rich and Linda Henry, the pair of Route 66 enthusiasts opened this cuddly roadside attraction after noticing the lack of official Route 66 visitor’s centers. As for the rabbits, well, the old adage rings true, as the couple’s daughter got a pair of rabbits and didn’t anticipate the resulting population boom. In any case, these days the ranch holds hundreds of rabbits, as well as a fiberglass jackrabbit that’s perfect for photo-opps and a graveyard complete with tiny tombstones for the ranch’s former residents. Where: 1107 Historic Old Route 66, Staunton, IL 62088
[caption id="attachment_67426" align="aligncenter" width="607"] The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is home to the local minor league baseball team, as fans of the movie "Bull Durham" are well aware.[/caption] As the fifth-largest city in the state of North Carolina and the 85th-largest in the United States, Durham is a vibrant, fast-growing Southern city. Whether you’re new to the “Bull City” or are a long-time resident, check out this list of some of the must-see destinations near downtown Durham. For Fine Arts Fanatics: North Carolina Central University Art Museum Why: An important teaching resource and cultural attraction near downtown apartments in Durham, the NCCU Art Museum contains one of the most prominent collections of works by African-American artists, as well as featuring five special exhibits a year that have included lithographs by Nelson Mandela and photographs by leading civil rights-era photojournalist Alex Rivera. Where: 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707
[caption id="attachment_75572" align="aligncenter" width="607"] The Pioneer Courthouse and its surrounding square is a popular free attraction in downtown Portland.[/caption] As the most populous city in Oregon, Portland is the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest, with enough arts, culture, recreation, shopping and dining options to keep someone busy for a lifetime. The only problem is, with this many things to do, it can become a strain on the wallet. Not to worry. There are a ton of great activities to keep you entertained near downtown apartments in Portland without breaking the bank.
[caption id="attachment_75968" align="aligncenter" width="607"] The Mission district is one of San Francisco's most interesting neighborhoods.[/caption] San Francisco’s sprawling location, picture-perfect scenery and delightful year-round climate make it a major tourist hotspot. This city by the water has it all - a vibrant arts and culture scene, fun annual events and festivals, world-class restaurants featuring every cuisine imaginable, unique boutiques and storefronts, professional and amateur sports, access to great educational and learning facilities and so much more. For a taste of some of the best things San Francisco has to offer, check out the list below.