Hawaii promises a vacation paradise to travelers and has long been on the bucket list for many Americans. Hawaii, the 50th state in the Union, offers Americans a truly unique cultural experience without leaving their own country.
However, getting there is a bit of a hassle.
And considering that flying is becoming more arduous and not less, there is a vacuum in air service that might make the journey as much a paradise as the destination.
Hawaiian Airlines might not have succeeded in making the journey a paradise, however, with their new idea they might have made the often fifteen hour trip much easier for New Englanders.
Hawaiian Airlines has announced a 10 hour non-stop flight from Boston to Honolulu. The airline has dubbed this the longest domestic flight in US history. And it will be a five day a week service. Logan International and Daniel K. Inouye International Airports will now be directly connected and hopefully filled with much happier passengers.
278 seat Airbus A330 jets will start the new service on April 4th.
While there are many styles of vacations you can take your family on, many still favor the tried and true family road trip to destinations important to the history and culture of our country.
While many coastal cities, east and west, are significant to the birth and growth of America, Boston stands out as particularly significant to the early struggles of our great nation. Beacon Hill in Boston was home to the descendants of early English colonialists whose elegant, gas-lit streets are well worth wandering through. And of course no trip to Boston would be complete without a visit to the famous Boston Harbor which includes a fantastic interactive museum and two replica 18th century vessels. Boston is also home to America’s first college, Harvard, which was established in 1636, student lead walking tours are available.
New York City, New York
While the Big Apple has so much to offer one couldn’t possibly see it all in one trip, the historically minded will want to visit some particular locations: Ellis Island, landing spot of some 12 million immigrants is as fascinating as any place you might visit in the city and features a stunning museum; the Brooklyn Bridge is a must see landmark—it took 600 some workers 14 years to construct one of the world’s first steel wire suspension bridges which was the longest of its kind at completion in 1883; architectural buffs won’t want to miss Brooklyn Heights, one of the first areas of the city to be deemed a historic district.
San Antonio, Texas
While the Alamo is certainly a main point of interest, the entire city is a treasure trove of Spanish colonialism. The Alamo itself is one of only five missions that have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site (i.e., don’t miss!). The new River Walk Mission Reach Trail will allow you to explore the grounds and buildings in which priests and Native Americans worked and lived together.
Thinking of experiencing the celebration of our nation’s independence away from home this year? Here are a few suggestions on fantastic destinations and what kind of star spangled surprises they have to offer.
An important city steeped in patriotic history, Boston, MA hosts over 200 separate events on or around July 4th. Many of the events are free and range from fireworks, concerts, children’s days, cruises, tours and more. Particularly famous is the Boston Harborfest. This year’s Harborfest runs from July 2nd to July 6th with a large schedule of daily events. More information available here: http://www.bostonharborfest.com/index.html
Lake Tahoe, CA
Lake Tahoe hosts “Lights on the Lake,” which is known as the largest pyrotechnics show in the West. The Today Show calls it as one of the country’s top 4th of July celebrations. The American Pyrotechnic Association has this display on their top 5 list. The display can be seen all over town, but for some tips on sweet spots to watch from: http://tahoesouth.com/events/details/6196/lights_on_tahoe_south_fireworks
San Francisco, CA
The City of San Francisco will host a 4th of July Celebration at its famous Pier 39 on July 4th. Entertainment includes Mobility of the USAF Band of the Golden West and Tainted Love (an 80s pop music cover band). The fireworks display boasts the exploding of 10,000 fireworks. More information here: http://www.pier39.com/home/events/fourth-of-july-celebration-at-the-pier/
New Orleans , LA
The Crescent City area of New Orleans, concentrated in the French Quarter has a fantastic Independence Day celebration that spans Jul 3rd to July 6th. Local shops including art galleries, specialty boutiques, antique shops and other small business “roll out the red carpet” to celebrate independence day. The height of the festivities is of course the fireworks display. Other activities include boat cruises and discounted rates at the Audubon Institute. More information here: http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/seasonal/fourthofjuly.html
So Jody wanted to see what it would cost to go to the World Series this year. The Boston Red Sox are playing the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tickets to Game 2 at Boston run between $346.50 and $585 at primesport.com. We could buy our tickets to the game here and then try for accommodations or we can try to find package deals.
Let’s look at some package deals available. With Game 1 starting tonight, we can look at Game 2 for tomorrow. Greatatlanticsports.com offeres a package starting at $1,295. This will get you 2 nights standard hotel accommodations, 2 reserved upper level foul pole/down the line tickets, and services of tour staff, all taxes and gratuities included to Game 2.
Next is actual travel. From the Canton, Ohio area, to drive would take about 10 hours to drive about 660 miles. Then there are tolls, gas etc.
Round trip flights on Delta from Akron/Canton airport to Logan airport are start at $741.50 leaving today with a layover in Detroit, and returning Friday. Let’s give us some time and leave at 1:35p to arrive at 7:19p with a stopover. That will be $1212.50.
So we are up to just over $2500. When we get there we can decide to use public transportation, see if there are hotel shuttles available or rent a car.