Bicycling enthusiasts have something to look forward to in 2021 — a 750-mile path running through New York to the Canadian border is now open to the public. First announced in 2017, the Empire State Trail officially opened in December 2020.
Most of the funds for the Empire State Trail went toward creating 350 miles of new trails, adding to the 400 miles of trails that already existed. The trail connects hundreds of local communities across 27 counties. It will offer economic benefits to these local communities, as many visitors travel there just to experience the trail.
Three trails make up the entire Empire State Trail network. The Hudson Valley Greenway Trail begins in Manhattan along the Hudson River and runs through the Hudson Valley to Albany. The Champlain Valley Trail is an on- and off-road trail connecting Albany to Rouses Point, near the Canadian border. The Erie Canalway Trail spans 365 miles between Albany and Buffalo along the Erie Canal. This trail is currently unfinished.
The trail is open to bicyclists and walkers of all ages and skill levels.
Your kiddos will be excited to learn they can travel with their favorite Nickelodeon characters — including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and PAW Patrol — when Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya opens in June 2021. Families can now book accommodations at the resort for their summer vacation.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
With indoor dining finally (mostly) reopened in Philadelphia, my mom, sister and I were able to enjoy a day roaming around the city, eager for a warm place to enjoy a late lunch after a cold day out and about. For anyone who recently enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity of the city’s outdoor winter dining, an indoor space with heat, cozy furniture and rich wood walls is a much-appreciated semblance of normalcy.
Theme parks are a great way to escape reality as most offer different worlds in each section. Guests can explore different worlds, from their favorite TV show and movie franchises to much-loved video games. Mario and friends have been beloved video-game favorites for decades, and they finally get their own section of Universal Studios Japan.