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Our 7 Best Airports In The U.S. For 2017

Best Airports in the USA It’s no secret that U.S. Airports pale in comparison to their international counterparts, but these select few rise above the rest. An increasingly crumbling infrastructure and increased demand has put some serious stress on most of our airports. Skytrax, a leading aviation consumer reviewer has released its results of their […]

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Best Airports in the USA

It’s no secret that U.S. Airports pale in comparison to their international counterparts, but these select few rise above the rest. An increasingly crumbling infrastructure and increased demand has put some serious stress on most of our airports.

Skytrax, a leading aviation consumer reviewer has released its results of their yearly review, and I have the top airports ranked here. A survey was presented to over 13 million flyers and the rankings included over 500 airports. I’ve trusted their legwork before and they always do good work.

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JFK- New York, John F Kennedy Airport

JFK services the biggest city in the United States and after years of being ranked near the bottom, vast improvements have corrected many of its shortcomings.   The dated 1960’s terminals are long gone and have been replaced by more modern aesthetics. Governor Cuomo has recently committed almost 10 billion in future renovations and improvements, so hopefully it flies up this list. The new AirTrain connects the New York MTA subway system with the ever busy airport, making it ultra convenient to access JFK.

Others have ranked this airport near the bottom, but our research shows that the passengers like JFK much better than any other regional airport. Since New York is the largest market in the US, it makes sense to include one of their airports.

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DFW – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

DFW is one of America’s busiest airports, funneling 64 million people through its gates yearly. The airport is a favorite among many passengers because of their local food selection, varied entertainment and leisure activities. DFW’s circular design makes it easy and convenient for transfers to make their flights. The intra-airport transportation also makes it easier for weary travelers to get to their destinations. 

As an American Airlines hub and suitable access to Latin America, many flyers make stops at DFW and appreciate everything it has to offer. The barbeque is especially strong at this airport, and the smell may permeate your flights cabin.

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SEA – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

SEA is the Pacific Northwest’s busiest airport and Hub to Alaska Airlines. Acting as a gateway for Delta and all of their Far East fights, the international aspect of this airport are on full display. SeaTac is noted by passengers for having a myriad of dinning options and in general being one of the cleanest airports in the United States.

Large investments have shown marked improvements in the overall experience of the Sea-Tac airport. An interesting initiative applied here is their Sea-Tac Music Experience, which is a free music streaming service featuring local artists and community flavor.

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ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

ATL is the busiest airport in the world, according to Skytrax, with over 101 million annual passengers. Hartsfield is huge, covering almost 7 million square feet with 207 gates in both their domestic and international terminals. A hub for Delta and their 800 plus airplane fleet, the addition of a fifth runway has alleviated much of their delays.

Southern food galore can be found at this airport, while passengers enjoy regional food they can take in an expansive African art collection.   Free Wi-Fi and a very convenient inter-terminal transit system have helped rank this airport near the top for years. Not to mention the incredible spas and shops that line the concourses. ATL may be busy but they are efficient and have an excellent delay record.

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SFO – San Francisco International Airport

Situated right on the San Francisco Bay and servicing one of America’s most densely populated regions, SFO is a top airport in form and function. The very “coastal elite” airport is unabashedly Californian with free yoga rooms, local artisan eateries and upscale shops. The terminals may feel cramped but they’re extremely easy to navigate and use their limited space efficiently.

SFO is a busy airport that serves as a hub for Virgin America and United Airlines.   Make sure your window is up on your decent into the airport as you should have amazing views of San Francisco and the entire Bay area. Traveling with kids, check out the awesome aviation museum and interactive flight deck.

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DEN – Denver International Airport

Den may be the most aesthetically pleasing airport on the list with its stunning architecture and roofline that resembles native teepees. The Mile High airport stays near the top of the list for busiest US airports. Passengers rave about the interesting and unique art program throughout the airport. There are plenty of places to eat and shop as DEN boasts over 140 stores and eateries.

DEN has been ranked as one of the cleanest airports and has a very polite and friendly atmosphere. Fun fact: DEN is one of only two airports (ABQ) where you can buy some amazing local green chili.

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CVG – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport 

By far the smallest airport on out list, CVG beats all other challengers with their effective and efficient website. The website alerts passengers of security wait times and parking spaces available. Passengers rave about the airports short lines and modern conveniences. With only 6 million yearly passengers, CVG may be small but its efficiency should be replicated though out the country.

Travelers love the airfields collection of industrial murals and overall ease of movement. The open design makes the small airport seem massive and make layovers tolerable. Showing all other airports how technology and innovations combined with thoughtful design can create a winning formula.  

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A Quiet Bethlehem This 2020 Christmas Celebration

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Sans the influx of tourists in the historical birthplace of Christ, a quiet Bethlehem community gets to experience a renewal in faith over a boom in business.

Prior to the pandemic, the Palestinian city located in occupied West Bank was always filled with visiting tourists who wanted to experience walking in the land of Jesus Christ’s official birthplace. In the past, those who wanted to visit the Church of the Nativity were forced to maneuver through the crowds teeming the streets of Bethlehem. This year, however, a quiet Bethlehem becomes largely part of the massive lockdown and quarantine restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Nevertheless, the absence of tourists is an opportunity for renewal, says Father Rami Asakrieh, the parish priest of Bethlehem. “Sometimes there are more than half million people who arrive in this period to visit the Nativity Church,” he recounts.

During the days leading to Christmas, however, the Church of the Nativity has been so silent, devoid of the yearly visiting faithful who traditionally visited Bethlehem from all over the world. A quiet Bethlehem, then, is a new thing for the community as locals are used to the noisy throng of commuters and visitors who annually arrived during the holiday season.

Armenian prayers are recited by four (4) monks below the Grotto of the Nativity, echoing through the typically crowded vicinity. Even during this year’s Christmas Eve, the most essential part of the celebration, the church was closed to the public. The lack of yearly visits from Palestinian authority representatives starkly reiterated the difference of this year’s celebration, as well.

“It has never happened before,” contemplates Asakrieh, as he mentions that the only times that the church was forced to close its doors were during periods of uprisings and Palestinian intifadas that were done in protest against Israel’s continued occupation.

“I think that this Christmas is different because people are not busy with the external manifestations of the feast,” the priest shares, referring to the customary purchasing of gifts and the conduct of extravagant get-togethers that have long been linked to Christmas celebrations.  “Now (people) have the time, and they are obligated, to concentrate on the essential… the theological spirit of Christmas,” he expressed. “Less business, but more religion,” Asakrieh continues.

During the days leading up to Christmas, the chapel of Saint Catherine, a small one that is next to the Church of the Nativity was made open to the local Bethlehem public. Amid a distinctively quiet Bethlehem atmosphere, many of the local faithful turned up as they donned their Sunday’s best.

One of them was Nicolas al-Zoghbi who mentions that the usual joy of the Christmas season was replaced by the overall feeling of depression. He shares that his son is among those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. “We hope the Lord will destroy corona, just get rid of it so we can return to our previous life,” states al-Zoghbi who is now in his 70s.

The city’s economy is hugely reliant on the annual influx of visitors who purchase items like rosaries and other Nativity-based trinkets from the shops and stands that pepper the place. Thus, a quiet Bethlehem during this holiday season signifies a highly decreased income for those who rely on the earnings that used to be generated from these yearly tourist visits.

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Enjoy Your Weekend With These Awesome Outdoor Adventures

We talked to our team around the country to find out where their favorite places to get out in nature are so you can go really unwind this weekend.

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If you’re looking to get away this weekend, like really get away, then there is nothing quite like going out in nature. But can you get away when you only really have two days to relax? Of course, you can. You just have to put some planning in during the week and then when the weekend comes you can cruise off into nature and completely unplug from all the stress of your everyday life. We talked to our team around the country to find out where their favorite places to get out in nature are so you can go really unwind this weekend.

 

 

San Juan Islands (Washington)
If you love the sea and the animals that live within then give sea kayaking a go in the spectacular San Juan Island. You have a great shot of seeing Orcas feeding and playing which is something that will stick with you for the rest of your life. These very intelligent creatures are a marvel to watch in nature and most people never even see them let alone see them so close in their natural habitats. The San Juan Islands are not just an amazing way to get out in nature, but they’re an amazing way to see real life orcas. Now that is a super way to have a weekend you will remember forever.

 

 

Slickrock Bike Trail (Utah)
If you love hopping on your bike and spinning your way through magical trails then hit the Slickrock Bike Trail and ride on what is widely considered the best place to mountain bike in the world. No matter how good of a mountain bike rider you are you can find the right trail for your experience level. The ride is super fun and the views are absolutely breathtaking. Utah is a fantastic state and these trails are so fun for your weekend trip.

 

 

Youghiogheny River (Maryland)
The Youghiogheny River in Maryland is sure to give you everything you’re looking for on your weekend escapade. This river has a ton of rapids so all you rafting and kayaking freaks are sure to get your rocks off enjoying a trip down this river. You can also see amazing natural wildflowers and wildlife as you cruise down. If you’re not into rafting or kayaking then don’t worry, there are plenty of fantastic trails around here that are fantastic to cruise around.

 

 

Green Mountain National Forest (Vermont)
Vermont is known for its beautiful forests so it would make sense that one of them would make this list. The Green Mountain National Forest is a great example of conservation that a lot of other parks should take after. You can hike through the unbelievable sites that abound all over this park. There are beautiful lakes, streams, cliffs, and of course, plenty of forest land to wander through. THere are so many sites around this park that you will be absolutely blown away even if you’re only there for a short visit like a single weekend.

 

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9 of the Best Places to Visit in Florida

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Florida is a hotspot for Americans traveling domestically and for international travelers as well. It’s home to some of the biggest theme parks like Universal Studios and Disney World. 

Plus, it offers some of the most incredible beaches in North America. How can you be that? But the most amazing thing about Florida is that there isn’t just one or two cities that have something to offer.

In fact, there are multiple cities that are great for vacation, and there’s something for everyone. On that note, take a look at this list of the best places to visit in Florida:

1. Miami

Everyone knows that Miami is one of the best places to visit in Florida. It’s one of the top hotspots for vacationers looking to live it up with their hair down.

If you want to sit on a beautiful beach, Miami’s got it. If you want fine dining, Miami’s got it. When you’re trying to figure out where to go in Florida, Miami is the answer.

This city is known for being flashy, and if you want to do a big vacation, this is the place to go all out.

2. Orlando

Orlando is another one of the best places to visit in Florida. How can anyone say no to Disney World and SeaWorld? If you’re looking for the ultimate vacation, Orlando is the spot.

With all the theme parks and water parks that this city offers, you’ll never get bored. Even if you’re not into big parks, they also offer fun activities at Universal CityWalk.

Also, Orlando isn’t just for little kids. This is also a great place for a group of teenage or college kids to visit for a fun getaway.

3. Naples 

When you’re thinking about visiting Florida, don’t forget about Naples. It’s one of Florida’s gulf coast cities, and it’s located in an upscale region. It’s adorned with a nice stretch of beachfront that accompanied by elaborate houses and luxurious resorts.

When you and your lover want to get away, this is the place to go. Not to mention, the beaches in Naples offer some of the best in the entire state. The warm waters provide a nice soothing feel that vacationers can’t deny.

Also, if you want to do something out of the box, check out the best Florida helicopter rides to book an exciting excursion!

4. Tampa

There may not be much sand and water in Tampa, but it’s still one of the best places to go in Florida. It’s filled with famous attractions like Busch Gardens and the Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park.

If you have children, they’ll also love visiting the Tampa Aquarium and taking a walk through the Big Cat Rescue. When you’re not in the mood for the big theme parks of Orlando, Tampa is an awesome alternative.

5. Key West

Key West sits at the southern tip of Florida, and it provides visitors with an island feel. It’s one of the best places to visit in Florida because of its beautiful water. It’s the perfect alternative for travelers who want the experience of an island getaway without leaving the country.

However, if you do decide to take an international trip, Key West is one of the main cruise ship ports for cruise lovers. You can always spend a few days in Key West, hop on the ship, and come back. It provides the perfect getaway.

6. Fort Myers

When you’re thinking about visiting Florida, Fort Myers might not be one of the first places you think about. however, it shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s known as the River District, and it provides travelers and residents with a lot to do.

There is plenty of dining, shopping, and sightseeing. Plus, Fort Myers is home to the IMAG History and Science Center which allows visitors to experience the city in 3D virtual reality.

This town is also situated on the shores of Estero Island, which is slightly separated from the mainland. It’s a hotspot for honeymooners and celebrities.

7. Sanibel Island

If you don’t know where to go in Florida, check out Sanibel Island. It’s just off the West coast of Florida and it’s home to many high-end resorts. There are also numerous water activities for visitors to get into, as well as incredible shopping boutiques and galleries for guests to enjoy.

Although this city is popular amongst tourists, it’s not as famous as some of the other cities in Florida. So if you want a nice getaway that’s not too crowded with tourists, this is it.

8. Pensacola

Pensacola is known for its awesome beaches and laid back, down-home environment. This is an area that many college students like to visit on the weekends or for a spring break vacation. It’s also a nice escape for the surrounding Florida towns that don’t have a beach.

If you’re a local resident, Pensacola is the perfect place to go for a weekend beach vacay.

9. Daytona Beach

Chances are you’ve heard about the Daytona 500 NASCAR race that’s held every year in Daytona. But outside of the big races, many people decide to go to Daytona for the beaches. It too is a hot spot for spring breakers and other visitors who want a fun time.

Daytona Beach spans over 23 miles of the Atlantic ocean, and it’s accompanied by a pier filled with games, restaurants, and amusement park rides.

The Best Places to Visit in Florida

If you didn’t know before, now you know that visiting Florida is a smart choice. It works well for couples who want to get away, a girl’s trip, and a family trip. This list of the best places to visit in Florida has something for everyone.

If you enjoyed reading this article, feel free to read more of our blog posts. We cover content relating to different destinations, the best ways to travel, food, and much more. You’ll love it!

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