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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   The dated 1960’s terminals are long gone and have been replaced by more modern aesthetics.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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Don’t Die from DVT on your Next Vacation

A long airplane trip can be deadly and not because of a possible plane crash or terrorist attack, instead a hidden killer awaits. Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a silent killer that affects 2 million American yearly, according to the Heart Institute of America….

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A long airplane trip can be deadly and not because of a possible plane crash or terrorist attack, instead a hidden killer awaits. Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a silent killer that affects 2 million American yearly, according to the Heart Institute of America. Of those 2 million affected, nearly 200,000 die from DVT.  That’s 200,000 completely preventable deaths and who knows, maybe it could be you next.  

Sitting for long periods of time is the major cause of DVT.  You don’t have to be traveling for DVT to strike, so use these helpful tips all the time to stay alive. 

Blood clots form in the lower leg veins and are sent up towards the heart and brain. If just one of these clots makes its way into the brain you can have a stroke. If a blood clot makes their way into the heart, you could have cardiac arrest. And if the clot makes its way into your lungs or other organ, you can have serious and permanent damage to said organ.

Be on the lookout for symptoms of DVT like pain, tenderness, swelling, redness and increased warmth in a leg. Its best to consult a doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur. If you have a history of blood clots, heart disease or cancer, it’s best to consult your doctor before going on long excursions.

 

DVT is a far too common way that travelers die and it’s completely preventable, with some easy habits.

Imagine if you will, an innocent vacation and a long flight could result in your death or serious injury. Your body isn’t supposed to sit in the same position for long periods of time and this immobility can cause blood clots to materialize by having blood flow reduced to certain areas, usually the lower legs. Here are some easy and helpful tips t keep your blood from clotting and your risk of DVT to a minimum. Don’t die on vacation, instead live and enjoy life to the fullest.

 

Walk

A good rule to literally live by is get up and walk every two hours. So, if you are on an 8-hour airplane trip, get up at least 4 times. A quick stroll down the aisle and a few simple stretches can save your life. Try a few toe touches and light kicks to get the blood flowing and keep those pesky clots away.

 

Don’t sleep for more than 4 hours

Remember, this is when you are in route and not while on vacation. When you are on a plane, car or train, try not to sleep for more than four hours at a time. In between naps, try and take a short walk or stretch your legs to keep the clots at bay. Once you get to your destination, you can sleep your normal time in a bed, the clots form when you are in seated position.

 

Drink water

It’s always important to stay hydrated but more so when traveling. Your body will be put to extreme limits when in transit, so keep the water flowing and you should be OK.

 

Wear loose clothing

This is important to keep the blood flowing normally. Tight waist bands and other articles of clothing can pinch arteries and restrict blood flow, which is a breeding ground for blood clots.

 

Eat light meals

Don’t eat heavy meals and keep your caloric intake to a minimum while traveling. A heavy stomach in a seated position can put pressure on blood flow. It’s always better to eat healthy when traveling; this also helps with jet lag.

 

Limit alcohol consumption

Alcohol isn’t great for our bodies and it affects everyone differently; if you think you may be at risk, then maybe don’t drink on you trip.

 

Compression socks

If you are elderly or have circulation issues, try wearing a pair of compression socks. These will help with your circulation and keep the blood clots from forming in the first place.

 

Seated exercises

If getting up every two hours isn’t possible, try a few easy exercises you can do seated. Put both legs out straight and move your feet in circles. Try pulling your knees as close to your chest as possible and hold for 15 seconds.

 

Just by following these few simple steps, you can prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis. No one wants to die on your way to vacation; on your way to work is another story altogether.

 

 

 

 

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Most Outrageous Vacation Rental Homes

Out with the old and stale vacation rentals, I’ve found the most extreme and outrageous rental properties available today. Human nature is to be inquisitive and have a whimsical sense of imagination, so it’s in our nature to veer off the beaten path. We get…

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Out with the old and stale vacation rentals, I’ve found the most extreme and outrageous rental properties available today.

Human nature is to be inquisitive and have a whimsical sense of imagination, so it’s in our nature to veer off the beaten path. We get sick of the same old experiences after a while and for those of us who travel often, accommodations are all too similar.   Every hotel in the world feels and looks alike, all the way from bedding to décor. As humans, we crave change and new experiences, so it’s in our nature to search out something different. With the advent of shared economy websites like AirBnb.com and VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals By Owner) obscure and unique rental homes are much more readily available than ever before.

We’ve all rented homes for a vacation and were underwhelmed upon arrival.   Every time they were smaller, older, less modern or just plain off-putting. Why aren’t there any exciting properties to rent short term that will be memorable and unique? Well, I’m here to tell you that there are and I’ve found them. If you can imagine it, somebody has already built it and is renting it out; you just have to find it.   Here is my list of the craziest and most outrageous vacation rental homes for 2017.

 

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The Seashell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Holy crap, I feel like I’m walking into a cartoon. The Seashell House is literally made to resemble two gigantic seashells, one round and one tall. There is some incredible attention to detail as you stay in this ocean themed dream home, including conch shell faucets. The two-bedroom home is separated into the two shells, each with a king bed. The house has a private pool and golf cart to cruise around the island. Live like a character on SpongeBob SquarePants, in this seashell hallucination home. Starting at $250 a night and sleeps 4.

 

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Secret Tree House, Atlanta, GA

This is AirBnb’s “most desirable listing worldwide,” so get in line, I’m sure this thing is booked out for a while. It obviously deserves the accolades, as it is extremely unique. Its close proximity to downtown Atlanta and secluded feel, this tree house isn’t the same you grew up with. There are no old comic books or baseball cards, but there are two rooms and a wild deck. Its dealer’s choice on where to sleep as the bed can be rolled out of the bedroom and onto the deck for a true nature experience. Starting at $350 a night and sleeps 2.

 

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Akasha, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

This alpine chateau is the winter wonderland many have dreamt about. With a ridiculous stream fed indoor pool, heated outdoor decks and a stone carved hot tub, visitors are sure to be blown away. Nestled in the mountains by Whistler ski resort, this rental home is built of cedar and has a copper roof. Perfect for winter or summer retreats, this four –bedroom home sleeps 12. Rates start at $2,600 a night.

 

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Silicon Valley Estate, Los Altos Hills, CA

This sprawling 11-acre estate has an incredible layout, perfect for social gatherings or work retreats. Boasting a private orchard, infinity pool and rooftop garden, and the home is made for the Coastal Elite. Beyonce even stayed here when she performed at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Come for the incredible views of San Francisco and stay for the ambiance. Starting at a mere $10,00 per night and sleeps 10.

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Thousand Waves, Maui, HI

Talk about paradise on Earth, Maui has it all, perfect weather, amazing views and this house. A huge 11,000 square foot home with wrap around pool and eight bedrooms, this house can accommodate an entire family. That is a family reunion I would attend. Sitting on the shore of Kahekili Beach, this home has everything for a beach vacation to never forget. Sleeping 12 and starting at $8, 400 a night.

 

These rental homes are out there and who knows what will pop up next on AirBnb? Keep the dream alive that I can someday stay in a pineapple under the sea like my main man Sponge Bob.

 

 

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The Most Beautiful Train Rides In America

America has some of the most beautiful scenery, and what better way to view it than a leisurely train ride. Why take the family on a vacation rushing from place to place, when the journey can be the vacation. Railway travel is the easiest, most pleasant,…

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America has some of the most beautiful scenery, and what better way to view it than a leisurely train ride. Why take the family on a vacation rushing from place to place, when the journey can be the vacation. Railway travel is the easiest, most pleasant, and surprisingly affordable way to enjoy some of the most magnificent scenery in the United States. Whether you want a quick jaunt through the countryside or a cross country odyssey, these train rides are the best rides in the nation. 

 

CASCADES

156 MILES – Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia

This ride through America’s Pacific Northwest does not disappoint. Traveling from Eugene to Seattle you will travel through magnificent evergreen forests. The train then travels along Puget sound, where on a clear day, passengers on the western facing side can view the majestic Olympic Mountains. 

 

CASS SCENIC RAILROAD

8 miles – Cass, West Virginia

They call West Virginia “almost heaven” because of it’s spectacular scenery. This quick trek is a fantastic way to soak it up. Original locomotives, once used to transport lumber to mining camps, now haul passengers up an 11% grade slope for an amazing view of the mountains below. At the top is the Whittaker Station, a restored logging camp. In October when the fall foliage is at it’s peak is the perfect time to visit.

 

CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR

2,438 miles – Chicago, Illinois to Emeryville, California 

Retrace the trail the pioneers took when they settled the American West on this 50 plus hour train ride. In Denver the train journeys through the towering Rocky Mountains, then into the red rocks of Utah, through Ruby Canyon, into the Sierra Mountains, through Donner Pass and then into San Francisco Bay.

 

 

WHITE PASS AND YUKON ROUTE

120 MILES – Skagway, Alaska

This round trip ride, on a narrow gauge railway built during the Klondike Gold Rush, will have you traveling along the side of sheer cliff drops. Departing from Skagway, you travel 3.000 feet up, past glaciers, mountain lakes and thunderous waterfalls. You can choose the original miner’s supply route to Carcross, Yukon stopping at a restored station house in Lake Bennett, or take the route past Bridal Veil Falls and Dead Horse Gulch to White Pass Summit.

 

CAPITOL CORRIDOR

168 miles – San Jose, California to Auburn, California

This train trip was designed to quickly transport Bay Area residents to the Capitol in Sacramento. This trip will have you speeding alongside the picturesque San Francisco Bay, through the industrial bays and waterways near Martinez, and into the majestic rolling hills of Northern California. 

 

CAPE COD CENTRAL RAILROAD

27 miles – Hyannis. Massachusetts to Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Ride through the cranberry bogs, salt marshes, oceanfront trails and adorable little towns of Massachusetts. There are two options for this train ride, the sightseeing tour with complete informational narration, or the dinner train where you will enjoy freshly prepared meals on board. Both options will have you journeying through areas of Cape Cod that can only be seen by train.

 

GRAND CANYON RAILWAY

 

130 miles – Williams, Arizona

 

On this round trip train ride you will fly right past all the vehicle traffic and travel directly to the Grand Canyon’s south rim. Departing from Williams you will enjoy dense pine forests, majestic desertscape and rich wildlife.

 

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RAILROAD

32 or 44 miles – Bryson City, North Carolina

With your choice of two excursions, this train ride is an excellent way to take in some of America’s greatest wilderness. The Tuckasegee River Excursion takes passengers through 32 miles of lush green valleys, over historic bridges and into the quaint town of Dillsboro, where it stops for an hour and a half. The Nantahala Gorge Excursion journeys 44 miles along the Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers, over Fontana Lake and into the gorge. 

 

COAST STARLIGHT

1,377 miles – Los Angeles, California to Seattle, Washington

This train trips hits all the highlights of a classic American road trip, driving up the Pacific Coast. This ride let’s you enjoy the dramatic cliffs along the Pacific Coast Highway, Mount Shasta, San Francisco Bay, Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound.

 

SUNSET LIMITED

1,995 miles – New Orleans, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California

Delight in the grand vistas of red rocks and cacti on one of the most scenic train routes in America. It begins in Louisiana’s bayou country and travels on through the expansive Southwestern deserts of West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. During the peak season you will find National Park guides on board who will explain the history and geography of the region. 

 

STRASBURG RAIL ROAD

9 miles – Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Take a quick trip through Amish Country, enjoying the rolling hills and expansive countryside. Once used to transport goods from the heart of Pennsylvania to the coast, restored to being a passenger train in the 1960’s, the first class and president’s trains are outfitted to look like Gilded Age luxury. 

 

EMPIRE BUILDER

2,206 miles – Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington

Enjoy this 46 hour ride as it travels through Lewis and Clark’s expedition route. From your comfortable seat in the observation lounge experience the Great Plains in all their splendor, ride through a seven mile tunnel cut through the Cascade Mountains and spend 8 hours marveling at the Glacier National Park. 

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