Helmed by United States Coast Guard captains, Western Sound Charter’s premium boats can just as easily jaunt through Long Island Sound to the Statue of Liberty as they can wend their way along fishing routes replete with striped bass. The fleet encompasses six boat styles, which range from a 25-foot hardtop to a child-safe sightseeing and fishing vessel, whose floodlights can illuminate night expeditions and easily stand up to the bullying of pompous lighthouses. The company can accommodate parties of up to 100, and an advanced pairing service matches each client to an activity-appropriate boat.
Though it began in 1981 with just one Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, today, Silver Star Limousine operates a fleet of 35 upscale vehicles that range from the antique to the exotic. Drivers can ferry a pair of passengers to a wedding in a 1932 Hupmobile, chauffeur a corporate getaway in a Mercedes Sprinter, or make a quick trip from the airport in a Lincoln Town Car. Each vehicle has been outfitted with technology to reduce its carbon footprint and can travel across the tri-state area. Stretch limos and party buses create an air of mystery for groups of up to 40 passengers, with amenities such as LED light shows, 54-inch plasma TVs, and room for dancing.
At 19,314 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro has the highest summit on the continent of Africa. But if you take it slow and steady, you can make it to the top. Along the way, you'll get a full view of Tanzania's windswept savannahs, and when climbers finally reach Uhuru Peak, it's a rite of passage to stop and look to a sea of clouds below them. On this 12-day, 11-night Mount Kilimanjaro trek, you'll have a fleet of expert guides, porters, and cooks at your side as you make the ascent to the summit. Click to see the full itinerary. Days 1–2 (Thursday and Friday): Your plane will depart from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) (other gateways are available by request for an additional fee) and touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Tanzania. There, Odyssey Safaris staff will pick you up in a shuttle and take you to the African Tulip Hotel. Feel free to explore the town of Arusha for the day or rest up in the hotel. Day 3 (Saturday): The caravan then embarks on a three-hour drive into Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. For the first leg of the journey, your group will be accompanied by a game ranger, who will act as a mediator and an advisor when you encounter wild buffalo, elephants, or escaped Smokey the Bears along the trail. Guides, porters, and cooks will join the expedition as it follows the Lemosho Route, a remote trail covered in lush vegetation. Throughout the excursion, each trekker will carry only a daypack filled with personal belongings. Days 4–5 (Sunday and Monday): You'll gain nearly 2,000 feet in altitude on Sunday's portion of the trip, which takes you beyond the rainforest level of the mountain. For this stretch of trail, hikers will course through the Shira Caldera, a volcanic cone and high desert plateau. You'll take some time to get acclimated to the altitude on Monday; that leg of the expedition has an elevation gain of only 214 feet. Days 6–7 (Tuesday and Wednesday): The highlight of day 6 is a trek beyond the Lava Tower; afterward, you'll spend the night at Barranco campsite, which is situated above the clouds and has excellent panoramic views. On day 7, campers will reach heights of 13,452 feet in the Karanga Valley. Days 8–9 (Thursday and Friday): After four hours of slow and steep hiking on Thursday, you'll be rewarded for your hard work as you make the final ascent to the summit. That evening, hikers awaken in the middle of the night and forge ahead to Stella Point, located about six hours away, just in time to catch the sunrise. If you wish, you can head up to Uhuru Peak, the tallest point on the African continent at 19,341 feet. After reaching the pinnacle of Mount Kilimanjaro, the group will make its way back down through the rainforest.Day 10 (Saturday): Travelers descend the mountain and head back to Arusha, where they spend their final night at the African Tulip Hotel.Days 11–12 (Sunday and Monday): The group departs from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on Sunday and arrives stateside on Monday. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
About the 55’ Capt’s Lady charter-fishing vessel, fishers of all experience levels angle for fluke, striped bass, bluefish, or porgy in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay. The boat’s twin Detroit Diesel engines keep things motoring while an experienced crew of happily grizzled seafarers make the experience fun and easy. When they’re not helping newcomers get used to fishing’s nuances, they’re happy to answer other questions; go ahead and ask them about the biggest fish they’ve ever caught, or about that time they mistook the Statue of Liberty for a really big mermaid. Recently renovated, the ship also includes creature comforts such as an onboard bathroom, snack bar, and cabin seating.
Friday and Saturday evenings from sundown to 11:00 p.m., visitors can traverse the cursed trails of Swamp Road to encounter the spectral remains of its permanent residents. Paranormal sightings begin in the parking area and extend through a spirited outdoor romp down a wooded trail, guided by staffers that spook visitors by wearing skeleton costumes and spook each other by talking about their first day of middle school. Daring participants visit the twisted home of a doll maker constructing figurines from unidentified parts, and lumbering shadows of werewolves and swamp creatures lurk in one's peripheral vision. The disturbed ground of a cemetery houses the restless spirits of lost lumberjacks, and a homicidal clown endlessly searches for souls and size 31 shoes.
While the person best known for braving the cold on wintery expeditions is Santa, Destination Backcountry Adventures’ licensed guides help civilians be more like Kris Kringle, providing remedies to nature deficit disorder with beginner-appropriate expeditions into the Catskill and Adirondack Mountain preserves. The guides lead adventurers through snow-blanketed landscapes legally protected for more than a century, and along the way, they enlighten hikers with facts about the area’s natural history and ecology. All levels of nature enthusiasts from novice to expert, can challenge themselves with activity options such as hiking, backpacking, forest yoga, and many more activities. Visitors can opt for single-day excursions, on which they summit a Catskills peak, or multi-night trips, during which they trek to higher peaks and spend the nights sleeping amid a tranquil forest. On all outings, hikers nosh on gourmet fare such as cheese and sausage plates and upscale trail mix, rather than the original trail mix, assorted gravel.
Hampton Luxury Liner ferries its passengers around in a lavish motorcoach that boasts five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an on-bus library. The luxury buses travel to destinations ranging from the Hamptons to Atlantic City, with specific stops at wineries, resorts, and casinos. Reclining leather seats with space for laptops and maximum leg extension typify the cushy interior, and each road cruiser also comes equipped with a snack bar, library, and refrigerator, useful for storing steaks to distract the thousands of chasing dogs such a luxurious bus usually attracts.
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