Intrepid's trips span 17 different countries and regions throughout Latin America, with an eye toward checking out both the key landmarks and immersing travelers in vibrant hidden neighborhoods. The pulsating rhythms, the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, and the majestic Iguazu Falls highlight the Rio to Buenos Aires trip. Tulum's dramatic cliff-side ruins and Chichen Itza's pyramids characterize the Mayan Discovery trip. For adventurers who want to hike gorgeous scenery or to carve phone numbers into a boulder, there are trips that wind through the jungles of Brazil and Belize to the rugged mountains of Chile and Argentina. After getting a taste of traditional Quechua culture on an Amazon journey that crisscrosses multiple countries, travelers can bask in the lively modern scenes located in flourishing metropolises such as Mexico City and Buenos Aires
Almost everyone dreams of flying. In those dreams, landscapes unravel below like patchwork quilts, and high, soft breezes brush past your face while mountains and hills jut out of the earth to form peaks and valleys. They're gentle dreams, and ones that Calistoga Balloon Co can make real with high-soaring balloon rides.
During sunrise launches, their rainbow-hued balloons flit above the north end of Napa Valley, gliding passengers along scenic grapevine corridors and mountain vistas unique to the region. The area is also home to landmarks the likes of Mount Saint Helena, the Palisades Cliffs, and the Napa Valley Castle?all sights to be savored from the basket of a hot air balloon. To celebrate collecting such lifelong memories, passengers can enjoy a champagne breakfast after touchdown followed by activities such as leisurely picnics or bike tours through the wine country.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts entertains the right half of visitors' brains with art galleries, films, workshops, performances, and classes. A Sebastopol Center for the Arts membership grants an individual or a family of up to four people a variety of reduced fees for select performances, exhibits, classes, and events, plus a complimentary QuARTerly newsletter subscription. Last year the center showcased 18 gallery exhibitions featuring works from 550 different artists. Current art-galley offerings include a juried exhibition on the art of the book, which runs through July 23 and features the artwork of homemade books. Musicians playing at the center’s Summer Performance Series on Thursday evenings July 7–August 18 delight sound receptors with locally flavored tunes. The annual documentary film festival will be held in March 2012, highlighting intrepid short-form and feature-length storytelling. Standout selections from the 2011 festival will be screened throughout the summer beginning July 22 and provide a welcome change of pace from the usual evening ritual of being serenaded by nieces and nephews doing the rodent-bones lawn-fire dance.
Through the multimedia resources and informative exhibits that earned executive director Nicole Myers-Lim a 2010 Native American 40 Under 40 award, the California Indian Museum educates visitors on the diverse history and culture. Museum members can bring a guest or their children free of charge to explore various topics of California Indian history, such as the Gold Rush, native languages, military history, and anthropology. The museum's principal exhibit, Ishi: A Story of Dignity, Hope and Courage, uses cultural artifacts to tell the story of the Indian who was studied for five years by the anthropologists at the University of California. Members of the museum will also receive the educational bi-annual newsletter and timely notifications about The Tillie Hardwick Lecture Series, which features a collection of hands-on basket making, dancing and music making, and storytelling while highlighting the history of the landmark Tillie Hardwick v. United States case.
The Charles M. Schulz Museum pays loving homage to the life and career of the legendary creator of the Peanuts comics. For 50 years, Schulz illustrated the adventures of Charlie Brown and his friends Snoopy, Linus, Pigpen, and Lucy in hundreds of U.S. newspapers. The museum maintains six permanent exhibitions, including a re-creation of Schultz’s studio, a morphing Snoopy timeline, the Peanuts–themed wall of his daughter’s nursery, and a flying Red Baron who constantly pelts customers with pepperoni slices. Rotating exhibitions last for about six months, featuring such curiosities as a 13-foot-tall Charlie Brown sweater and an examination of Schulz’s evolving pen line. Museum memberships give patrons a discount on all museum stores, complimentary admission, and invitations to members-only events.
As sure as the sun emerges from Sonoma?s horizon each morning, passengers will soar the skies in Up & Away Ballooning?s vibrantly colored hot-air balloons to view it. These sunrise rides have touched the clouds for nearly 15 years, helmed by FAA-certified pilots who are well versed in weather patterns and let the winds guide the aircrafts at varying altitudes. Depending on how high you journey, you might soak in epic views of the Pacific Ocean, Napa Valley, or San Francisco. Passengers gaze down upon the world in awe in groups of 6, 9, or 14, and conclude their rides with a brunch of champagne, quiche, and bread that has been toasted by the sun on the pilot?s outstretched hands.