Red River, New Mexico – Discovering the Romance For Couples

Relationships are hard work, and while we’re all like to admit we do our part to keep the spark alive in our respect relationships, everyone gets a little too comfortable.
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More often than not, couples decide that maybe a nice trip will be a great way to get that twinkle back into each other’s eyes, and they head off to places like … Red River, New Mexico?
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While it may not be a darling in the romantic getaway world, Red River is probably the best thing that could happen to a romantic getaway.
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Just think about it: less crowds & congestion because it’s not as traversed as other destinies, a great small-town environment from an actual small town (statistics indicate a population of about five-hundred people), and a hidden gem in the Rocky Mountains (elevation is nearly 9,000 feet above sea level).
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Nothing is more romantic than time alone with your sweetheart, and you’ve got that spades in the wonderfully untapped potential of Red River.
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It must be understood that if you venture to Red River, you’ll encounter snow. In fact, you’ll encounter a lot of snow. Weather figures note an average of over 200 inches of snow per year, and in a town that has an area of ​​one square mile (per United States Census Bureau), you’ll need to really appreciate snow.
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Herein lies the romance. Maybe you & your beloved are an area of ​​the country that sees little to no snow ever. In fact, either of you may not have ever interacted with snow. Why not experience the magic of not only being together in the Rocky Mountains but also experiencing epic snow as a couple? You can almost see it now: rosy-cheeked selfies, building snowmen together, taking a skiing lesson together. It practically has romance written all over it.
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Now, here’s where the sweet romantic in you needs to embrace the notion of thinking outside the box.
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Sure, the snow thing is awesome, but remember, you’re in a remote mountain setting, so you’ll need to tap into the things you & your partner are really into, and if its history, you’re in luck.
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Red River, NM, even with its small size, has, at last count, five spots recognized as being worthy to be on the National Registry of Historic Places including the Little Red School House Museum and the Pierre Fuller House.
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It’s also important to note that Red River gained attention as part of a second gold rush in the 1870s. Mining was a part of the town’s identity until about 1931. In many ways, you’re looking at a quintessential American mountain town that planted its roots during a tumultuous era of expansion & change in this country, and that’s pretty cool.
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Finally, if you’re looking for something akin to a getaway for just the two of you without too much going on except spending time together, why not check out the Lifts West Condominium Hotel on Main Street?
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Not only do you have the premier in luxury accommodations in the area, but you can even have a romantic dinner at Brett’s Bistro, a fine-dining restaurant located in the hotel & brainchild of a celebrated Red River resident who’s a veteran of the fine- dining industry.
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In the end, maybe Red River, New Mexico is not the flashy, well-known “kid in town” who stands out in a crowd. For those seeking to fan the flames of love, what more could you ask for?

Review of the Globe Trekker Year Book – 2010

For the adventurous traveller, the world really is your oyster nowadays. Virtually no part of the planet is left untouched but travellers in search of adventure and something new. I even read of someone from New Zealand who had travelled to Iraq because he didn’t believe it was a dangerous as the media was making out. Luckily for him, he was plucked to safety by a British Army patrol.

However, you don’t need to go to places like Iraq for adventure travel, there are plenty of other much safer countries in the world. That said, it is quite difficult to decide where to go when planning travel so having a book like the Globe Trekker Year Book is a handy resource to have.

The book is small and light so if you want to take it away with you, its not going to take up much space or weight allowance. Globe Trekker is also a source of information you can trust as since the 1990s, they have travelling around the planet making TV recordings of various sites, rituals and events.

The Globe Trekker Year Book is very well laid out for the traveller in search of inspiration. It lists events from around the planet by month so if you are looking to travel somewhere in July, you can just flick to that section and see what is happening. The book doesn’t go into events in too much depth but its a starting point for you to research your trip. For example, among the events for July is the Roswell UFO Festival in New Mexico, USA. So if aliens are your thing, you know where to go in July. There are also some reference websites to help you start your research. The sections also have a simple recipe of a dish from one of the places mentioned so you can get into the kitchen and get a taste of your destination before you leave.At the back of the book is also a list of TV channels and social media websites such as Facebook and YouTube where you can have access to Globe Trekker TV.

So, if you are planning a trip in 2010 and are in need of a bit of inspiration, the Globe Trekker Year Book is a good place to start with ideas from the Notting Hill Carnival in London, the Oktoberfest in Munich, a motorbike road trip in Vietnam and much more.

New Arizona DUI Law

Alcohol-related accidents have been extremely increasing in Arizona. It is right time that the Arizona legislators have taken precautionary measures to avoid such accidents in future. Last year Arizona ranked sixth in the nation for alcohol-related deaths. On September 19, 2007 the new DUI law, targeted on first time DUI offenders – “super extreme”, came into effect in Arizona which was signed into law by Governor Janet Napolitano on 18 May of 2007. It is now convincing that Arizona has become one of the toughest DUI laws in the country.

NEW DUI LAW:

According to the new law, if you are convicted of DUI with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, you will be legally required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Having the device installed in your vehicle’s ignition, you are required to provide your breath sample before every time you start your vehicle. If the device detects alcohol in your breath, your vehicle will not start. Even while driving you are required to provide your breath sample periodically, so as to make sure that you are sober. If you do not provide your breath sample or if your breath sample exceeds the already programmed BAC of your ignition interlock device, it warns you, logs the event and starts up an alarm until the ignition is turned off.

On the other hand, if you are arrested for DUI with a BAC of 0.20% or higher, you will be regarded as “super extreme” and you will be forced to spend a mandatory 45 days in jail which cannot be suspended by a judge.

Previously, the ignition interlock device were only meant for those convicted of extreme or repeat DUI. But the current law requires interlock device for all DUI offenders. This new DUI law is formed in Arizona after when New Mexico’s alcohol-related fatalities decreased to 12% on the enactment of ignition interlock law.

Arizona DUI law only gets tougher each year. Tougher DUI laws means fighting DUI even harder. So, it is safe not to drive when drunk.

Cheap Flights From El Paso: Guide to the ELP Airport, Airlines, and Affordable Destinations

Whether you are from El Paso or traveling through, you can use the internet to help you find discount airfare. The ELP serves as the gateway to West Texas and Northern and Southern New Mexico. You can fly to other parts of the country as well; there are six airlines that fly in and out several times a day. It’s usually not difficult to find cheap flights from El Paso to every region of the US.

If you want to fly to Vegas, Orlando, or San Diego, Allegiant Airlines offers some great deals. American Airlines offers nonstop flights to major cities like Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and connections to international destinations. Other airlines that serve ELP include Southwest, Frontier, Delta, and United. Southwest Airlines is the top carrier flying out of ELP, offering more than 1,200 flights per month.

If you need to get to Dallas or certain cities in NM from other parts of the country, decide whether it would be cheaper to fly direct or to first fly to El Paso and then onwards to Dallas. Since airfare can change on a daily basis, you might want to be as flexible with the dates and times as possible. One day you might find that there are no cheap flights from El Paso to your destination, and on the very next day there could be several to choose from.

The Best Days for Cheap Flights from El Paso

A lot of travel experts recommend flying out on certain days of the week in order to get the cheapest rates. For instance, departing in the middle of the week and returning on a Sunday or Tuesday will usually yield you a good deal for a roundtrip. However, this is not always the case, especially around holidays, so you’ll still want to take the time to go over your options and compare rates.

ELP is a nice airport, so you can enjoy yourself while you wait for the boarding process to begin. There are two history galleries with artifacts and images, as well as a shopping center on the Main Floor, which can be accessed pre-security checkpoint. High speed Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the terminal.

The rates are set by the individual airlines themselves rather than the airport. Sometimes you will find additional discounts and promotional codes from third party travel bargain sites. Don’t just look for cheap flights from El Paso – look into hotel + airfare combo packages. It’s possible to save on the trip as a whole if you book everything at once.

You can find all of these packages and deals online. The airfare search and comparison tools are very easy to use. You’ll find cheap flights from El Paso to just about any destination in no time.

Review of the Globe Trekker Year Book – 2010

For the adventurous traveler, the world really is your oyster nowdays. Virtually no part of the planet is left untouched but travelers in search of adventure and something new. I even read of someone from New Zealand who had traveled to Iraq because he did not believe it was a dangerous as the media was making out. Luckily for him, he was plucked to safety by a British Army patrol.

However, you do not need to go to places like Iraq for adventure travel, there are plenty of other much safer countries in the world. That said, it is quite difficult to decide where to go when planning traveling so having a book like the Globe Trekker Year Book is a nice resource to have.

The book is small and light so if you want to take it away with you, its not going to take up much space or weight allowance. Globe Trekker is also a source of information you can trust as since the 1990s, they have traveling around the planet making TV recordings of various sites, rituals and events.

The Globe Trekker Year Book is very well laid out for the traveler in search of inspiration. It lists events from around the planet by month so if you are looking to travel somewhere in July, you can just flick to that section and see what is happening. The book does not go into events in too much depth but its a starting point for you to research your trip. For example, among the events for July is the Roswell UFO Festival in New Mexico, USA. So if aliens are your thing, you know where to go in July. There are also some reference websites to help you start your research. The sections also have a simple recipe of a dish from one of the places mentioned so you can get into the kitchen and get a taste of your destination before you leave.At the back of the book is also a list of TV channels and social media websites such as Facebook and YouTube where you can have access to Globe Trekker TV.

So, if you are planning a trip in 2010 and are in need of a bit of inspiration, the Globe Trekker Year Book is a good place to start with ideas from the Notting Hill Carnival in London, the Oktoberfest in Munich , a motorbike road trip in Vietnam and much more.

Building Strategies to Address the "Silver Wave"

Is your community ready to address the needs of older adults, the fastest growing age group in the US?

It's the "Silver Wave"

Most communities are already seeing a growth in the percentage of older adults in their population. And this is just the beginning of a multi-decade trend that will reshape our population profile and our communities. Ken Dychtwald, an expert in the field of aging, has called this demographic trend the "Age Wave." And, popular culture has termed the trend the "Silver Tsunami." I call is the "Silver Wave."

Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of the country's population aged 65 and older grew by just over 15%, and is expected to grow even faster in the coming years. Within that group of older adults, the subgroup of the very old (85 and older) is growing faster than the group as a whole. Having a population that is older and more frail has significant implications for community services and resources.

According to the US Census Bureau, the states with the fastest growing older adult populations between 2000 and 2010 include:

  1. Alaska 53.9%
  2. Nevada 48.2%
  3. Idaho 33.4%
  4. Colorado 32.1%
  5. Arizona 32.0%
  6. Georgia 31.4%
  7. Utah 31.1%
  8. South Carolina 30.2%
  9. New Mexico 28.3%
  10. North Carolina 27.3%

It is estimated that, between 2000 and 2030, New Mexico, where I live, will move from being 39th to being 4th in the US in the ratio of older adults to the state's total population. There are many other states that are facing a similar situation, such as the states listed above. And, those states that have fast-growing older adult population coupled with a significant state budget difficulties are facing even greater challenges.

It is critical that communities begin now build strategies to address the "Silver Wave." Communities need to develop a plan for older adult services. Many of those retiring now do not have the base of assets that their parents, the WWII generation, built over the years. And, community services for older adults are already "maxed out" in many locales. Consider the impact of trying to serve many more people in another five, ten or twenty years.

Most communities are not prepared to respond effectively to the increasing level of older adult needs now, much less cope with an increased level of need that the future holds in store. And, because many states and municipalities are faced with budget challenges, community and state leaders need to be able to create plans that can leverage resources in new, more productive and innovative ways.

Building Strategies to Address the Silver Wave

Here are some things that most communities can and should be doing this year and over the coming years to be prepared for the Silver Wave.

  • Start or build upon your discussion among community leaders, and continue to develop interest and support for this issue.
  • Ensure that current and planned older adult needs, services, and gaps are included in all community plans, including health, housing, transportation, and economic development plans.
  • Engage community agencies, businesses, local government groups, initiatives, faith communities and civic groups in a discussion about the growing needs of older adults and involve these groups in discussing creative ways to develop and fund resources.
  • Develop your community plan, with goals for older adult services, priorities, implementation strategies, and a timeline.
  • Analyze a range of funding options for priority services, and build a funding plan that identifies a diversified base of revenues and leverages current community assets.

Involve the community in an ongoing discussion, while working with specific government offices, nonprofit agencies, foundations and expert groups. This will enable you to engage a large base of stakeholders, build interest and commitment, and develop more creative solutions. In my work as a community planning consultant, I've found that communities can develop effective plans and breakthrough solutions using a combination of research, discussions, simulation games and a group process that engages people in "out-of-the-box" thinking . It is this process that enables groups to focus on innovative ways to build services and funding. And communities find that this process will inform community stakeholders, and build support for strategies developed to address this very important demographic trend.

Plastic Sheeting to Prevent Evaporation on Rivers and Water Storage Sources

The World Think Tank is solicitating ideas on preventing evaporation and needs you intellectual input. We need High Tech Solution to a Low Tech Problem.

We all know of the serious drought issues in much of our country. We are also half way through the harshest hot weather of summer for many states. New Mexico has problems that are very severe and are in need of greater technology to keep the water supply intact. The Governor’s Office has asked for new ideas and concepts.

There is some new technology in Solar Energy which is of value. It is called Copper Indium Diselenide? You say what, come again? Super duper thin solar cells can be made with a thin sheet about 2-3 microns coated with Copper Indium Diselenide. What is that? Exactly what we thought but it is a thin material similar to glass. It reaches conversion percentages as much as 18%. Now we have terrible evaporation problems with water in NM out of rivers and Lales. We can cover those with a thin sheet and on one side hook it to a sheet of this on top. You prevent evaporation and make electricity.

Now this may sound like a really hard thing to do, but if you study Berry Farming, such as Strawberries you see a giant sheet rolling mechanism which can dispense the sheets of plastic with the Solar coated Copper Indium Diselenide. Strawberry Farming is a multi million dollar business and the R and D that they have done is of benefit to all mankind.

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Since 95 Strawberries have had some good years thanks to these innovations. It is good to know that because of market hardships strawberry farmers have gotten even more progressive and their hardships can now be our gains. Now then here are some of the plastic sheeting used. We propose we use non-clear plastic sheeting so that algae will not grow underneath the sheets and as long as the water flows it should be fine. There are many a US Company making this plastic sheeting. And by using a non-clear sheeting across the river flows in New Mexico where water is a huge issue we can kept the water from getting too hot and killing fish when it gets too low meaning we can use the water down to a lower level and protect the water from evaporating.

These plastic sheetings have been used in art with one artist using it for five miles and other large projects have used the plastic sheeting. Farmers of strawberries use these for many reasons, birds will not eat seeds, less pesticides can be used when crops are smaller and growing, which is an issue in any soft skin fruit, keeps moisture in the ground and uses the increase in UV light, you can read about it here;

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There are many ways to use such sheeting to protect our water levels during the summer months and drought years. We need your help to solve these problems. The World Think Tank needs you.

Oklahoma Panhandle Trivia

The Oklahoma Panhandle is rich in panhandle trivia. It’s about 150 miles wide and 50 miles tall and almost became a state in its own right.

It even boasts its own university–Oklahoma Panhandle University, no less, home of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggies.

While all that may not be hardcore panhandle trivia, some of the info listed here is. The Beaver State is Oregon, Boise is the capital of Idaho, and Canada is… well, Canada. But the Oklahoma Panhandle has a Beaver County, a Boise City, and a North Canadian River–quite a ways south of Canada! The Panhandle even has a Texas County. Rather appropriate given that Texas had to let go of what then became the Panhandle.

Here is some of the more unusual panhandle trivia:

  • The town of Beaver located in Beaver County of the Oklahoma Panhandle is host of the annual World Cow Chip Throwing Championship.
  • Boise City hosts a Post Hole Digging Contest during their annual Santa Fe Trail Daze.
  • The old Beaver County encompassed the whole Panhandle from 1890 until statehood in 1907. Before 1890, it was originally called Seventh County, and before that, No Man’s Land.
  • he American Western television series, Cimarron Strip, that aired from 1967 to 1968 was set in the late 1880s in the Cimarron Territory, which would become the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1890.
  • A River With Four Names: The North Canadian River rises in New Mexico where it is known as Corrumpa Creek. From there, it flows eastwardly through Cimarron County where it is known as the Beaver River. It flows briefly through the Texas Panhandle, then back to the Oklahoma Panhandle in Texas County. A seven-mile portion of the river flowing through Oklahoma City was renamed the Oklahoma River in 2004.
  • Oklahoma, by virtue of the Panhandle, borders four states: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.
  • At 4,973 feet, the summit of Black Mesa is the highest point in the state of Oklahoma. It is located in the very northwestern tip of the Panhandle.
  • And speaking of Black Mesa, it was once a hideout for outlaws–in a fort called Robbers Roost.
  • A large quantity of dinosaur fossils and dinosaur bones have been discovered at Black Mesa.
  • Boise City was accidentally bombed by a B-17 Flying Fortress during World War Two. Fifty years later, the crew of the bomber were invited back. All declined. Possibly out of embarrassment?

Route 66 Adventure Handbook

“Get Your Kicks on Route 66” was a popular song from the 40’s, sung by Nat King Cole, that helped bring that long stretch of road – Route 66 – to fame. Now you can get your own kicks on Route 66 if you bring along the Route 66 Adventure Handbook, as it will lead you to many of the hidden, and not-so-hidden, gems along this road.

Route 66 was one of the first highways in the United States, with completion coming in 1926. It runs from Chicago to California, and travels through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, on its way to Santa Monica, California. In the 1950s, following President Eisenhower’s signing of a bill which saw the creation of the “Interstate Highway system” and numerous major, “super highways” being built, many people assumed the famous road was all but dead. But while these new highways challenged the reign of Route 66 and as the author of the Route 66 Adventure Handbook notes, it seemed for a while that the famous road was fading into oblivion, thankfully, travelers eventually recognized the unique qualities of this famous route, and now it is enjoying a resurgence.

Now in its fifth edition, the Route 66 Adventure Handbook is divided into chapters by state, running southwest from Illinois to California. Each chapter includes multitudes of attractions, far more than I’ve seen in other travel books. And many of these attractions are spots that are missed by other books, places that are about as unique as Cadillac Ranch where car “art” shows real Cadillacs partially buried, “… which are said to be positioned at the same angle as the sides of the Great Pyramids of Egypt.” (pg. 290) In addition, each chapter also includes a “Further Afield” section where attractions, just a short distance away from the famous route, can be found.

The Route 66 Adventure Handbook is written in an easy-to-read/follow style and the layout is easy on the eyes which makes this book perfect for picking up and referring to over and over. There is so much to choose from for your road-trip visits within its pages that you’ll want to start searching through the book long before your trip begins. My top pick from the plethora of attractions in this book has to be “Big Brutus” – a giant, and I mean GIANT! (“the second-largest ever built”) – power shovel in West Mineral, KS. A photograph of Brutus shows a car parked next to it which gives you a good idea of just how large Brutus is. And I must mention all the photographs because this book is chock full of them – almost every attraction mentioned is accompanied by a good, clear photo. To make it even easier to find, below each photo is the GPS location of the attraction. If you’re planning a trip to explore Route 66, whether a quick escape along a portion of the road, or an adventure enjoying the full, 2,000-plus mile route, be sure to take the Route 66 Adventure Handbook with you so you won’t miss a single attraction on this famous road.

Quill says: John Steinbeck called Route 66 “The Mother Road” in The Grapes of Wrath, and for good reason. Now, with the Route 66 Adventure Handbook, you can explore this fantastic stretch of asphalt and enjoy all the unique jewels it has to offer, jewels that others without the handbook may miss. Get the book, hop in your car, and start driving!

Historical Attractions In Visit In Mexico

Mexico's historical attractions ranging from the ancient ruins of the Olmecs, Maya, and Aztec, to the train routes used by the brash and legendary Pancho Villa – rank second only to the beaches of Cancun and Alcapulco are the main tourist magnets for the nation. The reason for this is simple: the tale of Mexico's past, accompanied by an overwhelming amount of historical remnants beautifully preserved, is as romantic, dramatic, and complex as it can get.

The Plaza de la Constitución, or Zocalo:

This is the main square of Mexico City's historic center. At 830 x 500 feet, it's the second largest public square in the world (Moscow's Red Square is bigger). The great expanse of paved space is decorated with a single huge Mexican flag in the center.

This is the heart of the city, the site of events, festivals and protests, and a good place to start your explorations.

Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral):

The intense cathedral on the North side of the Zocalo was built over a period of 250 years and has a mixture of architectural styles. Like many buildings in Mexico City's historical center, it is slowly sinking into the ground.

An extensive engineering project was undertaken in the 1990s to rescue the building, not to stop it from sinking, but to ensure that the cathedral would sink uniformly.

Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe:

This is not only an impressive building but also the central religious shrine for every Catholic in Latin America. It is near Mexico City so you do not have to navigate too much away from the city. If you are interested in politics, the house where Leon Trotsky lived during the last years of his life is also in Mexico City as is the Templo Mayor, which are the ruins of a temple that the Aztecs believed to be the center of the universe, will prove more than satisfying.

In Guadalajara there is the Jose Cuervo Distillery and the Plaza Tapatia where all of the tourist shops are located. In Oaxaca there are the Monte Alban ruins and if you have any chance to at all take the train ride through the Copper Canyon.

The hotels in and around the tourist spots are some of the finest in all of Mexico. Getting to Mexico for any tourist from any part of the world will never be a problem thanks to the many flights to Mexico from various parts of the world.

Cheap Summer Vacation Packages Ideas – A Few Wonderful, Inexpensive Places to Visit This Summer

Whether you have kids or not, there are always reasons to book a summer getaway. It's a popular time to go on a vacation to most destinations. Unfortunately, it's also an expensive time to go on a trip, as prices skyrocket due to demand. If you do want to get away for a few days but do not have a very big budget, there is no need to worry: here are some ideas on cheap summer vacation packages.

Head to Albuquerque

If you really do not mind the 90+ degree temperatures in the summer, this New Mexico city is the place to go. Hotel rates throughout the area are reasonable and airlines offer affordable rates from various airports throughout the country. You will not even have to pay for a rental car, as ABQ Ride offers bus service all over the greater metro area.

Spend some time on the Gorge

If you want to avoid the heat and crowds of the Grand Canyon, head the opposite direction – right into Appalachia. Summer temperatures in West Virginia are not uncomfortably high. The scenery around New River Gorge is amazing, and there are plenty of fun, affordable activities. Lodging can be found for less than $ 100 a night.

Explore the Sacred Valley

For a thrilling international adventure, head to Peru. The Sacred Valley area is an affordable alternative to Machu Picchu during the summer. There are hidden gems to check out, including ancient temples and forts. Just go along trekking routes for access to farms, isolated villas, and bustling cities.

Stay at Six Flags Fiesta

Do not do Disney World in the summer, unless you want to spend a fortune. Instead, head to San Antonio where you will find cheap summer vacation packages and go back and forth between Six Flags and White Water Bay Water Park. Both parks are included in price of admission. You can get huge discounts by buying your tickets in advance on the internet. While summers in Texas are hot, you can stay cool at the Water Park.

Go to Chincoteague Island for a beach vacation

When most people think of "summer vacations", the beach is usually the first image that comes to mind. The temperatures in this part of VA are just right during the summer, and the rates are reasonable. In addition to lounging around the beach, you can also keep an eye out for birds, wild ponies, and do some cycling.

Other Ideas

A few more affordable places to visit on your summer getaway include:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Laughlin, NV

• Rovinj, Croatia

• Madrid, Spain

Phoenix, AZ

Gatlinburg, TN

• St. Louis, MO

It's best to start planning early. The sooner you start your search for cheap summer vacation packages, the easier it will be to find a good deal!

Online deals are always worth looking into – especially when you want to save on a vacation package. Some companies give competitive prices, easy-to-use search tools, and 24/7 hour customer service. There are also alerts you can sign up for to receive details about the best cheap summer vacation packages .