Every Thanksgiving at around 4:30 p.m., Michael, my stepdad who I consider my dad-dad, starts nudging my mom, sister, and me to get moving.
Just off the Southern Coast of the USA lies The Florida Keys; a plethora of beautiful islands, each a unique hot spot for natural wonders, delicious cocktails, exciting water sports and coastlines bathed in sunshine. Here's a little list of a few things you can get up to in this incredible destination. If we could fit in your suitcase, we'd be there too.
It can be particularly nice to find a hotel where open-air rooms benefit from the breeze as well so you can enjoy it around the clock. Numerous hotels have rooms with an al fresco leaning, but here are the 10 prettiest we've ever seen.
Maine may be many's first pick for the destination with the best lobster in the United States, but we've found some spots across the country with delicious lobster dishes as well.
Lab-engineered mosquitoes could be released in one of America's favorite tourist destinations very soon, even though it's unclear if any government agency has evaluated the full array of health and environmental risks associated with these new GMO insects.
Eastern Canadian scuba divers think of the wreck of the Benwood as the reward at the end of the annual 24-hour non-stop marathon road trip to Florid...
When the weather outside is frightful, Northerners flock to Florida to escape the cold. But with no white Christmas to mark the holiday season, you'll have to learn to celebrate like the locals.
It's one of the most popular tourist attractions in Key West. Originally built in the 1870s in the French Colonial Style by Asa Tift, a prominent Key West citizen, the house was given to Ernest Hemingway in 1931.
Blissfully removed from any signs of winter, these eight beach destinations showcase the best of what the Keys have to offer, from diving to kayaking to just plain sunbathing.
There is a reason that so many families return year after year to Hawks Cay, a 61-acre resort on tiny Duck Key, an island at the center of the Florida Keys.
We've trekked from coast to coast seeking out the best views this country has to offer (tough work, but someone's got to do it).
For many East Coasters, a quick trip to Southern neighbors where the sands are still toasty and the waves still refreshing is dampened by the threat of Mother Nature's finest beast: The Hurricane.
What's the secret to a great family vacation? Finding a location that allows everyone to explore and have fun -- at their own pace. A spot where the kids (most likely bursting with energy) can have a blast while you enjoy a relaxing massage and a margarita... or several margaritas.
Summertime is often when families choose to get away as a group for some family togetherness and sibling bonding. But that doesn't mean Mom and Dad (or any other couples along for the family reunion) shouldn't be allowed some alone time of their own, as well.
When you leave the mainland and begin your journey down the Overseas Highway to the Florida Keys, it is as if you have entered another country, another time. The Keys have a bit of the Wild, Wild West about them and everyone seems ready to party. It is the 'come as you are' relaxed vibe that draws visitors here.
Let's be honest...at this point in winter, it's pretty obvious that the weather up here is the Number One reason to go. Of course there are dozens of other good reasons to head for the Florida Keys at any time of year. Here are six of them.