Wheelchairs and mobility devices unafraid of sand & surf
Here's an up-tempo, 2-1/2-minute slideshow featuring wheelchairs that give you front-row seating on the beach. Most of the models you will see sport low-pressure balloon tires that distribute the chair's weight evenly over the sand, allowing it to be driven or pushed up and down the beach, be it wet or dry. You'll find both manual and power chairs, plus a walker, a stroller and even a stretcher.
As we drive into Gulf Shores a real estate sign boldly declares, “Florida is Full.” The implication is that Alabama is not. Miles of sandy white beaches line the Alabama coastline, inviting visitors to relax and play.
I lost count a long time ago of the number of cruises I’ve been on. But it’s a lot. I’ve written three books on the cruise line industry, which means countless days working at sea. But when I wanted to take a cruise for the sheer joy of being on the ocean, I decided on a Holland America cruise on the Westerdam.
Mariachis, margaritas and Mexican food
Texas tourism commercials tout “It’s like a whole other country.” However, no passport is needed to visit San Antonio, where the mix of Spanish, Native American, Mexican and German influences has woven a colorful culture. The seventh largest city in the U.S. and the fastest-growing city in the Lone Star State, San Antonio draws some 20 million visitors a year. Over the Thanksgiving holiday in...