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NYC Christmas: Free Walking Tour (Saks Fifth Avenue)

NYC Christmas

A Free Walking Tour

 

Anyone who reads Green Global Travel knows we’re passionate about ecotourism and wildlife conservation. But it’s less well known that we’re equally passionate about Christmas. So when an opportunity came along to visit Mary’s dad in New Jersey for Thanksgiving, we decided to make a quick visit to Manhattan to experience the legendary NYC Christmas attractions for ourselves.

 

We were in the city for exactly 24 hours, ending with a lifelong dream of seeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person. So to make the most of our limited time in the Big Apple, we designed our own NYC Christmas walking tour.

 

Stretching across 35 blocks, our self-guided tour took us to all the major department store holiday displays, past iconic landmarks like Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, and into public green spaces decked out for the holidays.

 

You can download and print our map pictured below for free here: NYC Christmas: A Free Walking Tour. Read on for step-by-step directions, photos and more!

 

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90th macy's thanksgiving day parade

90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

 

I’ve been dreaming of seeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ever since I was a young boy, watching the annual broadcast from the cozy comfort of my family’s living room in Atlanta.

 

Despite the fact that it took me 48 years to make that dream come true, there was no shortage of child-like awe and wonder as Mary, my daughter and I made our way into New York City on Wednesday for a marathon 24 hours in the Big Apple.

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protesters

Standing Rock solidarity march in San Francisco, photo by Pax Ahimsa Gethen, CC BY-SA 4.0,

How To Help The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

#StopDAPL

 

Members of North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux tribe (along with thousands of their fellow American Indians and allied supporters) have been camped at the Standing Rock Reservation for over 6 months now.

 

They’re there to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which they insist infringes upon tribal lands ceded to them in a historic treaty and which potentially will pollute the drinking water they need to survive.

 

Along the way the Standing Rock Sioux have faced attack dogs, rubber bullets, beatings and arrests in their attempt to protest peacefully. The weekend before Thanksgiving, the situation becalm even more charged with tension as Morton County police sprayed a crowd of nearly 400 people with tear gas and water as temperatures dipped below freezing.

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Complete List of National Parks for your World Travel Bucket List

Complete List of National Parks

for Your World Travel Bucket List

 

As we began to compile a complete list of National Parks for this piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, I was shocked and dismayed to realize how few of the 59 officially designated parks we’ve visited. Fortunately, we’re already planning a future family road trip to visit some of the many parks still on our bucket list.

 

The NPS was created by Congress through the National Parks Service Organic Act on August 25, 1916. Run by the US Department of the Interior, the agency was designed “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

 

This century-old concept has since been applied to more than 6,ooo national parks in nearly 100 different countries around the world. To honor the idea that helped give birth to ecotourism and conservation, we’ve gathered nearly 50 of our travel blogging friends to write mini-guides to all 59 US National Parks.

 

We hope our list of national parks will prove to be an evergreen resource, paying tribute to what documentarian Ken Burns called “America’s best idea.”

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Finger Lakes Waterfalls Visitors Guide

Finger Lakes Waterfalls

A Visitors Guide

 

The Finger Lakes are 11 glacial lakes, all of which are shaped like fingers, located in the central region of New York state.

 

The region is perhaps best known for its impressive gorges, which were shaped by water and ice over some 10,000 years. As the rain water flowed down these steep cliffs, it formed hundreds of Finger Lakes waterfalls that you’ll find dotted all around the area.

 

Last June we packed up our car and headed out for a road trip in search of these stunning waterfalls. There are so many, we couldn’t possibly see them all during our brief visit. But here are a few of our favorite Finger Lakes waterfalls to inspire your next awesome road trip:

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