Cover: Rome, Italy
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull
With a new year comes travel planning and, for 2016, here are some destinations that will put a √ by some of those bucket list items and get you packing.
Get out & celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Parks Service
When: All year in 2016
Where: United States National Parks
The U.S. National Parks Service is celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2016 with free admission on 16 days at 127 parks that normally charge entrance fees and the other 409 parks are free every day of the year! So, get out there and take a hike at parks coast to coast and see the beauty of the United States.
Join the pilgrimage to Rome in 2016 for the Jubilee of Mercy
When: December 2015 to November 20, 2016
Where: Rome, Italy
Back in May of 2015, Pope Francis declared 2016 as the Holy Year of Mercy, calling on the global Roman Catholic community to take up his mission of compassion and pardon. The Jubilee of Mercy began on December 8th of 2015, with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and will run throughout 2016 with events until the 20th of November, the day celebrated as the feast of Christ the King. Visit the Vatican’s Jubilee of Mercy website for more information & an events calendar.
Of course, a trip to the Vatican also means a visit to Rome, one of the most beautiful, historical places on the earth.
Catch the best in snow sports action at the Winter X-games 2016 in Aspen
When: January 28 – January 31, 2016
Where: Aspen, Colorado
The Winter X Games returns to Aspen, Colorado at Buttermilk Mountain in January 2016. Along with high flying snow sports competitions, a visit to Aspen for the X games means concerts, entertainment, attractions, food, and of course, skiing at the four beautiful mountains of Aspen Snowmass and all that Aspen has to offer.
The event is free to the public – dress warm, it gets very cold at the night events. Additional information and platinum ticket information is available on the ESPN Winter X-games website.
Laissez les bon temps roulez at Carnival / Mardis Gras 2016 in St Barths
When: February 9, 2016
Where: St Barths
While it may not be the biggest Mardi Gras celebration, St Barths’ Carnival is near the top of the list for coolest. The yachts arrive in the harbor and the island gathers in the afternoon for a costume parade through Gustavia. The next day on Ash Wednesday, a ceremonial burning of a straw statue of Vaval – King of Carnival is held at Shell Beach.
Warm weather and baseball at spring training 2016
When: February – March 2016
Where: Cactus League in Arizona, Grapefruit League in Florida
Each spring professional baseball teams head to warm weather climates for spring training to practice and play exhibition games before the start of the new season. Spring training offers fans a chance to watch their favorite team in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the warm weather in either Arizona, where the Cactus League holds their games, or in Florida, where the Grapefruit League teams play.
Where will your favorite team be? Cactus League Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers. Grapefruit League Teams: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals. Find out more on the MLB website.
Catch the best of college hoops at a Conference Championship or NCAA March Madness 2016
When: March 2016 to April 4, 2016
Where: United States
The month of March is all about college basketball, with conference championships occurring in early March quickly followed by March Madness. The road to the Final Four travels through Dayton, Ohio; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; Raleigh, North Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Brooklyn, New York; St. Louis, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Spokane, Washington; Anaheim, California; Louisville, Kentucky; Chicago, Illinois, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ending with the 2016 NCAA National Championship on April 4th in Houston. Check the schedules and cities on the NCAA website.
Glitz and glamour near the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival
When: May 11 – 22, 2016
Where: Cannes, France
The 69th Festival de Cannes, or Cannes Film Festival, showcases films from around the world during a glitzy twelve days each May in the small southern France city of Cannes. From black tie to beach screenings, the Cannes Film Festival is where anyone and everyone in the film industry comes to see and be seen. Can anyone attend? Official screenings are invitation-only events, but everyone can watch for their favorite star, bask in the Festival environment and, since 2011, view the opening film, which is released in French cinemas on the same day it screens at the Festival. Additionally, daily beach screenings at the Cinéma de la Plage are open to everyone. More information is available on the Festival de Cannes website.
Partegeons la passsion / share the passion at the Tour de France 2016
The 103rd edition of the Tour de France begins on the 2nd of July at Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy and ends 3,519 kilometers later on the Champs–Élysées in Paris on the 24th of July. The 2016 race includes 9 flat stages, 1 hilly stage, 2 individual time trials and 9 mountain stages, with summit finishes at Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson and Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc.
Head to Brazil for the Summer Olympics 2016
When: August 5 – 21, 2016
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The eyes of the world will be in Rio in August of 2016, as 10,500 athletes from 206 countries compete in the first Olympic games held in South America. Over the 17 days of the games, the athletes will compete in 306 medal events in 42 different sports. 7.5 million tickets will be available and sales have already begun. Learn more on the Rio Olympics website.
Up, up and away at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2016
When: October 1 – 9, 2016
Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico
The largest gathering of balloons and balloonists in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Each morning, thousands of onlookers watch and photograph the launch activities, hundreds of balloons are filled with hot air before gently lifting off into the sky in two consecutive waves.
Visit your favorite place on earth
When: Sometime in 2016
Do you find yourself day dreaming about a certain destination? Maybe you were there years ago – perhaps it has been on your “things to do” list since before they were called a bucket lists. Venice? Paris? The Galapagos? Wherever it is – plan it and make 2016 the year you go do it.
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