By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes
The Dallas Morning News (MCT)
9:35 AM PDT, September 6, 2011
As the summer travel season comes to a close, think about next year’s options. Here are five ideas.
1. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Washington. Plan a visit to our nation’s capital and see the new memorial to the slain civil rights leader. After decades of planning, the memorial’s dedication was delayed by the recent earthquake and hurricane. The ceremony had been scheduled to coincide with the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The memorial, in the National Mall near the FDR Memorial and framing views of the Tidal Basin, is open to the public. It emphasizes four of King’s primary messages: justice, democracy, hope and love.
Contact: 1-888-484-3373; www.mlkmemorial.org.
2. Ski town in summer. Gather your clan in a mountain town such as Sun Valley, Idaho, where there are activities for every member of the family. From horseback riding and mountain biking to fly fishing, tennis, golf and hiking, the fun covers just about every member of your gang. When planning, check dates for outdoor summer concerts, plus art and music festivals. Don’t miss the weekly ice skating shows at the Sun Valley Lodge featuring world-class figure skaters and Olympic medalists.
Contact: 1-800-786-8259; www.sunvalley.com.
3. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, London. The U.K. capital will host world athletes and fans July 27 through Aug. 12. Also on the calendar is the London 2012 Festival, a collection of more than 1,000 free and ticketed events expected to attract more than 3 million people. Billed as U.K.’s biggest festival ever, the showcase of music, dance, theater, visual arts, film and digital innovation will run June 21 through Sept. 9.
Contact: www.london2012.com; festival.london2012.com.
4. Family reunion. Start now to plan a gathering of your extended family. Whether your group is large or small, your efforts will be rewarded when you convene at the beach, in the mountains, at a national park or a nearby cabin to share family stories. Pick a destination, then consult the local visitors bureau for help in finding suitable lodging, activities and meeting facilities.
5. Take a road trip. Great scenery, history and experiences are found along the National Scenic Byways. Scout outlaws, ghosts and castles as you travel through Oklahoma and Arkansas on the Talimena Scenic Drive. Find learning and fun across the U.S., from Route 66 to the Santa Fe Trail to West Virginia’s Coal Heritage Trail. Pull out the maps, pull up the websites and chart your family’s course for next summer.
Contact: 1-800-429-9297; www.byways.org.
Lynn O’Rourke Hayes is editor of FamilyTravel.com: lohayes@FamilyTravel.com
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