Each week on Beyond Your Backyard NOW presents the “10-5-1” of each episode. We’ll detail “10 Places” that could be perfect for your next vacation, as well as “Five (5) Helpful Travel Tips” and “One (1) Parting Thought or idea” which we think underline’s that week’s show. Below is the “10-5-1” from our third episode which was originally presented on April 20, 2020.
The Great Smoky Mountains
America’s most visited state park, the Great Smoky Mountains, or The Smokies, as they’re known, consist of ridge upon ridge of forest straddling North Carolina and Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountain State Park is a key destination for hiker, animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Rich with southern Appalachian culture, it’s truly a classic American destination. Check out our Great Smokies info...
Each and every time I visit Tennessee, I always learn something new. The music truly is the soundtrack to this fine country of ours. But as you explore outside the cities like Memphis and Nashville, you'll find scenic beauty, rural towns filled with distinct southern charm, and lots of friendly locals. Visiting The Great Smoky Mountains is a must and two of my favorite towns are Knoxville and Chattanooga. Check out more of what Tennessee has to offer...
Casa de Campo
The breathtaking Casa de Campo is the most exclusive resort destination in the Caribbean. A stunning 7,000-acre hotel, resort, and residential community in La Romana on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The resort features a unique array of amenities, including an expansive marina, tennis and polo facilities, a world-class shooting center, three championship golf courses and more. Their dining options are first class as well, making it one of the premier destinations for both vacation and group travel and conferences. Learn more about the Dominican Republic...
Las Vegas, NV
I have been to Las Vegas so many times over the years, I have lost count. I keep returning because of the spectacle. I love the strip and Fremont Street but I also love the shows, the food, the quirky museums and the unexpected). But I also use Vegas as a hub for exploration to places like Henderson, The Hoover Dam, The Grand Canyon and many others. You do not need to gamble if you don't want to in Las Vegas...but I say LET IT RIDE! Read more about Sin City...
A city that lies in the center of North Carolina along the Blue Ridge section of the Appalachian Mountains, Winston-Salem has it’s own brand of southern charm, that is evident in it’s many restaurants, museums, art galleries and shops. It’s a city that’s proud of it’s history and focused on growing as a southern destination worth making the roadtrip to. For all things North Carolina look here...
We had the opportunity to talk with two of Australia’s favorite travel bloggers, Stephen and Jess of @FlyingTheNest on this week’s episode of Beyond Your Backyard NOW. They’re seen the world, but still find the place they call home, Australia, to be one of their favorite destinations. With so many different geographical areas from outback terrain to coastal shores, Australia is a destination that few get to experience, yet many wish they could. For all things Australia...
St. Petersburg, FL
If you're vacation mood calls for award-winning beaches, quaint towns, vibrant arts scenes, craft beers and delicious food, then look no further! St. Pete / Clearwater has got it all and more! Find out more by watching the full episode of Beyond Your Backyard, where I seek educational fun in the sun.. This virtually undiscovered gulf coast destination is bursting at the seams with artistic flair. We dive into the mind of Salvador Dali, take a colorful downtown walking tour, learn the art of glass blowing and sample BBQ from an iconic pit master. Thinking about a trip to St. Pete? Look no further than here...
Hawaii is unlike any other state in the United States. I just love it! I have made three journeys to America's 50th state over the years and each time I was thrilled! Honolulu is the capital and the largest air gateway followed by Maui. So many islands to choose from, so little time. To help you choose the best Hawaiian vacation for you check out more on Hawaii...
I took my first trip to Sweden last year and absolutely loved it. We filmed an amazing episode of Beyond Your Backyard in Stockholm and Gothenburg. You’ll be able to stream the show soon, but in the meantime check out some info on a country literally swimming in world-class restaurants, amazing history, arts and some of the best museums I’ve ever been to. Start planning your Scandinavian trip here...
If you're looking for a truly unique outdoor experience, Norway may just very well be your perfect destination. With everything from skiing, cycling, hiking, canoeing, whale watching - you name, Norway has it. But it doesn't just have it all - it has it all in a breathtaking environment that is the star of it’s own show. Check out some links below and be on the lookout for more info on Scandinavia as we air new episodes of Beyond Your Backyard NOW. Check out more info on how to plan your Norwegian vacation...
“Get a travel advisor”
“Don’t steal the robe”
“Make pantry sauce at home”
(Recipe posted in Dr. BBQ’s segment of the episode!)
“Plan a vacation - help restart the economy”
“Tag your bags inside and out”
“Plan your next vacation now…”
Planning your trip can be a lot of fun, and a great way to pass the time during self-isolation. You can search online on your own, or enlist the help of a trusted, certified travel professional from our friends at ASTA (https://www.asta.org/). Happy Planning! Check out the blog posts, articles and information below on how to best plan the right vacation for you and your family in the near future...
I am on a mission to get you traveling more often. As the host of the Emmy award- winning, nationally syndicated television television for PBS and the Create channel, "Beyond Your Backyard," I travel (on average) 25 weeks per year. I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet cool people, experience new places, eat delicious food and work with the best production crew in the world. Hopefully, through this blog, you will join me on my travels and be reminded just how exciting it is to be alive!