Everyone knows that June 21 is the longest day of the year — in the Northern Hemisphere, at least — but few places get more daylight that day than Alaska. Make the most of the 22 hours of daylight with a trip to the Anchorage Summer Solstice Festival. This all-day party takes over the downtown area, with skateboarding demonstrations, the "Hero Games", kids activities, a marathon, live music, great food, and, as you might imagine, plenty of refreshments — hopefully including enough beer to keep the revelers going long enough to greet the Midnight Sun.
Relive a bit of your childhood and get a break from the scorching sun with a visit to The Toy and Action Figure Museum. Located in a small town south of OKC, this unique museum boasts a collection of over 13,000 action figures, many still in their packaging, as well as plenty of other cartoon and comic memorabilia, a collection of drawings from Oklahoma's most famous cartoonists, and a huge diorama that's sure to put you on nostalgia overload.
Indy. Daytona. Laguna Seca. Sure, there are better known race tracks you can visit for a night of racing action. But it's hard to beat the value/fun ratio of a race at Eldora Speedway. Located in the heartland roughly halfway between Columbus and Indianapolis, this legendary dirt track plays host to a variety of events throughout the year, including a NASCAR truck series race and the star-studded "Prelude to the Dream" race, which draws out some of NASCAR's best for the evening — no doubt in part due to the track's owner, Tony Stewart.
Normally a chance to see concept cars involves a trip to a huge auto show — and even then you only get to see new concepts, not classic examples of futuristic automotive design. Which is why Dream Cars is so unique. Running from May 21 through September 7 at the High Museum of Art, this exciting exhibit features a collection of concept cars produced between 1932 and the present, covering everything from Paul Arzens' three-wheeled Electric Egg to the flexible fabric-skinned BMW GINA. A must-see for gearheads everywhere.
Enjoy an authentic links experience without crossing the pond with a round at Cabot Links. Located in Nova Scotia along the coast of Cape Breton, this traditional links course is carved out of rugged shoreline, with views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence on every hole and five set right along the beach. It's also next to the village of Inverness — and the excellent Red Shoe Pub — but if you should feel the need to stay, there's also a 48-room lodge and a restaurant on the grounds.
Few people remember playing E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 — but those that do will testify to it being one of the worst video games ever created. So bad, in fact, that legend holds that Atari, embarrassed by their failure, buried millions of the unsold cartridges in Alamogordo, NM in 1983. Now some
crazy people gaming enthusiasts are out to discover the truth. On April 26, Fuel Entertainment and friends — including lead designer Howard Scott Warshaw — will hold an Atari E.T. Landfill Excavation to find out whether there actually are copious copies of a long-forgotten video game buried in the ground. No matter what they find, it promises to be more interesting than most anything else you were going to do with your Saturday.
Staying in first-class hotels is great. Your flights on the way there? Often lacking. That's why Four Seasons has built their own Boeing 757 jet, and is kicking off service with this Four Seasons: Around the World Tour. Slated for takeoff in February 2015, this exclusive trip will start in Los Angeles and will cover nine destinations in 24 days, including stops in Hawaii, Bora Bora, Sydney, Bali, Thailand, the Taj Mahal, Istanbul, and London. The best part? You don't have to worry about a thing, as ground transportation, excursions, all meals, and — of course — your Four Seasons accommodations are taken care of.
Fly fishing is known as one of the most relaxing outdoor activities around, and whether you're an experience angler or a first timer, Freestone Fly Fishing Trips virtually guarantee a good time. This Orvis Endorsed Guide Service employees a host of guides with years of experience on local waters, and provides all the necessary fishing and wading equipment you'll need, plus tackles and refreshments. All you need is to decide between a 4-hour half-day jaunt or 8-hour full-day excursion in public waters or, for added privacy, one of the outfitter's exclusive properties — and remember to bring a Colorado Fishing License.
Like Spam? Looking for an excuse to go to Hawaii? Then book your ticket for Oahu and plan on heading down to the Waikiki Spam Jam. Scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd, this annual celebration of all things Spam plays host to over 20,000 people each year, as Kalakaua Avenue is closed to traffic and transformed into a festival featuring two stages of entertainment and some of the city's best eateries set up booths serving up Spam-based specialties ranging from the local favorite Spam musubi to Spam fried rice, Spam won tons, and even Spam sundaes.
No, it's not some new kind of sexy mattress — although it's not that far off. Instead, Love Cloud is a new Sin City-based service that will fly you and a partner up to the required altitude to get your Mile High Club ticket checked. Aboard the custom Cessna 421 Golden Eagle, you'll find a modified interior with two comfy seats and a roomy bed, as well as wireless JBL sound system for mood lighting and music and some condoms and lubricant just in case you forgot yours.
What you might expect to be a dusty relic turns out to be a shiny, vibrant, building brimming with anything and everything you could want to know about the history of the Guinness brand. Not unlike the balance you'll find in a pint of the black stuff, the Guinness Storehouse manages to provide a perfect harmony between the rich history of one of the world's most renowned beers — with a fresh, modern experience seven floors high that is sure to interest history buffs and beer lovers alike. Experience each level and finish your experience with a pint on the top floor gravity bar while taking in one of the best views of Dublin.
Pork is good. Wine is good. Combining the two can be great. As evidenced by the Pigs & Pinot celebration. Hosted by Chef Charlie Palmer of Dry Creek Kitchen, this unique annual event combines a wine competition — the Pinot Cup — with a pork cooking challenge called Tournament of The Pig. Oh, and plenty of dinners, wine tastings, and other excuses to stuff yourself in the company of chefs like Frank Crispo, Amanda Freitag, and Bryan Voltaggio. Scheduled for March 21st and 22nd at Hotel Healdsburg.