Whether you’re a go-kart fanatic or haven’t yet crouched behind the wheel of one of these miniature race cars, there’s only one place in the United States to head if you’re looking for the ultimate experience: . If you’re a NASCAR or IndyCar fan, you already know the storied track at Road America, but if you’re not, you may not even have heard of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where this legendary track sits. But you should.
In the 1950s, Elkhart Lake hosted races on its public streets, bringing the top male and female drivers of the day to its winding lakeside roads for an annual event that drew enormous crowds. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the safest setup (for driver or spectator), and the fun briefly came to an end . . . until Road America was built. Accommodating up to 150,000 spectators, Road America is home to NASCAR, IndyCar and plenty of other top-tier races annually, but it also offers activities and lessons for everyone from the casually curious to the seriously determined.
For the hands-on crowd, Road America offers several single-day activities, but the most notable is its pro-kart racing. That’s right — not go-kart, but pro-kart. Reaching speeds up to four times what other “hi-speed” go-karts muster, the powerful machines at Road America offer opportunities for true racing, and on a considerably more interesting course than you’ll find at most recreational centers. Your kart will also be tracked by tech that will report your lap times and chart your performance against that of the others racing against you. It’s a fun souvenir to bring home from your day of racing at a NASCAR track, especially if you fared well against your competitors!
Not being able to bring a pet along for a trip can be a dealbreaker from some dog lovers when making plans. Luckily, the folks at Pup Flask created an easy-to-use portable dog bowl that will travel anywhere you and your pup go so hydration is never a problem.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Lantern festivals are sweeping the nation. Lanterns originated in China, but made their way across the world. Lantern lights are mesmerizing when they light up the night sky. I always think of the scene in the Disney movie Tangled, where the whole town sends lanterns up to the sky in honor of the missing princess and the entire sky is covered with lanterns. Travel around the world to see the best lantern festivals.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Spend the holidays at National Harbor, a growing destination conveniently located just south of Washington, D.C. National Harbor offers something for everyone this season, whether you’re traveling with the family in tow, seeking a romantic pre-holiday getaway or want to host a friends’ weekend for the season.