Sometimes the journey is more fun than the destination. That’s often the case with road trips, especially in the United States, where seemingly every highway has something strange and enticing waiting just off the beaten path. If you’re planning on traveling with a New York charter bus this summer, don’t forget to stop by some of these popular roadside attractions to see the strange and silly side of the United States that only a car or charter bus can provide.
- The Cabazon Dinosaurs (Cabazon, California): If you’re headed toward Southern California, plan to make a stop at Carbazon to see the famous Carbazon Dinosaurs, a California landmark since the ’60s. Sculptor Claude Bell created the concrete (and, in one case, life-size) dinosaurs himself, ostensibly to promote his nearby Wheel Inn restaurant. Today the dinosaurs are (ironically) a part of a creationist museum, but stop by to admire Bell’s handiwork even if you pass on the exhibits inside them.
- Lucy the Elephant (Margate City, New Jersey): In the 19th century, James V. Lafferty thought he hit on a brilliant idea to sell beachfront properties: build animal-shaped summer homes on them. It didn’t really take off, but it led to the creation of Lucy the Elephant, a beach home shaped like a giant Indian elephant that later became a New Jersey tourist destination and National Historic Landmark. The same can’t be said of Lafferty’s other elephantine buildings in Coney Island and Cape May, which have unfortunately since been torn down.
Summer’s here and you know what that means: music festival season is upon us once again. Having already kicked off in Austin with spring’s South By Southwest, music festivals are about to be kicked into high gear in June, July and August. Though it’s a relatively new festival, Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival has already become a major contender. Taking place in Union Park the weekend of July 19th to the 21st, Pitchfork Fest includes not just big names of the indie music world but also a record fair for vinyl hunters, a gig poster market, an indie publishing showcase and even a craft fair.
But it’s the shows themselves people come from all around the country and the world to see, and this year’s lineup won’t disappoint music fans. Here’s a few of the acts you can expect to see:
- Björk: This Icelandic artist has been a career musician since 1977, and she can still bring it with gorgeous vocals and unconventional song structures.
- R. Kelly: Truly a man who needs no introduction, R. Kelly’s track record as consummate R&B crooner is unmatchable.
- Belle & Sebastian: Carrying on the tradition of bands like the Smiths and Fleetwood Mac, this Irish band seamlessly matches melancholy lyrics with upbeat pop music and intricate orchestration.
- Yo La Tengo: This New Jersey-based band has been a lynchpin in the indie music scene for close to 30 years and hasn’t slowed down a bit.
Don’t miss out: reserve a New York charter bus today!
One of the many advantages to living in the United States is the incredible amount of diversity that can be found without ever leaving your own country. There’s cultural diversity, culinary diversity, meteorological diversity and, perhaps most impressive of all, geological diversity. From the dense forests and waterfalls of the Northeast to the expansive deserts, canyons and valleys of the Southwest, the United States is quite possibly the most geologically diverse nation in the world, and you can see the vast majority of it with nothing more than a New York charter bus. Here’s a couple incredible natural landmarks to check out on your own charter bus road trip.
- Beaver Chief Falls: Located in Glacier National Park, in the northwest of Montana, the Beaver Chief Falls are formed by a lake that rests in a mountain that empties out into another lake in the valley below, all surrounded by awe-inspiring sheer cliff faces.
- Monument Valley: If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to walk through a Sergio Leone film, Monument Valley, found near the border of Arizona and Utah, is the place for you. The expansive flatness of the valley is broken at regular intervals by awesome rock formations that jut up into the sky, all painted in the bright oranges and reds of those old technicolor masterpieces.
Over the last few months air travel in the United States has been greatly compromised by mandatory budget cuts created by the Congressional legislation widely referred to as the “sequester.” The results were longer waiting times at airports nationwide. The pinch of these extended waiting times were felt by the upper crust of the United States and, addressing one of the few demographics who seem to be attended to by the government, those rich travelers got what they wanted last week when Congress passed measures that allowed for new budget allocation to nix these cuts. Then again, did these elites get what they wanted?
For the last few years traveling via airplane has become more expensive and increasingly exhausting. The wide array of security measures have been enough to drive travelers away from air travel and into alternatives like charter bus service in droves. It is not hard to see why. The charms of taking a New York charter bus to a destination are undeniable: cheaper, often seemingly safer, more scenic and less stressful altogether.
If you are looking to take the family on summer trips this year, you can spend thousands and march through security check after security check, or you can get a charter bus to your destination.
Getting the whole family together to experience something new can be huge. The bonds built on a long trip and the experiences had will affect you and your family’s lives for years to come. Of course cost always gets in the way, so far too often our families settle on a quick jaunt to the amusement park or a nearby beach. We have another idea.
How about you load up a NY charter bus with your whole family and head to beautiful Montreal, Canada. Montreal is a unique experience for kids and grownups alike: enough English to keep everyone safe and cozy with enough French speakers to feel exotic to many young travelers.
While trips to amusement parks and beaches are great for unwinding, the history and unique culture of Montreal can make it an eye-opening experience for young vacationers. It is also not without its own healthy share of fun on its cobblestone streets. There is a wide array of creperies, an insectarium, and Biodome!
Monsey Buses are available to take trips to Canada. Our charter bus service will be an inexpensive alternative to a pricey and stressful flight to Canada. Load up the whole family and see something different this summer!
Planning a special event for an elderly friend or relative? There are a lot of options. A big party at a hall with some delectable catering. A night on the town with a trip to the opera and a five star restaurant. If you want to have the kind of rowdy event that will really excite your elderly loved one though, you might have to take the trip on the road.
Loading up your elderly birthday boy or girl, a large swath of friends and family onto a charter bus and taking them to Atlantic City can turn into your own elderly version of The Hangover. Those who do not gamble have the option of visiting a number of theaters for shows or taking in some of the more youthful fun available in the area.
If your elderly friend or relative is a former or current party animal, this will be the best way to celebrate a momentous birthday and stir some of that dormant youthful spirit. Monsey Buses make transporting a large group to Atlantic City and back home again incredibly easy. Rent a charter bus service and give your guest of honor a thrill-a-minute birthday he or she deserves.
A great vacation is all about pacing. Anyone who has ever excitedly greeted a weekend only to realize they overdid it, and got no actual rest and relaxation on Monday, knows that pacing is always important. When vacationing, the pressure to see and do everything can become a problem. Suddenly a relaxing trip can become a terrible trial for anyone simply trying to enjoy a little time off.
A charter bus service can help take at least a little bit of the pressure off. By taking the driving out of your hands, you can relax more. You can nap on the bus, or simply give yourself a little more time to get comfortable in a given place. On a charter bus you can stretch your legs and take your alertness down a few pegs between stops on your itinerary.
When planning your summer vacation this year, think about how you might actually comfortably rest on a vacation. There are many great locations you might want to visit and see, but ensuring that you come back from a trip revitalized and refreshed might be more important than site seeing.
Finding a balance between these two impulses is something our New York charter buses would love to help with.
One of the benefits about planing a trip on a charter bus service is all of the comradery sure to develop when you jam everyone in your group onto a bus for a few hours. People will play games or just take time to have longer than average chats, getting to know each other all the way to your destination.
Then again another benefit of these trips is each person on the trip has a chance to set their own boundaries without jamming into a small car. Missed out on some much needed rest last night? Drape yourself in your coat and have a long nap. Trying to catch up on your favorite podcasts? Throw in those earbuds and quietly enjoy.
What a New York charter bus can offer more than most modes of transportation is options. Groups can be as interactive or hands-off as they feel like. It is a chance for your organization to offer participants, who often have a rigorous schedule, a chance to get other things done.
Put together a charter bus NYC trip and be sure to give everyone the room and freedom they need to enjoy the event, whether that means more or less interaction.
The days are getting longer and the weather is more inviting. While our winter might have been relatively mild in the Northeast, that does not mean we are not eager for the spring. Students in particular are eager for an official spring break, especially since so many schools lost days to make up for missed school during Hurricane Sandy.
Kids planning a getaway to the Jersey shore or some other place where they can party away from the watchful eyes of parents and professors should look into organizing larger group trips. If you can get 10 friends together, a charter bus service can be an ideal travel plan. With one of our New York charter buses you will be able to party to your heart’s content without fear of drunk driving accidents.
Now is the time to jump on making reservations at a hotel or resort for the upcoming spring break. Once you do, plot out your travel with our informative and easy-to-navigate website. You and your friends, cash-strapped as students tend to be, will be thrilled with our affordable rates.
Get out and enjoy the sun, with appropriate amounts of sunblock and hydration, this spring with Monsey Buses.
Obviously when getting a huge group together for a trip, keeping costs in line is a very important consideration. If it was not, every group field trip would be transported by a fleet of stretch limousines. We all have to look for ways to make the trip less expensive while keeping things moving quickly and ensuring the safety of our groups.
Luckily, we here at Monsey Bus run our charter bus company efficiently, effectively and fairly, and we are eager to have you and your group on board. If you are concerned that using our New York charter bus service is going to be out of your group’s price range, we have an easy way to check the cost without making a commitment.
Our Request a Quote page has a few very easy to fill out fields guiding you through pickup locations and destinations, the number of people in your party, and your basic itinerary. After filling this out, we can get back to you quickly with a great rate for the trip, and you have no commitment to sign on.
Managing a large group trip can be a big undertaking. We are here to take on some of the burden!