The Jelly Belly Factory seems to be one of those places you always plan to get too, on the way up to Tahoe or home from Sacramento, but never quite make the time. This weekend, while visiting Davis, we finally had the opportunity to explore this California original and I am pleased to report, this is a stop worth making!
Archive: May, 2011
If your travels take you along Interstate 80 through Iowa let me recommend you take the time to stop at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. Having trouble finding Coralville on the map? It’s nestled up next to Iowa City, and the mall is just off exit 240. Normally I’m not a big fan of malls; you usually find the same offerings no matter where you go. But Coral Ridge Mall has a few things you won’t find in your typical mall…
The Iowa Children’s Museum
Who said a trip to the mall couldn’t be educational? The Iowa Children’s Museum is a hands on learning experience for young minds. From taking on adult roles in CityWorks, a child-sized village, to shooting self-made rockets and “flying” simulated airplanes kids get to experience, learn and create – all while having fun!
The Iowa Children’s Museum even has a special space set aside for the under-5 crowd. ImaginAcres lets tots pretend to be farmers. They can plant and pick vegetables, play in the barn and even pretend to burrow under the dirt- all in a safe, enclosed space. Read More »
I’m not really sure why people leave the Midwest during the summer. It is obviously the best time to be here; the days are warm, the nights are cool and so much is going on. Like incredible theater performed on special outdoor stages. These are only a few of the shows you’ll find scattered across the Midwest this summer.
The Bard Lives On
William Shakespeare continues to captivate audiences with his wit and wisdom. Locally our favorite outdoor performance takes place on the lawn of Salisbury House. Shakespeare on the Lawn takes place July 21-24 with evening performances of As You Like It. The play is performed by the Repertory Theater of Iowa. Tickets are $20. Pack a picnic- don’t forget the wine- come early and claim your patch of lawn. Read More »
The urban public transportation system supplies an alternative means of transit for those without vehicles. The United States rail transit has three sub-divisions, including the large rail, small rail or bus only divisions. Cities that have incorporated a large rail system typically outperform those incorporating the other two options. For instance, large rail cities have a 400 % per capita transit ridership, 887 % higher transit commute mode, 36 % less fatalities, 14 % lower consumer expenditures, 19 % smaller household devotions to public transport, 21 % lower mileage, 33 % higher transit service, 58 % higher transit recovery costs, and constant improvement in fitness and health.
- Victoria Transport Policy Institute; Rain Transit in America: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Benefits (PDF)
- International Association of Public Transport: What is Light Rail?
- TriMet: A History of Public Transport in Portland, Oregon
- Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis: Light Rail Transit in America: Policy Issues and Prospect for Economic Development
- Economic Policy Institute: Impact of Alternate Public Transit and Rail Investment Scenarios on the Labor Market
- BayRail Alliance: Types of Public Transit
- American Public Transportation Association: Transit Ridership: Rail versus Bus
- California Streetcar Coalition: Economic Developments Impacts of Urbain Rail Transport (PDF)
- Eastside Rail Now Organization: Rail Transit Myths About Light Rail
- Common Sense Americans: Myths of Light-Rail Transit
Some argue that urban rail transit has not produced the expected benefits, such as environmental improvement, serving the poor, or reducing highway congestion in the United States of America. Some economists present counter arguments that dictate the overall costs of mass public rail transit with a positive ebb and flow. However, suburbanization continues to expand its sphere of influence, which will decrease central business districts. If the wage margin continues to broaden, then the mass public rail transit system will not affect the future of economic development.
- United States Department of Agriculture: Commuter Transit Subsidy Benefits Program
- United States Environmental Protection Agency: The Effects of New Urban Rail Transit: Evidence From Five Cities (PDF)
- United States Department of Transportation (FASTLANE): Public Transportation Delivers Public Benefits
- University of Minnesota: Rail Transit Benefit Cost Analysis: Nonusers Benefits
- University of Michigan: Light Rail Transit and Economic Development
- University of Wisconsin: Measurement of Transit Benefits
- University of California: Valuing Rail Transit: Comparing Capital and Operating Costs to Consumer Benefits (PDF)
- Light Rail Now: Evidence of Mobility Benefits of Public Transit
- Transportation Riders United: The Economic Benefits of Transit
- Georgia Public Policy Foundation: Urban Rail Transit Derailed
Luxury train travel has increased around the world because it has several advantages over conventional transportation methods, such as airports, cruise ships, and bus trips. For instance, instead of the monotony of viewing clouds, guests can see a myriad of landscapes that provides more of an elegant experience while traveling to the destination. Luxury trains also have ample space, instead of cramped leg room and limited space to adjust carry-on belongings. The sleeping arrangements are also more comfortable, often equipped with private bathrooms.
- Warren H. Henry: Our Private Rail Cars: Features panoramic viewing upstairs. Formal dining and boardroom arrangements, a lounge fully equipped with TV, DVD, and CD players.
- Evelyn Henry: Features beautifully restored rooms, daytime couch seating, separate bathrooms and showers, spacious closets, mahogany interior, and climate controlled rooms.
- American Rail Excursions: Royal Street: Features a luxurious observation car, gleaming new interior, separate rooms, and fine cuisines.
- Silver Solarium and Silver Lariat: Features a private railroad experience, including beverage and gourmet multi-course dining, two full bars, 48 dome seats, and enough space to accommodate 108 guests.
- Morris Town and E. Railway, Inc.: Features a private railroad experience, spa, beverage and gourmet dining, panoramic viewing, and spacious room for sleeping and seating.
- The Kitchi Gammi Club: Perfect for families or business, houses ten with two bathrooms, and one shower. It has a private queen-sized bed. The dining room seats ten with a presentation center specifically for business.
- Mount Vernon Private Rail: The Mount Vernon was built between December, 1949 and June, 1950 for the Pullman service of the Union Pacific. It seats ten for the entire day, plus ten dining seats are available for multi-course dining. The private rail has twelve beds for an overnight stay, gorgeous marble tiled showers, and fully equipped stainless steel kitchen, lounge and dining equipment.
- Silver Quail: The Silver Quail was built-in 1952 by the Budd Company. This private car has 11 double bedrooms equipped with a small sofa, lounge chair, or long sofa with a fold out bed arrangement. Each bedroom has a toilet, sink, and lighter mirror. The car has its own microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, sink, cabinets and counter.
Vintage rail tours, similar to luxury rail tours, these train tours reenact historical experiences giving off a sense of nostalgia. Vintage rail tours will often bring guests to a destination that would feel very similar to an early American rail tour. Most vintage rail cars are refurbished with spacious rooms and panoramic viewing for all to enjoy.
- Grand Canyon Railway: Xanterra Parks and Resorts owns and operates this vintage railway. The 400+ staff strives to provide exceptional customer service, a safe environment to interact and share the existing knowledge of trains traveling along the Grand Canyon.
- Grapevine Vintage Railroad: The Grapevine Vintage Railroad provides a jazzy experience with a variety of fine wines, delectable foods, and other seasonal excursions specific to a variety of tastes.
- Vacations by Rail: Vintage Rail Car Trips: Vintage Rail Car Trips believes that a private railroad captivates its riders immediately. From the moment that a rider boards the Vintage Rail Car, a feeling surrounds the rider with a special vintage significance like no other.
- Gadling: Vintage Train Across the U.S. Pair Autumn Day with History: An assortment of vintage railways providing private excursions and modes of service.
- Train Web: American Orient Express: A revisitation of the Railroad Golden Age alongside picturesque landscapes and entertainment shows.
- 20th Century Railroad Club: A Brief History of the 20th Century Railroad Club: The 20th Century Railroad Club, a vintage membership for railroad lovers, includes a group-travel program for weekend getaways to a full seven-day trip.
- Train Travel Consulting: America’s Luxury Train: When Will it Ever Run Again?: The American-European Express provides a panoramic view inside a fine dining room equipped with luxurious sofas and piano lounge. There are many itineraries, especially traveling alongside GrandLuxe, Mexico.
Escorted railway tours provide enthralling gauge, cog, historic and private railways. Group members often benefit from a pre-planned vacation package, including multi-railway adventures, on-board tour guides, and pre-approved hotels and meals. Likewise, U.S. independent rail tours offer multiple destinations that interlink cities together in a splendid multitude of rail routes, including west coast, east coast or a conjunction of both coastal adventure routes. Independent rail routes provide the freedom necessary for sole travelers to get a travel experience on their own.
- Rail Travel Adventures: Escorted Train Tours
- Amtrak Vacations: Glacier Park Discovery Escorted Rail Journey
- Global Rail Tours: Rail Tour Packages Through Canada, Alaska, and the USA
- RailsNW: Escorted Train Tours: Terms and Conditions
- Great Rail Journeys: UK-based Escorted Railway Providing USA Coastal Tours
- Mayflower Tours: Escorted Alaska Railway Tours
- Holidays by Rail: 2011 Escorted U.S. Train Holidays Sneak Peek (PDF)
- America by Rail: Train Tours, Rail Tours and Trail Vacation Directory
- Independent Traveler: U.S. Train Travel: Independent Traveler Resource Guide
- Independent Sedona Trail Tours: Grand Canyon and Verde Canyon
- Seat61: A Beginner’s Guide to Independent Train Travel
- American Rail Excursions: Specializing in Nostalgic North American Independent Private Rail Tours
Seasonal and National Railway Tours are specialized railroad travel packages that target certain aspects of the country, including Yellowstone/Glacier discovery, The Big Four, Prince Edward Island, the Canyon islands, and The Great Cities of Canada. The seasonal railway tours focus on themes, more specifically related to Christmas snowy railways, fall tours to view the changing leaves, and other ventures.
- Canada Rail Tours: Offering Nationwide USA, Canada, Alaska and Europe Railway Tours
- Steam Town: National Historic Site: Closed During Winter Months
- Travel Weekly: Rail Tour Among Alaska’s New Offering for High Season
- USA Today: Alaska by Railroad: Nationwide Railway Tour
- John Steel Rail Tours: Destinations by Season
- Train Traveling: Fall Foliage Train Rides in 2011
- Purewest Adventures and Tours: Classic Rail Adventures FAQ
- Georgetown Loop Railroad: Seasonal and Thematic Railway Rocky Mountain Tours
- Durango Train and Silverton Narrow Train: Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
- Lonely Planet: Main Eastern Railroad Offering Scenic Railway Tours
- Train Travel in the USA and Canada: The Splendors of Autumn
- Go Northwest Transportation Travel Guide: Transportation – Train