Explore Columbus Day Weekend!

Make the best of your 3-day Columbus Day weekend with 3 tips to awaken the explorer in you.

          Many of us who grew up in America fondly remember the old adage “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”. He then landed on the shores of the Americas and set into motion the founding of many new nations that celebrate Columbus’s discovery in different ways. There’s the obvious Columbus day in the US, but the discovery of the new world is also celebrated in European countries. In Spain they observe “Dia de la Hispanidad”, and Italy has “Festa Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo” to honor Columbus’s adventures. In celebration of the 3 ships Columbus used to explore the Atlantic, and the 3 day weekend Columbus day provides us, let’s look at 3 ways you can awaken your inner explorer this Columbus day weekend.

1. Sail the Ocean Blue

     This tip is a little on the nose, but whether you’re able to discover your own uncharted island or not, sailing is a fantastic way to get in touch with the adventurous spirit of Columbus. Observing the wide open sea and breathing in the salty mist of the ocean is sure to open your mind to new possibilities and discoveries. Round up your crew, charter a boat, maybe even do some fishing. Half the fun is getting out there and experiencing the sea for yourself.

Want the full Columbus experience on a ship that resembles the old ships he sailed? Downeast Windjammer in Bar Harbor, ME provides boat trips off the coast that will feel authentic to Columbus’s expedition.

2. Shake Up Your Camping Routine

     At the heart of exploration and adventure is getting out of your comfort zone. You have to try new activities, see different locales and wildlife, and push yourself into the personally unexplored. If you or your family are used to visiting national parks for family trips try something new like ‘The Wild Walk’ in Tupper Lake NY.  Or maybe go on a trip to discover the charms of a small town you’ve driven past but never visited? There’s so much to see and experience out in the world, and all it takes is taking a couple of steps off your own beaten path.

The spiderweb on ‘The Wild Walk’ presents the opportunity to see a web from the spider’s perspective. It’s a whole new way of looking at nature and the world around you!

3. Get Closer and More Comfortable in Nature. Go Glamping!

     Any explorer knows that the key to discovery is getting a little uncomfortable and looking at nature in new ways. For example, if your family trips generally involve lugging around tents, food, and camping gear, why not take a trip to relax and focus on relaxing with each other? Try finding a campground near with you a glamping tent and experience the best of nature with comfort and relaxation. On the other hand, if you’re used to staying at campgrounds in cabins or glamping tents, take a chance on setting up your own tent or backpacking. There’s no right or wrong way to experience the outdoors, but until you try something you never know what you’re missing out on.

This Woodytent at Camp Little Arrow in Townsend, Tennessee is the perfect weekend retreat for your family and friends. You can relax and absorb the calming effects of nature in comfort.

Regardless of how you spend your Columbus Day weekend, we wish you safe travels and hope you and your family or friends create memories that will last a lifetime. Try new things, get excited about the outdoors, and discover something new about yourself.

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