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Travel Inspiration in the New Year

If you made a New Year’s resolution to be more adventurous then keep reading! You found your blueprint. Flint Bishop wants 2018 to be your most exciting year yet! We can easily get you to almost anywhere in the world in one stop or less. Plus, we have nonstop service to several destinations with the world’s top airlines. The destinations we’ve outlined below are sure to renew your adventurous spirit and make 2018 a very memorable year. We’ve included a mix of destinations, some family friendly, some perfect for couples, young and young at heart. We hope you find the inspiration you need stop dreaming and start living your most exciting year. Happy Adventures! 

Chicago

Chicago has a little something for everyone. From world-class museums, Michelin-star restaurants, mouthwatering pizzerias, and more than 200 theaters the Windy City will keep you on your toes. Getting there from Flint is easy breezy, too. Why spend hours in the car and who knows how much in gas and parking when we offer daily nonstop flights with three of our airlines? Southwest, American, and United serve Flint Bishop with flights to Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway. Want to start your Chicago experience on a high note? United and American have first-class seating on FNT flights and starting in May, American adds 25% more seats to our airport. We took a group of our friends to Chicago for a media trip and we had a blast! Check out our recommendations for your Chicago adventure below.  

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  • For breakfast we recommend Little Goat. It’s a unique diner with an eclectic menu and world-renowned chef. For dinner, you can also check out the diner’s parent restaurant, Girl and the Goat. Our Airport Director and Director of Marketing reports that the food was GREAT!
  • FNT’s favorite Chicago-Style Pizza is Lou Malnati’s. They have dozens of The Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Store Front and Sign locations throughout the city. We highly recommend putting them on your Chicago radar.
  • If you’d like cocktails and appetizers with a view, we recommend the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center. This was not on our stop during the media tour but our Assistant Director of Marketing and PR did go there on a separate occasion during a vacation. She reports the views of the city were the best and the cocktails were fantastic.

Where to goChicago cityscape from a River Cruise on a sunny day

  • We took our media friends on a River Cruise and it was certainly the best way to take in the city! Of course, it would be a chilly winter activity so save this for your spring or summer trip! However, it is a magical experience! We took the architecture tour with Wendella. If Chicago’s architectural history doesn’t interest you, they have other options.Navy Pier's Big Wheel and Carousel on a sunny day
  • After the River Cruise we walked to Navy Pier. It was a long walk but a great way to see the city! We were there in early summer, but winter is also a great time to visit Navy Pier. The attraction has a long list of winter activities including Winter Wonder Fest. Navy Pier is a great family-friendly option. They have various activities for both kids and adults.T-Rex bones reassembled at a Chicago Museum
  • Chicago has an incredible list of museums and the best way to hit as many as possible is with a City Pass. Whether you’re only there for a day or several, the CityPass is likely your most affordable and convenient way to visit Chicago’s top attractions. A CityPass admission includes entry to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck, Field Museum and many more.

Where to stay

Tampa Bay/St. Pete

If you’re hoping to escape the bitter cold of a Michigan winter, we have just the thing to warm you up. Nonstop flights from Flint to Tampa Bay/St. Pete with Allegiant will give you your fill of Vitamin C in 2018. The weekly flights are perfect for an affordable escape. You can relax on the beach, explore botanical gardens, or dive into the region’s amazing food scene. The region has something to offer everyone.

Where to eat

  • One of our favorite brunch spots is Cassis in downtown St. Petersburg. It’s ideal for quick or leisurely meals. They also serve lunch and dinner.
  • For a taste of history, we recommend The Columbia restaurant in Tampa’s Ybor City. It is Florida’s oldest restaurant and offers traditional Spanish cuisine.
  • Want to satisfy your seafood craving? Try the Rusty Pelican, a classic Tampa seafood place located right on Tampa Bay.

Where to go

  • The Tampa Bay/St. Pete region is home to dozens of beaches. Visit the links below for a list of beaches to explore.
  • If you’re not interested in being a beach bum, there are endless other ways to enjoy the region. Go on a fishing expedition, explore the botanical gardens, or break out your clubs at one of the dozens of golf courses.

 Where to stay

  • From hotels, to resorts and Airbnb rentals, there are endless places to stay. We recommend starting your search with the CVB’s in the region (Convention and Visitors Bureau).

San Diego

There are so many things to do in San Diego! It’s truly a great city for couples, families, and people of all ages. San Diego is full of different neighborhoods, each with a different cultural experience. The weather is almost always perfect! And the best part, FNT has three different airlines that can easily get you there. Delta, American and United all offer connections to San Diego.

Where to eat

  • San Diego is a foodie’s paradise. There are so many restaurants to put on your list that we can’t even begin to review them all for you (though we’d love to try hehe). Below are favorites that our staff recommends from their work and personal trips to San Diego.The sunset on the beach from Geroge's at the Cove
    • George’s at the Cove is a favorite because of the food and ocean views.  It has one of the best rooftop bar views in the region. It’s located just north of San Diego in La Jolla.
    • Buono Forchetta is a local favorite in the San Diego neighborhood of South Park. The quaint restaurant serves Neapolitan-style pizza. The menu is affordable but unforgettable.
    • Ironside Fish & Oyster is where to go to settle that seafood craving while in San Diego. You can sit outside and enjoy the city or you can sit kitchen-side and watch the excitement of chef’s creating their masterpieces. The restaurant has an open kitchen so you can have an exciting foodie experience.
    • Cafe21 in San Diego’s Gaslamp district is a great brunch spot. You can eat or drink your breakfast (or both) and be equally satisfied. The restaurant has a great drink list and superb menu. From crepes, to cast iron omelets the menu has a good variety of fresh eats.

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  • The USS Midway is a great experience even if you’re not a naval history buff. It’s one of the few opportunities to experience life at sea. It is one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers and was home to more than 200,000 sailors of the years.Dock and San Diego beach, waves rushing in   
  • The San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld are must-sees!
  • The San Diego region is home to some of Panda relaxing on a tree log at the San Diego ZooCalifornia’s most beautiful beaches. There are many to choose from. There are very few cloudy days in San Diego, so your beach forecast is likely to be good year-round.

Where to stay

  • If you’d like to be within walking distance to the Gaslamp District, the convention center, the USS Midway and Seaport Village then we recommend the Embassy Suites, Manchester Grand Hyatt or Holiday Inn on the Bay. If you’re looking for a more local experience, Airbnb is always a good way to go. There is a variety of different rentals in San Diego that can accommodate a couple or large families.  

Florence

Go big or go home in 2018 – or just go to Florence. Take your adventurous spirit to Italy this year. We’re dreaming of renting a bicycle and exploring Florence with wine, food and olive tastings in between rides. We hope you can come along. If we inspire you at all, be sure to fly from Flint. You’ll easily get there on Delta with a layover in Atlanta. Detroit does not have a nonstop to Florence, so you’d have a layover anyways.

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  • A trip to Florence would not be complete without a stop at Piazzae Michelangelo. Our Director of Marketing highly recommends taking some time to see this. After that, be sure to check out Palazzo Vecchio or Pitti Palace. We also recommend finding the nearest wine bar at the end of the day to enjoy a Florence sunset. Dusk is an exciting time in Florence, especially in the warmer months.

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  • It looks like there are a lot of choices when it comes to places to stay in Florence. From luxury hotels to independent villas, take your pick. Here is the best place we found to start your search: https://www.visitflorence.com/

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