Most travelers to Asia choose destinations such as China, India, Thailand or Vietnam. Not as well known is Bhutan, which limits tourism to lessen the impact on the tiny country that’s only slightly larger than Massachusetts. An 11-day/10-night tour from Myths and Mountains in late September explores the Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between China and India. The colorful Bhutanese textiles worn in daily life and for festivals are the focus of the trip. In Thimphu, for example, there will be a visit to a textile museum and handicraft school. The Thimphu Festival will be going on during the visit, with both dancers and celebrants sporting colorful attire. There also will be chances to see weavers at work, a dyeing demonstration and visits to private homes to share meals and see the families’ textiles that have been passed down from generation to generation. The tour is priced from $3,925 per person, double occupancy, and can be customized. International air is extra. 800-670-6984, http://tinyurl.com/h95bw5w
Most overlooked cities
Many people living in the Midwest know that Madison, Wis., is a great getaway destination, with lots of cultural attractions, outdoor activities, good restaurants and brewpubs. But Madison isn’t necessarily that well known across the country, which explains its showing up in the No. 1 spot on a list of the most overlooked cities in the U.S. The list was compiled by DK Eyewitness Travel, which is known for its lovely and well-illustrated series of travel guides. “Our list includes a broad mix of lesser-known cities with culinary appeal, historic neighborhoods, thriving arts scenes, and natural and historic wonders,” said Georgina Dee, publishing director of DK Travel. Rounding out the top 20 are Sacramento, Calif.; Athens, Ga.; Rochester, N.Y.; Tucson, Ariz.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Galveston, Texas; Las Cruces, N.M.; Worcester, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.; Greenville, S.C.; Anchorage, Alaska; Olympia, Wash.; Des Moines, Iowa; Missoula, Mont.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Springfield, Ill., and Sioux Falls, S.D. Read what makes these cities attractive at http://tinyurl.com/ztyazap.
New guitar museum
The Chattanooga Choo Choo may be the first thing that comes to mind when the Tennessee town is mentioned, but music fans have a new reason to visit. The Songbirds Guitar Museum recently opened — right next to the Choo Choo — and boasts what it says is the world’s largest private collection of rare, vintage guitars. It has more than 1,700 instruments and accessories, including acoustic, electric, jazz, bass, mandolin, banjo and mandocello models. Among the more rare guitars are very early Fender Stratocasters, a pre-war D45 Martin and 34 Gibson Les Paul Model Sunbursts from 1958-1960. The museum also hosts concerts, including an upcoming appearance by the amazing Tommy Emmanuel. Info: http://tinyurl.com/z7c87yq
Source: Chicago Tributes