Arranging a trip takes a lot of planning—you have to coordinate work schedules, plane or train reservations, visits with families and friends, and so much more. But one of the things that often falls through the cracks, especially if you’re not a professional travel planner, is checking out the timing of things when you arrive at your destination.
There’s nothing more disappointing than going to a museum that you’ve been dying to see, only to find it closed, or waiting to take that once-in-a-lifetime shot of an iconic building, only to see that it’s covered in scaffolding and won’t be restored to its former glory for at least a year.
I speak from experience, having visited the Hercules monument in Kassel, Germany, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at a time when the statue was under construction, and the water wasn’t running down the Cascades—something that only happens two days a week from May through October. I’ve also visited the amazing Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, not realizing until it was too late that its magnificent Main Fountain Garden was closed for renovations...for two years. Many times I’ve stared longingly at the closed doors of numerous local attractions because I didn’t take a moment to check seasonal hours on their websites.
While we can’t control time, there are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t miss out on those must-see attractions:
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