Welcome to Lannin Travels

In the words of the late Louis Armstrong: “It’s a Wonderful World!”

We are Jim and Karen Lannin of The Villages, Florida. We are retirees, as well as proud parents and grandparents.

Travel is our passion. For almost four decades we have traveled the world. We began slowly, with road trips from our home in the San Francisco Bay Area, to Reno, Lake Tahoe, Disneyland, the Monterrey Peninsula, and more. In 1982, a few months before our wedding, we embarked on a trip up north through California, Oregon and Washington to Victoria, British Columbia. We visited Mount Shasta, Oregon’s Rogue River Valley and Silver Falls State Park, Medford, Eugene, Salem, Portland and Seattle. We even camped out on Mount Ranier.

After taking the Ferry from Anacortes, Washington, to Sidney, British Columbia, we visited the beautiful Butchart Gardens, The Empress Hotel, famous for its afternoon tea, Sealand of the Pacific (closed in 1992 and the Victoria Aquarium, which closed in 2013 after 40 years of existence.

Our return trip took us on a ferry to Port Angeles, Washington, where we visited Hurricane Ridge, Olypic National Park, the Hoh Rain Forest and Aberdeen. We drove the Pacific Coast Highway to Astoria, Oregon, and on through Tillamook, Lincoln City, Newport, Florence, Coos Bay, Port Orford, Gold Beach and Brookings. We were finally back in the Redwoods, and headed south toward Crescent City, Eureka and Fortuna, where we turned inland and drove for hours down the Avenue of the Giants, with towering Redwoods soaring above us. Once we reached Santa Rosa, we were only one hour from home. What an amazing trip that was!

Needless to say, we were hooked on travel. We slowed down when our daughter, Tammy, was born, but even she went on her first cruise at the age of five. We have traveled to hundreds of places on five continents. We have met many wonderful people who speak many different languages. We have taken over three dozen cruises (we are always shopping for the special deals). We have taken almost 100,000 photographs, and retained documentation and brochures. This website is our way of sharing our experiences with other travelers. We hope we encourage many more people to explore new places in our fascinating world.

Happy Travels!
Jim and Karen

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