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Top 100 Places People Most Want to Travel

Have you ever wondered what are the top 100 places in the world that people most want to travel? Well, we did some research and here we present you a list of awesome destinations that you can turn into an epic bucket list.

These top 100 places are the most desired among travelers from around the globe. (Listed in no particular order for curiosity and surprise.)

In other words, below are the top 100 places to visit before you die. How many of these have you visited so far?

London

Paris

New York City

Singapore

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Bangkok

Bali

Sydney

Cairns

Vancouver

Galapagos Island

Madagascar

Jerusalem

Mecca

Jordan

Agra

Goa

Jaipur

Kerala

Rome

Vatican City

Venice

Switzerland

Hawaii

Bahamas

Bermuda

South Africa

Amazon River and Jungle

Egypt

Iceland

Costa Rica

Belize

Easter Island

Hong Kong

San Francisco

Toronto

Alaska

Grand Canyon

Dead Sea

South Beach, Miami

Tokyo

Madrid

Barcelona

Berlin

Bora Bora

Maldives

Amsterdam

Ibiza

New Zealand

Shanghai

Dubai

Beijing

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Kathmandu

Tibet

Melbourne

Buenos Aires

Mexico City

Cancun

Panamá

Rio de Janeiro

Mykonos

Santorini

Morocco

Istanbul

São Paulo

Seoul

Scotland

The Great Wall of China

Machu Picchu

Tahiti

Bhutan’s Tiger Nest Monastery

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Banff, Canada

Tanzania

 

Kenya

Vietnam

Phuket

Austria

Preikestolen, Norway

Niagara Falls

Stonehenge

Namibia

Tikal, Guatemala

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Iguazu Falls, Brazil-Argentina

Yellowstone National Park

Dolomites, Italy

Khajuraho Temples, India

Patagonia, Argentina

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Alhambra, Spain

Ice Cave, Skaftafell, Iceland

Gobi Desert

12 Apostles, Australia

Bagan, Myanmar

Mt. Everest Base Camp

5 Things To Know Before Going to America

Going to America! The United States exhibits characteristics that make it a unique country. Travelers from around the globe come to discover every nook and corner of this Great Nation.

We encourage every traveler to visit the United States. However, you must know a few important things before you hop on your flight to M’erica.

THE UNITED STATES IS MASSIVE

“ Size is not a grandeur, and territory does not make a nation.” – Thomas Huxley

Territory may not make a nation, and size may not matter. However, the United States is large in every regard, not just land mass.

If you do not already know, the United States has 50 individual states. Traveling through each and every state, which collectively cover 3.8 Million square miles, is a mammoth task. You need to plan carefully, that you do not miss anything during your trip.

However, it will be hard regardless to visit every state during your first voyage. It is advisable to narrow down your journey to a particular region or destination so that you are not overwhelmed.

Check Out: United States Travel Guide

Fun Fact: Different states have radically different cultures. Thus, if you ask for a sandwich, you might get a Hoagie handed to you in Philadelphia or a Po’boy in the South. 

A Hoagie

A Shrimp Po-Boys / Photo by Mark Souther CCBYSA2.0

A regular sandwich

NO METRIC SYSTEM

“I have been struck time and time again by how important measurement is to improve the human condition.” – Bill Gates

America is one of the few countries in the entire world which does not use the metric system. They still live in the age before the invention of the metric system, and thus they use the Imperial System.

You will find it unusual when you ask how high the Grand Canyon is, and you will get the answer 8,000 feet rather than 2,438 meters. The units of measurement for distance are miles and yards rather than kilometers and meters.

No matter how strange it is for you if you are coming from another country you have to be familiar with the units of measurement in order to navigate.

THE TIPPING CULTURE

“I wish we had a system where you are given a bill including service and that people were paid properly so that they didn’t have to rely on tips.” – Murray Walker

You are expected to tip when you are going to dine at any restaurant, or even if you are at a café. There is no official rule that you have to tip. However, it is an unspoken rule of the culture out here.

Because the wages are low, workers depend on tips. From your waiter to the doorman, it is customary to leave tips for those in the ‘service industry.’ You are expected to tip 15%- 20% of your bill. So, stuff your pocket with dollars bills.

A note on Sales Tax: When you are shopping, you need to pay sales tax in most US State. The sales tax varies from state to state and even from county to county. 

TIGHT AIRPORT SECURITY

“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.” – Jodi Rell

 

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Terror bombings in planes have become an increasing threat to America. Consequently, the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), introduced the use of full body scanners.

You will need to wait in the queue and get scanned before you are allowed to board the plane. The scanned image is private and it is almost like a cartoon.

However, if you think it is an invasion of privacy or you suffer from health problems, you can ask for a pat-down scan. Every passenger boarding a domestic or international flight has to go through this process.

Preparing for Everything When You Travel With Pet

Whether you are going on a trip for the weekend or decide to move to the other country taking a pet with you – these are the tips for traveling with pets that will help make any trip more comfortable.

When planning your vacation, do not forget to take care of your pets. And if you could not leave the animal at home with someone, or want to take it with you, you should investigate all the details of transporting animals in advance.

Traveling with your best friend / The Art of Travel Partners

How to Travel with Pet

To avoid some unpleasant minutes while traveling with your pet, you need to prepare for this journey and here are some useful tips for traveling with pets.

1. Consider whether your Pet is able to Travel

The first and most important thing you need to think about before you go is whether your pet’s condition allows you to travel: if the pet is very young or, on the contrary, elderly, or it has serious health problems, it is better to leave it at home.

For some breeds with flat faces (such as Persian cats, bulldogs or pugs), air travel can be even deadly: they suffer oxygen deficiency and high temperatures more heavily.

If you are in doubt whether you can take the animal with you on a trip, consult your veterinarian – especially if you are traveling for the first time and proceed reading our tips for traveling with pets.

You should also take into account that such trips are never spontaneous: you have to collect documents and prepare your pet in advance.

The transportation of exotic animals is still more difficult:  to take a turtle, snake, monkey or some other unusual animal out of the country, you need to obtain a special permit in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The Art of Travel Partners

2. Learn the Rules of Transporting Animals

If you are traveling abroad, find out the rules for bringing animals into the country to avoid unpleasant surprises.

It is forbidden to take animals to some of them – for example, you cannot bring chickens, pigeons, and parrots to Saudi Arabia, and you cannot bring animals under three months old to France.

In some places going on a short trip with pets is completely pointless – animals imported into the country are placed in quarantine.

For examples:

  • In the UK, if the conditions are not met, the pet may spend up to 4 months in quarantine.
  • To bring the animal in Hungary, it must also be vaccinated against the plague. And you cannot bring dogs and cats to Malta in general.
  • In France, Israel and Egypt there are restrictions on the import of three-month puppies and kittens. Some breeds of fighting dogs are not allowed to be taken to Australia and Malaysia.
  • It is strictly forbidden to come to Uruguay with birds. Rodents and monkeys cannot be brought to Japan.

If you are traveling with pets on airlines, learn the rules of a particular airline; rules for the transport of animals most often can be found on the website, e.g. apply to the pet travel agency to find out everything about American airline pet travel rules.

Transportation of the animal is paid separately at the airport. The amount depends on the weight of the pet along with the carrier – only guide dogs go free.

Animals weighing up to 5–8 kilograms (depending on the rules of a particular airline) can be carried with you in the cabin in the carrier; animals weighing from 8 to 50 kilograms (some airlines do not take pets weighing more than 32 kilograms) are transported in a heated luggage compartment.

It is better to make a request for an animal to be transported right away when buying a ticket or shortly thereafter: airlines have restrictions and, for example, if a plane already approved a place for a small dog, another passenger will not be allowed to take a cat to the salon.

Although most animals stay quietly in the baggage compartment; accidents and injuries of animals are not uncommon in this case, so before buying a ticket it is worthwhile to find out how animals are transported on specific airlines.

In addition, there are several measures that will help facilitate the animal trip in the luggage compartment. It is not necessary to travel with a pet during the holidays and the high tourist season.

This time, due to the influx of tourists, animals in carriers are likely to be treated less carefully. When traveling in summer, it is worth choosing morning or evening flights, and in winter – day flights.

It will be easier to avoid extreme temperatures in that way. In addition, you should not choose flights with a transfer, as the risk of losing an animal, in this case, is higher.

Live together, travel together

Traveling by train is simpler

The animal can move in the same compartment with the owner if other passengers do not mind. Otherwise, the owner will need to buy the entire compartment and purchase a special ticket for the animal.

Small pets can be transported in pet travel crate as carry-on luggage. If you are traveling with a dog on an electric train, put a muzzle and a leash on a furry friend.

In addition, before the trip you should also familiarize with the rules of the railway carrier – some of them may enter their own.

Related: Road Trips: 5 Do’s and Don’ts

3. Tips for Traveling with Pets by Car

It is important to try to make the animal feel as comfortable as possible in the car. For dogs, you need to have a leash and a muzzle, because at stops you will need to escort the pet to the toilet. For cats, a special basket or carrier is required.

For birds, a small cage is enough. To make the animal comfortable on the road, you need to prepare a soft litter in advance.

It is best to feed the animal several hours before the trip. On the road, it is recommended to take only dry food and water. It is necessary to understand that in a long way the animal can rock, it may feel nauseous or there is a frequent urge to go to the toilet.

For this, be sure to have absorbent napkins or towels in advance. For the feathered friend, hygienic sand should be poured at the bottom of the cage, and you need to cover the cage with a dark cloth.

The advantage of traveling with an animal in a car is that you can gradually accustom your pet to such trips long before the travel.

The easiest way to travel by car is with a dog, as they usually like it. Have you seen a bunch of photos on the network with happy dog ​​muzzles sticking out of the car?

 

The Art of Travel Partners

4. Traveling with a Dog

Often you want to take the most loyal and faithful friend with you, plus, since it is more difficult to care for a dog than a cat.

Sometimes there is simply no choice because the animal has no one to stay with. What things are required?

Do not forget the leash, muzzle and pet travel bowls for food and water + food and water. It is also worth considering where and how you will walk with your dog in advance, especially if you, for example, take a long train ride.

5. Traveling with a Cat

The Art of Travel Partners

Traveling with a cat is easier than a dog because it’s not necessary to walk with a cat on the street and they are small.

It is usually enough to take a carrier in which your cat will sit quietly. It is more difficult to solve the problem with the toilet because even if you take the cat tray with you, it’s not a fact that the pet will deal with it in an unfamiliar place and in a stressful environment, which any road is for them.

Also, do not forget food, water, and other pet travel accessories. Plus, if the animal leads itself restlessly, howls or refuses to sit in the carrier, you can take it in your hands for a while and calm it down.

6. Traveling with Birds, Rats & Other Small Animals

The Art of Travel Partners

Birds, rats and other small animals can be easily and simply transported in a cage, where they can be fed, so there are usually no problems with traveling with them.

Another question is why should you take your rat, bird or guinea pig on a trip with you if you can leave it at home with friends or relatives unless you decide to buy somewhere, for example, a parrot, and bring it home – in this case, we do not forget to buy a sufficiently spacious cage in which it will be convenient for the animal.

7. Necessary Set of Pet Travel Documents

Did you take your medicine? 

Currently, all adult animals should have an international veterinary certificate. It must be filled in the language of the country where your pet arrives. English is allowed.

The international passport must indicate the vaccines against rabies and the administration of the anthelmintic drug.

It is important to know that after a rabies drug is administered, a pet must be quarantined. And after taking the anthelmintic drug, you should wait for 1-5 days before transporting the animal anywhere. Therefore, it is necessary to take care of vaccinations in advance.

Also, the animal needs to implant a microchip, which can be done in a veterinary clinic.

8. Take the Animal First Aid Kit

On the trip, the animal must have the first aid kit. At the same time, one should be guided by the age and state of health of the pet: if it has chronic diseases, then in addition to a standard pet travel medication set, it is worth taking the medicines recommended by the veterinarian.

As in the case of people, you should not try to cure a pet by yourself – when planning a trip, you should know in advance the addresses of the veterinary clinics where the animal can be helped.

It is also worth taking care of food: if the food you used to give to an animal is not for sale in the other country, you should take it with you with a small margin.

9. Think of Animal Comfort

The Art of Travel Partners

When planning a trip, think about the comfort of an animal: taking it with you only makes sense if you can give it enough attention.

It should be borne in mind that not every place is allowed to be visited with pets – think about where your faithful friend will be waiting for you while you are busy with your business, and whether you can leave it alone in an unfamiliar room.

In some countries, you are not allowed to go to the beach – except for specialized places. Consider the breed; for example, fluffy pets will be too hot in warm countries.

When booking a hotel room, find out if you can stay with animals in it. It is better to clarify the requirements and pet travel services: often in hotels where it is allowed to take pets with you, they still will not allow animals larger than five kilograms.

Find out what special conditions the hotel has – for example, whether a paddock is provided. If you are going to the other country with a dog, specify the rules of pet walking – “Is it necessary to put a muzzle on the animal?” “Is it possible to let it off the leash”, and so on.

Before you begin your journey anywhere, you must always work out in advance all the nuances that may arise during the trip. Then travel with your darling will bring you pleasant, unforgettable impressions.

Author Bio:

Rachel Hudson is a pet owner and writer of allpetsexpert.com. She always travels with her dog. She wants that everyone knows the best way for a trip with their pet.

Visit All 419 US National Parks Points of Interest

The National Park Service manages 419 individual protected units in all 50 US States as well as in the District of Columbia and 14 US territories.

If you want to travel to all of them, it’ll most likely take you years (possibly decades) and can become a massive bucket list adventure.

United States Capitol, Washington DC

US National Parks Points of Interest

These 419 protected points of interest in the US National Park System is bucketed into over a dozen different categories. These are:

  • National Parks (61)
  • National Monuments (87)
  • National Historic Sites (77)
  • National Memorials (29)
  • National Battlefields, Parks & Sites (16)
  • National Military Parks (9)
  • National Historical Parks (52)
  • National Lakeshores (4)
  • National Parkways (4)
  • National Preserves & Reserves (21)
  • National Recreation Areas (18)
  • National Wild & Scenic Rivers & Riverways (15)
  • National Scenic Trails (3)
  • National Seashores (10)
  • Other Designations (12)

US National Parks

Arches

  1. Acadia National Park, Maine
  2. Arches National Park, Utah
  3. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  4. Big Bend National Park, Texas
  5. Biscayne National Park, Florida
  6. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
  7. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  8. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  9. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
  10. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
  11. Channel Islands National Park, California
  12. Congaree National Park, South Carolina
  13. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  14. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
  15. Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada
  16. Denali National Park, Alaska
  17. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  18. Everglades National Park, Florida
  19. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
  20. Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri
  21. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
  22. Glacier National Park, Montana
  23. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  24. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  25. Great Basin National Park, Nevada
  26. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
  27. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
  28. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
  29. Haleakalā National Park, Maui, Hawaii
  30. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
  31. Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
  32. Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana
  33. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
  34. Joshua Tree National Park, California
  35. Katmai National Park, Alaska
  36. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
  37. Kings Canyon National Park, California
  38. Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska
  39. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
  40. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
  41. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
  42. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  43. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
  44. National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa
  45. North Cascades National Park, Washington
  46. Olympic National Park, Washington
  47. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
  48. Pinnacles National Park, California
  49. Redwood National Park, California
  50. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  51. Saguaro National Park, Arizona
  52. Sequoia National Park, California
  53. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  54. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
  55. Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands
  56. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
  57. Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
  58. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska
  59. Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
  60. Yosemite National Park, California
  61. Zion National Park, Utah

The Narrows, Zion

US National Monuments

African Burial Ground

  1. African Burial Ground National Monument, New York
  2. Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska
  3. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Texas
  4. Aniakchak National Monument, Alaska
  5. Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico
  6. Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
  7. Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, District of Columbia
  8. Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Alabama
  9. Booker T. Washington National Monument, Virginia
  10. Buck Island Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands
  11. Cabrillo National Monument, California
  12. Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
  13. Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Alaska
  14. Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico
  15. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Arizona
  16. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida
  17. Castle Clinton National Monument, New York
  18. Castle Mountains National Monument, California
  19. Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
  20. César E. Chávez National Monument, California
  21. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Ohio
  22. Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona
  23. Colorado National Monument, Colorado
  24. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
  25. Devils Postpile National Monument, California
  26. Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
  27. Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado and Utah
  28. Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa
  29. El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico
  30. El Morro National Monument, New Mexico
  31. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado
  32. Fort Frederica National Monument, Georgia
  33. Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida
  34. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland
  35. Fort Monroe National Monument, Virginia
  36. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia
  37. Fort Stanwix National Monument, New York
  38. Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina
  39. Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico
  40. Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming
  41. Freedom Riders National Monument, Alabama
  42. George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia
  43. George Washington Carver National Monument, Missouri
  44. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico
  45. Governors Island National Monument, New York
  46. Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota
  47. Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho
  48. Hohokam Pima National Monument, Arizona
  49. Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska
  50. Honouliuli National Monument, Hawaii
  51. Hovenweep National Monument, Colorado, and Utah
  52. Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota
  53. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon
  54. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine
  55. Lava Beds National Monument, California
  56. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana
  57. Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona
  58. Muir Woods National Monument, California
  59. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
  60. Navajo National Monument, Arizona
  61. Ocmulgee National Monument, Georgia
  62. Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, Oregon
  63. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
  64. Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico
  65. Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona
  66. Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota
  67. Poverty Point National Monument, Louisiana
  68. Pullman National Monument, Illinois
  69. Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah
  70. Reconstruction Era National Monument, South Carolina
  71. Russell Cave National Monument, Alabama
  72. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico
  73. Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska
  74. Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey and New York
  75. Stonewall National Monument, New York
  76. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona
  77. Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah
  78. Tonto National Monument, Arizona
  79. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Nevada
  80. Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona
  81. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands
  82. Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas
  83. Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona
  84. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
  85. World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Alaska, California, and Hawaii
  86. Wupatki National Monument, Arizona
  87. Yucca House National Monument, Colorado

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

National Historic Sites

San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico

  1. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  2. Andersonville National Historic Site, Georgia
  3. Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Tennessee
  4. Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado
  5. Boston African American National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  6. Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Kansas
  7. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, North Carolina
  8. Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, District of Columbia
  9. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, South Carolina
  10. Christiansted National Historic Site, Virgin Islands
  11. Clara Barton National Historic Site, Maryland
  12. Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  13. Eisenhower National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  14. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York
  15. Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, California
  16. First Ladies National Historic Site, Ohio
  17. Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, District of Columbia
  18. Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona
  19. Fort Davis National Historic Site, Texas
  20. Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming
  21. Fort Larned National Historic Site, Kansas
  22. Fort Point National Historic Site, California
  23. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, North Carolina
  24. Fort Scott National Historic Site, Kansas
  25. Fort Smith National Historic Site, Arkansas, and Oklahoma
  26. Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Montana and North Dakota
  27. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington
  28. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, District of Columbia
  29. Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  30. Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  31. Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah
  32. Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Montana
  33. Hampton National Historic Site, Maryland
  34. Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Missouri
  35. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Iowa
  36. Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, New York
  37. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  38. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona
  39. James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Ohio
  40. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Georgia
  41. John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  42. John Muir National Historic Site, California
  43. Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, North Dakota
  44. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois
  45. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Arkansas
  46. Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters, Massachusetts
  47. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Virginia
  48. Manzanar National Historic Site, California
  49. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, New York
  50. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, District of Columbia
  51. Minidoka National Historic Site, Idaho
  52. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota
  53. Nicodemus National Historic Site, Kansas
  54. Ninety-Six National Historic Site, South Carolina
  55. Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, District of Columbia
  56. President Bill Clinton Birthplace Home, Arkansas
  57. Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii
  58. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, New York
  59. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, New Hampshire
  60. Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site, New York
  61. Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  62. San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
  63. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado
  64. Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  65. Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  66. Steamtown National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  67. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, New York
  68. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, New York
  69. Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Maryland
  70. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama
  71. Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Alabama
  72. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Missouri
  73. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, New York
  74. Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Oklahoma
  75. Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut
  76. Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Washington
  77. William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Ohio

Vanderbilt Mansion, New York (NHS)

National Memorials

  1. Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas
  2. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Virginia
  3. Chamizal National Memorial, Texas
  4. Coronado National Memorial, Arizona
  5. De Soto National Memorial, Florida
  6. Federal Hall National Memorial, New York
  7. Flight 93 National Memorial, Pennsylvania
  8. Fort Caroline National Memorial, Florida
  9. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, District of Columbia
  10. General Grant National Memorial, New York
  11. Hamilton Grange National Memorial, New York
  12. Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Pennsylvania
  13. Korean War Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia
  14. Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial, Indiana
  15. Lincoln Memorial, District of Columbia
  16. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, District of Columbia
  17. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, District of Columbia
  18. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
  19. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Ohio
  20. Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, California
  21. Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island
  22. Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Pennsylvania
  23. Theodore Roosevelt Island, District of Columbia
  24. Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia
  25. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia
  26. Washington Monument, District of Columbia
  27. World War I Memorial, District of Columbia
  28. World War II Memorial, District of Columbia
  29. Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Carolina

Abraham Lincoln Statue at Lincoln Memorial

National Battlefields, Parks & Sites

Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana

  1. Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland
  2. Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana
  3. Cowpens National Battlefield, South Carolina
  4. Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Kentucky, and Tennessee
  5. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Pennsylvania
  6. Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland
  7. Moores Creek National Battlefield, North Carolina
  8. Petersburg National Battlefield, Virginia
  9. Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee
  10. Tupelo National Battlefield, Mississippi
  11. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Missouri
  12. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia
  13. Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia
  14. Richmond National Battlefield Park, Virginia
  15. River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Michigan
  16. Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, Mississippi

National Military Parks

Chickamauga Battlefield

  1. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Georgia and Tennessee
  2. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park, Virginia
  3. Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
  4. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina
  5. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Alabama
  6. Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina
  7. Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas
  8. Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee
  9. Vicksburg National Military Park, Louisiana and Mississippi

National Historical Parks

  1. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Kentucky
  2. Adams National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  3. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Virginia
  4. Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Rhode Island
  5. Boston National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  6. Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Louisiana
  7. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Virginia
  8. Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
  9. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia
  10. Colonial National Historical Park, Virginia
  11. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia
  12. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Ohio
  13. First State National Historical Park, Delaware
  14. George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Indiana
  15. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia
  16. Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, New York
  17. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Maryland
  18. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Ohio
  19. Independence National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
  20. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Louisiana
  21. Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii
  22. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, Hawaii
  23. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska, and Washington
  24. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Oregon and Washington
  25. Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  26. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Texas
  27. Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan
  28. Manhattan Project National Historical Park, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington
  29. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont
  30. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Georgia
  31. Minute Man National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  32. Morristown National Historical Park, New Jersey
  33. Natchez National Historical Park, Mississippi
  34. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  35. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Louisiana
  36. Nez Perce National Historical Park, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington
  37. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Texas
  38. Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, New Jersey
  39. Pecos National Historical Park, New Mexico
  40. Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii
  41. Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, California
  42. Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Virgin Islands
  43. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas
  44. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California
  45. San Juan Island National Historical Park, Washington
  46. Saratoga National Historical Park, New York
  47. Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska
  48. Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey
  49. Tumacácori National Historical Park, Arizona
  50. Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
  51. War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam
  52. Women’s Rights National Historical Park, New York

Women’s Rights National Historical Park, NY

National Lakeshores

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

  1. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
  2. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
  3. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
  4. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

National Parkways

Crabtree Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia
  2. George Washington Memorial Parkway, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
  3. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Wyoming
  4. Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

National Preserves & Reserves

  1. Aniakchak National Preserve, Alaska
  2. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska
  3. Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
  4. Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas
  5. Craters of the Moon National Preserve, Idaho
  6. Denali National Preserve, Alaska
  7. Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, Alaska
  8. Glacier Bay National Preserve, Alaska
  9. Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, Colorado
  10. Katmai National Preserve, Alaska
  11. Lake Clark National Preserve, Alaska
  12. Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama
  13. Mojave National Preserve, California
  14. Noatak National Preserve, Alaska
  15. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas
  16. Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Florida
  17. Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico
  18. Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve, Alaska
  19. Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska
  20. City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho
  21. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Washington

National Recreation Areas

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

  1. Amistad National Recreation Area, Texas
  2. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana and Wyoming
  3. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Massachusetts
  4. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia
  5. Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma
  6. Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado
  7. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  8. Gateway National Recreation Area, New Jersey and New York
  9. Gauley River National Recreation Area, West Virginia
  10. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona and Utah
  11. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California
  12. Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Washington
  13. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona and Nevada
  14. Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas
  15. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington
  16. Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington
  17. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California
  18. Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California

National Wild & Scenic Rivers & Riverways

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texas

  1. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee
  2. Buffalo National River, Arkansas
  3. New River Gorge National River, West Virginia
  4. Mississippi National River and Recreation Areas, Minnesota
  5. Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri
  6. Alagnak Wild River, Alaska
  7. Bluestone National Scenic River, West Virginia
  8. Delaware National Scenic River, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
  9. Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River, New Jersey
  10. Missouri National Recreational River, Nebraska and South Dakota
  11. Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska
  12. Obed Wild and Scenic River, Tennessee
  13. Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texas
  14. Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, Minnesota and Wisconsin
  15. Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River, New York and Pennsylvania

National Scenic Trails

Appalachian Trail

  1. Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Maine to Georgia (13 states)
  2. Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Alabama, Mississippi, and, Tennessee
  3. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

National Seashores

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

  1. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia
  2. Canaveral National Seashore, Florida
  3. Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts
  4. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
  5. Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina
  6. Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia
  7. Fire Island National Seashore, New York
  8. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida and Mississippi
  9. Padre Island National Seashore, Texas
  10. Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Other Designations

Constitution Gardens, District of Columbia

  1. Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland
  2. Constitution Gardens, District of Columbia
  3. Fort Washington Park, Maryland
  4. Greenbelt Park, Maryland
  5. National Capital Parks-East, District of Columbia
  6. National Mall and Memorial Parks, District of Columbia
  7. Piscataway Park, Maryland
  8. Prince William Forest Park, Virginia
  9. Rock Creek Park, District of Columbia
  10. White House, District of Columbia
  11. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Virginia
  12. Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, Maine

Cost of Travel

Only 118 of 417 park sites charge entrance fees. One can obtain a park entrance pass by visiting a park site that charges an entrance fee.

National Park Maps

You can view maps on specific park websites. You can also get a map from the national park services when you visit the park.

Camping in National Parks

For campground reservations, visit Recreation.gov. Not all parks participate in this service; many campgrounds are first come, first served.

For more information on specific camping and lodging services offered at the park(s) of your interest, please check specific park websites.

How do I reserve a tour in a park?

You can book some park tours through Recreation.gov. But note that not all parks participate in this reservation service. For more information on tours offered at a specific park, please see the park search.

Can I bring my pet to a national park?

Some national parks welcome pets—in developed areas, on many trails and campgrounds, and in some lodging facilities.

What do I need to know about driving off road in national parks?

Before you head out, check with the national parks that you intend to visit. In many national parks, off-road driving is illegal. Where off-road driving is allowed, the National Park Service regulates it.

15 National Parks Fun Facts

  • There are over 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures preserved within the 417 National Parks System.
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska is the largest National Park in the country at 13.2 million acres of area.
  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Pennsylvania is the smallest national park unit at a mere 0.02 acres of area.
  • The Appalachian Trail is a 2,185 mile long public trail that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains from Maine to Georgia.
  • The nation’s deepest cave is 1,593 ft deep in New Mexico at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
  • Yellowstone National Park sits on top of a super volcano, one active volcano, thousands of petrified trees, and almost 300 waterfalls.
  • Yosemite National Park supports more than 400 species of vertebrates including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
  • There are more than 2,000 documented arches in the Arches National Park, some as tall as up to 300 feet.
  • Acadia is the oldest park east of the Mississippi River and the first instance where the land was donated to the federal government.
  • Bryce Canyon has the largest collection of hoodoos–odd-shaped pillars of rock–in the world.
  • Crater Lake’s volcanic caldera is almost 6 miles in diameter and 3,900 feet deep.
  • Maui’s Haleakala, meaning “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, is one of the world’s largest volcanic craters.
  • Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park two active volcanoes are within the bounds of this national park, Kilauea being the world’s most active.
  • Isle Royale National Park is the only national park in the United States that completely closes in the off-season. The park is typically closed November through mid-April due to extreme weather conditions. Also, Isle Royale has the most repeat visitors.
  • Mammoth Cave National Park is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored.

How Technology Impacts and Improves Travel

The modern world is full of all sorts of novelties: science, technology, medicine, faster transportation, etc. People have never had such strong knowledge in various fields. Amazing things and phenomena surround us.

Nowadays you can get news from your pocket, connect to a network that exists only in the cloud (aka remote data centers), to convey a message to a person who is thousands of miles away from you.

Thanks to information technology and the digitization of the world, we can now meet people who live far from us, in other cities and even countries.

No electricity, no wi-fi, but my laptop has enough apps to keep me busy. 

The Impact of Technology on Travel

Recently, tourism has become the industry whose role in the global economy has grown significantly due to rapid technological development, cheaper flights, long-lasting geopolitical peace, and an increase in both the domestic and international tourism sector.

Along with the development of tourism services, a significant rise is also observed in the creation of the infrastructure around tourism and travel technologies, transportation, roads, hotels, and restaurant economy.

And this, in turn, has influenced the fundamental structural changes in many of the world economies. There are several countries where travel and tourism have become the largest piece of their economy.

Technology Has Changed the Way We Travel

Modern tourism has become a highly developed industry, because every person, who is curious, inquisitive, or loves leisure, likes to visit other places. That is why both domestic and international tourism is flourishing.

The way we travel is changing in different ways. You can travel by cruise or ships, by airplane, by car, by bicycle, or even on foot. It all depends on your choice and budget.

Of course, there is an element of practicality involved, for example, you would not bike from New Delhi to New York but you can certainly bike across Europe if you wish. Same is true for road-trips or cruising.

If money is in the way, then you need to plan ahead and work smartly around it. There are travel hacks you should certainly look into and we recommend you read:

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Becoming Digital Nomads

If you live in Europe or Canada or USA, then you can certainly travel by cars to far away places. You can certainly travel train or plane if you have a long journey.

Some young people prefer to travel on foot or hitchhike, and stay in hostels and/or camp whenever possible. These are all ways to reduce spending. Plus, you meet new friends, have fun, and have no idea where you will be tomorrow.

This is a great advantage for travelers those who want to get everything that is possible so they can maximize their travel time exploring the world, and without burdening people around.

Devices and Apps that Improve Our Travel

Newer technologies have made travel easier to plan and overall more fun. Technology puts you in charge. You control your travel plans on your own terms.

You can now book your own flights, rent cars in foreign cities, book accommodations, carry digital maps, and even a language translating app. You don’t need to print or purchase paper travel maps anymore; you can simply download a mobile application, such as Google maps.

1. Uber or Lyft

This service is for ordering a taxi at your convenience has won the world market of transportation due to low prices and faster availability. With these taxi-on-demand apps, the customer has all the power and freedom on how and when she/he wants to travel from point A to point B.

2. Google maps

Google maps is a well-known application built by Google’s free cartographic service and technology. The service is a map, as well as satellite images of our planet. The service has an integrated business directory and a map of roads with route search.

Where you want to go?

3. Navigator

This program will show you how to get to the goal of bypassing the crust. By calculating how to get from the start to the destination, the app takes into account traffic congestion and road accidents. Navigator also knows about speed limits on different roads.

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The current speed limit is displayed on the screen throughout the entire journey, and if you go too fast, the app notifies you by an audible signal. Isn’t that cool?

4. Hola Better Internet

Hola Better Internet is a program that improves the work of the Internet in any country; it gives you access to videos without interruption. The minus of the application is that the device discharges very quickly, but it is free and without any advertising.

5. Foursquare

Foursquare is a social guide in the city with the ability to recommend places to visit, based on your activity, activity of your friends and other users of the service.

6. Yelp

Yelp is a review site for restaurants and bars. When you travel to a new town or city, you can simply check what food options you have available near you and also read user reviews, ratings, and photos of food and drinks. Yelp makes your restaurant choice easier.

For a complete list of websites, apps, and useful links, read the Ultimate Travel Resources List.

The Rise in Business Travel

People travel not only for pleasure but also for business. They have to travel to other countries to participate in various conferences and negotiation meetings, or to review and sign important documents, or to participate in various exhibitions to show the goods of their company.

How can we benefit from the major changes in the travel industry?

Traveling is Easier and Cheaper

Fifty years ago, not many people went on vacation abroad. Most people spent their holidays in their country. Today that situation has changed, and the world seems to be much accessible. It is far easier today to travel anywhere you want on a fraction of a cost compared to just 50 or 100 years ago.

The travel industry is faced with many positive changes due to technology. Today it is possible to reserve a place at a seaside resort on the other side of the world. You can book tickets online or over the phone without leaving home.

 

The train or airplane will take you right where you want to be, and within a few hours after leaving your country, you will be able to find yourself on the tropical coast, enjoying the purest air, swimming in the crystal clear, warm water of the tropical sea.

It has become possible to order or to be accompanied by travel guide/advisor, who will provide you with the main tips for travel.

At present, tourism has become a highly developed business. Trains, cars, jetliners, buses, ships provide us with a comfortable and safe journey. And all of this has been made possible due to new technologies.

So, where are you traveling next? 

About the Author

Carol James is a writer and senior editor at the USA writing service EssayLab. She has MA degree in social sciences and writes articles and reviews on different subjects. If you have any questions regarding the writing, please feel free to ask her.

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A First Time European Visitor Guide to New York City

As a 30th birthday present, my wonderful girlfriend presented me with tickets to New York City in February 2018. Being from the UK, neither of us had ever been and I had always been convincing her to go but by the end of the trip, I think she could easily see why it had always been top of my travel bucket list.

So after a delayed flight, a rather undignified moment of some guy’s rancid sock poking me in the ear from behind my seat and a rather long queue at border control, we finally made it to the Big Apple and boy was it worth it!

Despite having some amazing European cities on our doorstep, we were not used to big skyscraper cities, and nothing could prepare us for the towering Juggernaut buildings that consumed us. So here we go, I’ve crammed this article with everything you need to prepare and enjoy a first-time visit to this magnificent city.

First Time New York Visitor Itinerary

So Many Activities! 

New York City has five amazing borough’s to explore, each of which has its own personality and culture.

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Bronx
  • Staten Island

We stuck to Manhattan for the majority of our trip. As first timers, we were tourists wanting to see those famous sites and get our Instagram fix (I know, I know but embrace your inner tourist).

On our first day, we were just roaming around and that’s the great thing about this city, you’ll just be walking aimlessly around and then stumble upon something really cool and famous like Times Square.

This area is loud, manic and a real commercial overload but it is definitely something you have to experience, even if it is just once. With its giant advertising billboards and screens in every direction, it feels like it’s been designed by an advertising mad genius.

I was happy enough to have seen it and avoid it after but the thing is you tend to stray back to it at some point, especially on foot as it’s so central to a lot of the other sights and main avenues you pass.

 

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Tip: Embrace your inner tourist and go into one of the many ‘I love NY stores’ – yes they’re a bit tacky but you want to bring something back to prove you went there, right?

The Empire State Building

The Rockefeller Centre and The Empire State Building are breathtaking – they sum up the perfect NYC experience in my opinion – gobsmacking views and the feeling like you’re actually on top of the world for a split second make it well worth it.

Many people argue which is better but in my opinion – do both! But do one at night and one during the day. We opted for the Empire State Building on our first day and although a little grey in the sky, this magnificent 102 story skyscraper will simply take your breath away.

Plus the lobby downstairs and the whole way leading up to the top floor are very grand and give you a real historical breakdown of how it was built and eventually finished in 1931.

Top of the Rock

The Rockefeller Center on the other hand or ‘Top of the Rock’ as the vantage point is well known was actually my highlight of the entire trip. We went around 11 pm at night and it was less crowded and if you get lucky like us, on a clear night you get great views of the Empire State building which make this a must-see.

Perhaps you could argue that this view is better for the Instagram account, as you get the Empire State in your picture, but both are good. 

Tip: Embrace the guys in Midtown trying to sell you a city pass – they are well worth it. They give you discount on two major NYC attractions and you by-pass the queues when you enter each one. I heard a few people say ‘I wish we’d done that’ when queuing so don’t be petty, take advantage!

 

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Museums

There are so many museums to see in NY but we only visited one and that was also a major highlight for both of us: The American Museum of Natural History.

Wow, this place is incredible and if you have kids, take them here.

They’ll get lost in this amazing world from seeing great North American mammals to the dark universe. We spent about 3 hours in here and we probably only saw a third of it – my inner geek was truly revealed here.

Tip: Get there early to avoid the crowds. Pay for the dark universe show which is like an all-around cinema above your heads, you’ll feel like you’re in a galaxy far far away. Also, the hall on the history of mankind is full of cool and pretty geeky bits of info about how we transformed from Apes to our current form today.

Broadway

Broadway is astonishing. I’m no major theatre fanatic but whether you are or not I’d push a Broadway show nearer to the top of your list of things to do. We watched Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre (between 7th and 8th Avenue) which was built in early 1900’s, reportedly haunted but still, the place had charm and history coming out of its rooftops.

And the show itself was simply brilliant; from the amazing genie to all the props and the rest of the cast I’ll be singing ‘Arabian Nights’ for a long time to come.

Lion King, Wicked and Chicago are amongst the other popular choices while book adaptations like ‘The Curious Incident of the dog in the night time’ might warm others’ tastes. And to my amazement I got my beer served in an Aladdin beaker with a straw – how delightful.


Free Things To Do

The best things in NYC are free!

Read: Top 7 FREE Things to Do in New York City

Brooklyn Bridge

Another great thing about NYC is that most of the really cool stuff is actually free such as walking along Brooklyn Bridge. Completed in 1883, it is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River.

When we walked across here it was around 20 odd degrees and very busy but it’s amazing, you just keep looking back at the towering skyscrapers behind you to the joggers and cyclists coming at you, and it’s here it really sinks in where you actually are. It’s brilliant and we walked all the way along to Brooklyn then hopped back on the subway so we only had to walk one way!

 

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Central Park

Admittedly, despite staying so close to it we didn’t see a whole lot of central park during our visit but we did walk through a decent portion of it on our walk to the museum. One thing I wasn’t a fan of was the number of people trying to sell the horse and carriage tours of the park – the horses looked a bit unhappy, to be honest, and it just put us both off.

Strawberry Fields

We strolled through the Strawberry Fields which is a 2.5-acre landscaped section in the park that is dedicated to the memory of former Beatle John Lennon and named after the Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever” written by Lennon.

It’s a nice touch and worth seeing. We also got a few photos of the boathouse and the lake before heading off. There is plenty more to see and even just people watching during the summer months I imagine is probably worth it plus it’s free to walk around one of the most famous urban parks in the world so why wouldn’t you.

Wall Street

I’ve seen the Wolf of Wall Street and I laughed all the way through. But when I think back to how greed has affected the world I was a bit miffed about seeing the financial district in lower Manhattan. But still, walking through Wall Street is another free experience that one simply cannot avoid on an NYC trip.

Get a coffee and watch the traders in their Gucci suits walk by, get your picture next to the raging bull and look around the fine shops like Tiffany’s – I almost got talked into buying a $15,000 watch – the shop assistant must have noticed I was wearing £70 walking shoes and thought ‘this guy’s got taste’!

Chelsea market

Chelsea market is another amazing option to do for free (unless you spend a lot of money in the actual place) but we just enjoyed roaming around. This space is effortlessly cool – an enclosed urban food court, shopping mall, office building and television production facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

It’s near the Google office too if you’re a major tech fan. My girlfriend enjoyed the quirky boutique clothing shops and handmade jewelry and poster stalls.

Tip: If you do decide to visit the market, visit The High Line nearby which is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail. It’s well worth a stroll along where you get some fantastic alternative views of the old meatpacking district of Manhattan.

Chinatown

Chinatown is also worth a visit – its home to the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere with an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 people. 

You come out of one neighborhood and then suddenly feel like you’re actually in China itself, it’s amazing it really is. Fresh fish is aplenty on sale here as is pig brains which to our delight was on the menu of a restaurant we decided to try.

We were being adventurous but the idea of the brains put us off instantly and we have to admit we just made a run for it. However, this remarkable mini-world within New York is a must-see for anyone.

Grand Central Terminal

The Grand Central Terminal is a commuter and intercity railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown but is no ordinary station with its grand lobby and lower ground food court, it’s worth a visit.

We went at night when it was less busy which was good but I hear it’s worth coming here in the morning rush hour, just to see the daily commuters and thousands of people going about their business.

 

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Read: 5 Tips To Save Money When Visiting New York City

Hotel & Accommodation

Read: How to Find Budget Accommodation in New York City (detailed blog post)

As it was a present, she did splurge out quite a bit on this one – so although this was probably one of the bigger costs of the trip it was well worth it. We stayed at the Park Lane Hotel which was old-world New York at its very best.

With its well-dressed frontage opening into a grand lobby, it had that old New York service feel and charm and the size of the bedrooms were fantastic. But it’s what’s outside the hotel that first wowed us – we were staying right along Central Park, one of the city’s most iconic attractions. 

There are probably far cheaper options in a similar location but if you want a big, comfortable bed, spacious room and views over the central park to come back to every day, this hotel hits all the right notes.

Getting Around

We opted for a classic yellow cab to get us to and from the airport – it is reasonably expensive as the two main airports Newark & JK are both around 15 miles outside the city.

Read: Our Guide to Getting Around in New York City (detailed post)

You’ll expect to pay around $85 there and they can charge anything on the way back so just double check. We jumped in with a Rastafarian guy from Brooklyn. He’d never been to England so I think he struggled to understand us and asked: “Are you Australian?”

I knew my days watching Home & Away would come back to haunt me. Anyways, once we got through the Lincoln tunnel, we found you can really save money on travel – we just walked and walked and walked.

Honestly, the moment you arrive in Manhattan you feel like you’re going to get lost in this 24 hour, non-stop metropolis, but here’s the thing – you don’t at all.

See Manhattan works on a grid system so you can easily navigate your way around, as long as you know your East from West and up or down you’ll soon get the hang of it.

Tip: Download the New York City Subway map to your phone before you go and use the subway – honestly, it’s fantastic! For 3-4 days I’d say you only need to put around $20 on a metro card each and you’ll be fine. We mainly walked around Midtown but when you want to go further uptown or downtown, the subway is a godsend!

Eating & Dining

Food is my second language!

For anyone who knows me well knows I like my food – a lot! And it was also one of the main reasons I’ve always wanted to come to New York City. Here, you have an abundance of cool coffee culture, cozy breakfast sit-ins, exquisite high-end restaurants, world famous pizza, grab me shakes and a whole lot more.

This post could’ve been just about the food we ate alone because in between all the stuff above, we went and tried a crazy amount of cuisine!

Just grab and go!

We heard the grab and go culture in NYC is damn good and you have to try it. There’s something urbanely cool about standing in a small hectic pizza place, getting in amongst the regulars and city goers and embracing the chaos but damn is the food good.

It might be messy and you’ll eat quickly but the experience is great nonetheless.  It’s also a cheap way of keeping to a reasonable budget. 

My tip: Gray’s Papaya is a flagship hot dog chain located on 72nd street and Broadway. They do the most amazing tasting hot dogs. Just don’t wear a white t-shirt as you’ll undoubtedly have onions and mustard down it! Pizza-wise you can’t go wrong with Ray’s pizza – not the most famous of pizza but we grabbed a whole one and took it back to our hotel around midnight and that was awesome! 

Breakfast of champions

Another reason to skip the monotonous hotel food every morning is the NYC breakfast scene. Oh boy oh boy where do I start on this one – we tried bagels and coffee, juice bars and French-themed cafes. Just go and do it – walk around, find a busy place and you’ll know you’re doing something right!

Tip: Try George’s at the corner of Greenwich and Rector Streets, three blocks south of the World Trade Centre. This place opened its doors in the 1950’s and was what I imagined a total NYC breakfast experience to be – just make sure you can put away the drizzly blueberry pancakes.

Also, check out ‘Pick up a bagel’ (right) on 8th Avenue – this was our first NYC breakfast experience and it did not disappoint. Opt for a bacon and egg on the sesame bun or crème cheese and salmon washed down with a classic coffee.

Joe and the Juice

Joe and the juice should get a special mention here. They are popping up now in the UK but here in NYC, they were a bit of a savior for us as we often felt a bit flagging at times so we’d stop by one of these on 6th Avenue most mornings. Try a ‘pick me up’ blend of raspberry and banana to really perk you up!

Evening Dining

There are probably loads of high-end, expensive restaurants to dine at but we preferred to keep our budget for this low as we opted to spend money on other things so if you’re looking to save money I would do the same.

Most people here eat pretty late so if you want to join them, go for dinner around 8 pm or later. We usually got back to our hotel for a few hours to rest our feet from all the pavement pounding and then headed out to see if anything caught our eye.

Tip: Bill’s Bar & Burger on West 51st was a great burger spot known for its delicious disco fries (with gravy and cheese). It’s also one of many cool places to chill and have a beer. Just DON’T order a Coney Island root beer…unless you like the taste of germolene (yes, germolene). 

So what are You Waiting For?

If you’re planning a trip to NYC or are just starting to think about it, do it! It’s an incredible place, full of diverse culture, food, shopping, and attractions.

We only barely scratched the surface and there are so many other areas to explore such as Harlem, upper Manhattan, the Bronx Zoo, the Yankees Stadium, Brooklyn Heights, Queens and if you are there even longer, why not try slightly further afield like Long Island and New Jersey City.

Don’t let anyone tell you this place is not worth a visitor it’s too expensive, it’s simply not true from our experience. We came back almost depressed that we weren’t there for longer!

 

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Author Bio

Luke Paines is a UK-based writer who works in marketing for the technology industry. When he’s not writing copy for brochures, the web, and blogs, he enjoys traveling to new and exciting places and has since combined that passion with his flair for writing. Read more from Luke on his travel blog The Dubious Traveller.

He loves the food in Sorrento, Italy, has enjoyed sledding down snowy hills near Oslo in Norway, embraced the casinos in Las Vegas and has always appreciated the scenery of the Venice of France, Annecy. However, his favorite place in the world is the Jurassic coastline in his native England. The scenery, the English seaside charm form his best childhood memories.

9 Tips on How to Have a Great Holiday in America

The United States of America is a fascinating country for most of us around the world. It is one of the most modern and developed countries in the world.

While many strive to immigrate to this land for better opportunities and life, there are many who want to visit this amazing country at least once in a lifetime.

Whether you are planning your US holiday or perhaps have already booked your tickets and all set to explore this country in the North American continent, there are some things that you need to know.

These 9 tips will ensure that you have a successful, stress-free, and a great holiday in the USA.

Visa and Paperwork

Getting a visa to the USA involves a lot of paperwork. Citizens of some countries are eligible for a Visa Waiver Program where they are allowed to stay in the country for 90 days without a visa.

If you are entitled to this, you can apply for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Everyone else needs to visit the USA Consulate in their city to get their USA tourist visa.

Apart from submitting the application form and providing all the documents, you may also have to go for an interview before you get the USA visa. Make sure you carry all the documents you submitted for visa process while traveling as the authorities may need to check them before you are granted entry in the USA.

Choose a Region

With 50 states and 6 time zones, the USA is a huge country, even bigger than the European Continent. So, you need to really plan well if you want to have a successful and enjoyable holiday here.

You may want to visit both New York and San Francisco, two of the most popular and happening cities in the USA. But while the former is in the East, the latter is in the West and it takes around 6 hours to reach from one city to the other by flight.

East Coast or West Coast

So, before you plan your travel, you need to understand that you would not be able to see everything in one visit. In fact, rather than trying to see too much, it would be best to pick a region and explore the place thoroughly.

For instance, if you choose the East Coast, you can cover New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and the nearby areas that interest you. On the other hand, a trip to the West Coast could include California, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, etc.

Of course, these are just examples. You also have the option of Central, Northern, and Southern America to explore. MiamiOrlando, Chicago – they all welcome you!

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Visit National Parks

The cities of America are a phenomenon, and it is always tempting to limit your holiday to the cities. After all, there is so much to see and do in the cities.

However, if you do not see at least one of the National Parks of the USA (every state has it), your holiday cannot be considered as complete.

 

The National Parks of the country are spread around 84 million acres across the states and are equally spectacular if not one of the most iconic places on the planet.

Be it Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park or the Denali National Park in Alaska or perhaps the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, get ready to be blown over by the picturesque landscapes of the parks. Then there is the Grand Canyon, Redwoods and Giant Sequoia, and Yellowstone.

Apart from the natural beauty of the place, you would also get to see animal species that are unique to Northern America. So, when you plan your itinerary, be sure to include one or two national parks in the area you are visiting.

Travel Light

You may want to take your entire wardrobe with you while traveling to America. After all, you would want to look good in all the pictures. However, there are certain luggage regulations that you will have to adhere to. You cannot carry more than two suitcases weighing around 23 kilograms each, a carry-on bag of 8 kilograms and a handbag or a purse.

Anything more than this can cause you to pay extra. So, it is always best to pack smartly. Always check the weather of the place you are visiting.

As the US is a vast country, each area has a distinct climate. Once you know what kind of weather you are going to encounter, packing accordingly would save your time and avoid confusion too.

Traffic Rules

The transport system in the US is pretty good. You can easily hail a cab or take a bus or train to travel within the cities. However, if you are staying in the place for a long time, it would be better to hire a vehicle. But you need to have an international driver’s license to drive here.

Also, you need to be aware of the traffic rules of the state you are visiting. While most of the rules and regulations are the same, every state has slight variations which you should be aware of.

Moreover, you need to understand that the traffic and parking rules are taken extremely seriously. So, follow them carefully to avoid trouble.

Tipping is Necessary

Tipping is extremely important in the USA. Be it hotels, restaurants or even cabs, tipping is something that would be expected of you when in the USA. Most employees are paid minimum wage as it is expected that they would earn tips during work.

So, if you are in a restaurant, you need to pay a tip of 10-20% of the bill as a tip. In other places, a tip of a few dollars would do the trick. Not tipping is considered as rude and hence you need to keep this in mind.

Smoke with Caution

American movies and sitcoms may show people smoking all the time. However, this does not mean that you can smoke anywhere in the city. In fact, public smoking is banned in most states.

Most state governments have implied strict measures to curb smoking in public areas. You cannot smoke in clubs, bars, malls, restaurants and such other indoor spaces in cities like Chicago, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, etc.

If you are in California, you cannot even smoke at public parks, beaches, healthcare facilities, and private residences. However, indoor smoking bans are not applied in places like Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, etc.

 

Be Polite

Another wrong notion that people may have about the USA is that people use slang and cuss words freely, thanks to the movies and sitcoms we see regularly. However, this is not true.

The Americans are actually one of the most polite people and if you use swear words it is considered to be rude. So, do not consider swearing as cool. It is best to restrain using any swear words, especially those associated with particular races and ethnic groups.

 

 

Be Punctual

The Americans are punctual people and expect the same from others too. So, if you like to arrive fashionably late, it is time to change the habit. If you are planning to meet someone, make sure that you reach the place at the exact time or maybe a few minutes earlier.

Moreover, if you think you could get delayed due to traffic or if you are not familiar with the place you are visiting, always start early so that you can reach on time, preventing the other person from waiting for you.

The USA is a great place to be. The places are gorgeous and the people are really friendly. Moreover, there are lots to see, explore and indulge in.

You would find a whole lot of places to visit in the USA as well as things to do here. In short, there is no chance of boredom when you are in America.

Still, these USA travel tips would ensure that you have an amazing and memorable holiday!

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1 Day in Los Angeles, This is What I Did

Los Angeles, the La-la Land…the House of Hollywood…where stars are made and dreams are transformed into glittering celebrities. My journey started from Las Vegas one early morning.

A little over 5-hour drive from Vegas, the Sin City in the district of Nevada is the city of Los Angeles, the cultural and entertainment capital of California. On your way, you pass through multi-lane highways, non-descript deserts and unassuming mountain ranges.

The moment you enter the contours of this fabled City, the traffic snarls get thicker and more frequent. Your safety is nevertheless secured as long as your companion, i.e. your GPS remains your friend & guide.

Pro Tip: If you lose your way or take wrong exits, you may have real trouble getting back to your planned route due to heavy traffic. So always add some buffer time to your travel plan.

Downtown LA

Los Angeles is a city of diverse cultures, and many of them are showcased in and around the city’s Downtown. It is a quintessential commercial metropolis with modern infrastructures, tall buildings, broad roads, traffic jams, and all the other good & vices that are generally associated with any large bustling city.

Read: Los Angeles Travel Guide

I spent the rest of the day exploring the downtown area, trying some Mexican food, looking at tall buildings, China Town, and Little Tokyo.

But it is not the downtown alone for which Los Angeles is famous for. 

Los Angeles’s fame augments from being home of Hollywood, the famous Universal Studios, the Disney Land, Beverly Hills, and its other beautiful neighboring cities like Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

Camarillo shopping Mall

After night’s rest, next morning the concierge at hotel Hilton pulls out a map from under his desk and suggests places that I need to visit. First on the list was the Camarillo shopping Mall situated at an hour drive from my Hotel.

Camarillo Premium Mall is a factory outlet where you can get nearly all of the world’s famous brands at heavily discounted prices. This is a place no tourist should miss (well, if you want to shop, of course).

‘No Problem’ I thought to myself. I have a car. I pressed the ignition & obediently followed the GPS’s advice to reach this sprawling Mall spread over large area divided primarily into three blocks. The shopping list was long but not beyond my Credit Card limit, luckily. Shopping spree thus ensued.

After over three captivating hours, it was time now to leave towards the fascinating Santa Monica Beach.

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica is a coastal town and famous for its beautiful beach. By the time I touched its periphery, the Sun had set and the lights had begun to glow. The entire place looked extremely enchanting.

Well-lit malls, shops, restaurants, lined up as I drove admiringly towards the beach. I parked my car and moved towards the far end restaurant built right into the sea. I seated myself at a vantage point from where the glitter & glamour of the place could be conveniently enjoyed.

A few drinks and some good seafood was all that was needed to refuel my hungry-belly. Satiated, both visually and gastronomically, I paid the parking charge and drove back to the hotel.

Universal Studios

Next Morning, was the time to visit the very famous, “Universal Studios”. The heart and soul of the park is still the 2 Studio Tour, a tram tour of the backlot that lasts 45 min to an hour and winds through many famous movie sets and past working sound stages.

After parking my car, I headed towards the iconic Universal Studio Globe, and then towards the entry ticket window.

Paid $180 USD for an Express Pass (I was short on time) and walked inside the huge gateway into the sprawling studio premises. Once inside, Studio Tour in Tram is the first thing one should go for.

This multi-compartment Tram ride, that is enthralling as well as educating, takes you around the entire studio with a high quality pre-recorded audio-video system installed in each compartment. This facilitates the passengers to have a clearer and better perspective of each site and every situation.

You first pass through various enclosed sets and then through open streets that resemble those in London, Paris, and other iconic cities. Your tram then takes you from near an artificial lagoon in which animatronics of intimidating Sharks can be seen swimming.

Earthquake

Further, as it passes through within one of the studios, it halts unannounced, and suddenly the whole compartment starts shaking vigorously, making you feel as if you are in the midst of a terrible earthquake. You are really shaken.

Before you recover, the tram moves ahead to another place where you see a small stream of water suddenly swelling and turning into a flash flood. The approaching slab of water scares the hell out of you. The smart tram driver moves out just in time to escape this fury.

If this was not enough, you witness person carrying a corpse of a woman, trying to hide her body in his car dicky. As he notices you watching him, he angrily rushes towards you with his knife. The driver once again drives ahead and you are seemingly saved from his wrath.

 

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King Kong

Then the tram moves to the Sound Stage. Here you are directed to put on your pre-provided 3D Glasses. There comes alive the riveting 360 degrees 3D drama. You see dangerous looking illusionary creatures running menacingly behind and along your tram.

As they come scarily close, King Kong intervenes and fights them all to save us from being harmed. Awe-inspiring sounds effects of air and water simultaneously played; enhance the dramatic effect of the entire play exponentially. Indeed a memorable experience.

Fast & Furious

Next, the tram drives into a garage where “Fast & Furious” is played. Once again you wear your 3D glasses and watch an incredibly amazing chase where the protagonist chases down the antagonists as screeching cars move out on the freeway, banging, breaking, and crashing all the way.

The synchronization of Sound & Visuals makes you feel you are an intrinsic part of this daredevil action. Stunned, the tram moves out to take you back to the starting point. 

Almost dazed, you return your 3D glasses and make out alive and alright. Outside, the awed experience of this unique place continues. Lined up are auditoriums that present enthralling shows that includes “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”.

Harry Potter

In this 10 minutes trip, you walk through familiar classrooms of Hogwarts and enjoy the thrilling and entrancing adventure of Harry Potter and his friends in a short movie in between.

Water World

Water World is next. Here you come across some exceptionally daring live stunts enacted on ‘Water and in Air’. The intrepid actors, both male and female keep the audiences on their feet, totally engaged and thoroughly entertained. (Play duration 20 minutes).

Flight of the Hippogriff

Flight of the Hippogriff is a 5 min family-friendly coaster ride where even a wary person like me enjoyed the ride going up and down. It’s fun.

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Show on Special Effects

The Special Effects show is awe-inspiring and educative 25 minutes show where you uncover the hidden secrets of Hollywood moviemaking. You see real Hollywood stunts, special effects, and cutting-edge technologies come to life, right in front of your eyes.

Jurassic Park

Though I did not attempt, “Jurassic Park the Ride”, it is another heart-pounding water ride that will plunge you into an 80-foot waterfall as you go roller coaster. Sounds exciting ?? Not for me but you can try. Haha 🙂

Walking Dead

Yes, the scary “Walking Dead”. As the name suggests (or if you have seen the TV shows), you quite literally pass from near the dead who can surprisingly walk. A 5 minutes’ walk along the chambers lined up with apparently hungry dead people.

Imagine if one of them suddenly tries to jump over you as you walk close to their chamber. You hear screams all around. A quintessential horrifying experience but it makes you laugh at yourself as you leave this amazing place.

The Mummy

Revenge of the Mummy is a 20 minutes terrifying thrill ride full of ghastly creatures that use linear induction motors technology to catapult riders deep into the heart of the film.

Despicable Me

In the Despicable Me ride, you join Gru, his daughters, and the mischievous minions on a heartwarming and hilarious 3D ride for another 20 min.

Transformers

In “Transformers the Ride”, you are transported into 3D Next Generation immersive Theme Park that displays astounding cutting-edge physical and special effect technology.

Hollywood Street

After these 4-5 hours memorable adventure at the Universal, the next place I wanted to visit was the Hollywood Street and the Beverly Hills (house of the rich & the famous).

Upon reaching Hollywood Street, I realized that going to Beverly Hills would mean risking my flight to Tahiti that evening. I had an 11 day Cruise planned to various Islands in French Polynesia including Bora-Bora, something that I wouldn’t even dream to miss.

So after a quick visit to a few malls, I purchased some souvenirs, walked around the street, clicked pictures with actors dressed as Spiderman, Superman, Batman, peeped into restaurants, saw people queued up at various theaters ostensibly to watch their favorite movie.

So I walked back to my car to cruise towards L.A. Airport. Just in time to return my rental car & board my long flight to Tahiti.

Before bidding sayonara, let me add, don’t miss going to Disneyland Park if you have children accompanying you. Pay US$20 and take a shuttle from LAX Airport that will take approximately 45 minutes to reach Disney Land. Your children will surely love you for it.

Read: Underground Boring Travel from LA to San Francisco

Author Bio

Bhupender Gupta is a travel blogger and regular contributor to The Art of Travel. For more blogs from Bhupender, kindly visit: http://bhupendergupta.com

 

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Top 40 Travel and Tourism Niches: Which One Are You?

Not too long ago, travel and adventure meant going out of your small town (be it even to the nearby woods). You left the comfort and safety behind and took significant risks, especially if you traveled solo.

Today, numerous travel niches have become popular, each with its own tourism appeal and unique perspective that it offers.

In this post, I will list the major types of travels that I consider to be broad enough to deserve a mention as a travel niche. These tourism niches have big enough market demand to sustain as an independent category on their own.

Travel Niches & Trends

  • Adventure Travel – Adventure tourism is the fastest growing and biggest travel niche today
  • Nature and Wildlife Tourism (aka Ecotourism) – another trend which will continue to grow
  • Cultural Tourism – traveling for the purpose of exploring various culture, and cultural & world heritage sites 
  • Medical, Dental, & Fertility Tourism – traveling for medical purposes
  • Wellness Tourism – traveling to seek tranquility, healing, meditation, and nature retreats
  • Music (and Music Festivals) Tourism – popular with young adults
  • Culinary Tourism – traveling for food, to eat well is to live well
  • Wine, Cheese, & Beer Tourism – traveling to taste different wines from different regions
  • Nightlife and Party Tourism – traveling to various party destinations 
  • Roadtripping – traveling by car with a group of friends 
  • Extreme Sports Tourism – traveling to mountains
  • Highpointing – Hiking, climbing, or driving to the highest elevation point of a state, country or continent
  • Sports Tourism (Golf, etc.) – either to play or watch
  • Shopping Tourism – traveling exclusively for shopping purposes
  • Religious Pilgrimages – walking, biking, or traveling to religious & spiritual sites

  • Off-the-Grid Travel – traveling to and living off the grid in a minimalistic way
  • Scenic Train Travel – touristy scenic train rides with focus on dining & wining
  • Space Tourism – exploring the outer atmosphere, earth from above, and outer space
  • Bookstores & Literary Tourism – visiting cool bookstores and fictional or real sites related to books and authors
  • Tolkien Tourism – exploration of Tolkien’s middle earth and LOTR related sites
  • Volunteer Travel – traveling & volunteering to work on non-profit charity projects
  • Film & TV Tourism – traveling to various film and TV series filming sites (eg. Game of Thrones)
  • Archaeology & History Tourism – traveling to ancient ruins, archeological sites, and historical places
  • Ghost, UFO, & Haunted Tourism – traveling to haunted places and UFO siting sites
  • Genealogy Tourism – tracing or returning to your roots
  • Jungle Tourism – traveling and camping in the deep and remote jungles 
  • Underwater Tourism – exploring the marine life and ocean through Scuba, Snuba, Snorkeling
  • Shark Tourism – seeking underwater thrills & shark encounters across the globe
  • Rural and Village Tourism – countryside relaxation 
  • Astronomy Tourism – visiting sites that provides excellent views of the stars and night sky
  • Inner city Tourism – exploring your own town or city in great details 
  • Weekend Tourism – traveling every weekend (mostly nearby attractions)
  • Ghetto Tourism – traveling & exploring the living conditions in slums and ghetto

Deviant & Sad Trends

A beautiful ruin 

I was debating at first whether to lost the following sad trends or not? Listing them will give them more exposure, so at first, I thought I will leave them out. But then I thought, these trends are actually growing (financially speaking) so closing my eyes to these problems will not help solve these issues.

The best thing I can do is to use this platform and bring public awareness about these. Some of these may sound harmless or even exciting (drugs and sex for example), but please understand that both drugs and sex causes overall more damage, deaths, and harm to innocent lives (including children).

The best way you can help is first by not participating in them and therefore cutting off the financial incentive. Second, you can be aware that these problems exist and thus help to spread the word. (Fact: Even in Prague or Amsterdam, most of the girls working in the red light district are there against their will via deception, bribery, and manipulation.)

  • Drug Tourism – mostly illegal and unsafe, please use common sense
  • Sex Tourism (Male, Female, Trans) – again, please use common sense. Do not do anything that hurts other humans
  • Dark Voyegeristic Tourism (Underground shady fights, deaths, & stuff) – please do not support or fund this industry by partaking in it. Anyone can be the next innocent victim of it
  • War & Disaster Tourism – visiting sites with tragic past for pleasure (War, disaster, & genocidal sites, Nazi camps, etc.)
  • Suicide Tourism (Important: if you are feeling suicidal, know that you’re not alone and confidential help is available for free. Please seek help. US Helpline | HelpGuide | Resource Center)
  • Hunting Tourism (The Big 5 Games) – traveling to mainly Africa (South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya,
    Zimbabwe, Botswana, etc.) to hunt rare and endangered species such as Elephants, Lions, Rhinos among others. *Hunting* is very common in North America and Europe.

*Hunting is a personal choice. It’s a complex issue and would need an entire blog to discuss the various impacts and issues surrounding it. If you are not a hunter, please do not partake and support this industry.

As a starting point, please follow the first rule of life, do not kill life unless it is for your own or your family’s survival and safety. Also, the above category is about hunting the big animals (man of them endangered and at the point of extinction).

Road Trips: 5 Do’s and Don’ts

Road trips are a great way to have fun, adventure, and enhanced experiences of a life. Just to think that you are going on a road trip gives sensational feelings inside your head because you know you will be exploring amazing cultures, people, and new regions. Road trips can be amazing and at the same time, these trips can be dangerous as well.

Therefore road trips require you to pay attention to those who have experienced them before. There are things you must be doing on a road trip and also there are things which should not be doing at all. These considerations will make sure you are having a safe and enjoyable road trip.

Planning for a Road Trip

You should be planning on going on a road trip. First, decide where you want to go and what things you would like to do there. Additionally, make it sure that you have all the information about that particular area. Gather information on all the roads which are going towards that area. Have information also like terrain of the area, touring points in that area and hotels of the area.

Read: 9 Tips to Prepare for a Long Motorcycle Roadtrip

Don’t make strict plans

The problem of too much planning is that you would miss many great sights which that area offers unexpectedly. Therefore when you are planning a road trip then create a space for these unexpected great things. Additionally, unexpected traffic problems can also lead you to delays.

Stay hydrated

You must keep enough water bottles with you. Dehydration is a serious thing and you don’t want to ruin your trip due to dehydration issues along the way. Fill your bottles or water cooler whenever you get a chance. You can need extra water when planning for hiking is some area.

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Don’t drink tap water

Try to drink mineral water as much as possible. Don’t store tap water or water from unhygienic sources. This can cause serious stomach and liver problems which you never want to face on a road trip.

 

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Pack homemade snacks

Packing of home-baked items will keep you filled in unexpected delays etc. These items are also expensive in touring places. If you are traveling with kids then you must have these food items with you.

Don’t eat too much

Touring places often offer delicious foods and if you are a foodie, you can’t resist them straight away. Remember, you don’t want to visit hospital due to excessive eating. Try to have some salads and sauce with your meal. These will help your digestion system. Grilled food items are more preferred during road trips.

Carry physical maps

There can be a signal problem in some touring areas, therefore, buy physical maps of the area. Purchase those maps which are clearly showing the roads and terrain of the area. These maps will also help you navigate more efficiently between the places.

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Don’t drive much at night times

Try to avoid driving during night time. You should be resting much at night time as this will also help you come fresh during next morning when you are going to restart journey. Moreover, you can use light bars for extra light. You can read here for further information.

Book hotels in advance

Touring places are found occupied with visitors; therefore, book your favorite hotels in advance to avoid any kind of staying problems. Book those hotels which have good reviews and reputation. TripAdvisor can help you in finding the perfect hotel.

Don’t forget to pack extra clothes

Pack extra clothes because you will need them anyway. For a kid, pack his extra clothes (you know their extra needs as). For hiking or other walk related activities, you must be packing loose trousers and loose shirts. Anyway, you are not going to a business meeting. Loose clothes will not cause pain in your muscles and will keep you active.

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Jeff lives in New York with his wife and 2 kids. He is obsessed with LED light bars ever since they came out and over the last couple of years he has been testing and reviewing LED light bars. He regularly blogs at Cabulous.com

 

 

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7 Best Places Not Enough People Visit In America

Wow, time flies. It’s already new year and our 2018 travel goals await us. So, let’s go ahead and live this year by walking untrodden ways and remembering the forgotten lanes. Let’s create new memories that we will treasure for the rest of our life.

The travel trend of exploring the offbeat paths is rising. Therefore, it is only relevant that we bring to you some places we love but don’t have the hype of San Francisco or New York City.

These 7 places in the US hold a rare attraction for travelers. And each of them has something for everyone. So, whether you are an artist or an adventurer or a nature lover, you’ll have a great time exploring these destinations.

Asheville, North Carolina

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The beer tasting trend is on fire. Girdle up for tasting some locally brewed spirits in Asheville, North Carolina. Adventure seekers ought to pay a visit to the Broad River. It is here that you can find your inner peace by meditating by the water or let your inner beast out while kayaking.

If that is not your forte, then you can hop into an art gallery in River Arts districts. It is a busy hub for top wannabe artists (I mean this in a positive sense).

Other than the Broad River, Blue Ridge mountains ooze inexplicable mystery. Get your hiking boots on, to climb some of the great mountains and to conquer your limiting beliefs.

Lincoln, Nebraska

2018 is a busy year for Lincoln. And why not? Nebraska is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. Lincoln, the capital city is all girded up to host the celebration. What makes the city celebration conducive is the lively student population.

Other than the youngsters, the citizens of Lincoln are from various ethnicities. All communities come together to party during all wonderful occasions. You can dance your heart out at a glitzy club, spend your time surfing the farmer’s market or cycle down the famous trails.

Montana’s Wilderness

The Glacier National Park in Montana is one of the biggest stretches of wilderness. But the gushing streams of glaciers might disappear in near future due to the global warming. (Who else think global warming is a scam. Hello!)

When you have time, do experience the vast plains and the sky above. For anyone who loves recreational activities or the outdoors, this place is heaven on earth. We love Montana. From its Cowboy culture libertarian wilderness lifestyle.

If you plan to visit in January, then you meet stunning frozen landscape of ice-laden meadows. But in the summertime, the wildflowers bloom and the trails get clear.

It is a perfect time to hit the road and discover the living beauty of dying glaciers.

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Hollywood of the South, Atlanta

Atlanta rivals any big city in the US. Without any doubt, the busiest airports see tons of tourists every day. In 2017, a major league soccer team got launched here, adding fire to the already sports-frenzied city.

Other than the sports, the city acts as a set for many series like The Walking Dead. Hence, the name Hollywood of the South. You can either catch a match or end up in a lively pub.

Locals put a lot of effort in making Atlanta alluring to tourists. Sports-lovers, art lovers, party animals – you are all going to find your home here. Make Atlanta you to-visit destinations this 2018.

Denver, Colorado

A quiet weekend to an adrenaline filled holiday, Colorado provides you both. And, Denver is the heart of this mountain “high” state. Speaking of mountains, the Rocky Mountains is an incredible place to lose yourself in.

Next year a Ski Train is getting launched in the Rocky Mountains. It will connect skiers from Downtown Denver to the skiing base. Isn’t that incredible. I am excited to use this. (Woohoo!)

The Alpine scenery acts as a backdrop to many of the elegant breweries, sporting an excellent spirit collection. If nature and wine do not interest you, then you can enjoy the art scene. Visit the artsy galleries in the funky districts of RiNo and LoHi.

Emerald Coast, Florida

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The Emerald Coast is an unofficial name for the coastal area in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico that stretches about 100 mi (161 km) from Pensacola to Panama City. You can bet your money on this, this place lives up to its name.

Once upon a time, Emerald Coast was limited to being the playing ground of rich and famous. But now its increasing popularity is also ramping up the number of ocean resorts.

Here, you can relax on the white sandy beaches and collect shells in the backdrop of affordable luxury resorts. The brand new Henderson Beach Resort is one of the best luxury resorts with a five-star rating.

California’s Desert

The Californian desert landscape studded with beautiful hills earns itself a spot on the must-see travel list. Palm Springs is the central city around the region. And it is not only the destination for A-list celebrities but a place to be enjoyed by all.

You can head to the hippy towns surrounded by the rocky cliffs and try some rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. There are many festivals (from Music to Modernism week) are organized here throughout the year. There is nature, there is music, there is the freedom vibe. What is there to not love this place! And, it gives you another reason to visit California. 😉

So what’s your thought on these little gems from within the United States? What is in your 2018 travel bucket list? Share with the community in the comments below.

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10 Breathtaking Photos of Total Solar Eclipse

After, almost a century North America saw a coast to coast total Solar Eclipse. You must have come across a popular hashtag #Eclipse2017 on social media.

The eclipse ranged from Oregon to South Carolina and covered 14 states on its path. For many, this was an incredible experience!

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The fact that we are in 2017, this Solar Eclipse might be the most photographed Solar Eclipse in the history of the UniverseWe have brought you some breathtaking images of this cosmic event.

Let’s have a look below.

Total Solar Eclipse

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“A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe.”

Photo: NASA (CC0)

“Millions of people saw the total Eclipse from across the USA but only six people were lucky enough to see the shadow (umbra) cast over by the Moon on Earth. Above, you can see the eclipse from the ISS. A dark cast on the surface of Earth. What a view!”

Photo: NASA (CC0)

“Randy Bresnik-who is NASA’s Flight Engineer clicked images of the 2017 Solar Eclipse from the unique vantage point of the Expedition 52 Crew.”

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“There is something different about this image, ultraviolet light was used to capture this image on Aug 21, 2017. Isn’t it spellbinding?”

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“This enchanting image is of the Sun nearing totality in Ross Lake, Washington.”

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“First signs of Eclipse, Depoe Bay, Oregon.”

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“Employees at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston experienced the 2017 eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, by playing with the shadows.”

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“Panoramic view of the 2017 solar eclipse as seen at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.”

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“See the li’l beads around the moon? The Bailey’s Beads effect is seen as the moon makes its final move over the sun during the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, above Madras, Oregon.”

“Solar eclipse explained. Along its path, the Moon crosses the Sun and cast a dark shadow over the Earth, making the day turn into the night for the area under the moon’s shadow.”

Be Bold For Solo Travel: International Women’s Day

Be Bold For Change (#beboldforchange) was the motto of the 106th International Women’s Day 2017. Even after a century of celebrating this day of women empowerment, gender equality is a still a far-off thing in today’s society.

Instead of waiting for the change to happen on its own, let all the women change for themselves. Come out of your shells and comfort zones, and break the stereotype. There is no better way for a woman to realize her power than traveling solo.

This Women’s Day – be bold enough to travel on your own; go traveling solo! To all those adventurous ladies who have already traveled solo, kudos to you!

Be Bold For Solo Travel

There are a lot of hardships that come your way when you decide to travel alone; maybe it is the concerns of your loved ones or the fear of the unknown. As a woman, we have to deal with a lot of issues (and internal chatter) before embarking on a solo trip.

Here are the top 8 concerns woman face and how to overcome the resistance.

Concerns From Loved Ones


When you want to spread your wings, sometimes they get tied down by the concerns of your parents. Their concern (even though annoying) is explainable and mostly reasonable. With the increase in violence towards women in all spheres, it is only fair that parents get concerned for their daughters traveling alone.

But once you make the decision to travel solo, take your time and explain to your parents. They will surely understand, once you put your plans before them and promise to contact them regularly.

Male Oglers

There is no shutter to the eyes of a male, and even if there were one, they would still stare. When you travel to a new country, it is common for women to get male glances.

That is why before traveling to your destination, do extensive research. Read about the culture and traditions so you can dress in an appropriate way. It is okay to wear shorts and a tank top, wandering around the Parisian Lanes.

But in some places (for example in India or a Muslim country) it is not a good idea to attract unwanted attention to yourself. Even if you see some locals wearing modern western clothing, it is not a bad idea to keep a low profile.

Wherever you travel, always make sure to check first what the local custom and cultures regarding clothing are and pack accordingly. You don’t have to be boring. You can still travel in style as well as comfort without attracting unwanted male attention. Here is a hint: try ethnic clothes. 

Get Over the Pitying


In many places around the world, people think traveling alone is pitiful. They label you as a “sad old soul” who needs a partner to settle down. But women who travel alone know well that the road can be the best partner, and new experiences keep you in good company.

It is not impossible to have a family and travel; you can do both if you have enough patience to balance both. Do not feel sorry for yourself or lonely, and when you feel so, think about why you traveled in the first place. It is easy to use just a patient smile and calm voice to let the people know that you don’t care what they think, but you care about what you want.

Periods When Traveling


Traveling is fun, but the change of weather can mess with your menstrual cycle. You cannot enjoy a beach day with cramps annoying you. And if you are enjoying an African Jungle Safari, then God save you! (Please pack some painkillers, just in case.)

Read: How to Travel like a Pro during Periods

In many countries, there are less than safe and unhygienic conditions. Sometimes you have only a bucket of cold water to deal with your problem. In those troublesome times too, we women do not give up. Though it is better that you plan your trips on dates when you are likely period-free, so you can have fun to the fullest.

 

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Kickass In A New Territory


Solo women travelers are easy targets for desperate men. In countries where men have a chauvinistic mindset, they do not think before pouncing. If you are a beginner, it is better if you avoid dangerous countries like Yemen. In many of the developing countries too, you come across many instances where solo female travelers get abused. Research well, plan and prepare.

Do your research on your destination and rate it on a scale of safety. And if it is above 6/10 then it is okay to take the risk. Once at your destination, put your game face on (reserve a smile for the friendly ones).

A self-defense program comes in handy in case you need to kick ass when the situation arises. Carry weapons for safety with you, like pepper sprays and a penknife just to take your opponent by surprise. And above all look confident even though you are shaking in your boots!

Pack To Look Pretty


After reading this, you must surely want to explore the wild and badass side of your personality. But the biggest superpower of a female traveler is the ability to pack less and travel more. Girls, we know you love to look beautiful. But sometimes blending comfort and beauty is an excellent thing.

A couple of t-shirts, jeans or shorts, jackets, boots and a dress or two is more than enough for your travel wardrobe. Make sure all the combinations work together, so you do not repeat an outfit in your pictures.

Remember there is always that one lovely dress and accessories you buy on your trip to take back home. So, leave some room for them in your luggage as well. Also, do not forget your essential toiletries. You need not carry your makeup kit with you: a Gloss and Kajal will do the trick.

Get Wild and Have Fun


Are you bold enough for a transformative change? If yes, then make your decision and get wild. Traveling alone can get lonely at times and if you meet someone who sets the sparks going, why jinx it by not being prepared?

Please only engage in safe sex. Make sure you put the rubber on and do not forget to take your pills. These small steps give you relief from bigger troubles like STDs and unwanted pregnancy. If you are brave enough to embark on a solo trip, you are brave and matured enough to say “No” if you are not interested. Do the right thing.

Make New Friends


Whether you believe it or not, there are plenty of places around the world where a traveler gets treated like a celebrity. In many places, it is actually easy to make friends; be it an Airbnb or a hostel or a resort. On your way, you meet fellow female travelers. The bond you share becomes stronger when you share your journey and experiences.

This International Women’s Day, add your story to the collection of stories about brave women making bold decisions. Do something and share your stories that will inspire other girls to explore the world on their own.

International Women’s Day

Below are some of the events in March:

1) International Women’s Day Fun Run, Brisbane on March 5th
2) SHEfights – An all-female Muay Thai event in Toronto on March 11th
3) Water for People (a free event in Washington D.C.) on March 8th
4) International Women’s Day Walk in Zurich on March 8th
5) WOW (Women of the World) Festival in London on March 7th

All events focus on the motto of this year’s International Women’s Day: Be Bold For Change! And, one of the best ways to initiate a transformative change is “by traveling”.

 

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Top 4 Adventures Not To Miss In California

California is a hotspot for all sorts of travelers, but most especially for adventure seekers and outdoor lovers. Why wouldn’t it be when you have access to so many National Parks and the Pacific Ocean?

It offers hundreds of hiking trails, loads of camping sites, and a wide range of activities just for your adventurous spirit. To get the most out of California, you’re going to need at least a few months. Otherwise, you can just make several visits to the state.

Here’s a list of activities not to miss when you’re in California:

Roadtrips and Camping

One of the best ways you can enjoy the nature that California offers is by camping. It’s also one way to keep you close to the main activity such as hiking or surfing. Whether you are a hammock camper, a tent camper or an RV camper, there is a place for you.

Going on a road trip and a camping trip in California is in itself a great adventure. You only need to pack your bags, drive and find a spot you to camp. Then you can move on and find another beautiful spot to enjoy.

  • If you have a storage room in your car or RV, make sure to bring a camping grill so you can enjoy great food outdoors. One of the best things about camping is cooking the food outdoors. It’s ideal for long trips for couples, families or friends.
  • If you start from the south of California, you can begin with the Joshua Tree National Park. Then continue to make your way north, stopping at Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, until you get to Redwood National Park.
  • Some of the parks offer ultimate adventures. Backpack through the towering trees, hike to amazing waterfalls, rock climbing in Saddle Peak, paddle in rivers and lakes, etc.
  • If you feel like you want to go to the beach, go for it! Drive to the coast and enjoy the Pacific.

While it’s possible to go on day trips, there’s nothing like camping to soak it all in. There are many routes you can go so it’s up to you where you want to start or stop.

Like we said, you’re going to need months, if not a whole lifetime to enjoy all of California. Otherwise, just make lots and lots of visits until you see it all.

Sports Adventures

  • Southern California has one of the best surf breaks in all of the US so get ready to get high on waves. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro because there are spots just for you! There are loads of surf schools around so you can get the lessons you need to become better.
  • Windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, stand up paddling, and other water sports are just some of the other watersports you can do.
  • During winter, you can go skiing in Bear Mountain or Lake Tahoe.
  • California is one of the best places to go bungee jumping and skydiving
  • California also has hundreds of biking trails fit for different levels of trail bikers. There are friendly trails for families and more difficult ones for extreme bikers.

City Adventures 

Adventure doesn’t just mean being in the woods. You can get a lot of adventure in the concrete jungles of California. Experience the hustle and bustle of the large cities in California such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Long Beach, and Sacramento.

California is a very diverse state. It’s also the most populous state, and the people are from all backgrounds and cultures. Even as you walk on the street, you’ll see the diversity. Also, try to keep it interesting when you see a celebrity. You’ll see lots of them walking around.

You’ll also be able to enjoy the splendid food. There are so many food establishments and even food trucks that offer different meals.

Amusement Park Adventures

Another fun adventure you can do in California is going to amusement parks. Have the time of your life on the crazy rides that will certainly give you an adrenaline rush you’re searching.

  • Six Flags Amusement Park
  • Disneyland
  • Universal Studios
  • Legoland California
  • Raging Waters
  • Knotts Berry Farm

Summary

Whether you are going solo, as a couple, with your family or with friends, you will find something perfect specifically for you. California is a place where you can quench your thirst for adventure. It’s also a place you are going to want to visit over and over because there’s also something new to do.

While it is a hub for thrill seekers, it’s also a place where you can wind down. Go for long walks on miles of sandy beach, drink a glass of wine by a vineyard, or visit art museums. You can take it easy, or you can go full throttle; California has it all.

Author’s Bio

Warren Kuhn is an outdoor and camping enthusiast, always out to seek for the thrill and adrenaline that only nature gives. He even took up survival training to prepare him for the worst-case scenarios while outdoors.

With his background, you can learn a lot from him so you can get the most out of your camping trip at TheCampingTrips.

 

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A Brief Overview of the American Civil War in Photos

On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in northern Virginia, marking the end of more than four years of hostilities that split the United States in two camps.

Here is a black and white photo story of the American Civil War.

This is Fort Sumter, South Carolina on April, 1861, under the Confederate flag. It is here that The first shots of the Civil War took place, on April 12, 1861, as Confederate batteries opened fire on the Union fort, bombarding it for 34 straight hours.

On April 13, Union forces surrendered and evacuated the fort. Union forces tried to retake the fort throughout the war, but only took possession on February 22, 1865, after Confederate forces had evacuated Charleston.

Civil War Battles

This picture is of the 150th Pennysylvania Infantry camp, Belle Plain , Virginia  on March 1862, just three weeks before the Battle of Chancellorsville.

War draws blood and American Civil War was no exception. This picture shows the aftermath of  Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864 where the wounded soldiers rest near Marye’s Heights, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Battle of Seven Pines also known as the Battle of  Fair Oaks , took place on May 31st and June 1st. This picture shows the Union Forces standing guard against the Confederate groups.

The Battle of Antietam also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg was a battle fought on September 17, 1862. This picture shows the bodies of dead soldiers strewn across the Hagerstown road.

Civil War Leaders

President Abraham Lincoln flanked by Major Alan Pinkerton and General John McClernand at a Union camp in Sharpsburg, Maryland in 1862. 

Opposite to the Union Forces was the Confederate states of America. Jefferson Davis, a former United States Secretary of War and Senator from the State of Mississippi, served as the President of the Confederate States of America from 1861-1865.

After the American Civil war, he was captured, indicted for treason, and imprisoned for two years — after which he was freed on bail. His case was eventually dropped in 1869, and he lived another twenty years, passing away at the age of 81.

How did such a long war end? It was the surrender of Robert E. Lee, Confederate General to General Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 which led to the end of the American Civil war. Above is a picture of  General Robert E.Lee posing for a portrait by Mathew Brady.

Secession

Morris Island, South Carolina. The shattered muzzle of a 300-pounder Parrott Rifle after it had burst, photographed in July or August of 1863

A photo of the USS Essex on  March, 1863. The 1000-ton ironclad river gunboat, originally a steam-powered ferry, was acquired during the American Civil War by the US Army in 1861 for the Western Gunboat Flotilla.

She was transferred to the US Navy in 1862 and participated in several operations on the Mississippi River, including the capture of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson in 1863.

 

 

Fortifications at Yorktown, Virginia, during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862.

Reconstruction

General Sherman’s men destroying the railroad before the evacuation of Atlanta, Georgia in 1864.

A group of Contrabands at Haxall’s Mill, Richmond, Virginia, on June 9, 1865. The slaves that were imported were called as contrabands.

Soldiers boxing in a Union camp in Petersburg, Virginia, in April of 1865.

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8 Tips on How to Travel As a Couple on a Low Budget

For some couples, a travel budget (or a lack of it!) is the primary reason they don’t travel to new places. For others, it’s more of an excuse.

But if you have been thinking about taking your girlfriend or partner away for a surprise weekend, don’t worry too much, because, with these simple budget hacks, you can have a great and fun time traveling together.

Read Next: 50 Wanderlust Inspiring Couple Travel Quotes 

PLANNING

If you are traveling to some faraway place and don’t have an abundance of resources to spend, planning well is a good first step. Calculate the money you have saved up to the point, and research the place you are planning to visit.

Learn about the lodging, places to eat, places to see, etc. so you can go through with the ones that fit your budget. A place to stay can cost between very little to more than what you earn per month. So planning is incredibly important to saving money.

SAVE MONEY

If there is some time remaining till you plan to take the trip, begin saving now. You can cook food at home instead of eating out, with no extra useless expenses like buying a cool title or some fancy shoes you don’t really need, the furniture you don’t really care about and the like.

You should save as much as you can, as the time you travel will be memorable for both of you, and each little penny might help.

EXTRA ENTERTAINMENT

You need to realize that the trip you are making is about the two of you spending quality time together.

Because it’s about you guys, you don’t need to waste money on shows, parks, events and anything that you already attend where you reside. Traveling is for trying out new things. Be wise with how you spend the time away with her.

TIME IS MONEY

Like we mentioned already, time is something you would need to manage well. This is because all extra time would mean extra expenses on lodging and food.

Therefore, make sure to allocate the necessary time to each activity before you start the trip. There might be some things more alluring than the others, so manage them well with the time you have.

LODGING

Your lodging will be the main part of your travel expense. People tend to opt for the famous chain hotels thinking they’re classier or provide more comfort. Do not adopt that thinking. Go for a smaller hotel.

You don’t need to shell out loads of bucks just for the brand value. Remember, it is about you and her. So it is okay to go small on the hotel budget. However, keep the safety factor in view too, and get lodgings in a safe place.

A LITTLE COMPROMISE

You don’t need to deny yourself the ideal vacation you have been wanting with your significant other. However, it is okay to do a bit of compromise so that the vacation is possible without putting a huge load of stress on your expenses.

If a particular destination is very costly due to its tourist popularity, you can travel to nearby places. They would offer the same environment, without overcharging you. Going in an off-season would further save you some money.

COMBINED PACKAGES

In some cases, taking combined packages can help save money when you know nothing about the place.

The total cost of food, lodging, and transportation are combined with a discount, and that can save you some money as compared to going clueless to a location and then spending on things that are available as you have no other option.

SOUVENIRS

If the trip is really about you and your partner for a romantic time away, you don’t need to worry about bringing a costly souvenir for other people. Yes, this is what it is.

When you are on a tight budget, this shouldn’t be a concern of yours. If you want to bring back something for you two as a memory of your time together, get something cheap and simple.

Shells collected from the beach or a wooden bracelet are good souvenirs. A huge plasma TV isn’t.

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