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6 Places To Visit In Virginia

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

travel to VirginiaVirginia is hailed for lovers and so for dirty dancing. There are lots of fun things about Virginia as there is a large number of amusement parks. It attracts tourists all over the place. There are places in Virginia which has been hailed as World Heritage Sites. Under the safest places in Virginia comes the town of Virginia, Blacksburg, Falls Church and others. As far as attractions are concerned canal walk, battlefield park of Manassas, bridges and gardens galore, shops, legacy of the colonial world, museums, libraries and national cemetery are attractions.

1. Virginia Marine Science Museum – to see aquarium you must visit the place as you can see sharks and the entire environment of the marine life is awesome. It is hailed as the top most aquariums in the country. It is a habitat for live animals. Marshy habitat, aviary and trail of nature are also found. Trips on boats for watching dolphins and sharks are also found. Along with adventure it becomes educational.

2. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum – in Williamsburg huge collection of objects is found. Antiques of the American and British era, silver, pewter and porcelain along with firearms of civilian and military are also stacked up. Adjacent to the museum is Rockfeller art and Museum where folk art of the American culture is to be seen.

3. Virginia University – Charlottesville nestles the University of Virginia. Around the sprawling space Palladian architecture is evident. It is declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the terraced lawn undoubtedly which is the highlight. From the grounds Carter Mountain can be seen. It also comes under top universities publicly.

4. Shenandoah Caverns – there is a gift shop in the cavern and in elevator which brings you down. It is the red limestone surrounding the passage. The hall of it is S shaped, long galleries, ceiling that are soaring and gravel path of white and red colour. At the end of the cave you will find lots of adventures to indulge in. There is a museum there too which houses polar bears of nine feet tall.

5. County of Fairfax – there are a host of tourist sites to witness in Fairfax county. All about history, music and art are to be found in Fairfax and no wonder you are thrown back to the novel of The Mayor of Casterbridge.

6. Virginia Beach – the beaches of Virginia are maintained well. There are vendors all across the place who sells umbrellas, chairs of sling-back, biggie boards and this is the place which nestles the themed park and the water park.

Be it the beaches, fun activities, rural charm or beautiful restaurants Virginia has got it all under one roof. It truly is an inspiration for the lovers so much so that it has become an anthem almost. From Norfolk you can view the ocean facing beach which is a marvel to glare at. You have museum called the Nauticus nearby. Sea beach, ocean beach and hordes of other beaches still remain a top draw.

Where To Go In San Francisco

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
The world famous Golden Gate in San Francisco

Among the most famous travel destinations in the USA, San Francisco holds a good position. The city is located on the coast of San Francisco Golden GateCalifornia. The place is known for its moderate climate, one with chilly winters and warm summers. It has steep streets that overlook beautiful views of the surroundings mountains. The city’s huge array of activities, attractions and personality-infused neighborhoods appeal to tourists of all ages. There are a number of tourist attractions in San Francisco .some of them include:

• Alcatraz: It is a small island that is situated in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California, USA. The rocky island rises to an average height of 135ft approximately. It has served as many different purposes. Initially it used to be a lighthouse, then it became a site of military fortification. Soon, it became a military prison and then a federal prison. It has always been a site of landmark and national recreation. At present the place is a historic site that is operated by the national park service. It is open to tourists and visitors. The island can be reached by a ferry ride. The ferry runs from Fisherman’s Wharf located in San Francisco.

• The Napa Valley: California is one of the most famous places as vine-growing areas. Currently the valley proudly features three hundred wineries. It grows many varieties of grapes. Some of the grape types are Chardonnay, Sauvignon and other famous kinds too are grown. Almost five million and more people visit this valley every year.

• Ride the cable cars: the best way to see the steep hills of San Francisco is by taking a ride of its world famous cable cars. You can observe and enjoy the traditional feel of the place. It is so good to see how the people still use their old historic means of transportation to travel from one side to another. This makes it one of the top things that you would want to do in San Francisco.

Mars exploratorium San francisco

The exploratorium in San Francisco lets you see microscopic imaging and explore the planet of Mars in details

• Aquarium: You could spend a day enjoying at the marine nature center. You get a chance to be close to the sharks, bat rays and many other animals. The clear acrylic tunnels that have been made allows you to have a personal experience. There are almost 20,000 marine animals that live in the filtered water of the bay. This is a place that represents the diversity of ecosystems and aquatic life.

• Exploratorium: It is a place that hosts microscopic imaging station. It also lets you enjoy the adventures of the Mars Rover. You might think of it as a place for science lovers and nerds but you shall be amazed to see how it can take you by awe. It is an iconic destination where the cow’s eye dissection display and many more such things are a must watch.

• Golden Gate Bridge: it is one San Francisco’s most renowned landmark. It is a bridge that can be crossed in cars, by bike or on foot and over 9 million visitors come here to be a part of it. You can enjoy the view of San Francisco from the bridge.

Three Must Visit Countries In Your Trip To Europe

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Trip To EuropeAlthough Europe is one of the smallest continents in the world there is a lot that it has to offer. There are profound differences between the cultures and ways of life in its countries. Central Europe is eager to welcome you to discover its treasures. The Pyrenees mountains straddle the border between France and Spain while the Balkan Peninsula forms the southeast part of Europe encompassing its different cultures. It has some of the most beautiful and exotic beaches to the most adventurous places. It has something for every mood and every kind of person. Some of the top countries that you should visit in your trip to Europe are:

Germany:

For half-timbered medieval towns to cosmopolitan cities, Germany offers a perfect mix of modernity and tradition. Every part of Germany has something different to offer. In the north there are the perfect coast lines, the east much history of the world wars, the west has got the big cities and splendid architecture and lastly there are beautiful alps and wonderful castles to the south. The whole of Germany seems to be architecturally well-made. It is a wonderful blend of historic sites as well as modern architecture. It has the biggest zoo in entire Europe. It also has the third largest theme park and the largest roller-coaster ride. So, if you think that Germany is all about history, it is not. There is a lot of other fun things to do.

Italy:

If not in the whole world atleast in Europe Italy has the richest history. It has the most number of UNESCO world heritage sites than any other country in the world. Italy has always been a very popular tourist spot and so people there tend to have taken it for granted and have stopped working hard for tourism. Italy opens its arms wide open for everybody and gives a warm welcome. However, the closed-mindedness of people can sometimes be rude and problematic. Italy is famous for its food and culture and you could spend weeks and still feel that you are missing out on something. It is a place for awe-inspiring art that influenced western civilization and stunning historical ruins and also for the best wine. It offers the most bang for the buck.

France:

It is one of the most visited places with millions of tourists every year. Besides the fashion and film festivals there is great food and great places to visit in and around France. There are quite a few things you could do with family too. Some of the major attractions being the Eiffel Tower and the French Rivera, the beautiful lush gardens, the Disneyland Paris, the Champs Eyleys and many more. It has a cold climate with the tallest mountain in Europe. The language commonly spoke is French. The language can at times be a burden and a problem. However leaving that all side, all in all you are missing out a lot if you miss this country.

Top 10 travel destinations in South Asia

Friday, February 14th, 2014

travel destinations in South AsiaSouth Asia mainly comprises the countries which lie between the Indian Ocean and the Himalayan Range and the Indus river valleys and the Ganga. It is a triangular shaped landmass that has some of the best destinations which you may visit. Given below are the top ten travel destinations in South Asia:

• Bangkok- this place is full of Buddhist temples which are exquisitely decorated. The gourmet meal together with the dance and architecture makes this place a must visit. The nightclubs and the restaurants are amazing and you should never miss Siam Niramit, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and The Grand Palace.

• Tokyo- Tokyo is an exciting place to be in with its modern drabness. When you visit Tokyo you should first visit The Imperial Palace which is home to the Emperor. In addition to this the Edo Tokyo Museum should also be visited. The Sensoji Temple also attracts many tourists as it is the oldest temple in the city. You should also see the Tokyo Tower and Meiji Jingu.

• Beijing- the works of Kublai Khan and the historical artifacts which are present in Beijing are some of the reasons why this place is so popular. It is home to some historical places such as Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Hall of Preserving Harmony and many other places. You should not miss out on the Great Wall of Mutianyu, the Temple of Heaven and The Palace Museum.

• Shanghai- it is regarded as the modern face of China which is filled with people who love shopping and good food. It has a beeline of stores, fashionable restaurants and the city is always fun filled. The Bund, Shanghai Museum and Oriental Pearl Tower should not be missed when you visit Shanghai.

• Siem Reap- it is a fast growing city and the night life here is wonderful. It has some ancient temples which make the city all the more beautiful. The Angkor Archaeological Park, the Bayon Temple and the Angkor Wat are some places which you must visit when you are in Siem Reap.

• Chiang Mai- the restaurants, hotels, trendy bars and ancient temples are the main attraction here. Patara Elephant Farm, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep are also some important places where you can visit.

• Hong Kong- it is home to some of the best restaurants and bakeries and it is widely known for the egg tarts, pineapple buns and fish balls. Some of the beautiful places to visit in Hong Kong are Hong Kong Skyline, Victoria Harbor and Big Buddha.

• Singapore- it is a busting Petropolis but is also one of the safest and cleanest cities in South Asia. Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Singapore Zoo and National Orchid Garden are some of the great places where the tourists visit when they are in Singapore.

• Kyoto- this is a very romantic place with some great destinations to visit such as Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple and Golden Pavilion.

• Male- this is an island in Maldives and is filled with beautiful places like National Museum, Dive The World Maldives and Male Fish Market.

Exciting Vacation to California

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Vacation to CaliforniaThe conditions of California are very favorable to go travelling in the vacations. Tourism is the main source of earnings for the people in California. No matter what you want to enjoy, you will definitely find here. You will find over 120 beaches and some of them are over 1000 miles long in length. Some of the must places to visit are:

a) Hidden Valley: This place is located in the Joshua Tree National Park which is surrounded on all sides by walls of granite. The sold rock that is found here has enough of places for holding by hands and foot so it is a very exciting place for rock climbers. This national park is located is located in a desert area near Los Angeles. This place also has boulders jumbled up in the way of building blocks and hence it is also a favorite spot for boulder climbers.
b) Coronado Beach: This island is linked to San Diego by a bridge. This is a very enjoyable place for surfing, sailing, playing volleyball, riding bike and basking in the sun. There are residential areas, restaurants and boutiques. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of the pacific ocean.
c) The thousand Island Lake is located in the Inyo National Forest. This alpine lake was made famous by the black and white photography of Ansel Adam. This forest is located in the Sierra Nevada region of California. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the Banner Peak and the volcanic geology. Fishing is a very famous sport here. You can also grill the fish for your dinner.
d) Sea Ranch in Sonoma County: This place is located at a distance of about 100 miles from San Francisco, It can be a very important holiday spot. There houses are built with timber frames and the use of unpainted wood is done on the exteriors of the house.

Top 3 places to visit during winter

Friday, September 6th, 2013

travel in winterWith winter just around the corner you would definitely be making some plans to go for a vacation. Going on a long vacation often takes that stress away from your whole body and keeps you fresh and energetic. Given below are three best places that you can visit during the winter season:

• Cappadocia, Turkey: one of the most popular holiday destinations for people is Turkey and Cappadocia is one of the busiest destinations of Turkey because of its ancient underground cities, the marvelous rock formations and also other places. This city is located 450 miles away from Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey. If you visit this place in winter then you should bring some heavy winter garments because it is really chilly during winter. You would also have to bring waterproof boots for the underground adventures.
• Whistler, Canada: this is basically a mountain range located in Canada which is perfect for seekers and skiers who love some adventure whenever they are on a vacation. It has some of the best views and which place you go it would be a pleasure to your eyes. A ski gear and shearling coat is a must when you visit this place during the winter season and you would also need to carry sunscreen in order to protect your skin from the cold rays of the sun.
• Buenos Aires, Argentina: if you are not fond of the cold during winters then you should visit Buenos Aires. It is a rather warm place famous for the great food, exciting dances and last but not the least the wine. In this city you can enjoy 24 hours a day and you will surely find people to accompany you. the atmosphere of the place is very nice and that is the main reason why people are so enthusiastic to visit this place during winters.

A Tour at Ko Tao, Thailand’s Little Paradise

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

bangkokIn an article published by Yahoo! Travel, Bangkok has finally overtaken London as the world’s most popular destination. According to MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2013, the Southeast Asian city received 15.98 million tourists in 2013 as compared to London’s 15.96 million. MasterCard reported that the activities and allures such as spicy Thai cuisine, ancient temples, huge Buddha statues, shopping malls are what lured in millions of tourists to visit the Southeast Asian paradise.

If you’re going to divide that 15.96 million to seven (the number of months that has passed this 2013), it shows that an average of 2 million visitors arrives in Bangkok every month; that is too much for a tiny city. Not that it is a bad thing, but for travellers whose aim is relax and recuperate, the busy streets of Bangkok is the best place to unwind. If you are thinking the same way, here’s something you can do: finish your shopping escapades in the city right away and ask your agent to book you tickets to a paradise called Ko Tao. This island, which is 30 minutes away from the Thailand capital by plane, is known for its peaceful atmosphere and eco-tourism.

flight bookings thailandKo Tao is called Turtle Island because its shape resembles a turtle. Because the government keeps it that way, the island is not as crowded as Phuket and other mainstream Thailand beaches. You will definitely feel refreshed and at ease in this place as the island receives only an average 9,000 visitors per month.

Apart from taking a dip in its cool and pristine waters, tourists also come to Ko Tao to take part in a one-of-a-kind diving experience. As of this year, the island has a total of 12 official diving spots, all featuring a wide range of marine life. Among the marine species that people get to see during their diving sessions are the great barracuda, titan triggerfish, clown triggerfish, hawksbill turtle, whale shark, and manta ray. The island also boasts scenic natural landmarks like huge boulders and odd rock formations, white sand beaches, hundreds of hard and soft coral formations, and a huge rock chimney that features an amazing vertical swim-through. Other activities worth-trying in Ko Tao are hiking, camping, sailing, island hopping, and mountain biking.

When it comes to hotel accommodation, you will never feel like you’re away from the city as Ko Tao has a number of hotels and resorts with 24 hour air-conditioning, in-house theaters, mini-golf courses, and sizzling bars. Restaurants around the island also serve different cuisines, boasting cuisines like Thai, French, Italian, and so much more. With a combination of natural and man-made pleasures, Ko Tao island is surely the place to be.

Finding cheap vacation packages online

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

cheap vacation packages onlineDo you want to take your family on a vacation but are worried about the mammoth cost you will have to bear for it? Well, if your answer to this question is a yes then you need to understand that you are not the only one. There are many people who deter from taking their families on vacations because of the big bucks they will need to shell out. However, you will be glad to know that if you do a bit of research then finding cheap vacation packages are not that difficult at all. Here are a few steps for finding cheap vacation packages.

To find cheap vacation packages, you must first undertake an online research. Most travel agencies advertise their vacation packages online nowadays and the internet is the best place where you will find holiday packages that will not burn a hole in your pocket. Once you have found travel agencies that offer cheap packages to the tourist destination you are on keen on, you will have to compare the deals that each of them are offering. Give preference to packages that are all-inclusive; they include both flight fares and hotel tariffs and gives you a very clear idea about the money that you will have to spend. There are some holiday packages that offer discounts on car rentals as well. What you will have to do is first whittle down your option to two or three packages. Then you will have to call these two or three package providers and ensure that none of the things mentioned in their advertisements are misleading.

After you have decided on a certain vacation package, you will need to book in online. To successfully book the package you must follow the directions mentioned on the website. After completing the booking procedure, make sure that you receive the confirmation email.

La Isla de las Munecas: Dare to Travel to the Island of Cursed Dolls

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Isla de las Munecas, travel destinationIf you have a patent for creepy and spooky places to visit then this Halloween, you can take a trip to Mexico and visit the infamous island of the dolls which is locally known as the Isla de las Munecas. It is one of the most popular tourist sports in Mexico and it’s known to have a curse. The people who live there believe that if they don’t keep on hanging dolls on trees and from homes then they will be cursed.

Years ago, a guy name Santana had a family of a wife and a daughter. One day he left and didn’t come back for years. His wife committed suicide and the girl died of starvation in a nearby river. When Santana came back and found out about what happened, he hung the dolls he had got for his daughter from the trees and hung himself from the tree near the river. From that day onwards the people hang dolls there. The dolls rot and wither away giving the island a dead, zombie like look.

Best Trekking Locations of the Himalayas

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Trekking Locations of the HimalayasIf you are an adventure freak, embarking on a trekking expedition to the Himalayas can be really exotic for you. The fantastic view of the world’s highest peak Mt Everest, the exquisite Himalayan ranges and beauty of India and Nepal can surely take away your heart. Sikkim, Himachal, Ladakh and Garhwal are the most popular routes for trekkers all over the world.

You can have the best trekking experience between April and November. You will also get the taste of different cultures in the colorful country of India. Kanchenjunga trek through Sikkim route will be a study of the opulent beauty of Mt Everest. T is mesmerizing to see the sun rise over the ranges of Kanchenjunga.

The neighboring country of India, Nepal also offers a wide range of trekking tours. The best trekking regions in Nepal are Everest region, Lantang region and Annapurna region where you will get to witness the mystic beauty of mountains, glorious glaciers and snow covered passes.