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THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 8, 2017


If you love adventures this is the best place to spend your vacations. The major San Diego attractions include walking through the frothy surf of Coronado Beach, hiking along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Reserve, or admiring the postcard-worthy scenery at La Jolla Cove.

Balboa Park

This 1200 acre San Diego attraction is the city’s cultural hub which is located in downtown San Diego. A great place to stroll, picnic or bike ride. At the starting of the park is the Botanical Building, one of the most photographed places in Balboa Park. It features 2100 permanent plants, a cactus garden, a Japanese style garden, rose garden, and palm tree canyon.

There plenty of San Diego attractions residing here including Old Globe Theatre, the Spreckels Organ Pavelion, the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Model Railroad Museum and the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum.

San Diego ZooSan Diego Zoo and Safari Park

One of the most famous San Diego attraction is this 100 acre establishment. It is one of the largest zoos in the USA, housing rare and endangered animals in the world, about 3,500 including giraffes, giant pandas, polar bears, elephants and koalas, to name a few. There is also an option to get a bird’s eye view of the exhibits with Skyfari aerial team. If that’s not enough move to the Safari Park, 32 miles north in the Escondido which includes meerkats, lions, zebras, gorillas, bald eagles and cheetahs – roaming free. There are various safaris – a zipline safari and a caravan safari.

Torrey Pines State Reserve

This beautiful San Diego attraction features 1,750 acres of unspoiled land, protecting various types of flora – about 3,000 Torrey Pines, America’s rarest pine tree, also houses one of Southern California’s last salt marshes and waterfowl refuges. There are various trails which are offered including – the brief Guy Fleming Trail (0.7 miles round trip), the longer Razor Point Trail (1.4 miles round trip) and a beach trail that leads to Torrey Pines.

Coronado BeachCoronado Beach

Families and couples usually love to be at this San Diego attraction for its fewer sunbathers and calmer waves, clean sands, peaceful atmosphere and idyllic location in the “Crown City”. There are plenty of picturesque sceneries to admire. The historic Hotel de Coronado placed just beyond the sand, offers ice skating which is loved by many visitors.

USS Midway Museum

A big military town, USS Midway Museum is the next San Diego attraction. Having played host to 225,000 sailors over the course of its life, the USS Midway is the longest serving American aircraft carrier of the 20th century. You can explore 60 different exhibits and 29 restored aircraft aboard, flown in World War II, Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. During the tour one can see the primary flight control room, the ship’s jail, the engine room among other areas of the other 4 acre flight deck.

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Grab a Last Minute Cruise Deal & Sail Away!

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 8, 2017


A cruise is one of the most cost-effective ways to travel the world. If you wish to set off on a cruise right away, you can find a last minute cruise deal to take you to your dream destination.

Here are some of the best cruise options that you can consider:

1. Panama Canal

It is this ship canal that connects the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. An engineering marvel, cruising over the canal is a great experience.

2. Aruba

It is a beautiful Caribbean island that is definitely worth a visit. The scenic beauty, the lovely ambience, the helpful people and the party loving atmosphere makes it one of the go-to spots for cruise lovers.

3. Hong Kong

A former British colony, the country draws worldwide cruise tourists every day. The land is an exciting blend of the modern western and the eastern culture. It is considered Asia’s cruise hub and is home to the wondrous Victoria Harbour.

4. Norway

Norway is home to some of the most beautiful fjords and steep rocks. The unique topography of the region makes it a wonderful place to visit.

5. Cayman Island

Apart from its charming beauty, Cayman Island is also known for its ship wrecks, underwater reefs and soft white sands; everything you need for a great cruise holiday. Regarded as a paradise on earth, travellers must definitely try the sunset cruise when here.

6. New Zealand

Till even a few years ago, New Zealand was not a very popular destination with cruisers. However, in recent times, several cruise lines have added some scenic spots of the country to their itineraries which has made it a great place for cruisers. Complete with glorious beaches, glaciers and a host of other natural and man-made wonders, this is one place you would love to cruise to.

7. Alaska

It is one of the most breath-taking destinations on the planet. If you love the mountains and enjoy basking in natural settings, this is one place that you must visit.


8. French Riviera

The Mediterranean has plenty to offer and it is impossible to narrow down to any one place to visit. However, the French Riviera is one place that stands out due to its awe-inspiring beauty. A cruise along the place is an incredible experience.

9. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands is one of the most widely popular cruise destinations thanks to its pristine charm and beauty. Located amidst natural surroundings, the place is a popular spot with cruisers.

10. Barbados

With plenty on offer, Barbados is one beautiful island country worth a visit. The clear waters, warm sands, pleasant weather and some historic sites make it the perfect choice for a cruise holiday.

These are just some of the best destinations around the globe that travellers can explore by ship. With cruises catering to all kinds of budgets and destination choices, tourists have plenty to choose from.

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How to Spend a Layover in Jackson Hole

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 8, 2017


Are you on your way to a destination in west Wyoming and have to make a stop en-route? We have a perfect layover recommendation. Wondering what’s a layover? Layovers are small stops in between destinations, if someone is travelling afar to many places. There comes a time, when the traveler wants to stop and regain the energy and re-boost themselves for more adventure and fun the very next day. Jackson Hole has a lot of places and the en-routes to layover for the night or for the day, to get back on road again and get going! Also, the Jackson Hole vacation rentals, has got it all covered with their perfect hospitality and comfort for the tourists travelling from faraway places.

As for the layovers, if someone is travelling towards Jackson Hole, then the shortest route they can catch is from SLC, which is straight up 1-15 to Idaho Falls, and then travel to east via the Swan Valley and then to Jackson Hole. This is a very easy and pleasing drive away, with comparatively less traffic and is also very beautiful route to travel. Also, one can either stay in Pocatello or else at Idaho Falls, in Idaho.  There are a lot of mid-sized motels to halt and enjoy a relaxed evening.
Also, as for the other options, one can fly to SLC and drive up to 89 through the magnificent Star Valley. One can spend the night in Afton, which is a very nice place for a layover, if someone is travelling towards Jackson Hole.

If one is driving up through Logan Canyon to the Bear Lake and one wants to stay for the night, then it can be a good layover. With a beautiful drive and energy reviving view, there are a lot of exciting places to stay and lounge around.

Other options to have a layover in Jackson Hole, are its extravagant hotels like

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, Amangani, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, Snake River Lodge & Spa and more which can serve the best options for a quick layover. One can indulge in delectable bites, indulge in country living experience and enjoy Jackson Hole’s hospitality and care. Also, as for the travelers, this can be a great chance to be the part of nature, away from city hustle and bustle. The layovers are the best when one doesn’t really know the place and explore unprecedented activities. Jackson Hole, which is a very relaxing and picturesque location, it’s the best place to lounge at and to begin the day with the sound of chirping birds waking you up. There’s an activity to suit each travellers preference. From a solo traveller to family, to a honeymooner, there’s something for one and all. If you like adventure, then Jackson Hole has many spots to keep you on your feet, giving your adrenaline rush the much-needed boost. From skiing in winter to paragliding to wild life safari, do it all, here. Not just that, Jackson Hole, is great for ice climbing and snowmobiling in winters too.

If you are a workaholic looking to take a break from the fast paced city life, Jackson Hole is an ideal spot to enjoy country living. The scenery, breath taking views and rendezvous with nature will marvel you. Replenish your energy levels, to head back and take on work, like never before. If you happen to visit Jackson Hole in the summers, you can canoe or enjoy a horse ride in the Bridger-Teton National Park. Not just that, if you have time and the rush to climb heights, hiking is a great way to see the mountains here.

If you are travelling with family, your kids will enjoy a great array of travel activities in Jackson Hole. Boat trips, animal watching, elks, deer and many more, hiking, nature discovery, delicious food will all make your travel a never before experienced affair. Even more, no matter what you set your mind to, there’s never dearth of things to do and explore in Jackson Hole. Be ready to delve in to a vacation that will fall short of days, not experiences to take back home.

To make an experience count, one should be assured that they are going to have fun, anywhere and everywhere. Imagine, waking up surrounded by mountains, ducks and swans that flock around in Jackson Hole all round the year. Even if you are not planning a trip in Jackson Hole, think again. You’ll only be driven to plan one, after witnessing all that this place has to offer for all kinds of travellers irrespective of season or budget. So, take a chance and leap into the magnanimous beauty of Jackson Hole on your next layover.

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Tourist Attractions in Chicago

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 8, 2017



Chicago is situated in the Midwest. It is a high-spirited metropolitan city comprising of around 3 million people. It is famous for house music, blues, jazz, comedy, shopping, dining, architecture, and fine cultural attractions. Architects such as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, and artists like Picasso, Mirõ, Dubuffet, and Chagall having left their impressions over here.

This place gives home feels and also known as hubs of Midwest. An attractive city that would blow your mind with its wonderful beauty. There are more than enough Chicago sightseeing places such as world class museum of art and science, sandy beaches, large parks, public art and probably admirable downtown collection of architecture around the world.

Art Institute of Chicago

This museum comprises of thousands of art works. It was opened in 1879 and situated in Chicago’s Grant Park. It is one of the renowned, ancient and largest museums in united states. Around 1.5 million visitors pay a visit to this museum per annum. There is more to see than what you can do in one day.

So if you are planning a visit this city, don’t afford to miss this Chicago tourist attraction. Take out an ample of time for this place. All the art and literature lovers are always crazy to see the arts over here.

Millennium ParkMillennium Park

It is situated in downtown Chicago edged by Michigan avenue. Millennium Park has emerged into one of the most important millennium assignments. It is a 24.5-acre park comprising of class art, music architecture, landscape design, where anything and everything can be experienced from interactional public activities and ice skiing to al fresco dining and classical music presentations.

There is also a serene Lurie Garden which will blow your mind with its serenity. You can enjoy the outdoor gallery and take in a free outdoor show.

Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile

It is one of the most attractive tourist attractions in America. It is a north-south street in Chicago. The magnificent mile is wrapped with a lot of things to do in Chicago, including tourist attractions and more than 50 landmark buildings.

You must enjoy Chicago sightseeing, it’s well-known nightlife and does have a visit to downtown either by bus, boat or trolley. Some of its major tourist attractions are the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, and the Tribune Tower.

Navy Pier

It was opened in 1916 as an amusement park zone and shipping facility. It is now one of the most major tourist attractions in Chicago. It covers 50 acres of distance including gardens, shops, restaurants, concert venues, and parks. This place also has a museum for children. It was reopened in 1995 and since then 180 million visitors have come to enjoy the experiences. All in all, if you want to have an amazing and thrilling experience with children, must come here.

Museum of Science and Industry

It originally is known as the Columbian Museum of Chicago and was founded in 1893. This museum displays the biological and anthropological collections accumulated for the World Columbian Exposition. It was renamed as honor Marshall Field.

This is worth your money for the most part. The mummies and dinosaurs are displayed spectacularly. They had a beautiful gem exhibit. It is a lot to see!

Shelia

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5 Travel Destinations for Book Lovers

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 8, 2017


Sometimes in life you’re onto a really good thing if you can successfully combine two of your favourite things. Think chocolate and peanut butter or the internet and cats. In this case it’s travel and books. These are the top 5 travel destinations for book lovers.

The Hobbit Motel – New Zealand

If you’re crazy about the Lord of the Rings then you don’t want to miss a chance to live like a Hobbit in your very own underground Hobbit cabin. Set on a working farm, the motel is made from a combination of natural and recycled materials. The underground Hobbit cabins are made from natural timbers and natural materials for the curtains. And if you’re worried about the bed, don’t be, all the beds are ‘regular’ size so you don’t have to worry about hitting your head or your legs hanging off the end.

Shakespeare and Company Bookshop – Paris

Whether you’re a big fan of Shakespeare or not (who isn’t?) if you’re a book lover then you won’t want to miss out on visiting the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris, France. The bookshop is extravagantly cosy and quirky and has English-language books (not just French). It’s only 3 minutes away from the Notre-Dame Cathedral too, so if you’re planning a trip to the French capital anyway then there’s no reason to miss it.

Hay-on-Wye – United Kingdom

Every book lover needs to visit the charming little town of Hay-on-Wye at least once in their lifetime. As the most famous book town in the world it has only 1,500 inhabitants and has as many as 24 bookshops. Each and every bookshop in town is well worth a visit but you definitely cannot miss the open-air bookshop in the Hay Castle. Try to visit during the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts which is held between May and June every year. Hay-on-Wye is on the Welsh-English border, just a little over 3 hours drive from London or 1.5 hours away from Bristol.

The One Room Reading Cabin – New York

All book lovers know that nothing is better than snuggling up with a good book. And the architects at Studio Padron are certainly book lovers themselves. They created a one room reading nook in upstate New York. The little tiny wood cabin library in snuggled in the middle of the woods and features walls lined with books, a cosy bed and chairs and a little fire place to keep warm. Nothing could be better.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter – London

Of course we can’t make a list of the top places to travel to for book lovers without including the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of The Making of Harry Potter in London. Get up close with the movie sets, costumes and props used in all the Harry Potter films. You’ll even be able to step inside some of the famous locations including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s Hut, the boys’ dormitory, the potion’s classroom and Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic.

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