Following the Trails of Game of Thrones

Trending Destinations in Europe

The HBO hit show Game of Thrones is about to release its 8th and final season. As known to all fans, many scenes of the show are filmed in real-world locations. Here are some of the most famous places you can put on your GOT travel bucket list!

Iceland

Most of the sceneries set The Wall and north of the wall were filmed in Iceland. As a country with frozen landscape and volcanoes at the same time, this is the perfect portrayal of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Aurora on the Kirkjufell

Attractions to Visit:

  • Reynishfjara Beach: one of the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland, featuring an amazing cliff. This is the beach at Eastwatch by the sea where the night’s watch guarded the wall
  • Kirkjufell: the amazing scenery of Arrowhead Mountain in the show, also the most photographed mountain in Iceland.
  • more places to visit in Iceland

Spain

Toledo, Spain. Alcazar and the ancient city on a hill over the Tagus River, Castilla la Mancha medieval attraction of Espana.

Spain itself is definitely attractive enough for all tourists. It is the sunniest place in entire Europe with the best beaches. There is so much to see, to taste, and to enjoy in Spain, not to mention it is one of the main filming locations for Dorne in Game of Thrones. Even though Dorne is out of the picture for season 8 (maybe? who knows!) We still miss this vibrant land in the show.

Attractions to Visit:

  • Seville: the Real Alcazar Palace is the royal palace of Dorne in the show which has grown its fame over the past couple years. The palace has stunning gardens where Trystane Martell and Myrcella Baratheon grew feelings for each other.
  • Caceres: Caceres is a new location introduced in Season 7 of GOT. The Castle of Trujillo was the set of Casterly Rock, the residence of House Lannister, during the attack of the Unsullied.
  • more places to visit in Spain

the United Kingdom

As the inspiration of the entire series, U.K has to be one of the most prominent shooting spots on the list. Many plots in the North took place in Northern Ireland, including Winterfell (the home of the Starks), Castle Black (the base camp of the Night’s Watch), and some parts of Kings Landing (the capital and political center of the show).

Attractions to visit:

  • Castle Ward: the filming location of Winterfell, residence for the Starks in the show.
  • Dark Hedges: the filming location of Kingsroad, a pathway between Kings Landing and the North. The Dark Hedges is one of the most beautiful tree tunnels in the world.
  • more places to visit in the UK

Croatia

Croatia has become the new traveler’s favorite place to go ever since the launch of the show. The small country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe has a unique and exotic culture and it was heavily featured in the show.The picturesque view and sunny weather during the summer days also make it a top destination for GOT fans.

Attractions to Visit:

  • Old Town of Dubrovnik: wandering around the street, you will find yourself emerged in the marketplace of Kings Landing. The city was the main filming location for the fictive capital in the show.
  • Mineeta Tower: The tower stands at the highest point of Dubrovnik, where tourists can overlook the orange rooftops of the entire city. This is also the House of the Undying of Oarth, where Daenerys Targaryen saw many visions and prophecy of her future.
  • more places to visit in Croatia

Top Labor Day Weekend Getaways – Places to Visit

What places to visit on Labor Day? Here are some top weekend getaways ideas

Top Labor Day Weekend Getaways - Places to Visit
Couple at the Grand Canyon Skywalk

Labor Day is a very popular celebration in the States and as you may know, it always falls on the first Monday of September. This special holiday can be kind of bittersweet: on one hand, it provides everyone with a much-need break from their busy lives, but on the other, it unofficially marks the end of summer. This makes it a really good excuse to sneak in one last weekend getaway while the weather is still nice. But with awesome Labor Day Weekend events happening all over the United States, it can be difficult to decide where to go. At TakeTours, We’ve got you covered. We know all the best places and the coolest cities across the country, so keep reading for a list of top places to visit for this Labor Day weekend getaways. We’ve tried to throw in a good selection for all ages!

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Trips and Vacations Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Planning a weekend getaway this Memorial Day?

Trips and Vacations for 2017 Memorial Day Weekend
Niagara Falls Aerial View, Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the top, Ontario, Canada

Memorial Day is a holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring all the Americans who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
Many families and volunteers visit cemeteries and memorials. Many of them place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.

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Win Up To $175 In Prizes At The Cherry Blossom Photo Contest

Participate In The Cherry Blossom Photo Contest For A Chance To Win Up To $175 In Prizes

As part of this year’s Cherry Blossom Season, we are excited to announce that we are hosting a Facebook photo competition. The purpose of this contest is to inspire people to travel and to appreciate the beautiful things nature has to offer. So grab your camera, snap a photo and share your favorite Cherry Blossom moment with us. Participate in the Cherry Blossom Photo Contest 2018 for a chance to win up to  $175 in prizes.

Cherry Blossom Contest 2018
Invitation to Cherry Blossom Photo Contest 2018

Prizes
• 1st place is a $100 travel gift card
• 2nd place is a $50 travel gift card
• 3rd place is a $25 travel gift card

Don’t forget to ask your friends to vote! – The number of votes on photo will improve your chances to be ranked a Winner. 

To enter the contest and for additional information click here

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Giant Redwoods at Sequoia National Park

For many, seeing Giant Redwoods is the highlight of their trip to San Francisco. And we completely get it! The San Francisco Bay Area is the perfect starting point for visiting these giant trees because there are so many different options within proximity of the city, “but  what are really the best places to see Giant Redwoods from San Francisco? 

The U.S. west coast is home to two species of evergreen redwoods and my guests are always keen to learn about the different types. Now, pay attention! There are the Coastal redwoods and the Giant Sequoia redwoods. Their geographic ranges do not overlap so pick your favorite to visit (or visit both!).

Sequoia National Park

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Sign to the entrance of Sequoia National Park, California.

The Giant Sequoias grow inland on mountain ranges or close to them and on elevations of 5,000 to 7,000 feet. They need dry summer heat but also the water from the snowmelt in spring to survive. The Giant Sequoias differ in size and shape from their coastal brothers. They are the bigger one with huge trunks. The most well known in this family is probably the General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park whose trunk has a circumference of 102 feet (it is only 275 feet tall). It’s estimated weight of 2.7 million pounds makes it the world’s largest living organism. How cool is that?

The Coastal redwoods, however, grow, as the name suggests, along the northern California coast. They need the moist, humid but cool climate that can so often be found here. These types of trees need elevations below 1,000 feet. The tallest coastal redwood tree is the Hyperion tree north of Eureka, CA with 379.7 feet in height. Also, did you know that this type of tree has way softer needles than the bigger brother? Feel them both!

Yosemite National Park

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

So, now that you know about the different types you can see from San Francisco, you probably wonder once again, “but what are really the best places” to see them? Well, in our opinion, the best place to see the Giant Sequoias from San Francisco is the Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite National Park. So awesome! Many people don’t know that you can visit Yosemite in just a day from San Francisco (hey, it’s just a 4 hour drive!) and it’s awesome and worth it to gaze up into the canopy of those Giants and don’t think of anything else. Just be aware that the Summer months are super busy in Yosemite and parking to see these wonders of nature might be really difficult. Also, if you are not used to driving that far and that long, including windy mountain roads, you can always join one of the guided tours that travel there few times a week!  Visit the following link for more info https://www.taketours.com/san-francisco-ca/sf-to-yosemite-and-sequoia-1-day-tour-139-297.html

Muir Woods National Monument

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Funny men against a Giant Sequoia

But there is also Muir Woods National Monument, just about 1 hour north of San Francisco, which is home to the coastal redwoods. Be aware, parking is even more limited and they are starting to introduce a parking reservation system in 2018 to limit cars into the area even more. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, check one of the Muir Woods Expedition tours! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! Visit the following link for more info https://www.taketours.com/san-francisco-ca/bay-in-a-day-with-muir-woods-from-san-francisco-839-5878.html

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
Up close with an old huge Redwood Sequoia tree in a beautiful landscape

Another option to see Coastal Redwoods not too far away from the city, is the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, very popular among locals and tourists and it’s just 2 hours north of San Francisco.

So what are you waiting for?  Find out what makes these Redwood trees so special and unforgettable! Visit the following link for more information: https://www.taketours.com/san-francisco-ca/yosemite-and-sequoia-with-alcatraz-combo-tour-from-san-francisco-839-1119.html