Antelope Canyon Should Be On Your Travel List Of Beautiful Places To Visit This Year
For those nature lovers and adventure seekers, Antelope Canyon is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring sculptures set in stone of the Lake Powell area. This national park is also known as “Corkscrew Canyon”, one of the few slot canyons in the area and the most photographed destination in the world. Located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is the most mystifying place you could ever visit. Here are the top reasons why you should keep this beautiful destination on your travel list this year.
Planning a trip to Québec? Montreal and Quebec city will have you saying oui oui in no time
We went on vacation to Quebec in the middle of September, the perfect early Fall weather, the average temperature was about 59°F to 68°F. If you are a person who prefers lightweight carry-on, a trench coat with a cozy cashmere cardigan will be more than enough. Even though we have been told that there are a lot of French Speakers in Quebec, still we were very impressed that right after we crossed the border, all the street signs became in French. If you are planning to drive to Quebec, it’s very important that you require for international phone service before you leave if you don’t want to lose the direction in the middle of nowhere.
Montreal as the largest city in Quebec has a lot of unique spots for you to explore. The public transportation in Montreal is very convenient, both subway and bus aretourist friendly. Berri-UQAM is the main station to make transfers to different subway lines. If you are looking for hotels which are not surrounded by crowds but easy to commute, we recommend hotels located in Longueuil, which is a small city right next to Montreal, only two stops to Berri-UQAM by taking subway.
Mont Royal is a hill located in Montreal downtown area, walkable distance from where those commercial streets are located. Montreal’s landscape is the plain, you will get an amazing view of the Montreal city from the Mont Royal observatory deck, which is free.
You can choose to either hike up to the top or take a bus to the observatory deck directly. The hiking difficulty numerical rating of this hill should be less than 50.
Notre-Dame Basilica is located in the historic site Old Montreal area. You can buy the admission at the entrance. The interior design is breathtaking with a long history behind it. The height of Notre-Dame Basilica’s ceiling is up to 33 meters, being decorated by real gold. The original color of the ceiling was in blue, but as time goes by, the color you are looking at by eyes could be a little bit greenish now. Notre-Dame Basilica as the first Gothic Revival style church in Canada, has been always comparing with Notre-Dame de Paris because the design of Notre-Dame was inspired by Notre-Dame de Paris.
Montreal Biodome is anecosystem themed environmental museum located in Parc Jean-Drapeau island. You can get there by taking yellow line. It hosts a 360-degree screen showroom for you to watch environmental issue related documentaries and a lot of interactive hands-on exhibits for you to spend a great time with your families.
If you get a tight schedule, you can just enjoy the outside view of the museum and take some fun pictures with this huge ball shaped landmark.
You may schedule your visit to Old Montreal with more flexibilities since you get a lot of things to explore and enjoy. The architectures in Old Montreal will make you feel you are walking on the streets in France. This area finds the perfect balance between history and commerce, tons of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, dessert shops in that area for you to spend a great time. One of the landmarks in Old Montreal is the La Grande Roue de Montréal, you will get an amazing view of the Old Montreal.
Must Eat in Montreal:
Schwartz’s Smoked Meat
If you have done some research about Montreal, you probably already read about this world-famous restaurant which is specialized in Jewish style smoked meat sandwich. This is the most delicious smoked meat we ever had in our life, totally not just a tourism place, a lot of locals stop by there for lunch as well. We ordered the signature dish which is the smoked meat sandwich served on bread with yellow mustard, you can order the meat without bread too. The flavor is rich but mild, not too salty, super juicy, the moment you have a bite, you’ll know why there is always a huge line in front. Even Celine Dion invested 3 million dollars to this historical deli which was founded back in 1928.
It seems every place in Quebec has a long history, this famous bagel brand has over 60 years history and it’s a family owned and operated business. You may think bagels are more or less the same, the bagels at St-Viateur will definitely renovate your understanding of bagels. Before I visited this place, I am definitely not a big fan of bagels because most of them are just too dry and hard. However, St-Viateur always boil the doughs before they bake them, this makes the bagels taste so soft but also chewy.
Quebec City is one of the must-goes in Quebec. We arrived Quebec City on a rainy day, surprisingly the rain didn’t create a mess but set off the city in a fascinated way.
Old Quebec is the attraction which is worth of spending most of your time there by exploring every street and appreciating the amazing architectures from different angles. Old Quebec actually looks very different when it’s in the day and at night. Personally, we prefer the feeling of Old Quebec at night, we felt the happiness of Christmas in the air at night even though it was just in September.
Must-goes in Old Quebec:
Chateau Frontenac is the historic luxury hotel located in the center of Old Quebec. You will need to book the room months in advance since it’s extremely popular, every visitor to Old Quebec is dreaming about the hotel stay at Chateau Frontenac. The good part is that the whole lobby level is open to the public, even though you don’t have a room with them, you can always stop by and get anidea of how it looks like inside.
In the lobby, you will notice that there is a brass post box, weluckily got to know that there was a love story behind this postal box. Several years ago, when the hotel was under maintenance, hotel staff found a post card that had been stuck between floors since World War II. The post card was written by a soldier who was off to the war and he sent this post card asking his lover to wait for him. The staff actually tried to find the recipient but they were not lucky unfortunately.
Fresque Des Quebecois
Fresque Des Quebecois is the most famous mural in Quebec City featuring the landmarks and figures of Quebec City’s history. In front of the mural, you can find the information about all the figures on the mural and the stories behind on them.
Mesmerizing Landscapes, Romantic Sunsets, Crystal Clear Waters and Amazing Food. A trip of a lifetime to the Greek Islands
I have always been in love with the ocean and the beautiful sunsets, specially in the Pacific coast. Growing up near the ocean one learns how to be appreciative and respectful of the seas. I’ve heard and read many things about the history of Greece and that the islands display one of the most romantic sunsets in the world. I was invited by some dear friends to embark on a journey of nine days. I was so excited and humble to start this trip. Many people can only dream of visiting such beautiful place but I was one of the lucky ones about to experience this enchanted place.
My friends and I had in mind to visit the three most popular places in Greece: Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. We planned the itinerary carefully in advanced, paying attention to every single detail so we wouldn’t miss a thing. We wanted to be sure our vacation was a trip of a lifetime.
Our Journey started from Newark, NY to Athens Greece in a 9 hour flight. Emirates Airlines does it best!
First Stop – Athens: The beginning of Europe, Rich in History and Temples
Athens is the perfect blend of antiquity and modernity, a tour around Athens transports you back 6,000 years. Blessed with a rich ancient and medieval history, the city features the Acropolis, the ancient agora as well as a few temples dedicated to gods of the past. You can also see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, is one of the most striking monuments to human vanity in the world.
Delicious Food and Rooftop Restaurants
It is widely known that Greece is home to one of the most delightful cuisines in the world. It is Characterized by ample portions of fresh seafood, sun-grown vegetables, tender meat, amazing yogurt and delicious house wine to accompany any meal. Greek cuisine deserves to be enjoyed and appreciated not only in Europe but worldwide. Depending on the area you find yourself in Greece, you can find many dining options.
Food is tasty and also very affordable. Skip the tourist traps and explore the city like a local. Ask around where to enjoy authentic food to people on the streets and they will be happy to direct you to the right place.
Second Stop – Mykonos: Crystal Clear Water, Beautiful Architecture & Never Ending Parties
After two nights in Athens, we set to depart to the island of Mykonos by ferry. It is so worth it and economical to travel by ferry. Not only do you save money, but you also get to see other beautiful islands that many times are overlooked.
Mykonos is straight out of a fairy tale book, surrounded by cycladic white houses, crystal clear waters and golden sands, so no matter what beach you choose to spend the day on, you know it’s going to look like paradise.
While you are in the center of town don’t forget to make a pit stop at one of the souvenirs shops to get a white tee with the Mykonos logo on it and if you are a foodie, dine at one of the outdoor seating restaurants near the wind mills. A picturesque photo or a selfie from this area is mandatory, and a taste of the sea urchin is highly recommended.
Party time is never ending in Mykonos and you can’t go wrong with beaches like Paradise and Super Paradise, where beach parties start from 4pm every day. And if you are looking for something out of the ordinary visit the memorable Jackie O’ where you can enjoy a good drag show.
Third Stop – Santorini: Romantic Destination and Best Sunset in the World
After a shot of espresso and a delicious breakfast to kill the hangover. I was on to my next stop. I was sad to say goodbye to Mykonos , but I was happy to continue with my journey to one of the most iconic places in the world. Anyone who has been there seems to come back filled with stories of this wonderful place.
The ferry ride was smooth; looking for a ride to the town of Fira wasn’t so bad. You could get a ride by van for only $10.
The van dropped us off at the door step of the hotels where we were staying. “Oh my,” I thought as I caught my first glimpse of our cute boutique hotel. Travelers could get amazing views from many hotels from any side of the island. I recommend booking a reservation at one of the boutique hotels on the opposite side of La Caldera. Rates are usually half than if you stayed at one of the hotels near la Caldera and not only that but these hotels also include a breakfast meant for the gods. Nóstimo!
As soon as I got to my hotel, I contacted the ATV company to deliver a four wheeler to my hotel. I couldn’t wait to get on with the adventure on this fascinating island.
From wineries, red-white and black sand beaches, amazing sunsets in Oia to nude beaches (known by locals only), Santorini has something for all.
I wasn’t such a big fan of the typical cliché “Love is in the air”. What does that even mean? You wouldn’t even know the meaning of these words until you travel to Santorini. Sitting by the ocean at a restaurant in Oia, enjoying a glass of wine and seeing couples proposing, or celebrating anniversaries around you, you’ll definitely know that love is in the air.
Everything was just surreal, too beautiful and so perfect that I couldn’t help but let escape a couple of tears.
I definitely made a promise to myself that I would go back to this place with that special someone that I’ve been waiting for my whole life, and who knows, maybe get married there. Until then I will just keep traveling and living a life of adventure.
Planning a road-trip? Vermont, the state of bear, beer, maple syrup, and chocolate may be the perfect destination for you
If you are also planning your autumn trip in New England and can’t wait for the fall foliage to completely change leaf colors down in Boston, Vermont would be your dream place to visit.
Checklist before your trip to Vermont:
Vehicle with a big empty trunk. It’s almost impossible to do any sightseeing in Vermont without a car, and it’s also impossible not to buy a few packs of beers in Vermont.
Trust me; your phone carrier would not work most of the time even in 2018.
Airbnb or a place to stay
What to know about Vermont before your trip:
Vermont is famous for its local breweries, maple syrup, farms and chocolate, teddy bear factory, covered bridges, and beautiful trees
Weather can turn really cold during the night and early morning
People are extremely nice and warm
Here’s the trip we took during Mid-September, 2018 with a three day weekend getaway.Hope it might help you plan your next trip.
Day 1: Home >Stowe, Vermont> Hill Farmstead Brewery >The Alchemist Brewery > Prohibition Pig
Make sure you slept well the day before as you will have a 3.5 hr drive from Boston to Stowe. We left Boston at 8 am and arrived at our first stop, Moss Glen Falls, around noon. Moss Glen Falls (Stowe) can be reached thanks to a short but very nice hiking trail. (Suggested duration: 30 mins – 1 hour).
Later, we headed to Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, which has been named the best brewery in the world for 4 straight years according to RateBeer. If you are a dark beer drinker like me, you will definitely enjoy their Shirley Mae a lot; if you like pale ales, Abner would be a great choice; and even if you are not so much a beer fan, there’s an awesome pizza van right outside of Hill Farmstead Brewery. Try the chicken pesto pizza!
The Alchemist Brewery is another must-visit brewery in Vermont. You can sample a few of their tasty brews on draft, and take a look at their amazing facilities. Do not miss the all-time popular Heady Topper, which been rated the best IPA in the world.Prepare to bring your friends with you, as each customer is only allowed to purchase a limited number of four-packs.
Before you end your day, drive back to Stowe and have a fine dinner at Prohibition Pig, an amazing restaurant and microbrewery.
Day 2 (in Burlington): Vermont Teddy Bear Factory > Lake Champlain > Foam Brewers Brewery > Zero Gravity Brewery > Burlington Beer Company > Hen of the Wood
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory is one of the largest teddy bear factories. Its teddy bears are so cute and fluffy you might have a heart attack once you enter!You can sign up for a tour ($4 for adult),and build your own bear for the same price of an in-store teddy bear. During the tour, you will learn how and where bears are born, and see the entire bear-making process while cuddling buttercream or honey bears. Moreover, you will also visit the bear hospital, where the injured bears will sit in a hospital bed, wear a patient gown and have maple syrup IVs to help them recover faster. Once again, the place is so adorable that it will melt your heart. (Suggested duration: 2 hours).
Lake Champlain is very close to the Burlington City center area. We had our lunch in Church Street and walked around Waterfront Park. There are various ferries available on Lake Champlain, but remember to check the ferry schedule, since there are limited seats. Foam Brewers Brewery and Zero Gravity Brewery (or Queen City Brewery just across the road) are also located in the area, within walking distance. Indeed, you can take a romantic walk on the Waterfront Park from Foam Brewers, that will allow you to reach Zero Gravity Brewery in about half an hour.
If you are also planning to have a romantic dinner, head to the astounding Hen of the Wood, one of the best restaurants in the world! Remember to reserve at least a couple of weeks in advance, if you want to find a table.
Day 3: Bragg Farm Sugar House >Quechee Gorge > Woodstock > Billings Farm & Museum > Home
We decided to take it slow on our last day and adding more sightseeing/nature attractions. We started with a sugar-high morning by visiting Bragg Farm Sugar House. Maple syrup is one of the signature products in Vermont. Take a free tour to learn the history of Vermont Maple syrup with endless maple syrup tasting.
Visiting Vermont covered bridges is also a must-do-activity in Vermont. We picked Taftsville Covered Bridge, Lincoln Covered Bridge, and Middle Covered Bridge in Woodstock, as they some of the oldest and prettiest ones in the state. We also visited Quechee Gorge, Vermont’s Grand Canyon, during our bridge hunt. Quechee Gorge is the deepest gorge in Vermont; you can take a nice picture on both sides of the gorge, by walking on the Route 4 Bridge.
If you are an animal lover, don’t miss a tour of Billings Farm & Museum before you end your trip. You will be able to pet farm animals such as pigs, jersey cows, horses, sheep, and chickens. Stick around for the 3 pm milking demonstration, and ask the knowledgeable and gracious stuff if you want to learn more about how the milking process works, and the farm daily routine.
Seattle is calling! 6 Must Visit Outdoor Spots that will make you smile
Known for its lush evergreen trees, a lot of rain, and views of the Puget Sound make The Emerald City a place that everyone needs to visit. Seattle has a lot to offer tourists who will see that the outdoors are a daily part of many of the residents who live in and around this huge city. Seattle’s location allows for many great views of the city and surrounding landscape as well as plenty to see within city limits. Check out these must visit outdoor spots in Seattle for your next trip to the Great Northwest.
1. Space Needle
Known as one the most recognizable landmarks in the world, Seattle’s Space Needle draws well over 1 million people each year. Opening in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle was created with a futuristic design that made it immediately stand out against the natural background of the area. Tickets are needed to go inside The Space Needle but there are plenty of things to see around the area as well. At over 600 feet tall, The Space Needle offers amazing views from the top which is the only 360-degree view that visitors will see of the city.
2. Pike Place Market
This iconic open-air market is almost as well known as the Space Needle. You’ll find a slew of vendors and artists selling a wide variety of produce, seafood, flowers and artisan items that are native to the area. Make sure to check out the flying fish market that throws your selection to fish mongers before wrapping up fresh halibut, salmon, and crab. You’ll find the fishmongers write underneath the famous Public Market sign that the market is most well known for.
3. Golden Gardens Park
If you are looking for a beach to watch the sunset look no further than Golden Gardens Park. The park consists of 87 acres that are located on the edge of the Puget Sound. You can not only play in the sand and wash your feet off in the cold water but also catch a gorgeous view overlooking the Olympic Mountains. You’ll find plenty of interesting wildlife in the sand, thanks to the low tides, which include sea urchins and crabs. Plenty of sailboats use this area as well making for some great picture worthy opportunities too. If sand isn’t your thing there are trails that canvas the park for those looking to take a sunset walk along the water or through the wetland area on the park’s northern end.
4. Seattle Japanese Garden
The wet and cooler Seattle climate allows for some amazing gardens in the area that are pretty unique. Take for example the Seattle Japanese Garden that is located within the heart of the city. It may be a smaller garden with just a few acres but it definitely packs a punch with its focus on gorgeous Japanese maple trees as well as unique designs and landscapes that feel a world away from the busy Seattle area. The garden was designed with strollers in mind which allows residents and visitors to casually enjoy the surrounding beauty during a casual stroll through the area.
5. Market Theater Gum Wall
Yes, you read that correctly. The Pacific Northwest is known for being a little bit on the weird side and Seattle’s Market Theater Gum Wall is a great testament to that fact. Located in an alleyway underneath Pike Place Market, the gum wall draws locals and visitors alike in seeing the massive amount of gum that have been left by visitors. At one time there was thought to be 1 million pieces of gum on the walls which is enough to impress you or make you gag when you really think about it. The City of Seattle has cleaned the gum wall twice, using a pressure washer and an employee covered in a head to toe hazmat suit, with the most recent cleaning happening in September of 2018. The cleaning occurs to help preserve the actual wall itself but is sure to be covered once again with enough gum to make this a must on your places to visit in Seattle.
6. Gas Works Park
If you’re looking for some kayaking make sure to definitely check out Gas Works Park located on the north end of the city. This 21-acre park has great water activities as well as plenty of room for lounging in the sun as well as bicycling. The park was built on the site of a gas plant in 1975 and features remnants of the gas plant making this a unique park in the Seattle area. The park includes a 60-foot hill which gives you a great view of the city as well as the water surrounding the park.
Seattle is full of places to visit to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful outdoors. Visit iconic landmarks like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market as well as the infamous Market Theater Gum Wall. Check out the local hiking, botanical gardens, and magnificent views of the city and Puget Sound in both Gas Works Park and Golden Gardens Park. Make sure to stop at these must visit outdoor spots in Seattle the next time you are in the area. For more information about tours visit https://www.taketours.com/seattle-wa/
Sarah Miller is a writer, self-claimed nutritionist, and crossfit junkie. She spends most of her time meal prepping and actively trying to beat personal records in the gym, but always enjoys a meditative walk through a nearby woodland area or near a lake.