What to Pack for a Perfect Yellowstone Trip

Do you know what to pack for that perfect Yellowstone trip?

What to Pack for a Perfect Yellowstone Trip
Yellowstone-Midway Geyser Basin

For those who crave adventure in the great outdoors, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a paradise. It was the very first national park in the United States, covering over 3,000 square miles of majestic wilderness and attracting over 3 million visitors every year.

There are many possible accommodations in the park, depending on your personal needs. Anyone who is ready to answer the call of the wild with a resounding, Yes! can get the full Yellowstone experience by pitching a tent at one of the many campgrounds. On the other side of the coin, for those who love the outdoors, but want a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in, there are fantastic lodges in the park, available all year round.

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Ski Trip Packing Checklist

What To Pack And Not To Pack? Ski Trip Packing Checklist

Ski Trip Packing Checklist
Ski Trip in Winter

Winter clothes are much bulkier, so before traveling this winter, remember to really think about whether you really need something before packing it! At TakeTours.com, we thought we’d help out with a bit of the anxiety and give you some friendly tips for your ski trip packing checklist you may or may not already be aware of:

  • Consider packing a duffel bag instead of a suitcase; you’ll get a little more wiggle room on storage space. If you prefer a suitcase, we would recommend bringing an empty duffel bag in your suitcase to use on the way back, if needed.
  • Remember to bring WARM clothes, such as sweaters, gloves/mittens, hats, scarves, socks (waterproof whenever possible, We recommend hiking socks!).

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TakeTours.com Cyber Monday Sale – featuring tours from as low as $1!

Biggest Discount of the Year! – Join us for Cyber Monday Sale

TakeTours.com Cyber Monday Sale - featuring tours from as low as $1!
Cyber Monday at TakeTours

Cyber Monday is the biggest day for online shopping of the year. Mimicking retail stores, ecommerce has improved on the American tradition of Black Friday. No need for carrying bags or getting stuck in traffic, the best deals can be found right in the comfort of your own home. At TakeTours.com, we have the biggest discounts of the year for this special day sale (November 26th). In fact, tours are starting at just $1!

Opening at midnight on Monday November 26th, dozens of tours will be discounted to the lowest prices we’ve ever advertised! No matter where you are, or where you want to go, TakeTours has a Cyber Monday deal just for you. Shop from the comfort of your home and pick the deal that works for you and your family

 

Japan And South Korea: Two New Destinations To Explore

Explore Japan And South Korea. Two Beautiful Destinations Not To Be Overlooked.

Mount Fuji and Cherry Tree
Mount Fuji and Cherry Tree

Japan and South Korea are two countries you need to witness, breath, experience and feel for yourself. From high speed trains with bento boxes to feast along the way, intriguing fire rituals at Shinto shrines, to bathing in rejuvenating hot springs after a long day of activities. Japan and South Korea will have you coming back for more!

TakeTours is excited to provide customers with more destination options in Asia. The first tours have been released in partnership with leading local tour operators in Japan and South Korea. We expect to release more tours and vacation packages across Asia in the upcoming months as we establish partnerships with the major tour companies in the region. It’s exciting to expand tour services in these two countries, giving customers more options to travel!

Himeji, Japan – April 3, 2016: Himeji Castle with beautiful cherry blossom in spring season. It is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture

Japan is known for being a sovereign island country in East Asia. It is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Korea is the perfect balance between modern and traditional. It’s also known for some delicious food like their famous BBQ and exotic kimchi. Every year, these two beautiful countries host millions of tourists looking to explore and learn the countries’ fascinating history.

Korean style architecture at Bukchon Hanok Village
Traditional Korean style architecture at Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, South Korea.

FIT (Free Independent Travelers) are becoming an increasingly popular and affordable option compared to customized/private tours or personal tours. We are excited to help travelers easily search, compare and book tour tickets online as they arrange their East Asia trips.

Crowds pass below colorful signs in Akihabara
Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2015: Crowds pass below colorful signs in Akihabara. The well known electronics district specializes in the sales of video games, anime, manga, and computer goods.

Our partners offer sightseeing tours and vacation packages from one day to multi-days. Tours in Japan and Korea can be taken from bustling Tokyo and zen-like Kyoto to playful Osaka and connect to popular destinations like Nara, Todaiji, Nagoya, Gangwondo and more.

Tour packages  include transportation and hotel accommodations for the duration of the trip. Don’t let us tell you everything. Start planning your Asia getaway today and see it first hand.

Québec – Experience France in Canada

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.

Beautiful Architecture in Quebec City
Beautiful Architecture

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.

 

Subway Map in Montreal
Subway Map in Montreal

Mont Royal

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.

Mont Royal
Mont Royal
Observatory Deck
Observatory Deck

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

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.

Notre-Dame Basilica
Notre-Dame Basilica

Montreal Biodome

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.

Montreal Biodome
Montreal Biodome

Old Montreal

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.

La Grande Roue de Montreal
La Grande Roue de 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.

Schwartz’s Smoked Meat
Schwartz’s Smoked Meat

St-Viateur Bagel

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.

St-Viateur Bagel
St-Viateur Bagel

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.

Rainy Day in Quebec City
Rainy Day in Quebec City

 

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

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.

Chateau Frontenac Hotel
Chateau Frontenac Hotel

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.

Lobby of the Chateau Frontenac Hotel
Lobby of the Chateau Frontenac Hotel

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.

Fresque Des Quebecois
Fresque Des Quebecois