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

Put a Spring in Your Step at DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossoms Are The Stars of Springtime in Washington DC!

Put a Spring in Your Step at DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival
Boats on the Tidal Basin

Each year, Washington, D.C. hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which commemorates the anniversary of a 1912 gift from the mayor of Japan, who sent thousands of Japanese cherry trees to the American capital. In March, these trees begin to bloom, creating a vibrant display of bright pink and white flowers along the banks of the Potomac River and throughout the city. This year, the festival will take place from March 17 to April 15 while peak blossom time is expected to be April 8 through April 12.

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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

Spending Thanksgiving Abroad

How to Avoid the Holiday Stress

thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving is a beloved in the U.S. because of all the great food and drink available (turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy… oh, sorry, is that distracting?). But the more people traveling and driving around can make the whole thing a little overwhelming? Is it really worth it to get stuck in traffic for three hours just to spend the day pretending to enjoy the company of your relatives?

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Discover New Worlds This Columbus Day

Kick Off the Fall Season with a Columbus Day Weekend GetawayDiscover New Worlds This Columbus Day

Columbus Day Weekend is almost here, and if you’ve waited until the last minute to book a getaway for the holiday weekend, then it’s time to head over to TakeTours.com, where you can find great deals on exciting getaways to make the most of the fall season! Just like Columbus discovered the New World, you can discover eye-opening new experiences at these thrilling destinations.

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