From cattle-dotted farmlands to the majestic ocean, here are six day trips to escape New York City and venture into the great outdoors for relaxation and rejuvenation.
This is your guide to spending a perfect day in Key West, Florida. Visit some of Key West's best dining establishments and watering holes, spend time on the island's best beach, learn about the history of Key West, and find a fabulous spot to watch the sunset.
Heading to the Island of Capri? Check out my guide for an easy and stress-free trip to one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Just to drink the coffee in Italy is reason enough to visit. With the type of coffee drunk often determined by the hour of the day, ordering coffee in an Italian cafe is a ritual in it itself.
Wondering how you're going to get around in Rome? Don't fret, this guide will give you all the options you need to help you traverse the city with ease.
With so many sites to see across Italy, is it worth the time and effort to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa? That is the question everyone wants an answer to—to visit or not to visit?
A trip to the Pucon Area of Chile could be the family vacation of a lifetime. This article contains all you need to plan your vacation, including travel advice and suggestions for activities and places to stay.
Are you heading to Japan by yourself for the first time? Here are 25 tips to help you get the most out of your first solo trip to Japan.
Mesa Verde, Spanish for "Green Table", was established as a National Park by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, with the purpose to "preserve the works of man". It was the first one of this kind.
Check out some really helpful tips if you are planning to travel to Santorini on your next vacation.
One of Sicily's most famous archaeological sites is without a doubt the Valley of the Temples. Located just outside of Agrigento, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-see when visiting Sicily.
Visit Seoul’s top tourist attractions: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, and Insadong Street Market all during your layover!
When you visit Goldfield in Arizona, you might feel like you've landed in an old Western movie. But how much of it is a genuine ghost town as opposed to a plain old tourist attraction?
Avoid the Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach when it is crowded, as the price of admission is high and the aquarium is quite small. The time spent waiting in line was easily double the time spent actually viewing the attractions. A review of the aquarium in Myrtle Beach, with our personal experiences during Spring Break with large crowds.
What is a magnetic hill or gravity hill? Magnet Mountain, Jabal Magnet or Jabal Baido in Wadi al-Jinn, Madinah (Medina) Saudi Arabia that has a strange phenomenon where a vehicle on neutral gear can move uphill is an example of this gravity hill. Read more for detail explanation.
In addition to their unparalleled beauty, Alberta's lakes provide lots of opportunities for canoeing, picnicking, and more. Read on to discover all that these lakes have to offer!
Be in the know before you go! Please enjoy this guide written by a Singaporean for all friends of the world.
Welcome to Sorrento. This beautiful seaside community makes a great base for visiting the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and of course Pompeii. It also has so much to offer in its own right.
Located on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta is one of the grandest cathedrals in Europe and one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture. Welcome to St John's Co-Cathedral.
Considered one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in the world, Cinque Terre has become a must see destination with abundant hiking trails, excellent local cuisine, and an old world charm.
If you are visiting Milan, do not miss out on the once in a lifetime opportunity to see Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Last Supper.
One of America's best kept secrets, the UP of Michigan boasts miles of beautiful coastline, pristine forests teaming with wildlife, and a people (Yoopers) who are as unique as the land they inhabit.
Spending your honeymoon at Disney can be a blast even if you've been there before. My husband and I just returned from spending our own Disney honeymoon. How was it different and what made it great?
A 3 day tour into the exotic Amazon rainforest. Experiences, advice and tips plus photographs of Marasha Reserve. What to expect when you book a tour from the Colombian town of Leticia.
Average Caribbean daytime temperatures are in the mid-80s Fahrenheit for most destinations. That average varies by only a few degrees each month. But nothing is average or predictable about the rainfall.
The relationship between the United States, the State of Hawai'i, and Native Hawaiians is a complicated one that many people may not understand. This article sheds light on the origins of this tense relationship by delving into a series of historical facts that are often unknown outside of Hawai'i.
This guide to visiting North Devon will help you choose the best things to do and see during your visit and has insider tips on the best local places to enjoy a bite to eat or a refreshment along the way.
Planning a trip to Taormina? Discover all there is to see and do in this comprehensive guide to the jewel of Sicily. Taormina has something for everyone and is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Italy.
Want to visit the South Island of New Zealand in the winter? Well there are many places you can visit and many activities to enjoy. Choose from whale watching, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, white water rafting, bungy jumping and many more!
No city in the world can compare to Venice. My top 10 list of sights in Venice will take you off the beaten path as well as to all of the must see attractions. Check it out and get your walking shoes on.
Ubud, Bali has many restaurants that serve only the freshest natural, organic, locally-sourced foods and ingredients. This hub features 8 of the best healthy food restaurants in Ubud.
If you’re looking for an exciting and adventurous activity for your next trip to Florida, consider doing some good old fashioned fossil hunting. The Peace River is one of the best locations for finding prehistoric fossils of the giant carcharodon shark, otherwise known as megalodon.
There are many animals in Florida that are capable of hurting you. Most prefer to be left alone, but they will strike back if they feel threatened. I thought I would put together a list of the top 10 most dangerous animals in Florida.
When in Florence it's all too easy to succumb to cultural overload. Here are a few practical tips for surviving a visit to Florence that can make a trip so much easier—and so much more enjoyable.
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and is famous for its art, architecture, history and cultural heritage. Check out my top 10 sites to see while visiting beautiful Florence.
The Outer Banks in North Carolina is a popular vacation destination in the Eastern United States. While it's beautiful, it can get pricey. The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money at the Outer Banks to have a good time. From a National Wildlife Refuge to a Lighthouse, here's a look at a number of fun and free things to do in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Shenandoah Valley attractions make this Virginia destination one of the most popular places to visit in the state.
Mount Rainier is one of Washington State's most popular destinations. Home to beautiful alpine fields, majestic peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and miles of hiking trails, there's something for every outdoor enthusiast.
These stone-carved gargoyles rest atop the Notre Dame Cathedral, taking a variety of forms: goats, birds, elephants, and hybrid/mythical creatures. For centuries they have warded off evil spirits.
Did you know Melbourne has ranked as the world's most liveable city for seven years in a row? Find out the top places to see on your trip to the capital of Australia's state of Victoria.
Lake Como is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy and an easy day trip from Milan. Soaring mountains, charming lakeside villages, and stunning scenery make this a must-see when visiting Milan.
Looking for things to do while you're visiting Seattle. Don't fret, Seattle has something for everyone. Great museums, a beautiful setting, markets, aquariums, and of course those drop dead views of the mountains.
Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates. Traveling to this location gives you an exotic experience, excellent shopping and the tallest building in the world.
Planning a trip to Costa Rica? The hardest part may be deciding where to go and what to do. This Costa Rica vacation itinerary will give you a good taste of everything the country has to offer.
Birdwatchers, campers, and RVers love Padre Island National Seashore on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Here are photos of birds as well as information about RV camping on Padre Island National Seashore.
A virtual tour around one of the great Italian Lakes with things to do in Lake Garda. Detailed, informal and humorous, it summarises the best resorts and attractions.
A collection of photos and info on the most beautiful castles in France, including some of the top French chateaux.
A tongue in cheek but semi-serious walker's guide to coping with extreme heat and humidity. Includes photos and description of Doha, Qatar, as only seen on foot.
The Nitobe Memorial Garden is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. It's a beautiful and often peaceful Japanese garden that is filled with symbolism.
The historic Houston National Cemetery with a hemicycle and carillon tower holding 330 bells is amazing! Ponds throughout the space add much beauty. Join me for a virtual tour of this incredible place.
Are you thinking about embarking a backpacking adventure in Europe but feel unsure about how to do it on a budget? This article includes tips on how to plan your trip, the cheapest way to travel, where to stay, and other important tips for backpacking.
If you are planning a visit to the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, then check out this list of mistakes that we made on our trip this past summer. We had a terrific time, but it would have been that much better if we had done a little research first.
The Slabs, or Slab City, is a unique city in the Sonoran Desert. A magical destination to visit, this artistic-commune-meets-snowbird-getaway-meets-home-for-a-drug-culture is home to some amazing art. Even more amazing, Slab City has no laws. It is a bastion of true freedom and art.
Thinking about taking that trip of a lifetime to Italy? Well it's time to stop thinking and start planning. If you're looking for a reason to go, read on for my ten really good reasons to visit Italy.
Gift ideas for that someone special or yourself! Whether you're visiting Hawai'i or lucky enough to live here, these are easy-to-pack items that are great to give all year! Music video with Nā Palapalai!
Looking for a day-trip from Paris that you can do on your own? For a wonderful experience head to Giverny and Claude Monet's Home and Gardens. What Monet created here is simply amazing.
Ocean City Maryland has been a tourist town since the late 1800's when guest houses and small hotels were opened and operated by widows and fishermen's wives.
The Big Island of Hawai'i is one of the most beautiful on the planet. This article is an overview of what's in store for the visitor. Be sure to watch the drone video of Big Island from the air.
The exteriors of these churches give no indication of how the beautiful and unusual their interiors are. No wonder tourists come from near and far to view them!
Stanley Park is a lovely 988-acre park next to downtown Vancouver and the ocean. It contains many attractions for visitors, including a beautiful rose garden.
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most recognizable and celebrated monuments in Paris. Sitting atop the Champs-Elysees the Arc has stood witness to almost 200 years of French history.
If your travels are taking you to Normandy to see the D-Day beaches, consider spending a few nights in charming Bayeux. It’s the perfect place to base yourself to experience all that Normandy has to offer.
If you need a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok life, Lumpini Park is an oasis of peace right in the heart of the city's business and commercial centre.
Considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Santorini certainly lives up to its lofty reputation. Come along for a tour of this stunning Mediterranean Island and I think you'll agree.
Wondering how to make the most of the variety of transport types available in Porto to see as much as possible of the city and the Douro Valley? Here's a guide to being a savvy traveler in Porto based on what we learned during a 12-day trip there.
Come take a stroll back in time and visit this historic icon that boasts one of the first electric chairs, original architecture, multiple layers of paint-peeling walls, original prison cells, and the sites where some very famous movies were filmed. Admission is only $10–12 for a self-guided tour.
Wondering what do after walking the Brooklyn Bridge? How about some delicious seafood rolls, rock climbing, or some eclectic art? Here are 11 of the best things to do near the Brooklyn Bridge.
If you are visiting Rhodes for just a day be sure to visit the Palace of the Grand Master. Located within Medieval Old Rhodes Town, the palace is a stunning tribute to the history of this Greek Island.
Nearly everyone has heard of San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Park, but hardly anyone knows about its early history and formation. Read on to discover the history of its Japanese Tea Garden and tips about visiting the lovely site.
The Stanley Park Seawall has an 8.8 km path on top. The wall travels around the perimeter of the park beside the ocean. It offers great views and interesting sights.
Brucemore Mansion, Iowa's only National Trust Historic Site, preserves a piece of Cedar Rapids' history. Learn more about this historic house, the families who called it home, and its current role in the community.
One Day is never enough when visiting New York City. We are fortunate to live close enough to experience many one days in the Big Apple. Join us for a long yet very rewarding day tooling around NYC.
Though Yokohama is often overlooked and underrated, it is actually well worth a visit. This article covers eight must-see places in Yokohama to put on your itinerary when you visit Japan.
If you are traveling to Rome, then you will certainly want to set aside a day or two to visit Vatican City. Check out my list of the top 10 things to see when visiting the Holy City.
Arriving at Rome's Fiumicino Airport for the first time can be a stressful experience. Learn what options are available for getting from the airport to the city and you'll be making this journey with ease and saving some money to boot.
Washington DC’s finest monuments can be seen in an easy do-it-yourself 3-hour walking tour. If you are just passing through the area and have a few hours to spare, take a break, stretch those legs, and experience Washington DC’s most wonderful memorials and monuments.
Singapore is an exotic Asian metropolis with something for every traveler. But it is also one of the most expensive cities to have a holiday in. Here are 10 ways to save money when visiting Singapore.
Old Town Prague, by virtue of its compactness and pedestrianized areas, lends itself ideally to a walking tour. This article covers the top sites we came across on our visit to the Old Town, with suggestions for others you might want to check out for yourself when you are there.
A historic gem tucked in a deep mountain valley at the edge of the Pocono region affords Jim Thorpe, PA easy access from all points of the compass.
A visit to the Louvre doesn't have to be an exhausting experience. With a little planning and know-how you can save valuable time and energy while visiting one of the world's most revered museums.
Buried by Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, Pompeii stands today much as it did in the first century. This archaeological time capsule gives us a glimpse of early Roman life as it was almost two thousand years ago.
The Merrie Monarch Hula Festival begins each year on Easter Sunday and lasts all week. Tickets get sold out within days, however, so if you're interested in going to this event, be sure to reserve them ahead of time.
For a relaxing and scenic kayaking option, check out the newly opened Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park kayak launch. The winding inlets, small ponds, and salt marsh make for an interesting and stress-free adventure.
The New River Gorge National River offers hikers a spectacular view from the rim of a steep canyon and unique vantage points of the third highest bridge in the United States.
Military history and outdoor recreational opportunities abound at Florida's southernmost state park.
Ah, Venice. Every tourist will have their list of things to do, in far too short a time. Here are a few different suggestions for an itinerary, to help discover unseen delights in the heart of Venice.
Planning a Scottish vacation should ideally involve more than deciding upon your destinations and travel plans. This page looks at some important factors which you are likely to encounter in Scotland today, each having some bearing on your vacation, and helps you plan in advance for factors you may not otherwise have considered.
With just one day to spend in Athens we knew exactly what we wanted to see. Check out our full day in Athens visiting the Temples of the Ancient Acropolis and the stunning new Acropolis Museum.
A guide to visiting Charleston, SC . The city of Charleston is a lovely place to take a vacation. If you have never had the chance to see Charleston, you should plan to visit there the next time you have a chance to take a vacation. It is well worth the trip!
A 12-hour excursion in central Tokyo by train from Narita Airport, visiting the magnificent Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, the beautiful cherry trees of Ueno Park, and the fascinating Ueno shopping districts.
There's a lot to like about this mountain town at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. Here are some reasons to appreciate—or consider—living here.
Why spend your time wading through crowds when you could be visiting Venice's less-famous attractions and beauties instead? In this article, you will find the top nine non-touristy things to do in Venice.
One of the most beautiful mountain top vistas in the northeast is located in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York and is accessible via the Veterans Memorial Highway.
A bucket list destination for the longest time, we finally made it to New Orleans and the famed French Quarter. It was a quick visit and with just 24 hours to explore, we hit the ground running.
Take a literary tour of the English Lake District—an area long admired for its beautiful landscape. This walkers' paradise is a destination for people with an interest in our literary heritage.
Planning a trip to Venice? Before you leave make sure you know your options for getting from Marco Polo Airport to Venice. The options are many and the cost varies depending on your mode of transportation. A little homework can save you a lot of money.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the U.S. National Parks. In this article, you will find details about what to see when you visit. Included are 50 photos by the author.