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Travel Destinations For Hiking

The Alps

This impressive mountain range is ideal for hikers who wish to revel in the many cultural delights of Europe whilst enjoying some outstanding scenery. The larger peaks such as Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in Western Europe) are particularly popular with experienced hikers but can also be dangerous due to the risk of avalanches and sudden changes in weather conditions. A popular resort is Chamonix (France) which is an ideal base from which to hike across the popular mountains of Aiguille de Bionnassay, Aiguille du Midi and Dèmes de Miage.

Yosemite National Park

The incredible scenery of Yosemite in California is perfect for all hikers, from beginners upwards. Experienced hikers can take a cable car up Half Dome or head up to the top of Yosemite Falls and enjoy phenomenal panoramic views from there.

Iceland

Hot springs, dramatic caves and cliffs, impressive waterfalls and the unique, vibrant Nordic culture has given Iceland a reputation as one of the world’s premier hiking destinations. During the months of June and July, hikers can enjoy almost constant daylight and witness stunning ‘near’ sunsets lasting for hours around the midnight twilight, when the sun stays just above the horizon before rising again.

The Rocky Mountains, USA

These mountain ranges are a haven for hikers. Camping holidays are hugely popular in this wilderness and there is no shortage of outstanding scenery, with clear blue lakes, snow capped peaks and beautiful forests attracting millions of tourists to the Rocky Mountains every year.

Gorges du Verdon, France

This is the second largest canyon in the world (after the better known Grand Canyon) and undoubtedly one of the world’s great hiking Destinations. Explore this deep gorge with a boat ride along the Verdon River by starting off at the stunning mountain village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie before finishing off in beautiful Castellane several days later.

New Zealand

The colours and natural light of New Zealand are so distinctive to these islands that New Zealand has sometimes been described as the world’s best country for hiking. The dramatic mountains, rivers, lakes, volcanoes and marvellous clean beaches are popular with hikers from around the globe, particularly British tourists.

Blue Mountains, Australia

Just a short drive from the city of Sydney, the Blue Mountains contain exceptional rock formations and caves, such as the Three Sisters and Jenolan Cave and beautiful waterfalls including the Wentworth Falls and Katoomba Falls.

South Africa

The view of Table Mountain is one of the finest in Africa and is relatively easy to reach. Deep in the rural wilderness of this country there are many hiking routes and organisations that provide appropriate safety equipment and resources. The scenery here is much greener and more temperate in its appearance than that of the rest of the continent.

Norway

Dramatic fjords, a rugged coastline and magnificent mountain walks make Norway a premier destination for hikers during the spring and summer in particular. The very long days between May and July allow even more time to enjoy the wonderful scenery here.

The Amazon rainforest

This is a unique destination for hiking, with its superb range of wildlife and stunning tropical plants. A paradise for nature lovers and also ideal for those who don’t mind the high humidity and consistently high temperatures.

Top Tourist Destinations Around The World

1. Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a popular place that everyone wants to visit. Many travelers all over the world would love to see Los Angeles as the Hollywood is located here. It is also a hub of television movies and television shows. It has got 5 major airports that make the travelers more convenient. They can enjoy their traveling with rent a car service instead of hiring service providers. Los Angeles also called LA has got a world class cuisine. It is a cosmopolitan area. Art lovers can enjoy visiting the Paul Museum and it has got a Wide collection of art Gallery. Los Angeles has many Mexican restaurants and shops. It also got sunny beaches to enjoy your vacation. Venice beach and the Santa Monica are the famous beach is located in an impressive area. On the whole, LA is a wonderful destination to travel during all seasons.

2. Thailand

Thailand is a land of smiles as you can find many friendly people welcome you with a nice smile on their face which is really a great pleasure. It is one of world’s most exotic and colorful countries. It is the marvelous tourist spot provides more tourist entertainments compared to any other travel destination in Southeast Asia Region. It will fascinate you with the wonderful sights of an ancient civilization and it has got magnificent culture. The wonderful beaches at Phuket and Pattaya give you the utmost joy of the Nature. Thailand has wonderful dining. It has luxury spa will help you to refresh your mind and body and turn you to have a sound health.

3. France

France is also one of the top travel destinations in the word. France is a center city located in the Europe. The country has lot of artistic structure and beautiful attractions. It has a pleasant weather condition. Paris is another beautiful city of France. It is the capital city of France. It is also called as the charming city contains many tourist spots. All the cities and town has something unique to offer. Travelers can really enjoy their vacation being in France. It has got three big cities has tremendous tourist spots. They are Paris, Lyon and Marseille. It has got admirable churches and civic museums, rocky seas and the cliffs across the Atlantic coast. France is a breath taking tourist attraction place.

4. Walt Disney World, US

This is the famous travel destinations that everyone knows. No more specific explanation is required. It is the magical destination for the kids and even elders love to enjoy with the Disney cartoon characters. You can enjoy your time with the live cartoon shows that the real Disney characters would play for you. Enjoy seeing the pirates, Mickey Mouse, princess, Winnie the Pooth. It’s full of laugh and fun. Many parents would love to take their kids to Walt Disney World but they would think that they have to afford lot of money and it’s so expensive. But we have many cheap tourist packages.

5. Switzerland

Switzerland is a water tower of Europe. It is a charming city with lot of lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls. There are plenty of beautiful destinations in Switzerland to enjoy your vacation. It is a wonderful place to get away from summer. You can enjoy swimming on the cool river. The waterfalls in Switzerland are spectacular. Swiss chocolates are worldwide famous. It is the best known place for its fine cheeses, wonderful scenery, and old towns. Swiss provides utmost relaxation for the body and the mind. Ultimately, it’s a wonderful travel destination.

Superb Places to Go Walking in Greece

Samaria Gorge

At around 18 kilometres in length, the Samaria Gorge is the longest in Europe and is one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island, playing host to thousands of visitors between May and October each year. Situated in the prefecture of Chania in south west Crete, the gorge runs from the Omalos Plateau in the White Mountains to the village of Agia Roumeli on the southern coast. Taking between four and seven hours to walk, the route covers some quite rough terrain but is still suitable for the inexperienced, although walkers are recommended to wear sensible walking boots. Those taking part in the guided walk during the summer months, especially during July and August, are also advised to take plenty of sun screen and drinking water along with them, although there are places en route where you can buy bottled water. With steep cliffs and forests of pine and cypress, the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful and the gorge is also home to around 450 different species of plants (all of which are protected and may not be picked or removed from the gorge). If you are lucky, you might also catch sight of one of Crete’s famous inhabitants, the increasingly rare Agrimia, or Kri-Kri goats as they are commonly known. With other endemic species in and around the gorge, this is a wonderful place to visit and it certainly represents one of the highlights for anyone walking in Greece.

Deliana Gorge

The walk along the Deliana Gorge is an unchallenging one, but one which is rewarding for those walking in Greece due to its beautiful scenery. During the cooler times of the year, a stream runs alongside the path and down the rocks, accompanying your walk with a soft tinkling sound. You are likely to see many goats during your walk, but most visitors come here to see the Griffon vultures which can be spotted throughout the year. The walk through the gorge and back again is not a long one and is only likely to take around two hours in total depending on your fitness or walking ability.

Arkoudospilios Cave

The walk to the Arkoudospilios Cave on the Akrotiri Peninsula in the municipality of Chania is about two kilometres and affords some spectacular views. Starting at the monasteries of Gouverneto and Agias Triadas and following a footpath which often features steep drops to one side, you will come to the cave where there stands a large stalagmite in the shape of a bear bowed over a cistern. Several different legends account for the significance of the animal. Some believe that it was once alive and that it used to drink the water from the cistern, leaving nothing for the local inhabitants and the monks. When one of the monks prayed to the Virgin for help, it is said that the beast was petrified and has stood in its position in the center of the cave ever since. Others believe that the goddess Artemis, who was worshipped by the Pelasgians in the form of a bear, was worshipped here and that the stalagmite is a sacred representation of her. The footpath which continues from the cave also leads to the ruins of the Monastery Katholiko and the church of St John the Hermit. As you stand underneath the towering rock face in this extremely isolated place, it is not hard to imagine why the monks who used it many years ago sought their sanctuary here. With so much spectacular beauty along this route, walking in Greece will not only be enjoyable for the senses, but an experience which will open you up to wanting to learn more about this fascinating and stunning island.

 

The Natural Side Of Cape Town

One of the best ways to experience the natural side of this beautiful place is also one of the simplest. With so many gorgeous white sandy beaches and lovely bays with stupendous backdrops of mountains and beautiful scenery just beckoning you, you could simply lie on them all day in the sunshine. Alternatively, paddling in the tidal pools is not only a great way to cool off, it also provides the opportunity to take in the magnificent views around you.

Tortoises, Baboons And Whales, Oh My!

If you’re looking for more active ways of experiencing nature, then the Cape Point Nature Reserve may be more interesting to you. Still relaxing, and with so much to offer, you could spend all day strolling along the numerous walking trails and taking in every sight. Home to around 250 species of birds and four different species of tortoise, as well as baboons, ostriches and antelope, the reserve is a nature lover’s dream. As you look out across the ocean, keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins too, as you can see a number of varieties of each; or see how many of the area’s more than 1,000 species of plant you can spot. With such a huge variety of fauna and flora to cast your eye over, you will feel as though you have stepped into paradise as the natural beauty of Cape Town takes your breath away.

Cocktails On Table Mountain Anyone?

If you want to enjoy the panoramic views from above the city of Cape Town itself, then this can be achieved by standing atop Table Mountain. The easiest way to get here is by taking the cable car, and once you reach the top there are facilities which include a self-service restaurant and even a cocktail bar. You can spend as much time as you like taking in the awe-inspiring views. Table Mountain is a powerful place to visit that many people regard as being the best attraction of Cape Town, and the view from the top is definitely something that should be experienced.

Penguins – in South Africa?

Boulders Beach, about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Cape Town offers quite an unexpected treat; African penguins in their natural habitat. These adorable creatures have made the beach their home, where they not only mate and feed, but can also be seen to bask in the sunshine. Although you cannot get too close there are wooden walkways which let you get a birds’ eye view.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – An All Year Round Treat

If botany happens to be your thing, then the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden could be the perfect place for you to visit. This is an attraction which is great to visit all year round since, in the summer months, everything is at its most vibrant and the atmosphere of all of the visitors makes it very exciting; whereas between December and March you can enjoy a much more placid experience by taking in the concerts on the lawns as the sun sets. The gardens offer an amazing experience that is not to be missed, and a visit here is a great way to truly appreciate nature during your trip to Cape Town.

 

Maldives Holiday

Maldives holidays especially Maldives honeymoon are known all throughout the world. This island country comprising of twenty six atolls situated on the equator south west of Sri Lanka is famous the world over as a paradise destination. The soft sands and good weather beckon travelers to book Maldives packages and enjoy a saty in the islands.

The powdery white sands of its beaches are truly spectacular. Untouched coral reefs support a bountiful exotic marine life, making snorkeling very exciting. Most resorts provide complementary gear and even waterproof or underwater cameras for guests who forget to bring their own. Popular beaches are those on the Cocoa Island, Nika, Kuda Bandos Island, and Banyan Tree Island. The city of Male, the capital of Maldives, also has great beaches. Visitors should refrain from nudity and topless sunbathing as this is not allowed by the government and will offend the sensibilities of the locals.

Another great activity to fill up your Maldives holidays is fishing. Night fishing in particular is popular among tourists. The star-filled skies and still waters provide great conditions for just relaxing and waiting for the fish to bite. While on a Maldives honeymoon couples can enjoy catching fish such as snappers, emperors, barracuda, and squirrelfish for the first time.

For big-game fishing, arrange to have a boat take you to the outer atoll reefs during the morning. If you are truly interested in this, ask your travel operator to include this in your Maldives packages. Most resorts also have speedboat and fishing equipment for hire. When fishing, just be aware of the protected marine areas. Also, be sure to observe the fishing norms in the Maldives, as it is the major source of income of the locals. Whale and dolphin hunting is prohibited as well as using harpoon guns while fishing.

Maldives is also one of the top and sought after surfing destinations. Most resorts offer lessons for beginners and rent out equipment for surfers of all all skill levels.

Dhonveli Beach and Spa has access to two of the best surf breaks in North Male. Surfers also flock to Pasta Point and ride its long peeling left. Honkys has a long wrapping left, while Sultans has right waves with barrels. The best waves in the Maldives are said to be in Honkys. Average breaks are at 4 to 5 feet, rising to 8 to 10 feet during the surfing season of February to mid-November. The best waves come in from March to May and September to November.

Maldives holidays are not complete without some sightseeing. Most Maldives packages include a sightseeing trip in the capital city of Male. Typical tour stops are at the National Museum where the personal belongings of the Sultan of Maldives and Thor Heyerdahl’s archeological discoveries are displayed. The golden decorative domes and beautiful minarets of the Grand Friday Mosque or Huskuru Miskyii are another famous attraction. This mosque also houses the tombs of the national heroes. Other historical monuments are the Mulee Aagee, which houses the tombs of the saints of the country, and the Presidential Palace.

To wrap up the best Maldives honeymoon, end your stay by shopping in Male. You can choose among a wide array of garments, cosmetics, handicrafts, jewelry, perfumes, and other souvenirs on display. Popular shopping centers are Chaanhanee Magu and Majeedhee. You can also do your Duty Free shopping at the Male International Airport. If you are the type who wants to experience local flavor, go to the Local Market located on the northern waterfront, near the Male Fish Market. Local handicrafts and other goods are on sale there.

 

Travel to Balearic Islands

Travel to the Balearic Islands will bring you into a world of rapture. Surrounded by Mediterranean Sea, this paradise includes a group of four breathtaking islands including Cabrera, Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza. The climate of the islands is also an attraction that caters to both warmth and health with sunlight all round the year.

Apart from 24 hours parties that keep happening on the island, the visitors also gets to experience and see the Gothic cathedrals, never-ending orchards that are laden with oranges and olives, fishing villages and ruins of Stone Age. The fact that one can enjoy the sun on the magnificent white sandy beaches along with the rich culture and hospitality that people offer makes this island one of the most favorite destination for holidays.

Ibiza is known for the cobalt blue water, breathtaking sceneries and shimmering beaches that it has. It is the perfect place for a night bird, especially those who like to hop from one nightclub to another. Menorca is also the perfect place would like to experience its retained and outstanding natural beauty.

While you are in Balearic Islands for holidays, you must not miss Formentera Island, yet another island situated next to Ibiza. Majorca is known for its warm water and golden sandy beaches, perfect for those who want to enjoy island to its fullest. If you want to maximize your adventure, you can hire a holiday villa which will gratify to all your needs.

A lot many stunning and self catering villas available in for stay while you holiday in Balearic Islands. These villas situated in various locations and one get to choose a villa based on personal preferences. Holiday villas in Balearic Islands are also the perfect way to add the luxury factor in your experience.

Sand and sea are not the only attractions in Billerica Islands. Arc de Sant Roc, Can Marques mansion, Castell de Bellver, Coves d’Arta are some of the popular places on the island. Fine beaches, wild night life, unending sunshine and delicious food are the epitome of the vivacious life style that people of Balearic Islands have.

 

Must Visit Places in Spain

THE ALHAMBRA PALACE – GRANADA

The ‘Red Palace’ in Granada is an important historical monument and one of the best tourist attractions that Spain have. The Alhambra has been under the control of both – the Muslims and the Christian and because of that the place has buildings of different architectures. The gardens in this place are world-famous and unbelievably beautiful.

THE MEZQUITA – CORDOBA

This is a present-day Christian church that he used to be a Mosque in the past. The arches and pillars that are crossed to arrive at the Catholic shrines is magnificent Arabic work. The building was made in 796 A.D. and it is an attraction that you must not miss watching.

BARCELONA

Barcelona is considered one of the most beautiful cities that Spain and world have. Known for being both historical and modern, the city is connected with excellent air links and high-speed train network.

LA TOMATINA – BUNYOL

The festivals that conjure up here are the craziest one. The place is known for having giant tomato fights that take place each August transforming a quiet and serene Bunyol village into a fanatical town. The village has a small population of 9000 that swells to around 30,000 during festivals.

SKIING – SIERRA NEVADA

It is a wonderful place where you can ski on the snow in morning. From Sierra Nevada Mountains, the beach can be reached within an hour, where you can have fun water skiing under the sun.

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM – BILBAO

This impressive structure was designed by and American architect named Frank O. Gehry. The structure is situated in the heart of the Bilbao and it sits on an area of around 32,500 m. The structure is known for its unusual amalgamations of curves and blocks that is covered with Italian scales.

ROMAN RUINS – MERIDA

The Roman Theater that has the capacity to hold around 6000 spectators is one of the premier sights of Merida.

 

Fresno, California

For many years the district has established itself as an agricultural hub. Nevertheless, Fresno has also become a tourism ground thanks to its amazing attractions and annual events. Travel to Fresno and enjoy the amazing scenery and picturesque landscape.

Fresno Sports and Outdoor Recreation

Fresno sits in the central region of California. The area is filled with various sports and outdoor activities throughout the year.

The Woodward Park in Northern Fresno is a 10 acre bike park with progression based riding.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains is the perfect place for hiking and trekking. Get to new heights and reach the summit in these locations: Dinkey Creek, Kaiser Peak, Shaver Lake, Tamarack Ridge, Tollhouse, and Wishon.

Horseback riding is an excellent leisure activity in Fresno. You can enjoy this-one-of- kind recreation in the following areas: pack stations at Sequoia National Forest, Wonder Valley Ranch and Resort, and Huntington Lake.

For hunting and fishing, there is Hume Lake and Woodward Park/Jensen Sports Complex.

The amazing rapids of Kings River and San Joaquin River Parkway are the best locations for white-water rafting and kayaking. While others enjoy the exhilarating ride on the river, some can just serenade their souls at Millerton Lake State Recreation area and Pine Flat Lake, both of which are also perfect for boating and picnics.

World renowned golf courses can be found in Fresno. The Brighton Crest sits at the foot of the majestic foothills of Sierra and Millerton Lake, giving golfers amazing challenges for a hole in one. Opposite the Brighton Crest is the Copper River Country 18-hole par 72 Championship Golf Course. The key feature of the course is the fact that 7 of it its 18 holes have water features with a picturesque view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Fresno Arts and Culture

Enjoy ArtHop in Fresno. ArtHop is when museums, galleries, and cultural-art venues are open for public viewing every first and third Thursday of each month.

The African American Cultural and Historical Museum has its home within Fresno, California. It showcases the finest artworks and gives a historical overview to the African-Americans in the Central Valley. The Exhibits are permanent collections that tell the story of the life and times of San Joaquin Valley’s African American Leaders.

Fresno is filled with cultural museums. Besides the African-American ancestry museum, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia runs its own museum showcasing German-Russian culture and artifacts from the earliest settlers of Fresno. Also, Germans from Russia can enjoy genealogy research to trace their ancestors.

Family Fun and Things to do in Fresno

Fresno is home to many amusement and water parks, animal and wildlife sanctuaries, summer camps and other attractions that families will definitely enjoy.

Thousands of families line the gate on the way to Fresno attractions. The region offers boundless fun attractions like the Blackbeard’s Family Fun Center. Blackbeard’s houses 3 miniature golf courses for Tiger Woods wannabes. It also has water slides and bankshot basketball.

Racing is fun especially on Blackbeard’s mini speedway. Visitors can enjoy a pedal to the metal ride on its famous mini race track. Take a plunge and a bumpy ride on the Bumper Boats, while you let your kids enjoy rides at Cap’n Kids region.

Take a splash at Wild Water Adventure Park. The water park is made up of 52 acres of exhilarating rides. The park is kid-friendly. It features the Rotary Storyland and Playland, where your kids can bring their favorite fairytale characters to life.

The tiniest members of your family will definitely enjoy exploring the castle or visiting the Three Little Pigs’ House.

Kids will surely laugh and giggle with enjoyment when they ride the the merry-go-round and the Ferris wheel.

The hot summer days are always soothed with a refreshing dip in the newly built splash park.

 

Overview Of China

The official name of the country is the People’s Republic of China. China covers a land mass of over 3.7 million square miles, making it a large country indeed. The capital is Beijing. Other major cities include Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Harbin, and Chengdu.

With such a massive land area, you can image that there is a wide variety of terrain in the country. Generally, one can find plains, deltas and hills in the east, while mountains, high plateaus and a vast desert exists in the west. The climate ranges from tropical in the far south to arctic cold in the far north on the border with Siberia, Russia.

The people of China are known as Chinese. The most recent population study put the total number of Chinese at over 1.3 billion people, more than four times as many people as found in the United States. Population growth, however, has slowed to roughly half a percent annually. The reason for the slow down is very controversial. Concerned about economic strain caused by population growth, China has implemented a policy of allowing for only one child per family with some minor exceptions. Enforcement of this policy is supposedly done through fines, but forced abortions are known to occur despite government policy opposing them. The government hopes to stabilize the population at no more than 1.6 billion people through 2050. The current infant mortality rate is an astonishingly high 25.5 per 1,000 births.

Ethnicity in China is a hodgepodge issue given its vast size and long history. Han Chinese is the dominant group, consisting of over 91 percent of the population. This is a very loose group, however, as evidenced by various dialects of language in the country. There are seven major Chinese dialects and literally hundreds of localized dialects. Mandarin is the dominant dialect, spoken by over 70 percent of the population in one form or another. That being said, only 60 percent of the Han Chinese can speak it with the remaining 40 percent speaking other dialects. In addition to Mandarin, languages spoken widely included Turkic, Korean, Uygur, Tibetan and Mongolian. It is often said that people in one part of China can’t communicate with people on the opposite side.

From a religious perspective, China is officially atheist. That being said, it takes a lax view towards faiths that work with the government. Buddhism is the largest faith with over 100 million practitioners. Taoism is the second most popular. There is a smattering of Muslim and Christian believers, but nothing significant.

 

Miami Beach

Originally established in 1915, the city, located in the Miami-Dade County of Florida, changed its name to Miami Beach in 1917. It is a city known not only for the excitements that it offers as a seaside resort but also for its cultural and artistic heritage.

The city’s Art-Deco style architecture won recognition in 1979 when the city’s Art-Deco Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Hundreds of hotels, apartments and other structures built during the period 1923-43 provide the architectural basis for declaring the district a historic place of national importance. Besides Art-Deco, Mediterranean and Streamline Moderne are the other architectural styles that are well represented in the district.

The city’s South Beach is one of the most popular areas. Being a great draw to European tourists and largely influenced by their preferences, South Beach is one of the few public beaches in the country that tolerate topless sunbathing. Today, this part of the city is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants and oceanfront hotels.

The city is also very well known for its nightlife, fine dining culture, bike riding and shopping. While the once down-trodden Lincoln Road in the South Beach area is today acknowledged throughout the US as the destination for quality food, adventure thrills and great shopping experiences, its real claim to fame is the fact that Lincoln Road and the South Beach area has today replaced Los Angeles and New York City as the country’s top night life destination. Incidentally, the city happens to be among the top 30 destinations for gay tourism in the United States. The city is also the world’s fashion shoot hub with more than 1500 models living in the area and many more arriving during the October to March season.

Often called the Sun and Fun Capital of the world, Miami Beach offers tourists several points of interest. Take Collins Bridge for instance. Way back in 1913, John S. Collins and Carl G. Fisher built a 21/2 mile bridge to connect the City of Miami on the mainland and the City of Miami Beach on a barrier island in southern Florida. It was then the longest wooden bridge in the world. Although the Venetian Causeway has today replaced the original Collins Bridge, it was this link that ushered in rapid development for Miami Beach. Today the Venetian Causeway follows the original route taken by Collins Bridge.
Another must-see landmark is the Miami Beach Botanical Garden spread across 4.5 acres of land. The garden includes a conservatory and has several varieties of palms and orchids.