Up till now you must have observed we were engaged discussing all those resorts which were situated and located in the western country, hardly a few we had already discussed so far about the eastern resorts. Now we will try to concentrate discussing all resorts situated in the eastern country. Continue reading
When the going gets tough, the tough get going but that is not true for most people as most of us resort and escape inside our imaginations. So if you’re overly stressed, much like the rest of the world, and looking for a vacation, specifically in the US, you’ve come to the right place.
New York is one of the most common choice. The city dominated by tall glass skyscrapers showing just how far humanity has come. Aside from those there is the Statue of Liberty (It’s the American Icon), The Empire state building, The Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History and many more. These are just the highlights. Of course there’s a lot waiting for you in the different sections of Manhattan like the Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library, The Strawberry Field, Battery Park and the Ellis Island. The list is never ending really with The Big Apple.
Las Vegas is known for its party life. It’s the only place that has Grand Hotels and Casinos and fine dining as common as the winter cold. With the hotels bringing together the culture, cuisine and experience from all over the world, the night life is vibrant and seductive. It has many elaborate fountain displays as well as amazing and mind blowing architecture. Some of the highlights that you definitely wouldn’t want to miss are the Las Vegas strip (An area with a high concentration of resorts, hotels and casinos.), The Bellagio (European themed resort), The Stratosphere (Hotel and Casino), Fremont Street Experience (Open air mall with loads of entertainment), The Venetian (Grand hotel enriched the Italian culture and experience), MGM Grand (Largest single hotel in the US). You’ll find a huge hotel at every corner.
The Southern city in California, Los Angeles, is well known for its iconic Hollywood sign and many famous studious like the Universal Studios Hollywood, Paramount pictures and it also has the Venice beach. The highlights of Los Angeles being the Universal Studios Hollywood (Who wouldn’t want to see the place some of the best movies are made.), The Griffith Park, Disneyland (Amusement park), Getty center (Venue for art exhibitions and conventions), Hollywood Walk of Fame (For honoring many excellent entertainment stars), TCL Chinese Theatre (A landmark cinema and also has celebrity footprints)
Costa Rica literally translates to “Rich Coast”. It is officially known as the Republic of Costa Rica. The country is situated in Central America and has two neighbors with the other two sides covered by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The capital of the country is San Jose, which has a population of about 4.5 million that mostly resides in its metropolitan area.
Costa Rica was declared the greenest country in the world in 2009, so if you’re a fan of Mother Nature you’re going to be abnormally attracted to this wondrous country. Costa Rica has been taking numerous steps to help the environment and it was ranked 42 in the world, in the 2016 Environmental Performance Index. It hopes to be a carbon neutral (meaning that they have zero carbon emissions) by the year 2021.
There are about 14 known volcanos in the country and the highest volcano is the Irazu volcano (measuring to the heights of 3,431 meters), the highest peak in the country is known as the Cerro Chirripo (measuring to the height of a staggering 3,819 meters) which is also ranked the fifth tallest in the central America. The largest lake in Costa Rica is known as the Lake Arenal.
The wildlife of Costa Rica is beyond rich keeping in mind that the country has 5% of the world’s bio diversity. Due to this almost 25% of the country is protected land to ensure the survival of all the different species found there. One national park is renowned internationally for its stunning biodiversity. The visitors can see all of the wildlife in its “natural” environment and this includes all the big cats. The name of the park is Corcovado National Park and it also houses all the 4 special types of Costa Rican monkeys.
The religion mostly followed in Costa Rica is Roman Catholicism and thus is declared the official state religion although the country also approves freedom of religion. The language spoken in Costa Rica is Spanish which bears certain distinct characteristics to the country. The oxcarts are the national symbol of the country and it also has an amazing and rich cuisine.
The inspiration for the Space Needle, an icon of Seattle today, came from an unlikely source and to an unlikely artist. As Edward E. Carlson sat in a coffee house in Stuttgart, Germany, he sketched an illustration of what would go on to be the Space Needle – he was inspired by the city’s Stuttgart Tower and wanted a similar dominating structure to be erected at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. He wanted the tower to embody the space age theme, which was all the rage back then. Carson’s original design saw many transformations before his team decided on a final one, and after much recce, a plot of land matching the dimensions of the design was found just 13 months before the World’s Fair opening. Construction started and went on at a brisk pace, and in a matter of months the five level tophouse was finished with its colourful coats of paint – Astronaut White, Orbital Olive, Re-Entry Red and Galaxy Gold – all in keeping with the space theme. Needless to say, the Space Needle was a big hit at the World’s Fair and has since hosted a diverse number of celebrities and VIPs over the decades.
- The Space Needle has played host to a glittering list of personalities that include the Shah and Empress of Iran, Prince Philip of Great Britain, the astronaut John Glenn, the cosmonaut Gherman Titov, various US presidents and vice presidents, and big names in Hollywood such as Michael Douglas, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, George Burns, Vanna White, and Carol Channing.
- The Space Needle monument has closed only ten times (and only for a few hours each time) over the course of its almost 5 decade history – this was due to extremely strong winds. In fact, the building’s structure is so strong that it can withstand speeds of up to 200 mph – however, the elevators aren’t able to operate in such weather. The elevators which face the wind operate under reduced speeds (or are even closed) to ensure the safety of the guests.
- The Space Needle’s structure has weathered dangerous earthquakes and tremors over the year as well. The most severe among these was in 2001, an earthquake that was 6.8 on the Richter scale!
- The Space Needle structure was built at the relatively small cost of $4.5 million.
- Prominent amenities include, a pavilion entrance and SpaceBase Retail Shop at the ground level, a revolving SkyCity Restaurant at 500 feet, an observation deck at 520 feet, and the Aircraft Warning Beacon at the very top of the building (605 feet).
Majestically looming over NYC’s East River, the Brooklyn Bridge connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Since 1883, Brooklyn Bridge’s steel cables and granite towers have provided a safe, scenic route to millions of tourists and everyday commuters, bicycles and trains, carts and cars. Continue reading
Located in Alberta, Canada, Banff National Park is one of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks – a collection of four national parks as well as a number of provincial parks which together make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff National Park has several native hot springs along with a hiking trails, winter sports, archeological sites, nature experiences and camping grounds, which is why it is a much loved destination for outdoor adventure fans from all over North America.
A cave housing natural hot springs was discovered by three railway construction workers in 1883. This discovery led to the creation of a ten mile reserve around these springs two years later. Banff National Park happens to be Canada’s oldest national park, and third oldest in the world.
Today, it covers over 2500 miles, and a large part of its western edge is shared with the Continental Divide, the watershed mark which splits North American rivers into west and east.
The region used to house a boom town by the name of Silver City back in the 1880s – it was the largest town in Canada’s western region, but it didn’t last long. There’s another town, a coal mining community by the name of Bankhead that you can still visit if you’re interested in experiencing ghost towns.
There are two official visitor centers in Banff National Park. They are located in the two chief communities in the park – Banff town, and Lake Louise village. Each visitor center has a local tourism office and also sells items such as gifts and maps. Both offices also let tourists reserve backcountry camping grounds, explore exhibits, and learn about the present weather and trail conditions.
The most popular attraction in the park happens to be the Banff Upper Hot Springs. They are open all year long, and even have extended hours during holiday seasons. They have a separate wading area for children, comprehensive day-spa facilities, and restored 1930s era bathhouses.
The Cave and Basin Center is constructed around the two hot springs located at the park’s discovery site. Tourists can also view the very hot springs that led to the parks discovery and then go back in time to experience the restored Edwardian era bathhouse facilities.
A number of guide companies are operating in the park – they provide tours of the park’s most scenic trails and lookouts, besides ensuring that the tourists’ trips are educational and safe, whether they are on horseback, snowshoe or foot.
Banff National Park is also home to a small network of environment friendly vehicles known as the Roam transit buses. They run throughout the year, and on extended hours during the peak season (summer). They are a major aid in transporting huge amounts of tourists during summers – in fact, visitors are encouraged to park their cars outside of the town and use these vehicles for transport instead.
About Grand Canyon National Park
Situated in Northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park is an instantly recognized icon of both the state and the US, famous for its colourful landscape and sheer size. It spans a length of 270 miles, a width of 18 miles, and a depth of 1 mile, and its walls contain layers of rock which tell volumes about the history of the Earth. It has been a human habitat for thousands of years, and its artefacts and ruins date back nearly 12000 years. The early 1800s saw expeditions and scouting parties sent out by the US government to explore and map the Grand Canyon, and it was made a Forest Reserve in 1893. Later on, in 1919, it became a National Park.
Scientists still disagree on how exactly it was formed
Geological evidence strongly suggests that the Colorado River sprouted out form the west end of the Grand Canyon National Park some five million years ago, and not before. But beyond this, an intense debate goes on about what the canyon looked like in the millions of years before this event.
The Grand Canyon’s nomenclature
The Paiute Indians called the canyon Kaibab, which translates into ‘mountain turned upside down’ or ‘mountain lying down’. The creamy white Kaibab Limestone constitutes the surface upon which the five million visitors to the park stand while enjoying the Grand Canyon’s vista.
John Wesley Powell, the one-armed war veteran responsible for charting the course of the Colorado River in 1891 and 1892 on a wooden boat, was the first individual to use the name ‘Grand Canyon’ with consistency.
Of the six species of rattlesnake discovered within the confines of the park, there is one which has a unique pink hue which blends with the local rocks. It is the most common rattlesnake in the park, and frequently startles hikers as it suns itself on the sands and rocks, on the lookout for lizards.
It reveals much of the earth’s geological history
The sedimentary rocks that cover the Vishnu schist are an attraction for geologists looking to study the record of Earth’s history. These sediments are relatively unchanged, and ceased accumulation some 230 million years ago, meaning they’re older than dinosaurs. Although no dinosaur bones have been discovered in the park, relatively recent fossils, such as 11,000 year old sloth remains, have been found inside the Grand Canyon’s caves. Several animal tracks and marine fossils also appear in the canyon’s rock layers.
Best time to visit the Grand Canyon National Park
The ideal time to take a trip to the Grand Canyon are March through May, as well as September through November, when temperatures during the day are cooler and the crowds thinner. Visiting during the summer means you’ll have to suffer hordes of tourists. There are deals available on hotels during winter, but most of the park (which includes all of the North Rim) is closed after the first snows fall.
The busy, buzzing street of La Rambla is filled with locals and tourists alike. Kiosks, flower stalls and street artists, along with colorful shops and historical buildings, all are present in this iconic Spanish street.
La Rambla, originally, was a small stream that flowed just outside the walls of the city. In the 16th century, several convents and a university were constructed along the river. The 19th century saw the city wall torn down so that buildings could be erected along the stream which had now dried up over the centuries.
Even after the demolition of the original buildings, they are remembered in the names given to different parts of La Rambla. In spite of being a continuous street, it actually consists of five distinct ‘ramblas’. This is why the street is also known as Las Ramblas in Spanish or Les Rambles in Catalan.
The La Rambla street is the most popular Boulevard in Spain, a place you should visit in spite of the fact that it is crowded with tourists all through the summer.
- La Rambla has painters and human sculptures, the symbols of the city.
- La Rambla is the shopping hub of Barcelona.
- You’ll get to see Spain’s Champs Elysees, which is a magnificent avenue that is the perfect expression of Spanish atmosphere.
- You’ll be very close to Barri Gotic.
As for the attractions, you’ll get to see human statue art, live performances, skilled artists who’ll draw your portrait / caricature, and a number of established attractions:
La Rambla Wax Museum
The Museu de Cera in Barcelona is one place where you’ll actually feel time stand still. It houses a hundred wax figures representing various figures throughout history – from showbiz stars to political personalities. You’ll be stunned by how the museum manages to bring to life imaginary characters such as the Star War heroes!
Christopher Columbus Monument
The Barcelona Colom monument stands as a memorial to the renowned pioneer Christopher Columbus. It is present at the South most end of La Rambla and is a giant 60 meter high statue of Columbus proudly standing at the top and pointing in the direction of the sea. The monument gives an amazing view.
Shopping along Las Ramblas in Barcelona
Don’t miss out on a shopping street at the Corte Ingles in Placa de Catalunya – it is one of the largest shopping chains in Europe. On the other hand, there’s Pelayo Street where you can find every cheap Spanish and Catalan brand there is. You’ll also enjoy window shopping at the Avingunda Diagonal and the Passeig de Gracia.
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You may think of it as a giant Ferris wheel, and, indeed, it may be one of the most frequented tourist destinations in London, but it is definitely worth the slow spin. After you’ve boarded your glass capsule (25 people can go into each), you’ll experience a half hour, snail speed ascent and descent – but you’ll hardly feel any impatience along the way, since you’ll be rewarded with an unrestricted, unmatched view of London at the 443 foot top. Go for a night champagne flight and you’ll get to enjoy one of the best bars in England’s capital. You can continue your thematic journey into the city’s vistas by dining at the Skylon, a sparsely lit restaurant and lounge that overlooks the Thames with its floor to ceiling windows.
- The London Eye isn’t a true Ferris wheel – it is, in fact, the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in the world.
- Kate Moss, the supermodel, has visited the London Eye a record 25 times!
- The London Eye sees more annual visitors than the Great Pyramids or the Taj Mahal.
- An unrivalled experience: It is the only attraction which provides a continuously varying 360 degree view of central London. You’ll get to see city from the Thames, from the roofs of the buildings and from an incredible height of 404 feet, all in a single visit.
- An ideal location: Right at the heart of London, and immediately opposite Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye will treat you to superb views of the city’s historic landmarks.
- An icon of London: Hanging gracefully over the Thames, the London Eye is a modern marvel of engineering and design, the first and only cantilevered observation wheel on the planet.
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Housing one of the largest and most diverse permanent collections among all museums of the world, it isn’t hard to see why the British Museum is such a popular tourist attraction in London. From the Elgin Marbles, fabled in controversy, to the Rosetta Stone’s legend, the ghoulish Egyptian mummies to the Lewis Chessman, the British Museum has so many highlights that you won’t be able to see all of them in just one visit at the British Museum!
1. Jaguar-shaped poporo
This golden jaguar-shaped poporo (i.e. a lime container), which has been featured in the temporary exhibit Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Columbia, is a demonstration of the extraordinary technical prowess of ancient Colombian artisans as they crafted precious metals into beautiful artifacts through hammering and casting techniques.
2. The Vindolanda tablets
These tablets were excavated from northern England in 1974, at the site of an old Roman military outpost. These unique fragments were preserved by waterlogging at rubbish deposits, and are the most ancient surviving handwritten relics in all of Great Britain.
3. Mummy of Hornedjitef
This one of the many Egyptian mummies in the British Museum’s permanent collection. Hornedjitef was a prominent priest in Amun’s Temple at Karnak during Ptolemy III’s reign (246 to 222 BC).
4. Black-figured amphora depicting Achilles and Penthesilea
This ancient amphora (i.e. wine jar) has been dated back to 540 to 530 BC, and is believed to have been crafted by the noted ancient Greek potter and vase-painter Exekias.
5. Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese ceramics
This exotic collection of Chinese ceramics, loaned on a long-term basis from the Percival David Foundation, has its very own gallery at the British Museum. Its priceless treasures include the David Vases and Ming Dynasty bowls, which are two of the most famous Chinese porcelain vessels in the world at the British Museum.
6. Rock crystal skull
Originally believed to be an object from ancient Mexican times, this rock crystal skull was bought by the museum from Tiffany and Co. British Museum has been examined several times ever since, and was eventually found by experts to be a fake that was made only recently.
7. The Becket Casket
After he was murdered in 1170 at the Canterbury Cathedral, Archbishop Thomas à Becket was declared a saint and his remains were spread between some 40 similar caskets all across Europe.
8. Apotropaic wand
This wand is from ancient Egypt (around 1750 BC), and was used to protect against threats and evil spirits during childbirth and early infancy. The artifact is made out of hippopotamus ivory, and is covered by multiple protective symbols believed to safeguard the health of the mother and the child.
This Roman statue is actually a copy of the original bronze one which was sculpted in the 5th century by Myron, the Athenian sculptor.
10. Bronze figure of a seated cat