Roanoke is a dazzling city located in the state of Virginia, US. The famous Roanoke River runs through the city which forms a part of the Roanoke Valley. The city is popularly known as the Star City owing to its iconic neon star that was erected on the Mill Mountain in the year 1949. The star which was built at a height of 1,045 feet made Roanoke quite popular and this led to the city being known as Star City. Given below are a few destinations in the city that made our Roanoke holiday truly worthwhile,
Mill Mountain Star and Park
For enjoying some amazing views of the Roanoke Valley, you need to visit Mill Mountain Star and Park. There are neat roads that can take you through the hilly terrain and you can drive all the way to the foot of the mountain. Once you reach there a short climb of 10 to 15 minutes will take you to the Star, in front of which is an overlook where you can enjoy the dramatic views. The park near the Star has some beautiful trails and also a zoo. The experience was unmatchable and we ended up spending the whole day at this spot.
Virginia Museum of Transportation
Situated at Norfolk Avenue is the famed Virginia Museum of Transportation. The historic museum was built in 1986 to exhibit the vintage automobiles and railroad exhibits. Visiting the place can take you back in time where you can see the vintage cars from the early 20th century. We also saw a few “Hollywood Star Cars” that were used in some of the popular Hollywood movies. The museum also displays train models and aircraft that illustrate the history of aviation and railroad evolution in the US. As a car enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Taubman Museum of Art
Our last destination in the city was none other than the Taubman Museum of Art. The museum has over 2000 artworks featuring classic and contemporary American art from the 19th and 20th-century. Established in 1951, the art museum exhibits works by Edward Steichen, Andy Warhol, Edward Henry Potthast, Thomas Eakins, and many more. With an entry fee of just $5 per person, the museum is definitely worth a try.
Located in Knox County, Rockland is a small city in Maine, in the US. The city which was founded in the 18th century has many monumental structures and places that can truly impress you. Tourism is one of the major occupations in this city, and was plugged to me from a great chiropractor friend who owns Alaska Back Care. and you can find lots of hospitality services like international restaurants, resorts, and inns. Visiting Rockland was a relaxing experience for me because even though there are many attractions the place was not crowded. Here are the best spots that are definitely worth a visit,
Farnsworth Art Museum
Dedicated to American art, the Farnsworth Art Museum has a huge collection of paintings, sculptors, photographers, and prints. The entry fee is $15 for adults and for kids it is free. Here you can find nearly 15000 artworks. Besides modern works, there are thousands of classics that date back to the 18th century. The notable collection includes paintings by Jamie Wyeth, N. C. Wyeth, and Andrew Wyeth. You can also find works by other prominent artists like Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Robert Indiana and many more.
Rockland Breakwater Light
Built-in 1902, the historic lighthouse is the major attraction of Rockland harbor. It is located on the famous Rockland Breakwater and offers breathtaking views of the sea and Rockland city. To reach the lighthouse, I had to walk around a mile over the breakwater made of huge granite blocks. The place was windy but the experience was truly exciting. Also, I was fascinated by the sight of large ships and boats sailing in the sea.
Sail Power and Steam Museum
This is a rare museum and truly one of its kind. The place has a shipyard featuring various types of old ships. If you are interested in the history of sailing you should definitely come to this place. The visitors are personally welcomed and guided around by the owner, Captain Jim Sharp. He explains to me how the ships evolved from the time they were driven by sail power to the era of steamboats. He is well known for his expertise in the field and his amicable way of guiding the visitors.
Santa Rosa de Copan is often overlooked by tourists but it can provide you with a great Honduran experience. It is a historic downtown and is a lovely place to spend your weekend. There are so many things that you can take part in. Here are some of the things that you can do.
Take Tour of Cigar Factory
The city has a significant history when it comes to producing good quality tobacco. Even though tobacco production has lost its importance to coffee, it is still quite popular among the masses. I visited a cigar factory. Daily tours are organized from 10 am to 2 pm. Through this tour, I came to learn how cigar is produced. However, there are no cigars for sale here. Since I wanted to get some, I visited the factory outlet. Here, you will be able to choose from different forms and sizes.
Visit the Coffee Processing Plants
Western Honduras is largely dependent on coffee and one of the most famous hubs is Santa Rosa de Copan. There are several processing plants in here and all of them are tourist-friendly. These places also have their own coffee shop. Check if your hotel can arrange for the tour. If not, there are some local places where you will be able to avail the tours.
Take a Walk Around the City
The city has the ideal climate for a vacation. Also, it is safe which makes it perfect to take a walk around. In case you go out too far and cannot walk back, you can always take a cab. I took a guide with me to learn about the various parts of the city. The best place to start with your walk in the local market.
Every city of Mexico has a distinct history about its formation that also has left effects on its culture and the people. When I visited Naucalpan, located in the valley of Mexico, I discovered that this place had been populated by humans over 20,000 years. Naucalpan’s history starts with the Tlatilca group that first settled here, by the edges of Hondo River, between 1700 to 600 BCE.
Based on its ancient historical roots, you can find several prehistoric remains here such as the Pyramid del Conde that was built here and now lies in the neighborhood area of El Conde. I would advise you to take a guided tour when you are here to get the interesting historical facts as you explore the city. For instance, you will discover that the Tlacopan or Tacuba area that was governed in the pre-Hispanic era has ethnic dominance of Otomi people. I also saw the site of the Noche Triste tree or Night of Sorrows that lies by the foot of Otocampulco Mountain.
Other sites of tourist interest here that I also visited are the Soumaya museum, known for European works of art; Museo Jumex has contemporary art exhibits while Acuario Inbursa is an aquarium that is an interesting visit for families.
Kids will also enjoy visiting the Parque Bicentenario which has play areas and park trails. An unusual place to visit here is Quetzalcoatl’s Nest that is modeled after a snake god of Aztec religion. I also came by Nautilus House here which has an aquatic unique design as its architecture.
I stopped by Romano’s Macaroni Grill which has Italian cuisine while Lagrange is known to offer Brazilian fare. Most casual places had a local fare that I liked to sample. I also stopped by Cafebreria El Pendulo that has open outdoors with a café and bookstore in its premises.
Barranquilla, the city with rich Caribbean culture and beautiful people, is a destination that is often neglected by tourists. What’s got me more interested in this city is the nightlife where you get to see and take part in traditional salsa. Visit the beach for relaxing and surfing. Try out the local food such as coconut rice, fried fish, and arepas. There are so many things to do that you are never going to get bored. Take a look at some of the best things you can do when you are in Barranquilla.
Museo Del Caribe
This was the first stop I made in the city. Here, you will be able to explore the history and culture of the city. I got an insight into the part of the country that is unknown to foreigners through the displays. There are many floors and rooms in the museum. The different videos, photos, and artifacts will tell you about the biodiversity. I took a guided tour to get detailed information about the Caribbean coast.
Carnival of Barranquilla
The colorful celebration of the city comes second to the one that is celebrated in Rio de Janeiro. The party is continuous for 4 days. In fact, this city is popular for. The preparation for it starts one month ahead. The wild and vibrant festival is something that I haven’t seen before. It starts 40 days before Easter with elaborate costumes, local food, and different dance troupes, bands, and performers.
This is a small zoo but houses over 500 animals of over 140 species hailing from various continents. I visited with my entire family. This is a great place to be if you are traveling with your kids. Walk around the enclosures which are filled with zebras, monkeys, tigers, elephants, and snakes.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia. It is one of the most populous cities in the country and is known for its outdoor activities, fine arts, restaurants, and shopping streets. The place is renowned for its opal industry that produces some of the finest opal stones and jewelleries. Including beaches, gardens, and wildlife areas, the place has many sightseeing attractions that can keep you engaged for several days. Our short holiday in Adelaide was quite adventurous. Mentioned below are the best places in the city that can offer lasting memories.
South Australian Museum
Located in the city center, the South Australian Museum is a well-known attraction in Adelaide. Besides a natural history museum, the building also has a research wing. The place was established in the year 1856 and has multiple galleries for exhibiting various types of artifacts. Here you can see a detailed presentation of Australian Aboriginal Cultures and Pacific Cultures. The exhibits generally relate to the cultural development and evolution of the region. It took us almost a day to tour the entire museum including the library wing. The entry fee for every adult is 15 AUD.
Founded in 1883, the Adelaide Zoo is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in Australia. The place serves as a natural habitat for over 2500 animals that includes nearly 300 exotic species. Tasmanian devils, wombats, and kangaroos are some of the native species you can see in here. The zoo also has giant pandas, gibbons, orangutans, bears, and Sumatran tigers. The entry fee is around 37 AUD.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Our next destination was Adelaide Botanic Garden and the place offered a relaxing experience. The garden spans over an area of 51 hectares and houses a beautiful botanic park. The top attractions of this spot are a bicentennial conservatory, a rose garden, and a tropical house. The place offers free entry in addition to guided tours.
This summer I took a drive to Naperville from Chicago. No doubt, it was one of the best suburbs that I had visited till now. As soon as you leave Chicago, you will be able to see covered bridges, color local shop, public art, and restaurants. There are so many fun things to do in Naperville. Check out the list of the best attractions in the city.
This is to be found at the center of the downtown area of Naperville. It is two miles long along the DuPage River. There are pedestrian paths, aesthetic pleasures, and cultural attractions. What amazed me was the music of the 72 bells from the Millennium Carillon. I also found a place to swim, Centennial Beach. The path along the water offers a picturesque view. You will get a glimpse of the entire city. If you want you can rent paddle boats to have a great time. The decorative fountains are some things to look out for.
This attraction is about 10 miles from downtown and used to be the estate of Robert R McCormick. He worked as the editor of Chicago Tribune. It had been opened to public viewing in 1958. At present, it has over 500 acres of education and natural landscape. I had fun exploring the formal gardens. Do not forget to visit the First Division Museum. It is known to be one of the best military museums.
Along the shaded Riverwalk path, a swimming pool had been developed from the leftovers of the historic stone quarry. The swimming space goes as deep as 15 feet. The rides on the waterslides are super fun. You will be able to find many other floating attractions close to the water. Build a sandcastle on the beach or play some volleyball. It is the perfect place to relax.
This summer, I decided to take a tour of Yekaterinburg, one of the biggest cities in Russia. I was told many times that it is filled with rich history and culture. It is home to some of the important buildings and sites. You will are going to be thrilled by the vibrant nightlife that it has to offer. The city has a plethora of things to do. Here are my top picks.
Red Line Walking Tour
The Red Line Walking Tour will take you around the 35 attractions that are popular in the city. I love self-guided tours. The best part about them is that you can explore the city at your own pace. You can catch a glimpse of the city. There are also some historical sites along the way, starting from the Square traverse through the ballet theatre of the city.
There is an art piece along the embankment of Iset River. It is a tribute to computers and technology. Anatoly Vyatkin is the one behind the creation of Keyboard Monument. I was surprised to discover that there are about 100 stone blocks around the monument. It stretches across sixteen meters.
Vysotsky Viewing Platform
Do you want to gaze at the skyline of the city? Climb up to the Vysotsky Viewing Platform. Do not forget to carry your camera. This was surely a sight to behold. You catch a glimpse of the entire city.
In case you want to spend some quiet and relaxing time, you can visit Victory Park. It comes as a respite from the bustling life of the city. There are gazebos which you can hire for a picnic or barbeques. I hired a bike to take a ride through the trees. You will also be able to hire a horse for a ride. Children can enjoy themselves in a trampoline or with the paintball game facilities.
Being one of the biggest cities of Shikoku, it attracts more visitors than the rest of the island. In case you are planning to visit the Shikoku in Japan, this can be a good place to start with. The scenic port town has made it more convenient to visit. I came across many interesting attractions throughout the city. To plan your itinerary and make your list, check out a few things you can do.
Drop in at Ritsurin Park
This is one of the primary attractions. Trust me; it is one of the prettiest gardens that I came across in this region. It was a visual treat for sure. The place had been built for the Sasu Ma and Sanuki warlords to relax. As a matter of fact, it is so beautiful that this has been designated as the National Treasure of Japan. Walking around the park, I came across Engetsu-Kyo Bridge. The park is most famous for this. There is also a lotus pond here.
Try out Udon
The Udon noodles is might be one of the iconic dishes of Takamatsu. It is the most popular noodles in Japan. It is thick and chewy. The dish is prepared in different ways and is just a unique thing to have. Drop in a restaurant to have this iconic dish.
Visit Sanuki Takamatsu Festival
If you are visiting in the month of August, you will be able to be a part of this festival. The festival grabbed my interest because of the various attractions it has to offers. Starting from firework display to traditional dance, you get to see it all. Go to the central park to catch a glimpse of this festival. Stroll around and take some photos. You are surely going to remember this for a lifetime.
This Chinese city is known to haveinspired several musicians and poets and when I came here you will quickly realize why. Today the city has a modern landscape as well with a centralized business and commercial district, some buildings dating back to the seventeenth century even. The city has a uniqueness that is unlike any new city of the modern world.
The other thing I enjoyed here was visiting the local markets. Here you will find stalls that sell anything, from extension cords to clothes. You can negotiate with the traders, marveling all the time of the ancientness of the region, it being a place of trade of the Middle East for several centuries.
The place has a subtropical humid climate with four distinct seasons. I would recommend that you come here in autumn and spring; every year the October and April months have several events.
Stop by Shuanglin Temple
This is the main cultural and religious landmark to visit so I made it the first stop on my travel tour itinerary. The architecture of the temple and iron tower is a wonder to behold.
A Rocky Wonder – Desheng Yan
Did you know that this name translates as thick rocks? This place is a dense rock mountain that is a must visit. I clicked on countless photos here.
Stop by the International Exhibition Center
This place is opposite the Meihu exhibition center which is in the northern part of the city. The landscape is nice to check out as well as the conventions and trade fairs that are held here at different times of the year. When I was there the exhibition center had a cuisine fair on and it was fun sampling food of the different Chinese cuisines.
Plan a Day Tour at Xiuhu Lake Park
This is a scenic lake that you will find surrounding the Da’an temple tower. The tower was built around 960 AD during Song dynasty reign. The park is popular and you can spend time here as I did. It houses coffee and tea houses, supermarkets and shopping malls as well. There is much to do and is ideal to spend a day here, especially when the weather is pleasant.