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Top 3 Biking Adventure Destinations in the US

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Bike holidays are not only becoming more popular but are also more accessible to many. You no longer have to invest a lot of money in good bikes and other equipment to enjoy a good biking adventure. You don’t even have to do downhill biking or explore mountains to have a fun adventure; you can have as much fun in cities with their unique charms and attractions.

There are some interesting destinations to visit too, especially in the United States. We are going to look at three of the best destinations you can explore on your next holiday.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe is one of the best destinations to consider if you want to enjoy a more relaxing biking experience. The city has everything for everyone, from the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the outdoor adventures it offers, to the galleries and restaurants just waiting to be explored in the city.

Santa Fe is also home to some remarkable roads that are perfect for bikers. On top of that, there’s the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. It is one of the best trails in the world and a definite must-visit if you enjoy bike holidays and good adventures.

The San Juan Islands

Planning a biking trip in the summer? Then the San Juan Islands in Washington is the perfect destination to consider. You should visit the Emerald Isle, also known as the Orcas, for its long and beautiful biking trail. It has roads that go across forests and big, beautiful fields. In short, it has everything for those really enjoy an adventure.

You can also challenge yourself and conquer the trail that climbs Mount Constitution. Be sure to have your camera with you as the view from Constitution is unbelievable. Even better, the Orcas and the rest of the San Juan Islands are easily reachable; you just have to take the Washington State Ferry.

Los Angeles

For the best variety, however, it is difficult to beat Los Angeles. The city has everything for every type of traveler, including those who love bike adventures. Michael Palance, an actor, and producer who lives in the city, shared some of his favorite spots with us and we love them all!

The Lake Hollywood Park is one of the best places for seeing the Hollywood sign. You can also take your bike to Mount Lee and reach the Hollywood Sign directly. Biking in the city is just as exciting, especially with landmarks like the Griffith Observatory, the Amoeba Music and Capitol Records Building all offering unique takes.

 

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5 Great Reasons To Visit Miss Liberty

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Visiting the Statue of Liberty is easily one of the most popular activities among the 60 million or so travelers who make their way to New York City annually. In fact, 4.5 million tourists per year make their way through Upper New York Harbor to this iconic, towering statue that stands on Liberty Island. That’s more than most other tourist stops in NYC and in the whole USA.

But why is seeing the Statue of Liberty up close and personal so popular? And what are five good reasons why you should pay Miss Liberty a visit? Well, I’m glad you asked.

1. The Ferry Ride

When you go on the Liberty Cruise to Liberty Island, you will find that the incredible views you catch of the NYC skyline and the gentle breeze off the bay on the way over are an experience in their own right. Just hop on the ferry for free at Battery Park at the tail end of Manhattan, and you’ll be over to Miss Liberty in a matter of minutes: but they are truly scenic minutes that you’ll remember for years to come.

2. It’s a Great Deal

Yes, you heard that right. You can take a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty 100% for free. And you can often set up your tickets at the same time you buy NYC bus tour tickets online. The bus can drop you off at Battery Park, and the boat can take it from there. You will have to pay a small fee to get inside the statue, and a little more, plus a months-ahead reservation to get a view from the crown. That can all be done with foresight and a modest expense, but just going to see the statue is free (and the rest is a great deal.)

3. A History Lesson

For history buffs, and for everyone else with an ounce of inquisitiveness about the history and the significance of a 151 foot tall piece of copper standing on an equally tall pedestal, learning about the Statue of Liberty’s history is worthwhile. On Liberty Island, you can go on an audio or personally guided tour of all things related to the origin and history of this iconic symbol of New York City and of American Liberty.

4. The Rest of the Island

Besides the statue herself, Liberty Island also offers a sculpture garden, the Statue of Liberty Museum Store, the Crown Cafe (not actually located in the crown), and an impressive view of old glory at Flagpole Plaza. The photo-ops abound, and there is enough to keep you occupied for hours on this island of freedom.

5. The Island Next Door

It’s easy to get over from Liberty Island to Ellis Island, which in very, very close by. You ride there directly and on the same ferry, still for free. The immigration museum on Ellis Island tells the story of how many decades of immigrants flooded into the US through the Ellis Island immigration station. Sometimes that history is a cause for pride, other times there was discrimination; but anyone interested in how we became this “melting pot” should take the time to visit Ellis, along with Miss Liberty.

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Planning That Trip to Los Angeles

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Visiting Los Angeles for the first time can be both thrilling and utterly overwhelming.  The sheer size of the metropolitan area makes it hard to grasp, even if you are from a big city yourself.  This can make it hard to decide where to go and what to do.  For the best enjoyment of your trip, some forward planning is key and here are some tips to help you.

Travelling there

LAX is the most famous airport in the city but this also means it is the busiest – and it is certainly busy.  Traffic is a nightmare and it is quite a distance from the majority of the main destinations in the city and surrounding areas.  There are alternatives, you can fly into Burbank Bob Hope Airport, for example.  Smaller, it still accommodates most major airline and rental car companies.  You can also hop on the Metrolink across the street to get around the city.  It is closer to everything from Hollywood to downtown LA and even the L.A. Zoo than LAX.

Getting around the city

Hiring a car is a popular way to get around when you are in Los Angeles, as long as you are prepared for the sheer number of people on the roads.  Think hard about the type of vehicle that you want – you might need a sedan or SUV if there are a few of your or a lot of gear.

Also look at the type of rental agreement on offer – does it have a penalty for being late to pick up or drop off?  Are there restrictions about who can drive? Don’t forget to consider the insurance in the package as well. The risk for crime, theft and uninsured motorists will vary by zip code so if you find yourself driving through or spending time in a riskier neighborhood, consider this when looking at insurance options.

Where to stay

Again, there are hundreds or possibly thousands of options about where to stay in Los Angeles.  Do some research before you book anything – look at the reviews for the place and also read about the neighborhood the hotel is in.  Consider how easy it is to get to public transport if you aren’t hiring a car.  Or what kind of drive time will you face from the hotel to the spots you want to visit?  If it takes you half the day to reach the sites, then choosing a cheaper hotel out of the city will have backfired on you.

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5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Niagara Falls

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Known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World, Niagara Falls is one of the most breathtaking destinations in North America. Nowadays, there’s so much more to see and do in and around Niagara Falls then just the Falls themselves. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your trip, so you can come home without regrets.

1) Visit the Falls on Both Sides of the Border

Niagara Falls is located on the border between the U.S. and Canada. The famous view of the Falls that can be seen in stock photos and on postcards is to be had on the Canadian side of Falls, but there’s a lot to be said for the American side, too. While the Falls are surrounded by a bustling community on the Canadian side, complete with grand hotels, botanic gardens, and midway attractions, the American side of the Falls is a state-protected park – the oldest in the country. Here, you can enjoy wooded hiking trails on Goat Island, as well as cliff-side paths that bring visitors within an arm’s length of the Falls.

2) Pack Rain Gear

This may go without saying, but you’re going to get wet when you visit the Falls. Whether you choose to a boat tour on the Maid of the Mist (in the U.S.) or the Hornblower Niagara Cruise (in Canada), or a walk through the Cave of the Winds or Journey Behind the Falls, you’re going to be well within splashing distance of the raging water. Bring rain ponchos, a waterproof bag for your electronics, and dry shoes and socks so you can change after your tour.

3) Research Accommodation in Advance

There are Niagara Falls hotels for every budget, especially on the Canadian side of the Falls, but it’s worth doing some research ahead of time to make sure you’re getting the most out of your accommodation. If, for example, you were hoping to camp in Niagara Falls State Park to save on accommodation, you may be disappointed to learn that there’s no camping at Niagara Falls State Park – you’ll have to drive about 25 minutes away to Four Mile Creek State Park for that. But, if you’re interested in hotel accommodation in Niagara Falls, Canada, it’s worth booking directly with a Fallside hotel to get the best views, and access to nearby downtown amenities like the Fallsview Indoor Water Park.

4) Don’t Miss Downtown

There are lots of great attractions in downtown Niagara Falls that you won’t want to miss during your visit. Whether you’re in the U.S. or Canada, you’ll find quirky bars and restaurants and, especially on the Canadian side, lots of kitschy fun. Hit up the Clifton Hills district where you can enjoy the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, the Great Canadian Midway, year-round haunted houses, and no less than three mini-golf courses.

5) See the Countryside

The area around Niagara Falls is home to quaint Canadian small towns, historic sites, and hidden-gem vineyards. Take a few extra days to explore the surrounding countryside. Go to Old Fort Niagara on the American side of the border, or Fort George on the Canadian side, where you can learn about the roles both nations played in the War of 1812, see artillery and musket demonstrations, and learn more about the conditions under which soldiers lived and fought here. Don’t miss Niagara-on-the-Lake, a romantic lakeside town full of bed-and-breakfasts and home to some stunning lakeside views. If you like wine, you’ll find tiny vineyards dotted all over the countryside on both sides of the border. You’ll find that vineyards here are more welcoming, and less pretentious, than those in some more famous wine regions.

With all the attractions in and around Niagara Falls, you might find you need more than one trip to take it all in. Whether you’re interested in cheesy good times, touring North America’s most famous falls, or exploring sleepy towns and vineyards in the surrounding countryside, there’s something for you in the Niagara Falls area. Make your trip to Niagara Falls a good time for the whole family – or a romantic weekend getaway, whichever you prefer.

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