Monthly Archives: February 2015

Canada’s Alberta knows how to do Winter

If you’ve got a hankering for snow and ice, there’s no place quite like the province of Alberta in Canada. Take a look at this video showcasing the sick views from a helicopter of the ski hills near the town of Canmore. You’ll want to pack your skis and head to the hills ASAP.

About Alberta Canada
Located in the heart of western Canada, bordered by the Rocky Mountains to the west and prairies to the east, the province of Alberta is a holiday destination known for surprising even the most experienced travelers. The picturesque mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Canmore are revered by hikers and nature lovers for their awe-inspiring terrain, jaw-dropping vistas and abundant Canadian wildlife. From exploring Calgary and Edmonton, lively cities brimming with music, culture and nightlife, to discovering dinosaur fossils in the mysterious Canadian Badlands, visiting Alberta promises an experience like no other.www.travelalberta.com @travelalberta #ExploreAlberta

4 Things You Have to Try in San Francisco

Freshly shucked oysters close-up

San Francisco has so many famous landmarks and attractions that it might feel impossible to squeeze everything into one trip. If you’re looking for fun and memorable things to do on your next visit to the city, check out these exciting suggestions.

Shuck Oysters at Tomales Bay

Take a drive up to Tomales Bay where you can grab a picnic table, a shucking knife, and a bucket of fresh oysters. Not only are the waters of the bay famous for producing succulent oysters, you can also get mussels and clams there as well. Many people say the oysters from the Pacific Northwest are sweeter and less briny than east coast oysters. If your picnic area has a grill, you can even barbecue your oysters for a nice smoky flavor.

Freshly shucked oysters close-up

Image via Flickr by larryjh1234

Climb to the Top of Coit Tower

Coit Tower has been an unmistakable part of the San Francisco skyline since it was built on top of Telegraph Hill in 1933. While the views from the parking lot alone are breathtaking, the 360-degree views from the observation deck at the top of the tower are even more magnificent. Thankfully, you don’t have to work hard for those panoramas since an elevator will take you to the top of the tower. From there, you can see famous landmarks such as Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, and the Financial District.

Check Out the Sea Lions at PIER 39

Shortly after an earthquake in October 1989, sea lions started hauling themselves out of the water to rest on the docks at PIER 39. After a lot of research, marine experts recommended that the sea lions be allowed to stay at the pier, and it has since become their permanent home.

Today, you can catch these boisterous animals relaxing in the sun and vocalizing with each other. However, some months are better than others to see them. From mid May to late July, around 600 sea lions will congregate in the area before heading further south to their breeding grounds.  For easy access to these majestic creatures, consider staying at the nearby Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel.

Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized landmarks in San Francisco and no trip to the city is complete without at least one picture of it. While around 100,000 cars cross the bridge every day, pedestrians can also take a hike across it. If you have a clear day with no fog, a walk over the bridge will allow you to see amazing views of San Francisco Bay and the surrounding city.

Pedestrians can only cross the bridge using the east sidewalk, and the sidewalk is only open until dusk. A roundtrip walk is 3 miles and can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. If you know a trip to this famous bridge is on your itinerary, check online for the best hotel recommendations that are close to the Golden Gate Bridge.

While there’s so much to do in this remarkable city, checking out these amazing spots in San Francisco will make this trip one you’ll never forget