How to Carry Travel Gear on a Motorbike

There’s something about a great road trip that can make us feel truly free. A motorbike road trip, however, can really take the euphoric feelings of freedom to a whole new level. Feel the rush as you explore new terrain and take to the open road on your bike. Whether you’re going away for a More »

How to Survive While Driving in Exhausting Heat

Long and hot summer days are a perfect time for adventures, and your car is definitely in want of a cool drive. You’ve bought new summer tyres, planned your itinerary in details, and packed your belonging…but you still aren’t ready enough to hit the road. Travelling by car in a trying heat requires much more More »

The Best Outdoor Adventures in California

Although states like Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Montana and Florida are hailed for their wide array of outdoor adventures, the massive state of California also has plenty to offer nature lovers.   From pristine mountain lakes and flourishing redwood forests to sunny beaches and sandy desert dunes, these are the best spots for outdoor exploration in More »

Living Out Loud in Vegas: It’s Not Just About the Gambling

When you think about Las Vegas, you probably think about the casinos on the Strip. However, quite a few activities in Las Vegas don’t involve gambling. Whether you are looking for an activity for a trip with friends or somewhere to take your children, Las Vegas is a great vacation destination for just about anyone.

Jogging, Biking, and Horseback Riding

Las Vegas is home to 45 miles of walking, biking, and jogging trails that don’t allow any motorized vehicles. These trails have beautiful landscaping that provide shade, along with benches, rest areas, trash cans, pet waste areas, and lighting for evening walks. The Las Vegas City Council plans to expand these trails, hoping to create a network of trails that total 239 miles and connect to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. There are also 11 miles of trails where you can go horseback riding and take in the sights.

(Image of horse via Flickr by Lindsey B)

Art Scene

Chihuly glass ceiling art Bellagio Las Vegas

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There are art galleries and exhibits throughout Las Vegas, so if you are interested in local or famous art pieces, spend an afternoon checking out some art. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art featured unique scientific art exhibits alongside Antony Gormley’s “Bodies in Space VII.” The exhibits at this gallery are constantly changing, so you can look at something different every time you make a visit to Las Vegas.

Camping

 

Lake Mead Camping Arizona and Nevada

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If you prefer nature to surround you during vacations, check out the Las Vegas campgrounds. Most of the campgrounds have running water and hookups, which are helpful if you travel with a camper or RV.

Race Track Fun

Go kart racing Fast Lap Las Vegas

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Another popular activity in Vegas is a visit to Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing. Drivers in these go-karts can drive up to 50 miles per hour, racing friends, family members, or fellow visitors around the race track. There is an option to sign up with a group of eight to participate in practice laps, a qualifying heat, and a championship where the winner receives a gold medal. Even those who didn’t win the race can still enjoy lunch or dinner: the package comes with two large pizzas.

Activities for Daredevils

 

The Big Shot ride at Stratosphere Las Vegas

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Among other things to do in Vegas, thrill rides throughout the Strip let you soar over the hotels and casinos. The roller coaster at New York New York features twists, turns, and loops that will leave you spinning, while the rides on top of Stratosphere shoot you high in the air and may leave you gasping for breath. The Big Shot ride at Stratosphere features a ride at 45 miles per hour, shooting you up and over the top of the hotel with your feet dangling over the skyline. You can also let loose at Vegas Indoor Skydiving, which offers a thrilling way to test your limits.

The next time that you consider where to take a vacation, add Las Vegas to the list. Even those who don’t enjoy gambling can have a great time participating in many other activities there.

3 Tips for Island Hopping in Hawaii

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A Hawaiian getaway is on the top of just about anyone’s vacation bucket list. Why wouldn’t it be? Gorgeous beaches, crashing waves, unbelievable food and a unique culture all make for one unforgettable trip. However, you probably know that visiting Hawaii means visiting more than one island during your stay. There’s a lot to see, after all, and you’ll want to experience as much of what the islands have to offer as possible. 

 

How You’re Getting There

You’re obviously not swimming from island to island, so it’s important to get familiar with how you’ll be traveling. The islands only offer two ferry services: one between Maui and Lanai, and one between Maui and Molokai. Both services also offer guided boat tours around the islands. Keep in mind, however, that the waters can get choppy. If you don’t have your sea legs, consider sticking to the islands’ airport services.

Traveling by air is actually how most island hopping is done. Hawaii Airlines is the only major airline on the islands, but you can find smaller airports all over Hawaii. You can also opt to take a puddle-jumper flight between islands, depending on your preference.

Which Islands to Visit

Sunset in Maui Hawaii

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There are eight major Hawaiian Islands, but only six are accessible to the public. Of those six, only four see much tourist action. The Big Island, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai host millions of tourists a year, while Lanai and Molokai never see more than around 75,000. Each island has something special to offer, so your interests will largely dictate which ones you visit.

Adventurers can stay on the Big Island to enjoy scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, or a hike around an active volcano. Those with an interest in historical events may want to check out Oahu, where you’ll find Pearl Harbor as well as Iolani Palace, where the last monarch of Hawaii was forced into house arrest. Maui is a popular honeymoon destination, with adventures like stunning helicopter rides and relaxing luxuries such as world-class spas.

If you’re still not sure which islands to see, don’t be afraid to ask your hotel’s front desk for recommendations. With numerous places to stay in Honolulu, make sure you find one with friendly, helpful service by using a travel site that offers honest, unbiased reviews.

Convenient Ground Transportation

No matter which islands you visit, be sure to take advantage of whatever public transportation options are offered. They’re surprisingly affordable, and a whole lot of fun.

If you spend time on Oahu, pick up a pass for TheBus, a much cheaper alternative to taxi cabs. You can also find scooter rental services on several islands if you’re interested in a breezy sightseeing experience. Jeeps are another popular transportation option. Although they’re pricier than scooters, they’re a fun way to enjoy the fresh Hawaiian air.

Locals have an easy time navigating all of the islands, but visitors may not be as surefooted. Before you take that trip of a lifetime, get familiar with the ins and outs of island hopping so your experience will go as smoothly as possible.

Miami’s Top 4 Golf Courses

Heading to Miami doesn’t mean you have to pass on your tee time. In fact, in the Miami area there are a number of great golf courses that will have you improving your game in no time. When you’re looking for a world-class golf course, make sure you check out these options in the Miami area.

Miami Beach Golf Club

When you’re looking for a beautiful course that can help you with your putting, check out Miami Beach Golf Club. Here you’ll be able to set your tee time, and the price ranges from $100 to 200, depending on whether you’re trying to get in during peak season or not. The golf academy associated with the course is top-rated and can help you no matter your experience level. The academy also employs professional golfers, so you’ll be learning from the best. You can also rent equipment here, so you don’t have to worry about hauling your clubs around.

Country Club of Miami

At the Country Club of Miami you’ll find yourself teeing off early. The prices are much more affordable than the Miami Beach Golf Club, ranging from $29 to 58. There are two courses at the Country Club, and you’ll get a different experience at each course. To focus on your placement and strategy, head to the east course. Learning to get around obstacles is the focus of the West course. If you like to play in the evening, you’re in luck, since the courses are lighted.

Briar Bay Golf Course

Golf in Miami

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With prices from $8.75 to $12, you’re unlikely to find a better deal than the Briar Bay Golf Course. Just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean the course isn’t great. In fact, the course is one of the highest-quality courses in the area, and more than 40,000 games are played here each year. The course is on about 20 acres, and there are unique challenges here you won’t find elsewhere, due to the multi-directional layout. Whether you’re a first time golfer or you’re a pro, this course is fun and attractive.

Greynolds Park Golf Course

If you’re looking for a nine-hole course, head over to Greynolds Park Golf Course. This is the most popular nine-hole course in Miami. This is due to a number of factors, from the amazing staff to the beautiful layout. On top of this, you can play for $13. If you need to rent equipment, it’s not expensive either. While this court is more popular with beginner to intermediate players, expert golfers will still find enjoyment at the course. No matter what time of day you want to play, this course is open from 7 a.m. to sunset.

There are golf courses all over the city of Miami and the surrounding areas. When you’re looking for the perfect green, make sure to decide what is most important to you, and enjoy your game.

 

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

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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