California Coast RV Road Trip

Most known for Hollywood celebrity sightings, California is also home to some of the most famous beaches and coastlines of the world. This is perfectly complemented by the seamless weather and temperature that lures in new residents and tourists every year. So if you are looking forward to enjoying the summer heat, regardless of the More »

Going to Orlando and its Parks

It’s time to make a journey and the destination this time is called Orlando, a space full of fun that attracts millions of people during the whole year due to it’s famous parks, places like Disney World, Universal Studio or the Cabo Discovery will keep you busy all day long. Start by looking for a More »

Helsinki City Guide

Helsinki, recently awarded as ‘City of Design’ by UNESCO, is the capital of Finland. Unlike the Nordic winter, the temperature of this city is quite livable, and life continues throughout the year. It has four seasons, and the temperatures vary from 32 degrees in the summer and about -20 degrees in the winter. With the More »

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

4 Surprising Reasons Sports Entusiasts Love Minneapolis

Minneapolis bike trails

Quite possibly the fittest city in America, Minneapolis is a fun and incredibly scenic city for getting active and outdoors. From working up a sweat yourself, to watching professional athletes sweat, here are four ways to have an active vacation in Minneapolis.

Miles and Miles of Biking Trails

With one of the only fully urban scenic byways in the country and 200 miles of recreational paths, you’ll have your choice of trails and paths throughout the city. Ride along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis or follow the Cedar Like Trail along Interstate 394 to beautiful Cedar Lake. If you’re unsure about the best places to bike, hire a local guide to show you the most scenic trails.

Not possible to bring your bike to the twin cities? No problem. You can pick up a rental bike from the Nice Bike sharing program at South 4th Street in downtown.

Access the waterfront trail system quickly and easily from the Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites. This elegant and comfortable hotel offers guests the convenience of an indoor pool and an on-site restaurant.

Water and Ice Sports

Minneapolis lake

If you love to get out on the water or the ice during the winter, there is no shortage of opportunity in Minneapolis. This land of lakes has 22 lakes in the metropolitan area and four large lakes known as the Chain of Lakes. These water playgrounds are perfect for kayaking, motor boating, jet skiing, or fishing during the summer. In the winter, explore the lakeshore on a pair of skates or join in a game of pond hockey.

Professional Baseball and Football Teams

Target Field Minneapolis

Sports fans will be delighted with the display of professional athleticism in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Twins play at the modern downtown Target Field. If you’re visiting anytime between April and September, book tickets to see the Twins play one of their 81 home games. While you’re there, sample some non-traditional snack food, like Bacon Sloppy Joes or Porkchop on a Stick.

Another downtown sports venue, TCF Stadium, is home to the Minnesota Vikings. With just nine home games, be sure to book your regular season tickets early!

Just a short walk or cab ride away from these sport stadiums, you’ll find Lowes Minneapolis Hotel. Grab a few pre-game drinks at the on-site bar and lounge.

Golf Like a Pro

Golf in Minneapolis

Minneapolis locals love their golf and professionals love golfing in Minneapolis. The state has hosted all 13 USGA championships. There are a variety of public and private golf courses within a short drive of downtown Minneapolis and most courses will open in late spring and close in the fall.

If your idea of a great vacation is spending more time outside than inside, plan to visit Minneapolis.

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Author Bio:

A former journalist, Tammy Banfield is a freelance travel writer who loves scouring the web for the best travel experiences. Tammy has written about more than 2,000 hotels, throughout Canada and the United States, for sites like Hipmunk.