Category Archives: Sightseeing

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #2 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

After sunset in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

After sunset in Cabo

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in the Baja California Sur is one of Mexico’s many popular tourist destinations. There are so many activities to enjoy in Cabo, both above and below the water. Enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, relaxing on the beach or taking a whale watching cruise catching a glimpse of the sea lions on the way out. Continue reading

Travel to Alaska to See Real Beauty

Cruise Ship Near Glacier in Alaska

Photograph by Kent Weakley purchased from iStockphoto.com

Guest post by Jesse Cadena at XL Travel Blog.

One of the main reasons for travel is to view the world from different perspectives. If you want to see famous mountains, unique animals, breathtaking landscapes, and fish in open waters for enormous halibut and salmon, traveling to Alaska could be the one event that makes all of these wishes come true. Continue reading

Exploring Iceland’s Golden Circle

Guest Post by Miranda at Spend Your Days

Iceland has rightfully garnered attention from visitors wanting to get a glimpse of its otherworldly landscape.  When “otherworldly” is just a hop, skip, & a jump away from both Europe and North America, well… you go!

With a four-day holiday weekend fast approaching, I played my own version of Spin the (Travel) Bottle, and cheap airfares determined that I would be getting cozy with Iceland.

The most popular way to experience the beauty of Iceland is via road trip- most notably by way of the Ring Road that encircles the country.  Because my long weekend visit didn’t allow for a complete Tour de Iceland, I chose to focus on the southern part of the country.

Happily, there’s a mini “highlights of Iceland” circuit for visitors who, similarly, do not have a week to languish in far-off lands.  Iceland’s Golden Circle is perfectly made for stunning natural scenery jam-packed into an extended weekend.

Stop #1: A Day in Reykjavik

Nearly all Iceland expeditions begin and end in Reykjavik.  As the most compact European capital, I was still surprised to find that Reykjavik is “do-able” even in a single day!  Especially during the months of June through August, when the famous Midnight Sun lights the sky till the wee hours of the morning.  Speaking of which- remember to bring a sleeping mask if you’re a light sleeper.  It’s decidedly odd trying to fall asleep at 11pm… in broad daylight.

Pay a visit to the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church, stroll the shopping streets of Laugavegur, munch on a kleina pastry at a café in Austurvollur square.  Reykjavik is a fun and satisfying city to just be, without feeling the need to check a bunch of touristy schtuff off your list.

Prir Frakkar Restaurant, Iceland

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Herculean Travel Guide

Guest Post by Will at The Luxe Travel.

Lassithi Plateau

Lassithi Plateau

The Mythological Gods of Greece are in my opinion one of the most intriguing pieces of history this world has ever seen. They capture the imagination of people of all ages and for many era’s they have been idolized, from the famous State of Zeus sculpture by Phidias to the motion picture Wrath of the Titans by John Leibesman. Continue reading

The Best of Oahu

Guest post by Jessica at Turquoise Compass

The Accommodation - Polynesian Hostel Beach Club

The Accommodation

Arriving in Hawaii was a dream come true! Although it took great effort to get there, the trip was worth it. Every day I was amazed by what I saw on the island of Oahu. I stayed at the Polynesian Hostel Beach Club in Waikiki which was conveniently located a couple blocks from the beach. The rooms are secured with key cards. Each bed has its own locker to use with your own personal lock. The dorms itself are basic, but clean. The hostel offers free breakfast of granola bars, oatmeal, and bananas. Basic enough, but a nice addition. Free is free in my books! Continue reading

Ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Temple of the Frescos at Tulum

Temple of the Frescos

The ancient ruins of Tulum are situated 39 feet above the turquoise waters of the Caribbean in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Tulum was at its peak between the 13th-15th centuries AD and was one of the last Mayan cities. It is surrounded on three sides by rock walls and the fourth side by the ocean. The word Tulum means “wall, trench, or fence” in Maya, and was an ideal location for sea and land trade routes. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #20 – Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Blockhouse

Blockhouse

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is located 7 miles south of Mandan, North Dakota. The park was established in 1907 by Theodore Roosevelt and includes Custer’s house, the blockhouses, On-A-Slant Village with the earthlodges and a visitors center. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #19 – The London Eye

London Eye

London Eye

The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe at 443 feet and it was built in 1999. It was officially opened by Tony Blair on December 31, 1999 but didn’t open to the public until March 9, 2000. They have many different options for your experience, from the standard ticket, to a wine tasting experience, Hotel Chocolat tasting experience, champagne experience or you can book an entire capsule for your special event.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach

This post will mostly be photos from my last trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Cannon Beach is a cute little tourist ocean side town located 80 miles west of Portland. Cannon Beach was incorporated in 1957 and has a population of about 1,700 with 750,000 visitors annually. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #17 – Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach, Oregon

I was visiting family and friends in Portland, Oregon and my two aunts and I spent a few days at a rental house in Cannon Beach and the weather last week was unusually high, the temperature was in the 80s. There were a lot of people on the rocks and tide pools around Haystack Rock at low tide looking for starfish, sea urchins and sea anemones. They were all out to enjoy the great weather at the beach. Some of them stayed and made fires on the beach to enjoy the sunset.