Though churches, theaters, mountains, and museums are staple attractions when getting to know a new location, a look below the surface can reveal spectacular and little-known sights you probably wouldn’t find on a postcard. From underground churches, gardens, wineries, and music festivals, these top attractions from around the world are definitely worth a trip below ground.
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With so many different ages and tastes to cater to, traveling as a family can often be as frustrating as it is fun, but it’s a sure-fire way to create unforgettable memories, whether sharing a magic moment or bonding over a travel disaster. To make sure your family vacation goes to plan, choosing your destination is key, but where you go depends on the kind of holiday you want to have.
To help you out, here’s a list of 10 of the world’s best destination for families, so whether you’re planning your first trip with kids in tow, have hard-to-impress teenagers to keep entertained or want a back-to-nature adventure for all ages, there’s no reason not to venture overseas!
Back in the day, you had to pick and choose your shots since you might have only one roll of film and 24 to 36 possible photos. You had to worry and wonder if you’d blinked, as you couldn’t tell before the film was developed (at a store, inevitably taking more than an hour). Then there was the awful time you accidentally opened the back of the camera and exposed the entire roll, rendering all of your vacation shots black. Those were dark times.
Now, taking that perfect vacation shot is much easier, and so it’s become more important to have those iconic shots in your photo gallery. You know the ones, the shots that prove you’ve traveled the length and breadth of our fair country, seeing the most important sights and sites. Here are the top 10 travel photos from the United States.
In 2015, the NPS established seven new national parks, bringing the total number to 58. These new parks include a desert on the edge of Las Vegas, a supervolcano and the birthplace of America’s 16th president. The addition of these seven parks adds 250,000 acres of protected land to the total. The last significant addition prior to this was during the Carter presidency; 1,974,005 acres were added with the adoption of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978.
This year, to celebrate the centennial anniversary of U.S. national parks, make plans to visit the newest additions. While these parks are new to the NPS, they’re not totally brand-new sites. However, with the new funding (and title of national park), these lesser-known gems won’t remain under the radar for long.
While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences you’ll find on some of the world’s strangest beaches.
Thanksgiving’s eating, drinking and merrymaking tend to come with an element of stress over meal planning, preparation and cleanup. So take a break from the usual this year: Because what better way to celebrate an extra two days off in a row than to travel elsewhere than someone’s dining room? Consider going big — take your family and friends with you, or make a break for it with a private getaway — and skip the Black Friday shopping this year in exchange for experiences with far greater returns.
If you’re road tripping and looking to explore some off-the-beaten-path locations in the Southwest U.S. while en route to your destination, here are a few quirky detours to help break up the drive.
Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world.
Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real Viator Insider.
The 450-mile stretch between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of America’s most iconic road trips. And for good reasons: vast beaches, towering mountains, and uninterrupted views of the Pacific guide you down the California coast.
Here are our Top Ten photos from the July “America the Beautiful” Instagram photo contest!