Travel With me – Tourist Destinations https://www.tourist-destinations.com World Travel Guides Thu, 11 Jun 2020 09:27:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Lake District, England https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/lake-district-england.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/lake-district-england.html#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:29:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=194 Lake District in North West England is commonly referred to as Lakeland or The lakes. This mountainous region has become one of the most famous holiday destinations in England. The region is not just popular for its lakes, mountains and forests but due to its rich history of association with great Lake Poets like William Wordsworth who pioneered poetry and writings in the 19th Century.

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Lake District in North West England is commonly referred to as Lakeland or The Lakes. This mountainous region has become one of the most famous holiday destinations in England. The region is not just popular for its lakes, mountains, and forests but due to its rich history of association with great Lake Poets like William Wordsworth who pioneered poetry and writings in the 19th Century. Historically, Lake District is shared by three counties which are Lancashire, Westmorland, and Cumberland but now lies in the modern Cumbria country. The Lake District National Park now includes Scafell Pike which is England’s highest mountain. In addition, Lake District is also home to the longest and deepest lakes in England, Windermere and Wastwater respectively. 
Lake District National Park includes almost every part of Lake District even though Lakeland Peninsulas and Kendal town are not within the Park boundary. It is England’s most visited part with nearly 16 million visitors per year. It is the largest national park in Wales and England and UK’s second-largest park after the Cairngorms. 
Lake District was designated as a national park as a way of protecting the landscape through restriction of unwelcome changes through industry and commerce. However, a bigger part of the land in this national park is under private ownership with the main owners being United Utilities and National Trust. Just like other England national parks, there are no entry restrictions and visitors can move freely within the national park along the public routes. Visitors must however use the public footpaths while accessing cultivated land in the park. 
The mountains and lakes in the Lake District form very impressive scenery with the natural sceneries being enhanced by the settlements and farmland. Due to the numerous human activities like the commercial forestry that has significantly impacted on the assessment of the park, Lake District hasn’t been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, there are plans to have it listed as a cultural landscape World Heritage Status. Fells/mountains or lakes are some of the major attractions in the Lake District and offer serious rewarding and challenging hill walks. However, mountaineers can walk on the fells rather than climbing with ropes.
Scafell Pike is the highest point in the Lake District and it is characterized by lots of traffic. Some visitors opt to climb the smaller fells as they are more rewarding and even offer better views. Some of the popular choices are Helvellyn and Great Gable while other hills are little known such as Bowfell, Fairfield, and Grisedale Pike. The fells and lakes combine to form inspiring and dramatic scenery. Naturally formed by glacial erosion, human intervention through farming has modified the area significantly. 
Lake District national park features an extensive footpath network that leads visitors to the fells and valleys and allows excellent access. Most tourists spend most of their time just walking by the lakes or on the fells. With more than two hundred fells easily accessed by visitors, you can bet there is so much to do and enjoy in the Lake District.

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Zermatt, Switzerland https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/zermatt-switzerland.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/zermatt-switzerland.html#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:55:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=195 Located in Upper Valais, an alpine canton of Switzerland, Zermatt is a village that doesn’t permit car usage. For most travelers, Zermatt is their perfect destination for mountaineering and skiing especially in the Matterhorn Mountain. The breathtaking surroundings of Zermatt come at a hefty price as Zermatt accommodation is one of the most costly in Switzerland.

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Located in Upper Valais, an alpine canton of Switzerland, Zermatt is a village that doesn’t permit car usage. For most travelers, Zermatt is their perfect destination for mountaineering and skiing especially in the Matterhorn Mountain. The breathtaking surroundings of Zermatt come at a hefty price as Zermatt accommodation is one of the most costly in Switzerland. The village is set in the midst of a range of great mountains like Mount Rosa which is the country’s highest mountain. However, Matterhorn is the most famous mountain range. The first expedition to the top of the mountain ended dramatically with four of the climbers perishing. 
Zermatt is a surprising place especially given that a village of its size is able to remain car-free. With just 5 or 6 streets, you will be amazed to know that the city of Zermatt is home to nearly 20, 000 residents during the peak season. The only combustion vehicles you will probably see are the occasional delivery vans and those that provide specialist services. This is a place of utter tranquility and you can relax on the balcony listening to the sweet songbird melodies and watch as the sun sets on those fabulous mountains. In the morning, you will be woken up by the soothing voices of children’s laughter and the sweet sounds of birds, church bells, and crickets. 
The few vehicles in Zermatt are driven using batteries and are completely silent. Most taxi drivers here tend to think that pedestrians and cyclists have some eyes at the back and will occasionally hoot even though injurious consequences are very rare. Tourists can stroll or cycle in safety as they visit every corner of the village. You should keep in mind that if you drive your car to Zermatt, either knowingly or unknowingly, you are going to be fined heavily on the spot. That Swiss German police do not listen to any excuse such as you never show the sign which can easily be missed. Zermatt is only popular with walkers or skiers as people who are not used to walking for long distances might have a difficult time here. 
During summertime, Zermatt is a hub of activities with most of the hiking trails and roads leading to some of the most visited restaurants in Matterhorn. Experienced mountaineers looking for a real challenge can go to climb mountain Matterhorn bout should be careful of the occasional storms experienced at the mountain. Climbing Monte Rosa is more challenging are required persons in excellent physical conditions and experienced mountain climbers. 
Zermatt has the largest European summer skiing area that attracts skiers from all over the world. It is also a perfect place for mountain biking or cycling even though this activity is not as popular as such. There are various shops in Zermatt where you can hire bikes at an inexpensive fee. If you are interested in tasking traditional Swiss dishes such as raclette or fondue, visit Restaurant du Pont. Camping is also allowed at Zermatt for budget travelers seeking less expensive accommodation alternatives.

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Abu Simbel, Egypt https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/abu-simbel-egypt.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/abu-simbel-egypt.html#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:12:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=196 Located in Upper Egypt, the existence of Abu Simbel was greatly threatened by the rising turbulent waters of L. Nasser, growing fiercely behind Aswan Dam. UNESCO sponsored the archaeological rescue plan that aimed at restoring the glory of Abu Simbel.

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Located in Upper Egypt, the existence of Abu Simbel was greatly threatened by the rising turbulent waters of L. Nasser, growing fiercely behind Aswan Dam. UNESCO sponsored the archaeological rescue plan that aimed at restoring the glory of Abu Simbel. This great complex of temples is a dedication to Pharaoh Ramsis II, popularly known as ‘the Great’. For many years now, Abu Simbel has remained an unforgettable and evocative destination for tourists all over the world. The village of Abu Simbel is located between the border of Egypt and Sudan. Ideally, the settlement here is quite small to attract any meaningful visitors and its great temples are the most famous kind of attraction.
While this village has 5 great hotels that can accommodate tourists for a night stay, most of them just visit Abu Simbel for few hours and then proceed on to visiting other iconic attractions in Egypt such as the iconic pyramids. 
The Great Ramses II temple was reassembled recently at the front of a fake mountain and it is now designed like a basketball court. This fake mountain resembles a solid rock and looks so real from a distance. According to archaeologists, the big sizes of the statues at the temple were probably intended for scaring off potential enemies who approached the country’s southern region along the Nile. Daily flights are offered by Egypt Air to Abu Simbel and there are also many other smaller flights offering connections between Abu Simbel and the Aswan.
Abu Simbel town is quite small and you can navigate most of it on foot. Most travelers come here for their day trip as it is the best time to see those magnanimous temples built here that make pyramids even less majestic. The main attraction in Abu Simbel is the Great Temple of Ramses II. These four huge statues of Ramses and you will enjoy touring all over the temples. The Temple of Hathor is well reputed to be one of the best-preserved Egyptian temples and it is a historical feature today. The Sound and Light Show is a thrilling entertainment show to be part of in Abu Simbel. Every visitor is given headphones so that they can listen to the commentaries in different languages.
Before you arrive at Abu Simbel, it is advisable that you read a lot of literature about the history of the temples so that you can gain a better understanding while there. This is because you are likely to have a limited time in Abu Simbel and you will barely manage to read writings on the stone carvings. Abu Simbel temples have now been reconstructed and give them an entirely real appearance.
In fact, not so many people even realize that the temples are carved on a fake mountain as everything looks so real. You might need to carry some beverages and snacks along with you. This is because while there are many roadside roads, the prices are significantly high and less affordable for budget tourists.

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Cairns, Australia https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/cairns-australia.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/cairns-australia.html#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:14:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=197 Cairns functions as the gateway to Great Barrier Reef, Queensland in Australia. Cairns is highly cosmopolitan with the nearly 200, 000 people living here are seriously focused on tourism industry. International tourism is very booming here especially Japanese tourists being well catered for in Cairns and most of the signs in shops are written in both English and Japanese.

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Cairns functions as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland in Australia. Cairns is highly cosmopolitan with the nearly 200, 000 people living here are seriously focused on the tourism industry. International tourism is very booming here especially Japanese tourists being well catered for in Cairns and most of the signs in shops are written in both English and Japanese. The rainforest that surrounds the city acts as a perfect gateway to other top destinations like Daintree and Kurada. Besides tourism, Cairns city also supports agricultural activities especially the cultivation of bananas, sugar cane, tea, and coffee. Accommodation facilities at Cairns are many and varied to suit different kinds of budgets and there are numerous restaurants and drinking establishments that cater to all kinds of tastes.
The general atmosphere at Cairns is unpretentious and laid back and the prices of items are largely inexpensive and very affordable. The city has a plethora of coffee shops and clubs located all over which overflow with international tourists. This gives the city of Cairns an awesomely great cosmopolitan feel. Central Cairns has no swimming beach as such and this part of the ocean is largely filled with mud. However, south and north Cairns offers incredibly many choices. At the heart of the city lies a large lagoon-style outdoor pool and is highly popular with both local and international tourists. In addition, tourists desiring to enjoy a memorable beachside resort vacation will be thrilled with the many spoiling choices available here.  
Cairns is a city of events and you can expect not to feel bored during your holiday. If you are lucky, you can catch a rugby game in the city and it is a perfect way of interacting with the local folks. Sometimes, Cazaly’s Stadium hosts international cricket in Cairns and you can catch a game if you time well. One of the best basketball teams in Cairns has its home as Cairns including the highly famous Joe Blake, the Snake, and mascot. Natural attractions in Cairns are also highly attractive. The Centenary Lake for example is characterized by various creeks and small creeks. There is also a park and picnic area as well but you will need to be careful of crocodiles in the lake.
City Botanic Gardens in Cairns are a perfect place to learn about tropical plants and vegetation that the Aboriginal people use. Lake Placid is a peaceful lake tucked in between Kuranda and at Barron Gorge National Park and is surrounded by a great rainforest and has incredible picnic spots. The Mount Whitfield Conservation Park gives perfect views of the entire city and has well-marked walking tracks. 
The Northern Beaches can be reached easily by bus services and even though swimming at the beaches isn’t recommended as such, the tropical beaches are very beautiful and ideal places for walking and relaxing. These beaches are such as the Trinity Beach, Palm Cove, Yorkeys knob, Kewarra Bech, Clifton Beach and Holloways Beach. Finally, you can spend some of your time at Smithfield Conservation Park and enjoy a walk in the rainforest.

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Whitsundays, Australia https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/whitsundays-australia.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/whitsundays-australia.html#respond Sat, 12 Oct 2013 07:47:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=198 Located off Queensland coast in Australia, Whitsundays are a collection of 74 islands and are a part of the well known Great Barrier Reef. Over the years, Whitsundays has become the most popular tourist destination in Australia.

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Located off Queensland coast in Australia, Whitsundays are a collection of 74 islands and are a part of the well known Great Barrier Reef. Over the years, Whitsundays has become the most popular tourist destination in Australia. Most of these islands are now national parks and some of the major attractions range from accessing the coral reefs to enjoy diving and snorkeling to visiting the pristine beaches and much more. The clear, warm aquamarine waters are the best place to spending a hot afternoon during your vacation to the Whitsundays. The islands are connected by two airports; one at Proserpine town and the other one on Hamilton Island. Each year, Whitsundays is visited by more than half a million tourists. 
Boating companies found here provide visitors with fast, fun, and high-speed boats that offer you a memorable sailing experience in these vessels. Some of the best boat companies include sailing Whitsundays, cruise Whitsundays, Ocean Rafting, Whitsundays Catamarans, and Wings Diving Adventures. The most recognized landmark in Whitsundays is the Whitehaven Beach and the 4.5 km stretch consists of brilliant, fine sand and it is the most common image used in Australia’s TV and brochures advertising. You will experience remarkable views across the Hill inlet and any sunny day at the beach is always a spectacular moment. The beach is a perfect place to go swimming and other interesting beaching activities. 
Hamilton Island in Whitsundays is the region’s most populated and developed island and boasts of having its own bank, airport, and post office. Most of the valuable real estate properties in Australia are found here and there are incredibly many accommodation options including standard hotel rooms and rental houses. If you are visiting the island for an event such as a wedding, it is advisable that you book accommodation in an apartment or house as it is highly cost-effective for larger groups. The same owner who owns Hamilton also owns Dent Island, leased from Commonwealth Government. Dent Island is largely uninhabited currently and a golf course is being built on the island which will include villa accommodation and golf clubhouse. 
The largest island in this archipelago is Whitsunday Island and houses the well known Whitehaven Beach. The island is one of the must-visit islands during your Whitsundays trip and there are dozens of boats and yachts that ferry people to the area. The white pure silica sand is the main attraction at Whitehaven beach and there are many theories existing about this sand. While visiting Whitehaven, make sure you carry your sunglasses along as you will surely need them. 
Now, the beach has been turned into a national park and receives a significant number of visitors on a daily basis. Other notable islands at the Whitsundays include the Hook Island, Hyman Island, Daydream Island, Long Island, South Molle Island, and Lindeman Island. Various events are also held at the Whitsundays such as the popular Outrigger Cup, the Hamilton Island Race Week, and numerous sporting events.

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Auckland, New Zealand https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/auckland-new-zealand.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/auckland-new-zealand.html#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2013 07:20:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=199 Auckland is New Zealand’s largest metropolitan area with a gross population of slightly over one million people. Recently, four separate cities amalgamated to form the new Auckland City. These cities included Manukau, Waitakere, Auckland City and North Shore.

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Auckland is New Zealand’s largest metropolitan area with a gross population of slightly over one million people. Recently, four separate cities amalgamated to form the new Auckland City. These cities included Manukau, Waitakere, Auckland City, and North Shore. The larger Auckland region now includes these cities, small towns, Hauraki Gulf Islands, and rural areas. Auckland is a highly modernized cosmopolitan city and nearly one-third of the entire population in New Zealand lives here. Due to the many yachts found in Auckland gracing the Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbor, the city is commonly referred to as ‘City of Sails’. 
Auckland boasts of being the largest Polynesian city and the rich Pacific culture of Auckland is celebrated in various sporting matches and festivals held in the city throughout the year. The city has an international cultural mix and rated among the top five cities with the best quality of life. Tourism wise, Auckland is also a force to reckon with and receives a large number of tourists every year who frequent its top attractions such as the Auckland War Memorial Museum.  If you are ready to visit Auckland, find yourself a cheap Auckland accommodation, and enjoy this beautiful New Zealand destination.
This museum house collection of great importance and from the museum, tourists can enjoy the scenic views offered of the Hauraki Gulf Islands and Waitemata Harbour from Auckland Domain. This war memorial is a commemoration of those who fought and lost their lives in war theatres. Excellent exhibitions of Polynesian arts and crafts as well as Maori cultural performances are also displayed at the museum as well. 
Winter gardens have significant historical importance and highly frequented by tourists who come here to see the impressive flower displays, statues, and tropical plants. The Auckland Domain is reputed as the oldest park in Auckland and hosts many weekend sporting events and is located at the nearby New Zealand National Maritime Museum.
Sky Tower in Auckland City is the tallest tower in Southern Hemisphere and offers fantastic views more than 80 km away. Orbit revolving restaurant at Sky Tower offers a fine dining experience. Auckland Art Gallery is home to the largest collections of both the national and international arts and crafts in the country, houses in the main and new galleries.
Auckland Zoo is home to a large collection of exotic and native animals and the best place to have a family outing in the city. The StarDome Observatory along the One Tree Hill slopes is a park containing the best of Maori archaeological sites, a working farm, and a playground for kids. Kelly Tarlton’s is a highly treasured aquarium in Auckland and the best place to go swimming in the company of sharks and fish.
Being surrounded by nature, there is so much to do and enjoy in Auckland and there are many indoor recreation activities to engage in when it is raining. Aotea Center is the entertainment precinct in the city and you can catch the latest movies. Other interesting things to do in Auckland include catching a rugby or cricket match at Eden Park, climbing Auckland Harbour Bridge, and sky jumping.

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San Diego,USA https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/san-diego-usa.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/san-diego-usa.html#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:15:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=200 Located on Pacific Ocean in California, the coastal city of San Diego has nearly 1.5 million tourists. Housing the Pacific Fleet of US Navy, there is a very strong presence of military in the city which is widely popular thanks to its impressive beaches and ideal climate. Various tourist attractions in San Diego include the famous San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld theme park.

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Located on the Pacific Ocean in California, the coastal city of San Diego has nearly 1.5 million tourists. Housing the Pacific Fleet of the US Navy, there is a very strong presence of the military in the city which is widely popular thanks to its impressive beaches and an ideal climate. Various tourist attractions in San Diego include the famous San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld theme park. Due to its rather slowed pace atmosphere than other cities such as Los Angeles that neighbors it on the northern side, most tourists come to San Diego for its soothing atmosphere and to escape the hustles and bustles associated with busier cities. 

Downtown San Diego is the city’s hub of nightlife and business and there are numerous tourist attractions here amongst the many hotel towers and gleaming offices. Balboa Park Hillcrest is well known for the popular San Diego Zoo and many fantastic museums. Hillcrest is just located next door and it is an urban, trendy neighborhood. Then there is Old Town Mission Valley where Spanish people made their first settlement in California and has now expanded to become a famous commercial center. Other neighborhoods with notable tourist attractions in San Diego include point Loma Ocean Beach, Mission Beach Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Mid City, Northeastern, and San Ysidro. 
Balboa Park in San Diego is a place where you will find various museums, arboretums, gardens and parks, flowering gardens and the Spanish Neo-Classical architecture make the area rather attractive. Sea World is home to Shamu and this is the best place that visitors can interact with some aquatic animals excitingly. Through the enclosures, displays, and shows provided, you will be able to learn a lot about the world’s oceans. La Jolla coastal community is an upscale region in San Diego that is characterized by ocean cliffs, beaches and secluded coves where you can explore. La Jolla has dozens of restaurants, high-end shopping centers, and coffee shops. Birch Aquarium has fantastic exhibits that include standard aquarium fish, physical oceanography, and the massive kelp tank. 
Downtown San Diego is plenty of nightlife, shopping, and restaurants and there are two intriguing museums that you must visit which are the San Diego Maritime Museum and USS Midway Museum. Beaching in San Diego is an interesting activity to go for surfing and swimming and some of the best beaches worthy of a visit include Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla. Each of these beaches is unique in its own way and is very popular among tourists in the area.
San Diego also boasts of bustling microbrewery scenery and beer tasting is an activity that you will definitely not want to miss. The 44 breweries available here attract many visitors from all over the world. San Diego also boasts of having excellent beaches where you can go surfing and spending some time in the water sailing, jet skiing, and windsurfing. Other interesting things to do in San Diego include scuba diving, whale watching, boating, hang gliding, hiking, biking and golfing.

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A Day Out in Australia’s Adelaide Hills https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/a-day-out-in-australias-adelaide-hills.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/a-day-out-in-australias-adelaide-hills.html#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:54:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=201 Located a short drive away from Adelaide's city centre, the Adelaide Hills are a popular day trip option for residents and tourists alike. Situated in the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Adelaide Hills are loosely centred on the largest settlement in the region, Mount Barker.

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Located a short drive away from Adelaide’s city center, the Adelaide Hills are a popular day trip option for residents and tourists alike. Situated in the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Adelaide Hills are loosely centered on the largest settlement in the region, Mount Barker. This region has received acclaim in recent years for its wine production, thanks to its cool, Mediterranean climate and excellent soil. Yet there are plenty of attractions to enjoy beyond the wine-tasting tours, whether you want to learn more about the region’s German heritage or take a trip back in time on a steam-powered train. 
German Settlements 
 
One of the Adelaide Hills’s most iconic attractions is the town of Hahndorf. This is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, rich with history and culture. You can enjoy traditional German cheese, beer, and chocolate in a Bavarian setting, and learn more about Germans in Australia at the Hahndorf Museum. Hahndorf was also home to one of South Australia’s most famous artists, Sir Hans Heysen. You can visit his studio, “The Cedars,” and admire the same landscapes that gave him inspiration. Guided tours are available to explore the surrounding land and learn more about his life and art.
Family Attractions 
For a wholesome family day out, there are numerous attractions for all ages. Children will enjoy feeding and cuddling the animals at the Hahndorf Farm Barn, or going berry-picking at Beerenberg Farm. Wildlife attractions include the Gorge Wildlife Park, which is home to native species such as koalas, echidnas, and kangaroos. A family trip to Adelaide Hills wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Gumeracha’s Toy Factory, home to the world’s biggest rocking horse and a staggering amount of toys.
Car buffs of all ages will enjoy visiting the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, which teaches visitors about the history of the automobile. To take the transportation theme a bit further, the family will enjoy a ride on the traditional steam engine, the “Steam Ranger.” The Steam Ranger travels from Mount Barker to Victor Harbour, with world-class sights and the chance to hop on and off for a pub lunch at one of the quaint villages along the way.
Roadside Sights
You don’t need to have a particular destination in mind, as one of the greatest pleasures of visiting this region is simply driving around and enjoying the picturesque houses and panoramic vista points. Some of Australia’s most impressive properties are located in the Adelaide Hills. Those looking at real estate Adelaide with Homesales.com.au will feel inspired by grand old manors like Auchendarroch House in Mount Barker. This impressive work of architecture dates back to 1878 and has been beautifully restored to its former glory. If you’re visiting Adelaide Hills during the holiday season, you can drive through the town of Lobethal in December and enjoy the largest community Christmas lights display in Australia.
Whether you’re interested in enjoying the gourmet cheese, chocolate, and wine produced in Adelaide Hills or simply tour around admiring the views, you’ll find plenty to see and do. Stop off at Mount Lofty Summit for remarkable views over Adelaide, and you’ll have enjoyed a full day in the countryside.

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Grand Canyon, USA https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/grand-canyon-usa.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/grand-canyon-usa.html#respond Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:40:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=202 Located in Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon is one of the most visited destinations in US and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It comprises of a massive canyon that encompass several districts with the most famous one being the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most famous national parks in United States.

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Located in Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon is one of the most visited destinations in the US and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It comprises a massive canyon that encompasses several districts with the most famous one being the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most famous national parks in the United States. South Rim is home to the Grand Canyon Village where you can get the best views of the area. There are historic buildings here and the area receives massive crowds of visitors from all over the world. Desert View is a historic watchtower and acts as a very popular storm for most travelers in the area and offers the best point for viewing Colorado River and the Canyon.
Hermits Rest is a snack bar/ gift shop that harmoniously fits in the local landscape and it is constructed using a mixture of wood and stone. Hiking is a popular activity in Grand Canyon and offers a unique experience of its kind. The hiking trails can be quite difficult but you will enjoy spectacular views all over the area. 
Unmaintained trails in the park are found all over and these are the best ones for more adventurous tourists. If you are looking for hiking options that are less strenuous, you can opt for the nature walks which offer fantastic views and don’t require a lot of exertion. When going for hiking in Grand Canyon, it is advisable that you know your limits well and care a lot of liquid with you as temperatures can be rather high.
Some of the best hiking trails in Grand Canyon include South Kaibab Trail, Bright Angel Trail, Hermit Trail, Grandview Trail, and a few others. Professional tours and safaris are also organized in Grand Canyon by tour companies which include hiking, off-road sighting, airplane tours, and helicopter tours. Whitewater rafting is nowadays becoming a very popular activity in Grand Canyon as these are some of the most exciting expeditions to do.
Grand Canyon is also a great destination for shopping and you will find many tourist trinkets related to Grand Canyon, American Southwest, and Native American Indians. The South Rim is the best place to shop as there are many shops unlike the North Rim which only boasts of a single shop at North Rim Lodge. Some of these shopping places include the Hopi House, Lookout Studio, and Hermit’s Rest.
There are many restaurants in Grand Canyon that offer fine dining options for dinner, lunch, and breakfast. Some of the best places to get a meal in Grand Canyon include Arizona Room, Bright Angel Restaurant, and El Tovar Hotel Dining Room. For entertainment and cocktails, you can visit El Tovar Lodge and Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room. Sleeping options are available in various hotels, campgrounds and lodges both outside and inside the park. Lodging at Grand Canyon is not just expensive but also fills early and you need to reserve your stay well in advance before your travel date is due.

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South Island, New Zealand Region https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/south-island-new-zealand-region.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/10/south-island-new-zealand-region.html#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:57:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=203 South Island in New Zealand Region features grand open landscapes surrounded by a sense of freedom and space. South Island is divided by Southern Alps and it is characterized by spectacular mountains and clean, deep fiords, golden sand beaches, broad plains and extensive beach forests.

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South Island in New Zealand Region features grand open landscapes surrounded by a sense of freedom and space. South Island is divided by the Southern Alps and it is characterized by spectacular mountains and clean, deep fiords, golden sand beaches, broad plains, and extensive beach forests. The climate here is generally drier and cooler compared to North Island and visitors are advised to carry along T- shirts and sunblock along with them. The Tasman- Marlborough region includes Marlborough and Nelson region and is characterized by sun, rich culture, golden sands, and wine.  
The West Coast region features wild wet wilderness and glaciers and The South region is home to picturesque mountain lakes and snow-capped mountains. Notable cities in South Island include Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Wanaka, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, and Invercargill. Some of the most popular tourist destinations here include Abel Tasman National Park, Arthurs Pass National Park, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Fiordland National Park, Malborough Sounds, Kahurangi National Park, The Catlin and Westland National Park. Southern Alps Mountains are the most dominant geographical feature in South Island. Most of the major attractions on the Island are actually not in the cities.  
While there are many beautiful beaches, most of them are rarely visited. The region has of late become a hub for adventure tourism and you will find ordinary people doing some crazy activities. This is a perfect destination if you are thinking of a holiday vacation where you can get to burn some of your calories and have a great time. You can spend your afternoon jumping off the bridge after tying your ankles with a rubber band. Riding in jet boats and rubber rafts are very common activities as well. 
The Otago Central Rail Trail is a famous destination for horse riding, cycling and walking. Don’t forget to taste crayfish fished from seas near Kaikoura. Other common food items include Mussels, Lamb, and Mussels farmed in Marlborough Sounds. Some of the common drinks are such as fruit juice, beer, and wine. While scoop ice cream is available in large quantities in South Island, you really don’t have to eat a lot of it. While the cities do not have many attractions as such, you can still spend a few minutes there as well for some city experience.  
All the cities in South Island are very different and unique from one another. The largest one is Christchurch and even though it is one of the New World cities, it has a distinctive English feel. Scottish Presbyterians settled in Dunedin city and it is a place that has treasured these roots up to now. The city also makes you feel as if you are in the oldest place in New Zealand as it was built using gold rush money. The city of Nelson in South Island is the youngest by the European standards. Its beautiful palm trees alongside the gently shelving, sheltered, and long Tahunanui white sand beach makes it an attractive place to spend some time in.

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