OK, before I go too far into my take on NYC I must be honest and say that I spent a whole two days there and didn’t see much outside of Manhattan. “Well you didn’t see NYC then!” Yeah this is mostly true but I’ve been hearing about the wonders of NYC since I was a young little furball. Yet, to be frank I wasn’t all that impressed. (more…)
This past weekend I took advantage of one of my own tips, and found a cheap flight to Newark, NJ to visit my sister and brother-in-law and their adorable son, whom I met for the first time. While there we were able to do some touristy things. To be honest I only wanted to go to NJ so that my wife could finally meet her nephew and didn’t care if I had the opportunity to see NYC, my sister-in-law had other plans for us and so the sight seeing began. (more…)
I recently returned from an amazing roadtrip where I spent a week visiting with friend in the Rio Grand Valley, the southeastern tip of Texas. Now, when you think of Texas you likely default to the big cities but not too many people speak about the Rio Grand Valley. Travel along the planned I-69 NAFTA route will take you from Canada to Mexico and while it is far from complete, any route that makes it easier to travel on long road trips makes any adventure more appealing. (more…)
At the point that this post goes live, I will be cruising down the road heading towards Fort Wayne, IN to meet with my best friend, and old college room mate. You may be thinking to yourself, “But Cornelius don’t you live in Ohio?” Albeit temporarily, yes. Yes, I do live in Ohio but that my friend is not my road trip experience. I will be traveling from where I will be camping for memorial day weekend in Mohican, that is a mere 3 1/2 hour stroll. It is where we are going from there that requires me to make such an awesome list such as the one you have before you.
The two of us are driving to Weslaco, TX – part of the Rio Grand Valley – the southern tip of Texas. That is around 26 hours non-stop road tripping. And if you are setting off on your own adventure and make sure you get there safe and sane then follow these steps. (more…)
My idea of a vacation doesn’t mean all-inclusive cruises and hours wiled away eating and lounging. I like all-day adventures complete with heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping activities. Of course, this kind of trip is always best in a beautiful locale.
Some of my favorites include a morning run through the towering redwoods followed by a terrifying yet invigorating bike ride along narrow, winding Highway 1, or a kayaking adventure through hidden coves before a stroll along a sea-glass covered beach. Others entail treks into dormant volcanoes and snorkeling adventures. All of them are near the ocean, encompassing the perfect beach adventure vacation.
Volcanoes, rainforest, beaches and a rich, exciting urban center. What doesn’t Oahu have? For those starting small with the adventurous aspect of travel, rest assured you can get everything you need here. From a large selection of dining, shopping, Waikiki hotels and resorts to easily accessible outdoor activities, Oahu is perfect for an active beach vacation. Must-dos include snorkeling, hiking and surfing, all well within reach of many Oahu hotels. Hanauma Bay is one of the best places to snorkel, where hundreds of species of fish swim amid calm waters. Kuilima Cove is the most sheltered and serene spots for beginners to try their hand at snorkeling, with a white sand beach quiet atmosphere.
Hiking opportunities abound in Oahu. Whether you are looking for an easier trek or something bordering on extreme, every type of hike can be found. Diamond Head, just a short drive from Waikiki, is one of the most popular hikes in Oahu. The .8-mile trail is short and strenuous, gaining 560 feet of elevation from the valley floor, and offers an amazing 360 degree-view of the entire Island. On the complete other end of the spectrum is Oahu’s Olomana Trail. The 2.5-mile hike is steep, narrow and scary at times, but the 1,000-foot elevation gain rewards you with bragging rights and an awesome view. See for yourself!
The Big Island, Hawaii
Home to two of the most active volcanoes in the world, Hawaii’s Big Island is commonly assumed to be a barren land of deadened rock and Lava Rivers. However, this island offers a remarkable display of geodiversity. The rolling hills of Waimea are perfect for calm bike rides or horseback adventures. The jungle of the Hamakua Coast proves for awesome hiking, and the calm, inviting sand of the Kohala Coast offers a quiet beach refuge.
Big Sur, California
Where the Santa Lucia Mountains abruptly hit the Pacific, the wilderness of Big Sur is one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous places in the world. Rolling green plateaus, dramatic towering cliffs and waterfalls on the beach complete this region as a gem of California. I like to start my day at Sand Dollar Beach with a peaceful stroll before embarking on a serious hike through the Ventana Wilderness. Nearly 170,000 acres strong, the unique area of rugged coastal mountains is characterized by steep-sided, sharp-crested ridges the range from 600 feet to 5,750. The quiet of the woods provides the perfect backdrop to truly connect with this extraordinary locale.
Humboldt Redwoods, California
The biggest, oldest trees in the world are right here in the lush-fern filled rainforest. Colder and foggier than the Central Coast, the North Coast of California offers raw wilderness in a more rugged form. Agate Beach in Patrick’s Point State Park may be cold, rocky and a decidedly unsafe place to swim, but it is absolutely beautiful. Giant cliffs with the famous redwoods plunge into a wild surf, serving as the inspiration to get you moving up the steep trails into the forest.
Don’t settle for just one of two extremes, i.e. a lounging beach vacation vs. an adventure filled trek through wilderness. Do a little extra research and surely, you can have the best of both worlds when you travel.
|Meet the Author: Leslie
Leslie is a young travel writer who is obsessed with new adventures in new places, great food and good company. She describes herself as a simple girl from a big city looking to assert her imaginative vision against the creatures of the common place, in hopes of finding something extraordinary in the process.
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