Category: Travel Guides

Punta Cana Visitor’s Guide

Whether you are looking to escape the cold back home or just enjoy a great tropical vacation, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic should be near the top of your list.  In addition to the beautiful weather, Punta Cana has some of the best beaches in the world.  With beautiful, soft white sand and crystal blue waters, you won’t want to leave the beach and the water.  

But Punta Cana isn’t all just sand and snorkeling.  With some of the longest zip line runs in the Carribean, world-class golf courses, and some of the most beautiful tropical parklands you will encounter in the region, the amount of things to see and do in Punta Cana is seemingly endless.

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument Visitor Guide

Situated roughly 50 miles Northeast of Portland, Oregon, and roughly 96 miles South of Seattle, Washington as the crow flies, Mount Saint Helens is located in a beautiful part of America’s Pacific Northwest that has an abundance of tourist attractions.  Visitors to the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument can learn about the 1980 eruption that left such a lasting impact on the surrounding landscape, hike in some of the most beautiful and serene landscape, and marvel at the power of mother nature.

Ecola State Park and Canon Beach Visitor Guide

In case it doesn’t look familiar, this is the stretch of coastline that was featured in the iconic 1980’s movie, “the Goonies”.  You know, the stretch of coast that hid the treasure of the famed pirate One-eyed Willie.  It’s easy to see why they picked this location to film.  The Pacific Ocean coastline in Oregon is some of the most rugged and most beautiful coastline in North America.  In addition to these jaw dropping rock formations, the area also boasts some of the state’s most beautiful beaches and hiking trails.

Heceta Head Lighthouse Visitor Guide

When it comes to beautiful lighthouses, you can’t find many that are more beautiful than the Heceta Head Lighthouse on the coast of Oregon in the United States.  In my opinion, it is the prettiest lighthouse in North America.  Perched up on Oregon’s rocky Pacific Ocean shoreline, the lighthouse is the definition of postcard material.  It is especially pretty at sunset or when large waves are crashing against the rocky shore.

Multnomah Falls Visitor Guide

If you are a big fan of waterfalls, then you are in for a real treat if you ever visit the Portland, Oregon area.  There are some incredibly beautiful falls in North America, with Niagara Falls in New York State probably the most famous of those.  Though Multnomah Falls in Oregon doesn’t get the notoriety that Niagara Falls gets, it is a beautiful waterfall in its own right.

Saguaro National Park Visitor Guide

Imagine a place where cactuses grow to be as big as telephone poles, the sunsets look like they came right out of a postcard, and the roadrunner you grew up watching on cartoons really does scurry around the landscape.  If that sounds intriguing to you, then you will absolutely love Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

This beautiful desert park also includes over 100 miles of great hiking trails and a number of paved roads that assist visitors in seeing the park.  Visitors to the park are able to hike, camp, bird and animal watch, go star gazing at night, or just relax and enjoy the serenity of the desert.  One thing this park is never in short supply of is peacefulness.

Visitor’s Guide to Lucerne, Switzerland

Switzerland is an absolutely beautiful country.  Situated in the heart of the European Alps, Switzerland has some of the most stunning mountain landscapes in all of Europe.  However, because Switzerland is the most mountainous country in Europe, people tend to overlook the fact that Switzerland’s beautiful landscapes consist of more than just mountains.  Some of the most beautiful lakes, valleys, and cities that I have seen in my travels I saw while visiting Switzerland.

Perhaps no other city in Switzerland combines the mountains, a beautiful lake, and a charming city into one package like the city of Lucerne.  Just a short lift ride from being in the thick of the Swiss Alps, and sitting on the coast of one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes, Lucerne really does have it all.  Not many other places can you go sailing in the morning and then take a trip up into the mountains in the afternoon.

Visitor’s Guide to Ghent, Belgium

Ghent is an absolutely stunning city that sits at the confluence of the Scheldt and Leie Rivers.  In fact, much of the city is built up around these rivers, which intersect the city and give it the charm that has made it such a popular tourist destination.  In addition to its stunning city landscape, the city of Ghent is also well known for its cuisine and its beer.

In fact, according to the local tourism industry, there are roughly 653 restaurants, 620 cafes, and 250 kinds of beer available in Ghent.  And that doesn’t even include the amazing chocolate that is found in chocolate stores scattered about the city and the amazing Belgian style waffles that you can buy from street vendors.  In short, Ghent is a foodie’s dream come true.

In this guide, I am going to give you all of the information that you need to make your visit to Ghent an absolute success.  I will outline the best ways to get to the city, talk about when the best times to visit are throughout the year, give you some recommendations on where to stay and where to eat, and finally I will talk about the top things I would recommend seeing and doing while you are there.

Ultimate Guide to Viewing Northern Elephant Seals in California

If you like wildlife, especially marine wildlife, the state of California in the United States has some absolutely wonderful wildlife viewing experiences available to visitors.  One of my favorite of these experiences is seeing the large Northern Elephant Seals along the coast of the state.  It really is impossible to appreciate how large and powerful these seals are until you see them on a beach with your own eyes.

Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Guide

With a countless number of breathtaking vistas, some of the most unique and beautiful trees in the country scattering its landscape, and some of the best rock climbing scrambles in North America within its borders, Joshua Tree National Park may just be one of the most underrated national parks in the US National Parks system.

Joshua Tree may not get all of the press that its sister parks in California get, as parks such as Yosemite, Death Valley, and Redwood are well known around the world.  However, that doesn’t mean Joshua Tree National Park isn’t every bit as beautiful or exciting.  If you ask any national parks enthusiast who is well versed in all of the national parks in the United States and they will tell you that Joshua Tree National Park is one of the premier national parks in the country.