Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was a dream of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. The Mosque features four minarets and 82 domes, representing diff erent Islamic styles, in support of noble Islamic cultural values, and to express its genuine religious concepts and values. It accommodates more than 40,000 worshipers. If you are a group of eight or less, you may walk through the Mosque on your own, without a guided tour, and take photographs. Or, if you are a small group of less than eight persons you do not need to pre-book a tour; arrive approximately 15 minutes before the tour time; a Visitor Experience Coordinators will assist you in joining a tour.
The Corniche Road is an epic four-mile promenade and spreads across an impressive eight kilometers (5 miles) of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants, and the Corniche Beach—a lifeguarded beach park. You can stroll the entire length in an afternoon, or to speed things up, why not hire a bike instead? Two things catch the eye: The emirate’s fl ag (as big as a bus) atop a 360-foot pole, and the remarkable Capital Gate building, with a built-in lean of 18 degrees (the slant on Pisa’s tower is four degrees). The Avenue at Etihad Towers is a new mall dedicated to high-end fashion, and a few blocks over is the Qasr al Hosn fort, the oldest building in the city.
Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the southwest corner of the Arabian Gulf. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels, shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions, and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world. Dubai is tolerant and cosmopolitan, and all visitors are welcome. However, Islam is a way of life in the city and, therefore, tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay.
Khalifa Park was established in 2007, and has several beautiful fountains. There are large areas for sitting and relaxation, various spaces for children’s games, as well as motorcycling and bicycling areas and a large football playground. There is also Abu Dhabi History Museum, an aquarium, a train to tour the park, a public library, and other activities, including the barbecue site and a large mosque for men and women.
The Heritage Village was developed to bring the heritage of the United Arab Emirates to life and shed light on cultural and folklore lifestyle of the old days, including a campfire with coffee pots, a goats’ hair tent, and a falaj irrigation system. There are workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, such as metal work and pottery, while women sit weaving and spinning. The little spice shop is a treat—you can get a range of dried herbs, handmade soap, and plenty of chatter.
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Hagia Sophia is one of the most visited museums and prominent monuments in the world, in terms of art and the history of architecture. It opened to divine service with a great ceremony on December 27, 537, and was used as a church for 916 years. Following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque and was used as such for 482 years. In 1935, it was turned into a museum.
The Sultanahmet Camii is known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa, and hospice. Besides being a tourist attraction, it is also an active mosque, so it is closed to non-worshippers for a half hour or so during the five daily prayers. The best way to see the great architecture is to approach it from the Hippodrome (west side of the mosque). Visitors to the Museum and Mosque should dress conservatively. No revealing clothes, shorts, mini-skirts, and sleeveless shirts.
Visitors to the Mosque are required to remove their shoes before entering, and women should wear head coverings (provided free-of-charge at the entrance).
The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıcarsı) is one of the largest covered markets in the world, with 60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices, and antique shops. Many of the stalls are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather, gold jewelry, and the likes. The bazaar has been an important trading center since 1461, and its labyrinthine vaults feature two bedestens (domed buildings). The Grand Bazaar has four main gates situated at the ends of its two major streets, which intersect near the southwestern corner of the bazaar.
The Topkapi Palace was the residence of the Ottoman sultans and served as the administrative and educational centers of the state. Initially constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and expanded upon and altered many times throughout its long history, the palace served as the home of the Ottoman sultans and their court until the middle of the 19th century. In the early 1850s, the palace became inadequate to the requirements of state ceremonies and protocol, so the sultans moved to Dolmabahce Palace, located on the Bosphorus. But despite this move, the royal treasure, the Holy Relics of the Prophet Muhammad, and the imperial archives continued to be preserved at Topkapi, and since the palace was the ancestral residence of the Ottoman dynasty, as well as the place where the Holy Relics were preserved, the Palace continued to play host to certain state ceremonies. Following the abolishment of the Ottoman monarchy in 1922, the Topkapi Palace was converted into a museum on April 3, 1924, on the order of Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Turkish Delight/Lokum: A family of confections based on a gel of sugar and starch. With its soft texture and jelly like substance, its flavor varies from mint to cinnamon, with some containing different ingredients, such as walnuts, pistachios, and hazelnuts.
Blue Eye/Evil Eye: Some uses it as an ornament, some as an accessory illustrated as bracelets, earrings, and even pendants of necklaces. This elegant ethnic piece that comes in different sizes acts as an amulet and a very powerful talisman. It is said to ward off negative energy.
Turkish Carpet/Kilim: The most important factor in buying a carpet or kilim is whether or not you adore the carpet because the carpet you really like will give you more contentment than a carpet that seems to be a bargain.
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Orchard Road is a shopper’s haven and cosmopolitan playground set among a lush, tropical landscape that is ubiquitous in this Garden City. Spanning almost 2.2 km, Orchard Road is a swanky, one-way boulevard flanked by distinctive and iconic shopping malls, restaurants, and hotels. The shopping belt offers nearly 800,000 sq m of retail, dining, and entertainment options to please any taste or budget—from opulent brands to high street fashion and exclusive restaurants to fast food joints.
The SAVOUR concept remains the only one of its kind in Singapore; a relentless pursuit to unite the best in food and drink with a wide range of unique activities that is accessible to all. With a myriad of experiences to enjoy in three exclusive areas—Gourmet Village, Gourmet Market, and Gourmet Auditorium—there are hundreds of reasons to visit SAVOUR 2013. The Gourmet Village, SAVOUR’s purpose-built outdoor venue, will play host to 18 award-winning restaurants, each presenting their signature creations. Visitors are free to wander from menu to menu, taking part in a tasting trail that could consist of a starter from Sweden, a main course from South Africa, and a traditional British dessert to finish. In 2013, enjoy these amazing cuisines in a brand new air-cooled dining pavilion, made available to all attendees.
With a total land size of 185-hectares, and a scenic coastline that stretches over 15 km, East Coast Park is one of Singapore’s most treasured urban getaways, attracting more than 7.5 million visitors a year. Themed “Recreation for All,” East Coast Park offers an exciting diversity of sporting, dining, and recreational activities catering to various segments of the public. Volleyball courts, holiday chalets, restaurants, and a hawker center can all be found in this park. Sit back and let the inviting waves and fresh perennial sea breeze provide you with an invigorating relief to the stifling city heat and humidity.
This park was built around a reservoir on top of a hill. Tucked away in a corner of Chinatown, you can experience peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The park is located behind the Outram Park MRT Station and entrance is from Pearl Bank. The other entrances are at Pearl’s Hill Terrance, Pearl’s Hill Road, and Chin Swee Road. Take time to climb the hill to enjoy the wooded ambience provided by the mature Tembusu trees. Or you can just sit back and relax by the pond, meditating upon the still waters.
The Ultimate Drive makes driving a Supercar a reality. Experience the thrill of driving on the official F1 circuit in a Ferrari F430 F1 Spider or Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Unleash the power on the straights of the freeway, or simply cruise along the coastline feeling the wind in your hair.
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Vörösmarty Square is a popular square in the heart of Budapest, located at the northern end of Váci utca (St.). It was named after the renowned Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty, whose statue can be seen in the middle of the square. Váci utca, located in the city center and designated as a pedestrian precinct, runs from Vörösmarty Square to Vámház körút (Blvd.). The northern part of the street has shopping, while the southern part is lined with restaurants and souvenir shops.
Castle Hill is recognized as a World Heritage Site, and has many must-see attractions, Gothic arches, 18th century Baroque houses, and cobblestone streets. Though Castle Hill has changed much since building began in the 13th century, its main streets still follow their medieval paths. Some houses date back to the 14th and 15th centuries, giving visitors an idea of what the Castle District may have looked like many years ago. Visit Trinity Square, Matthias Church (Mátyás templom), and Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya).
Located on a 1.5 mi (2.5 km)-long central island on the Danube River, the historical Margaret Island is a special landmark of Budapest, which is named after Saint Margaret in the 14th century, the daughter of King Béla IV, who lived in the Dominican convent on the island. Margaret Island has an outdoor summer thermal spa, a professional swimming pool, the ruins of a 13th century Dominican cloister, a small wildlife park, a Japanese garden with sunbathing turtles, a 3.1 mi (5 km)-long professional jogging circle along the sides of the island, several nice restaurants, two luxury thermal hotels, and a rose garden. When the weather is hot, scores of people gather around the biggest fountain of Budapest, which plays music every 30 minutes.
The Danube River Promenade—a favorite attraction for locals and tourists alike—is a popular esplanade standing between the Chain Bridge (first bridge to connect Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank) and the Elisabeth Bridge. The pedestrian area was constructed in the mid 19th century, which shortly became the spot where celebrities and aristocrats liked to spend their time on summer evenings. During World War II, the Promenade was fully destroyed and covered under debris but rebuilt in 1970.
The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe and owes its existence to mining engineer Vilmos Zsigmondy. Built in 1913, and expanded in 1927, the Bath has a public bathing area for gentlemen and ladies and a beach site. In the mid 1960s, a group thermal section was created, as well as a daytime physiotherapy department. The bath includes a whirling corridor, underwater effervescence production, neck shower, water beam back massage installed in the sitting banks, and many other services.
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Helsinki’s cobbled Market Square is located on the seafront at the northern end of Eteläsatama harbor. Although partly a souvenir market--with carved wooden bowls, Lapp hunting knives, reindeer skins, and Finnish woolens on sale—the market is also a bustling produce market, with vendors selling fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. Late summer and autumn bring huge piles of strawberries, lingonberries, cloudberries, and blueberries, and food stalls serve up all sorts of Finnish delicacies, including local sausages, herring, salmon, and reindeer meat. Nearby is a covered Market Hall, with stores that sell more regional delicacies, as well as reindeer salami and bear pâté!
With all the excitement about contemporary Finnish design, it is easy to forget that Finland has a rich history of fi ne art, showcased at this excellent gallery near the train station. Inside, you can see works by such Finnish icons as Albert Edelfelt, the Von Wright brothers, and Akseli Gallen-Kallela, whose famous triptych showing scenes from the Kalevala—the Finnish national epic—is the star attraction. The Wounded Angel by Hugo Simberg was voted Finland’s “national painting” in a poll held by the Ateneum in 2006.
About 1.5 km (1 mi) off shore from Eteläsatama harbor, the sea fortress of Suomenlinna was once the bastion of the Swedish empire, with a larger population than Helsinki itself. Founded in 1748 to protect the coast from Russian attack, the fortress island was finally surrendered to Russia in 1808. This superb fortification was one of the main reasons why Russia moved the capital from Turku to Helsinki in 1812. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the fortress buildings contain the Suomenlinna Museum, the Ehrensvärd Museum, the multimedia Suomenlinna Experience, the Suomenlinna Toy Museum, the Military Museum’s Manege, the Customs Museum and the WWI-era Submarine Vesikko, among other attractions, restaurants, and bars. Despite the looming cannons, the rest of the island is a peaceful green haven, and locals flock here for summer picnics.
Kaisaniemi Park, behind the National Theatre, is among the most beautiful parks in Helsinki and dates from the 1880s. It was named after Kaisa Wahllund, owner of a very popular cafe in the park. The central landmark of the park is the small lake, and there are also several statues in a range of styles. Directly in front of the park is Esirippu, a memorial to actress and theatrical impresario Ida Aalberg designed by Raimo Utriainen. Near the main entrance stands Convolvulus, a 1931 sculpture of a young girl by Viktor Jansson. On a steep slope dotted with trees is Nuorihirvi, a realistic statue of a young elk, which blends quite nicely into its surroundings. The park extends all the way to the lovely boulevard on the banks of Kaisaniemi Bay and to the historical Pitkäsilta Bridge. The University of Helsinki Botanical Garden is in the middle.
You could not ask for a more distinctively Finnish experience than a trip to the last traditional wood-burning sauna in Helsinki. Founded more than 70 years ago, the sauna feels homely and inviting and there are separate areas for women and men. If you feel brave, finish your sauna with a lashing from a birch twig and join the semi-clad locals for a beer on the road in front of the building.
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One of Lisbon’s most emblematic squares is Praça do Comércio, located in the Alfama District. Better known by locals as Terreiro do Paço, since it was once where the paço (palace) used to stand before the earthquake in 1755, it is one of the largest squares in Europe. As a symbol of the city, it provides access to various notable attractions: Pátio da Galé, Cais das Colunas, and the innovative Lisbon Story Centre.
Alfama is one of the oldest districts of Lisbon and is a delightful maze of narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses, which lead up the steep hill from the Tejo Estuary to the castle. This diverse and charismatic district is home to many historic buildings, including: the Se Cathedral, the Castle, the National Pantheon, and Saint Anthony’s Church. Alfama’s labyrinth of streets are for exploring, as around every corner or steep climb is a delightful tiny plaza, unique shop, funky café, or wonderful viewpoint. Alfama is an adorable district, which could easily take a full day to explore.
Belém is the “capital of the Portuguese Discoveries” and a photographer’s paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém), and breathtaking views of the Tagus River will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous “Pastéis de Belém” (typical Portuguese custard tarts). Easily accessible from Lisbon’s historic center, Belém is a must do, especially if you are spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
The Parque Eduardo VII has the most magnificent viewing point in Lisbon. With a stunning vista of the park, imposing statue of the Marquis of Pombal and the Avenida da Liberdade, you can see the Tagus River, the south bank of the river, and on a good day, the hills of Arrábida. You can see all the surrounding hills and realize the extent of Lisbon outside the historic quarters. Designed by architect Keil do Amaral in 1945, it is a nice place to stroll and admire the two cobbled pavements in calçada portuguesa (Portuguese sidewalk).
In June, Lisbon celebrates with festivals, music, and sardines in the city’s historic neighborhoods. Street entertainment, concerts and shows, and folk festivals are held throughout the city. Year after year, during the month of June, Lisbon’s most charming districts (Alfama, Bica, Bairro Alto, Castelo, and Mouraria) follow the party tradition, with music on the streets to celebrate the city’s patron saint—St. Anthony of Padua.
Fun Fact: The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting Lisbon to Almada on the south bank of the Tagus River. Named after the Carnation Revolution that took place April 25, 1974, which saw a military coup overthrow the authoritarian Estado Novo regime, the bridge is based on two bridges in the San Francisco Bay area in the USA—the original San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge (design) and the Golden Gate Bridge (color). The 25 de Abril Bridge and the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge were constructed by the same American consortium.
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The British Museum was founded in 1753, as the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning, it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons.' The Museum houses some of the world's most impressive treasures, including the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Mummy of Katebet.
Buckingham Palace is the working headquarters of the Monarchy, where the Queen carries out her official and ceremonial duties as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh live in the private apartments on the north side of the Palace, while rooms on the upper floors of the north and east sides are occupied by other members of the Royal Family. Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace encompasses colorful spectacle and British pageantry.
Trafalgar Square is one of the city’s most vibrant open spaces. A landmark in central London, the Square is enjoyed by Londoners and all visitors alike. The National Gallery is an art museum on Trafalgar Square. The Gallery houses the UK’s collection of Western European paintings from the 13th-19th centuries. The first paintings in the National Gallery collection came from banker and collector John Julius Angerstein in 1824, which consist of Italian works, including a large altarpiece by Sebastiano del Piombo, the Raising of Lazarus, and fine examples of the Dutch, Flemish, and English Schools.
Bond in Motion is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles that feature in the renowned film series. It is the largest display of its kind ever staged in London. In the main exhibition space the numerous vehicles on display include the archetypal Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s majestic Rolls-Royce Phantom III, and the unforgettable Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from “The Spy Who Loved Me.” Displayed alongside less predictable 007 modes of transport, such as the Citroën 2CV and the Crocodile Submarine, the exhibit also includes a variety of aircraft, boats, and motorcycles.
Borough has long been synonymous with food markets and as far back as the 11th century, London Bridge attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables, and livestock. In the 13th century, traders were relocated to what is now Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since. In addition to the original fruit, vegetables, bakers, and butchers, the market now sells a huge variety of British and international produce.
The Palace of Westminster, better known today as the Houses of Parliament, is the oldest royal palace in London, a World Heritage site and one of most recognized buildings in the world. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, the palace became the political meeting place of the Royal Council (Curia Regis). The first elected parliament was in 1265, during the reign of the Plantagenet King Henry III. In 1295, King Edward I formed the first official parliament of England. Today, the Houses of Parliament are at the center of British Government, the meeting place of the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The 90-minute tour through the House of Lords and House of Commons, includes Westminster Hall and the Royal Gallery. Afternoon tea overlooking the River Thames is a popular add-on to the tours.
Leadenhall Market is a modern retail hub within a spectacular Victorian market setting. It is one of the oldest markets in London, dating from the 14th century, and is located in the historic center of the City of London financial district. There are numerous independent and high street shops, offices and a wide variety of bars, pubs, and restaurants all nestled within this bustling commercial area of the City.
The Serpentine Galleries comprise two galleries situated 5 minutes’ walk from each other on either side of The Serpentine Bridge in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens in central London. The Serpentine Gallery, established in 1970, and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013, present world-renowned exhibitions of art, architecture, and design throughout the year.
Southbank Centre Food Market offers fantastic street food; a great range of beers, wines, and cocktails; delicious coffee, tea, and sweet treats; fresh produce to take home; and guest traders each week. Stallholders are committed to providing fresh food with vibrant flavors from across the globe.
With a rich history dating back to the first century, modern-day Covent Garden offers great entertainment from the Royal Opera House to street performances and cultural events. Visit the Apple Market for British handmade arts, crafts & antiques, plus the Jubilee & East Colonnade Markets for a huge variety of stalls. Whether you want so-hip-it-hurts fashion, unique gift shops or rare sweet treats, the Covent Garden shopping experience is a revelation. For bar-hoppers and gastronomes, there's plenty of places to pleasure your palate or whet your whistle in WC2.
Piccadilly Circus, located in the heart of the West End, is the perfect place to begin any London adventure. Standing on the roundabout under the famous statue of the mythical Anteros you are spoiled for choice: walk to the shops on Regent Street, the theatres on Shaftsbury Avenue, or wander off the beaten track to check out the traditional shirtmakers on Jermyn Street.
At the very heart of the London borough of Westminster is Mayfair, one of the city’s finest residential areas and one of London’s most attractive villages. Class, sophistication, and finery are all synonymous with Mayfair, which takes its name from the fortnight-long May Fair, which took place in the borough from 1686 until 1764. Situated between Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly, and Park Lane, Mayfair is home to some of the fi nest shopping establishments in the world.
The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the 28 SEA LIFE attractions in the UK and Europe. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor. Along the journey, a stunning glass tunnel walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a Tropical Ocean. There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding stingrays and watching diving displays, to touch pools and discovery zones. Other stars of the show include: seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks, and the ever popular clown fish.
The Natural History Museum first opened its doors on April 18, 1881, but its origins stretch back to 1753, and the generous offer of a renowned doctor Sir Hans Sloane. Sloane traveled the world treating royalty and members of high society, while fulfilling his passion for collecting natural history specimens and cultural artifacts along the way. After his death in 1753, Sloane's will allowed Parliament to buy his extensive collection of more than 71,000 items. Not only has the museum's collection grown, it is an architectural marvel and attracts over 5 million visitors annually.
During the Second World War, a group of basement offices in Whitehall served as the center of Britain’s war effort. The complex, known as the Cabinet War Rooms, was occupied by leading government ministers, military strategists, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The basement was adapted to provide meeting places for the War Cabinet during air raids and also housed a military information center based around a “Map Room.” Here, vital information for King George VI, Prime Minister Churchill, and the armed forces was collected. Churchill’s War Cabinet met here 115 times, most often during the Blitz and the later German V-weapon offensive. The Cabinet War Rooms were in use 24 hours a day until August 16, 1945, when the lights were turned off in the Map Room for the first time in six years. A war drama film—”Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman as Churchill—was released in 2017.
Spitalfields takes its name from the hospital and priory, St. Mary’s Spittel that was founded in 1197. The East End has always been recognized for the wealth of cultures represented. Old Spitalfields Market is the original East London market brought to life by the characters and stories of the people who trade here. From its small beginnings in the 17th century, Spitalfields Market blossomed. In 2005, the Market moved location to accommodate the public’s growing interest. In addition to food and drinks, visitors to the market today will find designers/makers and artists selling fashion, homewares and accessories, furniture, and other unique items.
Camden Market started as a small arts and crafts fair in the backyard of Dingwalls. Originally, it was temporary and only open on Sundays; however, its popularity grew fast and today it is the largest market in London. Camden Market is a diverse community of creative sellers, street food traders, and independent stores next to Regent's Canal. Open every day, it has more than 1,000 places to shop, eat, drink, and dance in its historic central London location.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1,000 years. As Windsor Castle is a working royal palace, opening arrangements may change at short notice. Do check before planning a visit. Windsor has plenty of shopping in the Royal Borough's historical heart, where high street retailers, designer labels, and antique shops sit alongside quaint, specialty and souvenir shops. The area also offers stylish cafes and restaurants, historic pubs and wine bars, and hotels with fi ne dining.
For an unforgettable day out, visit the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Located near Salisbury in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, it is a highlight of the Southwest England. The true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring creation has been lost in the mists of time. Was Stonehenge a temple for sun worship, a healing center, a burial site, or perhaps a huge calendar? How did England’s ancestors manage to carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive of tools, build this amazing structure? Surrounded by mystery, Stonehenge never fails to impress.
Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, home to a stunning collection of automobiles telling the history of motoring through modern rally cars and F1 Grand Prix machines, Palace House, home of the Montagu family, historic Beaulieu Abbey that was founded in 1204 by Cistercian Monks, and the World of “Top Gear,” featuring vehicles from some of the most ambitious challenges and On Screen Cars where the car is the star and includes TV and film favorites.
Brighton, located on the south coast of England, was developed into a fashionable seaside resort during the Georgian era. Its location has made it a popular destination for tourists, renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, and large cultural, music, and arts scene. The spectacular palace of the Prince Regent (George IV), transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1822, is one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles. The Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by Her Majesty The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt. The Royal Pavilion Tearoom, with its fabulous balcony, overlooks the Pavilion gardens, which have also been returned to their original Regency splendor.
Discover the magnificence of King Henry VIII's favorite royal residence. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breathtaking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms. Tickle your taste buds in the vast Tudor kitchens, stroll through over 60 acres of enchanting gardens, lose yourself in the famous maze, and appreciate the beauty of one of the greatest palaces on earth. Your ticket includes access to the palace, maze, and gardens, plus a multi-language audio guide, costumed guided tours, children's activity trails, entry to the Cumberland Art Gallery, Magic Garden, the Young Henry VIII exhibition, and much more.
Celebrated English author Jane Austen graces the British £10 note starting in 2017, which also marks 200 years since her passing. Every September, hundreds of Austen fans and followers descend on the city of Bath, for the largest gathering of Jane Austen enthusiasts in the world. During the course of 10 days, this annual Festival includes over 80 events, such as theatricals, musical soirees, food tasting, and the Regency Costumed Masked Ball, as well as walks, tours, talks, the Country Dance, workshops, and reading Austen’s novels. The events commence on the first Saturday with the world famous record-breaking Grand Regency Costumed Promenade.
Totally Thames is an annual season of surprising, diverse, and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September. The program is curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust, with activity taking place on, beneath, and along the River Thames—the second-longest river in England after the River Severn. The month-long program runs along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organizations, and businesses. Selected Exhibits: Bengal’s Durga—For 10 days in autumn, 10 million revelers descend on the state of West Bengal for the Durga Puja festivities with its thousands of mega idols, hundreds of themed art installations, and processions to the River Hooghly. An outdoor photography exhibition that provides a rare insight into the outpouring of creativity, artistic innovation, and cultural celebration of Bengal’s riverine communities. Rivers of the World—A magnificent exhibition of river-inspired artwork created by young people around the world working in collaboration with professional artists to explore and express what rivers mean to communities today.
Oxford has a diverse range of attractions that can keep visitors occupied for many days. It is also home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world—University of Oxford. Visitors will notice Oxford’s picturesque buildings, and locations have been used in a number of famous films and TV series. In addition, visitors can stop at the Ashmolean Museum (wealthy antiquary Elias Ashmole gifted his collection to the university in 1682), the Covered Market (founded in 1774) to visit over 55 shops, and ascend two towers—the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Michael at the North Gate—for a splendid view of the city. Travel tip: The Paddington Railway Station offers many non-stop trains to Oxford. While at the Paddington Station, visit the "Paddington at Paddington Station" store near Platform 1 to learn more about the beloved storybook character and begin a mini-scavenger hunt to find Paddington throughout the station.
Although situated so close to St James's Park, Green Park is quite different in character. It is more peaceful with mature trees and grassland and is surrounded by Constitution Hill, Piccadilly, and the Broad Walk. Green Park was first recorded in 1554, as the place where a rebellion took place against the marriage of Mary I to Philip II of Spain. It was a famous dueling site until 1667, when King Charles II bought an extra 40 acres, and it became known as upper St. James's Park. Green Park is popular as a healthy walking route to work for commuters. The paths are used extensively by joggers and runners.
Hyde Park is one of London’s fi nest landscapes and covers over 350 acres. Henry VIII acquired Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536; he and his court were often seen on thundering steeds in the hunt for deer. It remained a private hunting ground until James I came to the throne and permitted limited access. The King appointed a ranger, or keeper, to take charge of the park. It was Charles I who changed the nature of the park completely. He had the Ring (north of the present Serpentine boathouses) created and in 1637, opened the park to the general public. There’s something for everyone in Hyde Park, from swimming and boating in the Serpentine to concerts and exhibitions.
The Jubilee Gardens first appeared on the public radar in 1951, when it was the site of the Festival of Britain’s prime building, the Dome of Discovery, as well as its striking temporary landmark: the Skylon. When these temporary buildings were dismantled the site became a car park. It remained so until 1977, when a park was laid out for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee.
St. Thomas Hospital Garden is on the site of the house formerly occupied by the Treasurer of St. Thomas’ Hospital (when it was a charitable institution). The garden was made when the eastern part of the hospital was rebuilt in the 1960s, and provides a good example of abstract modernist garden design. The central feature is a revolving fountain by the constructivist sculptor Naum Gabo (1890-1977): the Revolving Torsion Fountain (1972-1973).
St. James’s Park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade and is surrounded by landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Whitehall. The park’s famous flower beds at the front of Buckingham Palace are a familiar backdrop to pageants, including Trooping the Colour, as well as state visits and other ceremonial occasions. Enjoy impressive views of the lake and fountain from St. James’s Café, watch the resident pelicans at feeding time, or spend time in a deck chair on a sunny afternoon.
Holland Park is the Royal Borough’s largest park with 22.5 hectares of gardens, children’s play facilities, sports areas, a cafeteria, and large areas of woodland abundant with wildlife. Contained within the park is the beautiful Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto, Japan in 1991.
Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Together, the Globe Theatre, Globe Exhibition & Tour and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.
In 2012, the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory (incorporating the Peter Harrison Planetarium), and the Cutty Sark joined together under a new name: Royal Museums Greenwich. Located in the beautiful World Heritage Site of Greenwich, these four top attractions welcome thousands of visitors each year. Take a day to enjoy all that Royal Museums Greenwich have to offer: you can stand in two hemispheres astride the Prime Meridian, touch a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite, see Harrison’s timekeepers and Nelson’s uniform, before travelling to the stars in London’s only planetarium. With so many treasures on display, and a changing series of special exhibitions, there’s always something new to amaze and entertain you at Royal Museums Greenwich.
The River Thames flows through southern England and is the second-longest river in the UK, after the River Severn. While it is best known for going through London, the river also flows alongside other towns and cities, such as Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames, and Windsor. The journey begins on the doorstep of the most popular tourist attraction in the UK: the London Eye. In sight of two of London’s most iconic structures, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern art gallery, you will enjoy an exciting blend of the old and new. Modern glass and steel skyscrapers dazzle from The City, while the recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre offers a glimpse of the area’s rich heritage.
Located next to the Jubilee Gardens, the Coca-Cola London Eye is centrally located in the heart of London, and gracefully rotates over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. At 135 meters, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel; a feat of design and engineering, it has become the modern symbol representing the capital and a global icon. The experience showcases breathtaking 360-degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks and has been the number one visitor experience in the city for the past decade. The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes and provides an ever-changing perspective of London.
Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the 10th century, establishing a tradition of daily worship that continues today. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart. A treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles, and other artifacts, the Abbey is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation's history are buried or commemorated. Taken as a whole, the tombs and memorials comprise the most significant single collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Separated by a wall and 200 years are the homes of two musicians who chose London & changed music—George Handel and Jimi Hendrix. Handel & Hendrix in London’s mission is to promote knowledge, awareness, and enjoyment of Handel and his music at 25 Brook Street, where he lived and composed for 36 years, through live music performances, educational and outreach activities, as well as collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting objects related to Handel’s life and works. In addition, it aims to promote the continuing and diverse musical and cultural heritage of 23 Brook Street through its association with Jimi Hendrix, who lived there in the late 20th century.
Since its debut in 1988, the Great River Race is regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon. The Great River Race gathers over 330 boats, and through the years has included Chinese dragon boats, Hawaiian war canoes, and Viking longboats, for a 21.6-mile race for 35 trophies from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with color, spectacle, intense competition, and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the River Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Festivities along the river at Richmond begin at 12 Noon with live music, a children’s beach, donkey rides, and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham House.
When William the Conqueror built a mighty stone tower at the center of his London fortress in the 1070s, defeated Londoners must have looked on in awe. As protector of the Crown Jewels, home of the Yeomen Warders and its legendary guardians, the pampered ravens, the Tower now attracts over three million visitors a year. After visiting the Tower of London, visitors can walk over to the Tower Bridge that was built over 120 years ago to ease road traffic while maintaining river access to the busy Pool of London docks. Built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships, it is considered an engineering marvel and one of London's favorite icons.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. — Writer & Scholar Samuel Johnson
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Central and bustling, Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun) is one of Madrid’s best known squares. Several busy historical streets, such as Calle Mayor, Calle Arenal, Calle Alcalá, and Calle Preciados, converge here and it contains several of the city’s well known landmarks. One of these is the famous clock at Casa de Correos. On December 31 each year, thousands gather in front of the clock and follow the tradition of eating 12 grapes as it strikes midnight, in a televised ceremony viewed by millions of Spaniards. Nearby is the plaque marking Kilometer Zero, the point from which the country’s radial roads are measured and where many tourists have their photos taken every day. The Puerta del Sol also contains the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree (El Oso y El Madroño), much loved by locals and a popular meeting point. The same image appears on the city’s coat of arms.
A five-minute walk north of Puerta del Sol is Gran Vía, which is the most famous and popular touristic street in Madrid. It was mostly dedicated to entertainment with many cinemas, theaters, musicals, night clubs, and bars. The construction of the Gran Vía Avenue started in 1910. Gran Vía ends to the west in Plaza España Square and to the east at the intersection with Alcalá Street. Permanently crowded with shoppers and sightseers, the street is appropriately named “the great lane” with splendidly quirky Art Nouveau and Art Deco facades on banks, offices, and apartments, and huge posters on cinemas.
The Museo Nacional del Prado possesses one of the most important art libraries in Spain, specialized in European painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, and decorative arts from Middle Ages to the 19th century. The library contains approximately 75,000 monographs and 1,500 periodicals, as well as audiovisual material and specialized digital resources. It also has an interesting collection of antique books (prior to 1900) from the acquisition of the Cervelló and Madrazo Libraries. The current exhibition is “Rubens: Painter of Sketches,” which offers an analysis of Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) as the most important painter of oil sketches in the history of European art.
Parque de El Retiro is a 125-hectare (300-acre) green oasis in the center of Madrid that is home to over 15,000 trees. From a botanical point of view, the park includes some very important gardens: the Jardín de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez (classical gardens of an Andalusian style), the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios, the Rose Garden, and the Parterre Francés with the oldest tree in Madrid—a bald cypress that is believed to be 400 years old.
The current Real Madrid squad is once again defining an era in the sport of football, having won three European Cups. Zinedine Zidane’s first two seasons at the coaching helm were historic achievements, winning La Undécima and La Duodécima. What’s more, 2017 was a record-breaking year, marking the first time the squad clinched five titles in a calendar year: the European Cup, Club World Cup, La Liga, and the Spanish and European Super Cups.
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In 1806, just after the Battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon I declared to his soldiers, “you will march home through arches of victory.” The monument was to dominate Paris and indulge the Emperor’s liking for Ancient Rome. The architects Chalgrin and Raymond took their inspiration from the Arch of Titus in Rome and thus, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated in 1836. Round off your visit by climbing all the way to the top for a spectacular view of Paris!
A short distance away from the Arc de Triomphe is the Avenue des Champs-Élysées—frequently described as “the world’s most beautiful avenue”—and a Paris must-see. Tourists and Parisians can be spotted strolling at any time of day or night and at any time of year along this iconic two-kilometer stretch. It is lined with restaurants, luxury boutiques, flagship stores, and nightclubs. Finally, the avenue has some of the top museums in Paris: the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Palais de la Découverte, and the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton.
Formerly a royal palace, the Louvre Museum has embraced the history of France for eight centuries. Intended as a universal museum since its inception in 1793, its collections—among the fi nest in the world—span several thousands of years and a territory that extends from America to the confines of Asia. Divided among eight departments, these collections feature works admired throughout the globe, including the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo.
The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, in celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. It was constructed in 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days and was intended to last 20 years. The Eiffel Tower was saved by the scientific experiments that Eiffel encouraged, and in particular by the first radio transmissions and later telecommunications. As France’s symbol in the world and the showcase of Paris, today it welcomes nearly 7 million visitors a year (around 75% of whom are foreigners).
Opened in 1780, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars, with 24.5 hectares of open space, extends from the Eiffel Tower to the École Militaire. A hotspot for national events, it can be accessed free of charge, and offers the most beautiful view of the capital’s landmark monument. Parisians and tourists gather on its lawns to picnic, play music, and watch the Eiffel Tower’s twinkling lights at nightfall. One of the pleasant surprises you will find in the park is the Mur pour la Paix (Wall for Peace), built in March 2000, in front of the École Militaire.
Precursor to the shopping mall, the Paris Covered Passages are architectural gems with glass ceilings, marble walls, and mosaic floors. The passages were a place for well-heeled Parisians of the early 19th century to gather under the glow of gaslights in the warmth of the heated passageways’ luxurious shops, restaurants, and cafés. Now the charming vestiges of a time long past, these beautifully preserved passages offer an abundance of alluring boutiques, bookshops, art galleries, candy shops, and much more. Although there are dozens to see, some of the best include Galerie Vivienne, Passage du Grand Cerf, Passages Joffroy & Verdeau, Passage Molière, and the Cour du Bel Air.
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. - Thomas Jefferson
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The Prague Castle, an ancient symbol of the Czech lands, is the most significant Czech monument and one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic. The Prague Castle was most likely founded around 880, by Prince Borivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Premyslovci). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m2. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14th century. The famous Slovenian architect Josip Plecnik was responsible for extensive renovations in the time of the First Republic (1918-1938). Since the Velvet Revolution, the Prague Castle has undergone significant and ongoing repairs and reconstructions.
Old Town Square is the most noteworthy square of historical Prague. It was founded in the 12th century and has been witness to many historical events. In addition to the Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the square is dominated by the Baroque Church of St. Nicholas, the Rococo Kinsky Palace, the Gothic House at the Stone Bell, and the monument to Church reformer Jan Hus. The Square started as the central marketplace for Prague, but over the centuries buildings of Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic styles were erected around the market. To fully appreciate the beauty of the Old Town Square, sit back and soak up the atmosphere over a coffee or a cool beer at one of the pavement cafes lining the square. Or, climb the Old Town Hall Tower for a stunning view over the square.
Lesser Town (Mala Strana), also known as Lesser or Little Quarter, clusters around the foothills of Prague Castle and across the river from the Old Town. With its ancient burgher houses, quaint side streets, and St. Nicholas Church, Lesser Town is a favorite setting for movies and commercials. At its heart is the Baroque Lesser Town Square (Malostranske namesti). Here, and all around in the cobbled side streets, there are small shops to browse, churches to explore, and traditional Czech pubs and restaurants to discover; including some with fine views over the river.
Letna Park is an extensive park with grassy areas, mature trees, a colorful assortment of bushes planted on the hillsides. Its lined avenue provides not only a pleasant place to sit and relax, but also unparalleled views of the city, especially from the Hanavsky Pavilion—a unique cast-iron building with a restaurant. In the park you can spend your free time participating in sports, walking, picnicking, or relaxing in the summer garden restaurant in the Letna Chateau, located in the eastern part of the park.
The first written document of U Fleku dates back to 1499, when the house was bought by maltster Vit Skremenec. Therefore, U Fleku is the only brewery in Central Europe that has been brewing continuously for over 500 years. The brewery restaurant offers guests over 1,200 seats in eight halls and a garden. The brewery is not only a popular Czech restaurant that serves Old Bohemian dishes, but also a pilgrimage site for all beer lovers, both Czech and foreign.
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Coca-Cola history began in 1886, when the curiosity of an Atlanta pharmacist, Dr. John S. Pemberton, led him to create a distinctive tasting soft drink that could be sold at soda fountains. He created a flavored syrup, took it to his neighborhood pharmacy, where it was mixed with carbonated water and deemed “excellent” by those who sampled it. Dr. Pemberton’s partner and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, is credited with naming the beverage “Coca‑Cola,” as well as designing the trademarked, distinct script, still used today.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights was first imagined by civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and was launched by former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. The effort gained broad-based corporate and community support to become one of the few places in the world educating visitors on the bridge between the American Civil Rights Movement and contemporary Human Rights Movements around the world. The purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.
Piedmont Park has a rich history that spans nearly two centuries. Since 1822, Piedmont Park has continuously evolved, changing hands in the process, and going through several phases, first from a forest to a farm, then to a fairground and suburban park, and finally to the urban park it is today. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities, including walking & jogging, skating & biking, and picnics & grilling, or visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Less than two decades ago, Centennial Olympic Park’s neighborhood was a run-down part of town. That all began to change on the day Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games CEO Billy Payne gazed out his office window and a brilliant inspiration came to him—to convert a multi-block eyesore into a glorious gathering spot for visitors and residents to enjoy during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and for years to come. Today, this unique 21-acre park performs a dual mission: it serves as Georgia’s lasting legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games and it anchors efforts to revitalize residential and commercial development in Georgia’s capital city of Atlanta. The heart of the Park is the Visitor Center located on the south end, adjacent to the Fountain of Rings.
Inside CNN Atlanta offers a once-in-a-lifetime view of the global headquarters of CNN. The 55-minute guided walking tours depart approximately every 10 minutes. The CNN Center is open to the public and entrance to the building is free. The public area includes a food court with fast food and full-service restaurants, specialty retail and other services. Reservations for the tour are highly recommended and should be made at least 24 hours in advance. Walk-up tickets ($15) are available at the box office and are sold on a first come, first served basis. Box office opens 15 minutes prior to the first tour.
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Steeped in tradition, carriage rides are a fun and romantic way to tour the town of Banff. Tours of Banff’s picturesque locales are available first come, first served and can be arranged at the Trail Rider store. Choose from 15-minute, 30-minute, and hour-long options. Custom carriage tours can also be arranged, featuring your choice of pick-up and drop-off locations, length of tour, number of passengers, etc.
Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges. At the Banff Gondola, you will see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime. The adventure begins with an eight minute journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern, fully-enclosed four passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb 698 m (2,292 ft) to an elevation of 2,281 m (7,486 ft) at the Summit Upper Terminal.
Birding is a sport that everyone can enjoy. All you really need is a pair of binoculars and a good field guide to help you identify the different varieties of birds you will find protected in Banff National Park. For a really close look at birds and other wildlife, a spotting scope is recommended. A Checklist of Birds Found in Banff National Park is available from Park Information and Visitor Centers. Over 260 species of birds have been recorded in Banff National Park. Spring and early summer are by far the most productive seasons. Birds are generally more abundant in the montane and wetland habitats of the lower Bow Valley than in other areas of the park. The Banff Townsite area, the Cave and Basin marsh, and Vermilion Lakes are all productive birding areas. In order to locate some of the more interesting western species, such as the Varied Thrush and the Townsend’s Warbler, an ability to recognize bird songs is indispensable.
In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. Spanning 6,641 square km (2,564 square mi) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows, and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world’s premier destination spots.
Climb to the summit of a mountain in the heart of Banff! Although less daunting than the surrounding peaks, Tunnel Mountain still provides breathtaking views of the Bow Valley via a series of well-graded switchbacks. This moderate-level trail is 2.4 km (1.5 mi) one way, with a 260 m (853 ft) elevation gain, and takes two-hours round trip.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs has all the amenities of a modern facility in a splendid historic spa and bathhouse, against a backdrop of Banff National Park’s spectacular alpine scenery. You can relax in the comfort of soothing natural hot springs where travelers have come to “take the waters” for more than a century.
Did You Know?
Lord Steven, a former Canadian Pacific Railway director, in 1884 named “Banff ” after his birthplace—Banffshire, Scotland.
The Town of Banff is Canada’s first incorporated municipality within a national park (Banff National Park).
Banff is only 3.93 square km (1.52 square mi) in area.
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With three different villages—Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead Village—there are plenty of off-mountain adventures to experience. Each village has its own views and vibe, so it is recommended to visit all three. Beaver Creek Village is full of quaint shops, art galleries, bars, and restaurants, all conveniently linked by heated walkways and escalators, with year-round activities. Step into a one-of-a-kind, luxury resort adventure the likes of which you’ve never experienced before—a seamless combination of Old World charm and modern, lavish amenities.
At Vail, the experience extends far beyond the mountain. Vail is linked by three lively base areas filled with shops, world-class restaurants, bars, and hot spots. Linked by pedestrian friendly streets, the village is a perfect place for a stroll after lunch, dinner, or a night out on the town. A free transportation system runs frequently, making it easy to access almost anywhere in the Vail area without touching your car. It’s almost like the whole town is “ski in, ski out.” Vail is generally separated into a few distinct areas. The main two base areas, where most restaurants and shops are located, are Vail Village and Lionshead. Golden Peak is near Vail Village and also offers access to the mountain as well as a beginner ski school area and lift.
After the carefully designed Beaver Creek ski resort opened in December 1980, renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. set out to create the famously narrow and challenging fairways of Beaver Creek Golf Club nestled in the canyon leading up to the resort. The club opened in 1982, and is artfully complemented by its impeccably maintained greens, awe-inspiring alpine backdrop, and diverse array of Rocky Mountain wildlife. Here, guests can allow the crisp mountain air to permeate their senses, promoting a sense of calm as they reach the apex of their backstroke, connect, and drive straight down the luscious green fairway. They say the higher elevation allows for a smoother carry and it doesn’t hurt that you may see an eagle while trying to score one. For those looking to whet their appetite after a successful day on the tees, The Rendezvous Club at Beaver Creek Golf Club is open to the public, offering a delicious menu of American cuisine. Beaver Creek is open to the public September 16-October 4.
Experience the mountains in a whole new light. Discover the beauty, majesty, and tranquility of the Rocky Mountains on a hiking adventure. Whether you want to challenge one of Colorado’s 14,000 -foot peaks or enjoy a leisurely nature hike along a clear mountain stream, Beaver Creek Mountain offers hiking experiences for every skill level. You’ll find mountain and forest trails for hikers of every level.
Looking for a different type of activity in Vail? Want to go beyond the resorts and get deep into Colorado’s backcountry? Take a guided Vail Jeep or ATV tour. The highly experienced, safety-conscious guide drivers will share their love and knowledge of the local ecology to make the tour a marvelous learning experience as well as a rippin’ good time!
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The original Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) was founded in 1870 and opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909, the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue. Today, the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection encompassing nearly 500,000 works of art. The museum welcomes more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is actually four great places in one location—Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market, all set around a cobblestone promenade where jugglers, magicians, and musicians entertain the passers-by. It's a place to stroll, shop, eat, laugh, wander, wonder, and explore. Today, what is known as Faneuil Hall Marketplace is still Boston’s central meeting place, offering visitors and residents alike an unparalleled urban marketplace. The unique and burgeoning array of shops, restaurants, and outdoor entertainment has made it a premiere urban destination that attracts more than 18 million visitors annually.
Harvard Square is famous for a lot of things and is home to the oldest university in America—Harvard University. When Governor John Winthrop crossed the Atlantic on the Arbella, one of his shipmates was Anne Bradstreet, who would later become a Harvard Square resident and the first published American poet. Each year more than 8 million people visit Harvard Square. Visitors come for a variety of reasons. It is a place of history, books, ideas, and learning. It is a place of bookstores and coffee houses, of fine dining, and eclectic shopping. It is a place of folk music and old theaters, of Cuban ballet and world-class music, of street-performers and award-winning pizza, of public discourse, and public art.
Established in 1634, Boston Common is America’s oldest public park. When Puritan colonists purchased the land rights to the Common, the price was 30 pounds, and each homeowner paid six shillings. The pasture then became known as the "Common Land" and was used to graze local livestock until 1830. Boston Common continues to serve a higher purpose as a place for public oratory and discourse. Here, during the 20th century, Charles Lindbergh promoted commercial aviation; anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies were held, including one led by Martin Luther King, Jr.; and in 1979, Pope John Paul II gave Mass to a gathered crowd. Today, Boston Common is open for all to enjoy.
Boston's iconic 2.5-mile Freedom Trail connects 16 nationally significant historic sites, each one an authentic treasure. Ten walking tours are offered daily, which last 90 minutes each. Thanks to preservation efforts, these cultural assets are still intact, which makes Boston truly unique as one of the few places in America to experience the actual sites and learn the history they tell while walking through modern city streets
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Located along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay in Northwest Florida, The Village of Baytowne Wharf features an array of boutiques, eateries, galleries, and nightlife—not to mention jam-paced events for the entire family. This spectacular setting, all within the gates of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is the perfect spot to spend a vibrant afternoon.
HarborWalk Village offers activities and entertainment to please each and every taste in your family—dive in and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here you can find waterfront shopping, water sports, boat, pontoon and jet ski rentals, world class fishing, aqua adventures, dolphin cruises, clubs and nightlife, weekly fi reworks, seasonal festivals, live entertainment, and an array of restaurants to satisfy all tastes.
In this stunning 7,000-yard Destin golf course, architect Rees Jones proves why he is one of the most respected golf course architects in the world. Breathtaking views along the Choctawhatchee Bay highlight the back nine on this Florida golf course, while the front side brings golfers through the pine forests and wetlands of the Emerald Coast of Florida. Side by side with Sandestin’s Raven Golf Club, it is the only place in the world where Rees Jones and Robert Trent Jones Jr. courses meet. Deemed the “Crown Jewel of Florida Golf” by Golf Magazine and recognized as one of the “Top 30 Courses in Florida” by “Golf Digest” and “Golfweek,” this golf club promises a challenging round with inspiring scenery.
Pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. The nature trail provides visitors a rare glimpse of the coastal dune ecosystem and abundant wildlife and is pet friendly. Visitors can enjoy truly breathtaking sunsets while relaxing by the warm crystal clear water of the Gulf of Mexico.
Located at Fudpucker’s Restaurant in Destin, Gator Beach provides a fun family adventure! You have the opportunity to feed live alligators or you can have your photo taken with a live gator! We offer educational alligator shows with our friendly & knowledgeable gator handlers. Gator Beach is also the home of Mellow Yellow, a rare yellow alligator. At Gator Beach, you can take a stroll through our educational wildlife exhibit area. Displays are provided to educate people about the natural habitat of alligators, and to show some of the differences between alligators and crocodiles.
Personalized dolphin tours will have you next to a dolphin within minutes. Xtreme H2O’s Jetski, Waverunner, Pontoon Boat Rentals, and Dolphin Tours’ team are sensitive to dolphin behaviors, and we do not scare or harass these beautiful creatures. The dolphins are accustomed to the tours and will come right up to you, surfing under your waverunner / jetski. Tours will take you to Destin’s Dolphin pods within minutes and you will watch them play or see a mother tending her calf. These amazing animals will come up to you—they are such curious and intuitive creatures—and interact with you. Don’t be surprised if one smiles at you. All you have to do is smile back.
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Located on Biscayne Bay in the heart of downtown Miami, Bayside Marketplace is one the most visited tourist attraction in Miami and home to impeccable international cuisine, fine shops, and exotic music in a beautiful, waterfront setting. This two-level, open-air festival center features more than 150 shops, including unique and national retailers, as well as 12 restaurants. Visitors can also enjoy free live music performances at the stage every day from Miami's best local musicians. Enjoy a few drinks by the water or hop on a refreshing Bay cruise that feature tours of the celebrity homes on Star Island to gambling cruises, fishing, and party charters.
When it comes to sampling authentic world cuisine, Miami is second to none. With the strong presence of Cuban, Caribbean, and Central and South American cultures, Miami offers a variety of international culinary delights. Explore Little Havana for authentic Cuban food and a melting pot of Spanish, Mexican, Nicaraguan, and Bolivian cuisines. Little Haiti is home to not only excellent Haitian fare, but also a wide range of other Caribbean flavors. And when you venture to Historic Overtown, Liberty City, or Coconut Grove Village West, you'll sample the best of Southern and Caribbean comfort food.
The South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach fairly glitters with nightlife—all day long. It is trendy and quirky and just a fun place to be. South Beach attracts the rich and famous and youthful, but it now is recognized around the world as worthy of a stay or a visit by everyone. Enjoy the beach or South Beach's historic Art Deco architecture or the fine Oceanside dining. And don't miss Haulover Park for fishing, tennis, golf, and bicycle rides.
Bayfront Park was opened in 1925 and was dotted with Coconut, Royal, and Washingtonian Palm trees, along with Hibiscus hedges and Mango, Royal Poinciana, and Tropical Almond trees. A wide pedestrian promenade ran from the foot of East Flagler Street and the Biscayne Boulevard to Biscayne Bay. The park was redesigned in the early 1980s by Isamu Noguchi, a revered sculptor regarded as one of America's great 20th century artists. Today, visitors can enjoy a stroll through the park that includes an amphitheater, water fountain, and free salsa, exercise, and yoga classes.
Basketball is a sport created in the USA over 100 years ago. The Miami Heat basketball team is relatively young as it was formed in 1988. During its 30-year history, the Heat has won three NBA basketball championships (2006, 2012, & 2013) and five conference titles. The current roster includes Bam Adebayo, Udonis Haslem, and Dwyane Wade.
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Cannery Row captivates visitors from all over the world with its unique appeal. With luxurious waterfront hotels, enticing restaurants, and captivating boutiques, Cannery Row is the ideal place to soak up the culture and beauty of Monterey Bay, which has been home to many diverse cultures throughout history. John Steinbeck's “Cannery Row,” published in 1945, immortalized Cannery Row as a one-of-a-kind neighborhood of fish packing plants, bordellos, and flophouses, and made it a famous street in America.
Opened in 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is considered to be one of the best aquariums in the world and showcases the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions. Dedicated to ocean conservation and education, the Aquarium has more than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species fill 34 major galleries. With nearly 200 exhibits in all, the Aquarium is a window to the wonders of the ocean. The Aquarium gained movie-star status in 1986 appearing in “Star Trek IV: The Voyage.”
The Monterey coast is world famous for unparalleled scenic beauty, and Monterey’s wines rely on those very same picture-perfect elements. Warm sun, cool fog, ancient soils: all essential components to the winegrower’s art. From the steep slopes of Carmel Valley to the rolling hills of Salinas Valley, Monterey stands alone in crafting wines of exceptional flavor, character, and balance. All grapes grown in Monterey County are wine grapes, there are no table grapes or grapes sold for juice. Wines from these vineyards have unique qualities that make them easily distinguishable from those produced elsewhere in California or the world. Chardonnay is an especially important grape as it comprises 40 percent of total grape acreage.
Fifty-five historic sites are found along Monterey’s two-mile “Path of History,” providing residents and visitors with a unique, hands-on chance to experience California’s rich heritage. Take yourself on a tour of the Path of History by following the yellow tiles in the sidewalk or with an informative map and mobile phone tour. The map and tour point out important adobes and structures, such as Colton Hall (public school and town meeting hall), Royal Presidio Chapel (oldest structure in Monterey dating to 1794), and Robert Louis Stevenson House (original portion dating back to the late 1830s and where the author reportedly began his classic tale of adventure “Treasure Island”).
California is one of the only places in the world where visitors can see whales year round, and there’s no better place for whale watching than Monterey. While in many areas whale watchers must go far from shore to see a whale, along the Monterey coast whales can sometimes be seen offshore with the naked eye. The Monterey Submarine Canyon, the ocean’s answer to the Grand Canyon, provides a perfect habitat for many whale species, allowing them to come close to shore to feed. Whale watching in Monterey Bay is the marine equivalent of going on a safari in Africa. In addition to the whales that migrate seasonally through the area, such as humpbacks, blue whales, and gray whales, many other whale species are visible throughout the year.
Fun Fact: Author John Steinbeck, a Nobel Prize laureate in literature, was born in Salinas, California, just seven miles from the city of Monterey. Steinbeck set many of his writings in Salinas Valley located within Monterey County; his notable works include In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Mine (1937), Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939), and East of Eden (1952), with some works adapted to film. The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas houses a variety of artifacts, first edition Steinbeck books, newspapers, and interviews pertaining to Steinbeck in its archives.
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The beach park offers 1,000 feet of pristine beachfront, plenty of picnic tables for a lunch with your family and friends and a wonderful duck pond. Located near Fifth Avenue South, Third Street South, and Tin City, Lowdermilk Beach Park is a great spot to take a break from shopping, and go relax in the Florida Sunshine, as well as a popular Naples Florida Beach for watching the sunset.
Fifth Avenue South is an irresistible mix of glamour and laid-back ease. Historic and modern architecture blend together in eclectic sophistication; tropical blooms and lush greenery grace its pedestrian friendly promenades; and each storefront is filled with wonderful finds and delights. Fifth Avenue South offers shopping, art, accommodations, art festivals, downtown events, entertainment, and more.
The area waterways were the birthplace of Naples. In the 1920s, Tin City’s tin-roofed buildings were the hub of economic development and transport, which was made possible by the construction of the Seaboard Airline Railroad. As a result, this stretch of the Gordon River became the heart of Naples’ fishing industry, including clam shelling, oyster processing, boat construction, and maintenance operations. In the 1970s, seven of Tin City’s sturdy old buildings were transformed to become “The Old Marine Marketplace at Tin City”—a colorful maritime-mix of shops and eateries. Today, Tin City still holds its historic, old Florida charm, and is home to more than 30 unique boutiques, two waterfront restaurants, and a variety of water and boating adventures that are fun for all ages!
Clam Pass boasts 35 acres of coastal habitat and preserves that habitat by providing beach access from a three-quarter mile boardwalk to the sandy beach. The board walk is a destination itself for those adventurists who love a quiet nature walk. The boardwalk runs through a mangrove forest of salt-tolerant red, white, and black mangroves. It also has a tidal bay area that acts as a breeding ground and nursery for marine life, wildlife, specifically many species of birds. Clam Pass Park abounds with wading shorebirds, eagles, hawks, and osprey.
The Revs Institute for Automotive Research is the premier destination to study and explore one of the largest archives of automotive history ever preserved for scholars and connoisseurs alike. The exclusive Collier Collection of the finest vintage automobiles and ever-expanding library of rare books, photographs, documents, and ephemera uniquely catalogues the evolution of automobile design and the industry's influence on modern culture.
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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection. In the museum’s core exhibition—Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music—visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens..
Nashville is known as the Music City for its history of American music publishing. Today, hopeful musicians come from afar in hopes of furthering their careers. Nashville's Honky Tonk Highway, located on Lower Broadway, is a row of honky tonks pumping live music into the streets from 10am–3am. (A honky tonk is an establishment that contains at least one rockin' stage, cold beverages, and
a party.) There is no cover charge (i.e. free admission) so save your money for more important things like the tip jar! Take a walk down Honky Tonk Highway and into one of the bars. Order a drink and dance to live music all day, any day.
Belle Meade plantation is one of the premier plantations in Tennessee. It is the estate of the Harding and Jackson family that once stretched over 5,400 acres. Now just 24 acres, a tour of this Nashville plantation tells the story of the people—black and white—who lived here. Visitors can take part in tours, educational outreach programs, shopping, dining, wine tastings, a Bourbon Tour, and other happenings, while knowing that their patronage supports the educational mission of Belle Meade Plantation.
Located in the shadow of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville, Bicentennial Capitol Mall gives visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history, natural wonders, and serves as a lasting monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration, which was June 1, 1996. With just a simple walk in the 19-acre park, visitors can experience many facets of Tennessee’s history, including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History, and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains. The 11 planters along the Walkway of Counties show native plant species from different regions of the state.
Franchise Owner-President K. S. "Bud" Adams Jr. was one of the founding fathers of the American Football League (AFL) in 1959. The Oilers were the AFL's first champions, winning back-to-back titles in 1960 and 1961. Since the AFL-National Football League (NFL) merger in 1970, the franchise reached the playoffs 10 times. In 1997, the Oilers became the first NFL team to call Tennessee home when the franchise relocated to Nashville. Two years later in 1999, the franchise retired the nickname Oilers and became known as the Titans. The game is on October 27, 2019.
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All aboard for a trip into New Orleans’ past on the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world! Rumbling around the ‘’neutral ground’’ of St. Charles Avenue and Carrollton Avenue for more than 150 years, the streetcar symbolizes the charm and romance of the City of New Orleans. The route traditionally forms a 13.2-mi (21.2-km) crescent from Carondelet at Canal Street in the Central Business District through the oldest and most majestic section of uptown New Orleans, around the Riverbend to Carrollton at Claiborne Avenue.
At the heart of the French Quarter is historic Jackson Square, originally known in the 18th century as “Place d’Armes,” and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson. This famous landmark facing the Mississippi River is surrounded by historic buildings, including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo (Louisiana State Museums), along with the Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments—the oldest apartment buildings in the USA. The Pontalba Apartments offer retail shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants on the ground level; their second and third floors still house a selection of prestigious apartments. Across the street from Jackson Square is the world-famous Café Du Monde (open 24 hours a day) where visitors can enjoy dark roasted coffee with chicory and French-style beignets (deep fried choux pastry) with powdered sugar. Alternatively, visitors can find horse-drawn carriages beside the Square offering rides around the French Quarter.
The birthplace of jazz, New Orleans offers a wide range of jazz clubs for listeners to enjoy. Royal Sonesta New Orleans proudly presents The Jazz Playhouse, the best jazz club in town showcasing New Orleans greatest Jazz talents and serving originally crafted cocktails and appetizers inspired by New Orleans Jazz culture in a luxurious and intimate venue on the lobby level of the hotel.
Lafayette Square, a 2.5-acre park, is known as a favorite gathering spot for concerts and festivals. Lafayette Square is the second-oldest square in New Orleans and is still used for inaugurations and civic events. Designed in 1788, by Charles Laveau Trudeau, general surveyor of Louisiana under the Spanish government, it is also used for weddings, corporate events, filming, and parade-watching during Mardi Gras.
The New Orleans Oyster Festival was founded in 2010, to educate the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster while honoring the oyster farmers and restauranteurs who helped the French Quarter become the “oyster capital of America.” The festival helps raise money for the Coastal Restoration, and donates a portion of its proceeds to a group of beneficiaries whose mission aligns with that of the festival.
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Times Square is the intersection of spectators and performers, tourists and locals; all the diversity of the city, the country, and the world interacting. Times Square accommodates many activities both planned and spontaneous, and connects streetscapes, underground passages, and penthouses. Finally there are the layers of history that lie under the streets and behind the facades of theaters, diners and stores. The density and the congestion are part of what is authentic to a place where art, life and commerce quite literally collide.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s earliest roots date back to 1866 in Paris, France, when a group of Americans agreed to create a “national institution and gallery of art” to bring art and art education to the American people. The lawyer John Jay, who proposed the idea, swiftly moved forward with the project upon his return to the United States from France. Under Jay’s presidency, the Union League Club in New York rallied civic leaders, businessmen, artists, art collectors, and philanthropists to the cause. On April 13, 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated, opening to the public in the Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue. On November 20 of that same year, the Museum acquired its first object, a Roman sarcophagus. Today, the Museum’s two-million-square-foot building houses over two million objects, tens of thousands of which are on view at any given time.
Broadway refers to the famous street in Manhattan that has become the worldwide leader in stage entertainment. The history of Broadway dates all the way back to the 1700s, when the first New York City stage was built on Massau Street. This theater held less than 300 people, and mostly presented Shakespeare plays from across the pond. It was not until after the American Revolution in 1798 that the first great NYC theater was built. Featuring 40 Broadway theaters, high-profile stage actors, and world-class sets and costumes, New York Broadway shows are must-see entertainment for travelers in New York City.
On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature enacted into law the setting aside of more than 750 acres of land central to Manhattan Island to create America’s fi rst major landscaped public park; they would soon refer to it as “the Central Park.” Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the winners of the 1858 design competition for Central Park, along with other socially conscious reformers, understood that the creation of a great public park would improve public health and contribute greatly to the formation of a civil society. Immediately, the success of Central Park fostered the urban park movement, one of the great hallmarks of democracy of nineteenth century America.
“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.
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The San Antonio River Walk is a public park, open 365 days a year. It is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels, and more. It connects the major tourist attractions from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery.
Tuesday is the new Friday! In an eff ort to bring locals to the downtown area, Councilman Diego Bernal and Downtown Operations Department bring you Downtown Tuesday. The city has partnered with dozens of local businesses to provide specials and discounts. From special drink prices, free appetizers, buy one-get one admission and more, there are plenty of activities to please the whole family.
San Antonio’s “crown jewel of parks, rich in history, tradition, and fun memories” is Brackenridge Park. Located just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, Brackenridge Park and the surrounding area have been a gathering place since prehistoric times. There is evidence of human visitation and occupation extending back at least 9,000 years, with more recent archaeological sites dating from the Spanish Colonial period and even the Civil War. Today, Brackenridge Park is one of San Antonio’s most accessible, relaxing, and varied recreational destinations, where visitors can enjoy golf, fishing, hiking, running, bird watching, lunch at the Japanese Tea Garden, train rides, family reunions, baseball, the San Antonio Zoo, and the Witte Museum.
HemisFair Park was built to host the 1968 World’s Fair. The 15-acre park features cascading waterfalls and fountains, lushly landscaped areas, historic buildings, children’s playground, and the world Famous San Antonio landmark—“The Tower of the Americas.” In addition, it is home to the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Mexico, and the Institute of Texan Cultures, which offers year-round exhibits on the history and people of the Lone Star state.
More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2-acre complex known worldwide as “The Alamo.” For over 300 years, the Alamo has been a crossroads for Texas history. Here the Spanish colonization first took hold, Mexico armed its independence, and even the Confederacy stood its ground. Yet, most come to see the place where a small band of Texans held out for 13 days against General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty. Located on Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, the Alamo houses exhibits on the Texas Revolution and Texas History. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the beautiful Alamo Gardens. Just a short distance from the River Walk, the Alamo is a “must see” for all who come to San Antonio.
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In the late 1970s, San Francisco businessman and developer Warren Simmons dreamed of building an urban park with the feel of a European fishing village. Simmons envisioned a waterfront promenade with “open space for leisure and relaxation,” outdoor cafes, shops, music, artisans, and a thriving marina that could be a gathering place for locals. Simmons’ dream became reality when he transformed a dilapidated cargo pier on the San Francisco Waterfront into PIER 39, a magnificent collection of specialty shops, restaurants, and attractions, all surrounded by a world-class marina. Three-and-a-half decades later, PIER 39 is one of the most-visited destinations in San Francisco. Near the PIER is Fisherman’s Wharf—a popular tourist attraction located on San Francisco’s waterfront surrounding what was once the center of the city’s fishing industry. Also nearby are: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, The Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square, Musée Mécanique, and the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf. Tip: From Pier 39, walk west along the waterfront to the Wharf.
A public area since the city was founded, Union Square has come to refer to the city’s shopping hub, with scores of shops, boutiques, and art galleries in the surrounding blocks. The theater district is nearby, and some of the city’s finest hotels and department stores surround the square. The dragon archway nearby welcomes visitors to the oldest and largest Chinatown outside of Asia. A world of its own, this unique neighborhood is full of herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs, winding alleyways, and if you are lucky, you might encounter a lion dance or a Chinese holiday celebration. Tip: From Union Square Park, walk northwest to Dragon’s Gate (Grant Ave. and Bush St.).
Spanning over 1,000 acres, Golden Gate Park is the city’s premier park. It is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, the de Young Fine Arts Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and the Japanese Tea Garden.
Yerba Buena Gardens is part of an 87-acre urban re-development project and is recognized as one of the top 30 urban parks in the USA, with a mixture of housing, open space, cultural facilities, children’s facilities, a convention center, and commercial development. The work of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and the community transformed the area; this one-of-a-kind destination is now considered a model for how to improve public space and urban areas.
Located in the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island is home to one of the world’s most famous prisons. You can take an Alcatraz cruise to learn about all about this historic San Francisco attraction and enjoy some great views of the city too. Movies filmed at Alcatraz include: “Escape from Alcatraz,” “Birdman of Alcatraz,” and “The Rock,” as well as the television series “The Streets of San Francisco” and “Alcatraz.”
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Pikes Place Market is Seattle’s epicenter of fresh produce, specialty foods, and independent businesses. Established in 1907 to connect citizens and farmers, the Market continues its “Meet the Producer” tradition with a year-round farmers market, owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, produce stands, and specialty food stores. Within the nine-acre historic district you will discover dozens of farmers, a bustling crafts market, and more than 200 unique owner-operated shops. There are more than 80 restaurants to tempt you, from take-out counters specializing in donuts to fine dining establishments.
Seattle Center, location of the 1962 World’s Fair, is the premier urban park, home to the finest cultural and educational organizations, sports teams, festivals, community programs, and entertainment facilities, including The Experience Music Project, The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, and The Space Needle. Entertainment options abound—starting with nearly 500 free and affordable public programs and over 5,000 shows and events annually. This treasured 74-acre campus, with 40 acres of open space, exists to delight and inspire the human spirit in each person and bring together a rich and varied community.
The Earshot Jazz Festival swings into its 29th edition in October and includes more than 50 distinctive concerts and events in venues all around the city through November. The festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area audiences and artists. Earshot celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz with mainstage concerts by award-winning student ensembles and a strong representation by renowned resident artists.
Westlake Park lies in the heart of the downtown shopping district. It is unofficially Seattle’s “town square” and often at the center of the city’s events and major movements. It is the perfect spot to take a break and admire the fountain, or watch shoppers as they visit the Westlake Mall and the surrounding retail stores. From here it is a quick trip by monorail to Seattle Center or a short walk to Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, and many other attractions.
As Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company, the Boeing Factory Tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to step inside a commercial jet assembly plant. The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is located in Mukilteo. Public tours of Boeing’s Everett factory are available seven days a week and the tours run for 90 minutes. The Everett facility is home to the 747, 767, 777, and 787 Dreamliner production lines and is the world’s largest building by volume. Visitors will see airplanes being built for Boeing’s worldwide base of airline customers.
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In 1995, the CN Tower was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It shares this designation with the Itaipu Dam on the Brazil/Paraguay border, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Panama Canal, the Chunnel under the English Channel, the North Sea Protection Works off the European coast, and the Empire State Building. Since the Tower opened, Canadians and tourists from around the world have made the trip to Toronto to celebrate this marvel of civil engineering. In addition to serving as a telecommunications hub, the Tower provides entertainment, as well as unique attractions, exhibits, and food and beverage venues.
At the turn of the 20th century, a small group of Torontonians envisioned a museum in the city of international stature. In combining a universal museum of cultures with that of natural history, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) offers an unusual range of experience to its audiences from around the world. The ROM invites everyone to explore and enjoy extraordinary experiences of science and civilization at the Museum, online, and through various outreach programs.
Among the best street markets in North America, the Kensington Market area is a maze of narrow streets and alleys, many of which are lined with brightly colored Victorian houses. The current market traces its roots to the 1920s, when families of the then-Jewish neighborhood would set up stands in front of their homes to sell goods to one another. Today, the neighborhood is one of Toronto’s most diverse areas. The rich multicultural mix is obvious in the shops packed with goods from Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America, and Asia.
Olympic Park is a small park near York St. and Lake Shore Blvd. West that features a ring of brick pavers engraved with names. Roundhouse Park was created in 1997, on top of the southern expansion of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Encompassing some of the most valuable real estate in Canada, the park once saw little public use other than as a pedestrian shortcut between the Skydome and Lakeshore Blvd.
From the top of Skylon Tower to the base of Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls is an awe-inspiring Ontario vacation destination. The Falls create a round-the-clock roar and a refreshing mist, and offer a reminder of the wondrous natural world. From the marvel of gazing at the Falls from innumerable lookout points to adrenaline-fueled activities like whitewater jet boats, there are many ways to experience them, including an array of Niagara Falls attractions for all ages. For those who long to get up close to the Falls, jump aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises to go right up to the base, walk behind them at Journey Behind the Falls, or fly over them on a helicopter ride.
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When the “new” US National Museum building, now known as the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), opened its doors on March 17, 1910, it housed art, culture, history, and natural history collections. The museum’s collections tell the history of the planet and are a record of human interaction with the environment and one another. Today, the NMNH cares for some 126.5 million artifacts and specimens both in the Museum on the National Mall and at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland.
Georgetown is a nationally designated historic district founded in 1751, nearly half a century before the District of Columbia, as a bustling port city on the banks of the Potomac River. The district offers a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options in a beautiful, historic setting.
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia is the companion facility to the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. (The National Air and Space Museum remains open while undergoing major renovation.) The 760,000 square-foot (71,000 meter) Center has two large hangars that display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. Visitors can view aircraft flying in and out of Dulles International Airport from the Observation Tower and watch specialists restore artifacts in the Restoration Hangar.
Farragut Square and its sister park, McPherson Square (two blocks to the east), each form part of a “patte d’oie” in relation to the White House grounds and Lafayette Park. A bronze statue of Civil War hero Admiral David Glasgow Farragut stands on a granite pedestal in the center of the park.
The first professional baseball team was founded in Washington in 1859—Washington Nationals Baseball Club. After 33 years without a team, Major League Baseball in 2004 selected Washington, DC as its choice for relocation of the Montreal Expos, which was later named Washington Nationals. The team will be playing the Colorado Rockies in four games on July 22-25.