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Yellowstone USA

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Established in 1872, the world-famous Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the United States and one of its most popular parks. While Visiting with the guys over at Heritage Woodworking, LLC, we got to talking about the majestic views and wonder of this place. This majestic wilderness area spills into neighboring Idaho and Montana across a basalt plateau in Wyoming’s northwest corner. It forms the center of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. One of the planet’s largest and best-preserved temperate-zone habitats. The park is renowned for its stunning scenery, varied flora and fauna, and fascinating geothermal wonders.

Mount Washburn

Mount Washburn

Named after the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition leader in 1870, Henry Dana Washburn, Mount Washburn, is a magnificent peak in Yellowstone National Park. It rises to an incredible 10,243 feet and is the Washburn range’s largest peak. Various hikes lead up its flanks, including the Mount Washburn Trail, considered one of the best hikes in Yellowstone, offering spectacular views of the park. You can see lovely wildflowers here in summer, as well as bighorn sheep grazing on its slopes.

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

The Norris Geyser Basin is famous in Yellowstone for being the oldest, hottest, and most active hydrothermal areas. The basin comprises two main areas open to tourists and accessible through looped trails: the Porcelain Basin is a desolate and treeless lunar-like environment steeped in the bubbling geyser’s pungent fragrance surrounding the three-quarter-of-a-mile track.

With its geothermal features scattered along a one-and-a-half-mile boardwalk trail, Back Basin is a wooded area. The Echinus Geyser, the largest known acid-water geyser, with a pH similar to that of vinegar, and the Steamboat Geyser, the world’s tallest active geyser, are the most notable features of this basin, irregularly shooting water up to a height of 300 feet.

Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley

The beautiful Hayden Valley is also dotted with large herds of bison, a prime location for wildlife watching. Grizzly bears also roam here searching for baby bison and elk in the spring and early summer. In the rolling green meadows, coyotes are also easy to find. Birders are going to have plenty to see. Some animals that inhabit the area around the mudflats and river flats are bald eagles, northern harriers, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, ducks, geese, and pelicans.

Mud Volcano

Mud Volcano

The Mud Volcano Area’s striking mud pots and the simmering Sulphur Caldron, one of Yellowstone’s most acidic pools, are a few miles below the Fishing Bridge. Take care to keep yourself on the boardwalks. A short wheelchair-friendly loop passes by the Dragon’sMouth Spring and the Mud Volcano from the parking lot. You can take a steep half-mile loop past the Black Dragon’s Cauldron if you’re more mobile,

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake, the largest high-altitude lake on the continent (7,737 feet), is a paradise for anglers. Submerged, nutrient-rich fountains, such as earthworms, sponges, native cutthroat trout, as well as invasive lake trout, nurture an unparalleled variety of plant and animal life. Here, birds are abundant, particularly many waterfowl species.

A land of contrasts, Yellowstone is. From the rich greens and bright blues of spring and summer, when herds of bison and elk graze along the river banks, to the fiery reds, oranges, and golds of autumn. When grizzlies and black bears stock up on berries, each season paints a radically different picture of the frozen winter’s white wonderland. Yellowstone is a reminder of wilderness and plentiful wildlife that once covered most of the world. It provides an unforgettable safari experience in the wild west of America at any time of year.

5 Yummy Destinations When Travelling

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When talking about travelling, we can’t leave out the food. It’s important to have great food wherever you’re travelling to. If you’re going for something special, you should still investigate the food. If you’re trying to decide where to visit, you should consider the food.

Good food is life, and you can’t continue to be in a foreign land for the rest of the month without great food. And that’s why you need to know the top 5 destinations to get great food:

1. Ibiza, Spain

Travellers worldwide know Ibiza as a spot for having good food when travelling. With its large hotels and clubs, you can expect all the best. In rural parts, there are farmers who harvest olives, almonds, and other healthy crops. That’s where restaurants and factories get their ingredients from. Some classic restaurants in Ibiza include Aubergine and Es Ventall. They serve amazing food like pasta, buffalo ricotta, colourful salads, and vegan pudding. There are also farmsteads where you can eat homemade food and allow you to feel like part of the land.

2. Cornwall, England

In this city, you can find the best chefs in Europe. They serve Caribbean food and other tropical recipes. Also, they serve foraged vegetables, local mussels, and some prawns. If you’ve heard about Tom Adams and April Bloomfield, you’d know that they are some of UK’s top chefs.

3. Copenhagen, Denmark

The most famous restaurant in Denmark is Noma. It has won many awards because of its exciting cuisine. They serve breakfast meals, Mexican-inspired food, and delicious pastries. This is a place that you’d love to visit.

 

4. Galicia, Spain

Not only will you find amazing food in Galicia, Spain, but you’ll also find the finest wines here. If you’re a lover of seafood, you’d enjoy octopus, sardines, seaweed, and shellfish. Visit the most exotic vineyards and have a lovely sip of the finest wine.

5. Lyon, France

If you’re a foodie, you should visit this destination in France. Top French chefs are in this city, and you would enjoy eating at the finest restaurants. In some spots, you’ll enjoy local dishes and not just classy food. The markets in this city also serve delicious fruits, fresh fish, sausages,  and vegetables.

When thinking of where next to travel, consider these locations. And as soon as you’re able to find the destination that you’d be interested in, you can put other considerations in place like budget, fun places, and tourist attractions.

Gwadar- A city with Infinite possibilities

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Before we start off with Gwadar, lets get to know a little more about Baluchistan the province in which the City of Gwadar is situated. Baluchistan is one of the 4 provinces(states) of Pakistan, by area it is the largest province and by population it is the smallest, a strange fact that can only be attribute to Baluchistan who is wildly large and deserted yet significantly beautiful and rich with earthly elements.

Geographically Baluchistan has always held its importance as it serves as a gateway between the southern and eastern Asian countries and the oil-rich middle east or MENA. The region is heavily politicized for various reasons like its significant geography and emplacement. But Baluchistan is not restricted to its Geography only frankly if you ask anyone who is ever been to the Province then they will tell you that Baluchistan is all about Culture, heritage and beauty. It is not the biggest province of Pakistan but it also if the Beautiful then one of the beautiful provinces of Pakistan.

But what makes it so different or vital for any traveler to visit, and it all leads to Gwadar.

Culture:

Gwadar can’t be described without mentioning Baluchistan and Baluchistan is nothing or incomplete without its culture. It is often said that Pakistan is the Land of Culture and Balochi Culture is its Trophy. The most prominent factor is Baluchi culture is their attire and clothing, Baluchi turban and Shalwar Kamiz is often regarded as the pride of a Baluch man. However, it is not only restricted to these two attires only, the clothing and attire listing goes well beyond than just these two.

Then comes their dance and food. It may seem very odd seeing food being regarded as a cultural element but it is true for Baluchistan. What we often witness all around the globe that food is often attributed to the origin but Baluchi food is all about its people and those who cooks it and hence it has become an integral part of their culture. If you ought to visit the land then it will be an oddly coincidence if you don’t see any of the above-mentioned Cultural traits.

The City Itself:

The city of Gwadar is the combination of whole Baluchistan, if described in words it is the Jewel of the entire province. It has the Beauty of Baluchistan, the significant Geography, deep warm water near to its shores and a strong economy. The city is linked with Karachi (the biggest and the most populous city of Pakistan) through a coastal highway along the Arabian Sea that adds more to its beauty, It may not be one of the famous cities but it surely is the city to visit if you’re a travel enthusiasm.  

The Beaches:

Gwadar and Baluchistan is surrounded by the Arabian Sea from one end which just makes it one the longest beach space in South Asia and because of the low population and wide area the beaches are quite, clean and vacant. With Clean water, blue sky, mountainous surroundings and moderately sunny weather it all adds up to a perfect beach environment.

KENYA: THE PILGRIMAGE OF TOURISM

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First, Africa is not a country, it is a continent. Of the countries in this beautiful continent is great Kenya. From preserved ancient local cultures across the various sets of diverse tribes to the very “abundantly rare” wildlife and the fascinating landscapes, Kenya has overtime been poised as the Tourism hub of the world. The presence of iconic landmarks such as tall mountains, the savannah, forests, waterfalls, tropics and beautiful lakes are a sight to behold.

A lot of its fame is gotten from being the leading wildlife and conservation parks on planet earth. This accounts for a huge chunk of Kenya’s foreign exchange revenue, right next to agriculture.

Due to the presence of ancient relics and artefacts, Kenya has also earned itself the nickname “Cradle of Mankind”, the people of Kenya are one of the earliest people to exist on planet earth and a lot has been learnt about ancient human history from them.

So let me be your guide through the earliest cradles of civilization, here are reasons why you should cancel every other vacation plan and visit Kenya

 

RELATIVELY CHEAP TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND COST OF LIVING

Not only is visiting Kenya pocket-friendly, but you also get as much satisfaction as travelling to any of the previous tourism countries, if not more. The cost of travelling is also economically decent, the food is less expensive, the hotels are very comfortable, affordable and properly maintained. 

THE VIEW FROM YOUR AIRPLANE

The large expanse of land, wildlife, lakes, hills, waterfall and colourful vegetation is a very pleasing sight to behold, the way nature blends in its natural, undisturbed form have a sort of therapeutic feeling on the nerves. So, when travelling, make it a note to be awake when you are closer to the country. Trust me, it is not a sight you want to be missing out on.

CULTURAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITIES

There are various tours that give you direct access to Kenya’s diverse groups of tribes and their cultural practices. You get to interact and mix with the Swahili, Massai, Turkana, Samburu, Rendille, El Molo, Pokot and various other tribes. You get to see the villages in its unadulterated forms, participate in cultural practices and native ceremonies; weddings, childbirths, naming, funerals e.t.c. You also get to watch closely the art of bead making, hairdressing, textiles and their food preparation. As a plus, these tribes are mostly living in beautifully designed nature-friendly locations. The views from the accommodations are also very stunning. Mechanical transportation is also very cheap

WILDLIFE AND THE WONDERS OF NATURE

From the Great Rift Valley to the rustic beaches, the great lakes, mild weather, beautiful mountains and observing the great migration of gazelles around the June/ July period, nature dazes you with its striking brilliance. The great rift valley has birthed a lot of unearthed fossils notable of high archaeological value and history, it also inhabits various rare animals like the

white rhino, leopard, flamingos and giraffes.  The warmth that accompanies the beautiful scenery can be quite compensating.

There’s also the allure of hiking, zip-lining, trekking, marathons and various other activities to get the adrenaline flowing. Kenya has an astounding amount of mountains e.g. Mount Kenya, Mount Longonot and Mount Elgon to mention but a few but most importantly the Kilimanjaro, though in Tanzania, it can be viewed from various highpoints in Kenya.

The most important part of tourism in Kenya is its wildlife. 

Kenya’s games and reserves are habitats to the largest groups of diverse animals in the world, from Elephants at the Amboseli National Park to herbivores such as zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, hippopotamus, rhinoceros and warthogs to the very animals at the top of the food chain; the lions, leopards, cheetahs and various others. If you have ever wanted to explore Nat Geo Wild in its rawest forms, there you have it. The parks and games employ safety precautions and barriers plus adequate transportation for the maximum comfort of the tourist. There’s also the fact that it is pretty cool you are helping with the funding for the preservation of wildlife and anti-poaching. 

Deep diving and exploration of underwater animals for animals such as zebrafish, snapper, scorpionfish and various others are other avenues to explore.

NAIROBI

Everything about Kenya is not about wildlife. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya also known as “green city in the sun” is a cosmopolitan city having the best of accommodations, gardens, parks, cinemas and leisure centres plus a variety of deliciously cooked meals in various restaurants. With the ease of transportation and navigation, Nairobi is really one place to mark in the bucket list and here are quite a few places you can visit in Nairobi: 

  1. Nairobi Safari Walk
  2. Paradise Lost
  3. Panari Sky Centre
  4. Splash Water World
  5. Bomas of Kenya
  6. Maasai Ostrich Farm
  7. Nairobi National Park
  8. Jeevanjee Gardens
  9. Uhuru Park
  10. Karen Blixen Museum

Saying you visited Africa without visiting Kenya is like saying you visited the White House without going to Washington, D.C.

 

Las Vegas: The “It” destination for honeymooners

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Las Vegas Entrance

 

The city of Las Vegas does not have the need for any special introductions. It is just as flashy, extravagant and vibrant as the name suggests. The city of Las Vegas, popularly known as Vegas, is the most populated city in the state of Nevada. Las Vegas is known worldwide as a resort city, famous for its bustling nightlife, casinos, dining and overall entertainment.

Las Vegas is famously known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” and for good reasons. It has an infinite number of casinos and offers plenty of associated activities. Las Vegas always successfully finds a spot in the most visited tourist spots annually. Vegas is also known as Sin city because of its endurance of explicit adult entertainment.

Vegas proposes all sorts of entertainment for all types of tourists. There are plenty of exhilarating experiences in Vegas, some of which are listed below:

  • The Strip: The Strip is exactly what defines the word “extravagant”. The 2.5 miles long section of Vegas which runs from the northeast of the city to the southeast, is filled with luxury hotels, fine dining restaurant, entertainment theatres and performance venues. Vibrant neon signs adorn The Strip at night making it a sight not to be missed. To attain the best experience of The Strip, you might want to stay a night at one of the luxury resorts. Though, many tourists love to walk around and just enjoy the vibrant sights.
  • Helicopter Rides over The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas: If you have shortage of time, a helicopter ride all over Vegas and even The Grand Canyon will provide the best opportunity to explore all of the city. Helicopter riding facilities are offered by many companies or agencies these days. If you can spare a full day, you must take the 6.5 hours helicopter ride that will enable you to see all of Vegas and the surroundings.
  • Fremont Street Experience: The Fremont Street Experience is a spectacle of wonders. You can watch spellbinding, free light shows at the world’s largest video screen that are sure to leave you speechless. They are called the Viva Vision Light Shows. There are other thrilling experiences at Fremont Street like free live shows, free slot machines to name a few. The experiences are really endless.

You can also read our latest article about the oldest national park in USA

Other tourist attractions include Venetian Hotel and Gondola Rides, Paris Hotel and the Eiffel Tower, Bellagio Resort and Fountain Show, High Roller Ferris Wheel on the Linq, Caesars Palace and The Colosseum etc.

The best time to visit Vegas is all year long. The colder season is great for sightseeing and warmer season is the best time to relax by the pool. However, Vegas is expensive. Make sure to carry sufficient funds and plan your stay carefully.

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