What are the best places to visit? Most people would say Paris, London, or New York City. These, certainly, are the top of most lists, but there may be some places off of the beaten path that would be worthy of your time and travel. Here are some suggestions of ten great places to visit.
DESTINATION 1: GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK
If you like getting close to nature, the Great Basin National Park in Nevada is one of the most under-appreciated national parks in the U.S. Here, you will find the Alpine Lakes, the Lehman Caves, and a glacier. You can backpack on desert trails and climb all the way up Wheeler Peak at 13,000 feet. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can actually drive 10,000 of those feet on a gorgeous, scenic drive. Once you reach the end of the drive, it’s a fairly easy hike to 3,000 year-old bristlecone pine trees. These twisted, contorted, and ancient trees are a testament to nature’s tenacity. You’ll also find the Northern Hemisphere’s southernmost glacier on Wheeler Peak. After your hike, you can enjoy Lehman Caves. This tour is guided by rangers, and you weave through caves full of beautiful crystals, marble, and limestone. This beautiful part has about 90,000 visitors a year, simply because it’s not a big name like Grand Canyon or Yellowstone.
DESTINATION 2: BAHNHOFSTRASSE
Sure, New York City and Paris may offer some of the best shopping in the world, but, don’t forget Bahnhofstrasse. Located in Zurich, Switzerland, this incredibly beautiful street stretches for a mile in Zurich. The tree-lined boulevard features some of the most exclusive boutiques in the country. You’ll have your choice of high-end clothing, designer shoes, accessories, furs – you name it. Bahnhofstrasse offers the best shopping in Europe, according to many, and don’t forget, you can find the best of Swiss watches right here!
DESTINATION 3: WHISTLER/BLACKCOMB
If skiing is your milieu, give Whistler/Blackcomb, in British Columbia, Canada a try. These two mountains tower over the landscape, and were once accessible only to intrepid hikers. But, 20 or 30 years ago, the village of Whistler realized they were sitting on a gold mine, and started to gear up for a tourist trade. Since this is not one of the most well-known skiing destinations, it leaves more room for you. The village is beautiful enough to enjoy, whether you ski or not, with its cafes, stores with international goods, and all kinds of restaurants. Plus, snowboarders and skiers can get all of the supplies and access they want to some great skiing.
DESTINATION 4: VENDIMIA
Every February, on the last Sunday of the month, the Vendimia celebration begins in Mendoza, Argentina. The Archbishop blesses the first grapes of the season and dedicates the crop to God, and the citizens begin a month long celebration. Why fight the crowds at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, when you can participate in the celebrations in this colorful city. Parades with beauty queens on regional floats, musicians, dancers, and entertainment abound, and the festival ends in the stunning amphitheater, topped off with a great fireworks show.
DESTINATION 5: TEATRO DI SAN CARLO
You’ve probably heard of La Scala in Milan, Italy. But, have you ever heard of Teatro di San Carlo, in Naples, Italy? Probably not, because it is overshadowed by its famous cousin. However, the Teatro di San Carlo is actually the oldest theater in the world that is still in use. Not only that, it is only surpassed by that late comer – La Scala. Gioachino Rossini’s most famous operas debuted on this stage, and its astounding red and gold theme is a feast for the eyes. Beat the crowds, and go to Naples.
DESTINATION 6: BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW
Ok, so maybe the opera isn’t your idea of a fun evening. Try a garage sale! Actually, the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts, is the largest flea market in New England. Are you tired of the crowds at Canton, Texas? Brimfield has over 5000 antique dealers onsite, and you can find food, music, furniture, clothes, and just about anything else you could want.
DESTINATION 7: KALAUPAPA
Ok, any guide on travel must include at least one location in Hawaii. The Kalaupapa National Historical Park is located on Molokai, Hawaii. It’s not as crowded because, well, you have to ride a mule to get there. This spectacular destination has restricted access, and is closed on Sundays.
DESTINATION 8: HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Did you know that some people actually take tour of lights? If you have a chance to travel over Christmas, visit Brussels, Belgium. The Grand Place during the Plaisirs d’Hiver are dramatic and beautiful, setting the stage for a fabulous Christmas season. And, you get Brussels in the package deal!
DESTINATION 9: WEST COAST
That’s the west coast of Ireland. Now, you can go to the west coast of the U.S. and see San Francisco Bay, but you’ll have to fight crowds. But, the wild, rugged cliffs of Ireland offer an ancient vista, punctuated with lilacs and thatch-roofed cabins. This incredibly beautiful drive through the verdant hills of Ireland will instill peace and awe, as you soak in the view.
DESTINATION 10: PANGKOR LAUT RESORT
Pangkor Laut, Malaysia, offers one of the most luxurious, yet isolated resorts in the world. Escape the racket and action of big cities and tourist traps within this tropical paradise. Luxury villas, built in the Malaysian style, hosts only 250 guests at a time. However, the resort employs 400 staff members to take care of the guests and facilities. The gardens are exquisite and perfectly maintained, and the palm trees and quiet surf will lull you to sleep every night. Pangkor Laut is an island, located in the Straits of Malacca. No noise, no traffic – a true get-away.
There you have it: 10 great places to visit. This offers a variety of destinations that will please the most adventurous or the most stressed. Enjoy your trip, and remember – if you haven’t heard of it, it may be perfect for you!
This guest post was written by Jack Sadler who runs a travel site at http://travelconfidently.com/. He is a travel and Lifestyle blogger, through my life experiences, I’ve been sharing travel tips and interesting facts about women and men through my blogs.