Best Places to Visit in Finland

So, you’re planning a holiday in Finland but not sure from where to start? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you!

 

Finland is a large country, here you have to decide where to go and to make the most of it, we prefer exploring the four main regions: Helsinki area, Lakeland, Archipelago, and Lapland. When people think of Finland, the first thing comes in mind is majestic forests and stunning natural landscapes where you can spend much time.

 

To help you, we have shared a list below of the best places to visit in Finland. Finland is all about beautiful forests, clean lakes, and amazing seaside.

 

Explore a castle name Olavinlinna

This castle sits in Savonlinna and famed for its three dominating towers and was constructed on a rock in the center of a glassy lake to afford it more protection from enemies. This is the best place to visit if you love history.

 

You’ll get into the castle while walking across a series of creaking bridges and the inside is a maze of ornate towers. There are guided tours here, which last an hour and will fill you in on all the history of daily life in the castle in the past.

 

Go skiing with Levi

The white unspoilt paradise, yes, here you’ll feel like paradise covered with white snow all over. If you love the snow and skiing, then you should add this to your list.

Here you’ll find the amazing 43 different slopes that are perfect for all different 26 ski lifts. Likewise, If you like snowboarding then there is a dedicated snowboard park also in the resort.

But if you don’t like doing any of above then don’t worry, you can also find a couple of activities to enjoy here like husky sled rides and a mesmerizing reindeer park.

 

Visit the animals at Helsinki Zoo

Ooh, It’s shiny!! This place is best to visit with family, especially with kids. If you are an animal lover then too you should visit this place, visiting the zoo is the best thing to do because here you’ll find the impressive 150 different species of animals as well as 1,000 kinds of plants. Animals as camels, bears, wolverines, monkeys, and lions which are generally not available in other zoos.

Nordic animals like wolves, reindeers, elks, and bison are the unique feature of this place.

 

Visit & watch the Imatrankoski Rapids

The Imatrankoski Rapids, one of the most favored attractions in Finland outside of Helsinki.

The rapids antedate 5,000 years and have been the result of flowing water from nearby lakes. Now, after the construction of the large dam, the rapids are released several times a day in the summer months so that visitors can enjoy the spectacular moving waves. This is like a treat to the eyes.

Visit the golden beach at Hietaniemi

Hietaniemi, an area on the outskirts of Helsinki, which nestles on the coast of Finland.

Here you can feel the unexpected golden sand on your body and also can visit a number of shops where you can rent kayaks and canoes to ride on the water. There are some parks along where you can sit by side to enjoy the coastal breezes and local eateries.

There is also a sauna where you can heat up if feeling cold anytime.

 

Venture inside Högberget Cave

Högberget Cave, which is known as the ‘Womb of Mother Earth’. Here you can walk to the cave which will open out of the side of granite cliff and the area around the cave is famous for its hiking trails which cut through the beautiful Finnish countryside.

You can take chances to go inside the gaping hole inside of the mountain to feel the majesty of this stunning relic from a bygone era.

 

Finland is one of the rare destinations, still untouched, unlike other mainstream travel spots. You can call out the dearth places here if you are an adventurer, the tourist, the shopper, and the culture-lover!! There are many more attraction points and unique things to do in Finland. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Finland right away if you wish to experience all above.

See New Zealand!

If you are making plans for your first trip to New Zealand, or if you are planning to go back there to see more of its beauty, you may want to check out this list to not miss out on the beautiful sights of New Zealand.

 

BAY OF ISLANDS

The Bay of Islands is one of the top places to go when you are New Zealand for sailing, fishing and for other watersport. It is about three hours from Auckland by car. This beautiful place consists of 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula.

There are numerous things to do in the Bay of Islands such as getting in or on water, scuba diving, exploring the underwater world, get up close with the marine life etc.

 

MILFORD SOUND, NEW ZEALAND

Milford Sound was referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world” by Rudyard Kipling, when you visit this place, you’ll see for yourself why. The best way to have a proper view of Milford Sound is from a boat. Take a cruise to sightsee of the fjord to see the wildlife and waterfalls.  You can navigate the waters on a kayaking tour.

When you experience the water from the surface, then you should go underneath- visit the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.

 

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Being the largest city in New Zealand and its international air travel hub, this is one of the best places to visit in New Zealand. You have to stay for at least one or two nights in Auckland. There are so many things you’ll love to do in Auckland. Here are few of them- visit the Auckland Art Gallery (the largest art institution in New Zealand), take a stroll the Auckland Domain Park; if the weather is nice, you can as well stop over at the Parnell Farmers’ Market if you are visiting on a Saturday.

 

WHITE ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

This is the most active volcano in the country, so we recommend this region for adventurous travelers. Your stroll at the White Island won’t be leisurely; you’ll have to wear a hard hat and a gas mask because this is a very active volcano. If the conventional helicopter tour of the island isn’t your thing, you can still explore the volcano via other ways like taking a boat to White Island.

 

What To See and Do in Chile’

Chile is regarded as world’s most narrow land. Its capital is Santiago. Chile claimed 1,250,000 kilometers land area of Antarctica, you can keep chile on your list to have a visit. Torres Del Paine National Park, Valle De La Luna, and the Atacama Desert. Easter Island. Santiago, Chile’s Lake District, Valparaíso, Lauca National Park, Pumalín Park are some places you can go while visiting Chile. Life is too short and it will be beneficiary if you work for that shortest period without laziness. Your thirst for knowledge and desire to see the unseen may make you a success.

 

Easter Island: It is in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai. In 1995 it is declared as world heritage site by Unesco. It is one of the most remote places in Chile.

 

Valparaiso: It is a port city in Chile and regarded as a major city and seaport in Chile. Valparaíso is situated about 120 km northwest of Santiago road. In Valparaiso, you may find seven universities. It was declared by Unesco the center of education and culture in 2003. Now thousands of tourists visit Valparaiso from around the world to enjoy the city’s labyrinth of cobbled alleys and colorful walls.

Torres Del Paine National Park: The park is located 112 km north of Punta Arenas. The park is one of the 11 protected areas of the Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica. It is the most visited and largest park in Chile, almost 252,000 people visit the park per year. Most of the visitors are foreigners.The area is blessed with so many rivers and lakes. The well-known lakes include Grey, Pehoe, Nordenskiold, and Sarmiento.

 

Lauca National Park: The park is located 145 kilometers east of Arica and 12 kilometers west of Putre. The main attraction of the park is the Cotacotani lakes that include archaeological sites, lava fields, and volcanic calderas.

 

So, don’t make delay, pick up your camera, necessary items, beautiful costumes and get ready to enjoy your days in this most beautiful country Chile that can make a rememberable memory. Next time I come back, I’m bringing my sister and her husband from Arizona.  she is a small business owner (a nail salon) and he owns a towing and auto repair shop called Mesa Towing Services.  Hurry to cut your ticket and fly to Chile.

 

 

Taking a Holiday in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the USA. This beautiful city built beside the ocean, known for its majestic rolling hills and the famous Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is one of the jewels of Northern California. San Francisco is a city of history, art, fun parks, beaches, museums, and many other entertainment options.

Some of the most notable attractions which you should definitely visit when you’re in San Francisco are listed below to help you plan your day-trip –

 

1 Golden Gate Bridge

 

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic California structure gracing the San Francisco Bay. It is also the highest photographed site in San Francisco, with its orange body backed by blue water, or in a lot of spots, peaking through a low lying cloud. At night, the flood-lit structure looks like an epitome of human industrial evolution.

The bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County and other districts further north, and it was once titled the greatest man-made sight in the United States by the U.S. Travel Service. It opened on May 28th, 1937, after four years of building, and by then it was the world’s longest suspension bridge, measuring over two miles long.

If you want a good view of the bridge, or if you are interested in photographing the bridge, there are a lot of amazing viewpoints. From the San Francisco side, Nob Hill, an area known for its posh old mansions, offers some beautiful views of the bridge.

 

 

2 Alcatraz Island

The iconic and infamous Alcatraz penitentiary, located on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, has been one of America’s most notorious prisons. It was in operation for almost thirty years, closing in 1963 and then re-opening as a tourist attraction in 1973. A lot of America’s most well-known criminals were held here, like Al Capone and the “Birdman,” who later formed the basis for the fictional movie The Birdman of Alcatraz.

3 Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf has an important place in San Fransisco’s history. If you’re in San Francisco for the first time and you only have a day or two, Fisherman’s Wharf is a definitely a good starting point. Formerly known as the Little Italy of San Francisco, this area is famous for its aesthetic shops, restaurants, and beautiful landscape along the waterfront. One walk through its streets and you’ll get a taste for the city. Hop on the sightseeing cruise for spectacular views of the city, or organize a fishing charter.

 

Some of the most visited spots in the area are the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and the Ghirardelli Square. There are some amazing Restored 19th- and 20th-century ships lining the waterfront at the Hyde Street Pier, what has now become the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. The USS Pampanito, an American historic landmark, is a strong surviving WWII submarine and now a part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.

Best Travel Destinations in Rome

Rome is famous for its glorious ancient heritage. Every street corner of this city is enriched with the ancient history. Rome is a city that once expanded its empire throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe. It is divided into several districts. The Centre District is Colosseo district, as it has the most ancient attractions such as Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, and the Colosseum. It has many other attractions that are worth seeing.

  • The Colosseum

This place is one the main tourist attraction. The construction of the Colosseum was initiated by the Roman Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and was completed by his Son Titus is 80 AD. The Colosseum could hold up to 50,000 people who could watch gladiators do battle. It is a stone and concrete structure considered as one the Roman’s greatest architecture.

  • St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica is a huge Church. It is a major tourist attraction and the center of the Catholic world. This church stands on the traditional site where the first pop, Peter was buried. The construction of this church began in 1506 and completed in 1615.

  • Spanish Steps

Spanish steps are a truly monumental stairway of 135 stairs. It was built to connect the Bourbon Spanish Embassy to the Holy See with the French church. This stairway was built with French funds between 1721 to 1725. It is always crowded, people use these steps for a gathering which makes this stairway a big tourist attraction. These steps are decorated every year in the month of May.

  • Roman Forum

Roman Forum is located in the small valley between the Capitoline and Palatine Hills. It was the teeming heart of the great ancient Rome for centuries. This is the nucleus of commercial affairs, cite of the elections, and venue for the public speeches and announcements.

  • Castle Sant’Angelo

It was first built for Emperor Hadrian and his family in 123 BC. But late it was turned into a Fortress and Castle by the Pops. The other Emperor’s ashes were also buried there and it was once the tallest building of the Rome. Castle Sant’Angelo was also used as a prison. This castle is a museum now, and among the famous attractions of Rome the film buffs will recognize this as a setting from ‘Angels and Demons’.

  • Piazza Navona

It was established at the end of 15th century. It is one of the most famous squares of Rome. Piazza Navona preserves the shape of a Stadium of Domitian that was built by Emperor Domitian. That stadium was once stood here and had a large arena mainly used for sporting events and festivals. At present, the square is a popular place to sip a Cappuccino and watch street performers.

  • St. Peter’s Square.

This is the most popular square of the Rome, located in the Vatican City. A large number of people come here to listen to the message of the pop. St. Peter’s Square has an elliptic shape, surrounded on two sides before St. Peter’s Basilica.