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Top 5 Fireworks Shows in US

Fireworks are more than just simple explosives that are thrown into the air: they signify something worth celebrating from the birth of Jesus Christ to the patriotic displays on the Fourth of July. The main objective of each and every fireworks show is to make the observers feel a sense of whimsy; they should also enjoy each and every moment. The United States is well-known for its grand fireworks displays; in fact, there are five firework shows in the USA you should never miss.

Louisville, Kentucky, Thunder over Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky, Thunder over Louisville (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Kentucky Derby Festival: For several years, Louisville, Kentucky has been wowing show goers with this spectacular annual pyrotechnic show that involves an array of colors and textures. Each year, thousands of individuals flock to Louisville just to get a glimpse at the multitude of colors that the sparklers create. As a matter of fact, the Kentucky Derby Festival has been recognized as one of the largest, loudest and most colorful fireworks displays in the US. Continue reading “Top 5 Fireworks Shows in US” »

Christmas Treats from USA

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Christmas comes once a year, and this is the season where family and friends gather together. There are many families that hold holiday traditions such as putting up certain lights, selecting a particular kind of Christmas tree and so forth. However the all time favorite and anticipation for Christmas is that wonderful Christmas dinner and of course Christmas treats.

Christmas treats are no longer for the enjoyment for the children, but everyone enjoys homemade Christmas treats during the holiday. One old fashioned Christmas treat is fruit cake.

Fruit cake has been a Christmas staple for years to come. Another favorite treat is baking sugar cookies and decorating the cookies. Many families and friends enjoy baking sugar cookies. Another wonderful delightful Christmas treats are holiday cupcakes.

Its fun and also tasteful to bake and decorate holiday cupcakes with your favorite creams. Then there is the chocolate dipped pretzels. There are so many variations of chocolates you can have dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and of course white chocolate. Also if you enjoy holiday fudge is another wonderful Christmas treat. You can also do brownies and powdered donuts all decorated in your favorite Christmas decoration. Also you can enjoy chocolate covered popcorn. Continue reading “Christmas Treats from USA” »

4 Great International Holiday Destinations to Celebrate the Winter Carnival

It is a well-known fact that the coldest season during a year is the winter season, which comes between autumn and spring. It is a normal tendency that during this particular season, the days happen to be the shortest, while the nights tend to be the longest. And, that makes them the best time of the year to enjoy, and have a blast with your friends, or loved ones.

 

 

In almost all parts of the world, winter is generally preferred as the best period for travelling and sightseeing. In temperate climatic conditions, in Asian regions, the voyagers can truly enjoy the magnificent beauty of Himalayan Highlands, frozen lakes, adventure sports, ample snowfall, winter festivals, panoramic natural sights etc. Not only in India, there are many other breathtaking winter destinations all over the world that attracts tourists every year on consistent basis.

 

When you look out for a great holiday destination to visit during the winter, it’s always critical that you don’t choose a destination that’s too cold for you to bear with. You end up making the most out of your trip only when you have an enjoyable climate, and choose appropriate places to stay, according to your needs and choices.

 

So, here are 4 such fantastic international tourist destinations hand-picked for you, which are ideal to visit during the winter.

 

Hainan Island in China

Sun, coastlines, and water are what sightseers enjoy the most in case of the Hainan Island. For winter tourists from around the world, Hainan is just like the Hawaii Island located in the United States, and functions as a favored place to escape from the ice-covered winter.

This island has got everything to please its tourists, and it is presently brimming with the charm of a recent island paradise, golden beaches, and holiday resorts on seashores. December to March is the best period to visit this place.

 

Shimla

Shimla has been considered as a doorway to unforgettable travel experience during the winter season in India. Settled between the proud snow-covered Himalayan Mountains, dressed in dense forests areas of rhododendron, pine, and oak, Shimla is one of the most preferred winter tourist destinations in India.

Apart from its natural beauty, its connection with main cities like Delhi, Kullu, and Chandigarh through railways, roadways, and air is largely promoting winter tourism in this part of India, drawing more and more voyagers every year.

 

Dominica

If you wish to enjoy the natural landscapes of Caribbean, try visiting Dominica winter destination once. To truly enjoy this place, the best idea is to rent a Jeep, which will allow you to easily find the thundering waterfalls, dense rainforest, boiling lakes that are simply ecstatic to see during the winter period. It is advisable to wear walking boots while entering the dense forests that come along your way in Dominica.

To reach this place, the voyagers need to first fly to one of the major Caribbean islands like Antigua, and then take an inter-island flight to Dominica.

 

Rio de Janeiro

If you truly want to enjoy the winter carnival, you ought to see the Rio De Janeiro carnival, where you’d actually feel the festive mood in the air. Right from the marvelous beaches with sizzling beauties all over the place, down to vibrant nightlife, thanks to dozens of clubs and discotheques, Rio De Janeiro gives just about everything to the International tourists.

 

One can simply come here and leave all the worries behind, as you’d have an exhilarating experience at some of the beautiful beaches in the world, where you’d find the skimpiest bikinis, which will double up the fun of water sports and diving games!

 

 

Go out and have a blast at these fantastic travel destinations during your next winter trip, and you’re bound to cherish those sweet memories forever!

 

 

About the Author

Alexandra Balan loves to explore all kinds of tourist destinations across the world. This summer, she had been to Pattaya, Phuket and Bangkok where she had a splendid time. Gran Canaria in Spain is her favorite International holiday destination, and she frequently contributes travel guides to help the global tourists make the most out of their holidays.

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Austrailian Road Trips

Australia Perth

Australia Perth (Photo credit: Kenny Teo (zoompict))

 

Australia is a great location for road trips. The sheer size of the place means there are seemingly endless opportunities to get on the open road and drive for hours. One of the great ways to get to know Australia by road is to hire a campervan. There is a wide range of campervans to choose from. A simple campervan will fit two adults and a child. There will be space for all three up front while driving. The van will typically include a sleeping/sitting area in the back. During the day this acts as a sofa and table area. At night time it can be converted in to a double bed. There is also a smaller child size bed available above this which can be pulled out like a bunk bed. In addition, there will be a microwave, two hob gas cooker, fridge and storage space. For this you should expect to pay around 45 australian dollars per night. One hidden cost to take in to consideration when hiring a camper van is insurance. In Australia you will either have to place a credit card deposit of several thousand dollars, which will be lost in case of serious accident, or pay a steep daily insurance fee. I’ve found the insurance fee can almost double the cost of Campervan Road Trips in Australia . The last time I travelled daily insurance was forty dollars a day which was only five dollars less than the cost of the van hire. To avoid this I had to stump up a steep seven thousand dollar deposit. It certainly makes sure you drive carefully when you know that an accident will cost you a large charge to your credit card. Once you have picked up your camper van you will be free to explore the Australian countryside. If you are leaving from Sydney it is a good idea to head up the coast towards Queensland. If you are heading up towards Cairns you can expect the trip to last around seven days if you travel each day and only stay a night at each campsite. On your way there are three main types of campsite to stop at. Caravan parks are the most expensive but they have full amenities and are often in great locations. Expect to budget around 30-45 dollars a night for two adults. Another option is to stay in a national park. These are much cheaper at around five dollars per adult. The scenery is usually fabulous however amenities are often limited. So the campsites will often have toilets and water but no showers or electrical power. Finally the cheapest way to travel is to stay in free campsites. These are often basic locations without any amenities. Be very careful that any site you are staying at does allow over night camping because if you get caught in the wrong place there can be a fine of several hundred dollars. Australia is a great place to take a road trip and a campervan is the ultimate way to experience the country.

Davis is a traveller,programmer and author at Caravanparkadvisor.com and Costumemuse.com

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If you Like Speed!

Drive as fast as you want in Germany

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Road trips are always fun but it is normally not for the speed demons. Most trips are for people who likes to take their time and enjoy their way around the world and see new amazing things. However there is only one place left in the world where you can still do both and this is Munich Germany. On parts of the Autobahn you can speed as fast as you want.

They have speed limit signs of 120km an hour but if there is a line through it that means that you can go as fast as you want but the suggested speed is 120 km. Going there is a blast the drivers there are use to the speed and cars will move out of your way if there is space on the road. It is incredible. Make sure that you do not go during winter though because they do slow down the speed limit if there is bad weather. So fly into Munich, Germany and take a road trip to Austriafor you can go 100 of miles with no speed limit. It is an incredible feeling.

Your dreams will come true in the land of beer on this road trip. Just make sure that you do not take advantage of the two German cultures at once that is illegal there just like how it is illegal here.

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Road Trip Starting from Denver.

California Coastline

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I recently heard from a friend one of the greatest road trips of all time. He started in Denver and he headed west. He saw many amazing things it was a great trip but for the first couple of hours you really do not see anything once you leave the rocky mountains. then there is desert and nothing in Utah. However once that part is over there is many options and fantastic things to see and do. I would reccomend stoping by Las Vegas for a day or two and then making a short trip down to the grand canyon then continuing onto the west untill you reach California. You can see many things near the border of Arizona and California. There is Lake havasu which is an amazing spring break spot. Within that area there is the orginal London Bridge and amzing water to rent water sports on and continuing an amazing journey. I would spend the night there as well there is pretty cheap hotels.

Once yuo finish enjoying the amazing sun continue moving west to San Fransisco it is hard to drive within the city so parking on the outskirts and exploring would be the way to go. The culture here is amazing there is a lot of things to experience in the world famous San Fran. Once you have endulged yourself there you can finalyy start moving north along the coast taking highway 1. You will be able to see amazing coastal views with several places to stop and soak your feet in the water or observe surfers. The making it all the way up to Seattle. Seattle is also one amazing place full of cultural and arts. It is also an expensive city so they have many hostels where it makes it easy to save a lot of money on living expenses. Then it is time to start heading back there is not much to see on the return unless you want to stop by Vegas again or want to see some terrific farm land in Idaho. I would try to go through Montana to try and see some more amazing scenery. After This I would come on home back to Denver.

This Road trip is an amazing one becasue you get to see a little bit of everything. It is a fun way to experience big cities and little cities in between. Get enjoy the california wines and get to party big in Vegas.

The time frame for this trip is about 2 weeks but you can stretch it out or shorten it depending on how much you want to see and do in each location.

 

 

Road Trip from California to Canada

Downtown Seattle, Washington and the Bainbridg...

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Driving from California to Canada is a wonderful drive you are able to see many things while you are traveling up along the coastal line. This is a great place to go on a road trip because the scenery never gets bad if you drive the right way. If you stay along the coastline you will be able to experience a lot of great places going through Northern California, Washington, and Oregon is amazing you will always have a great place to stop for a rest there are many places along the ocean or in the woods to relax and get energized for the long travel again. Expect to drive around 1,000 miles if you are planning to take your time and see things on the way. It is a great trip if you have never been to Canada before. This trip could take a day or two weeks depending on all that you want to see along the way.

This trip is great because Washington, Oregon, and California have a lot to offer and see you can stop and see the California Red Woods, Mount Rainer National Park, even the amazing City of Seattle. These are all places if you are taking your time to get to Canada. This is a great road trip for any age there are parts of the ocean to swim in and a lot of hikes to go on in the wood, or take a city stroll. This rode trip has it all and you are not even in Canada yet. Check to see what there is to offer in Canada as well. Here are some other things you should see on the trip.

Road Trip Travel hopes that you enjoy the Pacific North on your way to Canada.

Top Scenic Drives in the USA

Hawaii Waterfall

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The USA has some amazing higways next to some amazing sites making many places inside the USA great to go on road trips to. On these amazing highways you will be able to terrific mountains, waterfalls, cities, ocean, and so many other amazing things to enjoy. Here are Travleres Welcome top Scenic Drives within the USA.

One of the gorgeous rides in the USA is from Denver, Colorado to Glenwood Springs, Colorado You drive over the rocky mountinas, it is about a three hour drive with several mountains to see and a couple of waterfalls on the way it makes it a beautiful trip to pass through on a road trip anytime of year. There are many places to stop and hike or fish along Interstate 70 during the summer and during the winter the snow topped mountains its a scenery you do not want to miss you will pass several ski resorts and many other attractions making it an unforgetable trip.

Another popular road trip is to travel along the coastal line of California with the view of amazing beachs and cliffs that will make your mouth drop. Along the coast there are many popular surfing places or places to get out and test the water. This is really popular becasue you are surronded by amazing scenery you have the ocean on one side and the gorgeous California mountains on the other. It is a trip that you wil never forget.

Hana Highway is one of the most exciting highways in America it is located in Hawaii on the island of Maui. This highway is 60 miles long but it will take about 2 and half hours to drive it. This highway puts you in the jungles of Hawaii where there are some amazing water falls and everything is very green it is the one of the greenest places on earth. Drive through this area if you are ever in Maui, Hawaii.

Montana Glaciers

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Going to the Sun road is a wonderful road if you are going to Montana. It is known for being the only road that goes to Glacier Mountain. This highway is a road that less people travel on so it is known for its wildlife like the famous Montana Grizzly. You will be able to see great mountain tops, glaciers, wild life and so much more on this trip but it is not a great rode if you are going on a road trip it is completely out of the way, but if you are willing to take a detour it will be worth the time.

One other amazing place to see in Oregon is, highway 101 it located just off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and it is an amazing site to see.  There is the amazing forests with fog coverd ocean views. It is a wonderful place to see while you are going through Oregon maybe making a road trip to Canada it is a perfect way to get there. There are many trails and places to walkalong the beach for rest stops on Highway 101 making it refreshing instead of just going inside a normal gas station. Oregon is a great place to see.

Road trip travel wants to make sure that you guys have a safe trip no matter where you might be traveling to. make sure to check the weather before you tavel to these places the weather could change rapidly in these places.

 

Top Funny things to see on a Road Trip

the Bigest fork on a road trip

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In America there are some funny things just on the side of highways like the biggest rocking chair, largest ball of yarn, and so much more this list will make you laugh about America what it has to offer but it is a great place to look to see if you might be going through one of these small towns when you are on your road trip.

The Worlds Largest Rocking Chair

This amazing rocking chair is 46 feet tall and is located four miles south of Cuba, Missouri in a the small town of fanning. This chair is placed along the old route 66 trail and is located right next door to a route 66 trading post. If you are planning on going through Missouri any time soon this might be something you should stop to look at.

The Worlds Largest Ball of Twine

Is located in Cwaker City, Kansas this is a interesting site because the whole community likes to get involved and build the ball of twine. This city is continually growing the ball of twine so there is no real good estimates of what size it really is besides that it is the biggest ball of twine. This is a great place to stop by if you need a rest while driving through Kansas.

The Worlds Largest Fork

This fork is one that no has ever ate off and this is because it is 35 feet tall making it the largest fork in the world and it is located in Springfield, Missouri. This is a great site to see the city takes really good care of the fork and is still really polished today. If go and see it you will see the actual size of this amazing fork.

The Red Caboose Motel

One of the most famous hotels for family road trips. Located in Ronks, Pennsylvania you will be sleeping in a real train. There are over 45 different train carts to choose from and it will be something that your family will remember forever. This is a great place to stay while you are on your road trip.

Coney Island

Is one of the biggest hot dog buildings in the World. It is also a restaurant that serves really good hot dogs it is located in Bailey, Colorado. It is in the middle of the rocky mountains it is a great place to grab a bite to eat and to get back on the road. You will never forget the place because of the great food and big hot dog.

Cadillac Ranch

One of the strangest sites you will see in America it is a grave yard for Cadillacs in Amarillo, Texas. These Cadillacs are buried in the ground and only parts of them are see able and painted like tie die.

The Musuem of Bad Art

This is a interesting site it is a museum that prides itself on finding the worst art possible. You can submit things to the museum of things that you think are bad. Located in Dedham, Massachusetts  you at least have to stop to take a picture with this site because your Friends will not believe you.

The One and Only Circus World

The Circus world is a world where it is circus everyday, it is a amusement park with rides and clowns everywhere. It is a great place to stop by if just happen to be driving through Baraboo Wisconsin.

Road Trip Route 66

Road rip Route 66

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Route 66 is one of the most famous Road Trips in the world, this road trip starts in Chicago Illinois and it goes all the way to Las Angeles California. Route 66 used to be called “Main Street of America” it was one of the greatest American accomplishments for when it was created which was 1926. In 1927 all of the street signs were placed correctly. Route 66 travels into eight different states Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and finally California. There is a lot of history on the road it became the main rode to move westward in the 1930′s. Making Route 66 is a big part of American History.  This famous highway goes about 2,448 miles or about 3,940 kilometers.  Today Route 66 is no longer intact it was considered to be unusefully because of the new interstate system going into place. The original path is still connected today but it is connected with several interstates.

There is a lot of fun things to see while you go along this path. There are many small cities that are still around today just for Route 66. Some of the most popular things to see along Route 66 is the Grand Canyon in Arizona and National Route 66 Museum. There are several things to see but these are the two things that you can not miss on your road trip with Route 66. Road Trip Travels hopes that you have a great Road Trip Across the United States enjoy the history and the view.