5 Fun Things To Do In New Jersey

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Thinking of visiting New Jersey? Here are a few fun things to do when exploring this state.

Hit the beaches of Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore’s beaches are renowned worldwide as being the ultimate sunbathing spot. They’re less humid than Florida’s beaches whilst still offering plenty of sunshine to catch a tan. Even if you don’t fancy lazing on a beach, the shore offers plenty of other activities. You can snack out at Dunkin’ Donuts in Ocean City and go shopping along the boardwalk. Meanwhile, those looking to explore some history can head to Cape May, where there is plenty of Victorian architecture to marvel at and a range of museums. And of course, there’s Atlantic City, where you’ll find casinos and world-class spas.  

Go tubing on the Delaware river

Many people head to the Delaware river in the summer to paddle in its crystal clear waters. Whilst thrill-seekers can try kayaking or white water rafting, a more leisurely way to explore the river could be to go tubing. You can hire a tube from companies such as Twin Rivers Tubing and drift down the river whilst catching a tan.

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Be dazzled by Sterling Hill Mine

This former iron and zinc mine is a must-visit attraction whilst in the state of New Jersey. The mine’s most famous feature is its multi-coloured fluorescent rocks which make for a magical experience. This is the result of the mine’s lighting which causes the zinc to glow. Visitors at Sterling Hill Mine can also learn about the mine’s past and various mining techniques.

Walk around the Grounds for Sculpture

There are plenty of parks and gardens in The Garden State, but for those looking for an attraction that slightly more unusual The Grounds For Sculpture are well worth a visit. There are over 240 sculptures in this 42-acre park, on top of an array of trees and flowers. It’s the perfect park for nature lovers and art enthusiasts alike.

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See the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park sits across from New York and offers impressive views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You can even catch a ferry from here and get to see both attractions up close. Of course, there’s also the option of taking a day trip to the Big Apple (New York’s not in New Jersey, but it’s practically on the border and worth experiencing if you’ve never been before). Liberty State Park is also home to the Empty Sky Memorial and Liberty Science Centre.

Top Philidephia Must Do’s

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Look anywhere on the web, and you’ll find that Philadelphia is one of the most impressive places to visit, but if you’re going there are some things you absolutely must do, make sure you do not leave until you have…

Had a photo in front of the Liberty Bell

It doesn’t make a sound, but The Liberty Bell is free to visit year-round with no tickets required. It draws people from everywhere in to get their perfect a photo in front of the soaring glass walls overlooking Independence Hall.

Posed with the Rocky Statue and ran up the “Rocky Steps.”

There are two of the most famous tourist attractions in Philadelphia and have now become an international destination. Travellers come from all over to embark on their own run up the stairs, pumping their fists in the air while taking in the spectacular view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city’s skyline. To finish off the experience, you should head to the bottom of the stairs and snap a photo with the bronze statue of Rocky, initially created for Rocky III.

Eaten best Philly cheesesteak

The Philly cheesesteak is the city’s most famous food. These excellent sandwiches consist of chopped (or thinly sliced) steak and a choice of cheeses and fried onions on a hoagie roll. Mmmmm!

Visited the Independence Hall

This is the actual place where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where the U.S. Constitution was created. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the centrepiece of Independence National Historical Park, and you can go on guided tours all year-round for free. You have to get timed tickets which can be picked up at the Independence Visitor Center but plan ahead because tours fill up fast!

 

Gorged on food from dozens of vendors at Reading Terminal Market

This is America’s oldest farmers’ market, and a foodie’s paradise. The 125-year-old Reading Terminal Market serves as both one of the top tourist destinations as well as a source for fresh produce, seafood, meats and cheese for the locals. You can also enjoy meals from dozens of restaurants as well as browsing retailers stalls selling housewares, jewellery, linens and more.

Visited the impressive museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was modelled after the Champs Elysees in Paris and is sometimes called Philadelphia’s most artistic mile. Here, you’ll find some of the city’s most important cultural institutions, including the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rodin Museum and the crowning Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Taken in an epic view of City Hall — then toured the massive building

The City Hall has been the home to Philadelphia city government for over a century. Once the tallest building in America, the 14.5-acre masonry structure remains the country’s largest municipal building. You can enjoy an interior tour that explores the building’s history, art and architecture or a 15-minute tower tour. Both options include a view from the observation deck, located below the 37-foot-tall, 27-ton bronze statue of William Penn atop the clock tower.

Preparing for a Road Trip Adventure

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Road trips are experiencing a spike in popularity. This isn’t all too surprising. It’s an extremely liberating way to travel the world and allows you to see all sorts of beautiful scenery and landscapes along the way. However, it’s extremely important that you prioritise your health, safety, and wellbeing at all times when you take to the open road. Here are just a few pieces of advice that can help to improve your journey!

Driving Responsibly

Whenever you take to the road, you need to be a responsible driver. But this takes a little more attention when you are driving in unfamiliar territory. When you are traversing long distances on roads that you haven’t travelled on before, you are going to have to be a lot more vigilant with keeping an eye on street signs, road markings, and lanes. When you conduct a road trip, you are also likely to spend longer periods of time than usual behind the wheel. Stay alert by taking breaks as and when needed. You could also consider partnering up with someone else who can drive during your trip, which will allow you to share driving responsibilities with someone else.

Knowing What to Do in an Incident

If you spend more time on the roads, you are more likely to witness or be involved in some sort of road incident. It’s important that you know what to do if you do find yourself in a road accident of any sort. The first step that you need to take is to stop your vehicle. Then check whether you are well and uninjured. If you aren’t injured, check everyone else involved. If you or anyone else is injured, call for medical assistance. You may want to seek legal help for car crash victims down the line. If nobody is injured, exchange insurance details and take photographs of any damage to the vehicles involved.

Avoiding Hitchhikers

It’s relatively easy to understand why some people choose to pick up hitchhikers. They tend to be relatively vulnerable looking individuals who simply want to get from A to B. Generally, they have no other means of getting around and many people consequently take pity on them and take it upon themselves to reduce the distance that they have to walk by picking them up and dropping them off along the route they’re already travelling. If you are travelling alone, a hitchhiker might also seem like welcome company and conversation. However, by picking up hitchhikers, you place yourself in an extremely vulnerable situation. You, too, will be in a confined space with an absolute stranger. You can never truly know that this individual is going to be a good person with no bad intentions. Generally speaking, it’s best to avoid picking up hitchhikers at all costs.

These are just a few different pieces of advice to bear in mind when preparing your next road trip adventure!

Your Next Holiday Will Be Your Best

We’re predicting it for you right now. Your next holiday is more than likely going to be your best, and it definitely won’t be your last. We’ve sai more than likely, because a lot of you might just disregard the information we’re about to list below for you. But what you don’t realise is that the information listed below for you is the key to a better holiday. Everyone deserves to have one of those holidays that is just a cut above the rest every once in a while as well. The ones where you sit and think, ‘omg, as if we just had a holiday like that!’. If you haven’t thought that before, and the most you think is that you’ve got an excellent tan from sitting on the beach all day, then times are seriously about to change for you. We love holidays, we love everything about them. Which is why we don’t want you to to miss out on making sure that your next holiday is definitely your best! Have a read on, and totally transform the way that you think about going on holiday.

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Think Outside The Box

If you don’t think outside the box with your holiday, you’re always going to go for the same type of holiday. Let us demonstrate. We bet that the first thing you do when thinking about taking a trip abroad, is open up your laptop, and go straight to the tour operator that you trust the most. Or, you’ll walk into your local travel agents, and you’ll sit down with the same traveller advisor that you always do, and book the same kind of holiday. Well, now we think it’s time for you to think outside of the box just a little bit. To come up with something that will change the way you view holidays. One way we think you should do that is by booking everything separate. You wouldn’t believe the amount of luxury hotels that are out there, but just don’t connect themselves with the tour operators you use. Not only could you save a hell of a lot of money by doing this, you’re also just experiencing something a little more unique in a way. You could even search for your own apartment to rent out for the duration of your trip, and then go self catered. To some of you, going self catered is like the antichrist of a holidays. You want to be waited on, right? Well, who is to say that you can’t go out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and experience some of the finest foods that you definitely wouldn’t get to experience if you were to go self catered.

Treat Yourself To Something Fancy

Again, something you probably don’t do. It’s not often that the all inclusive options you go for will usually offer something fancy, so it’s time to go out there and find it for yourself. There are so many different excursions that will allow you to experience something a little upmarket. Yes, we are implying that you should get off your bum, and go out and do something! If you have a look at this blog, you will find a review of some of the best wineries in Napa Valley. Now, even if wine tasting just isn’t your thing, it’s definitely something that you should be considering. The views you get are absolutely amazing, and a lot of these excursions actually come as a package. You get to try some nice food, you get a tour round all of the winery, and you obviously get to try some amazing wine. They’re usually not that expensive either, and most of the time they’re an all day thing in the blazing hot sun. If you want a bit of fine dining and elegance, we would definitely recommend giving a trip to a winery a go.

As well as this, you could think about treating yourself to a little shopping trip. If you don’t go on holiday and buy something for yourself from the shops, are you really holidaying right? The shops abroad seem to have so many choices, and you’ll find brands that you’re not usually used to wearing.  There’s just something so exciting about going on holiday and going on a little shopping trip, more so than if you were to go shopping when you’re back at home. Top tip, the jewelry always seems to be more flashy, yet cheaper, in countries such as the Caribbean and Spain.

Go With Someone Different

If you’re always going on a holiday with your partner, or your family, you’re only allowing yourself to experience the same sort of vibe. If you’re a family holiday type of person, all you’ll most likely do is sit around the pool, take the kids to the beach or waterpark, and repeat. Don’t get us wrong, it is so lovely to see them having so much fun, and you’ll just be able to make so many memories along the way, both for you and for them. If you go with your partner, then holidays usually are more special. It’s always so nice to get away and have some quality time together, we often don’t seem to have enough of it. But, one holiday we definitely all need from time to time is a best friend holiday. They’re just made for fun, laughs, and having too much to drink. If you haven’t planned a holiday with your best friend before, we definitely think you should start talking about it today.

Go Somewhere A Bit Off The GridFinally, if you want an experience like no other, you have to go to a place like no other. We’re always so focused on going to some of the mainstream holiday destinations out there, when in fact, the world has so much more to offer than that. This link gives you just a few examples of some off the grid places you could visit. You never know, it could be the best holiday you’ve ever been on!

Terrific Transportation: Getting Around in Style on Your Next Trip!

Looking to add a bit of style, luxury or just something a bit different to your next trip? Why not think about different ways to get around? There are all kinds of vehicles and modes of transportation that you can take advantage of that are not only practical but fun too. Here are just a few variations for your to consider.

Use a limo service

Do you have a special night out planned for while you’re away? Maybe you’re away with a big group of friends on a party holiday, and there’s a particular club you’re all looking forward to. Perhaps you’re on a trip with your partner, and you want to plan something special for your anniversary, Valentines Day, their birthday or the night you’re going to propose! You might have booked a show, night at the theatre or other occasion for the family and arriving in a limo would be the icing on the cake. If you just want a super luxurious getaway, you could have one pick you up from the airport- companies like Sabra Limo Service. A nice way to get to your hotel after a long flight, it certainly beats a crowded bus! There will be limousine companies dotted around in most destinations, so have a look ahead of time and get it booked up if it’s something you want to add to your trip.

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Hire a cool car

Planning on going on a road trip, or doing some driving while you’re away? Maybe you want to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or defeat Route 66. You might want to take a drive through the stunning French countryside, or drive the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland. Whatever you have in mind, if you’re going to be on the roads why not do so in style? You can hire a car of your choice, it could be a luxury model that you’ve always wanted to own or a rugged 4×4. It could be a muscle car, a supercar or whatever you fancy. Have a think about the kind of route and what would best suit the journey you’ll be doing. Either way, finding a stylish way to get around can add comfort and luxury to your getaway.

Take a ride in a helicopter

A ride in a helicopter can enable you to see breathtaking views and is an all-round thrilling experience. You could see the New York skyline from above, or see the Las Vegas strip all lit up from the air. You could fly over London taking in iconic sights, or see the stunning scenery of beautiful England. Once you’ve decided where you’ll be visiting, do some research and find out if there are helicopter trips nearby. Be sure to book ahead as these kinds of things are popular and in high demand, and it’s no wonder as they can allow you to make memories that last a lifetime. If you want to add some glamour, excitement and something a little different to your trip then this is a really good way to go about it. There are often limitations, for example children under four years old usually can’t fly and anyone under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. There are often weight restrictions too, so be sure to read the fine print before you book.

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Charter a yacht

Is there anything nicer than the wind in your hair and clear blue seas all around on a gorgeous sunny day? Getting out onto a yacht can be relaxing if you want it to be, or it could be an opportunity to throw a party! You could sit on the deck and sip a drink, or you could watch wildlife. You could charter a yacht yourself, or hire one with a driver and complete with staff if you just want to lie back and enjoy the luxury. Many come with cleaners, a chef and more. If you’re visiting a scenic, coastal location then you shouldn’t find it difficult to locate a company that offers everything you want. If you’re staying in a city by the sea, a yacht can give you incredible views from the water at night when everything is all lit up.

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Book a cruise

Cruises fell out of fashion for a while. They were seen as something more for an older generation, however these days they’re well and truly back. The release of modern, beautiful cruise ships such as Quantum of the Seas means cruising is appealing to a younger market again. They’re great for couples and families, but really suit just about any kind of holidaymaker. You have everything you need all in one place right on the boat, and also the benefit of being able to visit lots of places on one trip. Cruise ships have shops, restaurants, things to do, areas to sit and sight see and so much more- making it a far nicer way to travel than on a cramped plane! When you stop at each location you can explore the place and see a new part of the world. It’s a wonderful way to see the world, and possibly the best form of transport!

Add something a extra special to your next break by considering one of the above, they make a great way to get around as well as allowing you to experience some true luxury! They’re not budget options, but if you’re planning something spectacular they’ll certainly make an impression.

Have you ever utilised one of these transport methods, or would you like to?

A Getaway To The Gateway City! Exploring St. Louis

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Sometimes, with all of the advice out there to live like a local when you head into a specific destination, you actually want to appreciate the amazing aspects of a chosen place only, not the warts and all parts! Sometimes the option to be a tourist can throw up so many wonderful experiences that you’re better off putting your tourist cap on. St. Louis is one of those places that seems purpose-built for tourism, especially when you really delve deep. So, let’s have a look at what we can really do.

Head Up The Gateway Arch

You can’t talk about St. Louis without mentioning this world famous monument. If you’re feeling particularly brave, you can take a ride up this 630-foot structure and look at St. Louis like a bird in the sky. Naturally, if you’re not so keen on heights, this may not be a big draw, but you can head to the nearby Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and see where Lewis and Clark set off on their cruise down the Mississippi river!

Feeling Sociable?

If you’re looking for a night, as with anywhere, you are spoilt for choice. But what do you really want from the tourist side of things? There are plenty of escape rooms in St. Louis, such as Mastermind Room Escape or Escape The Room, but if you’re looking for a more relaxing evening with music and bars, you can head to the ballpark village St. Louis for some sports-themed entertainment. If food and drink is more your style, there are plenty of restaurants that serve fresh Asian cuisine, like Lonas Lil Eats, or if you’re wanting more traditional Italian fare, you can head to the Hill neighborhood which is famous for Italian cuisine. If you’ve got the delectable sweet tooth, frozen custard at Ted Drewes will provide you with the most exquisite brain freeze!

For The People Craving Some Education…

Being a tourist is about learning a little something about the place. Luckily in St. Louis you’ve got plenty of options. You can head to the Museum Of Contemporary Religious Art which, as the name suggests, provides plenty of religious iconography. If you are keen to ingratiate yourself with the religious side of things, you could head to the National Shrine Of Our Lady Of The Snow and attend mass (as well as get something tasty in your stomach). And if religion isn’t your thing, you can head to the Saint Louis Science Center and experience the planetarium and go through time at the Omnimax theater, as well as seeing up close and personal a life-size tyrannosaurus rex. Be careful, this is animatronic and will move, so if you’ve got children of a sensitive disposition, be careful.

For a luxurious experience of Middle America, St. Louis has more than we can list here. But when you are looking to get a feel for the place, you don’t always have to treat it as if you’re a local. Get some knowledge of the big tourist attractions and you will be surprised as to how much you and your family will enjoy the place, and feel none of those famous “Saint Louis Blues”!

 

Easy Ways for you to Plan the Ultimate Vacation with Friends

Going on vacation can be a fun and exciting experience. This is especially the case if you have so much to plan and a ton of activities lined up. Of course, if you have never thought about planning a vacation before or if you know that you need to try and get the best result out of the one that you have booked right now then there are a few things that you can do about this.

Similarities

You may have a ton of friends who you plan on spending time with but when it comes to picking

the ones to go on vacation with, you need to pick someone who has similar interests to you. You need to pick someone who has the same habits and someone who is willing to share your travel schedule as well. When you are able to do this, you will soon see that your whole vacation is a success and that you are able to enjoy every single moment of it as well.

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Budget

Money is quite possibly the biggest consideration that you have to think about when you are planning a trip for a group of people. Everyone might not have the budget to eat out every single night and this is completely understandable but there are ways that you can make up for it. For example, think about booking top extreme excursions in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. When you do this, everyone can have a blast, spend time with one another and take up a large portion of the day by just paying out a single bill

Trip Purposes

When you are on vacation, you need to find out what other people want to do. For example, some people may think that they are going to be relaxing for the whole weekend and other people may think that they are going to be going on an action-packed adventure. The last thing that you need is to make people feel as though they have come on a vacation for absolutely no reason at all, so keep that in mind when the time does come for you to get started.

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Planning

Travelling with other people will require a ton of planning. You need to think about your transportation, your accommodation, your planning and so much more. The last thing that you need is to have everyone plan their own because this will make it harder for you to meet up with people and it will also make it much more difficult for you to try and get everything sorted out as well. If you want to get around this then it is a good idea to have a single person handle the bookings and the planning for it. If you don’t then you run the risk of things getting miscommunicated or messed up along the way and this really is the last thing that you need. Of course, it helps to agree on the details beforehand but this is the easiest way for you to get things done.