Lost in Los Cabos, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: “Do you want to take some pictures with a Mexican?” jokingly yelled a man when 5 of us, girls, were walking down the marina of Cabo San Lucas. Five fine girls in an exotic place like Cabo…yeh, we got some attention you can say. But jokes apart, this was my/our first girls-only trip out of the country and we truly devoured every moment of it. This was a much-needed getaway for me and I think, every woman…no matter if you are happy, are going thru tough time, or just need to escape from everything…can use this kind of trip at any phase of your life.

#Cabo in Cabo Marina, Mexico

#Cabo in Cabo Marina, Mexico

Located at the far southern tip of Baja California Sur and filled with natural landmarks around coastline, Cabo is a popular destination in Mexico. I’m not surprised that Cabo San Lucas became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 because of its outstanding cultural value and natural sites which deserve protection for the all humanity. Lots of first-timers and seasoned travelers come here to enjoy its year-round warm weather, adventurous outdoor, every possible water activity, scenic landmarks, and world-class dining/resort experiences. For young travelers, this is also known to be one of the top cities with wild night-life.

A beautiful sunset on Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

A beautiful sunset on Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Some tips for Cabo that I would like to give the future-travelers are: one, carry US Dollar if you can. No need to carry Mexican Pesos or convert your USD for any reason. They accept USD everywhere and most of the places will give you change in USD also. Credit card is accepted at almost every store and restaurant, except for taxis. But paying by cash may give you better deal on souvenirs or other shopping. Two, be very careful with your ATM card or credit cards. My bank card was swapped with someone intentionally when a man was “helping” me to cancel a bank transaction after I’ve withdrawn some money. Luckily, I noticed within a minute and called Bank of America to stop any transactions. Three, use an ATM machine inside a bank for better rate if you have to take cash out. Standalone ATM machines will charge you sky-rocketing fees to withdraw Pesos from there…avoid that if possible. Four, bargain whenever you are at a shop, unless it’s a fixed price place. They will rise up the price when they know you are a tourist. Whatever the price they ask, start from the half of it and meet at a point where you both will agree. Enjoy this fun process of haggling while in Mexico.

Other than the incident with my ATM card, we felt that Cabo, near downtown and marina, is very safe. We used to go for drinks or snacks and stroll around our resort after midnight and it was absolutely fine. The town doesn’t go to sleep until really late. Just don’t go off road or somewhere shady after dark and try to stay close to the touristy spots as much as you can.

The ride to Cabo San Lucas from the airport is about an hour drive and our private taxi, Easy Cabo Trip, charged $80 one way for five of us. Enjoy the scenic Sierra Mountain range on The Corridor, which is lined with golf courses, resorts, and hotels. We booked the cab ahead of time to avoid any hassle but eventually ended up waiting at the airport for few minutes. Thank God that the airport had free Wi-Fi and I could call the company thru Viber. When the driver arrived, he was extremely nice, friendly, and very helpful. We used the same company, Easy Cabo Trip, to return to airport on the last day and for our day-trip to La Paz and Todos Santos.

Time of Travel: We were in Cabo during the first week of December 2018. Weather is usually very pleasant here around this time of the year…not too hot and not cold at all. But our schedule did get a bit messed up because the sea was rough and bumpy one day and had to push back our boat ride to Land’s End and Sunset Dinner Cruise until the very last day of our stay in Cabo. But other than that, bring your sandals, sunscreens, hats, and cool shades to enjoy the weather to its fullest.

Our Hotel: We stayed in Marina Fiesta Resort and Spa right by the marina. It was a memorable experience with friendly staffs and homely atmosphere. Our rooms were spacious with balconies and huge bathrooms. The resort has 2 swimming pools with bars and all the nice accessories. The roof top hot-tubs are relaxing while you enjoy the view of whole town. We played UNO at night in the lobby once…it’s very spacious with different sections for concierge, hotel check-in, booking trips, a small bar, and lots more.

Fiesta Marina Resort & Spa - our home in Cabo, Mexico

Fiesta Marina Resort & Spa – our home in Cabo, Mexico

The best part of our resort was the location. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay in Cabo. Lots and lots of shops and restaurants stretch on both sides of the resorts, the boats and cruise docks are within walking distance, and downtown is only 10 minutes of walk from here. Some of the other tourist attractions were close by too; like Medano Beach is less than 10 minutes’ walk, most of the dance clubs/lounges are within few minutes along with some of the best rated eateries with the view of marina.

Eating & Shopping: Culinary options in Cabo is unlimited and mind-blowing. Street food as well as fine-dine places were superb all way. We couldn’t get enough of fresh ingredients in our dishes and never missed having a big side of guacamole at every meal. Some of my favorite food in Cabo would be (other than guacamole) any shrimp dishes, refried beans in little tostada bowls, tender steaks, Mexican style shrimp cocktail, and any kind of soup. Just be careful with the habanero sauce they give you with tortilla chips…they can be deadly. Also, don’t pass by opportunity to try fresh coconut water if you find a seller…they come in all flavors, but I like mine fresh and pure. Most of the restaurants usually have live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Following are all the places where we dined and had great food and would recommend to anyone.

Chilles Rellenos...my 1st lunch dish in Cabo, Mexico in Mango Cantina

Chiles Rellenos…my 1st lunch dish in Cabo, Mexico in Mango Cantina

1st day, we had lunch at Mango Cantina by the marina and very close to our resort, where I tried chiles rellenos which was shrimp stuffed pepper with bean and salad. For drink, I had to have fresh papaya juice and it was delish. Dinner was at a very well-known place, called Mi Casa, near historic San Lucas Church and the town square. This was a bit of walk from the resort (or $10 for cab) but was worth every penny and energy. There is a shop inside the restaurant that sells  “Day of the Dead” figures along with other pretty cool items. Mi Casa gained popularity not only because of providing old Mexican taste, but also for its artistic and quirky interior, beautiful decors, and nice ambiance. With lots of options from seafood to traditional Mexican dishes, everyone will find something they love. I had baked basa fillet wrapped in a banana leaf with sides of beans, and salads. If you are up for it, give a little tip to the mariachi band and listen to some local live music while having a meal.

A very popular restaurant Mi Casa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

A very popular restaurant Mi Casa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2nd day, lunch was at Taco Loco in downtown where the popular bar Cabo Wabo is located. It’s kind of hidden inside a small walled square, but located on the main street of downtown. It was nice to sit outside while trying a Mexican sampler platter. For dinner, we stayed closer to the resort and went to Fisherman’s Landing right by the water. This was a beautiful outdoor place as well with nice views of tons of yachts floating on water at night. The fried jumbo shrimp dish I had was a bit too big and heavy for me. But the highlight of this place is that, if you order guacamole with tortilla chips for appetizer, they will make it right in front of you fresh and quick. For drink, I had virgin pina colada and my friend had freshly squeezed lemonade…both were great.

Our waiter making fresh guacamole for us in Fisherman's Landing in Cabo, Mexico

Our waiter making fresh guacamole for us in Fisherman’s Landing in Cabo, Mexico

3rd day was our day-trip to La Paz and Todos Santos where we had our meals. But on the 4th or last day we were in a bit of rush and had too many things to squeeze in one day. So, we ended up skipping the lunch in San Jose del Cabo and had long awaited dinner in the Sunset Cruise. But we did come out of resort at midnight to have some light stuff. We sat down at La Galeria by the marina. The best shrimp cocktail I ever tried was here and also the best churros. Shrimp cocktail in Mexico is not like the ones we get in The States. The shrimps don’t pathetically dangle from the side of your glass. They are actually mixed in with picco de gallo, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and herbs. Then you mix it with few sauces, depending on the flavor and heat you want and viola…it is mind-blowing. At the end, don’t forget to try hot fried churros with vanilla ice-cream. FYI, Mexican vanilla is way more flavorful and tasty.

Shrimp cocktail in La Galaria in Cabo, Mexico

Shrimp cocktail in La Galeria in Cabo, Mexico

Mexican souvenirs are colorful and fun to shop for. For souvenir hunters, stores in Cabo Marina or in downtown and its surroundings are some good areas. There is a mall near the marina where you can find almost anything. I personally bought Mexican hot-tamarind candies, t-shirts, key-rings, a gecko magnet, Mexican cigar, a hand-made Mexican doll, and Mexican organic ground coffee from Cabo San Lucas. “Day of the Dead” or Día de Muertos figures are almost everywhere and they come in all shapes and colors and sizes. Rugs or hammocks, variety kinds of hot sauces, and clay or wooden potteries are also very popular. The day we went to San Jose del Cabo, I bought couple jewelries made with mother of pearl and coral reef, a hand-painted wooden bowl, a home décor made with clay and metal, few wooden bookmarks, and more Mexican hot-tamarind candies. San Jose offers more of traditional Mexican specialty stores offering unique artwork, ceramics, or even furniture.

Colorful souvenirs of Los Cabos in Mexico

Colorful souvenirs of Los Cabos in Mexico

Again, when shopping here, be sure to bargain unless it’s a fixed price store. If you like something, check other places too and see who gives you a better price and quality.

Places We’ve Visited: We had about 2 ½ days to spend in Cabo and in its surrounding places. One day was left to take a tour to La Paz and Todos Santos (please check the right-side bar for the link). In those couple days, we were able to relax, stroll, shop, look around, and visit some of the must-sees of this town. We couldn’t make it to Chileno Beach and Divorce Beach as some suggested. We saw the 300 hundred years old San Lucas Church (Iglesia de San Lucas) from outside and by the time we got there, it was already closed. It is a historic church of this town and probably worth a visit.

Land's End and The Arch of Cabo in Mexico

Land’s End and The Arch of Cabo in Mexico

Most of these places are very close to each other or accessible by boat, taxi or private shuttle. We didn’t do any adventurous water or outdoor activities, but there are tons of those here if you have time and are up for them. Some of those are scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling, parasailing, wave running, kayaking, renting yachts, submarine ride, ATV ride, horseback ride, fishing, whale watching, touring glass factory, and lots more.

  1. Cabo Marina: We arrived Cabo late morning and by the time we checked-in at our resort, it was almost lunch time. We sat down to eat by the marina, only 2 minutes from the resort. After lunch, we went to our room, freshened up, and came back to marina while the sun was still out.

Taking a stroll in Cabo Marina, Mexico

Cabo Marina is one of the thriving spots for tourists and locals. Laced by glamorous stores and mouth-watering restaurants, this is one of the best places for shopping…though you may end up paying high prices. Strolling by the blue water of Sea of Cortez at any time was my most favorite activity here. If you are a sunset or sunrise lover, this place maybe a good spot to enjoy one too, if you can’t get to the beach on time.

Cabo Marina in the evening in Mexico

As I mentioned before, this is a pretty safe place to hang out, even after mid-night. With hundreds of tourists at every corner, this is a 24-hour party place in the heart of Cabo.

Cabo Marina after dark in Mexico

  1. Medano Beach: Medano is nice little beach very close to the marina. We started walking towards the beach in late afternoon and spent little more than half an hour before heading towards downtown. We came back here again on the last day to catch a boat to El Arco.

A late afternoon by the Medano Beach in Cabo, Mexico

  1. Downtown/City Center: Only 20 minutes’ walk from Medano Beach and few minutes from the marina, Downtown is the heart of Cabo and the entertainment hub of the town. This is where most of the well-known bars, and clubs are located. The streets of downtown are always very lively and vibrant with countless eye-catching places. You may find small complexes where boutique shops and classy restaurants hide away from the main chaos of downtown…these were definitely fun to explore.
Street art in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Street art in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We came across world’s smallest bar while roaming around the downtown. Too bad we didn’t get any drink from there. Not sure, how true this claim is…but hey, if the sign says “World Smallest Bar”, then it is the world’s smallest bar. Oh while you are in downtown or near the marina, enjoy the street arts, take some photos, and appreciate the creativity.

World's Small Bar in Downtown Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

World’s Small Bar in Downtown Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you get a chance and see a vendor, try doing a fish pedicure. I had my first fish pedicure in Santorini, Greece and I was sort of craving for another tickling service done to my feet. It’s $15 for 15 minutes where you sink your feet in a tank with hundreds of fish. They will come rushing to your feet for yummy meal…quite an experience for any first-timer.

A small square we found while walking around Downtown Cabo in Mexico

A small square we found while walking around Downtown Cabo in Mexico

The nightlife of Cabo is one of the hottest in whole North America with glittering clubs and bars bursting with loud music. You can feel the energy on the streets too while passing by these places. Good part is that most of these clubs have no cover fees. So just go and enjoy the music, if it’s not your type of place…hop to the next one.

Loved those stores in Downtown Cabo, Mexico

Loved those stores in Downtown Cabo, Mexico

  1. Land’s End, Arch of Cabo (El Arco), and Lover’s Beach (Playa del Amante): We came to these places on our very last day in Cabo. The most iconic landmark of Cabo is the Arch of Cabo or El Arco. Sitting on clear turquoise water of Sea of Cortez against deep blue sky, this is probably the most photographed spot of this town.
Boat ride to El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Boat ride to El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We bought the boat ticket to Lover’s Beach from a lady near the marina. It was $12 per person (it was $15…but we bargained) for a glass-bottom boat ride where you can look at the sea thru a glass bottom on the boat. I would highly recommend it to anyone, because we saw tons of colorful fish on both ways. On our way, the ride was about 45 minutes and they took us to show the Pelican Island, Sea-Lion Island, Land’s End and finally dropped off to Lover’s Beach.

Lover's Beach or Playa del Amor in Cabo, Mexico

Lover’s Beach or Playa del Amor in Cabo, Mexico

Land’s End is known for the exceptionally stunning views because of its gigantic clustered rock formations that were created from the rough wind and sea. This is the extreme southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.

30 million years old rock formation of Lover's Beach in Cabo, Mexico

30 million years old rock formation of Lover’s Beach in Cabo, Mexico

Playa del Amor or Lover’s Beach is an iconic beach in Cabo San Lucas which is framed by 30 million years old granite rocks. This is a stunning but a bit dangerous spot because of its deadly rip current. So, be careful when you get dropped off here. Rip currents are strong here because this is where Sea of Cortez meets Pacific Ocean. Nevertheless, not visiting this beach in Cabo will be like going to Paris and not visiting Eiffel Tower. But there are men at the beach who will take your belongings and help you get down from the boat and to the beach safely; just don’t jump on the water thinking it’s shallow. We spent about an hour at this beach before heading back to Cabo main town again. I got a bit too sick from the small boat ride on rough water to actually enjoy the beautiful rock formation, blue water, and the warm weather. And therefore, couldn’t go towards Divorce Beach at all.

  1. San Jose del Cabo: We kind of squeezed this trip to San Jose in between our morning trip to Land’s End and evening Sunset Cruise on Day 4. From Cabo San Lucas, it was about 40 minutes ride towards the airport on the scenic Corridor. So, we had no time for lunch at all, but it was all worth it. Each way to and from San Jose is $40 USD (or about 800 Pesos) if you take a cab. We were dropped off near the main square and spent barely couple hours roaming around this quiet town…or at least it was very quiet when we were there.
On our way to San Jose del Cabo on The Corridor in Cabo, Mexico

On our way to San Jose del Cabo on The Corridor in Cabo, Mexico

San Jose del Cabo is the older part of this region and a bit colonial style with its old buildings and few squares. There are few nearby small beaches to explore, but we didn’t have time to visit those in our short visit. San Jose del Cabo also has some modern and fancy resorts on the other side of the town for those who like to stay close to the airport.

A tiny and colorful square in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

A tiny and colorful square in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

We started with taking a very brief visit to Municipality Building or City Hall of San Jose, located in the main square. It was open and charged no fees. It’s a simple building with couple murals on walls. Cathedral of San Jose or Mission of San Jose del Cabo Anuiti is situated in the same square. Cathedral is also simple inside with elegant exterior. This mission was founded in April of 1730. But the present façade dates from the first years of 20th century.

Cathedral in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Cathedral in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

The square was very quiet without too many tourists or locals. We checked out few shops and bought some stuff before going back to the taxi who brought us here.

  1. Sunset Dinner Cruise: This is a very popular activity in Cabo and many companies offer tickets for this with various options. You can get buffet options, with or without on-board performances, bottomless drinks, and etc. We got our tickets with Caborey that same morning from the same lady who sold us boat ticket to Land’s End, near the marina. We chose dinner with show and live performances and it was $97 per person. The price included unlimited free drinks, dinner, and one of a kind live performance.
Our "Caborey" Sunset Cruise in Cabo, Mexico

Our “Caborey” Sunset Cruise in Cabo, Mexico

The whole cruise was about 2 ½ hours. The upper deck was to enjoy the surrounding water and landscapes and two lower decks for elegant dinner and show. This was a fantastic experience as long as you don’t get any sea-sickness. The boat started little before the sunset and so did live music. We stayed on the upper deck to experience an utterly breathtaking sunset over Gulf of California. The boat took us to the Arch of Cabo. With a velvety red and orange sky in the backdrop, the whole sea looked magical. We got to see the Lover’s Beach, the Arch, and Lands’ End all over again in different lights. Oh yes, if you are there with your partner/spouse…PLEASE, enjoy the sunset together, holding each other in your arms, because you’ll regret later big time if you miss that opportunity.

Live music on the deck of Caborey in Cabo, Mexico

Live music on the deck of Caborey in Cabo, Mexico

After sunset, it was dinner time. We chose combination platter and therefore, were served with sautéed shrimp and steak with mashed potato and salad. And a plate of dessert with hot beverage came afterwards.

Iconic El Arco or The Arch of Cabo from Sunset cruise in Cabo, Mexico

Iconic El Arco or The Arch of Cabo from Sunset cruise in Cabo, Mexico

The last portion of the cruise was the live traditional performance. It included high-energy Mexican folk dances and songs, drums, Argentinian Tango, Argentinian weight on rope show, and some more. This was the main attraction and all of us enjoyed every single show.

Traditional Mexican folk dance in Sunset cruise in Cabo, Mexico

Traditional Mexican folk dance in Sunset cruise in Cabo, Mexico

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Winter Wonderland in Leavenworth, WA

Visiting Leavenworth in Washington was on our list for a while, especially around the Christmas/holiday time. This town brought back some sweet memories of small villages of Europe because of its charms and cozy setups.

Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth is German village at the foothill of the Cascades. Its Bavarian style half-timbered colorful houses give this town an enchanting look. Shops and cafes along the road-sides and round the year activities attract thousands of visitors each year. Leavenworth is a popular getaway in Pacific Northwest because of magical Christmas lighting and other winter activities/sports.

Christmas lighting in Leavenworth, WA

If you are planning to stay in Leavenworth during summer break or winter holiday season, be sure to book your hotel ahead of time (way ahead maybe). We stayed in Ellensburg, WA, which was about an hour away from Leavenworth.

Artistic places of Leavenworth in Washington

Artistic places of Leavenworth in Washington

If you are planning to have either lunch or dinner in Downtown Leavenworth, try to make a reservation at a restaurant or cafe in at least couple hours before you are ready to eat. During lunch or dinner time, it gets pretty crazy with long lines, and waiting time in restaurants were at least 2 hours. We ended up having some pretzels and danishes at a bakery. Then made an early reservation at a Mongolian place, called Wok About Grill for dinner. But if time and energy allow, do try some Bavarian style food here, like schnitzel and brats and etc. One final tip about visiting Leavenworth in December is that, make sure to wear few layers of clothes with heavy jacket with other winter gears. It came down to 8 or 9 degree Fahrenheit when we were there.

Bavarian style houses in Leavenworth, WA

Bavarian style houses in Leavenworth, WA

We spent only few hours in the heart of Leavenworth to go around and to enjoy the Christmas lighting and festive atmosphere the town has to offer. I do plan to go back there during summer sometime soon. For now, these are the few places we’ve visited in Leavenworth.

  1. Downtown: This is the heart and soul of Leavenworth. Laced by lots of boutique stores and gourmet restaurants, downtown is the place where the stunning holiday lighting takes place every year. All the cafes and shops will catch your eyes with its decorations or names or their unique products. If you don’t want to be trapped by the crowd near the stores, enjoy the kids sledding on snow from a tiny hill near the gazebo or just sit down with a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy all the alpine beauties all around the city.

Christmas lighting in Downtown Leavenworth, WA

2. Nutcracker Museum: This is one of the coolest and fun museums we’ve been to. With more than 6,000 nut cracking devices, some dating back from the Roman time, this place will definitely make its guests excited.

The Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, WA

The Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, WA

The museum won’t take more an hour to visit and the ticket is only $5 per person. Watch the video before the tour to know more about the nutcrackers and its amazing history. Also, check out the souvenir shop before leaving which has some pre-owned and new nutcrackers from Germany and China. These nutcrackers come in different shapes, sizes, and colors…have fun choosing one for you or the loved ones.

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3. Waterfront Park: This is probably not very popular place to visit in December. We took a little walk along the Wenatchee River. It is probably one of the best kept secrets of this town.

Waterfront Park in Leavenworth, WA

Waterfront Park in Leavenworth, WA

Only few minutes from the main streets in downtown, this Waterfront Park is a quiet place with few trails and a bridge. I can imagine this place in summer time with incredible sceneries and fun outdoor activities.

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The Charm of Sharm…El Sheikh

There are few locations as steeped in history and romantic mysticism as Egypt. Most of us, as children have been enthralled by the tales of Egyptian mythology and thus, visiting the country as an adult, we tend to retain a sense of wide eyed mysticism when feasting our eyes on the wonders of this historically and culturally rich civilization. From the pyramids to the Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt is steeped in exotic history that has captured the hearts and imaginations of Western visitors for generations. The beauty of Sharm El Shiekh is its ability to combine this sense of vivid and romantic history with peerless luxury so that one can explore or relax in this divine city while experiencing a vacation that is unique and full of character.

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Sun, sand and sea

If you want to take your sandals for an airing, you can hit one of Sharm El Sheikh’s many wonderful beach resorts and enjoy the uniquely arid beauty of the coastal regions.

Naama Bay is the epicenter of the region’s resort life, boasting ultra-luxurious hotels like the Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort and the Royal Savoy. Each offers a subtly different but undeniably luxurious stay from which you can begin your journey across the windswept sandy vistas.Naama Bay is famous for its expansive beach with its pedestrian only promenade ringed with profuse cafes and restaurants.

If, however, you’re looking for something more sedate and solitary, we recommend a trip to the Nabq Protectorate 20 km north of Sharm El Sheikh proper. Here you can spend a whole day without seeing another person, although you’ll find plenty of examples of the region’s exquisite wildlife. You’re likely to encounter gazelles and ibexes, and you can even explore the world’s most northerly mangrove forest which is also in the region.

Under the sea

For those with a restless sense of adventure, Sharm El Sheikh has a plethora of opportunities to scuba dive or snorkel among the region’s bountiful sea life. The Gardens Reef at the northern end of Naama Bay offers three different snorkelling and diving sites that can be accessed either off the shore or by boat. There’s a richly diverse palette of sea life to be found here to suit veteran divers and neophyte snorkelers.

Seasoned divers, however, will be drawn to the vivid coral of Thomas Reef where you can explore the spectacular underwater vistas amidst schools of fish.

Step back in time

A trip to Sharm El Sheikh isn’t complete without sampling some of the ancient wonders that give the city and its surrounding regions so much of their character. Take a coach trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. The ancient site is home to a still functioning Greek Orthodox monastery and is home to the legendary “burning bush” of the old testament.

The bustling streets of the Sharm Old Market are also a must for those whose trip is not complete without some friendly haggling. Here you can shop, eat and drink in the unique atmosphere that one would not expect to be able to experience without a time machine.

Flight Museum in Seattle

Since we moved to Portland, OR, we have visited Seattle way too many times to keep track of. Sometimes it was just us, sometimes with friends, sometimes with our families/guests from other states.

Seattle is only little more than 3 hours of drive from Portland and it’s one of the beautiful and diverse cities of the West Coast. The iconic landmark of Seattle has got to be the Space Needle in downtown. It’s surroundings and that square where it’s located is a thriving place to be at any time of the year. Tons of museums, cafes, and shops attract thousands of people from all over the world each year.

Another favorite spot in Seattle is Pike’s Place. From fresh produce to fish and meat to unique local items are sold here at different price ranges. Check out the first ever Starbucks coffee shop in Pike’s Place. This is considered to be as one of the top ten farmers’/outdoor market in the U.S.

I will keep adding more tourists’ attractions here as we visit more places in Washington or in Seattle to be specific.

  1. The Museum of Flight: This museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world and attracts more than half a million visitors each year. Its library and archives are also the largest on the West Coast. Being affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, this is a cool and educational place to be for both kids and adults.The collection includes more than 160 historically significant air and spacecraft along with world’s only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer.

 

Flight of Museum in Seattle, WA

Flight of Museum in Seattle, WA

One of the galleries my older daughter was really interested is out the WWI and WWII. Some of the original aircraft (and some replicas) are displayed here and my girls loved the Flight Simulators. Check out the Space Gallery for cool facts about NASA, the astronauts and their lives, future ventures, fun spacecrafts and gadgets. Visitors can explore more than 50 historic aircraft in the Great Gallery, including world’s only remaining M-21 Blackbird. Red Burn shows the birthplace of the Boeing Company in its original manufacturing plant, which includes rare aircraft, a factory workshop, and exhibits on the early history of American aerospace. One of my favorites was the Aviation Pavilion which is a covered outdoor area containing 19 rare and unique commercial/military aircraft from the 1930s to the present. When you are there, make sure to go inside Boeing 747 or 787, Concorde, FedEx Air Cargo, and finally, a luxurious Dreamliner.

Flight of Museum in Seattle, WA

Flight of Museum in Seattle, WA

The museum is open daily (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10 am to 5pm. There is a cafe, called Wing Cafe, has lots of options and a fun souvenir shops in the building. Make sure to spend at least couple hours to half a day here.

Underrated Asian Locations You Shouldn’t Miss

Asia is a continent with much to offer. Whether you’ve spent a lot of time there or never even set foot on Asian soil, there’s a lot for you to discover for the very first time. Of course, we all know about the wonders of Hanoi, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai, but these aren’t the only places in Asia for you to explore and enjoy. Every country in Asia has a few hidden treasures that not too many people know about.

If you’re an avid traveler looking for places to visit that are off the beaten track and away from the usual tourist traps, you’re going to love the information outlined below. There are so many great locations that fly under the radar, but it’s time to uncover some of the best and reveal their secrets and wonders.

Read on now to learn about some of the very best and most underrated locations in Asia right now. These are the places that you have to experience to truly appreciate, so once you’ve read about them and found out why they’re worth visiting, you can’t start putting those travel plans in place.

Busan, South Korea

When it comes to major South Korean cities, all the attention understandably goes to Seoul. It’s a fantastic city, but it shouldn’t be allowed to eclipse the other beautiful towns and cities that this country has to offer. Chief among them is Busan, a bustling hub or urban development and social buzz. It’s the kind of place that you want to stay for longer than you’d arranged to once you delve beneath its surface. As well as being a vibrant metropolis, it has a coastline that’s simple devine so make sure you appreciate that while you’re there too.

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Sharp Island, Hong Kong

Most people aware away of what Hong Kong has to offer. It’s a sprawling and dazzling metropolis with so much to see, hear and taste. But people often look past the smaller places like Sharp Island that are just out of the main city area of Hong Kong. It’s a short boat ride off the main area of Hong Kong, and it’s a big contrast to what you find there. It’s natural, clean and quiet. Because so few people actually make this journey, its beaches are quiet and easy to enjoy, so be sure to make the most of them when you’re there yourself.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodia is all about immersing yourself in everything it has to offer and everything there is to see. It’s very different to the capital cities in other Asian countries such as Thailand or Indonesia. There is less of the buzz and busy atmosphere, and that can be a really positive thing when you are want to take things a little easier. The best part of the country is undoubtedly the people the populate it, and there are fantastic markets and food stalls that will send your senses into a tailspin. You certainly won’t regret taking this trip.

Majuli, India

India is a very popular destination for people who want to experience Asia in all its glory, but not so many people think of heading to Majuli. It flies under the radar, mainly because it’s not easy to get to it for everyone, you’re going to be traveling up a remote river to get to the island, but if you ask me, it will all be worthwhile for you in the end. The sad fact is the island might not be there for much longer, and the water could subsume it completely, so it makes sense to see it and experience it first-hand while you still have the chance to.

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Dalat, Vietnam

More and more people are starting to realise everything that Dalat in Vietnam has to offer. If you’ve never been there or never even heard of it, you should give it a try. It’s a location that has just as much to offer as more popular parts of Vietnam, such as Hanoi, so you shouldn’t be put off by the thought that you’re missing better areas in other parts of the country because that’s simply not true. The highlands in Dalat are simply stunning, so if you want some examples of genuine natural beauty, look no further than this.

Java, Indonesia

Java is a relatively small island in terms of its land size, but it’s home to a startling 145 million people, making it the most populous island on the face of the earth. Its transport links are improving all the time, and it becomes a more modern location with each passing year. It also has some stunning natural wonders across the island for you to explore. Head to rumahdijual.com/bekasi/ if you want a place to stay. And be sure to visit the Borobudur Temple while you’re there; it’s one of the most impressive structures in Asia.

Yakushima, Japan

The subtropical region of Yakushima in Japan is a must-visit region for fans of stunning natural landscapes and nature reserves. If you enjoy being at one with nature, there is no better place for you. It’s a UNESCO reserve, meaning it’s fully protected for people to see and experience first-hand, which has to be a good thing for you and future generations. It’s an island with hot springs, stunning fauna and the kinds of animal species that you might not natural associate with Japan. If you’re going to be in the country, don’t leave without seeing Yakushima.

Pai, Thailand

The juggle regions combined with the laid back atmosphere of the village itself make Pai one of the most fascinating and most underrated spots in all of Asia, if not the entire world. You should definitely make sure you head to this part of the country if you’re going to be there anytime soon. If your only previous taste of Thailand has come in the form of Bangkok, you’ll be in for a surprise because it’s entirely different in Pai. It couldn’t be more relaxed and laid back if it tried, and that’s all part of what makes it such a wonderful place to visit.

Plain of Jars, Laos

The name of this place is just as good as the place itself. Plain of Jars is found in the tiny country of Laos near Vietnam and Cambodia. The name comes from the huge stone jars that you will find scattered around this strange and unique city. Many of them have been there for thousands of years. It’s a quietly beautiful location that not many people are aware of, so you should certainly add it to your itinerary if you’re going to be exploring Asia in the near future.

Kuching, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is great, but that’s only one side of Malaysia, and you should try to see the other side of it while you’re there to. That’s why Kuching is such an essential visit for anyone who wants to see another side of the region. It’s the kind of place that offers the quiet and solitude that can be so hard to find in modern life. And you can learn a lot about the Chinese heritage of Malaysia while you’re there as well.

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As you can see, Asia is such a vast and varied continent, and even if you think you understand it and know what it has to offer, it still has the capacity to surprise you. Be sure to check out the locations mentioned above; you’re sure to find at least a couple that appeal to you.

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