Are you looking for your next gateway, honeymoon spot or just wanna sip your Piña Colada on a beautiful island? Whatever the reason it's never too early to start planning your trip.
1. Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Islands
2. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island Australia
3. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha Brazil
4. Long Beach, Vancouver Island Canada
5. Anse Source D'Argent, La Digue Island Africa
6. Polihale Beach, Hawaii United States
7. Tulum, Riviera Maya Mexico
8. Baglioni Resort & Beach, Rinbudhoo, Maldives
9. Boracay White Beach, Philippines
10. McWay Falls, Big Sur California United States
New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.
Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center, and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
With so much to see and do, it's not possible to see it all. Especially while on vacation, so we narrowed it down for you.
Here are the top 5 MUST see attractions when visiting NYC.
1. Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor within New York City. Designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel.
2. Time Square
Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center, and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Brightly lit by numerous billboards and advertisements, it stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets and is sometimes referred to as "the Crossroads of the World".
3. Central Park
Central Park is a park in New York City located between the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan. It is the fifth-largest park in the city by area, covering 843 acres. It is the most visited park in the United States with an estimated 38 million visitors annually, and is the most filmed location in the world.
4. Top of the Rock Observation Deck
When planning your trip to NYC, Top of the Rock Observation Deck should be at the top of your list. You’ll be 70 floors up, with both indoor and outdoor viewing decks that offer breathtaking 360-degree views of the city. And, because you’re right in the heart of Rockefeller Center, you’ll be able to enjoy the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Midtown as well.
5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, colloquially "the Met", is the largest art museum in the United States. With 6,479,548 visitors to its three locations in 2019, it was the fourth most visited art museum in the world.
The Cades Cove picnic area is one of the most popular picnic grounds in the Park. Located at the entrance to the Cove Loop Road, this picnic area has quite a few picnic tables, some handicapped accessible. Some picnic tables are situated along the river, offering a wonderfully relaxing day in the mountains.
From East Knoxville the Picnic Area is about a 1.5 hour trip.
This picnic area is perfect for a trip with the little ones, the river is shallow and a great place to explore. They even have bathrooms nearby!
The rocks can be slippery, so make sure you bring some water shoes to splash around in.
We loved walking down the river with the little ones, so much to see and explore, they even have a walking trail on the opposite side of the river from the picnic tables.
Overall a great trip full of memories! Make sure you bring your camera for this one!
Cades Cove is the number one destination inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The beautiful valley is popular for its hiking trails, serene pastures, wildflowers, black bears, whitetail deer, waterfalls, rivers, and historic buildings.
Visitors to Cades Cove could spend weeks exploring! If Cades Cove is just one stop on your Smoky Mountain vacation, we suggest having a picnic while you're there!
Enjoy your trip to Cades Cove! We want to hear all about your trip!
Thinking about planning a camping trip soon? As fun and exciting as camping can be, it can be a little bit frustrating or stressful when you go camping with the kiddos. There are several steps that you can take to ensure that your next camping trip goes off without any hitches.
Think about the kids first!
Keep your children in mind. While this may seem like common sense, it is important to do. You will want to research where you will be camping. This includes the park that you choose to visit, as well as which camping spot you choose. Since children can easily get bored, you will want to choose a park that gives you access to a number of activities, such as one that has a lake, swimming hole, playground or hiking trails.
Let children help plan activities!
By letting your children help you plan some of your camping activities you are opening up their ability to be creative. Let them choose a few of your camping activities, this will help to keep them excited about camping. It is also important to mention that your child will likely be proud of the fact that they got to help you plan your next trip.
Make a checklist before you go!
When packing for a trip of any kind, have you prepared for your trip in advance, in terms of packing the supplies that you will need or the food that you would like to bring along with you? You may want to take the time to create a camping checklist for yourself, as there are a number of benefits to doing so. Organization is key to making any trip successful, especially with little ones.
Check the weather!
Whether your next camping trip is one that was just planned or one that you have been planning for months, it is important that you check the weather. The weather will have a direct impact on the clothing that you need to bring along with you, the activities that you planned for or even if you still want to go on your trip at all. When camping, hiking or taking any trip into nature, it is best to prepare for just about anything, especially when it concerns the weather.
We hope you have an amazing trip with the little ones! We would love to see some of your photos, share them to our facebook page when you get back!
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We are honored to receive the Summer 2020 Photography award for our photo of The Great Blue Heron at Cummins Falls.
The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most familiar heron in Tennessee. It is a year round resident and often mistakenly referred to as a “crane”.
The Great Blue Heron is widespread across North America in both saltwater and freshwater habitats from southern Alaska and central Canada southward to northern Central America and the Caribbean.
It spends the winter throughout most of its breeding range, with some individuals migrating to southern Central America and northern South America.
We are so excited about this award!
Honestly any photo at Cummins Falls is worth an award, the scenery is breath taking.
Thank you, ViewBug!!
Check out our latest hike to Cummins Falls here!
I have a great adventure for you and your family! A quick drive over to Maryville, TN only about 45 minutes outside of Knoxville, you will discover Look Rock Trail!
Once you drive up the Foothills Parkway you will see a parking lot to your left and that is best place to park before going to the Tower.
You will see the sign for the trailhead, right before you enter the parking lot.
Google Plus Code: J3M4+2Q Maryville, Tennessee
The hike to the Tower is .5 miles from the start of the trailhead. This hike is a short hike but don't let that full you. You are going up the entire way! Just be ready.
The good news is, the entire hike is paved! That means it's a great trail for the young hikers!
The views are amazing and worth the hike, you won't be disappointed!
The trail ends at the base of the Tower.
Dotting the landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are a few fire towers and observation towers perched high above the trees with excellent mountain views. The Tower in Maryville is one of my personal favorites!
This is the view that makes the Great Smoky Mountains one of the biggest travel destinations in the United States!
We went on our late evening hike to check out the sunset from the Sahara Dust that was heading over the Eastern United States and much of Tennessee last night. The view as you can see was something out of a movie. The sky was hazed with fog and clouds. It really was an incredible view.
If you decide to venture on, you can take the path under the Tower and head over to the rock formations just behind the Tower gate. In my opinion, it's best not to bring small children to this area. The rocks are steep can be dangerous.
For the adults you should definitely check it out!
Don't forget your camera for this hike!
It started to get dark and the rain started to come in, so we headed back down the trail.
Overall, we would consider the hike Easy to Moderate just because of the steep climb to the top. For the kiddos, if you are just going to the top of the Tower we would rate this hike a 5. Especially since it's paved.
We filmed our entire hike up to the Tower and the Rock area, you can check it out on Facebook or Youtube!
Chad & Melissa Noe, East Tennessee Social Marketing gurus and wilderness survival connoisseurs who love to travel, explore and capture all of their amazing journeys.