The “Big Island” of Hawaii is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and offers a fascinating and stunning array of beautiful scenery for you to explore. Sightseeing on Hawaii’s Big Island means your days will be filled with natural wonders: wander around a lava field, stroll through a tropical rainforest, and take a dip in the warm waters of the Pacific. To get the most out of your Hawaii Big Island tour and to get an idea of what areas you’d like to see up close, we suggest renting a car and exploring Hawaii’s Big Island from behind the wheel. The Onomea Bay Scenic Drive, located along the Hamakua Coast, will take you past shimmering emerald rainforest and astonishing glimpses of the tranquil Pacific Ocean. It’s the perfect place to get some pictures and see what the beauty of Hawaii is really about. No tour of Hawaii’s Big Island is complete without meeting the sea turtles of Kahalu’u Bay. Strap on your mask and snorkel, and swim around the warm, blue-green waters of the bay to get up close and personal with the turtles and thousands of other sea creatures. If hanging out with the sea life isn’t entirely your cup of tea, you can also try paddleboarding, jet skiing, or a variety of other watersports. Alternatively, you can spoil yourself in the time-honored indulgence of relaxing on the black lava sands, soaking up some of the legendary Hawaiian sunshine. What will you do on Hawaii’s Big Island? Visit our Hawaii’s Big Island travel guide page for more information or to plan your next vacation!
Take a look at our travel guide video to discover the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale on your next trip to the Sunshine State. Sitting on the southeastern coast of Florida, Fort Lauderdale is a warm and sunny vacation destination. The city sprawls across a number of canals and waterways that connect the Everglades to the Atlantic Ocean. Though it seems to have kicked its reputation as a spring break party spot, Fort Lauderdale continues to have a laid-back atmosphere that attracts tourists year-round, especially snowbirds during the winter months. Filled to the brim with seaside attractions, historical memorabilia, and shopping spots, there’s no shortage of excitement in this coastal community. If the sea and sand are calling your name, you’ve come to the right place. Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of picturesque coastline, where you can soak up the sunshine and splash in the Atlantic Ocean. Many tourists and snowbirds make a beeline for “The Strip,” a scenic oceanfront stretch, located near the bars and restaurants on Sunrise Boulevard. There’s more to this enticing location than just the shoreline, though. To get a sense of the city’s history, venture over to the Riverwalk. One of the most popular Fort Lauderdale attractions, the Riverwalk is where you’ll find the Stranahan House, which is considered one of the oldest buildings in town. Originally built as a trading post in 1901, it was converted into a home for the Stranahans, a pioneer family, five years later. Tour a replica 1899 classroom, and then mosey over to the King Cromartie House just across the street. While Fort Lauderdale tours belong on the top of your itinerary, there are other must-see attractions just outside of town. Visit Butterfly World in nearby Coconut Creek to gaze at the winged creatures fluttering around the country’s largest butterfly house, and cast a line at the Deerfield Fishing Pier. Birch State Park is a serene spot for wildlife watching, while Mizner Park is home to upscale restaurants, galleries, and shops. Come explore Fort Lauderdale for a slice of sunshine. Whether you’re looking to shop along Las Olas Boulevard or mosey around the New River downtown scene, Fort Lauderdale sightseeing opportunities are seemingly endless. Press play on our travel guide video to discover more to love about this Florida gem.
Australia’s Gold Coast is in the heart of subtropical Queensland, rife with natural beauty and a human spirit dedicated to vitality, fun, and enjoying life. The skyline of Gold Coast practically dips its toes in the ocean, and much of the area is rich in lush greenery and waterfalls. The north coast of this city began as a vacation retreat in the 1850’s, and maintains its position as the Gold Coast’s heart and soul of entertainment and surfing. Many Gold Coast tours begin in the north and work their way south. The atmosphere in the north is quite bustling, while the south coast has a slower vibe and is a bit more relaxed. Start your trip to Gold Coast with a trip to the SkyPoint observation deck, one of the Gold Coast sightseeing gems. The deck grants stunning views of area beaches, parks, and water. Head south to Burleigh Heads next, where you will be met with a national park and ideal surf breaks. This area is known as an aboriginal gathering place. Once you’ve had your fill of sun-soaked activities in Burleigh Head, head even further south to Coolangatta, a gateway for international travelers and home to the likes of sheltered beaches, a river, and plenty of shady parkland. Remember that Gold Coast also happens to be the theme park capital of Australia, which helps drive Gold Coast tourism and serves as a nice complement to the lazy beach life also available. After hitting the water for some surf, go to Dreamworld, which is the largest theme park in Australia, and get an adrenaline rush on one of the many rollercoasters. SeaWorld™ and Warner Bros.® Movie World™ are also nearby. Top off your trip down under with a trip to Mount Tamorine, a 30 minute drive inland from the coast. On the ridge of a volcano, Mount Tamborine offers a bounty rainforest trails and you can sip on local wines in Tamborine Village.
Florence, Italy, is a bustling Mediterranean city loaded with delicious Italian food and thousands of years of recorded history. Florence began 59 B.C., when Julius Caesar’s former soldiers settled along the Arno River. The city, initially called Florentia, grew up around these settlements. Today, the old Roman parts of the city are long gone, but the Piazza della Repubblica features a towering monument—the Column of Abundance—where the ancient Roman main streets met. Explore some additional history at the Centro Storico, the historic center of the city. This area features a number of medieval buildings, like the breathtaking Florence Cathedral. Centro Storico is also where you can meet Il Porcellino, a bronze boar statue that is something of a mascot for Florence. Put a coin in his mouth for good luck—it can’t hurt, right? Continue your Florence tour by taking in some of the world’s most stunning religious art, much of it created under the Medici family in the 15th and 16th centuries. You’ll find statues in parks and fountains, as well as outside and inside buildings. Stop by the Uffizi Gallery, which spans a full city block, and view paintings by great artists such as Sandro Botticelli. You’ll also want to visit the Gallery of The Academy to see some of Michelangelo’s seminal work. On the south side of the Arno River is Palazzo Pitti, one of the Medici family’s residences during the Renaissance. It’s now a large set of galleries, where you can view some of the Medici heirlooms and some of their prized artwork, including pieces by Raphael and Correggio. What will you do in Florence? Visit our Florence travel guide page for more information or to plan your next vacation!
Fira, the capital of Santorini, sits 1,000 feet above the Aegean Sea, nestled along the cliff tops of the famous Greek island. To better understand the people of Fira and Santorini, head for the Lignos Folklore Museum. This community staple, situated in a cave house, was once a winery, and now holds shoemaking and carpentry workshops. While there, you can also check out its traditional wine cellar and the island’s archives. You’ll get an outstanding sense of the people who used to live on this island: tough, hard-working farmers and craftsmen who helped make Santorini what it is today. Your Fira tour continues through the narrow roads and whitewashed houses to the photo op of your dreams. Fira—and its neighboring towns in Santorini—boasts what many call one of the best views of the sunset in the world. Every night, residents and tourists alike gather on the cliff tops to watch the sun descend into the sea, turning the sky a brilliant purple before the stars come out. When the sun goes down, Fira really wakes up. Head over to the cocktail bars, the nightclubs, and the lounges to enjoy good food, good company, and great fun as you dance or chat the night away. What will you do during your Fira sightseeing? Visit our Fira travel guide page for more information or to plan your next vacation!
The locals in Fiji have a saying, “Bulla,” which means “life” and “good health.” You’ll hear it used frequently as a greeting when you arrive at the 330-strong islands that comprise this archipelago. You may even find yourself saying it before long! Any Fiji tour will highlight its magnificent, unspoiled waters and lush landscapes. Go snorkeling, swimming, diving, and sailing on turquoise waters. If you’d rather stay on dry land, you can zipline through rainforests or explore the windy plains of the highland area. Travel to the interior and learn about traditional Fijian culture, or visit the capital city of Suva and wander through its colonial buildings, bazaars, and the quiet harbor. Two-thirds of the Fijian archipelago are uninhabited, and your Fiji sightseeing should include a stop at Denarau’s marina, where you can book a boat to take you to some of these pristine locations. From family-friendly islands to romantic getaways, you’ll find something to your taste amongst these scattered isles. Do you have a favorite memory of Fiji? Share it below! Visit our Fiji travel guide page for more information or to plan your next vacation!
Welcome to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, located in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Built in 1888, this Scottish Baronial-style structure rests at the foot of the alpine mountains of Banff National Park. Wander through its giant foyer, climb its grand staircases, and marvel at its immense stone banquet rooms—a Fairmont Banff Springs tour is truly an exploration of old-world luxury. The Fairmont is open year-round, and you’ll find something to do at the “Castle in the Rockies” no matter when you visit. Play golf on the championship course if you’re visiting in the summer months, or strap on your downhill skis once the snow has covered the ground. Winter is particularly spectacular in Banff National Park, where every last tree and stone is covered by a stunning blanket of snow. Your sightseeing in Fairmont Banff Springs won’t take you too far from the hotel itself. Why venture into the wilderness when you can take in the famous alpine view from the Fairmont’s heated outdoor pool? That’s not to say you’ll never leave your lodging. At the Fairmont Banff Springs, you’ll enjoy easy access to the nearby town of Banff, where you can explore art galleries, sample the local fare, and get to know the friendly locals. What will you do at the Castle in the Rockies? Visit our Fairmont Banff Springs travel guide page for more information or to plan your next vacation!
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The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Its Old Town and Royal Mile are filled with the ghosts of medieval merchants, body snatchers, and poets, while its Georgian-styled New Town shines with the glories of the Scottish Enlightenment. To see Edinburgh in all her glory, climb to Arthur’s Seat, the highest of the city’s seven peaks. Some historians believe this was the site of King Arthur’s legendary castle Camelot. Nearby, on another volcanic crag, rises Edinburgh Castle, the very symbol of Scotland itself. Over the last eleven centuries, this castle has been laid siege to 26 times but still it stands, a testimony to the indomitable spirit of the Scots. Edinburgh has long held a special place in the hearts of the monarchy. Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia sailed over one million miles before being permanently moored at Ocean Terminal as a symbol of the Royal Family’s affection for the people of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has been the jewel in the crown of royals for centuries and its old-world chivalry continues today. Thistle Chapel, in St Giles’ Cathedral, honors the Knights and Ladies of Scotland’s oldest order. In Princes Street Gardens, rises the world’s largest monument to a writer, dedicated to Sir Walter Scott. At the Writers Museum, learn about more of Scotland’s cherished literary adventurers. Edinburgh casts her spell over contemporary writers too, JK Rowling wrote two of her Harry Potter series in cozy Old Town nooks, such as the Elephant House Café. For centuries, the University of Edinburgh has given us intellectual giants such as Charles Darwin, David Hume and Alexander Bell. Explore centuries of innovation at the Scottish Museum, or head to South Queensferry to see the Forth Bridge, an engineering marvel when it opened in 1890. The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the world’s oldest and most important centers of botanical science, yet it’s still a place which invites one to slow down. Edinburgh is a city that has given the world countless gifts, but perhaps her greatest is showing that all parts of the human experience - the sciences and the arts, the past and the present, the sacred and the light-hearted - all have equal value. https://www.expedia.com/Edinburgh.d60... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Expedia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expedia Instagram: http://instagram.com/expedia Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Expedia/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Expedia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on our travel blog, Viewfinder: http://viewfinder.expedia.com/