Enjoy the Natural Landscape Around Stanley, Idaho

If you have covered all the well-known and populous cities in the US, it might be time to visit some lesser known but unique cities that lie in the different states in this nation. Stanley is one such town located in Custer County of Idaho. It has a small population and could be a reason that you would not see it on the list of popular tourist destinations of the country. However, this town has an interesting history and landscapes that are worth discovering as well as a native and long standing culture and community which makes it unique.

Fur trappers discovered this area first, the Stanley area which was initially avoided because beavers were rare here. The site was also excavated for gold in the nineteenth century; till 1919 it was not considered a town after which it was recorded and surveyed to be recognized as a town. The Sawtooth national recreation area is closely connected to this region. Much about life here has been described in Traplines: Coming home to the Sawtooth valley as written by John Rember.  A friend of ours, Sarah who owns an Albany roofing company called Ultimate Roofing, visited a couple years back with her husband Tommy, and the kids and they had a blast.  Really enjoyed the outdoor scenario and low key pace of life…

There are several places rich in natural beauty that is around and nearby in Stanley area such as:

  • Goat Lake in Idaho is an alpine lake located in Custer County in Idaho. It is in the midst of the Sawtooth Mountains and part of the Sawtooth national recreation area. The lake is about 6 miles southwest to Stanley. It is a glacial lake that flows out of the Salmon river; it is a beautiful lake with surrounding landscape that offers breathtaking beauty.
  • Williams Peak is one of the highest peaks of Sawtooth mountains. It is discovered when you plan a visit or a weekend stay at the Sawtooth national recreation area. The peak is part of the wilderness portion of the national park and many enjoy hiking along its many trails.
  • Little Redfish lake is another alpine lake to visit here, which is in between Custer County and Sawtooth national recreation area.
  • Stanley Museum is a history museum that is a must visit when you come here. It is a museum that has several interactive as well as historical artifacts.

Address: State Hwy 75, Stanley, ID

Opens at: 11 AM

Entry fee: free

These are some of the places of attractions you can visit in and around Stanley town.

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Bratislava – The City With Rich History

Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. The city is located along the Danube River and has Austria and Hungary along its border. Bratislava is one of the favorite destinations for nature lover as the place is surrounded by vineyards and as well as Little Carpathian mountains, which is crisscrossed with cycling trails and forested hiking. The place is full of attraction points, and witness huge tourist inflow round the year.

Have a look at some of the major attractions of Bratislava

 

  • Bratislava Castle

 

It is the main castle of Bratislava. The castle is basically a massive rectangular building having four towers in each corner, which stands on the rocky hill of the Little Carpathians. It stands here directly.

 

  • St Martin’s Cathedral

 

This is a church in Bratislava, Slovakia, and also the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava. The Cathedral is located at the western border of the city and it is  below Bratislava Castle. So, you can plan trips to the Cathedral, while visiting the Bratislava Castle.

 

  • Old Town Hall

 

It is a complex of buildings belongs to the 14th century. The old town hall has got its significance because of being the oldest stone buildings. The tower was built approximately in the year 1370.

 

  • The Slovak National Theater denotes

 

This is the oldest Slovak professional theater and it consists of 3 ensembles.

 

  • The Roland Fountain

 

If you have come to Bratislava means, your journey to the city is incomplete. It is the most famous fountain in Bratislava, and also the landmark of the city. The fountain was constructed in the year 1572 with an objective to provide water for public. Therefore, the fountain has a statue of Maximilian on its top.

 

  • Schloss Hof

 

This is located in Austria and close to the border of Slovakia. Schloss Hof was once belonged to Prince Eugene of Savoy. Savoy purchased Schloss Hof during a late time of his life that in the year 1726.

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Places You will DEFINITELY want to check out in Bruges Belgium

Bruges is known as the largest city in Belgium which is in the Flemish region of the West Flanders province of the country. The original name of the city was Bruges by the Sea; this historic city is now declared as a World Heritage Site. The total population of the city is not much which is a stark contrast to other capital cities like Vienna. However, the scenic beauty of this city and the areas around it are worth seeing. It is also known as the Venice of the North. Known for its port area, it also seats the College of Europe.

The city has an interesting past. Having been a coastal settlement from prehistoric times, it has seen stages of development, from the Bronze, Iron Age to medieval times. The first fortifications built here were during the conquest of the Menapii by Julius Caesar.

If you are in Bruges there are several historic places and landmarks to check out such as the Belfry of Bruges. This market square has a medieval bell tower which has 366 steps. These lead to magnificent views of the surrounding as well as having a treasure chamber.

Groeninge museum is known for its collection of Flemish art; the classical artworks here that are primitive showcase works of the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

Moving away from the historic places, Choco story is an interesting place here. Known to be a chocolate museum, it houses a gift shop as well. Children as well as adults would love to check out the museum that showcases the history of chocolate, samples and demonstrations and so forth.

Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan is a brewery here that not only has old brewing techniques that one can check out along with guided tours, but also sample the brews here as well as local food at the in-house diner.

When you are at St Salvator’s cathedral you will get to see a Gothic tower of mighty proportions. There is a cavernous interior here as well as Flemish art collections to check out.

These are some of the several places to check out in Bruges when you are in Belgium.

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Things to Experience on your Excursion to Machu Picchu

When it comes to those who head to South America or Peru, a visit to Machu Picchu is an absolute must. This is regarded as the zenith of the trip. It is considered as the continent’s best-known archaeological site. When Spaniards conquered the country, they never came across this ancient city as it stayed hidden. And it rose to prominence only in the early 20th century. The peak season is from May to September. During the peak season, this ancient city garners 2500 visitors per day. Despite the tourist penetration, this ancient city has managed to retain its charm and mystery. If you ever visit Peru, then you must visit the famous Machu Picchu. Let’s take a look at the must-see tourist destinations in Machu Picchu below.

 

  • Machu Picchu historic sanctuary

 

As far as tickets are concerned, it is hard to come by. Tickets are not available most of the times. You can try for an advance ticket in Cusco. You are allowed to enter only until 4PM. You will be allowed to use a debit card for the online purchase.

 

  • Intipunku

 

The Inca Trail ends after the horizon named Intipunku. It simply means ‘sun gate.’ When you enter the ruins, you will be able to look back at the Intipunku and the trail. It is breathtaking view you don’t want to miss.

 

  • Intihuatana

 

We are talking about the carved rock pillar here. And it is often called (mistakenly, of course!) a sundial. What is the literal meaning of the word? It is roughly translated to the ‘hitching post of the sun.’

 

  • Phuyupatamarca

 

The ruins of Phuyupatamarca are situated 3600m above sea level. You will come across a lot of ceremonial baths here. You have camping facility over here. It is an excellent spot to enjoy the sunset.

 

  • Sacred Plaza

 

The Sacred Place with four sides is a very beautiful place. You will spot it above the ceremonial baths. You need to climb the stairs to reach there. You have to go through the quarry to finally reach there. You can get a peek of the beautiful Cordillera Vilcabamba from there. The view from here is magnificent.

If you want to go on the cheap, check out this video!

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Hong Kong – the Eastern Metropolis

Hong Kong, once a part of China, is now a Special Administrative Region of the Republic of China. It has its own flag, its own culture and its own set of tourist activities and attractions than the rest of the country. Hong Kong is, hands down, one of the busiest and most populated places in the entire world. People from across the world visit Hong Kong; some settle there, enter the workforce or get enrolled in the huge number of universities there.

Things to See in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a giant metropolitan area with life always on the go. You might hardly find a place to sit and relax but you can always find a restaurant in about every corner of the city.

The Victoria Park is a popular tourist attraction. It sits atop the Peak Tower and provides magnificent views of the entire Hong Kong Island. The Peak Tower itself is an observation platform and also contains a shopping arena, restaurants and a few museums to give tourists a full travel experience.

Another hot tourist spot is the Korean 3D Museum called the Trick Eye Museum Hong Kong. The museum offers a number of inventive 3D art pieces and contraptions that visitors can marvel.

From September to July, it’s the horse racing season in Hong Kong. So if you happen to schedule your trip to the place, you can also witness horse racing at its finest.

Culture in Hong Kong is imminent. Museums and traditional heritage sites are busy tourist spots. Learn about the tradition and culture of Hong Kong and China in New Territories, Kowloon and Lantau.

Stuff to Do in Hong Kong

Theme parks are a popular place for visitors with families and children. Disneyland Hong Kong, Ocean Park and the Ngong Ping 360 are all places that can make a child’s dream vacation come true.

You can also participate in the many festivals and events held in Hong Kong. Some of these include the Chinese New Year, the Spring Lantern Festival, Birthday of Buddha and more.

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My favorite places you MUST visit when in the Republic Of Ireland

A major portion of Ireland is covered by Republic of Ireland and this has some of the most scenic locations of the region. From seaside holiday resorts to scenic mountains, you get everything you want when you want to enjoy the perfect vacation in this part of the world. Millions of tourists travel from all corners of the world to this place and it is fast emerging as the major tourist destination of the world.

Cliffs of Moher

The amazing cliffs are hard to resist for any nature lover and you will be mesmerized with the stunning visuals you get to see in this place. It is wild and stretches for nearly eight kilometers, making it a good destination for trekking enthusiasts. The cliffs are as tall as few hundred meters and you can walk along the trail and enjoy the beauty of nature. You will be surprised to know that nearly one million people come to this location every year.

The Hill of Tara

The amazing place has some of the best architectural marvels of the country and you can get a glimpse of the rich heritage of Ireland in this place. The place is nearly 5000 years old and is in ruins after the kingdoms collapsed long ago.

Giant Causeway

The stunning visuals of thousands of polygonal columns of basalt rock will leave you speechless. So much so that the place was designated as a world heritage site in the year 1986. The unique geological formations will capture your attention and thousands of tourists come to this place to get the best pictures of the location.

National Museum of Ireland

The museum is home to nearly two million valuables and artifacts that date back to the prehistoric times and you will be completely surprised to see the entire collection. The architectural beauty of the Victorian building is sure to entice the tourists. The Palladian style structure was built in 1880 and continues to attract visitors even to this day.

Trinity College

The premier education institution was founded by none other than Queen Elizabeth I during 1592. It is undoubtedly the oldest university of Ireland and has attracted students from all regions of the world for many centuries.

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