From flying fish to the incredibly photogenic Space Needle, make sure to do your research before visiting the city, as incredible low-key attractions can be easily missed in this underrated city. We have selected a few options to give you a head start on your next visit. Buckle up and make notes of the best places to visit in Seattle.
Pike Place Market
One of the most iconic markets in the country, Pike Place Market has become a synonym of the city, where you can buy anything your heart desires. From local souvenirs to handcrafts, and the quirky fish tossing stalls, make sure to spend a good while browsing through this market for a unique experience.
All City Coffee
Coffee and traveling go hand in hand, and the quest for the perfect coffee can be a hassle sometimes. This problem does not occur in the city as Seattle is known for having the best coffee in the country. Make sure to pay a visit to All City Coffee and get one of Seattle’s best lattes.
Olympic Sculpture Park
Do you outdoor art? If the answer is yes, the Olympic Sculpture Park is the place for you. This former nine-acre industrial site offer tourists a range of sculptures in an outdoor setting, with a lot of greenery and breathtaking view of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound on the background. Admission is free.
If you want to get your European art fix while visiting the city, make sure to stop by the Frye Museum for the best of German,French and American art from the 19th and 20th century.
If your stomach starts to growl in the middle of your expedition, make sure to stop by Salumi charturerie/ Deli/ Eatery. The deli has gained a lot of local attention for its impeccable variety of charcuterie, although the line can be long, it is definitely worth the wait.
Alki Point and Beach
This is the closest Seattle gets to California, if you are visiting the city during summer time and want to know where all the locals are hanging out, make sure to stop by this spot. If you feel daring, make sure to take a dip in the salty waters of Puget Sound’s 46 F waters.
Mix/ ER Arts
This multimedia venue is a little bit of everything, it is part art gallery, part concert hall and all about promoting local talent. Stop by to check all of the upcoming artists from all genres.
Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
If you are visiting the city during the months of August or December, make sure to check the dates to visit the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. Local artists gather around to showcase some of their best works from watercolors to furniture directly from the artist.
Space Needle is a symbol of the city, and no visit would be the same without the scenic panoramic view of the city from the top of this space ship. If you are celebrating a special date, make sure to reserve a table at the SkyCity rotating restaurant.
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San Francisco is one of the most popular cities in the U.S. among tourists, who come to see all of the worldwide famous attractions, featured in most Hollywood films and series, turning them familiar to the rest of the world.
The city is located at the tip of a peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coats. With its steep rolling hills, and renowned summer fogs, Victorian architecture, cable cars and beautiful vistas.
Although it is almost impossible to cover everything in one weekend, we have selected some of the spots that are a must see around the city.
7. Palace of Fine Arts
The structure, remaining from 1915 World’s Fair, features a classical Roman rotunda with curved colonnades and a beautiful park and its European styled lagoon. The place is a favorite among tourists for a relaxing picnic as well as a great location for a variety of shows, musicals and cultural events.
6. Alamo Square
This iconic residential neighborhood and park is one of the best insights into the lively San Francisco, and it is often featured in many postcards of the city. The Victorian houses also add to the charm of the area, which also offer visitors a playground area as well as a tennis court. On a clear day, the Transamerica Pyramid building and the tops of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge can be seen from the park’s center.
5. Lombard Street
The city is famously known for its crooked shape, it is a one-block portion of Lombard Street that contains eight hairpin turns was created to reduce the hill’s natural steep slope. The speed limit in this section is a mere 5 mph (8 km/h). You can actually stand in the sidewalk and clock how long it take for cars to make their way through the zig zag streets.
Walking through the dragon-adorned Pagoda Gates leads visitors into the colorful and exciting area of San Francisco known as Chinatown. It is tightly packed with exotic shops, ethnic food markets, and excellent restaurants. In February each year, the Chinese New Year is celebrated here with parades and dancing dragons.
Also known as The Rock, the island of Alcatraz has served as a military fortification, and a prison. Some of the notorious criminals that did their time in the middle of the freezing San Francisco Bay included Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. Alcatraz was believed to be inescapable, which was put to test by Frank Morris, and brothers John and Clarence Anglin using an inflatable raft made of several stolen raincoats. Today, the former prison serve as a historic site and tourist attraction.
2. Soma Streat Food Park
If you get hungry while exploring the city, make sure to check Food Streat Park for a variety of food trucks, which always change depending on the day. The place also organizes different parties, game nights as well as a beer garden.
1. Japanese Tea Garden
The oldest public Japanese garden in the United States, the park sports many paths, ponds and tea house features native Japanese and Chinese plants. The park serves as a great alternative for the end of a busy day exploring, it can be visited by families for a very unique experience surrounded by nature.
What is your favorite place in San Francisco? Please share them in the comments below.
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Big cities like New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco always secure a spot in the wishlist of most travelers, but the country has a lot of alternative options that can make up for an unforgettable getaway.
So buckle up, and get ready to explore some of the destinations that are overshadowed by the big metropolises, but has equal or more to offer for visitors longing to emerge themselves in the real America.
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
This lively city in the state of Louisiana can give a great insight into the life of the deep South of the country. From the crowded and wild nightlife to secluded bayous that can be visited by airboat, this is a city of contrasts. The cuisine also offer visitors a wide selection of French food inspirations and a mix of Cajun and Creole delicacies, which can be tasted in the picturesque French Quarter or in the bustling Arts District. Make sure to try alligator sausage pistolettes, crab claws remoulades and duck spring rolls. Also, if you are a wild party-goer, make sure to pay the city a visit during the world famous Mardi Gras parade in the first week of March.
6. Seattle, Washington
Home to the grunge movement and a passion for alternative arts make up for the constant rain in the city. The rain has also its good influences in the city as their coffee is considered one of the best in the country, the city is the birthplace of a small coffee chain named Starbucks, moreover it is the city with most bookstores per capita. While in the city, make sure to visit Pike Place Market, a visual riot of vegetable, seafood, cheese and flower stalls along with handicrafts and tourist-friendly knickknacks. And, of course, the flying fish!
5. Portland, Oregon
If your idea of a good time includes venturing hot spots dedicated to young artsy people, Portland is your place! The city, which has been named the best city in the U.S for happy hour, is a great place to kick back relax and taste some of the many craft beers available in the many breweries sprawled around the city.
4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
If you are a physical activity fanatic, this is the city for you. The city is considered the most bike-friendly city in the country and one of the fittest cities in the U.S. The city has a large amount of green areas, with more than 15% percent parkland in total to be explored. The city also sports many artistic havens, such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center make a great afternoon affair.
3. Austin, Texas
If you love music, Austin is definitely the place for you. From a large array of live music bars and venues to a plethora of quirky restaurants and food trucks. Like to party, you can join most of the University of Texas students that are avid regulars to the tons of bars that make up for a vibrant nightlife. Did not have enough reasons? Austin’s unofficial motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” which wins for best unofficial motto ever.
2. Anchorage, Alaska
If you are the adventurer type this city caters to your every dream. The city has the appeals of a big city, but also the best natural beauty. You can rent a bike and explore the city for all the great sights or you can head to Chugach State Park. The perfect place to ski, raft, camp or climb depending on the season.
1. Napa, California
Known as one of the finest wine regions in the world, the city also has one of the greatest cuisines to match. After wining and dining, head to the Uptown Theatre to experience a jaw-dropping architecture with top notch line-up which including music, comedy, dance much more. The city also sports breathtaking vineyards as well as in incredible Wine museum, Opera House and outdoor museums. Also make sure to visit the “Mini Tuscany”, considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Do you know any other alternative places to visit in the U.S? If so, please share them in the comments below.
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The first things that comes to mind when one thinks of Las Vegas is shinning lights, four digits cocktail bar bills, stretch limousines and gambling, which is not too far from reality. Although these are some of the elements that make Las Vegas… Las Vegas, you do not necessarily need to have deep pockets in order to enjoy the city.
The new surge of hotel rooms capacity, due to the opening of new properties in the depths of recession, have allowed common folks to experience the city for affordable prices. Downtown Las Vegas is also known for better prices than The Strip, so adapting your plans is also a good tip in order to cut costs.
We will give you a head start with some tips on how you can experience the city, without breaking the bank. Everything you need is to bring your creativity and research skills to the table.
Stay on a Budget
We have a large selection of rooms in Las Vegas for very budget friendly prices, book your favorite, and spend your hard earned money on several attractions available in the city. Seasons also have an impact on room prices, make sure to book your stay mid-week during August, July and mid-December for great savings.
Eat on a Budget
Tacos El Gordo: This Mexican restaurant had its start in Tijuana, Mexico and specializes in authentic street-style tacos. The menu consist of a variety of delicious yet inexpensive dishes which include carne asada, carnitas, spicy pork, quesadillas, tostadas, guacamole and much more. Don’t expect table service here! Food can be ordered in different meat stations and paid in the cashier. The restaurant has a location downtown as well as one on Las Vegas Boulevard in a strip mall just north of the Wynn Hotel. The Strip location is open until 3 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Big Wong Restaurant Las Vegas: This restaurant offers a large variety of oriental cuisine for very affordable prices. We recommend Hoi Nam chicken w/ seasoned rice or won ton soup and salt and pepper wings, each dish for about U$ 5. Do not expect the greatest customer service, but the food is surprisingly authentic.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace: Although buffets in the city are usually quite costly, the Caesars Palace’s Bacchanal is a huge exception. This buffet is quite new on the Vegas Strip and already has been recognized by several publications as a premier buffet, and the best of all, your lunch and dinner will not rip your pockets. Another option is to check Buffet of Buffets on the Strip. This is a day pass offered by Harrah’s that allow you to eat in several buffets around the city such as Paris, The Rio, and Planet Hollywood among others. Just beware that premium buffets like Caesar’s Palace’s will add a U$15 surcharge on top of the pass.
Secret Pizza: This is one of the best hidden treasures in the city. Inside the ritzy Cosmopolitan Hotel, you can find a cheap and unassuming pizza, to satiate a late night growling stomach. The sign-less restaurant serves New York styled pizza, with thin crust and a large variety of toppings. You can also get a variety of white pizza, homemade meatballs, cheese and pepperoni. You can never go wrong with a slice at around U$5.
Pro tip: Eating brunch buffets can also save you some money, they start at 11 a.m. and some even serve alcoholic beverages.
You don’t always have to spend money in order to have a good time in Vegas. Many of the city’s attractions are free and awesome!
On the Strip , you can wander around through various themed hotels, which can be an activity in itself. The canals of Venice, The Sphinx and the Eiffel Tower are great alternatives for incredible pictures. Nature lovers can experience the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio, which are always changing to suit the season. You can also see flamingos and a variety of other birds in the Flamingo Hotel’s wildlife habitat.
If you are more into performances, the local hotels offer a number of free performances to attract the crowds. At Circus Circus, the world’s largest permanent circus showcases new world class acts. Other attractions include the Sirens of TI, Treasure Island, and for something lighter, the beautiful fountains at the Bellagio.
It is also worth to venture downtown Las Vegas. The historic street is home to the largest LED screen in the world in the form of a giant canopy over a pedestrian walkway. You can see dazzling displays as well as several live performances. Many museums are also located in this district such as the Neon Museum, featuring original neon signs that once glittered across the city’s casinos, Downtown Gallery at Fremont Street, as well as the downtown project, which aims to completely transform Vegas’ urban core.
Pool Party on a Budget
One of the most esteemed activities in the city is gambling, but if you are trying to save some of your tokens or just prefer an alternative way to spend your time in the city, pool partying can be the answer. These daylong parties feature sizzling beats, incessant dancing as well as very pricey drinks, but these can be tolerated in some of the bigger venues such as Rehab, located at the Hard Rock Hotel, and Wet Republic, at the MGM Grand, as you can get in for free.
If you intend on chain drinking or paying less, a more budget-friendly ( and relaxed) option is the Venus Pool Club at Caesar’s Palace, where you can drink a beer for around U$8. Admission is in between U$10-30, depending on the night, ladies usually will always get in for free, and men are often handed in free passes too.
Get Entertained on a Budget
Vegas has numerous shows that run every night, from comedy shows to concerts, dance performances to magic shows and acrobatics. Some of the most famous shows are The Jabbawockeez, Absinthe and various Cirque du Soleil performances. These and other shows can be found for half the box office price by visiting tix4tonight, which is located in several different locations along the Strip.
Get Around on a Budget
To get around in the city is fairly easy and cheap. From the airport you can take bus routes 108, 109, or the Westcliff Airport Express. A single ride costs U$2, and tickets can be bought at the bus stop vending machine before boarding. Other alternatives include a number of Shuttle services which take tourists between the airport and hotels on either the Strip or Downtown. Most cost U$ 7 for Strip hotels and U$8,50 for downtown destinations. Taxis charge around U$15 depending on the route.
To get around the city, the cheapest option is the Deuce which runs 24 hours a day, while the SDX starts operating after 9 a.m. Both run every 15-20 minutes. Passes can be purchased at the vending machines located at bus stops. They’ll set you back $6 for two hours, $8 for a one-day pass, or $20 for three days.
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Although we suggest a good dose of common sense when choosing your next palatal adventure, it is not such a hard task to do. Opt for popular stalls, where you can see locals lining up to get their grub, and no, they are not immune to bacteria, as some traveling germophobes may try to convince you otherwise.
When visiting the cold and beautiful St. Petersburg make sure to stop by one of the many Pirozhki stalls in the city. This dish consists of a crispy pastry filled with delicious minced meat, mushrooms, cabbage, pig in a blanket or potatoes for its savory versions, as well as sweeter options such as cherries and cranberries. These can be purchased in several food stalls around the city, as well as a famous food joint named Stolle. Prices may vary, but usually around 160 rubles for a small, 230 for the medium and a large will cost you 310. A whole pie (1 kilogram) will be for about 560 Rubles. Near Nevsky location you can also get bite-sized pies for about 50-70 Rubles.
A famous country for its diverse and high quality food joints, Israel also takes pride in its delicious street food options. From the delicious Bourekas, a savory pastry usually filled with spinach, cheese, potatoes or mushrooms, to the best Hummus in the world. It is also possible to get a tasty Shawarma or Schnitzel in many different stalls around the city, and they are all tested and approved by the high standard locals. While food in the country is not necessarily cheap, you can get some of the options aforementioned for as little as NIS 15.
The country is also obsessed with its street food, which can really differ from one region to the other. While visiting the northeastern part of the country make sure to taste a Acarajé (deep fried ball filled with a wonderful dried shrimp stew called Vatapá), which is the pride of its home state of Bahia. While in the Southeast make sure to eat some Pastel (a giant deep-fried dumpling) with some sugarcane juice to wash it down. Some other options include Pamonha ( Tamales made with real corn), or Shrimps on a stick, which can be purchased in a nearby beach.
The Netherlands is also a street food haven, specially for tourists that can never say no to some deep fried goodness. From the seasonal Olliebollen ( deep fried dough with apple, currant or raisins with some refined sugar to top it off) to the national favorites Kroketten, Haring, Stroopwafels ( a delicious pie with a tasty light crust, filled with Limburgse vlaai) and Bitterballen ( breadcrumb coating and filled with a gooey mixture of chopped beef, beef broth, flour, butter, herbs and spices). Let’s not forget about the Patat ( Belgium fries with different condiments) which can be found in every corner of the country. These can be purchased in various street stalls as well as the Febo snackbars around the country.
From some delicious Currywurst (a wurst, or a sausage, sliced up and slathered with ketchup flavored with curry powder) to the very popular Soft Pretzels, Germany offers tourists a varied street food menu. A typical option is the surprisingly German invention, Döner kebap sandwich. For about US$4 to US$5, you can get what is ideally a freshly baked pita bread, filled with sliced spit-roasted meat (around these parts, most commonly turkey), topped with an abundance of lettuce, tomato, onions, cabbage, chili flakes, and garlic-yogurt sauce. The variations are infinite—any combination of ingredients is possible, making it popular among picky eaters and children.
From the nationally delicious Crepes to Middle Eastern cuisine, France really knows how to feed you on the go. Although the quest for quality options may require a bit of research, freshly made crepes of all different flavors can be found virtually everywhere in bigger cities like Paris, Marseilles or Lyon. Another option that may not sound very french, but it is exceptionally tasty in the country is the Falafel. In Paris, a string of always-teeming restaurants, on Rue des Rosiers in the traditional Jewish quarter of the Marais district, have become extremely popular among tourists, and for good reason: soft, thick pita bread is filled with perfectly crisp chickpea balls, and complemented with a variety of freshly cut vegetables, tahini, hummus and hot sauce.
Sweden offers a dream menu for pescatarians and seafood lovers. The street food selection include Strömming (Baltic herring), fried or pickled on hard bread with mashed potatoes, Cured salmon, whitefish roe and zinc laden and slippery Belon oysters from the West Coast of Sweden. For carnivores, while visiting the country you can indulge in some reindeer heart and moose salami, or stick to more conservative options such as gourmet hot dogs.
Japan has one of the tastiest dishes in the world, being from its eccentric combinations to a varied option of street food, it certainly could not be out of our list. From deliciously crisp roasted sweet potatoes to fresh Yakisoba, your carb reload is pretty much in every corner of bigger cities like Tokio, Yokohama and Osaka. Also do not forget to eat the sushi in some of the local stalls, but make sure to cue behind the most crowded ones.
Italy and good food are almost synonyms to anyone who know a thing or two about the country, and with street food it is no different. The options are endless, from salami, sausages and cold cuts served with various kinds of bread like the popular piadini and crescioni wraps that are sold in supermarkets all over Italy, to the best gelatos in the world. Palermo styled deep-pan pizza with tomato and onion sauce called Sfincione is a delicious option for a quick pit stop. And pani ca’ meusa – a burger bun stuffed with chopped veal’s lung and spleen. Finding delicious street food is one of the easiest tasks in the country, but make sure to avoid very touristic areas.
With hundreds of hawker stands in the country, and with very strict quality regulations, Singapore makes the top of our list of the world’s best street food. From the best Hokkien mee (fried noodles cooked in Hokkien Fujian style), to some delicious Hainanese-style satays ( pork meat in sate sauce), Xiao Long Bao (steamed soup with dumplings), the options are endless for foodies visiting the country.
What has been the best street food you have tasted? Let us know in the comments below.
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The best way to discover the quirks of a country’s history is by visiting a local museum. There, you can see the history of a country sprawled across walls and windows, sometimes in very unconventional ways. And we love it!
Buckle up and join us on a trip through some of the strangest museums around the world. Even if it seems like a good laugh for you, make sure to swallow it before entering, because as ridiculous as it sounds, these museums’ staff and some of their visitors take their quirk very seriously.
7.Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Japan
Who would have thought that the favorite dish of young bachelors and broke college students would make up for a museum exhibit?
Momofuku Ando showcases all Nissin products ever created. The museum itself is pretty flavorless and dry, but if you would like to take meaning out of your college menu, it could be a good place to visit. Do not worry if you get hungry mid visit, noodles and hot water are provided.
6.Museum of Bad Art, United States
Finding beautiful art is an easy task around the world, but finding a place that exclusively celebrate the efforts of less-than-talented artists, this is a rare. The museum of Bad Arts in Boston has accepted the challenge, showcasing the best out of the worst art ever created.
Their hilarious collection showcases different pieces of ‘art’ under categories such as ‘ ‘Landscape: are these ice creams or mountains?’, ‘Unseen forces: it is not an easy thing to struggle against mighty forces like the giant orange cat consuming mankind.’, ‘In the nood: warning, contains noodity.’ and ‘ Poor traits:he human (or canine) condition, brought forth into the spotlight.’ to name a few.
5. Museum of Enduring Beauty, Malaysia
Have you ever done something extreme in the name of beauty? That is nothing! Pay a visit to the third floor of the People’s Museum in Malaysia, and check the extremes people will go to feel pretty.
The exhibit covers beauty from the very beginning of human history, which reveals outrageous concepts of beauty people will conform to: insertion of round disks into their mouths, bound feet, molding heads into oval shapes and much more.
After a visit, you will either feel much better about your appearance or you will get self-conscious many concepts of “real beauty”.
4. International Cryptozoology Museum, United States
Cryptozoology is the study of unverified animals, mystical creatures which exist by legend or belief, such as the Sasquatch or Loch Ness Monster.
Loren Coleman has created a remarkable collection of purported specimens. Relics and artifacts on mythical creatures, including a life-size Coelacanth and the Feejee Mermaid, as well as a variety of hair samples, fecal matter and footcasts of animals that probably have only walked in Coleman’s imagination.
3. Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center, United States
This is certainly not a place for the Coulrophobics ( people with a phobia of clowns). This hall is dedicated to everything clown from hand buzzers to seltzer bottles.This museum is way beyond a barrel of laughs.
The funny and terrifying clowns are honored inside, with fascinating stories behind their thick layer of makeup. Its proud owner has the largest archive of clown artifacts in the world.
2.Beijing Tap Water Museum, China
We would love to tell you that the title is a mistranslation, but it isn’t. This museum takes place in a former pipe-house in the center of Beijing, which includes 130 models and artifacts such as vintage water coupons from Jingshi Tap Water Company, the first tap water company in the capital.
Just make sure not to get to excited to drink some of the vintage water, as Beijing residents know well, the water coming out of their taps is hardly safe to drink. While visiting, do not forget to check the miniature tap water filtration system that gives the Forbidden City a run for its money.
1.The Kunstkamera, Russia
Although it may seem odd, Russia’s first museum is on the top of our list. If you think we are crazy, just take a glance at Peter the Great’s cabinet of curiosities which reveals some highly bizarre items. The 200,000 natural and human oddities collection was originally assembled in order to dispel the Russians’ belief in monsters, but after taking a closer look at the exhibit we would bet it backfired immensely.
The Czar put together a personality full of curiosities including deformed fetuses, creatures with extra heads and limbs, and even a pickled decapitated human head. Today, the museum is home to the modern Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, with remnants collection of medical freaks hidden behind mannequins of local tribes and rather uninteresting expositions. While visiting, do not forget to check the hundreds of human fetuses, all of them with anatomical mutations from flippers to deformed heads.
We would love to know more weird museums across the world. If you know more strange museums, please let us know in the comments below.
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We have selected some of the most worthwhile activities in the city, as well as some that are not so worthy of your time. Get your pen and paper out, because we are not done exploring.
Rent a wonderful bike ride
There are 19 rental bike spots in the city of Rio, and this is one of the easiest and most pleasant ways to experience all the postcard worthy sceneries in the city. You can rent a bike in different locations such as Lagoa, Copacabana, Leme, Gávea, Ipanema or Leblon. To rent a bike is simple! You just need to head to the nearest location and call the number +55(21) 3005-4316 to rent a bike for as little as R$10,00 or check this website for more options.
Experience Favela Santa Marta
You can experience the lifestyle of the community of Santa Marta, a favela that became a landmark in the city, visited by many tourists and celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Madonna.
Jeep Tour Rio de Janeiro provides a guided tour through the first pacified favela in the city, followed by a visit to the statue of Michael Jackson at the top, with a breathtaking view of the city. Contrary to the image people have of favelas, Santa Marta is a safe place to visit since the government has invested in pacifying units and social projects, bringing peace and attractiveness to the community. If you would like a sneak peak of Santa Marta, check Michael Jackson’s “They don’t care about us” video.
Tracking at Floresta da Tijuca
The beauty of Rio de Janeiro is mainly due to its endless natural wonders, and Cariocas are very keen on maintaining their bond with nature. Join locals on a track through Floresta da Tijuca, the third largest urban natural reserve in the country, for an experience filled with dense vegetation, hills, tracks, caves etc. The best way to recharge from the chaotic city life.
Carnival all year long
Can’t you book a vacation during the carnival season? Do not weep! Cidade do Samba or ‘City of Samba’ is where most of the Samba schools’ warehouses are located. You can get a close view of all the elaborate floats and costumes, and on Thursday nights you can experience great spectacles for a little taste of Carnival.
Discover Brazilian Music
Toca do Vinicius
Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 129 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22411-010, Brazil
At Toca do Vinicius, you can find everything there is to know about Bossa Nova. Books, CD’s, vinyls, LP’s and objects all dedicated to this all Brazilian music genre. Located in Ipanema, the place also hosts amazing live concerts a Sunday per month, in the Vinicius de Moraes street.
Watch the sunset at the Arpoador
This traditional rocky peninsula has a great view of the Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. You can also take a seat, relax and have the best sunset view in the city.
What to avoid while in Rio
Center during the night: This area is not recommendable during the evening, as even locals report it to be pretty unsafe. If you are visiting Lapa (which is in the center), make sure to have a local tag along or completely avoid deserted streets.
Dishonest taxi drivers: Make sure that the taxi you are entering is registered, research about average fees to your destination and also make sure to agree on a fee before entering the cab. In case none of this work, make sure to watch the taximeter and the amount you are handing vigilantly.
Restaurants during Sunday lunch: Locals usually pack their local restaurants for family lunches on Sunday and it could be quite a hassle to find a table available.
Valuable Objects: If you do not want to lose your valuables, leave them at your hotel room. Also only bring the amount of money needed for your daily activities, it is never a wise idea to flaunt jewelry or expensive objects while walking around the city.
Dirty beaches: Make sure to check the local newspapers and internet if the beach you are going is proper for swimming. Beaches like Barra de Guaratiba, Quebra-mar until Pepê, Pepino, São Conrado, Leblon, Diabo, Urca, Botafogo e Flamengo are on the list of no swimming beaches.
Touristic Prices: Make sure to research and compare the price you are paying for something, specially on the beach.
Crowded Touristic attractions: Not that there is any problems visiting the iconic landmarks of the city, but make sure to avoid or visit them early in the morning or late in the afternoon as it can get insanely crowded during rush hour.
Furthermore, just enjoy your time in Rio! A lot can also be found by walking around the art and culture filled streets or just by asking a friendly local.
We hope you have a wonderful time in Rio! In case you have more tips, please leave them in the comments below.
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Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s most popular city, with a population of over 6 million people, breathtaking landscapes and a world famous 73.4 kilometers coast, it is not hard to understand why the city is often referred as ‘cidade maravilhosa’ (marvelous city) by its residents.
This is certainly the most exciting time to visit, as this sports loving city is set to host the 2014 Worldcup and 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Although prices may be compromised due to the aforementioned, we have selected some of the best activities for first time travelers to the city embraced by Christ the Redeemer.
Therefore, Pack your best beach wear and laidback attitude, and join us on a trip through the best spots in the city!
The best areas to stay in Rio are in the Zona Sul ( South Zone) or Centro ( Downtown), as most landmarks, beaches and iconic monuments are located in these districts. We have a wide variety of rooms in these areas for every kind of budget.
Praia da Gávea
If you are in adventure mode this is the beach for you. Most famous for its Paragliding, hang-gliding and surfing, this is the best beach if extreme sports is your cup of tea.
Praia de Ipanema
One of the most famous beaches in the country, it has served as inspiration for many Bossa Nova writers and poets in the city. Even today the beach is the liveliest, Posto 9 is the most famous among the LGBT community, whom lay their towels in front of Farme de Amoebo. Meanwhile, ‘trendsetters’ divide themselves between the Vinícius de Moraes and Maria Quitéria streets. The landscape is incredible, beautiful people, white sand, and sometimes it hosts outdoor concerts. The best option for a more laidback experience, with plenty of coconut water, tanning and mingling.
Praia do Leblon
Surrounded by luxurious residential and resort buildings, this beach is a continuation of Ipanema Beach. Leblon is a more family oriented beach, with ‘Baixo Bebe’ facilities at Posto 10, catering to children with many toys, playing areas and diaper changing facilities. It is also a great place for a scenic morning jog.
Praia de Copacabana
This is a national reference when it comes to beaches. This beach hosts the famous NYE fireworks and, when it is crowded, it serves as the postcard for the Carioca summer. The beach offers standardized stalls, as well as well-equipped toilets which allow attendees to shower (for a small fee). The Avenida Atlântica walk is also very famous among residents and tourists, whom usually enjoy the scenic view from their skates, bikes, jogging or snapping some pictures with the statue of Carlos Drummond de Andrade ( at posto 6).
Rua Dias Ferreira, 636, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil
+ 55 21 2529.2329
Brazilians love their meat, and this ‘fancy butcher’ is one of the best options for a taste of Brazilian typical dishes. The menu is quite diverse and includes Farofa de pão , lamb chops, apple mash with passion fruit and the best quinoa Risotto in the city.
R. Joana Angélica, 40 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil
+ 55 21 2247.9101)
With a cozy atmosphere, this is a great place to have lunch with friends or loved ones for a pleasant experience. Make sure to ask for a balcony table!
Rua Frei Leandro, 20, Jd. Botânico, Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil
+ 55 21 7864.9622
If you are a fan of inventive cuisine, this restaurant is a must. Chef Felipe Bronze and his staff offers the best of the molecular gastronomy, with steamy dishes and varied flavors. How about some açaí with banana, tapioca and a cold foie gras powder or a liquid shrimp ‘muqueca’and crunchy farofa?
If you are on a budget, this restaurant is a great possibility to save a few bucks while eating incredibly tasty food. The menu covers a large selection of salads, pasta, desserts, pies and quiches.
An insight into Rio’s street culture
Lapa is one of the most diverse party districts in Rio. This is one of the only places in the city where you will find people from all social classes, tribes and genres rubbing elbows in a relatively democratic way. Friday night is the best night to experience this bohemian neighborhood at its peak, with a very large crowd drinking and dancing through the streets.
For the less sociable, the place can also be experienced on Saturday evening for a calmer night out. Do not forget to visit the famous Lapa arches and some of the trendy or shabby bars, clubs and venues available.
Rua dos Arcos – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20230-060, Brazil
+55 21 2533-0354
A historic venue, which marked the start of some of the most famous 80′s rock bands in the country such as Barao Vermelho and Blitz. Today, the venue is still open with concerts of established and newcomer musicians.
Rua dos Arcos, 24, Centro, Rio de Janeiro – Rj – Tel: (21) 3212-0800
This former stove factory has become one of the hottest venues for MPB and international acts in the city. This venue also offers a series of theater, dance, philosophy, percussion, acrobatics, prop making, graffiti courses to students in the region.
Rua do Lavrario, 20 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
+55 21 3147-9000
This old building is house to some of the best samba nights in the city, it is also an antiquarian, therefore the pieces exposed also serve as decoration for this picturesque bar. In 2006, it was spotted in a top 10 list of the best bars in the world by The British Press Awards.
R. Mem de Sá, 66 - Centro - Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(21) 2224-6367 | (21) 2226-9691
This is one of the largest venues in the neighborhood, with a 700 people capacity, it sports some of the most eclectic nights in the city such as MPB, Forró, Samba, Rock and events for the LGBT community.
Lapa 40 graus
Rua Riachuelo, RJ, 20230-010, Brazil
+55 21 3970-1338
A humongous bar with pool tables and MPB or Samba concerts. This is a club owned by Carlinho de Jesus, a known name in Rio’s carnival. We recommend a visit on Friday nights, where a really nice band called “Moinho” plays.
We still have a lot to uncover in the city, stay tuned for part II of our Ultimate Guide to Rio de Janeiro.
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All of these destinations share very different types of party scenes, but there is a little bit for every kind of tourist. Pack your bags, put your dancing shoes on and come with us through a trip around these incredible destinations.
Prague has an incredibly diverse nightlife, from international jazz clubs to traditional Czech beer taverns, the city attends to all kinds of wishes. The beer in the city is very cheap, and clubs are open until the wee hours.
With its many Spas and Baths in the city, Hungarians have created an unique concept of enjoying their nights. The so-called ‘sparties’ are an amazing opportunity to enjoy the comfort of pools and baths, as well as enjoying the energetic DJs and lights, while drinking very cheap beer, making it an incredible night out.
Barcelona has one of the hippest night scenes in Europe, from its many electronic music joints to champagne and beach bars, to the more traditional salsa clubs. Expect clubs to open their doors only after midnight, and also expect the party to pick up only after 2am, the Spanish enjoy taking their time.
The nightlife in Reykjavik is not necessarily big, but it is extremely diverse. With at least 50 bars sprawled around the city center, you can enjoy a very diverse atmosphere while partying hard with locals. These bars usually change every year, therefore most of the reviews online are outdated or not existent. Every summer the city’s nightlife changes.
With the biggest beer festival in the world, Munich could not be outside our list. Oktoberfest is one of the main attractions to the city during the month of October, but the city still has a lot more to offer. As an university city, Munich has a wide variety of parties to enjoy all year long with the best of all genres of music.
Amsterdam is a city with one of the most unique nightlife in Europe. The city attends to all types of party goers, from the energetic techno party people to the more laid back blues places. The city has very famous attractions and very friendly people, therefore you can expect your night to be full of surprises.
From worldwide clubs to squat parties everywhere, the city has more than enough options for your next night out. A large variety of worldwide famous disco clubs such as Berghain and Weekend are also in the city. These clubs can get quite crowded and door policies are quite complex, but the experience of a night out in Berlin will not leave your memory very easily.
Do you agree with us? If not, please list your favorite party cities in the comments below.
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From global warming to political conflicts, countries and its landmarks are shifting in a way that there is little that can be done in order to shift their predicted outcome. Therefore, you should really start packing as some of these destinations are predicted to disappear or be severely compromised by as little as 15 years.
We have selected some of the most beautiful endangered destinations still available for visit, but just remember the clock is ticking.
7. The Maldives
The Indian Ocean’s archipelago is one of the most affected by climate change. As the lowest country on the planet, this diving and surfing paradise, is suffering due to its more ocean than land attractiveness. The country is composed by thousands of coral islands and reefs and these may be submerged within 100 years, if sea levels continue to rise at the same speed.
Flights to the national Male Airport can be easily booked from Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Excursions in between islands can be done via ferries, seaplanes or speed boats.
6. The Karnali River, Tibet
Cutting through the Himalayas, the Karnali is Nepal’s longest and wildest river. The later one is the main attractive point for tourism in the location as adrenaline seeking rafting and floating fans crave to adventure its waters. Although in high demand for its touristic aspects, the abundant water flow has been attracting hydropower developments by the Nepali government as well. If you want to visit this natural wonder, you should do it fast! Investment and Financing are currently being sought by government officials in order to complete this project for electricity export to China and India.
If you want to experience the Karnali, contact Ultimate Descents, which is a pioneering organization that specializes in running rivers in Nepal and neighboring areas.
5. Venice, Italy
Although the city is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Europe, its destiny is seemingly far away from the current novelty around the city. Flooding in the city has increased consistently for years, ultimately making scientists scratch their heads over how long the city has left . Recent reports from the University of Padua in Italy confirm the city’s sinking ways as well as several architects which claim the immersion is also compromising building foundations, too.
While still above water, you can enjoy the scenic gondola or boat tours of iconic buildings such as the Basilica de San Marco, as well as many deliciously local food and wine.
4. Taj Mahal, India
The 17th century elaborate mausoleum is one of the most famous landmarks in India. The landmark attracts around 3 million visitors each year, whom are amazed by the masterpiece in memory of Mughal emperor Shal Jahan’s wife. However that may change within the next 5 years, as preservation groups are urging India to close the Taj Mahal due to air pollution, questionable restoration and tourism impact have been eroding its structure.
If you have not experienced the sight yet, your next opportunity might be a little too late. Therefore, make arrangements as soon as possible for a breathtaking tour through the palace’s magnificent details like a reflecting pool, chiseled marble screens with tiny sculpted flowers, and intricate inlaid semiprecious stones.
3. Easter Island
Best known for its monolithic statues, Easter Island is also a destination with an uncertain near future. With a small and decreasing population, which fewer than half are indigenous, are suffering from a high number of visitors, whom flock to the island. Although there has been an active attempts in order to maintain the nation at a healthy state, from the building of more eco-friendly resorts to limiting the permission for tourists to enter the country.
Visit the country before you need a visa or permit to do so, and explore meanwhile all of the island’s ancient hieroglyphs, cave paintings, and Moai, or do some extraordinary diving.
2. Mt. Kilimanjaro
Located in North Eastern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is formed by three extinct volcanoes and moreover the highest mountain in Africa, with an incredible 6,000 meters in its highest summit. Although tourism to the mountain has increased consistently through the years, due to global warming most of the ice in the mountain has melted, around 80% up to now.
Make sure to catch this incredible experience while you can, as it is one of the most attainable from the highest peaks in the world, and according to predictions it will be vanished by 2030.
1. The Dead Sea
Since bordering countries began to divert water from the Dead Sea’s main tributary 50 years ago, the salty waters have started to evaporate in a fast pace, three feet per year to be exact. Some local researches have started a project which consists of channeling water from the Red Sea into the troubled sea. The opposition claims that this would have a large impact and compromise of the natural ecosystem. If they cannot find a solution quick or you do not hurry up, in 40 years the famous area will be completely dry.
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