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Canada

A Proper Visit to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most unique tourist destinations in North America. Mostly this is because it’s simply a stunning natural occurrence – far and away the most striking waterfall (or more accurately, cluster of waterfalls) on the continent.

Celebrate National Cake Day – November 26

If you like cake — and most of us do — then celebrating National Cake Day on November 26 provides the perfect time to indulge!

Where Can You Take the FlyOver Canada Simulation Ride?

FlyOver Canada is an eight-minute experience that takes you by helicopter over some of Canada’s most iconic places. From cowboys rounding up horses on the prairies, to the tops of the Rockies, the experience is nothing short of astounding.

Walk Through the Sign Post Forest on the Alaska Highway

The Sign Post Forest is a quirky roadside attraction on the Alaska Highway in Watson Lake, Yukon – now 75+ years old with 75,000+ signs from everywhere!

History of Transportation Museum – Bush Bikes to Studebakers

The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum archives the local history of transportation, and preserves the machinery of the past, along with other artifacts, to tell the story of this Northern British Columbia community at the Mile 300 marker of the Alaska Highway.

Keeping the Tradition of the English Pub Alive with Taps & Fine Whiskies

A traditional English pub was the focal point of community life. Here, you could drink your “pint,” relax and trade stories with friends, even make a deal or two. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s popular Winston’s English Pub & Grill captures the traditional pub atmosphere as well as adding its own unique spin on English cuisine.

Visit Québec for Cycling Adventures — Extreme Bike Rides to a World-class Race

Visit Quebec City for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec as well as great cycling adventures, from beautiful bike tours to extreme mountain bike adventures.

Yukon Transportation Museum: Machines From a Sno-Train to a Monoplane

The Whitehorse, Yukon Transportation Museum, has an excellent collection of machinery of the past used in the far north with snow and muskeg, as well as various artifacts from the history of transportation, including everything from dogsleds and boats, to sea planes and trucks.

Try These Hiking Trails & Walking Trails — Crossing Hagwilget Canyon & Hagwilget Bridge

The Hagwilget Bridge, a suspension bridge crossing the Hagwilget Canyon, off Yellowhead Highway in Northern BC, at the Hazeltons, offers walking trails & hiking trails for all abilities.

Face Masks, Native American Totem Poles and More at the Museum of Northern British Columbia

The award-winning Museum of Northern British Columbia shares the history, culture, and art of BC First Nations, such as totem poles, carvings, and more.

United States

See Fish Fly: Pike Place Market in Seattle

Pike Place Market was once called the Finest Public Market in the World. Today nearly a century later, this Historic District still draws over 10 million visitors. And while there are many reasons to spend a few hours at the market, the world-famous fishmongers who throw their fish at buyers are still the best known.

Hiking the Oregon Trail to the top of Windlass Hill

Hiking the Oregon Trail to the top of Windlass Hill provides a panorama of the Nebraska Platte Valley along with wagon ruts made by settlers 175+ years ago.

A Proper Visit to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most unique tourist destinations in North America. Mostly this is because it’s simply a stunning natural occurrence – far and away the most striking waterfall (or more accurately, cluster of waterfalls) on the continent.

Celebrate National Cookie Day December 4 at Your Favorite Coffee Shop

National Cookie Day has been around for at least forty years, since Sesame Street included it on their calendar. But of course, what special day could be more popular with the Cookie Monster than Cookie Day?

Vintage Hudson Cars, Petroleum Collectibles, Antiques & More

The Frontier Auto Museum is absolutely amazing — step back to 1950s and ’60s cars, a stocked auto garage, toys, petroleum collectibles, and more.

Hike the Unforgettable Giant Redwood Forest or Ride the Sky Trail

Take an unforgettable hike through California’s giant forest at Trees of Mystery, in Klamath, or an adventure ride on the gondola Sky Trail through the treetops.

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Hiking the Appalachian Trail — Infographic

How many thru-hikers have hiked the Appalachian Trail? This infographic gives this you this fact, plus 25 additional exciting facts you didn’t know about the 14-state-long hike through the Appalachian Mountains.

Do Ghosts Really Haunt the Frontier Prison in Rawlins, WY?

Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum is a fascinating historical place — the cold chills you feel when you visit may not be just because it’s unheated. Experts say it’s haunted!

Visit the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge for Navy Day

Take a tour of the USS Kidd, docked in Baton Rouge, LA, to celebrate Navy Day. Go through the battleship to see torpedoes, gun decks, living quarters, etc.

Where Did You Eat the Best Beer & Pizza This Year?

Never heard of beer and pizza day? That could be because it's a newbie on the block when it comes to National Days we love to celebrate. In fact, the first International Beer and Pizza Day (or National!) was held October 9, 2016. Started by Web developer,...

Europe

Spain for History Lovers: 8 Must See Historical Places

Spain is a popular destination for its many historic places. This round-up, of 8 destinations for history lovers, provides a guide to help you get started exploring historic buildings of Spain and the cultures that have thrived in the country over the past centuries.

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel Stockholm – Review

Enjoy some four-star pampering on your visit to Stockholm with the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel — great location next to historical Central Station.

Celebrate National Pierogi Day with the Best Pierogies

These are the best pierogies I’ve eaten! Try them at Lunch Bar TU in Krakow, Poland — they’re perfect to celebrate World Pierogi Day! Check out the history of the pierogi that we eat worldwide.

Auschwitz Concentration Camp & Birkenau: Historic Places Near Krakow Poland

Over a million people visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp museum annually – an historical place from WWII where over a million were murdered. See inside Auschwitz and Birkenau near Krakow, Poland, as well as get visiting tips.

Whitewater Rafting Adventure with Rafting Tara — European Tours for Nature Lovers

Take a whitewater rafting adventure with Tara Sport in Bosnia and Herzegovina — day adventures from canyoning to paragliding to mountain biking.

The Warship That Never Went to War: Vasa Museum in Stockholm

Stockholm’s Vasa Museum is home to the only fully preserved 17th century warship. The 69 m long, 50+ m tall ship is housed along with maritime artifacts.

St. Adalbert Church in Krakow Market Square — 1000 Years of History

St. Adalbert Church, situated in Krakow Market Square (Krakow Old Town), is over 1000 years old. This historic masonry church is open to visit.

How to Visit Europe on a Budget Without Backpacks or Hostels

Travel tips on how to visit Europe on a Budget – Krakow is one of the cheapest and has many free sights in its UNESCO heritage site of Old Town.

FREE Things to See in Stockholm: Knights & Castle Walls at the Medieval Museum

The Medieval Museum in Stockholm is a free museum with artifacts like a 5 centuries old piece of the original wall, personal artifacts, weaponry and more.

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, & Ice Palace

You can have your choice of a soft or extreme adventure experience at Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, and Ice Palace.

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Best 6 Snowmobile Museums in North America

Snowmobiles have been making transportation over the snow easier for decades — or, if you count adapted automobiles with tracks as a snowmachine, for more than a century. These six museums are home to many historic models!

Best Stories of 2017 on guide2travel

It’s time to tear that last page from the 2017 calendar. But before we do, let’s look back at some of the best stories of 2017 on guide2travel.

Cruises: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About a Royal Caribbean Mega Ship

Cruising on a mega ship with Royal Caribbean feels a lot like living in a magnificent floating city. The Oasis of the Seas, my first cruise adventure, provided exciting things to do all day — every day.

Which are the Best Caribbean Islands and Beaches?

The Caribbean may be North America’s most popular winter destination with more than 25 million visitors each year. And with good reason! From the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea to the white sand of its beaches, there’s plenty of sun and fun for those wanting to escape the cold.

Where Can You Take the FlyOver Canada Simulation Ride?

FlyOver Canada is an eight-minute experience that takes you by helicopter over some of Canada’s most iconic places. From cowboys rounding up horses on the prairies, to the tops of the Rockies, the experience is nothing short of astounding.

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Hiking the Appalachian Trail — Infographic

How many thru-hikers have hiked the Appalachian Trail? This infographic gives this you this fact, plus 25 additional exciting facts you didn’t know about the 14-state-long hike through the Appalachian Mountains.

Getting off the Beaten Path in Sydney, Australia

Some tips on attractions that will take you off the beaten path in Sydney – from a bar named for an historical prostitute to a micronation!

Fun Facts About Canada as we Celebrate our 150 Anniversary

Check out this infographic of 25 fun facts about Canada along with information about the Great White North and some common misconceptions.

What’s Your Favorite Travel Quote?

Getting ready to travel or just returning from a trip? Here are some travel quotes that span several centuries — what’s your favorite travel quote?

Wabasha Street Caves & their Prohibition Secrets — Saint Paul, MN

Saint Paul, Minnesota, history includes Prohibition gangsters and speakeasies including the Wabasha Street Caves. See “Castle Royal” or take a driving tour.

Hiking Windlass Hill in Nebraska on the Oregon Trail

Hiking the Oregon Trail to the top of Windlass Hill

Hiking the Oregon Trail to the top of Windlass Hill provides a panorama of the Nebraska Platte Valley along with wagon ruts made by settlers 175+ years ago.

Trees of Mystery in Klamath, California.

Hike the Unforgettable Giant Redwood Forest or Ride the Sky Trail

Take an unforgettable hike through California’s giant forest at Trees of Mystery, in Klamath, or an adventure ride on the gondola Sky Trail through the treetops.

Hike the Appalachian Trail

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Hiking the Appalachian Trail — Infographic

How many thru-hikers have hiked the Appalachian Trail? This infographic gives this you this fact, plus 25 additional exciting facts you didn’t know about the 14-state-long hike through the Appalachian Mountains.

The Old Mill at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.

Fabulous Fall Walks in one of Georgia’s Most Beautiful Historic Places

Berry College is one of Rome, Georgia’s, most popular attractions. And I can guarantee you’ll find fabulous fall walks at its historic places!

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Take a Raft or Kayak on a Whitewater Center Rafting Adventure

Whether you want to raft or kayak in whitewater, the Whitewater Rafting Center in Charlotte, NC, has it, along with other amazing outdoor adventures that include everything from sky bridges and rappeling to cargo net climbs and canyon crossing.

Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska

See & Walk to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau on Your Alaska Cruise

The Mendenhall Glacier & ice caves and Nugget Falls are situated in Juneau, Alaska, which you can only visit by air, or an Alaska cruise ship or Marine Hwy ferry.

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park in Oregon

Things to Do in Oregon: Umpqua Lighthouse State Park & Oregon Dunes

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is one of Oregon’s most popular parks. It’s in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which has great hiking and watersports, plus access for motorized vehicles like quads and dirt bikes.

Rafting on the Tara

Whitewater Rafting Adventure with Rafting Tara — European Tours for Nature Lovers

Take a whitewater rafting adventure with Tara Sport in Bosnia and Herzegovina — day adventures from canyoning to paragliding to mountain biking.

Canyon Sainte-Anne where the rush begins!

Try it! Canyon Sainte-Anne Via Ferrata Adventure Tour

Get the ultimate adrenaline rush at the Canyon Sainte-Anne Via Ferrata where you go rock climbing above the rushing rapids of Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River.

Hike Nebraska - Courthouse Rock

Courthouse Rock & Jail Rock: Hiking the Oregon National Historic Trail

Hiking to the top of Jail Rock gives you a 40-mile view of Courthouse Rock and the Nebraska Plains area on the historic Oregon Trail of the 1840s.

Explore the glacier, snowfun, and ice palace at the Top of Europe - Jungfraujoch.

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, & Ice Palace

You can have your choice of a soft or extreme adventure experience at Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, and Ice Palace.

Snowmobiling through hills in Gaspesie Region of Quebec.

20,000 Miles of Snowmobile Trails — Quebec the Ultimate Winter Destination — #Photos

Quebec is a winter paradise -- especially for those of us who love snowmobiles. This Eastern Canadian province has 20,500 miles (33,000 km) of groomed trails that stretch from the shores of the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Upper Laurentians to Gaspe, up against the...
Cumberland River in Kentucky.

Adventures on Horseback: Crossing the Cumberland River and the Daniel Boone National Forest

The Cumberland River was wide—a ten-lane highway dividing a wilderness of granite and the Daniel Boone National Forest. Crystal clear, the water rushed forward catching in swirls and small rapids that glistened in the bright afternoon sunshine. The trail boss, Bill,...
The Painted Hills of Oregon John Day Fossil Beds National Monument - Painted Hills Unit

Places You Must See & Hike in Oregon: Painted Hills

Some say the Painted Hills of Oregon are one of the seven wonders of Oregon. For us, they were one of the highlights of our 10 day road trip to see the giant redwoods on California's East coast. So what makes them distinctive? You could say that Oregon's Painted Hills...
Strangnas is a picturesque town on Lake Malaren in Sweden.

Road Trip to Strangnas on Lake Malaren in Sweden — #photooftheday

Sweden has many inland lakes and rivers -- in fact they cover 10% of the countryside. So, it's no wonder that some of the most scenic day road trips from Stockholm are to little seaside towns. We'd spent most of our time in Sweden in Stockholm, with just one side...
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