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The Best Travel Apps, Period

Yes, there is an app for too many things to count, indeed, just about anything! And since we’ve been talking about travel, decided to dig around in a few easy applications to help you with sleeping over, flying, dining, navigating and safety. We noted which apps require pay, so if we don’t mention it, it’s free and available to iOS or Android users, unless otherwise noted.

Flying
• Dealray
It’s $9.99 per month that will help you find inexpensive flight deals, alerts you to big price decreases, sales and error fares. Sorry, this one is iOS, but no Android.

• Freebird
Once you record your flight on this site, they will alert you if the flight is delayed by four or more hours or canceled. You can also book a new flight on any airline; one-way fees start at $19.

• Skiplagged
This is a fun app that helps you find one-way tickets with a stopover. The fun starts at the stop over location because you aren’t returning to the plane for your original destination. This is an option usually less expensive than a non-stop flight.

Dining
• Grab
Who has these good ideas? This app looks at restaurant menus inside the airport, map them for you and in some cases, even helps you order in advance so you can grab and go on your race to the gate. Today, it lists over 170 restaurants at 17 US airports.

• HappyCow
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian and you enjoy travel you must download this app! It will find restaurants for you in over 10,000 world cities. London, New York City, and Moldova and they provide very brief menu descriptions as well as customer reviews. There is a cost of $3.99.

• Velocity
Velocity tells you where all the hot restaurants are located, and you can also pay your bill or share it with your dining partner. They are working on adding the most popular spots for an exciting nightlife in Gstaad and Verbier in Switzerland as well as Aspen, Colorado.

Hotels
• AsYouStay
This app helps ease some of the pressures of making sure you check in by 3 pm and out by noon. The app owners have partnered with over 50 properties in New York City and about a dozen more in South Beach, Miami. Coming soon, Chicago and San Francisco.

• Chatnbook
iOS is available today, and Android is still in testing, but this app lets you load your travel details and once you do the app will deliver properties which meet your specifications. If you tap on the right symbol (green thumbs up), your chosen hotel will contact you directly with their best rates.

• Dayuse.com
If you have an extended layover, this app helps you book a room for just a few hours so you can grab a hot shower, nap or just clean up a tad. Their 3,000 hotels usually offer as much as 75 percent off standard nightly rates.

• Hostelworld
The purpose of this a is to bring single travelers together in either boozy events, private rooms or having fun at communal activities.

• Oasis
Oasis offers a variety of luxury short term apartment rentals in about two dozen locations. Rio, Miami, and Milan to name a few and you will have 24/7 concierge service to help with tour bookings, restaurant and theater tickets.

• Roomer
Substantial discounts on hotel rooms from other travelers who have had to unexpectedly had to cancel their trips. You can expect discounts of about 30 to 80 percent. And if this has happened to you, sell your reservation here as well.

• TripHappy
And happy is what you’ll be when this app finishes dissecting 37 million pieces of data and spits out the best places and hoods for you to stay in during your travels. Then you can sort your results by rating or price.

Navigation
• Cool Cousin
We don’t know about you guys, but none of our cousins are very cool. LOL. But this application sure is cool! Collections of “off-the-beaten-path” recommendations from residents in 14 destinations. A mixologist in London and an artist in Paris are two fun examples. You can expect to see some trendy suggestions here!

• Sidekix
While it may not be the shortest route, this app will give you the best walking instructions that will meet your preferences and interests. It is currently prepared for us in over 100 prime cities, and more are being added every week.

Driving

• Rideways
By entering your trip destinations and times, you can schedule a “rideway,” which is owned by Priceline to book a taxi, train or bus in over 500 worldwide cities. It’s a more cost-effective way to travel.

• Turo
This app lets you rent automobiles from owners. You may have known it as RelayRides; it’s prior name. It’s available for both US and Canadian users. You can search for any desired vehicle and likely find it for a much lower rate than a rental agency. Europe has recently been added to their service area.

• Wingz
Book your travel methods here in over a dozen metropolitan US cities. You know in advance the cost, the name of your driver and if you have a favorite, you can request him or her. All drivers have been checked out via their DMV records.

Health and safety
• Binaural
Who knew there was an app to help us fight jet lag? This app uses binaural beats, which are sounds that many cultures have relied upon for hundreds of years to relax. These repeated “beats” can improve learning and focus, reduce anxiety and relax your mind.

• Geosure
For whatever area you are in, the app can report a personal safety score, environmental threats, health risks, political threats and information about thefts and assaults in the area via crowdsourcing. It is a location-sensitive app.

• My Panda
This app tells you the level of security via GPS. It was founded shortly after the Paris terror attacks in 2015. In some locations, it will also direct you to the nearest police station and a one click option to call them.

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Colleges in the United States

When picking a university one should go for a good mixture of setting and study. Consider the layout of the buildings and the aesthetic of the quad. Can yourself studying here for the next four years? Do you want to go somewhere with ornamented footpaths? Or architecture that will make your heart melt? It’s important to consider these things and to know where to find them so we’ve completed a list just of the 10 most beautiful colleges in the country.

10. Pepperdine University in California
You wouldn’t be alone if you confused this Malibu campus for indulgent resort on the coast. This specific campus was built in 1972 so students could catch a glimpse of the layered landscape that meets the Pacific Ocean on their way to class. Definitely a place to consider applying.

9. University of Hawaii at M?noa
What’s not to love about a college in Hawaii? Hawaii is easily one of the most beautiful states in the country so it should be no surprise that it is home to one of the most beautiful colleges as well. The statue university in M?noa stands out for it’s beachside campus and its views of nearby volcanoes (something you won’t see at any other college in the states).

8. University of Chicago in Illinois
There are many lovable colleges in the prairie state, but none stood out as much as the University of Chicago. In Hyde Park rests this architectural salute to the Gothic era. This stand out university even played home to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

7. Tulane University in Louisiana
This college offers a beautiful mix of palm trees and evergreens. At Tulane you will get an unwavering New Orleans vibe which makes it a college worth considering.

6. College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts
This university is in one of the smallest states in the United States but it is one of the most vied for. Massachusetts is home to some of the most beautiful colleges around like Harvard and Williams. But it’s the College of Holy Cross that stands out above the rest. This breathtaking campus is suspended on a hill overlooking Worcester and is known as one of the best landscaped schools in the country.

5. St. John’s Santa Fe in New Mexico
This Southwestern campus is a satellite campus of Maryland’s St John’s College. It resides near the base of Monte Luna and serves up students a mountain view that is unmatched.

4. Kenyon College in Ohio
Ohio is known for it’s small liberal arts schools. But Kenyon is known for being beautiful. Regal masonry populates the dorms and administration buildings next to a sprawling rural setting at this university.

3. Lewis & Clark in Oregon
This university is named for the famous explores that cross the country on foot, Lewis and Clark. It resides in a quaint Portland neighborhood that encases it with plunging hills and Douglas Firs.

2. Southern Methodist University in Texas
The splendid entrance of Southern Methodist University is lined with greenery and trees. It offers visitors a hint of what’s inside without giving away what lies ahead–fresh cut lawns, stone buildings, and Wes Anderson-like symmetry.

1. Colgate University in New York
There are so many universities in New York that it’s hard to decide which exemplifies the state the most. From the buzzing and urban Columbia University to the sprawling landscapes of Cornell, it offers a bit of everything. But Colgate offers a bit more than all the rest with it’s rustic look. The campus rests in the middle of untouched forests, hill, and lakes.

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Top 10 Best Hikes in America

There’s nothing like a long hike through America’s most beautiful national parks, and with so many to choose from, it may be hard to settle on one. We’ve compiled a thorough list of what we think are the top 10 hiking trails in the United States based not only their popularity, but on how much of a pure hiking spot they are.

10. Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY

Head to Prospect Park in Brooklyn if you’d like to partake in a bunch of different activities — everything from hiking to tennis to bird-watching. There’s also miles of roadways and paths, including a running lane along Park Drive that stretches for more than 3 miles.

9. Shenandoah National Park, VA

Virginia’s most notable park is just 75 miles from the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. It is spread over 200,000 acres of protected lands, which is home to deer, birds, and even bears. It also features 500 miles of hiking trails, including a 101-mile stretch of the famous Appalachian Trail.

8. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN & NC

The towering mountains in this park essentially serves as the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina. It is well known for its animal life and awesome hiking trails, with a “Hike the Smokes” challenge that rewards hikers who have explored at least 100 miles of the park with a special mileage pin.

7. Central Park, NY

The crown jewel of Manhattan is Central Park, and more than just being an oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s a great place to hike. Harlett Nature Sanctuary near Wollman Rink is a particularly great place to do your hiking, as it was just reopened in May of 2016.

6. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The Grand Canyon is arguably America’s most iconic park, and it’s also an excellent place to go hiking. There are all sorts of trails running through the park, some for beginners and others should only be attempted by experienced hikers with plenty of gear. You don’t have to hike far to get a spectacular view.

5. Glacier National Park, MT

Montana’s Glacier National Park serves as headwaters for streams that eventually make their way to the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Hudson’s Bay, so it’s quite an important source of water in America. It has several trails for hiking, ranging from easy to very difficult around Many Glacier. It has many cool critters too, like the pygmy shrew or the majestic elk, and a variety of birds and reptiles.

4. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

The Grand Canyon may get all the attention when it comes to canyons, but Bryce Canyon in Utah is pretty underrated as a hiking spot. The canyon looks very different from its bigger cousin, with “hoodoos” — bizarre pillars of rocks that are the result of erosion — offering a spectacular site along the trail.

3. Multnomah Falls, OR

Mulnomah Falls is one of the lesser known spots on this list, but it is no less spectacular. Its waterfall is more than 600 feet high, and you can reach it after hiking for just 5 to 10 minutes. Of course, it’s not unknown to locals, so you’ll need to get to the falls early if you want to get there without a whole bunch of crowds.

2. Zion National Park, UT

Utah’s first national park is famous for its beautiful sandstone cliffs, natural stone arches, and, of course, lots of hiking trails for every experience level. It’s best to head out at sunrise in order to catch the park in all its glory, and the Upper Emerald Pool trail is not to be missed.

1. Yosemite National Park, CA

There’s probably no matching the pristine natural beauty of Yosemite, and to us, there’s no better place to hike in the United States. Its trails will keep you busy, with one trail that is a 16-mile round trip. However, that trail is for experienced hikers due in large part to the high elevation, and the fact that it takes up to 12 hours to complete.

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Top 10 Best European Cities for Solo Travelers

Europe is a big place full of monuments and museums that can make your head spin. The sheer amount of things in Europe can get overwhelming, especially for a solo traveler. And while you should definitely check out the historical sites, you should also take some time to do some real exploring. It’s the day when you get lost on a city that lead to the most exciting adventures and to the most memorable stories.

So when you go to Europe make sure to choose some destinations that are bound to lead to adventure and wonder. Here is a list of our 10 favorite cities for you to explore on your solo trip abroad.

10. Paris

There is no greater place to get lost than in the City of Lights. Paris’s winding roads and old walkways are there to lead you to some of the most beautiful sites in the world. It is a city of artists and tramps. When you go there be sure to check out English Shakespearean Bookstore where you can become a Tumbleweed and stay in Paris for free.

9. Bruges

Charter the canals and swim under ancient bridges where trees dip into the water. It is literally like a city out of a fair tale.

8. Dublin

Dublin is Ireland’s most famous city. Here you can take in some real Irish pride at any local pub or brewery. Of course the city isn’t just all about drinking. It is an ideal city to walk around and explore some castles. It is also ranked as the safest city in the world

7. Vienna

The City of Music is truly a musical place. In this Austrian city you can sip coffee by day at traditional cafes and go to operas by night.

6. Bergen

Norway is a solo traveler’s dream and is ideal for backpacking. Look out for the NESCO Heritage wooden houses of Bryggen, the outdoor fish market, and Fløibanen funicular.

5. Berlin

Germany is a country full of both new and old. It has survived many wars and tumultuous history that you can see in every city and town. But there is no better city to check out than Berlin. The city is constantly altering itself and changing with the times. Stay in a hostel when you’re take a take tours with your fellow travelers. Sights to see for any backpacker are the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate.

4. Reykjavik

Iceland is a far greener than the name lets off. This island nation is known as one of the world’s most peaceful countries and has one of the lowest crime rates. During the summer months daylight can last up to 21 hours and flying there can cost as little at. are as low as $442. The city, Reykjavik, offers free walking tours, cheap hostels, and is home to a hot dog stand you must eat at. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur served hot dogs to both Billl Clinton and Kim Kardashian.

3. Lucerne

Lucerne is a beautiful getaway for young solo travelers. There you can walk in the footsteps of Mark Twain and check out Lake Lucerne. The central town is highly walkable and tourist friendly.

2. London

London is known as a world class city for a reason. It’s easy to navigate trains and airports make traveling effortless for any young solo traveler. Take a Harry Potter tour, see Windsor, say hello to the queen — it’s all possible in this magical city.

1. Prague

This historic city in the Czech Republic is one of the best cities in the world for travel. It is a walkable size and has some of the best sights around. Here you can see from the city’s rooftops, chapels, palaces, and gothic cathedrals. You’ll also find it to be remarkably affordable, which is a plus for any traveler wandering the country on their own.

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Top 5 Best Places to Visit in Lower Greenville, Texas

Northeast Dallas and Lower Greenville haven’t always been known for being a classy area. But it’s filled with quaint residential streets filled with craftsmen homes. Today, the area has become known for being a stop for different restaurants, cocktail bars, retail stores, minus the big box experience. With a very laid-back vibe, it is home to young, up and comers in cooking, yoga and the arts. So, we did our investigation to find some of the top spots for you to visit.

5. The Blind Butcher
Executive Chef, Oliver Sitrin, who makes most all the restaurants meats via a hand crank, and ferments veggies for pickles, potato chips and mustard are just a few of his specialties. Spider steaks, fried pig ears alongside an orange aioli or a watermelon or butter leaf salad are the perfect companions to his beef and pork dishes. His most famous dessert is served in a hollowed-out bone, and the marrow is cooked into his luscious chocolate cake.

4. Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Pastry Chef, Katherine Clapner is a native Texan but has worked all over the world including London and Venice. She is known for her unique touches like adding vinegar, curry or Romano cheese to her sweet dishes. Another unique quality is chickpeas, tobacco, or porcini mushrooms in her dark chocolate dishes. Her candy shop is a bit less flowery than most as she displays her goods as works of art. What she loves most about Lower Greenville is its pedestrian nature where neighbors pop in to sample the latest treats or pick up a unique gift.

3. Truck Yard
No, it’s not a yard full of vehicles, it’s a beer garden, although it is in a former auto parts store and salvage yard. It’s the whole neighborhood personified and filled with laid back customers and neighbors. Wear your flip flops in and grab one of 12 beers on top, some local picks by Deep Ellum Brewery and Bishop Cider Company are available. There’s live music, picnic tables, lawn chairs, food trucks and old tires to rest your weary feet. This is down home at its best!

2. Bullzerk
Owned by a former graphic designer, Dan Bradley prints unique T-shirts, some of which you can buy right off the press since 2015. But tees aren’t the only thing you can buy here, baby onesies, and posters too. One of the things Dan loves about his home is the small neighborhoods that support small businesses, and you can catch your neighbors out at the gym, coffee shop or walking.

1. Good Records
Native San Antonian, Chris Penn has been a music lover all his life and has been a Lower Greenville resident for the last ten years. This shop, Good Records has become a local hangout for most of its 16 years of business. He sells albums, CDs and has been known to host in-store concerts, parties, and DJ sets. If you spot a gem, don’t delay, Chris plans to move his merchandise fast, and it’s priced accordingly.

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9 Things That Will Amaze You About Flying Business Class

Flying sure isn’t what it used to be, and most of the time you don’t have a choice to pick First versus Business Class. It’s a pain to sit in the center of a three-seater as plane make seats smaller and smaller. For those of us who have never had the chance to appreciate the advantages of flying business class, here is what you’re missing. (Note that everything is dependent upon the carrier, however as a rule, most airliners have raised the prices on business class to the point paying to upgrade isn’t worth it. Having more space, potentially better help and better food are the biggest contrasts now.

That said, here are some great facts that will leave you amazed.

9. All that space is mine? Unwind, there’s a lot of room!

8. My carry on doesn’t go overhead? No, it fits easily, and I can get to it at whatever point I need it without having to navigate over my seat partners.

7. What, my shoes have their own spot? A nice compartment for my shoes, so I don’t need to wear them the entire flight. Just remember, keep your socks clean.

6. Pleasantry kits and it’s free? That’s right, socks, skincare items, toothbrush and toothpaste and hair item all for you.

5. The seats do what? They lie flat, and in addition I get my own bedding! I’m in paradise.

4. An individual movie setup? An enormous touchscreen TV that runs well known shows and movies! Do I rest or stare at the television? Big decision!

3. There’s a menu? We have choices? That’s right, a multi-course dinner…with options!

2. Wine, champagne, liquor?! Loosen up with a glass of wine before settling into luxury.

1. Do I smell croissants? The best flights will have these and even some fresh squeezed orange juice, espresso, toast, and jam. What a great way to wake up and enjoy the rest of your flight.

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Top 10 Things to Do In Portland, Oregon

There is so much to do in this majestic city in the Pacific Northwest! Here you can take in the local coffee culture, ride bikes, wear flannel all day long and so much more. If you’re planning a trip to the “The City That Works” read this list to get an idea of what you shouldn’t miss.

1. Living Room Theatre

Are you a film buff? A lover of indie movies? Or maybe you just want to find a place to hide away for the night? Check out this local movie theater. Grab a local microbrew and watch your favorite artsy film in your own personal reclining chair here. It’s just like your own living room!

2. Powell’s Books

In downtown Portland you can check out rare and small press books at Powell’s, the city’s largest bookstore. It has its own coffee shop and tons of corners and nooks to hideaway and read in. It’s a must see for any book lover.

3. Portland Trailblazers

Portland isn’t just hipsters, coffee, and art. This city is also home to renown NBA team that makes Oregon proud. See the Trailblazers at the Moda Center, formerly know as the Rose Garden.

4. Portland Saturday Market

This popup market takes places every Saturday in Ankeny Square. Here you’ll find local knick knacks, hand crafted accessories, candles and whatever else you can dream of. Portland is slogan is “Keep Portland Weird” so you can only imagine what kinds of random bobbles and local flare you’ll find here.

5. International Rose Test Garden

There are over 500 varieties of Roses here! You can check out the garden at your own pace, so you can stop and smell the roses OR you can go on a guided tour that takes place 1 p.m. daily. It’s your choice.

6. Food Carts

Portland is known for its many food carts. On all sidewalks and street corners you are likely to find one serving up things Thai, Mediterranean, Japanese treats. Stroll through the city and sample them as you go. There’s nothing they don’t serve.

7. Red and Black Café

If you love coffee, you won’t want to miss this collectively run coffeehouse. It’s flooded by hipsters with MacBook’s fighting the power and living up to the many anti-establishment placards that paper the café. Portland is a liberal city, so you’ll find many coffee shops like this, but Red and Black Café stands above all the rest and their coffee is to die for.

8. Washington Park

High above the city is a forest covered by pine trees. This forest is known as Washington Park. Within this park are the Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens, and literally thousands of rose bushes. Pebbled pathways guide you through the park and to the various landscapes within it. In here you’ll also find the city’s zoo and an arboretum.

9. Hawthorne

If cities had hipster districts, this would be Portland’s. Strolling through this trendy neighborhood you’ll oddballs with handlebar mustaches drinking slow drip coffee and riding fixed gear bicycles. You won’t want to miss this unique neighborhood. Go here to gawk or partake. In Portland all is accepted and encouraged.

10. Mount Hood

This is the lone Mountain that looms over the city, watching it in the distance. If you’re in this city for adventure, this is where you’ll find it. Navigate is rocky trails cover pine trees on a day hike or ski down it’s slopes depending on the weather. Either way be sure to check it out near sunset so you can get a view of the city that can’t be beat!

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Top 10 Sights to See While Driving

If you love driving and want to be part of the most beautiful and iconic strips of highway in the nation, this one is for you!

10.  Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina

Almost 500 miles of scenic forests and meadows atop the Appalachian Mountains from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. The parkway is a leisurely cruise rather than a roller coaster, except for the Linn Cove Viaduct, which skims the treetops winding its way around the road’s highest peak.

9.  Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

A breathtaking 50-mile trip intended to draw us to the beauty of our national parks, this drive will take you to the Glacier National Park that lies between two alpine lakes of dark blue color. It closes in winter due to the snowy weather that can reach 80 feet deep. Be sure to stop at Logan Pass, a 6,646-high wild mountain goat herd home in wildflower meadows.

8.  Hill Country Highways, Texas

Nearly in the center of the Lone Star state, Hill Country offers deep canyons and fast flowing rivers. In Utopia, a tranquil hamlet, you will find a chain of winding roads that give you the full flavor of the countryside. Highways 335, 336 and 337 are a roller coaster ride by rocky jutted walls. Heads up adrenaline junkies!  Be sure to stop at the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum just outside of Vanderpool and dine at the famous Ace Café.

7.  Columbia River Scenic Highway, Oregon

This road is concrete proof that we can improve on Mother Nature, sometimes. Designed and constructed in the early days of the automobile, the route winds past a chain of beautiful waterfalls while taking in the best sights of the Columbia Gorge, just east of Portland. 700 feet over the Columbia River, be sure to visit Vista House, a rest stop and tribute to the Oregon Trail pioneers.

6.  Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, New Hampshire

New England offers several great driving trips, but you can’t miss “The Kanc.” It runs on Route 112 for about 25 miles between Lincoln and Conway and is the best autumn color drive in the United States.  Pass under covered bridges, remote farmhouses, and miles of hardwood and evergreen forest. And it’s totally commerce free. For a short 15-minute sachet, plan a picnic by the cascades just south of the highway.

5.  Bayou Cruise, Louisiana

The flat lands of the lower Mississippi River just west of New Orleans are known for quiet country lanes winding past lazy bayous filled with dangling Spanish moss. Majestic oaks and cypress trees, gators and herons hanging out in the swampy lagoons, may catch your eye. Take Highway 31 to enjoy the Breaux Bridge and get your Cajun on at the crawfish capital of the world. If you pass through on Saturday morning, the Café des Amis offers music.

4.  Route 66, Illinois to California

Yes, it’s the ever-famous Route 66, but this 2,000-mile cruise has justifiably become woven into the American fabric. For pure driving pleasure, the best stretch must be the mountains that run west from the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River, climbing their way from a desert flatland and twister moves through the old Black Mountain gold mines. When you hit Kingman, Arizona, check out the small museum, Cool Spring Station, a restored rest stop.

3.  Great River Road, Minnesota to Louisiana

Small-town charm along “Ole Man,” Mississippi River is what you will find here, but you will also find the rocky “Driftless Region” on the road’s northern stretches. It’s an area that wasn’t flattened by the Ice Age glaciers so that you can zip along steep canyons in Iowa, roller coaster hills in Dubuque all the way to the Prehistoric Effigy Mounds. The best small town along the way is Galena, Illinois, stop by for a visit, please!

2.  Highway 12, Utah

Nestled between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Park, Highway 12 was a four-wheel drive challenge until 1985, when pavement finally found its way to Boulder Mountain.  Harsh iron-tinged rust of sedimentary sandstone cliffs is softened by a forest of dark green junipers. Hell’s Backbone Grill has its own organic farm so don’t miss that tasty stop.

1.  Tioga Pass Scenic Byway, California

Crazy vertical drops, the high country at Yosemite National Park and tufa sculptures on the shores of Mono Lake will be waiting for you as you head east on Highway 120. At the bottom of the pass, a little ole gas station, Whoa Nellie Deli, is nationally known for its fish tacos, yummy steaks, pizzas and Angus beef burgers. Don’t blink; you might fly right by this treasure.

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Top 10 World’s Best Island Beaches

When you want to go the beach, you usually also want stunning blue, clean water, white sandy, trash free beaches and a chance to rest and relax. So, we did some research to find the most ideal island beaches in the world. Breathtaking, breezy, beautiful, incredible are just a few of the adjectives you’ll use when you visit these sites.

Bali, Indonesia

Mountainous volcanos amid forests, coral reefs, beaches, and rice paddies all surrounding sacred treasures like the Uluwatu Temple which sits precariously on the side of a cliff. This is a beautiful place for some self-reflection and meditation and maybe a little yoga. If you want more lively entertainment, Kula has fun bars, and for a resort atmosphere, visit Seminyak, Nusa Dua or Sanur, all nearby towns.

Boracay, Philippines

Boracay is well known for gorgeous resorts and beaches, here’s a quick list for your consideration:
• Bulabog Beach is a great place for water sports. It’s on the east coast
• White Beach, on the west coast, is surrounded by palm trees, eateries, and bars
• Mount Luho is the most awesome spot for incredible views, coral reefs, diverse fish and exploring shipwrecks

Mount Desert Island, Maine

Part of Hancock County, this 108-square mile island is the largest off the Maine coastline and the sixth largest in the connected US.

Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

The sexy South Pacific awaits! Scuba dive in the clear blue lagoon encased by a coral reef, or visit one of the islets on this island, which is home to Mount Olemanu, a dormant volcano. Rest up in the resort’s bungalow, hovering over the water.

Exuma, Bahamas

Plan to visit a different island every day of the year! Yes, there are over 365 cays, with the largest, Great Exuma which joins to Little Exuma by a wee bridge. Great Exuma is about 37 miles long.

Maldives

Home to a Mosque carved from white coral; this tropical paradise offers more than 1,000 coral islands, sugary white beaches, reefs, and lagoons.  Malé, the capital city, is the mosque location as well as a fish market, restaurants and shopping.

Kauai, Hawaii

This “Garden Isle,” Kauai is home to a tropical rainforest that covers most of the island. Hike trails over the Sleeping Giant mountain range, the Waimea Canyon, and the Nounou. Hollywood loves filming in this utopia.

Seychelles

Exotic, East Africa and this chain of 115 Indian Ocean islands. Beautiful beaches, coral reefs, giant turtles and nature reserves are here to be explored and enjoyed. Mahé is the central location for visiting each island and hosts Victoria, the capital city. Morne Seychelles National Park is a mountain rainforest, and if that isn’t your bag, visit the beaches at Anse Takamaka and Beau Vallon.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Plopped in the Pacific Ocean, this is the world’s best destination for viewing wildlife, we mean animals friends, not the night life! The diversity of plants and animals is due to the island’s isolation from the rest of the world. During his 1835 visit, Charles Darwin was inspired to create his theory of evolution.

Palawan, Philippines

The most famous spot is the Bacuit Archipelago, which is a chain of over 40 tiny islands with white beaches, and limestone cliffs. Palawan is also the largest province that many call a “magical place” thanks to its cleanliness and natural beauty.

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Top 10 Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow

It’s fun to live vicariously through other people online. After all, it doesn’t cost anything and gives you ideas for your own travel plans. These Instagram accounts are absolute must-follows if you want to get a glimpse at the outside world in a way you’ve never seen before.

 

1. @sweatengine

This instagram account by Kevin Lu isn’t limited by medium. It has videos, drawings, and photos that evoke adventure.  You can feel the wanderlust in each scenic shot of mountains and forests as he travels the world. He says, “I think the best place to photograph is anywhere you can feel a sense of belonging. It’s somewhere you’d want to be part of.”

2. @sassychris1

Christina Tan is notorious for her striking photos and approachability. When she isn’t posting stellar photos of landscape views and cities she’s giving shout outs to her friends and fans. It must be hard to be both talented and awesome.

3. @kyrenian

This instagram account by Altug Galip is hard not to love. Each photo is more spectacular and breathtaking than the last. His favorite place to shoot is Norway and we love the photos that we get out of that. Just look look him up and experience the stunning Norwegian hills and landscapes firsthand. It’s an account you’ll just want to disappear into.

4. @teresacfreitas

Teresa Freitas is our favorite Lisbon-based instagrammer. Her account is pasted in muted pastels and scenery. If you love soft watercolors, you’re going to want to live inside her account. Her favorite places to shoot are the sea and places she’s never seen.

5. @localmilk

Beth Kirby is a master instagrammer. She’s known for her pictures of food and table settings that will make your mouth water. Her secret to taking such stellar photographs? Light! She say’s without directional light her photos would come out lifeless and dark. Keep an eye out for awe-inspiring pictures and the cookbook she’s going to drop later this year.

6. @redbull

Okay, who doesn’t love Red Bull? They are always jacked to the max and so is their instagram account.  It’s managed by the stunning Casey McPerry and it is just awesome. He takes inspiring photos of people and places that will make your head spin. You won’t be able to make it through this account without wanting to hop onto a place and see the world.

7. @chloetheminifrenchie

Grumpy cat has nothing on Chloe the Mini Frenchie! This adorable little pupper bounces around the country and shows us a life we wish we lived. She chills at hotel pools, In-N-Out Burger, and rooftops bars. Check out the dog’s life and experience the jealousy that will come with it.

8. @bodegacatsofinstagram

Okay we couldn’t mention a dog without mentioning cats! They’re amazing. They’re Trendy. They’re taking over bodegas in New York City! These little felines populate the cities outdoor shops and grocery stores and locals love them. So keep an eye out for them next time you go shopping in the Big Apple and Don’t be afraid to get down and take a picture with these regal cat beings. They’ll make your trip worth it.

9. @thevisualscollective

@thevisualscollective is an account made up of pictures by travelers. The manager of the account, Brett Brooner, solicits notable explorers and photographers to populate the account. He recommends that photographers map out their shooting location ahead of time and to find a place that isn’t touristy. That’s where the most magic happens!

10. @hawkeyehuey

This is another account that will make you seethe with jealousy. It’s run by 7-year-old, Hawkeye Huey, the son of National Geographic photographer, Aaron Huey. This kid documents the world around him and sees things that most of us will never see. He’s crazy talented too.  Check out this account to see stunning places like Joshua Tree or even Fiji. It’s hard to guess what place this talented 7-year-old will capture next.