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15 Beautiful, Hidden-Gem Small Towns In Australia

While travelling by road you can discover many beautiful small towns in Australia and indulge in outdoor adventure when visiting some of Australia’s national parks – we already wrote about Whitsunday Islands – too often, we are inclined to visit the largest Australia cities for culture, museums and architecture. We at Cuddlynest are all about to explore the countryside as well, with its beautiful nature, and amazing cuisine. Read on to learn about the most beautiful, hidden-gem towns in Australia that you can travel to on your staycation to learn about the native peoples, and travel sustainably.

Broome, Western Australia – Beautiful Small Towns in Australia

Broome, also known as Rubibi by the native Yawuru people, sits on the coast of the Indian Ocean in Western Australia. Situated on traditional lands of the Yawuru, the town was first visited by Europeans in the 17th century, with the pearling industry booming in the region. Only at the end of 19th century, John Forest chose a site for the town, and it was named after Sir Frederick Broome, the then-Governor of Western Australia. In coming decades, the town experienced a West Australian mining boom, and with growing tourism, the town developed to offer sights and tourist attractions. Today, you can visit headstones in the Japanese Cemetery, and Memorial to the Indigenous female Pear Divers in the city, and maybe run into some of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are still making up around 1/5th of population. To wind off, turn into Wharf Restaurant, and taste some of the amazing seafood in traditional Kimberley setting.

Port Douglas, Queensland

Being just an hour’s drive away from Cairns, Port Douglas is one of the most beautiful small towns in Australia. The town is best visited off-the peak season, from September to May, when the beach is not full of tourists, the best months being September, October and May. Just like Broome, Port Douglas was also developing based on the mining and timber industries, with settlements around Mossman River occurring already in early 19th century. However, it took until the end of the century when the town was established.
When travelling to Port Douglas, you should include in your visit the Four Mile Beach. After sunbathing, wander the streets of the and visit heritage sites of Port Douglas: Port Douglas Wharf, Port Douglas Court House Museum, and St Mary’s by the Sea. If you can, plan your visit as to include Port Douglas carnival in May, when the city streets fill up with color, attracting more than 10,000 people. If you visit the city in October, make sure to book tickets and hotel in Port Douglas aligning them with Porttoberfest folk festival, or Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival.

Tennant Creek, North

Tennant Creek in the North of Australia is a true must-visit for those willing to travel to experience traditional Australia – over half of the population of the town is of indigenous peoples. The Waramungu people have lived in the region for thousands of years, and only in the middle of 19th century, the first European explorer discovered the land. In the following decades, an Overland Telegraph that linked Melbourne to London, was constructed, and you can still visit the buildings of the telegraph Station today. The city developed fast upon discovery of gold; you can still see the old bakery house from 1937, and even today, from the funds of the owner of Rising Sun Mine, the richest gold mines in the district, every child and visitor of the city is given a Christmas gift at the Tennant Creek Christmas tree event a must-visit, in case you are planning your Australia staycation in December and Christmas holidays. When visiting the town, you can also dive into a more adventurous pastime, going to go-karting, or learn about Aboriginal life, history and culture in Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts and Cultural Centre.

Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Located in the Western Australia, the Goldfields-Esperance Region around 6 hour drive from Pert, Kalgoorlie is a historical townsite with beautiful 19th century architecture. The name of the city is derived from Wangai people’s word, and literally means “place of the silky pears.” The city, however, was only established in the turn of 20th century, during the Western Australian gold rushes.  Today, the city’s relaxed atmosphere is best enjoyed when staying in one of the historical hotels, and strolling around the historical Town of Boulder, which today constitutes the hoistorical local centre with town hall and other buildings dating as far back as 1882. To enjoy the local cuisine, go to Hoover’sCafe or get a dinner at Exchange Hotel Kalgoorlie.

Kununurra, Western Australia

Located in the far North, Kununurra lies just 45 kilometers from the border of Northern territory, and comes into our list of the most beautiful small towns in Australia that you must-visit due to its scenic hills and ranges. Unlike other towns, the river is important for agriculture and local economy; translated from the Miriwoong language, the name of the town means river. The Ord River, as well as Valentine Spring, Black Rock Creek and Middle Springs along with other waterfalls and swimming holes make Kununurra an excellent place to for river beach holidays. You can go swimming here, or go fishing to the Diversion dam, Buttons Crossing or Ivanhoe Crossing. If you are planning your staycation for the long weekend, include lake Argyle on your road trip route, as the largest artificial lake in Australia is just an hour’s ride away from Kununurra. If you love outdoors as we do, then bird-watching is must-do, as you can see many different wild birds, including estrildid finches, in the Ord Irrigation Area Important Bird Area.

Melrose, South Australia

Melrose in Australia is the oldest and arguably one of the most beautiful small towns in Australia, Flinders Ranges. Located under 3 hours’ drive away from Adelaide, this town was once named “Mount Remarkable.”  The first European settlers arrived in 1840, but the city has remained mostly intact from globalisation. You should visit the town if you  enjoy being in nature, as the Mount Remarkable National park is full of Goannas, emu, echidna and kookaburras to name a few. There are also 117 native bird species, including Australia ring neck parrots and wedge-tailed eagles in the park. If you prefer more action, then try to plan your visit to Melrose in June or August, when Fat Tyre Festival (off-road bike and freak bike festival) and King of Mount trail race takes place, gathering runners and walkers to race to the summit if Mt. Remarkable.

Beechworth, Victoria

Beechworth is most probably one of the most amazing small towns in Australia. Located in Victoria, this gem is oftentimes truly hidden when you look at the must-visit places in Australia. However, the town boasts many beautiful places for any traveller to spend time on an adventure (tackle the tracks and get into cross-trail cycling) or visiting nature sights, like landscapes and waterfalls. If you long for a much-needed rest and relax holiday, the town has a new Spa Beechworth. After visiting the locale, enjoying short walks in nature by yourself, or joining the Historic Precinct walking tours, do not forget to take the chance and send a free telegram from Beechworth to your loved ones, but when resting at your hotel room at the evening, you can remotely access the Burke Museum’s historical and family history online collections.

Yamba, New South Wales

Yamba is a small coastal town in South Wales. While Bayron Bay might have been one of the best beach holiday destinations a few decades ago, Yamba beach still has a lot of space and wilderness and intimacy to offer. Apart from the sunbathing on the beach, however, it is also worth travelling here to take on surfing, or spend time in the city. One of the Yamba beaches is pet-friendly – you can go to Pippi beach and unleash your dog here, but for those longing for wild natural beaches, Convent beach is a good way to go – here, you can rest in between the cliffs and plants. Before taking a stroll around the beach, go to Yamba farmers and producers market operating every Wednesday morning to pick up organic fruit from the locals’ backyard harvest, and visit Irons and Craig, one of the best coffee in Yamba. Enjoy your walk around the city and rest in Yamba Waters hotel.

Port Fairy

Port fairy is another coastal town in South-western Australia, located in Victoria. Just 3 hours ride away from Melbourne, it makes a great day-trip or weekend destination for anyone visiting the capital of Victoria. The history is ever-present in Port Fairy  – from the wide streets lined with 19th-century cottages, to old fishing village port, and old stone churches, the city is a must-visit for anyone willing to see and dive into charming village life. You can take a walk around the local port, stand up the paddle boarding, or join a surfing class for more adventurous pastime, afterwards visiting a variety of boutiques and antique stores on your way around the old part of the town. Learn more about the history joining the Port Fairy Maritime and Shipwreck Heritage Walk. If you are planning to visit Port Fairy in spring, make sure not to miss the Port Fairy Folk Festival held in March.

Strahan, Tasmania

Strahan is another of the beautiful small towns in Australia – the harbour-side village on the West coast in Australia. Located in the middle of the coast, and nestled on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, Strahan will amaze you with its nature, probably more than any other small Australian town will. Set on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, it is also a gateway to the Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park. To visit the park and see wildlife close up, you can book a boat cruise taking you to rainforests of the Gordon River. But for those looking for history, the village has something to offer, too – the Strahan Island is a place that once was a notorious convict prison and is still full f stories from the days of the pioneers and convicts. Today, when visiting Strahan, you can safely walk the streets visiting shops selling artisan crafts. If you are fond of nature, do not miss out on a chance to visit the massive sand dunes, and take a short walk to Hogarth Hills to go platypus spotting.

Lorne, Victoria

Located in the Louttit bay in Victoria, Lorne is a popular destination for those taking up the Great Ocean Road tourist route. It is named after Captain Lorne who sought shelter after a shipwreck in 1841. Today, the town offers not only sunbathing and surfing, but also pier fishing for barracuda and whiting. But Lorne is more than just one of the most beautiful small towns in Australia. If you love nature, going to Otway National Park is a good choice, as you can watch the beautiful Erskine River Falls there. Loren is best experienced when visited in summer season when you can also camp in nature, but you can schedule your visit around the largest events, like the Great Ocean Road marathon, or New Year’s Eve. If you are all about nature, though, then make sure to visit the cascading waterfalls and see koalas snoozing in branches, and kangaroos nabbing on the grass.

Burnt Pine

There are plenty of beautiful nature spots to see in Burnt Pine, so make sure you devote at least a day (we suggest making it a weekend!) for the Burnt Pine. Go to see the beautiful red sand dunes in Norfolk Island National park or observe the beautiful painted glass windows and wood ceilings in St Barnabas chapel. For beautiful landscapes, go and climb Mount Pitt, look over the Philip Island, or visit Queen Victoria’s garden for manmade landscapes. After a long day of walks around the town, rest and relax in The Golden Orb Bookshop and café on Norfolk Island, or get your hunger satisfied with mouth-watering salad in High Tide Kitchen.

Nelson Bay, New South Wales

Nelson bay is the largest town, and arguably one of the most beautiful small towns in Australia, located in the Port Stephens area, and its central location makes it the perfect destination for the weekend to settle and explore its surrounding region. Here you can go to the beach to watch a sunset, or book a cruise trying to spot a dolphin in the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park. If you come between September and May, you can also swim with wild dolphins with Dolphin Swim Australia. However, sea life does not stop there. You can go whale-watching, or snorkel in Fly Point-Halifax Aquatic Reserve to see sponge gardens, soft corals and even sea turtles. To see a bit of history, visit the 19th century heritage-listed Nelson Head Lighthouse, and sip on a coffee nearby. You can make it a total nature getaway buy going to Tomaree National Park, or Fingal bay, or visiting the giant Stockton Bight sand dunes In the Worimi Conservation Lands.

Quoeenscliff, Victoria

Queenscliff is for history geeks. From Bellarine railway, to Fort Queenscliff Musuem and Queenscliff High Light, there is plenty to see and do in this small beautiful town in Victoria, Australia. After chilling in the beach (which is far less crowded than most Victoria beaches), you can visit maritime and historical museums. Learn about the Fort Queenscliff military history of 1860s onwards, and visit and enter the fort on the guided tour. If you visit the seaside town in off-season months, plan your trip in November when the Queenscliff Music Festival is held.

Mossman, Queensland

Mossman in Queensland, Australia is a must-visit for those aiming at rewinding in nature. Surely making our list of the most beautiful small towns in Australia, the area has a lot more to offer. Go on a Mossman rainforest tour and go drift snorkelling and walking beneath giant rainforest trees at Mossman Gorge – it will take your breath away! You can also go on a food trail tour and visit the local farmers who produce wine and prepare the local fish and savour the Port Douglas region in full. For those willing to catch some adrenaline, there are crocodile express tours, but those preferring tranquillity and beautiful landscape, a sunset cruise is held every day in the lagoon.

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25 of the Most Beautiful Buildings in the World – CuddlyNest

Albeit the most beautiful buildings in the world may not always be the reason you travel to the other side of the world – we, too, sometimes value beaches, performing arts and exotic food experiences even more -, you must acknowledge that beautiful architecture for sure is inviting.

From the Great Pyramid of Giza to the Ancient Inca Temples and Ruins, to more recent Royal Alcazar in Seville, Spain, Art Novae streets in Riga and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, there are loads of beautiful and interesting architecture buildings in the Europe, and even more in the whole world.

What makes a building beautiful?

Beauty lies in the eye of beholder. That is why we at CuddlyNest composed the most beautiful architecture buildings in the world list from sources ranked by architects (World Architecture Awards in 2019), general public and the CuddlyNest team.

The 25 of the Most Beautiful Buildings

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Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a built in French Baroque architecture style. It was a royal residence of France from 1682 and homed Louis XIV until the start of French Revolution in 1789. Today, you can visit the palace when you are in Paris, as it is located about 20 kilometers from the center of Paris. The palace is accompanied by the Estate of Trianon, the gardens and the Royal Stables. These days, the palace is hosting musical fountains shows and musical gardens culture programmes, as well as guided tours.

To get there, use public transportation: find a train station connecting to RER trainline (Musee d’Orsay, Les Invalides, Gare Austerlitz, St. Michel-Notre Dame, Pont de l’Alma, and Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel), or get there by city bus line No. 171 which will arrive  at the Versailles-Place d’Armes.

Admission to palace starts from €13 ($15), unless you are qualifying for free admission (under 18 years, or under 26 years for European Union residents), and guided tours are €10 ($12). During Covid-19 pandemic, we recommend you to check the current admission and reservation procedures on Palace of Versailles website. The palace is closed every Monday.

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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal mausoleum built to house the Mughal emperor Shah Jannah’s wife’s remains was built in the first half of 17th century and was finished over the 20-year period using more than 20,000 artisans’ labor. It is in the Northern Indian city of Agra, in the southern bank of Yamuna river in India, and its architecture is one of the most significant examples of Mughal architecture style. The white marble building seems to be changing color with the daylight, and it was included in UNESCO Heritage site in 1983. The complex also houses a mosque and guest house.

To get to Taj Mahal, you can take a train from Delhi (there are more than 20 trains a day), wait for a bus, or book a taxi.

Admission to the complex starts from Rs. 300 /- for foreigners, unless you are below the age of 15. The Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday. For more information, visit the Taj Mahal’s homepage.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

The castle is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southern Bavaria, Germany. The palace was built in honor of Richard Wagner as a retreat home for the King. Interestingly, the palace was built using his own personal funds, rather than the Bavarian public funds. Today, upon entering in the palace, you can still see that many rooms are inspired by Wagner’s characters, such as Singers Hall, but the “Neuschwanstein” literally means “new Swan Castle,” referring to “the Swan Knight,” one of Wagner’s characters.

From Munich, you can take a train which goes every 2 hours, but when arrived to Fussen, hop in the bus No. 73 or 78 to get to the castle. To get to Neuschwanstein Castle, you can also walk from Fussen, as the castle is located only 3 km away.

Admission fee is €16.30 ($19), and there are guided tours available in English, German and other languages.

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Semperoper

Located in Dresden, Germany, the Saxon State Opera house is a concert hall for the Saxon State Orchestra and home to Sempreoper Ballet. The opera house is a beautiful example of the mix between early Renaissance and Baroque styles with Corinthian style pillars which are typical to Greek classical revival. Built in the middle of 19th century and located near the Elbe river in the historic center of Dresden, the eclectic building is open to visitors.

To get there, use public transport – the main station, and train station Dresden-Neustadt are close to the opera, but tram station Theterplatz will let you arrive where the opera itself is located. Another station close by is Postplatz.

The admission for groups in daytime start from €65 ($77) for small groups up to 10 people, but you can also book a guided tour before the performance, or take a night tour in the Semperoper after the performances for just €15 ($18) per group. To learn more, go to their website.

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Mont Saint-Michel Castle

Did you know that Claude Debussy, a French composer, frequented the island to draw inspiration for his piano prelude La Cathédrale Engloutie? The island commune and the mountain has seen times of fort, a monetary, and prison. Today, Benedictine monks have left, and the Abbey is now under the rule of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem. The abbey still holds services daily, and monks still live, eat and pray on the island, so you can visit when you are in France.

To get to Mont Saint-Michel from Paris, use train from Montparnesse train station, and in 2 hours, you will reach Rennes. From Rennes, a coach bus will take you to the village of Mont St. Michel.

The admission to the abbey is free (download the e-ticket here), but you can add a guided tour from €3 ($4) (audio guide) or €8 ($10) (French live tour).

Senedd

The Welsh Parliament building in the United Kingdom is an example of modern architecture, and is located around 3 kilometers south of Cardiff castle. The building allows for visits, and you can walk in and get a cup of coffee in Oriel on the upper floor, as well as go in the public galleries from Neuadd of the center level. Singers, exhibitions, and other kinds of performers are visiting, so you may go to see a concert (or two!) whilst learning about the democracy in Wales.

To get to Senedd from the center of Cardiff, use No. 6 Baycar bus that goes every 10 minutes and disembark in Pierhead Street and outside the Wales Millennium Centre, but routes No.7 and 8 every 15 minutes stop at Pierhead Street. If you prefer trains, hop off at Cardiff Bay Station.

The admission is free, and you can also book a public seat to Plenery. Audio tour is public and available on Soundcloud – click and listen about Wales now!

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City of Petra

The city of Petra lies in Jabal Al-Madhab and was the center for Arab Kingdom in Hellenistic and Roman times. The ruins are located in the southwest Jordan and is built on terrace. The city has been inhibited since early 7000 BC, and today is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

To get there, use either public transit or private driver (we recommend private drivers to balance safety, price, and availabilities).  However, tourist JETT buses are available from Amman for 11 JD, which leaves daily at 6 am. We suggest booking your tickets in advance. There is also shuttle from Amman, a public minibus, going from Amman, costing you JD 1.50-5 JD, and leaving when the bus is full.

The admission to city of Petra starts from 50 J.D for a one-day visit, but children under 12 years of age are free of charge. Tourist guide tour will cost you a double of the price, but carriage starts from 20 JD.

Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience

Macallan distillery in Scotland, United Kingdom, is a piece of modern architecture that you much not miss when in Scotland. Located in Speyside, Scotland, the building is a place where process of whiskey production is shown to visitors. The doors are open in weekends, and you can not only see the beautiful building, but also enter the Cave Privee for tasting.

The admission to distillery guided tour starts from £50.00, and you can get to the distillery from Edinburgh by train via Aberdeen or embarking on a scenery bus ride taking you through the beautiful Cairgorms National Park. We recommend you to take a rental car, however, as the public transport does not arrive to distillery building (some 30 minutes’ walk involved!)

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Hungarian Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament, located in the very heart of Pest side of the city, called The House of Nation (Országház), is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival style, having a similar façade and central dome. To decorate the building, 40 kg of gold, 500 000 ornamental stones and 242 statues are used, and in the night, the building is lit up in yellow, having a strong contrast with the azure blue Danube river.  

To arrive to the Parliament from the city center, take a walk from the center, or look out or the Margarethe Bridge and the famous Chain Bridge – the Parliament lies just in between the two.

To enter the building, you must book a guided tour that lasts 45 minutes. If you pre-book your ticket, you need to arrive 15 minutes in advance to secure your reservation. The admission fee is different for non-EU and EU citizens, starting from HUF 3500 (around $12) or EU-citizens adults. To learn more about the Parliament, click here.

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Milan Cathedral Duomo

Milan Cathedral is named to be one of the most beautiful architecture buildings in the world, and rightly so. The construction dates to the first cathedral times in the 4th century, but the facade as it stands now, was competed in1805 upon the order by Napoleon Bonaparte. As the cathedral was built over several hundred years in number of styles, the aesthetic judgements add to discussion of beauty, and John Ruskin has famously commented that instead of beautiful, the cathedral steals “from every style in the world: and every style spoiled.”

To see the Duomo, visit Milano center, and buy a ticket starting from €8 ($9) for combined pass; make sure to visit the official page before to book your time slot in advance.

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Hagia Sophia

One of the most beautiful architecture pieces in the world can be found in Turkey. The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque is a place of worship in Constantinople, and it dates back to 6th century when the city was the imperial capital of the eastern Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire. Up to date, it is the largest church in the historical empire territory, and after the fall of the empire was converted in a mosque by Mehmed the Conqueror, remaining as such until 1931, when it was closed to public and later re-opened as a museum. In 2020, the monument’s status for the building was revoked, and it is now a mosque again.

The foreign visitors are not allowed to enter the mosque during the worship hours, but prayer times are determined by the length of the day, which you can consult here. To enter, you can buy a  museum pass and enter other historical buildings around, such as Sultanahmet, Topkapi Palace and Harem Rooms.

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Florence Cathedral

One of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and surely in Europe, lies in Florence, which was the trade center in the renaissance period, when its glory was built by cultural giants Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo and others. The Cathedral was started to be built in the 13th century, and construction was completed in 15th century, but the exterior and facade dates to 19th century and has a strong impact of Gothic Revival style. From English, the name of the cathedral translates as Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers

The Cathedral is in the center of Florence, and you can get tickets starting from EUR 18, or $21. The ticket lasts 48 hours, so you can come back.

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Notre Dame de Paris

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful building in the world is in Paris, France. The Notre Dame of Paris is one of the bets examples of gothic architecture styles. The famous twin towers go as high as 69 meters. The building itself is constructed in between 1163 and 1345, and significant number of the stained-glass windows date back to original construction years of 13th century.

The cathedral is located in the very centre of Paris, and is the most popular monument in France, beating even the Eiffel Tower. It is free to enter and see the Crown of Thorns among other religious artefacts, but for entering the tower, a ticket (€8.50) is needed, as well as for seeing the archaeological crypt (€6).

Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines

Amazing buildings in the world are not always the oldest ones; for travelers, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Philippines was constructed to expand the old airport. The judges of World Architecture Festival commended its simple design and material choice – and you can, too, when travelling to Philippines (read what to do in Philippines).

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Louvre Palace

Historical buildings around the world, including Louvre Palace, or the Louvre Museum of Paris, is the most visited and the most famous museum in the world. Already in 1793 part of Louver became a public museum, after being a former royal palace since 14th century for Charles V and subsequent kings of France.

To get to museum, disembark at Line 1 or Line 7 metro stop named Palais-Royal Musee du Louvre, or Pyramids station if you are taking Line 14.

Bear in mind that Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, and there is always a long quoque in front of the famous Pyramid entrance. Before you go, make sure you know what you want to see and check the museum Louvre museum page to plan your visit.  The ticket costs from 17,00 € or adults, with free entrance for EEA residents under 25 years, and professionals.

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Schwerin Palace

To add to the list for the great structures around the world, Schwerin Palace, or Schwerin Castle, is a castle located in city of Schwerin in Germany. Built in the middle of 19th century, it is a great example of romantic Historicism in Europe and designated to become a World Heritage Site. Since 1990, it is also a seat of government, and you can visit the garden, the orangery and the Grand Duke’s Throne and other works of art whilst there.

To get to Schwerin from Hamburg airport or Lübeck, it will take you under 2 hours in the train, while the trains from Berlin and Hannover take 3 to 3.5 hours ride. Hamburg train

Castle is closed for visitors on Mondays, but on other days you can visit the castle and take a guided tour; a guided tour costs € 60,00 per group, while entrance fee including photography permission starts from € 8,50, or € 6,50 for students, pupils and groups from 10 persons. For more information, go to the official website.

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Parthenon

One of the rather old buildings in the world, the former temple on Athenian Acropolis in Greece, is also ranked as one of the most beautiful architecture buildings. Its construction began in 5th century BC when Athenian Empire was in its peak of power and is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece. Interestingly enough, the building was turned into a mosque in the early 15th century, but since the 1975, the building has overgone numerous large-scale restoration projects.

Parthenon is in the very center of Athens, near Acropolis; to get there by Athens metro, disembark at Akropoli stop near Plaka, and walk into the site at the Theater of Dionysus entrance. The entrance fee is included in the ticket for Acropolis which costs around 20 €.

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Freebooter

One of the prettiest buildings in the world, the modernist Freebooter won the Amsterdam prize in 2019. The apartment complex is a steel building (similar to the iron-made Eiffel Tower!), with timber regulating the amount of sunlight that reaches the structure.

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Angkor Wat

Many amazing buildings in the world, including Angor Wat, are temples. Located in Cambodia, this is the largest religious monument in the world by land area, and originally constructed as Hindu temple, it is, however, oriented to the west. According to myth, construction of the temple was ordered by Indra, and according to the 13th century Chinese traveler notes, some even believed that the temple was constructed in a single night!

To arrive to the temple from Bangkok, hop in a flight to Siem Reap International Airport in Cambodia, or take a train or bus to Aranyaprathet on Thailand – Cambodia border, to arrive at Siem Reap and take a taxi, a tuk-tuk or motorcycle taxi to the site, expecting to pay around $15 for s single day’s hire.

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Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Saint basil cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and in Russia. Ordering construction in the 16th century, the first Tsar of Russia did not see its completion more than 100 years afterwards, but today, the cathedral is functioning and open to visitors on the Red Square. Interestingly, the colors were not there from the very start, as in 17th century, only the domes were gold, with the main building matching the white stone of the Kremlin. 

The Cathedral is open to visitors every day, and you can even take a virtual tour in times of pandemic!

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the Tower of Pisa, is a freestanding bell tower that began to lean during construction in 12th century, due to the soft ground which could not support the weight of the tower, and worsened during completion in the 14th century. The structure was stabilized in the 1990s, and reversed the tilt from 5.5 to 3.97 degrees.

To arrive to Pisa from Rome, you can take a 3 hour, even visiting Florence on the way; from Florence, Pisa tower is just an hour’s ride away, and buses and trains circulate quite frequently. There is an entry fee is you want to climb the tower but looking at the outside of the tower is free from Campo dei Miracoli. For more information and tickets for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, visit the official website.

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Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple, located in Delhi, India, is notable for its flowerlike shape; it was open-ended for worship in 1986 and by 2001, attracted already 70 million visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world. There are no pons surrounding the Lotus Temple, and the special exterior lighting of the temple makes it a bucket list place to visit for any travel to Delhi. The building is a famous example of expressionist architecture.

To get to the temple from Akshardham station, you can get into a bus and disembark in Kalkaji Mandir, or hire an auto rickshaw, or taxi for your convenience. The entrance fee is INR 150, – for foreign tourists.

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Cologne Cathedral

One of the most beautiful cathedrals, the Cologne Cathedral, was built starting 13th century, and is still in construction. The medieval builders planned the structure to house the reliquary of the Three Kings. Today, it is enlisted as a World Heritage Site, and open to visitors.

To get to the cathedral, you will have no trouble navigating, as the Cathedral is the second highest building in Cologne after telecommunications tower measuring 145 m. the building is open daily, and you can find the ticket prices on the official website for visitors.

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Vessel

Vessel, the spiral staircase structure in the New York city, that was built and opened to visitors in 2016, is part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project in Manhattan, New York City, New York. The building looks like a honeycomb and rises 16 stories. It consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2500 steps and 80 landing for you to climb. Although many architects see it as beautiful, critics hold that it is too extravagant.

To get to the Vessel structure in Manhattan and climb tis interactive artwork, you should take either No 7 subway (connecting to Times Square) to Hudson Yards, or go with the rail arriving to Penn Station just two blocks east.

You can get free same-day tickets or reserve your visit in the future contacting the Hudson yards. You will be allowed to enter one time on any given time of the selected date.

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Winter Palace

Winter palace in Russia, Saint Petersburg, is a palace now holding a museum for Petersburg’s visitors. The palace was a winter residence for Russian Emperors from 1732 to 1917, and now houses the Hermitage Museum. The palace as you see it today, was built and altered in 1730s and 1837, and is therefore a magnificent example of various styles and tastes, but most significantly, rococo style.

To get to the palace, you should take metro lines No. 1 or 5. The tickets to one of the Hermitage branches (Menshov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory) cost you 300 ($4) rubles, while entry ticket to the main museum complex and branches will cost 800 rubles ($11).

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10 of the World’s Best National Parks

Did you know there are over 4,000 national parks around the world? From underwater caves to verdant forests, the world’s best national parks are undeniable. Countries including Australia, China, and the United States have some of the most popular outdoor spaces in the world. These national parks consist of bodies of water, mountain ranges, wildlife, and more. For years, people have traveled to visit and experience the natural power of these sites.

As we begin to travel this summer, locations with close access to nature have become more popular than ever. This will continue to grow in 2021, as travelers embrace the great outdoors and open escapes. Mother Nature is getting ready to welcome visitors again. But how much do we know about these parks and why they are important to travelers and the planet?

History of National Parks

Every year, millions of visitors travel around the world to hike, swim, bike, and explore some of the world’s best national parks. But, did you know that the first national park in the world is not even 150 years old? In 1872, Yellowstone in the United States became the world’s first national park. Since then over 4,000 parks worldwide have been given this honorable status. Many of these national parks are even UNESCO World Heritage sites. According to Classzone.com, to become a national park, the natural location must meet the following criteria:

  • The natural, recreational, and or natural resources the area has must be unique in nature.
  • The outdoor location must be in need of protection. The National Park Service (NPS) is the only government body that can provide the right type of security and protection.
  • It must be possible to even protect the area. If the outdoor area is not accessible by the NPS to protect, then it cannot be claimed as an official national park.

Importance of Park Preservation

To continue enjoying the world’s national parks, they must be preserved and protected. They are vital for protecting the world’s population of flora and fauna. As well as beautiful places to visit. They are also important for sustaining renewable resources that can contribute to saving the planet. Organizations like the NPS, National Parks Conservation Association, and the National Park Foundation have created dozens of helpful programs about the national parks. Their goals are to educate and welcome the public to aid in the contribution, restoration, and preservation of the world’s parks.

The Best National Parks in the World

Now that you know national park history and why park preservation is so important, check out the world’s best national parks. You will want to add each of these to your bucket list.


Plivtice Lakes National Park

Plitviče Lakes National Park, Croatia

Croatia’s outdoor treasure is its largest national park, Plitviče Lakes. This park is located in central Croatia and spans over 73,350 acres (295 square kilometers). The park is famous for its 16 terraced lakes, that join by waterfalls that drop into a limestone canyon. This park, in particular, is so beautiful and untouched, that it is often compared to the Garden of Eden.

Not only was Plitviče Lakes one of Southeast Europe’s first national parks, but it is Croatia’s very first. It became a national park in 1949. In 1979 the lake became a UNESCO World Heritage site and welcomes over 1 million people a year. During a visit, you may even see some of the popular wildlife including brown bears, lynxes, and eagles. It is one of the most impressive and best national parks in the world.


Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Visit South Africa’s Kruger National Park to see wildlife unlike ever before. This national park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. It is 7,523 square miles (19,485 square kilometers). The park itself belongs to two South African provinces, bordering Mozambique and Zimbabwe. This national park also has the largest species of mammals than any other game reserve in Africa. Including all big five game animals, lions, elephants, rhinoceros, cape buffalo, and leopards. Take an adventure to explore this African national park and marvel at the wonders of nature.


Dolomite National Park

Dolomite National Park, Italy

Formally known as the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, the Dolomites is an Italian wonder. The famous park is located in the Veneto region. It became an official national park in 1988, and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009. This Italian national park is 12 square miles (32 square kilometers) which makes it the smallest park on our list of the world’s best national parks. That does not take away from its beauty and sheer power. The Dolomites includes 15 municipalities, several alpine mountain ranges, and springs and streams. If you are looking to pair a trip to Italy’s beautiful towns with an epic outdoor escape, then this is one of the best national parks to visit.


Iguazú National Park

Iguaçu National Park, Brazil and Argentina

Iguaçu National Park in the Paraná State of Brazil is one of the largest national parks on this list. The park is about 457,794 acres, and 260 miles (420 kilometers). The park and its sister park in Argentina, often draw confusion, as Iguaçu park is located in Brazil, bordering Iguazú park in Argentina. Ultimately the same park, they are separated by the Iguaçu river which creates their border and drops into the Iguaçu Falls. The largest cataract in the park is named “The Devil’s Throat” which consists of 14 large falls over 350 feet deep.

The falls are the main sightseeing spot for both local and foreign visitors. This Brazilian park became a national park in 1939 and made the UNESCO World Heritage site list by 1986. Fun fact! The Iguaçu Falls are taller and twice the size of Niagra Falls in the United States. For natural wonders, it’s no surprise that this site makes the list for the world’s best national parks.


Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park, United States of America

The Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is one of the world’s most famous and best national parks. Spanning over 277 miles in length (446 meters), and over 6,000 feet deep (1800 meters), the Grand Canyon is one of the largest national parks in the world. Fun fact! It is larger than the state of Rhode Island. It is the 17th oldest national park in the country, founded in 1919. Although there are 419 national park sites in the US, the official list consists of 62 national parks.

The Grand Canyon is a very important site for geologists who track the erosion of the canyon. This erosion is caused by both the climate and the Colorado River. For travelers looking to visit natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is the perfect spot. So much so that it too belongs to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. An estimated 5.9 million visitors travel far and wide to marvel at the beauty of this famous U.S. national park.


Göreme National Park

Göreme National Park, Turkey

Since 1986, Turkey has welcomed visitors to its jaw-dropping Göereme National Park. Located in Central Anatolia in the Cappadocia region, this national wonder is known for its rock formations, or “fairy chimneys.” Ancient volcanos are believed to have spewed ash all over this region. The remains then solidified into the famous rock formations. In the millions of years following, erosion from wind and rain began to carve these rocks into the cones you can see above.

The Turkish people began to carve homes, churches, businesses, and stores out of the rock to make this area liveable. Not only above Earth, but below as well, the park and region are famous for its underground cities. Göreme became an official national park and UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. People around the globe travel from every end of the planet to visit this very unique national park. Also to experience a bucket list a hot air balloon ride above the city.


Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

Found in the Hunan Province, Zhangjiajie, is China’s first national forest park since 1982. This specific forest park is part of a much larger park, the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which is another UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992. There are over 3,000 peaks, spires, pinnacles, and skyscraper high rock formations.

One of the main peaks stretches over 3540 feet tall (1080 meters), and was renamed “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in 2010. In 2002, China opened the Bailong Elevator, also known as Hundred Dragons Elevator. It is the world’s largest outdoor elevator and is almost 2,000 feet tall (over 330 meters). The elevator can take park visitors from the foot of the mount to the top in under two minutes. It the best way for park-goers to see the entire forest and exploring the hiking trails.


Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

The beautiful Fiordland National Park is located on New Zealand’s South Island. The park is 4867 square miles (12607 square kilometers). One can’t help but feel impressed by nature and its wonders after a visit to this pristine haven. The snow-capped peaks, breathtaking fjords, and cascading waterfalls are stunning. It truly is one of the world’s best national parks and most beautiful outdoor locations.

Fiordland became a national park in 1952. Although it is one of the country’s most popular sites, human activity in the area is limited. The largest and deepest fiord in the park is Doubtful Sound at 1381 feet deep (421 meters). This fiord is home to bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and even penguins. When visiting New Zealand, this site is a must-visit.


Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsunday Islands National Park, Australia

Whitsunday Islands National Park is one of the most fascinating outdoor landscapes in the world. This national park is in Queensland, Australia. The group of 74 islands can be found right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Whitehaven Beach is often named one of the top beaches in the world. Its crystal blue waters, white sand which is made of 98% pure silica, and incredible views are hard to pass up. This beach can only be accessed by seaplane, helicopter, or boat. this makes the area remote, secluded, and difficult to visit regularly. A visit to Whitsunday Islands National Park is a once in a lifetime experience.


Arenal National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

The mighty Arenal Volcano and the surrounding national park are both a favorite for Costa Ricans and visiting tourists. The volcano itself was Costa Rica’s most active volcano, and it is roughly 5,358 feet tall (1,633 meters high). The park is located in the central region of Alajuela. Near the park, visitors from all over the world come to indulge in the spas and hotels, that offer natural hot springs on the volcano’s base.

While the volcano has not erupted in over 10 years, experts believe it is still active, ust in a “sleeping phase.” Other attractions near the park include ziplining, horseback riding, and hiking trails. If a visit to Costa Rica is on your bucket list, be sure to add Arenal National Park to the very top.


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13 Summer Traditions and Festivals You Need to Know About

The summertime not only brings warmer weather and beach days, but also festivals and celebrations held around the world. People gather far and wide within their own countries and internationally to enjoy several summer traditions that cannot be beaten. While this year’s celebrations may look a little different, there is always time to plan to attend these global events next year. From barbecues and bonfires to races and celebrating friendship, these are the 13 summer traditions and festivals you need to know about.

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China’s famous dragon boat racing.

Dragon Boat Festival: June 25

The Chinese calendar is filled with celebrations throughout the year. One of the most exciting traditions held annually in China is the Dragon Boat Festival. This festival has been celebrated for over 2,000 years and was even added to the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2009. Also as of 2008, the Dragon Boat Festival is a public holiday in China. The festival commemorates the life and death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese scholar. A key part of the festival is the famous dragon boat races. These boats can be anywhere from 40 to 100 feet long and sit 80 rowers. The races symbolize bringing the dragons to life and laying them to rest after the race finishes. While the festival’s date changes yearly it is mainly held between the end of May to the end of June.

Pride Parade: June

For over 50 years in the United States, Pride festivities celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and is one of the most popular summer traditions. The first-ever Pride took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, one year after the Stonewall uprising. Since then, cities throughout the North American country fill the street with rainbow colors, parades, floats, and music to spread love, compassion, and kindness throughout the community. The biggest Pride festival is still in NYC every year and attracts millions of people from all communities to spread love and awareness. Other notable cities with large Pride events include Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, and Washington D.C.

March in the Pride parades in the major cities of the United States.

Summer Solstice: June 20

Who doesn’t love to celebrate the longest day of summer? Occurring between June 20 to June 22, the summer solstice marks the day when the sun is at its highest point creating the longest day of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere. Countries in Scandanavia celebrate the holiday with large bonfires on the beach. In fact, the first largest bonfire record was a result of a summer solstice celebration in Norway in 2016. Many people travel far and wide to visit Stonehenge in Salisbury, England to admire World Heritage Site during the solstice. Celebrants can watch the solstice via a virtual tour on the Stonehenge website.

Bonfires are a major part of summer solstice celebrations.

United States Independence Day: 4th of July

The United State’s Independence Day is the 4th of July. Americans spend the day enjoying barbecues, bonfires, and red, white, and blue colors decorating absolutely everything. This is of course to match the American flag. On July 4, 1776, all thirteen American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence which gave the US freedom from under British rule. Many 4th of July summer traditions include parades throughout the country, a day at the beach, and firework shows in every city. Pro tip! Many coastal cities and lake cities light their fireworks in the water so that spectators can watch them from the beach and shore. It is a spectacular day of celebration and joy.

Looking for tips on how to safely celebrate this year? Watch the fireworks from your home, take a virtual tour of a national monument, and host a small BBQ of close friends and family. You can keep the 4th of July and it’s summer traditions alive, right from home.

Bastille Day: July 14

Otherwise known as Bastille Day the French National Holiday, La Fête Nationale is celebrated every 14th of July. It is very similar to the United State’s 4th of July in tradition and celebration. This holiday marks the turning point in the French Revolution on July 14, 1789, which united the French people after fighting against the monarchy. The streets of France fill with proud French citizens as fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower. One of the main parts of the summer event is the military procession that goes down the long Champs-Élysées.

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Enjoy the fireworks at Japan’s Sumidagawa Festival.

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival: Last Saturday in July

If you are in Tokyo on the last Saturday in July, attend the annual Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival. Traditionally, fireworks a part of festivals for the dead to celebrate and commemorate the lives lost during the crisis during 1732. The festival then began in 1733, however it did not become an annual event until 1978. The firework festival brings the city to life under the shimmering colors. Summertime and fireworks go hand in hand.

Hajj Pilgrimage: July to August

Every year during the last lunar month of the Islamic calendar, Muslim people from all corners of the world make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Mecca is considered to be the holiest place in the Islamic religion. The pilgrimage can last from five to six days and is a mandatory religious duty for all adult Islamic people to do at least once in their lifetime. Between Saudi Arabian residents and international visitors, about 2.5 million people made the Hajj in 2019.

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The beautiful gathering celebration at Mecca.

International Day of Friendship: July 30

Show your friends how much your care by celebrating the International Day of Friendship together on the 30th of July. This summer tradition offers friends the perfect opportunity to celebrate life, happiness, and kindness for their loved ones. Countries around the world celebrate this day on different dates, however, it typically falls sometime in July or the beginning of August. Although the concept of this day originates back to 1919, it officially became a holiday by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2011. Fun fact! Paraguay was the first country to officially celebrate the international day of friendship in 1958. The best way to honor the event is by booking a stay for you and your best pals on CuddlyNest. You can even make new summer traditions during your getaway.

Krishna Janmashtami: August 11

This Hindu holiday celebrates the birth of the eighth avatar of Vishnu, Krishna Janmashtami. It is one of India’s biggest and oldest holidays, due to Hindu tradition and teachings. The summer tradition includes two parts in which the Indian people build swings in their homes and place idols of the gods inside them, to then bathe them in milk, honey, and jewelry. Young boys also form a human pyramid to break a pot from 20-30 feet high. It is common for devotees of the celebration to dress their absolute best during the holiday and observe a day-long fast. While this an important festival in the Hindu religion, it is also a very proud day for all of India.

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival: August

Also known as Fringe for short, this annual summer festival in Scotland is one of its most popular events all year. It is the world’s largest art festival and can last as long as a little over three weeks. The whole event features more than 50,000 performances and shows in over 300 venues throughout the city of Edinburgh. They include circuses, cabarets, musicals, exhibitions, and more. Spend next summer soaking in all the art and culture Scotland has to offer at the Fringe Festival in August. Pro tip: If comedy is your thing, check out local bars and pubs for free stand-up comedy shows. You can enjoy the events without purchasing a ticket.

Yi Torch Festival: August

One of China’s largest and grandest events is the Yi Torch Festival in the Yunnan province. The date of the celebration is always in August, as it corresponds with the 24th to 27th of the sixth month in the lunar calendar. While the festival includes wrestling, contests, horse racing, and more, the main event is the lighting of the torch. Each family lights a torch and uses it to illuminate the corners of the room and fields. Tradition says that this drives away all bad luck and brings a successful harvest. Larger torches are also made for the city centers to ward off bad luck for the entire community. It is truly a summer tradition of fire and light.

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Burning Man: August

Burning Man is a festival of art, self-expression, and creativity. Originating in 1986, it occurs every year in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Tens of thousands of people attend this summer festival in the desert to collaborate, create, and share beautiful experiences together. Not only does this summer tradition include music and art, but also the building of an entire city. The art that is built at the event can include anything from sculptures to towers. At the end of every Burning Man festival, a large wood effigy symbolizing “the man” is burnt to the ground, as well as the rest of the event grounds. If you have the opportunity to experience Burning Man once in your lifetime, you will never forget it. 

La Tomatina: Last Wednesday of August

On the last Wednesday of every August, over 20,000 people gather in Buñol, Spain to celebrate La Tomatina. Hundreds of tomatoes are thrown at each other in the street in the Valencian town purely for entertainment and fun. This food fight has been a tradition in the town since 1945. Over the course of its tradition, the fight has been banned off and on, but that has never stopped Spaniards from participating in the event that brings them so much joy.


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7 Ways to Celebrate World Oceans Day

Did you know that oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface? And yet, only 5% of them have been explored. That’s why we are celebrating World Oceans Day, today, by sharing facts about our beautiful blue waters and what we can do to promote sustainable ocean travel. Let’s use this international celebration as a time to grow our awareness and understanding of the largest part of our planet.  In just seven easy steps, we can work together to create major change, so that we can continue to enjoy beaches and seas.

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What Do We Know About The Big Blue?

  • There are five global oceans.
  • The oceans are nicknamed the “Seven Seas” as the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans can be divided by north and south.
  • The largest ocean on Planet Earth is the Pacific Ocean which covers more than 30% of the Earth’s surface. The smallest is the Arctic Ocean which covers 3%.
  • A little more than 94% of the Earth’s living things can be found in the ocean.
  • According to NOAA, the longest mountain range on earth is underwater. It is over 40,390 miles long (65,000 kilometers) and extends into the deepest parts of the ocean.
  • National Geographic says there are more artifacts underwater than in all the world’s museums combined.
  • The United Nations decreed June 8th as the official World Oceans Day in 2008. The first World Oceans Day was celebrated on June 8th, 2009. Every year, this international holiday has a different theme. The theme of 2020 is Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean. 

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What Can We Do To Protect The Ocean?

Now that you know that this year’s theme is Sustainable Ocean Innovation, let’s learn how to protect the oceans and make ecotourism and sustainable ocean tourism a priority as travelers. We can start here:

Eat Sustainable Seafood

One of the easiest and most effective ways to promote ocean sustainability is by eating sustainable seafood. By asking your local market and restaurants where they source their fresh seafood from you can know whether or not to purchase or consume it. The Marine Conservation Society regularly updates its site with fish to avoid purchasing or eating. Avoid purchasing seafood when it comes to fish-farming and commercial centers. Instead, buy organically sourced seafood from your local shops.

Reduce Consumption of Plastic

According to Surfers Against Sewage, there are over 50 trillion tiny pieces of plastic found in the ocean. Two-thirds of which come straight from the land. These pieces of plastic resemble food and are then consumed by marine life and can cause them to die. By reducing your consumption of plastic, you can contribute to less and less plastic pollution in the ocean. Along with recycling, reducing the use of single-use plastic is the best way to prevent the issue.

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Reduce Our Carbon Footprint and Energy Consumption

Fossil fuels and burning carbon dioxide cause a tremendous amount of water pollution. This pollution and acid can destroy the coral that lies beneath the ocean’s surface. By riding bicycles, using public transportation, walking, and carpooling, you can reduce your carbon footprint and aid in reducing ocean pollution. Simple things at home can also make a large difference. Turn off your appliances when you are not using them, and check to make sure those appliances are energy efficient before purchasing them.

Participate and Organize Beach Clean-ups

Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? Next time you go bring a couple of reusable bags and some friends to do a beach clean up before you enjoy your day of sun and fun. You can even join and organize international cleans up through the Ocean Conversancy. These little steps will go a long way and allow you to have more beach days.

Travel Responsibly and Promote Coastal Tourism

When planning your future getaway with CuddlyNest, choose a destination that promotes ecotourism and sustainable travel. Visiting locations that are in a fragile state or condition rely on ecotourism to help boost their economy. Enquire with your local government and research affected areas in order to see if it is possible to visit, donate, or aid these regions.

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Use Eco-Friendly Products

Before purchasing a product or appliance, check the label to make sure it is eco-friendly. You can easily tell if it is an eco-friendly product because the label will state that it was made with organic and all-natural ingredients. This will also aid in reducing plastic and waste. Everything from cleaners to clothing can be eco-friendly as long as they are made with the right materials.

Support Marine Protection Foundations and Organizations

Philanthropies and organizations including the Ocean Conservancy and the Ocean Foundation are dedicated to preserving and protecting our blue waters. By educating yourself on further ways to aid in their efforts and the efforts of so many more organizations, you can help pave the way to more sustainable ocean travel. Whether by donating, reading, learning, instructing, and more, we can commit to joining together as an international community to make the waters a safe and happy environment for everyone to enjoy.


We hope you join our efforts in protecting our oceans this World Oceans Day. Let us know what coastal getaway you have your heart set on, and at CuddlyNest will help you find the perfect sustainable accommodation.

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The Top Ten Road Trips You Need to Take This Summer

As countries around the globe are beginning to revive their summer tourism, now is the perfect opportunity to explore your own and neighboring countries by taking road trips. Travel experts are claiming that RV travel and domestic tourism will boom this summer, which means it’s time to hit the open road. The best part about road trips is that you can turn any 4-wheel ride into an adventure. But did you know there are certain places that are known for being the best road trip destinations?

Let the Road Trips Begin:

We have created the perfect guide to the top ten road trips you need to take this summer. That way when you settle in for an epic excursion, you’ll know exactly where to head. First stop: Route 66.

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Take a ride down the historic Route 66.

Route 66 – USA

If you have ever taken a drive in the states, you most likely heard of the U.S. Highway, Route 66. This highway first gained popularity in the mid-1920s as the country’s first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles. In total it spans over 2,400 miles and offers so much to explore along the way. This route became very famous as it goes straight through the heart of America crossing over eight states and three time zones. These states include Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally California.

This road trip route will take you through historic and natural landmarks in the southern half of the country including the Grand Canyon, the Ozarks, Mojave Desert, The Painted Desert, and more. You can even pop in and visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame, to learn more about the history of this national treasure. One thing is for sure, if you are embarking on a USA road trip this summer, you better take a drive down Route 66.

Mongol Rally – Mongolia

Buckle in, bring a good book, and get set because the Mongol Rally road trip extends over 10,00 miles. That’s right! This epic adventure takes you all the way from the UK to Mongolia. While there is no official route, the goal of this road trip is to make it from any European destination to Mongolia in one piece and sometime between mid-August to mid-September. It can also take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months depending on your route and can cross over 18 countries. So if you are looking for a wild ride through the world’s most intense terrains, and the opportunity to see Europe and Asia unlike ever before, then this is the perfect road trip for you. One adventurer, Bassam Tarazi, put it best when he said “When you travel across half the world, you learn some things.”

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Indulge in all the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast – Italy

A UNESCO Heritage site, due to its beauty and rare natural landscape, one must visit the Amalfi Coast in Italy at least once in their lifetime. The actual town of Amalfi and its neighbors are located in the southern province of Salerno. While the towns are typically only accessible by bus and ferry, this is the perfect destination for road trips from cities like Naples, Rome, Florence, and Milan. Often compared to a painting, the Amalfi Coast cities welcome thousands and thousands of visitors every spring and summer to back on its beaches and take in the panoramic views from the top of the hills. If you’re looking to fall in love with a destination this summer, then you definitely will with the Amalfi Coast.

Costa Verde – Brazil

The journey from Rio de Janeiro to Sâo Paulo is one for the books. While you have to pass through some busy traffic the city first, the drive along the Costa Verde is absolutely breathtaking. The full route is 350 miles (560 kilometers). There are multiple stops you will want to make along the way. Including visiting the UNESCO site of Paraty, taking a boat tour to one of the 365 islands off the coast, and hiking the Serro del Mar mountain range. We recommend taking a surf lesson, paddleboard, enjoy the sunshine off the Atlantic Coast and so much more. This is one of the best ways to see the best Brazil has to offer.

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The stunning Twelve Apostles on Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road – Australia

If Australia is in your travel plans this year or you’re an Aussie and want to explore your own country, then take a drive down Great Ocean Road. The expansive stretch of coast will take you along some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes. Including the 12 Apostles, Great Otway National Park, London Arch, and more. The entire drive is about 250 miles (400 kilometers), about a 90-minute drive from Melbourne’s city center. It extends all the way to the southernmost point of the continent. Extend your getaway and stay at one of southern Australia’s vacation rentals or hotels to indulge in a one-of-a-kind outdoor getaway.

Panorama Route – South Africa

South Africa’s scenic road trip, Panorama Route, is not just a beautiful drive but a historic adventure through the world’s third-largest canyon, Blyde River Canyon. The entire route takes you through the Mpumalanga province and takes about two to three days to complete. Visitors will love adventuring through waterfalls, forests, and South Africa’s many natural landmarks including Echo Caves and God’s Window. You can also visit national parks and reserves including Kruger National Park and Mount Sheba Nature Reserve. Take a safari drive through the game reserve. You may even spot some of the big five along the way. This will be a trip unlike ever before.

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Iceland’s coasts are filled with charming towns and villages.

Ring Road – Iceland

Iceland’s Ring Road will take you around the entire island. If you ever dreamt about exploring Iceland’s breathtaking waterfalls and geysers, then this is the best way to see it all. The full drive will take about 12 to 13 hours. However, due to the conditions and roads usually takes about a week to complete. There are a few routes you can take, and route one is about 800 miles long. Your trip will most likely start in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Start off day 1 of your adventure by indulging in a day of luxury at the Blue Lagoon. Your excursions will also take you whale-watching, glacier walking, hiking, and so much more. Discover it all on your once in a lifetime road trip around Iceland.

Cabot Trail – Nova Scotia

While this list of road trip includes many that last anywhere from a few days to over a month, Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia is one of the shorter road trips on this list. However, that does not mean it does not have just as much to offer road trippers. The drive takes up to five hours and is 185 miles (298 kilometers). The route will take you around Cape Breton Island allowing you to enjoy the gorgeous views. The trail is named after John Cabot, an explorer who found his way to the islands in 1497. The rugged coastline will present you with a relaxing journey of views right over the highlands. Canada has many road trips you will want to embark on, and this one makes the top of the list.

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Enjoy the views of Torres del Paine National Park.

Patagonia – Chile

While this time of year is actually the winter in Chile, June-September is still an excellent time to take a road trip to Patagonia. One of the most jaw-dropping sights in the world is a view of the Torres del Paine national park. Seeing the glaciers and frozen lakes up close offers such a remarkable feeling. You have to see it for yourself. There are also many advantages to road tripping in Patagonia this time of year. Including ice-skating on the lake, watching for arctic wildlife, and hiking. While many people choose to take this drive on their own, it is always a good idea to consult with a tour company or guided road trip. Extra planning comes in handy to make sure conditions are optimal before embarking on your journey. Find incredible accommodations on the way.

Nha Trang to Quy Nhon – Vietnam

This road trip is filled with Vietnamese countryside, fishing villages, and incredible landscapes. If you are a fan of motorbikes and bicycles, you’ll want to take this trip. On your route, you’ll also enjoy sites including Ba Ho Falls and Da Dia Reef. The journey up highway one takes a total of four hours and is 131 miles (212 kilometers). Not only is Vietnam very peaceful and beautiful, but it is also incredibly budget-friendly. Extend your trip by staying at one of the charming hotels along the South China Sea.


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Discover the New Seven Wonders of the World

Across the globe, people travel far and wide to visit The New Seven Wonders of the World. But, do you know the history of theses sites and how they came to be so important to the global community?

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For centuries the world has celebrated amazing sculptures and architecture. So much so that seven of these landmarks have the global status of being a “Wonder of the World”. Although there are now several categories with this title, the original list of ancient wonders dates back to a piece of work written in 225 B.C. by Philo of Byzantine called On Seven Wonders. These landmarks are revered because they show the true capability humans have for incredible imagination and creativity. After all, each of these architectural phenomenons is manmade.

The New Seven Wonders

The only ancient wonder that still exists today is the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. In order to choose the new seven wonders of the world, a foundation was created in 1999 to vote and choose them. After over 100 million votes, the new sites were revealed in 2007. They are Petra, The Colosseum, The Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal.

Although these sites are currently closed to the public, travelers can still admire and explore them through virtual tours. Learn about each of the new seven wonders of the world and plan for your future visit.


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Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan is one of the most remarkable landmarks on the planet. This ancient city is from the 1st century B.C. and served as the Arabic capital of the Nabateans Empire. The state became very wealthy due to its position in the trading routes between Arabia, India, Africa, and the West. Its moniker is the Rose City and it became a UNESCO Heritage site in 1985. The beautiful sandstone walls are famous for their feature in the 1989 film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. According to the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), Petra welcomed over one million visitors in 2019.


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Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

The colossal Christ the Redeemer statue looks over Rio de Janeiro from the summit of Mount Corcovado. Construction on the statue took place in April 1922 and it was completed in 1931. The statue is 98 feet tall and its arms span 92 feet wide from fingertip to fingertip. It is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the entire world. Christ the Redeemer celebrates and honors the 100th year anniversary of the Brazilian Republic. It is still one of the most visited sites in not only Brazil but the world. There is even a replica of the statue in Lisbon, Portugal.

In March 2020, the statue was illuminated with flags of all the countries heavily affected by COVID-19. An act that showed an outpour of support for the global community.


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Chichen Itza, Mexico

Over 2 million tourists visit Chichen Itza, the second most popular archeological site in Mexico, a year. The ancient city is on the Yucatan Peninsula. The Kukulkan Pyramid, which is located in the center of the site, is one of the only buildings to maintain its original structure. Historians say Chichen Itza was built from 600 A.D. until 1221 during the Mayan empire. Due to its location and size, it stood as one of the most important places in Mayan culture. In December 2019, a new daily visit record was broken, with over 18,000 visitors in just one day. It is a must-visit when planning a trip to Mexico.


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The Great Wall of China, China

One of the most famous structures in the world is the Great Wall of China. Built in the early 7th century B.C. it took over 2,500 years to complete the entire wall. It spanned over more than 10 Chinese dynasties. The wall winds up and down the country in a dragon-like shape and extends over 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers). Due to both human and natural causes, almost 1/3 of the wall is missing today. Thus, the Chinese government has commissioned many restoration projects to renovate the wall and its missing parts. The Chinese don’t refer to this wonder as “the Great Wall.” They call it Chángchéng, which means Long Wall. Visited by over 10 million people a year, this wonder of the world became a UNESCO Heritage site in 1987.


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The Colosseum, Italy

Located in the heart of Rome, Italy, The Colosseum stands proud as a symbol of power for the country. Construction on the Colosseum started in 70 A.D. However, it did not officially begin until 72 A.D. and finish until 80 A.D. Building the Colosseum was ordered by Emperor Vespasian who wanted to build the largest amphitheater in the world. In fact, it is still the largest in the world. During its time, the Colosseum could seat as many as 50,000 to 70,000 spectators. It was used to host gladiator contests, mock sea battles, and animal hunts. Some of the animals even included big cats and crocodiles. The historical landmark is one of Italy’s most famous tourist attractions and welcomes over 7 million visitors a year.


The Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is so much more than just a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, India. Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in 1632 to 1648 for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The building represents the emperor’s everlasting love for his wife. Today, it stands as a beacon of light and strength for India and the global community. Over 2.5 million visitors come to visit the Taj Mahal every year. As are the other wonders, the Taj Mahal is also a UNESCO Heritage site since 1983. While photos of the building show its beauty, they cannot truly capture the delicacy and attention to detail. It is truly a place one must see in person in order to know its magnificence.


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Machu Picchu, Peru

Last, but not least is Machu Picchu. This site is one of the most breathtaking global landmarks and the true pride of Peru. Machu Picchu belongs to the Incan empire from the mid-15th-century. However, it wasn’t rediscovered until 1911 by archeologist Hiram Bingham.  He was searching for another ancient city when he found the green terraces and remains of the structure. Many historians commonly use the term “ruins” when referring to this wonder, however, that is an incorrect description according to Machupicchu.org. It is best to describe this city as a sanctuary as it was a spiritual and sacred place for the Incans. Machu Picchu became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.


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13 Travel Podcasts to Check Out in 2020

Are you looking for a way to get quick access to travel news and information? We have just the thing for you! Travel podcasts. Podcast culture has quickly risen over the past few years to become a leading medium for entertainment, news, and more. With hundreds of different shows and platforms to listen on, podcasts are one of the best ways to fill your wanderlust. We guarantee you’ll have fun while listening.

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The Best Travel Podcasts in 2020:

We compiled a list of the top travel podcasts to listen to in 2020. From advice during the current pandemic to tips and hacks on how to make your future travels budget-friendly, these hosts cover it all. We got the inside scoop on what sets these podcasts apart from the rest. Check them out here:

The TravelPulse Podcast:

Hosted by TravelPulse’s Eric Bowman and Dan Callahan, travelers will gain so much insight into the travel industry by tuning into this podcast. What sets them apart from the rest? “The TravelPulse Podcast cuts through all the noise and brings you the most important and relevant news from around the world,” says Bowman. “Everything from travel advisors looking for advice on where to send clients, to travelers that love learning about trends.” This podcast will provide you with the ins and outs on all sides of the travel spectrum.

REI’s Wild Ideas Worth Living:

Wild Ideas Worth Living, hosted by Shelby Stanger is all about making your wild dreams and ideas a reality. “Part of living wildly is staying healthy, mentally, and physically.” From better breathing and changing up your routine during this current pandemic, there is still a lot of adventure to be had. REI and Shelby will guide you on excursions through their episodes. Keep an eye out for Shelby’s podcast Vitamin Joy, launching soon.

Wander Woman:

Brought to you by award-winning travel writer, photographer, and broadcaster, Phoebe Smith, Wander Woman is a place to explore off-the-beaten-track. This podcast will give you incredible insight into what it means to be a solo female explorer. What’s our favorite part about Phoebe’s podcast – Wander Woman of the Month. “The key is to ask lots of questions, dig a little deeper and wherever you go, go with an open mind,” says Phoebe. We couldn’t agree more.

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Women Who Travel – Condé Nast:

Featuring over 100 stories by real female travelers, Condé Nast’s podcast is all about empowerment and smart travel for women. “A women’s place is wherever she chooses.” From Jane Goodall’s influence on how we can all be better travelers to inspiration during a time of uncertainty, WWT offers a safe and welcoming community for women across the globe.

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg:

Running his podcast for the last 12 years, and a radio show for the last 20, Peter Greenberg is a true professional traveler. For Peter, it’s all about the conversation and giving his audience the information that can’t find anywhere else. “There are three things people want to know about today…health, finance, and travel,” says Peter. He guides his audience on how not to be a victim of simple travel mistakes and errors. We live for the fun we can have when traveling safe and smart. Travel Today with Peter will guide you on the right path.

Amateur Traveler:

With more than 700 episodes to choose from, you can join along for every adventure with Chris Christensen. What’s Chris’s key to keeping his audience informed and up to date when planning their travels? He’s already been there. Which means he can give you all the ins and outs, in an episode. Tune in every week to explore a new destination. You’ll have a full travel list ready by the time we can explore again.

The Travel Diaries:

The Travel Diaries with Holly Rubinstein includes traveling vicariously through her fun and entertaining episodes. “Listening to this podcast is a great opportunity for people to be transported to far-off lands from the comfort of their homes. It’s wanderlust guaranteed,” says Holly. From virtual tours and experiences to making your bucket list, listen to episodes with special guests, and let your travels take you virtually anywhere.

RV Miles Podcast:

“We like to think of ourselves as the ‘Today Show’ for RVers and other road travelers,” says podcast host Abigail Trabue. Offering entertainment, interviews, and tips, there is something for anyone looking to hit the open road. Abigail and her family are full-time RV travelers, for the last three and a half years, calling everywhere they explore home. Now is the perfect time to tune in and learn how to explore the great outdoors from the comfort of an RV. You can find their other podcasts See America and America’s National Parks for additional episodes.

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The World Nomads:

The World Nomads Podcast is a go-to for real-life stories and testimonials to give you the best insight. Phil and Kim have created a network of people who know a destination inside and out. Those experts share everything a traveler needs to know before visiting. “The true joy of travel is forging your own path,” says Phil. From healthy doses of inspiration to ways to face future travel, this podcast offers facts and fun all in one.

Indie Travel Podcast:

Launched in 2006, hosts Craig and Linda began a new adventure through the Indie Travel Podcast. Together they guide their listeners through everything from how to travel with kids to how to pack your suitcase. There are so many parts of travel one may not even consider when planning or preparing for a trip. This is the place to go to make sure you don’t miss a single step.

JUMP with Traveling Jackie:

What if you could explore the world without breaking the bank? You know at CuddlyNest, we have the best price for every stay, and Jackie Nourse of JUMP Podcast has incredible for tips budget-friendly adventures. We make the perfect pair. Loved for her positivity, if you are looking to feel empowered while seeing the world, JUMP is the podcast for you.

Armchair Explorer:

“Every adventure begins in the imagination. The Armchair Explorer is all about firing that imagination up.” Aaron Miller has created a world for each of his listeners to explore. What makes this podcast so unique? It is made in a documentary-style format and set to music to create a storytelling experience. We want to immerse ourselves in this world, too. A place for adventure and action, that’s the Armchair Explorer way.

Food Fun Travel – “The Dish”: 

Mixing three of our favorite things, food, fun, and travel, this podcast satisfies our thirst for new experiences. “The Dish” food and travel show is hosted by Tommo & Megsy, two food and travel bloggers who have visited 95 countries seeking the best “Food Worth Traveling For”. Enjoy learning about their favorite dishes from around the globe and the adventures they had to find them.

We hope you enjoyed tuning in with us! We can’t wait to hear what travel podcasts you listen to. Don’t forget to let us know.

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Plan Now, Stay Later Photo Contest

Do you have a favorite travel memory? Something that really stuck with you and makes you want to set off to explore the globe again? While we cannot all pack our bags to set off on an adventure at this very moment, what we can do is relive our travels again and again through photos and memories, by joining our Plan Now, Stay Later contest and campaign.

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How to join The Plan Now Stay Later Contest:

By participating in our #PlanNowStayLater Photo Contest. From pictures of you and your special someone at the top of the Eifel Tower to a photo of you celebrating finishing your first international marathon, we want to relive that moment with you. Entering is easy! Find the entry instructions here and start by going to our Instagram channel, and do the following:

  1. Like our Post announcing the photo contest. 

  2. Post your favorite travel photo to your personal Instagram feed and tag @cuddlynest and #plannowstaylater in the caption.

  3. Share the post in your story and tag @cuddlynest and #plannowstaylater.

We will select three winners and share their photos on our feed every Saturday in the month of May. All three winners will be announced in our stories on May 2nd at 5 pm CEST. If your photo was not selected this time, don’t worry, because we will be hosting new contests every month.

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USA’s First National Park – And More – To Celebrate During National Park Week

In 1872, one of the most important national acts was created by United States President, Ulysses S. Grant — the establishment of the first US national park. Can you guess which one it was? If you guessed Yellowstone National Park – you’re correct! Today, travelers and outdoor enthusiasts can visit over 4,000 national parks across the globe. These national treasures are celebrated annually during the month of April to commemorate the history and culture surrounding our favorite outdoor locations.

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The National Park Service (NPS) recorded that in 2019 over 327 million people visited USA’s national parks. While numerous parks are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you can still celebrate national park week this year by learning more about each of the parks, their history, and what makes them so crucial to our environment. A great place to start? With the 10 oldest national parks in the U.S. Check them out below:

Oldest U.S. National Parks:

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1. Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming, Idaho, Montana – March 1, 1872

Located between three states, Yellowstone National Park was the first U.S. national park. Yellowstone welcomes about 4.2 million visitors a year. Some of the main attractions in the park are the geysers, including the one pictured here, “Old Faithful.” Besides Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park is also known for it’s amazing fauna such as bears, wolves, and deer.

Yellowstone will open and welcome visitors to several areas of the park on June 1, 2020.

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2. Sequoia National Park – California, September 25, 1890

Known for having the world’s largest living things, Sequoia National Park is the second oldest national park in the U.S. Filled with gigantic Sequoia trees, this park is the perfect place to explore nature. The trees can grow anywhere between 250 to 275 feet tall, thus making them some of the tallest trees on the planet.

Sequoia and Kings National Parks will open and welcome visitors to several areas of the park on June 4, 2020.

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3. Yosemite National Park – California, October 1st, 1890

While Yellowstone is the official first national park, the idea originally came from President Abraham Lincoln when he signed the Yosemite Land Grant in 1864. Located in the Sierra Mountains in California, Yosemite is home to one of the tallest waterfalls on Earth. It is also home to over 400 species including the rare red fox.

Yosemite will remain closed until further notice, by the NPS.

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4.  Mount Rainier National Park – Washington, March 2nd, 1899

From the colorful wildflowers that bloom each spring to the epic waterfalls that flow all summer long, Mount Rainer National Park is a Washington State treasure. The peak is the fifth tallest in the US and has over 130 trails to explore.

Mount Rainier will open and welcome visitors to several areas of the park on June 4, 2020.

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5. Crater Lake National Park – Oregon, May 22nd, 1902

Found in south-central Oregon, Crater Lake is the fifth oldest national park in the US. Most famous for its crystal blue waters, the park also features the deepest lake in the United States due to the collapse of a volcano almost 8,000 years ago.

Crater Lake will stay temporarily closed until further notice.

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6. Wind Cave National Park– South Dakota, January 9th, 1903

Wind Cave is known as one of the longest caves in the world with over 149 miles of passageways. It was also the first cave system in the US to be designated as a national park. The cave is also known for its box work and frostwork formations inside the passageways.

Wind Cave will begin opening several parts of the park in June 2020.

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7. Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado, June 29th, 1906

Located in southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park is the largest archeological preserve with over 600 cliff dwellings. Its name which translates to “green table” is a reflection of the vast greenery that covers thousands of acres.

Mesa Verde opens its park to visitors on May 24, 2020. The welcoming will happen in phases over time.

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8. Glacier National Park – Montana, May 11th, 1910

Found in the northwest corner of Montana, Glacier National Park is the eighth oldest in the U.S. The entire park is over one million acres. In total, the park has 75 named mountains, 762 lakes, 25 named glaciers, and close to 750 miles of hiking trails alone.

Glacier will start welcoming visitors for recreational access on June 8, 2020. The park will open in phases.

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9. Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado, January 26th, 1915

The ninth oldest U.S. national park is Rocky Mountain. While the park was founded in 1915, the mountain range is actually over 76 million years old. The high peaks and rugged landscape make the perfect backdrop for the city of Denver, which is just a short drive away.

Rocky Mountain will begin opening several areas in the park on June 4, 2020. All visitors must obtain a permit to visit.

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10. Haleakala National Park – Hawaii, August 1st, 1916

Haleakala National Park is located on the Hawaiian Island, Maui. While the park itself is over 33,000 acres, the park’s main feature is its massive 7-mile wide volcanic crater.

Haleakala will open and begin welcoming visitors to several areas in the park on May 27, 2020.

While we encourage you to stay home this week and enjoy these national parks from afar you can still visit by taking virtual tours and experiences at home.

 

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