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5 Must-See Melbourne Attractions

Australia, Blog - GoroadTrip - January 23, 2017

top places to visit in Melbourne

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is a cosmopolitan and bustling city that will delight many travelers. You can’t get bored here, and your days are sure to be well filled with many activities. The second largest Australian city is in constant competition with Sydney has a wide choice of things to do — culture, beaches, nightlife, gardens, sports — everything is there. It is a city with a very European style as much for its climate as its population and habits.

We have brought you a list of top places to visit in Melbourne during your stay.

• Federation Square

Melbourne is a very modern city where architectural styles mix between 19th-century Victorian buildings and skyscrapers, offering a cool look, one of the top places to visit in Melbourne. A must visit if you are staying in Melbourne is Federation Square. It is Melbourne’s most important meeting place and a unique cultural venue that brings together attractions, museums, and galleries, as well as numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars.

• Queen Victoria Market

This place is not just an ordinary market where people come to buy their food. This market which opened in 1878 is a historical monument, a tourist attraction and an institution for all the inhabitants of Melbourne.

Every Wednesday, Queen Victoria Market opens its doors at night to welcome thousands of visitors to eat, drink and listen to live concerts. It provides an opportunity to taste the local specialties and those of the Italian, Greek and Indian communities which have settled here.

• The Royal Exhibition Building

One of Melbourne’s finest buildings is the Royal Exhibition Building, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site a few years ago. It is only by a miracle that this splendid palace was not destroyed in the middle of the 20th century. It was decided to save it and open the exhibition center in the building. Now it is used for holding various exhibitions. The place hosts thematic events on contemporary art. Around the historic building is a lush garden.

• Princess Theatre

Theater admirers will love the opportunity to visit the Princess Theater one of the top places to visit in Melbourne. This iconic building was built in 1854. The theater has been rebuilt and modernized several times. The last major reconstruction took place in 1989. The theater is said to have a friendly ghost, for whom a free seat is always left in the lobby.

• Melbourne Neighborhoods

The diversity of Melbourne is felt through the different neighborhoods that compose it. All are accessible on foot or by tram, these neighborhoods each have a style of their own.

In the CBD, Chinatown is just a few blocks around Little Bourke Street. Then, North of the CBD, the district of Carlton is predominantly Italian. Fitzroy is certainly the most interesting because it is very cultural and innovative. Many artists live here and there is a multitude of small local designer shops and street art. Brunswick Street is one of Melbourne’s busiest streets.

Southbank is ideal for walking along the shore and admiring the skyscrapers. It is one of the top places to visit in Melbourne, along the banks of Southbank that people come to play at the casino in Melbourne. Finally, the Docklands district, in full transformation, does not have as much charm as the other neighborhoods, but the advantage lies in its mall which houses low price shops.

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Outdoor Adventure in Mount Sastha

Adventure Activities, Blog, Destinations, Weekend Getaways - GoroadTrip - January 18, 2017

Mount Shasta is located in northern California at an altitude of 14,179 feet. It is the fifth highest peak in California and the second highest in the Cascades. Mount Shasta is an imposing peak 11,000 feet above the valleys that surround it and define the landscape of Northern California. With its inspiring beauty and scenery, Mount Shasta is easily becoming a popular outdoor adventure destination. Some places to choose from here are:

Mount Shasta City Park:

Mount Shasta City Park is an urban park. It is one of many parks in Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District. It stretches over 26 hectares and offers tourists numerous opportunities for hiking, cycling and camping. The land on which Shasta Mountain Park currently stands was once a hunting ground. The park is also the base of the beautiful spring that is the upper reaches of the Upper Sacramento River.

Lake Siskiyou:

Overlooking Mount Shasta, with breathtaking views of the Shasta National Forest, Lake Siskiyou awaits you. The lake is a complete family trip with opportunities for fishing, camping and trekking in the middle of nature.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest:

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is located in northern California and is managed by the US Forest Service. With many beautiful campsites, the place is a pleasure for campers. With its varied landscapes, forests, hills and lakes it promises adventure.

Mount Shasta Ski Park:

Between the town of Mount Shasta and the town of McCloud in the Cascade Mountain Range is the Mount Shasta Ski Park. With almost 425 hectares of ski slopes, the Ski Park is suitable for both beginners and advanced skiers.

Castle Lake:

Castle Lake is located in the Trinity Mountains in Siskiyou County and is a glacial lake. Typically located in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the lake flows into Castle Lake Creek and joins the Siskiyou Lake Reservoir. Fishing and camping are both a pleasant experience at Castle Lake. But the hike takes the cake as there are beautiful trails leading to the Castle Crags Wilderness area, which leads to Castle Crags State Park next to the trails to Heart Lake and Little Castle Lake.

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The Fascinating Thar Desert

Blog, Destinations - GoroadTrip - January 7, 2017

Though India is surrounded by water on three sides, it is also home to the 17th largest desert in the world. Also called Great Indian Desert, it forms a natural border of India and Pakistan. 90% of the Thar Desert is in Rajasthan.

You can get to enjoy the desert at these places of the state:

Jaisalmer: Set in the midst of the Thar Desert, Jaislamer is an important town in Rajasthan closest to the India-Pakistan border. It is also called the Golden City from the colour it gets from the yellow sandstone used in the construction of most of its buildings. Jaisalmer has many epic monuments depicting the Rajathani and Mughal reign. The monuments that awe are the Jaisalmer Fort, Fort Palace, PatwakiHaweli, Nathmalki Haveli, BadaBagh, Vyas Chhatri and Gadisar Lake.

Khimsar: Khimsar is located between Bikaner and Jodhpur in Rajasthan. This village has miles of sand dunes that seem to stretch to eternity. Access to this part of the TharDesert is only by jeep, horseback or camels. The village offers a camping experience to tourists. Watching the golden sands with the glow of the rising or setting sun and looking out at the bright star filled skies remain an unforgettable memory.

Khuri: Located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer, Khuri is a less crowded place to enjoy sand dunes of the Thar Desert. The tranquil surroundings make you relish the wonders of nature as it opens out to you in the vast stretches of sand. It is fascinating to see the desert sands changing hues at different times of the day and the crimson colour of it throws a punch at sunset that will last a lifetime.

Sam Sand Dunes: At the northwest of Khuri are the more populated sand dunes of the Thar Desert. Quite popular for the desert safaris, Sam sand dunes are a major tourist attraction in recent times.

A visit to this mighty desert of India must feature on every Indian’s travel list.

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