I love trains and I’m ready to travel everywhere by train. On my first visit to the United States at the end of the last century, I even took the 12-hour Starlight Express between San Francisco and Los Angeles to see the beauty of the West Coast of the United States. Continue Reading
Growing up with Disney Books and Disney Channels, Mickey and Donald are as many friends as my kids. No wonder then that a trip to this magical theme park on a summit experienced all our excitement. Launched in 1955, Disneyland Park in Southern California is Walt Disney’s original theme park. Being at the doors of this wonderland was like a dream that came true for all of us.
As soon as we entered, we were in a delusional solution with extravagant fun options. There were eight thematic countries called Main Street, USA, Tomorrowland, Mickey Toontown, Fantasyland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country and Adventureland. These choices are categorized under attractions, entertainment, events and tours and of course gastronomic options.
Here are some of the ways that have given us the time of our lives …
An attraction of Fantasyland, the term “curious and curious!” From the epic “Alice in Wonderland” came alive for us when we jumped on an oversized crawler to see the wonders here. We went into the enchanted rabbit hole and were quickly kidnapped into this wonderland of Queen’s Garden, Tulgey Wood, White Rabbit’s House and many more.
Casey Jr. Circus Train:
We saw our kids board the Casey Jr. train in Fantasyland and make an unforgettable journey through storybook land. Storybook Land is full of miniature versions of Disney’s classic backdrops such as The Little Pig’s House, the manicured park of Peter Pan, the Dwarven House of Snow White, and the Seven Dwarfs and many other fairytales.
We had the chance to pilot a rocket in this carousel of Tomorrowland. The rocket crashed after takeoff and quickly began to cover a galaxy of planets, giving us the opportunity to experience space travel. We felt very much in control as we controlled the lever for all our value!
Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road:
A fun ride from Frontierland, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad train ride took us through a gold mining town. Tunnels, caves, canyons, a rushing waterfall, rock formations, rocks, the remains of an earthquake were just some of the shocks that shook us and made us rediscover our safety at the station, where it all started!
Buzz Light year Astro Blasters:
This Tomorrowland attraction immediately became our son’s favorite when he fell headlong into an exciting space battle. The fight is the same as the one shown in Disney’s popular Toy Story movie series.
We all had a nostalgic moment in this Disneyland Park with Mickey Mouse comedy series and all the other Disney characters come to life for us. Donald’s Boat, Goofy Playhouse, Chip’n Dale Treehouse. Minnie’s home and so many other charming attractions made it hard for us to leave Mickey’s house.
Indiana Jones Adventure:
From Adventureland, this attraction took us on a fantastic journey with a troop transport. The ride was fast and let us experience what is going on rough terrain as we embark on this adventure to find Indiana Jones.
This part of Fantasyland had tied my daughter while her princesses and prince charming were animated when they were playing before us. She shook hands with some of her favorite characters from all of her fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Tangled.
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade:
We participated in one of the most visual and daring parades in our lives, with this parade led by none other than our favorite Mickey Mouse on the drum. The music came from classic Disney movies and when the characters passed us or in tanks with their own musical instrument, we could not help but get into an animated jitter. The parade started at 16:30. gave us a delicious start to a wonderful evening.
Fireworks at Disneyland Park:
The night at Disneyland Park was celebrated as spectacular fireworks lit up the sky. The fireworks were in harmony with the timeless melodies of Disney and made the experience really magical for us.
The restaurants were phenomenal in Disneyland. There were barbecues, French cuisine, snacks, ice cream parlors, cafes, popcorns and fruit carts, and we felt like we had tried all the dishes on the planet by the end of the year our visit to Disneyland.
As the name suggests, Carmel-By-The-Sea is a coastal town on the Monterey Peninsula in California. It is popular as a romantic seaside destination for its picturesque surroundings and storybook atmosphere. Carmel-by-the-Sea is an ideal way to enjoy a relaxing holiday with scenic coastal walks, art gallery tours or a stroll through the peaceful and charming town. Some interesting places you can check here are:
Carmel Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is located at the bend of Carmel Bay around a pretty bay that makes you think like a private beach. The view of white sand with the waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing over the protruding rocks brings you closer to nature. The cypress trees, which are a landmark of this beach, contribute to its natural beauty. There are many oceanfront roads that you can walk or ride to admire the ocean views. Although swimming is often not recommended because of the dangerous currents, you can enjoy beach activities like volleyball and sunbathing.
Point Lobos is the favorite spot for divers, photographers and artists. It is a good place to discover the underwater world and the diverse marine life. It also has many beautiful natural landscapes that attract visitors, especially artists and photographers, to capture the many natural wonders. Point Lobos also leads to many hiking trails, such as the Sea Lion Point Trail, where hikers can see sea lions crossing from a lookout point on a stream, and the Cypress Trail, which gives an insight into Otters
A beautiful mission, founded by Father Junipero Serra of Spain, is a thriving parish church. It is one of the most beautiful Spanish mission locations in California. It has an impressive basilica and a very decorated interior. The high vaulted ceiling, the chain arches, the altar, the bell tower, the window of the stars and the posters of the Spanish colonial liturgical art impress the visitors.
Fairy- Tale Cottages:
A special feature of Carmel-by-the-Sea are the fairytale cottages, which are a true part of his fantastic architecture. Initially designed by Hugh Comstock as a workshop for his wife’s doll making hobby, he built a large selection of pretty, thatched-roof houses and checkered windows, typical of English-style cottages. Some of the cottages now function as tea rooms and china shops.
With more than 50 art galleries, the city is a paradise for art lovers. The exhibitions are an extensive collection of high quality artwork. There are art trips run by some locals leading you to selected art galleries.
Hidden passageways and courtyards:
Carmel-by-the-Sea has a fascinating variety of passages that you can encounter while running on the streets. Let yourself be surprised by the discoveries of small shops, charming art galleries, quaint cafes in the corners and corners of the city. You will feel like a treasure hunt as you stroll through the narrow streets and courtyards, and unique shops such as “Cottage of Sweets”, “Music Boxes of Caramel” and a guitar shop with a collection of vintage musical instruments.
Garland Ranch Regional Park:
A good place for a hike is the Garland Ranch Regional Park. It has a varied landscape with poplars and plane trees in the plains and many peaks in the mountains of Santa Lucia. Hiking trails lead you through enchanting canyons with colorful maple trees, shady oaks and tall redwood forests. You can also spot wildlife and of course a variety of birds. The park also organizes riding and photo safaris, as well as guided tours by Rangers and volunteers.
Garrapata State Park:
Garapatta Park is 11 km from Carmel-by-the-Sea on Highway 1 and is a national park in California. It has a stretch that stretches for over two miles to the beach, making the trek a delightful experience. A climb of about 50 feet will reward you with the magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean. The paths in the park stretch from the beaches to the dense groves of the coast’s redwood landscape.
The eighth largest city in America is San Diego. For its sunny atmosphere, happiness and relaxed attitude, it is affectionately known as America’s Finest City. Perfect for the vacationer, San Diego makes it hard not to relax and unwind in their many holiday destinations. There are lively beaches, museums in the city center and the zoo, all perfectly made by the sunny weather. Enjoy sharing these places in San Diego:
San Diego Zoo:
San Diego Zoo is without doubt one of the biggest attractions in Southern California. It has an incredible number of 3000 animals belonging to about 650 species, all installed in landscapes that reproduce their habitats. Equipped with a map, you will find the comfort of a double-decker bus, an express service bus and the Skyfari cable car to explore the vastness of the zoo. Some of the habitats created here are the Elephant Odyssey, the Gorilla Tropics, the Tiger River, the Absolute Monkeys, and the Sun Bear Forest. Koalas, Komodo dragons, Asian bears, Siamangs and orangutans are just a few of the many animals that can be seen in one day.
Torry Pines State Reserve:
The reserve is located on the border of the Pacific Ocean north of La Jolla. It is about 18 miles from downtown San Diego. The 1700-acre nature reserve is ideal for hiking and bird watching amidst the diverse wildlife and rare pine trees of Torry. The trails along the coast are beautifully carved for pleasant walks. You can also stop to swim at two of the beaches, Black Beach and Torry Pines State Beach, where the State Reserve is located.
USS Midway Museum:
For a tour of the oldest American aircraft carrier visit the USS Midway Museum. You will receive first-hand information about life on a US Navy carrier. Around 60 different exhibits will be exhibited and the tour will take you to the engine room, crew cabins and even to the ship’s prison.
Due to its quiet atmosphere and central location, Coronado Beach is popular with families. The beach has a panoramic view and the backdrop of large houses. Along the half-line coast, boogie boarding, bodysurfing and sandcastle building are some of the most popular activities undertaken by tourists on the beach.
With its 16 Victorian-style blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter is a popular spot for shopping, dining and dining out. You can walk the many streets or just hop on the Old Town Trolley Tour to discover the vibrant attractions of this area.
Cabrillo National Monument:
Located 10km from downtown San Diego, the Cabrillo National Monument is a statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European sailor on the California coast. Since the monument is 422 feet above sea level, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and the naval base and watch the whales especially in the months of December to February. Also try the Bayside and Coastal trails that surround the monument and visit the Lighthouse and Visitor Center Old Point Loma while you are here
One of the liveliest beaches in Southern California, Mission Beach is popular for sunbathing. His walk is popular with indoor skaters and cyclists. Belmont Park with its Giant Dipper rollercoaster is another attraction for children and adults.
SeaWorld is located about seven miles from the city center and is home to a number of marine animals. Visitors can see California sea lions, dolphins, otters, killer whales, sea turtles and many other species of marine life. The kids are in a treat with the many rides such as the fast Manta Ray roller coaster, Shipwreck Rapids ride and trip to Atlantis. The underwater shark observation tunnel, the penguin habitat and the Wild Arctic Ride / Exhibition are other attractions.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park:
The Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is more popular for its scenic views and extends over 68 acres. It spans over one and a half miles along the coast of the Point Loma peninsula, making the experience spectacular. The sunsets are beyond the description of the sandstone cliffs of the park.
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.
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 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.