Portland Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
Welcome to Portland, Oregon, where you can experience the laid-back atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest amid beautiful natural surroundings.
A Portland tour is easily accomplished on foot; this city was designed for pedestrians, so you’ll be able to get around quickly. As you stroll along, you’ll find plenty of parks, fountains, and buildings old and new to explore. Be warned, this city is known for its sudden showers, so make sure you bring an umbrella to shield yourself until the sun makes a triumphant return.
If you like a good brew, you’re going to love Portland’s alter-ego, Beervana – so named thanks to all the breweries located here. Wine snobs, don’t despair; you’ll find plenty to drink (responsibly) in the Willamette Valley while you continue your Portland sightseeing.
If you’re here with the kids – or you just really love animals – don’t forget to stop by the Oregon Zoo, home to eagles, bobcats, and a ton of other feathered, furry, and scaled critters. Travelers with children will also love the Portland Children’s Museum, where the little ones can learn from and play with interactive exhibits.
Whether you’re here for the beautiful views or to responsibly sample the vintages in the valley, Portland has something for everyone. What are you going to do when you get there?
Visit our Portland travel guide page for more information or to plan your next vacation!
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does mexico still scare us?
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The media paints Mexico as a dangerous place, so we had lots of fears about traveling through the country. After living here for 15 months, our fears about Mexico have changed.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Our story goes like this...
In January of 2018, we made the bold decision to sell everything we owned and leave our lives in the United States to travel through Mexico. All we could take with us in our tangerine-colored Prius C was a few suitcases and our husky Laska.
This Mexico travel video is broken up into 4 sections. Our fears/concerns:
1. Before crossing the border into Mexico;
2. After crossing the border and 1 month into our travels;
3. 6 months after starting to travel Mexico; and
4. In the present day (15 months after living in Mexico).
Some of the fears and concerns we discuss in this vlog:
- Is Mexico as dangerous as the media leads people to believe?
- Do tourists / travelers have to worry about violence in Mexico?
- Is Mexico filled with crooked cops?
- What are the roads like in Mexico? Will our car be okay driving them?
- Is the food / water safe in Mexico?
- Is it a huge mistake to quit our careers and leave our comfortable life in the US to start traveling in Mexico?
- What is it like driving in Mexico? How do we avoid accidents?
- Do we have to worry about military checkpoints in Mexico?
- Are roadblocks in Mexico cause for concern?
- Can we stay in Mexico legally?
- Should we worry about scams in Mexico?
- How do we get packages and deliveries in Mexico?
After 15 months living in Mexico, we realize that some of our initial fears were unfounded and others were legitimate. What we can say with certainty, however, is that how Mexico is portrayed in the media is night and day compared to reality.
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50 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY | Top Attractions Travel Guide
Our recent week in New York City was an action-packed one. We decided to set ourselves a challenge to see and do as much as we possibly could, and that gave way to this travel video guide which highlights 50 of the top attractions. In a city like New York this means we barely scratched the surface, but hopefully this video will highlight the cornucopia of possibilities that is the Big Apple.
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We try our best to cover all of the top attractions including fine arts, entertainment, festivals, dining, architecture and museums as well as focusing on lesser known off the beaten path attractions to cover all forms of tourism. If you only have time to visit only one city in the United States it ought to be NYC, USA:
50 Things to do in New York City Top Attractions Travel Guide:
1 Grand Central Terminal
2 The High Line
3 Meatpacking District
4 Greenwich Village
5 Brooklyn Bridge
7 Street Art in Williamsburg
8 Prospect Park
10 New York Style Pizza
11 Bryant Park
12 New York Public Library
13 Staten Island Ferry
14 Statue of Liberty
15 Battery Park
16 Little Italy
17 Little Korea
19 Coney Island
20 Mermaid Parade
21 The Cloisters
22 Harlem's Apollo Theatre
23 Soul Food in Harlem at Sylvia's
24 World Trade Center Memorial
25 Trinity Church
26 Wall Street
27 Lincoln Center
28 Ride a Bicycle
29 Watch a New York Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium
30 MET Museum (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
31 Flatiron Building
32 Washington Square Park
33 NYU (New York University)
34 National Museum of the American Indian
35 Museum of Natural History
36 Times Square
37 MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)
38 Roosevelt Island Tramway
39 Fifth Avenue Shopping
40 Rockefeller Center
41 Empire State Building
42 Carnegie Hall
43 Central Park
44 Strawberry Fields
45 Street Food
46 Catch a Broadway Theatre Performance
47 Madison Square Garden
48 African Burial Ground
49 Columbus Circle
50 Take the Subway Metro
Most journeys begin at Penn Station or Grand Central, and if you arrive at the later you'll be wowed by the building. The Meatpacking District was once home to markets, slaughterhouses, and packaging plants, but times have changed. Today you'll find a mixture of trendy restaurants, clubs and boutiques. The Village used to be a bohemian neighborhood that drew artists and musicians, but today you're more likely to find upper middle class families living here. Completed in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Williamsburg has become popular given its lower rent prices. University students and young professionals have been flocking to this part of town.
You can walk along the riverfront for a great view of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the Manhattan skyline. During the summer months, Bryant Park also becomes a popular hangout spot people looking to relax and even work on their tans. The Staten Island Ferry is free of charge and this makes it really popular with visitors who want to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty from a distance. Battery Park is located on the southern tip of Manhattan. Having both lived in South Korea, we were thrilled to come across Manhattan's own Little Korea. Coney Island is all about good old fashioned fun. The Cloisters will make you feel like you've travelled over to Europe. Central Park is massive and there are so many places to visit within its boundaries. We managed to visit Belvedere Castle, the Great Lawn, Shakespeare Garden, The Ramble, The Jackie Onassis Reservoir, the Alice in Wonderland Statue, and we still left feeling like we barely scratched the surface.
And that concludes a look at our very busy week in New York City. I'm still shocked we managed to cover so many attractions, but the great thing about this city is that distances aren't very long and there's always something really cool worth checking out around each corner. Have you been to New York? What are your favorite things about this city? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Portland Oregon to Vancouver BC by train-#2: Columbia River to Mount Rainier 2015-06-08
Amtrak Cascades train from Portland Oregon continues north along the Columbia River to Kelso, Washington, and then through rural southwestern Washington to state-capital Olympia at the foot of Washington's Mount Rainier.
0:10 Leaving Vancouver, Washington station
10:10-12:55 Along section paralleling Interstate 5 near Kalama, Washington
13;43- 13:52 Looking southwest at Oregon across the Columbia River near Kalama, Washington
13:53-15:00 Along section paralleling Interstate 5 near Kalama, Washington
19:15-20:00 Stopping at Kelso / Longview, Washington
20:00 Leaving Kelso / Longview, Washington
27:30 Stopping at Centralia, Washington
29:12-29:55 Mount Rainier
30:40 Arriving at Olympia-Lacey, Washington
Kelso is a city in southwest Washington State, United States, and is the county seat of Cowlitz County. At the 2010 census, the population was 11,925. Kelso is part of the Longview, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 102,410. Kelso shares its long western border with Longview. It is near Mount St. Helens.
On May 18, 1980, being only 24 miles (39 km) away, Kelso residents experienced the shock wave caused by the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Called the largest volcanic eruption in historic times in the contiguous United States, Kelso received large amounts of volcanic ash through the air and from the massive mudflow caused by the eruption transported by the Toutle and Cowlitz Rivers. Many areas of the city, including the Three Rivers Golf Course are built on volcanic ash dredged from the Cowlitz River by inmates in state custody and volunteers.
Olympia is the capital of the State of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. It was incorporated on January 28, 1859. The population was documented as 46,478 in the 2010 census. The city borders Lacey, to the east, and Tumwater to the south. Olympia is a major cultural center of the Puget Sound region. Olympia is located 60 miles (100 km) from Seattle, the largest city in the state of Washington.
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Kayaking Coldwater Lake, Washington
Coldwater Lake is a three mile long lake formed when Mount Saint Helens erupted in 1980. Debris from the eruption damed coldwater creek and filled Coldwater Creek Valley.
Las Vegas Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
Step out of the ordinary world and into the glittering, wild spread of “Sin City,” better known as Las Vegas, Nevada. Test your luck in the numerous casinos lining the city and then indulge in some Las Vegas sightseeing – will you win big or head home empty-handed?
The main drag, also called “The Strip,” is lined with exotic resorts sure to leave an impression on you. These gigantic venues aren’t just about the gambling, though you’ll find craps, poker, and other games running at all hours of the day and night. A trip to one of these extraordinary establishments is a journey unto itself, filled with luxury and excitement. Take in the dancing fountains at the Bellagio, or watch knights jousting at the Excalibur. Explore shopping centers, theme parks, and some of the best dining in the country with menus designed by five-star chefs…all without leaving your hotel.
When the sun goes down and the neon lights wink on, all bets are off. Visit our Las Vegas travel guide to plan your Sin City excursion!
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WILD HORSE (K'usee) - Yakima Nation - YouTube
Free-roaming horses have been a part of the landscape in Idaho and central and eastern Oregon and Washington since the Spanish brought the species to what is now the United States.
The eagle is an amazing bird, but for me the symbol that best epitomizes the spirit of America is the wild horse and the buffalo. Both great creatures that at one time roamed free throughout much of the land. Today there are only pockets of them found mostly in the Western States, but when you see them, it is still an amazing sight to behold.
We've seen buffalo in Yellowstone National Park and South Dakota and now we saw wild horses on the Yakima Nation land in Washington State.
Wild Horses of the Yakama Homeland have been around for generations and as long as our people can remember. The oral history kept by our people tells of the cultural and traditonal value this prized animal has among the Yakama People. Revered for its endurance and strength, the horse has become a symbol of the true Yakama Spirit and strength that survived the most difficult times over the last 200 years. Today, the horse remains at the same status and is often a prized possession with most tribal members who remember the days when horse chasing and catching was an art itself.
At the present time (2010) there are believed to be over 12,000 wild horses on the reservation.
Driving from FLORIDA to TEXAS via Pensacola, Perdido Key, Gulf Shores, and Mobile
Florida to Texas, road trip planning and drive. Driving in Florida is so fun! In this vlog, we drive from Orlando to Texas hitting some Pensacola, Florida tourist spots, discovering amazing Perdido Key, Florida, enjoying a nice Gulf Shores drive, and closing with a Mobile, Alabama visit.
For next time, we'll certainly visit more Florida-Texas beaches! They're so beautiful! Join us driving to the west!
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Things to do in BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA | Vlog 3
Looking for things to do in Birmingham, Alabama? This is the third and last vlog of the civil rights movement tour in Alabama (United States), also showing some of the most beautiful places in Birmingham. Birmingham made history when African American leaders led by Martin Luther King fought for equal rights.
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In this last video in Birmingham you see:
0:23 - Negro Southern League Museum
2:09 - Rib it Up Barbecue
2:38 - Civil Rights District bike tour
7:02 - 16th Street Baptist Church
9:17 - Dynamite Hill
10:09 - Ovenbird Restaurant
12:07 - Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel
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