An Explanation on the United States National Parks System Nomenclature

Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, San Juan National Historic Site, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Oregon National Historic Trail.  All of these sites are managed by the National Park Service.  All of them are part of the United States National Park System. The names are designed to help explain their purpose and level of protection.  Sometimes the names are confusing and sometimes don’t make sense.  To most visitors, the designation doesn’t matter but learning the national park system nomenclature can help understand the importance of these American Treasures. Continue Reading . . .

Ten Things to Know when visiting Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii is a great vacation spot.  The islands offer a ton of fun under the sun. The white beach and volcanos make it easy to forget that Hawaii plays a significant role United States history.  The Japanese surprise attack in the early morning of December 7, 1941, forced the US hand and forced the US’s entrance into World War II.  Every tourist to Oahu should take time to visit Pearl Harbor.  Here are 10 things to know when visiting Pearl Harbor. Continue Reading . . .

The Best Hotel in Kiruna, Sweden – SPiS Hotel and Hostel

If you had told me, that I would be spending a week north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden in 2017.  I would have laughed and said that wouldn’t be happening.  Yet it did.  I flew to Kiruna, Sweden to spend five days exploring and having fun in this winter wonderland.  Kiruna is one of the largest cities above the Arctic Circle but that doesn’t mean much.  It is a city of 20,000 people.  It does have a thriving tourist trade due to the nearby attractions in Jukkasjarvi.  Since I wasn’t renting a car, I wanted to stay in the city of Kiruna.  Staying at the SPiS Hotel and Hostel was a great choice. Continue Reading . . .

18 Oceanic Outdoor Adventures for Travelers in 2018

2017 is almost over. It is time to begin planning your 2018 outdoor adventures. I asked my fellow travel bloggers to share their recommendations for a 2018 outdoor adventure. I had a tremendous response and had to break up the responses by region. Keep a look out of my other 2018 region adventure lists. Here are 18 travel bloggers recommendations for Oceanic Outdoor Adventures in 2018. Continue Reading . . .

“I see the Light” at the 2018 Taiwan Lantern Festival

Early spring is a special time around the world. The flowers start to bloom; the trees regain their leaves; and most of all, the cold winter weather has said goodbye. Spring brings about the first month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar and the Chinese New Years Celebrations. The New Years Celebrations end with the Spring Lantern Festivals. One of the largest festivals is the Taiwan Lantern Festival. Continue Reading . . .