Everyone is always up for information on a warm and sunny locale to vacation at. Being fair skinned, the sun and I don’t get along very well, so I tend to choose places to vacation based on different criteria. I like to be able to make memories doing fun things, seeing amazing sights, and keeping busy. Sure a nice relaxing afternoon on the beach can be great too, but it’s not the only thing I’d want to do with my vacation time. Here are the top 7 vacation spots to go to if you are wanting something new to do every day.
7. Vancouver, Canada
Follow the 5.5 mile path along the water in Stanley Park, relax at the Smile Thai Wellness Spa, take the Skytrain to Granville Island for some unique crafts, art, and food, drive the Sea to Sky Highway, spend the day in the Museum of Anthropology, shoot some excellent photos from Grouse Mountain, see exotic marine creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium, or ditch your clothes at Wreck Beach.
6. Florence, Italy
Experience an opera at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, take a day course at Giglio Cooking School, get an excellent view of downtown Florence at Piazzale Michelangelo, climb the 463 steps it takes to get to the top of the dome inside the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take a private tour of Florence with Maurizio Bellini, view the famous Statue of David, get your fill of Italian Renaissance art at Uffizi Gallery, or taste some wine at Castello del Trebbio.
5. Orlando, Florida
Swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove, get the feeling of skydiving with iFly Orlando, have a blast at one of the amusement park or water parks at Disney World, enjoy getting up close and personal with marine life at SeaWorld, play a game of golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, meet your favorite hero or feel like you are on a movie set at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or get an adrenaline rush on a zipline tour.
4. New York, New York
See a Broadway show, take the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building for some great photos, stroll through Central Park, shop and eat at Rockefeller Center, enjoy excellent views of the city while riding the Staten Island Ferry, spend a day at MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, check out the Statue of Liberty, visit China Town and Little Italy, go see Times Square, or visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
3. Oslo, Norway
Tour Vigeland Park and check out the collection of nearly 200 sculptures, view Edvard Munch’s many works at the Munch Museum, see Thor Heyerdahl’s famous raft at the Kon-Tiki Museum, get a glimpse into the history of Norway at the Norwegian Folk Museum, take a free stroll around the Akershus Castle and Fortress, or take a break from walking and enjoy some great music at Café Mono.
2. London, England
Ride the London Eye, watch the changing of the guards, buy unique goods at excellent prices in the Camden market, spend a day in the National Gallery, have a picnic in Regent’s Park, take photographs and explore Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, visit the Tower of London, or shop the day away at Covent Garden.
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Marvel at a fantastic display of the Northern Lights, bask in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, enjoy the never ending nightlife, go golfing, visit museums, rent a car and drive the Golden Circle Route, tour Hallgrimur’s Church, explore the National Museum of Iceland, get your Viking fix at the Saga Museum, go white water rafting, or hang out and talk to the locals.
I only gave a quick rundown of some of the most popular things to do in each of the top 7 vacation spots I listed above. When you are choosing a place to take a vacation to, what do you look for?
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