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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Harrisburg City Skyline and Susquehanna River Bridges

Harrisburg City Skyline and Susquehanna River Bridges
Harrisburg is the capitol city of Pennsylvania. You'll find it located in Dauphin county, right along the banks of the mighty Susquehanna River. It's a city that is rich in culture, history, the arts and it's pretty diversified, at least in my opinion.

I've called this area home for the majority of my life and I'm always amazed at the things you can see and do around here. Over the past few decades, it's really grown into a nice tourist destination for travelers and a nice place to raise a family.
Harrisburg City Skyline and Susquehanna River Bridges
Today I wanted to share three photos that I have of the city of Harrisburg. The first photo shows the city's skyline...while looking over the Susquehanna River. On a great weather day, you can see for miles and certainly from the banks of the West Shore over to the East Shore of the river. When the river fog sets in on bad weather days...you're lucky if you can see 100 feet in front of you.

The second photo is featuring several of the bridges that takes travelers and residents from one side of the river to the other side. In other words, from the East Shore to the West Shore and vice versa. Some of these river bridges have been around for many decades and need some restoration & work. The photo below shows the Susquehanna River alongside Harrisburg. Photo was taken while going from the west shore to the east shore.
The Susquehanna River in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Harrisburg is unlike most major capitol cities that you find around the the United States. Our population is a lot lower than major cities, our crime rates are lower and I think overall...it's just a much more attractive city when you're passing through or visiting it. The residents who call Harrisburg home...take great pride in their city.

If you're not from this area, but plan on passing through or visiting, you can find hundreds of different posts right here on our Pennsylvania & Beyond Travel Blog to give you some ideas on places to stay, things to do and where to go to eat. While it may not be the best city in the world, it's where we call home and we wanted to share just a little taste of it with you.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Exploring Chincoteague Island for the First Time

Exploring Chincoteague Island for the First Time
Chincoteague Island sits along the Atlantic coast in northern Virginia and is one of the prettiest places you could ever visit in the entire state! Some of the island is untouched by human encroachment and other areas are set up for tourists and residents alike.

Chincoteague Island has a gorgeous waterfront area where you can see fishing boats coming and going during the day and night. You'll find beautiful recreational boats that are worth millions of dollars where their owners take them out to play on the water or out for a day of fishing. I can see why millions of people flood to this area during their annual summer vacations.
Chincoteague Island in Virginia

On the island you'll find several hotels, motels, bed & breakfast inns, guest houses and camp grounds for your lodging accommodations. Some are relatively affordable and other's can cost you a pretty penny. You should do some research online before booking your reservations if you plan on staying overnight. One thing that you won't find on this island paradise is high-rise buildings, casinos or boardwalks, which is really nice.
Chincoteague Island in Virginia

Chincoteague is Virginia's only beach resort island. You'll find plenty of things to see and do while you're here. You can rent bicycles and go bike riding, walk the beach & waterfront, go fishing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, sunbathe, play mini golf, kite flying, go shopping, crabbing, clamming and all kinds of other things. There are activities for adults, activities for kids and of course, most activities can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Assateague Island - Wild Horses and Ponies

Assateague Island is the home of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and is a barrier island that lies east of Chincoteague. The entire island is a wildlife sanctuary and is protected from development. The entire length of the island is approximately 38 miles long. The northern portion of this beautiful island is in the state of Maryland with the southern portion being in the state of Virginia. Assateague is world-famous for the wild ponies and horses that roam free on the island and along the coastline.

The two islands are within driving distance of one another and when planning a visit to Chincoteague, I highly recommend that you hop on over to Assateague and check that out too! Plus, you'll find the famous Assateague Lighthouse here too! While these two items are similar in their beauty, they do have their own unique charm.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

In my honest opinion, every traveler who loves the eastern seaboard should plan at least one trip in their lifetime to Chincoteague Island. It's one of the prettiest coastal destinations along the east coast and certainly in the entire state of Virginia. If you want to learn more about this place and the surrounding area, you can visit the Virginia section right here on our travel blog.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

6 of the World's Best Places to Do Stand Up Paddle Boarding

6 of the World's Best Places to do Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, has taken the watersports world by storm. It has attracted a lot of people not just because of the workout you get from it but also because of the enjoyment of the sport. It is just like surfing but without the waves and like kayaking while standing up. Plus, it doesn’t feel like working out at all.

Paddleboarding is best done on calm and flat water, especially if you’re still learning the sport. But if you’ve already taken lessons and can manage paddleboarding by yourself, then just paddleboard your way towards these great places around the world.

Oahu, Hawaii. Hawaii is known for waves that are ideal for surfing. It’s also a place that is worth visiting if you’re into paddleboarding. There is a flat water area at Puaena Point at Hale’iwa Beach Park for those who are still learning the sport. The waves are also a lot calmer, especially during the summer time. You can do stand-up surfing as well as SUP yoga and it’s easy to get lessons and paddling gear.

California. When paddleboarding in California, go to Santa Cruz or at Lake Tahoe. The Santa Cruz wharf is great for beginners. You do have to expect to share the space with surfers, however. The harbor is also a good place to learn the sport. Lake Tahoe offers crystal clear waters and a breathtaking view of nature. You can paddleboard on the North Shore’s calm waters. Beginners can enjoy the flat water and light winds by paddling in the morning or early in the evening.

Bali, Indonesia. You don’t need to choose a season to travel to Bali since you can paddleboard all year-round. The Medewi and Balian beaches in the north offer calmer waters and are less crowded. There’s plenty to do while you’re here aside from paddleboarding. You can go hiking, climbing, trekking, and even diving. It’s a nature lover’s paradise.

The Turks and Caicos Islands. There’s nothing like the turquoise waters of these islands. The Turks and Caicos Islands have crystal clear waters with reefs that are teeming with life. Take advantage of the island’s trade winds and practice downwind paddling or flat-water paddling and head to the mangrove swamps. There are paddleboard tours being offered that allow you to tour the islands just by being on your paddleboard. Plus, paddle in the open shallow waters and enjoy watching the fish, sharks, and stingrays as you paddle along. Head to the clear and calm waters of Grace Bay or go to Big Blue Unlimited for a paddleboard tour.

Perth, Australia. Being surrounded by waters, there’s no doubt Australia is included in the best places to paddleboard. Get your gear ready and proceed to Perth, Australia. Swan River’s flat waters are a great spot for beginners. You can also enjoy the shores, gentle waves, and the relaxing paddle boarding experience of Cottesloe Beach.

Mexico. Mexico has great places for paddleboarding whether you’re on the Pacific Ocean side or on the Gulf of Mexico. Sayulita, Cancun, and Punta Mita are some examples. There’s a big community of paddleboarders in Sayulita and you could go and catch SUP retreats hosted by many SUP professionals. And of course, there’s no shortage of lessons, guides, and gear rentals in the area.