Reasons Why India is the Perfect Destination for a ‘Coming of Age’ Trip

It’s becoming a common trend for young high school graduates to take some time off before continuing their academic career. Many choose to use this time to see the world and experience different cultures. India is the perfect place to travel to if you want to wow your senses, and potentially make a difference too.

Visas and Other Paperwork

For many gap year travelers, this may be their first solo traveling experience, and the learning begins well before takeoff. Since this is probably the first experience the young adult has with securing his or her own visa India makes a great starter destination that doesn’t ask its visitors to jump through too many hoops. The process for securing a tourist visa for India is simple, and in many cases the application can be processed online. You can easily find all info on the Indian Visa application form.

A Sensory Experience

When I first traveled to India as a seventeen year old, what struck me the most was that India was just so different, and my senses almost couldn’t keep up with all that there was to see, smell, taste and hear. The country has a smell of its own that for me was really hard to ignore or forget, and the cities are just flooded with bright colors, market stalls, fast moving tuk-tuks, rickshaws, motorcycles, cars, busses and even cows. There are people everywhere!

Food in India is just as striking and different as everything else. From teas to curries, flavors are strong and warm and spiced. Each region will have its own delicacies and flavors, but each dish is sure to tingle your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

As a tourist, your ears are wide open, constantly listening to voices of passerby’s, beggars, and stallholders hoping to sell their goods. Horns are honking, cowbells are rattling, music is playing… and through your ears your heart and brain are being filled by this priceless experience.

Even after a train ride into the countryside, your senses are still going wild with all there is to see, smell, hear and taste. The smallest villages are no exception to India’s spirituality, and they feature temples adorned with colorful plants and paint. Communities burn their trash just outside of their villages so a smokey smell seems to linger in most all areas, and the people will approach tourists openly and kindly.

Related: Urban ladders mission: to beautify homes in India

Making a Difference

During my coming of age trip to India, I had the opportunity to work with a local United World College to help build schools in small rural villages, and I also helped collect and dispose of trash. These are just two examples, but there are countless charity programs that are looking for young volunteers to help with tasks big and small.

For young fresh minds hoping to see more of the world, India is an ideal travel destination. Straightforward visa processes, and the potential to make a difference in the lives of the locals are great incentives. And more importantly, I believe that the way in which India explodes the senses and opens the mind is something truly valuable.

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5 Breathtaking Mountains in WA You Must Visit Before You Die

Washington State has several amazing mountains that attract and excite visitors all year round. Gaining access to these natural wonders is simple no matter where you live. You can book complete mountain packages in places as far flung as the Cascades in Washington, to Australian Blue Mountains tours with Dingo Travel. To help you decide where to go, here are all of Washington’s mountains you have to visit:

Mt. Rainier

Mount Rainier, at 14,411 is the tallest mountain in the Cascades, the largest mountain range in Washington State. The Cascades extend from British Columbia in Canada, through Washington, Oregon, to Northern California and includes volcanoes (the High Cascades) and non-volcanic mountains (the North Cascades). Mount Rainer has a very recognizable profile as it is in full view from Seattle, providing a magnificent backdrop for the city.

Mount Rainer is part of a national park that was founded in 1899, and is the most reachable glaciated peak in North America. For tourists, Rainier offers a multitude of unique and spectacular visual delights include: ice-blue glaciers, multicolored flowers, and magnificent waterfalls.

For hikers and climbers, there are dozens of trails for different skill levels climbers: amateur (Disappointment Cleaver), climbers (Kautz Glacier Route) and for the very experienced, Liberty Ridge, is one the top 50 climbs in the U.S.  There are a number of guide companies that will happily take you up Rainier for a fee, or you can for a lesser price make the climb unassisted.

Rainier offers lots of amenities for everyone at Mount Rainer including: gift shops, a visitor center, restaurants, and even a classic lodge. Every year nearly 2 million people visit Rainier.

Mt. St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is in the top two of America’s most active volcanoes, with an elevation of 8,365 feet. In 1980, there was a major eruption that caused a mile–wide crater and took 57 lives. This was the most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. It began putting out ash and steam again in 2004 and it continues today.

Mt. St. Helens and the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest, get tens of thousands of volcano seeking visitors each year and just as many who come because of its abundant outdoor leisure activities, including hunting all year round, mountain biking in the spring and summer, and snowmobiling and skiing in the winter. The climb to the crater rim takes 8 hours and you need to bring boots because it’s rocky and there will be some climbing.

There are a bevy of ways to enjoy the mountain that include everything from hiking to climbing, to even a helicopter ride over and into the crater. To hike to the summit of Mount St. Helens, all climbers must register and obtain a climbing permit. There are also plenty of easy to traverse lower trails call for more info at mshinstitute.org. And with tons of activities for the young people, this mountain is definitely aimed at family entertainment. Be sure to check on any planned activities before you go. Finally there are several hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area that make great accommodations.

Mt. Adams

Mount Adams glaciers are nearly gone, but at 12,281 feet it is second tallest mountain in Washington State. Because of its more gentle slopes, less experienced climbers choose Mount Adams to climb. The most popular route up the mountain is called the South Spur Route, which is gentle and scenic. To reach the peak, most people, get a permit and spend two days climbing with a break for the night about 3,000 meters up where there is a flat landing. A more difficult route to the top which will take crampons, an ice ax, and the skills to use them, is called the Adam’s Glacier route. If you want to really press it, the route can be travelled in about 14 hours. There are campgrounds near and accessible where you can park to get to Mount Adams.

Mt. Olympus  

Mount Olympus is the tallest and most prominent mountain in the Olympic Mountains in the Western part of the state. It was named by an explorer who thought it looked like the home of the Greek Gods. Although at 7,800 feet it does not meet the height of the original Mount Olympus in Greece, with its heavy winter snowfalls and large glaciers, it is just as majestic. It is also the central attraction of Olympic National Park, which features rain forests, mountain goats and elk herds. For climbers, this mountain requires a big time commitment because of the approach via the Hoh River (two days), a climb to the summit (one full day), coming back down (another day). But the amazing views, lush surrounding and of course the peak, makes it worth it. For the non-climber there are various trails including the Hall of Mosses Trail and the Spruce Nature and the very popular Hoh River-Five Mile Island Trail that is more than 10 miles long and parallels the Hoh River.

Glacier Peak

If your hope is to find a remote place to camp, climb or hike, Glacier Park might be your best choice. With an elevation of 10,541 feet and sitting 70 miles from Seattle, in the middle of a remote 500,000 acre forest, Glacier Park takes you off the beaten track and back to nature. But roughing it has its rewards and in this case they are mind blowing views, great trails and a real chance to get directly in touch with nature. There aren’t many amenities this way, except for a few lodges, so come prepared to rough it, if you plan on staying a while. This means little cell phone access by the way. Hiking is available for all level hikers with numerous trails that take you through the park and up the mountain a bit. While climbing is strictly for the experienced.

 

 

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Top WorldWide Destinations For a Stag Party

Stag parties have dramatically transformed from the old days when the groom would head out for a few light ales with his pals the night before his wedding to enjoy his last sense of freedom. These days a stag party lasts for a whole weekend, sometimes more, and such are the antics which take place and the debauchery which stag parties have become accustomed to, they usually take place some time before the wedding itself.

If you have been charged with best man duties then before you even think about what you are going to say in your speech, you need to think about where your groom will enjoy his epic stag party. We’ve put together a little list of some of the best places to host your stag weekend.

Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful women, bouncing night life and cheap beer, the three essentials to any stag party and Budapest has it in spades. Head to Budapest with your mates for a stag do and you will not regret it, by day you can live it up in the hot thermal springs in the city center, take a beer bike for a spin or head just outside of the city to fire off some shots with serious hardware like AK-47s. By night you can explore the incredible Hungarian nightlife and visit one of the many rock or dance clubs in the city or stay in and around the bars drinking some tasty local beer.

Las Vegas,US

Since ‘The Hangover‘ movie, more and more stag parties have looked to Vegas as the ultimate place of sinfulness for their weekend of mayhem. Gambling, girls, cocktails and a ‘live and let live’ attitude is what you will find in this chaotic city and it is the perfect place for you and the boys to let loose. It is worth noting that Vegas will not be cheap for anyone who goes on the weekender but if money is not object then get booked up into the best hotel that you can find and enjoy a non-stop, marathon weekend of madness in Vegas.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam’s libertarian attitudes towards, well pretty much anything, has made this beautiful and charming city, the perfect place for a stag weekend. You’ll find cheap flights to Amsterdam from all over Europe and the accommodation can be found in groups at great prices too. The city is really easy to get around and there is plenty of things for you and your boys to do.

The obvious place to head to on a night time is the Red Light District, the region where the city’s legal prostitutes ply their trade and where you will find some super cool bars and clubs. By day, you can relax in the cafes or coffee shops depending on your ‘hobbies’ or you can get active and take a beer museum tour, visit the sex museum, go and hit the racing track in go-karts or take a boozy canal-boat tour through the city. There’s plenty of options for mayhem in Amsterdam

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How to Prepare for Funeral Costs

It is something that very few of us want to think about or even consider preparing for but the truth of life is that we all must die some day and as much as we can fight this inevitable fact, it is still a fact. After a friend or loved one passes away you will naturally want to give them the best possible send off and give them a funeral that they would be happy with, this can often mean high expenditure and tough decisions in a time of great grief.

It is for these reasons that you ought to start thinking about how you can prepare for your own funeral costs and planning how it will take place. It will certainly check one’s morality to think of such things but should you do so now, you can make the lives of your friends and loved ones much easier after you have passed away. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can prepare.

Paying Up In Advance

If you are in a position to do so then you can prepare and pay for your funeral whilst you are still alive, this will not only ensure that your relations and friends will not be faced with the sadness of planning your funeral, it will also give you the peace of mind that it will be done in the right way. You can decide if you want to be buried or cremated, you can decide on the songs at the service and you could even find yourself buying a headstone which will sit above your grave. This is an option with benefits but it isn’t a nice idea to plan your funeral whilst you are still alive.

Life Insurance

As you get older you should ensure that you are paying into a life insurance plan that will cover the costs of your funeral expenses. Not only will a strong policy give you and your family the money that they need to pay for the funeral, they will also receive either a lump sum or a monthly amount based on your policy.

Establish a Trust

Many banks offer things like Totten Trust which is essentially a savings account that can be controlled by a chosen person should you die. You can start putting money into this trust as early as you want and it will usually have a strong interest rate attached to it. In terms of the Totten Trusts which are available, you which receive a much better interest rate from your bank than from a funeral service and you will also have far more control over your cash such are the complexities of the rules regarding funeral services.

As we mentioned before, nobody wants to think about these kind of things but if you imagine yourself in the position of someone who is grieving and then consider making decisions on things like funerals and planning their costs. You will see that it is much easier for you to prepare now then allow your family to do it in the future.

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10 Underrated Travel Destinations to Visit

Huangshan is one of the world's Underrated Travel Destinations
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When I hear somebody doesn’t like traveling, I just refuse to understand it. Some people do it because they long for adventures, or because of their business, or because they want to meet a Russian lady for marriage. Doesn’t matter. What I know for sure, certain gateways are famous while others remain unnoticed by most travelers. Let’s have a look at the top 10 unconventional places to see!

1. Huangshan, China

If you are a hiking- camping-addict or just in love with nature, this place is definitely worth the attention of travelers. A picturesque mountain range is found 300 km away from Shanghai, one of the most populous and lively cities of China so you can kill two birds with one stone.

2. Rumbur Valley, Pakistan

It is the smallest of three valleys populated by Kalash people, one of the ethnic minorities of Pakistan. You should prepare for challenges as this area offers almost no tourist amenities but you will be able to immerse in a unique local culture and marvel at wild landscapes instead.

3. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, USA

The Sierra Nevada is a stunningly beautiful mountain range famous for its diverse wildlife. So we’ve got two great recreational areas. I genuinely don’t know any person who wouldn’t be excited about seeing giant sequoias; moreover, there are a great many other tree and animal species.

4. Ulan Bator, Mongolia

The capital city of Mongolia is surely not the world’s most romantic gateway nor is it the center of civilization. But is you want to explore the unknown parts of East Asia, why not take such a trip? This area is rich in ancient relics and architectural monuments and, of course, natural attractions.

5. Scottish Highlands

Braveheart (1995) isn’t historically accurate yet it makes you fall in love with the Highlands. Well, the region is too big to outline anything right now. There are rocks, there are old towns, there are lakes and a plenty of other great things. Choose what you want and move out!

6. Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea seems to be a less popular destination than the neighboring countries. Its capital city has impressively long and eventful history and rapidly develops nowadays. Traditional buildings meet high-rises, new attractions appear, and more and more small restaurants open.

7. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

Also called the Spice Island, this is the pearl of East Africa. Everything that other beach resorts have can be found here: snow-white sand, palm trees, turquoise ocean water, and lots of the sunlight. In addition, the island offers all possible kinds of amusements even if your budget is pretty low.

8. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is splendid and Reykjavik provides access to major local attractions. It is also the northernmost capital in the world (if we speak about sovereign states). Whether you are attracted to studying cultures, spa resorts, nightlife, or hanging out in the wild, your expectations will be met.

9. Florence, Italy

I have to confess that it’s my favorite Italian city so I judge it to be unfair that tourists often choose more mainstream routes. Florence doesn’t offer any crazy activities – everything is soaked with sophistication here. If you want to take some Renaissance air, this is where I strongly recommend you going.

10. Kiso Valley, Japan

Japan has gone through westernization but there are still areas where its old aura preserved. The Kiso Valley is one of those: visitors just can’t stay indifferent to its lovely towns, hiking trails, sceneries, and excellent food.

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Experience Real Culture on East Coast Tours

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A lot of people go on vacations and other trips because they want to enjoy natural scenery, gaining a feeling of serenity. Natural wonders truly take your breath away, but that doesn’t mean nature is the only thing worth visiting. In fact, some say that it is exposure to culture and creations that will create true wisdom. This is why you may want to consider East Coast USA tours as well.

East Coast USA Tours

The East Coast has many beautiful and major cultural centers available. We have all hear of Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York City, for instance, which are all part of good East Coast packages. In these cities, you will experience a unique opportunity to see how American history is mixed with the modern world.

While everybody has heard of America, not everybody has actually been there. It is a huge country, and it is unlikely that you will be able to see it all in a single vacation. Instead, it is recommended to focus on an area of the country at a time. In fact, people from within the USA, and some from Canada, do the same thing, enabling to experience the marvels of their own country or neighbor.

Should you book on an East Coast tour, it is likely that you will visit:

  1. New York City, popularly described as the ‘Big Apple’. Here, you can see amazing things like the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, NBC Studios, the Rockefeller Center, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. These are all representations of the strength of the American economy through the ages, and they have shaped the country as a whole.
  1. Washington DC, which is the country’s seat of the government. You don’t have to enjoy politics to enjoy Washington DC, however. Simply looking at Capitol Hill and the White House is impressive enough for many! Inside those walls are some of the greatest decision makers in the world, thinking and debating on how to make the country better than it already is for everybody involved. Washington DC also has fascinating war memorials, as well as reminders of former presidents of the country.
  1. Philadelphia, which is known for far more than the Fresh Prince of Bel Air! Most Americans see Philadelphia as the Mecca of liberty of this country. This is because it is home to the Independence Bell and the Liberty Bell. Respectively, they represent the American Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

The above three examples truly show how exposure to man-made culture is fascinating, as well as important at the same time. Plus, you should not see these tours as visits to cities only. In upstate New York, for instance, you will find Niagara Falls, and you can’t get a more fantastic natural site than that. There is no reason why you couldn’t combine the two, enabling you to see both the man-made culture and the true wonders of nature, comparing the beauty of both.

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Best Motorcycle Road Trips in the USA

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Time to take a motorcycle trip! There is nothing like the great American road trip on a motorcycle; the perfect way to have a great time and experience the beauty and diversity of the country. Before you set out however, make sure you have some spare essential motorcycle parts with you in the case of an emergency.

When you are all set, these road trips offer ever-changing scenery along the way and a chance to see just how beautiful the US truly is. They are by no means untraveled roads, but these routes are worth the journey.

The Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina to Virginia

This drive is a breathtaking experience for anyone setting tire on the ground. Starting at the southern end of Shenandoah National Park and winding along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains all the way to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the 469 miles of twisty and curvy road offers great driving at several elevations and views you can talk about all year. Lush green landscapes, old farmsteads, breathtaking vistas, and dozens of places to stop and visit, make this one of the most inviting and popular to ride.

Route 66 – Illinois to California

Since 1926, Route 66 has long been called The Main Street of America because it runs through so many inner city avenues and small-town main streets along its meandering length. In fact, the original route was a patchwork of existing roads, which ranged from brick streets and urban four lanes, to cattle paths cut across farms. There is no stretch of road more closely associated with Americana than Route 66 which covers more than 2,000 miles from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, to Arizona and California. The miles contain a diversity of attractions including national parks, architectural landmarks roadside oddities (the world’s largest ketchup bottle, covered wagon, and rocking chair), countless billboards, motels, and dozens of greasy diners. And of course great roads to ride.

Road to Hana – Paia to Hana, Hawaii

Unspooling along 52 snakelike miles of Maui’s eastern coast, this route runs from Kahului to the town of Hana. The drive is a cliff hanger that strains many a driver’s equilibrium and often demands several stops to get your balance. Hairpin turns that wind over plunging cliffs and postcard-perfect waterfalls make this one of the most picturesque drives in the US. Without stops, and traffic pending, the trip takes around three hours, but plenty of lookouts, beaches, and other attractions along the way will likely have you making detours. The modern world seems distant, and as you ride your cares fade into a mustard colored sunset, and tensions get gently blown away in the trade winds. The road takes you to Hana’s famous black sand beaches and lava tubes.

Yes, that sound you hear is the open road calling you, and every motorcyclist needs to take a memorable trip, on an unforgettable road. And remember, taking these scenic and exhilarating drives is not about getting to the destination, it’s about the ride. So enjoy!

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4 Must-Visit Destinations in Port Vila

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Thinking where to spend your holiday can be both exciting and stressful. Since there are a lot of options available out there, you get overwhelmed by these. However, you need to consider numerous things before planning your trip as well. It is important that your destination is worthy of your time and money. So, better choose one that meets your budget and you will truly enjoy.

One of the best travel destinations that you can visit on your vacation is Vanuatu. This 1,300-kilometer island nation in the South Pacific Ocean is composed of approximately 80 islands. It offers tons of things to do and see to visitors of all ages. Definitely, it is a must-visit place with your loved ones, so look for cheap flights to Vanuatu today and experience the ultimate island adventure.

Port Vila, its capital city, is home to great tourist attractions, which you should never miss while in the island. Hence, here are some of the amazing places you need to include in your itinerary when in Port Vila:

Mele Cascades

If you are in search of a stunning nature spot, then head to Mele Cascades. This photogenic swimming attraction is absolutely worth a visit, for it offers astounding views of clear aquamarine pools in a waterfall flowing into a natural pool. You will be able to see its tropical and lush rainforest as well as witness the local cultivation of vegetable gardens. Additionally, you can go for a dip for a refreshing swim or relax under the cool shade and simply enjoy the beautiful scenery.

National Museum of Vanuatu

Situated in the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, the National Museum of Vanuatu offers a combination of cultural and historical artefacts. This museum aims to develop, save, and protect the different aspects of Vanuatu’s cultural heritage. You will absolutely be amazed with its well-displayed collection of traditional works of art, such as pottery, photos, tamtam, ceremonial headdresses, jewelry, and a lot more.

Iririki

A favorite resort in Vanuatu, Iririki is a privately leased island located in the awe-inspiring tropical landscapes of Mele Bay. In case you are looking for a less-crowded destination, then this island resort is perfect for you and your loved ones. It is surely a place for convenience, relaxation, and peaceful seclusion. You can have a great time with its rejuvenating spa treatment, enjoy mouthwatering dishes, and experience the best water activities. More so, you will be provided with luxury accommodation and outstanding service like no other.

Vila Outdoor Market

Also known as the Mama’s Market, the Vila Outdoor Market is a colorful waterfront market. It is a 24-hour market open from Monday morning until noon of Saturday. You will find great shopping, and various items including souvenirs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and delicacies served by the local women of Vanuatu.

All in all, there are so many places to visit while in Vanuatu, especially in Port Vila. These wonderful places mentioned above will totally complete your stay in this island nation. So, be sure to add these to your itinerary and have the best trip of your life.

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Tips to save big on your next trip

Eating big meals at lunch is one way to save big on your next trip
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Planning your next holiday soon, but want to keep your costs under control? These tips will help you save big on your next trip.

1) Make use of coupon codes

While there are deals available on flights, accommodations, rental cars, and activities, there are ways to save even more money on these travel costs.

Before you book anything online, be sure to search for a coupon code for whichever site you are using. For example, if you are reserving a room in a resort, checking for Hotels.com Coupons is strongly advised, as any codes that you might find there will save you more money than you ever thought possible.

2) Fly during the middle of the week

The heaviest travel times during the week are on Fridays and Mondays, when business travelers and weekend warriors set out to their respective destinations.

As such, airlines elevate their fares on these days, as it makes sense for them to make hay while the sun shines. The mid-week period is much quieter, leading them to slash fares in a bid to attract more passengers.

Plan your holidays in order to capture these savings, and you will find yourself saving hundreds of dollars in airfare costs.

3) Splurge during lunch, be frugal at dinner

Restaurants make the most of their money at dinner. As such, they charge higher prices to diners for the final meal of the day. However, many of the same entrees served at dinner are also available at lunch, and they are priced economically in order to attract more business at this time of day.

As such, you should plan most of your extravagant meals then. By doing that and ordering more modestly priced mains at dinner, you’ll be able to make the most of the money that you spend on food.

4) Opt for a walking tour

Instead of enlisting the services of a guided tour while on holiday, you should seriously consider seeing the sights with a guidebook and your own two feet.

With plenty of background information available from tourism boards at most destinations, you can read up on the sights as you see them, allowing you to save money on what you would have paid for a tour bus and a guide.

Walking around is also a great way to get exercise, but if the thought of this makes your feet hurt, renting a bike to get around town will still allow you to see the area under your own power without placing undue pressure on your feet and joints.

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Visiting Philadelphia Soon? Don’t Miss out on These Experiences…

Looking to go on a memorable city break this Fall? Dropping by Philadelphia, which is the home city of Adrian Rubin, is one that will fill your weekend with excitement from the moment you arrive. During your time here, try to fit in the following experiences.

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The birthplace of a nation

Of all the reasons to visit Philadelphia, this is probably the biggest. Back in 1776, this city was where the Declaration of Independence was signed, making the United States of America a sovereign nation.

In order to keep that status however, a long bloody struggle with the British Empire ensued. Thanks to the bravery of many soldiers, tourists can come and view the Declaration of Independence for themselves in a country where human rights and freedom are respected.

The Liberty Bell is another symbol of American freedom can also be visited in Philadelphia. It is widely believed that it rang on the day that the founding fathers declared their autonomy from the British, despite the fact that there is no first-hand account of this occurring.

A five-sport town

If you are a sports fan, you will enjoy the time that you spend in Philadelphia, as all five major sports have professional representation in this city.

Summers belong to the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB), while the autumn is when the seasons of the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), the Philadelphia Union (MLS) and the Philadelphia 76’ers (NBA) all begin.

There have been 16 championships won between all of these teams, so you can be sure that you will be subjected to a great game no matter which sports match you decide to take in here.

Philly cheese steaks and more

With a long history of immigration, it is no surprise that Philadelphia is a hotbed of culinary innovation.

The most famous dish that this city has produced is unquestionably the Philly cheese steak, which is made by lining a submarine sandwich roll with thinly sliced beef steak, and then covering it with a cheese sauce, and sliced onions.

Some shops use jars of cheese whiz for their sauce, but others insist on using slices of provolone or American cheese to top their sandwiches. Other foods that have their origin in Philadelphia include the hoagie sandwich, the funnel cake, and the soft pretzel.

Other attractions you shouldn’t miss

While most people think to visit the attractions surrounding America’s independence and make time to eat an authentic Philly cheese steak while in Philadelphia, there is more to see in Philadelphia than just these headline attractions.

Fans of culture will love what they find at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as it contains over 200,000 works of art sourced from cultures all over the world.

Those traveling with families will enjoy exploring the Franklin Institute, as this historic science museum communicates concepts in a way that children can easily understand.

If you want to get a picture with an icon of modern art, dropping by Love Park will give you a chance to take a selfie with the infamous love sculpture.

With a dramatic fountain behind you, it will be one of the better photos that you will take with your travel companions this year.

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