Here are 10 Top Destinations That Are On The Rise!
Destinations On The Rise #10: Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia’s capital – it’s one of the world’s most intriguing cities and the leading political, cultural, scientific and economic center of the largest country in the entire world. Moscow is located on the Moscow River in the Volga-Oka interfluve, in the west central European region of the country, with the Outer Ring Road marking the city limits. Moscow spans an area of more than one thousand and eighty square kilometers, boasting a population of about twelve million inhabitants. More than eight million people come through Moscow on a daily basis, making it a serious travel destination whether it’s for work or leisure. Moscow is the largest city in Europe and one of the biggest metropolitan areas on the face of the earth, made up of ten different major administrative divisions that contain one hundred and twenty eight districts between them.
Check it Out: Ice skating on Bosco rink in Red Square is a cherished and glamorous way to spend an early evening before heading in for a shot of something to warm you up.
Destinations On The Rise #9: Brighton, United Kingdom
Brighton beach is the place to be in high season, it absolutely comes alive with sun loving vacationers. If it’s a quieter beach destination you’re after, seek out Hove seafront to the west. Its green lawns and multi-coloured beach huts punctuated by cafés make the perfect getaway. North Laine and Kemp Town are excellent stops for independent cafés, restaurants and a little bit of shopping. Pavilion Gardens is also on the café map, where you can hear the distinct sounds of brass bands and take in a splendid view of the Royal Pavilion.
Check it Out: If you happen to be visiting Brighton in the springtime, you might be lucky enough to catch the popular Brighton Festival in May, the largest multiform art festival in England. Witness the entire town transform into celebration: brightonfestival.org.
Destinations On The Rise #8: New Delhi, India
Located within the capital territory of Delhi, New Delhi is the municipality and capital city of India with almost three times the population of Los Angeles. New Delhi is well known for its fantastic and enchanting landscaped gardens that are particularly attractive in the blossoming springtime. The greatest of these garden attractions include Buddha Jayanti Park and the popular and historic Lodi Gardens, not to mention the stunning gardens in the Presidential Estate, the gardens which can be found along the Rajpath and India Gate, the gardens located along Shanti Path, the Rose Garden, Nehru Park and the Railway Garden found in Chanakya Puri. Not enough gardens for you? The garden found beside the Jangpura Metro Station near the Defence Colony Flyover is also a sight to see, as are the roundabout and various neighborhood gardens located throughout the entire city. The entire area is beautified with colourful flowers and lush greenery.
Check it Out: Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, the Qutb Minar and its buildings which can be found surrounding this tower pinpoint the centre of the first of the Delhi Sultanates. The Qutb Minar was the premiere major Islamic construction within India. The structure itself was made by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the Turkish general appointed governor of Delhi by Muhammad bin Sam, who later on reigned from his position as sultan. The Qutb Minar’s construction came after the near total destruction of every religious monument along the North Indian plain at the hands of Muhammad’s troops, taking out Hindu, Buddhist and Jain structures.
Destinations On The Rise #7: Banff, Alberta
Perhaps one of the most visually captivating places in North America, beautiful Banff, Alberta has been drawing visitors since the 1800s when the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley and Canadian Pacific Railway workers happened upon a series of natural hot springs. The rest was history. Banff grew into one of the most prominent vacation destinations in the entire country of Canada. One look at the breathtaking view of the impossibly blue Lake Louise against a backdrop of towering Rocky Mountains and you’ll see why Banff is gracing more bucket lists than ever before.
Check it Out: Banff is very famous for its ski destinations, but there’s plenty to do for anyone who doesn’t ski. Banff National Park boasts a long tradition of horseback riding – the first explorers in the region used horses to travel pick their way through the rocky mountain terrain and bring supplies into remote areas. Today you can take advantage of the tranquil, leisurely pace of a horseback trail ride while you enjoy the view.
Destinations On The Rise #6: Lima, Peru
In the past, Lima has been an overlooked travel destination in South America, but that view is rapidly doing a 180 degree turn as more and more people are turning to this capital city for their holiday destination. Lima is one of the best places in the country to sample some sensational Peruvian cuisine, which makes use of a wonderful and fresh variety of ingredients from the coast, mountain regions and the Amazon.
Check it Out: Lima’s increasingly popular food tours have really been picking up speed. Take a look at www.limatellena.com and see what gets your mouth watering. You can eat like a local, learn about the different dishes and tour areas in neighbourhoods that only the locals know about. They also offer Peruvian chicha (a fermented or non-fermented beverage typically made from maize) workshops and courses that teach you about one of Peru’s most iconic urban arts.
Destinations On The Rise #5: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
When visiting the world famous Iguaçu Falls in Brazil, there’s no better place to rest your head at the end of the day than Foz do Iguaçu. This buzzing city in the Brazilian state of Paraná has more to offer than just a home base for falls sight seeing, there are a number of city tours that whisk you from interesting landmark to interesting landmark, and a variety of water parks, shopping destinations and trails.
Check it Out: Located very close to the falls you will find The Park of the Birds, where you can take a self-guided tour of the park and get to see many different species of beautiful and colourful exotic birds. If you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to hold and take photos with the birds. Their home is regarded as an ecological sanctuary and a great place for all ages to enjoy.
Destinations On The Rise #4: Tulum, Mexico
A relaxed and tranquil paradise, Tulum is a place for anyone who wants to get away from it all and do a little relaxing… Or a little diving… Or a little historic sight seeing. You get the picture! The best part about Tulum is it’s peacefulness. It’s less commercialized than a lot of other resort towns in the region, and there’s plenty of eco activities, beach fun, nigh life and food.
Check it Out: Take a trip to the area’s cenotes, the water holes found within the jungle. The cenotes are produced when holes form in the limestone terrain above several underground networks of caves and rivers. Go as a part of a dive group and explore the waters beneath, and see the amazing variety of wildlife.
Destinations On The Rise #3: Cartagena, Columbia
This Caribbean port city is an incredibly diverse getaway. Being one of the first Spanish colonies in the Americas as well as one of the first sanctuaries for freed African slaves, Cartagena has an interesting history that is reflected in everything from the city’s architecture and art to its cuisine and music.
It’s walled colonial city Ciudad Amurallada is lined with happening clubs, hotels and great restaurants while Bocagrande boasts a strip of waterfront condos and hotel towers along the beach, where you can frolic all day and ride jet skis.
Check it Out: Chiva Bus tours are an absolute must-do while staying in Cartagena. Even if you’re only staying for a day, you should take a ride on one of the colourful open air buses chugging through the city, filled with a variety of people having a great time, drinking and enjoying the local music. Various pickup locations can be found around the city, mostly at major hotels such as Decameron, Caribe, and the Hilton.
Destinations On The Rise #2: Porto, Portugal
The increasingly popular vacation destination of Porto, Portugal was once just a settlement built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary. Porto’s interesting and historical center became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, increasing the city’s popularity around the world. It’s thought that Porto has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th century, when it was referred to by the Romans as Portus Calle. Come to Porto and enjoy its semi-Mediterranean climate cooled by the Atlantic ocean and soaring to toasty temperatures in the summer month of August. Porto boasts mild winters, making it a nice little getaway from chilly northern climates.
Check it Out: You can’t visit Porto, Portugal without trying the port! Go on a port wine tour and experience the various wine cellars in the port wine capital of the world. The cellars are located in Vila Nova de Gaia, an easy five minute walk from Ribeira across the Douro river. You can also jump on a bus from any number of conveniently located bus stops which will bring you the length of the trip up the meandering road through the hills and to the cellars where the sweet dessert wines are showcased. Each tour varies in price, but they’re typically between €3-5 and of course, include a port wine tasting. Most of the locations offer their tours in English as well as Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
Destinations On The Rise #1: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
This hiking, rafting, fishing and horseback riding paradise nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just what every nature lover needs on their bucket list. This resort town is a hub for all things fun and interesting in the park. A great number of breweries and distilleries, restaurants and cafés, and specialty shops to explore while you take in the sights of this destination on the rise. The town’s centre is still home to its first log cabin, built in the early 1800s, and the descendants of the first settlers still live in the area today.
Check it out: August 24th to 28th, 2016 will be the“Celebrating Our Appalachian Musical Roots” themed 5 day long Smoky Mountain songwriter’s festival in downtown Gatlinburg, featuring a variety of entertainment. There will be free live music venues with more than one hundred different shows to choose from throughout the downtown area of Gatlinburg. The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is a coordinated celebration honouring the many different songwriters and the songs written in and inspired by the hills of East Tennessee, particularly the Appalachian Mountain Range in the Smoky Mountains.
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