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9 Must-See Presidential Landmarks

There have been many presidents throughout the years, and while many of them have their own landmarks, monuments, and libraries, not all of them are considered worthy of a visit.  Some people may choose to skip certain ones due to their feelings of that president, while others may decide to visit every single one out of obligation.  I am of the mindset where you definitely need to see specific presidential landmarks, because they are the best ones around.

9 Must-See Presidential Landmarks

The White House

The White House has been where every president has worked since John Adams took office, so it has quite the history.  While you can easily peer through the gates surrounding this property, from a safe distance, you can also try to obtain tickets for a tour of the inside.

The White House in Washington DC

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt did his best to protect lots of land during his time in office, so it shouldn’t be surprising that this national park was named after him.  When you are exploring this massive park, you will be thrilled to know that you are walking through areas where this Roosevelt spent his time hunting.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

This is the largest of all the presidential libraries and it also focuses on the time Reagan was governor in California.  Inside, you will find lots of history from his entire life in office, but your favorites will be the retired Air Force One jet, the replica of the Oval Office, and a large piece of the Berlin Wall.  With fifty thousand presidential documents, you could be there a while reading them all, so you won’t want to forget to check out the section that is dedicated to this president’s wife, Nancy.

Mount Vernon

George Washington grew up at Mount Vernon and he lived there until his death in 1799.  This historical home can be found on the banks of the Potomac River, just outside of Washington DC.  This is still a working farm, so you can see how it might have been when Washington lived there so many years ago.

George Washington house in Mount Vernon

Richard Nixon Library

Everyone has their opinion of Richard Nixon, but no one can deny the wealth of history that is on display at this library.  This is the same land as where Nixon was born, and he is buried here as well.  Inside this library, you can see a replica of the White House Sitting Room and the presidential helicopter.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

One of the best ways to get to know Abraham Lincoln, who was the 16th president, is to visit the home he owned in Springfield, Illinois.  People have been able to tour this home since 1887 and during a visit you can see many of the items that were there when Lincoln and his wife lived there for seventeen years.

Abraham Lincoln House in Autumn in Springfield, Illinois

Springwood

Springwood was the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and this home is pretty much the same as it was when he died in 1945.  Roosevelt was born at this house in 1882, spent much of his time there throughout his life, and is now buried there with his wife.

Jefferson Memorial

This memorial is massive, which is understandable since Jefferson was an incredible president.  When you visit, you will quickly notice the serenity of the area, which is mostly the Tidal Basin and a spectacular grove of cherry blossom trees.

Federal Hall National Memorial

Politics in America began up in New York City, which is why the Federal Hall National Memorial is on this list.  The first capital of the US was located where this memorial is now, so you will find yourself standing in a historical destination right away.  The small balcony slab is where Washington had his inauguration and the Bill of Rights was passed at this site a couple years later.

Federal Hall was the site of George Washington’s inauguration as the first President of USA.

These are the nine presidential landmarks everyone must visit at least once, but you may have a few others on your list as well.  Which other presidential landmarks would you like to take the time to see?  Which ones would you skip over if given the chance?

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Amazing Tech-Savvy Hotels You Must Stay at Sooner than Later

Are you the type of person who loves all things tech or do you cringe at the thought of a computer knowing a whole lot more than you do?  While technology is not going to simply vanish in thin air, you can start to embrace it and enjoy the features that many hotels are including with every stay.  Imagine taking a vacation where you never need to worry about losing the key to your hotel room, carrying your luggage to your room, or trying to sleep on a bed that feels like a rock.  This is all possible when you begin to relax around all the tech-savvy features many hotels are including with their services.

Amazing Tech-Savvy Hotels You Must Stay at Sooner than Later

Eccleston Square Hotel in London, England

This hotel might be inside a historical building, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice the technology you may be starting to love.  A tablet will connect you to the concierge with one touch of a button and other touchscreens are available for playing music and controlling the lighting.  A television magically appears on the mirror in the bathroom as well, so you never need to stop watching a show to take a shower.

The Minotti Lounge at the Eccleston Square Hotel in London, England.

CUBE Boutique Capsule Hotels in Singapore

The hotel rooms might be smaller at the CUBE in Singapore, but that doesn’t mean they are not packed with a plethora of technological amenities.  You will still have your high-speed internet, USB charging ports, and lights that can be dimmed from the touch of a button.

Colorful facade with window shutters at the Singapore Visitor Centre at CUBE – Boutique Capsule Hotel on Bussorah Street in Kampong Glam.

 

TheWit Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

TheWit can be found within the Theater District and as soon as you enter your room, you can pop your smartphone in the dock to charge quickly for your night out on the town.  The best tech feature at this hotel is the rooftop lounge, which features a glass top retractable roof that opens when the weather is gorgeous and closes when it is not.

Night view of the illuminated Wit rooftop restaurant in downtown Chicago

Yotel New York in New York City, New York

Yotel can be found in the middle of Manhattan and they use technology there to save travelers like yourself time and money.  Check-in is as easy as visiting the self-service kiosk and the concierge is available at any time through an app.  YOBOT, the robot luggage carrier, will handle all your luggage, so you can wrap yourself up in a heated towel after a shower much sooner after your arrival.

Hotel Puerta America in Madrid, Spain

Four world-class architects created this hotel together, so it has plenty of style to go with all the technological features.  Every guest room can be customized with moveable walls and the floating furniture creates a unique way to spend some time away from home.

Morosani Fiftyone in Davos, Switzerland

Check-in and check-out are easy with the self-service kiosk at this hotel, but it does take away the personal touch from hotel staff.  However, the other tech features will quickly make you forget the lack of staff in the lobby.

The Torch Doha in Doha, Qatar

When you stay at the Torch Doha in Qatar, you will discover that you can control every little thing in your guest room from your comfortable bed.  Simply grab the iPad in your room to open the curtains, turn off the lights, turn on the television, make dining reservations, and even contact guest services.  You can even choose from twelve different mood lighting colors according to how you feel.

Torch Hotel Doha Qatar

Seven Hotel in Paris, France

Most of the rooms at this hotel in Paris are classic sci-fi style, but there are seven suites that all offer unique themes.  The Secret Agent Suite was inspired by the James Bond movie, while the Sublime Suite uses curves and white colors to create a room that looks like it came from the future.

Specialty Room in boutique Hotel Seven in Paris

Blow UP Hall 5050 in Poznan, Poland

Artwork is everywhere within this hotel, but it is not simply hanging on every square inch of the walls.  Instead, it has been digitized to create an interactive masterpiece every guest will love.  None of the rooms have keys or room numbers, which may seem confusing at first.  However, if you decide to stay at this hotel, you will receive an iPhone to help you find your room and open your door.  The iPhone also serves as a virtual concierge, so you can easily obtain lots of information about the area and the events that are taking place during your visit.

These are some of the most amazing tech-savvy hotels in the entire world and you must stay at each of them at least once in your lifetime.  Of course, I think that technology will continue to improve greatly in the future, so these hotels will continue to grow and flourish with even more tech-savvy features.  Hopefully, other hotels will jump on the bandwagon, so that we do not need to worry about missing out on technology that can make our vacations much more enjoyable.

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Top 4 Attractions Everyone Must Visit While in Paris

Top 4 Attractions Everyone Must Visit While in Paris

Paris is often known as the city of romance as well as where people go for delicious wine and culinary experiences.  Visitors can walk the streets, often hand in hand, while seeing the sights and stopping in any of the numerous fascinating restaurants or bakeries for a bite to eat.

While in Paris, everyone must visit these top 4 attractions:

Musee du Louvre

There are multiple museums in Paris, but this one is the best with approximately thirty-five thousand works of art on display.  With so much to see in the six hundred and fifty thousand square feet of space, guests are encouraged to decide which exhibits they want to see ahead of time.  A few of the more popular works of art include Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty of Leading the People, Theodore Gericault’s The Raft of Medusa, and Leonardo da Vinci’s infamous Mona Lisa.

Louvre museum is one of the world’s largest museums with more than 8 million visitors each year.

Arc de Triomphe

Anyone that is near the Champs-Élysées will find that they cannot miss the Arc de Triomphe that is located at the western end.  Napoleon had this arch built to honor those who fought during the Napoleonic Wars, and the names of the battles of the wars and the generals who fought in them are inscribed underneath.  Most people pay their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before climbing to the top for the spectacular panoramic views of the city.

World famous Arc de Triomphe at the city center of Paris, France. Sky view

Notre Dame Cathedral

The architectural style and ornamental designs are what draws people to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and this magnificent building took more than one hundred and fifty years to become the masterpiece that it now is.  On the outside, visitors are greeted with sculptures and gargoyles, as well as twenty-one figures in the Gallery of Kings.  The inside is even more intense and beautiful with stained glass windows, including the one with Old Testament scenes in the north transept.*as of the date of publishing, Notre Dame Cathedral is closed due to a fire.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on a bright afternoon in Spring

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is practically the centerpiece of Paris, and it is always the number one destination on everyone’s list when they arrive in the city.  Most people will visit this attraction whenever they get a chance, however, the best time to go is at night when it lights up for a few minutes, every hour on the hour.  People can enjoy a delectable meal at the restaurant on the second floor before continuing up to the top for amazing views of the city and the surrounding area.

Eiffel Tower or Tour Eiffel aerial view, is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France

There are many other attractions for people to see in Paris, so many in fact, that everyone could stay in the city for a week or more and not see everything on their list.  However, as long as they see these four attractions, they will have seen the best of the city of romance, and the rest can wait for their return trip to this fascinating destination.

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Top 4 Must-See Attractions in Dublin

Top 4 Must-See Attractions in Dublin

Outside the cobblestone streets of Dublin are rolling green valleys and low mountaintops that continue for miles.  Inside those same city streets are thick rolling Irish brogues, pale and dark ales, and history that officially dates to 988.  Whether people live within the city limits or just outside them, they all find a reason to venture into the city for some fun with friends and a drink or two at a local pub.

Here are the top 4 must-see attractions in Dublin:

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Construction began on St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1220 at the site where St. Patrick was supposed to have baptized converts almost six hundred years prior, and it was finally completed in 1259.  The cathedral is now considered one of the most loved churches in the entire world and half a million visitors stop there every year to see the vaulted ceilings and other intricate details.  Everyone also stops to pay their respects at the tomb of Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels.

Interior of St. Patrick’s cathedral.

The Book of Kells at Trinity College

Queen Elizabeth I founded Trinity College in 1592, and it is now the oldest and most respectable college in the country.  Travelers love exploring the grounds while seeing the architecture of the buildings.  However, the best attraction in Dublin on the campus is the Old Library with its collection of six million books, including The Book of Kells.  This old illustrated manuscript was created sometime around 800 A.D. by the Celtic monks and while it describes the gospels, no one needs to be religious to fully appreciate the history of this book.

The Long Room in the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland. Trinity College Library is the largest library in Ireland and home to The Book of Kells.

The Guinness Storehouse

Unfortunately, the Guinness Storehouse is no longer a working brewery, but that doesn’t mean that visitors will not appreciate what they see inside.  The self-guided tour begins on the first floor and continues all the way to the seventh floor, as guests learn about the history of the beer, the ingredients used in the brewing process, and the advertisements that have been used over the years.  Once everyone has reached the seventh floor, they will be met with their free pint of ale.  They can then sit and relax while drinking and talking about all that they just learned.

Guinness storehouse brewery in Dublin, Ireland. Showcasing different stages of making the Guinness beer.

Ha’Penny Bridge

No one can leave Dublin without doing many things, and one of them is strolling across the Ha’Penny Bridge.  This was the first pedestrian bridge to be constructed over the Liffey River back in 1816, and the name came from the amount of money that people had to pay to cross over it at the time.  The name was officially changed to the Liffey Bridge in 1922, but that hasn’t changed what many people still call this historical bridge.


Dublin, Ireland. Night view of famous illuminated Ha Penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland at sunset.

Dublin is a unique place that everyone will love to visit, because they can explore the city one day and the countryside the next.  People will find that they can relax while they are in Dublin, as no one is in a rush there.  And since that is what vacations are about, everyone will find themselves loving the laidback feeling as they venture from one attraction to another.

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Top 5 Tourist Attractions Of Maldives

Maldives, popularly known as Maldives Islands is one of the islands of Indian Ocean that consists of 26 atolls. This island is loaded with vegetation diversity, great reefs of blue seas and sandy white beaches. This area is known as people’s paradise. Tourists tend to spend more number of days just to relax and unwind in this tranquil area. Maldives is one of the great spot that can be used for snorkeling, diving and exploring different kinds of fishes across the corals. Tranquility offered by these shores attracts innumerable visitors to this area.

Here, We Are Sharing With You The Top Five Tourist Attractions You Must Visit In Maldives

1. BluetrIbe Diving, Moofushi

BluetrIbe Diving, Moofushi

Marine life and great waters are the highlights of Maldives. Diving, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, pedal boats riding and catamarans riding are few of the water sport activities that can be enjoyed during your visit to Maldives. All these can be experienced in Bluetribe diving center. Also, Moofushi is well known for excursion spot where whale sharks and manta rays can be spotted by you in the shore.

2. National Museum

National Museum Maldives

It is one of the popular tourist attractions of Maldives. This can be found in Sultan Park. This museum was said to be the former palace of Sultan. And this antique palace took the form of museum to allure tourists. This museum is house to several artifacts which determine the culture of Maldives. Several Arms, royal coins, furniture, manuscripts, costumes of kings and costumes of queens are stored in the museum. Maldives history can be understood by visiting this museum. History lovers are the main visitors of this museum.

3. Utheemu Ganduvaru

Utheemu Ganduvaru

Utheemu Ganduvaru, located on Uhteemu Island, is an historical spot in Maldives. This is a popular tourist destination. This is an antique wooden palace which once served as a home for Mohamed Thankurufaan, who was known as National Hero of Maldives. That is the reason, this site is very important among locals. In this palace, tourists can find various fascination wooden interiors which include swing beds and wooden carvings.

4. Banana Reef

Tourist Attractions Of Maldives - Banana Reef

It is one of the most popular attractions of Maldives. This is the most popular dives sites and gained international fame. Its name is derived because of its appearance from top view. This area is loaded with coral growths, beautiful caves and cliffs. And the banana reefs are store house of various exotic fish species like Maldivian grub fish, squirrelfish and soldier fish.

5. Fua Mulaku

Fua Mulaku

Fua Mulaku is one of the largest islands in Maldives and is considered as most fertile island. Various fruits and vegetables are widely produced in this area. Pineapples, mangoes and oranges are widely produced in this island.

Let me know if you knew the tourist attractions of Maldives or if you were completely surprised with this list.