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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Great weekend gateway: Lake Geneva

I hope you all had great memorial day weekend. I am very much spontaneous but for long weekend we have to plan in advance otherwise will not get hotel booking and prices will high as you delay booking. So these time we decided to have one days trips and visit different places in three days.

So to enjoy very first day of the weekend we want to start it real slow and relaxing so we choose lake Geneva to enjoy our day and its just 1 hour drive from Milwaukee so no early wake up calls and no long drives.

How to get there

Chicago o'hare international airport or Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport or Dane county regional airport are nearest airport from Lake Geneva. You can rent a car from Airport and drive to Lake Geneva. Drive will be more or less than 1 hour.

Tip to explore Lake Geneva

  • If you are planning to walk on hiking trail than wear proper shoes which comfortable for walk. Do keep water bottle and granola bars in your hiking bag.
  • As there is not parking spot at each and every place do park your vehicle on street parking lot around visitor center.
  • If you are planing to spend whole day at Lake Geneva take parking for 5 hrs (max allowed hours at a time) so you don't have to go every now and than to renew your parking.
  • If you have short time than 1 day will be enough to explore lake, beach and little bit of hiking.
Places to visit in Lake Geneva

As soon as you reach to Lake Geneva very first thing is do parking for 5 hours and keep receipt with you because you can renew parking from any of pay station. I would say go to visitor center first. They will give you map and tell you places to visit. You can ask your questions and they help you find your answers. Even they have menus for some restaurants so you can identify where you want to go for lunch.

I don't prefer hiking after lunch so very first thing we did is hiking on Lake Geneva shore path. 

Map of Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva Shore path

Lake Geneva shore path is incredible hiking trail i had ever seen. Whole path is parallel to lake. These is 21 miles long hiking trail and no doubt i haven't covered whole trail we walk hardly few miles but experience was amazing. I have decided to walk on these trail all the way to complete 21 miles trail in future. The beauty of trail will make you forget how long you walked. And another most incredible thing of hiking trail is million dollar houses oops my bad Mansions. Never seen such a beautiful houses and green grassy yards around mansions.

Mansion with huge yard

Amazing white house

If you are not hiker but love to see architecture than i would suggest you to walk little bit in opposite side of riviera beach within few steps you will able to see great mansions.

Riviera Beach

These is the only beach near visitor center. Riviera beach has admission fees for above 6 years. Children 7-12 years pay $4 and 13 to adult pay $7. They have different passes if you are visiting frequently.You can buy ticket from the pay station for beach. There are some rules which you have to keep in mind. They don't allow Glass containers, Alcohol, drugs, smoking, pets and weapons. You can take your food and beverages which are in plastic.

Riviera Beach
These is small beach but but nice and clean. You will enjoy swimming but it has small boundary for swimming as with in few feet boat tour deck is situated.

The Riviera building
Boat tours

Lake Geneva boat tour offers three different type of tours.
You can see in map very first tour red line indicates is full lake, Mail boat and all meal cruises. These tour covers whole lake even Fontana and Williams bay area also. In these tour you can see some of the Mansions as well as Yerkes Observatory and George Williams college. These tour takes 2 or 2 and half hour according to which tour you are taking.

Boat tour deck

White line indicates  Expanded bay & Black point tour which cover almost 2/3rd of the shoreline of Lake. These tour will return just before the Williams bay. Expanded Bay is 1 and half hour tour. Black point estate tour is 3 and half hour long tour.It is guided tour of the 1888 home and grounds. If you are taking small kids or infants with you than take stroller as its long tour you need one. :-)

Blue line indicates Geneva Bay, Sun-downer and Ice cream social tour. These tours are around one hour. If you want to enjoy at beach and do hiking than take these small tour and explore the lake.

Lake Geneva Boat tours
Water adventures

Lake Geneva has lot to offer. Some people like to sit back and relax so they take boat tours. But some are crazy like me, who like adventures. So don't worry Lake Geneva has boat rentals and Jet skies. They have different size of boats so depend on how many people you have in group, you can book. If you are planning on weekend than please book in advance otherwise you will not get the boat which you desire. There are plenty of rentals on bay of Lake Geneva. Marina bay rentals, Elmer's Lake Geneva boat line, Water craft rentals of Lake Geneva, Leather Lips water sports

Rentals for Water sports
Big Foot Beach state park

Big foot beach state park has Campsite, Picnic area and Sand beach. You can carry your own kayaks and do kayaking around the beach park. These park is open year around from 6 in the morning to 11 at night. It has six and half miles long hiking trails.  And remember no alcohol allowed in anywhere in the park. And you also required Vehicle admission sticker.

Big foot beach park

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Top 10 national parks to enjoy summer and outdoor activities in USA

In some part of USA winter is too much snowy which maker outdoor fun so difficult. You roam around shopping malls, restaurants and in your house. So summer time makes adults as well as kinds feel happy. Summer is a great time to explore new places and enjoy outdoor adventures.

   1.  Olympic national Park, Washington state

Olympic national park covered nearly one million acres of Washington State. Olympic national park offers rain forest, valley, river, waterfalls and hiking trails to explore wild life. This park has number of camping sites to enjoy night life in to the forest. River flows from glacier capped pick through valleys of old forests and you can sitting beside to hear sweet sound of water flowing and crashing with stones. One of the best thing is it gives you chance to explore Pacific Ocean too.

Lake crescent at Olympic national park

   2. Great Smokey Mountains national park, Tennessee & North Carolina

Smokey Mountain Separates Tennessee and North Carolina. It serves as a border for both states. Smokey Mountain will give you a choice between whether you want to take challenge to hike the crest of a mountain of you want to sit peacefully and want to enjoy sun set. Smokey Mountain offer great activities like Fishing, Hiking, Wildlife viewing, Historic building viewing, fall colors, explore Wildflowers. Cades cove and cataloochee are famous for wildlife viewing. 

Smokey mountains

         3.       Rocky Mountain national park, Colorado 

Rocky Mountain national park crests are above 12000 feet from sea level and give amazing views of subalpine and alpine world. It has approx. 300 miles of hiking trails. This national park is about 415 square miles large and provides different camping site as well as wild life and forest starry nights experience. On the way to mountain they have few view points in between from where you can see view down the hill. If you don’t want to do hiking than you can do horse riding which will not tiring and still you can explore wildlife.

Rocky Mountain national park

         4.       Mount Rainier national park, Washington

Mount Rainier is an icon in the Washington state landscape. This Mountain is 14410 feet above sea level. Mount Rainier is an active Volcano and is the most glaciated peak in the USA. Mount Rainier is covered with the snow which indicates snowy winter in area. It is advisable to check road status and accessibility of Mount Rainier National Park roads before planning. And also before making any plans check current status of campground, trails and activities. It has 25 major glaciers and all have hiking trails to explore. It depends on you how long you want to hike. 

Mount rainier national park

         5.       Crater lake national park, Oregon

Formation of Crater Lake has interesting history and beautiful view of lake which attracts tourists’ year around. There was a Mount Mazama volcano in place of Crater Lake. After a period of dormancy, Mazama volcano became active again and around 5700 BC, Mazama collapsed into itself during a tremendous volcanic eruption. The eruption formed a large caldera that, depending on the prevailing climate, was filled in about 740 years, forming a beautiful lake, known today as Crater Lake. In winter it get covered with snow and sometimes whole national park is not opened till mid-June so do check weather and accessibility of park before you plan for visit.

Crater lake nationalpark

         6.       Niagara Falls state park, New York state

Niagara Falls is international border between United States and Canada. Niagara Falls state park is covered 400 aces of landscape and wildlife; these falls are major attraction and other activities as well provide great experience. And different spots give breathtaking view of falls from different angels.

Niagara falls national park

         7.       Channel Islands national park, California

Channel Islands national park has 175 miles of undeveloped coastline. This national park consisting of five islands located off the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Channel Islands National Park is reachable only by park concessioner boat or plane, or private boats. The islands maintain and protect a massive amount of natural and cultural resources, animals and plants that can be found nowhere else on earth. These national park is famous for whale watching tours around Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands and Seal and Sea lion viewing . Santa Barbara, Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands provide spectacular kelp forests, sea caves and coves that are best explored by diving and snorkeling.

Channel Islands national park

         8.       Yellow stone national park, Wyoming, Montana & Idaho

Yellow Stone Park was established in 1872 as America's first national park. This park located in the state of Wyoming and it also extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellow Stone Park has lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges and it has around 12 campgrounds.  A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

Yellow stone national park

        9.       Glen canyon National Park, Utah & Arizona

Glen Canyon national park encompasses more than 1.25 million acres in northern Arizona and southeastern Utah. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers great opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah includes portions of Garfield, Kane, San Juan, and Wayne counties in Utah and Coconino County in Arizona.

Glen canyon national park

         10.   Hot springs national park, Arkansas

Hot spring is rare natural feature of these national park. People have been using the thermal hot springs for therapeutic baths. These park is widely famous for hot spring baths it preserving an array of 47 hot springs. These parks also provides hiking trails, scenic drives, camping and picnic areas.

Hot springs national park

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Gateway of India

Gateway of India is a major attraction of Mumbai (Bombay), India. It is located in south Mumbai on the waterfront looking over Arabian Sea. These architecture built during Britisher's ruled in Mumbai city of Maharashtra.

Gateway of India

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Monday, May 04, 2015

Monday, May 04, 2015

Great sunny evening at Whitnall Park

Whitnall park is very convenient place in Franklin, Wisconsin. There are Trails for hiking, you can sit by the lake and get relax or you can walk around lake and go to water fall. You can also go to golf course or may be plan picnic.

Whitnall park pond and waterfall

kids play area

Water fall

Whitnall park trail