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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall bucket list 2015

Are you guys ready to enjoy fall 2015??? So am I.. So finally I made my fall bucket list for 2015. Did you made yours? And I hope I can cover all the things which I put in my list. So here we begins with our list.

As fall starts very first thing I would love to do is viewing fall colors. I love all yellow, red and orange leaves. These is one of the best thing created by God. 

1. Pumpkin patch

2. Viewing fall colors 

3. Attending fall festival 

4. Fall family picnic 

5. Apple picking

6. Bake pies, cookies and bread

7. Watch scary movies 

8. Trick or treat 

9. Collect fall leaves and make decor out of it.

10. Campfire with friends 

11. Drink Apple cider

12. Corn maze

13. Bone fire

14.roasted Marshmallows 

15. Watch football 

16. Tailgate 

17. Throw football party

18. Enjoy hot coffee outside

19. Jump in big pile of leaves 

20. DIY fall crafts

21. Bake an apple pie

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Best Places to view Fall colors

It's time to say bye bye to summer and give warm welcome to fall and upcoming winter. I know it's hard to say bye to summer but with cold breeze fall brings lot of colors in to life. When I was in india I had seen fall colors only on TV. I was feeling it's animation or computer graphics but when I moved to US I realized it's really true beauty that God created with colors.

Today I am going to share my 10 favorite places to see fall colors. So get ready to spend your fall weekends with your loved once by viewing lovely colors and hot coffee.

1. Door County, Wisconsin 

October 2nd and 3rd week is best time to visit Door county to view fall colors. I would suggest find out the dates for fall festival in egg harbor, Door county and visit at that time. They have food, fun, music and lovely stalls to explore.

2. Smokey mountain 

I feel Smokey mountain national park is the place to be visit in all season. It has great hiking trails, zip lines and camping. You can experience cabin living also. But I like fall colors specially. In smokies leaves start changing colors from last week of September to first week of November. According to elevation difference lower elevation tree leaves change colors first.

3. Aspen, Colorado 

Fall is one of the most spectacular times of year in Aspen.Peak foliage season is typically the 3rd & 4th week of September. Aspen is located in the White River National Forest. 

Here are some of our favorite spots to enjoy scenic autumn in Aspen:
1. The iconic Maroon Bells are an ideal location to capture the splendor of fall leaves on camera.
2. Cathedral Lake, American Lake, Hunter Creek and Crater Lake are all wonderful hikes to enjoy nature's show.
3. Scenic Driving Roads Maroon Creek Road, Castle Creek Road and Independence Pass are all available for those that prefer to enjoy the golden Aspen's from the comfort of their car.

4. Shenandoah national park 

If you are living in or around Washington DC and worried where to go for breathtaking view of fall colors. Than don't worry 90 minutes from DC you will find Shenandoah national park which has amazing views and hiking, camping and many other fun activities. Best time to visit is late October. 

5. Colombia river gorge, Oregon 

Fall foliage in the Pacific Northwest ranges from vibrant red, orange and yellow to more muted russet tones; and glorious pockets of color hide here and there among robust evergreen forests. 

Indeed, the drive to our Columbia river gorge cabins can be a scenic event unto itself. The Historic Columbia River Highway, lovely any time of year, is glorious right now. Travelers from the Portland area head east along the southern bank of the Columbia River, where there are numerous hikes to destinations such as Latourel Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Wahkeena Falls. Scenic overlooks are always worth the stop.Another good way to see the foliage along the Columbia River Gorge is to take a scenic cruise. Portland spirit river cruises offer afternoon scenic cruises and evening dinner cruises in an authentic sternwheeler. .

Then there is the fruit loop, a 35-mile scenic drive through farmland, orchards, and forests in the Hood River Valley. Apple and pear trees, lovely in spring, are colorful in the fall. Stop by u-pick farms for baskets of fresh fruit, fresh and hard apple cider, and pear wine. Various farms offer hayrides, pumpkin patches, and live music through the end of October and into early November.

6. Upper peninsula, Michigan 

The Upper Peninsula is home to all but one of Michigan’s waterfalls. There are more than 300 falls scattered across the Upper Peninsula ranging in size from under 5 feet to 48+ feet vertical drops. Almost all require hiking to reach, but there are paths (several barrier-free) to some of the most popular. The best time to see them is in spring when even the smallest falls roar to life. But while you visit these falls in October you can see leaves turning into yellow, orange and dark red color. That looks amazing. Pictured rocks national lakeshore is also very famous to view fall colors as well.

7. Glacier national park, Montana 

In Fall visitors have to be more self-sufficient when they are in the park. Generally, the park is a lot quieter and wildlife is more active. On the west side of the park, the trees begin changing color mid-September, and on the east side, fall color appears more towards the end of September and beginning of October. The last color change is when the larch trees, mainly on the west side of the park, turns a gold color in mid October. Sometimes the best road for viewing the larches is on Hwy 2 around the southern boundary of the park.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Don't forget to pack 10 things while you traveling

I prefer light weight travel if it is short trip obviously... As number of days increase you need more and more stuff. we have to take care of luggage specially when we travel through flight. As all airlines have limited baggage allowances per passenger. So during your vacation don't forget to pack 10 things which i mentioned. 

Check out following Essentials for tours and travel

1. Toiletry Kit

Most of the hotels provide toiletry but you never know each country has different pattern of hospitality. I generally avoid using different shampoo and conditioner. So I carry my own toiletry kit. You can buy toiletry kit from any super store. It contains plastic or fabric pouch and having squeezing bottles. You can choose the size of kit according to your requirements. I usually prefer four bottles. You need to carry shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body lotion, tooth paste and tooth brush. These are essential you can include whatever you want.

Toiletry kit

2. First Aid box

If it's just 2 days journey than you might not required medicine but I usually keep first aid kit in my car. Specially when I go for vacation I check weather first. If you flying overseas than weather at destination will be different. So at least carry medicines for cold, cough, pain killer and any specific disease if you have. Take adhesive bandage, cotton, ointment, scissor etc. 

First aid kit

3. Cellphone chargers and required plugins

As we know US and Europe has different type of electric sockets. So if you traveling in these countries than you required additional plunging for your charger. So make sure to carry otherwise you won't be able to use your electronics.


4. Sun glasses

Don't forget to protect your eyes and be in style. 


5. Reservation details and Itinerary 

Before you start booking make your Itinerary. It would be great if you plan your each day of trip. So it will be easy to identify where to stay and which places to visit. First and foremost thing is do cross check the booking dates of your flights and hotels. If you booked car or any group sight seeing package than get print outs of that as well.

Booking details

6. Passports 

If you flying overseas than you must carry passport and visa. And check prior about visa requirements and validity of visa. 


7. Make up kit / shaving kit

Depends on your destination and number of days you staying you can decide what you want to carry and what can be avoided. Try to minimize so that you can avoid weight. And also if you plan to keep your makeup kit/ Shaving kit in your carry on bag than check the airlines rules for liquid in carry on bags.

Makeup kit / Shaving kit

8. Camera

Camera is the most important device to capture precious moments of your trip. You can use mobile, iPad, tablet, point and shoot or DSLR cameras. Please carry the one which you are comfortable with. Don't forget to carry extra battery or portable charger.


9. Map, direction and guide

Many of the famous tourist destination have transportation services spits better to keep maps with you. If you plan to driving than do check the directions and traffic rules prior to your trip.

Guides and Maps

10. Destination currency

As we know all country have different currency. So better to identify the currency of destinations. And find out average expense so that you can carry cash or travel card.