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Hit the Slopes This Winter- Top 10 Ski Resorts in Europe

Winter is in full swing in Europe, and for the more adventurous of tourists and enthusiasts, it means only one thing – time to hit the slopes! When you think about skiing holidays, the ideal picture that comes to mind is a nice snowy mountain in the backdrop of an idyllic little European (or European-style) town, with music in the air and people all wrapped up in their winter clothes. Spirits will be high, and the chilly winter air, mixed with the aroma of the festive season will give you a sense of belonging, and keep you coming back for more each year.

The Outside Online website featured an article about the top 10 ski slopes in Europe, in a countdown format. These are some of the best ski slopes rated based on their beauty, attractiveness for skiers, and facilities available.

10. Andermatt, Switzerland

This resort town was relatively untouched until recently, and in 2013 itself, six hotels, 490 apartments, and 25 villas were built to accommodate rapidly rising demand. The town retains its alpine village vibe, and is famous for its freeriding scene. Located in central Switzerland at the convergence of four mountain passes, the town gets about 40 feet (13m) of snowfall annually. Gemsstock is the most popular of Andermatt’s three ski hills.

9. Alagna, Italy

Alagna’s specialty is big-mountain freeriding. Located in the north of Italy, this rustic little village (population: 400) provides a mountain – the southern side of Monte Rosa Massif – with some great slopes, one gondola, and access to two additional ski areas, Champoluc and Grissoney. These three areas offer a total of 115 miles (185km) of runs, but wait. There’s more! Ski the Malfatta and Vittoria couloirs, two backcountry lines, for a bigger thrill!

8. Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Bernese Oberland offers skiing among the iconic peaks of Jungfrau, Eiger, and Monch. Wengen, a car-free village in the shadow of the Eiger, where a 100-year cog train ferries skiers to the resort’s slopes. The best skiing destination in Bernese Oberland is the Aletschgletscher, a 14-mile (22km) glacier – the longest in Europe. Hiring a guide is recommended, as there are many crevasses in the area.

7. Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is known as the best ski resort for dining and drinking, as the more than 60 on-slope eateries, spread over its three mountains, offers every kind of experience for skiers – from a Champagne bar in an old farmhouse to a five-star restaurant. The area offers a total of 153 miles (246km) in runs. Zermatt also offers some great nightlife, and visitors have a chance to relax in the shadow of the Matterhorn and celebrate life amid the locals.

6. Mürren, Switzerland

Mürren is considered the best-kept secret in the skiing world, as it is stashed away in a remote corner of the Swiss Alps, accessible only by train or cable car. Although it offers only 33 miles (53km) of slopes, there is a huge amount of backcountry. The biggest advantage of Mürren, however, is the number of tourists (or lack thereof). Being remote, though, has not made a big impact on this resort town, as it is steadily gaining popularity.

5. Verbier, Switzerland

In the French-speaking western area of Switzerland is the ski town of Verbier. With some of the best lift-accessed steeps, it promises those above it in this countdown a run for their money. For what it lacks in terms of ski slopes, it makes up in convenience and world-class amenities. Its hotels, restaurants, and nightlife are sophisticated. The ski lifts offer access to more than 254 miles (400km) of slopes.

4. Kitzbühel, Austria

Each January, Kitzbühel is visited by ski-racing fans (as many as 80,000), who flock to the resort town to watch the world’s best skiers take on what is considered the hardest and most prestigious downhill race on the world cup circuit. Watching is fun, but doing it, even more so – the Hahnenkamm gondola and the Streif offer contrasting, but equally fun challenges. Booking well in advance is recommended especially if you want to be in town during the races!

3. St. Anton, Austria

St. Anton is a charming town steeped in alpine tradition. It offers almost 200 miles (320km) of runs, approximately 440 miles (704km) of backcountry and side‑country terrain, and a great après scene. The area offers some great skiing facilities, including an extensive network of lifts. Also featured are some dining facilities offering an enticing range of food and an active nightlife scene. The spa facilities offered in this resort come highly recommended.

2. La Grave, France

La Grave is the Holy Grail for big mountain purists looking for a no-frills steep skiing. 7000 feet (2100m) of vertical glaciers, cliffs, couloirs, and no-fall zones are the highlight of this popular resort. La Grave is a 12th century village tucked into the French Alps, situated about an hour’s drive from the city of Grenoble. The permanent population is about 500, giving it an intimate family feel.

1. Chamonix, France

Chamonix is considered the motherland for skiers. The 10 mile (16km) valley boasts one busy town, five ski areas, and lift access to some of the best steeps in the world. The world-famous Aiguille du Midi cable car rises 9,187 feet (2800m) from Cham Sud to the needle-nose of Aiguille, delivering skiers to the face of the Mont Blanc, the Vallée Blanche, and technical lines such as the Couloir des Cosmiques, a roughly 45-degree, 2,600 foot (800m) couloir that usually requires a rappel in. Skiing all the way down to the valley floor constitutes a 10,000 foot (3050m) descent! This and more await you at the homeland of skiing.

 

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Most-Pinned Places on Earth

Here is a list of breathtaking destinations on earth reported as the most pinned places by Pinterest. You really should take this as your travel guide and plan your next trip to one or more of these awe-inspiring locations. Sit back and inhale the overwhelming beauty and excitement loaded in these places. These places have been pinned on Pinterest by over 750 million place pins.

Here you go!

Paris, France

It is no wonder that this city of love has been pinned loads of times by travellers around the world. Being smack on trend, Paris is a well-preserved city that combines both old and modern avenues. The towering Eiffel Tower, one of the world’s wonders celebrating its 125th anniversary and its incredible panoramic view of the entire Paris town without any doubts ranks as the first choice in Paris. What comes next is a heap of attractions where it is hard to choose a particular one. Paris has everything, a dash of antiquity at the Arc de Triomphe building, a glimpse of artistic flair at the old Parisian palace of Louvre art gallery and Musee d’Orsay museum, a sense of spirituality at Cathedrale Notre Dame church and much more.

London, England

Lavish London is the capital and the most populous city of the United Kingdom. London has a long list of places to visit which is why people have pinned the city in Pinterest the most. The London city you witness from the ground and from above on the gigantic London eye are totally different while both views are undoubtedly breathtaking. Additionally you may cherish your visit to the Madame Tussauds, wax museum featuring your favourite celebrity wax statues. If you are an aesthetic admirer the grand theaters and operas in London screening classical plays and musical shows can be your best pick in London. If you are a shopaholic, this vibrant city will be your ultimate destination for shopping and fascinating strolls.

New York City, U.S.A.

There is no surprise in seeing one of the world’s most stylish cities being pinned on Pinterest by people around the globe. The range of attractions and places to visit in New York comprises museums, historic buildings and statues, shopping malls featuring cheap as well as luxury goods, green spaces such as parks and much more. Widely known as “The Crossroad of the World” the Times Square, one of the busiest and largest pedestrian intersections is a pavilion for entertainment, travelling, advertising and shopping. Likewise the Empire State Building, the skyscraper featuring 103 stories, the Statue of Liberty, depicting the relationship between Americans and French, one of the most filmed urban parks in the world, Central Park are some of the attractions that NY boasts of.

Taormina, Italy

If you visit Italy once, it will bring fresh feelings and fond memories that are unique and quite exclusive to the country itself.  Taormina is one such destination in Italy where you can see the seductive curves of nature embracing all the places. Being located on a cliff perched in the Ionian Sea, when you visit Taormina you have no option but to indulge in the tranquil sea spaces. Additionally tourists visiting Taormina can witness ancient marvels at the Greek Theatre, Palazzo Corvaja etc. Much wanted relaxation can be enjoyed at the public gardens of Taormina whilst drinks can be enjoyed at the bars located in the surroundings of Piazza IX Aprile.

Venice, Italy

The land of canals and bridges surrounded by blue waters is definitely a paradise on earth that has been pinned a lot in Pinterest. Venice, the city formed by a group of islands boasts a thriving architectural style and artistic marvels and is also known as “The Floating City”.  A romantic ride on the classical gondola, a Venetian boat in the Venetian lagoon where the city is located is a mind-blowing experience that everyone should experience at least once in a life time. Taking aperitivo time is a must in Venice to witness the tempting range of drinks served in the bars. A trip to Venice will not be complete without tasting the world famous Italian pizza. Just glancing at the scenic waterways of Venice itself completes your trip to Venice happily.

Rome, Italy

It would be a wonder if Rome was not pinned the most. This antique city that still boasts of ancient sensations and conventional wonders should be visited at least once in a lifetime. Bearing a prosperous history dating back to approximately three thousand years, this magnificent city features archaeological buildings, statues, aqueducts and waterways, fountains, palaces, churches, catacombs and much more ancient treasures. St Peter’s Basilica of the Holy Vatican city, the Colosseum, the great amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, Pantheon, well conserved ancient Roman buildings featuring eight gigantic granite Corinthian columns and Trajan’s Market, large space of ruins of the golden era market place located on the opposite side of the Colosseum are some of the places that you can visit in Rome to explore the royal Roman ruins.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is an amazing city attributing dazzling festivals, awe-inspiring works of art, scrumptious cuisine, thriving culture, astonishing architecture and much more. This city has a lot in store that hasn’t been listed in the guide books but have to be explored by going off the beaten track. Being located on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona boasts beach attraction that has been ranked as number one among the city beaches in the world by National Geographic. Barri Gòtic, the olden Barcelona city featuring many medieval treasures such as a cathedral, Palace of Catalan Music or Palau de la Musica portraying one of the most excellent delicate stained glass works in the world and over 2000 ceramic rose studded ceiling decorations and much more, Basilica of the Sagrada Familia with detailed wall art adorning the entire building and much more to explore and enjoy.

Prague, Czech Republic

Holidays in Prague is pepped with all that you need for a staggering visually pleasing escape in Europe. Being located on the Vltava River, the longest of Czech Republic crossed by 18 bridges including the Charles Bridge, Prague is a visual treat for travelers. The historic Charles Bridge is adorned by an unbroken alley of thirty baroque-styled statues. You should not miss witnessing the mighty beauty of the Prague Castle, the office of the president of the country and the official residence which is also the renowned as the biggest primeval castle in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. Old Town Square featuring ancient architectural styled buildings, the Lennon Wall featuring the most vibrant Graffiti of the youths during the early 80s and lyrics of the songs produced by the Beatles, one of the world’s most successful music bands are some things to explore in Prague.

Istanbul, Turkey

There is no wonder that a city that has witnessed the rise and fall of four empires such as the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire as the capital city has been pinned a lot in Pinterest. This ancient city features treasures to attract any type of tourist. Basilica Cistern, former water pipeline built in the 6th century is a must see in Istanbul for its upside down Medusa column. Aya Sofya is a complicated monument of the ancient era which is a church-turned-mosque-turned museum. Shopping is another major attraction in Turkey next to visiting ancient ruins. The Grand Bazaar, functioning from 1461 and the Mahmutpasha Bazaar, an open-air market functioning since 1660 are a few shopping spots in Istanbul.

Santorini, Greece

An island located by the shores of the Aegean Sea, Santorini is a piece of paradise that has fallen on the earth. During summer this island which is ranked as the world top island escape by many magazines is flooded by millions of tourists. This island, located by an active volcanic caldera boasts a unique feature which is its whitewashed cubical kind of houses. A special kind paint or colour is used which is made out of volcanic ashes to paint the houses built with local stones. This most sought after romantic escape is also a famous wedding destination. Lunar shaped landscapes, volcanic pebbles, red to white to black sands by the shores and the deep blue waters and the white cubical dwellings are rare and near impossible to find anywhere else in the world.

Source : http://mashable.com/2014/06/21/most-pinned-places-on-earth/

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Click a Selfie and Win a Camera

How would you name this modern era, if you were a social media fanatic? Probably as “Selfie Era” isn’t it? All of us are so fascinated with taking selfies and at times groupfies and posting them in social media profiles like Facebook, Instagram etc.

What if we say you are going to get rewarded for what you love to do? Yes, you can stand a chance to win a camera if you take a selfie. Isn’t that amazing? As we at Travel Center UK are very fond of making others happy, it is no surprise we are giving away a camera for the thing that you love to do.

Eager to know more about our Facebook Promotion? The entry requirements are not complicated and just as easy as taking a selfie.

Take out your mobile or camera, take a selfie or a groupfie whatever you call it, and post it to our Facebook Fan page with the hash tag #TravelCenterUKSelfie. Once it’s done spend a few minutes to like and share our Facebook fan page while keeping your post visibility to the Public. Additionally take time for a small survey that will help us to fine-tune our services to you in a more customised manner. That’s all and you are done. Await our notification about the winner!

Hurry post your selfie to our Facebook fan page to win our camera as the contest ends on 05th December 2014.

Happy Selfie time to all!

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Bonnie Scotland – Every scene a picture, every experience a memory (Part 1 of 2)

From prehistoric times, Scotland was a wild land that had to be tamed. Its resilient early inhabitants persevered to make this country of rugged landscapes and wet, cold weather into what it is today. The Scots have had struggles with both the conditions and its neighbours throughout the years, giving them a rich history and a unique culture that is world-famous.

The popular travel website tripadvisor.co.uk lists more than 400 destinations in Scotland, emphasising the importance that tourism has on the country. Some of the statistics related to Scotland, sourced from tripadvisor.co.uk are as below:

Scotland by the Numbers

Source: www.tripadvisor.co.uk

Accommodation:

Hotels: 1,382
Bed and Breakfast / Inns: 4,993
Holiday Rentals: 6,062
Destinations: 405
Things to see/do: 4,463
Restaurants: 11,036

Attractions:

Destinations: 405
Things to see/do: 4,463

Cuisine:

For a special treat, try out the street markets in many cities and towns. Small speciality shops selling traditional Scottish food are another great way to taste the best of what Scotland has to offer.

This two-part article will look at the six most visited destinations in Scotland, as listed in tripadvisor.co.uk. In this part, we will look at the first three.

1.   Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, and the second largest in terms of both size and population. A city which prides itself on being the administrative capital of the country, Edinburgh has a long and proud history, and the evidence is immediately clear for anyone who enters it.

Dominating the city’s skyline is the iconic Edinburgh Castle, built in the 12th Century as the seat of Scottish royalty. The large and generally well-preserved castle compound is now home to several museums and exhibits, including the Scottish Crown Jewels, which includes the last crown worn by a Scottish king. The terrace on the castle’s entrance is also the venue for several Scottish celebrations throughout the year, the largest of which is Hogmanay, the days-long Scottish New Year celebration. Scottish dancers, games, bagpipes, and other items are included in this celebration, which culminates on the dawn of each year.

Edinburgh, like most major cities of its age, is a blend of ancient and modern. An attractive modern cityscape juxtaposed with the old city, which has stood the test of time, is one of the many charms of the city. The new and old cities together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Palace at Holyroodhouse, the official seat of the British monarch in Scotland, is a majestic building erected in the 17th century and some areas are open for public viewing at certain times. Between the Palace at Holyroodhouse and the Edinburgh castle is a straight thoroughfare known as the Royal Mile, which travels through the old city of Edinburgh, and is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs, and visitor attractions.

The Scottish Parliament building, the seat of the Scottish Government, considered a masterpiece of modern architecture, is also open to the public at certain times.

Among this attractive city’s other attractions is the popular Edinburgh Zoo, the largest of its kind in Scotland. The Whiskey Museum is a privately owned museum not far from the Edinburgh Castle that offers information on the history of making whiskey, the different kinds of whiskey available and other intricacies of the process of distilling this popular beverage. A science centre known as Our Dynamic Earth brings science education to a whole new level, with modern innovative technologies as well as pure science educational tools for children and adults alike.

If you are into museums, you are in for a treat in Edinburgh. We recommend spending a few days to go through the city’s many museums including the Scottish National Museum, the Museum of Childhood, and the Scottish Writer’s Museum, among many others.

The city’s smaller historical buildings, including famous pubs, coffee shops, and restaurants are also among well-visited sites in the city. Special mention should go to The Elephant House, the coffee shop where JK Rowling wrote the world’s best-selling series of books (later adapted into movies) about the boy wizard Harry Potter.

Historical attractions aside, Edinburgh is a great city for shopping. Larger department stores and smaller shops are interspersed within the new city’s shopping areas, and if you are out souvenir shopping, you don’t have to go much further than the city’s little souvenir shops. Large shopping malls are aplenty, and so are a wide array of restaurants and pubs for you to enjoy many of the world’s finest cuisines.

Not to be forgotten are Edinburgh’s many festivals, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the Edinburgh International Food Festival, each of which brings a large number of tourists from within and outside of the United Kingdom.

Visitors will find a whole range of accommodation options in Edinburgh, be it a hotel, Bed and Breakfast, an inn, or a rental property, if you wish to stay for a longer period.

Edinburgh at a glance:

Hotels: 146
Attractions: 695
Restaurants: 1853

 

TravelCenterUK has partnered with several world-class airlines to take you to this cosmopolitan city, served by Edinburgh Airport. Contact us today and make your bookings to have a wonderful holiday in Edinburgh.

2.   Glasgow

Glasgow is considered Scotland’s second city, although it is both the largest in terms of size and the most populous. A city which combines old and new with a flair like no other in Scotland, Glasgow is personified by its taller and larger buildings, great transport system, wonderful wide roads, and a friendly and diverse population. Glasgow is one of Scotland’s more attractive cities to visit.

Among the city’s historical attractions are the impressive Glasgow Cathedral – built in the 12th century – and the Glasgow Necropolis, the final resting place for some of Glasgow’s more famous inhabitants.

Glasgow is one of the few cities of Scotland that feels like both a real metropolis and a warm, welcoming town. The busy crowded streets and colourful people make Glasgow one of the most alluring cities in Scotland. A common sight in Glasgow are buskers (street performers), who get to perform freely within the city. Most of these street performers will leave you mesmerised as to their vocal talent and skill with musical instruments.

Among other attractions in Glasgow are the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the largest in Scotland, the Glasgow University museum, the modern Glasgow Science Centre, the headquarters of BBC Scotland, and the Gallery of Modern Art. Not far from Glasgow is Falkirk, the location of the famous Falkirk wheel, a masterpiece of engineering and design, which is a boat lift with a unique design, and is well worth a visit.

Glasgow features great nightlife, an excellent range of world cuisines in a mind-boggling number of restaurants, and entertainment and shopping venues that are of the highest standards.

Getting around Glasgow is not just easy, it’s also fun. A small but efficient underground rail network connects some of the city’s attractions, and is a fun way to travel. Buses and trains are also available for travel, as are taxis. Glasgow is a highly pedestrian friendly city as well, so a city sightseeing tour on foot is a great idea.

A quick trip to Edinburgh, just 45 miles away, is also recommended, for a great cultural and historical experience.

Glasgow at a glance:

Hotels: 89
Attractions: 467
Restaurants: 1752

 

TravelCenterUK offers great value holidays to Glasgow. Call our team of experts today and book your flights. The city is served by the Glasgow International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the United Kingdom.

3.   Aberdeen

Situated in the Northeast of Scotland, Aberdeen is considered the Oil and Gas capital of Europe. The former fishing village and centre of education – Aberdeen had two universities at a time when England had two – has now become one of the richest cities in the United Kingdom, and is known to have the postcode with the highest concentration of high net worth individuals in the nation.

Aberdeen is affectionately known as the Granite City for its buildings with unique granite facades, which are sourced from an ancient quarry located within the city limits. On a sunny day, the granite will glisten in a shade of silver, and make the city very attractive.

The more than 1.3 mile long Union Street is the city’s main thoroughfare, and is a great area for some shopping. The main attractions in the city centre are St. Nicholas Kirk (‘Kirk’ is Scottish for ‘Church’), a 10th to 11th century church in the heart of the city; the Aberdeen Art Gallery; the Tollbooth museum, which commemorates the prison that used to be located in the area; the Aberdeen Maritime Museum at Provost Ross’s House, which shows the long history of seafaring in the Aberdeen area, first as a fishing and trade port, and later as a major port for the Oil and Gas industry in the North Sea; Provost Skene’s House, the oldest known dwelling in Aberdeen, which now houses a museum; the Gordon Highlander’s Museum, celebrating the highland military traditions of Northeast Scotland; and the Marischal Museum, which contains artefacts from the University of Aberdeen’s 800-year history, and is housed in the old Marischal College building, which was recently restored to its former glory.

The city’s old quarter, known as Old Aberdeen, is home to the University of Aberdeen, and covers an area with a lot of historical buildings such as the 12th Century St. Machar’s Cathedral. The University itself is an example of outstanding ancient architecture, and is well worth a visit.

Shopping malls and University campuses are among the newer attractions in the city. Gambling is legal in Aberdeen, and plenty of casinos dot the city’s main areas. The beach area is known for its fun and games, and the sandy beach is ideal for a nice relaxing jog or walk. The water is – quite expectedly – cold, and wading is not recommended even in summer.

The city is home to a few recreational parks, which are great to spend some time catching some rays, or for a fun time out with family and friends. Duthie Park comes highly recommended, and one of the main attractions is the indoor botanical garden known as the David Welsch Winter Gardens, carefully subdivided into several climactic conditions, from tropical to arid to temperate.

Aberdeen has a few interesting and popular walking and cycling tracks, where you will get to see the city and its suburbs from up close.

A few miles from Aberdeen city are a few locations of interest.

Balmoral Castle, open for a few months every year, is the holiday home to the British monarch, and certain areas of the premises are open to public tours. The town of Huntly, famous for its variety of internationally known brands of Whiskey, is well worth a visit for its scenic beauty, if not for anything else. South of Aberdeen is the town of Stonehaven, birthplace of the deep fried Mars bar, and is home to a few traditional ‘chip shops’, some of which still use the old methods to fry their food (e.g. using Lard instead of Vegetable oil). If you are interested in castles, Aberdeenshire is the best county in the United Kingdom for it. More than 300 castles dot the map, and among the most famous and attractive are Crathes Castle, Huntly Castle, Dunnotar Castle, and Castle Fraser.

Aberdeen is also the gateway to Orkney and Shetland Islands in the North Sea, the northernmost islands in the United Kingdom. Ferry services are the ideal way to get to these islands, once the home of Vikings, the evidence of which still remains in these amazing islands.

Aberdeen at a glance:

Hotels: 62
Attractions: 193
Restaurants: 500

 

TravelCenterUK provides holidays to Aberdeen. The city is served by the Aberdeen International Airport, and we have partnered with the best airlines in the world to take you to Aberdeen in safety and in comfort. Call our experts and book your flights to visit the Granite City today!

 

In the second part of this article, we will look at the next three most visited cities in Scotland, and a few more places you have to see.

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Hawaii – The Aloha State

Of all the states in the United States of America, Hawaii is the most isolated. Interestingly, being the only island state, it is also the only state to not have straight lines in its borders.

Hawaii’s diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate and its abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and a multitude of active volcanoes make it one of the most sought-after destinations for tourists – American and foreign – as well as surfers, biologists – marine and otherwise – and volcanologists. It is also known for a few historical sites and locations, the most famous of which is Pearl Harbour, which was the location of the first modern military attack on American soil by another nation.

The state is made up of the Hawaiian Archipelago, a set of volcanic islands ­in the Pacific Ocean that had a native Polynesian people, who are still resident in the state.

Hawaii State is known for its cultural and ethnic diversity, with a multitude of races living in peace within the state. Among its inhabitants are peoples originating in Europe, Africa, Japan, the Philippines, and the native Hawaiian population.

 

The popular travel website TripAdvisor.com lists the following as the most popular destinations within Hawaii State:

Honolulu

Honolulu is the state capital, and the largest city in the US State of Hawaii. It is located on the island of Oahu, and is an exciting, buzzing, and vibrant city, which can be described as both metropolitan and cosmopolitan. The city is home to a diverse population and it a melting point of many different cultures, including Asian, African America, Native American and White. This adds value to the city in terms of attractiveness for tourists, and in terms of richness in culture.

Hawaii may be the dream holiday destination, but its heart is Honolulu. Voted one of the top holiday destinations in USA almost universally (TripAdvisor.com included), Honolulu offers a lot of things to a lot of crowds.

If you are looking for a holiday spent on the beach, there is no better city in the United States, as a whole range of beaches is available for you. If your scene is Surfboarding, parasailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, or even getting some rays lying on a towel on the warm sand, Honolulu lets you do everything.

If you are the adventurous type, look no further than the many national parks, mountains, and water sports activities that the city and its immediate area has in abundance. Go on a safari, a nature trail in the mountains, or get a lifejacket on, and straddle a jet ski. Honolulu allows you to do all of this, and more.

If you are a history buff, or into expanding your horizons on an intellectual and aesthetic level, there are many museums, galleries, performing arts centres and monuments dotted around the city that provide you good information and a great time.

Honolulu also has a thriving foodie culture, if you are so inclined. Hawaiian is one of the most distinct cuisines in the United States, for its use of tropical ingredients and native methods of cooking. The food is always delicious, and in Honolulu, you are never too far from a restaurant.

Honolulu at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 136
Number of Attractions: 605
Number of Restaurants: 1919

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Kihei

Situated on the western shore of the Hawaiian island of Maui, Kihei has seen rapid growth over the years. The coastal city offers an impressive array of hotels and restaurants that cater to tourists from all around the world who converge on this lovely city to dive, swim or just lay in the sun on Maui’s fine white sandy beaches.

Kihei is home to the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. It is one of the world’s best places to spot these majestic gentle giants. Take a boat out into the ocean and see them up close and personal.

Kihei gives you the opportunity to make use of the natural beauty of the area. Grab a boat ride, go on an eco-tour, take a rafting trip, or just rent a car and enjoy a scenic drive along the vistas of the beautiful coastline or visit the volcanoes Haleakala and Puu Kukui.

Kihei at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 81
Number of Attractions: 122
Number of Restaurants: 139

Kihei is a city you have to spend some time in. Take in everything that the city has to offer, and then some. Let TravelCenterUK worry about flights to Kihei. Call our experts today and book your next holiday to the Hawaiian paradise city of Kihei.

Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona’s most famous product is its distinct coffee, known as one of the top speciality coffees of the world. The city is affectionately known as Kona, which does cause some level of confusion in the area as there is a Kona district that is in the vicinity of Kailua-Kona. Confusion aside, though, Kailua-Kona is one of the top tourist destinations in the state of Hawaii.

Kona has a range of activities that suits everyone. A rigorous walk along the “Royal Footsteps” waterfront stretch of Alii Drive will get your systems going. You will be able to take stargazing to the next level with a night time visit to the summit of Mauna Kea, where you will get clear skies and clean air, which makes it the perfect environment to watch the celestial bodies at their best. A location such as this seems to crowd the sky with more stars than you would usually be familiar with.

Kailua-Kona has a collection of natural wonders. Waterfalls, volcanoes, and soft black sands are just some of the features that make Kailua-Kona a unique nature travel experience.

At dusk, enjoy a luau, where you will be able to join in the hula dancing, with its unique hip shaking.

The Kamakahonu compound is a museum and gallery that gives you great information about native culture and history.

Kailua-Kona at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 15
Number of Attractions: 280
Number of Restaurants: 231

Whether you come for the coffee or not, Kailua-Kona is one of the must-visit spots in Hawaii. Indulge in luxury when you book your flights to Kailua-Kona through TravelCenterUK.

Lahaina

Lahaina is the former capital of Hawaii, and is considered one of the most interesting historical towns in the state. It has a rich history of whaling, and during the 19th century, it was the centre of the global whaling industry. Lahaina’s beauiful Historic District is a national historical landmark.

Lahaina hosts some great dinner shows such as Old Lahaina Luau and Feast at Lele. Ka’anapali Beach (see below) is one of the best beaches in Maui.

Lahaina is affectionately nicknamed “the Jewel in Maui’s Crown” due to its natural and man-made beauty. It is home to about 9,000 residents, and among the city’s most attractive sites is the vast banyan tree in Courtyard Square.

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Lahaina at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 29
Number of Attractions: 236
Number of Restaurants: 229

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Kapaa

Kapaa, also spelled Kapa’a meaning “solid” in Hawaiian, is a small town nestled at the base of Nounou (the Sleeping Giant) Mountain on Kauai Island. It is very tourist friendly, and has a diverse array of hotels, a collection of exciting shopping centres, and restaurants that offer a range of cuisines.

The Kinipopo Shopping Village is a favourite among visitors for its fun eateries and small keepsake shops. Visitors should also look for the “Kauai Made” logo for products made by local craftsmen using traditional materials.

Kapaa is also a great destination for water sports, including water skiing and kayaking, and where better to do them than on one of the town’s beautiful beaches?

Kapaa at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 12
Number of Attractions: 91
Number of Restaurants: 104

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Hilo

Hilo is a town located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Its geographical landscape is diverse, with beaches of black, grey, brown and white sand, in contrast with mountains and dramatic waterfalls.

Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo is the only zoo in the United States to be located in a tropical rainforest. A day trip away from town are the snow-capped mountains Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa – both containing observatories near 11,000 feet (3350 m) – and Kilauea Caldera, an active volcano.

Back in the rustic little town, visitors are treated to a farmer’s market, restaurants, shopping areas and a collection of banyan trees planted by celebrities and politicians.

Hilo at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 35
Number of Attractions: 103
Number of Restaurants: 205

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Poipu

Poipu, on Kauai’s South Shore is the location of some of the best beaches in the United States for swimming, diving and all kinds of water sports.

If sunbathing on a scenic beach is not really your idea of relaxing, try one of the many spas in the area, where many treatments incorporate local natural ingredients, and invariably leave you in a state of pure bliss.

Poipu is one of the best places in the world for a romantic escape. Indulge in an ocean view room at a luxury resort, and you will get to experience spectacular sunsets.

Poipu at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 37
Number of Attractions: 28
Number of Restaurants: 27

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Princeville

Princeville is a town that was originally planned as a barony of the young Crown Prince Albert Kamehameha, whose sudden illness and untimely death at the tender age of four meant that he would never live to see its establishment. The present resort community of Princeville pays tribute to this young Hawaiian Crown Prince, as it is nothing if not regal with its emerald cliffs overlooking the magnificent Hanalei Bay.

Princeville has no less than two championship golf courses, each offering challenging fairways and unsurpassed views over the ocean. The coastline itself is pure magic. An eclectic mixture of natural beauty and careful landscaping, the coastline includes several pristine beaches, lush vegetation, crystalline waterfalls and sapphire waters, making Princeville one of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Princeville at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 17
Number of Attractions: 28
Number of Restaurants: 20

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Waikoloa

Waikoloa is a town located on the picturesque Anaehoomalu Bay. It has some beautiful sands for traditional beach relaxation, family games, and water sports activities. The clear and clean waters of the area are perfect for snorkelling and seeing first-hand the wonderful array of marine life in its natural habitat.

Closer to the shoreline, visit the Waikoloa Anchialine Ponds, which are lava formed pools fed by a mixture of fresh and salt water through the rock and teeming with small marine life. These pools represent an important part of local customs, and a carefully laid out trail forms an interesting and informative walk through the area.

There are two excellent golf courses at the Waikoloa resort: the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. – or Beach Course – and the Kings’ Course. Both of these splendid courses are designed to present the ultimate golfing challenge, and are set in areas containing spectacular scenery in which to enjoy your game.

Waikoloa at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 19
Number of Attractions: 41
Number of Restaurants: 56

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Ka’anapali

Ka’anapali is located on the island of Maui, one of the largest and most beautiful Hawaiian Islands, and is a popular vacation destination. The waters around the island of Maui are pristine – crystal clear and beautiful.

Enjoy the wonderful waters and the white sandy beaches of Ka’anapali by taking a relaxing kayak tour. The South Pacific Kayaks company offers high quality kayak tours that are fun and safe for the whole family. This kind of tour is the perfect way to spend the day outside.

One of the little nuances of Ka’anapali is that it does not have any established hotels (TripAdvisor.com). This does not mean that there are no accommodation options in town. Lots of holiday rentals are available, so if you are planning a trip to Ka’anapali, do your research and make your bookings early.

One of the most popular things to do when you are taking a vacation anywhere in Hawaii – Ka’anapali included, of course – is to go to a Luau. This is a truly traditional dining and entertainment experience. There will be music, traditional hula dancing, and some of the best food that you have ever tasted.

Ka’anapali at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 0 (Other accommodation options available)
Number of Attractions: 12
Number of Restaurants: 8

Its name may be difficult for those not used to it to pronounce, but we find no difficulty in finding you the best prices on your next trip to Ka’anapali. Contact us today for a quote, and make a booking early to avoid missing out on this popular destination.

In summary

Hawaii is truly paradise on earth. Spend the day doing all sorts of activities on a beach, a mountain, or a volcano, or visit a rustic little town in the midst of it all. In the evenings, enjoy a hearty feast at one of the island state’s Luaus, with fun and entertainment, with hula dancing, ukuleles, and lots of great food.

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