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The 14 Amazing Places to Visit in Udaipur in 3 days
Breath-taking forts and places, mesmerizing markets, rich culture, delicious food, and much more. All these key features make Udaipur a limitless destination to plan a quick getaway. Whether you are planning a solo trip, family tour, or couple vacation, this place caters to your wanderlust. This post is stuffed with my unfiltered travel story to Udaipur that will truly help you unfold the beauty of this place in altogether a different way.
Udaipur is a delightful yet ideal place to plan a getaway for three days. Why three days? I spoke to several travelers who have already visited the place and summed up that this is the average and perfect length to stay here. But after I visited this one-of-a-kind city, I found myself starving for more. We are aware that Rajasthan is well-known for its history, forts, culture, and food. To your surprise, there is much more to it.
Udaipur is one of the most incredible cities in Rajasthan. It is also known as the Venice of the East and it truly justifies this name. This land is chockfull of astonishing lakes, forts, palaces, scenery, and much more. Based on my personal travel experience, let’s find out what things you can do and places to visit in Udaipur if you are planning a short trip to this destination
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Dive into the rich culture of Udaipur
In the year 1559, Maharana Uday Singh established Udaipur city. This place is one of the best tourist destinations in India which is renowned for its rich culture and unique tradition. The city of lakes, Udaipur magnetizes all kinds of tourists to itself. The land of Udaipur was the Rajputs’ favorite. The tradition, culture, and customs that locals follow are quite interesting to know. Not only this, there are so many things you would want to explore before paying a visit to this city. It is a romantic land, so if you are planning a couple’s getaway then this place will not let you down any bit. I saw many youngsters throwing surprise birthday parties for their friends along with their families. The grand Udaipur forts, City Palace, lake Pichola, lake Badi, Saheliyon Ki Bari, and Gangaur Ghat are a few places that are worth a visit.
If I talk about the present, this city has embraced the urban city’s inspired lifestyle with open arms. Some traditions and one-of-its-kind customs in Udaipur will leave you dumbfounded.
How to reach Udaipur?
Udaipur, the major tourist destination and the biggest city in Rajasthan truly display the Rajput glory. You don’t need to make an extra effort to reach this city as it is well-connected by road, train, and air. Apart from this, there are many buses of Rajasthan State Transport Corporation that regularly operate from almost every city in the country.
By air: You will find several direct flights to Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport from many major cities in the country. For example, air travel from Delhi to Udaipur approximately takes 1.20-1.25 hours. There are many direct flights to Udaipur from other cities as well.
By train: Udaipur railway station is well-connected to all the major city stations in India. For example, train travelers from Delhi get many journey options to Udaipur. You can pick the time well-suited to you. If I talk about myself, I took the night train to Udaipur. The main reason behind choosing this hour of travel was to have the entire day to explore the city. It took 12 hours to reach the city but it didn’t feel long because I got good 8 hours of nap. The main advantage of traveling at the night was getting decent sleep and waking fresh in the morning when I reached my destination.
Ideal Time to visit: October to March.
Now, this was how I reached Udaipur, let us go through the list of best places to visit in Udaipur in 3-days.
14 incredible places to explore in Udaipur
Udaipur is brim-full of incredible places. This destination offers everything which you crave in a short getaway. I have revealed some astonishing locations I have been to in 3 days. Not only the destinations but also shared how to get there along with the fare that is charged at major attractions. So are you excited? Let us experience the 3-day trip to Udaipur from my perspective!
1. The Royal City Palace of Udaipur
Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, the City Palace of Udaipur is the largest complex in Rajasthan. This Palace greatly speaks about the Marwar architecture that has beautifully designed windows, balconies, colorful glasses, mirror work, marble, and grand rooms. It also has a crystal gallery and a museum that takes you on a thoughtful ride of Maharaja’s lifestyle in Udaipur.
You will get to see the biggest palace of the King and the queen. It will take you 2-3 hours to explore the Palace completely. Photography is not prohibited here, so you can click as many as you want.
Ticket fare: INR 300
For students: INR 100
Guide charges: INR 300
2. Jagdish Temple
Jagdish temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is regarded as the preserver of the universe. Standing in the heart of City Palace, the structure of the temple is truly grand and majestic. This temple is a very renowned Hindu temple in the city of Udaipur. Once you visit this temple, you will experience serenity in every true sense.
Entry fee: Free
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3. Lake Pichola
Lake Pichola gets its unique title from the village of Picholi which was founded by Maharana Uday Singh who expanded the original lake. Created in 1362 AD, this artificial freshwater lake was intended to meet the need for drinking and irrigation in Udaipur city and other neighboring towns. The areas around the lake have developed carefully over the centuries. This beautiful lake is an abode of several palaces, temples, bathing ghats, and family manors. The captivating sunset and sunrise views from the lake should not be missed at any cost. You can also try boat riding. Also, spending time with your beloved one near the lake is one of the best summer date ideas, so you should definitely try it.
You get two options in boat riding:
Normal Boat Ride: INR 500
Sunset Boat Ride: INR 800
Sunset boat riding is something you don’t want to miss as the view is worth more than the price.
4. Jag Mandir
Built on the island of Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir is a beautiful place to explore within 3 days of stay in Udaipur. Also known as the ‘Lake Garden Palace its construction began in 1551 and was completed around 1652. This place was used as a summer resort and hosting parties. Jag Mandir became an inspiration for the Taj Mahal when Prince Khurram (later Emperor Shah Jahan) was provided shelter in this place when he dissented against his father Jahangir. You can spend ample time here and enjoy the sunset view. Food and drinks are also served in many restaurants here.
5. Bahubali Hills
15 km away from the main city center of Udaipur, Bahubali Hills stands tall on the not-very-known Lake Badi. However, this place has grown its popularity among locals as well as tourists. Bahubali Hills is quite famous for the sunrise view and you will find many people trekking around this area. You will see many solo travelers here doing adventures in the hills. You can rent a bike which will cost you INR 300 to 400 per day or hire an auto which charges range from INR 700 to 800.
6. Lake Badi
Surrounded by the Aravalli range, located 12km to the west of the city Udaipur Lake Badi is an absolutely beautiful place with a stunning view. If you are craving some calmness from daily hustle and bustle then spending a few hours at this lake will cater to this very need.
Constructed in the name of Maharana Jai Singh between 1662-1664, Lake Badi is an artificial freshwater situated on the outskirts of Udaipur. This lake was popularly known as Jayna Sagar after Jana Devi. Later, it was called Badi Ka Talab. This lake is not as famous as other attractions in the city but is extremely picturesque and has got magnificent panorama. This place is an ideal spot for people looking for relaxation and peacefulness. You can hire a cab or take a private vehicle to Badi Lake.
Timings: 8 am—6:30 pm (all days)
Entry fee– Free
If you are carrying your own vehicle then you will have to pay the parking fee i.e. INR 10.
7. Lake Fateh Sagar
Situated to the north of Lake Pichola, Lake Fateh Sagar is a gorgeous location enclosed by hills and forests. This artificial lake was built in 1678 AD by Maharana Jai Singh. Later around 1884–1930 AD, it was reconstructed during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh when the earthen dam got washed away in a flood. The Maharana built the Connaught Dam to honor the visit of the Duke of Connaught after which it was renamed Lake Fateh Sagar.
You can witness the exquisiteness of this lake from Bahubali Hills. You will find many people going for morning walks, jogging, and cycling in this area. You can download the best fitness app and keep your health upright while enjoying the stunning sunset and sunrise views. There are many food corners around the lake so you can enjoy the sight and delicious food simultaneously. You can also try boat riding at this place.
Motor Boat Ride Charges: INR 100–200.
Speed Boat Ride Charges: INR 200–400.
8. Karni Mata Temple
Located on the Machala Magra Hills, near Lake Doodh Talai, Karni Mata Temple is one of the popular spots to visit in Udaipur. You get two options to reach the temple i.e. by stairs or via ropeway. If you pick going by stairs then you will explore tiny details of the place and view but there will be oodles of them to climb. If you choose the ropeway, you escape from tiredness and save time. Also, you can witness the beautiful bottom view during the entire ropeway ride. The charges of the ropeway are based on two choices i.e.
The fare for a normal ropeway is INR 107.
The charge for the DVD ropeway is INR 190.
9. Monsoon Palace
Also known as Sajangarh fort, Monsoon Palace is placed on the top of Banswara Mountain (outskirts of Udaipur) and was built in the 19th century. The creator of this palace Maharana Sajjan Singh initially wanted to make it an astronomical center but the Monsoon Palace became prominent as a hunting lodge later. You can enjoy the panoramic view of Udaipur from this place. The sunset view is something you don’t want to miss. Many movies have been shot at this place including Dhamaal and Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke.
There is a fixed time to visit this fort. So if you are planning a trip in the evening then you will not be able to explore this Palace as it closes after 5 pm. So plan something in the morning. You can also hire a vehicle or take your own conveyance.
Ticket fee- INR 150.
10. Ambrai Ghat
Seated on Lake Pichhola, Ambrai Ghat is a picture-perfect spot to visit, especially in the evening. The restaurants are well-lit and look absolutely stunning at night. This Ghat is a doorway to an enchanting experience in uncovering the old streets of the area, also called as ‘Old City’ in Udaipur. You can enjoy great food and make truly remarkable memories with your loved ones at this place. There are many hotels in this place that became popular after several movie shoots. All and all this place will treat your eyes as well as your stomach in the most memorable way.
Entry fees– INR 10.
11. Gangaur Ghat
Located in the heart of Udaipur, Gangaur Ghat is a prime river that flows through the veins of the city’s old area. This place is ideal for every kind of tourist—solo, couple, and family. Whether you are looking for tranquillity or want to have fun with your friends, Gangaur Ghat is the perfect location. This place not only comforts tourists but is also one of the favorite hangout areas of youths.
It is among the main Ghats of Udaipur situated in the old city near Bagore ki Haveli. Based on my personal experience, I would recommend you explore this place on a bike because the lanes are very narrow. You can collect several memories on your camera. The view is absolutely astonishing at sunrise and sunset. The place becomes very crowded during festivals like Navratri and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Some blockbuster movies like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ramleela were shot in Gangaur Ghat. Apart from this, the best thing is, you can enjoy the picturesque view at zero cost.
12. Bagore ki Haveli
Located at Ganguar Ghat, Bagore ki Haveli was built in the 18th century by the Mewar Prime Minister of that time, Amar Chand Badwa. This massive palace has more than a hundred rooms. Each showcases traditional costumes and modern art. The structure of glass and mirrors in the interiors of the palace are undeniably in the classical haveli style.
If you visit Gangaur Ghat, then don’t miss Bagore ki Haveli because this place is one of the best things in Udaipur. You will find many types of museums here such as Puppet Museum, Haveli Museum, Turban Museum, Wedding Section Museum, and Weapons Section Museum. You can relish the outstanding Rajasthani Folk dance in this Haveli in the evening which is chargeable. I suggest you book the ticket beforehand as the place often gets crowded in the evening.
Tickets for the Rajasthani folk dance are available after 6.15 in the evening and the charges are:
For Indians -INR 90/-
For foreigners – INR 155/-
Entry tickets to Haveli are:
For Indians- INR 55/-
For foreigners- INR 100/-
Museum timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 (all days)
13. Saheliyon ki Bari
Located at the bank of Fateh Sagar Lake, built by Maharana Sangram Singh, Saheliyon ki Bari is a place that was entirely dedicated to royal women. This courtyard of Maidens is one of the popular tourist destinations in Udaipur. This place is another symbol of love that never ends as Rana Sangram Singh of the Mewar dynasty created this garden to please his wife. It was the place where the king and queen spend time in privacy while enjoying the natural ambiance. Saheliyon ki Bari was created for the queen and her maidens to relax, and stay away from politics.
Other than a small museum, this place has many attractions such as marble elephants, fountains, kiosks, and a lotus pool. Saheliyon ki Bari is a massive garden that is well-known for its lush grass, marble artwork, and fountains. In English Saheliyon Ki Bari translates to “Garden for maids” which presents lush greenery in the deserted land of Rajasthan. The Garden of Maids is embellished by the range of fountains within the four water pools. Chiseled kiosks and marble elephants catch a lot of gazes. Apart from these notable elements in the park are the bird fountains and lotus pools in this place. When you walk into the Saheliyon ki Bari, you will witness several flowerbeds, lush green lawns, and marble pavilions that build an appealing environment.
To improve the aesthetics of the garden, Maharana Bhopal Singh created a fountain-filled pavilion in the Bari. These fountains were imported from England. It has the image of smiling and dancing maidens under the sprinkle. The atmosphere of the garden is unique and fills your heart and mind with happiness. Always carry water with you because the garden is wide open and the weather tends to get hot.
Entry ticket charges:
For Indians- INR 10/-
For foreigners – INR 50/-
Timing: 9 am to 7 pm (all days)
14. Saas Bahu temple
Sass Bahu Temple also known as Sahastrabahu Temple is situated at Nagda village on Nh-8, approximately 25 km from the city of Udaipur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Sahastrabahu denotes ‘one with a million arms’, which is one of the forms of Vishnu. Sass Bahu temple is ornamented with several stunning carvings based on Ramayana. It is the main faith center for locals and pilgrims in Udaipur. You will get to see domestic crowds as well as foreign tourists at this place.
This temple is unique in every sense. It is very tidy with some beautiful carvings. You can take a cab or rent a bike whichever suits you.
This way you will get to spend the most awesome 3 days in the beautiful city of Udaipur. I had covered all these amazing places in these many days. You just need to set your to-do list for the three days and stick to it. I have explored the wonder of this city in every true sense. If you are planning a trip during the rainy season then do check out the best monsoon destinations in India.
I hope this post helped you in uncovering some gems of Udaipur in a different way. From my personal experience, this city has nothing but full of amazement that fills your soul with serenity and your mind with unforgettable memories.
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The 30 Best Things to Do in Goa You Don’t Want to Miss
Planning a trip to Goa, but confused about what to do in Goa? Don’t worry, here is a collected list of the 30 best things to do in Goa to sort it out for you!
Goa- A fantastic combination of beach visits, nightlife, seafood, flea markets, magical forts, Churches, and the list goes on. It is one of the most famous and ultimate travel destinations in India. The place has comfortable weather conditions all over the year that makes it the most perfect travel place. After all, Goa is one of the best monsoon destinations in India.
As this travel option has so much to offer, the question of ‘what to do in Goa’ is pretty normal. Hence, your confusion ends here. The list given here consists of the 30 best things to do in Goa. You can choose as per your travel time and plan.
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Excited to know!
Let’s jump on the list to choose smartly!
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Best Things to Do in Goa to make the most out of your trip
Explore the Beach Fun
Visiting Goa means visiting India’s most loved beaches!
Nobody can miss the exploring of the beach fun in this beach destination. This is one of the most desirable things to do in Goa. These seasides offer so much to try like water sports, sunbathing, parties, and much more.
No matter whether you are visiting North or South Goa, beaches are everywhere around. Here you can check the list of famous beaches in the respective directions of the State.
Popular Beaches in North Goa
Anjuna beach, Baga beach, Vagator beach, Calangute beach, Arambol beach, Candolim beach
Popular Beaches in South Goa
Agonda beach, Palolem beach, Colva beach, Butterfly beach, and Benaulim beach.
We have provided so many options to visit beaches as some of the popular ones are always crowded with tourists. So, if you want to enjoy some serene beaches, you can choose as per your wish. You can plan a romantic beach date with some astounding summer date ideas if you are traveling with your partner.
Visit the Striking Forts
Striking forts…that too in Goa…confused?
You read it right, there are so many majestic fort options to explore in Goa. These places are simple magnificos and brilliant in architecture. Apart from this, the most important part about the beauty of these forts is their surroundings with breathtaking views.
Again, no matter whether you are in North Goa or South Goa, you have a list to choose from.
Forts in North Goa
- Chapora Fort
- Aguada Fort
- Corjuem Fort
- Reis Magos Fort
Forts in South Goa
- Mormugao Fort
- Cabo de Rama Fort
Before visiting these suggested locations, you are advised to check the fort timings and the nearby famous places. Visiting and exploring forts is one of the best things to do in Goa.
Take a Casino Experience
If you want to hit the tables with your luck, then Goa’s casinos are a must-try. This is a personally missed thing when I visited Goa, but I regret it every time I heard about it. So, don’t repeat this mistake, and try your luck by taking a good casino experience.
Most of them are floating casinos that offer a world full of fun and entertainment. Some of the popular casinos in Goa are
- Casino Pride
- Deltin Royale
- Casino Palms
- Majestic Pride
They also provide delicious cuisines with lots of gaming options. Before opting for this unique thing to do in Goa, you should check the prices and entry fee structure
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Romantic Sunset Cruise in Mandovi River
The unblemished Mandovi river is one of the best places to visit in Goa. And experiencing a romantic sunset cruise experience there is the cherry on the cake. This is one of the must-have things to do in Goa for couples. If you want to enjoy a premium dinner date, this is the best option for you.
You can see adorable lush green tropical trees all around the coastline of the Mandovi river. This awesome cruise experience offers dance, musical performances, games, and many activities to do apart from the best cuisines. You can get an awesome Goan experience while dining on this sunset cruise. This is one of the best things to do on valentine’s day with your loved ones.
Going to a beach destination for holiday, but missing out to explore some island experiences is not a good thing. Goa has some good island options to visit as they all offer natural and historic things to explore. And the three best of all are
- Chorao Island
- Divar Island
- Sao Jacinto Island
Whenever you visit any of the islands there, maybe you don’t get to see the fantastic churches and architectural buildings there. But being at a little distance from the crowded Goa places, they are one of the good things to do in Goa. You can actually connect yourself with the essence of Goa with such places.
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Take Sunbathe Experience
Sunbathing is something that everybody may not like, but trust me, it is the best experience you can take there. This is so simple and soothes your mind and body. You just have to rent a shack on the beach to take sunbathe with some delicious summer cocktail drinks.
You can go to any of the less crowded beaches if you want to enjoy it in calmness. You can come with your kids in the afternoon and enjoy it to calm your mind from the hustles of life. And your kids can enjoy themselves on the beach and play with the sand. You can choose the cleanest and best places in north Goa to do this. And after taking a sunbath in the afternoon, you can enjoy the sunset views on the beach.
Scuba Diving Experience
The next option on the things to do in the Goa list is experiencing scuba diving. You can consider any cleanest beach option for this. Two islands that are very popular for this are Pigeon island and Bat island.
No matter if you are a beginner or an expert, you will enjoy the scuba diving experience. Just book for it and go to the depth of the sea to enjoy some water beauties that exist underwater.
Visit Dudhasagar Falls
Visiting Dudhasagar falls is one of the best things to do in South Goa. You will mesmerize by this waterfall beauty at a height of 1017 feet. The awesome greenery around this four-tiered waterfall is a must to see the place.
It seems like a sea of milk is flowing down and that makes it a breathtaking sight to behold. If you want, you can also trek the trails surrounding the waterfall. It is located at the border of Goa and Karnataka on the Mandovi river.
Hot Air Ballon Ride
Yes, you can try a hot air balloon ride in India too if you are visiting Goa. The place offers so many hot air balloon ride options at various locations. This experience will take around 1.5-2 hours of yours.
Most of the balloons can accommodate up to 10 people. But if you want to try it in private, you can book a personal one and enjoy the beach beauty from above the ground.
Some of the places in Goa that provides Hot air balloon ride:
- Assolda ground
Book this exciting ride and enjoy the serene beauty from 2500 feet above the ground. Taking a hot air balloon ride is one of the unique things to do in Goa.
Enjoy at Night Clubs
Planning to visit Goa, don’t forget to enjoy the nightlife experience. Goa is a very well-known place to enjoy nightclubs. This will definitely bring your fun side out. Nightclubs near the beaches offer you a night full of fun, dance, music, and awesome food.
Night clubs offer awesome DJ lighting with an electrifying music experience to make you dance for the full night. Some of the luxurious nightclubs offer rooftop restaurants and bars to give you an awesome party vibe of Goa.
If you want to enjoy the whole night, but don’t want to spend much on clubs, you can try beachside shacks at Calangute or Baga beach.
Bungee Jumping Experience
Want to try bungee jumping in India, then Goa is one of the best places to do it. The place offers quite a good list of options to experience bungee jumping. This is one of the desirable things to do in Goa that you can add to your bucket list.
This awesome and challenging activity is very nice for adventure enthusiasts. Its free-falling and rebound experience will definitely give you a chilling experience.
Mayem Lake is one of the best places that offer this chilling experience in Goa. While experiencing this, when you will look down, you will see outstanding forest greenery. You will fall in love with this experience as the fresh air hits your face and make you feel awesome.
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Anjuna, a coastal village in North Goa offers a very nice experience of Paragliding. This exhilarating experience will give you an awesome view of the breathtaking landscapes.
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Paragliding gives you an opportunity to get a 3D view of the scenic beauty of Goa from 1000 feet above. If you are in this beach State, try this once for sure and vanish your fear with this adventurous ride.
Pay a Visit to Spice Plantations
If you want to do something new and refreshing in Goa, you should pay a visit to Spice Plantations. The place has so many spice farms that give you an amazing insight into the growth of the spice. These fragrant spices will definitely give you a sensory experience.
You can walk through the plantations of cardamom, black pepper, cloves, and many others. This activity is a must-try, especially for nature lovers. Some of the spice plantations options that you can consider there are:
- Pascoal spice farms
- Savoi spice plantations
- Sahakari spice farms
- Tropical spice plantations
Apart from taking aroma with the magical visit to these farms, some allow you to take fresh stock with you. Spice farms are one of the unique things to do in Goa.
Goa is not only famous for beaches and party lovers, but it also has equal importance for churches and archaeological sites. You will love the architecture of the churches and the calm environment there. Churches are one of the most visited places in Goa.
One of the famous churches of Goa ‘The Basilica of Bom Jesus’ is also recognized by the UNESCO world heritage organization. Some other popular churches of Goa are:
- Saint Catherine’s Chapel
- Church of St. Francis of Assisi
- Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
- Church of Saint Cajetan
- Church of Saint Augustine
One of the major things that you should take care of before visiting any Church is to dress appropriately and modestly. Exploring Churches is one of the best things to do in Goa.
Explore Flea Market
The next one of the best things to do in Goa is Explore the flea market. You can find flea markets outside all the famous tourist places in Goa. The flea markets are great to buy beach clothes, handicrafts, hats, artificial and stone jewelry, bags, and many more things. You can find it:
- Near all the famous beaches
- Outside the Chapora fort
- At the entrance of the old Goa Church
But it’s not always possible to visit every market, so you can consider two of them: the Flea market at the entrance of Anjuna beach every Wednesday, and the Friday night market at Vagator.
The next option is snorkeling which is one of the best things to do in Goa for adults. You can find this water activity in many places, but three of them are the most famous:
- Grand Island
- Bat Island
- Navy Island
The clear water of all these islands gives you a scenic view of the marine culture. Beautiful dolphins all around in their natural habitat make this experience even more magical. All the places offer this activity at competitive prices, so choose the activity at the budgeted price
Kayaking is also one of the most adventurous water activities that you can try during your visit to Goa. It is also one of the hot things to do in Goa for couples. Kayaking is done on a canoe-like boat to enjoy the ride session. During this activity, you are provided with a life-jacket, and all the safety equipment to avoid any incident.
Even authorities provide you with refreshments during your session that is included with the package. You can even spot some aquatic animals with breathtaking sea views during this water activity. Vasco Da Gama, Sal Backwaters, and Baga Creek are great places for such water activities.
Windsurfing is also known as boardsailing. This water activity requires physical strength and good agility as you know water sport is a little tricky. If you are an adventurous person and really want to know what to do in Goa, this is an outstanding option. Some of the destinations in Goa that offers windsurfing:
- Bambolim Town
- Colva Beach
Before going to any of these places, surely confirm the sport’s timings and price of the ride as it is not so budget-friendly.
Attend a Silent Party
Silent parties are the main attraction of this beach destination for party lovers. If you have a love for trance music and want to groove in Goa, then surely attend a silent party. You can get your own gadgets to some of these party places.
It is called a silent party because you have to wear your own headphones while grooving at the DJ’s tunes. A big dance floor and energetic music vibe are all about the complete enjoyment package. It normally starts at 9 pm and goes on till morning. This unique way of partying is a lifetime experience to enjoy.
You can also enjoy different kinds of local cuisines there. Glitz and glamour all around make it a perfect thing to do for couples or bachelors.
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Take a Bike Tour
When you are visiting the tourist hub of India, how can you miss the scenic beauty all around? Yes, you have the option to take a tour on a bike in Goa.
Goa is popular for its unique activities and one of them is getting a bike on rent to take a city tour. You can stroll on the streets without any hassle for the whole day. As the world is going environmental, you also have the option to get an e-bike.
Just remember to take your water bottle, sunglasses, and comfortable footwear, and you are ready to stroll Goa’s streets.
Enjoy Dolphin Tour
Candolim- one of the best places to visit in north goa is very popular for a dolphin tour. The tour is about one hour long and is a must-to-do and the best activity to do in Goa with family. You can witness beautiful dolphins playing around you while riding on a boat.
To take this dolphin tour, you have to go on a cruise ride. And this will take you to the place where you can witness dolphins. People of any age group can visit there. It’s advisable to take this tour in the evening as you can see the beautiful sunset view.
Visit Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is a good place located in the western ghats in Sanguem Taluk. It is situated near the town of Molem. Before 1969, this wildlife sanctuary was known as Mollem Game sanctuary.
You can take an open jeep safari to see various animals like deer, Indian Bison, Elephants, and a huge variety of bird species. You can go up to Devi’s Canyon to get a wide view of the park. And if you are lucky enough, you can get an unmatched glimpse of animals from above. You must check the timings before visiting this peaceful sanctuary.
Definitely Give it a Try to Local Cuisines
If you are a seafood lover, you must try the local Goan cuisines there. The huge variety of their local menu has so many dishes for vegetarians also.
Goa has a variety of restaurants almost at every corner with its local delicacies. You can experience a good Goa vibe at every food corner. You can also try their regional alcoholic drink- Feni and some tasty wines.
You should interact with locals to know more about food options. Some of the famous Goan dishes include Fish curry, Vindaloo, Fish Recheado, etc. If you are traveling to Goa in December, you can experience amazing food with awesome festive vibes.
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Do Oceanic Yoga
Whenever anybody plans to visit any destination, they surely want to get a leave from their daily routine. And what can be more interesting than healing your mind with some Yoga near the ocean?
Nothing…Right! Yoga on a sandy beach can give more strength to your muscles as per many studies. This is good to get a nice body posture. There are many yoga centers in Goa that can offer you this facility. But most of them require you to stay there for over 3 days. If you have enough time, experiencing yoga there is one of the most interesting things to do in Goa.
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Take a Banana Boat Ride
Banana ride is another one of the best options for water activity in Goa. You can easily take this ride on so many beach options. Some of them which offer this water sport are:
- Agonda Beach
A Banana ride is basically a ride consisting of an inflatable boat that is of banana shape. This boat is linked to a speed boat. And 4 to 6 people can sit together on one banana boat. As the boat race across the sea, it throws off the passengers to enjoy it to the fullest. This is one of the best things to do in Goa with friends.
Go to Mangueshi Temple
Mangueshi Temple is one of the largest and most magnificent temples of Goa which is dedicated to the God Mangesh. The God Mangesh is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
This 500-year-old temple is the place of various ancient artifacts. The place has some interesting views that make it an amazing point of history:
- The assembly hall
- Water tank
- Lamp tower
Just make sure to check the local dress code before you make a visit to the temple. Many of the tourists who visit Goa, don’t know about this temple. But if you have enough time, this is one of the best places to visit in Goa.
Spend Sometime on Houseboat
The home of leisure houseboats is Chapora river which gives you an amazing cruise experience of 5 hours or more. What could be more comfortable than spending a day on the water with scenic beauty all around? Trust me, this is not only comfortable for your eyes but also soothing to your mind.
You can watch the local fisherman while catching fish. The scenes all around you will be spectacular. One of the most amazing things to do in Goa is to catch a glimpse of the sunset while being on the river. You can make your taste buds happy with the Malvani food served there. No matter whether you belong to any age group, you can have this amazing experience hassle-freely.
Take a Trek to Butterfly Beach
Butterfly beach is one of the amazing beach places to visit in South Goa. You just have to trek for around two hours from Palolem beach to reach the destination. You can witness hundreds of butterflies there.
If you are short on time but still want to visit the beach, you can take a short boat ride instead of trekking. The beach has very less crowded that’s why it is the best place to visit in Goa for couples.
Some other interesting activities that you can do there are Rock climbing, dolphin watching, canoeing, etc.
Visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
You must have heard about many wildlife sanctuaries, but bird sanctuaries are not everywhere. But Goa offers you an amazing bird sanctuary to visit named Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. If you have a love for birds and you adore them, you should definitely visit this place. The place is at Mandovi river and is like an eye-treat for bird watchers.
This is named after an expert Dr. Salim Ali who was a true bird lover. The place offers you around 470 species of birds to watch like Treewifts, Cuckoos, Ducks, Geese, and many more.
You have to walk through amazing mangroves over bridges and an ample ecosystem. But remember to visit this place during the low-tide season.
Trekking to Lamgau Caves
Lamgau caves are Buddhist-origin caves located in Lamgau village, Bicholim. The place is around 35 km from the capital of Goa. Not everybody travels to this destination, but if you are planning a long trip to Goa, you should definitely go there.
The trekking path along with the cave is fantastic and thrilling. The structure of the caves is so mesmerizing as it is carved out on laterite. During trekking to the caves, you can interact with the locals and know about the culture.
So, this is all about the best things to do in Goa you don’t want to miss definitely! Now the question is ‘Is 3 days sufficient for Goa’?
Actually, the answer depends upon your wish. If you just want to visit popular beaches and churches, you can say 3 days are enough. But if you want to explore each and every destination of the State, you need a long break.
Book your tickets in advance to get them at the budgeted price. And remember, December and January are pretty crowded in Goa. So, plan your trip accordingly.
Also, the place has hotels for every class to have an awesome stay there. You can choose as per the budget. Remember if you are going to Goa in the festive season, book your hotels in advance. This way you can make your stay peaceful and enjoy the best things to do in Goa to the fullest.
No matter whether you want to plan a trip with family, friends, or as a couple, this amazing place has to offer many things for all.
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20 Best Family Vacation Spots in the US for 2023
Are you planning your next family trip to America and juggling where to go?
We have the answer!
After thoroughly reviewing some major attractions in the country, we have listed the best family vacation spots in the US where each member of your clan could have the best time of their life. Let’s explore them!
Family vacations give us memories that last a lifetime. However, to make the trip unforgettable and safe, you must be very cautious about choosing the destination.
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The United States is a land of wonders that has numerous attractions that magnetize solo travelers as well as families from all around the world. The land of liberty has something for every unique family irrespective of the travel time, climate, or activities they look for in a perfect trip.
However, each time you Google, which is the number 1 vacation spot in the United States? The results are quite overwhelming as there are countless options. To save you from this bewilderment, we have uncovered some incredibly beautiful yet family-friendly destinations in the states where you can plan your next trip. Let’s dive in!
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Most fascinating family vacation spots in the US
From snowfall to sunshine, the United States has something for every visitor, let us discover them all!
Orlando is renowned for its Walt Disney World Resort is a kid-friendly destination that offers thrilling rides, timeless charm, and fun performances. If your kids are cartoon lovers, they can have fun with these characters here in real. Your kids can have their best time on this unique family vacation in the USA. Plus, if any of your kid’s birthdays fall around your travel time, this would be the best surprise birthday party for them. However, if this plan doesn’t excite you, there are other theme parks in Orlando for youths where you can snorkel in the park’s coral reef and swim with dolphins.
Theme parks are immensely popular among kids, if you want to avoid crowds, you can visit between the months of January to March. Other than parks, you can enjoy golfing in the subtropical climate and explore the gorgeous downtown city landscape as well.
Best time to visit: March to May.
Tips to save money: Opt for bundle deals, buy tickets in combo, and visit from September to mid-November for a reasonable stay and airfare.
Must try: Pizza and Sushi.
Yosemite hosts several outdoor offerings which makes it one of the best family vacation destinations in the USA. You can do fishing, ride horses, do hike, and rafting on the River Merced with your family. Either you can check out the extensive views from the glacier point or can hike on the Yosemite Valley trails. This place is filled with striking cliffs, unique rock formations, ages-old sequoia trees, and tall waterfalls.
You will find many accommodations in this valley but if you are planning to visit there in summer, you need to do the booking a year in advance. This is because summer is the peak season in this destination, either you won’t get the lodge or end up paying an overpriced rate for the stay.
Best time to visit: May, early June, and September.
Tips to save money: Bring your own tent and supplies and book the spot earliest. Visit in later spring to avoid peak season costs. Take bus rides to popular spots.
Must try: Steak, pasta, and seafood.
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3. Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is loaded with free attractions, kid-friendly museums, and renowned monuments. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is the most renowned museum here.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute is home to more than 2700 animals. To make this trip the best family vacation on a budget, you can book a hotel close by and use affordable public transport. This place is rich in clubs, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November. Late March and early April (if interested to witness National Cherry Blossom Festival).
Tips to save money: Schedule a free excursion to the US Capitol. Take your own snacks and water bottle and avoid buying from street vendors.
Must try: Oyster shooters and Spanish bites.
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Yellowstone is a blend of unspoiled lakes and spectacular peaks which makes this place ideal for hiking. This place magnetizes over 4 million tourists each year and is one of the best family vacation spots in the US. Yellowstone offers a plentiful of pristine spots and parks to explore. Plan two or three days to witness mammoth hot springs and Yellowstone lake.
You can plan a hike with your kids to the striking upper geyser basin by taking the mystic falls trails. You can have the best time at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and interact and bond with animals. Hotels within Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming National Park are costly, so take your own bed and food and enjoy camping.
Best time to visit: Late April to May, September to early October.
Tips to save money: Take your own bed, bring your own food, and avoid visiting during summer.
Must try: Trout, bison, and elk.
5. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a budget-friendly destination as the entrance fee is very low. It is counted as one of the top family vacations in the US. This gigantic gulf is a true wonder in Northern Arizona. This Arizona National Park is full of eye-treating offerings and activities, so your family will have a lot of fun here. You can take a mule ride to the north Rim, raft on the Rive Colorado, take the Grand Canyon Railway ride, and witness the breathtaking view from the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
This place is selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grand Canyon is the right place for hardcore hiking and camping. You can book a helicopter tour to check out the entire place right from the top. All and all you will have the best family trip on this site.
Best time to visit: March to May, September to November.
Tips to save money: The hotels within the site are too pricey, so bring your own bed and reserve the spot beforehand. Visit during off-peak seasons. Take a free shuttle bus service to explore the Rim.
Must try: Arizona-grown beef tenderloin, French onion soup gratinée, Navajo tacos, quiche, beef Stroganoff, and pork loin chili.
6. Cape Cod
Cape Cod is considered one of the best family vacation destinations in the US for ages. With 40 miles of coastline, Cape Cod National Seashore has Lake that gives your kids ample space to create sandcastles, do fishing, and swim. You can take your kids to mini-golf and end your day with a movie show at Wellfleet Drive-in. Bike riding and wandering along the Cape Cod Rail Trail is something you should not miss doing with your kids.
Try kayaking and fishing on boats in this popular vacation destination in the USA. Visit the Cape’s oldest town ‘Sandwich to witness the glass-blowing demonstration. Spend at least a week completely exploring and experiencing the serene vibe of this great family vacation spot in the US this place offers.
Best time to visit: May, June, September, and October.
Tips to save money: Plan your trip during winter as hotel rates go higher during summer. Avoid visiting on weekends as crossing the canal becomes very challenging.
Must try: Buttermilk and fried oyster.
Known as World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, Destin offers a serene environment and several kids-oriented activities. Visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park to get along with friendly animals like penguins and dolphins. This place has relaxing seashores and scenic beaches which makes it one of the best family vacation spots in the US. Henderson Beach State Park and Crystal Beach Park are very hit places among families.
If you are an adventurous type, you can try snorkel, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing. This peninsular paradise has everything that people look for in family vacations.
Best time to visit: April, and May.
Tips to save money: Explore rates and secure the best rate in all three airports (Pensacola International Airport, the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport). Use a bike instead of a car to save on parking and gas on your family beach vacation.
Must try: Seafood.
8. San Diego
San Diego offers 70 miles of seashore, giving your children ample space to play with sand. Coronado Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla Shores are popular attractions among families. You can take your kids to the very renowned San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego to closely watch animals. Boat tours, whale watching tours, and fishing charters are some things that you should not miss in San Diego. San Diego is one of the family vacation spots in the US that matches every child’s idea of fun.
Best time to visit: March to May, September to November.
Tips to save money: Plan your trip during late fall or early spring because in summer hotel rates rise steeply. Book your hotel away from the sea, lodging along the sea charge hefty prices.
Must try: California burrito and Mexican food.
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Planning a trip to Honolulu is one of the best family vacation ideas as this place caters to every family’s unique interests. This site is a blend of stunning scenery and cosmopolitan luxury, it is so beautiful that you will not need any photo editing apps to enhance your pictures.
You can visit Waikiki Beach, Kailua Beach, and Lanikai Beach with your kids to have fun building sandcastles. If you are interested in history, you can explore the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. You can also plan hiking with your kids on the Koko Crater Trail and Diamond Head State Monument in this finest family vacation spot in the US.
Best time to visit: Mid-April to June, September to mid-December.
Tips to save money: Book your hotel away from the beach. Instead of taking a taxi, use airport shuttle services. Visit after fall or during spring to save on rooms. Avoid using your phone, video game, or tablet in a crosswalk to escape from getting fined.
Must try: Shave ice, poke, kalua pork, loco moco, kalbi, and beef teriyaki.
Anaheim is another best places to visit in the US. It has several magical attractions for families and kids as it is the home to Disneyland resort. Your family will have great fun in this fun-filled family vacation spot in the US. After introducing your kids to Mickey and friends, take them to Knott’s Berry Farm theme park or Anaheim’s Adventure City for further enjoyment.
Yorga Regional Park is an absolutely picturesque spot. If you want to take a break from the hustle of the city, rent a car and go towards the coastline of Laguna Beach, Long Beach, and Huntington Beach.
Best time to visit: March to May, September to October.
Tips to save money: Utilize Disney transport if only visiting the adventurous Resort. You can save a lot if you opt for the City Pass to visit other attractions. Plan your travel during off-seasons to experience fewer crowds and lower lodging prices in this family-friendly destination.
Must try: Mediterranean food and Creole.
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11. Outer Banks
Outer Banks, the chain of barrier islands on North Carolina’s coast is one of the best places for family vacations on a budget. You can do windsurfing, fishing, adventurous activities, and wildlife watching with your kids. You can explore miles and miles of beaches with your family. Don’t skip climbing the tallest sand dune Jockey’s Ridge State Park and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Also known as ‘the graveyard of the Atlantic, the Outer Banks is famous for scuba diving and snorkeling. There is no nightlife but this place doesn’t fall short in natural gorgeousness, making it one of the finest family vacation spots in the US.
Best time to visit: March to May, September, and November.
Tips to save money: Hotel prices shoot up during summers so plan off-season trips. Consider booking rental cottages or camping spots.
Must try: Fresh seafood.
Gatlinburg is a rocky town sited in Eastern Tennessee that is truly designed for family vacations. This place is one of the ideal family vacation spots in the US where kids of every age can have their best time. Once you are done exploring Great Smoky Mountain National Park, take the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway ride to reach the Great Smoky Mountain amusement park. Take your kids to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to witness the marine life and experience a great visual treat.
The Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community is quite famous among kids. It is a chain of shops spread over the 8-mile road where you can see artists making hand-blown glass, pottery, jewelry, paintings, and much more. You can do horseback riding, hiking, and biking on miles of trails where you can spot deer, bears, elk, and other wildlife.
Best time to visit: June to August, September to October.
Tips to save money: Explore the local city on foot, and if tired take the cheap trolley. Visit in March, April, and September to save on your stay. Purchase tickets online as the rates are low priced.
Must try: Pizza, Buffets, and Barbeque.
Maui is one of the best places for Hawaii vacationers. This Hawaiian island offers the right balance of interesting culture and history and remarkable wildlife. From golfing along the coastline fairways and sailing to the zip line to snorkeling with five sorts of turtles and relaxing on notable beaches, there are a whole lot of things you can do at Maui; which makes it one of the best family vacation spots in the US.
This place offers plentiful things for children of all ages. You can check out the world’s largest dormant volcano and take your kids for a hike in Lao Lahaina Luau. You will get abundant options in boating and snorkeling. Don’t miss exploring Lao Valley State Park to check out the former tribal battlegrounds.
Best time to visit: April, May, September to November.
Tips to save money: Consider taking the bus to save on rental fees. You can save a lot on your hotel charges by not taking a beach-view room.
Must try: Fresh seafood.
Boston played a major part in America’s history and is counted as one of the perfect family vacation spots in the US. It is home to some significant historical sites. Children would enjoy exploring the Boston Common and the Freedom Trail. The Boston Children’s Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are very popular among children. You can also go on walking around MIIT and Harvard University’s striking campuses to complete your Beantown trip.
A trip to Boston will give you a contemporary and classic blend of memories. It is just like having your favorite summer Starbucks drink sitting right next to a historical site. This city is home to the US’s first free municipal public library, the first public park, the first subway system, and the first public school. You will need a good amount of days to completely explore the wealthy offerings of this finest family vacation spot in the US.
Best time to visit: June to October.
Tips to save money: Plan your trip during winter to save on hotel rates which usually skyrocket in summer. Visit museums on Wednesday to pay less for entrée tickets or plan something after 3 p.m. Consider purchasing a Go Boston Card or Boston CityPASS to save money on top attractions.
Must try: Fresh seafood, baked beans, and ‘chowdah.
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15. Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island is one of the best islands to visit in the United States. This place attracts several families who like beach vacations. Kids love collecting unique shells on Bowman’s Beach which is renowned for its copious seashells. This beach receives young travelers in abundance. This place is kid-friendly which makes it one of the best family vacation spots in the US.
Captiva island also has a fascinating shoreline which is ideal for long walks and relaxation. You can watch alligators and turtles in J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Also, a sunrise tour in Haleakala, a day safari from the Naples area, and Manatee & dolphin adventure in Fort Myers will make your whole trip unforgettable.
Best time to visit: December to April, May, and early June.
Tips to save money: All beaches in Sanibel have chargeable parking, either go walking or take a bike there. Plan your trip between October to November to save on hotel prices. You can rent a bike to check around the island.
Must try: Shrimp, stone crab, and snapper.
16. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is the right destination for families who are looking to get away from the noisy cities and take the whole clan off the grid. This place witnesses an increasing number of travelers in the peak periods because it is a great family vacation spot in the US. You will find many ski resorts and art & performance venues here. We can say that this is a winter wonderland. The vast beauty of Jackson Hole also magnetizes many politicians and celebrities as well.
You will find national forests in all directions in this great family vacation spot in the US. Families can select any of the three mountains for fun skiing according to their skill level. If you are interested in trekking with your family, hit this place during summer and trek the Grand Teton National Park’s trail.
Best time to visit: April, May, September, and October.
Tips to save money: Summer and winter are peak seasons, so planning a trip in the month of May or October can save a lot. Consider booking lift tickets online in advance. Instead of staying in a hotel, book a vacation home.
Must try: Buffadilla, pig candy, dumplings.
17. Bar Harbor
If you are traveling to Bar Harbor, don’t miss visiting Acadia National Park. Because there are abundant kid-friendly activities like bicycling, swimming, tide-pooling, stargazing, and hiking. Not only does this park host enjoyable activities but also pocket friendly which makes it an ideal family vacation spot in the US. Once you are done checking out the outdoors, take a kayak or boat to spect Maine’s rich aquatic life.
If you are planning a summer trip, take your family to Mount Desert Island Ice Cream to taste exceptional flavors. Bar Harbor, Maine coastline looks like a scenery painting. You can observe the seawater swaying or take a long walk to end your day on a relaxing note.
Best time to visit: June to august.
Tips to save money: You can score huge discounts in winter as lodging prices go steep during summer. Take the free shuttle bus to popular vacation spots. Consider booking tickets for kayaks or paddleboards beforehand to save money on expensive boat tours.
Must try: Local lobster rolls and craft brews.
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Hershey got its name from a chocolate company founder Milton Hershey. The sweetest place on the earth, Hershey’s is considered one of the best family vacation spots in the US. The Hersheypark here offers a wide range of kids’ activities, a zoo, a water park, fun family rides, and innumerable candy references.
You can visit the themed garden, the rose garden, and the Butterfly Atrium at Hersheypark with your family. You will find Hershey Story Museum indoors which tells everything about the company’s history. If you want your kids to have more fun then take them for trolley rides that pass famous sites and areas in the place.
Best time to visit: May and June.
Tips to save money: Purchase tickets online to save money and time. Buy parking vouchers beforehand to save around 20%. Take smaller bags. Ticket prices are higher during summers, consider planning your visit in off-peak seasons. Plus, make the most of your one-day valid ticket.
Must try: Candymonium ice cream, mini donuts, rolled pretzels, chicken bucket, and sauce
19. Myrtle Beach
Pristine and clean beaches are the main element that attracts various families to Myrtle Beach. There are many more things that this place offers to its visitors. Amusements parks in Myrtle Beach are the popular family vacationing destinations here. From rollercoasters and water slides to racing tracks, it provides many fun-filled activities. You can take your family shopping in malls or test your golfing skill on more than 100 golf courses.
Enjoy having a great dinner date with your family while enjoying medieval or pirate-inspired shows in this best family beach vacation. Places like the Broadway Grand Pix and Ripleys Aquarium are enough to entertain individuals of all ages. If you love sports, you can enjoy minor-league baseball. All and all Myrtle Beach is one of the best family vacation spots in the US that falls under everyone’s budget.
Best time to visit: June to August.
Tips to save money: Hotel prices skyrockets in the peak seasons, so consider booking a vacation rental. Visit Myrtle’s website to avail of coupons on all top attractions. Plan your trip in winter or fall to save on room fares.
Must try: Roasted oyster, creek shrimps, and fish stew.
20. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe offers countless skiing options with picturesque views while zipping down the hill. This finest family vacation spot in the US delivers all the fun-filled outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, or sunbathing with top-notch sights. If you want to go swimming in the lake, plan your trip during summer. You can enjoy taking walk on 70 miles of shoreline.
You will find many dining options on the northern shore of the lake. You can go for hot air balloon rides or mountain gondola adventures to make your trip even more remarkable.
Best time to visit: March to May, September to November.
Tips to save money: Book your accommodation in South Lake Tahoe as the rates are quite reasonable on this side. Check for lift ticket discounts while booking your resort. Plan your family vacation in March or April to save huge bucks.
Must try: Potato pancakes and eggs benedict.
Family vacations are always fun. The travel experience becomes even more delightful when you choose the right destination that caters to every member’s idea of fun.
For you, the best family vacation spots in the US should be based on your liking. Some like visiting the big city, some want to explore the outdoors, some want to check out the beauty of mountain escapes, and some like the tranquillity of beaches. Narrow down your list on the basis of these factors, then move ahead with your plan.
Each state of the country is packed with natural exquisiteness and pleasing activities that will contribute to making your family trip unforgettable. Pick any to have the best family time ever!
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The 10+ Best Islands to Visit in 2023 – Where You Can Live
Best Islands to Visit in 2023 –If you are a keen beach lover and planning for your next island trip, you have come to the right place. Because I have curated a list of the best utopia islands for you where you could leave your worries behind and relax with your loved ones. Continue reading!
When I picture a beach vacation, my imagination immediately goes to white sand shores, turquoise blue ocean, and palm bushes in exotic locations. They are that quiet heaven where the days pass by, the concerns of the world fade away, and everything slows down. They provide a safe haven. Whether you prefer to enjoy the tropical life with a coco in hand or travel inland on a jeep for some fantastic experiences, various sites are strewn across the waters that will accommodate you.
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Considering everyone’s choices, here are some of the most incredible island holidays you can take, and the best part is that many of them will not break the budget, unlike more luxurious island vacations.
Excited? Let’s dive into them.
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St. Helena Island
Including its stunning black sand shoreline, and intriguing history, the little igneous Saint Helena island in the center of the Atlantic Ocean entices travelers across the world. The island has been home to or visited by a colorful array of people, the most renowned of whom is Napoleon, who has been banished there.
On a visit to the island, you can still see his now empty grave and different dwellings. Furthermore, Plantation Home, which is dedicated to the oldest known land mammal, a Seychelles giant tortoise, is well worth a visit. Hiking, swimming, hunting after whale sharks, and enjoying the best Starbucks cappuccino coffee drinks are all popular activities on the island. Overall, with a plethora of history and interesting sites, you’ll never be bored on this gorgeous island.
If you’ve spent even a moment on Instagram over the past decade, you’ve most likely seen Santorini. It is the most traveled Greek island, encircled by the gorgeous Aegean Sea’s azure waves. Beautiful buildings dot the countryside, white-washed walls capped with powder blue rooftops and shutters. This island has something for everyone, and the stunning scenery is just the beginning.
The amazing sunset atop Ia, the charming towns, and the interesting cave explorations are all must-sees. The beach is also ideal for culinary lovers. The classic Mediterranean diet has an abundance of fresh fish. And finally, get the most out of your holiday by catching a boat to Crete for the day.
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If you’re ready to travel, Naxos is the ideal destination for you because it’s less touristy and less congested than the more popular Santorini or Mykonos. A Greek island’s gleaming white structures located on a slope above shimmering blue seas are enough to pique your interest. On this island, you’ll discover the finest beach in the Venetian palaces, and the fragments of a temple constructed for the Greek Lord Apollo.
You may spend days exploring the island’s ancient ruins but bear in mind that the landscape is mountainous and uneven in spots, so excellent walking shoes are required. After exploring, take a bath in the water and dine at one of the island’s many fantastic restaurants, which provide seafood as well as other Greek delights.
Koh Samui is among our list’s lesser-known destinations, but this hidden treasure is an all-time favorite. Thailand’s second-largest island, Koh Samui, is noted for its palm-lined beaches, coconut orchards, and verdant woods. The island offers some of the finest luxury spas and resorts, but at a far lower price than those in many good places like Bora Bora.
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The well-known Thai friendliness will accompany you to this sanctuary, and you will feel pampered in any of the resorts. There are also some surprising cultural attractions in Koh Samui. The 12-meter giant golden Buddha sculpture located on a tiny island connecting to Koh Samui is one of the most magnificent.
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Kangaroo Island resembles a tiny piece of Australia, complete with its own distinct species, bushlands, and stunning beaches. There’s a lot to see and do on this island, so we suggest renting a vehicle when you arrive. However, keep an eye out when driving because local wildlife may cross your path.
There are several wildlife parks where you can get a close look at the creatures, and because many of them are nocturnal, you may plan a midnight guided tour. After seeing the animals, enjoy some of the island’s excellent food, including honey that is sought after across Australia.
Charles Darwin made the Galapagos Islands famous over two centuries ago when he utilized the species there to uncover and explain evolution. These islands are also still as breathtaking to Darwin as they were to him. The Galapagos’ unusual fauna is one of its outstanding features. The island is home to massive tortoises that gently explore the beaches, scary yet fascinating iguanas, and amusing sea lions. They have mesmerizing walks up jagged cliffs and the world’s second-largest crater.
While this location is most renowned for explorers and wildlife enthusiasts, there are several tranquil spots on these Ecuadorian beaches. Those who wish to spend the entire day on the beach will never get over it.
Mauritius has something for everyone and is ideal for both a romantic island break and an action-packed vacation. It’s a lengthy journey to the beach, so leave yourself more than enough time to appreciate the beautiful white sand seashores and perhaps other surroundings. In contrast to further tropical islands, there’s no distinct rainy season, and the temperature remains fairly consistent throughout the year, making this one island you’ll want to visit at any time of year.
You can learn about the island’s flora and wildlife on a trek or by visiting one of the island’s vibrant national parks. But the main purpose of visiting Mauritius is to spend a lot of time as possible relaxing on the island’s picture-perfect beaches
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I’m sure you’ve heard of this island before. The Maldives is among the most Instagrammable destinations on the planet, and more people visit this opulent paradise each year. It might be sluggish and pricey to go to this little nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, but it is well worth the effort. The island is not simple to explore, but the effort is rewarded with some of the most extremely beautiful beaches and pure water you’ll ever see.
Despite being a popular tourist destination, the beaches appear to have never been inhabited. These islands are ideal for complete relaxation and tranquillity. Many resorts are constructed up of separate bungalows directly on the sea, allowing you to enjoy the view. You can book a special bungalow with your partner or organize a special romantic birthday party for your partner
When people hear the word Fiji, images of handwritten notes beaches, and tropical oceans go through their minds. There’s a reason for that: this is considered among the most spectacular locations on the planet. And with countless islands to choose from, you’re sure to discover one that appeals to you. It’s a favorite vacation for young folks and honeymooners since it has everything for everyone, including diving, sailing, snorkeling, whale watching, calm elegance, and much more. Throughout the year, the temperature is relatively stable, with cyclones occurring between Nov- Jan. Dinner on a cruise during sunset, a Tivua Island excursion, touring the mud pond, and a giant sleeping garden are among the activities you can indulge yourself in.
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Raja Ampat Island
A mesmerizing blend of local climatic conditions, oceanic reefs, spectacular sunsets, and indigenous customs awaits in Indonesia’s far east. Raja Ampat is an archipelago made up of islands. During your stay here, you may confine to a couple of hours of power each day from a rusted-out old engine, but the gorgeous evenings and reef sharks darting under your feet more than compensated for whatever lukewarm beers you had brought over from the seaport.
After taking 1-2 flights to Sorong, a 3-hour sail takes you to the shore of Wasier before sailboats carry you to distant island homestays. It truly is a scuba diver’s paradise, offering some significant diverse undersea conditions you’ll encounter. So turn off your phone, take your mask, and travel to one of the world’s most pristine beaches.
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Do you know those photographs of tropical bungalows on the ocean that you always see? This is Tahiti. The term has long been associated with a tropical haven. Tahiti, one of the world’s most popular honeymoon locations, provides pure paradise and plenty of romance. Here, on this island, you can immerse yourself in unwinding in the sun, scuba diving, enjoying seafood delicacies, and having a morning plunge right from your villa.
The island is pricey and appeals to a more upscale visitor demographic. In addition, the island has a number of charming beachside lodges featuring free Wi-Fi, a common outdoor patio and yard, and a fully equipped kitchen. The weather is warm and humid all year. Some of the exciting activities available on the island include a safari and snorkeling excursion, whale gazing, and a jet ski experience.
Final Words: Things to consider when planning an island trip?
As appealing as island holidays seem, there are a few things to consider before booking your trip. Here are as follows:
- Aim to avoid visiting during a cyclone or rainy season, which varies depending on where you are going.
- Second, as island holidays grow more popular, their prices rise. However, the pricing for many of the islands on our list varies relying on whether you live in a hotel or somewhere more local. If you’re seeking a less expensive vacation, check for accommodations outside of the larger resorts; you could discover something shockingly reasonable.
- Third, while traveling overseas, you must consider the language barrier. If you travel to more rural places, you may encounter individuals who only understand the native language. While this may appear to be difficult, there are constant ways to interact that should lead you wherever you desire to go.
And besides the above-mentioned, you don’t need to worry at all. So, now that you’ve learned about these interesting and captivating islands, start packing your bags and prepare to be amazed by nature’s magnificence like you’ve never seen before.
Have a happy beachy holiday!
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