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  • Beyond the White House: Washington DC | Expedia.com.au
    more if you want to take your time and get fully immersed reading front pages and interviews watching film footage and looking at photos from Pulitzer prize winners Or take advantage of the two day ticket and return the next day because there is so much to see Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Museums Washington DC International Spy Museum Another interactive museum the International Spy Museum is your chance to live like an agent for a day Where better to find this place than just up the road from the powers at the Pentagon I stopped by a few years ago with my host father from my year as an exchange student He just happens to be a retired CIA agent At the door we were given assumed identities and wandered through the exhibits trying not to give ourselves away spotting bad guys in underground stations on training footage and learning about the Hollywood stars who led double lives as secret agents Needless to say he flew through while I was arrested Check out the 007 Astin Martin and a new exhibition called Exquisitely Evil celebrating 50 years of Bond villains This place is a hit with teens as well as those wanting a bit more of a thrill via exclusive evenings with historians discussing R18 spy matter and intrigue International Spy Museum 800 F St NW National Museum of Crime and Punishment And finally the Crime Museum is not for the faint hearted Serial killer

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  • On the Eco Trail in Vancouver | Expedia.com.au
    culture and create memories that will forever stay deeply etched on their heart There s no better way to absorb the city s culture than to follow the green eco trail of this serene city Here are just a few of my favourite spots to put green living on your map Nature Trails The beauty of Vancouver is that Mother Nature is right on your hotel doorstep Ancient forests pristine beaches and breathtaking mountaintop vistas are all within easy reach from downtown The first thing you must do is rent a bike and spend the day exploring the paths of Stanley Park Cycle the 8 8km seawall and marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds you If biking is not your thing there s endless walking tracks for you to adventure off on If you want to get off the tourist map catch the downtown bus out to Cypress Falls Hiking Trail Within minutes you ll enter the forest ballroom where Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees sway A little further up the track you ll be greeted by an impressive set of waterfalls Continue hiking and you ll see an even larger waterfall plunging into a deep canyon Or for something the whole family will enjoy pack a picnic lunch and head to Lighthouse Park for a casual hike The quaint forest path winds from the parking lot to the rocky coastline offering impressive views of a century old lighthouse The Capilano Suspension Bridge is another great family activity hanging 70m above the river it s part of a series of bridges high in the tree tops Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Eco Travel Vancouver Gardens From Stanley Park to the manicured flower beds of VanDusen Garden Vancouver is home to stunning public spaces For me it s the small and intimate green spaces that give summer time in Vancouver its allure Downtown right near the Courthouse are the secret gardens of Robson Square Only the locals know about this inner city oasis where you can hide from the crowds Portside Park is a quiet waterfront park which is still empty on warm summer days The small beach has some of the best views of the Vancouver skyline and North Shore Mountains If you ve got time one of the most popular tours for Expedia s Aussie travellers is the Royal Victoria and Butchart Gardens tour The day trip starts with a ferry ride over to Vancouver Island with free time at the historic gardens and in the British Columbia capital of Victoria Sustainable Food There s plenty of sustainable and eco food choices in Vancouver Restaurants like Raincity Grill serve dishes sourced solely from local producers a tribute

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  • On the road in Oahu | Expedia.com.au
    right hand side the same side your car will be on so you can easily pull off at little beaches or stop for sudden photo ops Snorkel stop If you start early head south from Waikiki on Hwy 72 past Diamond Head and around the coastline for snorkelling at Hanauma Bay This has the most fish in one area for all of Hawaii and with clear shallow water it s the most popular snorkelling spot in Oahu The bay is a listed nature preserve and there s around a 5 entry fee We bought 10 snorkels and masks from the ABC Stores dotted all over Honolulu But if you don t have a spare two three hours to spend weaving your way around gorgeous beaches cut out the lower part of Oahu and head instead from Waikiki across the Pali Hwy 61 to Kailua Bay You ll find several quiet idyllic beaches perfect for a picnic and a swim Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Hawaii Oahu Action Time From Kailua take the coastal Kamehameha Hwy to Kualoa Ranch You might have seen the family owned property on the big screen it was used in movies including Jurassic Park Pearl Harbour and 50 First Dates visitors can take Adventure Tours around the property on horseback or in ATVs to check out ancient fishing lagoons and movie sets Allow at least an hour for a tour Not far from Kualoa is another place worth stopping at the Polynesian Cultural Center celebrating 50 years this year The interactive park represents seven Polynesian nations their culture art and music all in one place Walk from Tahiti to Samoa Fiji and Aotearoa New Zealand Tonga and Hawaii You can book a Show package or hop on an evening tour from Waikiki for dinner and a show Hungry Travellers Continue north on the Hwy and keep an eye out for the shrimp trucks parked on the side of the road We stopped for lunch at Fumi s The original dilapidated truck sits out front but these days the kitchen is in a bright blue shack near shaded picnic tables and the shrimp breeding ponds Related Articles Maui and Kauai Top Visiting Hawaii anytime soon Here s some of the most popular Big and Beautiful I m standing no more than a kilometre from the spewing red lava of Surf s Up Now you re almost at the North Shore where the waves are huge during Winter October to March and only the brave and daring take to them In summer this is another gentle beach where you ll find paddle boarders and young families cooling off Take a surfing lesson with the North Shore Surf Girls or

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  • Five Ways to Finding the Heart of San Francisco | Expedia.com.au
    about the camera store owner turned gay rights activist on the Historic Castro Neighbourhood Walking Tour It s a humbling afternoon As for where to eat Chef owner Melissa Perello named her restaurant after her grandmother Frances 3870 17th St and the Michelin star venue serves locally sourced ingredients on its unfussy share plates On your bike cycle to Sausalito Not so much a suburb as a charming little village situated across the bay Sausalito makes for a great lunchtime excursion The waterside community is all about the good life and great views And getting there is a great opportunity to pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge Hire a bike or join a guided group for a cycle along the South Bay shoreline before crossing the 2737m long iconic structure If you get a clear day you ll be able to see for miles stop for photos before speeding downhill to lunch Park your bike at Copita 739 Bridgeway a new Mexican restaurant serving tacos ceviches and a host of fiery mains made from ingredients grown in the onsite organic garden Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Foodie Historic Sights San Francisco Get your culinary culture fix Start your evening tucking into baskets of perfectly plump steamed dumplings and finish it off feasting on pasta and pizza a Culinary Tour is a great way to get under the skin of two of San Fran s most lively districts Hidden between colourful temples and under the red lanterns that line the streets of Chinatown Dol Ho 808 Pacific Ave is a no frills eatery renowned for dim sum hot sauce take a jar to take home with you and a killer chicken and rice cart Finish up in North Beach the home of the beatnik subculture depicted in Jack Kerouac s modern classic On The Road and a large Italian American population It s Little Italy and great for a late night espresso and a slice of tiramisu Ride the trolley to Nob Hill From Alamo to Washington Heights San Fran is spread across 47 hills which can make getting around on foot a little exhausting Luckily the city s streetcars that s trams to me and you are as numerous as its steep inclines There s a great hop on hop off Trolley Tour that takes in several must visit neighbourhoods with commentary along the way Check out Union Square a shopper s paradise but return after dark when the theatres come alive the hip South Of Market area SoMa and nearby Financial District before making a pit stop in Nob Hill Once the home of Gold Rush barons the impressive properties lining Huntingdon Park are interspersed with boutiques and bars Related

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  • Live and Local: Music in New York | Expedia.com.au
    Central This probably sounds like practical advice for any holiday to a big city but it s even more important if you want to include music Most cities have an area that s particularly rich in venues think Fortitude Valley in Brisbane or Melbourne s inner North and it s usually easily accessible from the centre of town Lower Manhattan is a good base you re only a taxi or subway ride away from all the major music venues Expedia s Aussie travellers absolutely love New York we usually stay for five days so it s worth having a good base for your adventure Check out Expedia s New York Travel Guide for some more tips 2 Familiarise Yourself With Local Listings Most cities will have street press local magazines or online listings for gigs They won t cover everything but there ll be a fairly decent cross section to work with Time Out is usually available in most hotels I m pretty particular about my music I like to try and find nights or venues that suit my tastes Oh My Rockness is perfect for indie music lovers like me 3 Don t be Afraid to Ask Around Sometimes the best gigs are the ones that aren t advertised Ask bartenders hotel receptionists and wait staff where to see live music you ll be surprised by the recommendations If it wasn t for the bartender at The Gaslight in New York s Meatpacking District I never would have found a really cool jazz bar on the Lower East Side Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want

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  • The Grand Canyon from Great Heights | Expedia.com.au
    any items you re planning to take with you I blamed my heavy handbag but beware the buffets Once in the chopper with our seatbelts and headsets on we lift slowly from the tarmac and turn our nose to face the mountains then up and away we soar The beauty of helicoptering to the Grand Canyon is the time saving Within 10 minutes we re circling the engineering wonder that is the Hoover Dam The Dam holds back the silty brown Colorado River from its source in the Rocky Mountains before it enters Lake Mead and continues south to the Gulf of California It s a fascinating day trip from Las Vegas so if you re not up for the added two and half hour drive to the Canyon hop on a Hoover Dam Tour or drive the 45 minutes for a spot of fishing or water sports Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Grand Canyon Helicopter Las Vegas After a couple of loops high in the sky the helicopter heads further east towards the ridge of pink hued mountains They re 20 minutes in the distance the mighty Grand Canyon cuts a 433km gorge with towering 1 6km high cliffs We descend to the top of the rim and peer down at the lines of colour and formations in the depths below Layers of different rock are glimpses into the intricate make up of soil and earth eroded over millennia Lower we fly following the brown river as it snakes across

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  • Life's a Show at Venice Beach | Expedia.com.au
    and running track embedded in the soft Pacific Coast sand Following the snaking track past Muscle Beach with all its clichéd activity of tough looking nuggetty men in striking muscle popping poses I m joined by rollerbladers and families enjoying the Californian sunshine At first glance Venice Beach can be overwhelming The sea is about 300 metres across the endless sand on my right lush green grass and soaring palm trees punctuate the shoreline on my left and in between I m suddenly swept up into a carnival It s as if a Director shouts Action and all the colourful folk who hang out down here start performing Only they re for real Don t get run over by the guy on a bike with a taxi sign he s taken off a car and strapped to his head Skating past him is a man in a turban with an electric guitar selling T shirts Look out for groups of tattooed girls who are hula hooping on the grass under the palm trees Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Culture Los Angeles Venice Beach Stall holders sell T shirts and graffiti art tattoo parlours have Harley Davidson s parked out front people walk dogs the size of guinea pigs and a husky with wolf s eyes waits patiently for his owner to finish busking just opposite the Sidewalk Café which is the perfect spot for people watching My tip for the best bar in the area is located on the rooftop of

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  • Finding Health and Wellness in the City of Angels | Expedia.com.au
    head to Expedia s Los Angeles Holidays and for tips on how to stay healthy and put wellness on your map here s a few of my favourite spots to visit Healthy Restaurants One thing I find when travelling to the USA is that you need to know where to look for healthy food It s all too easy to be led astray on streets filled with restaurants and vendors offering fries cheesy pizzas and super sized meals The good thing about being in the Wellness Capital of the country is that there s always options for nutritious and delicious meals If you re in the city for a few days make sure you visit Café Gratitude for their 100 organic vegan food and dose of gratitude Café Gratitude is bustling with organic vitality and goodness book into one of their workshops that help spread the word on sustainability and green living One of the common misconceptions about vegan and wholefood cuisine is that the menu options are limited Fortunately there are restaurants like Vegan Glory in LA that prove that wrong Vegan Glory fuses Vegan ingredients and Thai dishes in a menu that s full of flavour The Flowering Tree in West Hollywood also has an extensive organic vegetarian and vegan menu If you want to go all out with a buffet lunch Govinda s Natural Foods serves a 7 vegan buffet Finally Real Food Daily is a vegan restaurant best enjoyed by Hollywood actresses like Kristen Bell Ashley Greene and Angela Bassett Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Foodie Health Los Angeles Santa Monica Yoga Farmers Market A visit to The Original Farmers Market is always a treat to those of us keen on staying fit and healthy The market which has been around since 1934 operates on a daily basis to serve locals and tourists alike Considered one of the most popular sights in LA it was turned into an official Los Angeles Cultural and Historical Landmark Over 3 million visitors roam the stalls each year in search of products such as fresh produce nuts cheese and more Yoga After a day of eating and exploring your way around LA a little relaxation and exercise is always nice And when it comes to both there s nothing yoga can t fix The good thing about doing yoga in LA is there s an abundant selection of free and paid yoga classes to suit everyone Bryan Kest from Power Yoga is among the most popular yogis in LA Thanks to the donations of his students Kest continues to offer classes to over a hundred students in his Santa Monica studio City Yoga offers free yoga classes twice a month Additionally

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