35 Places You Never Knew You Wanted To Visit

35 Places You Never Knew You Wanted To Visit

Whether you're a total adventure geek or too lazy to get off the beach.
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It's the middle of the winter, and I keep finding myself thinking of anywhere else in the world I could be right now. There are the typical places that all tourists flock to, but I've always been one to search for rare and underrated places. For those of you who are adventurous, an art or architecture buff, or just enjoy laying around in beautiful scenery, here are 35 unique places you never knew you wanted to visit.

1. Marquette, Michigan, USA

Presque Isle Park is a beautiful lookout and hiking spot seated on the edge of Lake Superior. Not to leave out the Superior Dome for sporting events and downtown shopping and nightlife.

2. Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Take in a beautiful view from Blue Ridge Parkway, visit the historical Biltmore Estate or Biltmore Gardens, take a food tour, or view a number of art galleries. And do you see those gorgeous mountains?

3. Avalanche Lake, Montana, USA

Two miles off of the trailhead of the Trail of the Cedars, this gorgeous view is really an indescribable reward for a hike. I know I would be floating around for the rest of the day.

4. Tamul Falls, Mexico

Miles down from the historic site Tamtoc, tours are available through the falls in addition to kayaking and swimming.

5. Granada, Nicaragua

Visit the islets off of Granada, see a number of beautifully constructed cathedrals and churches, or take a day trip to Mombacho Volcano nearby.

6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The moment I heard of this place it made my "GO TO THIS PLACE ASAP" list. Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, composed of salt and brine (lithium) which gives it such reflective properties.

7. Angel Falls, Venezuela

If you've seen Up you've seen this picture before and yes, it is a real place! It is the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall. Definitely somewhere I would spend my life aspiring to visit.

8. Cusco, Peru

A city so rich in culture that also happens to be not too far from the Inca site of Machu Picchu.

9. Belfast, Ireland

If you're a fan of the Titanic, you can relive the story at the largest Titanic visitor experience in the world. There's also a museum with dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies. Or if you would like to pretend you are royalty go visit the Belfast Castle.

10. Budapest, Hungary

The Parliament is a must-see, you can take a Danube cruise, or experience the view from the Fisherman's Bastion.

11. Split, Croatia

See Diocletian's Palace or take in the scenery from Marjan hill.

12. Tallinn, Estonia

Visit Old Town, take in history at the national museum, or climb Toompea Hill to be able to see this beautiful view.

13. Sopot, Poland

Spend time on the beach right on the coast of the Baltic Sea or go downtown to indulge in the nightlife. Don't forget to see the Crooked House which is literally what it sounds like.

14. Paros, Greece

Parika Town has plenty of photo opportunities complete with gardens, beaches, food, and cats.

15. Lofoten, Norway

Northern beaches, an aquarium, a city surrounded by this view...I cannot even fathom a more beautiful edge of the Earth.

16. Fjords, Norway

Western Norway is filled with mountains surrounding stunning fjords and importantly--unique local cuisine.

17. Johannesburg, South Africa

Take a wildlife tour or delight in a city full of history from the Apartheid Museum to the Lesedi Cultural Village.

18. Grand Baie, Mauritius

A coastal village straight out of your vacation dreams.

19. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Climb this snow-covered, dormant volcano in the middle of beautiful Africa. And hopefully see this cute giraffe.

20. Cyprus

Explore the Tombs of the Kings or visit Europe's leading water park attraction, Fasouri Watermania. Cyprus is a hub of beaches and history.

21. Doha, Qatar

There are thousands of things to do in Qatar, but be sure to see the Museum of Islamic Art, Aspire Park, and be a part of the nightlife.

22. Petra, Jordan

Explore Petra and make your way up to the Royal Tombs and the High Place of Sacrifice--both aspects of the ancient city.

23. Sapa, Vietnam

Hike through mountains and waterfalls for this breathtaking view.

24. Paro Taktsang, Bhutan

This historic temple overlooks the Paro Valley, translating to "The Tiger's Nest" and is truly a gem hidden in the mountains.

25. The Kiso Valley, Japan

Take a historic day hike from Kyoto and indulge in pure Japanese culture.

26. Okinawa, Japan

Another island of tropical paradise, it has become a highly-visited island off of Japan since the years of World War II.

27. Sukothai, Thailand

A peaceful historical site.

28. Udaipur, India

Admire the City Palace, the central garden palace Badi Mahal, visit the numerous lakes and temples, and see a cultural show.

29. Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Wildlife Sanctuary. Do you see this tiger? I want to see this tiger.

30. Changbaishan, China

Do you see this view?

31. Li River, China

What about this one?

32. Kadaku Park, Northern Territory Australia

But really, why would you not want to experience this?

33. Blue Mountains National Park, Australia

Stand high upon these mountains and take in the nature of Australia.

34. Rotorua, New Zealand

Thermal pools, a cultural village, a redwood forest-- another unbelievable destination that shows the true beauty of the world.

35. Vanua Levu, Fiji

Please convince me you don't want to plant yourself on these beaches. Forever. Also a hotspot for island society and culture.


Adventure is out there. You just have to go find it.

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The 10 Best Things About Rhode Island

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With Rhode Island being such a small state people wonder what is so great about it. There are so many attractions that lead people to "Little Rhody" from the Newport Mansions to the RISD Art Museum. RI's beautiful beaches are also a plus for the locals who live here year round. But what is the best things about Rhode Island? With so many great things to choose from here is what I thought was the best things Rhode Island has to offer.

1. Del's Lemonade


With its numerous flavors and iconic cup imagery Del's is a Rhode Island staple. My personal favorite is mixing watermelon and lemon together!

2. Caserta's Pizzeria

Located on Providence's historic Federal Hill. If you are looking for a good slice of pizza Caserta's is the place to go.

3. Providence


It is basically the smaller version of Boston! No really, and that is where the city gets all its charms from.

4. Scarborough Beach


Forget Newport, this is the prime place to catch some waves. Personally, I think the water is better and Narragansett tends to be a litttle less touristy.

5. PPAC (Providence Performing Arts Center)


When you are too poor to catch a Broadway show so you go see the national tour instead. PPAC has become an awesome venue in recent years with lots of different plays, musicals and dance troupes coming to perform.

6. The Cliff Walk


Preferably after the tourist season because then you can actually walk on it. The Cliff Walk offers some breathtaking views and a little adventure.

7. Waterfire

There are a lot of Waterfire's during the summer and early fall so you can always catch one. Plus, it is free and provides great pictures.

8. Party Pizza


Some make think it is a disgrace to pizza everywhere, but it is still good. Nobody really understands why party pizza exists, but we never question it. Especially, after you stuff five pieces into your mouth.

9. Crook Point Bascule Bridge



It has become somewhat of a local monument for the locals. My friend and I always do a bit of site seeing around here.

10. Allie's Donuts


Home of the Donut Cake! Allie's makes probably the best donuts around here and that is not an understatement.

And there you have it! While, I think these are 10 best things about Rhode Island there is obviously so much more. If anything RI's quirky local eateries, beautiful landscape, as well as up and coming attractions are what make it special. Rhode Island has so many things to offer it is hard to choose. Personally, I think the food is the best, but my New York/New Jersey friends beg to differ.



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7 Places To Visit Within Walking Distance Of SCU

Brunch and markets and museums, oh my!

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1. Santa Clara Farmers' Market

This is one of my favorite things to do on Saturdays! From 9 am to 1 pm, head on over to Franklin Square for live music, good food, and tons of organic fruits and veggies. Pro Tip: The breakfast burritos are to die for!

2. De Saisset Museum

Love art? Well, we have a wonderful gallery right on campus! The museum holds tons of exhibits, from photography to painting to sculpture. Plus, they have a California History exhibit that is permanent, so you can always go see it!

3. Beat the Lock Escape Room

Ever been to an escape room? Now's your chance! Franklin Square has an awesome escape room that you and your friends can do. Can you beat the lock?

4. Carmelite Monastery and Garden

If you're looking for somewhere to study, read a book, or just lay down and enjoy the weather, this is one of the most beautiful gardens in Santa Clara. It is encased in a big pink wall, so you don't have to worry about street noise! Perfect for a day in the sun.

5. Sara's Kitchen

Brunch is my favorite meal, which is why I have spent a lot of time trying to find the best brunch spot in Santa Clara. Well, I am pleased to tell you that I've found it. Sara's Kitchen has good service, and even better food! (S/O to Sara's omelets, I dream about those things)

6. Jasmine Fine Thai Cuisine

Honestly, Franklin Square has some overlooked gems. If you're looking for the best Thai food in Santa Clara, look no further! Jasmine has awesome food and service, and it isn't too hard on the wallet. The best combination for a college student!

7. City Plaza Park

If you want a place off-campus to play frisbee or lay in the grass, this is the place! It's a small park a couple blocks away (that also has a library!). The perfect place to get away from the SCU bubble.

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