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Niagara Falls: It is Yours to Discover

Niagara Falls is love at first sight. The amazing beauty of the falls is mesmerizing to say the least.

Where the Beauty Lies

Amazingly enough, Niagara Falls is situated in both the USA as well as Canada. For the Americans, the Falls is located at 301 Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, NY. The Canadian part of the Falls is located at 6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. If you are driving from out of the city of New York or Toronto, the ideal transportation method would be to rent a car; much more affordable and relatively convenient.

Enjoy the Ride

Do not worry about enjoying the beauty of the falls if you hire a rental. You can easily plan your trip from dawn till dusk and make each second memorable. As you breathe in, each intake will hit you, having a magical impact. It is just that amazing, and if you really want to be mesmerized, then you should leave early to catch the sunrise, and stay until the sunset, and at night for the lights. You will not want to miss a single moment of this amazing experience.

Attractions

The biggest attraction of The Niagara Falls is of course the falls itself, but that’s not all, there are tons of other attractions, here is a list:

  • Niagara IMAX Theatre
  • Skylon Tower
  • Waves Indoor Water Park
  • The Fun House
  • Nightmares Fear Factory
  • Horse Play Niagara Inc.
  • Greg Frewin Theatre
  • Bird Kingdom
  • Fallsview Indoor Water Park
  • Clifton Hills Niagara Falls
  • Casino Niagara, Ontario casinos, & Fallsview Casino
  • Safari Niagara
  • Marineland of Canada
  • Americana Resort’s Waves Indoor Water Park
  • Niagara Falls Tours
  • Exotic Car Tours
  • Grape & Wine Tours
  • Niagara Falls Canada Golf Courses
  • Ultimate Exotics
  • Niagara Falls Ontario Canada Spas
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Cave of Winds
  • Goat Island
  • Rainbow Bridge
  • Terrapin Point
  • Konica Minolta Tower Centre
  • The Rapids Theatre
  • Luna Island
  • The Three Sisters
  • Maple Leaf Village
  • Falls Incline Railway
  • Hyde Park & Many More

Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino & The Fall’s Night Life

casino-niagara-falls 500x236Niagara Falls is a whole new world, it is a huge place to be in and enjoy. In order to get around from place to place you will need a rental car. The most visited place in Niagara is Niagara Falls Casino & its nightlife.  The Fallsview casino and Niagara casino have over 4500 slots and 250 table games in all. They also hold mini tournaments every now and then. That is not all, you can party all night long, or rent Exotic cars and bike to catch up with lightning. The nightlife at the falls is a once in a lifetime experience, one that you absolutely cannot miss.

Skylon Tower

The tower is no ordinary tower, it’s 775ft of raw fun and excitement. The tower is also a revolving restaurant; that’s right, have the best dinner of your life sky high in the clouds. Not only this, the tower is a one-stop shopping place for you to buy the perfect souvenirs to remember the visit and bring tons of gifts back for the family. The tower also includes an observation desk for you to enjoy the entire view of the falls as well as Family Fun Center, 3D/4D Falls movie, dinosaur exhibit-Battle of the Titans, virtual tour and much more.

Fire in the Hole

The Grand Niagara Golf Club brings to you the best golf experience ever! Golf enthusiasts can also visit Legends on the Niagara, Niagara Golf Trails, Whirlpool Golf Course, as well as Thundering Waves.

The Hilton

53 stories above the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls, The Hilton along with Niagara Falls/Fallsview Suites are the most preferred spots for accommodation. Whether you are on a family trip or a couple Get-Away, you will have the best experience at The Hilton. The place includes a walkway which will direct you inside Fallsview Casino Resort, theater, and who can forget shopping.

Clifton Hill

clifton hill 500x236Meet your favorite celebrities at Movieland Wax Museum of Stars and take tons of pictures to bring back home. Not only that, you can give yourself a scare and a great time at the House of Frankenstein, the Haunted House and Castle Dracula. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and even the world famous Guinness World of Records is right here, offering you both knowledge and entertainment. Get lost at Mystery Maze or enjoy barrels of laughter at the Fun House, or maybe pot a hole at the Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf.

Floral Clock

Visit the historic floral clock. Built in 1950, this clock has been made from over 16,000 bedding plants, a stunning sight one can spot from miles. The beautiful gardens which surround the clock are just unbelievable, so many bright and beautiful colors waiting to be noticed. Do not forget to visit the Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara Falls Aviary while you’re there; you will regret it if you do!

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Home of the Maple Leafs: Toronto, Canada

Toronto is one of the most beautiful cities of Canada. The city is famous for the many beautiful attractions it houses. It is also home to famed professional ice hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Places to Visit

Toronto has tons of amazing places you can visit; all you need to do is get a rental vehicle and be on your way. These attractions include:

  • CN Tower
  • Art Gallery of Toronto
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Princess of Wales Theatre
  • Ed Mirvish Theatre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Distillery District
  • Casa Loma
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Yorkville, Toronto
  • Toronto Eaton Centre
  • China Town, Toronto
  • Air Canada Centre
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Black Creek Pioneer Village
  • Nathan Phillips Square
  • Fort York
  • Toronto Islands
  • Toronto Waterfront
  • High Park
  • Elgin  Winter Garden Theatres
  • Roy Thomson Hall
  • Bell Lightbox
  • Massey Hall
  • Toronto Harbour
  • Canada’s WonderLand
  • Roger’s Centre
  • Museum of Contemporary Canadian Arts & Many More

Transportation

The locals prefer TTC, the Toronto Transit Commission. Tourists and those who have travelled from outside of Toronto prefer using rental cars. Car rentals are one of the easiest and efficient ways of traveling when you’re touring. With public transport, one doesn’t have the freedom to truly enjoy the city, and often turns out to be more expensive than a rented car. If you’re in Toronto as a tourist, car rentals would be your best bet for transportation throughout your visit.

CN Tower


The CN Tower is the most visited tourist attraction in Toronto. The tower is an absolute delight, the experience is just overwhelming. Known as Canada’s Wonder of the World, this tower stands at a beautiful 553 meters. Around 2 million visitors come to this beautiful tower to view the most amazing sites from its observation deck. The CN Tower was actually built to solve communication problems in the city. If you are not afraid of heights, you should definitely check the elephant-proof floor of the tower; you can look downwards with a street view without falling down. The floor may seem terrifying to some, the glass is very strong and has not once cracked since the tower was created.

That’s not all; the tower has an arcade and motion simulator ride for kids as well as adults, and features a 15 minute documentary on the tower. Another must-see place at the CN Tower is the on-site restaurant. The wondrous eatery revolves a full 360 degrees letting you enjoy the best service of food as well as breathtaking sceneries.

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is like Disneyland. Situated in Toronto, this amazing wonderland offers you rides and attractions, kiddy rides for smaller children, Splash Works Water Park, dinosaurs, live entertainment, and lots of delicious grub you can enjoy while having the time of your life. You can also check out the Wonder Mountain’s Guardian Photo, Thrills at Wonderland, The Behemoth Shop, Sweet Shoppe, Stroller Shop, Street Wear Ladies Fashion Apparels, Locker Rooms, KidzVille Shoppe & Arcade, and so much more.

Toronto’s nightlife is known for being one of the most vibrant ones out there. All night long, the party is on! Make the most of your stay there; try exotic new food; immerse yourself in the culture; learn some French phrases to throw around; and that’s only the tip of the iceberg! Toronto gives you the most amazing opportunities; it is time to book your ticket.

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Los Angeles International Airport

Overview

Los Angeles International Airport (IATA Code: LAX) is one of the largest in the western United States and is classified as the sixth busiest in the world. The airport serves over 60 million passengers a year and offers approximately 680 flights serving nearly 30 countries around the world.  The airport is equipped with a nine passenger terminals, including the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The Bradley Terminal serves nearly 18 million passengers a year. All terminals have upper and lower levels, offering a variety of dining, shopping and other service options.

Brief History

Facilities that today incorporate Los Angeles International Airport have been in use since the 1920s, when a landing strip there attracted pioneer aviators. A Los Angeles Municipal Airport formerly known as Mines Field was created there in 1928. The airport recently celebrated its 86th birthday, continuing a long history of providing extensive services, flights, and domestic and international destinations for travelers.

Facilities

Los Angeles International Airport is massive, with upper and lower levels, dozens of restaurants, cocktail lounges, as well as traditional and the duty free shops in the domestic and international terminals.  Favorite restaurants at LAX include Panda Express, located in the Great Hall Food Court and, the Home Turf Sports Bar, located at the departure level of Terminal 1, and Chaya Sushi located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.  Shopping options include everything from Hugo Boss and Michael Kors to Coach, to Relay, and See’s Candies, (all located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal). The airport also provides a number of currency exchange and banking services as well as ATM machines.

Car Hire Services

carhire 500x236Car rental services at Los Angeles International Airport are plentiful and include those provided by Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Alamo, Thrifty, and Avis. Additional car hire companies provide free phones at the interactive visitors information centers located in baggage claim areas of every terminal. The phones provide contact information for each car rental company. Customers of some car hire companies can utilize the free LAX Shuttle Airline Connection Bus designated for “Lot C” to reach their rental car courtesy shuttle.  These free shuttle buses are located on the lower arrivals level islands outside of baggage claim under the blue signs. Purple signs designate “rental car shuttles” that take customers to appropriate rental car services near the airport.

Compare pricing and car options at LAX: Alamo – www.alamo.com, Car-hire.net/usa/los-angeles.php.

Review additional information regarding Los Angeles International Airport by visiting their website at www.lawa.org and clicking on the LAX tab at the upper right corner of the screen, or by contacting them at (310) 646-5252. The airport is located at 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

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Netherlands

Overview

The Netherlands, commonly known by locals as the Kingdom of the Netherlands is located in northwestern Europe. The Netherlands is a composition of 12 provinces bordered on the North Sea to the west and north, Germany to the east and Belgium to the south.    The Netherlands are known for their human rights, their neutrality, and as founding members of NATO.

Brief History

The Netherlands is credited to be one of the first countries in the world to have elected parliament members and a parliamentary democracy. The country remained relatively stable until the advent of the First and Second World Wars. During the Second World War, the Netherlands was occupied by Germany and thousands of Dutch Jews were sent to German concentration and extermination camps. Following the war, the Netherlands were one of the 12 founding members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and since then, has led Europe and cultural and social change.

Languages and Religion

The Netherlands is a widely diverse country of varieties of ethnic groups; the major groups being Dutch while smaller ethnic groups include Indonesians, Moroccans, and Turks. The official language of the country is Dutch, but other languages throughout Netherlands regions are recognized and Dutch Low Saxon and English.

Climate

The bulk of the Netherlands enjoy a relatively moderate maritime climate that brings mild winter temperatures and relatively cool summers. The average daily summertime temperature is approximately 18°C (64°F). From mid-November to late March, freezing temperatures occur. The summer and fall months enjoy more rainfall than other months. The Netherlands, due to her location, enjoy (or not) nearly 17 hours of daylight in summertime but only eight hours of daylight in December.

Places and Cities to Visit


The Netherlands are a beautiful country that contains approximately 20 national parks and dozens of nature reserves. Travelers to the Netherlands should not neglect visiting the most popular places or sites to see in the country that include:

  • Delft – this town is one of the oldest and best preserved in the country, home to globally known and recognized blue pottery. The Old Church and the New Church – which contains the tomb of William of Orange – are also located in Delft.
  • Visit the medieval castle in Utrecht – the moat surrounding the castle remains, as do many buildings that date back to the early Middle Ages. Since the 8th century, this town has been the religious center of the Netherlands and is home to a 6th century Old Dom Church and Tower.
  • The Hague – home to the royal family of the Netherlands also provides a picture gallery that calls masterpieces painted by Rembrandt home.
  • Kinderdijk – no visit to the Netherlands would be complete without views of windmills. This town, which translates to “children’s dike”, is home to nearly 20 windmills that were built in the 1740s. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has been popular with visitors hiking along the rivers or taking boat cruises to view the beautiful and historic windmills.
  • Hoge Veluwe National Park – one of the most famous in the Netherlands, the National Park is filled with wildlife. Visitors to the park can hike along the fields or take advantage of free bicycles to traverse the trails.
  • Keukenhof Gardens – when visiting the Netherlands, you have to see the tulips and the best place to do that is at Keukenhof Gardens. Home to one of the world’s largest flower gardens, it’s also one of the most beautiful, colorful and amazing in the Netherlands, located near Lisse.

When visiting the Netherlands, consider renting a car so that you can travel along her roads and highways and see sites, landmarks, and scenery that can’t be found anywhere else in northern Europe.

Car Hire Services

Renting a car in the Netherlands is easy. You have to be at least 18 years of age to drive.  Driver’s licenses accepted in the country and for rental car services include European Union, Dutch, and international driving licenses.  It is recommended that foreigners bring their official country driver license along with an international driver permit. One must contain a photo ID.  Also bring your passport.  In the Netherlands, you have to be at least 19 years old to rent a car and have held an official and valid driver’s license for at least one year. Be aware that if you’re under 25 years of age, a young driver surcharge may be applied to the rental car rates. When it comes to insurance, third-party liability and fire insurance is mandatory.

Drivers should also ensure that compulsory documents that include the international driver license and a passport (if the license does not include a photograph) be present in the car at all times, along with the car insurance certificate and registration papers. You are required to carry a warning hazard triangle as well as a reflective jacket in the car at all times. Seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers in front and rear seats.

Compare types of vehicles and rates through some of the most popular car rental services provided in the Netherlands are available from: http://www.carhireairport.co.uk/netherlands/airport-car-rental-netherlands.php, http://www.avis.com/car-rental/location/NL and http://www.autoeurope.com/go/car-rental/netherlands/

Driving Regulations

VerkehrsregelnIn the Netherlands, you drive on the right hand side of the road. Netherlands does support on-the-spot fines by traffic officers, but always be sure to ask for an official receipt by the officer collecting the fine. Don’t drink and drive in the Netherlands, as the drunken driving laws are very strict, with a maximum blood-alcohol content of 220 mcg per liter (0.5%).

Obey speed limit laws. General speed limits throughout the Netherlands are:

  • Town limits – 50 kph
  • Motorways – 120 kph
  • Major Roads – 80 kph

When parking, you need to place a timestamp parking disc on your dashboard.  This is required for parking within blue zones in the cities, available from police stations, tobacco shops, and motor club offices. Do not park at curbs painted black, white, or yellow.

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10 Things to do Before you Travel

While travel preparations may have drained all your energy, and handling flight bookings, hotel accommodations, acquiring rental cars, and making other preparations may have consumed you, a last minute check is still important to ensure everything essential is in order. The buzz of needed activities may mean you have missed out on something crucial that can cause trouble later. Therefore, consider doing the following 10 things before you travel to ensure smooth and hassle-free trips:

1. Manage Your Finances

No trip can survive without funding expenses. Before you leave, sorting out finances is a must to not run short of cash. Drop a visit to the bank before leaving and look up the locations of nearby ATMs at the destinations you are going. This would save you time and trouble later and help you readily get cash as often as needed. For international destinations, visiting the ATM upon arrival would be a better option to have cash in the local currency. You may even want to get a credit card from your bank before leaving to have emergency cash abroad.

2. Getting Relevant Travel Vaccinations

impfung 500x236Get relevant vaccinations done according to the area you are visiting as a precautionary measure keeping in mind your health concerns. Travel vaccinations would ensure you stay safe and healthy for the trip.

3. Acquire Travel Insurance

Acquiring travel insurance is a smart way of getting coverage for any kind of losses you may incur during your travels. With travel insurance, you can get coverage for medical expenses, financial defaults, and other losses.

4. Processing ‘Stop’ Orders

As you would be away for a specific period of time, processing stop orders for certain services and deliveries would be needed to keep off the bills from building up. About 2-3 days before travelling, you may want to communicate so to the postal mails, newspaper delivery, and housecleaner services.

5. Checking the Weather

wetter 500x236While most people take it for granted, weather can be the turning stone as to how your trip turns out. Make sure to check the weather of the place you are headed to, and pack and plan things ahead accordingly.

6. Double Check Your Packing List

Check and re-check your packing list. Go through all the basic items and check what exactly you are carrying. The double checking would bring down the chances of you missing out on necessary items and give you the assurance that you have packed well.

7. Organize Important Documents

Organize important documents and make back-ups. Photocopy the documents and save scanned copies online as well. You never know when it could come in handy but losing on the documents completely can pose a huge risk to your trip.

8. Download

Download stuff for entertainment and assistance before departure. You may want to download a few movies, games, songs, and mobile applications that keep you entertained during your journey and guide you around new places in the desired locations.

9. Confirm All Your Bookings

Yes, you got all the bookings done but to prevent any kind of unexpected and sudden shocks later, it is better to confirm each booking. Get yourself some peace of mind by making a few calls and receiving the status of your booking reports before travelling.

10. Prepare Your House

Depending upon the length of your trip, preparing the house is significant to come back to a clean, fresh, and welcoming home after the trip. For instance, you may want to empty the bins, wash off dirty laundry, water the plants, inform your home security administrator, clean the refrigerator, pay certain bills, and lock the windows.