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The city of Paso Robles is located in San Luis Obispo County in Central California. Famous for the 200 plus wineries covering over 40,000 acres of planted vineyards, there is a lot more to this unique region than the fermented grapes corked up in a bottle.

The full name of Paso Robles "El Paso de Robles" in English means "The Pass of the Oaks"... which is the essence of this article... passing through to the wonders that surround this enchanted enclave.

A Little Background

Paso, as the locals call it, is a relatively small, farming/ranching town with a population of about 30,000 people and is known for wineries, almond orchards and the production of olive oil, capped off with hot springs which was Paso's original tourist attraction.

Paso Robles has a vibrant downtown area consisting of exceptional dining options and eclectic shopping choices with something for everyone's taste and imaginations. The "Main Street Association" is a very good source of information (PasoRoblesDowntown.Org) with their motto being "Where Everybody Comes Together"... and it is true.

Therapeutic Hot Springs of Paso

As in most travel experiences, it is the journey and the unexpected that leaves an indelible imprint in your memory. In Paso's case, it is the sometimes pungent smell of sulfur that adds a little something extra.

The abundant thermal waters are known for their therapeutic and rejuvenate benefits and thus were a major attraction in the very early days of the town's history.

The Salinan Indian Tribe was the original settlers of this area. In the early 1700s, they introduced the newly arrived Franciscan Priests to the beneficial effects of the water. The Franciscan's subsequently introduced the locals to farming, cattle ranching and... wait for it... wine making and vineyard cultivation.

Hot sulfur springs still flow through Paso Robles and are open to the public in three locations: River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, Franklin Hot Springs as well as in select guest rooms at the Paso Robles Inn.

A Special Treat - The Paso Robles Amphitheatre

The Vina Robles Vineyards and Winery has been in the wine business since 1996 and began hosting an annual Summer Concert Series in 2007. The combination of live music and wine under the stars proved so successful that they decided to create the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in 2013.

The Amphitheatre is one of the largest outdoor venues for arts and entertainment in San Luis Obispo County and offers a concert season that runs from April through November and features top tier acts from around the world and in all genres. The legendary Tony Bennett performing on a warm, starry summer night... 100 feet away... was a magical experience.

There is not a "bad" seat in the house and all at reasonable prices to accommodate everyone's budget... general admission lawn seating to VIP boxes... all within 150 feet from the stage.

Tin City

When visiting Paso, a must-see stop is on the east side of the 101 Highway. A group of entrepreneurial people created a collection of industrial warehouses known as Tin City.

Their objective is to showcase their unique creations such as small-production wineries, breweries, distilleries, cider houses and an amazing pasta factory and their new restaurant. You can watch them make the pasta as you enjoy eating their excellent entrees.

Parking is plentiful and you can easily walk the entire cluster of buildings set up in a two or three block radius. Of course, a stop along the way may include an outdoor beer garden serenaded by a local band as you partake in a unique tasting experience.

Excellent Logistical Jumping-Off Point

Located on U.S. 101 and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco this area makes a great destination for a road trip.

Paso is a strategic jumping off point with easy access to the scenery that made this part of California famous including the unique towns and villages such as Morro Bay, Cambria, Harmony, Cayucos and San Simeon... home of the magnificent Hearst Castle.



A Road Trip Back In History - Hearst Castle

California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 280 park units and this palatial property is considered to be one of the crown jewels in the system.

In 1919, Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, along with architect Julia Morgan initiated the plans for the construction of a hilltop house on his ranch at San Simeon. With vast sums of money at his disposal, the "house" became a Mediterranean Revival estate which he named "La Cuesta Encantada" (The Enchanted Hill).

The history is also enchanting but by 1947 the project was still not finished. Unfortunately, Hearst's health became an issue and he had to leave his house... all 165 rooms on 123 acres of prime coastline property with gardens, terraces, and pools... but the house became a full-fledged castle all the same.

A picture is worth a thousand words or more in this case... for more insightful information and hopefully a journey to The Enchanted Hill... go to hearstcastle.org

A Road Trip to the Point Piedras Blancas Rookery

Driving five miles north from Hearst Castle, along one of California's most scenic vistas leads you to a very unique destination and experience... the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery.

The rookery spreads over 6 miles of shoreline with ample parking and easy access, as well as docents to provide information.



The viewing areas are open every day of the year, are wheelchair accessible, and free. No reservations required.

Summary

Paso is known for their wine and exceptional cuisine options, but in reality, after a few tasting sessions your taste buds go flat. To get more out of your visit one should explore the many options of short day trips and experience a part of California that made the Central Coast famous.

After all, what is the hurry... be inspired...

Author: Bob Kollar

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It can be difficult sometimes to look for adventure destinations in Europe especially if you are a woman. But there are still a few places in this continent that can give you the adventure you seek. Here are some of our recommendations that will hopefully succeed at giving you the thrill and excitement you are looking for. Before you dive into your adventure of a lifetime, however, have some adventure activities travel insurance to cover your itch for extreme adventure, freeing you of the risks of running into unexpected things along the way.

The Scottish Highlands


Biking and hiking the Scottish highlands is very scenic. Pedal your way through castles, herds of cows, grasslands, and then bask in the romantic vibe of the entire route. You can also hike to Fort William and explore the most popular park in Scotland, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Midi-Pyrenees


Midi-Pyrenees is located in one of France's most underrated tourist destinations. Midi-Pyrenees covers the Dordogne woods all the way up to the high peaks of the Pyrenees. You can ski here to your heart's content during winter and try kayaking in the spring.

Provence


Located in France, Provence is very popular for its biking trail set on rolling hills with a beautiful view. You can look out to the ocean as you enjoy the fresh air. However, if you want a bigger adventure you can also go for rock climbing and even skydiving. Be sure to secure adventure activities travel insurance before you go for more daring adventures, just in case.

Northern Norway


Northern Norway is very near to the Arctic Circle and it is just a couple of hundred miles from the Earth's highest point. This, of course, means access to skiing in winter and kayaking in the summer. At night, the northern lights are displayed in the dark sky, the perfect way to end your day.

Croatia


Croatia might be out of your radar but it is one of Europe's best places to kayak in fresh water or near the coast. Fresh water kayaking means going through the forest making the adventure more memorable.

Rhone-Alpes


If you have been dying to see the Alps and ski on its slopes then Rhone-Alps is the place to go. But skiing is not the only thing you can do here. There is also rock climbing in the area and there are 8 natural parks so hiking is also a good option.

The Dolomites


The Dolomites is located in Italy. What you can do here is hiking and trekking the world's best ferrate route. You can behold the majesty of the Brenta mountain range while hiking the route. This can be a challenging hike so prepare accordingly.

Akureyri


Located in Iceland, you can be sure to be wowed by the glaciers, fjords, and scenic coastlines of Akureyri. You can try dog sleighing and ice climbing while visiting this place.

Cairngorms National Park


This national park is located in Scotland and is known for its scenic hiking trail through Wester Ross. The Caledonian Pine Forest is inside the park and also the arctic plateau wilderness giving you a lot of things to see while exploring the area.

Tallinn


Tallinn is the capital of Estonia. Just in the outskirts of the city, there are country villages, Baltic towns near the coast, and woodlands that can be a great place to hike around. The Lahemaa National Park is also a must-see in Tallinn.


Europe has plenty to offer women who have the taste for adventure. It is not about the challenge but the raw beauty of these places that makes it ideal for women who love to go outdoors and challenge their limits. To be on the safe side, having adventure activities travel insurance can make your vacation a worry-free undertaking.

Author: Neil Clymer

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Machu Picchu in Peru

Student travel promises to be an enjoyable trip. Not only do students can visit several places, but they could also learn so much on every trip. And since air travel agencies, as well as airlines, provide student travel discount and special student travel rate, student travel is becoming more and more available for a greater number of students who want to explore and learn more about the world.

For first-time travelers, here are some historical destinations you can consider for your student travel:

Athens

As the center of knowledge, government, and system in the ancient world, every student would be amazed at how this ancient city grew and evolved. Students can visit Acropolis, Agora, Library of Hadrian, Kerameikos, Olympieion & Southeast Athens, Pnyx, Roman Agora & Tower of the Winds, Arch of Hadrian, City Eleusinion and other ancient sites in this ancient city of Athens.

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Egypt

Visit one of the earliest civilizations founded in this part of the world. Egypt features a 3000-year old city on the banks of the River Nile. Egypt is also one of the oldest tourist spots in the world with visitors coming from ancient Rome and Greece.

Moving your way south from Cairo, the nation’s capital, you can stop at Giza where the infamous Great Pyramid stands. It was built by Pharaoh Khafu in the year 2550 BC. Standing at 147 meters, it was the largest and the most ambitious structure built in ancient Egypt requiring 2.3 million stone blocks to erect. Also at Giza, see the Pyramid of Khafre home if the Sphinx. It was built 30 after the Great Pyramid. As the second largest, the Pyramid of Khafre stands at 144 meters of 471 feet. The third pyramid located at Giza was the Pyramid of Menkaure which stands at 65 meters or 213 feet.

Further south, Saqqara is home to the Step Pyramid of Djoser built in 2630 BC. Pyramid of Pepi II, also located at Saqqara was the last pyramid built by ancient Egyptians. In Dahshur, the Bent and the Red Pyramids are located. And down south at Maidum, the Maidum Pyramid can be found.

See the temples, mummies, tombs, hieroglyphics, and Valley of the Kings and the Queens if you visit Egypt.

Rome

See ancient Rome still intact with pieces of evidence of Roman structure and architectures built more than 2000 years ago. Rome presents the living timeline from the Roman Empire to the shift of the Middle Ages, to baroque and renaissance, to the dawn of the romantic period and enlightenment. Rome preserves its temples, churches, arts, and priceless paintings and murals.

Turkey

A former territory of the Roman Empire which stood strong for more than a thousand years against several barbarian attacks, Turkey is in the easternmost part of Europe that features a diverse culture, religion, philosophy, and architectures.


China

Travel to the Far East and learn the history of the ancient eastern civilization that was once unknown until the last centuries. See the Great Wall, a remnant of the Zhou Dynasty along with other unique oriental culture and tradition. See the Chinese painting, calligraphy, paper cutting, and Chinese art.

Peru

As the center of the Inca civilization, Peru is a great destination for student travel for a discovery of South American history. The 500-year old Inca traces could be relived in the Inca Trail that is both exciting and educational. Walk to the Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Machu Picchu, and Pisac.


Author: Hotel Etc

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Vietnam has become one of the favorite destinations for travelers from various regions around the world. Maybe it is the natural beauty, the wonderful weather, or the relatively cheap prices of the country that really attract many vacationers to spend their holiday in Vietnam. What is it really that grabs the attention of various travelers to explore a country like Vietnam? In this article, we would be answering this question.

Hanoi

Hanoi is not only the capital of Vietnam, but also among the most remarkable destinations that welcomes several tourists who spend their vacations in Vietnam. The city is featured for its wonderful natural scenery, the many stories that sell various gifts and souvenirs, and some notable historical monuments.

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There is the Hoàn Kiem Lake located at the heart of the city. It offers magnificent opportunities to enjoy the marvels of Hanoi. Dating back to the 15th century, the lake hosts the historical Temple of the Jade Mountain that was erected in the 18th century to honor Tran Hung Dao, a warrior that belongs to the 13th century ADD such marvelous monuments grab the attention of many travelers to spend their vacations in Vietnam.

Ha Long Bay
Exploring Ha Long Bay is among the most recommended activities for any tourists spending their vacations in Vietnam. Located around a 3-hours ride away from Hanoi, the capital of the country, going on cruise ship to explore thousands of green islands is quite impressive as it is considered one of the most picturesque places around the world.

The legend says that all these wonderful green islands and mountains were actually created by a dragon. For more adventurous travelers who enjoy their holidays in Vietnam, they should surely explore some of the caves scattered all over the Ha Long Bay.

Sapa
Nicknamed as the lost paradise, Sapa is relatively isolated from the rest of the country. Located more than 700 kilometers away from Hanoi, the area is famous for its many green slopes where rice is implanted, the area is featured with the presence of many touristic resorts and hotels suitable for different requirements of various travelers who enjoy their holidays in Vietnam.

While in Sapa, never miss the chance to ride in the newly developed chairlifts in one of the most notable rides you would ever have. Another quite recommended place to explore in Sapa is the love waterfall that is a marvelous place never to be missed by any tourists who travels to Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh is actually the largest city of Vietnam and historians claim that it was inhabited as early as the 6th or the 7th centuries BC as an ancient port. The city also served as the capital of the French colony of Vietnam. Although the city is located around 1700 kilometers to the South of Hanoi, if travelers who tour Vietnam would pay the city a visit, it would be quite rewarding for its nature and ancient monuments.
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