Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Visit to the Charming Portland

Ranking as the most populous city in Oregon, Portland houses an estimated 2.4 million people. With that kind of residence, it’s hard for any city to keep them active and entertain for years. Good thing Portland is packed with different things to do from amazing neighborhoods to live in to gastronomy enticing world to explore in. One can just easily devote a week’s time sampling great culinary cuisine or unique breweries without visiting the place twice. Looking for something even more adventurous? Plan a weekend getaway as some of the most amazing sceneries are just in arm’s reach right in Portland’s backyard. But there are places that never ran out of charm to any tourist visiting Portland, here are some of them: 


The famous Coin that decided the city’s name 


As spectacular Portland can be, its name was simply decided by a coin toss. Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove, two of the city’s founders couldn’t agree on how to name the land. To settle it in a ‘peaceful’ manner, they decided to flip a coin and whoever won would get to name it after their hometown. Pettrygrove won, and as a native of Portland, Maine he named it as thus. Had Lovejoy won Portland would be called Boston. Tourists can even see the very same copper penny from that famous coin toss at the Oregon Historical Museum located in downtown Portland. Built in 1898, the museum also houses some 85,000 artifacts and a trip to the city’s history is always worthwhile. 

The Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry 


Started with at least 400 volunteers back in the good old days, The Oregon Museum of Science And Industry opened its doors in 1958. Today, it draws more than a million visitors each year and is incredibly popular for kids and adults alike. The museum had the first ever planetarium in the Northwest and visitors are still amazed in its 20-minute educational show. 

The Pittock Mansion 


Another popular tourist site in Portland is the Pittock Mansion, and its hard not to believe why. Located about 1,000 feet above sea level, it’s a has one of the amazing view of the city as well as a great spot for bird watching. Henry Pittock and his wife built their mansion furnished with 46 rooms, plenty of sitting rooms and expanded about 46 acres of land. The City of Oregon now owned this beautiful mansion and opened it to the public in 1965. Portland expects at least 80,00 people visitors each year to see this breathtaking mansion. 

Portland has a lot to offer to every tourist in all walks of life, you canot simply ran out of things to do in this city.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Perfect Spots in Outer Banks

Stretching for 200 miles along the North Carolina’s coast, Outer Banks is a claimed major tourist’s destination known worldwide. Covering most of the state’s coastline it separates Albemarle Sound, Pamlico Sound, and Currituck Sound from the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches in Outer Banks are out of this world, it draws hundreds of thousands of people each year and the tourism industry are in indeed in full bloom no matter what season it is. 

From the pristine white beaches to a number of shipwrecks hiding in the treacherous seas, there are tons of things to do in Outer Banks and one can never go bored while exploring this amazing place. Named as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Outer Banks hides some of the well-known ships that sailed the world. Tourists often stop at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village just miles off the United States Coast Guard facility. 



One can also thank the Wright brothers to the discovery of Outer Banks. Their first flight using the very first airplane prototype took place at the Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk on December 19, 1903. To commemorate one of the most monumental endeavors in the human race, Outer Banks founded the Wright Brothers National Monument alongside with the First Flight Airport. 

While most people like to go on a relaxing vacation, contemplating along the shores and just listening to the waves, there are those who seek adrenaline pumping activities. There a number of secluded and quiet beaches in Outer Banks but it takes time to find the perfect spot for horseback riding, hang gliding and other fun water activities – Outer Banks will not fall short of expectations

Wright Brothers National Memorial 


Most travelers who enjoy flying can only thank Wright Brothers for the ‘shortened’ travel time. Back in the days, if one would want to see the other side of the continent they literally need to cross the ocean. But with the invention of the Wright Brothers during the 1900s, the first successful human flight was recorded in Kill Devil Hills in Outer Banks. Visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial is one way to give thanks to these brave men. You can never miss this place as they built a 60-foot monument that resembles an airplane tail gives you a big hint. 

Outer Banks Beaches 


Stretching for 100 miles, Outer Banks beaches are not only breathtaking but are known to be family friendly and uber clean. The beach rests along the barrier islands that lined the eastern coast of North Carolina. Each beach has its own distinct vibe that is sure to delight any kind of travelers, from couples seeking the refuge of the busy life, adrenaline junkies who love adventures, to families with little kids in tow, Outer Banks Beaches has it all. As Memorial Day and Labor Day can get really hectic, all Outer Banks beaches have designated well-trained lifeguards on duty to ensure safety for everyone. 

Roanoke Island Festival Park 


Roanoke Island Festival Park is another place worth seeing, especially if you have kids and want to teach them a lesson about history and life before technology came in. This park takes you back in time during the 1500s where your family can interact with actors in costume. They have a docu-drama an Elizabeth II ship replica. It’s a very informative tour that lets your whole family learn about American history and early civilization.