More nature in British Columbia

British Columbia, Canada

 

Our latest content update including the Rockies and British Columbia has attracted an unprecedented interest among many of you, asking us information about more destinations in the area if possible as spectacular as those that already were included last month but less visited, most unknown to mass tourism. So we have put our people to work and have included a number of parks and attractions to complete the already extensive selection of destinations in this paradise that is the western part of Canada. We hope to walk through your expectations with this new publication and as always remind you that we love your suggestions, since the main objective of this project is that it is really useful for you, our travelers.

Maui

And after Kauai, the Big Island and Oahu we release today a new destination in Hawaii: Maui. Maui is formed by the convergence of two volcanoes at the isthmus known as the Central Valley. The green West Maui Mountains are the eroded slopes of a single extinct volcano, that time has carved into steep canyons, accessible at just a few places, such as ‘Īao Valley. A road skirting the mountain’s southern flank leads to historic Lahaina and the coastal resorts of Kā‘anapali and Kapalua. East Maui is composed of Haleakala, an enormous dormant volcano crowned by a lunar landscape, now a National Park. You can enjoy a varied landscape, from Kula’s farmland to the arid, eroded crater of Haleakalā and the lush, tropical vegetation on the windward coast. Continue reading “Maui”

Big Island, Hawaii

waipio, Hawaii, USA

Today we release a new island in the Hawaiian archipelago: the Big Island. It is home to Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that towers over the Hawaiian Islands. It is also one of the world’s best sites for astronomy; 13 telescopes representing nine countries cluster at its summit. The Big Island’s Ka Lae is the southernmost point in the United States, and Parker Ranch is one of the largest privately owned ranches in America. Hilo is the country’s rainiest city. The lush tropical forests, the expansive lava flow deserts, the sun-drenched beaches and the towering mountains make the Big Island a real paradise for nature lovers.

 

Both East and West Hawai‘i Island provide good bases for touring. Hilo is well situated for excursions to the Hamakua Coast, Mauna Kea, the Puna district, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – a highlight on any visitor’s itinerary, with Kilauea Caldera and its active lava rifts. From Kailua-Kona on the island’s west side, there is access to the South Kohala resorts to the north, the Parker Ranch country of Waimea, Kona coffee country to the south, and many well-preserved ancient sites, including Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau. Pololu and Waipio wild valleys on the north shore offer the most dramatic landscapes and hiking opportunities. Discover and enjoy these and many more destinations in our app.

Hawaii, Big Island, USA, Volcanoes, National Park, Kilauea

 

 

Kaua’i

Waimea, Kauai, Canyon, Hawaii, USA

 

And we are back with another Hawaiian island: Kauai. It is a pristine and wild paradise and probably the most captivating island in the Hawaiian archipelago. From its jagged Na Pali coast to picture perfect Hanalei Bay to tumbling Wailua Falls, you will find here real natural wonders. Kauai is the most ancient island, and travel to Kauai still evokes that prehistoric wilderness. Steven Spielberg favored the island for his epics: Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Hook.

Fifty miles of immaculate, white sand beaches ring the island. Hiking the sweeping Kalalau Trail along the amazing Na Pali Coast is an experience you will never forget, and it is the only way to visit this gem by land.  Waimea Canyon State Park, aka Pacific Grand Canyon, is another highlight, offering panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges. Hanalei Bay with its picturesque pier, mountain and beach is an idyllic location. Different waterfalls are found through the island, from the easily accessible Wailua Falls to the remote Weeping Rock, an unreal place, with dozens of little waterfalls coming from the top of the island, Mount Wai’ale’ale, the wettest spot on earth. North of Waimea Canyon is Kokee State Park offering roughly 45 miles of the state’s finest hiking trails. Some trails lead to views of Waimea Canyon, others wind through wet forests with sweeping views of valleys opening up to the North Shore.

Na Pali, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, beach

Oahu

Oahu, Makapu'u, Makapuu, Lookout, Hawaii

 

Today we introduce a new destination in TravelEchoes: Oahu. This is the first of the Hawaiian Islands we’ll be adding in the next weeks. Oahu is the third largest island in the archipelago and the most populated. Honolulu is the main city and has a nice old town to explore. Close by you will find Waikiki, the most known beach in the world.

Outside Waikiki you can find less crowded surroundings and enjoy the great natural beauty of this gem in the Pacific. Natural beauty can be found in the two mountain ranges, the Koolau and Waianae ranges. Some great hikes are just a short drive into the mountains from Waikiki. Secluded white sand beaches, picturesque beach towns, and pounding winter surf on the North Shore are some of the highlights.  The Polynesian Cultural Center and Pearl Harbour with its different memorials are a must to understand the history of the island. Oahu has more than a hundred beaches. Kailua Beach Park, Kualoa Regional Park, Kahana Bay Beach Park, Lanikai Beach, Sunset Beach or Ehukai Beach Park  are some of the most interesting ones.

Diamond Head State Park – the crater of an ancient volcano – offers amazing views over Waikiki. Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is an amazing place to enjoy nature. Nu’uanu Pali Lookout offers some of the most amazing views in the island, apart from the hiking trails. Hale’iwa Historical town is a 100-year-old historic town with many historical buildings. Byodo-in Temple is a recreation of the 900-year-old Byodo-In Temple in Kyoto. Dole Plantation, once a roadside fruit stand, offers different attractions such as the Pineapple Garden Maze. All the details and many more places of interest in your app from now on. Enjoy it.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Sicily

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Today we include a new and great destination in our app: Sicily. Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands and one of the pearls of Southern Italy. Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colors, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds. Riserva dello Zingaro is a pristine stretch of mountainous coastline. Monte San Calogero offers breathtaking views from the summit. Mount Etna towers to incredible heights and is visible from much of Sicily. Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily – The Aeolians, Egadi and Pelagie Islands, Pantelleria and Ustica – offers unique sceneries.  These little islands are a real paradise.

 

The island’s capital city, Palermo, is renowned for its fascinating blend of Arabic, Norman and Baroque architecture. Sicily hosts also beautiful and charming towns such as the hilltop town of Erice, the medieval town of Cefalù, or the pretty town of Taormina. The lovely seafront city of Syracruse has many attractions and also does Catania. Fascination for this region grows with treasured archaeological sites that tell the story of the ancient origins of Sicily. Highlights include the ancient port of Selinunte, the ruined Roman villa at Piazza Armerina, the Greek temple complex at Agrigento, or the atmospheric archaeological site of Morgantina. More than 150 magical places you can enjoy from now on in Travelechoes.

Campania

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy, Campania

 

Today we introduce a new destination, also in Italy: Campania, best known for the spectacular Amalfi Coast, the incredible ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and one of the few active volcanoes in Europe: Mount Vesuvius. Also a city full of character as Naples, certainly with a lot to offer. Within the Amalfi cost there are amazing gems like Positano, Amalfi, Praiano, Sorrento and Ravello. And in Campania we can find areas of great natural beauty like the Cilento National Park and the spectacular islands of Ischia and Procida. You can look for all these destinations and many more in TravelEchoes.

Tuscany & Liguria

Siena, Tuscany

We’re happy to announce that we launch a new destination today: Tuscany and Liguria in Italy. Florence is Tuscany’s crown jewel, with its beautiful buildings, priceless art and unique atmosphere. And amongst the vineyards and hills of Tuscany are other lovely historic towns. Siena is a patrician hilltop town with a past to rival that of Florence. Pisa boasts not just the legendary leaning tower, but also several other attractions. Smaller Tuscan destinations which are popular with holidaymakers include Lucca, San Gimignano (a forest of medieval towers on a hill) and the wine-producing Chianti area. The coastline includes great resorts such as Forte dei Marmi, the Monte Argentario promontory and the Isle of Elba. The region’s thermal springs at Chianciano and Bagni di Lucca are also popular.

 

Liguria is bordering with France. The region features impressive mountains and lovely rolling hills, overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Its characteristic rocky coast is interrupted by small coves, and beaches of fine golden sand.  The Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, the Gulf of Tigullio, Genoa and Paradise Gulf, the Riviera delle Palme and the Riviera dei Fiori make up the famous coast of Liguria which stretches from Ameglia to Ventimiglia. During an itinerary so spectacular for the beauty of the land and seascapes, we can see the most famous tourist resorts: Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Sestri Levante with its enchanting Baia del Silenzio (Silent Bay), and Chiavari.  Sanremo is the city of flowers. Bordighera and Alassio, with its 3 kilometers of fine sand, along with Laigueglia and Varigotti, are some of the gems embedded in the Riviera di Ponente. Then comes Portovenere – facing Palmaria Island – then Lerici with its grand Medieval castle and elegant villas.

Manarola, Liguria

Utah

Park Avenue, Utah, Arches National Park

We begin the new year introducing an incredible destination: Utah. A southwestern state known for its beautiful landscapes since it includes five of the best national parks in the United States: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. All of them are different but without doubt real wonders of nature, from the natural arches of Arches to the deep canyons of Canyonlands through the spectacular rock formations of Bryce and Zion.

And amazing unspoilt areas like the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument with sensational canyons and all kinds of fantastic landscapes offer a dream destination for lovers of nature. San Rafael Swell, Flaming Gorge or the Great Salt Lake are some other highlights in this wonderful state. Fans of westerns recognize many corners of the state, especially in the vicinity of Moab.