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Friday, November 16, 2018

Topmost Fall Foliage spots in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Autumn, A period of change is a colorful season and people travel around the world just to see these wonderful looking fall colors and one such beautiful location is the Smoky Mountains or Gatlinburg. The smoky mountain which is a subrange of Appalachian mountains is one of the most gorgeous creations of mother nature.
Going on a drive en route these scenic roads, exploring the lookout points, hiking trails are the most popular fall activities and if you are a private person and hate hustle bustle or overcrowded places then booking a private cabin is the best way to enjoy the fall foliage. When I say private cabin it means sipping on red wine with your loved ones while you view nature changes the colors from green to yellow, orange and red, isn't it amazing??

Smoky Mountains
A sign designating the start of the Smoky Mountains.

Clingmans Dome(19.7 miles away from Gatlinburg, TN):

Clingmans Dome, A part of the Great Smoky Mountains is located at an elevation of 6,643 feet which is the highest point in Tennessee. Circular ramp located at the Clingmans Dome offers 360-degree panoramic views of the mountains. The 7-mile narrow yet scenic road you take to reach the observatory offers spectacular views of nature. So do not forget to stop by the viewpoints to enjoy the breeze, colors and click as many pictures as you need.
Parking: Free.
Entry Fee: Free.

Clingman's Dome
The sight of snow filled trees at Clingmans Dome.

Newfound Gap Road(15.6 miles away from Gatlinburg, TN):

This beautifully paved scenic road is situated at an altitude of 5,046 feet and is minutes away from Clingmans Dome. Newfound Gap Road rather the land of blue smoke as described by Cherokees is one of the most popular drives in smoky mountains and offers huge and free parking space for the visitors. 

Tennesse and North Carolina Borderline.
Tennessee and North Carolina Borderline.

Newfound Gap road
A glimpse of Newfound Gap scenic road.

This place is also home to Rockefeller Memorial and apart from our 15-mile scenic drive and the magnificent views, I enjoyed discovering and taking a picture of mine while I stood on the state line or borderline of North Carolina and Tennessee states.
Parking: Free. 
Entry Fee: Free.

Chimney Tops Trail(9.4 miles away from Gatlinburg, TN):

The 2-mile trail to Chimney Tops starts from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is minutes away from Newfound Gap road. Despite the short distance, elevation and the ample number of stairs to reach the top makes it strenuous but then guys trust me it is worth it. I mean, multiple bridges, flowing water/river, trees and the colors you get to witness on Chimney Tops Hiking Trail are phenomenal.
It provides limited parking so people make sure you reach early to capture the parking spot and do wear comfortable shoes and a thick jacket.
Parking: Free.
Entry Fee: Free.

Yet another beautifully paved road to witness fall foliage.

Downtown, Gatlinburg:

Gatlinburg is a small town nestled in the gorgeous mountains of Tennessee. This small town is filled with tourists around the world throughout the year. Just like downtowns of other cities, Gatlinburg downtown was filled with traffic so we parked our car at the hotel and walked towards our destination. Since Gatlinburg is a small town, every tourist spot in downtown is at a walkable distance.

1. Sky Lift Gatlinburg:

Despite the crowd, there was no wait time. Hopped on an open chair airlift basket as soon as we purchased the tickets and took off in no time. Skylift operated slowly so we could feel the breeze, move around and enjoy the 360-degree view of the fall colors. During our ride, we passed several buildings, houses, bridge, and river before we reached an ascent of 1800 feet. Though we had no access to the observatory at the top, the magnanimous view of the mountains I got to see during my descend journey is unbelievable.
Parking: Paid parking.
Entry Fee: 16$ for adult and 13$ for a kid.

View from my sky lift chair before landing.

2. Gatlinburg Space Needle:

Space Needle is an all steel observatory building located 407 feet above the ground level. We reached the top of outdoor observatory through one of the two glass elevators offered by tower management.
The panoramic view of the Smokies and the fall colors were one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen during this fall season.
Parking: Paid parking.
Entry Fee: 12.95$ for adult and 7.95$ for a kid.

Mt Soma Temple(64 miles away from Gatlinburg, TN):

Sri Someswara temple or as popularly known as Mt Soma is a serene Hindu temple nestled in blue ridge mountains. This Vedic temple is open 7 days a week and offers meditation hall, food and stay.
Alike the temple, 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Gatlinburg to Mt Soma is equally beautiful and driving across these mountains is a treat for all generations. You get to see the various intensity of fall colors as you drive across. Apart from magnanimous scenic views, colors, steep concrete roads, you get to experience the countryside charm. I mean even during this age and generation especially in developed countries like America there are people who love to live organically. The view of the gorgeous mountains, peaceful temple, colorful leaves, cattle and the horses running around the huge farms was just insanely incredible.
Parking: Free.
Entry Fee: Free.

Beautiful capture of Nandi facing lord Shiva at Mt Someswara temple.

Cades Cove Loop Road(33 miles away from Gatlinburg, TN):

Cades Cove is an 11-mile one-way scenic loop, This loop offers great picturesque views. You can experience the views of mountains, vibrating colors, variations of trees, fog and all at your own pace but be mindful of other travelers. People who drove before us stopped their car in the middle of the road to take a picture and that caused a traffic rucksack to fellow travelers. So, guys, you have the freedom to view and appreciate every bit of nature and at your own pace but then use pullouts instead of stopping at the middle of the roads.
Parking: Free.
Entry Fee: Free.

Insider Tips:
1. These famous spots are crowded during the fall so be prepared for traffic. In fact, I suggest people pack lunch/snack so you can stay energetic.
2. Be mindful of fellow travelers and use pullouts.
3. Because of the elevations, weather is usually cold along with a chance snowing so wear warm, comfortable clothes.

Friday, October 26, 2018

My First Tandem Sky Diving.

I wanted to experience Tandem Sky Diving for years now and the D-Day is ultimately here!!

I was supposed to go on Sky Diving when I traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada back in 2016. But, I had to drop the plan due to weather conditions and I was extremely disheartened that I did not get to accomplish it. I am glad, I got to achieve it exactly after two years of my initial plan.


Ready Steady Go!!
Reached location precisely on time. On arrival, I was asked to read several pages of waiver and sign it before we proceed. Oh my god!! 6 pages of waiver and every point in the waiver meant the same damn thing "I am solely responsible for the risks involved". It seemed like I was mastering how to use "I am solely responsible for the risks involved" in a sentence/paragraph in 100 different ways. Jokes apart, My Instructor was knowledgeable and knew what he was doing remarkably well. He helped me with the instructions required to perform tandem skydiving safely, helped me gear up the equipment and that is all we were all set, Walked towards our flight and by now my excitement to jump off from 14500 ft above ground level was multiplied by infinite times.

It took us approximately 2-3 minutes of flight travel to reach the specific altitude, My instructor and I walked towards the door, took our position and within a second we jumped off the plane into to the air witnessing the moment I was most anticipating for. Flying like a bird through the blue skies, experiencing the vision of a bird, appreciating the majestic sight of the Atlanta city and in no time our multi-colored parachute was open, and we took a couple of 360 degree spins to experience the thrill also to enjoy the view before we land.
I was super pleased that I got to accomplish one of my desired activities from my bucket list. In fact, I was smiling from ear to ear through the entire span of 5-7 minutes of an adventuresome encounter and this moment will be treasured for life.

Witness every minute details of my first Tandem Sky Diving by watching the video below:

Do not be scared to experience something like this because "You Cannot Fly Till you Jump".

Do share your adventure tales in the comments below also do not forget to specify how did you like it and if you will do it all over again.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seven Magnificent Waterfalls in Georgia worth a visit.

Scenic hiking trails, river rafting, wildlife camping, food, live music, art festival, I mean there is so much to experience and relish in this peach state of Georgia. Though there is a never-ending list of what the state offers, Going on a hike to explore waterfalls in the woods is one the most significant ones. Did you know Georgia is the land of Waterfalls, in fact, some study states there are around 50 waterfalls in Georgia state? So why waste time visiting the same old tourist spots, go out with your kids, family, and friends exploring beautiful waterfalls.

7 Magnificent waterfalls in Georgia worth a visit.

1. Tallulah Falls:

Tallulah Falls is located in a Victorian-era town called Tallulah Falls City, Georgia. This waterfalls nestled in the North East corner of the Georgia Mountains is around 2 miles long, 1000 feet deep and is formed by Tallulah river. 

Scenic View of Tallulah Waterfalls.
Scenic View of Tallulah Waterfalls.

You can access waterfalls either via north rim trail or south rim trail. However, If you are visiting with kids then I suggest you enter the trail through the north rim, which is via the visitor museum. Why? Because this 3-floor visitor museum building which is also known as Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center presents an outstanding display of various wildlife creatures, flora, and fauna. Not just the improvised display, you get to watch an educational film about the ecosystem specially designed for kids. As you reach the end of the Visitor Museum, there is a walkway leading you towards the trail. 
Hike trail offers five viewpoints/spots to enjoy the scenic view of the waterfalls. Personally, I loved the Suspension Bridge viewpoint, located halfway down towards the falls. You need to take the stairs and climb down over 310 steps to get there. If you or anybody in your group has motion sickness or scared of height then please skip getting or walking on the bridge because though the bridge is safe, it is very shaky. There is no timeframe so you can stand over or walk across the bridge enjoying the spectacular view of the Tallulah waterfalls surrounded by the bushes as long as you wish.
Once across the bridge, you need to climb down 221 steps further to get to the rocks and feel the water flowing down from the Tallulah Falls. The view at this level is breathtaking. However, not many people get to this point because steps or stairs remain closed most of the time due to safety reasons. You can explore as many scenic viewpoints as you want based on your stamina or perhaps strength.

Suspension Bridge Viewpoint.
Suspension Bridge Viewpoint.

I enjoyed watching the magnificent waterfalls from all five viewpoints. Only thing I did not like is the way back, climbing up more than 500 stairs was sure a nightmare, thankfully there was no crowd so I was able to take breaks and sit on the stairs for a while I hiked back towards parking.
Parking/Entry Fee: 5$
Timings: 9am-5pm.

2. DeSota Falls:

DeSota Falls, Part of Chattahoochee National Forest is located in Lumpkin County, Georgia.
As you reach DeSota Falls by the roads in the midst of the forest, grab an envelope(parking envelope located near notification board) fill in your vehicle details along with a deposit of 3$ and drop it in the box.
As you follow the hiking path, midst of the groves witnessing the beautiful sight of the flowing creek to your left and campsite on the right you will enter a wooden bridge where you get to decide whether you want to continue your hike towards DeSota lower falls located 0.25 miles downstream to your left or you want to continue towards DeSota upper falls located 0.75 miles upstream to your right and no matter what you choose, well-marked, easy to moderate trails will lead you to gorgeous falls.
Besides hiking, you can also experience various activities like camping, river and stream fishing, picnicking with your kids, family, and friends.
Parking: 3$(Honor Parking).
Timings: 24 Hours a day.

DeSota Lower Falls.
DeSota Lower Falls.

3. Anna Ruby Falls:

Anna Ruby Falls located in Helen, Georgia lies in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest.
This twin waterfall is created at the junction of two streams. This can clearly be noticed once you reach waterfalls, the fall which is 47m tall is farmed by Curtis Creek and the shorter fall of 15m is farmed by York Creek.
The 0.5-mile hike to reach spectacular twin falls is manageable. Though the hike is short, the inclined paved pathway can make you tired. Take a break and rest a while on stone benches located throughout the hike if you feel weak or tired. This place offers two observation points to enjoy the magnificent view of the falls and capture stunning pictures.
Parking/Entry Fee: 3$.
Timings: 9am-5pm.

4. Toccoa Falls:

Toccoa Falls.
Toccoa Falls.
Toccoa Falls is Located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa City. This 186 foot high waterfalls is accessed through the gift shop or visitor center exit. You need to walk through the small trail of around 100 meters to reach amazing Toccoa Falls.
You will relate to the fact of being 19 feet higher than Niagara Falls as you reach the end of the trail and witness the free fall of water from the top.
We reached around 12pm and there was no one around except a couple who was busy posing for professional couple photoshoot and maybe for this strange reason I felt like we own this spectacular place. Jokes apart, The sound of flowing water, chirping of birds, bright flowers, butterflies, I just fell in love with Toccoa Falls. This waterfall has no hassle, no long walks, no hiking, and absolutely no restrictions. I mean you can jump around the rocks, walk towards the falls, lie down and feel the drizzle of the waterfalls, stand under the falls and get drenched.
Parking/Entry Fee: 2$
Timings: 9am-5pm.

5. Henderson Falls:

Henderson Falls located in Toccoa, Georgia. 25 acres of Henderson Park provides several scenic views, amphitheater, tennis court, play area, waterfall and nature trail. After you park the car, Walk through the pathway into the woods, within a few meters you will locate the falls to your left.
You can either take the stairs to go down and witness 20-foot waterfalls or go over the bridge to enjoy the scenic river flow as well as waterfalls view.
We were on our way back to Atlanta from Toccoa Falls and it started raining heavily so we took a detour and stopped at this park and that's when we randomly found Henderson Falls. Now that you know this cute little fall is located quite near to Toccoa Falls, plan accordingly and visit both of these falls on the same day.
Parking/Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 7am-8pm.

Beautiful view of Henderson Falls.
Beautiful view of Henderson Falls.

6. Amicalola Falls:

Amicalola Falls located in Dawsonville, Georgia is one of the tallest waterfalls located in the state.
To get to see this beautiful fall, you need to go through a mile of the hike. Hiking can be challenging, because of the steep incline and hundreds(604) of stairs you need to take to view the fall.
Climbing up 604 stairs was crazy, I had to take a couple of breaks to renew my energy and get going. No matter how hard the hike was, As soon as I reached the top and witnessed the magical view of the Amicalola Falls I felt refreshed and was proud of myself for getting this far.
We stayed at the top for a while and had some food before we made our way back to the parking.
If you are not into hiking or if you feel climbing stairs is tiresome then you can drive to top or opt alternate trails to view parts of the falls.
Parking/Entry Fee: 5$.
Timings: 7am-10pm.

7. Dukes Creek Falls:

Dukes Creek Falls located in Helen, Georgia lies in the core of the Chattahoochee National Forest.
You need to take a 1.2-mile hike to view the beauty of this 150-foot waterfalls. The first half of the trail is downhill and the rest of it is uphill. As you walk along the paved path, you will realize some parts of the trail is narrow and not just that you may notice some fallen wood logs on your way towards the waterfalls which can make your hike bit tired other than that it is a great hike, you get to enjoy panoramic views of creek, lush and the waterfalls.
You can get on the observation decks located at the waterfalls to capture some great photographs of you and your family.
Parking/Entry Fee: 4$(Honor Parking).
Timings: 7am-till dawn.

View from my Dukes Creek Falls Hike.
View from my Dukes Creek Falls Hike.

Insider Tips:
1. Please carry exact change to pay or drop at the parking, because most of these places follow honor parking.
2. Most of the hike is slippery so, I suggest you guys wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in New York.

New York City is crowned by numerous titles like The most populous city in the United States, The trendsetter, Fashion as well as Finance capital of the world, Center of the universe and the list goes on and on. NYC is such an incredibly multicultural place that anybody from varying ethnicity background can sink into city's vibe and get along pretty well instantly. Whether you are a first-timer or a frequent visitor, if you have not seen/been to any of the places listed in10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in New York, then you are missing out on a great place. So, I would suggest you people plan wisely and cover all the beautiful sights of the city.

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in New York

Statue of Liberty:

Statue of Liberty located on Liberty Island, New York is a gift to the people of the United States by the people of France.
Statue of Liberty, New York.
Statue of Liberty.
This 151 feet 1-inch tall copper statue holding the torch on the right hand and tabula ansata(Tablet) on the left is a figure of a robed woman representing liberty goddess.
It is one of the popular tourist attractions of not just New York but the entire world and people from every corner of the world visit this amazing place to witness the universal symbol of democracy and freedom. You can visit liberty island via ferries departing either from Battery Park, New York or Liberty State Park, Jersey State.
I saw the statue of liberty in a couple of Indian movies before. But then, Seeing it in real and witnessing the minute details of this marvel felt extraordinary. You might wonder minute details, what are they?? Well, Most of the travellers might have recognised them but then if you have not, do not worry I will walk you through, seven spikes of the thorn represents 7 continents and seas, broken chains around her feet represents freedom, torch represents enlightenment, right foot looks like she is on the move/moving forward, 4th July on the tablet indicates Americas Independence.
Not just these artistic details, ferry ride towards the statue, all the blue waters around, almost everything looks so magnificent.
Entry Fee: 18$(Includes round trip through the cruise and the admission ticket to Statue of liberty and Ellis Island).
Timings: 9am-5.15pm.

Times Square:

Times Square is the entertainment center of New York. Streets on Time Square are filled with local attractions(like Madame Tussaud, Ripley`s Believe it or Not, The Ride, and more), various restaurants, shopping centers and more. All the bright neon lights, huge billboards, buildings, costumed characters, street plays, and even the hustle bustle I mean everything about Times Square is colorful and lively. I have been to Times Square multiple times, spent hours doing nothing but walking around with a drink yet, I fell in love with this place every single time I was there that's the charm of this place.
Interesting fact, Did you guys know having one's picture displayed in Time Square holds a mark of achievement for the celebrities around the world? You might have heard loads of stories about this part of the universe but believe me, that's way too less when compared to how beautiful this place is.
People visit this place throughout the year but it is most crowded during New Year's Eve Ball Drop which is treated as a prominent part of New Years celebration in New York and not just New Yorkers, people around the world dream about onlooking Ball Drop and celebrate new year at Time's Square, in fact attending this event is one of the bucket-lists desires to most of the people around the globe including me and I am pleased to inform you guys that I did tick off Ball Drop from my bucket list.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: Times Square Street is open 24 hours a day.

Times Square
Times Square.

High Line:

High Line is a 1.4 mile long elevated public park. Although this Railway Line transformed public park is new, it attracts millions of visitors throughout the year. If you want to escape from all the hustle bustle and traffic madness yet stay in the midst of the city and enjoy the view then this place is a must. As you walk through High Line you will be surprised to see how effectively this place is designed and constructed. All, the plantation/greenery, colors, resting/seating arrangements, peaceful view of the city everything looks cool.
If in case you skipped or were not aware of this top-rated tourist attraction of New York, make sure you adjust itinerary and visit this place next time you are in New York.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 7am to 12am.

Brooklyn Bridge:

Brooklyn Bridge which opened way back in 1883 to connect Manhattan and Brooklyn, is by far one of the most beautiful suspension bridges in the US of A. No matter what time of the day or night it is, one-mile walk on Brooklyn Bridge with all the skyscrapers of Manhattan in the background looks sensational. Whether you are visiting this place for the first time or tenth time, it does not matter because you totally get involved and enjoy every minute spent. After you appreciate Manhattan view or Statue of Liberty view from Brooklyn Bridge I suggest you guys go eat at the Dumbo(a hot spot for restaurants and exciting shop), Visit 85 acres Brooklyn Bridge Park and explore more of Brooklyn neighborhood.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: Open 24 hours a day.

Sky Line view from Brooklyn Bridge
Sky Line view from Brooklyn Bridge

Ellis Island:

During the early days, millions of immigrants entered America through Ellis island located between New Jersey and New York. Though It was not the only place where immigrants came from but were one of the busiest and significant points of entry to the United States. You will understand the importance of this place when you visit Ellis Island Museum.
Ellis Island is located very close to Liberty Islands. So, if you have plans to visit the statue of liberty then, you can add Ellis Island to your itinerary and use the same ferry services offered by statue services to commute to Ellis Island. Most of the travelers who are not into history might skip this place but trust me people its worth a visit, particularly, if you are somebody who visits places just not to take photographs but to understand the culture and history it holds.
Entry Fee: 18$(Includes round trip through the cruise and the admission ticket to Statue of liberty and Ellis Island).
Timings: 9am-5.15pm.

Wall Street:

Charging Bull and The Fearless Girl, New York.
Charging Bull and The Fearless Girl
located on Wall Street.
Wall street located in Manhattan, New York is the largest and most watched stock market in the world, which is why Wall Street is also called as Global Financial Hub and area around wall street is called Financial District. You might question why Finance/Stocks associated place is listed as top rated tourist attractions in New York, It is because other than economics, you will be fascinated by the architectural structures, historic monuments, and the most famous Charging Bull and Fearless Girl sculpture. Wall Street Bull or as popularly known as Charging Bull is 3.5 tons bronze statue standing 11 feet tall and 16 feet long. This overly sized bull sculpture is a gift from a French Artist to symbolize American people power.
15-20 explorers were surrounded by Bull sculpture, The day I visited. So, I stood far relishing the beauty around. As minutes passed, I stepped towards the bull out of interest to see why people took the longest time to take a picture or two and I got shocked by what I saw.
I mean, They were busy touching and taking pictures of Bulls private parts. I was confused and my curious mind wanted an answer. So, I asked a fellow traveler and he informed me that - They(Some parts of the world) believe, Touching Bull genitals bring them wealth and good luck. It sounds superstitious right??
Well, I Moved towards The Fearless Girl sculpture located 20 feet away respecting their belief.
A spectacle of the most controversial Fearless Girl statue(representing feminist strength) standing fearlessly facing whopping 3.5 tons Charging Bull is such an inspiration to most of the girls.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: Open 24 hours a day.

World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial and Museum:

Memorial and Museum were constructed to pay tribute to 2,977 people who were killed during horrific 9/11 attack and 1993 WTC bombing which killed six people, as well as those legends who sacrificed their lives to protect and rescue others.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 9am to 8pm.

Central Park:

The vast land of 843 acres turned Central Park is one of the iconic and most visited parks in the United States and visiting this place is one of the highlights of my New York Trip. Park offers a playground, walking and jogging trails, sculptures, outdoor movies, educational programs, concerts and more. Park has several divisions and it is considerably huge. So, keep the map handy and allow yourself more time to go around the park and explore. If you have kids or you want to give your feet a break then, you can hire a pedicab tour.
I loved the view of pony rides, Alice in the wonderland statute, lush European gardens, and romantic paddle boat ride around the river.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 6am to 1am.

Central Park, New York
Iconic Central Park.

Fifth Avenue:

Fifth Avenue is one of the well-known streets of America. It offers modern and expensive shops in the city. Top designer stores like Prada, Versace, Gucci and many more are located here on Fifth Avenue. Women love browsing around the stores for the trendy and the fashionable stuff and where else can you find them other than fashion city of the world.
Whether you are a buyer or a window shopper, You will simply love walking around these highly expensive stores on the Fifth Avenue.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 24 hours a day(Access to streets, not the stores).

Empire State Building:

World Famous Empire State Building is located in Midtown Manhattan, New York. It provides two public observatories, One in 86th floor and other on the 102nd floor. You need to buy overpriced tickets to enter these observatories but guys, I assure you it is worth a visit.
Both the observatory provides a spectacular view of New York sky Line and is open 365 days a year.
I visited the Empire State Building both during the day as well as night yet night view was my favorite. It was a breezy, winter night and the temperature was 29F low(-2 Celsius) and I was on the top floor(102nd) of the Empire State Building appreciating the colorfully lit panoramic view of the city. Plus, the icing on the cake moment was the snowfall. Yes, It did snow while we were posing for our photos and it felt amazing.
Entry Fee: 37$ and 57$(86th and 102nd floor).
Timings: 8am to 2am.

Empire State Building, New York.
Spectacular view from Empire State Building observatory.

Insider Tips for New York Trip: 
1. Buy tickets in advance utilizing coupons available online or you can buy New York City Pass to save money.
2. Avoid traffic and parking problems by opting Amtrak/city buses/cabs.

You may find NYC familiar as you walk through the streets of New York. Well, that is because the city is frequently shot as a backdrop for television programs or movies throughout the world and I am sure you might have witnessed glimpses of the city in a movie or two.
If you can associate or identify any New York city movies/shows, let me know in comments.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Unique and Must Try Dessert Places of Atlanta.

Atlanta or Hotlanta is not widely known as prime food destination just like LA or New York but it sure does offer some terrific food especially Desserts. It is up to us to hunt down some of the city`s interesting desserts and try them out, You do not have time to do so?? do not worry I have made your job easy and I am sure you will thank me later.

Unique and Must Try Dessert Places of Atlanta.

Sprinkles Cupcakes:

Sprinkles Cupcakes located at Lenox Mall Brookhaven offers best cupcakes, ice creams, drinks and that is not all, there is a uniqueness to this store. It serves you cupcakes 24/7 through Cupcake ATM. Yes!! you got ATM thing right. Pink ATM machine placed at the valet parking entrance looks just as pretty as the cupcakes they offer. So if you have a sweet tooth and crave for cupcakes then head to Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM, Swipe your card, withdraw and savor any number of cupcakes filled with deliciousness.
Location: Lenox Mall, Brookhaven.

Sprinkles Cupcakes
Cupcake ATM, Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Sweet Hut:

Oh Boy, What do I say about Sweet Hut?? This place has something for every taste bud. They offer a wide selection of sweet and savory baked products like curry puff, donuts, pastries, tarts, milk buns, bubble teas and more. This is my go-to place for fresh baked stuff and staff is always on alert to place next batch of fresh products to satisfy the demands of an overwhelming crowd. I always visit this place to buy milk cheese bun and coconut tarts but as soon as I go around the store with a tray and spatula, I end up buying more than what I can eat and that's the charm of this place. Apart from famous baked goods and bubble drinks, they offer sweet hut gift cards, t-shirts. Another interesting fact about Sweet Hut is giving back to society, they took an initiative to support the community by giving away $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student for a two year in a row.
Location: Doraville, Georgia.

Amorino Gelato:

Paris inspired/Italian Gelato place serves varieties of sorbet, macaroons, milkshakes, crepes, waffles, gelato, hot and cold drinks without any use of artificial color or floors. I ordered myself a classic size cone gelato and stood to stare at the different flavors through glass freezer and minute later, I choose the combination of flavors with some sample tasting. Artist/Employee carefully crafted layers of ice cream as petals of rose and served with a tiny a spoon and it tasted fresh, tasty and unique.
Pets are welcome at Amerino Gelato(It is a pet-friendly store) in fact they provide tiny treats for pets which is absolutely free.
Location: The Shops Buckhead Atlanta.
Insider Tip: Make sure you get the parking stamp on your receipt to claim free parking.

Gelato Ice Cream
Amerino Gelato.

Tous Les Jours:

Tous Les Jours is an Asian/South Korean bakery franchise. It is a cute little store which offers both Korean and French-inspired desserts like buns, bread, cornets, pies, pastries and unique Korean donuts like red bean donuts, sweet rice donuts, sesame donuts and more. They showcase Korean culture through the desserts they offer and I just loved the way how they incorporate food and tradition together. I visited this place for custard buns from time to time back in Texas and I continue doing the same in Atlanta too. Taste remains the same, light and mouthwatering but the varieties they offer vary because they have their menu curated based on the location and demand.
Location: Doraville, Georgia.
Insider Tip: Usually located at the HMart grocery store.

King of Pops:

King Of Pops Cart
King Of Pops.
I have seen King Of Pops store as well as carts few times at different places(Beltline, Ponce City Market) spread throughout the city of Atlanta but, did not get a chance to taste it. The other day,
I was resting after a walk at the Atlanta Belt-line and saw King Of Pops all over again so my husband decides to try KOP(King Of Pops) Popsicle so he brought strawberry lemonade popsicle and we just loved it. The tanginess and the real feel of strawberries were so addictive that we ended up buying more and more. They do not just sell popsicle at different places in the city they also deliver them to your address. All you need to do is place an order by selecting the flavors you love and they ship the box of pops to your address so you can either stock it up or send it to a family member/friend. Not just that you can also book King Of Pops cart to be present at the events you host, buy KOP gift tokens and KOP accessories like hats, t-shirts and more.
Location: Ponce Market, Atlanta.

Sublime Doughnuts:

Tired of eating classic donuts? Then you must visit this place called Sublime Doughnuts. They offer a unique and vast range of fluffy donuts, croissants, and donuts burgers/ice cream burgers at an affordable price. Oreo Burger(Donuts burger with Oreo ice-cream as stuffing, coated with crushed Oreo and vanilla fondant) and Peach Extravaganza(Peach fritters filled with peach caramel sauce and served with sorbet as well as sauteed peaches) are famous among the crowd but my favorite is Fresh Strawberry N Cream, Donuts filled with fresh cream and strawberry slices.
Location: North Druid Hills, Atlanta.

Roll It Up Ice Cream:

It is a great spot to enjoy Asian themed creamiest ice creams in Atlanta. As the name suggests, they roll up ice cream and serve them in a cup with selected toppings and add on's but what's fun is watching the process of your ice cream being made. Roll It Up Ice Cream store offers both liquid nitrogens and roll up ice creams and I love them both, it's just that liquid nitrogen version blends all the selected ingredients while in the roll it up version you can taste the chunks.
Location: Doraville, Atlanta.

Roll It Up Ice Cream
Roll It Up Ice Cream.

Hokulia Shave Ice:

This store offers authentic Hawaiian inspired Shave Ice. These snow cones come in 3 different sizes with multiple flavors and add on's to choose from and you can also ask for your favorite scoop of ice-cream to be placed at the center of shave ice. What else does one need to beat Hotlanta's(Atlanta's) summer other this refreshing ice cream/shaved ice?? Delightful flavors, huge portions, hut, tables, friendly staff everything about this store is exciting and beautiful.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia.

Desserts are the most wonderful treats on this planet, don't you agree? It has the power to console a teary kid, cool you off during a hot day, relieves your stress, helps to share happiness, plays a major part in celebrating success and much more. Do leave a comment if you love sweet treats/desserts, Happy Sweet-Eating guys.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Must Visit Attractions in Washington DC

Capital of The United States of America, Washington D.C.(Formerly known as District of Columbia) is formed using the donated land from neighboring states Virginia and Maryland and is named after Americas first president George Washington.
Washington is of one the very well planned places in the World, Most of the attractions are located around the National Mall which makes navigation very easy for tourists. City offers dozens of tourist attractions and it can be overwhelming to narrow down so here is the list of must visit attractions you should visit when in Washington DC.

United States Capitol:

This significant and architecturally stunning building is the home of the United States Congress. It is a place where laws are written by lawmakers of the nation and over the centuries Capitol has housed meeting chambers of the senates and house of representatives.
As a Art lover, I was captivated by impressive designs of the building than the congress meets and history about the law making. Most striking feature about the Capitol is the stunning interiors, paintings, white painted cast iron Dome and 19.6 feet bronze Statue of Freedom at the top.
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m(Mon-Sat).
Tip: Plan and make an online reservation well in advance.

State Capitol
State Capitol

White House:

White House is official residence and workplace of country's president. This home of every president of the USA is always in the news through out the world and each decision made in this house is crucial not just for the USA but for the entire world.
Inside tour of White House is open for public on first come first serve basis and you need to reserve your spot no less than 21 days in advance. Every tourist of Washington D.C wishes to see and take a picture of this classical building atleast from the distance.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 7:30 a.m – 4 p.m.

Washington National Cathedral:

This Noe-Gothic, Cathedral church is one of the largest churches in the United States, it took 83 years to build this artistic church. Just like other monuments in Washington DC this church is filled with artistic details like sculptures, carvings, colored mosaics, metal frames. South side of church is attached to Bishops Garden filled with greenery and fish pond.
Entry Fee: Free for sightseeing.
Timings: 10 a.m - 5 p.m.

National Cathedral
National Cathedral

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum:

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is popularly known as worlds largest Museum consisting of hundreds of air and spacecrafts. It is home for the original first successful heavier than air powered flight 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer other than that Museum is filled native aircraft's used in World War I and  World War II. It is center for research and offers several interactive and educational exhibits to get an insight of how things fly, how jet engines work etc, orbits, space discovery and more. Irrespective of age, If you or your kid is into aviation stuff then this place is all you need.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 10 a.m - 5:30 p.m.

Lincoln Memorial:

It is a monument built to honor the impact of a former(16th) President of The United States of America Abraham Lincoln, As you walk/drive towards Lincoln memorial you will realize Lincoln Memorial is located at the end of the National Mall.
It is a building in the form of Greek Doric temple containing 19 foot seated marble sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. Memorial`s Wall is surrounded by 36 columns depicting 36 states existed during Lincolns death.
When i visited Washington D.C for the first time i was focused only on avoiding the crowd and taking a picture of Lincolns statue, Only at my second visit i was able to Find Martin Luther's engraving, understand the historical architecture details of Lincoln Memorial and appreciate the view from the stairs of Lincoln Memorial.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: Open 24 Hours.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC
Abraham Lincoln Memorial

The Washington Monument:

Washington Monument is the tallest(555 foot) freestanding all stone structure in the world. When you carefully stare Washington Monument you will notice color changes and that is because the construction was put to halt couple of times for years due to political and funds issues. Monument is surrounded by 50 American flags representing 50 states of America. You can take elevator to reach the very top of the monument enjoy the view and make your way down whenever you are done.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 9 a.m - 5 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial:

It is a presidential memorial dedicated to Thomas Jefferson.
19 Foot bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson is located at the center of the Dome building, located by coloumns and circular shaped marble steps. Memomorial Building is Surrounded by water, National Malls Tidal Basin(Large body of water bordered by Washington DC`s Cherry Blossom).
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: Open 24 hours.

National World War II Memorial:

It is a Memorial dedicated to Americans who served as a part of armed forces during World War II and sacrificed their life for the country.
As you walk through the memorial, You will be welcomed by the fountain surrounded by 56 tall granite arranged in semi circle order and these tall granite symbolizes unity among 48 states, District of Columbia and 7 federal territories.
Freedom wall, northern and southern arch, pool every thing has a meaning and it is built very artfully. After getting an insight about the memorial you can sit by the pool and relax for a while before heading towards the next spot.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 9:30 a.m - 10 p.m.

National World War II  Memorial
National World War II  Memorial

Supreme Court of United States:

Just like any other Supreme Courts in the world, It is open for public. You can tour the court and also attend free lectures about the history of the building and If there is any session and you are early then you can reserve a spot for yourself and watch case being argued.
Entry Fee: Free.
Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m(Mon-Fri).

Tidal Basin:

It is 107 acre and 10 feet deep reservoir between Washington Channel and Potomac River. Several monuments and memorials that are worth seeing are located around the Tidal Basin and
during spring, you get to see beautiful white-pink cherry blossoms around Tidal Basin.
I got a chance to witness cherry blossoms around tidal basin along with a group of friends during last spring and i thoroughly enjoyed the view, weather, reflection of memorial and cherry blossom on Tidal Basin waters.
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: Open 24 hours.

Cherry Blossom around Tidal Basin
Cherry Blossom around Tidal Basin

You still have time after covering the places above?? then go visit a National Zoo, Botanical Garden, Spy Museum, Newseum, Library of congress, Korean War Veterans Museum, Museum of African Art.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

10 Ultimate places to visit with kids in Atlanta.

Atlanta is not just known for its traffic and busiest airport, It is also known for its diverse culture and popular attractions like "Georgia Aquarium: The largest aquarium in the world", "World of Coca-Cola: Only place in the world one get to learn about Coke" and various other indoor and outdoor family attractions and one will never run out of things to see and do in Atlanta.

Here are some of the Kid Friendly/Family Friendly places in Atlanta, Georgia:

1. Georgia Aquarium:

Aquarium located in Downtown, Atlanta is the worlds largest aquarium housing more than tens of thousands of sea creatures ranging from puffins to whale sharks.
Stop at the front desk, check schedules for dolphin presentation, beluga interaction, under the broad walk, behind the sea tour etc so your kid gets to see every show aquarium offers and while you are there spot TINY DOOR ATL located at the aquarium. (Click here to know more about Tiny Door
It is one of the best places where a kid/parent not only gets entertained but also educated about the aquatic life and its creatures, so do plan a visit to Georgia Aquarium.
Entry Fee:30$(Changes according to date and time you opt).

Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium

2. Stone Mountain Park:

Located on 3200 acres land and 25 miles away from Downtown, Atlanta is Stone Mountain Park. It is one of Georgia's very popular attraction featuring activities for all age and is open year round. The fun never ends at Stone Mountain Park where you can enjoy numerous activities with your kids like  sky ride/go hiking to reach top of the mountain, walk through the museum to know the history after kids see and enjoy the stone carving so they get an insight, Experience levels of indoor fun and games at dinotorium,take 20 mins scenic rail ride which departs every 30 minutes, Watch a show at 4D theater,teach kids golfing at the mini golf park,go on Ride The Duck tour(a vehicle that goes on both land & water),enjoy adventurous attractions like sky-hike, geyser towers and rock climbing. Apart from these activities, you can opt for Sunset pass and where you get to enjoy access to park attractions after 4 PM till closing and then watch spectacular laser show featuring taping music, lasers, fireworks and lights at night.
There are multiple snack and food joints throughout the park to keep your family energized and hydrated, so you do not have to worry about packing food.
Entry Fee: No entry fee but you need to pay for the attractions.
Insider Tip: Just want to go on hiking with kids then you can park your vehicle on the streets for free about 0.5 miles away otherwise pay 15$ and avoid 2 miles walkway back with your kids.

3. Peach Picking:

There is nothing more satisfying than picking your own seasonal sweet and juicy peaches. With all the numerous peach farms in this Peach State Georgia, It is not difficult to find the ones which offer U-Pick so select one of the farms, call them to confirm and go on peach picking with your family and kids.
Choose the basket and allow kids to go around and pick their own peaches which helps in boosting child's confidence and also get a feel of nature, trees, and fruits and once done with peach picking get yourself indulged with treats like peach jam, jellies, pies, cake, ice cream etc farm market offers.
Some of the U-Pick peach farm at Georgia are Jaemor Farms(Alto), Southern Belle Farm(McDonough).
Entry Fee: No entry fee but you need to pay for the basket you choose.
Parking: Free
Insider Tip: This is a seasonal picking so make sure you call them and inquire about the U-Pick event.

Peach Picking at Jaemor Farms
Peach Picking at Jaemor Farms

4. Center for Puppetry Arts:

This creative world of Puppetry Museum located in Midtown is the largest organization dedicated to puppetry in the United States and also it is told that this is one of the very few puppet museums in the world. The museum features Global Collection and Jim Henson's Collection where kids get to view iconic puppets like Miss Figgy, Kermit The Frog and other vast range of puppets from around the world and also Enjoy top quality shows and performances provided by the Museum for kids to enjoy.
Entry Fee: $12.50
Parking: Free

5. Atlanta Zoo:

This 40 acres Atlanta Zoo located 10 mins away from downtown offers something for everyone. Well everybody know for a fact that Zoo is a place where wide range of wildlife creatures are caged and placed throughout and what makes Atlanta zoo bit different is that it is one of the very few zoos which loans giant Pandas from China and are open for public, One can go watch them play, eat and sleep at very short distance. Other best thing is The Ford African Rain Forest, Land covered with giant tree house dedicated for all ages and breeds of gorillas is a feast for kids.
If you have or the kids have thirst to get a closer look at pandas, lions, tortoise, elephant, and lemur then book behind the scenes experience and trust me kids will love it and also be prepared for after effect cause your kid might want to take an animal/reptile home as a pet after a zoo visit.
Not just encountering animals/reptiles like snakes, fish, lion, giraffe etc, Zoo also offers a playground for kids, conducts occasional events like zoo yoga, camps, and trek which makes Atlanta Zoo a perfect place for creating long-lasting experiences.
Entry Fee:Adult-22.99$, Kids-16.99$
Parking: Free
Insider Tip:1. If on-site parking is full, You have plenty of free street parking too.
2. Do not pay full price for a ticket either Groupon it/buy group tickets/opt for city pass.

Atlanta Zoo
Atlanta Zoo

6. Strawberry Picking:

I have sneaked around my grandparent's field during my summer holidays couple of times(with or without my parent's permission is secondary though) and I cherish every minute detail about my field trips throughout my life. Kids love strawberries and taking them to a strawberry field will help them understand what harvesting is and how much hard work it takes to savor a fresh cup of strawberries. So do plan a visit to strawberry/peach picking farm so you can make as many memories as possible and treasure them for a lifetime.
Some of the U-Pick berry farm at Georgia are Warbington Farms(Cumming), Washington Farms(Loganville).
Entry Fee: No entry fee but you need to pay for the basket you choose.
Parking: Free
Insider Tip: This is a seasonal picking so make sure you call them and inquire about the U-Pick event.

7. Centennial Olympic Park:

The crowd gathers at this 21 acre Centennial Olympic Park to enjoy a laid-back evening and adore the major Atlanta's landmarks. It was built for 1996 Olympic games and you will realize it immediately by looking at the flags as well as Olympic rings as you walk through the paves of the park. A major feature of this park "Fountain of Rings" It is an interactive fountain synchronized with lights and music surrounded by flags of various Olympic hosted countries. It is designed for kids to enjoy the splash of the dancing fountain for similar tunes and it is absolutely free.
Entry Fee: Absolutely Free.
Parking: No parking available on site.
Insider Tip: There is private parking as well as street parking so choose wisely based on your condition.

Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park

8. Piedmont Park:

Apart from the trail and multiple free events, the park offers numerous educational and fun activities for kids like:
1.Mayors Grove Playground and Noguchi Playscape: Allow kids to run around the park and learn some social skills and let your little ones play till they are tired while you relax on the bench and also keep an eye on your kid.
2. Stop by to play at the Legacy Fountain Splash Pad with your kids and get drenched while enjoying the music and lights.
3. Allow your kid to take a dip at the aquatic public swimming pool located at the Piedmont Park.
4. Teach your cutie pie how to fish at the renovated Clara Meer Pond located under the bridge.
5. Enroll your kid for a monthly bird walks to explore various kinds of birds sponsored by Atlanta Audubon Society.
6. Go on a trail with your little ones and hunt Tiny Door ATL on Atlanta belt line.
(Click here to know more about Tiny Door
Park is open from 6am to 11pm and offers quite a lot of activities for all ages, so stroll around the park to explore and make use of it.
Entry Fee: Free
Parking:$1 for every 30 minutes.

9. Children's Museum of Atlanta:

Museum designed for children is located in downtown Atlanta adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park. This educational indoor playground allows kids to learn through interactive learning zones and as a parent make sure you gather information about the exhibits from the facility so you can guide your kids better. Museum offers a creative area, building area, science lab, experience and learn the area and more helping your little ones to use their imagination and ideas of their own.
Entry Fee: $15.95
Parking: $2 for every 20 mins.

Children's Museum Atlanta
Children's Museum Atlanta

10. Lego-land Discovery Center Atlanta:

Last year when I was on road trip with my best friend and family, her son continuously spoke about how he likes playing Lego, the sets he owns and after a while, I just felt WOW! did I just finish a seminar about Lego conducted by a 5-year-old?? That is how much kids appreciate Lego and If your kid is similar to my friends five-year-old then Lego-land Discovery Center for Atlanta located at the Phipps Plaza Mall in Buckhead is the ultimate place. There are 12 awesome family attractions in Lego-land and some of them include:
*Mini-land: Where you get to experience spectacular miniature, moving vehicles and light which goes off and on to give Miniature/Mini-land a touch of day and night.
*Pirate Adventure land: Pirate themed Lego play area where your little ones can build a ship of their own using their imagination.
*Lego 4D Cinema: As the name states your kid will get to watch Lego movies with additional effects of rain, wind, and snow.
Entry Fee:$20.95
Parking: Mall parking is free.
Insider Tip: Buy tickets online for 12$ and no food allowed inside Lego-land center.

Now that you know all the fun stuff to do in Atlanta, Georgia. Let me suggest you check fellow explorer's blog who has compiled a list of the best Airbnb places to stay.

Click on the link for more information:

Here is the sight of one of the recommended Airbnb places you can stay in.
Airbnb place to stay like a local in Atlanta.

Sounds fun? Then do drop your comment below and yes happy outing with your little one.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Perfect Day Trip or Weekend Getaway from Dallas, Texas.

6 Best Weekend Getaway from Dallas, Texas.

If you are from Dallas or planning a vacation via Dallas and you are confused figuring out the unique yet beautiful places you want to visit in a day then here is the list of 6 best day trips one should take when in Dallas, Texas.

1. The River Walk at San Antonio, Texas(4 hr 30 mins).

River Walk is a 15 miles pathway alongside San Antonio river and you get to see lush greens, arched stone bridges and a stretch of vibrant and iconic umbrellas at the restaurants as you walk through the caved path. Riverwalk is open 24/7 so you can stroll around the pathway and get immersed in its beauty or you can go on a guided boat tour for 30 mins and get an insight of the city`s eternal charm. The captain or the guide will keep you engaged throughout the tour with their interesting stories about the history, architecture, and culture of the city.
What's fascinating is that most of the hotels around the San Antonio river have a private pathway which leads to the river walk.
Boat Tour Fee:12$
Hours: 9 am-10 pm.

San Antonio River Walk.
'The River Walk at San Antonio, Texas'.

2.Inner space Cavern at Georgetown, Texas(2 hr 26 min).

Inner Space Cavern is a cave located in Georgetown which is 170 miles away from Dallas, Texas. It is said that cave is discovered by Texas highway department during the construction of I-35 later on after some testings and carvings passage of 1.2 miles cave is made open to the public and since then thousands of visitors have explored this historical cave.
Cave offers 3 types of tours:
1.Adventure Tour:
This is a standard/classic tour that runs for an hour. The tour guide will lead a batch of 10-15 tourists and walk you through the paved and lit trail explaining the history, formations, and discovery of the cavern. It is advised to stay with the batch all the time because they turn off the lights once we move from one room to another room of formations.
Duration: 1 Hour
2.Hidden Passages Tour:
This is an intermediate tour that runs for 1 hr 30 mins. You get to explore an advanced section of the cave on the underdeveloped trail along with your guide. You can explore delicate formations at the shortest distance with a flashlight you will be offered on the tour.
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Mins.
3.Wild Cave Tour:
This is an adventurous tour which involves crawling and climbing through the deep holes of the cave along with your guide. You get to explore the cave and formations in depth.
Fee: 100$
Duration: 4 Hours.
They follow first come first serve method for the tickets so if you are going on a weekend just make sure you are there before noon and grab a ticket. You are allowed to carry your own camera inside the cave and take as many pictures as you like just make sure you take pics really fast because you need to stick with your tour batch and lastly food, Food is allowed at the premises but not inside the cave.

'Inner Space Cavern at Georgetown, Texas'


3. Hamilton Pool Preserve at Austin, Texas(3 hr 21 mins).

Hamilton Pool Preserve is located around 220 miles away from Dallas, Texas.
This emerald colored natural swimming hole is located in dripping springs which are 220 miles away from Dallas, Texas. You need to make a reservation if you are going during summer, We went there during off season so I had to make no reservation we drove in and brought a ticket.
We made our way down the rocky and steep hike of 0.4 miles to reach the Hamilton Pool. though the hike is uneven and rocky, the view and walk through lush green woods alongside the river makes you feel mesmerized. At the end of the hike and the trail of woods is Hamilton Pool Preserve. As we walked in towards the swimming pool we were awestruck by mother nature I mean all the canyons, clear bluish-green pool, 50-foot waterfall dripping from limestone canyon and the flora around made us feel like we were in a private island.
Water in the pool was so clear that we were able to see fish and turtles swimming around and since we went during off season(Sept-Oct) crowd was way less than what we expected and the place looked way more beautiful than the pictures.
Entry Fee:11$ (Reservation is a must during summer).
Hours: 9 am-6 pm.

Hamilton Pool Austin, Texas
'Hamilton Pool Preserve at Austin, Texas'.

4. Natural Bridge Cavern at San Antonio, Texas(4 hrs).

Natural Bridge Cavern is located 261 miles away from Dallas, Texas. The name is obtained from 60 feet natural limestone bridge situated at the cavern's entrance. Whether you are a caver or not you do not get overwhelmed with this tour, this 2-mile tour will help you understand how cavern and the unique formation was discovered and made accessible to the public. They offer a wide variety of tour and one can opt the tour based on the kind of exposure and experience they want. If you are one such person who is not into the cave and you are forced to go because its a family vacation, do not worry because they do not just offer guided tours they also offer adventurous games/activities for both kids and adults like zip lines, sky tykes, maze.
Admission fee:22$(varies based on the tour choices).
Hours: 9 am-7 pm.

San Antonio Cavern
'Natural Bridge Cavern at San Antonio, Texas'.

5.The Oasis on Lake Travis at Austin, Texas(3 hr 5 mins).

Stretch of restaurants located 450 feet above Lake Travis is referred to as “Sunset Capital of Texas” because of the breathtaking views it offers to hundreds of diners.
People usually go here with their loved ones to enjoy the delicious food, Live music and the stunning sunset view it offers.
Sometimes(Weekends) you will be welcomed by overwhelming crowd so I would suggest you go early and make a reservation and if you plan to go during a weekday then you do not have to worry about reservation because crowd will be less and you will be able to walk in to the restaurant and enjoy everything this place offers without any hassle. Now you might wonder if you can enjoy just the view without getting into any of the restaurants?? Well, Absolutely!! There is a tiny place where you can stand and enjoy the awesome sunset or the breathtaking view in between these fancy restaurants without paying a dime.
Admission Fee: free
Hours: 11 am-10 pm.

The Oasis Restaurant Austin
'The Oasis on Lake Travis at Austin, Texas'.

6.Turner falls at Davis, Oklahoma(1 hr 59 mins).

Turner Falls is located 128 miles away from Dallas, Texas. The falls is located on Honey Creek in the mountains in Oklahoma. This beautiful and stunning 77 feet waterfall dropping into a natural swimming pool is considered as the tallest waterfall in Oklahoma.
This family-friendly park offers quite a lot of fun activities where you can enjoy a relaxing swim in the natural swimming pool, rent an RV and go camping, go on a hike, go fishing and after an active day with kids, you can have a relaxing bath at the bath house.
If you are tired after an awesome day at Turner fall park and want to rest before you drive back to Dallas then you can rent the cabins offered by the park.
Entry Fee:12$
Hours: 7 am-10 pm.