Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
It's not often that I splurge on nice treats like an oceanfront room, but it was absolutely worth it in Kona, Hawaii. The rugged shoreline of hardened lava rock created spectacular crashing waves at night and we saw some amazing sunsets.
It's hard to describe just how spectacular the crashing waves were but I hope this video gives you some idea - we had to close the windows at night to sleep, they were so loud!
Hawaii is absolutely beautiful, a real tropical paradise, and is justifiably famous for its lovely beaches. While it's nice to relax in the soft, white sand, I had just as much fun walking up and down the shores of Northern Oahu to see everyone engaged in water sports. Since it's highly unlikely that I'll ever surf, I was enthralled to watch those who do with such apparent grace.
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In one of our latest videos, you can see an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean and the Oahu shoreline as we take off from Honolulu.
Zion National Park is filled with breathtaking natural wonders.
Just over two hours from Las Vegas, the beautiful natural wonders of Zion National Park are perfect for a short day of sightseeing. I enjoyed it for the breathtaking geological formations, the unique plant and animal life, the many lovely photo opportunities, and the interesting and informative presentations by the park rangers. If your tastes run towards more adventuresome activities, Zion National Park has legendary hiking and climbing challenges.
From Ottawa's Parliament Hill, you can look out and enjoy a beautiful view of the Canadian Supreme Court, nearby Gatineau, Quebec, and the rapids of the Ottawa River.
A "beach" in Montreal
From the twisting, turning cobblestone lanes of old Montreal to the wide open channels of the historic harbour, the Montreal waterfront has many attractions and amenities to discover. And in 2013, that list included a beach!
There's sun, sand, showers, and even sangria - but no swimming! The currents of the St. Lawrence are too strong and the harbour too busy. But it is the perfect place for rest and relaxation and a great opportunity to unwind in the middle of the city.
This urban beach concept might seem like a novel concept, but it's actually a bit of a copy cat. A similar urban beach is established each summer on the banks of the Seine in Paris. And if it works for the Parisians, well, it must be a great idea!
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Sometimes there's nothing better than being at the water on a cool fall day.
Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
This doesn't look like a typical beach in Hawaii. After all, where is the golden sand, the swaying palm tree? But if you look more closely, you'll see that this dark rock is actually hardened lava, making it a very typical Hawaiian beach indeed! This picture was taken in Hilo, on the Big Island, and the rugged rocks of the shore made for excellent hunting ground for one of my favourite travel souvenirs: beach glass!
There's nothing like the majesty of Niagara Falls! Can you just barely make out the people viewing the falls in the foreground? It lends perspective to the incredible expanse of this natural wonder. While much of Niagara Falls (Canada) has been overwhelmed by tourist attractions, the falls remain beautiful, powerful, and unrelenting.
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