When it comes to travel, it's rare that the journey is as enjoyable as the destination. Such is the case with our trip on BC Ferries. We embarked on a journey with BC Ferries from Vancouver, to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. The voyage makes for a perfect day trip or weekend getaway, as it the island is only an hour and a half from Vancouver. Along the way, we enjoyed a prime view of the Pacific Northwest landscapes, including the islands and wildlife.
Behind the scenes video of the BC Ferries trip:
Victoria has a unique blend of nature and European charm, all found on the Pacific Northwest. There are numerous gardens, wineries, and historic buildings on the island. The downtown area is easily stroll-able, where you can visit the Empress Hotel, the harbor, and the Parliament within a few blocks of each other. We took our car on the ferry, which enabled us to explore many regions of the island.
Here are the TOP 6 reasons to cruise from Vancouver to Victoria:
1. Nature and wildlife
From BC Ferries, you can enjoy the spectacular nature. We spend the majority of the ferry ride on the sun deck, where we could view the wildlife, such as otters, eagles, and sometimes even orcas. Be sure to bring your binoculars and telephoto lens to capture these views.
2. Craigdarroch Castle:
The largest residence in the province, with a wooden interior and stunning views from the top. The castle reminded me of Hearst Castle and was a great way to experience the history of Victoria.
3. Parliament Building of Victoria:
Historic landmark building that serves as the parliament of British Columbia. Take a guided tour of the interior or enjoy the extensive gardens.
4. Nearby islands such as Salt Spring, spotted from BC Ferries.
5. Empress Hotel:
An iconic landmark in Victoria where you can dine at the restaurant or enjoy high tea.
Did you know that Victoria is home to numerous wineries? We visited Church & State, a beautiful winery and tasting room that makes for perfect place to relax with friends and sip the regional wine.
Have you been to Victoria? What was your favorite part about the journey and the island? Comment below!
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If you’re planning on a trip to Las Vegas, a large portion of your travels will most likely revolve around the famous neon lights and flashy casinos on the strip. People the world over come from far and wide to put their best foot forward to attract the favor of lady luck. There is more to do in Vegas than just gambling though, so whenever you get tired of gambling the days away, check out these top 10 attractions in Vegas.
Go See a Show
Theater fans rejoice! From acrobatic acts and musicals to singers and magic shows, there is always something new to watch. Perhaps a ticket to Cirque du Soleil, the best known show in the world for its sheer magnitude and acrobatic feats, should be your first stop.
The Hoover Dam
If you’re a bit more interested in something along the lines of a day trip, the hoover dam isn’t a sight to miss. Spanning the expanse of the Colorado River and the Black Canyon, this absolutely breathtaking landmark is situated a mere thirty miles south of Las Vegas proper.
Red Rock Canyon
In this trip, we explore the lively and historic center of the French Quarter in New Orleans to discover the top things to see and eat. First we visit Bourbon Street, famous for its jazz music, followed by the Garden district where we try the Creole/Cajun cuisine.
Behind the scenes vlog:
► Bourbon Street - the liveliest street in the French Quarter, filled with music, pubs, nightclubs, and of course - food.
► Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis - The oldest cathedral in the United States, established in the 1700s.
► Steam Boat - Don't miss the jazz boat cruises along the Mississippi River
► Garden District - Filled with beautiful mansions from the 1800s and live oak trees.
► Street car - a vintage street car that will take you everywhere you need to go in the French Quarter.
► Voodoo Museum - A tiny museum that gives you an inside look into the New Orleans voodoo culture.
► Lafayette cemetery - One of the haunted places in New Orleans, features an above ground cemetery dating back to the 1800s.
► ► Commander's Palace - http://www.commanderspalace.com
Located in the Garden District, this is a local landmark restaurant and a must visit. It's hard to miss with its bright baby blue facade and is famous for its bread pudding souffle and turtle soup, among many others.
► ► Galatoire's - http://www.galatoires.com/
Located on Bourbon Street, this restaurant is famous for its steak, gumbo, and shrimp etouffee.
► ► Cafe Du Monde - A landmark in the French Quarter, famous for their beignets and chicory coffee.
Louisiana Plantation Tours - One of the most eye-opening and interesting trips is an hour away from the French Quarter, the plantations. This is an interesting look into the history of Louisiana leading up to the Civil War.
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