Bangor – An Unforgettable Holiday Experience


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Bangor is a friendly city in Maine that has a continental climate with warm summers and snowy winters. It is an ideal tour destination for those who prefer a tranquil atmosphere. The city has beautiful parks, gardens, and riverside walkways that can offer a relaxing holiday experience. Located on the Penobscot River, the city also has some waterfront attractions. Our trip to Bangor was quite short but still, we could make it to some of the prominent sites, a few of which are described below,

Mount Hope Garden Cemetery

This historic cemetery which was built in 1834 is a major attraction of Bangor. The old cemetery is a resting ground for many elite citizens and aristocrats. Owing to its immense historical significance the place was selected to be listed on the NRHP (National Register of Historic Places). However, more than its historic value, it is the enchantingly designed garden that brings visitors to this spot. The place has attractive paved roadways, carved stone structures, statues, colorful trees, shrubs, and creepers that make the entire place look quite heavenly.

Bangor City Forest

The place offers a natural recreation area that spans over a vast area of 650 acres. Here you can find beautiful long trails that stretch as far as 10 miles. People from neighboring towns and cities visit the place for cycling, hiking, and cross-country skiing. The forest area comes with a parking lot located on Kittredge Road. There is also a large area arranged for picnicking. The forest is also well known for its Orono Bog Boardwalk.

Cascade Park

Cascade Park is an ideal location for enjoying a day-long picnicking in Bangor. With long trails through groves of pine trees, the park offers a natural surrounding for a perfect family picnic. There is a waterfall and a small fountain that has become the center of attraction. The park also offers ample recreational facilities for the visitors to rest and relax.

Bakersfield: What to do and Where to Go?


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Bakersfield has a rich history of agriculture and soil. Even though a large part of it is still on display, you will also come across some modern attractions. It is my love for the countryside scenery that took me to Bakersfield. If you are a nature lover, this is the perfect getaway for you. Sierra-Nevada forms the backdrop of the city. Listed below are some of the attractions you can check out when you are in this city.

Hart Memorial Park

This park contains attractions which make north-east Bakersfield so popular. It is nestled at the foot of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains and along Kern River banks. The park covers an area of 370 acres. The scenery of this park mesmerized me as I took a walk around it. The entire park has trees shades where you can sit down and have a picnic with your family.

Kern County Museum

If you are looking to learn more about the history of the countryside city, you should definitely visit Kern County Museum. What surprised me was this museum has more than 60 historical structures forming the Pioneer Village outside the museum. Here, I learned about the different musicians who had started their musical journey from Bakersfield. The Haggard House present inside the museum will tell you about Merle Haggard.

Riverwalk Park

This is connected to the Parkway Trail of Kern River. It has two lakes where you can indulge in some fishing. The park covers an area of 32 acres. Its footbridge is set against great scenic beauty and you can click great photos here. Inside the park, I found Spectrum Amphitheatre where you can be a part of live music events and festivals all throughout the year. The park is a great place to relax amidst nature.

Tianjin Attractions That You should Not Miss


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Tianjin is a very good city to visit when traveling to China. It is about 125 kilometers from Beijing and is known for its attractive coastline, cool sea breeze, attractive mountain views, European style buildings, and the Chinese streets.

The following are the major attractions that I recommend to people visiting Tianjin.

 

  • St Joseph Cathedral

 

The cathedral has a Roman architectural touch to it and was built by a French missionary, Paul-Marie Dumond, in 1916. It is a very huge church that can accommodate 1500 people at one go. I happened to be there for the early mass at 6 am. 

 

  • Huangyaguan Great Wall

 

The Great Wall is located in the Jizhou mountain range. It was built by the Qi Dynasty and the attractive brickwork was reinforced during the rule of the Ming dynasty. This is about 42 km long and has 14 beacon towers and 52 watchtowers. 

 

  • Jinmen Shijing

 

Love to shop during my travel as I like to collect the arts and artifacts of the place I visit. This business street has a lot of stores that sell traditional handicrafts, jewelry, antiques, Weiji kites, etc. This is also the street where I got to taste some of the best local cuisine and snacks like tea soup, stuffed buns, and Fried Glutinous Cakes.

 

  • Ferris Wheel

 

It is a landmark sight of the city of Tianjin. This wheel is about 120 meters tall and is located over the Yongle Bridge. It is a great spectacle at night and gets on top of it to enjoy the massive sprawling acres of Tianjin metropolis. 

 

  • Water Park

 

You have children traveling with you, and then visiting this amusement park is a must. This is a modern park that houses 9 islands and three lakes. It has everything from gardens to pathways and pagodas. The recreational activities offered here include the Ferris wheel, spaceships, water boats, and trains.