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  39. <description><![CDATA[Embark on a luxurious and adventurous Galapagos cruise with Hurtigruten Expeditions, exploring unique wildlife and landscapes in Darwin’s footsteps.]]></description>
  40. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="font-size: revert; background-color: transparent; color: var(--theme-text-color); font-family: var(--theme-font-family); font-style: var(--theme-font-style, inherit); font-weight: var(--theme-font-weight); letter-spacing: var(--theme-letter-spacing); text-transform: var(--theme-text-transform);">It was our second visit to the Galapagos Islands, and we were excited to join </span>Hurtigruten Expeditions<span style="font-size: revert; background-color: transparent; color: var(--theme-text-color); font-family: var(--theme-font-family); font-style: var(--theme-font-style, inherit); font-weight: var(--theme-font-weight); letter-spacing: var(--theme-letter-spacing); text-transform: var(--theme-text-transform);"> to go island hopping in Darwin’s Footsteps on their newly refurbished Santa Cruz II. This truly was our dream Galapagos Cruise. The first time we visited Galapagos National Park, we stayed on land and took water taxis and shuttles from island to island. That was fun, but this trip with Hurtigruten Expeditions was luxurious, adventurous, informative, and fun. We had a great time on the ship with only 39 like-minded passengers. We felt like we had our own personal service as 60 expert guides and crew members looked after our every need.</span></p>
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  42. <h2 id="h-about-the-galapagos-islands" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="About_the_Galapagos_Islands" class="ez-toc-section"></span>About the Galapagos Islands</h2>
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  46. <p>The Galapagos islands are a haven for an astonishing variety of endemic species, from the famous giant tortoises to the playful sea lions and the colorful blue-footed boobies; you will see animals that are unique only to these enchanted islands. The Galapagos marine iguana is the only iguana in the world that feeds underwater, and Galápagos penguins are the only penguin species in the northern hemisphere. The wildlife here was the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.</p>
  47. <h2 id="h-where-are-the-galapagos-islands" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Where_are_the_Galapagos_Islands" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Where are the Galapagos Islands?</h2>
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  51. <p>The Galapagos archipelago comprises 18 main islands off the coast of mainland Ecuador in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. These volcanic islands are among the most isolated places on Earth, and the best way to see them is by expedition cruise. Throughout our Galapagos journey, we spied on unique marine life and visited different islands boasting distinct ecosystems and landscapes, ranging from lush highlands to barren volcanic terrain.</p>
  52. <p>With strict conservation efforts in place, the Galapagos Islands remain one of the most unspoiled natural paradises on earth, inviting travelers to witness the wonders of evolution in real time. We cruised the east Galapagos Islands, following the footsteps of Charles Darwin, who developed his Theory of Natural Selection after visiting the Galapagos.</p>
  53. <h2 id="h-best-galapagos-cruise" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Best_Galapagos_Cruise" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Best Galapagos Cruise</h2>
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  57. <p>Following in Darwin Footsteps is the best route for a Galapagos cruise to introduce you to all the highlights of Galapagos National Park in a short time. Being on offers a unique vantage point to explore this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve as you sail to remote places and explore islands free from other people.</p>
  58. <h2 id="h-about-hx-hurtigruten-expeditions" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="About_HX_Hurtigruten_Expeditions" class="ez-toc-section"></span>About HX Hurtigruten Expeditions</h2>
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  62. <p>Hurtigruten founded Expedition Cruising in 1896 and is the leader in sustainable cruising. It is the largest operator by capacity in expedition cruising and is considered one of the best Galapagos cruises in the Galapagos Islands.</p>
  63. <p>If you are searching for an expedition ship to take to the Galápagos Islands, the Santa Cruz II was fantastic. Plus it runs with carbon-neutral operations, is environmentally sustainable, and works with the local community.</p>
  64. <p>It was large enough to have all the comforts you need yet small enough to get to the hard-to-reach places. This expedition cruise offered gourmet dining with wine pairings, luxurious cabins, local Galapagos experts, and personalized service.</p>
  65. <h2 id="h-what-s-included-on-a-galapagos-cruise" class="wp-block-heading">What’s Included on a Galapagos Cruise?</h2>
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  69. <p>When on the MS Santa Cruz II, breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main restaurant, beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) are included. All excursions, including snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, stand-up paddleboarding, panga rides, kayaking, hiking, and day tours, are also included.</p>
  70. <p>The Darwin Research Station, Tortoise Farm, Cultural Experiences, and city tours are also included.</p>
  71. <p>On the ship, complimentary snacks, tea, and coffee are included throughout the day. The only things you have to pay for when onboard are drinks at the bar (although they are reasonable and have several happy hours throughout the trip) and any souvenirs you may want.</p>
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  75. <p><strong>Gratuities are also included in Hurtigruten cruises</strong>, so you don’t need to worry about what to tip crew and guides at the end of the trip. However, a little extra is always appreciated.</p>
  76. <p>The MS Santa Cruz II even had free laundry with washers and dryers on deck. We relaxed in the hot tubs after a day of hiking and washed our clothes at the same time.</p>
  77. <p>Hurtigruten has more than a century of expedition experience and constantly evolves its conservation efforts.</p>
  78. <ul>
  79. <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><u>HX</u></a> founded Expedition Cruising in 1896 and is the global leader in sustainable cruising.</li>
  80. <li>Today, it is the largest operator by capacity in expedition cruising.</li>
  81. <li>HX offers big adventures on small, custom-built ships to over 250 destinations in more than 30 countries from pole to pole and is committed to being a catalyst for change toward a greener travel industry.</li>
  82. <li>Hurtigruten also introduced the world’s first battery hybrid-powered cruise ship (2019), and has since added two more</li>
  83. <li>They were the first to ban heavy fuel oil (2009) and single-use plastics (2018).</li>
  84. <li>When choosing a Galapagos Cruise, you can feel comfortable knowing that this company is taking extra precautions to preserve the environment, wildlife, and cultures of the destination.</li>
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  89. <p>Our six-day Galapagos cruise took us through several eastern islands where we could go snorkeling, sea kayaking, hiking, SUP, and zodiac cruising through the archipelago in search of marine life such as sea turtles, sharks, and sea lions.</p>
  90. <p>We had a luxurious experience from the moment we landed in Quito to our final destination in the rainforest of Mashpi Lodge. In total, we spent two weeks in Ecuador, with six of our days exploring the Galapagos Archipelago.</p>
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  94. <p>We arrived in Quito at night, where the HX Expeditions team met us and drove us by private transfer to the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel Quito. This hotel is top-notch notch, with chic rooms, a beautiful swimming pool, several restaurants, and a lounge.</p>
  95. <p>We loved having a bit of time to relax in this gorgeous property.</p>
  96. <h3 id="h-pre-tour-in-quito-cotopaxi-volcano" class="wp-block-heading">Pre-Tour in Quito – Cotopaxi Volcano</h3>
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  100. <p>Most itineraries start in Quito and give passengers a day or two in the city and ours was no exception. Many people also opt for pre-trips to Machu Pichu to see the Inca empire, the cloud forest, or explore Lima Peru. Hey, it’s your dream Galapagos cruise, you can see as much or as little as you like!</p>
  101. <p>After a good night’s rest, we joined the HX expeditions team in the lobby of the JW Marriott for a day trip to the Cotopaxi Volcano and surrounding villages.</p>
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  105. <p>Cotopaxi is one of the top day trips from Quito and was included as a pre-tour to our Galapagos adventure. Just a short drive from the capital, Cotopaxi National Park is home to the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.</p>
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  109. <p>After a hike around the lake to take in the views of the volcanic cone, we stopped at a hacienda for lunch, followed by the opportunity to feed lamas the cutest lamas. We also stopped at nearby towns to explore markets and get immersed in the culture with our local guide…</p>
  110. <h2 id="h-day-1-fly-to-baltra-island-aka-south-seymour-island" class="wp-block-heading">Day 1 – Fly to Baltra Island (Aka South Seymour Island)</h2>
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  114. <p>It was an early morning wake-up call to <a href="">fly to the Galapagos Islands</a>. We were up at 4:30 am for breakfast and then a 45-minute drive to the airport. The flight to the Galapagos Islands takes about 2 1/2 hours from Quito, with a short stop at Guayaquil on the coast.</p>
  115. <p>The Galapagos Islands are remote. They are a tiny archipelago 1,369 km off the coast of South America with no other land in sight. It truly feels like you are an early explorer when you land on the islands.</p>
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  119. <p>Galápagos National Park regulations are strict (rightfully so), and we all had our bags scanned for anything that could contaminate the destination. Before flying from Quito and upon landing in the Galapagos.</p>
  120. <p>One in the Galápagos Islands, we were greeted by the Hurtigruten staff and the resident land iguanas at the local airport. With that kind of welcome, we knew we were in for a treat as we toured the enchanted islands.</p>
  121. <h3 id="h-welcome-meeting-and-emergency-drills" class="wp-block-heading">Welcome Meeting and Emergency Drills</h3>
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  125. <p>We gathered our luggage and made our way to our transfers to the ship. Hopping on zodiacs, we were on the MS Santa Cruz II in a flash, where we were fed lunch and had an introduction to the week.</p>
  126. <p>Lunch was a buffet followed by a main course and dessert. We could even have wine or beer if we felt like it. But, with excursions to be had, our day was just getting started!</p>
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  130. <p>After lunch, we met at the muster stations for our emergency drill and learned how we’d be disembarking to ship. Once we were finished, we grabbed our PFDs (personal floating devices), met in the library and disembarked in groups of 8 – 10 people for our first island destination.</p>
  131. <h3 id="h-mosquera-island-hike-on-the-beach" class="wp-block-heading">Mosquera Island – Hike on the Beach</h3>
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  135. <p>Our first afternoon in the Galapagos was already off to an amazing start with an afternoon excursion that began with a panga ride (you may know pangas as zodiacs), where we explored the sea cliffs of Mosquera Island. We spied frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and pelicans along its rocky shore.</p>
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  139. <p>After an hour on the water, we were let off on the most pristine white sand beach you’ll ever see. This was our first encounter with sea lions in their natural habitat, and it did not disappoint. We walked along the pristine beach watching frigate birds build nests and puff their red chests to attract a mate, enjoyed sea lions playing in the surf and basking on the sand, and watched Sally Foot Crabs flitter around in the sand.</p>
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  143. <p>As the sun set, we returned to the pangas in time for dinner and a welcome toast with the captain</p>
  144. <h2 id="h-day-2-san-cristobal-puerto-baquerizo-moreno" class="wp-block-heading">Day 2 – San Cristobal – Puerto Baquerizo Moreno</h2>
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  148. <p>No trip to the Galapagos Islands would be complete without getting in the water and most Galapagos cruises offer several opportunities for snorkeling. We had several chances to go swimming, but also snorkeling. For people who want to explore the underwater world, all snorkeling gear is included. Our expedition cruise had wet suits, snorkels, fins, and even inflatable life preservers if you wanted extra buoyancy.</p>
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  152. <p>We met the expedition team on deck to get all of our gear, and after a frenzy of trying on suits and fitting our find, we were ready to go. This was our snorkeling gear for the next week, and we stored it on deck with our room number on it so we didn’t smell up our rooms. Wet suits can be pretty smelly.</p>
  153. <p>Today was also the day we explored San Cristobal Island. Starting with a panga ride, we had a glorious sunny day on the water, viewing sea arches, sea cliffs, and the magnificent Kicker Rock. The last time we were in the Galapagos Islands, we snorkeled at Kicker Rock and it was an amazing place to view Galapagos sharks.</p>
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  157. <p>Morning Panga Tour to the beach and snorkeling for the first time. The water was warm and blue and this gave us a good chance to test out our snorkeling gear from the shore before our upcoming deep water snorkels.</p>
  158. <h3 id="h-giant-tortoise-breeding-center" class="wp-block-heading">Giant Tortoise Breeding Center</h3>
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  162. <p>There is no doubt that the most iconic wildlife on the Galapagos are the giant tortoises. The friendly giants live to 200 years old and can weigh up to 800 pounds! We had three different opportunities to see giant tortoises with our first stop being the newest tortoise breeding center on the Galapagos Islands, the David Rodriguez Centro de Crianza de Tortugas Terrestres.</p>
  163. <p>We had the chance to see baby tortoises and juveniles in their natural habitat. There were 15 species of giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands but today there are only 11. However, they will soon be announcing that they found another species that survived extinction so there are now 12.</p>
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  167. <p>Tortoises were nearly wiped out due to whalers and pirates taking tortoises to their ships to use as food. Because giant tortoises can go for so long without food and water, they made excellent food for humans with little access to meat.</p>
  168. <p>Sadly, their numbers dropped significantly. At one time there were nearly 100,000 giant tortoises on the Galapagos. Today with all of the conservation efforts, their numbers have climbed to 20,000.</p>
  169. <h3 id="h-san-cristobal-downtown" class="wp-block-heading">San Cristobal Downtown</h3>
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  173. <p>It was then free time to enjoy downtown San Cristobal. This town is famous for the colony of sea lions that bask on its shores. Here you’ll find sea lions on the sidewalks, on park benches, and even in boats. They have fenced off the town since the last time we were here so they now have to work a bit harder to get into town, but some still sneak through, and it is so cute.</p>
  174. <h2 id="h-day-3-santa-fe-island" class="wp-block-heading">Day 3 – Santa Fe Island</h2>
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  178. <p>The day we started with a Panga Ride to the beach with plenty of sea lions in the water. After riding for about 30 minutes around the island, we enjoyed a wet landing to go for one of our best walks on the cruise. We broke into groups of 8 – 12 people for a long, leisurely hike around this island.</p>
  179. <p>There are beautiful cacti on the island and many land iguanas. Santa Fe Land Iguanas (aka yellow – or smiling iguanas) were scattered throughout the dry, rocky landscape and put on a show for us. We even saw birds mating and some people spied on iguanas sparring.</p>
  180. <p>After lunch, we had a photography chat to learn how to take better photographs with our iPhones and cameras as our ship moved to the next location. There is never a dull moment on a Galapagos Cruise, but you are free to relax as much as you like. Not everyone attended the talks and not everyone attended the hikes. You can be as busy or as relaxed as you wish. Remember, it is your vacation!</p>
  181. <h3 id="h-deep-water-snorkeling" class="wp-block-heading">Deep Water Snorkeling</h3>
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  185. <p>The snorkeling at Santa Fe Island was exactly what you would expect of snorkeling in the Galapagos. We played with sea lions as they blew bubbles in our faces and zipped around us in circles. They seemed to be playing a game of “let’s see how close we can get to the humans without actually touching them.”</p>
  186. <p>After playing with them for some time, our guide, Claudia, told us that there were sea turtles nearby. We swam to watch them gracefully swim through the water and low and behold, two spotted eagle rays swam into view.</p>
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  190. <p>The marine life go about their business without a care in the world, and instead of snorkelers needing to search and follow sealife, they come to you! We had the chance to swim with them for a bit and it was extraordinary to watch them fly through the water like soaring birds..</p>
  191. <p>The water was crystal clear, warm, and calm. We spent more than an hour enjoying the colorful fish, marine iguanas, and underwater world.</p>
  192. <h2 id="h-day-4-santa-cruz-island" class="wp-block-heading">Day 4 – Santa Cruz Island</h2>
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  196. <p>Santa Cruz Island is famous for the Charles Darwin Research Station. This tour took us to another giant tortoise breeding center with a focus on education. We learned all about the evolution of animals of the Galapagos, its history, and, of course, Darwin’s theory of natural selection.</p>
  197. <p>We even saw Darwin’s finches, however, we learned that it was the mockingbird that was important in discovering his theories his theories and the fact that people say it was the Galapagos finch is a myth. It was still cute to see them though.</p>
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  201. <p>It was then time to pay our respects to Lonesome George. This tortoise died in 2012 but remains a reminder to conserve and preserve. He was the last of his species of Giant Tortoise, and even with all the efforts put forth to help him breed, he never did produce offspring, and when he died, his species died with him.</p>
  202. <p>Dave and I had the opportunity to see Lonesome George in 2012 when we first visited the Galapagos Islands. He lived a happy, long life, and even though he didn’t produce offspring, he did have a good time trying!</p>
  203. <h3 id="h-rancho-manzanillo" class="wp-block-heading">Rancho Manzanillo</h3>
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  205. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTk2Ojc5MA==-1" class="wp-image-243842 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Galapagos Cruises Rancho Mayzanillo" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  207. <p>After learning about the tortoises and seeing them at the research center, we finally saw the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Driving up to our next destination, we saw tortoises on the road, tortoises in the fields, and tortoises beside cows; they were everywhere.</p>
  208. <p>We walked through the grounds and saw hundreds of giant tortoises going about their daily lives. We even saw a couple mating, soaking in ponds and chewing on leaves. It was uplifting to see how they are now thriving in today’s environment.</p>
  209. <h3 id="h-cultural-experiences" class="wp-block-heading">Cultural Experiences</h3>
  210. <p>A lot of people don’t realize that the Galapagos Islands are inhabited. The islands are 97% national park, but 3% of them have towns, residents and businesses. We stopped at a distillery for a tour of the farm and presentations showing us how spirits are fermented and how sugar cane is harvested.</p>
  211. <p>We were surprised with just how much we enjoyed this part of our cruise. We were here for the wildlife and landscape, but learning about the culture and meeting the locals ended up being one of our favorite excursions. We sampled Cacao, sugar, coffee and 50+ proof moonshine.</p>
  212. <p>Today, the government requires Galapagos cruises to stop at local businesses and I am glad that they do! To visit a destination and not understand the local communities is only a half a trip. I went away with fond memories of our time, and a bit of a buzz from the shots of moonshine!</p>
  213. <h2 id="h-day-5-espanola-island" class="wp-block-heading">Day 5 – Espanola Island</h2>
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  215. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAwNTo5MDA=-1" class="wp-image-243845 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 676w, 1423w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Meeting the captain on our Galapagos Cruise" width="1600" height="1200" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  217. <p>Today was another spectacular day with panga rides, science corners, sea lions, Blue Footed Boobies, and an abundance of nature but what made today different was our visit to the bridge to visit the captain.</p>
  218. <p>HX Expeditions has an open-door policy where you can visit the captain anytime. All you need to do is ask the front desk if it is a good time, and they will notify the bridge that you’ll be stopping by.</p>
  219. <p>The captain was welcoming and informative, showing us how the crew navigates through the islands, the equipment and mapping, and the daily life of being a captain. It was fascinating.</p>
  220. <p>It is very cool to hang out on the bridge and watch the officers effortlessly sail the ship through an unforgiving environment. We highly recommend you take it if you can go to the bridge!</p>
  221. <h3 id="h-typical-adventurous-day" class="wp-block-heading">Typical Adventurous Day</h3>
  222. <p>Like our usual days on the SM Santa Cruz, we were up at the crack of dawn taking part in snorkeling, panga rides, and hikes. It is the expedition team’s goal to have passengers encounter at least 11 of the Big 15 Galapagos animals. That meant that we were out on the boats from morning to evening in search of these iconic endemic animals.</p>
  223. <h4 id="h-what-are-the-galapagos-big-15" class="wp-block-heading">What are the Galapagos Big 15?</h4>
  224. <p>Blue-Footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Galápagos Sea Lion, Santa Fe Iguana, Galápagos Penguin, Galápagos Hawk, Galápagos Albatross, Galápagos Flamingo</p>
  225. <h2 id="h-day-6-mosquera-island-eden-island" class="wp-block-heading">Day 6 – Mosquera Island Eden Island</h2>
  226. <div class="wp-block-image">
  227. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAxNjo5MTA=-1" class="wp-image-243817 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Galapagos Islands Blue Footed Boobie" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  229. <h3 id="h-snorkel-with-sharks" class="wp-block-heading">Snorkel with sharks</h3>
  230. <p>Our final day ended with our most intense snorkeling trip. Our guide had watched us all week to see how well our group could handle the water. This was the day we finally spotted sharks. The water was choppy but clear, and after spending several days snorkeling in the Galapagos, we were relaxed and prepared. Plus, we had a guide in the front and back to keep an eye on us all as we snorkeled in the swift current.</p>
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  232. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAyMDo4ODE=-1" class="wp-image-243814 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 676w, 1423w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Galapagos Islands Snorkeling With Sharks" width="1600" height="1200" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  234. <p>It was a spectacular feeling to jump from the pangas and instantly see half a dozen sharks below. There is nothing better than snorkeling in the Galapagos.</p>
  235. <p>For those not comfortable snorkeling, there was an option for glass-bottom boat tours so everyone had the chance to enjoy the marine life of the islands. It truly caters to every level of adventure you are comfortable with.</p>
  236. <p>A Galapagos Cruise is on many people’s bucket lists and we loved our time in this isolated region of the world. While it is very different from other cruise destinations if you are ready for an adventure you will take home memories that will last a lifetime.</p>
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  246. <title>Is Mexico City Safe to Visit in 2024? Complete Guide to Staying Safe in the Mexican Capital</title>
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  254. <description><![CDATA[It’s impossible not to love the sheer scale of Mexico City. The Mexican capital is one of the world’s largest cities. It’s a place of dense population, street food, architecture, and fascinating community dynamics. If you want to experience Mexico as a tourist, head to Cancun. If you want to experience Mexico as a society, [&#8230;]]]></description>
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  256. <div><span id="dpsp-post-content-markup" data-image-pin-it="true"></span>It’s impossible not to love the sheer scale of Mexico City. The Mexican capital is one of the world’s largest cities. It’s a place of dense population, street food, architecture, and fascinating community dynamics. If you want to experience Mexico as a tourist, head to Cancun. If you want to experience Mexico as a society, head to Mexico City. The history is astounding, with day trips to the Teotihuacan Pyramids and countless museums like Chapultepec Castle in the city center. There’s no doubt about it: Mexico City is an incredible destination for passionate travelers.</p>
  257. <h2 id="h-is-mexico-city-safe-to-visit" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Is_Mexico_City_Safe_to_Visit" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Is Mexico City Safe to Visit?</h2>
  258. <p>However, many people ask, “Is Mexico City safe?” How do you go about staying safe in Mexico City? As the largest city in Mexico, it’s no wonder people worry about safety levels. Mexico City is a big city, and like all big cities you must take standard precautions to avoid petty theft and crime. But it also has some specific crime rates to note, so it pays to research first before visiting Mexico City.</p>
  259. <div class="wp-block-image">
  260. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODYyOjkzNQ==-1" class="wp-image-243146 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 681w, 1433w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Is Mexico City Safe to Visit City Center" width="1600" height="1191" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  262. <p>Staying safe in Mexico City doesn’t have to be something to worry about. In this guide, we’ll give you the rundown on the question of ‘Is Mexico City safe?’ but also guidance on how to make it a safer experience. Statistics speak for themselves, but there’s a lot within your control. Get ready to take a more proactive approach to staying safe while visiting Mexico City.</p>
  263. <h3 id="h-short-summary" class="wp-block-heading">Short Summary</h3>
  264. <div class="wp-block-image">
  265. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODY2OjcyNg==-1" class="wp-image-243160 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Is Mexico City Safe to Visit" width="1600" height="1065" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  267. <p>Mexico City is generally safe, but it’s important to say that crimes do occur throughout the city. Let’s give you an overview of safety in the city to start with.</p>
  268. <p>Usually, non-violent and petty crime is in touristy areas, like the Centro Historic, which ranges from pickpocketing on public transportation to more serious mugging incidents. The city center has some of the safest neighborhoods. If you stick to these ‘safe’ areas, you can stay safe in Mexico City. For instance, avoid carrying too much cash, walking alone at night, and not leaving drinks unattended.</p>
  269. <p>The tourist areas have a good police presence, which deters violent crimes. Mexico City is reasonably safe if you stick to the daylight hours and specific neighborhoods. You can have a wonderful time so long as you practice common sense.</p>
  270. <p>On the other hand, the non-tourist areas and neighborhoods associated with cartels can be dangerous. Examples include Tepito, which is home to La Union Tepito, a cartel organization involved in human trafficking and extortion. Even police presence in Tepito is unhelpful, with some officers taking bribes to turn blind eyes to crime.</p>
  271. <h2 id="h-mexico-travel-advisories" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Mexico_Travel_Advisories" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Mexico Travel Advisories</h2>
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  273. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODczOjkwNw==-1" class="wp-image-243159 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Is Mexico City Safe to Visit Travel Advisory Aerial" width="1600" height="900" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  274. </div>
  275. <p>Most visitors have a safe trip to Mexico City. It is a good idea to stay on top of general travel advisories, which you can find on government websites like <a href="https://Gov.UK" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Gov.UK</a>, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Travel.State.Gov</a> for the US, and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow"></a> for Canada. When embarking on solo travel, you should be particularly mindful of these when loved ones back home could lose contact with you or not be aware of your movements.</p>
  276. <p>In this section, we’ll look at some of the 2024 travel advisories for Mexico as a whole. Remember to look at your government’s guidance for advice that is as current as possible. These advisories can change daily, for instance, telling you to exercise increased caution over political rallies or gang-related tensions.</p>
  277. <p><strong>Here are a few to keep in mind as of 2024:</strong></p>
  278. <ul>
  279. <li>Avoid the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas due to the increased risk of crime and kidnapping.</li>
  280. <li>Be mindful of the lingering impact of 2023’s Hurricane Otis around Acapulco.</li>
  281. <li>Avoid Tijuana and sections of the Baja California Sur peninsula due to rising tensions.</li>
  282. <li>Avoid Chihuahua due to current high crime rates.</li>
  283. <li>Avoid traveling at night.</li>
  284. <li>Be alert even in tourist areas on the Mayan Riviera, like Tulum, Cancun, and Playa del Carmen.</li>
  285. </ul>
  286. <p>And now that the general Mexico advice is out there, what about Mexico City specifically?</p>
  287. <h2 id="h-mexico-city-s-current-safety-situation" class="wp-block-heading">Mexico City’s Current Safety Situation</h2>
  288. <div class="wp-block-image">
  289. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODg4OjEwMTM=-1" class="wp-image-243148 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Is Mexico City Safe to Visit Current Safety Situation Coyoacan" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  290. </div>
  291. <p>As we said, safety can change day by day. It depends on things like political movements and social events. Elections can spark chaos, even in a ‘safe destination’. And riots or incidents can spark cartel violence. So, what is Mexico City’s current safety situation <em>right now? </em>Regarding staying safe in Mexico City, knowledge of current affairs is key.</p>
  292. <p>Currently, Mexico City has no elections, controversial political scandals, or warring cartels in tourist areas. There are no inflammatory events, so this is a safe time to visit Mexico City.</p>
  293. <div class="wp-block-image">
  294. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODkyOjEwODU=-1" class="wp-image-243147 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Is Mexico City Safe to Visit Current Situation Mexico General Elections" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  296. <p>However, those visiting the city in June 2024 should remember that it is the period of the Mexico General Elections. This is a time when tensions can rise with protests and unrest. If you are visiting during this period, it’s wise to monitor the news and know that you may need to adjust your trip and avoid protesting crowds while out.</p>
  297. <p>You should also monitor the news for any outbreaks of rival cartel violence and take standard precautions at all times. Several cities in Mexico require extra care for tourists. Still, Mexico City is the country’s largest city, so it naturally has more risks and petty crime.</p>
  298. <h2 id="h-best-practices-for-staying-safe-in-mexico-city" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Best_Practices_For_Staying_Safe_in_Mexico_City" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Best Practices For Staying Safe in Mexico City</h2>
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  300. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODk3Ojg3OA==-1" class="wp-image-243195 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Is Mexico City Safe to Visit Best Practices For Staying Safe" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  302. <p>When you visit Mexico City, many ways to stay safe are dictated by you and your behavior. Of course, random incidents that are totally out of your control can occur. But as a general rule, you can avoid incidents by proactively staying safe in Mexico City – so why wouldn’t you?</p>
  303. <p>In this section, we’ll introduce you to the top seven practices to stay safe in Mexico City. We’ll cover everything from tap water to money belts and everything in between. These are the vital tips you will want before visiting Mexico City.</p>
  304. <h3 id="h-1-avoid-drinking-tap-water" class="wp-block-heading">1. Avoid Drinking Tap Water</h3>
  305. <p>First things first, make sure you remember to avoid drinking tap water. Tap water in Mexico City is not suitable for drinking. This goes for brushing your teeth and cooking; just buy bottled water and look for recycling points to ensure plastic is reused. The last thing you want is an upset stomach or a serious waterborne disease.</p>
  306. <p>As a general rule, when traveling through Mexico, tap water is not considered safe for consumption. It often does not get sent through filtration or purification systems, meaning there are bacteria in the tap water system. Tourists should not drink tap water, and even locals abide by this practice – instead, drinking bottled water.</p>
  307. <p>The flip side to this is that you want to drink plenty. Staying hydrated is really important, especially in Mexican summers. Don’t drink tap water, but make sure that you drink plenty of bottled and recycle plastics accordingly.</p>
  308. <h3 id="h-2-wear-a-money-belt" class="wp-block-heading">2. Wear a Money Belt</h3>
  309. <p>Money belts are fantastic. A popular way to reduce the risk of petty crime and pickpocketing is to wear a money belt. These lie flat around your stomach under your clothes. Then, if you are a victim of pickpocketing or mugging, you can keep your valuables undetected.</p>
  310. <p>Things like money belts are just common sense. You can also leave valuables in your hotel safe and avoid bringing lots of money out and about while sightseeing. Some people carry decoy purses or cards, too – which is a great idea should you be targeted.</p>
  311. <h3 id="h-3-learn-basic-spanish" class="wp-block-heading">3. Learn Basic Spanish</h3>
  312. <p>Learning a little Spanish is a great way to stay safe in Mexico City. Mexico City is full of action and is a fast-paced tourist destination. Learning a bit of Spanish, be that ‘por favor’ or some simple directions or phrases, can make a huge difference.</p>
  313. <p>When communicating, you can avoid high-risk areas and take advice from helpful people you meet around the city. It also prevents you from hanging out and looking vulnerable on your phone or simply struggling to communicate. The more capable you are and the less distracted or confused you look, the less likely you are to draw attention to yourself. And this means a lesser chance of being targeted by criminals.</p>
  314. <h3 id="h-4-learn-the-safe-neighborhoods" class="wp-block-heading">4. Learn the Safe Neighborhoods</h3>
  315. <p>Learning safe neighborhoods should be a vital practice when visiting any city. In Mexico City, though, this is especially important, as some neighborhoods are rife with drug cartels. Even locals don’t venture into specific areas, so when you add higher risks, such as solo travel and carrying valuables and obvious luggage, you can see why knowing your neighborhoods makes a safety difference.</p>
  316. <p>A few examples of neighborhoods to avoid in Mexico City are Tepito, Ciudad Neza, and La Merced Market. The neighborhoods that are really safe and popular among travelers are Roma, Centro Historico, and Condesa.</p>
  317. <h3 id="h-5-consider-group-tours" class="wp-block-heading">5. Consider Group Tours</h3>
  318. <p>Another top tip is related to solo traveler experiences. If you are a solo traveler and need help tackling Mexico City, join a group tour. There are so many capacities in which you can do so – whether you book a single-day tour, a fully guided multi-day trip, or a walking tour around the city center. You could spend your time in a group the whole time or your first day in a group to get a feel of the city. Think of this option as a safety blanket.</p>
  319. <p>One thing to consider as a solo female traveler is that it’s wisest to head out at night in a group. So, if you are looking to do some after-hours exploring, you can join a guided pub crawl.</p>
  320. <h3 id="h-6-have-great-travel-insurance" class="wp-block-heading">6. Have Great Travel Insurance</h3>
  321. <p>This is a big one. <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Travel insurance</a> can make or break your trip if the worst occurs. It covers everything from hospital treatment to gear cover and flight cancellations. Brilliant, right? Travel insurance is one of the best things to remember when preparing a visit to Mexico City.</p>
  322. <p>Insurance costs as little as $5 or so for a few days and can cover you for millions in damages. Shop around and see what policy best suits you.</p>
  323. <h3 id="h-7-pick-a-different-party-destination" class="wp-block-heading">7. Pick a Different ‘Party Destination’</h3>
  324. <p>Finally, while Mexico City has excellent nightlife, you can pick a different party destination. You could visit somewhere like Cancun. Or you could head elsewhere outside of Mexico – heading to US cities. If you want somewhere to enjoy late-night partying in a safer environment, reconsider.</p>
  325. <p>Tailoring your activities to a destination is a great practice when traveling in general. If you want to take fewer safety precautions in terms of nightlife, visit Mexico City for its daytime activities and pick somewhere else for its nightlife.</p>
  326. <h2 id="h-transportation-safety" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Transportation_Safety" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Transportation Safety</h2>
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  330. <p>As one of Mexico’s major cities, you’d need public transport at some point. There is a metro system and buses. But is public transportation safe in Mexico City? We’d say generally it is safe, as long as you are aware of pickpockets. Exploring Mexico City by public transport is great for your budget, but you should be mindful of safety and the time you use it.</p>
  331. <p>Public transport in Mexico City is rife with petty theft. Tourists are mainly targeted because they are less familiar with theft tactics and often carry so much luggage that they are vulnerable to pickpocketers or bag snatchers. Reduce the amount of luggage you take on public transportation and always ensure valuables are secure – ideally hidden under your clothes in a money belt.</p>
  332. <p>Another thing to remember when using public transport in Mexico City is that it’s more dangerous at night. You can use most transport safely in daylight hours with some common sense. However, we’d recommend skipping Mexico City’s public transport system at night. Opt for a licensed taxi in a group instead. The safest ones are called Sitio Taxis.</p>
  333. <p>If you use public transport in Mexico City, try to know beforehand how they run and where you are going. This way, you won’t flounder at stations looking like a sitting duck for petty crime. Here’s an overview of the city’s public transportation system:</p>
  334. <h3 id="h-metro" class="wp-block-heading">Metro</h3>
  335. <p>The metro runs until midnight seven days a week for journeys as cheap as 5 pesos a ride. There are twelve lines, and the trains have around nine cars, which remain busy in peak hours. You buy tickets and enter through turnstiles. Google Maps should tell you which route to take pretty effectively, and downloading offline maps or screenshotting your directions will help you avoid lingering in stations. Are you a solo female traveler? Keep an eye out for children and female-only carriages in peak hours – which tend to be the first three cars.</p>
  336. <h3 id="h-buses" class="wp-block-heading">Buses</h3>
  337. <p>The buses are a bit more hassle than the metro in Mexico City. However, some brilliant female-only buses help prevent harassment in crowded buses. These are ideal for solo female travelers in Mexico City. The bus system is also really budget-friendly.</p>
  338. <p>If you would rather opt for taxis, consider a few different categories of taxis. To stay safe when using taxis rather than public transport is equally important. So keep these three taxi types in mind:</p>
  339. <h3 id="h-turismo-taxis" class="wp-block-heading">Turismo taxis</h3>
  340. <p>Turismo taxis are unmarked luxury vehicles. These are typically booked as transfers online through platforms like Viator and Get Your Guide or affiliated with hotels. Turismo taxis might be unmarked, but they are still safe and associated with formal companies. Because most are booked in advance, you pay premium prices.</p>
  341. <h3 id="h-sitio-taxis" class="wp-block-heading">Sitio taxis</h3>
  342. <p>Sitio taxis are marked taxis and are sent out by radio dispatchers. These are your traditional taxis. They are a little more expensive than your metered and libre taxis. However, the sitio taxis are safer because they are more regulated. Sitio taxis focus on guided experiences and transfers, with a more personable service than a quick A to B drop-off.</p>
  343. <h3 id="h-red-cabs-and-libre-cabs" class="wp-block-heading">Red cabs and libre cabs</h3>
  344. <p>These taxis rely on a meter and are the most basic taxis you can get. It can work out budget-friendly, but be aware that Libre taxis are less regulated than the sitio and Turismo options.</p>
  345. <h2 id="h-food-and-drink-safety-in-mexico-city" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Food_and_Drink_Safety_in_Mexico_City" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Food and Drink Safety in Mexico City</h2>
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  349. <p>You are visiting Mexico City – of course, you will try some of the delicious things to eat and drink. In fact, a <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">food tour</a> is one of the best things to do in the city. The downtown area especially is full of street vendors selling delicious street food. And you can sample Mexican food like tacos as well as tasty cocktails.</p>
  350. <p>Food and drink in Mexico City are super tasty. So, what should you consider from a safety perspective?</p>
  351. <p>The first major consideration should be tap water. The tap water in Mexico City is not safe. It is often not filtered properly, meaning bacteria is left in the water, which you then drink. To avoid this, be mindful of eating fruit and vegetables washed in non-bottled water. You should also avoid ice in drinks.</p>
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  355. <p>In 2014, authorities made it a requirement that restaurants in Mexico City serve filtered water to guests for free, which has helped. Many more formal restaurants use filtered water when cooking and preparing dishes. But it’s still essential to watch these things to avoid getting sick. It’s your choice how hesitant or risk-taking you’d like to be regarding the age-old tap water debate.</p>
  356. <p>Finally, eat at places with good reviews. If there’s a restaurant repeatedly making everyone sick, you can bet Google will hear about it. People are quick to leave scathing reviews, so make sure that you check out Google reviews before dining somewhere. You can also do a quick in-person scan – in general, the busy restaurants are the ones where people aren’t getting sick.</p>
  357. <h2 id="h-health-and-medical-safety-in-mexico-city" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Health_and_Medical_Safety_in_Mexico_City" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Health and Medical Safety in Mexico City</h2>
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  361. <p>We’ll answer this section in two parts. First, we’ll look at the general health risks in Mexico that you should be aware of when staying in Mexico City. Then, we’ll look at the specific health and medical risks of staying in Mexico City itself.</p>
  362. <p>Generally speaking, you should be aware of two viruses in Mexico: Zika and Chikungunya. The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos and causes a rash, headache, and joint pain, often accompanied by red eyes. It is unpleasant but not fatal, although it can carry risks to pregnant women. The Chikungunya virus is also spread by mosquitos, causing similar symptoms. It can also cause chronic chikungunya arthritis, though, which is long-lasting. Mexico also has dengue fever, which is spread by mosquitos and causes flu-like symptoms. Dengue fever can worsen, causing shock and internal bleeding, so early detection – and, ideally, prevention – is vital.</p>
  363. <p>As you can see, the main cause of these three medical concerns in Mexico is the presence of infected mosquitos. The risk of mosquitoes in Mexico City is generally considered low, as there’s no great body of water and areas of undergrowth. But you can still bring mosquito repellent to be on the safe side.</p>
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  367. <p>So, what are Mexico City’s specific concerns? Well, the biggest health and medical risks in Mexico City are related to its pollution. The city has high levels of air pollution, which can aggravate respiratory and heart conditions. You can take preventative steps like wearing masks. Or, if you struggle with existing conditions like asthma, ensure that you bring all personal medication and treatments.</p>
  368. <p>Be mindful of unfiltered and impurified water in Mexico City, too, which can cause bugs like Cyclospora or salmonella. The best way to avoid the dangers of unfiltered water in Mexico City is to <em>not drink unfiltered water. </em>Always buy bottled water and use it to drink, brush your teeth, cook, and make hot drinks. The last thing you want is chronic diarrhea when trying to enjoy sightseeing in beautiful Mexico City.</p>
  369. <p>Is Mexico City safe health-wise? It is safer than most coastal areas and places thick with vegetation, where mosquitos thrive. You are less at risk of Zika, Chikungunya, or dengue fever exposure. However, you can still bring mosquito repellent, just in case. You should primarily be mindful of waterborne diseases and air pollution, especially if you are predisposed to respiratory illnesses like asthma.</p>
  370. <h2 id="h-is-mexico-city-safe-for-solo-travelers" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Is_Mexico_City_Safe_for_Solo_Travelers" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Is Mexico City Safe for Solo Travelers?</h2>
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  374. <p>Mexico City isn’t the safest city for solo travelers. However, if you are experienced, savvy, and willing to prioritize safety, you can visit the city safely as a solo traveler.</p>
  375. <p>The main issue for solo travelers in Mexico City is that they are more at risk of petty and violent crime. Solo travel naturally leaves you more vulnerable. For instance, if you look at Google Maps, nobody focuses on protecting your bags. Or if you are walking through an unsafe neighborhood looking at Google Maps to find a way out, there’s nobody to pay attention to what’s happening around you. Safety in numbers is a legitimate safety net you often cast aside on a solo trip.</p>
  376. <p>That’s not to say it can’t be done, though. Mexico City can be great fun for solo travelers, like any major city. We’ll first look at solo travel and then concentrate on Mexico City for solo female travel.</p>
  377. <p>Generally, solo travel is safe if you stick to safe neighborhoods and minimize going out after dark alone. Similarly, if you use common sense and pick marked taxis, you should be fine getting around the city. Little things make a big difference, though, like choosing well-located accommodation and learning directions before you leave your hotel so you aren’t glued to Google Maps.</p>
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  381. <p>If you stay at a hostel, you can soon meet new people and join forces with other travelers to head out as a group anyway. We advise staying in a hostel or organizing group tours and experiences. If you arrive in Mexico City on a solo trip and feel uncomfortable, you have a safety blanket and the option to enjoy the city in a group.</p>
  382. <p>But what about solo female travelers? Is Mexico City safe for solo female tourists? We’d say yes only when you are taking precautions. While the city is generally safe for solo female tourists, many activities and ways of getting around <em>are </em>safer in groups. For instance, you can ride in the female-only carriages on the Metro, but it’s safer to travel with a group. Similarly, it’s definitely not safe for a solo female tourist to walk around much of Mexico City after dark. If you want to make it safe, you will spend your time sightseeing during the day around the city center, taking guided day trips to explore other attractions.</p>
  383. <p>The question is not so much ‘Is Mexico City safe for solo female tourists? ‘ but how you are planning on visiting the city. Are you going to be happy making compromises to make your experience safer? We wouldn’t call Mexico City safe for solo female tourists if you want to go out alone and have a carefree experience. If this is the case, consider booking a group tour instead so you can relax a little and enjoy your getaway more.</p>
  384. <h2 id="h-is-mexico-city-safe-faqs" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Is_Mexico_City_Safe_FAQs" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Is Mexico City Safe: FAQs</h2>
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  388. <p>Now that you know all about staying safe in Mexico City, it’s time for some FAQs. As a major city, it’s helpful to compare Mexico City to other cities that may be more familiar. Often, it’s the fear of the unknown that can provoke more anxiety.</p>
  389. <p>In this section, we’ll provide a better insight into whether Mexico City is safe by using comparisons and more general perspectives.</p>
  390. <h3 id="h-is-mexico-city-safer-than-new-york-city" class="wp-block-heading">Is Mexico City safer than New York City?</h3>
  391. <p>Mexico City is marginally more dangerous than New York City, but not by much. Mexico City and New York City are similar in that crime is concentrated in specific areas. Both experience gang-related violence. If you know which neighborhoods to avoid, both New York City and Mexico City are relatively safe.</p>
  392. <h3 id="h-is-mexico-city-safer-than-los-angeles" class="wp-block-heading">Is Mexico City safer than Los Angeles?</h3>
  393. <p>Mexico City is more dangerous than Los Angeles. As a whole, it is muggings that make Mexico City more dangerous, with more street robbery incidents than in Los Angeles. However, Mexico City is still safe in the safer neighborhoods and with common sense exercised.</p>
  394. <h3 id="h-is-mexico-city-cheap-or-expensive" class="wp-block-heading">Is Mexico City cheap or expensive?</h3>
  395. <p>Mexico City is one of the more expensive cities in the region. But with that said, its affordability is still miles above that of EU or US cities. Living costs – including rent – are around 60% lower for those living in Mexico City rather than New York City. And for those just visiting, you are looking at a $20 average for a meal in New York City versus a $9 average for a similar standard restaurant in Mexico City.</p>
  396. <h3 id="h-is-mexico-city-nice-to-live-in" class="wp-block-heading">Is Mexico City nice to live in?</h3>
  397. <p>Yes, Mexico City is a nice place to live for expats. The city is full of things to do, providing great affordability and a fantastic job market. The tasty Mexican food is another huge plus. And it’s no wonder that a large percentage of people are relocating to the Mexican capital.</p>
  398. <h2 id="h-should-you-travel-to-mexico-city-now" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Should_you_Travel_To_Mexico_City_Now" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Should you Travel To Mexico City Now?</h2>
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  402. <p>As you can see, staying safe in Mexico City is mostly easy. For such a big city, the risks are minimal. Just be mindful of public transportation, have good travel insurance, use common sense, and take extra care if you’re a solo traveler. So, is Mexico City safe? For the most part, we’d say yes. Mexico City is safe when you proactively take the necessary safety steps.</p>
  403. <p>It is easily one of the best places to visit in Mexico. But that’s not stopping you from venturing to other small towns and other cities after you visit Mexico City. Check out the cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula and Mexico’s incredible beaches. We advise using Mexico City as a launchpad to experience even more of the region.</p>
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  407. <p>The best way to stay safe in Mexico City is to do your neighborhood research. Take out great travel insurance and take standard precautions to stay safe. Take particular care if you are a solo traveler, especially a solo female traveler.</p>
  408. <p>You can enjoy amazing food and fantastic sightseeing in safe neighborhoods with plenty of tourists. It’s equally important to remember that Mexico City is a wonderful experience. It has a historic center, ancient city ruins, and delicious cuisine.</p>
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  419. <title>The Best One Day Itinerary for Florence, Italy</title>
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  435. <description><![CDATA[How to make the most of your one day itinerary for Florence with our detailed itinerary guide. Explore iconic sights, dining experiences, and more! 🇮🇹 #Florence #travel #Italy]]></description>
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  437. <p>As the gorgeous capital of the Tuscany region of Italy, Florence is a dream destination for art lovers and romantics. Many people pack their itineraries when visiting Italy and often find they have only a day or two in each city. While we recommend three days in the city, you can visit Florence in just one day and see its most popular attractions.</p>
  441. <p>The densely populated city has art galleries galore and a reputation for Renaissance paintings. It has a beautiful historic city center, with the iconic terracotta-domed Florence Cathedral and Giotto’s bell tower. Even with just one day in Florence, you can make some perfect memories.</p>
  445. <div class="wp-block-ideabox-toc ib-block-toc" data-anchors='h2,h3,h4,h5' data-collapsable='true' ><div class="ib-toc-container ib-toc-list-style-numbers ib-toc-hierarchical ib-toc-expanded"><div class="ib-toc-header" style="font-size:30px;background-color:#f0f0f9"><div class="ib-toc-header-title">Table of Contents</div><div class="ib-toc-header-right"><span class="ib-toc-icon-collapse"><span class="dashicon dashicons dashicons-minus"></span></span><span class="ib-toc-icon-expand"><span class="dashicon dashicons dashicons-plus"></span></span></div></div><div class="ib-toc-separator" style="height:2px"></div><div class="ib-toc-body" style="background-color:#f3ecec"><ol class="ib-toc-anchors"></ol></div></div></div>
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  450. <p>You could visit Florence on a day trip or visit on a layover. Regardless of your reasons, one day in Florence is enough to get a great taste of what the city offers, as long as you hit the ground running. It is a beautiful city – just <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">check out these photos</a> if you don’t believe us. With the help of a detailed itinerary, you can definitely appreciate the best of Florence in a day.</p>
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  452. <h2 id="h-how-to-have-the-perfect-one-day-in-florence" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="How_To_Have_The_Perfect_One_Day_in_Florence" class="ez-toc-section"></span>How To Have The Perfect One Day in Florence</h2>
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  456. <p>In this guide, we’ll provide you with the best one-day Florence itinerary. You’ll see all the main sights, like the Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, and Florence Cathedral. You’ll also experience Florence’s cuisine, market experiences, and dining with river views.</p>
  457. <p>Are you ready for your perfect one day in Florence? Here’s everything you need to know.</p>
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  459. <h2 id="h-planning-one-day-in-florence" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Planning_One_Day_in_Florence" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Planning One Day in Florence</h2>
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  463. <p>Florence is easily one of the most beautiful Italian cities and has some of the best sightseeing opportunities in Italy. The sheer scale of Renaissance art history and beautiful architecture sets Florence apart. If you remember one thing before your visit, let it be to wear comfortable shoes. There’s lots to see, so if you want to explore Florence in just a day, get ready to cover a lot of distance.</p>
  464. <p>To guide you around Florence with a detailed itinerary, we’ve prepared an ultimate collection of attractions and experiences – all slotted in to make the perfect one day in Florence. We’ll split the day into four parts: morning, midday, afternoon, and evening. You’ll be sampling foods from the central market, visiting Palazzo Vecchio, admiring the Arno River and its Ponte Vecchio bridge, and sipping cocktails overlooking the Florence Cathedral. Action-packed and seriously memorable, here’s your perfect one day in Florence.</p>
  465. <p>When you visit Florence, we’d suggest booking a hotel offering a complimentary breakfast. This way you can spend the morning sightseeing rather than searching for a place to eat. It is a great way to save money in Europe as well.</p>
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  467. <h2 id="h-morning-piazza-del-duomo-and-accademia-gallery-me" class="wp-block-heading">Morning: Piazza Del Duomo and Accademia Gallery – Me</h2>
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  471. <p>The two main attractions to see in Florence are the three main buildings of Piazza del Duomo which are the Florence Cathedral, the Baptistry, and the Bell Tower. The number one attraction in Florence is Michalangelo’s David. You will want to see these first as both can get very busy. So plan your morning at the star attractions and then move on with your day to see places like Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.</p>
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  473. <h2 id="h-piazza-del-duomo" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Piazza_Del_Duomo" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Piazza Del Duomo</h2>
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  477. <p>Experiencing the early morning sunrise at Piazza del Duomo is the best way to start your day in the city. The reason to set your alarm clock is simple: you’ll beat the crowds as the soft glow of dawn illuminates the architectural masterpieces.</p>
  478. <p>Stroll through the square to take in the Duomo’s intricate façade, the Baptistery’s renowned bronze doors, and Giotto’s Campanile.</p>
  479. <p>Once you have walked around the Duomo, you can be first in line to climb the Duomo or the Campanile, offering panoramic views of Florence bathed in the morning light. You can book entry tickets in advance to skip the line and it includes entry to Brunelleschi’s Dome.</p>
  480. <p>You can also climb Giotto’s Bell Tower within the Florence Cathedral de Santa Maria, where the summit balconies can be reached by ascending a stairway of 414 steps.</p>
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  482. <h2 id="h-accademia-gallery" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Accademia_Gallery" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Accademia Gallery</h2>
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  486. <p>The Accademia Gallery is the number one thing to do in Florence, and seeing Michelangelo’s David is probably the first thing you’ll want to see in the city. Make sure to book tickets well ahead of time so you can get in and out quickly to move on with your one day in Florence. <a href=";aff_adid=818164&amp;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="These priority access tickets (opens in a new tab)">These priority access tickets</a> offer timed entry tickets using a separate entrance.</p>
  487. <p>Accademia Gallery is in the San Marco district, just a short walk from the city center. The art museum is famous for its Michelangelo sculptures (including the actual Michelangelo’s David).</p>
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  489. <h2 id="h-piazza-della-signoria" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Piazza_della_Signoria" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Piazza della Signoria</h2>
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  491. <p>Piazza della Signoria is a beautiful plaza in the historic center of Florence. However, by midday, it becomes packed with tourists, especially in peak seasons. So, this is a great place to grab lunch and do some people-watching before moving on.</p>
  492. <p>The plaza, shaped like a ‘w’, dates back to the 14th century. It has played an important part in Florence’s politics, witnessing major historical events like the return of the Medici family in 1530. Today, you can trace these historical events through incredible sculptures dotted around the plaza.</p>
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  496. <p>Each sculpture has nods to political events. And there’s a marble circle to mark where Savonarola, a controversial friar labeled as a heretic, was burned at the stake by the Inquisition in 1498. Allow around 15 minutes to visit the plaza, then head to the palace entrance.</p>
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  502. <p>If you visit Florence, visit Palazzo Vecchio. This lavish 13th-century palace is a stunning addition to Piazza della Signoria and sits as a bold, fortified building on the eastern edge of the plaza. Palazzo Vecchio has Roman ruins, medieval architecture, and Renaissance-era decor. It has spanned multiple centuries, accruing stories and personalities from many periods.</p>
  503. <p>Palazzo Vecchio is like Florence’s time capsule and a great place to visit if you want to understand as much as possible about Florence in a single day. The palace opens at 9 am, and you can explore the ruins of a Roman theatre in its crypt, walk through royal apartments with walls and ceilings adorned by works from artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, and admire its battlements.</p>
  504. <p><a href=";aff_adid=818164&amp;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="You can book a guided tour (opens in a new tab)">You can book a guided tour</a> that includes skip-the-line entry. This tour includes a video guide.</p>
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  510. <p>Another must-see attraction in Florence is Ponte Vecchio, and no visit to the city would be complete without taking in its views and walking across the Arno River along the historic bridge.</p>
  511. <p>Caffe dell’Oro is located right along the riverfront and is an ideal place to dine, with views of Ponte Vecchio and Arno River. The yellow gazebo signpost is easy to spot, and Caffe dell’Oro has a mixture of comfortable al fresco seating and more formal indoor dining. For the best views, though, head to the terrace, which overlooks Ponte Vecchio and the river from a vantage point.</p>
  512. <p>You can choose from a la carte or set menus, sampling Tuscan pasta and fine dining, with the choice of wine accompaniments. Enjoy the food and drink of your choice, all while sightseeing from the comfort of your table as you gaze at the bridge and river scenery. We’d suggest making a reservation, as Caffe dell’Oro is popular, especially in peak tourist seasons, given its location.</p>
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  514. <h2 id="h-afternoon-uffizi-gallery-mercato-del-porcellino-and-mercato-di-san-lorenzo" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Afternoon_Uffizi_Gallery_Mercato_del_Porcellino_and_Mercato_di_San_Lorenzo" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Afternoon: Uffizi Gallery, Mercato del Porcellino, and Mercato di San Lorenzo</h2>
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  518. <p>Once you’re refreshed from your meal and the river breeze, it’s time to go sightseeing again. With just one day in Florence, you’ll visit the most popular art gallery before hitting up the city’s market scene. If you aren’t excited yet, you most definitely should be.</p>
  519. <p>Reaching Uffizi Gallery – the first attraction on your Florence itinerary this afternoon – is an easy walk down the riverside, past Ponte Vecchio. This short walk should only take a few minutes.</p>
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  521. <h3 id="h-uffizi-gallery" class="wp-block-heading">Uffizi Gallery</h3>
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  525. <p>Uffizi Gallery is a beautiful place to visit for Renaissance artwork in Florence. Forget the modern art museums you see in most major cities; Uffizi Gallery offers Renaissance art by the likes of Da Vinci and Michelangelo.</p>
  526. <p>The art mostly dates back to when the Medici family ruled Florence; many pieces were part of their collection. If you want more inspiration from Florence than just admiring architecture, the Uffizi Gallery is perfect. Expect grand galleries and everything from gilded gold-framed paintings to elaborate sculptures.</p>
  527. <p>Book your tickets to Uffizi Gallery in advance and plan to arrive by 1:30 pm so you can spend at least two hours here. A single ticket (as of 2024) costs 12 euros when booked online. You then print the confirmation email and exchange your email for your ticket. This lets you skip the line through a fast-track service – entering the museum quicker.</p>
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  529. <h3 id="h-mercato-del-porcellino-aka-the-leather-market" class="wp-block-heading">Mercato del Porcellino, aka the Leather Market</h3>
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  533. <p>At around 4 pm, it’s time to head to Mercato del Porcellino for a bit of retail therapy. Mercato del Porcellino is Florence’s leather market, a massively popular destination in the city for shopping. The indoor market has everything from bags to shoes. And while it mainly focuses on Italian leather goods, you can find some textiles too.</p>
  534. <p>The Mercato del Porcellino is free to enter but allows for the extra cost of any purchases. Keep your eye out for the Fontana del Porcellino, too – a wild boar fountain in the middle of the market. Visitors to the market rub the snout of the boar for good luck and to guarantee their safe and timely return to Florence. Visiting the Fontana del Porcellino is a fun extra activity to indulge in when you visit Florence. Everyone loves a bit of superstition, right? The Fontana del Porcellino boar has a golden nose from all the attention.</p>
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  536. <h2 id="h-eat-at-mercato-di-san-lorenzo-aka-mercato-central" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Eat_at_Mercato_di_San_Lorenzo_aka_Mercato_Central" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Eat at Mercato di San Lorenzo, aka Mercato Central</h2>
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  540. <p>When it reaches 5:30 pm or 6 pm, it’s time to head to San Lorenzo Market for a bite to eat. Florence is best seen on foot. And while you might need more time for a walking tour, you’ll get an insight into exploring Florence on foot by walking between these two markets. It is a 10-minute stroll through the Duomo district, passing attractions like the Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza di San Giovanni, and Cappelle Medicee – the final resting place of the Medici family and their dynasty.</p>
  541. <p>When you reach San Lorenzo Market, you’ll find a gourmet food court that runs late into the night. You can try everything from burgers to Florentine steak and custard and strawberry-filled donuts. If you have just one day in Florence, heading to the Mercato di San Lorenzo is a brilliant way to maximize your experience with various food choices and a buzzy atmosphere.</p>
  542. <p>The cathedral is just a 10-minute walk away from Mercato Centrale. While the cathedral shuts at 5 pm, the dome remains open from 7:30 pm from Monday to Friday. The dome is the most exciting part of the grand building, as it is home to a viewpoint accessible via over 400 steps, with gorgeous 360-degree views over Florence.</p>
  543. <p>If you aren’t much of a foodie and are visiting during the week, we’d recommend grabbing a quick dinner at the central market before heading to climb the cathedral’s dome at around 6:30-7 pm.</p>
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  545. <h2 id="h-evening-views-of-florence-cathedral" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Evening_Views_of_Florence_Cathedral" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Evening: Views of Florence Cathedral</h2>
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  549. <p>With one day in Florence, you want to include a great view of the cathedral in your itinerary.</p>
  550. <p>The Art Rooftop Cocktail Bar is the most popular spot for views of the Florence Duomo complex. The cathedral is one of the main sights in Florence and dates back to the Middle Ages, so you have to make sure you carve out time to appreciate it. And where better to do so than on a fancy rooftop cocktail bar with an aperitif like a Negroni? With the view from Art Rooftop Cocktail Bar, it is easy to see why Florence is considered one of the prettiest cities in Italy.</p>
  551. <p>Make a reservation in advance to avoid waiting for a spot. Get there before sunset for your best chance of bagging a front-row seat with undisrupted cathedral views.</p>
  552. <p>It is a little expensive, even just for drinks, but you’re paying for the view – which is incredible. You feel close enough to touch the Florence Cathedral. It is the best way to end a great trip.</p>
  553. <p><strong>Hot tip:</strong> A great view of the dome is from the terrace in front of La Loggetta di Villa Bardini.</p>
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  557. <p>It goes without saying that <a href=";aff_adid=818165&amp;" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">there are so many things to do in Florence</a>. With just one day in Florence, it’s inevitable that a few amazing attractions missed out on making the list. So we thought we’d add a quick section on notable mentions, just in case you get some extra time.</p>
  558. <p>These are the top three attractions that didn’t make our list but were mostly definitely next in line.</p>
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  560. <h2 id="h-pitti-palace" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Pitti_Palace" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Pitti Palace</h2>
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  564. <p>We didn’t include it in your one-day in Florence itinerary as it is further away, across the Arno River and at a distance from the city center. We also didn’t want to overload you with two palaces in one day. But, if you are up for the challenge or find yourself with extra time, Pitti Palace is worth the visit.</p>
  565. <p>The Pitti Palace is younger than the Palazzo Vecchio and is a Renaissance building built in the 15th century. You can visit the palace to tour its halls and apartments and view its Italian and European art collections.</p>
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  567. <h2 id="h-boboli-gardens" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Boboli_Gardens" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Boboli Gardens</h2>
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  571. <p>On a late afternoon, nowhere is better for a walk than Boboli Gardens. The gardens feel like an open-air art gallery, and for a reasonable entrance fee, you can stroll the formal gardens, admiring Renaissance statues and ornately designed fountains. The gardens date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, and they’re a great way to experience history and nature rolled into one.</p>
  572. <p>If you want an open-air sculpture gallery experience or have green fingers, Boboli Gardens is excellent. You could easily spend a whole afternoon walking the grounds and finding the little hidden corners and unexpected statues. It’s also located next to Pitti Palace, so the two are handy to combine in one day.</p>
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  574. <h2 id="h-piazzale-michelangelo" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Piazzale_Michelangelo" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Piazzale Michelangelo</h2>
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  578. <p>For your Michelangelo, visit Piazzale Michelangelo.</p>
  579. <p>Piazzale Michelangelo is located on the south side of the river, around a 30-minute walk from the city center. The piazza dates back to the 19th century and is most famed for Michelangelo’s David. It’s free to visit and a beautiful place to admire views over Florence and pay respects to Michelangelo and his artwork.</p>
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  581. <h2 id="h-where-to-stay-in-florence" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Where_To_Stay_in_Florence" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Where To Stay in Florence</h2>
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  585. <p>If you are only in Florence for one day, you need to stay somewhere within easy walking distance of its main attractions. You don’t want to waste half a day traveling between attractions. For this reason, we’d suggest looking at accommodation only in San Lorenzo and San Marco, or, most ideally, Duomo itself.</p>
  586. <p>Duomo is the main city center area, with a cathedral and attractions like Palazzo Vecchio. San Lorenzo and San Marco is located just north of this district and is where you’ll find the San Lorenzo food market. Any of these neighborhoods will perfectly suit a one-day Florence itinerary. They are within easy walking distance of all the attractions you’d like to see, giving you a great introduction to Florence’s atmosphere. Forget stifled residential areas and slightly sketchy-budget areas; these three areas will provide you with the best experience in the shortest time possible.</p>
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  590. <p>We have a complete guide on where to stay in Florence that you can read <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">here</a>, but for a quick overview, we’ll introduce you to its top accommodation choices per budget now. These are the top choices for budget, mid-range, and luxury accommodation for one day in Florence.</p>
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  592. <h3 id="h-luxury-palazzo-niccolini-al-duomo-residenza-d-epoca" class="wp-block-heading">Luxury: Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo Residenza D’Epoca</h3>
  593. <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Palazzo Niccolini (opens in a new tab)">Palazzo Niccolini</a> is a beautiful mansion opposite the Piazza del Duomo complex. Its rooms are nothing short of lavish, and some suites even have private views of the Florence Cathedral and its iconic orange domes. Expect luxury details like marble bathrooms, Nespresso machines, fireplaces, chandeliers, and original 18th-century frescoes.</p>
  594. <p>Guests also get access to shared lounge areas with antique furniture, with breakfast available daily in the elegant purpose-built dining room. Location and hotel quality: Palazzo Niccolini is where to stay for luxury in Florence.</p>
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  596. <h3 id="h-mid-range-hotel-degli-orafi" class="wp-block-heading">Mid-range: Hotel degli Orafi</h3>
  597. <p>This 4-star property is an ideal mid-range option.<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label=" Hotel degli Orafi  (opens in a new tab)"> Hotel degli Orafi </a>is just minutes away from Ponte Vecchio and has a stunning rooftop with views of the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio. Guests can also use the library, and some guestrooms feature balconies.</p>
  598. <p>Most impressively, Hotel degli Orafi is set in a former convent, dating back to the Augustine period of the 13th century. You can enjoy a daily breakfast in the convent’s former ballroom with Ponte Vecchio and river views.</p>
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  600. <h3 id="h-budget-my-friends" class="wp-block-heading">Budget: My Friends</h3>
  601. <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="My Friends (opens in a new tab)">My Friends</a> offers fantastic dormitory accommodation for as little as $45 a night. You can choose from mixed and single-sex dormitories. It is just 450 meters from Santa Maria Novella Train Station and a 10-minute walk to the Florence Cathedral.</p>
  602. <p>There’s a common area kitchen where you can cook your own meals (although we suggest eating out to maximize your experience), and there’s a daily complimentary breakfast.</p>
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  604. <h2 id="h-where-to-eat-in-florence" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Where_To_Eat_in_Florence" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Where To Eat in Florence</h2>
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  608. <p>With one day in Florence, you should take the question of ‘where to eat’ very seriously. After all, you need to squeeze in cuisine sampling, good views, and great service – all in a single day. We’ve listed a few suggestions in our one day Florence itinerary, including:</p>
  609. <p>Caffe dell’Oro is the perfect spot. The stylish venue offers contemporary dining and punchy yet filling Tuscan classics, including delicious pasta. But the highlight is its riverfront location, overlooking the landmark Ponte Vecchio bridge.</p>
  610. <p>San Lorenzo Market is a vast food hall full of international and Italian cuisine. It remains open until midnight every night, and it’s a great chance to try a few different dishes under the same roof. On certain nights, it even plays live music.</p>
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  614. <p>When dining in Florence, as a general rule, if you want views, head to the Arno Riverbank. You’ll find riverfront restaurants with water or landmark views – and who wouldn’t want to dine overlooking the Ponte Vecchio? You can also search around the Piazza del Duomo for rooftop bars that have views of the cathedral and its domes, which are beautiful from a vantage point. Check out the View on Art Rooftop Cocktail Bar, Panorama Restaurant at Hotel La Scaletta, or Angel Roofbar &amp; Dining. These three all have beautiful cathedral views.</p>
  615. <p>We have some extra suggestions, though, especially for traditional Tuscan dining. Check out these top contenders:</p>
  616. <ul>
  617. <li><strong>Trattoria San Lorenzo Firenze</strong></li>
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  619. <p>This historic restaurant is just a short walk from Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and serves classic Tuscan dishes like Florentine steaks. As an extra special note, it <em>only </em>serves 100% Tuscan wines. So, if you fancy treating yourself to some self-guided wine tasting (who needs a wine-tasting day trip now?) Trattoria San Lorenzo Firenze is where to go.</p>
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  621. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTk2OjEwMTM=-1" class="wp-image-243590 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Florence in One Day Where To Eat in Florence Florentine steaks" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  623. <p>II Cernacchio is closer to Piazza della Signoria and offers more elegant flair. You enter through a large, glass-paneled stone archway into a sleek restaurant with vaulted ceilings. It serves regional pasta dishes, with soups and sandwiches available for those wanting a lighter meal. If you want grandeur rather than just tradition, II Cernacchio is where to head.</p>
  624. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-21"></span>
  625. <h2 id="h-how-to-maximize-your-stay-in-florence" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="How_To_Maximize_Your_Stay_in_Florence" class="ez-toc-section"></span>How To Maximize Your Stay in Florence</h2>
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  629. <p>It might go without saying, but the secret to maximizing your one-day stay in Florence is to maximize your time. You might be happy to see one attraction and then sit down to eat for the rest of your time, heading back to your hotel at dark. But chances are, if you’re forking out a sizeable budget to visit Florence for a day, you want to make it worth your trip.</p>
  630. <p>If you fall into that latter category, this section is for you. We’ll cover the top five tips you need to know to maximize your stay in Florence. Nobody wants those lingering regrets – even if you plan on returning to Florence for a longer time. Here’s how to make the absolute most of your one day in Florence.</p>
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  632. <h2 id="h-1-advance-planning" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="1_Advance_Planning" class="ez-toc-section"></span>1. Advance Planning</h2>
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  636. <p>With one day in Florence, you should absolutely invest in some advance planning. Little things, like purchasing tickets in advance rather than queuing on the day, can save you so much time when you tally it up. Saving 15 minutes here and there can really maximize your time in Florence. So make sure you book any tickets that can be booked online in advance. Then you turn up with a screenshotted mobile ticket and waltz straight in.</p>
  637. <p>Dedicate at least an hour to advance planning before you visit Florence. This way, you can enjoy the city with the legwork already in place. Knowing whether you will order a 10-minute taxi or catch the 20-minute tram to the airport makes the whole experience slicker. It also means you aren’t scrambling on the day- much easier.</p>
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  639. <h2 id="h-2-have-offline-maps-downloaded" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="2_Have_Offline_Maps_Downloaded" class="ez-toc-section"></span>2. Have Offline Maps Downloaded</h2>
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  641. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAxMzo4NDk=-1" class="wp-image-243637 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Florence in one Day using Offline Maps" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  643. <p>In our opinion, you should always travel with offline maps. But when you are only spending one day in Florence, this is even more important. You don’t want to waste your time getting lost. And you want to be able to move quickly between attractions. Not everyone’s data packages cover roaming data in Italy.</p>
  644. <p>The simple answer is to download offline maps in case you encounter difficulty with your data. Downloading a map of Florence is easy. You open the Google Maps app on your phone, click the top right circle with the first letter of your name, and select the ‘offline maps’ option from the drop-down menu. From there, click ‘select your own map’ and hover the selector tool so that it frames the areas of Florence you’ll be visiting. Click download, and voila, you have offline directions around Florence.</p>
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  646. <h2 id="h-3-stay-central" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="3_Stay_Central" class="ez-toc-section"></span>3. Stay Central</h2>
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  648. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAxODo4NDg=-1" class="wp-image-243639 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Florence in one day tips stay central" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  650. <p>As mentioned in the accommodation section, with just one day in Florence, you want to stay centrally. San Lorenzo, San Marco, and Duomo are the three best neighborhoods for maximizing your stay, as each is within easy walking distance of major attractions. They also offer great insight into the culture and atmosphere of the city, which is a plus when looking to maximize a short stay.</p>
  651. <p>You don’t have long in Florence, so save time traveling around the city when you could be sightseeing. If it isn’t central, scratch the accommodation. Those short tram rides and walks quickly add up. Save your time and pick a hotel in Duomo, San Marco, or San Lorenzo.</p>
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  653. <h2 id="h-4-check-opening-days-then-double-check-opening-times" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="4_Check_Opening_Days_Then_Double_Check_Opening_Times" class="ez-toc-section"></span>4. Check Opening Days, Then Double Check Opening Times</h2>
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  655. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAyMzo5MDk=-1" class="wp-image-243576 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Florence in One Day Check Opening Days Sculptures" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  656. </div>
  657. <p>It is well worth noting that many museums and galleries, including the Uffizi Gallery, shut on Mondays. While most museums and galleries open around the usual 9 until 6 pm, don’t let weird opening days trip you up. If you’re only visiting for one day, you’ll need to double check that the attractions you want to see are actually open.</p>
  658. <p>Palazzo Vecchio and Florence Cathedral shut on a Sunday. The Palatine Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, and Accademia Gallery are also shut on Mondays, like the Uffizi Gallery.</p>
  659. <p>You don’t want to disappoint yourself by turning up to closed doors. And while you may or may not choose to change what day you visit Florence depending on attraction opening days, it at least won’t leave you scrambling to change your itinerary last minute.</p>
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  661. <h2 id="h-5-plan-your-evening" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="5_Plan_Your_Evening" class="ez-toc-section"></span>5. Plan Your Evening</h2>
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  665. <p>Finally, with one day in Florence, you should absolutely maximize your evening. One way to do this is to experience the city’s cathedral in the evening rather than the day. This is especially true if you don’t want to see inside the cathedral itself but would prefer to snag views of its dome or climb it for a city viewpoint.</p>
  666. <p>It’s worth noting that the Duomo Florence keeps its dome open until 7:30 pm from Monday to Friday, so you could always have an evening visit to the cathedral dome for views over Florence. You’ll tackle over 400 steps and admire the bright lights of Florence illuminated beneath you. The cathedral’s dome is one of the most famous viewpoints in the entire city.</p>
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  670. <p>Otherwise, if you prefer cocktails over 400 steps, you could head to the View on Art Rooftop Cocktail Bar for after-hours panoramas of the beautiful Florence Cathedral. If you choose the cocktail bar option, you can taste classic aperitivos like a negroni or spritz. It’s a great chance to sample some of Florence’s nightlife and cuisine.</p>
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  672. <h2 id="h-one-day-in-florence-faqs" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="One_Day_in_Florence_FAQs" class="ez-toc-section"></span>One Day in Florence: FAQs</h2>
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  675. </div>
  676. <p>Now you know all about visiting Florence, what about some FAQs? Florence is an amazing city, full of art and culture. With one day in Florence, you’ll have to be super picky about which attractions you squeeze in and be prepared to hit the ground running to maximize sightseeing.</p>
  677. <p>Of course, this means making some potentially tough decisions. Will you sacrifice the Opera del Duomo Museum? Will you skip the Pitti Palace in exchange for a few hours at the Palazzo Vecchio?</p>
  678. <p>To help you prepare for your one-day visit to Florence, we have some quickfire FAQs. Hopefully, this will give you more clarity and direction when making those tough calls.</p>
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  680. <h3 id="h-is-1-day-enough-for-florence" class="wp-block-heading">Is 1 day enough for Florence?</h3>
  681. <p>One day in Florence is enough to scratch the surface. In an ideal world, you’d have at least three days. In three days, you could visit Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens, located south of the Arno River. You could also plan a day trip to somewhere like Pisa.</p>
  682. <p>However, in one day, you should focus on the city center north of the river. This way, you’ll see the Palazzo Vecchio, the main squares, markets, and Florence Cathedral.</p>
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  684. <h3 id="h-what-to-do-in-florence-in-4-hours" class="wp-block-heading">What to do in Florence in 4 hours?</h3>
  685. <p>In 4 hours, you should visit Florence Cathedral, the Leather Market, and Mercato di San Lorenzo to soak up the city’s atmosphere and cuisine. Alternatively, if you prefer history, pick <em>one </em>museum or palace – like the Palazzo Vecchio or the Uffizi Gallery – and have a 5-minute peek at Florence Cathedral.</p>
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  687. <h3 id="h-what-to-do-in-florence-in-3-hours" class="wp-block-heading">What to do in Florence in 3 hours?</h3>
  688. <p>In 3 hours, you have enough time to visit one museum or gallery. You could visit the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, or Opera del Duomo Museum.</p>
  689. <p>Alternatively, you could take a walking tour of Florence, seeing architecture such as Florence Cathedral and Giotta’s Bell Tower.</p>
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  691. <h3 id="h-is-florence-a-walkable-city" class="wp-block-heading">Is Florence a walkable city?</h3>
  692. <p>Yes, most of Florence’s attractions are within walking distance of each other. Even the Boboli Gardens and Florence Cathedral are within walking distance of each other; they are 14 minutes apart on foot despite being separated by the Arno River. You should find it easy to walk around Florence, just bring some comfortable walking shoes.</p>
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  694. <h3 id="h-can-i-do-florence-in-1-day" class="wp-block-heading">Can I do Florence in 1 day?</h3>
  695. <p>Yes, you can see most of Florence’s highlights in a day. However, remember that you’ll have to make some compromises, which may feel rushed. If you’d prefer to visit more than a maximum of 3-5 attractions and sightsee at a leisurely pace, we suggest visiting Florence for longer.</p>
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  697. <h3 id="h-is-it-worth-it-to-go-to-florence-for-a-day" class="wp-block-heading">Is it worth it to go to Florence for a day?</h3>
  698. <p>Absolutely. Even though you’ll have to visit your chosen attractions quickly, it is still worth visiting Florence. The city is so beautiful, and there’s so much art, history, and culture in its boundaries. Even with just one day in Florence, you’ll get a fantastic insight into the Renaissance’s art and some beautiful views – including of Florence Cathedral’s terracotta-domed roof and bell tower.</p>
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  700. <h2 id="h-one-day-in-florence" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="One_Day_in_Florence" class="ez-toc-section"></span>One Day in Florence</h2>
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  704. <p>Visiting Italy just isn’t the same without at least one day in Florence. While Venice is famous for its waterways, Milan rules fashion, and Rome gets the buzz over its historic ruins, Florence rules the Renaissance artwork world. It also has a great atmosphere and many culinary treats and experiences. Even with just one day in Florence, you’ll get a fabulous introduction to the city, its history, the cuisine, and all the art it offers.</p>
  705. <p>Of course, if you can, extend your stay. There’s no such thing as too much time in Florence. This way, you can fit in experience outside the city; Florence has some amazing day trips at its fingertips. You could plan day trips like heading to Cinque Terre or visiting Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. High-speed train connections are heading straight from Florence train station to amazing destinations all over Italy. Visiting Pisa from Florence only takes an hour by high-speed train.</p>
  706. <p>Florence is a fantastic city to visit in Italy, so whether you have one day in Florence or five, have a wonderful time and tick off as many sights as possible.</p>
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  708. <h3 id="h-plan-your-next-trip-to-italy-with-these-resources" class="wp-block-heading">Plan Your Next Trip To Italy With These Resources</h3>
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  716. <title>Best Observation Decks in NYC To Visit In 2024</title>
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  734. <description><![CDATA[Discover the best observation decks in NYC for breathtaking views of the iconic skyline. From the Empire State Building to SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, find the top spots to capture the city's beauty.]]></description>
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  736. <p>Visiting New York is all about views. How could you not go good-view-hunting in this world-famous concrete jungle? One thing that is certain is that the New York skyline is full of some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. I remember growing up and seeing that amazing New York Cityscape for the first time in one of my favorite movies of all time, Moonstruck. There was something alluring about how its shining lights glistened off the Hudson River. So, if you’re visiting, you best believe you should be looking for the best observation decks in NYC to see it from all different angles.</p>
  740. <p>The standard period to visit New York City is five days. In a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">5 day itinerary</a>, you’ll have plenty of time to stand on some of the city’s best observation decks.</p>
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  748. <h2 id="h-best-observation-decks-in-nyc" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Best_Observation_Decks_in_NYC" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Best Observation Decks in NYC</h2>
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  750. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODYyOjkzMA==-1" class="wp-image-242980 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks To Conclude Skyline" width="1600" height="1060" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  752. <p>In this guide, we’ll introduce you to the top nine observation decks in NYC. There are fancy observatory decks all over the city – from the flatiron building to the One World Observatory and an outdoor terrace in the New York outskirts. You can head to observation decks with a central location along Madison Avenue or Fifth Avenue or head out to places like the Gateway National Recreation Area and Hamilton Park.</p>
  753. <p>Whatever your dream NYC view, these observation decks will keep you impressed and your camera clicking. Let’s meet the finalists.</p>
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  755. <h2 id="h-1-empire-state-building" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="1_Empire_State_Building" class="ez-toc-section"></span>1. Empire State Building</h2>
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  757. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODY3OjEwMTM=-1" class="wp-image-243080 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 674w, 1419w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best Observation decks in NYC Empire State Building" width="1600" height="1203" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  759. <p>The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic landmarks on New York’s skyline. This architectural giant was constructed between 1930 and 1931 and has been featured in movies like King Kong. It has also been one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere for decades. Regardless of finding the best observation deck, it is the sort of building you’d visit anyway.</p>
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  763. <p>The Empire State Building has two observation decks – one on the 86th floor and one on the 102nd. Both have an indoor layout so that you can peer out from behind glass at the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the One World Trade Center.</p>
  764. <p>The best part of visiting the Empire State Building is the exhibits on the 2nd and 80th floors. These exhibits tell you the story of the Empire State Building, giving you great insight into what was once the tallest building in the USA.</p>
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  766. <h3 id="h-how-to-get-to-the-empire-state-building" class="wp-block-heading">How To Get To The Empire State Building</h3>
  767. <p>Reaching the Empire State Building is easy. It is in midtown Manhattan, just a 15-minute walk from Times Square and 30 minutes from Central Park. If you stay in Manhattan, you can walk to the Empire State Building and its observation decks.</p>
  768. <p>If not, you can easily catch the metro. 34 St-Herald Square Station is a 4-minute walk from the Empire State Building.</p>
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  770. <h3 id="h-tickets-for-the-empire-state-building" class="wp-block-heading">Tickets For The Empire State Building</h3>
  771. <p>Ticket prices start at $44 per adult to access the 86th-floor observatory. You can also pay $79 to visit both the 86th and 102nd floors.</p>
  772. <p>It’s worth noting that the Empire State Building is included on the Sightseeing Pass. If you add up the total of your proposed itinerary, it sometimes makes financial sense to invest in the pass. If you will only visit the Empire State Building this Skip the Line Pass is your best bet.</p>
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  775. <h3 id="h-reasons-to-visit-the-empire-state-building" class="wp-block-heading">Reasons To Visit The Empire State Building</h3>
  776. <ul>
  777. <li>The Empire State Building has a beautiful vantage point over Upper and Lower Manhattan.</li>
  778. <li>The Empire State Building has many immersive exhibits and just views.</li>
  779. <li>You get the novelty of being in one of the world’s most famous buildings.</li>
  780. </ul>
  781. <p> </p>
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  783. <h3 id="h-is-the-empire-state-building-worth-it" class="wp-block-heading">Is The Empire State Building Worth It?</h3>
  784. <p>Yes, the Empire State Building is worth it. However, it is very expensive, and you can find other observation decks that provide better or equivalent views. What makes the Empire State Building worthwhile is its character and identity as a famous landmark. Its exhibits and story make the Empire State Building the best observation deck in New York City.</p>
  785. <h4 style="text-align: center;">Book Empire State Building Ticket <a href=";aff_adid=818143&amp;" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HERE</a></h4>
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  789. <h2 id="h-2-summit-one-vanderbilt" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="2_SUMMIT_One_Vanderbilt" class="ez-toc-section"></span>2. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt</h2>
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  791. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODg5Ojk0MQ==-1" class="wp-image-242977 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks Summit ONE Vanderbilt" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  793. <p>SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is the newest addition to the New York observation deck scene. This stunning building promises a transformational experience, with multi-sensory viewpoints in New York City’s fourth-largest skyscraper. Prepare to get high in the sky and approach the ‘best observation deck’ experience a little more creatively at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt.</p>
  794. <p>There are three levels in total, and you can easily spend multiple hours at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. There are wacky exhibits like mirror balls and entire rooms made of reflective mirrors. It is like an observation deck meets a contemporary art museum.</p>
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  796. <h3 id="h-how-to-get-to-summit-one-vanderbilt" class="wp-block-heading">How To Get To SUMMIT One Vanderbilt</h3>
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  798. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODk0OjEwNzc=-1" class="wp-image-242976 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks Summit ONE Vanderbilt How to get there" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  799. </div>
  800. <p>Reaching SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is easy as pie. The skyscraper is located in midtown Manhattan, so it is just a 20-minute walk from major landmarks like Central Park and just 15 minutes from the Empire State Building.</p>
  801. <p>It is roughly halfway between Bryant Park and Grand Central Station, on the major East 42nd Street. You’ll be able to walk there if you stay centrally.</p>
  802. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-8"></span>
  803. <h3 id="h-tickets-for-summit-one-vanderbilt" class="wp-block-heading">Tickets For SUMMIT One Vanderbilt</h3>
  804. <p><a href=";aff_adid=818143&amp;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Tickets for SUMMIT One Vanderbilt (opens in a new tab)"><strong>Tickets for SUMMIT One Vanderbilt</strong></a> are a little expensive but cheaper than visiting the Empire State Building. Standard adult tickets start at $42, although you can add on luxury packages like a signature cocktail experience and an ‘ascent’ experience, which includes a 12-story glass elevator ride. It’s worth noting that the Ascent Experience is currently closed for maintenance as of 2024, so it is currently unavailable to purchase. However, keep an eye out for a possible reopening.</p>
  805. <p>As a general rule, though, expect to pay around the $40 mark for general admission.</p>
  806. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-9"></span>
  807. <h3 id="h-reasons-to-visit-summit-one-vanderbilt" class="wp-block-heading">Reasons To Visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt</h3>
  808. <ul>
  809. <li>It offers a more exciting experience than just peering from an observation deck. The mirrors and artwork are amusing.</li>
  810. <li>You get great views of the Empire State Building, nearby Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park.</li>
  811. <li>Tickets are reasonably priced compared to other observation decks, and you get a more entertaining visit.</li>
  812. </ul>
  813. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-10"></span>
  814. <h3 id="h-is-summit-one-vanderbilt-worth-it" class="wp-block-heading">Is SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Worth It?</h3>
  815. <p><a href=";aff_adid=818143&amp;" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SUMMIT One Vanderbilt</a> is a really engaging place to admire NYC views. If you want photo opportunities beyond awkward poses next to grubby glass walls, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is the best observation deck in New York City. The mirrorball room is incredibly funky.</p>
  816. <p>Keep in mind that the current maintenance closures may impact your visit. You can check the official website for updates.</p>
  817. <p> </p>
  818. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-11"></span>
  819. <h2 id="h-3-the-vessel" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="3_The_Vessel" class="ez-toc-section"></span>3. The Vessel</h2>
  820. <div class="wp-block-image">
  821. <figure class="aligncenter size-Vertical"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTExOjM0NA==-1" class="wp-image-243082 nitro-lazy" src="" alt="The Vessel in New York City." width="640" height="960" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  822. </div>
  823. <p>The Vessel is an architectural masterpiece. This dramatic-looking building has a symmetrical copper exterior staircase framework, resulting in a modernist-looking monster in the middle of Hudson Yards. The bronze-colored framework that loops the building is absolutely unmissable. If you’re walking through midtown Manhattan, you’ll see The Vessel.</p>
  824. <p>The landmark has 2,500 steps in total and 154 interconnected staircases. And, even better, you can climb it for free. This beehive-looking building has 360-degree views over Manhattan. While it isn’t the highest outdoor sky deck in New York, it does provide funky views over low-level skyscrapers in a novelty way.</p>
  825. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-12"></span>
  826. <h3 id="h-how-to-get-to-the-vessel" class="wp-block-heading">How To Get To The Vessel</h3>
  827. <p>Getting to The Vessel is relatively straightforward. It’s located in western midtown Manhattan, near the Hudson River, and in the historic Hudson Yards district. If you are staying in midtown or Lower Manhattan, you can walk there in around 30 minutes. It is just a 20-minute walk from the Empire State Building to The Vessel.</p>
  828. <p>Otherwise, just hop on the metro. Central Park to The Vessel is just a 20-minute metro ride versus a 45-minute walk – we know which we’d prefer.</p>
  829. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-13"></span>
  830. <h3 id="h-tickets-0" class="wp-block-heading">Tickets</h3>
  831. <div class="wp-block-image">
  832. <figure class="aligncenter size-Vertical"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTE5OjM1OA==-1" class="wp-image-243081 nitro-lazy" src="" alt="Is the Vessel in NYC Worth it to visit" width="640" height="960" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  833. </div>
  834. <p>Tickets are free to The Vessel with one rule: you must visit during the first hour of operation. When you visit outside this first hour, it is $10.</p>
  835. <p>It is important to note that The Vessel is currently only opening its ground level to visitors. There have sadly been numerous suicide attempts from its higher levels, leading to the closure of the top floors in 2021. Whether or not the higher floors reopen is uncertain and not likely due to the extra security measures this would demand. It’s worth keeping an eye on in case, though, as the higher floors have beautiful views of the river and surrounding skyscrapers if they reopen.</p>
  836. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-14"></span>
  837. <h3 id="h-reasons-to-visit" class="wp-block-heading">Reasons To Visit</h3>
  838. <ul>
  839. <li>It is a fascinating piece of architecture to see in person.</li>
  840. <li>It is easy to reach from Manhattan on foot or via the metro.</li>
  841. <li>It is free to visit in its first hour of operation.</li>
  842. </ul>
  843. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-15"></span>
  844. <h3 id="h-is-it-worth-it-0" class="wp-block-heading">Is It Worth It?</h3>
  845. <p>Visiting The Vessel is 100% worth it. You’ll love the architecture, and that free first-hour entry is great for those on a budget. It has a really scenic location in the Hudson Yards. While it doesn’t have the most famous scenery from its observation deck, you can get a great taste of the skyscraper and river scenes.</p>
  846. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-16"></span>
  847. <h2 id="h-4-edge-nyc" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="4_Edge_NYC" class="ez-toc-section"></span>4. Edge NYC</h2>
  848. <div class="wp-block-image">
  849. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTMyOjgzNw==-1" class="wp-image-242967 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks Edge NYC" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  850. </div>
  851. <p>Edge NYC is one of the most exciting observation decks to visit in the city center. It is the highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. It has angled glass walls that provide a (slightly thrilling) vantage point over the skyscrapers and scenery below. The Edge NYC sits 100 stories tall and has 360-degree views. It is the best observation deck in New York City for that ‘wow’ experience.</p>
  852. <p>The fact that it is an open-air deck really adds to the experience, too, with the added thrill of buffeting winds and a chilly temperature amongst the clouds. The Edge NYC makes you feel like you’re floating in the clouds. In terms of view, you can see everything from the Empire State Building to the One World Observatory and Central Park. It is a great spot to check off iconic building after iconic building.</p>
  853. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-17"></span>
  854. <h3 id="h-how-to-get-there" class="wp-block-heading">How To Get There</h3>
  855. <div class="wp-block-image">
  856. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTM3Ojk3Mw==-1" class="wp-image-242966 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks Edge NYC How to get there" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  857. </div>
  858. <p>The Edge NYC is located in the Hudson Yards district, so it is ideally combined with a visit to the High Line and The Vessel – which are almost opposite.</p>
  859. <p>You can catch the ‘c line’ on the metro to Penn Station to get there from central Manhattan. Then, you walk 15 minutes through the Garment District and into Hudson Yards. The whole journey by public transport takes around 20 minutes. You can walk to the Edge NYC in less than 30 minutes in Midtown Manhattan or Lower Manhattan.</p>
  860. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-18"></span>
  861. <h3 id="h-tickets" class="wp-block-heading">Tickets</h3>
  862. <p>Tickets are cheaper than the other observation decks in New York City. General admission starts at $36. You can also splash out on a City Climb experience for around $185, which involves harnessing up and <em>walking </em>the edge of the building. If you are a thrill lover and have the budget, splash out on a City Climb.</p>
  863. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-19"></span>
  864. <h3 id="h-reasons-to-visit-0" class="wp-block-heading">Reasons To Visit</h3>
  865. <ul>
  866. <li>It has slightly cheaper tickets than the other observation decks in New York.</li>
  867. <li>You have amazing views from glass walls in an open-air environment, which creates a more thrilling experience.</li>
  868. <li>You can test your nerve with a City Climb.</li>
  869. </ul>
  870. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-20"></span>
  871. <h3 id="h-is-it-worth-it" class="wp-block-heading">Is It Worth It?</h3>
  872. <p>Yes, the Edge NYC is definitely worth visiting. Its glass-angled walls make it even more enticing, and it is the best observation deck for those wanting a thrill, not just a pretty picture. If you have the budget, the City Climb option just reinforces that.</p>
  873. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-21"></span>
  874. <h2 id="h-5-top-of-the-rock" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="5_Top_of_the_Rock" class="ez-toc-section"></span>5. Top of the Rock</h2>
  875. <div class="wp-block-image">
  876. <figure class="aligncenter size-Vertical"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTUyOjM3OQ==-1" class="wp-image-243077 nitro-lazy" src="" alt="Top of the Rock Observation Deck in New York City" width="640" height="960" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  877. </div>
  878. <p>Top of the Rock is one of the most classic New York City observation decks. The deck sits atop the Rockefeller Center next to the Radio City Music Hall. You get 360-degree views over New York City, with incredible views of the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center. If you snag a sunset ticket, transitioning from daylight to night-time lights is stunning. The Top of the Rock is great because you get the height without scaling any significant landmark buildings – meaning you get all the classic landmarks in your view.</p>
  879. <p>Top of the Rock is centrally located in midtown Manhattan and a breeze to get to. In winter especially, it’s the best observation deck in New York City, just from the atmosphere at the Rockefeller Center. You’ll see the ice skating rink outside and all the markets nearby. For a winter trip to NYC, consider Top of the Rock your best observation deck choice.</p>
  880. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-22"></span>
  881. <h3 id="h-how-to-get-to-the-top-of-the-rock-observation-deck" class="wp-block-heading">How To Get To The Top of the Rock Observation Deck</h3>
  882. <div class="wp-block-image">
  883. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTU3Ojk1NA==-1" class="wp-image-243076 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 676w, 1423w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Saturday Night Live at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City" width="1600" height="1200" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  884. </div>
  885. <p>The easiest way to get to the Top of the Rock is to just walk. It is a 10-minute walk from Times Square or 15 minutes from Central Park.</p>
  886. <p>If you are based further away, you can catch the metro to Rockefeller Central Station, which is connected to the B, D, F, and M lines. From there, it’s a quick walk to the Top of the Rock.</p>
  887. <p> </p>
  888. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-23"></span>
  889. <h3 id="h-reasons-to-visit-the-top-of-the-rock-observation-deck" class="wp-block-heading">Reasons To Visit The Top of the Rock Observation Deck</h3>
  890. <div class="wp-block-image">
  891. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTYyOjc5Nw==-1" class="wp-image-243084 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Top of the Rock Observation Deck in New York City" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  892. </div>
  893. <ul>
  894. <li>Beautiful views over the New York skyline, including the Empire State Building.</li>
  895. <li>A great location in Manhattan and the Rockefeller Center.</li>
  896. <li>A fun atmosphere in winter and the festive season.</li>
  897. </ul>
  898. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-24"></span>
  899. <h3 id="h-tickets-for-the-top-of-the-rock" class="wp-block-heading">Tickets For The Top of the Rock</h3>
  900. <p>General admission to the Top of the Rock costs between $40 and $55 for adults, <a href=";aff_adid=818143&amp;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="depending on the time you book (opens in a new tab)">depending on the time you book</a>. It isn’t one of the cheapest observation decks, but it is a great experience in one of the city’s famous buildings.</p>
  901. <p> </p>
  902. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-25"></span>
  903. <h3 id="h-is-the-top-of-the-rock-worth-it" class="wp-block-heading">Is The Top of the Rock Worth It?</h3>
  904. <p>Yes, the Top of the Rock is worth it. It’s a great choice if you want a similar experience to the Empire State Building but with the Empire State Building as part of the view. It also has a lovely atmosphere during the festive season.</p>
  905. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-26"></span>
  906. <h2 id="h-6-one-world-observatory" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="6_One_World_Observatory" class="ez-toc-section"></span>6. One World Observatory</h2>
  907. <div class="wp-block-image">
  908. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTc0OjkxMQ==-1" class="wp-image-243090 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="One World Observatory in New York City" width="1600" height="1053" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  909. </div>
  910. <p>The One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the One World Observatory sits right at the top. The One World Observatory sits on the 100th to 102nd floors and has stunning views over the city. A considerable part of the experience is the elevator ride, called the Sky Pod Elevator, which treats you to views as you go. The height and location make the One World Observatory the best observation deck for far-reaching views. You can spot everything from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty.</p>
  911. <p>Of course, part of the draw of the One World Observatory is that it is built next to the site of the Twin Towers. The towers were famously attacked during 9/11, and you can see the memorial pools just seconds from the One World Trade Center. The area is a somber sight, and if you can, pair the One World Observatory with a visit to the harrowing 9/11 Memorial and Museum.</p>
  912. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-27"></span>
  913. <h3 id="h-how-to-get-there-0" class="wp-block-heading">How To Get There</h3>
  914. <div class="wp-block-image">
  915. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTc5OjEwMzc=-1" class="wp-image-242973 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks One World How to get there C Line" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  916. </div>
  917. <p>The One World Observatory is located in Lower Manhattan, so you’ll likely need to hop on the metro. The ‘C line’ is an easy 20-minute ride from central Manhattan, where you disembark at Chambers Street and walk the easy ten minutes to the observatory.</p>
  918. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-28"></span>
  919. <h3 id="h-tickets-for-the-one-world-observatory" class="wp-block-heading">Tickets For The One World Observatory</h3>
  920. <p>Tickets are around the standard mark for observatory decks in New York, starting at $39 for general admission tickets when booked in advance. You’ll ideally <a href=";aff_adid=818143&amp;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="book online and in advance (opens in a new tab)">book online and in advance</a>, and tickets sell out fast.</p>
  921. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-29"></span>
  922. <h3 id="h-reasons-to-visit-the-one-world-observatory" class="wp-block-heading">Reasons To Visit The One World Observatory</h3>
  923. <ul>
  924. <li>It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, with far-stretching views of New York.</li>
  925. <li>It has an enjoyable Sky Pod Elevator ride.</li>
  926. <li>It is right next to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.</li>
  927. </ul>
  928. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-30"></span>
  929. <h3 id="h-is-the-one-world-observatory-worth-it" class="wp-block-heading">Is The One World Observatory Worth It?</h3>
  930. <p>The One World Observatory is a really culturally important place to visit, regardless of whether or not it’s the best observation deck. The One World Trade Center symbolizes the post-9/11 healing process and is beautiful to see up close. Its height and far-stretching views are just cherries on top.</p>
  931. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-31"></span>
  932. <h2 id="h-7-hamilton-park-observation-deck" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="7_Hamilton_Park_Observation_Deck" class="ez-toc-section"></span>7. Hamilton Park Observation Deck</h2>
  933. <div class="wp-block-image">
  934. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTkzOjEwMTk=-1" class="wp-image-242970 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 733w, 1542w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks Hamilton Park View" width="1600" height="1107" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  935. </div>
  936. <p>Hamilton Park Observation Deck is somewhat of a hidden gem regarding the best NYC observation decks. Think of it as what Brooklyn Bridge Park used to be. Hamilton Park is located on the opposite side of Manhattan, in New Jersey, overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.</p>
  937. <p>Hamilton Park Observation Deck is a huge open-air outdoor terrace. It is best visited at sunrise when you can catch the sun rising from behind Manhattan or at night when the cityscape lights up beautifully. Hamilton Park is where to head if you don’t like heights and want an open-air observation deck. It is also relatively unknown on the tourist scene, so you should avoid heavy crowds.</p>
  938. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-32"></span>
  939. <h3 id="h-how-to-get-there" class="wp-block-heading">How To Get There</h3>
  940. <div class="wp-block-image">
  941. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTk4OjEwMTA=-1" class="wp-image-242969 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks Hamilton Park How to get there" width="1600" height="995" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  942. </div>
  943. <p>Reaching Hamilton Park Observation Deck is easiest via Uber or taxi, just 20 minutes from Manhattan. You’ll be crossing the Hudson River, which marks the state border between New York and New Jersey. Your Uber will take you through the Lincoln Tunnel, under the river, and into New York’s neighboring state. It’s a great way to maximize your trip and experience two states for the price of one.</p>
  944. <p>Otherwise, you can take the 156 bus from Port Authority to Park Avenue at Highwood Terrace in under 10 minutes, walking just under another 10 minutes to the observation deck itself.</p>
  945. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-33"></span>
  946. <h3 id="h-tickets-for-hamilton-park-observation-deck" class="wp-block-heading">Tickets For Hamilton Park Observation Deck</h3>
  947. <p>As a public park, Hamilton Park is totally free. It is the best observation deck for anyone on a budget. It has beautiful views over the Manhattan skyline – what more could you want? Don’t expect fancy exhibits or an indoor experience; this is an outdoor terrace with a railing overlooking the skyline and Hudson River. But if that sounds up your street, it’s a fantastic free experience in NYC with no need to buy tickets in advance.</p>
  948. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-34"></span>
  949. <h3 id="h-reasons-to-visit-hamilton-park-observation-deck" class="wp-block-heading">Reasons To Visit Hamilton Park Observation Deck</h3>
  950. <ul>
  951. <li>It is totally free, making it a great budget-friendly observation point in New York City.</li>
  952. <li>It is less well-known than Brooklyn Bridge Park, meaning a quieter experience.</li>
  953. <li>You get beautiful views of Manhattan.</li>
  954. </ul>
  955. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-35"></span>
  956. <h3 id="h-is-hamilton-park-observation-deck-worth-it" class="wp-block-heading">Is Hamilton Park Observation Deck Worth It?</h3>
  957. <p>Absolutely. What’s not to love? You get free access to an outdoor observation deck overlooking Manhattan. Head there at sunrise or after sunset for the best views.</p>
  958. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-36"></span>
  959. <h2 id="h-8-riverview-fisk-park-observation-deck" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="8_Riverview-Fisk_Park_Observation_Deck" class="ez-toc-section"></span>8. Riverview-Fisk Park Observation Deck</h2>
  960. <div class="wp-block-image">
  961. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAxMzo5MjU=-1" class="wp-image-242975 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks Riverview-Fisk Park" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  962. </div>
  963. <p>Riverview-Fisk Park Observation Deck is another often overlooked NYC observation deck. The park was built in 1894 and spreads over 259 acres. Its observation deck, a gazebo-style building at the highest point of the park, is somewhat of a local secret, with residents visiting for serene sunrises over the New York City skyline. If you play your cards right, it is the best observation deck if you want a simple terrace for yourself.</p>
  964. <p>Riverview-Fisk Park Observation Deck is best visited in the evening when New York City lights up or at sunrise when you can see the sunrise behind Manhattan. The Empire State Building, Chrysler, and One World Trade Center will be seen.</p>
  965. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-37"></span>
  966. <h3 id="h-how-to-get-there-0" class="wp-block-heading">How To Get There</h3>
  967. <p>Riverview-Fisk Park Observation Deck is the furthest observatory from central Manhattan. You’ll be stepping out of the central location to view the city from a distance – appreciating its skyline across the Hudson River.</p>
  968. <p>When you venture to the Riverview-Fisk Park Observation Deck, you’ll cross the New York-New Jersey border. It’s ideally combined with a visit to the Hamilton Park Observation Deck, which is less than a 15-minute drive away and also on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.</p>
  969. <p>By Uber or taxi, you can reach the deck in just 25 minutes from Manhattan. Alternatively, you can catch the 119 bus for 15 minutes from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and walk less than 10 minutes to the Riverview-Fisk Park Observation Deck.</p>
  970. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-38"></span>
  971. <h3 id="h-tickets" class="wp-block-heading">Tickets</h3>
  972. <p>No tickets are necessary for this free experience. Alongside Hamilton Park and The Vessel, Riverview-Fisk Park is the best observation deck in NYC for those on a budget. Set in a public park, it is free to visit.</p>
  973. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-39"></span>
  974. <h3 id="h-reasons-to-visit-riverview-fisk-park-observation-deck" class="wp-block-heading">Reasons To Visit Riverview-Fisk Park Observation Deck</h3>
  975. <div class="wp-block-image">
  976. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAyNDoxMDc3-1" class="wp-image-242974 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks Riverview-Fisk Park Bus Port Authority" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  977. </div>
  978. <ul>
  979. <li>It is free and the best observation deck on a budget.</li>
  980. <li>It is quiet and more of a local secret.</li>
  981. <li>You can get stunning views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and One World Trade Center at sunrise and after dark.</li>
  982. </ul>
  983. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-40"></span>
  984. <h3 id="h-is-it-worth-it" class="wp-block-heading">Is It Worth It?</h3>
  985. <p>Yes, the Riverview-Fisk Park Observation Deck is absolutely worth it. As a free observation deck in a public park, it really offers a win-win experience. You get beautiful views of New York and some of its most famous landmarks without paying a penny.</p>
  986. <p>If you are okay venturing out of Manhattan, this is the best observation deck for your itinerary. For the best of both worlds, we’d suggest pairing it with a visit to an iconic landmark, like the observation deck at the Empire State Building.</p>
  987. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-41"></span>
  988. <h2 id="h-9-north-beach-observation-deck" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="9_North_Beach_Observation_Deck" class="ez-toc-section"></span>9. North Beach Observation Deck</h2>
  989. <div class="wp-block-image">
  990. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAzNTo4NTg=-1" class="wp-image-242972 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks North Beach" width="1600" height="985" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  991. </div>
  992. <p>North Beach Observation Deck is the best observation deck in New York if you fancy an adventurous day out. It is especially good in summer, too, when you can enjoy the warm temperatures with a beach day afterward. This deck is located in the Gateway National Recreation Area, accessible by ferry on an adventurous day trip from central New York. Play your cards right, and you could be sailing past the Statue of Liberty to admire New York City from across the bay.</p>
  993. <p>The observation deck is a small covered terrace overlooking sandy North Beach and the bay, with a serene view of the New York City skyline on the horizon. It’s a beautiful choice if you want to combine a beach day with an alternative observation deck experience. Instead of sticking to Manhattan’s main five observation decks, you can head further out and mix things up a bit.</p>
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  995. <h3 id="h-how-to-get-there-1" class="wp-block-heading">How To Get There</h3>
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  999. <p>North Beach Observation Deck is a mission to get to, so set off nice and early and make a full day of it.</p>
  1000. <p>You start from Pier 11 at Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, catching a 55-minute Seastreak New Jersey ferry down the bay and past the Statue of Liberty. This takes you to Atlantic Highlands, on the other side of the bay. For the final leg – a scenic 20-minute drive into Gateway National Recreation Area – it is an easy Uber or Lyft ride.</p>
  1001. <p>It should take you around 2 hours to reach North Beach Observation Deck from Manhattan.</p>
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  1003. <h3 id="h-tickets-0" class="wp-block-heading">Tickets</h3>
  1004. <p>No tickets are necessary for this beachfront observation deck, and no entrance fees for Gateway National Recreation Area. This makes it the best observation deck for those on a budget, especially if you want one of those long-distance skyline views.</p>
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  1006. <h3 id="h-reasons-to-visit-0" class="wp-block-heading">Reasons To Visit</h3>
  1007. <ul>
  1008. <li>It is perfectly combined with a beach day.</li>
  1009. <li>It is a more natural setting than inner-city skyscrapers and has a gorgeous skyline view of New York City.</li>
  1010. <li>It is free to enjoy.</li>
  1011. </ul>
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  1013. <h3 id="h-is-it-worth-it-1" class="wp-block-heading">Is It Worth It?</h3>
  1014. <p>North Beach Observation Deck is definitely worth it in summer. The fact you can pair it with a beach day is a real draw, and the natural setting is something you can’t get elsewhere in the city and its outskirts.</p>
  1015. <p>Be aware that you won’t be able to see landmarks in detail. You will admire the shape of the New York City skyline more than the architecture of the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt or the Empire State Building. But if you like that viewpoint, it’s ideal and has some beautiful waterfront views.</p>
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  1017. <h2 id="h-best-observation-decks-faqs" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Best_Observation_Decks_FAQs" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Best Observation Decks: FAQs</h2>
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  1019. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTA1Nzo5MzM=-1" class="wp-image-242968 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="New York City Observation Decks FAQs Brooklyn Bridge" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1020. </div>
  1021. <p>Now you know the top nine observation decks in NYC, what else is there to know? In this section, we’ll run over the top FAQs that any visitor to New York City should know. We’ll cover the extra helpful details, like the best observation deck or tallest building. And which observation decks should you visit on a budget?</p>
  1022. <p>For some handy final thoughts, this is your section.</p>
  1023. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-47"></span>
  1024. <h3 id="h-are-there-any-free-observation-decks-in-nyc" class="wp-block-heading">Are there any free observation decks in NYC?</h3>
  1025. <p>All of the observation decks in central NYC cost a minimum of around $30, apart from The Vessel, which is currently only opening its ground floor. For your best bet, we’d recommend heading out of New York and crossing into New Jersey for free observation decks.</p>
  1026. <p>Hamilton Park Observation Deck and Riverview-Fisk Park Observation Deck are great options. They are both set in public park settings and have beautiful views of Manhattan’s skyline.</p>
  1027. <p>Don’t despair if you want more free views in NYC, though. You can think outside the box and choose viewpoints rather than observation decks. Things like the Staten Island Ferry and walking the Brooklyn Bridge are entirely free.</p>
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  1029. <h3 id="h-which-nyc-observation-deck-should-you-visit-in-2023" class="wp-block-heading">Which NYC observation deck should you visit in 2023?</h3>
  1030. <p>One Vanderbilt The Summit is the newest open-air observation deck to visit in New York City, so we snagged our first spot as a top recommendation.</p>
  1031. <p>The Edge, New York City’s highest outdoor observation deck, is also a dramatic option. It is famed for its glass floor and angled glass walls. For those unphased by heights, the glass-floored record breaker is definitely one for the itinerary.</p>
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  1033. <h3 id="h-which-building-has-the-best-view-in-nyc" class="wp-block-heading">Which building has the best view in NYC?</h3>
  1034. <p>The top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center has an amazing view. From there, you can see the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and One World Trade Center. You can also look down on Times Square and Central Park – a definite draw.</p>
  1035. <p>Top of the Rock has the best view if you want all the leading landmarks in a single view.</p>
  1036. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-50"></span>
  1037. <h3 id="h-which-nyc-observation-deck-is-best" class="wp-block-heading">Which NYC observation deck is best?</h3>
  1038. <p>The Edge is the most dramatic outdoor sky deck. The glass floor really sets it aside as one of the best observation decks in New York City. The glass element is what makes it our favorite observation deck in NYC.</p>
  1039. <span id="ib-toc-anchor-51"></span><span id="ib-toc-anchor-52"></span>
  1040. <h2 id="h-why-we-love-new-york-city" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Why_We_Love_New_York_City" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Why We Love New York City</h2>
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  1043. </div>
  1044. <p>When it comes to NYC observation decks, you certainly have a lot of choices. You’ll have a wonderful time if you opt for the highest outdoor sky deck, the Edge, or a distant view of the NYC skyline from the North Beach Observation Deck. You can tackle observation decks in NYC in lots of different ways.</p>
  1045. <p>We recommend including an open-air deck that isn’t in one of the prominent landmarks. Going up the Empire State Building and World Trade Center is impressive. However, it does come with a caveat; you look at the skyline without the major landmark you are standing in, making the view less impressive. Definitely go up these iconic buildings. But make sure to add a few non-major-landmark observation decks in NYC to your list as well.</p>
  1046. <p>It isn’t just open-air observation decks to visit either. Check out some of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">NYC’s best views</a> – not just from observation decks but from viewpoints around the city. The best views are from crossing Brooklyn Bridge or taking the Roosevelt Island Tram. It isn’t all about heading to the tallest building but what views you can see from public transport, bridges, and the ground. Get creative when visiting New York City, and you’ll be astounded by the quality of viewpoints.</p>
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  1071. <title>16 Best National Parks To Visit in March In 2024</title>
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  1079. <description><![CDATA[Looking for the best national parks to visit in March? Discover the incredible flexibility and activities offered by US national parks during this shoulder season. From mild weather in the south to alpine-style mountain terrain in the north, there's something for everyone. Join us as we explore the top national parks and provide insights on where to stay and what to do. Don't miss out on an unforgettable trip in 2024! #NationalParks #TravelMarch]]></description>
  1080. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="font-size: revert; background-color: transparent; color: var(--theme-text-color); font-family: var(--theme-font-family); font-style: var(--theme-font-style, inherit); font-weight: var(--theme-font-weight); letter-spacing: var(--theme-letter-spacing); text-transform: var(--theme-text-transform);">March is an amazing time to visit the US national parks. You can enjoy the full spectrum of national park activities at this time of year. March is the official shoulder season, so you’ll see parks all over the country in different season stages.</span></p>
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  1082. <p>Head south, and you’ll get mild weather and desert parks without the scorching summer heat. Head north, and you’ll get more alpine-style mountain terrain, with ski slopes still running and frozen lakes for ice skating. March has incredible flexibility when finding a national park that appeals to your interests and preferences. There’s plenty of food for thought.</p>
  1083. <h2 id="h-best-us-national-parks-to-visit-in-2024" class="wp-block-heading has-text-align-center"><span id="Best_US_National_Parks_to_Visit_in_2024" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Best US National Parks to Visit in 2024</h2>
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  1085. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODYyOjEwMTk=-1" class="wp-image-242855 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks To visit in March Everglades National Park" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1086. </div>
  1087. <p>In this guide, we’ll introduce you to the best national parks in March. For each national park, there’ll be insights into where to stay and what it offers in March – from skiing to fewer crowds and beautiful flowers and wildlife sightings. Give us 10 minutes, and we’ll find the best fit for you and your dream trip.</p>
  1088. <p> </p>
  1089. <h2 id="h-1-guadalupe-mountains-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="1_Guadalupe_Mountains_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>1. Guadalupe Mountains National Park</h2>
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  1092. </div>
  1093. <p>Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a stunning place to visit in March. It is one of the US’ least visited national parks and has fascinating fossilized mountain ranges. Millions of years ago, the Guadalupe Mountains were actually underwater. Today, you can see the fossilized remains of marine animals, especially in the exhibits at the Pine Springs Visitor Center.</p>
  1094. <p>The second best thing about Guadalupe Mountains National Park is its hiking trails. You can hike the gorgeous McKittrick Canyon or Smith Spring Trail. Or you can walk the Devil’s Hall Trail. If you’re up for the challenge, you could head up Guadalupe Peak. Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in Texas – a staggering 8,751 feet tall. To reach the summit, you’ll undertake a strenuous 8.4-mile out-and-back trail. The 6-8 hour hike is worthwhile; from the top, you get beautiful views of the desert scenery and surrounding mountain range.</p>
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  1096. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODcwOjEwNjI=-1" class="wp-image-242940 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Guadalupe Mountains Fall Foilage" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1097. </div>
  1098. <p>Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in West Texas, right on the border with New Mexico. You can visit by road trip from one of the major Texan cities, like San Antonio. Alternatively, you can fly into Albuquerque and drive from there.</p>
  1099. <p>If you visit the Guadalupe Mountains, you should absolutely visit the nearby Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The two parks are less than an hour apart, making them ideal for a March trip to Texas.</p>
  1100. <ul>
  1101. <li><strong>Location: Texas.</strong></li>
  1102. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: Avoid the high summer temperature to enjoy the hiking trails better.</strong></li>
  1103. <li><strong>Where to Stay: We’d recommend <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Hotel Paso Del Norte. (opens in a new tab)">Hotel Paso Del Norte.</a></strong></li>
  1104. </ul>
  1105. <h2 id="h-2-rocky-mountain-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="2_Rocky_Mountain_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>2. Rocky Mountain National Park</h2>
  1106. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1107. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODgwOjEwMjE=-1" class="wp-image-242947 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Rocky Mountain Dream Lake" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  1109. <p>Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the biggest names for US national parks. The Rocky Mountains cover over 415 square miles of mountainous terrain and are famed for their wildlife and iconic scenery. You can expect everything from alpine meadows to mountain passes dotted with moose and bighorn sheep. Rocky Mountain National Park hosts many more people than other national parks in the US, so it makes sense to check it out in a shoulder season.</p>
  1110. <p>While summer brings backcountry camping galore and easy park visitation, with the lack of snow opening up the best road trip terrain, March brings the best snow. While the rest of these national parks embrace snow-free terrain and the start of wildflower season, Rocky Mountain National Park enters its best period for snow activities.</p>
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  1114. <p>You can enjoy activities like cross-country skiing and ice skating on frozen lakes or the YMCA’s annual rink in early March. Colorado is amazing for winter sports. You can still tackle some of its best hikes with snowshoes and crampons.</p>
  1115. <p>Otherwise, the national park is one of the best Spring Break ideas. Thanks to its fun-loving tourism infrastructure and all the snow sports, the park comes to life in mid to late March. Get your social butterfly vibe on and book your trip.</p>
  1116. <ul>
  1117. <li><strong>Location: Colorado.</strong></li>
  1118. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: There is plenty of snow and the option for peacefulness in early March or a Spring Break destination in mid-to-late March.</strong></li>
  1119. <li><strong>Where to Stay: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Estes Park YMCA (opens in a new tab)">Estes Park YMCA</a> for its outdoor ice skating rink.</strong></li>
  1120. </ul>
  1121. <h2 id="h-3-death-valley-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="3_Death_Valley_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>3. Death Valley National Park</h2>
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  1123. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="ODk0OjkzMg==-1" class="wp-image-242863 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in MArch Death Valley National Park " width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  1125. <p>Death Valley National Park is a definite candidate for a trip to a national park in March. Why? Because it holds the record for being the hottest place on Earth. In 1913, Death Valley reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Even on a usual summer’s day, it reaches average temperatures of over 114 degrees Fahrenheit. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out this isn’t ideal hiking or road-tripping temperatures.</p>
  1126. <p>Instead, you can visit Death Valley National Park in March. In March, its temperatures range from 55 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll enjoy many amazing things to do in Death Valley National Park and not fry while doing so – a win-win in our books. The scorching summer heat is not conducive to experiencing the best of Death Valley.</p>
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  1129. </div>
  1130. <p>Things to do in Death Valley include visiting Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, where you can try out sandboarding. You can also visit the Manzanar Historic Site, where Japanese soldiers were incarcerated during World War II. Or you could visit Badwater Basin – a.k.a. the lowest point in North America – or Racetrack Playa, which famously has stones that move themselves.</p>
  1131. <p>Death Valley is easily one of the best national parks in March. It always makes the overall list of the best US national parks, so visiting in mild temperatures allows it to shine.</p>
  1132. <ul>
  1133. <li><strong>Location: California.</strong></li>
  1134. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: You can enjoy the experience rather than having to manage the scorching summer heat.</strong></li>
  1135. <li><strong>Where to Stay: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="The Inn at Death Valley (opens in a new tab)">The Inn at Death Valley</a>.</strong></li>
  1136. </ul>
  1137. <h2 id="h-4-big-bend-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="4_Big_Bend_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>4. Big Bend National Park</h2>
  1138. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1139. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTA4Ojg4NQ==-1" class="wp-image-242931 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Big Bend" width="1600" height="1063" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1140. </div>
  1141. <p>Big Bend National Park is a stunning mix of river canyons, mountain ranges, and desert terrain across 800,000 acres. Most people visit to go camping and admire the scenery. It is one of the prettiest national parks in March when its bluebonnets are in full glory, and the weather is around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Dreamy, right?</p>
  1142. <p>At Big Bend National Park, the best way to explore is via hiking trails or by water. You can take amazing canoe and kayaking tours of the Rio Grande and its canyons. Or you can lace up your hiking boots and take on Window Trail for exciting river crossings and desert views or Chisos Basin Loop Trail for Mexican pine forests filled with hummingbirds.</p>
  1143. <p>We’d suggest camping at Big Bend National Park; it is all part of the experience, and the camping is what makes it one of the best Texas getaways. Big Bend is also a great national park in March for camping, considering the mild to warm temperatures.</p>
  1144. <p>As a whole, Big Bend National Park is easily one of the best national parks to visit in March for camping, canoeing, and wildflower lovers. Do keep in mind that its busyness varies drastically depending on when you visit, though. Early March is the quietest, while mid to late March requires advance bookings as visitor numbers spike with Spring Break tourists.</p>
  1145. <h2 id="h-5-zion-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="5_Zion_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>5. Zion National Park</h2>
  1146. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1147. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTIwOjk2Ng==-1" class="wp-image-242861 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Zion National Park " width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1148. </div>
  1149. <p>Everyone knows and loves Zion National Park. This is one of the most visited national parks in March, but don’t let that stop you. Some of the best national parks to visit in March are favorites for a reason. And Zion National Park is home to everything from the hallowed Angels Landing to The Narrows. Its classic red rock scenery and twisted canyon-top trails make it a legendary addition to the Utah National Parks. If you’ve yet to visit, you’ll love it if you like dramatic hikes with bucketloads of novelty.</p>
  1150. <p>Zion has the best hikes, whether you hike through river water or cling to a metal chain as you scale narrow sections of the canyon and try not to peek at the dizzying drop beside you. It is like a baptism of fire into the world of outdoor adventure.</p>
  1151. <p>Of course, there are some more gentle introductions to the park. You could hike to the Emerald Pools, visit the Zion Human History Museum, or drive through its famous tunnels. But Zion is a great idea for any adrenaline-seeking travelers or experienced hikers wanting trails with novelty.</p>
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  1153. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTI1Ojg2OA==-1" class="wp-image-242862 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Visiting Zion National Park in March" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1154. </div>
  1155. <p>So, why specifically visit Zion in March? What makes it one of the best national parks to visit in March? Simply put, to dodge the crowds. If you want quiet trails, it’s best to stick to early March. Those who get here early enough in the month will find less traffic, more parking spaces, and little to no queuing as you climb. The last thing you want is to queue on Angels Landing, and it also makes your chance of getting a permit easier.</p>
  1156. <p>Be mindful that there may still be some ice in March, but this should be fine if you’re an experienced hiker. Some trails, like the Narrows, can close with little to no notice if snowmelt raises water levels. The Narrows is also unsuitable for those without suitable gear due to the cold water.</p>
  1157. <ul>
  1158. <li><strong>Location: Utah.</strong></li>
  1159. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: Fewer crowds and more enjoyable trails. </strong></li>
  1160. <li><strong>Where to Stay: We have a guide on where to stay in Zion National Park </strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>. We’d especially recommend <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Under Canvas Zion (opens in a new tab)">Under Canvas Zion</a>.</strong></li>
  1161. </ul>
  1162. <h2 id="h-6-pinnacles-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="6_Pinnacles_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>6. Pinnacles National Park</h2>
  1163. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1164. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTM1OjEwNjE=-1" class="wp-image-242946 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Pinnacles Bear Gulch Reservoir" width="1600" height="1063" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1165. </div>
  1166. <p>Pinnacles National Park is criminally overlooked, as it’s one of the most interesting US national parks. And if you’re looking for geologically fascinating national parks in March, Pinnacles National Park is perfect. The park sits on an ancient volcanic field, which created unique pinnacles as the rock rose and eventually solidified. This terrain makes it a dream for rock climbers and beautiful hiking terrain for anyone with an eye for photogenic natural scenery.</p>
  1167. <p>Pinnacles National Park has it down when it comes to birdwatching in a national park. The park protects the ultra-rare Californian condors, so bring some binoculars and long-distance lenses for your camera. The good news is that you can see Californian condors all year round, as they aren’t migratory birds. In March, though, you may see the huge birds during nesting. Condors tend to mate for life and only produce a single egg (on average) every two years. March is right in the middle of this precious nesting season, so keep a sharp lookout and don’t disturb any birds you see.</p>
  1168. <p>Another benefit of visiting Pinnacles National Park in March is seeing all the wildflowers. The park hosts a huge population of bees, which means plenty of pollination. Pinnacles is in total bloom by March each year.</p>
  1169. <p>Because Pinnacles National Park is so overlooked, you can get away with visiting it during Spring Break and still not feel overrun by crowds. You’ll enjoy mild temperatures of around 60 to 70 Fahrenheit – much more conducive to hiking and climbing than summer.</p>
  1170. <ul>
  1171. <li><strong>Location: California.</strong></li>
  1172. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: You can potentially see nesting condors, admire wildflowers, and enjoy mild temperatures for rock climbing and hiking.</strong></li>
  1173. <li><strong>Where to Stay: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Keefers Inn (opens in a new tab)">Keefers Inn</a> is a great place to stay just outside the park.</strong></li>
  1174. </ul>
  1175. <h2 id="h-7-capitol-reef-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="7_Capitol_Reef_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>7. Capitol Reef National Park</h2>
  1176. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1177. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTQ3OjEwMjE=-1" class="wp-image-242937 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Capitol Reef Cassidy Arch" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1178. </div>
  1179. <p>Capitol Reef National Park has beautiful orange sandstone scenery and gorgeous natural formations. Capitol Reef is photogenic and has that wow factor – typical of Utah and its brightly colored rocky sceneries. Tourists love it for its sandstone and rock formations, as well as the historical and cultural draw of hundreds of petroglyphs. Capitol Reef is the ideal mix of outdoor adventure and a bit of history and culture.</p>
  1180. <p>In terms of things to do, you’ll want to see the Waterpocket Fold, which is a geologic monocline that stretches almost 100 miles and is essentially a wrinkle on the Earth. You can also hike the Grand Wash, which takes you through a beautiful canyon on a dry riverbed. At the Capitol Reef Visitor Center, exhibits of some of the region’s most impressive petroglyphs exist.</p>
  1181. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1182. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTUxOjk3Mg==-1" class="wp-image-242938 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Capitol Reef Sunset" width="1600" height="1060" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1183. </div>
  1184. <p>Capitol Reef made our list of best national parks to visit in March because it has reasonable temperatures of around 60 to 80 Fahrenheit. Later in the year, this can rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, making sightseeing and hiking conditions more challenging.</p>
  1185. <p>Capitol Reef is also ideal to visit in Spring Break, as it’s one of the most overlooked of Utah’s mighty five national parks. You won’t find it as busy as Arches or Zion, even if you visit in mid to late March.</p>
  1186. <ul>
  1187. <li><strong>Location: Utah.</strong></li>
  1188. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: To dodge the crowds at Utah’s busier parks and to make the most of milder temperatures.</strong></li>
  1189. <li><strong>Where to Stay: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Capitol Reef Resort (opens in a new tab)">Capitol Reef Resort</a>.</strong></li>
  1190. </ul>
  1191. <h2 id="h-8-bryce-canyon-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="8_Bryce_Canyon_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>8. Bryce Canyon National Park</h2>
  1192. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1193. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTYxOjkxNw==-1" class="wp-image-242934 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Bryce Canyon" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1194. </div>
  1195. <p>Bryce Canyon National Park is gorgeous and another one of Utah’s greatest national parks. You’ll be swapping hiking boots for snowshoes and needing a great set of snow tires, but if you fancy the adventure, March is one of the most rewarding times to visit Bryce Canyon. It is one of the most beautiful US national parks, after all, and it’s one of the handful of national parks in March that still hold enough snow for reliable winter activities.</p>
  1196. <p>In March, expect average temperatures between 23 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap up warm and rent any necessary gear, heading to the visitor center if you need to pick up extras or get on-the-day trail and road advice. You can check out the winter-only trail, Paria View Ski Loop. Or you can book a ranger-led snowshoe hike around the Bryce Canyon rim.</p>
  1197. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1198. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTY1Ojk5Nw==-1" class="wp-image-242933 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Bryce Canyon Rim Trail" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1199. </div>
  1200. <p>Of course, this doesn’t mean shrugging off the best independent hikes in Bryce Canyon. You can also enjoy great winter hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park, just as long as you are experienced hiking in snowy conditions.</p>
  1201. <p>If you want that snowy experience, Bryce Canyon is easily one of the best national parks to visit in March. Because of all the snow, many people on Spring Break dodge Bryce Canyon for other options, with the vast majority of tourists visiting later in the year. It makes March a great time for an unusually quiet experience before the summer mayhem.</p>
  1202. <h2 id="h-9-joshua-tree-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="9_Joshua_Tree_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>9. Joshua Tree National Park</h2>
  1203. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1204. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTc1Ojk0Ng==-1" class="wp-image-242860 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National P{arks to visit in March Joshua Tree National Park " width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1205. </div>
  1206. <p>Joshua Tree National Park is one of the best national parks to visit in March. It is actually one of the best places in the USA to visit in March – not just a top national park at this time of year. This is because the difference in temperature when visiting in March versus summer is so significant. As a desert park, you really want to visit during those mild temperatures to enjoy its best hikes. Visiting in March allows you to do that, with temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit rather than temperatures touching 100 degrees Fahrenheit in summer.</p>
  1207. <p>Joshua Tree National Park is also a beautiful national park in March because of its scenery. You’ll see the emergence of wildflowers, which adds a bit of color to the desolate stretch of rocks and sand. It also gives the famed Joshua Trees a bit of a fancy background drop.</p>
  1208. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1209. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTc5OjkwNw==-1" class="wp-image-242859 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Visiting Joshua Tree National Park in March USA" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1210. </div>
  1211. <p>In March, you can take a road trip to Joshua Tree National Park without worrying as much about your car overheating. Similarly, you can also head out on trails like the Arch Rock Nature Trail or Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail. There’s so much natural beauty in Joshua Tree National Park; you want to be able to enjoy it without catching heat stroke.</p>
  1212. <p>Joshua Tree does get busy during Spring Break, so if you want to dodge the crowds, stick to the beginning of the month.</p>
  1213. <h2 id="h-10-arches-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="10_Arches_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>10. Arches National Park</h2>
  1214. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1215. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTg5OjkyNA==-1" class="wp-image-242929 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Arches Sunset" width="1600" height="1057" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1216. </div>
  1217. <p>You don’t need us to introduce you to Arches National Park; this beautiful park packs over 2,000 natural stone arches and some <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">amazing </a>hikes. You can pick some of the best hiking trails, getting up close to Delicate Arch, hiking the Devil’s Garden, and heading for sunset at Double Arch. These trails are much quieter in March, and you avoid the summer heat – a win-win.</p>
  1218. <p>Arches National Park is easily driveable and covers less than 80,000 acres. Yet this park really packs an intense load of natural landmarks and a quick succession of sightseeing opportunities. Many of the arches are actually visible from the roadside. Arches National Park requires minimal effort and maximum reward.</p>
  1219. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1220. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="OTkzOjg2OQ==-1" class="wp-image-242930 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Arches" width="1600" height="1066" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1221. </div>
  1222. <p>If you want to dodge the crowds, you <em>must </em>visit Arches National Park in the first half of March rather than the second. Spring Break is when thousands upon thousands of tourists descend on the park. So, if you want the viewpoints quieter, stick to the first half of March for your trip.</p>
  1223. <p>You can easily drive to Arches National Park from Salt Lake City in around four hours. Along the way, you can stop off in Provo and Utah Lake. It is an easy national park to reach, although you’ll definitely need to rent a car.</p>
  1224. <ul>
  1225. <li><strong>Location: Utah</strong></li>
  1226. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: Avoid the crowds (when you visit in the first half of the month) and dodge the summer heat.</strong></li>
  1227. <li><strong>Where to Stay: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Aarchway Inn in Moab (opens in a new tab)">Aarchway Inn in Moab</a> is a good and nearby option.</strong></li>
  1228. </ul>
  1229. <h2 id="h-11-grand-canyon-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="11_Grand_Canyon_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>11. Grand Canyon National Park</h2>
  1230. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1231. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAwMzo5MzE=-1" class="wp-image-242858 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks To Visit in March Grand Canyon National Park" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1232. </div>
  1233. <p>Out of all the best national parks in March, Grand Canyon National Park has got to be the most famous. Step aside the Rocky Mountains; the Grand Canyon has arrived. The Grand Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world, and its sheer scale attracts millions of visitors each year.</p>
  1234. <p>It is also where you’ll find some of the oldest exposed rock in the world. Why’s that a big deal, you might wonder. Well, this means you can see rock layers and how the color and type of rock have changed over millions of years. It is like a time capsule.</p>
  1235. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1236. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAwNzoxMDAw-1" class="wp-image-242857 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Grand Canyon National Park in March" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1237. </div>
  1238. <p>Whether you are visiting for views of geological insight, the Grand Canyon definitely has that wow factor. It is a bucket list attraction for many, so it’s no wonder you should jump at the chance to visit during its quieter shoulder season. The first half of March is one of the quietest times to visit the Grand Canyon.</p>
  1239. <p>The North Rim is closed in March due to safety concerns over snow. However, the West and South Rim are still open and have beautiful views. You can indulge in some of the best things to do, including taking a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon National Park. Before you go, check out some fun facts and plan a visit to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center so you can load up with knowledge and educational exhibits when you arrive.</p>
  1240. <h2 id="h-12-canyonlands-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="12_Canyonlands_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>12. Canyonlands National Park</h2>
  1241. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1242. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAxNzo5MDk=-1" class="wp-image-242936 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Canyonlands" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1243. </div>
  1244. <p>Canyonlands National Park is a fabulous national park in March. It is perfectly located for a Utah to Arizona road trip, accessible off the 191 Highway that leads south towards Forrest Gump Highway. The park is dramatically divided by two rivers and has four separate zones.</p>
  1245. <p>Despite being one of Utah’s more overlooked parks, it still attracts a fairly busy crowd in summer. Over 911,000 people visited Canyonlands in 2021, so you’ll want to catch it in its shoulder season. Early March is one of the quietest times you’ll catch this national park superstar.</p>
  1246. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1247. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAyMTo5ODY=-1" class="wp-image-242935 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Canyonlands Mesa Arch" width="1600" height="900" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1248. </div>
  1249. <p>Some of its best hikes include the Green River Overlook, White Rim Trail, Upheaval Dome Overlook, Confluence Overlook, and Pothole Point Trailhead with its beautiful Needles District views. In early March and at tactical times, you’ll find some of these trails almost empty.</p>
  1250. <p>Temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit in March, and you should be prepared for ice and slippery conditions in shaded areas, especially when embarking on early morning hikes. This does mean crisp and colorful sunsets and sunrises, though, which Canyonland is beautiful for anyway with its dramatic rock formations like the Needles.</p>
  1251. <ul>
  1252. <li><strong>Location: Utah.</strong></li>
  1253. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: Quieter hiking trails.</strong></li>
  1254. <li><strong>Where to Stay: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Sun Outdoors Canyonlands Getaway (opens in a new tab)">Sun Outdoors Canyonlands Getaway</a> is great for adventurous accommodation, with an Old West theme and outdoor pool. </strong></li>
  1255. </ul>
  1256. <h2 id="h-13-biscayne-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="13_Biscayne_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>13. Biscayne National Park</h2>
  1257. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1258. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTAzMToxMDA1-1" class="wp-image-242932 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Biscayne Boca Chita Key" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1259. </div>
  1260. <p>Biscayne National Park always makes recommendations for the best Florida weekend getaways, and it just so happens it’s also one of the best national parks in March. For those who have yet to learn about Biscayne National Park, it is predominantly a protected ocean area. 95% of the national park is water, protecting over 10,000 years of human history and abundant underwater flora and fauna. Think scuba diving tours to shipwrecks and snorkeling tours over coral reefs.</p>
  1261. <p>Biscayne National Park is ideal for underwater activity lovers. However, it’s also great for those who don’t want to get their heads underwater. Above the water, you can explore mangroves by canoes and kayaks. There’s plenty of sightseeing to do from the water’s surface. You could even take it a luxurious step further with a private sailboat tour of the bay, stopping at its islets and mangroves before catching the sunset and returning to Miami.</p>
  1262. <p>If you get lucky, you can see all sorts of marine life in Biscayne National Park. You can spot manatees – everyone’s favorite gentle giant – over 600 native fish, sea turtles, and the occasional pod of dolphins.</p>
  1263. <p>So, why visit in March in particular? Well, the warm but wet season in Biscayne National Park runs from May until October, and the dry season runs from November until April. If you visit in March, you pick the perfect shoulder season month. You snag dry weather but also get warmer temperatures. You can expect temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, ideal for enjoying water activities.</p>
  1264. <p>You can combine Biscayne National Park with a Spring Break trip to Miami or stick to the quiet atmosphere for early March. The choice is yours.</p>
  1265. <ul>
  1266. <li><strong>Location: Florida.</strong></li>
  1267. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: To get the driest but warmest weather possible and visit nearby Miami for Spring Break.</strong></li>
  1268. <li><strong>Where to Stay: Best Western Gateways To The Keys is a great option for staying in Homestead (the closest city to Biscayne). If you don’t mind a bit of extra travel, you can stay in Miami for the full Miami experience. Check out our where to stay in Miami guide </strong><strong>here</strong><strong> or head straight to Bentley Beach Club, a luxury hotel in iconic South Beach.</strong></li>
  1269. </ul>
  1270. <h2 id="h-14-hot-springs-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="14_Hot_Springs_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>14. Hot Springs National Park</h2>
  1271. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1272. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTA0NDo5MDk=-1" class="wp-image-242943 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Hot Springs" width="1600" height="1063" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1273. </div>
  1274. <p>Hot Springs National Park is – hands down – one of our favorite spring break ideas. This national park is entirely dedicated to hot springs and a thermal water phenomenon. And in the mild spring weather, you can easily hike to beautiful pools, some designated ‘bathing pools,’ meaning you can take a dip.</p>
  1275. <p>Hot Springs National Park is one of the best national parks to visit in March for a unique Spring Break experience. Its rows of 20th-century bathhouses are built on top of natural hot springs, resulting in a historical spa experience and natural phenomenon sightseeing opportunities. Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center and Museum has stunning exhibits, and you can still bathe in the 1912-opened Buckstaff Bathhouse. Also, carve out time to visit Hot Springs Mountain Tower, which has mountain views.</p>
  1276. <p>Hot Springs National Park is less than an hour’s drive from the major city of Little Rock, making it a super accessible Spring Break choice. Temperatures are rising to between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, warm enough to hike but mild enough to enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Buckstaff Bathhouse.</p>
  1277. <ul>
  1278. <li><strong>Location: Arkansas.</strong></li>
  1279. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: It’s a fun and accessible addition to your Spring Break ideas and the perfect temperature for hiking and bathing at Buckstaff Bathhouse.</strong></li>
  1280. <li><strong>Where to Stay: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="The Waters Hot Springs, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (opens in a new tab)">The Waters Hot Springs, Tapestry Collection by Hilton</a> is a beautiful hotel in a neoclassical building.</strong></li>
  1281. </ul>
  1282. <h2 id="h-15-mammoth-cave-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="15_Mammoth_Cave_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>15. Mammoth Cave National Park</h2>
  1283. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1284. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTA1NTo5ODg=-1" class="wp-image-242944 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Mammoth Cave Entrance" width="1600" height="1057" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1285. </div>
  1286. <p>Mammoth Cave National Park isn’t among the most widely sung names on the US national park scene. Yet this national park is home to the world’s longest cave, which you can explore via guided tour. It’s a great motivator to visit Kentucky and break out of the stereotypical best national parks in March. Mammoth Cave is so impressive that it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. Around it, you’ll find beautiful hills and valleys dotted with hiking trails like Doyel Valley Overlook and First Creek Trailhead.</p>
  1287. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1288. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTA1ODo5MTc=-1" class="wp-image-242945 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Mammoth Cave" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1289. </div>
  1290. <p>Mammoth Cave National Park is a spectacular national park to visit in March. The greenery pops at this time of year; it’s a stunning combination with the amount of forest trails and riverside hikes. Temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and March starts the rainy season. This means you see the park with plenty of healthy vegetation and emerging spring flowers. Still, you avoid the rainiest month of April. Bring some waterproofs and stick to the beginning of the month to get all this natural beauty without the extra Spring Break foot traffic.</p>
  1291. <p>For us, Mammoth Cave was an easy addition. It has a gorgeous forest setting that comes to life with spring showers and emerging flowers. It also has a UNESCO-rated cave attraction that runs regular tours and is quieter in early March than in summer. What’s not to love?</p>
  1292. <ul>
  1293. <li><strong>Location: Kentucky.</strong></li>
  1294. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: Quieter tours of Mammoth Cave and the spring flora and vegetation. </strong></li>
  1295. <li><strong>Where to Stay: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Serenity Hill Bed &amp; Breakfast (opens in a new tab)">Serenity Hill Bed &amp; Breakfast</a> has its own private beach area with spacious rooms offering private kitchenettes.</strong></li>
  1296. </ul>
  1297. <h2 id="h-16-hawaii-volcanoes-national-park" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="16_Hawaii_Volcanoes_National_Park" class="ez-toc-section"></span>16. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park</h2>
  1298. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1299. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTA2ODoxMDU1-1" class="wp-image-242942 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 676w, 1423w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Best National Parks to Visit in March Hawaii Volcanoes" width="1600" height="1200" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
  1300. </div>
  1301. <p>Nothing beats the excitement of seeing live lava flows for the first – or fiftieth – time. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is incredible to visit. You can visit at night to peer at the glow of the Halema’uma’u Crater, walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, or hike the 1.2-mile trail past the Sulphur Banks. The park is a haven for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in real-time geology and learn more about volcanic activity. It’s a novelty that’s hard to beat. And you can visit through guided tours and experiences or embark on independent experiences.</p>
  1302. <p>Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of our riskiest national parks in March, as you’re visiting at the end of the rainy season. This means you take the risk of getting wet and having a few rainy days during your visit. However, the trade-off means you have a much quieter experience since other tourists tend to get scared off by the possibility of bad weather. Early March is a fantastic time to crowd dodge at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.</p>
  1303. <p>The national park is on the Big Island, which gets incredibly popular and busy during summer. Our advice? Grab a raincoat and waterproofs and stay for as long as possible. This way, you can plan ‘indoor’ activities like the Thurston Lava Tube during rainy spells and ‘outdoor’ activities like the Halema’uma’u Crater Overlook in dry spells.</p>
  1304. <p>You should consider Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as a bonus point for the Big Island when choosing which Hawaiian island to visit in 2024. To experience Hawaii without the competition from thousands of tourists at viewpoints and attractions, consider the rain trade-off.</p>
  1305. <ul>
  1306. <li><strong>Location: Big Island, Hawaii. </strong></li>
  1307. <li><strong>Why Visit in March: Much fewer crowds.</strong></li>
  1308. <li><strong>Where to Stay: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noindex noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Volcanoes Villages Estates (opens in a new tab)">Volcanoes Villages Estates</a> is a grand 4-star property with a mixture of classic rooms and whole cottages.</strong></li>
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  1310. <h2 id="h-best-national-parks-to-visit-in-march-faqs" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Best_National_Parks_to_Visit_in_March_FAQs" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Best National Parks to Visit in March: FAQs</h2>
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  1312. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTA4MDo5MzE=-1" class="wp-image-242878 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="A visitors center in Virgin Islands National Park." width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  1314. <p>As you can see, even some of the most visited national parks are peaceful to visit in March. You also get an amazing variety of activities; you can catch the backend of the ski season or enjoy some rock climbing and mild desert hiking trails. You could head to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park or Death Valley National Park or check out Utah’s Mighty Five.</p>
  1315. <p>Before you head off, though, hold fire to listen to these top FAQs. This section will help summarize all the simple things you need to know.</p>
  1316. <h3 id="h-what-is-the-best-national-park-to-go-to-in-march" class="wp-block-heading">What is the Best National Park to Go to in March?</h3>
  1317. <p>The best national parks in March are either Bryce Canyon or Death Valley. These parks offer a drastically different experience than visiting in peak season.</p>
  1318. <p>Bryce Canyon is under snow in March, meaning you can take guided snowshoeing tours with rangers around the canyon rim. You dodge the crowds <em>and </em>experience the canyon in a beautiful, snowy light.</p>
  1319. <p>Death Valley is much more enjoyable in early March than in summer, with lower temperatures that mean you can appreciate attractions like Mesquite Sand Dunes and Badwater Basin.</p>
  1320. <h3 id="h-can-you-go-to-the-grand-canyon-in-march" class="wp-block-heading">Can You Go to the Grand Canyon in March?</h3>
  1321. <p>Yes, although the North Rim is typically closed. Due to snow and ice, you’ll have limited access to certain areas and roads. Still, overall, you get a quieter experience in the first half of March, which makes this a payoff.</p>
  1322. <h3 id="h-is-march-a-good-time-to-visit-utah" class="wp-block-heading">Is March a Good Time to Visit Utah?</h3>
  1323. <p>March is a great time to visit Utah. As long as you feel confident managing icy and snowy conditions under foot and via car, you’ll find its national parks quieter at this time of year. You’ll have many trails to yourself.</p>
  1324. <h3 id="h-can-you-go-to-zion-in-march" class="wp-block-heading">Can You Go to Zion in March?</h3>
  1325. <p>Yes, you can visit Zion in March. Remember that some trails may be impacted by snow and ice. Only experienced hikers should tackle challenging routes like Angels Landing and the Narrows, which can also be closed at short notice due to snowmelt raising water levels. If you are flexible, experienced, and have great gear, Zion will be much quieter in March.</p>
  1326. <h2 id="h-our-favourite-national-parks-to-visit-in-march" class="wp-block-heading"><span id="Our_Favourite_National_Parks_to_Visit_in_March" class="ez-toc-section"></span>Our Favourite National Parks to Visit in March</h2>
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  1328. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" id="MTA5NTo5ODQ=-1" class="wp-image-242856 nitro-lazy" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px" srcset=" 1600w, 760w, 150w, 768w, 1536w" alt="Top National Parks to Visit in March in The USA" width="1600" height="1067" data-pin-media="" /></figure>
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  1330. <p>Whether you head to West Texas and check out Big Bend National Park or go ice skating in the Rockies, these best national parks are all incredible in March. These 16 are all amazing national parks to visit, and hopefully, you now have a list of your top three or four choices. The variety of activities each national park offers is the most impressive part of US travel in March. There are hiking trails through desert scenery, snow activities, wildflower season, and more.</p>
  1331. <p>Whichever you choose, have a fantastic trip in March. It’s a brilliant time of year to experience the great national parks, so get ready to hit the jackpot.</p>
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  1345. <title>The UK&#8217;s Royal Connections: 30 Places Linked to Royalty</title>
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  1400. <description><![CDATA[Explore the rich history and royal connections of the United Kingdom with these 30 places linked to the British monarchy, from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle and more.]]></description>
  1401. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The United Kingdom is known for its rich history and deep-rooted traditions, with the British Royal Family at the forefront. The royal connections can be found all across the country, from grand palaces to quaint villages. In this article, we will delve into 30 places in the UK that are intricately linked to royalty, each offering a unique glimpse into the monarchy&#8217;s legacy.</p>
  1402. <h4><strong>1. Buckingham Palace, London</strong></h4>
  1403. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Buckingham Palace - Historic Site &amp; House -" /></p>
  1404. <p>The official residence of the British monarch, Buckingham Palace is an iconic symbol of the monarchy. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place here, attracting visitors from around the world.</p>
  1405. <h5><strong>2. Windsor Castle, Berkshire</strong></h5>
  1406. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Windsor Castle | History &amp; Facts | Britannica" /></p>
  1407. <p>The oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle has been a royal residence for over 900 years. It is currently the Queen&#8217;s favorite weekend retreat.</p>
  1408. <h5><strong>3. Kensington Palace, London</strong></h5>
  1409. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Kensington Palace - Wikipedia" /></p>
  1410. <p>This historic royal residence in Kensington Gardens has been home to many members of the royal family, including Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.</p>
  1411. <h5><strong>4. Hampton Court Palace, London</strong></h5>
  1412. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Hampton Court Palace | Attractions | Runnymede on Thames" /></p>
  1413. <p>Built by Cardinal Wolsey and later expanded by King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is a magnificent Tudor palace with stunning gardens and a famous maze.</p>
  1414. <h5><strong>5. Tower of London, London</strong></h5>
  1415. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Tower of London: Where History Lives On | WorldStrides" /></p>
  1416. <p>Known for its dark history, the Tower of London has served as a royal palace, prison, and treasury. The Crown Jewels are displayed here, attracting millions of visitors each year.</p>
  1417. <h5><strong>6. Highgrove House, Gloucestershire</strong></h5>
  1418. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Highgrove House and Gardens. Tetbury. England | King Charles III" /></p>
  1419. <p>The private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, Highgrove House is renowned for its beautiful gardens, which are open to the public during certain times of the year.</p>
  1420. <h5><strong>7. Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire</strong></h5>
  1421. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Balmoral Castle | Scotland, Location, History, &amp; Facts | Britannica" /></p>
  1422. <p>The Scottish retreat of the royal family, Balmoral Castle is nestled in the picturesque Scottish Highlands. The Queen spends her summers here, enjoying the tranquility of the countryside.</p>
  1423. <h5><strong>8. Sandringham House, Norfolk</strong></h5>
  1424. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Sandringham House - Wikipedia" /></p>
  1425. <p>The private residence of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Sandringham House has been passed down through generations of the royal family. The estate is open to the public during specific periods.</p>
  1426. <h5><strong>9. Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh</strong></h5>
  1427. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Palace of Holyroodhouse - Forever Edinburgh" /></p>
  1428. <p>The official residence of the monarch in Scotland, Holyrood Palace has witnessed many historic events over the centuries. Visitors can explore its opulent state apartments and the beautiful ruins of Holyrood Abbey.</p>
  1429. <h5><strong>10. St. James&#8217;s Palace, London</strong></h5>
  1430. <p><img decoding="async" src="'s-palace-courtyard-1250.jpg" alt="St James's Palace, Royal London and Westminster Walks" /></p>
  1431. <p>One of the oldest surviving palaces in London, St. James&#8217;s Palace has been a residence of the monarchy since the 16th century. It is often used for official ceremonies and receptions.</p>
  1432. <h5><strong>11. Queen&#8217;s Gallery, London</strong></h5>
  1433. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Queen's Gallery, London: How To Reach, Best Time &amp; Tips" /></p>
  1434. <p>Located within Buckingham Palace, the Queen&#8217;s Gallery displays a rotating collection of artwork from the Royal Collection, providing a glimpse into the royal family&#8217;s extensive art collection.</p>
  1435. <h5><strong>12. Osborne House, Isle of Wight</strong></h5>
  1436. <p><img decoding="async" src=";action=ProductDetail_New" alt="Osborne - EAST COWES - Visit Isle Of Wight" /></p>
  1437. <p>Queen Victoria and Prince Albert&#8217;s beloved summer residence, Osborne House is a stunning example of Italianate architecture. The house and grounds are open to the public, offering a glimpse into royal family life.</p>
  1438. <h5><strong>13. Windsor Great Park, Berkshire</strong></h5>
  1439. <p><img decoding="async" src=";action=ProductDetailProFullWidth" alt="Windsor Great Park - Great West Way" /></p>
  1440. <p>A vast parkland surrounding Windsor Castle, Windsor Great Park offers visitors the opportunity to explore beautiful gardens, ancient woodlands, and see deer roaming freely.</p>
  1441. <h5><strong>14. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton</strong></h5>
  1442. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Royal Pavilion | History, Description, &amp; Facts | Britannica" /></p>
  1443. <p>A former royal residence, the Royal Pavilion is an architectural masterpiece with its exotic Indian-inspired design. Visitors can explore its opulent interiors and learn about its fascinating history.</p>
  1444. <h5><strong>15. Kensington Gardens, London</strong></h5>
  1445. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="My complete guide to Kensington Gardens and Palace London" /></p>
  1446. <p>Adjacent to Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens is a vast green oasis in the heart of the city. The gardens are filled with stunning statues, monuments, and the famous Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.</p>
  1447. <h5><strong>16. The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh</strong></h5>
  1448. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="The Royal Yacht Britannia (Exclusive Evening Events) - Meeting Edinburgh" /></p>
  1449. <p>This decommissioned royal yacht offers a unique glimpse into the royal family&#8217;s maritime life. Visitors can explore the luxurious interiors and learn about its fascinating history.</p>
  1450. <h5><strong>17. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire</strong></h5>
  1451. <p><img decoding="async" src=";action=ProductDetailPro" alt="Blenheim Palace - Oxfordshire - Visit Heritage" /></p>
  1452. <p>Built as a gift to the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The palace and its stunning gardens are open to the public.</p>
  1453. <p><strong>18. The Mall, London</strong></p>
  1454. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="The Mall, London - Wikipedia" /></p>
  1455. <p>This iconic road leads from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square, often used for ceremonial processions and events. Visitors can stroll along the Mall, taking in the grandeur of its surroundings.</p>
  1456. <p><strong>19. The Royal Albert Hall, London</strong></p>
  1457. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Fail:Royal Albert Hall - Central View 169.jpg - Wikipedia Bahasa Melayu,  ensiklopedia bebas" /></p>
  1458. <p>Named after Queen Victoria&#8217;s beloved husband, Prince Albert, the Royal Albert Hall is a world-renowned concert hall. It has hosted countless royal events and performances.</p>
  1459. <p><strong>20. The Queen&#8217;s Guard, London</strong></p>
  1460. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Changing the Guard London - Special Event -" /></p>
  1461. <p>Clad in their distinctive red uniforms and bearskin hats, the Queen&#8217;s Guard can be seen standing outside royal palaces in London. Many visitors gather to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony.</p>
  1462. <p><strong>21. The Royal Mile, Edinburgh</strong></p>
  1463. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="The Royal Mile - Edinburgh World Heritage" /></p>
  1464. <p>A historic street in the heart of Edinburgh&#8217;s Old Town, the Royal Mile is lined with landmarks such as Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. It is a must-visit for anyone interested in royal history.</p>
  1465. <p><strong>22. St. George&#8217;s Chapel, Windsor</strong></p>
  1466. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England | Unofficial  Royalty" /></p>
  1467. <p>Located within the grounds of Windsor Castle, St. George&#8217;s Chapel is the final resting place of many royals, including King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.</p>
  1468. <p><strong>23. The Queen&#8217;s House, Greenwich</strong></p>
  1469. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Queen's House | Royal Museums Greenwich" /></p>
  1470. <p>Designed by renowned architect Inigo Jones, the Queen&#8217;s House is a stunning royal residence that now serves as a part of the National Maritime Museum. Visitors can explore its beautiful art collection.</p>
  1471. <p><strong>24. The Royal Pavilions, Brighton</strong></p>
  1472. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Royal Pavilion - Wikipedia" /></p>
  1473. <p>These historic buildings overlooking the sea were once used by the royal family for relaxation and entertainment. Today, they house art galleries and museums.</p>
  1474. <p><strong>25. The Royal Mews, London</strong></p>
  1475. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="A Visit To The Royal Mews In London | Guide London" /></p>
  1476. <p>Located in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews houses the royal collection of carriages and coaches. Visitors can see the magnificent vehicles up close.</p>
  1477. <p><strong>26. The Royal Observatory, Greenwich</strong></p>
  1478. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Royal Observatory Greenwich in London - Discover the Wonders of Astronomy at  a Historic Observatory - Go Guides" /></p>
  1479. <p>Home to the Prime Meridian, the Royal Observatory is a historic site where visitors can learn about astronomy and explore its interactive exhibits.</p>
  1480. <p><strong>27. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew</strong></p>
  1481. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew drive ROAS | Dotdigital" /></p>
  1482. <p>These stunning gardens, just outside London, have been a royal retreat since the 18th century. Visitors can explore the vast collection of plants and enjoy the beautiful landscapes.</p>
  1483. <p><strong>28. The Tower Bridge, London</strong></p>
  1484. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="Tower Bridge - Wikipedia" /></p>
  1485. <p>Though not directly linked to the royal family, the Tower Bridge is often used for royal processions and is an iconic symbol of London.</p>
  1486. <p><strong>29. The Royal Opera House, London</strong></p>
  1487. <p><img decoding="async" src="" alt="11 Secrets Of London's Royal Opera House | Londonist" /></p>
  1488. <p>Known for its world-class performances, the Royal Opera House has been a cultural hub for centuries. The royal family often attends operas and ballets here.</p>
  1489. <p><strong>30. The Royal British Columbia Museum, Canada</strong></p>
  1490. <p><img decoding="async" src="!/cumulusImage/httpImage/royal-british-columbia-museum.jpg" alt="Future plan for Royal B.C. Museum opened for public input after outcry over  lack of consultation | CBC News" /></p>
  1491. <p>While not in the UK, this museum in Victoria, Canada, houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits related to the British monarchy&#8217;s history and influence in Canada.</p>
  1492. <p><strong>FAQs</strong></p>
  1493. <p><em>Q: Can you visit the inside of Buckingham Palace?</em></p>
  1494. <p><em>A:</em> Yes, the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are open to the public during the summer months, providing a unique opportunity to explore the royal residence.</p>
  1495. <p><em>Q: Can you visit the Queen&#8217;s private apartments in Windsor Castle?</em></p>
  1496. <p><em>A:</em> No, the Queen&#8217;s private apartments are not open to the public. However, visitors can explore the castle&#8217;s State Apartments and St. George&#8217;s Chapel.</p>
  1497. <p><em>Q: Are the Crown Jewels on display at all times in the Tower of London?</em></p>
  1498. <p><em>A:</em> Yes, the Crown Jewels are on display at the Tower of London throughout the year, allowing visitors to marvel at these priceless treasures.</p>
  1499. <p><em>Q: Can you visit Sandringham House during the Queen&#8217;s absence?</em></p>
  1500. <p><em>A:</em> Yes, the grounds and gardens of Sandringham House are open to the public during specific periods, even when the Queen is not in residence.</p>
  1501. <p><em>Q: How often does the Changing of the Guard ceremony take place?</em></p>
  1502. <p><em>A:</em> The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace takes place daily during the summer months and on alternate days during the rest of the year, weather permitting.</p>
  1503. <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p>
  1504. <p>The United Kingdom&#8217;s royal connections are evident throughout the country, with numerous palaces, castles, and landmarks linked to the monarchy. From the grandeur of Buckingham Palace to the historic charm of Windsor Castle, these places provide a fascinating glimpse into the monarchy&#8217;s rich history and enduring traditions. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply intrigued by royalty, exploring these 30 places will undoubtedly leave you captivated by the UK&#8217;s royal heritage.</p>
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  1519. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A second eruption occurred near the town of Grindavik on Sunday.</p>
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  1524. <p>A volcano erupted on Sunday on Iceland&#8217;s Reykjanes Peninsula for the second time after thousands of small quakes rocked the southwest coast.</p>
  1525. <p>The eruption began on 14 January just before 8am local time about 4km northeast of Grindavik, whose residents were evacuated before the event.</p>
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  1527. <p>Hours later, a second fissure opened near the edge of town and lava crept toward the homes.</p>
  1528. <p>Despite lying just 20 km north of the eruption site, Keflavik International Airport &#8211; Iceland&#8217;s main international airport &#8211; remains open and flights are still arriving and departing. The roads around Grindavik are closed, however.</p>
  1529. <p>If you are planning on travelling to or from the affected area, here are the full details on advice from European governments and airlines.</p>
  1530. <h2>How long will Iceland&#8217;s volcano eruption last?</h2>
  1531. <p>The Grindavik community was previously evacuated in November following a series of earthquakes that opened large cracks in the earth between the town and Sýlingarfell, a small mountain to the north.</p>
  1532. <p>The volcano eventually erupted on 18 December, and residents were allowed to return to their homes on 22 December.</p>
  1533. <p>In the weeks since then, emergency workers have been building defensive walls around Grindavik, but the barriers weren’t complete and lava is moving toward the community, the meteorological office said.</p>
  1534. <p>Before last month’s eruption, the Svartsengi volcanic system north of Grindavik had been dormant for around 780 years. The volcano is just a few kilometres west of Fagradalsfjall, which was dormant for 6,000 years before flaring to life in March 2021.</p>
  1535. <p>Unlike the previous event, Sunday’s eruption at Svartsengi produced a “very rapid flow” of lava that moved south toward Grindavik, said Kristín Jónsdóttir of the Met Office.</p>
  1536. <p>“Luckily, we got some warnings, so we got increased earthquake activity, and this was all communicated towards the civil protection, so the town of Grindavik was evacuated,” she said.</p>
  1537. <p>On Monday, scientists said that the eruption appeared to be dying down, but it was too soon to declare the danger over.</p>
  1538. <p>Iceland&#8217;s president Gudni Th. Johannesson said in a televised address late Sunday that “a daunting period of upheaval has begun on the Reykjanes peninsula” where a long-dormant volcanic system has awakened.</p>
  1539. <h2>Iceland&#8217;s volcano eruption &#8216;is not a tourist attraction&#8217;</h2>
  1540. <p>Icelandic authorities declared a state of emergency in November after hundreds of small earthquakes shook the Reykjanes Peninsula &#8211; the island nation’s most populated region.</p>
  1541. <p>“This is not a tourist attraction and you must watch it from a great distance,&#8221; Vidir Reynisson, head of Iceland’s Civil Protection and Emergency Management, told national broadcaster RUV.</p>
  1542. <p>The eruptive fissure is about 4km long, with the northern end just east of Stóra-Skógfell and the southern end just east of Sundhnúk.</p>
  1543. <p>Yet the spectacular natural phenomenon is hard for people to resist. “It’s just [like] something from a movie!” said Robert Donald Forrester III, a tourist from the United States.</p>
  1544. <p>For local residents, the emotions are mixed. “The town involved might end up under the lava,” said Ael Kermarec, a French tour guide living in Iceland. &#8220;It’s amazing to see but, there&#8217;s kind of a bittersweet feeling at the moment.”</p>
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  1548. <h2>Have flights to Iceland been cancelled?</h2>
  1549. <p>Despite concerns over the impact the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>eruption</strong></a> will have on travel, nearby Keflavik Airport remains operational. Icelandic airport operator ISAVIA advises passengers to monitor flight information <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p>
  1550. <p>Volcanic <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>eruptions</strong></a> can pose a serious hazard to air travel as ash released into the atmosphere can cause jet engines to fail, damage flight control systems and reduce visibility.</p>
  1551. <p>However, Sunday’s eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula isn’t expected to release large amounts of ash into the air.</p>
  1552. <p>There haven’t been cancellations or significant delays at Keflavik International Airport due to the eruption. Icelandair says there has been no impact on its flight schedule, and Play says it does not expect any disruptions to its schedule.</p>
  1553. <p>Most airlines have said that they will directly contact customers if this changes. Passengers have been advised to keep a close eye on messages from their airline.</p>
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  1557. <p>A major eruption in Iceland in April 2010 caused widespread disruption to air travel between Europe and North America. The quarter of a billion cubic metres of volcanic ash it ejected into the air led to more than 100,000 flights being cancelled over an eight-day period.</p>
  1558. <p>Though there had been fears of a repeat, Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted under circumstances that contributed to the immense size of its ash cloud. A glacier on top of it caused meltwater to rapidly cool the lava, creating tiny particles which were launched into the air by the steam produced in the eruption. These were then carried on the wind towards Europe.</p>
  1559. <p>The recent <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>eruption</strong></a> took place under very different circumstances lowering the chances of similar flight chaos. In the past three years, three eruptions have taken place on the Reykjanes Peninsula with no impact on air travel.</p>
  1560. <p>The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is also better prepared for a major volcanic ash event.</p>
  1561. <p>&#8220;In the event of an eruption and development of an ash cloud, the agency will work with other aviation actors to assess the impact for aviation and make recommendations accordingly,&#8221; a statement on the EASA&#8217;s website from November reads.</p>
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  1565. <h2>Is it safe to travel to Iceland?</h2>
  1566. <p>Various European foreign offices have advised travellers to stay away from Grindavik and respect local restrictions. They direct travellers to the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Icelandic Met Office</strong></a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Safe Travel Iceland</strong></a> for the latest advice.</p>
  1567. <p>The UK&#8217;s Foreign Office said in updated travel advice for Iceland: “All roads to Grindavík are closed and you should stay away from the area.</p>
  1568. <p>“Keflavik International airport is operating as normal, but you should check for latest updates. Reykjavik and the rest of Iceland have not been impacted.</p>
  1569. <p>“You should monitor local media for updates and follow the authorities&#8217; advice.”</p>
  1570. <p>They have said that the eruption area is closed until further notice and urge people to respect the closure. However, they have not advised against travel to the country altogether.</p>
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  1574. <p>Visitors are advised to stay away from the area surrounding the eruption, and to follow the directions and guidance of the local authorities.</p>
  1575. <p>Countries have not issued a ‘no-go’ travel warning for Iceland meaning that airlines and holiday companies are operating as normal and travellers who cancel their bookings have no automatic right to a refund.</p>
  1576. <p>“For those concerned about travel insurance coverage, and whether cancelling a trip is best, we’d advise travellers to exercise common sense and travel wisely,&#8221; says Jonathan Frankham, general manager of travel insurance company World Nomads.</p>
  1577. <p>&#8220;It’s important to note that policies purchased after the earthquakes and consequential volcanic eruption became a &#8216;known event&#8217; are unlikely to be covered, but we recommend checking your policy wording for exact details.&#8221;</p>
  1578. <p>He advises tourists to contact their airline or travel provider for assistance and the latest information.</p>
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  1582. <p>The <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Blue Lagoon</strong></a> geothermal spa &#8211; one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions &#8211; temporarily closed on 9 November after being hit by <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>earthquakes</strong></a>. It finally reopened on 12 January but has now been forced to shut again until at least 16 January.</p>
  1583. <p>“Following an increase in seismic activity detected in the area on the previous night, we took the precautionary measure of evacuating all our operational units. The current eruption site is at a safe distance from Blue Lagoon,” an update on its website reads.</p>
  1584. <p>“Consequently, we will remain closed until Tuesday. Further updates and information will be provided here as they become available.</p>
  1585. <p>“All guests with bookings during this temporary closure period will be contacted. Guests wishing to modify or cancel their bookings are kindly directed to use the My Booking portal.&#8221;</p>
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  1594. <title>Australian Visas for Job Seekers &#8211; 10 Things You Should Know Before Applying</title>
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  1598. <pubDate>Fri, 09 Feb 2024 02:46:58 +0000</pubDate>
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  1602. <description><![CDATA[Are you considering starting a career in Australia? Learn about the Australian visa system and the top 10 things you need to know before applying for a job "down under".]]></description>
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  1604. <p>Starting a professional career in Australia can be exciting, but it is important to understand the intricacies of the Australian visa system to ensure a smooth start to your career. In this comprehensive guide, we will share with you the top 10 things you need to know about Australian visas before you apply for a job &#8220;down under&#8221; .This information will not only help you, but will also increase your chances of a successful visa application.</p>
  1608. <p><strong>1. Understanding the Different Types of Visas</strong></p>
  1612. <p>Australia offers a multitude of visa types, each catering to various purposes and circumstances. It&#8217;s crucial to comprehend the distinctions and select the visa that aligns best with your goals. For job seekers, the <strong>Subclass 482 (Temporary Skills Deficiency) visa</strong> and the <strong>Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme) visa</strong> are particularly relevant.</p>
  1616. <p><em>Subclass 482 (Temporary Skills Deficiency) Visa</em></p>
  1620. <p>This visa allows skilled workers to temporarily work in Australia for an approved employer. Dive into the eligibility criteria, length of stay, and application procedures for a comprehensive understanding.</p>
  1624. <p><em>Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme) Visa</em></p>
  1628. <p>For those aspiring to achieve permanent residency through employer sponsorship, the Subclass 186 visa is a viable option. Explore the requirements, nomination process, and the pathway to permanent residence under this scheme.</p>
  1632. <p><strong>2. Skills Assessment is Key</strong></p>
  1636. <p>Before pursuing employment in Australia, ensure your qualifications are recognized through a positive skills assessment. This evaluation determines if your qualifications meet Australian standards for your chosen occupation.</p>
  1640. <p>Understand the skills assessment process, relevant assessment bodies, and how to present your qualifications in line with Australian standards.</p>
  1644. <p><strong>3. Check the Occupational List</strong></p>
  1648. <p>Australia&#8217;s occupational list categorizes jobs eligible for skilled migration. Explore the Medium to Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) to ascertain if your occupation is in demand.</p>
  1652. <p>Learn how these lists are updated, the criteria in place, and how they impact your visa eligibility. Stay informed about changes and adapt your job search strategy accordingly.</p>
  1656. <p><strong>4. Health and Character Requirements</strong></p>
  1660. <p>All visa applicants must meet specific health and character requirements. Understanding and fulfilling these criteria are critical for a smooth visa application process.</p>
  1664. <p><em>Health Requirements</em></p>
  1668. <p>Learn about the health exam required for your visa type, where to get it, and how to interpret the results. Proactively addressing potential health issues can prevent delays in the application process.</p>
  1672. <p><em>Character Requirements</em></p>
  1676. <p>To be approved for a visa, having no criminal record is essential. Understand the character evaluation process, how to obtain a police clearance certificate, and factors that may affect your character evaluation.</p>
  1680. <p><strong>5. The Importance of Language Skills</strong></p>
  1684. <p>Sufficient English language skills are a basic requirement for most Australian visas. Proof of your English language skills through accredited language tests such as IELTS or PTE is crucial.</p>
  1688. <p>Explore language proficiency requirements for each visa category, tips for preparing for language exams, and strategies for improving your language skills.</p>
  1692. <p><strong>6. Points System</strong></p>
  1696. <p>Australia utilizes a points system for certain visas, including Subclass 482 and Subclass 186. Understand the point allocation system and strive to maximize your score based on factors such as age, qualifications, work history, and English language proficiency.</p>
  1700. <p><em>Point Allocation Criteria</em></p>
  1704. <p>Understand the point allocation criteria in-depth and how each factor contributes to your overall points. Explore strategies to increase points and improve competitiveness in the skills migration process.</p>
  1708. <p><em>Overall Point Calculator</em></p>
  1712. <p>Utilize the Overall Point Calculator tool to evaluate your potential point score. This tool will help you identify areas for improvement and create a roadmap for increasing your overall points.</p>
  1716. <p><strong>7. Employer Sponsorship</strong></p>
  1720. <p>Employer sponsorship can greatly streamline the visa application process. Learn about the benefits of employer-sponsored visas, the obligations of both employer and employee, and the steps to secure sponsorship.</p>
  1724. <p><em>Sponsorship of Subclass 482 Visas</em></p>
  1728. <p>Understand the process for obtaining sponsorship for a Subclass 482 visa, the criteria an employer must meet, and the employer&#8217;s responsibilities during employment.</p>
  1732. <p><em>Subclass 186 Visa Sponsorship</em></p>
  1736. <p>The Subclass 186 visa nomination process is critical to obtaining permanent residence through employer sponsorship. Learn more about the employer nomination process, including employer nomination obligations and timelines.</p>
  1740. <p><strong>8. Regional Opportunities</strong></p>
  1744. <p>Australia encourages regional migration to address skills shortages and promote regional economic development. Explore the opportunities offered by regional visas such as the <strong>Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional) visa</strong>.</p>
  1748. <p><em>Subclass 491 Visas</em></p>
  1752. <p>Understand the specific requirements for the Subclass 491 visa, the benefits of regional work, and how this pathway can expedite the visa application process.</p>
  1756. <p><em>State and Territory Sponsorship</em></p>
  1760. <p>Many regional visas require state or territory sponsorship. Find out about the various sponsorship programs, eligibility criteria, and benefits of moving to a particular state or territory.</p>
  1764. <p><strong>9. Visa Application Fees</strong></p>
  1768. <p>Understanding the costs involved in applying for a visa is crucial. Adequate financial planning will help you cover the costs of the application process without unnecessary delays.</p>
  1772. <p><em>Fee Structure for Various Visa Types</em></p>
  1776. <p>Examine the fee structures for various types of visas to understand the costs involved at each stage of the application process. Also, consider budgeting for additional costs such as medical examinations and police checks.</p>
  1780. <p><em>Financial Planning Tips</em></p>
  1784. <p>Get practical tips for effective financial planning. This includes strategies for managing expenses, potential financial assistance, and advice on budgeting for a successful visa application.</p>
  1788. <p><strong>10. Consult with an Immigration Expert</strong></p>
  1792. <p>Due to the complexity of the Australian visa system, it is recommended that you consult with an immigration professional or a registered immigration agent. These professionals have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the complex application process.</p>
  1796. <p><em>Role of the Immigration Expert</em></p>
  1800. <p>Understand the role of an immigration professional, the services they provide, and how they can help you prepare a strong visa application. Learn about the regulatory framework for immigration agents and the importance of choosing a professional you can trust.</p>
  1804. <p><em>DIY and Professional Assistance</em></p>
  1808. <p>Explore the pros and cons of doing the visa application process yourself versus getting professional assistance. Understand when it is beneficial to seek professional guidance and the potential pitfalls of going it alone.</p>
  1812. <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p>
  1816. <p>Obtaining an Australian visa is a crucial step in realizing your professional aspirations in this vibrant country. An in-depth understanding of these 10 key aspects will help you successfully navigate the Australian visa system, smoothing your way through the visa process and increasing your chances of success. Remember, staying informed and proactive is the key to opening the door to a career in Australia. In conclusion, as you embark on this transformational journey, please use this guidebook as a comprehensive resource and roadmap to success in obtaining an Australian visa and pursuing a fulfilling career. Best of luck, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.</p>
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  1822. <title>Romantic Spots for Last-Minute Valentine&#8217;s Day Travel</title>
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  1826. <pubDate>Thu, 08 Feb 2024 11:46:47 +0000</pubDate>
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  1830. <description><![CDATA[Looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day getaway? Explore these romantic spots, from Santorini's stunning sunsets to Venice's gondola rides.]]></description>
  1831. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img decoding="async" style="background-color: transparent; color: var(--theme-text-color); font-family: var(--theme-font-family); font-size: var(--theme-font-size); font-style: var(--theme-font-style, inherit); font-weight: var(--theme-font-weight); letter-spacing: var(--theme-letter-spacing); text-transform: var(--theme-text-transform);" title="Making those last-minute travel plans for Valentines' Day? Here's a look at some romantic spots to visit (Shutterstock)" src="" alt="Making those last-minute travel plans for Valentines' Day? Here's a look at some romantic spots to visit (Shutterstock)" /></p>
  1832. <p><span style="font-family: var(--theme-font-family); font-size: var(--theme-font-size); font-style: var(--theme-font-style, inherit); font-weight: var(--theme-font-weight); letter-spacing: var(--theme-letter-spacing); text-align: center; text-transform: var(--theme-text-transform); background-color: transparent; color: var(--theme-text-color);">Making those last-minute travel plans for Valentines&#8217; Day? Here&#8217;s a look at some romantic spots to visit (Shutterstock)</span></p>
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  1835. <p>Valentine&#8217;s Day is around the corner and there&#8217;s no better reason to get away from the hustle and grind, than this as you enjoy some time alone with your better half. If you&#8217;re looking to make last-minute plans, here are a few scenic options:</p>
  1836. <h2>Watch the sunset together in <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Santorini</a></h2>
  1837. <p>Santorini and sunsets are synonymous with each other and it&#8217;s no surprise then that this destination also ranks high on a list of romantic getaways.</p>
  1838. <figure class="inlineIMG"><img decoding="async" class="lazy" title="Make the moment unforgettable in Santorini (Shutterstock)" src="" alt="Make the moment unforgettable in Santorini (Shutterstock)" /><figcaption>Make the moment unforgettable in Santorini (Shutterstock)</figcaption></figure>
  1839. <p>Go on a cruise together with your partner or stand atop a cliff and watch the day turn to amber to make for an unforgettable time.</p>
  1840. <h2>Catch the northern lights in an Igloo</h2>
  1841. <p>Always wanted to sleep under the starry sky as you make a wish together? That&#8217;s possible in <strong>Finland</strong>.</p>
  1842. <figure class="inlineIMG"><img decoding="async" class="lazy" title="Watching the northern lights in an igloo hotel in Finland (Shutterstock)" src="" alt="Watching the northern lights in an igloo hotel in Finland (Shutterstock)" /><figcaption>Watching the northern lights in an igloo hotel in Finland (Shutterstock)</figcaption></figure>
  1843. <p>Check into an igloo hotel and get up close with the gorgeous Aurora Borealis, a natural phenomenon of light streaking across the night sky.</p>
  1844. <h2>Enjoy a Parisian Romance</h2>
  1845. <p>Strolling through <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Paris</strong></a>, arm-in-arm is just the stuff that dreams are made of, and you can make that your reality. Head to the City of Romance with your partner and go for a cruise on the Seine River, shop or just have a date at a café or rooftop bar.</p>
  1846. <h2>Go on a Gondola Ride in <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Venice</a></h2>
  1847. <p>It&#8217;s been the most popular backdrop for romance in movies and books and you can add that to your Valentine&#8217;s Day travel memory, too. Take a gondola ride in Venice.</p>
  1848. <figure class="inlineIMG"><img decoding="async" class="lazy" title="Take a scenic Venetian gondola ride in Venice (Shutterstock)" src="" alt="Take a scenic Venetian gondola ride in Venice (Shutterstock)" /><figcaption>Take a scenic Venetian gondola ride in Venice (Shutterstock)</figcaption></figure>
  1849. <p>This is a city of canals with close to 400 bridges making for a picture-perfect scene. Don&#8217;t forget to spend a few moments under the Bridge of Sighs.</p>
  1850. <h2>Soak in Sakura splendour in <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Japan</a></h2>
  1851. <p>Add a pink hue to the theme of red on Valentine&#8217;s Day, in Japan. This is cherry blossom season and the sakura (pink-hued flowers) make for a post-card pretty backdrop to your romance. Wander beneath the sakura trees, make a stop at a cafe and indulge in a pink-hued menu with your special someone.</p>
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  1859. <title>Can you fast travel in Sea of Thieves?</title>
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  1863. <pubDate>Thu, 08 Feb 2024 04:27:04 +0000</pubDate>
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  1867. <description><![CDATA[Fast travel in Sea of Thieves has long been debated in the community. A staple feature in many open-world games, pirates seem to have divided opinions about this feature finally making its way into the game. Some yearn for the convenience of warping across the map, while others fiercely defend the core gameplay loop of [&#8230;]]]></description>
  1868. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="font-size: revert; background-color: transparent; color: var(--theme-text-color); font-family: var(--theme-font-family); font-style: var(--theme-font-style, inherit); font-weight: var(--theme-font-weight); letter-spacing: var(--theme-letter-spacing); text-transform: var(--theme-text-transform);">Fast travel in Sea of Thieves has long been debated in the community. A staple feature in many open-world games, pirates seem to have divided opinions about this feature finally making its way into the game. Some yearn for the convenience of warping across the map, while others fiercely defend the core gameplay loop of sailing, battling, and exploring.</span></p>
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  1870. <p>Rare took an interesting stance on this popular title by implementing fast travel. Their inconvenient method has taken the community by surprise. &#8220;Diving,&#8221; as the developer has named this feature, is sure to change an essential part of the gameplay of Sea of Thieves. Let us explore this feature and understand the unique nature of this new game mechanic.</p>
  1871. <hr />
  1872. <h2>Can you fast travel in Sea of Thieves?</h2>
  1873. <p>The short answer is that there&#8217;s a <em>unique</em> and <em>non-traditional</em> fast travel in Sea of Thieves. <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-is-sponsored="false">Being one of the highlights of Season 11</a>, navigating the vast waters is a core part of the experience, and Rare seems to have found a neat workaround that does the trick.</p>
  1874. <hr />
  1875. <h3>What is fast travel in Sea of Thieves, and how does it work?</h3>
  1876. <p>Put simply, this is a way to kickstart your session if you find sailing to your initial moments of the game boring or if you have less time. The developer has termed this <strong>dive</strong>, and the mechanic is similar to how ships dived underwater in the hourglass mode.</p>
  1877. <p>After you select your choice of activity from the Captain&#8217;s Table, you will have the option to dive into it. If you choose to dive, your ship will go underwater. After a few seconds, a black screen will appear, and you will pop up right beside your destination. This is how Rare has implemented fast travel in Sea of Thieves.</p>
  1878. <p>Diving to Voyages and Tall Tales are optional, but if you want to engage in a World Event not on your current server, your only choice is to fast travel to that event on a different server.</p>
  1879. <hr />
  1880. <h3>Where can you fast travel in Sea of Thieves?</h3>
  1881. <figure class="image"><noscript><img decoding="async" class="sk-app-thumbnail" alt="You can fast travel using the raid option for world events. (Image via Rare)" src=""/></noscript><img class="lazy-img" srcset=" 190w, 720w, 840w, 1045w, 1200w, 1460w, 1600w, 1920w" alt="You can fast travel using the raid option for world events. (Image via Rare)" width="1920" height="1080" data-img="" data-img-low="" /><figcaption>You can fast travel using the raid option for world events. (Image via Rare)</figcaption></figure>
  1882. <p>Players will be able to dive directly into the following events from anywhere on the map:</p>
  1883. <ul>
  1884. <li>Any world event you choose, even if it is inactive on your server.</li>
  1885. <li>The initial point / starting island of a Voyage.</li>
  1886. <li>The initial point / starting island of a Tall Tale.</li>
  1887. <li>The Kraken.</li>
  1888. </ul>
  1889. <p>Fast traveling to a world event of your choice guarantees that it is <strong>uncontested</strong>, meaning there will not be any other ships doing that event on that particular server.</p>
  1890. <hr />
  1891. <h3>Where can you not fast travel in Sea of Thieves?</h3>
  1892. <p>As of the Season 11 launch on 23rd January 2024, the following are the world events you cannot dive into:</p>
  1893. <ul>
  1894. <li>Fort of the Damned</li>
  1895. <li>Fort of Fortune</li>
  1896. <li>Fleet of Fortune</li>
  1897. </ul>
  1898. <p>The Fort of the Damned has special conditions that need to be fulfilled before being activated, while the Fort of Fortune and Fleet of Fortune have one of the most revered loots in the game. Rare had probably kept those in mind while not allowing diving to these events.</p>
  1899. <figure class="image"><noscript><img decoding="async" class="sk-app-thumbnail" alt="Fleet of Fortune world event marker, as seen in the game (Image via Rare)" src=""/></noscript><img class="lazy-img" srcset=" 190w, 720w, 840w, 1045w, 1200w, 1460w, 1600w, 1920w" alt="Fleet of Fortune world event marker, as seen in the game (Image via Rare)" width="1920" height="1080" data-img="" data-img-low="" /><figcaption>Fleet of Fortune world event marker, as seen in the game (Image via Rare)</figcaption></figure>
  1900. <p>The <strong>Fleet of Fortune</strong> is a new World Event, where a Skeleton Fleet has a slight chance to become a Fleet of Fortune, where the Captain Ship will drop a Chest of Fortune.</p>
  1901. <hr />
  1902. <h3>Can you fast travel in Sea of Thieves anytime?</h3>
  1903. <p>This feature comes with its fair share of restrictions, and rightly so. Without some control cases, players would likely exploit this method and take every bit of fun out of Sea of Thieves.</p>
  1904. <figure class="image"><noscript><img decoding="async" class="sk-app-thumbnail" alt="You cannot dive if there is another player ship nearby. (Image via Rare/Captain Falcore)" src=""/></noscript><img class="lazy-img" srcset=" 190w, 720w, 840w, 1045w, 1200w, 1460w, 1600w, 1920w" alt="You cannot dive if there is another player ship nearby. (Image via Rare/Captain Falcore)" width="1920" height="1080" data-img="" data-img-low="" /><figcaption>You cannot dive if there is another player ship nearby. (Image via Rare/Captain Falcore)</figcaption></figure>
  1905. <p>Fast travel in Sea of Thieves will not be allowed if:</p>
  1906. <ul>
  1907. <li>There is another player ship in your proximity, up to three map squares of your ship.</li>
  1908. <li>There is a cooldown of approximately ten minutes after one dive. You will not be able to dive immediately after completing one dive.</li>
  1909. </ul>
  1910. <p>You cannot fast travel to an event already activated by another crew. This also means you do not have to worry about another player ship popping up beside your quest or world event. They can, however, sail to you.</p>
  1911. <hr />
  1912. <h3>What happens to your loot if you fast travel in Sea of Thieves?</h3>
  1913. <figure class="image"><noscript><img decoding="async" class="sk-app-thumbnail" alt="Loot is left behind when you dive with loot on board. (Image via Rare)" src=""/></noscript><img class="lazy-img" srcset=" 190w, 720w, 840w, 1045w, 1200w, 1460w, 1600w, 1920w" alt="Loot is left behind when you dive with loot on board. (Image via Rare)" width="1920" height="1080" data-img="" data-img-low="" /><figcaption>Loot is left behind when you dive with loot on board. (Image via Rare)</figcaption></figure>
  1914. <p>Here is the most important thing with fast travel in Sea of Thieves: if you fast travel with loot on your ship, all the loot is dropped on the water where you dived. If you have an emissary flag, the flag and emissary level are retained, but all the loot you collected will be gone.</p>
  1915. <p>This includes supply items like storage, cannonballs, wood, and food crates. Of course, any treasure chests or faction-specific loot you may have had on your ship is lost, too. This is a good countermeasure, as players cannot avoid PvP by simply <em>diving away</em>.</p>
  1916. <hr />
  1917. <h3>How does fast travel in Sea of Thieves affect the game?</h3>
  1918. <p>Fast travel in Sea of Thieves has the community divided. A majority of the complaints that arise come from two specific perspectives. One section of the players is dissatisfied that a player who dives to an event gets the same loot as someone sailing.</p>
  1919. <p>On the other hand, this feature was likely targeted towards players with shorter playing time who would still like to get their Trading Company levels up.</p>
  1920. <hr />
  1921. <p>This feature may also be a way to curb stacking. As of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-is-sponsored="false">this patch update</a>, stacking loot would make little sense. Players can fast travel to an event, get the loot, sail back to an outpost, sell them, and fast travel to an event all over again. They do not lose their emissary status and do not risk losing all of their loot at the whims of PvE or PvP elements.</p>
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