Top 10 Things to Do in Maui

Those looking to vacation or move to a perfect paradise getaway may want to consider Maui as their ideal destination. Maui is one of the more popular Hawaiian Islands, featuring national parks, beautiful beaches, scenic hiking and much more. Once you have arrived, you can begin taking advantage of all the leisure activities the region has to offer. Both tourists and newly arrived residents can soak up the Polynesian culture and tropical scenery while enjoying a number of the following activities:

1. Bicycle Tours allow a person to bicycle around the beaches and volcanoes of the island. Tours include helmets, backpacks and more.

2. Paragon Sailing Charters offer snorkeling and trips to the island of Lanai. Small group opportunities to observe dolphin activity is possible.

3. Visitors who choose to drive to Hana can swim at Hamoa Beach or take a hang glider ride. Cave tours and horseback adventures are also available.

4. Front Street offers fine dining and beautiful sunsets.

5. Iao Valley has the Bailey House Museum, which offers details on the local history and culture. Many excellent eateries accompany the area.

6. South Pacific Kayaks allow for enjoyable paddling tours and snorkeling excursions. Humpback whales, dolphins and turtles may be observed.

7. Ed Robinson’s Diving Adventures allows you to scuba dive at any Maui coastal location.

8. Old Lahaina Luau is considered the best luau by vote on the island (Having been to the top luaus on Oahu and Kauai, I think the Old Lahaina Luau is the best of all the islands). The show takes place only feet away from the front tables and it is considered to be quite authentic.

9. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters provide tours anywhere on the island, with the best viewings available during early morning.

10. The Maui Arts & Cultural Center offers concerts and shows. Check the Maui Community Events Calendar for other scheduled events.

Relocating

If  one or more of these events captivates you enough that you feel the urge to move to Maui, take into account the important factors involved in relocating to a remote island location.  A reputable, experienced Hawaii moving company will be able to assist you in the process of getting all of your personal items to the islands safely and efficiently. Coordination among various agents involved in the process will put you at ease. Overall costs associated with the move can be accurately assessed so you won’t have any unexpected surprises along the way. It is important to determine what items you must ship to your new home and which ones you can either sell or donate prior to moving.

Transport

Shipping to Hawaii requires the proper planning, and securing the services of an expert transport company. Peace of mind is priceless when undergoing a move of this distance.  Professionals can answer any important questions and direct all services involved in the process of your move. Trucking specialists will assist with the packing, loading and unloading all of your possessions. Freight forwarding will guarantee the proper shipping of all personal items.

About the Author: Erick D. Smith writes about traveling to Hawaii for a Hawaii moving company. If you are planning to take a vacation to the islands or are considering moving to Maui, your first stop should be the Old Lahaina Luau (honestly it’s the best luau in the state).

Top 3 Vacation Spots in San Diego

Visitors to San Diego are graced with great weather and plenty to do. An average annual temperature of 70 degrees allows for year-round enjoyment of all the city has to offer. On your next trip, explore some of these great vacation spots in “America’s finest city.”

Beaches
San Diego is best known for its surf, sand and sun. Excluding the few days it rains per year, you will always find people walking up and down the city’s miles of coastline, especially at sunset. Head to Swami’s or Moonlight Beach for a peaceful late-afternoon stroll.

If high-energy is more your style, then Mission Bay is a great place to spend the day boating or cruising around on jet skis. If you are not too exhausted from your day on the bay then make a quick trip to Mission Beach. Here you will find a paved boardwalk, oceanfront condos and Belmont Park, which is a small amusement park. The proximity to the ocean and downtown San Diego make Mission Beach vacation rentals hot commodities.

Exotic Wildlife
Some of the most popular destinations for tourists and locals alike is the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park and Sea World. You read that right; the city has three great options to see exotic wildlife. Unlike the zoo, the Wild Animal Park has an expansive African plains exhibit where visitors see a variety of herbivore species interacting as if they were in the wild.

The San Diego Zoo is more traditional where visitors can get up close and personal looks at animals from around the world. Popular exhibits include Elephant Odyssey, Polar Bear Plunge and Panda Research Station.

Sea World focuses on animal education and rescue just as much as the other two animal parks but where it differs it the amusement park edge it provides patrons. The park has a few different rides, including a roller coaster (soon to be two), a raft ride and a simulator ride. Keeping with the attraction theme, Sea World also offers animal shows, including the park’s main attraction: its killer whale show.

Downtown San Diego
The Gaslamp Quarter is 16 blocks of dining, entertainment, shopping and hotels in the heart of downtown. It has something for everybody from family restaurants to upscale eateries. The night life is much the same, you can sit down at a small pub or dance the night away at one of the many clubs. Downtown isn’t all about partying, during the summer catch one of the San Diego Padres baseball games at Petco Park.

Staying in San Diego

You can live in San Diego for years and still be unable to do everything, so do not stress out if this is your first time to the city. When you are looking through the many San Diego vacation rentals, consider a location near the coast or downtown because it will limit your driving distances to most of the must-see locations.

About the Author: Erick D. Smith is a San Diego native and thinks this city is one of the best in the U.S. He writes for a San Diego vacation rentals company, which has property all over the city. On your next trip to “America’s finest city” consider looking at the Gaslamp vacation rentals.

RVing in California

California is a beautiful state to explore. From mountains to desert to the Pacific Ocean, California has just about every scene a person could want to see, which makes it the perfect place to take the family for an extended RV trip. If you need a little push to take the next step in planning your RV vacation, here are some great reasons that California is the perfect state for the RV enthusiast.

RVing in California
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Finding Your New Home is Easy

Since the Golden State is such a great part of the country to go RVing you can find plenty of places that sell used RVs in California. Great brands like Heartland RV and Tiffin RV can be found for a fraction of the price that you would be able to purchase them new. You can find plenty of reputable used RV dealerships throughout the state of California, though you may find the biggest selection either on the South end of the state near San Diego or the far north of the state near San Francisco where many trips begin and end.

Scenery

You can’t beat California if you want to get to enjoy some beautiful scenery. If your RV is small enough (and if you’re brave enough), you can take in the Pacific Ocean from the Cliffside road of US-1. There’s plenty to see along the way with famous Yosemite Park being a major draw for RVers. Viewing the Golden Gate is always a must and San Diego is an RV-friendly city as well.

Surfing

California is almost synonymous with surfing and you’ll see why when exploring the coastline. There are so many miles of surf breaks that you’d be hard-pressed to explore all of them. If you’re a hardcore surfer you won’t be disappointed by what California has to offer, and if you just want to experience California’s famed surf culture, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for as well.

Variety

If you get bored exploring California, you’re doing something wrong. If you don’t want to check out the coastline, you can drive inland for an entirely different experience. There are mountains to be skied and strange desert topography to marvel at. There are quaint towns that are remnants from the gold rush that now serve apple pie and a good dose of history to interested tourists. There is also an almost unlimited assortment of outdoor activities to enjoy—or try for the first time.

No matter how you choose to spend your RVing vacation in California, make sure you have a great time and stay safe on the roads!

About the Author: Erick D. Smith lives in San Diego and wants to get the word out that a great vacation opportunity involves renting a used RV in California and traveling throughout the state. The only way to see the diverse beauty California offers  is to hit the road, so why not do it in style in a Heartland RV.

Top 3 Tourist Attractions in Southern California

Unless you are from Southern California, you probably haven’t heard of Palmdale. Surprisingly, the high desert town in the far north of Los Angeles County is home to several popular tourist attractions. There are quality Palmdale hotels in centralized locations that can be a starting point for your tour of the famous Edwards Air Force Base, the Palmdale Plant 42, and even the Devil’s Punchbowl.

Palmdale Plant 42
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  1. Edwards Air Force Base – The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is the home base for several NASA aircraft that are responsible for carrying out the agency’s missions of space exploration, space operations, scientific discovery, and aeronautical research and development. The Dryden Flight Research Center has been the testing grounds for the newest, fastest, and highest aircraft over the past 60 years. They are currently helping the testing process of the shuttles’ replacement, the Crew Exploration Vehicle. There are public tours twice monthly where you will get to tour NASA, the Air Force Base flight line, and the test center museum. The base is a great educational opportunity for organized field trips. Stay in a Lancaster motel to be close to all of the high-tech action going on at NASA.
  2. Palmdale Plant 42 – Joe Davies Heritage Airpark is the perfect destination for Aerospace fanatics and history buffs. The airpark museum is home to 17 retired military aircraft that were developed and tested at the United States Air Force Plant 42. A few of the items on display include a scaled version of the B-2 Spirit, A-4 Skyhawk, F-4 Phantom II, F-105 Thunderchief, F-101 Voodoo, and the popular F-14 Tomcat among others. Plant 42 is where Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman all have headquarters where they develop and test new aircraft designs. The airpark is open to the public on weekends and there are guided tours operated by volunteers on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-11am.
  3. Devil’s Punchbowl – If you are up for a little closer connection with nature instead of technology, the Devil’s Punchbowl is Southern California’s mini Grand Canyon. The Punchbowl Canyon is 300 feet deep and the nature center with educational materials about the flora and fauna is 4,740 feet above sea level. There are several trails you can head out on to spend a day with nature. Designated trails are anywhere from one to seven miles round trip, so plan ahead and bring some sunscreen and water to fight off the high desert heat. Make your home base one of the popular Palmdale motels and get an early morning start on the trails to catch the most beautiful views of the landscape.

About the Author: Erick D. Smith lives in Southern California and writes about travel news for a chain of Palmdale hotels. Southern California offers something for everybody, from relaxing day spas, to sporting events and cultural sights. Staying in one of the many Palmdale motels puts you close to all of these places.