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41+ Things to Do in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the city of stars, and even though it’s largely residential, there’s a tonne for visitors to do. Here’s a list of over 41 things to do on your trip to LA!

Please note that a few of these are outside city limits, but I included them on this list because they’re still staples of Los Angeles.

Places to See

Museums

Activities

Some Things to Know

Los Angeles is huge, think along the lines of Tokyo. Even just staying in a specific area like Hollywood requires some public transit unless you’re fine with walking in heat. LA does have a metro & bus system that can take you a lot of places. Renting a car is not ideal at all since the city can get very congested and parking is absurd.

Many activities sell out so be sure to purchase tickets in advance if possible.

As the city is so large, it’s best to make a map of where you want to go, what you want to see, where you want to eat, etc. Everything is so spread out.

Los Angeles is a very big city and though I was surprised to find it didn’t have an incredible amount to do, there’s still a lot for visitors to see and explore.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Los Angeles?

Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Destinations
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Seeing Some of Ireland’s Nature

The Emerald Isle is such a beautiful country and there’s so much to see there. Even though I sadly haven’t spent much time in Ireland, I’ve been able to see a few of the beautiful natural sites known internationally. They comprise some of the most fantastic places I’ve ever been.

The Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is an easy trip from Galway on the west coast. It’s most known for having exposed rock (limestone), and a variety of different rock formations. The rocky landscape changes depending on where you are in the park.

That’s it? Exposed rock?

It may not seem like much but it’s actually very beautiful. I went both in winter and summer and both looked about the same. There’s something so timeless about it that makes it so ethereal. A huge bonus is you don’t need to plan your trip around a certain time of year or date to enjoy the Burren.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher can easily be done with the Burren National Park. This is one of the most famous places in Ireland. It’s actually a national park that is free and open year-round. You’ll see tickets and opening hours on their website but that’s actually just for the visitor’s centre. You can go up and hike the cliffs any time. It’s a short walk and there are a lot of safety precautions to keep people from falling off the edge. However the pathway is pretty narrow and there’s an electrical fence on one side. It definitely works because I shocked myself on it.

If you do go inside the visitor’s centre, it actually does have an extensive exhibit on the nature and wildlife that can be seen at the Cliffs of Moher and that area of Ireland. They also have a small cafe if you’re hungry.

Even though the Cliffs are iconic, I went during the winter and it wasn’t much to see. When I went in the summer, it was quite pleasant but honestly not as nice as the national parks we saw.

Giant’s Causeway

Up in Northern Ireland is one of the most unusual natural places in Ireland: Giant’s Causeway. This square- and other geometrically-shaped stone is incredibly unique and fascinating to look at. They’re prism-shaped, uniform, and expansive. Again, you can visit for free but the visitor’s centre is an extra fee. The centre is also quite informative about how the volcanic activity created this stone.

Legend has it that a Scottish giant (Benandonner) challenged an Irish giant (Fionn) to fight, so they built a causeway for them to meet in the centre of the isles. Fionn turned out to be much smaller than Benandonner so he quickly ran home and his wife disguised him as a baby. Benandonner got to Fionn’s house and when he saw how huge the baby was, he imagined how big the father must be and ran back to Scotland. On his way back, he destroyed the Causeway behind him, leaving only the remnants we see today. Thus the name, Giant’s Causeway.

The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge is something a few people put on their bucket lists. The area is also quite pretty and it’s only a 15-20 minute drive away from the Causeway.

Wicklow Mountains National Park

One of my favourite memories is driving through Wicklow Mountains National Park. Though this park doesn’t have anything that’s unique about it, it’s a collection of purple mountains, lakes and rivers, sheep and Irish foliage. It was absolutely gorgeous during the summer, though I can’t speak of what it’s like in the winter. It’s really the lack of man-made material like phone lines and paved roads that makes this area super gorgeous.

What really made the trip out here was discovering Glendalough. Truth be told, I had heard of it but did not research it at all since it’s a small town. However it was a huge highlight of my trip. Glendalough was a town founded by St. Kevin that existed from the 500s to the 1100s-1300s. It’s been a bit out of commission for several hundred years now but it’s still incredibly preserved. Tucked in the valley of the mountains, there’s medieval monasteries, churches, grave stones, and towers. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to stay there for much longer than I did.

Ireland is absolutely beautiful. Of the places I’ve been, I’d definitely love a hike or a stay in the Wicklow Mountains and the Burren. They’re some of the most amazing places I’ve been. Ireland has so much more to discover and I can’t wait to go back.

What is your favourite natural part of Ireland?

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 in Destinations
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9 Fun Things to Do in Maryland This Fall

Every place has a handful of fun things to do each autumn, and my home state of Maryland is no exception. We have tonnes of seasonal events but there’s something special about pumpkin patches and haunted houses. Whether you’re visiting or a resident looking for something new to try, here are 8 fun places to go in Maryland this fall.

Homestead Gardens Fall Fest (Davidsonville & Severna Park)

Homestead Gardens

Homestead Gardens has an annual, locally-celebrated fall fest that involves corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and hay rides. It’s fun for kids but as adults, we’ve enjoyed coming here too. Homestead has some cute though expensive fall decorations. The best part, in my humble opinion, is that they are puppy friendly! Feel free to bring your canine friend during the Fall Fest or any other day of the year.

Queen Anne Farm & Pumpkin Patch (Bowie)


Image from Queen Anne Farm

There are a lot of pumpkin patches in Maryland but I particularly like Queen Anne Farm. It’s still a bit off the beaten path, even for locals. You can pick your own pumpkin here and they have a lot to choose from. They also have picked pumpkins, including mini pumpkins and gourds, dried corn, and fruits and vegetables, and some homemade goods. If you go earlier in the fall, you may be able to catch the remaining sunflowers, too!

Gaver Farm Fall Fun Festival (Mount Airy)


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I have never been to the Gaver Farm Fall Fun Festival but it looks like a great time, so I’ll be going this year! They have a corn maze, pumpkin picking, hay rides, a petting zoo, and more. They are also a seasonal farm so I bet that in order to maintain their land all year round, it must be a fantastic Fall Fest.

Colonial Farm Twilight Tours (Accokeek)

If you like colonial history then you definitely need to come to Accokeek Foundation & Piscataway Park. They’re open for regular tours and visits but they have a lot of fun events throughout the year that focus on the sustainable lifestyle the colonists had. This year, they’re having Twilight Tours throughout October that feature spooky stories of old Maryland. They also have an annual Tails on Trails event in October where you can bring your pooch for Trick or Treating and more. My corgi has given the paws-up on that event and he still has some of the sustainable toys he got last year. And yes, there’s more; check out their fall events calendar for all the dates and times.

If you’re also in the area around December, their Winter’s Eve event is hugely popular with locals, as well.

MD Renaissance Fair (Crownsville)

If you don’t know much about the Maryland Renaissance Festival, know this: it’s constantly ranked as one of the best in the national, rivalled by Carolina and Texas. But jousting is the Maryland state sport, so that actually puts us in the #1 position according to Marylanders. It has jousting, good food, good beer, wine and mead (and locally-brewed), jousting, crafts, handmade goods, jousting, theatrical performances, games, jousting, and more. The best part for a lot of people is dressing up, and I can recommend a few Etsy shops to get some garb. It’s a fun event everyone should try once.

International Edgar Allan Poe Fest (Baltimore)

On October 7, 1849, the great writer died in in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, under mysterious circumstances. He was found incohesive on the streets and died at the hospital he was taken to. They didn’t know how he’d gotten that way or why he died, and even with the technology they have today, scientists and historians still don’t know the reason behind Poe’s death. He went out of this world as spookily as he lived in it.

Baltimore is hugely proud to have housed the legendary Poe for the later part of his life. There’s a lot in the city dedicated to him but one event they hold every year in early October is the Edgar Allan Poe Festival. It’s a free event, but one of the most popular parts is the ticketed and expensive Black Cat Ball. Also don’t forget to return to Poe’s grave on October 7th to celebrate his Death Day. And make sure to visit Annabel Lee Tavern for dinner and/or a drink – it’s Poe themed!

Take a Ghost Tour (Frederick)


Image from Visit Frederick

Did you know that Frederick is titled “Maryland’s Most Haunted City?” Though it’s not as haunted as Savannah or New Orleans, it does have its fair amount of scare as all American cities are sure to have. They have historic ghost tours that run all year but fall is a particularly good time to take them. Frederick is a great, laid-back city with fantastic food, so it’s a great way to end a day there. If you’d rather go to a bigger city, Baltimore has ghost walks and pub crawls as well.

Six Flags Fright Fest (Bowie)

If you’re a fan of amusement parks, Six Flags America is a fun place to go and they also have a Fright Fest each year. They have 7 good roller coasters, some favourites including the Batman, Joker and Superman coasters. Their fright fest is a little cheesy but it’s still something you can do to celebrate fall. If you get their basic pass, visiting 2-3 times a year (with parking) will pay for the pass.

If you’re willing to drive south, Kings Dominion is also incredibly fun and has an amazing Fright Fest. I’d recommend them over Six Flags on all fronts but they’re in Virginia.

Twisted Fields of Terror (Prince Frederick)


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Maryland also has a plethora of haunted houses and mazes, but the newest and funnest we’ve found is Twisted Fields of Terror in Southern Maryland. It’s fun; it’s pretty scary; and it’s also quite sizable. I recommend this one but there’s actually an entire directory for Maryland and MD-area haunted houses, complete with user reviews.

I personally cannot wait to do as many of the above as I can fit in this fall. The season of dying leaves is ironically such a lively time in Maryland and there’s so many fun things to do around the state.

What’s your favourite thing to do in fall?

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Destinations
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