Three Destinations For an Awesome Science Adventure Trip

Science and adventure are alike in many ways. Both fields provide opportunities to quench curiosity and expand knowledge. Thus, adventure and science enthusiasts are often times more eager to explore unique places and discover something new, than other individuals. So how about taking your trip to the next level by combining it with some science exploration activities? You just might be surprised by the rush that delving into the realm of science can bring. The following are three awesome places to explore if you are in need of science adventure trip Ideas: 

Florida’s Space Coast

Are you a beach lover who has always been fascinated with space travel? Then Florida’s Space Coast is a perfect destination. With its year-round sunny weather and 72-mile shoreline, the area is minutes away from some of Orlando’s best beaches. You can easily spend a day by the ocean and even be delighted with marine life you may see along the coast. Moreover, it is also home to Kennedy Space Center, a place where you can explore NASA’s working spaceflight facility and even watch actual rocket launches. To make the most out of your trip here, it is best to check out the schedule of the facility and prepare an itinerary.

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Outdoor adventures are often a way to marvel at nature and a great place for that is the Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in Nebraska. It will not be a typical visit to the park as it features the remains of animals that perished during a volcanic eruption that happened millions of years ago. The natural landmark is like a wonderland for those who love archaeology and paleontology as it offers a close glimpse of prehistoric life. It also opens your eyes to the devastation that natural disasters can create.

Museum of Science and Industry

If you happen to be in the windy city of Chicago and  wish to be amazed by the power of science and technology, you may want to drop by the Museum of Science and Industry. This 14-acre museum in Lake Shore Drive, Chicago features various interactive science exhibits that inspire visitors to be inquisitive, creative, and inventive. Among others, there is a Storm Exhibit that  educates visitors on how tornadoes are formed. You can also check out the Forward Exhibit that gives an idea about what the future world will be like. Since it is a huge place with so many things to see and do, it is best to check out the museum map and available exhibits prior to your visit.

Taking a science adventure trip is a great way to combine your love of learning and traveling. It is also a unique way to let out the science geek in you and satisfy your wanderlust at the same time. Moreover, you are likely to come home feeling a lot smarter and stronger, making your trip more rewarding and memorable. 

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Four Thrilling Coastal Trips to Take This Year

Now that we’ve rung in the new year and started to embark on our goals, many of us have decided to devote more attention to our self-care. In addition to drinking more water, exercising daily, and eating right, self-care includes creating balance in your life. One way to ensure you maintain a healthy work-life balance is by vacationing! Your mental health suffers when you subscribe to the mantra of “all work and no play.” So this year, get out of the office and enjoy life. Here are four thrilling coastal trips you should check out.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach, the self-titled “small-town village by the sea,” is an hour-and-a-half northwest of the more well-known tourist city, Portland, Oregon. However, Cannon Beach has managed to earn quite the reputation for its beauty. It’s been named Best Beach on several occasions, drawing the attention of curious travelers from all over the world. With a combination of gorgeous shorelines, mountains, and natural wonders like Haystack Rock, there’s no shortage of things to see. Experiences like the Lewis and Clark History Expedition, Classic Cottage Tours, and live glassblowing demonstrations, guarantee that visitor’s trips to Cannon Beach are memorable.

San Juan Islands, Washington

Washington’s beautiful San Juan Islands are accessible by ferry, traditional airline, seaplane, or boat (specifically the San Juan Clipper) and boast accommodations that range from farm stays, to glamping, to luxury vacation suites. One of the island’s most famous landmarks is its scenic byway. It’s composed of three segments: the blue marine highway, a driving tour around the island itself, and last but not least, a driving tour through neighboring Orca Island. In addition to the scenic byway, San Juan Islands offers many family-friendly activities to enjoy. Whale and Wild Life Tours, Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm, the extremely popular Pelindaba Lavender Farm, and multiple museums, are just a few possible items to add to your family’s to-do list. For adventurous travelers, the island offers hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and much more. 

Key West, Florida

Just off of the southern coast of Florida, the island of Key West is a tropical retreat. To start, you can relax on one of the southside beaches or enjoy a stroll through one of the many parks. But one thing’s for sure while visiting Key West, you’ll never have reason to be bored. For the art lovers, the island offers live-performance theatres, art galleries displaying diverse arrays of talent, and antique shops. Naturally, along with dolphin encounters, watersports also thrive in the area, making kayaking, jet skiing, and snorkeling extremely popular activities. But many visitors simply love walking down Duval Street – an active 1.25-mile road where tourists come together to eat, shop, and have a good time. 

Portland, Maine

Upon first glance, Portland may appear to be nothing more than a hardworking fishing community that specializes in shipping from its harbor. But look a little deeper and you’ll find a city deeply rooted in culture and history, and worthy of the tourist attention that it draws. With its art district, historical parks and gems like the Portland Observatory, this coastal city has many attractions for visitors to explore.  Many travelers’ most memorable stop is Portland’s Old Port district, where patrons can indulge in any number of the plethora of high-quality eating and drinking establishments downtown. Maine is famous for its fresh seafood, but in addition to its lobster rolls, Portland is also known for being extremely vegan and vegetarian-friendly.

If your vision board included travel, adventure or life balance, then these four coastal cities are for you. Gather your family or a couple of friends and plan some time this year to recharge. Every city on the list is full of unique culture, natural wonder, and friendly locals waiting to share their towns’ history. So check your calendars, book your flights and get ready to enjoy your coastal vacations! 

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Three Adventure Ideas To Enrich Your Soul

Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul.
– Jamie Lyn Beatty

Everybody needs a little adventure. We all want and need to try something new every once in a while because it makes life more fun and exciting. Likewise, the risks and uncertainties that come with adventures can also lead to valuable lessons that enrich our lives. These escapades are supposed to make us stronger and wiser. However, the outcome of your escapades would depend on your attitude and the type of adventure you choose. For adventures that can help you see life in a better light, the following are some suggestions:

Go somewhere all by yourself. 

Traveling by yourself is beneficial because it improves your well-being and widens your knowledge. However, while it is surely rewarding to visit new places with your loved ones, you would likely gain more benefits by giving solo travel a try from time to time. Solo travel will require you to be more independent, resourceful, and courageous. By having no one to rely on but yourself, there is a big chance for you to go home feeling more confident.

Join a cultural adventure trip. 

A travel itinerary to famous destinations would typically include visits to popular tourist sites and attractions. To veer away from the usual, you may want to join a cultural adventure. This is a trip where the aim is to truly experience local traditions and customs of the place they are visiting. Attending local festivals, trying exotic dishes, and visiting local homes are just a few activities that you can try in a culture trip. The opportunity to mingle with the locals and experience how they truly live can teach you lessons and can results in insights that you can never get from anywhere else.

Take the risk to do something you always wanted.

Have you always wanted to start a business, pursue your passion, or change your career? We are often advised to take precautions for plunging into things like the ones mentioned because they are considered risky. A business can fail and your dream job may not turn out well. Still, it will also be sad to spend your whole life just thinking about how things could have been if you try. So for once in your life, you may want to give yourself a chance to do what you have always wanted. You can fail or succeed, but either way, you will surely gain wisdom.

Although we can also discover amazing things in our daily routines, no one can deny that the unique experiences we get from little adventures gives color to our lives. Just do not forget to choose adventures that can improve your overall health and well-being. 

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