Ocho Rios is a port town on the north coast of Jamaica. There you can find the famous waterfall Dunn’s River Falls. Also in Ocho Rios is Mystic Mountain, a true rainforest attraction. Get an up-close and personal visit with the rainforest and experience four exhilarating activities including the Sky Explorer, the Bobsled Ride, the Canopy Zip Line and the unique Mystic Waterslide.
CHI’s Patrina Richards says, “These are among the many things you can do and places you can visit in my beautiful country of Jamaica.”
You must visit Monteliusvägen on the northern shore of Sodermalm Island. There you will find a narrow walking cliff path with a majestic view of Lake Mälaren, city hall, and the beautiful architecture of Stockholm. It is especially amazing during sunsets and sunrises.
Tip from CHI’s Anna Voitenko: “Visit during the summer to experience sunset at 10 p.m. or sunrise at 3 a.m. – you might as well do both!”
Manarola is one of the five towns in the famed Cinque Terre, in Genoa. This rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera consists of the five beautiful hillside towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The romantic “Walk of Love” connects the five towns. When you visit you must swim in the cove pictured above!
CHI’s David Shultz says, “This is my happy place. 🙂 Well, I’ve only been one time but every moment was seared into my brain!”
Lyon, the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, is known as the gastronomic capital of France and has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country. It is the home of Paul Bocuse, a French culinary giant who was named the ‘Chef of the Century’ and the ‘Pope of Gastronomy’. Lyon is a listed World Heritage Site, with a large Renaissance-era old town, Roman ruins, historic industrial districts and also the 19th-century Presqu’île quarter. Lyon sits on two rivers, the Rhône and Saône, and built its fortune on the silk trade. There are secret passageways called Traboules that connect courtyards and streets, which the silk workers used to use. You can’t mention Lyon without mentioning that it is home of le Guignol, a well-known puppet created in the 1700’s, and part of a show still performed throughout France today.
CHI’s Gwyneth Perrier says, “My husband opened a large door, which I would have thought would have let into someone’s home, but it was, in fact, one of these Traboules, or passageways.”
Located southern Alaska’s peninsula, here you can find Katmai National Park and Preserve. With over four million acres of remote country, the park is known for an incredible population of brown bears. It’s amazing to be able to view them in their natural habitat. In Katmai, you will find the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and the site of the world’s largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
CHI’s Alexey Silin says, “June through August is the best time to go!”
Newport is a city set on Aquidneck Island in the tiny New England state of Rhode Island. The famous three and half mile cliff walk along the eastern shore combines natural beauty and historic architecture, and remains one of the top attractions in Newport.
CHI’s Ilkim Sezen says, “While on the cliff walk, make sure to look for the beautiful mansions built in the 1800’s by European settlers.”
Along with Bukhara, Samarkand is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia. Poets and historians of the past called it ‘Rome of the East’, as it prospered from its location on the popular trade route between China and the Mediterranean – the famed Silk Road.
CHI’s Kamilla Silin says, “Samarkand and Bukhara are the most magical ancient cities of Central Asia. Any traveler would want to get lost in the little streets, inhale the magnificence of ancient mosques and travel back to the times of caravans and the Great Silk Road while visiting these cities. But what makes this place even more appealing is the kindness of people and the deliciousness of the national food.”
Yoshino is a town in Japan’s Kii Mountains, east of Osaka. It’s the gateway to Mount Yoshino, known for Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing spot. It is said that the first trees were planted along its slopes more than 1,300 years ago, and today the mountain is covered with approximately 30,000 cherry trees. The route most visitors take to view the blossoms winds from the railway station at the foot of the mountain ridge with various parks and viewpoints along the way. The cherry blossoms of Yoshinoyama (as Mount Yoshino is called locally) typically start opening in late March or early April and reach full bloom around early to mid-April.
CHI’s Kristin Chasan says, “Seeing the cherry blossom trees in Japan is truly amazing. Bring a picnic lunch and find a spot to sit and take in the beauty!”