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Five Great Reasons to Visit California

Five Great Reasons to Visit California

California is one of the most visited states in the nation, and for good reason. With it’s great weather, and abundant natural and man-made attractions, it’s no wonder tourists flock to this west coast state.

One of the top reasons for visiting California is simply the land itself. Obviously, miles and miles of beautiful beaches draw thousands of visitors each year. Looking more inland, consider the Redwood State and National Parks. Who hasn’t seen pictures of people looking miniature when surrounded by super-sized ferns and trees of unreal size–up to 350 ft, and not wanted to go there? Beyond the Redwoods, Yosemite National Park is said to be unmatched anywhere in the world for natural beauty. With 3 of the highest waterfalls on earth, the biggest granite monolith anywhere, and acres and acres of vast wilderness, Yosemite is a big draw for visitors from around the world. Moving toward the Nevada border, visitors flock to Lake Tahoe, one of the most magnificent bodies of fresh water. It holds almost 40 trillion gallons of water, making it the largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe’s water is 99.9 percent pure; it’s so clear that a white 10 inch dinner plate is visible even when submerged 75 feet.

California’s climate is another great reason so many people visit the state. With an average of 354 days of sunshine a year, the weather is generally warm and dry year round in California. Along the southern coast, sea breezes keep the temperature lower in the summer and warmer in the winter than places more inland where the climate is high desert. Along the central and northern coast, average temperatures range from low 40s to mid 50s for lows and mid 50s to low 70s for highs.

If you’re looking for something more high minded to do, California has over a thousand registered historical and art sites to visit. In San Diego, Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first mission built in California, still functions as an active Catholic parish and is a beautiful place to explore and learn about history. Other historic missions dot the state. The California State Railroad museum in Sacramento is a popular stop for visitors. At one point this station was the terminus for the Transcontinental Railroad, and today houses many restored locomotives and railway cars among other attractions. Another museum not to be missed is the J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A. Not only is the actual museum building an architectural landmark, but its permanent collection includes Van Gogh’s “Irises,” a spectacular piece of art.

Of course California is full of many man-made attractions as well. Southern California is dotted with theme parks such as Disney Land, Disney’s California Adventure, Sea World, The San Diego Zoo, San Diego’s Wild Animal Park, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Six Flags, and Universal Studios Hollywood. These parks attract thousands of visitors each year and for good reason: they’re fun!

Finally, one of the biggest reasons people flock …

5 Reasons to Plan a Destination Wedding in Jamaica

5 Reasons to Plan a Destination Wedding in Jamaica

Are you getting ready to plan your upcoming wedding? If so, your first thought may be to have a beautiful ceremony back home. Yes, this is nice, but have you considered destination weddings, like in Jamaica? If not, now is the time. Although most couples don’t need convincing, you may wonder what makes a destination wedding better than a traditional wedding back home.

1 – The Weather

If you live in New York and plan a wedding in the middle of July, you are likely to find warm hot weather. This is great, but the heat and humidity may leave it feeling too hot. With the Caribbean and the island of Jamaica, you don’t just get warm weather, but tropical weather too! Then, there is the rain. The weather is somewhat unpredictable all around the world, but you are more likely to find scattered showers and thunderstorms in New York and many other areas of the United States than in Jamaica.

As with a wedding back home, you have many venue choices. Some Jamaica resorts have onsite chapels, but most give you many choices. If you opt for a garden or beach wedding, the beautiful, warm, sunny, and tropical weather makes your wedding ceremony nothing short of picture perfect.

2 – All-Inclusive Resorts

There are many all-inclusive resorts on the island of Jamaica. You may wonder what impact this has on your wedding ceremony. These resorts are the perfect place to have a destination wedding. Most give you many ceremony options. If a small wedding chapel is not found onsite, you may get to choose from a garden, the beach, or a banquet room.

Most importantly, some all-inclusive Jamaica resorts give you a unique opportunity. That is to have a free wedding ceremony. Yes, a free wedding ceremony! Many luxury resorts extend a free standard wedding to guests who meet a minimum stay requirement. This stay requirement varies depending on the Caribbean resort in question, but it is usually three, five, or seven nights. After examining a resort’s free wedding inclusions, you should like what you see. Luckily, affordable upgrades are available if you want more.

3 – The Ability to Combine Your Wedding and Honeymoon

Planning a wedding is a joyous experience, but it can also be stressful and time consuming. Not only that, but you must later plan the honeymoon. The island of Jamaica gives you another unique opportunity. That is to combine your destination wedding and honeymoon into one. Since the island is home to all-inclusive resorts, great restaurants, lots of activities, beautiful beaches, and tropical weather, you will have the honeymoon of your dreams. For your destination wedding, you may have intended to stay two nights. Extend your stay until seven nights for your honeymoon. Plus, this makes it easier to qualify for the above mentioned free wedding that may be offered.

4 – Your Friends and Family Can Come Too

One concern that many couples have about destination weddings surrounds guests. Whether you live in …