A Jewel on the Coast: The Magic of Santa Barbara

When you’re visiting Los Angeles, one of the best trips you can take is to Santa Barbara. Although this beautiful seaside town is about an hour and a half away from the hustle and bustle of the entertainment capital of the world, many somehow pass it by when they’re traveling on the west coast. This is a huge loss, as the drive from Los Angeles‚ using the Pacific Coast Highway, is one of the most magical road trips you’ll ever experience in your life.


First, you’ll smell the salty Malibu air and get a peek at some celebrities’ amazing homes. Then, after the drive is concluded, you’ll find yourself in one of the most quaint, idyllic towns on the west coast. Santa Barbara is a locale that truly has everything. From amazing cuisine to wine tasting opportunities and a gorgeous beach, you’ll never run out of fun activities.


Those who love shopping will want to check out all of the great finds on State Street. The great thing about Santa Barbara is that it is an incredibly convenient place to plan a getaway. Whether you’re spending time in L.A., San Francisco or San Diego, this is one drive that you will never forget. Many people love to comment on the romance of the area, and it’s the perfect West Coast retreat when you want to experience the Pacific Coast in all its glory.


Travelers Name Portland Airport Best in North America

Portland International Airport in Oregon earned top honors as the best large airport in North America in a recent survey by J.D. Power, a leading global market research company.


The J.D. Power 2016 North America Airport Satisfaction Study based its airport rankings on the votes of approximately 39,000 people. All the participants in the survey fly regularly for business or pleasure.


It was the second consecutive year that Portland International Airport captured first place among large North American airports in the survey, which is highly influential in the travel industry.


Voters ranked North American airports in a wide range of relevant categories, including restaurants, beverage options, use of technology, retail stores and security. Portland International Airport finished atop the survey with 786 points on a 1,000-point scale. Tampa International Airport in Florida placed second with 775 points. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas finished third with 759 points.


Travelers awarded Portland International Airport high marks for its pleasant physical appearance, its cleanliness and its efficient navigability. Portland International Airport also earned praise for its exceptional record of on-time flight departures, which is consistently one of the best in the industry.


The selection of amenities for travelers at Portland International Airport also contributed to its top ranking. Aybla Grill offers a fine selection of fresh Middle Eastern fare. Shops offer items such as yoga mats, bicycle helmets and climbing gear. Voters also mentioned the airport’s attractive carpeting, which features unique and colorful designs that reflect the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon’s National Parks Are Receiving Love From Tourism

The national parks of Oregon have been receiving more tourists now then they ever had before. The surge of tourism began in 2013 and has been rapidly growing since then. The Columbia River Gorge attracts the largest crowds in Oregon.


Beverly beach is one of the most popular beaches in the state. There is a public campground that is secluded and hidden by a canopy of large trees. From the campgrounds, there is an underground walkway that brings campers directly towards the beach. It is very popular amongst surfers and families alike.


Fort Stevens west of Astoria is also a primary beach location. The park is right next to the beach and covers over 3,700 square acres of land. There are also three lakes that has people fishing, swimming, canoeing and boating. There is also a historic fort with gun batteries for the public to view. There is well over 200,000 campers that visit this site every year.


The tourist industry in Oregon has grown to over $108 billion and has created over 100,000 jobs. Most of these jobs have been brought to otherwise depressed rural communities.


Although that the tourist boom has helped the state financially, the increase in people can have an impact on the environment. There have been so many people coming that the state has to put a cap on people visiting Opal Creek Scenic Area, Oneonta Gorge and Blue Pool by McKenzie River.


Staying in a Hotel on the West Coast? Don’t Touch These Things

If you are planning a road trip or even a flight to the West Coast, you’re likely going to have a great time no matter where you stay. But if you plan on staying in a hotel, there are some things that you should know.


For the most part, hotels are clean places that you shouldn’t be afraid of. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few things to be wary of in your guest room. Hopefully, your trip to the West Coast of the USA will be a great one, and you won’t even be spending much time in your hotel. But when you are there, try to avoid touching these things.


The remote control


It may come as a surprise to you, but the remote controls in hotel rooms are some of the dirtiest items there. And the truth of the matter is that the maids who clean hotel rooms often overlook the remote controls and don’t even give them a quick swipe with an antibacterial cloth.


The ice bucket


Here is another item that you may be surprised about. The maids simply avoid touching the ice bucket, so watch out for germs.


The comforter on your bed


This one is a little more well known. Most people don’t cuddle up to the comforters n their hotel room beds because they are classically unclean. Your hotel hopefully washes the bedsheets between every guest, but they likely won’t be washing the comforter between every guest. Go ahead and fold this down and try to avoid touching it.


Going to California? They Don’t Have Plastic Bags and Here’s Why

In most states of the Union, when you go to the grocery store or corner shop, the plastic bags that the checkout person puts your items in are free. But in many countries around the world, plastic bags don’t come free when you’re shopping. You either have to pay at least ten cents for each one that you take or you should bring your own reusable bags from home.


This is because plastic bags are a nuisance to our environment. Many countries have chosen to phase out plastic bags for this reason. The bags have become one of the most prominent items in landfills, and they are also clogging up our oceans period


Recently, California decided to ban plastic bags. Single use plastic bags present many troubles for the environment, and in California, they have been phased out for the following reasons.


  1. Plastic bags as garbage cost taxpayers millions, and they never completely go away.


The fact of the matter is that cleaning up plastic bags and other garbage found in oceans and on land costs millions of dollars each year, and you can never completely get rid of this material.


  1. The convenience of plastic bags does not outweigh the long term sustainability problems.


Many people have trouble with the idea of giving up plastic bags because they’re useful, but don’t forget that they’re terrible for the environment. Is it worth it?


  1. Plastic bags are extremely harmful form marine life.


Finally, these bags cause serous problems for marine life, which will eat the bags, choke on them and get stuck in them.


United States is Top Ski Destination in the World

Condé Nast Traveler is happy to report that the U.S. National Ski Areas Association just recently stated that the most popular skiing country in the world is now the United States, which has pulled ahead of France and Switzerland.


How did that happen? The statistics show that, during the winter of 2015–2016, the United States had a six percent hike in its skiing and snowboard visitors for a total of 53.9 million. Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, which is the Pacific Northwest region, had an increase of 142 percent, which more than doubled the two million visits in 2014–2015 to close to five million in 2015–2016.


France, meanwhile, which has held the Number One spot up and down with the United States over recent years, had a drop of three percent, coming in second with 52 million 2015–2016 winter’ skier days’, said the organization Domaines Skiables de France that reports statistics for their ski industry. The definition of a ‘skier day’ is the equivalent of a one-day pass, representing every time a person paid to go skiing. Europe’s Austria, the second most popular skiing destination in Europe, also dropped from the previous winter and finished with 49.9 million.


Deer Valley, Utah, in the Wasatch Mountains was at the top of the list of the “20 best ski resorts in the United States and Canada.”