Fed up of going to the same old tourist trap destinations and feeling like you’re still in England just with better weather? This year why not try travelling to an unusual destination. You will love the thrill of exploring an area that none of your friends have been to. Here are 5 unusual holiday destinations that will make for an exciting and unique getaway.
Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and it is known for its outdoor areas. Tony Knowles Coastal trail is great for cycling and cross country skiing. Some of the top sites are Kenai Fjords National Park, Alyeska Resort, and Alpenglow at Arctic Valley. Juneau, the capital city is at the base of Mount Roberts at 3819 ft. This city’s wildlife ranges from bears and bald eagles to whales and porpoises. The popular attractions here are Tracy arm, Chicagof Islands, Mount Roberts, Mendenhall Lake and Nugget Falls. Fairbanks lies in the interior region of Alaska and it is a great place to explore the culture of Alaska. Be sure to visit The Fairbanks Ice Museum, Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Pioneer Air Museum, Faribanks Children’s Museum and Fairbanks Community Museum Cruise to the Glacier Bay National Park Reserve for its stunning beauty.
Israel is an amazing country to visit and there are so many delights to discover. Jerusalem the capital of Israel is called the Holy City and a place of worship and pilgrimage for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Tel Aviv has fabulous night life, beaches, traditional architecture, museums, flea markets and minarets. A popular destination is the Dead Sea which is 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. It has mineral rich black mud used for therapy and its hyper saline water makes floating easy. Eilat has fabulous beaches and you can go snorkelling, swimming, boating and diving. If you decide to stay in self-catered accommodation then you can visit the local food market, and take some things back to the villa with you to cook with.
Iceland is a very welcoming country, and if you are thinking of travelling solo, then this is the place to visit as the crime rates are low and there are plenty of laid back bars where you can make new friends. Reykjavík the capital of Iceland is a stunning city with a bustling night life and flea markets to explore. There are many natural attractions to visit in the city and you can visit Gullfoss waterfall, spouting geysers, Thinvellir National Park and view of Mt Esja. Þingvellir is a protected National Park in Iceland with stunning lakes, rocky scenery and a national historical shrine. Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon that borders Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland. It flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic and has blue waters dotted with icebergs. In winter you can view hundreds of seals. Skaftafell is another National Park in Iceland with glaciers, volcanoes and campsites which allows for a beautiful trek through this park.
Rajasthan is a state in northern India that is full of fascinating things to explore, it’ll be worth planning your itinerary in advance or joining some tours to make sure that you get to see everything. Jaipur is the capital city and it is known as the ‘pink city’. In Jaipur you must visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar, an open air astronomical observatory, Amer Fort with elaborate wall paintings and carvings, and Man Sagar Lake has a partially submerged palace. Udaipur has attractions like City Palace that overlooks Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, and the domed Jagmandir Palace. Jaisalmer, formerly a trading centre, has the Jailsalmer Fort and a number of ‘havelis’ which are traditional Rajasthani mansions. You can also go on a camel safari through the sand dunes.
Cuba has white beaches and it is dotted with tobacco fields. Havana, the capital of Cuba, has stunning Spanish colonial architecture. Castillo de la Real Fuerza is a fort and a maritime museum. Old Havana has the baroque Cathedral de San Cristobal. Varadero is a popular beach resort town that attracts many tourists. Viñales National Park has Viñales Valley which is one of the main tobacco producing regions in Cuba. The island of Cayo Inés de Soto is known for its beaches and coral reefs.