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10 Best Day Trips from Oslo, Norway

‪Oslo is the culturally rich and diverse Norwegian capital that’s also surrounded by fjords and nearly unspoilt forest. There’s a lot to see here from its distinct architecture to historic structures and museums, and you do not even have to go far to commune with nature as it has lots of green spaces. However, Norway has got more to offer and a good number of them are easily accessed from Oslo and can be explored within several hours. Here’s some of those places that will surely get you out if Oslo, even for a day. ‬

10 Best Day Trips from Oslo, Norway


1. Oslo Fjords

Oslo Fjords

No trip to Oslo is complete without exploring its fjords, and the best way to do it is on foot or on a cruise that takes you through the stunning bodies of water that surrounds a good part of the Norwegian capital. A cruise tour of the fjords allow you to see most of the attractions on a completely different perspective, stopping at certain destinations for you to fully enjoy them. Make sure you join a guided tour that’ll take you to Vigeland Park with its 200 bronze and granite statues, or the FRAM Museum to see the polar ship farm. Enjoy the relaxing cruise and take in the idyllic scenery as you get to know more of Norway’s capital in one of the best day tours from Oslo. 

Opening Hours

January–March: (Monday–Saturday) 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM  (Sunday) 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
April: (Monday–Saturday) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Sunday) 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Easter: 15–22 April: (Every day) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
May–June: (Monday–Sunday) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
July–August: (Monday–Saturday) 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Sunday) 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adults – 24 hours:    445 NOK (≈ 46 EUR)  48 hours: 655 NOK (≈ 67 EUR)  72 hours: 820 NOK (≈ 84 EUR)

Children- 24 hours:    235 NOK (≈ 24 EUR)  48 hours: 325 NOK (≈ 33 EUR)   72 hours: 410 NOK (≈ 42 EUR)

Seniors- 24 hours:    355 NOK (≈ 36 EUR)  48 hours: 520 NOK (≈ 53 EUR)  72 hours: 655 NOK (≈ 67 EUR)

Contact Information

Address: OSLOFJORDEN, OSLO, NORWAY

Email: POST@VISITOSLOFJORD.NET

To book, click here. 

2. Oslo off the beaten path

When in Oslo and you want to try something apart from exploring its lovely cityscapes, try renting a bike and wander through side streets and alleys to discover some of the city’s hidden gems. Follow the bike path at the Akerselva River to enjoy nature right at the heart of the city. Sample Norwegian food at the Mathallen indoor food market, and make sure you buy some brown cheese. Cycle through interesting neighborhoods like the hippie Grünerløkka or the historic and culturally diverse Grønland. By late afternoon, you’d be craving for something different from your Oslo day tour so climb up the modern Opera and enjoy stunning views of the city you just explored on a bike for the past few hours, against the backdrop of the setting sun or early evening sky. 

Contact Information

Phone: +47.41266496

Address: NEDRE SLOTTSGATE 4, 0157 OSLO

Email: INFO@VIKINGBIKING.COM

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3. Pulpit Rock / Preikestolen

Pulpit Rock / Preikestolen

Only a few hours from the Norway capital is something for the more active, adventurous type. The spectacular Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen is a moderate hike that takes a couple of hours to complete the six-kilometer ascent to the cliff. On top, you are rewarded with a stunning view ever the Lysefjord and nearby areas. It’s quite an unforgettable experience as you’ll also be standing on the exact location of the dramatic opening sequence of the latest Mission: Impossible film. 

Opening Hours

Jun 22, 2019 – Aug 25, 2019
Daily1:00 PM–5:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: Fjord Norge AS Torggaten 3, 5014 Bergen, Norway

Email: nfo@fjordnorway.com

To book, click here. 

4. Oslomarka

Spend a day at the hills, about 500 meters above the city and enjoy some relaxing time in Marka, Europe’s largest urban forest. While there, you also get to experience unparalleled views of Oslo and its fjords. You can navigate this urban paradise on foot, or you can rent a bike and cycle around. Marka has so many lakes that you can either just relax by the shore, or even swim. This Oslo day trip also takes you to Frognerseteren where you can admire 29yh century Norwegian buildings and monuments, as well as Vettakollen, a lookout point that has some of the best views over the city. 

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5. Bygdøy / Viking Ships Museum

Bygdøy / Viking Ships Museum

A part of Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History, the fascinating Viking Ships Museum has the best-preserved Viking ships in the world. It is located in the Bygdøy peninsula just four miles west of Oslo, this museum also houses a variety of finds from Viking tombs in fjords of Oslo. One of the most interesting day trips from Oslo, a visit to this museum as well as to other attractions in the Bygdøy peninsula shouldn’t be missed. It is pretty accessible by car or public transport, and offers interesting places to visit. Apart from the Viking Ships, Bygdøy also has pristine beaches, forests perfect for hiking, lakes and parks. Even if Bygdøy is home to other attractions such as the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Norway and the organic farm Royal Manor, the place remains pretty much unspoiled, making it an ideal place for a quick break from the city hustle. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Admission Fee

Under 18 years Free entrance 0.00
Adults Admission 100.00
Senior/Student Admission 80.00
Groups min. 10 pers. Per person 50.00

Contact Information

Phone:+47 22 85 66 66

Address: University of OsloP.O. Box 1072 Blindern 0316 Oslo

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6. Kristiansand

Kristiansand

As the biggest city in the south of Norway, Kristiansand gets a yearly influx of visitors. It is a popular family destination and holiday resort, making it one of the best day trips from Oslo.

This charming town prides itself on its beaches, as well as its vibrant cultural scene. It is also a known shopping destination and a family-friendly place with one of the best parks in the country and a zoo. Kristiansand also serves as a gateway to the villages in the southern coast of Norway and the inland region of Setesdalen.

Contact Information

Phone: 47 38 00 60 00

Address: Gravane 4 P. O. Box 114 Kristiansand 4662 Norway

Email: post@kristiansand-havn.no

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7. Drøbak Christmas Town

From Oslo, you can reach Drøbak via a 50-minute bus ride but if you want to fully experience the sights, most suggest to take the boat which takes an hour and a half. A boat ride costs less also, which makes it an even more worthwhile day trip from Oslo. On the boat, you get to tour the Oslofjord and enjoy the fantastic scenery. 

Drøbak locals take pride in their town!s beaches, fresh seafood and Christmas village, but the majority of tourists go here for the Oscarsborg. It was a fortress that held off German troops during the second world war and is open to the public for tours. You can wander through the grounds, visit the old castle and check out the museum. Make sure you visit the Drøbak Town Square, which is a good place to shop. It hosts a massive open-air market during summer and a Christmas market every December. Another must-visit is the Drøbak Aquarium, which is adjacent to the Tourist Information Center. This aquarium is open all year round and features marine life that’s native to the Drøbak Strait.

Opening Hours

All Year
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Jan 1, 2019 – Dec 31, 2020
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +47 64935087

Address: 0158 Oslo, Norway

Email: tom.kristiansen@frogn.kommune.no

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8. Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Located in the northwestern part of Oslo is Norway’s most popular ski attraction: the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Situated in the stunning wooded hills, the structure provides visitors the chance to learn Norway’s ski history, encourages them to try the ski jump via a simulator and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo from the hills. You can stop by Holmenkollen if you’re going to or from Oslomarka as it’s on the way, but it’s recommended to spend more than just a couple of hours here because the place is packed with things to do and see. It’s a fun, interesting place and definitely one of the best Oslo days trips you’ll experience. 

Opening Hours

October – April  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

May and September 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

June, July and August 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

There will be shorter opening hours on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and 17.May.

Admission Fee

Adult 140 NOK

Child 70 NOK (6- 18 year)

Family 350 NOK (2 adults and 2 children)

Student/Senior: 120 NOK

Guide 1200 KR (needs to be pre-booked)

Contact Information

Phone: +47 91671947

Address: Kongeveien 5, Oslo

Email: post@skiforeningen.no

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9. Grünerløkka

Grünerløkka

Get acquainted with a different but fascinating side of Oslo and explore its Bohemian neighbored Grünerløkka. Originally an industrial hub teeming with factory workers, this area is now a cultural hotspot for trendy young locals. The streets are lined with a variety of boutiques, quirky cafes, restaurants that serve international cuisine and a vibrant bar scene. During weekends, shops close as the Grünerløkka park hosts an antique market that’s another must-see in Oslo. 

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10. Gressholmen, Lindøya and Hovedøya Islands

Gressholmen, Lindøya and Hovedøya Islands

A unique day tour from Oslo where you get to combine sn impromptu history lesson with a fun visit to the islands is through a visit to Gressholmen, Lindøya, and Hovedøya. Usually all part of a guided tour, this is a great way to know more about Oslo and the rest of Norway. Gressholmen is where you’ll find a nature park with lush forestry, dramatic cliffs, and pristine beaches. Lindoya, meanwhile, is a picturesque island village with traditional wooden houses and pretty gardens, with lush hills and quiet beaches where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. Lastly, the main island of Hovedoya is one that’s rich in ancient history. It has well-preserved ruins. rocky beaches and lookout points that offers magnificent views over the nearby Oslo as well as its surrounding islands.

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10 Best Day Trips from Reykjavik, Iceland 

‪Iceland has to be one of those countries with the most stunning landscapes, it’s almost otherworldly. It’s capital city, meanwhile, is an interesting hotspot for culture and the arts, as evident in the many quirky yet intriguing structures around the city.

Reykjavik is also an ideal starting point if you want to explore Iceland, because its close to most of the country’s iconic attractions like the Blue Lagoon or Sifra. Pack your bags and sturdy shoes, and cross out each item in this list of some of the best day trips from Reykjavik, Iceland. ‬

10 Best Day Trips from Reykjavik, Iceland

1. Landmannalaugar: The Pearl of the Highlands

Landmannalaugar The Pearl of the Highlands

It can be pretty challenging and it’s not easily accessible, but Landmannalaugar remains to be one of the best day trips from Reykjavik. The landscape is often described as otherworldly — with colorful mountains and smoking hillsides, accessed by a hike across massive, ash-covered plains. The hike can be strenuous as you’ll have to walk on lava fields but well worth it as you get to see and experience the stunning Icelandic highlands.

Going to Landmannalaugar from Reykjavik takes almost four hours each way so make sure you plan your trip as well as the means to get to the area for your convenience. 

Opening Hours

open every day From 8:00 am – 7:00 pm GTM.

Contact Information

Phone:+354 8632139

Address: Mánatún 17, 105 Reykjavík Iceland

Email: info@hiticeland.com

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2. South Coast

South Coast

You can’t be in Iceland and not visit the South Coast. It is an iconic region and with good reason. Just a little over two hours from the capital, this is such an ideal Reykjavik day trip as there’s a lot to see and do, With its black sand beaches, ocean views and waterfalls, the South Coast remains on top of the most-visited parts of Iceland. Even the scenic drive to Vik, the southernmost village in the region should be something to look forward to. Once there, make sure you visit the Seljalandsfoss, which is a waterfall you can walk behind and the picture-perfect Skogafoss. Not to be missed is the Dyrholaey‘s dramatic cliffs and sea arch, and the Reynisdranger Black Sand Beach with its basalt sea stacks. 

Opening Hours

April – May: 8:30 – 8:00
June – March: 8:30 – 10:00

Contact Information

Phone: +354-551-3600

Address: Laugavegur 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland 

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3. Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes Peninsula is located about two hours to the Northwest of Reyjkavik, which makes it pretty accessible for a day trip. There’s so much of Iceland’s diverse natural wonders to see here, such as the Kirkjufell which is the perfect backdrop for the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. The place is very scenic and there’s more to explore like the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which can be hiked on a good weather. Snaefellsnes is also home to the Búðir Church, a 19th-century century wooden structure, Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum and the Gerðuberg basalt columns that juts out of the peninsula’s landscape. 

Opening Hours

1st June – 30th September 10:00 – 17:00 (weekdays)
10:00 – 17:00 (Saturdays)
10:00 – 17:00 (Sundays)
1st October – 31st May 11:00 – 16:00 (on weekdays) and closed on weekends.

Contact Information

Phone: +354-6932150

Address:  12 Skógarhlíð, 105 Reykjavík Iceland.

Email: info@anothericeland.com

To book, click here. 

4. Golden Circle

golden circle

Going to the Golden Circle from Reykjavik maybe a bit longer than most day trips but it’s well worth it. It’s also quite popular and definitely one of those Reykjavik day tours that you simply must try. There are guided tours on offer but if you want to explore at your own oace, it’s also recommended to do so. While there, you should check out the Thingvellier National Park, which is the first in Iceland and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, you should see the Geysir, a geothermal area with geysers and mud pots. After that, make sure you visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfalls, which is said to have prompted the people behind ‘Game of Thrones’ to film certain scenes in Iceland. 

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5. Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell National Park

If you’re in Iceland and want to really experience its natural beauty and not just see it, the perfect activity would be to go on a hiking tour in one of its diverse national parks. Skaftafell has scenic landscapes, hiking trails, and generally good weather most times of the year. Close to the capital, this is a worthwhile day tour from Reykjavik with a variety of natural wonders unique to Iceland all in a day full of hiking, exploring and enjoying the scenery. Pack your hiking gear and set out early to experience Skaftafell. Most hiking trails are short, but they’d take you to some amazing places such as the Svartifoss waterfall and the Skaftafellsjökull glacier, or if you want to head further out the Morsárdalur valley. This park is also the ideal base if you want to climb Iceland‘s highest mountain peak, the Hvannadalshnjúkur.

Opening Hours

January – February: 10-18
March-May: 9-18
June – August: 8-19
September – October: 9-18
November – December: 10-18

Contact Information

Phone: +354 4708300

Address: Vatnajökull National Park Skaftafellsstofa 785 Öraefi ICELAND

Email:skaftafell@vjp.is

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6. Game of Thrones Locations

Iceland’s diverse, dramatic landscape provided the perfect backdrop for some of the most memorable scenes in the hit HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones. Relive those scenes right where they happened, in one of the best day tours from Reykjavik. See the places where Drogon the dragon hunted for goats, or where the Hound and Brienne of Tarth fought for Arya or the narrow passageway to the Eyrie called the Bloody Gate.

Most of these scenes are held in national parks which are also UNESCO World Heritage sites, magnificent waterfalls, in valleys and rustic villages that you’ll easily find whether you join a tour or explore on your own.

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7. Blue Lagoon

blue lagoon

A perfect treat after all the exploring, hiking and climbing through Iceland’s rough, dramatic landscapes is a dip at the legendary Blue Lagoon. Located close to Iceland’s main airport and accessible from the capital, this is an ideal Reykjavik day trip. The Blue Lagoon is massive, a geothermally treated pool that has a pristine blue color. Here, you can just relax, enjoy the surrounding scenery ir smear mud on your face which is said to have some healing properties. Around the lagoon, there are accommodations and restaurants if you want to stay longer. It is recommended to book your visit in advance though to avail of packages and for your convenience. 

Opening Hours

21-23 December   8:00 – 9:00
  24 December   8:00 – 3:00
  25 December   8:00 – 4:00
  26-30 December   8:00 – 9:00
  31 December   8:00 – 5:00
  1 January   8:00 – 9:00

Admission Fee

4800 ISK or 35 Euros.

Contact Information

Phone: +354 519 79 99

Address:Borgartún 26 105 Reykjavík

Email: info@guidetoiceland.is

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8. Silfra

Silfra

A unique ue day trip from Reykjavik that you must try is Sifra. It’s basically a crack between two tectonic plates where you can swim, snorkel or if you have a license, you can dive. These plates are the Eurasian and North American plates, found at the Þingvallavatn lake in Þingvellir National Park. It can be reached in just an hour by hus from Reykjavik. There is no actual marine life in the crack but the water in Sifra is so clear you can see for miles underneath, where it’s mostly rocks. The water is so clean you can actually drink it. It’s freezing cold though but the tour operators provide visitors with waterproof dry and wet suits for protection. 

Admission Fee

entrance fee (1000 ISK)

Contact Information

Phone: +354-519-3777

Address: Iceland Adventure Tours  Reiđvađ 7 110 Reykjavík, Iceland

Email:

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9. Thrihnukagigur Volcano

Thrihnukagigur Volcano

A unique day trip from Reykjavik that quite literally takes you to the center of the earth, a visit to Thrihnukagigur Volcano shouldn’t be missed. Close to the Icelandic capital, Thrihnukagigur’s original Icelandic name is the hard to pronounce ‘Þríhnúkagígur’ which means ‘three peaks crater. The dormant volcano indeed has three craters, and visitors can actually descend through one of those craters in an elevator that descends into the magma chamber. Thrihnukagigur is the only volcano in the world that provides visitors with this one of a kind experience and definitely something you shouldn’t miss if you’re in Reykjavik. 

Contact Information

Phone: +354 519 5609

Address: Skútuvogur 2, IS-104 Reykjavik

Email: info@insidethevolcano.com

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10. Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Seeing the Aurora Borealis or the mystical Northern Lights is part of almost everyone’s must experience when in Iceland. Around its capital Reykjavik, there are tour operators that organize trips and it’s recommended to join one as the package includes a local guide. A local guide is useful because they know the best places to see the Northern lights, which is ideally a vast, open space with very minimal light pollution. Each tour also guarantees that if there are no northern lights on that night, they give a free ticket for the next night. The best time for aurora borealis sightings are during months outside of the summer season. 

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sat-Sun: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +354 490 6006

Address: Flugvallarbraut 752 235 Reykjanesbær, Iceland

Email: info@deluxeiceland.is

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9 Best Day Trips From Osaka, Japan

Located in Western Japan or Kansai region is Osaka, a fascinating city rich in culture and history, a wealth of attractions and unique experiences. You can’t just get enough of Osaka, but the Kansai region has so much to offer, and it prides itself as being worlds apart from Tokyo in the east.

Visit the country’s most beautiful castle, an island connected by a bridge, mystical castle ruins and a city that seems trapped in time. Leave Osaka for a day and you’ll see another side of Japan. Here are some of the best places you can acquaint yourself with, all just a train ride away from Osaka.

9 Best Day Trips From Osaka, Japan

best day trips from osaka

1. Kyoto

Kyoto

About 25 miles northeast of Osaka, Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan and a must-visit destination. The bullet train from Osaka reaches Kyoto in 14 minutes, or 25 minutes if you take the rapid service rail. Head off early and prepare for a jam-packed but unforgettable day of exploring Kyoto’s unique attractions and sampling the local cuisine.

Kyoto’s 1,600 temples and Shinto shrines are an important part of the city and its culture, and it’s a must to visit at least a few of these.

There’s also the rich history associated with Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace, the food at Nishiki market, the geisha culture, the impressive gardens and parks, and the traditional arts. And a trip to Kyoto isn’t n complete without visiting the breathtaking Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

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2. Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

The magnificent Himeji Castle, also known as Shirasagi, is one of the prettiest castles in the country and is regarded as a national treasure. Also called the White Heron Castle, this is one day tour from Osaka that’s not to be missed. To reach Himeji from Osaka, either hop on the Shinkansen which takes around 35 minutes, or the local train which takes roughly an hour.

The stunning castle that we see now has been through a lot – fires, wars and earthquakes, and a significant restoration before re-opening in 2015. The towers built in traditional Japanese feudal style is quite stunning, and the building is like a Japanese version of a fairytale castle.

The massive complex has over 80 buildings and many acres of parkland surrounding it. It also has a massive garden that you can explore at your own leisure.

3. Hiroshima

Still, a lenghty trip even via high-speed rail at almost three hours, a trip to Hiroshima is still worth the time. A rather sobering, but inspiring day trip from Osaka, it’s hard to believe now that this beautiful city had a dark history. It will forever be remembered as being where the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6th, 1945.

Today, Hiroshima is known as the world’s “peace capital” because of the many attractions focusing on this devastating historic event, and the need to ensure it never happens again.

A must visit is the picturesque Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the Peace Memorial Museum; the Memorial Cenotaph; the Flame of Peace; and the famous Atom Bomb Dome, with its ruins of the old Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Make sure you also try the city’s version of the Okonomiyaki, which has quite a unique twist on its ingredients.

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4. Awaji Island

Awaji Island

Awaji Island is attached to Akashi City by the world’s longest suspension bridge: the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. An hour via a combined train ride train from Osaka and ferry from Akashi, this small island provides visitors with so much to see and do.

There are the natural hot springs and centuries-old castle in Sumoto, the main city. You can also explore the Awaji Yumebutai which has the largest greenhouse in Japan, built on the excavation sites for the Kansai International Airport.

Down south is the town of Fukura where you can catch a ferry to see the Naruto whirlpools and Naruto Bridge. Another must-see is the Awaji Joruri Puppet Theater which displays the island’s tradition of Ningyo Joruri puppet theater.

5. Wakayama

Usually a stop-off for people on the way to hike the Kumano Kodo or view the Nachi Falls, Wakayama is a city that also deserves a day of exploration. It is a unique day tour from Osaka that showcases another side of Japan, an hour and a half away by rail. Make sure you see the castle tower at the city center, then stroll through Oda Park which has plenty of temples and shrines to visit.

Have lunch and some unusual entertainment by checking out the tuna-filleting displays which happen three times a day at Kuroshio Market. Try out some fresh seafood at the many restaurants there and take home some.

If you want to head out of town for the afternoon, hop on a short train ride to Kada to see its National Park which has a free shuttle bus that will tour you around to see onsen that’s set against picture-perfect scenery.

Or you may take the train to Kishi to meet the world-famous train station cat Nitama. This takes 35 minutes from Wakayama and has some picture perfect views on the way.

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6. Tokyo

Tokyo

Over two hours via shinkansen might be lengthy, but Tokyo is a worthwhile day trip from Osaka. Set out early and get ready for a long day. Tokyo is a colorful, friendly city, and a lovely mix of fascinating history, architecture, culture, technology, and great food. Only a whole day in here sounds like it’s impossible to fully experience it, but it can be done.

When you arrive, get a hearty breakfast at Tsukiji Market, which is also a great place for a morning stroll. Get a glimpse of history and culture in the Sensoji temple and the vibrant nNakimase Dori street. Head up the Tokyo Skytree for stunning views of the city, or just a good distance away to get a nice photo. Walk around the Yoyogi Park and Meiji Temple, where you might even catch a wedding procession.

Make sure you try some bento lunch, which you can even get from a convenience store. Tokyo streets and districts have their own distinct personality so it’s a must to see them.

Akihabara for all things techie, Ginza for shopping, Shibuya to witness the mad scramble during rush hour and Takeshita Street for the animé vibe. As evening comes, buy some Tokyo souvenirs or have dinner in Shinjuku then marvel at the vibrant neon signs along the street. That’s got to be the best way to end your day, something that’s undeniably Tokyo.

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7. Nara

Relatively remote by Japanese standards, Nara is a historic city that’s less than an hour by train from Osaka. Looking as if untouched by time, Nara’s many fine old buildings and streets makes it a unique day trip from Osaka. It’s home to the historic Nijo Castle, as well as many temples and shrines.

Another must visit is the Todai-ji temple, which is a Unesco World Heritage site. Todai-ji is home to the Big Buddha Hall, and the largest bronze Great Buddha statues ever built. The area around Todai-ji is flourishing with museums, monuments, and temples, all of which are worth the visit. Take a break and enjoy some snacks at the massive Nara Park, which you can share with one or two of its 200 deers. If you’re into some strange adventure, check out the desolate Nara amusement park, a popular destination for those into abandoned places.

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8. Takeda Castle ruins

 

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An ideal excursion for the more active types who want to go somewhere different is a hike into the mystical remains of Takeda Castle. Constructed in 1411, it was abandoned during the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. It eventually fell into disrepair before it was restored during the 1980s.

It is now open to the public and one of the most magical Osaka day trips. Often surrounded by mist and known as the “castle in the sky”, it is especially beautiful when the mist appears. There are no actual buildings still in the site, but you can see the layout of the fortress and surrounding wings.

Getting to the castle ruins involves 40 minutes of intense hiking, but well worth it once you reach the top. From March to November you can catch a bus that will take you to a point 20 minutes from the castle, so make sure you check the schedules. Takeda castle ruins are reached via rail from Osaka which takes around a couple of hours so make sure you go early.

9. Kobe

A port town that’s best known for its beef and sake, Kobe has long been a melting pot of cultures and culinary marvels. About 15 minutes via shinkansen or 30 minutes via private rail, this is one exciting Osaka day tour you shouldn’t miss. Kobe is a small city where most attractions are within walking distance from one another.

Make sure to visit Kobe Maritime Museum, which has a great collection of amazing quality model ships. There’s also the Kobe City Hall where you can enjoy some great views of the city, completely free of charge.

Check out the Animal Kingdom in Kobe, which is a modern version of wildlife in the city where animals walk free (excluding lions, bears, elephants, etc.). Kobe also has a thriving China Town, which is so developed due to Kobe being a key Japanese port.

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12 Best Day Trips From New Orleans, Louisiana

The birthplace of jazz and home to the Mardi Gras, New Orleans boasts of a number of diverse attractions and fun things to do. A city rich in history and culture, fully exploring New Orleans may take most of your time while you’re there. But how about venturing out for a day to see more of Louisiana and its neighboring states? Most are just quick drives away, and you can already be somewhat completely different. Go gator spying in otherworldly swamps, soak up the sun in one of the best beaches in the country, get inside a NASA facility, a glimpse of history in a plantation and even a safari experience. Check out some of the best day trips from New Orleans and make sure you include them in your itinerary.

12 Best Day Trips From New Orleans, Louisiana

1. Shell Beach, LA

Shell Beach, LA

Located in Southeast Louisiana, Shell Beach is a bit remote and best for just relaxing, chilling, and fishing. There aren’t any hotels here, which makes it a perfect New Orleans day trip. Just an hour away from the Big Easy, Shell Beach is situated on the Gulf Outlet Canal near Lake Borgne. Enjoy the peace and quiet and scenic views with each turn, a perfect respite from exploring the city. Make sure you visit the nearby Bayou Segnette State Park if you want to go boating, swimming, and canoeing.

2. The Louisiana Bayous

The Louisiana Bayous

There are bayous right in New Orleans, most of them part of some of its parks, and there’s more scattered all over the Louisiana state. Most are just quick drives away, which makes for a great day trip from New Orleans.

Head into the depths of Cajun Country, explore the stunning wetlands and even get lost in some of the more interesting history and myths about each of them, like the otherworldly Manchac Swamp with its distinctive flora and fauna. Bayous are best explored in the waters, so make sure you book a boat trip and hire experienced guides.

Best seen by water, be sure to book a boat trip through the bayous. Drift dreamily through the murky wetlands, and watch out for the amazing animals concealed amongst the foliage. Keep an eye out for alligators, snakes, and deer and listen to myths and legends of the area as told by experienced captains who can navigate the waterways even with their eyes closed

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3. Spot Gators at Honey Island Swamp

Spot Gators at Honey Island Swamp

Louisiana has a great number of bayous with unique indigenous plant and marine life you can explore. A good number of those who visit these places, however, are there to spot gators. Honey Island Swamp northeast of the Big Easy is one of those perfect for gator spying, and it’s just 45 minutes away by car. Check out gators in their natural habitat, but make sure you take a professional with you for safety reasons. The area has plenty of guides that would love to go with you through the wonders of the swampy bayous of Honey Island Swamp in a flat-bottom boat or airboat.

4. Lake Charles

The picturesque Lake Charles is just a few hours away from New Orleans and it’s got everything for a perfect day trip.  Here, you can enjoy delicious food, lively nightlife and great expanses of stunning nature. Lake Charles also hosts many festivals every year, where you get to experience a different side to Louisiana’s diverse culture.

The city is also home to the largest Mardi Gras Museum in the world, featuring bright costumes and floats on display. Surrounded by gorgeous wetlands, you can also explore and see a different side of Lake Charles via a boat trip on its waters.

5. John C. Stennis Space / INFINITY Science Visitors Center, MS

John C. Stennis Space / INFINITY Science Visitors Center, MS

Just over the border from Louisiana and a quick one hour drive, this Mississippi NASA site makes for a fun day tour from New Orleans. The Stennis Center is restricted access though, so if you can’t get in, check out the adjacent INFINITY Science Visitors. This place offers massive exhibits as well as the opportunity to actually go check out the top-secret NASA facility next door, while on a guided tour.

6. Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Regarded as one of the best beaches in the country, Pensacola is just an easy three-hour drive from the Big Easy. It’s a nice day trip from New Orleans if you wish to be somewhere different for a day. Here, you can soak up the sun, enjoy the clear blue waters and white sand. It’s near the Gulf Islands National Seashore where you can hike through salt marshes, kayak, bird walk and it’s also a great location for stargazing. Make sure you check out Pensacola’s thriving arts community, with its symphonies, ballets, and a rock ‘n roll music hall. There’s also a lot of art galleries and museums you can visit in between hanging out at the beach.

7. Whitney Plantation

 

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Plantation touring can be a sensitive subject, but the Whitney Plantation is specifically geared to educate the public about the lives of slaves and the institution of slavery. A sobering New Orleans day trip that’s meant to inform and enlighten, a visit here is bound to be unforgettable. You can wander through the visitor center exhibits on your own, but if you want to see the plantation grounds in full, you’d have to plan ahead and book online. The Whitney Plantation is 45 miles West of New Orleans, and about a one-hour drive away.

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8. Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

New Orleans may be the popular city but the capital of Louisiana is actually Baton Rouge. This capital city has a lot to offer — delicious Southern cuisine, interesting museums, amusement parks and more. There’s just a diverse range of activities for you to explore here. Make sure you check out the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, which has great exhibitions on show. There’s also the African American Museum for those looking to learn more about the local Louisiana culture. If you’re up for something exciting, head to the Blue Bayou Water Park and get on the massive Conja water slide.

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9. Abita Springs, LA

Abita Springs, LA

Home to Abita Brewing, which is Louisiana’s oldest and largest brewery, Abita Springs is an easy day trip from New Orleans as it’s just an hour drive away. Located 45 miles north, the small, the sleepy town has park and trailhead that’s perfect for easy strolls and relaxing. It also has a historic pavilion and museum that you can visit. Although the eponymous springs no longer flow freely above ground, this water is used to make the beer-making this town and the brewery famous.

The town is also home to the Abita Mystery House. It’s a converted gas station which houses a lot of random and strange things.  It’s like walking into a hoarder’s apartment, only all the that’s inside are really cool to look at.

10. Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

The largest river swamp in the USA, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area has endless waterways and a number of diverse ecosystems. Just over two hours outside of the city, this is an ideal day trip if you want to explore Louisiana’s swamps. Whether by foot or on a bike, the park has trails and paths you can weave through. You can also take to the water and paddle your way among the submerged trees. Make sure you have your camera with you, as Atchafalaya has some mesmerizing landscapes and dramatic sceneries.

11. Gulfport/Biloxi/Ocean Springs, MS

Just an hour and a half drive from New Orleans, you’ll reach some gorgeous Mississippi coastal towns. Each town has its own distinct personality and things to offer that makes for a fun day trip from New Orleans. Check out one of the area’s many oceanside casinos, including the luxe Beau Rivage in Biloxi, just to have a feel of the scene. If you’re craving for some local beer, there’s  Crooked Letter in Ocean Springs or Mississippi Brewing Company in Gulfport. For some unique art and architecture, go check out the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi which features the work of “The Mad Potter of Biloxi,” George Ohr, housed in a Frank Gehry-designed building. After all, that town-hopping hit the sand anywhere on that stretch and relax before heading back to New Orleans.

12. Global Wildlife Safari

Global Wildlife Safari

A perfect New Orleans day trip for animal lovers is found in Folsom, Louisiana. The 900-acre Global Wildlife Center is the largest totally free-roaming wildlife reserve of its kind in the country. This massive sanctuary is home to over 4,000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world.  When you visit, you’ll come face to face with bison, giraffes, zebras, camels, eland, and more. You’re guaranteed a fun day here where you get to experience safari without leaving Louisiana.

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12 Best Day Trips from Savannah, Georgia

Known as “the hostess of the South”, the beautiful city of Savannah is one of Georgia’s most charming destinations, and with its trademark southern hospitality, it seems like you can just stay here during your trip. However, Savannah is also close to and surrounded by a number of equally wonderful destinations – from riverside parks to gorgeous islands, headlands, and beaches to a bustling metropolis. Most are just quick drives from downtown Savannah, and worthy to spend a day in. Here’s a list of some of those destinations to help you plan perfect day trips from Savannah, Georgia.

12 Best Day Trips from Savannah

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1. Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

 

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A 10-minute drive across the river from downtown Savannah quite literally takes you into the wild. Welcome to Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, a former site of rice plantations in the 1800s and now a wide expanse of woodland and marsh. The place is ideal for a scenic drive, a canoe ride, a picnic, and checking out a variety of animals — making it one of the best day trips from Savannah.

Here you can spot alligators, and sightings are almost guaranteed. There are also bald eagles and otters, deer and squirrels and if you’re lucky you might just see the rare feral hog. You can also hike along the scenic trails which are well marked, so there’s little danger of getting lost.

2. Golden Isles

Golden Isles is made up of the barrier islands to the south of Georgia that juts into the Atlantic. These make up the gorgeous coastline that has secluded sandy beaches and beautiful, ancient forests. The most popular and easily accessible islands are Jekyll Island, St Simons Island and Sea Island. A great day trip from Savannah, this place is easily reached via a short drive where you’ll pass by stunning scenery down the coast. Make sure you check out one of the best spots known as Driftwood Beach, named after the intriguing arrangements of driftwood that can be found there.

3. Bluffton, South Carolina

 

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Bluffton in South Carolina is less than an hour by car northeast from Savannah and the place to be if you want to enjoy a relaxing but filling day, as this place is a hot spot for good food. Bluffton is situated along the May River and a place that exemplifies the heart of Lowcountry river town living.  This quaint town depends on the river for much of its livelihood which includes seafood markets and oyster farms.

The streets of Bluffton are lined with shops selling things like creations from local artists as well as fun Lowcountry souvenirs. There are also a few small craft breweries around town, such as Salt Marsh Brewing which also shares a space with a great burger joint called Fat Patties.

4. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island

Crossing the border into South Carolina, you’ll find Hilton Head Island. It’s only 40 minutes from the city of Savannah, this is the ideal day trip if you’re looking for a nice place to both relax and enjoy.

The island has some of the best beaches in the country, as well as some of the best golf courses in the world. Head on to the popular Coligny Beach, where you can enjoy a game of volleyball, rent bikes, or simply relax at one of the many seafront bars.

5. Skidaway Island

Skidaway Island

Skidaway Island is only 25 minutes away from downtown Savannah, a great day excursion as it has so much to offer. It is home to the wildlife-laden Skidaway Island State Park, which is strangely situated on salt flats and marshlands slightly inland from the coast.

Deers and waterfowls and crabs are just among to see in Skidaway and you can observe them from the various trails and viewing platforms built around the state park.

6. Palmetto Bluff, SC

 

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A more upscale community situated among thousands of acres of wild forest, Palmetto Bluff is divided into various neighborhoods of luxury homes. Check out the activities along the May River such as canoeing, paddleboarding, fishing charters and trips on the resort’s ow antique motor yacht, “Grace.”

You can ride bikes or golf carts while exploring Palmetto Bluff, where you can see tree houses nestled in the woods. There are also tennis and croquet clubs, or you can just wander through the scenic trails that wind through the forest.

7. Tybee Island

Savannah may be short on great beach areas, but you can always go on a thirty-minute drive to Tybee Island. An easy day tour from Savannah, Tybee has wide beaches, fun restaurants, and bars spread in its cozy downtown.

A popular stop is The Original Crab Shack,  located off a side street from the main highway, which also has a gator pond you can look at. Closer to the main pier are other fun dining options, or you can buy some light drinks to go which you can bring while you stroll along the beach.

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8. Atlanta

Atlanta

One of the more exciting days trips from Savannah, a visit to vibrant Atlanta should be on your list. It’s a city that still resonates with that unmistakeable southern spirit and hospitality, and just a three-hour drive from Savannah so make sure you set out early.

Atlanta offers everything, from its diverse food scene to probably one of the most dynamic arts cultures in the southeast. The city also has music for practically every taste, it’s impossible not to stay entertained while in Atlanta, even for a day.

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9. Beaufort, SC

Beaufort, SC

A gorgeous waterfront town that’s rich in history, Beaufort is the second oldest town in South Carolina. You can download a map and go on a self-guided tour but it’s best to hire a local to take you around. Visit and marvel at stately homes and hear the intriguing stories behind each one. Walk through avenues lined with live oak trees, with moss dramatically hanging in them. You may also check out activities such as sports fishing and horseback riding.

10. Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Located northeast of Savannah is the charming town of Charleston. Steeped in history, the town is home to beautiful colonial architecture, particularly in some of its churches, such as the gorgeous Huguenot Church. It’s a nice day trip from Savannah if you want to experience being in another town in Georgia. Stroll through the Waterfront Park and admire the picturesque fountains. There’s also Folly Beach if you want to relax on the sand after exploring the town. Also called  “the edge of America” here is where you’ll find surf spots and quaint bars.

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11. Francis Marion National Forest

Francis Marion National Forest

Less than three of hours drive from Savannah is the Francis Marion National Forest — named after a revolutionary war hero. This haven shares the same coastline as Savannah and where you’ll find done stunning natural wonders – mountains, waterways, and waterfalls that are all easily reached through hiking, biking or rafting down the Chattooga River.

12. Isle of Hope

Isle of Hope Savannah

Originally a summer resort for the wealthy in the 1840s, the charming community of Isle of Hope is now a showcase of rural antebellum life. About 10 miles south of downtown, Isle of Hope is the perfect place for a lazy afternoon stroll, an ideal Savannah day trip if you want to just relax. The place is home to authentically restored cottages and beautiful homes, as well as the best views of the Wilmington River.

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9 Best Day Trips From Kyoto, Japan

A wonderful base from which to go on fun day trips to some interesting destinations nearby, Kyoto is also one of Japan’s largest and most visited cities. A city of a thousand torii, a great number of temples and shrines, a stunning bamboo forest and fascinating geisha culture, Kyoto is a wealth of attractions for visitors to enjoy. It is connected to Japan’s excellent high-speed trains, which can whisk travelers pretty much anywhere they want to go pretty quickly and in comfort. Here’s a handy guide on some of the best places you can visit for day trips from Kyoto, to help you figure out your itinerary while in this lovely historic city.

9 Best Day Trips From Kyoto, Japan

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1. Osaka

Osaka

An hour away whether you drive or take the train, Osaka is probably the easiest day trip from Kyoto. This lovely historic city is considered as the heart of Japanese culture, home to a number of excellent sights and attractions worth visiting.

This city is best known for the majestic Osaka Castle which also has the Osaka Museum of History, where the 1400-year history of Osaka comes to life in every floor as its a wealth of information represented in various exhibits.

Aside from the castle, a must try is the Umeda Sky Building observatory, which is a great spot to enjoy the views as it transitions from daylight to dusk and the city lights come on. There’s also the Universal Studios, and lastly, don’t forget to partake in Osaka’s rich and diverse street food culture, something that they’re quite proud of.

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2. Kanazawa

Kanazawa

An easy two-hour train ride from Kyoto is the delightful city of Kanazawa. It is a beautiful old town full of tea houses, geishas and an overall festive vibe. Kanazawa is pretty much representative of all things Japanese – from traditional local culture to great food and fine historic attractions.

A delightful day trip from Kyoto, one of the many things you can do here is to explore the narrow streets of the Chaya district, especially after hours when the locals head out to enjoy a night out, and you may even spot a geisha.

There’s also the Kenroku-en Garden, one of the best three gardens in Japan, which is adjacent to a beautiful castle that is worth a visit. Kanazawa also has many shrines and temples, as well as numerous tea shops and museums dedicated to the fascinating tea ceremonies and rituals.

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3. Nara

Relatively remote by Japanese standards, Nara is a historic city that’s only an hour by train from Kyoto. Looking as if untouched by time, Nara’s many fine old buildings and streets make it a unique day trip from Kyoto. It’s home to the historic Nijo Castle, as well as many temples and shrines. A must visit is the Todai-ji temple, which is a Unesco World Heritage site.

The area around Todai-ji is cramped with museums, monuments, and temples, all of which are worth the visit. Take a break and enjoy some snacks at the massive Nara Park, which you can share with one or two of its, 200 deers. If you’re into some strange adventure, check out the desolate Nara amusement park, a popular destination for those into abandoned places.

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4. Kobe

A port town that’s best known for its beef and sake, Kobe has long been a melting pot of cultures and culinary marvels. Less than an hour via Sanyo Shinkansen, this is one exciting Kyoto day tour you shouldn’t miss. Kobe is a small city where most attractions are within walking distance from one another.

Make sure to visit Kobe Maritime Museum, which has a massive collection of amazing quality model ships. There’s also the Kobe City Hall where you can enjoy some great views of the city, free of charge.

Check out the Animal Kingdom in Kobe, which is a modern version of wildlife in the city where animals walk free (excluding lions, bears, elephants, etc.). Kobe also has a thriving China Town, which is so developed due to Kobe being a key Japanese port.

5. Nagoya

Nagoya

Located in the heart of the main island of Japan – Honshu, Nagoya is one of Japan’s main industrial hubs. It is an easy commute from Kyoto — only an hour and a half, and well worth taking the time to explore. A port city, Nagoya has long been an important manufacturing city, known for its ceramic industry which traces its roots as far back as the 12th century.

A fascinating day tour from Kyoto, this city also has the majestic 16th century Nagoya castle, with its intricate design, art treasures and impressive views of the city from its main tower. Like most of Japan, Nagoya has many fine old temples, and the oldest – Atsuta Shrine, dates as far back as the 1st century.

The port is also worth exploring and is home to the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium which is the biggest in Japan, a small marine museum aboard the historic vessel the Fuji, and some pleasant coastal walks. Then there’s the massive SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, a fascinating museum that’s focused on the evolution of Japan’s train system, where you get to experience the design, technology, innovation and even try riding your own train.

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6. Enryakuji

Enryakuji

Only thirty minutes by train from Kyoto, Enryakuji is one of the more unique Kyoto day trips that you’ll find yourself in. For one, you’ll have to take a short cable car ride to read this gorgeous region that’s located high up in the hills. The cable car ride already gives you a stunning view of the Lake Biwa, as well as the area that’ll remind you of the Alps. Hike up the route on Mount Hiei that’ll take you past some of the most popular temples. Enjoy the stunning views that are said to be among the best in Japan.

Enryakuji is the perfect respite from the hustle of the city so take your time and don’t rush from one temple to another. The area, by the way, is pretty isolated so make sure you pack enough food and drinks to get you through the trip.

7. Tokyo

Tokyo

Quite a long trip even if you take the Shinkansen but set out early and the journey would be well worth it. A worthwhile day trip from Kyoto, Tokyo is a colorful, friendly city, and a lovely mix of fascinating history, architecture, culture, technology, and great food. Only a whole day in here sounds like it’s impossible to fully experience it, but it can be done.

When you arrive, get a hearty breakfast at Tsukiji Market, which is also a great place for a morning stroll. Get a glimpse of history and culture in the Sensoji temple and the vibrant nNakimase Dori street. Head up the Tokyo Skytree for stunning views of the city, or just a good distance away to get a nice photo. Walk around the Yoyogi Park and Meiji Temple, where you might even catch a wedding procession.

Make sure you get some bento lunch, which you can even get from a convenience store. Tokyo streets and districts have their own distinct personality so it’s a must to see them.

Akihabara for all things techie, Ginza for shopping, Shibuya to witness the mad scramble during rush hour and Takeshita Street for the animé vibe. As evening comes, buy some Tokyo souvenirs or have dinner in Shinjuku then marvel at the vibrant neon signs along the street. That’s got to be the best way to end your day, something that’s undeniably Tokyo.

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8. Miyajima

Miyajima

Located just 30 kilometers off Hiroshima Bay is the stunning shrine island of Miyajima. If you’re a fast-paced traveler, you can combine this with your Hiroshima trip but most prefer to allow an entire day here. The island is best known for the majestic Itsukushima shrines, that stands serenely in the waters of the bay, supported by raised columns that give the illusion that the buildings are floating.

Explore the temple’s many bridges and historic buildings, as well as its beautiful park, which looks more magical in the evening. Make sure you visit the Hall of a Thousand Mats and the Prayer Hall, as well as the Main and Offerings Halls. There’s also a performance of traditional dances and music, and you can relax in one of the tea rooms for a traditional beverage and meal.

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9. Okayama

Okayama

Only an hour and twenty minutes by rail is Okayama city, home to one of the top three gardens in Japan known as Koraku-en. The massive garden is especially beautiful during sakura season, and popular among tourists as well as a venue for family hanami parties. It is picture perfect all year round though, and a must for a Kyoto day trip.

Adjacent to the garden is the Okayama castle, which forms part of the ‘borrowed – a common component of Japanese garden design and well integrated into this one. After hours of exploring the castle and garden by foot, its time to hop on a bike and cycle through the scenic Kibi plains. Enjoy the rural scenery as you wander through the paths between the rice paddies, temples, shrines and historic burial mounds along the way.

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9 Best Day Trips From Seoul, South Korea

A vibrant, exciting capital city that’s a good mix of the traditional and the modern, Seoul boasts of so many attractions that you can explore it for days. Seoul pretty much has everything that it’s unimaginable to get out of the city even for a day. There are palaces, temples, nature trails, massive shopping areas, street food hubs, colorful fashion, and extraordinary fun — but how about a taste of Korea in an entirely different landscape?

Here’s a handy list of some of the most fascinating day trips from Seoul to make the most of your trip.

9 Best Day Trips From Seoul, South Korea

1. Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress

Located in Suwon is the Hwaseong Fortress, which was built by King Jeong-jo back in 1796. A UNESCO World Heritage site due to its cultural significance and impressive architecture. Hwaseong Fortress is the most popular attraction in Suwon, a city to the south of Seoul.

Spread out over five kilometers and surrounded by high walls, Hwaseong Fortress is closet to the stunning Paldal Mountain. You could actually spend half a day exploring its grounds and the forested walks. Visitors can also hike the perimeter of the walls and take in some excellent views.

Once you’re done exploring the fortress, head to the traditional market nearby where you can try all of the classic Korean street foods, or stop into a restaurant to try galbi or grilled beef ribs the local delicacy.

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2. Paju

The northernmost point that you can reach from Seoul before arriving at the Korean border, is the city of Paju. Easily reached from downtown Seoul, you just need to hop on the Paju-bound bus from Hapjeong station and the trip takes around 30 minutes. Paju is well-known for being the home of the Paju Book City, a cultural complex featuring publishers, printing, and distribution enterprises.

You can explore the streets learning the various stories behind the businesses, or visit famous book cafes such as Darakwon and Moongongsa. You can wander through the scenic Provence Village, with its colorful stores and cafes, painted with adorable murals. There is also the charming Gyeonggi English village, designed to look like a mini London.

Paju is also where you can find the Korean DMZ, or demilitarised zone, where you can join a tour to peer into North Korea.

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3. Nami Island

Nami Island

Technically a micronation, Nami Island has its own currency, flag, national anthem, and passport. When you cross the border have your passport stamped for a nice little keepsake. To reach Nami — you can either take the ferry which is just 30 minutes, or the exciting and fun zip line, where you soar 940 meters through the air and above water.

Shaped like a half moon, the picture perfect Nami Island is a wonderful day trip from Seoul. It is ideal for visitors who want to spend the day strolling around lantern adorned gardens and quiet forests. Make sure you wander around the breathtaking Garden of Morning Calm, Korea’s oldest garden. Take stunning photos at the tree-lined lanes that consist of paths flanked by trees decorated with colorful lanterns, such as the Maple Land of True Love. Explore the island by walking or biking, and enjoy a much-needed respite from the hustle of the capital city.

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4. Pocheon Art Valley

 

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A wonderful day trip where you’ll get to relax and enjoy some quiet time is a visit to the Pocheon Art Valley. Art and nature merge in this stunning park, which was made out of an old rock quarry. The rocks of the quarry were blasted out to form a stunning man-made lake surrounded by dramatic, jagged rock formations.

A beautiful park with an artistic vibe, it’s nice to just stop here, have a picnic as you enjoy the surroundings. As you wander around Pocheon Art Valley though, you will find dozens of inspiring open exhibits and murals from local artists. Not surprising because the scenery is art in itself.

5. Busan

Busan

Less than three hours thanks to South Korea’s high-speed rail system Korea Train Express (KTX), Busan is a haven for foodies and outdoor adventure aficionados. And yes, the ride is perfectly safe, you won’t encounter scary creatures on the way.

Home to a vibrant seafood market and the International Market, Busan is packed with delicious and interesting dishes to try. Make sure you sample local delicacies such as Dong-nae pajeon (seafood and green onion pancake), or some traditional favorites. If you’re the active type,  Busan has hills, mountains, and cliffs with well-marked hiking trails.

Enjoy views of the sea and the rest of Busan from the top, and if you want to relax before heading back to Seoul – there’s the Hur Shim Chung Spa. It is one of the oldest spas in South Korea, known for its natural hot spring.

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6. Sokcho

A good place to sample seafood based Korean dishes is the culturally rich fishing town of Sokcho. It is located close to the majestic Seoraksan national park, and an ideal Seoul day tour as it has plenty to offer.

A haven for foodies, Sokcho’s seafront is lined with seafood restaurants which sell delicacies that are unique to this region. You may also board a boat to Abai Village, a  region that is home to those who fled from the North after the Korean War. Since it is close to Seoraksan National Park, a visit to Sokcho is also a perfect base point for hiking Mount Seorak and its surroundings.

7. Yongin

Yongin

For kids and kids-at-heart is a fun Seoul day trip that offers both entertainment and history to visitors. Located just to the southeast of Seoul, Yongin is home to a number of fun-filled attraction such as Everland. It is South Korea’s largest theme park and home to all sorts of fun tides from roller coasters, to kiddie boat rides. During the winter, Everland is home to some of the best ice-skating and sledding facilities in the country.

A stark contrast to the lively and colorful Everland is the Korean Folk Village, with hundreds of traditional Korean houses. It’s a little touristy, but the village acts as a “living” museum to depict what life was like in Korea through the centuries. Here you’ll see some traditional performances such as martial arts, dances/musical performances and even wedding ceremonies scheduled throughout the day.

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8. Chuncheon

 

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The town’s name Chuncheon means “traditional market”, and is better known as a shopping destination.  However, this is also one of the best places to visit if you want to get away from the city for a while. Just an hour by train from Seoul, Chuncheon is home to Cheongpyeong lake and the Cheongpyeong Temple, with the picturesque mountains in the backdrop.

Like the rest of South Korea, Chuncheon has quite a number of weird hotels and accommodations. Most of the rentals in this region follow certain themes like rooms shaped like a giant soju bottle, or a replica of Snow White’s cottage. If you still have time, make sure you check out the small French cultural village called Le Petite France which has pretty colorful buildings and live music performances.

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9. The DMZ

 

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If you’re looking for a different kind of thrill, one of the most unforgettable day trips from Seoul that you’ll find yourself in is a tour of the DMZ. Located just north of Seoul, the Demilitarized Zone is the most heavily fortified border in the world. This four-kilometer-wide strip of land straddles the borders of North Korea and South Korea. Definitely one of the tensest places you’ll ever visit, this is where stoic border guards stare each other down in eerie silence.

It is perfectly safe to go here, especially if you’re part of a tour. Make sure you take the one that includes a visit to the Joint Security Area (JSA) for a closer look at North Korea. This tour even enters into North Korea territory via a border-straddling conference room where nothing but a hawk-eyed North Korean border guard stands between you and the reclusive North.

Other destinations that you must visit when in the area are the Third Infiltration Tunnel and Dorasan Station, a haunting unused train station with strategic rail links between Pyongyang and Seoul.

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9 Best Day Trips from Tokyo, Japan

One of the most exciting and unique cities in the world, Tokyo already offers so much that people concentrate their entire Japan trip on this city alone. However, there’s just so much beauty to explore, more history to learn, many ways to get acquainted with the culture and lots of other interesting places outside of the capital city. Japan’s capital and the rest of the country also boast of a reliable transport system, making it easy for anyone to take day trips from Tokyo.

There’s going to be mountainside hot springs and onsens, zen temples and shinto shrines, foodie hubs and ramen museums, palaces, and toriis – and so much more in this list of the best day excursions you can take from Tokyo.

9 Best Day Trips from Tokyo, Japan

1. Hakone

Hakone

Only an hour and a half from Tokyo, Hakone is located in the Kanagawa prefecture, Hakone is a great place to visit seasonally for cherry blossom during spring and summer, the stunning changing colors of autumn or its magical snowy backdrop every winter. It’s also an onsen town with plenty of hot springs, that boasts of unparalleled views of the nearby Mt. Fuji. If you want to see Mt. Fuji but don’t fancy going in thermal baths, there’s a Lake Ashi that offers the same unobstructed view.

Hakone is best explored on a leisurely place and should be on your list when planning a day tour from Tokyo. Some of the places you also should visit are the Hakone Open Air Museum, Owakudani Valley and its black eggs, Lake Ashi, and Hakone Shrine.

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2. Kawagoe

Kawagoe

Considered as the easiest Tokyo day trip, Kawagoe is only 30 minutes from Ikebukuro Station in Central Tokyo. A tiny place that’s best explored on foot, you’ll find yourself wandering in streets lined with quaint little storehouses and strolling on stone-paved alleys. Most of Kawagoe has preserved the Edo era feel with its traditional buildings and plenty of great food.

Some of the places you must visit when in Kawagoe are the Toki-no-kane or Time Bell Tower, and Kurazukuri Street which is lined with preserved warehouse buildings made of clay walls and tiles. There are over 200 of those here and many were turned into cafes and restaurants.

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3. Kamakura

Kamakura

Kamakura is quite literally, a mini Kyoto. It’s as historically rich, and it also boasts of hundreds of temples and Shinto shrines. Located in Kanagawa Prefecture,  Kamakura is under an hour trip from Tokyo by train. Wear comfortable shoes and set out early as there’s a lot to see and explore in Kamakura.

Experience the Daibutsu (Buddha) walking trail that’s from northern Kamakura to the temple of the Great Buddha in the south where you’ll pass through more temples, parks, and quiet footpaths. There’s also the Hasedera temple, the historic Benten-Kutsu cave, the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and the Hase Temple.

If you are not into biking and temple hopping, then you can spend your day at one of Kamakura’s three beaches, Zaimokuza, Yuigahama, and Koshigoe.

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4. Osaka

Osaka

Osaka is about two hours by shinkansen from Tokyo and is the center of Western Japan. It offers various attractions to visitors that range from historic places and structures to modern amusement parks. This city is best known for the majestic Osaka Castle which is home to the Osaka Museum of History. This is where you experience the 1400-year history of Osaka in every floor as its a wealth of information represented in various exhibits.

Aside from the castle, make sure you climb up the Umeda Sky Building observatory, which is a great spot to enjoy the views as it transitions from daylight to dusk and the city lights come on. There’s also the Universal Studios, and finally, don’t forget to partake in Osaka’s rich and diverse street food culture, something that they’re quite proud of.

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5. Yokohama

Yokohama

Often referred to as Tokyo’s laid back little brother, Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city. Located in the adjacent Kanagawa Prefecture on Tokyo Bay to the south of Tokyo itself, you can reach Yokohama by local train in 30 minutes. One of the easiest Tokyo day trips, Yokohama is a fun city to explore. Some of its popular attractions are the Chinatown,  the port area called Minato Mirai, Seaside Park and Osanbashi Pier.

Head up to the 69th floor of the Landmark Building for a 360 degree perspective on the city and for a bit of quiet time, wander around the picture-perfect Sankaien Garden, founded in 1906 by a silk trader. Other popular attractions in Yokohama include the Ramen Museum, a stroll in Motomachi to feel like you’re in Europe or a tour of the Kirin Beer factory.

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6. Kyoto

Kyoto

The bullet train from Tokyo reaches Kyoto in around 2.5 hours. Head off early and prepare for a jam-packed but unforgettable day of exploring Kyoto’s unique attractions and sampling the local cuisine.

Kyoto’s 1,600 temples and Shinto shrines are an essential part of the city and its culture, and it’s a must to visit at least a few of these. Then there’s the rich history associated with Nijo castle and the Imperial Palace, the food at Nishiki market, the fascinating geisha culture, the impressive gardens and parks, and the traditional arts. A trip to Kyoto also isn’t complete without visiting the breathtaking Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

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7. Nikko

The region is popular for hiking as well as its autumn to winter scenery,  but Nikko’s most popular attraction is its UNESCO World Heritage site. This includes the stunning Tosho-gu shrine that dates back to 1617, the Shinkyo bridge that was built in 1636 and the Kanmangafuchi Abyss. The bays were formed by an explosion from nearby Mount Nantai and have many Jizo statues located opposite the botanical garden.

Apart from these sites, day visitors can also enjoy the naturally beautiful environment with rocky landscapes, waterfalls, lakes, and hot springs. Nikko is an easy day trip from Tokyo, via the Tobu Railway that runs from Asakusa and takes just under 2 hours.

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8. Kusatsu Onsen Town

Kusatsu Onsen Town

Kusatsu is one of the three top onsen resort towns in Japan,  tucked away in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture. This onsen sources their water from Mount Kusatsu-Shirane, which are too hot to bathe in so they need to use different ways to cool it down. There’s a huge cooling field called Yubatake in the town center, as well as the traditional Yumomi method of cooling.

Kusatsu Onsen makes for a wonderful day trip from Tokyo, as there are other things to see and do in town aside from the baths.  A must watch is the Yumomi performance, where women stir the hot spring waters with large wooden paddles to help cool down the steaming pools while singing folk songs. Another must-visit in Kusatsu is the Mount Shirane and its breathtaking crater lake.

9. Enoshima

A small island connected to the mainland Shonan district by the 600m long bridge, Enoshima’s main attraction is the grand Enoshima Shrine. These holy grounds are dedicated to the goddess of good fortune, music, wealth and poetry — the Goddess Benzaiten. Only an hour by rail from the capital city, Enoshima is one of those day trips from Japan that combines adventure and relaxation.

When on the island, you must try riding the escalators up to the hill, explore the shrines and gardens, hike up the cliffs on the seaward side and see the Iwaya caves. The Iwaya Caves are among the most popular in Enoshima with its amazing tidal pools.

There is also a small shopping street that leads up to the big torii as you enter the island and the spa where you can soak in an onsen with a view of Mt Fuji on a clear day.

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12 Best Day Trips from Nashville, Tennessee

Home to the Parthenon, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and so much more, it seems like there’s no way your trip to Nashville will take you away from this city. The state of Tennessee and its neighbors has so much to offer though, far different from what Nashville has but just as interesting and worthwhile. From the huge system of spectacular caves and deep gorges, magnificent waterfalls, and historical sites, as well as parks which offer horseback riding, zip lining, and rock climbing – there’s so much to choose from and most are just quick drives away. Here’s a list of best day trips from Nashville, Tennessee that will surely steal you away from the music city, even for five hours at the very least.

12 Best Day Trips from Nashville, Tennessee

1. Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek

Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek

An hour and ten minutes drive from Nashville is former US president Abe Lincoln’s boyhood home, located in a farm estate in Hodgenville, Kentucky.

The Lincoln family lived on 30 acres of the 228-acre Knob Creek Farm from the time Abraham was two and a half until 1816 when they moved to Indiana. The original house where the Lincoln family lived was torn down in 1870 and the cabin that is now part of the park was reconstructed in 1931 on the original site.

Some of the furnishings in the cabin are original antiques donated by families of early occupants.

2. Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park day trips from Nashville

Mammoth Cave is known as the largest cave system in the world, and Mammoth Cave National Park was established in 1941 to protect this magnificent area. The cave is located deep under layers of limestone in central Kentucky. This is an exciting day trip from Nashville if you are an explorer at heart and not afraid of dark or enclosed spaces.

The National Park Service offers cave tours to visitors – well-lit tours that last from one to six hours where visitors can see some interesting features of the system such as Frozen Niagara, Grand Avenue, and Fat Man’s Misery.

3. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is established to preserve the original sites of two major American Civil War battles: The Battle of Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign. An interesting place to visit whether you’re into military history or not, this is located on the slopes of Lookout Mountain.

Observation decks are strategically placed on the Chickamauga Battlefield, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, to allow observers and students to imagine the scale of the grand campaign that extended 150 miles in front of them during the civil wars.

4. Stones River National Battlefield

 

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A great way to commune with nature and get some fresh air is to hike or bike through the 570 acres of Stones River National Battlefield Park. Only 35 minutes away, this is a good day trip from Nashville where you can also learn about one of the important moments in United States history.

Along the Stone River is the site of one of the key battles in the American Civil War, although the park preserves only a fraction of the land where the battle was fought.

In the park, you can see part of Fortress Rosecrans, the Stones River National Cemetery, and the Hazen’s Brigade Monument.

5. US Space and Rocket Museum

US Space and Rocket Museum

Showcasing rockets, various artifacts and achievements,  the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is a museum celebrating the United States space program, less than two hours from Nashville, it is one of the largest space museums in the world, which opened in 1970. Here, you can see original Apollo Program hardware, interactive science exhibits, go into the Space Shuttle, and even observe various Army rocketry and aircraft.

A perfect day tour for space nerds, the U.S. Space Camp offers interested participants more in-depth exposure to the American space program through the use of simulators, training exercises and lectures.

6. Cumberland Caverns

Cumberland Caverns

A show cave located in McMinnville, Tennessee, Cumberland Caverns was discovered in 1810 by the land surveyor Aaron Higgenbotham. This Cave quickly became a favorite for local adventurers in the 19th century and has been open to the public since 1956. Here, you can explore more than 32 miles of caves and passageways, rock formations, underground waterfalls, dark pools, and some spectacular underground rooms. Only an hour and thirty-five minutes away, this is a great Nashville day trip for the active, outdoorsy types. Cumberland Caverns has also recently become a popular venue for unusual weddings, birthday and other parties. A monthly concert called Bluegrass Underground is also held in the Cumberland Caverns, in its Volcano Room.

7. Rock Island State Park

 

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Rock Island State Park is a ruggedly beautiful 883-acre park popular for hiking, exploring, fishing and kayaking, and an ideal day trip if you’re up for some adventure. It is situated at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers, and just one hour and thirty minutes from Nashville.

Check out the Caney Fork Gorge, which offers some of the most scenic views of the Eastern Highland Rim. When you hike, you’ll definitely pass by Great Falls, a 30-foot  waterfall that drops below the historic 19th-century textile mill. There’s also the Center Hill Lake with its natural sandy beach and boating access, as well as the Tennessee State Park cabins which are popular accommodation for luxurious camping.

8. Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Located on a peninsula between Kentucky and Barkley lakes, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is made up of dense forests, miles of wetlands, and open lands.

Spanning 170,000-acres, this is situated in Western Kentucky and Tennessee, and among the largest tracts of undeveloped forest on the East Coast. It has around 300 miles of unspoiled shoreline, and home to 240 different species of birds such as hummingbirds which migrate in August. There are also 500 miles of diverse trails for biking, hiking, horseback riding, and off-road riding.

9. Carter House

Carter House

Only a thirty-minute drive from Nashville and located in Franklin, Tennessee, is the Carter House. It is the centerpiece of the Franklin Battlefield, and U.S. National Historic Landmark historic district. The Battle of Franklin was the last battle in the American Civil War. The Carter House was where the Carter family hid while waiting for the second Battle of Franklin to finish.

The federal style brick farmhouse was built in 1830 and was taken over as the headquarters of the Twenty-Third Army Corpse. Today, it is essentially a museum that has certain rooms preserved in its original state. The Carter House and its land are open to the public and available for tours.

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10. Rock City Gardens

 

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One of the most breathtaking places you’ll find yourself in the Rock City Gardens has a magnificent 360-degree view of nearby seven states, the city spread at your feet and an unbelievable variety of plants, many in bloom. It’s just a little over two hours away, a perfect day trip from Nashville that takes you to a magnificent creation of nature made of massive prehistoric rock formations.

Take the Enchanted Trail where you’ll pass by the Fairyland Caverns, waterfalls, beautiful blooms, Mother Goose Village, and even great food at the Big Rock Grill.

11. Kentucky Action Park & Riding Stables

For a fun day at the stables, drive just an hour and twenty minutes from Nashville to the Kentucky Action Park & Riding Stables. This is one of the largest and oldest stables in Kentucky, where you can ride one of their sweet, gentle horses along 500 acres of trails.

If you’re afraid of horses but still fancy some thrill ride, go on the alpine slide that takes you on a chairlift to the top of the mountain, sit on a slide and off you go. There are also zip lines, Go Carts, Bumper Cars, Boats, Green River Canoe, and Outlaw Cave Tours, and so much more.

12. Jack Daniel Distillery

Jack Daniel Distillery

Jack Daniel Distillery was the first registered distillery in the United States and established in 1866 by master distiller Jack Daniels.  Located in Lynchburg it is adjacent to the mineral waters of Cave Spring Hollow, which is used in making their whiskey. An interesting Nashville day tour, discover how the popular drink is made as well as its history, and trivia. Make sure you stop by the distillery’s visitor center that has a gift shop and memorabilia related to its history.

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