Maui: Activities

Maui is filled with hundreds of activities, from zip lining to snorkeling, you can find anything here

  

Zip lining can be relaxing for some, but nerve wrecking for others. If you’re conquering a fear or enjoying the view, this is a safe activity for people of all ages. The company you go with also makes a difference. Skyline Eco Adventures made the whole experience fun and enjoyable for everyone

 

Snorkeling in Molokini and turtle town was amazing. Molokini is a crater just off the coast of Maui, we took a boat there so if you get motion sickness, take dramamine. It is a bird sanctuary on top and a marine sanctuary on the bottom. I was nervous at first but once you get in the water and see how calm the fish and coral reef is you’ll love it!

Paddle boarding is a fun water sport to try. A placid beach with less waves would be ideal. Whatever you do, don’t look down!

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Maui: Road to Hana

Hana was my favorite part of the trip, it is located on the eastern part of the island. I loved it because of the black sand beaches,  waterfalls, and because of how isolated it is from the crowds and touristy parts. My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer. When you talk to other people about Hana they will all tell you how difficult it is to drive on Hana Highway. When we heard this, we decided to take a guided van tour and play it safe but while we were on the tour we instantly regretted not driving there ourselves.

There are hundreds of turns, narrow bridges, and times where the lane is a lane and a half wide. I recommend driving there yourself if you have an experienced driver and stopping along the side of the road for hiking trails, fruit stands, or simply just to take photos. Ideally I would of liked to drive to Hana, spend the night, then come back the next day.

Experience the black sand beach at Wai’anapanapa. You can go swimming, fishing, or camp on this unique spot. Also, pay a visit to the lava cave and blowholes

No trip to Hana is complete without visiting a waterfall. Along the highway there are plenty, so be ready with a bathing suit and towel to jump in!

  

The Seven Sacred Pools were another highlight, even though the journey can be long and nerve wrecking, it is worth it when you get to see the pools. Sadly, swimming was not permitted when I went but the view itself is worth the trip

 

If you’re looking for a nice hiking trail, Hana is filled with them. Most of them are hidden and lead to waterfalls making them even more isolated and beautiful than the average hiking trail. These are also nice places to stop for lunch and have a picnic

 

Another perk of driving to Hana yourselves and not having a tour guide is having the freedom to stop at as many roadside fruit stands and attractions as you want.

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Maui: Lahaina and Kaanapali

Maui is one of the main 8 islands of Hawaii, it has a little bit of everything for everyone. Whether you want to unwind in the resorts in Wailea, go shopping in Lahaina, hiking in Hana, or water sports in Kaanapali, Maui has it all!

Our first stop was Launiupoko Beach Park. If your’e looking for a place to camp this beach is a good place to do so. It has a smaller pond section for children and the beach itself is beautiful. Don’t forget your hammocks!

    

Front Street in Lahaina is a nice walk next to the beach filled with restaurants, handmade tikis, and the 144 year old Banyan Tree! If the timing is right you could even go to a town party on the 2nd Friday of the month and if you’re really there at the right time you could go to a birthday party for the Banyan Tree held every year!

  

Napili Beach is another beautiful beach. The calm, warm, crystal clear water is perfect for paddle boarding. I suggest trying a coconut while you’re in Hawaii, they’re everywhere!

 

The Pacific itself is a sight to sea. Whether it’s a rainbow or a turtle, the ocean holds tons of unique things. Take some time and look at all the aquatic life and admire your view of the surrounding islands

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Chicago pt.2

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The Art Institute is one of the biggest and largest art museums in the U.S. It has been a popular destination for art lovers for years

Take a walk down the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Street, for a day of shopping. Also be sure to check out this nutella cafe, one of only 12 in the world!

   

Willis Tower is known for its incredible view of the whole city, visitors can go to the top of the skyscraper and stand on a glass floor for a complete view of Chicago, but whatever you do, don’t look down!

The Chicago Riverwalk is a perfect place for dining, water activities, or simply just walking and enjoying the view

Milton Lee Olive Park provides a beach like setting with a skyline view and is also a comfortable walk from the Navy Pier

Navy Pier is long pier stretching out into Lake Michigan, a great place for families, locals, and tourists to spend a day exploring.

 

 

Chicago pt.1

Chicago was nothing like I had anticipated, it had a charming balance between the busy city life filled with skyscrapers and tourists while also having the peacefulness of Lake Michigan and many parks around the city.

Route 66 also known as the mother road, one of the original highways in the U.S was established in Chicago.

  

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to Millennium Park. Filled with the infamous bean, the cloud gate, and water structures for those hot Chicago days. Millennium Park is the home to many festivals and events for example when I was in town, The Blues Festival was too!

 

Lake Michigan was a view I’ll never forget, I had never seen a Great Lake before and to say the least, I was not disappointed. Visitors can enjoy a picnic by the lake or have a nice time walking and admiring its beauty.

 

Grant Park is another must see destination. Enjoy the peacefulness while looking at the Buckingham Fountain. It is not as busy as Millennium Park, so if you’re looking for a more relaxing time away from crowds, Grant Park is the place to be. You can enjoy a cold drink or hot coffee depending on the weather.

Also, watch a show at the Chicago Theater for an authentic experience

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Vancouver

Although I spent most of the time in the stadium rooting for my favorite team, I visited other parts of Vancouver that I found very interesting

 

Stanley Park is a huge park that has many water features, restaurants, and souvenir shops. It is a great place for people to exercise or simply read a book under a shady tree.

  

The pop-up underground Nike store was a wonderland for any soccer player

Besides the city of Vancouver, the championship game was an event I will never forget.

Take some time to look at the Lost Lagoon, the placid lake is a view to remember

Visiting Canada

In the Summer of 2015 I visited Vancouver Canada to watch the Women’s National Soccer Team play in the finals against Japan. Although we only stayed for a few days, Vancouver had many points of interest.

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