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Canton, Ohio Attractions To Energize Your Vacation Planning

If you’re not familiar with Canton, Ohio, then you likely don’t know it’s home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are many other attractions in this city, too. I had heard of Canton, but I wasn’t familiar with it being the home of the Hall of Fame for the NFL. The McKinley Presidential Library and Museum is also there. Which one would you visit first?

I’d have to visit both, but I think I would visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame first. Football isn’t my favorite sport, baseball is, but I still like watching games every so often and definitely enjoy the Super Bowl every year. The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum may surprise you though because there is a dinosaur exhibit and much more cool stuff that awaits you.

Now let’s step up the fun a bit more even by taking you to the Classic Car Museum. Who wouldn’t have fun looking at classic cars that are in mint condition and great representations of years gone by? There are even vehicles from the 1920’s there, and most people that review this place on travel sites give it a great rating. What else would you like to do while you’re in Canton?

I’m going to come up with a good one here, so the next attraction is the Gervassi Vineyard, and you are in store for a tour of the winery. Naturally, this is going to include a wine tasting event, and that can set up your evening at one of the fine restaurants that Canton, Ohio has to offer. Another unique attraction in Canton is the Canton Palace Theater.

By the way, if you’re wanting to get a good idea of the local cuisine that is served up at different restaurants in the city of Canton, there is a Canton Food Tour that you can take. You can also visit the National First Ladies Library, the downtown district, which is full of culture and arts, and then there is the Canton Museum of Art as well.

A favorite attraction for the kids aside from many of the ones already mentioned is Sippo Lake Park, which offers The Exploration Gateway. If you want to check out a mall type atmosphere, then there is the Belden Village Mall. For the people that like nightlife, there are at least 12 bars and clubs in the area. There is plenty to do in Canton, Ohio.

Which Top Pittsburgh Attractions Are Going To Make Your List?

The former pastor at the church I used to attend in Texas was a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He would talk about Pittsburgh, and I would talk about St. Louis. While my sports affiliation lies with St. Louis, I know well enough that Pittsburgh is also a very interesting city to explore. What would you think about doing first if you were heading to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

Since I’m a baseball fan, my first stop would have to be PNC Park. This baseball field is one of the top Pittsburgh attractions, so you might want to put it on your to do list. Catching a Pirates game can be a fun family time or a piece of Americana for any tourist in Pittsburgh. Plus, you’ll be in downtown Pittsburgh to catch a good meal somewhere. A big city like Pittsburgh is going to have plenty of restaurants.

Mount Washington is one of the top attractions in the city as well, and one of the main reasons is because of the picture taking opportunity with the view that you’re going to get from the top. According to the reviews, the popular way to get there is by taking what is called the incline. You’re going to be privy to some great eats along the way, evidently some great seafood by the way, and one reviewer mentioned going there numerous times, always getting ice cream.

Phipps Conservatory is another great attraction in Pittsburgh. One of the reviewers mentions an Orchid Room, and that is definitely one of the exhibits I’d like to see. You can tell with this example what you’re going to find here, and it is a very popular place for tourists. It’s the best botanical garden experience in Pittsburgh.

What should be your next stop? There are so many attractions in Pittsburgh that it can be hard to decide to do what’s next. What’s the best advice? Pick one and keep on going, one at a time. Pack as much fun as you can get in during your vacation in Pittsburgh.

For your next stop, maybe you’ll visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, or maybe you think Bicycle Heaven sounds unique and very interesting. Don’t forget to visit The Strip, as that could be a place where you spend tons of time. Get ready to enjoy all of what Pittsburgh has to offer, which might take a few months!

Visit The Many Great Attractions Cleveland OH Has To Offer

Much of what I know about Cleveland comes from television. There is the Cleveland Indians baseball team, and then I remember the Drew Carey show was shot in Cleveland. Hot in Cleveland was another show that was based in the city, and I’m sure there are more. Of course, sitcoms and baseball teams don’t hold a candle to actually visiting Cleveland, Ohio. Are you ready to see what some of the top attractions are in Cleveland?

One unique stop you need to make is the West Side Market. You can combine your trip here with a picnic in the park because the West Side Market is the perfect place to pick up food for a picnic. It’s also the perfect place to pick up food to cook a meal, but who wants to do that while you’re on vacation? They have candy, too. Plus, you’re going to pick up a little Pittsburgh culture while you’re there.

Have you heard of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Maybe you didn’t know it was in Cleveland, Ohio, but it is indeed? I know this would be on my itinerary if I was planning a vacation to Cleveland. It’s on the list of the top 10 attractions in Cleveland, as I’m sure you can imagine. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is on the lake, which is a nice extra when it comes to your travels.

If you’re wanting to make a historical landmark stop along the way, you can visit the James A. Garfield Monument. If you need more than one stop for your history fix, then you can stop on by the Crawford Auto & Aviation Museum. Now let’s step away from the history of Cleveland and get down to more even exciting stuff.

How about a visit to the Great Lakes Brewing Company? Or, if you’re wanting to do something related to the history of Cleveland still, yet you want to have a ton of fun and stay away from museums and monuments for awhile, then you can tour Historic Little Italy. I’m sure you’ve deduced this is going to be the hot spot for Italian food.

There is also the Great Lakes Science Center and the Cleveland Public Library. If it’s nature you want a piece of, check out the North Chagrin Reservation and Edgewater Park. You’ll have a lot of fun exploring Cleveland with these tips as your guide.

Visiting Sacre-Coeur in Paris

Are you planning a trip to Paris, France and looking for things to fill your itinerary? No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Sacre-Coeur. Located in the Montmartre district, Sacre-Coeur sits at the top of the hill as the highest point in all of Paris. Sometimes known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Sacre-Coeur basilica was constructed in 1873 to pay tribute to the 58,000 lives lost during the Franco-Prussian War. It is home to a 19-ton bell, which is the largest of its kind in the world.

With easy Metro access, you can make this area of Paris your base for exploring the surrounding area as well as the city itself. Many reasonably priced hotels can be found near Sacre-Coeur in the 18th arrondissement.

French travertine stone gives the basilica its snow white color, which you can see from almost anywhere in Paris. This is what makes it one of the most prominent and noticeable landmarks in Paris. As you might imagine, one of the benefits of visiting Sacre-Coeur is the vantage point you have above the city when you ascend to the top of the dome. In fact, you can see all of Paris from the top of Sacre-Coeur.

The clock tower at the basilica is home to the world’s largest Savoyarde clock. The Luc-Olivier Merson designed apse mosaic, which depicts Christ in Majesty and The Sacred Heart worshiped by the Virgin Mary, Joan of Arc and St. Michael the Archangel, is also the largest of its kind in the world.

Inside the dimly lit Sacre-Coeur, you will find golden mosaics that match the bronze doors of the grand main portal. You can also view the bronze altar, the large choir, the 11 round and tall arches that create the barrel vault and the large dome. The crypt of this Catholic basilica is home to statues of saints as well as a relic, which is believed to be the very sacred heart of Christ.

Once you are done enjoying the interior architecture of Sacre-Coeur, you can head to the rear of the basilica. The grounds are home to a fountain and garden. Entrance to the garden and basilica are free, but there is a €5 admission fee to enter the dome and the crypt.

Get more info on fun things to do in Paris Rick Steves Paris 2016.  All of the guides by Rick Steves are some of my favorites when it comes to finding things to do that don’t cost a fortune.  He also offers some walking tours that you can download to your phone on this page. I have found these to be very enjoyable when checking out a new city – definitely better than paying for a local tour guide who may have an accent that is hard to understand. Plus, you typically have to tip those local tour guides, so these audio tours are awesome for travelers like me who are on a bit of a budget.

How To Save Money On Attractions In Gatlinburg And Pigeon Forge

If you are visiting Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you may have discovered that there is no shortage of things to do.

With so many attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you may be wondering how to work them all in.

If this is a problem financially, there are ways to get more bang for your buck in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Instead of paying full price for all of the attractions you want to see in the area, why not save a little money?

Request Freebies
Before leaving home, you can request some free coupons for Pigeon Forge attractions and Gatlinburg attractions.

Just go to the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce website and the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce website. On each site, request the vacation guide and sign up for the email newsletter. You can get exclusive travel discounts for Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg by doing this.

Also visit the Smoky Mountain Navigator website to have their guide mailed to you. It is also chock full of coupons.

Online Coupons

You will find some coupons for Pigeon Forge attractions and Gatlinburg attractions on the web.

Check out,, and to find online discounts that you can print out.

If you are waiting until you get to your Pigeon Forge hotel or Gatlinburg hotel, you may want to call ahead and make sure they have printers and computers you can use.

Look For Coupon Books
Once you get to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you can find coupon books almost anywhere. Most hotels, restaurants, stores and attractions have some coupon books or fliers by the door.

Pick up some of these to save on area attractions.

Tennessee Welcome Center or Rest Areas
If you are driving to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you can get some discount attraction coupons at the Tennessee Welcome Center or any of the nearby rest areas off the freeway.

You will find both discount books and fliers for specific attractions that give you coupon savings.

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