Viña del Mar is often referred to as either the Garden City or the Vineyard of the Sea thanks, in large part, to the impressive array of parks and water fountains spread throughout the city. The port town boasts a beautiful layout, incredible architecture and a seaside location that makes it a perfect spot for spring break.
The Chilean city boasts beautiful weather year-round, so rest assured the temperatures are plenty warm while we’re still feeling the winter freeze up north. There are a variety of beaches to choose from, though Playa Reñaca is arguably the best. Nightlife in Viña del Mar is centered on Plaza México and Avenida San Martín, with Ovo often cited as the go-to spot for a crazy club experience.
During the day be sure to check out the stunning Parque Quinta Vergara, the crown jewel of the city’s numerous parks. The Neo-Gothic palace at the center is a work of art. A couple of other local hot spots include the 20th-century Castillo Wulff, situated at the end of a rocky bluff, and the Casino Municipal, if you’re looking to gamble.
Viña del Mar also boasts some fairly impressive museums that showcase the city’s bourgeois past. The Francisco Fonck actually contains a real-life Maori statue similar to the ones found on Easter Island.
The only downside to the city is its status as a luxury destination means prices can be high. However, with a little ingenuity and penny pinching, there are plenty of ways to pull it off.
One of the more well-known traffic circles along D.C.’s Massachusetts Avenue is Dupont Circle, a thriving area with a long history of bustling restaurants, bars and shops. When passing through the namesake park in the center of the circle, you’re surrounded by countless opportunities to dive into D.C. culture.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Traveling is an opportunity to expand your horizons and try things you’ve never experienced before. But when it comes to public transportation, you might want to give it a hard pass. I’m all for public buses and subways, but it’s not always practical, depending on your destination of choice. Public transportation can also take up more time and resources than is realistic for a short excursion. But there are plenty of other ways to explore on vacation without relying on public infrastructure. From biking to ferries, here’s where to look first.
Depending on where you plan to travel this fall, the weather can be extremely unpredictable. Throw climate change into the mix, and the result can be a cornucopia of atmospheric conditions. Wherever you plan to go this fall, remember to pack the following items, just in case.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.