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Things To Do In Oslo

As the capital city of Norway, Oslo has quite the reputation to uphold. It’s a large city, the third largest in all of Scandinavia, and features a rich history, stemming back to the early 11th century.
There are three main airports that serve the city, all within driving and convenient distance, the primary one being Oslo Airport (Gardermoen), the largest airport in the area, served by the rest of Scandinavia and a large portion of Europe as well, great for tourists who wish to grab flights to Oslo.

Once in, Oslo is a thriving city, alive with passion in terms of its architecture, things to do, see, smell and taste. A great place to start would be the Royal Palace, a large and grand building which offers tours to guests, with tours operating in English on occasions. A similarly built establishment includes the University of Oslo, which contains a Faculty of Law and is also open for the public.

For those who are big on culture, Oslo is something of a haven with a vast selection of museums, music establishments and theatres. The Opera House is a wondrous triumph in terms of Oslo’s, and indeed Norway’s, architectural hierarchy. It’s a structure that pleasantly allows guests to climb its walls, offering a unique view of the city beyond. Elsewhere, guests can purchase the Oslo Pass which gives unlimited access to the majority of museums in the city as well as free travel around Oslo without having to spend money on bus/tram tickets. Some of the museums in the area include Munch Museum, a tribute to the works of Norwegian painter Edward Munch, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and the Viking Ship Museum which contains ancient Viking artefacts which commemorate a unique Scandinavian era.

Another culturally astute part of Oslo is its penchant for putting on a show, specifically in the shape of festivals, usually held each year, embracing the fantastic culture and livelihood. Many of them celebrate with live music, dancing on the streets and market stalls selling food and drink. Norwegian Wood is one of the most prominent festivals held in the city, found next to Vigeland Park.

oslo viking biking

oslo viking biking

Speaking of parks, Oslo does green as well as it does beautiful architecture. Frogner Park is renowned for being home to a selection of sculptures as well, designed by Gustav Vigeland. The monolith found in the park is another little tourist setting that makes it a great place for visitors, eager to enjoy a spot of relaxation. Another excellent relaxation spot is Oslo Fjord, perfect for the summer months with great beaches and sunny spots.

One of the most unique activities to do in Oslo is to engage in a spot of Viking Biking. This strange sounding activity comes in tours, including English tours, and lets tourists rent bikes and traverse some of the more rural areas of Oslo as well as great city trails. Another strenuous activity is cross-country skiing, great in the Holmenkollen area of the city. The idea is that tourists are able to ski in the winter and hike the mountain in the summer.

Finally, Oslo is perfect for those seeking a bit of retail therapy. The shops are plentiful and the streets are blossoming, beautiful and packed with great stores. The Grünerløkka district is renowned for its retail outlets, bars, cafes and other great restaurants. It’s also pleasantly divided by the River Akerselva which runs directly through the area.

 

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10 Tips for Traveling to the West Coast

Traveling to the West Coast of the United States can provide plenty of sunshine, days at the beach and other fun activities for the entire family. Whether you want to travel through Oregon, Washington or the very popular areas of Southern California, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are some tips to help with your trip to the west coast.

wine country, Oregan

wine country, Oregan

West Coast Travel Tips

 

1.  Plan Ahead

The worst thing you can do is not plan for specific things before you take your trip. You don’t want to end up stranded without a place to stay. If you plan to travel through Southern California, check the time of year and book one of the Santa Monica Hotels early. This will save you the stress of trying to find a place to stay last minute.

 

2.  Take a Road Trip

The best way to see all the west coast offers is by car. Many travelers will start all the way up in Washington and travel the coast through Oregon and California until they reach the southernmost part of California.

 

3.  Don’t Skip Wine Country

For the adults, spending a little time in wine country (Oregon and Northern California) will help make the trip more enjoyable. Some of the best wine in the world comes from this part of the country and you don’t want to miss out.

 

4.  Plan for Plenty of Time

There’s so much to see and just one week isn’t enough time. If you plan to travel to more than one destination, make sure you go for at least a couple weeks.

 

5.  Pack Properly

Make sure to pack for the climate changes and potential weather you could encounter. Some areas of the west coast can get very cold or very warm, depending on the time of the year. Look at the weather forecast and plan accordingly.

 

6.  Plan for Disaster

Travel disaster, such as lost luggage or wallets can ruin a trip in a hurry. Make sure you plan accordingly. If you plan to fly, pack some clothes in a carry on and make sure you carry both cash and credit cards separate from each other. It’s also a good idea to keep your ID somewhere other than your wallet. If you lose your wallet or you’re robbed, you need your ID to receive a money transfer and for many other reasons.

 

7.  Choose some Attractions

There’s so much to do in the large California cities and it’s important to know what you really want to do before you travel. Choose a few attractions ahead of time and fill in the rest when you arrive.

 

8.  Eat Locally

One of the best ways to enjoy vacation is with a few trips to local eateries. If you enjoy an alcoholic drink, you can duck into a bar and ask the bartender for a few recommendations.

 

9.  Pack Comfortable Shoes

There’s much to see on the west coast, but you will do quite a bit of walking. Make sure to pack shoes you can walk long distances in, if you want to see more.

 

10. Dealing with Jet Lag

If you fly cross-country, make sure you stay hydrated, wear comfortable clothing, walk and stretch often and avoid any heavy foods. This will help you beat jet lag and really enjoy your trip.

 

When traveling to the west coast, use these tips to ensure you enjoy the experience. There’s much to see and plenty of good destinations to choose from. Take your time and plan the trip many months in advance to ensure you get everything you need.

 

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