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What Bournemouth Has That Other Seaside Town’s Don’t

images (6)Bournemouth has many attractions that keep visitors coming back year after year but the one thing that separates it from all the other coastal towns across the country is its award-winning beach. As a member of the management team at the luxury seafront establishment – the Hermitage Hotel – said, “Since 2012, when Bournemouth’s beach was officially recognised as the best in the country by TripAdvisor, more British people have realised just how much the town has to offer when compared with other UK resorts and even those in Continental Europe. The beach actually came 4th in the whole of Europe, which we think is a real achievement for a traditional English seaside town.”

Whilst it’s undoubtedly true that Bournemouth’s 7 miles of award-winning golden sands are a major draw, there are many other attractions that are well worth making time for if you decide to take a break in this pretty Dorset town. Below are 5 that keep cropping up when visitors are asked where they most want to go during their stay.

1. The Bournemouth Arcade – A great example of its kind, this beautiful Victorian arcade is situated between Old Christchurch Rd. and Gervis Pl. It was originally an open air arcade, built in 1866; the roof was added 6 years later in 1872. Today, it is home to a variety of interesting shops, including a branch of Waterstone’s (the bookshop chain), an ice cream parlour, a supermarket, a chocolatier and a women’s clothing outlet.

2. Bournemouth Oceanarium – Around 50 metres from the seafront information centre can be found the Bournemouth Aquarium, a major local attraction that features an impressive Barrier Reef section with an underwater walkway.

3. Hurn Paintball Centre – Although not technically in Bournemouth itself, this popular outdoor paintball centre is only 6 miles from the seafront and is well worth a visit if you are a fan of this pastime. With 4 separate game zones from which to choose and all equipment supplied at very reasonable prices, it is a great day out for families and groups of friends.

4. The Lower, Central and Upper Gardens – Linked together to form a continuous swathe of greenery that stretches from the pier to the Coy Pond in the north of the town, the three sections that comprise Bournemouth’s Victorian Gardens provide a great setting for an afternoon stroll or an early morning walk before breakfast.

5. Bournemouth Balloon – If you decide to take a wander in the aforementioned gardens and fancy a more panoramic view of the town and local coastline, Bournemouth Balloon can be found in the Lower Gardens. After boarding the enclosed gondola, the helium-filled balloon above will gently lift you and your fellow passengers to a height of 500 feet, all the time safely tethered to a high-tensile steel cable.

With its unusually warm weather in the summer months, a host of interesting attractions and an award-winning beach, Bournemouth should definitely be on your shortlist if you are thinking about holidaying in the UK this year.

Best Campgrounds in North Carolina

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North Carolina has many beauty spots in which to take pleasure in the great outdoors – the Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Mountains make for some radically rocky terrain and alongside the verdant woods to be seen in the state, its running rivers and creeks and waterfalls, it makes for a successful blend for a camping trip. There are many, many campsites to select from in the state but here are five of the greatest:

Campfire Lodgings, Asheville

This site is situated in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, an astonishing place for those eager to relish a vacation in the great outdoors. Trek on the Blue Ridge Parkway, take a road trip at nearby Chimney Rock Park, the safe expanse of highway that is delightful that follows the Appalachian Mountain Chain. This campsite has many different choices for RV and tent camping along with hostels in which visitors may also opt to remain.

Bear Den Family Campground, Spruce Pine

Additionally near the magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway, this campground is situated in Western North Carolina and is an excellent spot to stay in the event you’d like to explore the Linville Gorge, that has been described as the Grand Canyon of North Carolina, with Falls and Caverns additionally to be seen nearby. This campsite has mountain views and a pleasant woods place, but it’s simple to get to centers of settlement nearby too. The greatest of options for a household vacation.

Cataloochee Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This really is among the many campgrounds within the National Park. This one is situated down a gravel single track road in a scenic valley in the mountains. It has to be reserved in advance during the high season. But its wonderful place, the miles of hiking trails, as well as the elk wandering nearby make it well worth making the attempt to make your plans beforehand. There’s additionally a horse camp in the event you would like to explore the park in that manner here in order to take to the saddle.