Oakland is a large metropolitan city noted more for its urban communities and architecture. Just outside the city however, visitors are treated to some of the most pleasant countryside in the USA, the rolling California hills and San Francisco Bay area.Travelup ReviewsNo trip to Oakland could be considered complete without a trip to explore the breath taking countryside of surrounding California. Due to the region’s wonderfully warm climate, it’s always good weather for hiking around Oakland. Whether you’re after relaxing rolling hills, city vistas, waterside strolls or even more adventurous mountain climbing, the land around Oakland has it all. Five of the most popular hikes and walking trips accessible quickly from Oakland include;

- Batteries to Bluffs Trail

This short waterside trail provides idyllic views of birds and boats drifting across the San Francisco Bay, as well as dynamic views of monuments like the enormous Golden Gate Bridge that straddles it.

- Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop

For a gentle family forestry jaunt this hike is perfect. Taking you through forests of giant redwood trees, the Muir Woods are awe inspiring, thought provoking as well as relaxing.

- Mount Diablo’s Grand Loop

For a little bit more adventure Mount Diablo provides vast panoramic views of the whole San Francisco Bay area, meaning you can look back to where you’ve come from Oakland.

- Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Talmapais

Cut by thousands of years of water coursing through, Steep Ravine is an enchanting hidden gem in beautiful Marin County’s crown.

- Sibley Volcanic Geology Hike

For something a bit different, the Sibley Valley is formed by the lava flow of a long extinct volcano. What remains today, is a fascinating landscape of igneous rock formations and old magma tunnels. The geology hike is a great way to engage kids in geology.

It’s easy to get out of the city and into the countryside either by hiring a car or taking advantage of Oakland’s excellent public transport network. You can find details on Oakland transportation through the Travelup Reviews website or arrange car hire through the main Travelup website. Travelup are highly regarded travel agents who offer a range of great deals on travel packages to destinations all around the world, and are perfect to advise any travellers looking to get on their feet and explore the countryside of California.

The United States of America aren’t running short on iconic monuments. The USA is home to landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, the Empire State Building even Cape Canaveral, but few of these memorable monuments have quite the same inspirational appeal or cultural significance as the Statue of Liberty. No visit to New York is complete without stopping off to pay homage to the colossal statue built to embody the American dream.
TravelupThe Statue of Liberty is a huge neoclassical statue of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. The statue embodies the principles of freedom, justice and opportunity.  Standing on Liberty Island, it rises triumphantly over the Hudson River to welcome all new coming settlers to the country. Throughout the twentieth century the millions of worldwide migrants to the USA sailing in up the Hudson River, were inspired by the bold statue.

The statue was actually a French creation gifted to America in 1886. The design was by architect Frederic Bartholdi. Bartholdi in fact had a penchant for giant statues: he’d previously spent years proposing a replica Colossus to be built at the entrance to the Suez Canal. His Statue of Liberty was agreed upon to mark the centenary of the USA and cement relations between the USA and France.

Bartholdi built a twin statue in Paris that the American statue was copied from and shipped across the ocean limb by limb. Visitors to Paris today are still regularly surprised to see the original Statue of Liberty rising over the Seine, but slightly embarrassingly dwarfed by the nearby Eiffel Tower.

No replica can compare to the New York Statue of Liberty though. No other monument has so effectively captured American ideals of freedom as well as the unembarrassed sense of bold ambition that is the American dream. It is a statue that inspired generations of American settlers and still strikes awe into the hearts of those who visit.

Liberty Island is open to visitors by regular ferry rides, although the statue can be seen and enjoyed from almost anywhere around the Hudson. Visiting details to Liberty Island, as well as travel and accommodation information for New York is available on Travelup Reviews. Travelup Reviews contains a comprehensive collection of essential information on many destinations; it is then easy to book any vacation through the Travelup website.

Thailand is a country which is packed to the brim with culture and incredible attractions; without a doubt, its crowning glory is its capital, Bangkok. Filled with magnificent architecture, lavishly decorated temples and colourful markets, the city is a feast for the senses. Travelup clients name Bangkok as one of their favourite places to visit – here are a few of the sights which they recommend.

If you’re less inclined towards the cosmopolitan attractions of the city, and are more interested in the ‘real’ Bangkok, a trip to one of the floating markets is a must. One of the busiest and most fascinating is Bang Khu Wiang, which stays open seven days a week. Here, you can purchase fresh fruit and veg, as well as handcrafted jewellery and clothing, which is piled high the boat stalls – be prepared to haggle, as stall owners expect this, and may even be offended if you don’t!

Architecture fanatics will adore the Grand Palace, and the temple Wat Phra Kaew which can be found inside this complex. The palace was constructed in the late eighteenth century and served as the seat of the country’s king for a century and a half. Wat Phra Kaew is home to the world famous Emerald Buddha, which is several feet tall and made from pure jade. This temple is considered to be the spiritual centre of Thailand, and is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, as it has a very peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. Another temple frequently mentioned in Travelup reviews is Wat Arun. This is located on the banks of the River Chao Phraya, and is a beautiful sight indeed. Decorated with pieces of porcelain and glass, it’s a particularly stunning place to visit at dawn, as the rays of the sun reflect off the walls and create a glimmering effect.


Travelup customers rarely miss out on a trip to China Town (Yaowarat) when in Bangkok. This is a great place for an afternoon stroll on a hot day; the atmosphere is electric, particularly during celebratory times, such as Chinese New Year, when thousands and thousands of residents take part in parades and parties on the streets. Amongst the endless rows of wooden houses and shops here you’ll find authentic Chinese restaurants (serving everything from Shark fin soup to Dim Sum), as well as market stalls selling herbal remedies, gold jewellery and traditional Chinese clothing and souvenirs.