Biking Across the Golden Gate Bridge: Another off my Bucket List!

The Golden Gate Bridge is arguably the most beautiful and well-known bridge in the US, maybe even the world.  I usually go to San Francisco at least once a year to visit family and friends, so I have seen it many times.  I have crossed the bridge a couple times in a car and even walked a part of it years ago.  Also, I love photographing it and seeing if it will be covered in fog.  This trip, I finally checked off biking across the Golden Gate Bridge from my bucket list.

The Golden Gate Bridge is just so iconic and arguably the most beautiful bridge in the world. - "Biking Across the Golden Gate Bridge: Another off my Bucket List!" - Two Traveling Texans
The Golden Gate Bridge is just so iconic and arguably the most beautiful bridge in the world.

First, I should again say I am not an experienced biker.  Lately, I have really been enjoying biking (In Central Park and Redondo Beach), but I do still get nervous about other riders, pedestrians, or cars getting too close.  I also don’t like to go too fast, so I am not best biking companion – so shout out to my friends Teju, Kerry, Kat, and Russell for being so patient with me.

If you want to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, you can rent a bike in the Fisherman’s Wharf area.  You can choose whether to bike across the bridge and ride all the way to either Sausalito (8 miles) or Tiburon (18 miles).  Then you can take a ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf to return your bike.  I really wanted to go all the way to Tiburon, but Russell and I decided we could play it by ear and see how we felt. (more…)

What to See When You Visit Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is technically part of the famous Ring of Kerry, but really you can easily spend a day just here.  It is a national park for a reason, the scenery is stunning.  You have gorgeous lakes and dramatic mountains like you would expect at a national park.  In addition, there are also historic sites that you should not miss.

We stayed at the Carrilgea House, which is a charming bed and breakfast conveniently located right across the street from the park.  One morning before breakfast, we walked over to one of the lakes and enjoyed the sunrise.  It was definitely worth getting up early for!

This is a sunrise worth getting up for. - "What to See When You Visit Killarney National Park" - Two Traveling Texans
This is a sunrise worth getting up for!

The park is huge so its probably wise to drive there.  You can find parking lots at the major attractions that are free.  If you would like to try a more traditional form of transportation you can hire a jaunting cart, which is a type of horse drawn carriage. (more…)

The Best Options for Traveling Between Manhattan and Newark Airport (EWR)

Since people really appreciated our tips on how to get to JFK airport, I thought I should also share some my thoughts on the options for traveling between Manhattan and Newark Airport (EWR).  Sometimes the best flight options involve travel from EWR.  However, getting to EWR is more difficult and more expensive than going to JFK, so you should take that into consideration when selecting your flight.  Traffic across the Hudson River regardless of what crossing you use can be a bit unpredictable, so always leave extra time.

A rainy sunset as seen from a plane at Newark Airport. - "The Best Options for Traveling Between Manhattan and Newark Airport (EWR)" - Two Traveling Texans
A rainy sunset as seen from a plane at Newark Airport.

The best way to get to EWR is going to depend on your situation.  Are you pressed for time? Are you trying to save money? Do you have a lot of bags?  What terminal are you going to? Will you be traveling to EWR during rush hour (7-9 am or 4-7pm)? You could choose from New Jersey Transit Train, bus, taxi, and uber/car service.  I thought it might be helpful if I shared the pros and cons of each option. (more…)

Why You Must Do the Ring of Kerry at Least Once in Your Lifetime

The Ring of Kerry in Ireland is probably one of the most famous scenic drives there is, so I was excited to finally get the chance to experience it for myself.  The area is just beautiful and there really is a lot to see.  We had a lot of trouble planning our day there though, because we couldn’t really find detailed information.  Since we only spent a day there, I am not an expert, but wanted to share what I learned.  I really enjoyed it, and I definitely want to come back.

So many stunning views along the Ring of Kerry! - "Why You Must Do the Ring of Kerry at Least Once in Your Lifetime" - Two Traveling Texans
So many stunning views along the Ring of Kerry!

The first thing you learn when researching the Ring of Kerry is that you are supposed to drive counter clockwise around the route.  We went at the very tail end of the season (1st weekend in October) so there wasn’t much traffic, but I have heard this is not the case in the summer, so be prepared.   (more…)

Don’t Miss Victoria Peak When You Visit Hong Kong

I don’t think you can say you have visited Hong Kong if you have not gone to Victoria Peak.  Not only is there the iconic tram but you will also find some of the best views in Hong Kong.  I went on my first trip to Hong Kong about 10 years ago, and since I enjoyed it so much I wanted to take my friend Courtney there on our trip.  Next time, I plan on going again, but this time I will allocate at least a half a day so that I can explore more.

I love the mix of nature and the city skyline.- "Don't Miss Victoria Peak When Visiting Hong Kong" - Two Traveling Texans
I love the mix of nature and the city skyline.

Victoria Peak stands at 1811 feet above sea level making it the tallest mountain on Hong Kong Island.  The Tram has been taking people to the top for over 120 years! In the mid 18th century,  Victoria Peak was a exclusive area where many of the upper class lived.  It was not easy to get to those residences though.  Then in 1873, a hotel opened and in order to increase business a better form of transportation to the top was needed.  In 1888, the Victoria Peak Tram began service as the first cable funicular in Asia. (more…)

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