An Introduction to the New York Pass

If you’re planning to visit New York City it really pays to make the investment in The New York Pass. This pass will allow you free entrance into some of the biggest attractions that New York has to offer in addition to discounts to many more attraction and a 140 page guide book that gives you information about many of the places you won’t want to miss while you’re visiting this great city.

If you’re planning to visit New York City it really pays to make the investment in The New York Pass. This pass will allow you free entrance into some of the biggest attractions that New York has to offer in addition to discounts to many more attraction and a 140 page guide book that gives you information about many of the places you won’t want to miss while you’re visiting this great city.

Some of the places that you are allowed free admission by way of your New York Pass include the following: The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Isle with a free round-trip ferry ticket and gives you skip ahead privileges for the ticket line, free admission to the Guggenheim Museum (though you may need to pay additional fees for special exhibitions), the New York Skyride, and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. These are just a few of the many places you can go for no additional fees. If you’re planning to fit many activities into your time in New York, this is by far the best way to go.

There are often offers for discounts if you are purchasing multiple days of The New York Pass, the fact remains however that if you are choosing more than two events on any given day you’ll probably be saving money on admission alone by purchasing the pass. If you’re only planning on one paid activity per day then you’re better off not making the purchase of a pass. With all vacations there are simple matters of economics involved. There are two forms of economics that come into play on a vacation-money and time. Time is often the most carefully guarded of the two while vacationing and people forget to pay attention to cast budgets as a result feeling it is better to waste money than to waste time.

I personally like to waste neither. I enjoy the skip ahead privileges that having city passes often allow as well as the knowledge that I’ve already paid for the days activities and can keep a better eye on where the remainder of my funds are being spent.

In addition to the many freebies that are involved as a result of the New York Pass there are also invaluable discounts that you can get on dining, souvenirs, even tours such as the New York Helicopter Sightseeing Tours. And then there are some tours that having a New York Pass will allow you to experience for free as well. Among those are: the United Nations Tour, The NBC Studio Tour, the Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour, the Rockefeller Center Tour, and the Tour at Lincoln Center.

The pass will introduce you to museums and zoos with free admission that you may not have otherwise considered and open the doors to extra entertainment for the entire family. If you’re going to be in New York for an extended period of time, 3 days or more, and plan to take a lot of tours and do a lot of sight seeing on your trip, I seriously recommend that you buy the New York Pass and use it every chance you get for free entrance fees and merchandise or food discounts and freebies. This is by far one of the best tips anyone can give you about your visit to New York and your budget. I also recommend tailoring your experience to the free things offered as much as possible and save your money for gifts, mementos, and the wonderful food and shows that abound in this fabulous city. Be sure to pay close attention when ordering tickets and checking to see if you are entitled to a discount because of your New York Pass. Do your best to enjoy your time and try not to fit too many things into one day. There are only so many hours in a day and while New York may be the City that Never Sleeps, we all need to sleep sometime.

The Kackar Mountains: Turkey’s Hidden Secret

If you want to get off the beaten track and discover some of the best Turkey walks, head to the Kaçkar Mountains. Away from the overcrowded coastline of Western Turkey lies a hiker’s paradise – the Kaçkar Mountains. Located in the north east of the country close to the Black Sea, this dramatic mountain range offers some of the best walking landscapes in Turkey but is rarely visited by outsiders. If you are looking for an unusual Turkey walk, this is definitely one worth considering.

If you want to get off the beaten track and discover some of the best Turkey walks, head to the Kaèýkar Mountains.

The Kaèýkar Mountains – Turkey’s Hidden Secret

Away from the overcrowded coastline of Western Turkey lies a hiker’s paradise – the Kaèýkar Mountains. Located in the north east of the country close to the Black Sea, this dramatic mountain range offers some of the best walking landscapes in Turkey but is rarely visited by outsiders. If you are looking for an unusual Turkey walk, this is definitely one worth considering.

What To See

If you want to go on a scenic walk in Turkey, there are few places that are better than the Kaèýkar Mountains. The variety of scenery that is to be seen here is truly wonderful. There are glaciers, mountains, lakes, meadows, forests and farming valleys, with the sea to the north completing the picturesque landscape. It is a fertile region, with the rich valleys used for growing apricots, walnuts, and many other varieties of fruit and nut. With the area having escaped any kind of mass tourism, a visit to this region allows travellers to see some of Turkey’s more traditional ways of life up close, including the nomadic Hemsin people who live here. Particular highlights in the region include the stunning Yedigèýller Lakes, located high up in the mountains themselves, and the remote Sumela Monastery, dramatically located right on the edge of a steep ridge.

Above all, it is the mountains themselves that continue to draw dedicated walkers, climbers, and nature lovers to the Kaèýkars. The steep, rocky mountains resemble the Alps, and are in fact a continuation of the Himalayas. The highest peak, Kaèýkar, reaches 3,937 metres, and to reach the summit of any of the high peaks is to be greeted by spectacular views out across the entire region.

There are many walking routes in the area, originating as paths connecting the yaylas, or summer pastures. These range from gentle half day hikes through the valleys to tough day treks through high mountain passes. Mapping is poor and waymarking non-existent, so this really is an area where local knowledge is imperative. But no matter what kind of walk in Turkey you are looking for, you are bound to find one that is at your level.

When To Go

When you go depends on what part of the mountains you want to see. If you want to get up into the high passes themselves, the season is relatively short – late June through to mid September. Snow and unpredictable weather make the mountains inaccessible outside of this time to all but experienced winter walkers and mountain climbers.

If you are content to explore the lower parts of the Kaèýkar Mountains, you can get some good walking in from April to October, where snow and adverse weather are less serious hazards. As with any mountainous region, it is important to remember that the conditions can change rapidly in the Kaèýkar Mountains, so walk with clothing that is suitable if there is a sudden onset of bad weather.