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Anadolu Kavagi Cruise by Private Yacht - Half Day from Istanbul
"Relax on your own private yacht and discover the delights of the beautiful Bosphorus both European and Asian Sides with a stop at the picturesque village of Anadolu Kavagi one of the last villages of the Bosphorus near the Mouth of the Black Sea.Begin with a cruise along the European side and enjoy the sights along the way including the Dolmabahçe and Çirağan Palaces the beautiful Ortaköy Mosque the famed Bosphorus Bridge
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Charlotte Bike Tour
"Meet your guide inside the Overstreet Mall at your selected departure time. You’ll be outfitted with a bike and helmet and given a brief safety orientation before embarking on your 1.5-hour bike tour of Charlotte. Engage all of your senses as you ped which mark the city's center and divides the city’s first four wards. Cruise down Levine Avenue of the Arts past local shops coffee shops and restaurants cooking up classic Southern food. This avenue is home to the Levine Center for the Arts one of Charlotte’s key cultural destinations comprised of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art the Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture the John S and James L Knight Theater and the Mint Museum Uptown.Pedal past The Green small public park
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Charlotte Segway Tour
"You'll meet your guide in downtown Charlotte and get started with a safety overview for the Segway. Once you’re comfortable with the Segway’s controls follow your guide through the lively Uptown district with plenty of stops along the way to snap photos and to hear fun stories and facts about Charlotte's history. Option 1: 1.5-hour Segway tourWheel down the Levine Ave of the Arts named after local donors to the arts in Charlotte. On one side of the avenue you’ll see the Bechtler Museum designed by a Swiss architect and opened in 2010 to show the Bechtler family’s collection of modern art. Check out Niki de Saint Phalle’s outdoor sculpture “The Firebird” – which is covered in mirror mosaic and stands more than 17 feet (5 meters) tall. the oldest art museum in Charlotte with one of the largest art collections in the Southeast and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
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Chimney Rock Tips (3)

Chimney Rock Park

This privately owned park in the Appalachians Range is worth a visit for the admission fee of $14 per person. Portions of the "Last of the Mohicans" movie were filmed on this location.
A shaft carved in the rock houses the elevator that takes atop Chimney Rock formation, from which the view is superb. From here, the Skyline Cliff trail leads to the top of Hickory Nut Falls. We attempted this hike but the August temperature of 103 F (39 C) and the scorching sun were too demanding to proceed. We otherwise took the shaded Hickory Nut Falls trail to reach the base of the almost dry falls.
Rock climbing with guides is also possible in the park and it could be a good opportunity for beginners.

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ant1606
Sep 11, 2007

Dramatic rock scenery

Chimney Rock was our first introduction to the stunning scenery of western North Carolina. It’s a dramatic rock formation which has been developed (some might feel over-developed) into the centre piece of a privately-run nature park. The highlight of a visit is probably taking the elevator up through the rock to the viewpoint at the top, which offers spectacular 75-mile views of the surrounding countryside. Despite the commercialisation this really is something worth seeing, and if you want to get away from the other visitors this is easily done, as relatively few bother to take advantage of the many hiking trails on offer. For instance, you can choose to hike back down to the parking lot and en route detour to take the Hickory Nut Falls Trail. This trail takes about an hour to hike. At the end of the trail is 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, the second tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi.

Unfortunately I’d had a nasty fall just before going away and as this was only the first full day of our holiday I wasn’t able to do as much walking here as I’d have liked. Despite that, we really enjoyed our stop here, including a good lunch (tuna sandwiches) and excellent ice-cream at the Sky Lounge Deli at the top of the elevator and a lovely stroll around the top of the rock.

We also had a nice walk along the banks of the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock Village, and finished with a refreshing drink at the Old Rock Café there.

By the way, if you’re in a wheelchair you should be able to get as far as the Sky Lounge using the elevator but won’t be able to use any of the trails, including that out to the viewpoint at the edge of the rock, which has a number of stairs. Nevertheless you’ll still get some great views from the Lounge.

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toonsarah
Apr 01, 2007

Inspiration Point at Chimney Rock Park

Near Asheville there are many beautiful trails and vantage points to gaze out and enjoy the spectacular mountain views. However, Chimney Rock is certainly one of the most breathtaking. This photo shows Inspiration Point and the opening photo for this page shows the Chimney itself.

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acemj
Mar 25, 2004
 
 
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