Do you ever wish that you could visit a truly magical place with strange creatures and incredible scenery, straight from a storybook? For the globe-trotters who have seen everything, or the dreamer in all of us… be sure to add these four imaginary travel destinations to your bucket list.
1. Kings Landing
Capital of the Seven Kingdoms, Kings Landing is located on the eastern coast of Westeros. The mild climates make it a terrific destination to visit year-round. Although the city can be expensive, there are many attractions for the budget-traveller as well. Spend a day swimming at Blackwater Bay, rated the top beach resort east of Casterly Rock. Scuba diving at Blackwater Bay is highly recommended as the waters are a treasure trove for adventure seekers, thanks to the multitude of shipwrecks in the area.
Although Kings Landing is a city of the rich and famous, it is recommended that tourists beware of pickpockets, as thievery in the city is increasingly common. Kings Landing is accessible by all major cities in the Seven Kingdoms, although there are often travel disruptions in the winter months.
Rivendell is a major city near the Bruinen River, at the foot of the Misty Mountains. The history of Rivendell spans over five thousand years, and is a terrific destination for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike. The Hall of Fire is Rivendell’s most popular attraction and is known for its continuously burning flame. This ancient hall is located in the home of Elrond, Lord of Rivendell, and is open to the public. The Hall of Fire is especially popular in the evenings, when locals gather to drink and socialize.
Surrounded by waterfalls and peaceful streams, Rivendell has a very small-town feel despite the large population. Take a short hike to Bruinen Ford which offers visitors spectacular views of the Misty Mountain Range and shallow wading pools that are perfect for families looking to cool off.
Rivendell has four distinct seasons, and is especially popular for tourists in the warm summer months. The city is one of the safest in Middle-Earth and has unparalleled, awe-inspiring views.
3. The Land of Oz
There is no destination quite like Oz. From Munchkin Land to the Emerald City, the Land of Oz has a little bit of something for everyone. The easiest way to get to Oz is to head to rural Kansas and catch a ride on a passing tornado. When you arrive, expect a warm welcome from the friendly locals who will gladly direct you to where you’d like to go. The climate in Oz is generally sunny with blue skies and rainbows, except on the rare occasion when a Wicked Witch brings storms, rain, and flying monkeys.
If you are looking to take a relaxing break, why not try the Poppy Field near Emerald City. The gorgeous fields of red poppy flowers are a top destination in Oz for travellers looking to catch some shut-eye after a long journey. If you ever wake-up, be sure to check out the Emerald City where buildings are constructed of sparkling emeralds and local horses change color.
4. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is an Ivy League institution for students who want to learn the history and practical application of the magical arts. The school is located in the Scottish mountains, and is easily accessible by train from London’s King Cross Station. (Platform 9¾) The Hogwarts School is located in the historic Hogwarts Castle which was established in the 10th century AD.
On your visit to Hogwarts you will find fascinating galleries, extensive libraries, and plenty of green space which surrounds the grounds, including a loch and the Forbidden Forest. The castle itself contains over 142 staircases, and constantly regenerates so every visit to Hogwarts is a new and unique experience. Although access to the grounds of Hogwarts can sometimes be restricted, occasionally the Headmaster will lift the invisibility enchantment for tours. The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a must-see destination for history buffs and all those interested in the magical arts.
What imaginary travel destinations would you recommend?