Welcome to Mike Fazelian’s Travel Blog

mikefazelian-headshotMike created this website to help you make the most of your trip.  Planning a trip used to require hours of research.  Hopefully, Mike can save you some time. The options are endless when deciding which destination to visit.  This website will introduce you to a few popular tourist attractions, as well as places to stay and dine.  This may help simplify your planning, so you can further enjoy your trip.  You’ll find that you don’t have to travel around the world for a great vacation. There are unique places to visit even next door.

Everyone always says, “I want to visit [location] someday, but I can’t right now because I have too many obligations.” The truth is that your life will always be filled with obligations. Your responsibilities will never cease and they only increase, as you get older. Your time to travel is now, and I’m here to make the process easier.

Mike Fazelian’s travels began while spending quality time with his father.

They visited Germany, Canada, England, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Greece, and Egypt.  One of his favorite childhood memories was visiting Hamley’s toy store in England. Today, his father remains his greatest influence guiding his artistic career.

Traveling has taught Mike to broaden his perspective of the world. It has allowed Mike to immerse himself within various cultures. Whether Mike was chatting with fellow hikers on Old Rag Mountain, or sharing a meal with a family in Germany, traveling has provided him with experiences necessary to grow.

Another reason Mike enjoys traveling is because it’s important to visit a different environment, and obtain a fresh perspective regarding the world. The attractions he listed are filled with tourists as equally excited to experience something new.

Today, Mike Fazelian works as a photographer and videographer based in Los Angeles, California, but, but travels as much as possible. If you want to learn more about him, feel free to explore this site more. In the meantime… where will you begin YOUR next adventure?

Mike's Favorite Attractions…In No Particular Order

  • Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
  • The Zocalo, Mexico City
  • Times Square, New York City
  • Central Park, New York City
  • Union Station, Washington, D.C.
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo
  • Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
  • Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario
  • Grand Central Terminal, New York City
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
  • Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  • South Street Seaport, New York City
  • San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio
  • St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy
  • Great Wall of China
  • Sacre Coeur Basilica, Paris
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood
  • Pike Place Market, Seattle
  • Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Musee du Louvre, Paris
  • Navy Pier, Chicago
  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney
  • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
  • Grand Palace, Bangkok
  • Palace of Versailles, France
  • Ocean Park, Hong Kong
  • Bourbon Street, New Orleans
  • Lotte World, Seoul
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Tower of London
  • The London Eye

Great Hotels Where You Can Unwind

  • Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, MT
  • Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
  • Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
  • La ResidencePhou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
  • Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, FL
  • Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
  • Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, UT
  • InterContinental Resort & Thalasso Spa Bora Bora
  • Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy
  • Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • The Peninsula, Chicago
  • Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis
  • Eliot Hotel, Boston
  • Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
  • Four Seasons Resort, Carmelo, Uruguay
  • Kirawira Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Palacio Duhau -Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires
  • Hotel Villa Cipriani, Asolo, Italy
  • Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, WY
  • Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
  • The Stafford London
  • Couples Tower Isle, St. Mary, Jamaica
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, HI
  • Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Financial Street
  • Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbon, Portugal

You Can’t Go Wrong With These Restaurants

  • San Francisco: Benu, Saison, and Bluxome St. Winery
  • Beverly Hills: Bouchon
  • San Diego: Waypoint Public, Streetcar Merchants
  • Dallas: Pecan Lodge, Rodeo Goat
  • Louisville: Against the Grain
  • New Orleans: Balise
  • Chicago: Lou Malnatis
  • Austin: Franklin BBQ
  • Cleveland: West Side Market
  • Minneapolis: Spoon & Stable
  • Kansas City: The Local Pig
  • Providence: Haven Bros
  • Houston: Revival Market

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