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Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon

10

October

Millions of people visit both the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas each and every year. These two destinations are the most heavily populated tourist attractions in all of Nevada. While many people choose to explore each of these areas individually, you can actually combine the two quite easily thanks to the huge number of options designed to allow people to take on just this kind of adventure. By exploring the methods of transportation ahead of time or taking advantage of the numerous tours that are available between the two locales, you can save money and dramatically expand the potential of your next Nevada getaway.

The journey is not very far at all, spanning roughly 250 miles between the Vegas Strip and the Grand Canyon. People who choose to make the drive using a rental car typically take about 4.5 hours to complete the trip when traveling along Interstate 40. However, there are plenty of ways to get around spending this much time behind the wheel of a rental. Bus tours, for instance, have proven to be a popular option for people making the most of their travel. The Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour will take you on a one-day outing to the Grand Canyon from the heart of Vegas. The tour centers on Grand Canyon Park, an area that is comprised of over 277 miles of the Colorado River. The schedule for the tour is relaxed, allowing people the time to really soak in the majesty of this wondrous creation of Mother Nature. The tour provides a wealth of information on the canyon that stretches over 18 miles across at its widest point. The tour is extremely affordable and even takes you directly over the Hoover Dam on the way to the canyon.

The Grand Canyon West Rim and Skywalk Tour takes visitors to an area of the canyon that is only located 120 miles east of Vegas. This tour has become a favorite due to the fact that it delivers visitors directly to the Skywalk. This look-out point features a glass-bottom bridge that actually extends out over the edge of the canyon. It is steel reinforced and cost close to $30 million to install. It is situated 1,200 meters above the base of the chasm and extends 20 meters away from the cliff face, making it a thrilling if not terrifyingly fun experience. In addition to making this famed stop, visitors will also see the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Eagle Point, and many other locations of interest.

People who would rather take to the air to make their way to the Grand Canyon should explore the Airplane and Bus Tour that takes place over a full day. This expedition allows for the most wondrous and comprehensive view of the canyon and the surrounding park, all in the context of the total geography of the area. Visitors will see amazing views of the overall patterns that are formed in the land as the Colorado River continually deepens the canyon 5,000 feet below its rim.

Explorers who wish to see the canyon from every possible perspective should book reservations on the West Rim Helicopter, Boat, and Bus tour. This journey explores the landscape in nearly every way possible, allowing one to see everything from Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam to the floor of the canyon itself. Crossing the rim of the canyon walls and dropping downwards in a helicopter truly provides a once in a lifetime feeling. The pontoon ride down the gentler sections of the Colorado River can be just as thrilling. Visitors get a close up look at the patterns in the rock and soil that have been formed as the water slowly erodes the canyon walls, deepening the beauty.

For a more romantic getaway, explore the possibilities that come with engaging in the Champagne Helicopter Picnic. This ride is ideal for a quick day trip that will not completely eat up 24 hours of time. Combing luxury and romance, the view is unforgettable as will be the memories you create with a significant other. Your picnic lunch takes place riverside in a secluded area of the canyon floor. There is even the option to purchase a DVD that documents your exquisite experience.


Visiting Vegas

04

February

There is an indisputable magic to Las Vegas, and just about everyone who enjoys a little gaming even at an online casino, such as http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com, will have at some time felt its draw. Many films have been made about the town, and many others have used it as a backdrop, but it is not until you visit it yourself that you can really appreciate its true spectacle.

The main street is known as The Strip and from end to end it is lines on both sides with splendid dazzling casinos and each one of them is a vast complex of gambling floors, restaurants, bars and shops. Most of the casinos have over 2,000 slot machines housed in huge parlours and they tend to be the first thing you come across as you enter; a huge array of flashing lights and sounds with literally hundreds of people milling around.

If you intend to explore several casinos, then make sure that you have comfortable shoes as you are likely to cover many miles. Fortunately there is a monorail that runs the distance of the strip, so getting from casino to casino is easy, but you will still walk a huge distance inside the casinos.

Beyond the glamour of the casinos, there is much more of Nevada to explore and it is worth taking a trip to some of the surrounding countryside. Hire a car and drive across the desert to Death Valley; it takes a little over two hours to get there but you will find it an unforgettable experience, especially in the summer months when the temperatures at Furnace Creek can soar to over 50 degrees C.
Staying in Las Vegas is relatively inexpensive ñ even if you choose one of the more upmarket hotel casinos. The casinos make their money at the gaming tables and slot machines, so they are happy to charge minimal rates for their hotel rooms, after all there is nothing like a captive audience.


Things to do in Denver

26

October

Visiting Denver gives you a number of fun things to see and do. There are a number of upscale hotels, spas and resorts where the most famous celebrities, presidents and even kings have stayed. Whether you are looking for nightlife or family fun during the day, you will not be at a loss for things to do.

The art and cultural side of Denver has grown substantially in the last few years. The Denver Art Museum was expanded in 2006 and the Museum of Contemporary Art was added in 2008. The Performing Art Complex in Denver is the second largest in the United States and frequently hosts classical music, dance, musicals and drama productions.

Whether you are looking to increase your artistic appreciation or you are simply searching for a relaxing and fun place to get away, Denver offers something for everyone. Many of the museums pay homage to characters from the city such as Buffalo Bill Cody, artist Vance Kirkland and many others. The Black American West Museum and Museo de las Americas offer insights into the ethnic history of the region a swell.

Visitors to the city simply adore the diversity. There are a number of car rental opportunities that will allow you to travel throughout the city and sample the diverse culture for yourself. Denver limousine services are readily available so you can check out the culture and the nightlife in style. Whether you are traveling to Denver for vacation or you have business in the city, you will certainly not be without amazing hotel choices, restaurants that cater to all taste preferences and many cultural activities. There are even enjoyable things to do for sports lovers whether you prefer football, hockey, soccer, basketball or any other sports activity. Shopping is also something to enjoy while you are visiting and you will find a number of malls with brand name stores and even a few one of a kind shops.


Planning A Family Vacation In Florida

11

March

Most families dream about taking a world class vacation, but between the cost and massive amount of time associated with making plans, the majority of people end up canceling their trips before they even get started. Hiring a travel agent is convenient, however, you will likely be locked into an expensive travel package that has little room for adjustment. Trying to plan a vacation on your own will require as much luck as it does skill. In order to truly enjoy your getaway you should work with companies that make planning easy.

One of the top destinations for families both in the US and abroad is Florida. From the sunny weather to the wide range of hotels to stay in, Florida has been deemed as the vacation capitals of the US. More specifically, the Disney World destination is appealing to vacationers because it offers non-stop excitement in a family friendly package. If you book your trip well in advance you can save a great deal of money and treat your family to the vacation of a lifetime.

Whether you want to be involved in every stage of planning your Florida vacation or you would rather have someone else do all the work, use Comcast Internet to make the experience easy. Browse through hotel photos and instantly find out which ones have available vacancies. Best of all, working with an online vacation booking company will allow you to get access to discounted tickets to your favorite theme parks. No trip to Florida is complete without taking a picture with Mickey Mouse and spending a full day going on water rides and roller coasters. You and your loved ones will be able to look at your vacation pictures and recall fond memories of the time that you spent having a blast on your Florida vacation.


California-Much More Than Hollywood

02

December

California is located on the Western Coast of the United States, and is home to hundreds of different attractions for tourists who want to experience a diverse period of leisure. There are twelve main regions of California, but California is mainly divided by North and South. In Northern California, tourists can find winter and nature oriented activities, while in Southern California,California are summer activities, shopping, and entertainment based things to do. The twelve main regions of California, from north to south, are the North Coast, Shasta Cascade, the Bay Area, the Central Valley, Gold Country, High Sierra, the Central Coast, the desert region, Orange County, the Los Angeles region, Inland Empire, and San Diego.

When most people think of vacationing in California, their minds usually take them to the busy streets of the L.A. and San Diego region, Hollywood, and Disneyland. Strolling around the busy streets of Los Angeles, shopping and perhaps catching the rare glimpse of a celebrity, or riding the world famous rides in one of the nation’s top theme parks at Disneyland. However, California has much more to offer. There’s the wide expanse of beautiful desert in eastern California, stretching out for miles of flat, beautiful terrain, famous for the sunsets that take up the entire sky. For those who loves the beach, but prefer not to wade through heavily populated stretches of sand that are usually notorious in L.A. and San Diego, year round, there’s also the central coast, and the beaches of Santa Cruz, and Santa Monica. The Central Valley region boasts wide expanses of plains, and bountiful stretches of green hills; a perfect destination for those who would prefer a quiet, sunny vacation getaway in a country atmosphere.

In Northern California, the possibilities are even more variable for activities. In the Shasta Cascade region, there are majestic mountains, for skiing and snowboarding, or mountain biking. As well as wildlife preserves, and enormous natural parks, where tourists and vacations can see the beauty of nature preserved, and flourishing before their eyes. On the North Coast of California, vacationers can travel through wine country, and sample some of the finest wines made right there on the coast, from the freshest source available; acres of vineyards, and wineries. As well as touring wine countries, travelers can also view one of the most famous attractions of that region; the Giant Redwoods found in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, or Del Norte State Park, hiking among some of the largest trees on the face of the Earth, as well as the oldest. Just standing beneath the Giant Redwoods, you can feel their ancient testimony of life, bygones past.

Cuisine in California is the probably the most diverse you’ll find in many places. In the urban areas you can find a melting pot of different foods and traditional dishes, such as a variety of Asian foods, sold from street vendors, as well as South American, Mexican, and Western foods. Because of California’s abundance of fresh fruits, and the perfect climate fruits and vegetables from around the world can grow here, whereas, in any other part of America, they wouldn’t be able to survive the climate. Not to mention other cultural foods such as Greek, Italian, German, and much more, available from all over the cities, as well as being prepared by the finest and most culturally diverse chefs. Eating out in California is a world tour for your mouth.

As far as getting around in California goes, traveling by car is the best way to go, either renting a car when you fly in, or driving there from wherever on the North American content you happen to be coming from. In the urban areas, such as San Francisco, San Diego, or Los Angeles, however, there is heavy traffic, and public transportation is cheaper and more reliable than waiting in traffic for hours. Taxis are also popular in urban areas, as well as renting scooters or motorcycles. Another popular choice for those visiting in California, more for the natural activities, and camping, are the RV rentals. Like a moving hotel, tourists can roam freely in Northern California, experiencing the best of both worlds; the hotel and the campfire.

Accommodations in California are numerous and very diverse as well; it all depends on what kind of visit tourists are planning to have. When it comes time to book and reserve a hotel, the choices are endless. Tourists can reserve campsites near the enchanting state parks, so that they’re close to their favourite activities. Those who prefer quiet vacations can book a reservation in a quiet lodge, or in a privately owned bed and breakfast in the Central Valley. For those vacationing in the city, or planning to spend their time in California’s various theme and amusement parks, there are luxury hotels, teeming with different options to pamper themselves, and have a relaxing spa experience. Also, are resort hotels, provided by the amusement or theme parks, that can be purchased as part of a vacation package, which takes some of the stress off of finding perfect accommodations.


Hawaii’s Intoxicating Islands

25

November

Hawaii is probably one of the top most popular destinations for vacationers all over the world. There is something most find hard to express, and utterly alluring about the islands Hawaiian island of Kauai that bring visitors back again and again. It truly is one of the most beautiful place on Earth, being home to beautiful beaches, friendly locals, weather that is neither too hot or humid, peaceful ocean breezes, not to mention other fascinating facts and sights, such as being the location of the world’s most active volcano, the world’s tallest sea mountain, as well as being one of the youngest geological formations in the world, and the youngest of the United States. There are six islands that make up Hawaii; Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and “The Big Island” which is actually named Hawaii, but called The Big Island so people don’t get confused with the state, and the name.

One of the favourite activities to take part in is the submarine tours of the reefs that surround the island of Oahu, and the tours can be found in Honolulu, along with several other aquatic activities, such as diving, swimming in the beautiful waters of Hawaii’s hundreds of beaches, as well as taking private or public charter boats out into the ocean for fishing trips with family and friends. Other popular activities are summer festivals on the beaches with the Hawaiian locals, whom are always very welcoming to visitors of the island. Luxury resorts and waterfront spa treatments are also popular indoor activities in Hawaii, as well as more family oriented activities such as “Sky Adventures”, which are helicopter tours of the volcano and breath taking mountains. Another popular attraction to Hawaii is the nightlife; dance clubs, and live beach-front entertainment, including Hawaii’s famous scantily clad Hula dancers.

One of the most multicultural of all Hawaii’s many attractive properties, is the cuisine visitors will find there; some of the most prominent influences in Hawaiian food is Polynesian, Asian, and American. The most popular vegetables and fruits used in Hawaiian foods are coconuts, yams, macadamia nuts, guava, tamarind, melons, seaweed, kukui, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, pineapples, and bananas. The popular spices used in Hawaiian cooking are Five Spice, Char siu, soy sauce, jicama, fish sauces, Bagoong, Patis, and Wasabi. One of the most interesting choices of meat in Hawaii, while pork is very popular, is actually Spam. Believe it or not, Spam is used in almost everything in Hawaii; it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hawaii is the planet’s second largest consumer of Spam, –the first is actually Guam. Tuna is another staple food of Hawaii, and used in many traditional dishes. Some of the delicious dishes you’ll definitely have to taste in Hawaii is Loco Moco; two fried, seasoned hamburger patties, topped with cooked eggs, and gravy, as well as, Kalua Pig, a favourite of natives and visitors, which is pulled pork, with marinated and steamed cabbage.

In Hawaii, when looking for hotels, your options are various to say the least. Choosing a hotel further inland can be cheaper, though further from the beaches. The hotels on the beach are picturesque but much more expensive; there are resort hotels, spa hotels, luxury five star getaways, and economically sound hotels as well, for those who prefer to spend their time outside their hotel rooms. Getting around in Hawaii is usually done by car, or scooter in city areas, or by bicycle. When traveling by car, visitors have more independence to travel the island freely. Travel back and forth to the islands is done either by ferry, or air.


Las Vegas-Big, Loud, and Still Growing

19

September

Las Vegas is now more than a gambling haven. . .it’s a family destination, with entertainment for all ages.

Nevada is not where one would expect to find one of the top tourist destinations in the world, but Las Vegas has been challenging expectations ever since being established as an entertainment capital in 1946. In just a few years, Vegas went from being a wide spot in the road to the playground for gamblers, Hollywood stars, and tourists from all over the world. Las Vegas legalized gambling in 1931, but it wasn’t until Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel on the day after Christmas in 1946 that the Strip, and modern Las Vegas, was born. In the following years, the smaller, ‘family-run’ hotels and casinos would gradually be replaced by mega-resorts and corporate hotels, and the city that was once based purely on entertainment for adults, began billing itself as a destination for the entire family.

Today, the action has moved from downtown Las Vegas to the Strip. The Strip is actually a four-mile section of Las Vegas Boulevard South, and contains most of the newer mega-hotels that Vegas offers. Many of these hotels are some of the biggest, most expensive properties in the world. Las Vegas is located in the Nevada desert, so the resorts and hotels are open year-round, the sun is always beaming, rain is almost non-existent, and fun is always in season.

Every year the hotels in Vegas get bigger, more lavish, and the entertainment choices more fabulous. On any given night, visitors can chose from old Vegas stand-bys such as Barry Manilow, David Copperfield, and Tony Bennett, to the biggest shows of today like the Blue Man Group, Spamalot, and Penn and Teller, to the more eclectic, like tribute show to Neil Diamond or the Rat Pack. Las Vegas, Nevada is also famous for its championship quality golf courses. Each year, the PGA hosts numerous events and tournaments in and around Vegas, and likewise for tourists, the courses are always in great shape, the sun is always shining, and the bunkers are always raked.

The Strip is home to the largest, most lavish, and luxurious casinos and hotels in the United States. Some of the most famous that tourists will encounter are:

  • Circus Circus: Themed after its name, guests enjoy its daily acrobatic shows, clowns, and other amazing displays. One of the older casinos on the Strip, and a Vegas landmark.
  • Bellagio: When it was built it was the most expensive and largest casino in the world. In addition to thousands of game tables and rooms, the Bellagio has a world-class art museum, and it features the nightly dancing water fountain in front.
  • Ceasars Palace: An ancient Roman-themed affair, Ceasars has waiters working in togas, and is another of the most famous and well-known in Vegas.
  • The Venetian: Set to become the largest hotel-complex in the world when its Palazzo section opens, this Venice-based resort features gondola rides along waterfront shopping, a Guggenheim art museum, and 17 award-winning restaurants.

Although Las Vegas has grown incredibly fast in the sixty-odd years since the city found its calling, the best may be yet to come. A monorail is slowly opening that runs the length of the strip—beginning at the MGM Grand Casino and passes the Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton, before ending at the Sahara. When fully completed, the monorail will connect from the airport all the way to the Sahara. Plans are also under discussion to build the tallest hotel in the world, as well.


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