The Best Places To Go During the Winter of 2019/2020 To Escape the Cold

The winter season is approaching fast. Even though the winter season doesn’t technically start until December 21st, it is already feeling like winter in certain areas of the United States. Even though we usually associate winter with cold and snowy weather, not every area in the United States normally gets cold and snowy during the winter.

A winter wonderland certainly has its charms. For one, you could be bundling up and walking around in the deep snow. How about attempting to make a snowman with all these snow powders? Or maybe you are dreaming of Santa Claus sneaking in with a present for you? But what if you want to escape all that winter weather? Then here are the best places to go during the winter of 2019/2020 to get away from the cold.

Orlando, Florida

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Orlando is a world class destination for family fun. That is thanks in a big part to the many theme and water parks found in the Orlando area. Better yet, all of these theme parks are open all year round, including during the winter. That gives you the opportunity to forget about all that cold and snowy weather this winter season.

Orlando is also home to the lovely palm trees, something you won’t find in areas that normally get cold in the winter. Subjects of Mickey and Minnie will definitely want to check out the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World theme park. The signature feature at the Magic Kingdom is Cinderella Castle. Cinderella Castle is the first thing that comes into view when you enter the Magic Kingdom.

During your time at the Magic Kingdom, you will have an opportunity to have a meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie. You can even take a picture with them. There are six sections, also known as “lands”, at the Magic Kingdom such as Main Street U.S.A., Liberty Square, and Tomorrowland. The sections circle Cinderella Castle. So, you will always have a view of the castle regardless of which section you are in.

The price for a one day, one park ticket for Walt Disney World currently starts at $125 per adult. You can buy the ticket by going here. Harry Potter fans and wizardry enthusiasts will want to feast their eyes on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section at the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks.

The most notable attraction in the Harry Potter section is the Hogwarts Castle where the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located. Hogsmeade Village and Diagon Alley are among the other major attractions located in the Harry Potter section.

Because the Harry Potter section is divided into two halves spanning two theme parks, you will need a ticket that grants you access to both of these theme parks. So, with that in mind, I recommend that you buy the Universal Orlando 3 Park Ticket which currently starts at $259.99. Head here if you would like to purchase the ticket.

That will grant you access to these two theme parks where the Harry Potter section is located plus the brand new Volcano Bay water park and the Universal CityWalk attraction. It bears noting though this ticket is only available to residents of the U.S. and Canada. You can shuttle between the two halves of the Harry Potter section via the Hogwarts Express.

The average low and high temperatures during the coldest month of January in Orlando are 49 F and 71 F respectively.

Hotel Suggestion: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is located on Cayman Way in Lake Buena Vista, southwest of Orlando. This is a unique resort hotel that is designed to immerse you into being on a Caribbean island. This resort hotel is divided into six sections, also known as “villages”. White-sand beaches, backed up by swaying palm trees, are common throughout the resort hotel.

Oh, and yes you can swim in any of these Caribbean-like waters, even in January. There are a variety of features and activities meant to embrace the Caribbean spirt, including colonial forts, bustling markets, splashy florals, and swaying hammocks. There are plenty of in-house restaurants at this resort hotel, all of them inspired by the Caribbean.

The recreational options here range from swimming to outdoor movie nights to campfires to jogging on a trail. All of the rooms here are themed to make you feel like a pirate including ship-shaped beds and hidden treasures. WiFi is available in all of the rooms.

The average rate for a standard room at this resort hotel ranges from $246 to $470. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view the photos.

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Scottsdale is a beautiful city located in the sun-kissed Sonoran Desert of the U.S. state of Arizona. The city is located to the east of Phoenix, the state capital of Arizona. Scottsdale is renowned for its many days of sunny skies and beautiful desert landscapes. One place to check out is the bustling downtown Scottsdale, formally known as Old Town.

Art lovers will appreciate the many art galleries in Old Town that they can check out. If you are looking to do a ton of shopping, look no further than the upscale Scottsdale Fashion Square which is the largest shopping destination in the southwestern United States. If you are seeking delicious food, Old Town is populated by chef-led restaurants.

For these of you who want a night out on the town, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs in Old Town, especially in its entertainment district. In addition, there are two museums in Old Town worth checking out. They are Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

The average low and high temperatures in the coldest month of January in Scottsdale are 39 F and 69 F respectively.

Hotel Suggestion: The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort

Scottsdale is noted for its numerous world class resort hotels. One such resort hotel is The Phoenician. This resort hotel is located on East Camelback Road at the base of the breathtaking Camelback Mountains in Scottsdale. This luxurious, palatial resort hotel is most noted for its scenic golf course, The Phoenician Golf Club. This golf course mixes the lush greenery of the fairways with the breathtaking desert landscape.

The golf course also offers sweeping views of the mountains and the resort hotel’s palatial buildings. Another notable feature of this resort hotel is the luxury spa known as The Phoenician Spa. The Phoenician also offers a beautifully designed series of outdoor swimming pools meant to feel like an oasis. These swimming pools are known as The Phoenician Pools.

This section also allows for breathtaking mountain and building views. An adults-only hot tub, Kid Zone with treehouse, a waterslide, and poolside dining are also available at The Phoenician Pools. This resort hotel also feature a massive, two floors fitness center called The Phoenician Athletic Club. There are over 8 onsite restaurants to choose from, including Mowry & Cotton and Thirsty Camel.

A variety of onsite shops are found at this resort hotel such as Accents Luxury Resort Shop and Accents Gifts and Sundry. The suites at the resort hotel are called The Phoenician Suite. They are custom designed with decor and finishes that reflects the rich tones and warm hues of the surrounding Sonoran Desert.

All of the rooms and suites have beds with Italian linens. They also feature mini refrigerators, coffee makers, and WiFi. The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $388 to $1,150. You can book your stay and/or view some photos by going here.

Santa Monica, California

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This bustling oceanside city west of Los Angeles is armed with world class beaches, a soaring Ferris wheel, and gorgeous mountain and ocean scenery. To take advantage of the beautiful weather this winter, I would suggest you head out to the Santa Monica State Beach. There are a wide variety of beach activities you can do, from cycling to volleyball to walking along the sweeping ocean.

Another place worth going to is the Santa Monica Pier. This is where you can ride the famed Ferris wheel and take in the sweeping views. The pier also features other carnival rides as well as restaurants and shops on it.

If you are looking for an awesome way to ride to Santa Monica, and hopefully avoid all of that traffic, you can buy a pass for the Los Angeles Hop-On, Hop-Off Double Decker Bus Tour for about $49 per person. You can do so by going here.

The average low and high temperatures during the coldest month of January in Santa Monica are 51 F and 64 F respectively.

Hotel Suggestion: Shore Hotel

The Shore Hotel is located on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, overlooking the coast. That will give you easy access by walking to the beach and pier. This hotel is built in the coastal California style. The hotel features an outdoor heated swimming pool and a fitness center.

All of the hotel’s rooms are beautifully designed with beach shades of teak and orange. They are also outfitted with custom-made Teak wood furniture. Each room also comes with a private patio and balcony. All of the hotel rooms includes coffee makers, fully stocked private bars, and WiFi.

The average rate for a standard room ranges from $304 to $537. You can explore your booking options and/or check out some photos by going here.

These are the best places to go during the winter of 2019/2020. These places will allow you to get away from the cold and snowy weather as these places aren’t normally known for this kind of weather during the winter.

What are your thoughts? Has any of these places inspired you to get away from the cold this winter? Or are you all in for a winter wonderland this winter? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Eureka Springs, The Prettiest Town In Arkansas

Tucked away in the northwestern corner of the American state of Arkansas is Eureka Springs. Eureka Springs is a scenic, winding town located in the Ozark Mountains which covers the northwestern part of Arkansas as well as the southwestern part of the state of Missouri. The entire town is registered on National Register of Historic Places as the Eureka Springs Historic District.

The town’s founding was based on the Native American legend that the area’s springs housed healing powers to cure various ailments. That ended up attracting people hoping to find a cure to their illness from the springs. Here in this post, you will find at least a few things to do in Eureka Springs in order to have a great visit there.

Go For A Drive

One thing that Eureka Springs and its surrounding area is renowned for is its natural setting, being located in the Ozark Mountains. This is an opportunity for you to explore the area by road. There are a number of routes that you can drive on in the area. The best route you can drive on is The Pig Trail.

The Pig Trail runs on the same route as State Highway 23 for around 19 miles starting in Fayetteville and making its way through the Ozark Mountains. This offers a variety of majestic views including rivers, waterfalls, forests, and mountain views. You will also pass through the town of Eureka Springs and the Ozark National Forest on the journey.

Visit The Historic Downtown

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Eureka Springs is home to a historic downtown. Downtown Eureka Springs is a hilly and winding area that runs along the Main and Spring streets. The best way to experience downtown Eureka Springs would be to go for a walk. That will offer you the chance to enjoy the steepness of downtown and marvel at the beautiful Victorian-style architecture in which buildings are made of stones.

While walking downtown, you can also soak in the views of the surrounding beauty of the Ozarks. Staircases are also a sight to behold downtown. So, be on the lookout for these. There are many unique shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars to be found in downtown Eureka Springs. So, stop by at any of these places at your leisure.

If you are looking for a place to relax in peace downtown, you can do so at the Basin Spring Park. This park is charmingly tucked into downtown Eureka Springs. The park was where one of the springs was located. It was the site on which Eureka Springs was founded in the mid 19th century.

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The spring itself is technically still there, but it is located beneath the park now. There are a couple statues in the park worth checking out. The park is populated with benches for you to sit on. There are also live music performances going on in the park’s bandshell.

Blue Spring Heritage Center

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The Blue Spring Heritage Center is located on Country Road 210 about 15 minutes drive northwest from downtown Eureka Springs. This breathtaking natural attraction was a stopover for the Cherokee Indians during their journey westward during the 1830’s. Their journey was known as the Trail of Tears. One of the natural attraction’s highlights is the spring known as Blue Spring.

The spring pumps out over 38 million gallons of water daily and they flow as river and waterfall towards the trout lagoon. The water has a clear blue look to it. Another highlight at the Blue Spring Heritage Center is the Blue Spring Shelter. This is an area of giant bluff shelters. This area has historic significance for Native American tribes extending as far as 10,000 years ago.

Various Native American tribes still visit this area today and performs ceremonies during their visits there. The Blue Spring Heritage Center contains paths through gardens of native plants, woodlands of hardwood trees, meadows, and hillsides for you to hike on. There are also benches and gazeboes should you want somewhere to relax during your time there.

The admission prices here are as follows: $9.75 for adults, $6.50 for these aged 6 to 17, and free for these aged 5 and under.

Onyx Cave

The Onyx Cave is located on Onyx Cave Lane about a 15 minutes drive northeast of downtown Eureka Springs. This stunning cave is home to a variety of wildlife and rock formation. Over 20 different gemstones call this cave home and you can collect some gemstones during your time there and take them home. You will be given a special keepsake bag for you to store your gemstone collection in.

There is a new activity available in this cave called Axe Throwing. This fun activity is played in a similar manner to playing darts. It goes something like this: you are given an axe and then you try and throw the axe at a certain spot on the circle thing. You can use this activity to test out your skills or start up a game.

There is a gift shop located in this cave so that you can buy souvenirs. There is also a new booth serving snow cones. There is at least one outdoor deck in the cave offering gorgeous views of the surroundings. There are torchlights spread out through the cave to help light the area up. The temperature in the cave is 57 degree (F). This is always the case regardless of the temperature outside at the time.

The admission price is as follows: $10 for adults and $6 for these aged 4 to 13. These aged 4 and under get free admission.

These are just a few of the things to do in Eureka Springs in order to have a great experience there. Regardless of if this is your first time visiting Eureka Springs or if you are making a return visit, you are destined for a great visit to this pretty town in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas.

Eureka Springs Hotels

Are you ready to find a hotel to stay overnight at during your Eureka Springs vacation? No problem at all, I am here to help you with your hotel options. Here are two hotels I would encourage you to book at.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

This hotel is located on Prospect Avenue just west of downtown Eureka Springs. This beautiful palatial hotel sits on an overlook high above the town of Eureka Springs. This hotel opened in 1886, having been open for more than a century. The hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens, making for a beautiful setting.

There are a few onsite restaurants. They are The Crystal Dining Room and Skybar Gourmet Pizza. A sweet treats shop called Crescent Confections is also located onsite. As the hotel’s name indicates, there is a spa called the New Moon Spa at the hotel. There is also an outdoors heated swimming pool and a hot tub available.

In addition to hotel rooms and suites, there are also cottages available for these of you who desires a more rustic experience at the hotel. All hotel rooms and suites include WiFi and a coffee maker while small refrigerator and microwave are also available in the hotel’s suites.

As for the cottages, all of them offer a full kitchen, a dining room, at least one bedroom, and WiFi. Certain cottages also offers a large deck for breathtaking views as well as a hot tub. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel ranges from $159 to $492. If you want to explore your booking options and/or view some photos, you can do so by going here.

Best Western Eureka Inn

This hotel is located on East Van Buren Street just south of downtown Eureka Springs. A restaurant called Gazebo Restaurant is located onsite. The hotel offers an outdoor heated swimming pool, which is currently the largest in Eureka Springs. A fitness center is also offered at this hotel for use. The hotel also allows pets to be inside it.

All hotel rooms offer coffee makers and mini refrigerator. WiFi is also available in every hotel room. The average rate for a standard room range from $87 to $135. You can go here to book your stay and/or check out some photos.

So, what are your thoughts? Have you found any charm in Eureka Springs? Feel free to drop a comment below.

What To Do In Plymouth – Thanksgiving Week 2019 Events

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. So, chances are that you are planning a family gathering for Thanksgiving dinner. But if you are looking to travel this coming Thanksgiving, then I have you covered right here. On the ocean coast of Massachusetts halfway between Boston and Cape Cod lie a charming town called Plymouth. Plymouth has a special place in the history of the United States.

Plymouth is where the annual holiday of Thanksgiving first began. Thanksgiving was first established after a large group of pilgrims arrived on the coast of Plymouth via the famed Mayflower ship in 1620. In honor of Plymouth’s history with Thanksgiving, there are events happening this coming Thanksgiving week. These events will serve as your guide for what to do in Plymouth this Thanksgiving week.

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Rockland Trust Bank Thanksgiving Parade

The Rockland Trust Bank Thanksgiving Parade will take place on Saturday, November 23rd at 10:30am on Plymouth’s waterfront. This parade will use the parading floats to showcase Plymouth’s history and heritage from its founding in the 17th century through the 21st century. The special floats for 2019 are D-Day’s 75th Anniversary and Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary.

A few other floats that will feature during the parade include History Comes Alive, Mayflower Replica 1609 – 1620, and First Thanksgiving 1621. The parade will feature a special appearance by the Golden Knights Army Parachute Team. The Golden Knights is considered to be one of the best parachuting teams in the world today.

Friday Veteran Movie Night

The Friday Veteran Movie will happen on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 7pm at the Plymouth Memorial Hall. This is an event designed to honor the area’s veterans. This is done by showcasing a movie that is related to the United States Armed Forces. The movie is titled D-Day Normandy 1944. It is about the U.S. military’s historic landing on the French coast of Normandy during World War 2.

This event is free for veterans. Non-veterans may be asked to make a donation of at least $10 when attending the event.

Saturday Night Concert

The Saturday Night Concert will take place on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Plymouth Memorial Hall. The concert will be performed by Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps. A few of the starting line-ups for the concert include Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights Alumni Corps, Crusaders SR. Drum and Bugle Corps, and Defenders Concert Corps. The ticket price will be $27 per person.

Hometown Family Fun Festival

The Hometown Family Fun Festival will happen from Friday, November 22nd to Sunday, November 24th, 2019 at the waterfront of Plymouth. There will be many events happening within the festival. A few notable events include the Hometown Craft Beer and Wine Garden, Children’s Pavilion, Food Truck Alley, Historic Village & Living Historians, and The Wampanoag Educational Pavilion.

Hometown Craft Beer and Wine Garden

The Hometown Craft Beer and Wine Garden will happen on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 from 9am to 4pm on the waterfront of Plymouth. This will happen before, during, and after the Thanksgiving parade. This will be your opportunity to sample a variety of beers and wines. The Red Table Wine and the White Table Wine are two of the types of wine and beer available. The beers and wines can also be bought at their table.

Children’s Pavilion

The Children’s Pavilion will happen on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 from 11am to 4pm. So, you can check it out as soon as the Thanksgiving parade ends. There will be a variety of activities available to children at the pavilion. These activities include face paintings, the creation and building of things, and taking photos of themselves. So, if you have any little ones with you, then this is something worth checking out.

Food Truck Alley

The Food Truck Alley will happen on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019. This will be the first year that the Food Truck Alley will make its mark at the festival. There will be a group of food trucks offering a variety of food for the hungry to eat. A few of the vendors who will be present include Away Cafe, Mom on the Go, and Tara’s Fried Dough.

Historic Village

The Historic Village will happen on Saturday, November, 23rd, 2019. This is an event where you can travel down memory lane. You will be able to watch scenes playing out that represents various events throughout the history of Plymouth. These scenes will be played by groups from the historic events. There will be historians interpreting what the scenes represent as they play out.

A few of the historic groups represented during the Historic Village event this year include New Plimmoth Gard, Harmon’s Company of Snowshoemen, and the 103 Infantry WW1. Once you are done with one scene, you can head on to the next scene and so on which will make you feel like you are time-traveling through history.

Wampanoag Pavilion

The Wampanoag Pavilion will be present during the festival from Friday, November 22nd to Sunday, November 24th, 2019. This is where you can go and learn about the historic dinner in 1621 between the colonists and the Wampanoag tribe who were native to the area.

This dinner would then be known as Thanksgiving. During this event, there will be two groups representing the colonists and the tribe who will relive the dinner that happened all these centuries ago.

These are all of the events that will guide you as you seek out what to do in Plymouth this coming Thanksgiving week. This charming Massachusetts coastal town has a special place in the holiday of Thanksgiving.

The Hotels To Stay In Plymouth

if you are visiting Plymouth this coming Thanksgiving week. You might be wondering where you would stay overnight at. I have got two suggestions for you to chew on as far as hotels are concerned.

Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor

This hotel is located on Plymouth’s waterfront. That will give you plenty of restaurants, shops, and nightlife establishments within walking distance of the hotel, not to mention the fact that you will also have easy access to the events happening this upcoming Thanksgiving week on the waterfront.

As for the hotel itself. There is an onsite restaurant called 1620 Bistro if you prefer not to venture outside of the hotel to eat. There is also an oversized indoor swimming pool and a fitness center for your enjoyment. Some of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer a charming view of the pool area while some others may net you a sweeping view of the harbor.

All hotel rooms and suites have WiFi in them. Each room and suite also come with a mini refrigerator and a coffee maker. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $149 to $243. Go here if you are interested in booking a stay and/or viewing some photos.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa Plymouth

The Mirbeau Inn & Spa Plymouth is located in the Pinehills area of Plymouth just north of the interchange of Clark Road and State Highway 3, also known as the Pilgrims Highway. This luxurious boutique hotel resembles a series of beautiful French countryside manors in its architectural style. This hotel is surrounded by beautifully landscaped Monet ponds and gardens.

The hotel is also surrounded by lush Pinehills Golf Club, offering you an opportunity to play golf. As the name of this hotel indicate, this hotel is renowned for its spa offerings. There are a total of three restaurants and bars onsite. They are The Bistro & Wine Bar, The Garden Bar, and The Aqua Terrace. All three of these restaurants have patio areas, allowing for beautiful views of the ponds and gardens.

All hotel rooms and suites feature beds with the hotel’s signature mattress called The Mirbeau Estate Mattress which includes the gel-infused memory foam topper. Also included on the bed along with the mattress are the plush, custom-made sheets and terry towels from the Italian firm, Frette’s.

In the bathroom of all the hotel’s rooms and suites, you can find a large French-style soaking tub and tilted walk-in shower. A fireplace is featured in every room and suite at this hotel as are the beautiful views of the Monet Ponds and Gardens. WiFi is also available in each room and suite.

The average rate for a standard room at this hotel ranges from $239 to $457. You can explore your booking options and/or check out some photos by going here.

What are your thoughts? Are you planning on visiting the birthplace of Thanksgiving this coming Thanksgiving week? Feel free to leave a comment below.

What To Do In Wyoming, The Land of the Women

It is true that the American state of Wyoming is renowned for its natural beauty from the mountains to geysers to sweeping expanse of dry grasslands. It is also true that Wyoming is the second smallest state when it comes to population at 577,737 as of 2018. But, did you know that Wyoming played a big role in shaping the political power of women in the United States?

Wyoming was the first state to allow women to not only vote, but also to run for elected office. These rights were not enacted federally until 50 years after Wyoming did. The women of Wyoming also played a role in shaping the history of, not only Wyoming, but also the country as a whole. If you are wondering about what to do in Wyoming to learn about how women shaped the history of our country, then I have you covered right here.

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There are numerous attractions within Wyoming that are dedicated to the women who shaped or made history in the country. These attractions are spread out in multiple cities.

Wyoming House for Historic Women

The Wyoming House for Historic Women is located in Laramie, a city on Interstate 80 a short distance northwest of the state capital of Cheyenne. This museum is dedicated to multiple women who made history in the country. The first woman is Louisa Swain. She was the first woman ever in the country to cast a vote in an election. Eliza Stewart became the first woman in the country to serve on a jury.

The third woman is Martha Symons Boies. She is the first woman in the country to serve as a bailiff. The first woman to serve in a judicial position in the country is Esther Hobart Morris. Estelle Reel became the first woman to be elected to a statewide office in the country. Barbara Cubin became the first woman to be elected to federal office from Wyoming.

This museum houses galleries that showcases the lives of all these women. The admission prices are as follows: $2.50 for adults and $1 for students. If you would like to make a special appointment to tour this museum, you can do so here.

South Pass City Historic Site

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The South Pass City Historic Site is located in South Pass City which is a ghost town located just off of State Route 28 about 2 hours and 45 minutes west of the city of Casper. This historic site is where the women’s suffrage movement originated. This is where William Bright first introduced the women’s suffrage bill to the Wyoming Territorial Legislature. That bill ultimately became law in 1869.

This historic site is where Esther Hobart Morris became the justice of the peace. It was also there that Esther became the first woman in the country to hold a political office. In addition to learning about this historic moment, you can also learn about the historic site’s history as a gold mining town and the role that women played in shaping it. You could also get access to the old gold mine tunnel too as well.

The prices for admission is as follows: $3 for Wyoming residents, $5 for non-residents, and free for children under the age of 18. It should be noted that at least one tour being offered at this historic site will require a reservation in advance. You can do so here.

Sacajawea Cemetery

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The Sacajawea Cemetery is located in Fort Washakie, about 2 and a half hours west of Casper and about an hour north of the South Pass City Historic Site. This cemetery is dedicated to Sacajawea. She was an American Indian woman who was a part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the 1800’s. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was a defining moment in the United States’ westward expansion to the Pacific Ocean.

Sacajawea played a major role in the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition because of her unmatched knowledge of the difficult terrains. She was also very talented in translating between the English language and the languages of the various tribes. That helped the expedition to communicate with the tribes that they encountered on their exploratory journey.

Sacajawea did these things while at the same time, taking care of her newborn son whom she gave birth during the expedition. The Sacajawea Cemetery also houses a statue of Sacajawea herself. The admission to the cemetery is free of charge for everyone.

Cowgirls of the West Museum

The Cowgirls of the West Museum is located in Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming. This is the museum where you can learn about the women who played a big role in the taming and settling of the American frontier (also known as the Old West or Wild West) in the 19th century. These women were known as the cowgirls.

In addition to showcasing the lives of the American frontier women, this museum also showcases the history of women in the rodeo circuit sport. This museums houses artifacts as well as a gift shop called The Emporium where you can buy souvenirs. The admission to this museum is free for everyone.

The Amelia Earhart Archives

The Amelia Earhart Archives is located inside of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in the city of Cody in northwest Wyoming. This attraction is dedicated to Amelia Earhart who was the first woman ever to attempt a flight around the world. Even though Amelia didn’t ultimately make it as she and her plane vanished during the journey, her legacy lives on.

Amelia was also well known for her admiration for Wyoming where she would take vacations. Housed into the archives are a collection of photos of Amelia, many of them from her Wyoming vacations.

The admission prices for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, where the archives is located, are as follows: $19.75 for adults, $18.75 for seniors, $18.25 for college students, and $13.25 for ages 6 to 17. These aged 5 or under gets free admission. You can buy the tickets by going here.

These are all the attractions I would suggest you visit if you are wondering about what to do in Wyoming, particularly when it comes to the history of women in the United States. These are good reasons why the words “Wyoming” and “women” start with the letter “w”. The women who lived in or had connections to Wyoming played major roles in shaping the history of the country.

Hotels to Stay Overnight At

How about a place to stay at overnight? I have got you covered right here. As these attractions are spread out in multiple cities or sites throughout Wyoming, ideally, you would be somewhere in the center so that you can be in the best position to reach at least most of these attractions. I believe that Casper is the best place for staying at a hotel. So, the two hotels I will list right here will be in Casper.

Hilton Garden Inn Casper

The Hilton Garden Inn Casper is located on Poplar Street north of its interchange with Interstate 25. There is 24 hour front desk, room service, and baggage storage are all available at this hotel. There is a fitness center and a swimming pool available for your usage. A on-site restaurant called The Garden Grille & Bar is available to serve the hungry traveler.

Each of the hotel rooms come with a mini refrigerator, a microwave, and a coffee maker. There is WiFi available in all of the hotel rooms. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $90 to $178. You can book your stay and/or view the photos by going here.

Best Western Plus Casper Inn & Suites

Best Western Plus Casper Inn & Suites is located on Granite Peak Drive southwest of the interchange of Interstate 25 and State Route 253 in Casper. This hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center along with an indoor swimming pool and hot tub. While there are no on-site restaurants at the hotel, there are plenty of restaurants close by, including FireRock, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden.

The hotel does offer free breakfast though. All of the hotel rooms come with a mini refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. There is WiFi available in every hotel room. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel ranges from $92 to $173. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Were you surprised about the role that Wyoming played in shaping women in the United States? Feel free to leave a comment here.

Places To Go In Boston – North End, Boston’s Oldest Neighborhood

The City of Boston was founded in 1630, which is around a century and a half before the United States became an independent country in 1776. This makes Boston one of the oldest cities in existence. As a result, there are numerous historic neighborhoods in the city that showcases Boston’s early history. One of the places to go in Boston is the North End neighborhood.

The North End is Boston’s oldest neighborhood, having been in existence since the city’s founding in 1630. There are a range of things to do in Boston’s North End neighborhood, from strolling one of the narrow cobblestone streets to eating at one of the neighborhood’s many Italian restaurants to visiting historic sites like the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House.

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Italian Restaurants

The North End is also known as “Little Italy”. So, Italian food is king in this neighborhood as there are countless Italian restaurants for you to choose from. So, this is the best place to find Italian food such as pasta, pizza, and Italian beef. So, if you are looking for Italian food, then the North End will do. Here are two of the best Italian restaurants you should check out.

Mamma Maria

Mamma Maria is located in a beautiful 19th century row house at North Square in the North End. This Italian restaurant has five private dining rooms which can seat anywhere from five to fifty guests depending on the dining room. So, if you are looking for a place to dine that is more intimate, this restaurant will take care of your needs.

The dining tables are highly decorated with flora and attention to details. This restaurant can host private events such as wedding receptions or birthday celebrations. The menu at this restaurant covers the antipasti, pasta and risotto, and principali food categories. Desserts and wine are also on the menu too as well.

Antico Forno

Antico Forno is located on Salem Street in Boston’s North End neighborhood. This restaurant has a cozy mom and pop atmosphere which makes for a relaxing dining experience. This restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes that are prepared from their charming brick oven. The restaurant is especially well known for their selection of pasta and pizza food. There are also a range of desserts and wines available too as well.

Cobblestone Streets

One of the best experiences of being in the North End is to walk the narrow streets that makes their way through the neighborhood’s beautiful cobblestone buildings. These narrow streets are a result of the North End’s 17th and 18th century era street layouts.

Plus, depending on which narrow streets you walk on, they will have shops and restaurants for you to stop at if you like. A good example of this is Salem Street which runs south to north from the Rose Kennedy Greenway to just north of the Old North Church. You also may happen upon a small park along the way.

Improv Asylum

Are you in for good laughs? If so, there is a place for you in the North End neighborhood. It is called Improv Asylum and it is located on Hanover Street just north of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This is a venue where you can go to catch a comedy show. A group of actors will put on a non-scripted show.

They will take in suggestions from the audience and turn them into funny scenes, songs, and stories. You can check the schedule for the upcoming shows by heading here.

Historic Sites

The North End neighborhood is home to a few historic sites. These sites not only played a role in the history of the North End, but also the history of Boston as well.

Old North Church

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This is a church located on Salem Street in the North End. This church was built in 1723, well before the United States became an independent country. The Old North Church still operates as a church today. But, the church played a role in the history of the country, especially during the American Revolutionary War.

This church is most renowned for its two lantern bells. These were used to alert the American colonists that the British Army was about to invade their territory. There was a famous quote that said “one if by land, two if by sea”. This quote was used to inform which bell to ring depending on how the British Army was arriving.

This church houses the bell ringing chamber and crypt. You will be able to go behind the scenes of how the bells were rung. There is also a bust of George Washington, the United States’ first president, located inside the church. Also available is a chocolate shop called Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop where you can purchase chocolate-related treats during your visit to the church.

The prices for admission to the Old North Church outside of Sunday morning worship services are as follows, $8 for adults, $6 for college students, military members, and seniors, and $4 for these aged 6 to 18. You can buy your tickets for the Old North Church here.

Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House is located on North Square in Boston’s North End neighborhood. This is where the famous American patriot Paul Revere lived during the American Revolutionary War. He was responsible for developing the Midnight Ride, an alert and intelligence system used to alert the American colonists of the incoming British Army.

There are numerous artifacts from Paul’s time housed here for you to view. The admission prices here are as follows, $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and college students, and $1 for children aged 5 to 17. It is worth noting that only cash is accepted here at the Paul Revere House for admission.

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is located on Hull Street in the North End. This is the second oldest burial ground in the city of Boston, having been built in 1659. The burial ground sits on the highest point in the neighborhood where a windmill once stood. This was where the British Army shot the cannons towards Charlestown during the American Revolutionary War.

All of these things to do help to offer a compelling reason why the North End neighborhood is one of the places to go in Boston. So, this neighborhood should be on your to-do list when you find yourself in Boston.

The Hotels

I imagine that you will want somewhere to stay at during your time in Boston. If this is the case, then here are two hotels that I would suggest you book with. Both of these hotels are located in the North End neighborhood of Boston.

Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront

This hotel is located on the waterfront of the North End. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites are stylishly designed and offers sweeping views of the waterfront. There are two restaurants and bars located within the hotel. One of these restaurants is a seafood restaurant called Battery Wharf Grille. There is a spa and fitness center available for your use called Exhale Spa & Fitness.

The hotel rooms come equipped with luxurious European-style beddings and rainforest-style shower heads. There is WiFi available in all the hotel rooms. Pets are also allowed here at the hotel. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $198 to $579.

You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos. It should be noted that this hotel also has a fee of $20 in order to access certain amenities and services.

Bricco Suites

Bricco Suites is located on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End neighborhood. This is a small, charming hotel that offers apartment-style suites. All of the suites offer luxurious queen beds with Italian linen. The suites also have marble bathrooms with designer toiletries. The floor in the suites is polished with hardwood.

There will be a butler/personal assistant assigned to you during your stay at this hotel. There is WiFi in all of the suites. The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $269 to $528. You can book your stay at this hotel and/or view photos here.

What are your thoughts? Have you visited Boston’s North End neighborhood before? Feel free to drop a comment below.

Your Boston Vacation Guide to the American Revolution

If you have studied American history at some point in your life, then you will probably have came across a major event in American history that set in motion the United States quest for independence. That major event is known as the American Revolution. Boston was the originating city that sparked the American Revolution that began in 1765 and ended in 1783.

As a result of the American Revolution originating in Boston, Boston played a major role in the events of the American Revolution. Because of that, there are numerous attractions in Boston that revolves around the American Revolution. So, this Boston vacation guide is ideally designed in order to help you to learn about and immerse yourself into the American Revolution by pointing you to the attractions where you can do so.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

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The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is a floating museum located on the Congress Street Bridge east of Boston’s historic downtown. This museum is dedicated to the major event that set off the American Revolutionary War in which the American colonists fought against Great Britain for independence.

This major event is the Boston Tea Party in which some residents stormed the vessels that stored the tea and picked up over a few hundred chests of tea and threw them into Boston Harbor. This was done in response to the Tea Act that was passed by Great Britain. This allowed Great Britain’s flagship company, The East India Company to ship tea over to the American colonies in order for the tea to be sold there.

This museum offers a number of compelling exhibits where you can learn about the people and events that were involved with the Boston Tea Party. You can also explore the two vessels that are replicas of the ones that were there back when the Boston Tea Party happened. There are also live performances happening at the museum.

Most notable of all is that you can take part in the act of throwing chests of tea out of the vessels and into the water. There is a charming tea shop at the museum called Abigail’s Tea Room where you can enjoy a cup of tea. The museum also contains a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs from.

The admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is $28.45 per adult and $20.85 for these aged 5 to 12. Free admission is granted to these aged under 5. You can head here to buy your tickets for this attraction.

Old South Meeting House

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This is a historic museum located in downtown Boston. This is where American colonists gathered in order to protest an attempt by the government of Great Britain to collect taxes from the American colonies by selling tea there through the Tea Act. This is where Samuel Adams gave the secret signal to the colonists to storm the tea vessels and throw chests of tea into the water. This led to the Boston Tea Party.

This museum is a National Historic Landmark. There is a compelling exhibit called Voices of Protest in which you can learn about the history of protests and free speech as well as the people who were involved in them. This exhibit is decorated with tea leaves. You can view a 3D model of colonial Boston that is over 100 years old.

You will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt as a way to explore the history and unique architecture of this museum. There is also a gift shop at the museum called the Museum Shop where you can purchase souvenirs.

The admission prices for the Old South Meeting House are as follows: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and college students with ID, $1 for children aged 5 to 17, and free for ages 5 and under. You can buy your tickets for the Old South Meeting House here.

Bunker Hill Museum

The Bunker Hill Museum is a historic museum located in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood. This museum is dedicated to the Battle of Bunker Hill which was a major battle fought during the American Revolutionary War. Located across the street from the museum is the Bunker Hill Monument which is about 221 foot tall.

The museum houses a variety of compelling exhibits that showcases the Battle of Bunker Hill, the building of the Bunker Hill Monument, as well as the history of the Charlestown neighborhood. The admission to the Bunker Hill Museum is free of charge.

Paul Revere House

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The Paul Revere House is a historic house located in the North End neighborhood of Boston. This is where Paul Revere lived. Paul was a renowned American patriot who took part in the American Revolutionary War. He was responsible for setting up an intelligence and alarm system called the Midnight Ride. The Midnight Ride was designed to alarm the American colonists in the event that the British Army was coming.

The house was built in the 17th century urban architecture style. There are interesting exhibits that go into detail regarding the life of Paul Revere as well as the Midnight Ride intelligence and alarm system that he set up. There are numerous artifacts from Paul’s era for viewing. The admissions to the Paul Revere House is as follows: $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and college students, and $1.00 for these aged 5 to 17.

Boston Massacre Site

The Boston Massacre Site is located in downtown Boston right outside the Old State House. This is the site where the troops from the British Army fired at the crowd protesting against their occupation during the American Revolution. The site is marked by a circle of cobblestones. This was one of the events that resulted in the American Revolutionary War.

Old North Church and Historic Site

The Old North Church and Historic Site is a historic church in the North End neighborhood of Boston. This church was where Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride system was put to use during the American Revolutionary War in order to alert the American colonist of the incoming British Army troops.

In this church, the Midnight Ride system takes the form of two special bells. There is a famous quote that says “One if by land, two if by sea”. That quote was used during the war in order to signal which one of the two bells (or both) needed to be rung depending on how the British Army troops were approaching. This was designed to help the American colonists to respond more effectively to the coming invasion.

This church houses the bell ringing chamber and crypt. You will be able to go behind the scenes of how the bells were rung. There is also a bust of George Washington, the United States’ first president, located inside the church. Also available is a chocolate shop called Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop where you can purchase chocolate-related treats during your visit to the church.

The admission to the Old North Church and Historic Site is as follows: $10 for adults, $8 for active military members, seniors, and college students, $6 for children aged 6 to 18. Children aged under 6 as well as residents of the city of Boston gets free admission to the church. You can buy your tickets for this attraction here.

These are all of the attraction listed on this Boston vacation guide post that you can visit in order to learn about and immerse yourself into the American Revolution. If you are looking for an easy way to arrive at all of these attractions, I would recommend that you get the Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour pass.

This is a pass in which you can use to hop on a trolley and ride around until it makes a stop at or near one of these attractions. You can then hop off and take your time at the attraction. And once you are done, you can return back to the drop-off spot and hop back on the trolley once it returns to the drop-off. You can repeat the process for the other attractions.

The price for the trolley pass is $46.16 per person. You can go here to buy your pass for the trolley tour.

What are your thoughts? Were there anything you found surprising about Boston’s role in establishing the United States? Feel free to leave a comment here.