Great Things To Do In Nashville For The Music Lover

If you are a fan of music, especially country music, you most likely have heard of Nashville, even if you have never been there before. That is because the music is at the heart of Nashville’s appeal as a destination. You may notice that Nashville is nicknamed the Music City. There are valid reasons for Nashville having the nickname.

The connection between Nashville and the music is strong. So, if you are a music fan, Nashville is a destination that should be on your go-to list. These are great things to do in Nashville that revolves around the music. This is aimed at helping you to get the most out of your time in Nashville.

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Grand Ole Opry House

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The Grand Ole Opry House is Nashville’s most iconic attraction. So, visiting this attraction should be the first thing that you do during your time in Nashville. This is the venue where the iconic country music performances, known as the Grand Ole Opry, takes place. The Grand Ole Opry is where country music got its first start and became famous around the world.

As a result, the Grand Ole Opry House is currently the most famous venue in the world of country music. This venue is located on Opryland Drive just west of State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway) in Nashville. Many established and rising country music stars are known to have performed there.

A few of them include Carrie Underwood, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, and Brad Paisley. The Grand Ole Opry country music performances normally happens on Tuesday, Fridays, and Saturdays from February through October at the Grand Ole Opry House. The ticket prices will vary depending on the seating chosen among other factors. You can check the schedule and buy tickets here.

Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium is located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Nashville’s downtown. This historic attraction was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry country music performances. As a result, the Ryman Auditorium was where country music was popularized.

Even though, for the most part, the Grand Ole Opry has since moved to its permanent home at the Grand Ole Opry House, they still perform at the Ryman Auditorium from November through January on Fridays and Saturdays. This attraction now functions as a museum while also continuing to function as a venue for music performances from various genres of the music.

During your time at the Ryman Auditorium, you will immerse yourself into a unique theater experience called the Soul of Nashville. This theater experience combines a variety of visual tools to tell the story of the history of this attraction and the impact that it had on American music in general in an exciting way.

These visual tools include holograms, special effects, multidimensional film images, and archival footage. Another notable feature of this attraction is Air Castle Studio. This is where you can go and learn about and then try your hand at recording a song. You can either choose from a menu of songs or you can create and bring your own songs with you.

In the Ryman Auditorium’s Hatch Show Print Gallery section, you can view the unique posters advertising the events that took place at this attraction These posters were crafted by hand. There are also exhibits showcasing the history of this attraction with artifacts and memorabilia.

As for visiting this attraction as museum, the prices of admission are $24.95 for adults and $16.95 for children aged 4 to 11. Those who are aged under 4 will get free admission to the museum. You can go here to buy your tour passes.

As for the Grand Ole Opry country music performances at the Ryman Auditorium, which is called Opry at the Ryman, the price for a ticket is the same as what I mentioned in the Grand Ole Opry House section of this post. If you are interested in any other music performances that take place at this venue, you can check here for the calendar to find out which music performance happens when.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Nashville. As the name of this museum indicates, this museum is all about country music. There is a gallery full of bronze plaques in the hall of fame section of this museum.

These show off all types of people, from musicians to broadcasters to songwriters, who have been recognized for the significant contributions they made to the world of country music. The hall of fame induction began in 1961 with the first inductees being Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Fred Rose. The most recent inductees, from the class of 2019, are Jerry Bradley, Brooks & Dunn, and Ray Stevens.

The museum section of this museum include more than 40 years worth of collections involving country music. These include, but is not limited to, sound recordings, country music books, periodicals, photographs, and fan club newsletters.

A few of the exhibits available at the museum include Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon, Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors, and Still Rings True: The Enduring Voice of Keith Whitley. There are two souvenir stores located onsite. They are Circa The Museum Store and Hatch Show Print Store. Onsite dining options include 222: A Southern Eatery, Red Onion, and Bajo Sexto Taco.

The admission prices for this museum are $25.95 for adults and $15.95 for youth aged 6 to 12. Those who are aged under 6 will get free admission. You can buy your passes here.

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

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The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is located on Gay Street in downtown Nashville. This museum is dedicated to musicians of all genres. Unlike the Country Music Hall of Fame, the inductions into the hall of fame at this museum only began in 2007. That makes for a young hall of fame at this museum.

A few of the inductees at the 2019 hall of fame induction include Bob Taylor, Eddie Bayers, Paul Franklin, and Michael Rhodes. This museum is renowned for its large collection of instruments that had been used on hundreds of iconic songs. A few of the exhibits at the museum include Motown, American Studio, and Stax Recording Studio. You can also purchase souvenirs from the Museum Gift Shop located onsite.

The admission prices for this museum are $25 for adults and $15 for children aged 6 to 17. Those who are aged under 6 will get free admission. The admission also includes access to the museum’s GRAMMY Museum Gallery. You can buy your tickets here.

These are the great things to do in Nashville if you are a fan of the music. This list isn’t necessarily comprehensive, but it will provide you with the best that Nashville has to offer as far as the music is concerned.

The Hotel To Stay At

For the hotel to stay overnight at, here is the hotel that I would suggest you to stay at. As much as Nashville is renowned for the music, Nashville is renowned for this one hotel in particular.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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This resort hotel is located on Opryland Drive just west of State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway) in Nashville. It is just north of the Grand Ole Opry House, making this the most convenient hotel for reaching Nashville’s most iconic attraction. This is a unique Nashville hotel. It is a large, beautiful hotel surrounded by 9 acres of indoor gardens, winding rivers, and waterfalls.

All of this is under the hotel’s iconic glass atrium which keeps the hotel’s temperature at a consistent 84 degree (F) year-round. One of the hotel’s biggest amenities is a combined indoor and outdoor water park called SoundWaves. One interesting thing about SoundWaves is that even when you’re indoors, you can still “sunbath”.

That is because the glass atrium was designed to allow the sun to shine indoors. It makes you feel like you are out in the sun without being outside. Another amenity worth mentioning is the golf course known as Gaylord Springs Golf Links. It is about five minutes away from the hotel, yet it is still a part of this hotel. You can arrive at the golf course via the hotel’s shuttle services if you wish to go golfing.

The golf course is a par-72, 18-hole course surrounded by breathtaking limestone bluffs and protected wetlands. There are a ton of onsite restaurants and bars to choose from at this hotel. Cascades American Cafe, Fuse Sports Bar, and Ravello are just a few of the options available at this hotel. A full service spa called Relache Spa is offered at this hotel.

In additional to the hotel’s water park, SoundWaves, there are three regular swimming pools. One is indoors and the other two are outdoors. They are all heated. There is also a fitness center available for your workout. Some of the hotel’s room and suites offer stunning views of the hotel’s indoor landscape of gardens, rivers, and waterfalls.

All of the rooms and suites will have at least WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $240 to $465. You can book your stay and/or view some additional photos by going here. Be aware though that there will also be surcharges in order to access certain amenities at the hotel.

So, what are your thoughts? Are you a fan of the music looking for a place to check out? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Great Things To Do In Nashville Beyond The Music

What comes to mind whenever you think of Nashville? If you answer with “the music”, that is understandable. In fact, Nashville is most notable for its strong connection to the music, especially country music. It is no wonder that Nashville is nicknamed “The Music City”. As a result, there are numerous world class attractions in Nashville that are related to the music.

So, does that mean that Nashville doesn’t have any compelling attractions that aren’t related to the music? The answer to this question, I can assure you, is a resounding no. Here are some great things to do in Nashville that are outside of the music.

The Parthenon

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The Parthenon is located inside of Nashville’s Centennial Park. It is on the United States National Register of Historic Places. This is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon is designed in the Greek classical architectural style. The Parthenon functions as an art museum. The signature feature at this art museum is the Athena Parthenos statue.

This is basically a statue of Athena, a goddess from the Greek mythology. The statue is made of a composite of gypsum cement and ground fiberglass. At the art museum, you can view a collection of over 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists. During the summer, there will be Greek performances playing out at the art museum such as Medea and Antigone.

The admission prices for this art museum are free for members, $6 per adults, and $4 for these aged 4 to 17 and these aged 62 and above.

Belle Meade Plantation

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The Belle Meade Plantation is located on Leake Avenue in Nashville. This beautiful attraction was a renowned thoroughbred stud farm for a century from 1807 until 1906. During that time, it was considered to be the best thoroughbred stud farm in the United States. This attraction once bred and housed renowned racing horses such as Iroquois, who became the first American-bred horse to win the Epsom Derby.

This attraction was also noted for its use of African American slave laborers during much of its history. This attraction is now a museum. It is built in the Greek revival architectural style. During your time at this museum, you can tour and learn about the history of this plantation and the African American slave laborers who played a role in the plantation’s operations.

The mansion itself as well as the cabin, dairy, carriage house, stable, and mausoleum outbuildings can be toured. There is also a winery, visitors center, and a ice cream and fudge store located on property. There is actually an onsite restaurant called The Harding House. However, this restaurant is currently undergoing renovation and is thus closed at this time.

This museum is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The weekday admission prices are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $13 for youth aged 6 to 18. The weekend prices are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $13 for youth aged 6 to 18. Those who are aged under 6 will get free admission. You can go here to get your tickets.

The Hermitage

The Hermitage is located on Rachels Lane in Nashville. This breathtaking plantation was once the home of Andrew Jackson who was the seventh president of the United States from 1829 until 1837. This plantation was used to grow cotton. As was the case with the Belle Meade Plantation, this plantation was noted for its use of African American slave laborers during its history.

This plantation is now a museum. This museum is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. During your time at this museum, you can tour and learn about Andrew Jackson’s life and what life was like in the South part of the United States during the 19th century for everyone from aristocrats to enslaved persons.

The museum has original furnishings from the time that Andrew Jackson lived there. The admission price is about $50 per adult. That is for the VIP Tour as this is the best way to check out this museum. You can buy your tickets here.

Nashville Zoo

The Nashville Zoo is located on Nolensville Pike in Nashville. One attraction inside the zoo that is worth noting is the Grassmere Home. This gorgeous home was once a 300-acre slave holding farm owned by Michael and Elizabeth Dunn in the 19th century. As a part of admission to the zoo, you can tour this historic house and learn about its history.

At the zoo, there are over 6,230 animals from over 339 species. A few of these animals you can encounter at the zoo include spider monkeys, white rhinoceros, Masai giraffes, and clouded leopards. There are countless animal exhibits at the zoo for you to check out. These include Critter Encounters, Lorikeet Landing, Kangaroo Kickabout, and the new Tiger Crossroads.

You can also ride the Soaring Eagle zip line in order to get breathtaking views of the zoo. There will be animal performances for you to watch at the zoo as well. The admission prices at the zoo are $20 for adults and teens, $15 for children aged 2 to 12, and $18 for seniors. Those who are aged under 2 get free admission to the zoo. You can go here to purchase your tickets.

Lane Motor Museum

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This museum is located on Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville. If you are a fan of foreign cars and motorcycles, you will want to check out this museum. This museum contains the largest collection of beautiful European cars and motorcycles in the United States. There are over 500 cars and motorcycles in total with 150 of them being displayed each day.

Along with the European collection of cars and motorcycles, you can check out a collection of cars and motorcycles from North America, South America, and Asia. The ages of the cars and motorcycles range from the 1920’s to the present day. In addition to the cars and motorcycles themselves, you can also view art and memorabilia at the museum.

The admission prices to this museum as of 2019 are $12 for adults, $8 for these aged 65 and above, and $3 for these aged 6 to 17. Members as well as these aged under 6 get free admission to this museum.

These are some great things to do in Nashville that doesn’t have anything to do with the music at all. So, if you are looking for something more to do in Nashville than just the music or if you don’t want anything to do with the music at all, you will want to check these things out.

Hotels to Stay At

If you would like somewhere to stay overnight at in Nashville, I am more than happy to help you out here. Here are two hotels for you to book your stay with.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Nashville – Opryland

This hotel is located on McGavock Pike west of the interchange with State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway) in Nashville. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. As for the restaurants, a few nearby options include Old Hickory Steakhouse, Caney Fork, and The Nashville Palace. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center for you to use.

All of the rooms and suites at this hotel comes with WiFi, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $159 to $245. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville at Opryland

This hotel is located on Rudy Circle northwest of the interchange of McGavock Pike and State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway). This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. If you are hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Cascades American Cafe, Aquarium Restaurant, and Rudie’s Seafood & Sausage. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center available at this hotel.

All the hotel room and suites offer WiFi, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $147 to $238. You can book your stay and/or view some photos by going here.

So, what are your thoughts? Is there anything you are looking forward to checking out when you visit Nashville? Feel free to leave a comment below.

What Fun Things To Do In Key West, The Southernmost City In The Continental US

Somewhere in the US state of Florida is a charming island city. It is called Key West. It lies at the end of a long chain of islands that is known as the Florida Keys. It is the southernmost city in the continental United States. It may appear on paper that Key West is close to Miami, especially when looking at a zoomed out map. However, Key West is further away than people may realize.

In fact, if one were to drive from Miami to Key West, that will take around 3 and a half hours to reach Key West via US Highway 1. But, the trip to Key West is very much worth it. Key West is serenely surrounded by two large bodies of water. They are the Gulf of Mexico to the northwest and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east. Below are my suggestions for what fun things to do in Key West during your next visit.

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Southernmost Point Monument

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This is arguably the most iconic place in Key West. This is the location that has been specifically marked as the southernmost point in the continent United States. It is right here where Key West is famously only about 90 miles away from Cuba. The monument itself is a painted concrete buoy with markers on it.

This monument is about 18 feet above sea level. It is located on the corner of South and Whitehead streets on the city’s Atlantic waterfront. The monument was originally marked by a simple small sign before it was eventually upgraded to the iconic monument that it is today.

Snorkeling

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One of the things that set Key West apart from many other destinations in America is that you can go snorkeling. Snorkeling is basically when you go underwater in the sea to explore stunning coral reefs. With snorkeling, you can stay underwater for an extended time without having to return to the surface to catch a breath. During your time underwater, you can observe many colorful fishes living and swimming in the coral reefs.

Snorkeling in Key West is done through companies that provide snorkeling services. You will arrive to the snorkeling area via a catamaran ship.

Half-Day Cruise with Kayaking and Snorkeling

One snorkeling activity that I would suggest you book for is Half-Day Cruise with Kayaking and Snorkeling. This will be done by Danger Charters. In addition to snorkeling underwater, you will be able to ride around in a kayak. Professional guides will be on hand. There will also be light snacks provided along with soft and alcoholic drinks. You will be provided with snorkeling gear to wear for snorkeling.

The admission price starts at $86 per person for this activity. You can go here to buy your passes.

Key West Full-Day Power Adventure: Sailing & Watersports Package

If you are in search of an activity that includes much more than just snorkeling, this is a great activity for you. In addition to snorkeling, you will be given three hours of free time to choose which water-related activities you want to do. The options are jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding off of a floating barge. There will be professional guides to help you with learning how to snorkel underwater.

There will be continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and afternoon snacks for you to enjoy. There will also be soft and alcoholic drinks available. You will also be provided with equipment needed for snorkeling, kayaking, and parasailing. The admission price for this activity is around $149 per person. Sebago Key West is the company covering this activity. You can get your tickets here.

Harry S. Truman Little White House

This museum was once used as a winter home for Harry S. Truman who was the President of the United States from April 1945 to January 1953. This beautiful house was nicknamed the Winter White House because it was used during his presidency as a winter home whenever he was on a winter break from the White House.

This house includes the original furnishings and memorabilia that were there during the days of the former US president. Other US presidents such as Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton were also known to have used this house during their visit to Key West. During you visit, you can learn about the presidency and life of Harry S. Truman.

This museum is also surrounded by the gorgeous botanical garden. That is also open for you to tour. There is also a gift shop onsite. The admission prices for this museum are $20.27 for adults and $9.68 for children aged 4 to 12. Free admission is granted to these aged under 4. You can go here to get your tickets.

The Beaches

Key West wouldn’t be what it is without scenic beaches in which to enjoy the sun, sand, and water. Here are a couple beaches I would suggest you head out to.

South Beach (Key West)

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This beach is located at the south end of Duval Street facing the Atlantic Ocean. This is the southernmost beach in the continental United States. This beach is only a short walk to the Southernmost Point Monument. It is also only a short walk south of the heart of Key West on Duval Street where there are plenty of dining and shopping options.

The water itself is warm, shallow, and blue. This is also where the famous writer and playwright, Tennessee Williams, used to take a daily swim.

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Beach

This beach is located on Howard England Way on the Gulf of Mexico shore of Key West. If you are into both beach and history at the same time, then this historic beach is for you. This is where a civil war-era fort once stood. There are still parts of the fort at this beach today as a reminder of the history. There is also a picnic area available to use at the beach.

The beach also has a more natural surrounding. So, if you prefer a more secluded beach, this is a beach for you.

These are some suggestions for what fun things to do in Key West during your upcoming visit. Key West is a rewarding destination once you reach the scenic island city at the end of US Highway 1.

The Hotel

Let me guess, you want a hotel to stay overnight at. Did I guess right? If so, great! Here is one especially nice hotel that I would suggest you to stay at.

Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina

This is currently the newest hotel in Key West. The hotel is located on Peninsular Ave in Key West. This hotel has a Key West-style conch architecture style which combines Caribbean and Victorian influences. The hotel property has a dense tropical flora which includes palm fronds, coconuts, key limes, and orchids. There is an onsite restaurant called Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen.

As the name of this hotel indicates, there is a full service marina at this hotel. There are a whopping 6 saltwater swimming pools at this hotel. In order to reflect the Florida Keys feel, all of the hotel rooms and suites are designed with bright, crispy decor and furnishings. All of the hotel rooms and suites comes with gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean.

At a minimum, you can look forward to WiFi, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $221 to $819. You can explore your booking options and/or view some photos by going here.

So, what are you thoughts? Have you dreamt of visiting a place like Key West? Feel free to leave a comment

What Fun Things To Do In Orlando Beyond The Theme and Water Parks

Orlando is a world class destination that is very deserving of your valuable time. But, people often associate Orlando with the theme and water parks, especially these from Walt Disney World and its rival, Universal Studios. And that makes sense, seeing that their theme and water parks offers some of the most memorable experiences that anyone can have. There is no doubt about that.

But, is there more to Orlando than just the theme and water parks? The answer to this is a resounding yes. There is in fact more to Orlando than just the theme and water parks. Here are some compelling ideas for what fun things to do in Orlando. These can be done in addition to any theme and water parks that you may be planning on visiting.

ICON Park

ICON Park is a bustling entertainment district located in the southwestern part of Orlando on International Drive. This district is home to a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. These restaurants serve different cuisine ranging from Mexican to French to Japanese depending on which restaurant you choose to dine at. There are a variety of shops selling unique gifts and stylish vacation threads.

Best of all, ICON Park is home to a few notable attractions.

The Wheel

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This ferris wheel is really hard to miss. In fact, this is the tallest ferris wheel in the East Coast region of the United States at about 400 feet high. That is equal to about 40 floors of a skyscraper. You will be housed in a clear capsule that will take about 23 minutes to circle its way around the ferris wheel. During your time on the ferris wheel, you will get stunning views including as far as downtown Orlando.

The prices of admission for the ferris wheel ride are $27.99 for adults and $22.99 for children aged 3 to 12. Free admission is granted to these aged under 3. You can buy your admission passes here.

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology

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SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology is a unique museum that you will want to keep on your radar. This museum is located under The Wheel which I just mentioned right above. You will learn about the skeletons of various animals at this museum. There are over 500 skeletons of the animals that were once alive. A few of the exhibits that are at the museum include African Safari, Marsupials, and Florida Wildlife.

The admission prices to this museum are $10 for adults and $8 for youth aged 3 to 11. Those aged under 3 get free admission. With admission to this museum, you will get complimentary scavenger hunts that anyone of all ages can participate in.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussauds is a one-of-a-kind wax museum that is rooted in pop culture. At this museum, you will find waxworks of various characters and celebrities in different poses. This is designed to make you feel immersed into pop culture ranging from movies to sports to history/leaders.

You will come across waxworks of Aquaman commanding the sea, Shaquille O’Neal doing his famous slam dunk, and Martin Luther King Jr. spearheading the American civil rights movement. These are just a few examples of the many waxworks you will explore at this museum. Admission to this museum is $39.95 per person and will also include a ride on The Wheel. You can buy the tickets here.

SEA LIFE Aquarium

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Here at this aquarium, you will feel like you are underwater. There are over 5,000 sea creatures for you to meet during your time at this aquarium. These include, but is not limited to, sharks, seahorses, octopuses, and rays. SEA Life Aquarium is divided into breathtaking sea habitats. A few of them include Shoaling Ring, Ocean Caves, and Stingrays Cove.

All of the sea habitats are connect by the aquarium’s 360-degree Ocean Tunnel. This tunnel will offer you full fledged views of the depths of the ocean where you can watch the sea creatures swimming all around you. You will also be able to touch certain sea creatures, including the starfishes, at the Coastal Rockpool sea habitat.

The admission price is $39.95 per person for the aquarium. This pass will also get you a ride on The Wheel. You can order the passes by going here.

Disney Springs

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Disney Springs is located in the southwestern section of Orlando on Buena Vista Drive. Despite the fact that Disney Springs is a part of Walt Disney World, it is not a theme or water park. Disney Springs is a unique, fictional town that was meticulously designed by Walt Disney World itself. Disney Springs draws inspiration from charming coastal towns in Florida like St. Augustine and Coral Gables.

Disney Springs is divided into four area. Each of these areas offers a unique flavor. The areas are The Marketplace, The Landing, Town Center, and West Side.

The Marketplace

The Marketplace is an area built in the American Craftsman architectural style of the 1930’s. There are many restaurants and shops located here. One such restaurant is the T-Rex Cafe which is a dinosaur themed restaurant. T-Rex Cafe houses animatronic dinosaurs. The Rainforest Cafe is another restaurant located in this area. This is a rainforest themed restaurant.

One store you should check out in The Marketplace area is the Lego Store. This is where you can find all kinds of stuff made with Legos.

The Landing

The Landing is Disney Spring’s waterfront area on the shore of Lake Buena Vista. Overall, this area has a nautical feel to it. There are numerous restaurants, bars, and shops in this area. One restaurant is Paddlefish. This restaurant is located inside a paddle steamer riverboat that was once known as the Empress Lilly.

Another restaurant of note is The Boathouse. The Boathouse is home to a collection of vintage boats and amphicars. You can view these during your time there.

Town Center

Town Center is considered the downtown area of Disney Springs. This area is beautifully designed in the Spanish Revival architectural style from the 1920’s. This is where the artificial springs is located. This is where Disney Springs got its name from. Stores are the focus here in this area, but you can also find some restaurant options too as well.

West Side

West Side is the exposition center area of Disney Springs. This area has a modern and bright color theme to it. Entertainment is the focus here in this area. One exciting entertainment option is Splitsville Luxury Lanes. This is where you can go bowling. In addition to the bowling lanes, Splitsville Luxury Lanes also offers live entertainment, billiards, indoor and outdoor dining, and more.

These are some compelling ideas for what fun things to do in Orlando that are outside of theme and water parks. You can visit these attractions in addition to whatever theme and water parks you may be planning on visiting during your time in Orlando.

Hotels to Stay At

Are you seeking a hotel to stay at during your Orlando visit? No problem, I am more than happy to help you out with this. My goal with the hotels is to locate you close to all of these attractions I mentioned so that you don’t have to travel too far to reach them.

Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area

This hotel is located on Hotel Plaza Blvd in Lake Buena Vista. This hotel has two onsite restaurants. These are called Palm Breezes and Grab & Go. There is also a outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub at this hotel. If you are looking to exercise, there is a fitness center available 24 hours per day for you to use.

There is also a shuttle service from this hotel to Disney Springs. If you are planning a visit to any of Walt Disney World’s theme and water parks, you can reach them via shuttle from this hotel also. The hotel rooms here are designed with contemporary decor in refreshing earth tones. WiFi, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers are all available in all the hotel rooms.

The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $138 to $345. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Avanti International Resort

This resort hotel is located on International Drive in Orlando. There are three onsite restaurants at this hotel for you to dine at whenever you get hungry. These three restaurants are Lobby Barista, the Cafe & Marketplace, and the Avanti Pool Bar & Grille. Depending on which theme and water parks, if any, you are planning on visiting, you can ride a shuttle there from this hotel.

The shuttles travels from this hotel to all the Universal Studios theme and water parks along with Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. There is a beautiful outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall and fountains. Along with the swimming pool, there is a hot tub. This hotel also has a fitness center for you to workout at. Beach volleyball and a full arcade game room are the other amenities at this hotel.

All of the hotel rooms and suites offer WiFi, coffee makers, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The hotel suites comes with a nice view of the pool area for you to enjoy. The average rate for a standard room range from $84 to $163. You can book your stay and/or view the photos by going here.

So, what are your thoughts? Are you planning a visit to any of the attractions mentioned here, during your visit to Orlando? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Las Vegas For Kids

There has long been a perception that Las Vegas is for adults only. That there is nothing for kids to do in Las Vegas. In fact, Las Vegas has been referred to as a “Disneyland for Adults”. All of this can be attributed, in a big part, to the fact that Las Vegas is dominated by a large number of flashy and themed casinos where you can participate in various gambling activities.

In the United States, people are required by law to be at least 21 years of age in order to gamble and Las Vegas is not exempt from this. But the good news is that there are indeed things to do in Las Vegas for kids. So, my aim today with this post is to help you sort all this out by offering you a few things to do in Las Vegas that you can do with kids.

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Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

This attraction is located at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in the Las Vegas Strip. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat will make you feel like you are in a tropical setting. There are four pools at the attraction containing 2.5 million gallons of water in total. These pools are home to gorgeous artificial reefs.

The attraction is home to the bottlenose dolphins, including a new baby dolphin who was recent born this past August. This baby dolphin represent the fourth generation of bottlenose dolphins at this attraction. The baby dolphin and its mother, Bella, can be found in the Birthing and Research Pool. White tigers, white lions, and leopards can also be found at this attraction along with the bottlenose dolphins.

There are a few exciting activities available to take part in. These include Trainer for a Day, Painting with the Dolphins, and Yoga with the Dolphins. The admission prices for this attraction are $22 per adults and $17 per child aged between 4 and 12. These aged under 4 gets free admission. You can go here to purchase the tickets.

The High Roller

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The High Roller is located at the LINQ Hotel & Casino in the Las Vegas Strip. This is the tallest observation wheel in the world at 550 feet tall. There are over 28 capsules that can hold up to 4o people on each. Each capsule is large enough that you can walk around within it. Each ride on the High Roller will last for about 30 minutes.

You will get a sweeping 360 degree view of not only the Las Vegas Strip, but also the broader Las Vegas region. In fact, you will be so high on the observation wheel that you can see up to 25 miles in every distance that you look when the sky is clear.

The daytime ticket prices for the High Roller ride are $22 for adults and $9 for youth. The ticket prices for the night ride on the High Roller are $32 for adults and $19 for youth. You can buy the tickets by going here.

Las Vegas Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck

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The Las Vegas Eiffel Tower is located at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino in the Las Vegas Strip. This is a half scale replica of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The viewing deck is about 460 feet high. You will be able to ride a glass elevator all the way up to the top of the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower. You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip and its world class hotel and casinos.

There is also a restaurant, known as the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, located on the 11th floor of the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower. If you are looking to buy a souvenir photo, you can do so at the Total Snapshot kiosk located onsite. The ticket for the ride up to the viewing deck goes for $24 for adults and $21 for youth. You can buy the tickets here.

Tournament of Kings Dining Show

The Tournament of Kings Dining Show is located at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino in the Las Vegas Strip. This is an exciting medieval dinner and show. This takes place in a 900-seat theater-style arena. You will get to watch an epic battle between rival groups of medieval knights. Knights can be seen riding around on their horses and wielding their knightly swords. There will also be special effects too.

You will be given a three-course meal to dine on as you watch the medieval show play out. The ticket to the medieval dinner and show will start at $78 per person. You can go here to order your tickets.

Shark Reef Aquarium

The Shark Reef Aquarium is located at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Las Vegas Strip. This is where you can go to view and learn about the various exotic water-related creatures. As the name of this attraction indicates, the signature water-related creature feature are the sharks.

There are more than 100 sharks in total, including 30 of them in the main tank which is one of the largest in the United States with 1.3 million gallons of water. There are two underwater tunnels that will make you feel like you are deep inside the sea. There are a total of 14 exhibits at the aquarium.

The admission prices to the aquarium are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $19 for children aged 4 to 12. Admission is free for those aged under 4. You can buy the admission passes here.

These attractions mentioned above help to demonstrate that Las Vegas is more than just an adult’s playground. There are truly things to do in Las Vegas for kids as these attractions prove.

The Hotels

Now, let’s get on to the hotels. The unique thing about hotels in Las Vegas is that many of them are combined hotel and casinos. Here are two hotel and casinos that I would suggest you to book with. Even though the signature onsite amenity at these hotel and casinos are obviously the casinos themselves, rest assured that there are plenty of onsite amenities that kids can enjoy also.

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas is located southeast of the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo Road in the Las Vegas Strip. This hotel and casino is themed with the feeling of being in Paris. As I mentioned earlier in this post, this hotel and casino is home to the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower. There are two onsite shopping district. One is called Le Boulevard while the other is called Bally’s Promenade.

These two onsite shopping districts are modeled to resemble romantic Parisian streets. They offer a variety of shops that sells products that are inspired by Paris. There are many onsite restaurants at this hotel. Some of these restaurants serve French cuisine. These include, but is not limited to, Burger Brasserie, Mon Ami Gabi French Restaurant, and Le Village Buffett.

Paris Las Vegas offers a unique rooftop swimming pool that is beautifully tucked into a manicured French garden. This swimming pool is called Soleil Las Vegas Pool. There is also a fitness center available at this hotel and casino.

All of the hotel and casino’s rooms and suites are designed with a chic European look, Versailles-style fixtures, and luxury romantic decor. At the minimum, you can look forward to WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators as room amenities. The average rate for a standard room range from $109 to $437. You can go here to book your stay and/or view some photos.

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace is located northwest of the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo Road in the Las Vegas Strip. This iconic hotel and casino is themed to immerse you into Rome. Caesars Palace offer a unique group of swimming pools called Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods is designed in the Roman architecture with statues of various gods from the Roman mythology.

There are a total of seven swimming pools for you to choose from within Garden of the Gods. There are a lot of onsite restaurants to choose from at Caesars Palace. These range from Bacchanal Buffet to Restaurant Guy Savoy to Mesa Grill. There are two onsite shopping districts. One is called Appian Way Shops and the other is called The Forum Shops.

Both of these onsite shopping district are also inspired by ancient Roman architecture. They house a range of shops offering Rome-inspired products. The Forum Shops also house a 50,000 gallon aquarium and an animatronic show called The Fall of Atlantis. A fitness center is also available at Caesars Palace.

The rooms and suites at this hotel and casino are designed with sleek modern decor, stone accents, luxurious furnishings, and Roman artwork. This design is meant to make you feel like a royal. At the very least, you can expect WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators.

The average rate for a standard room range from $163 to $589. If you would like to explore your booking options and/or check out the photos, you can do so here.

What are your thoughts? Are you feeling motivated to bring your kids with you to Las Vegas knowing that it isn’t an adults-only destination? Feel free to drop a comment below.

Santa Claus, Indiana Attractions to Check Out

We are only a few weeks away from Christmas. When people think of Christmas, often times, they will think of Santa Claus and his signature big, white beard. Who knows what Santa may have planned for Christmas? Maybe he will hand out tasty Christmas cookies or maybe sneak in a present or two. People also often imagine a winter wonderland magically happening for Christmas.

What better way to celebrate Christmas than to talk about a charming town in Indiana that just so happen to be named after Santa? Santa Claus is located in the southern part of the US state of Indiana about an hour drive east of Evansville. These are the Santa Claus, Indiana attractions that you should check out.

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Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

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Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is located on East Christmas Blvd in Santa Claus. This is probably the most well known attraction that Santa Claus has to offer. This attraction is split in two parts. Holiday World is a theme park while Splashin’ Safari is a water park. Holiday World is appropriately named because the theme park is divided into sections, each of which is named for a holiday.

There are four sections at Holiday World. They are Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the 4th of July. Each section at Holiday World includes attractions that are themed for the holiday of the section. The roller coasters that are available at Holiday World include The Raven, The Legend, The Voyage, Thunderbird, and Howler.

In addition to all of these roller coasters, Holiday World also offers a variety of restaurants, shops, shows, games, and non-roller coaster rides. Arguably the best thing about Holiday World is that you can get free, unlimited soft drinks during your time there.

Over at Splashin’ Safari, there are two water coasters at the water park. The are Wildebeest and Mammoth. In addition to these two water coasters, there are two wave pools. One is known as The Wave and the other one is called the Bahari Wave Pool. A lazy river, called the Bahari River, also winds it way around the water park. There are also a variety of water slides and kiddie pools available at the water park.

The ticket prices for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are as follows: $60 per person and $50 for those who are under 54 inches or who are at least the age of 60. Children under the age of two gets free admission. You can go here to buy your tickets. It should be noted that this attraction is only open from April through October.

Santa Claus Christmas Store

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The Santa Claus Christmas Store is located on North Kringle Place in Santa Claus. This attraction is essentially your one-of-a-kind store for purchasing unique Christmas items that you may or may not be able to find anywhere else. Christmas-related items that are sold here include, but is not limited to, gifts, indoor and outdoor lights, decorations, wreaths, and collectibles.

There is also a sweet treats shop inside of the Christmas store called Mrs. Claus’ Sweet Treats. You will also have an opportunity to meet with Santa Claus himself. This attraction is open from May 1st through December 31st.

Santa’s TOYS

Santa’s TOYS is located on North Kringle Place in Santa Claus. If you are planning on visiting Santa Claus with young children, you will want to check out this attraction. This is a unique store where you can browse and buy toys that are handcrafted by Santa Claus himself. The categories of toys available range from plush and puppet to arts and crafts to girls and dolls.

Young children will also be given the opportunity to play around with some of the toys during their visit to this attraction.

Santa’s Candy Castle

Santa’s Candy Castle is located on State Highway 245 in Santa Claus. This was the first building ever built in Santa Claus. This attraction has a charming architecture that resembles a castle. This is a unique store where you can find a massive variety candies and other sweet treats. There are lots of gourmet confections such as handmade fudges, caramels, malt balls, and toffee.

There are around two dozen flavors of salt water taffy and gourmet popcorn to choose from. A large range of retro candies can be found at this attraction such as candy cigarettes, wax bottles, and whistle pops. There are over 35 flavors of gourmet hot chocolate drinks available to choose from. There are also two entire rooms dedicated to the large section of PEZ and jelly belly sweet treats respectively.

So, there are a lot of candies and sweet treats for you to feast your eyes on inside the walls of this attraction. Oh and also, there is a gift shop located inside.

Santa Claus Museum & Village

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The Santa Claus Museum & Village is located on State Highway 245 in Santa Claus. This attraction is where the iconic post office is located. The post office is world famous because this is where thousands of letters sent by children from around the world are sent for Santa Claus himself to respond to every year. You can read some of the letters during your visit there.

Young children will also have an opportunity to sit down at a desk and write a letter to Santa Claus at the post office. You can venture inside the museum to learn about the town’s history and how the town got its iconic name. The most visually striking feature is the huge statue of Santa Claus which stands as a giant at 22 feet tall outside in front of the attraction. This attraction is open from May through December.

These are all of the Santa Claus, Indiana attractions that you should go to during your visit there. Santa Claus is a charming town that has a special connection to Santa Claus himself.

The Hotels

If you are in need of a hotel to stay at overnight, I have got you covered here. You may have to do just a little bit of driving between the hotel and the Santa Claus attractions though. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you to book with.

Hampton Inn Jasper

This hotel is located on Third Avenue in Jasper, about 30 minutes drive from Santa Claus via US Highway 231. This hotel offers free complimentary breakfast. There is a indoor swimming pool and hot tub. A fitness center can also be found here at the hotel. If you are hungry, there’s plenty of nearby restaurants such as Schnitzelbank Restaurant, Brew, and Los Bravos.

All of the hotel rooms comes with mini refrigerators, microwaves, and WiFi. The average rate for a standard room range from $129 to $151. You can book a stay at the hotel and/or view some photos by going here.

Comfort Inn Ferdinand

This hotel is located on Scenic Hill Court just north of the interchange of State Highway 162 and Interstate 64 in Ferdinand. That is about 10 minutes drive north of Santa Claus via State Highway 162. This hotel offers free complimentary breakfast. For the hungry, nearby restaurant options include, but is not limited to, Fleig’s Cafe, Tres Agaves, and China Garden.

This hotel also includes an indoor heated swimming pool and a fitness center for your usage. There is also a game room available at this hotel. All of the hotel rooms come with microwaves, mini refrigerators, and WiFi. The average rate for a standard room range from $96 to $143. Go here if you would like to explore your booking options and/or view the photos.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever been to America’s Christmas Hometown, as Santa Claus is nicknamed? Feel free to leave a comment right below.

Places to Go In Colorado – Hot Springs to Check Out In 2020

2020 is almost upon us. That doesn’t just mean a new year, but also a new decade. Colorado is world famous for its colorful natural beauty topped off with towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains, many of them toppling 14,000 feet in height. One thing that defines Colorado is its countless hot springs.

There is a reason why numerous cities and towns in Colorado have names that ends with the word “springs”. Colorado Springs is the most obvious one as it is the biggest city not just in Colorado, but also the United States, to have such a name. As far as places to go in Colorado is concerned, these are the hot springs that you should check out in 2020.

Before I start, I just want to let you know that each of the hot springs that are mentioned here is a part of a hotel. So, here we go.

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, Glenwood Springs

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The Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is located on East Sixth Street in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This charming resort hotel is home to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool which is said to be the largest mineral hot spring pool in the world. The Ute tribe called this hot spring pool “Yampah”. This word translates to “big medicine” because of its perceived health benefits.

The big section of the hot spring pool maintain a water temperature of about 90 to 93 F while the smaller section of the hot spring pool maintains a water temperature of about 104 F. There are a total of 15 minerals contained inside the hot spring pool. Construction is currently ongoing to add a new aquatic park at the hot spring pool called the Sopris Splash Zone.

The new aquatic park will add water slides, a water fountain, kid play zones, and more to the hot spring pool. When the construction is completed, the aquatic park will open during the summer season. Also, during the summer months, you can rent a cabana at the hot spring pool.

During your stay at this resort hotel, you will get unlimited access to the hot spring pool. The hot spring pool is open year round. There are other amenities at the resort hotel in addition to the hot spring pool. There is an onsite restaurant called The Poolside Grill to feed the hungry. This resort hotel also offers a spa called Spa of the Rockies which offers a full service menu.

You can also work out at the fitness center known as the Athletic Club. The fitness center also offers fitness classes if you wish to participate in them. There is an onsite store at the resort hotel called The Shop where you can buy swimming-related items and more.

All of the rooms at the resort hotel are neatly designed with the soothing earth tone palette and rich finishes. All of the rooms offers WiFi, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $199 to $332. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some additional photos.

The Springs Resort & Spa, Pagosa Springs

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This resort hotel is locate on Hot Springs Blvd in Pagosa Springs. Available at this scenic resort hotel are 23 naturally hot therapeutic mineral hot spring pools. In addition to these hot spring pools, there is a mineral water lap hot spring pool that is being fed by the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring. All of these hot spring pools are located along or near the gorgeous San Juan River.

The water temperatures range from 87 to 114 F depending on which hot spring pool you choose to enter. When you stay at this resort hotel, you get 24 hours access to these hot spring pools. Even though these hot spring pools are the signature feature at this resort hotel, they aren’t the only thing available onsite. There are two onsite restaurants. One is called the Barefoot Grill another is known as Cafe.

If you are looking to drink alcoholic drinks, you can do so at one or both of the two onsite bars. One bar is called Canteen and another is called the Phoenix Bar & Atrium Lounge. The resort hotel also has a spa called the Pahgosa Spa which itself contains a store, the Pahgosa Spa Boutique, where you can buy a variety of items. A range of onsite activities are offered, from biking to fishing to snowshoeing.

This resort hotel offers a range of room and suite options ranging from the basic hotel room to the luxurious suite that resembles a condo. At a minimum, you can look forward to WiFi, a mini refrigerator, and a coffee maker. The rooms and suites are spread throughout the grounds of the resort hotel.

The average rate for a standard room range from $383 to $521. You can book your stay and/or check out additional photos by going here.

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Nathrop

This resort hotel is located on County Road 162 in Nathrop. The breathtaking resort hotel has four groups of hot spring pools. The first group is called the Historic Bath House. This is the oldest group of hot spring pools as it was built in the mid 19th century, just after the American Civil War was over. Two different hot spring pools are in this group. They are the soaking pool and the exercise pool.

The water temperature reach for 105 F at the soaking pool while the exercise pool maintains the water temperature in the 90 F range. The second group of hot spring pools is known as the Chalk Creek Hot Springs. Here, the hot spring water bubbles directly from the ground at a water temperature of 140 F. However, you can mix in the cold water with the hot water in order to create your ideal hot spring pool.

The third group of hot spring pools is the Upper Pools & Water Slide. These hot spring pools are connected by the winding lazy river. There is a water slide with hot water running down the winding slide. You can ride it with a mat and once you finish the slide, you will land in a hot spring pool that is rather cold at a water temperature of just 75 F.

The fourth group of hot spring pools is called the Spa & Club. There are two sections here. They are the relaxation pool and the cascading hot spring pools. As for the water temperatures, the relaxation pool is maintained at around 100 F while the cascading hot spring pools range from 101 to 107 F. It should be noted that people must be at least 16 years old in order to enter this group of hot spring pools.

This resort hotel offers additional amenities aside from the hot spring pools. There is a fitness center at this resort hotel with yoga and fitness classes. If you are thirsty, you can check out the onsite juice shop known as the Juice Bar. There is a spa located in the Spa & Club area of the resort hotel. If you find yourself feeling hungry, you can get yourself full at the onsite restaurant called the Princeton Club Restaurant.

There are a range of room and suite options. One option is the new Creekside Suite suites. These new suites are located directly on Chalk Creek. They are designed with modern finishes. These suites come equipped with glass-front fireplaces and kitchenettes. They also offer balconies and patios with gorgeous views of not just Chalk Creek, but also the mountain peaks. WiFi is also available too.

The average rate for a standard room at this resort hotel range from $162 to $512. You can go here to book a stay and/or check out some photos.

So, these are the hot springs in Colorado that you should check out in 2020. What are your thoughts? Does any of these hot springs warm up your heart? Feel free to post a comment right below.

Where To View The Northern Lights In America

Seeing the northern lights grace the nightly sky is a real treat to behold. The northern lights is basically the appearance of natural lights of a color or colors that shows up in the sky at night. These are known as auroras. If you are dreaming of seeing the northern lights, you are probably wondering about where to view the northern lights. Good question as I have got you covered right here.

The United States isn’t as well known for the northern lights as Canada, Norway, or Iceland. But there are places in the United States where you can go to view the northern lights. As a general rule, the further north you go, the better chance you have of seeing the northern lights. For the most part, the time of the year with the best chances of an appearance by the northern lights is during the winter.

In order to get the best views of the northern lights, you will want the sky to be clear of clouds and be free of what you would call light pollution which is more common in towns and cities, especially larger ones. So, with all of this in mind, here are the best places where you can get the best possible views of the northern lights.

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

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The Denali National Park is located in the interior of the U.S. state of Alaska approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes drive southwest of Fairbanks via State Highway 3. The national park is home to Denali which is the highest peak in the U.S. at 20,310 feet high. The national park is renowned for its wide open spaces, breathtaking mountain vistas, and plenty of wildlife.

All of this combined with the northern lights makes for a stunning scenery at night. The best chances for seeing the northern lights here is during the fall season. I would recommend that you find a spot somewhere on Otto Lake at the northeast corner of the national park for viewing the northern lights as it will reflect on the lake too as well.

Suggested Hotel: Denali Lakeview Inn

This hotel is located on State Highway 3 about 10 miles north of the road entrance to the Denali National Park on the shore of Otto Lake. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast. There are a few restaurants, stores, and gas stations located a few miles away in the small town of Healy.

The rooms at this hotel are individually decorated and they each have their own compelling names such as Denali Floral and High Cloud. Many of them offer personal decks with views of Otto Lake, Mt. Healy, and Mt. Dora. Some rooms offers recliner chairs and dining tables. All of the rooms are equipped with kitchens/kitchenettes. There is WiFi in every room at this hotel.

The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $153 to $257. You can go here to book a stay and/or view some photos.

Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Idaho

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is located in the entirety of the scenic Idaho Panhandle region of the U.S. state of Idaho. Coeur d’Alene is the main city in this area. I would suggest that you specifically head to Priest Lake to view the northern lights. Priest Lake is approximately two hours drive north of Coeur d’Alene via State Highway 57.

Viewing the northern lights at Priest Lake also offers breathtaking views of the reflected lake and the forested mountain ranges. The best chances of you seeing the northern lights here will happen during the winter.

Suggested Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandpoint North

This hotel is located on U.S. Highway 95 in Ponderay, about one and a half hour drive southeast from Priest Lake via State Highway 57 and U.S. Highway 2. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a hot tub at the hotel. A 24-hour fitness center is also available at this hotel. The hotel also offers complimentary breakfast.

Even though there is no onsite restaurants at the hotel, there are plenty of restaurants nearby, including Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar and Fiesta Bonita. All of the hotel rooms offer WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $98 to $141.

Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

The Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge is located in the northernmost corner of the U.S. state of Maine on the U.S. border with Canada. It is about one hour and 23 minutes north of the town of Houlton via U.S. Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 1A. The national wildlife refuge is renowned for its mixture of wetlands, grasslands, and forests.

The best position I would suggest you take up for viewing the northern lights would be along the south shore of Butterfield Brook Pond. This will also allow for breathtaking views of the reflected pond along with the forests and grasslands. The best chances to view the northern lights is in the winter.

Suggested Hotel: Ivey’s Motor Lodge

This hotel is located at the interchange of U.S. Highway 1 and Interstate 95 in Houlton. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. There is an onsite bar at this hotel. While there are no onsite restaurants at this hotel at the moment, plenty of restaurants await your hungry stomach nearby, including O’Kelley’s Irish Pub, Pizza Hut, and Tim Hortons.

It is also worth noting that charging stations are available at this hotel for these of you who have electric cars. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room at the hotel range from $77 to $120. Head here if you would like to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

The Superior National Forest is located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Minnesota just northeast of the city of Duluth. the national forest is a scenic forest area that is home to the highest waterfall in the state, at 120 feet high, called High Falls. The national forest is also home to Minnesota’s highest point, Eagle Mountain at 2,301 feet high.

For viewing the northern lights, I suggest that you to head over to the Oberg Mountain which overlooks Lake Superior. That will offer a jaw-dropping views of the northern lights that will also reflect on Lake Superior. Winter is the best time of the year to view the northern lights as this is when it is the most likely to appear in the night sky.

Suggested Hotel: East Bay Suites

This hotel is located on Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais overlooking Lake Superior. At this hotel, you will have access to the beach on Lake Superior which will also include fire pits seasonally. In the Stones Throw gathering room at the hotel, there is a fireplace as well as a variety of other features such as board games, popcorn and hot chocolate bar (Friday and Saturday night), and live music (Friday night).

The hotel also has a gift shop onsite as well. There is unfortunately no swimming pool or fitness center onsite at the hotel. But, you will get a free pass to the nearby YMCA where you can use its swimming pool and fitness center. While the hotel itself doesn’t have any restaurants onsite, you can find plenty of restaurants within a few minutes walk from the hotel such as Blue Water Cafe, Gun Flint Tavern, and Sven & Ole’s.

Many of the suites at the hotel offers a full kitchen, an electric fireplace, a living room, a dining room, either a patio or a balcony. and breathtaking views of Lake Superior. All of the suites at the hotel have WiFi. The average rate for a standard room range from $103 to $238. You can go here to book your stay and/or view the photos.

Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

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Keweenaw Peninsula is located in the Upper Peninsula region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the northernmost point of Michigan. The Keweenaw Peninsula is renowned for its rugged, forested natural beauty that juts into Lake Superior. I would suggest that you head to the northernmost point of the peninsula to the small, quaint lakeshore town of Copper Harbor at the northern end of U.S. Highway 41.

Once you arrive in Copper Harbor, head up to the narrow Hunter’s Point Park. There, you can soak in the beauty of the northern lights that reflects itself on Lake Superior. Winter is the best time of the year to catch the northern lights there.

Suggested Hotel: AmericInn by Wyndham Calumet

This hotel is located on South Sixth Street in Calumet which is about 45 minutes drive southwest of Copper Harbor via U.S. Highway 41. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. A few of the nearby restaurants include Michigan House Cafe and Brewpub, Toni’s Country Kitchen, and Cafe Rosetta. This hotel offers an indoor saltwater swimming pool, a hot tub, and a sauna.

All of the hotel’s rooms offers mini refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and WiFi. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $111 to $713. You can book a stay and/or check out some photos by going here.

These are the best places where you can go and see the northern lights. So, if you are wondering about where to view the northern lights, these places will get you in the best position to see it. What are your thoughts? Have you ever dreamt of seeing the northern lights? Feel free to leave a comment here.