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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.