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 price of admission is about $30 per person.

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 price to this museum is normally about $23, but is currently on sale for about $14. 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 normally goes for $30, but as of right now, is on sale for $26.

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 regular price for admission to this aquarium is $30 although it is currently on sale for $26. Oh and also, if you like, you can buy a combo ticket for this aquarium and Madame Tussauds which I mentioned above. If you wish to do so, you can currently get it on sale for $40. The regular price for this is $55.

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.

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.

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.

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 ticket for the High Roller ride will start at $20 per person.

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 starts at $13 per person.

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.

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 price to the aquarium is about $20 per person.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.