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.

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.

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. 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.

 

Your Boston Vacation Guide to the American Revolution

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

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

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

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

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

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

Most notable of all is that you can take part in the act of throwing chests of tea out of the vessels and into the water. There is a charming tea shop at the museum called Abigail’s Tea Room where you can enjoy a cup of tea. The museum also contains a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs from. The admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is $29.99 each person.

Old South Meeting House

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

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

You will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt as a way to explore the history and unique architecture of this museum. There is also a gift shop at the museum called the Museum Shop where you can purchase souvenirs. The admission prices for the Old South Meeting House are as follows: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and college students with ID, $1 for children aged 5 to 17, and free for ages 5 and under.

Bunker Hill Museum

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

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

Paul Revere House

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

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

Boston Massacre Site

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

Old North Church and Historic Site

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

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

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

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

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

This is a pass in which you can use to hop on a trolley and ride around until it makes a stop at or near one of these attractions. You can then hop off and take your time at the attraction. And once you are done, you can return back to the drop-off spot and hop back on the trolley once it returns to the drop-off. You can repeat the process for the other attractions. The price for the trolley pass is $46.16 per person.

Get Spooked – The Best Haunted Tours in America for 2019

Are you the type of person who finds the thrill of being frightened? Do you desire to seek out some dark secrets? If this is you, then you have indeed came to the right place. We are about to approach Halloween soon. So, I figured that i would take the opportunity to talk about the best haunted tours in the United States that you can take in 2019.

When people think of Halloween, they will certainly think of all these vivid orange pumpkins that glows creepily at nightfall. They will probably also think of the trick and treat in which children dresses in costumes go around the houses and seek out all those tasty candies. However, if you prefer more of an adventure, then these haunted tours will certainly do for you this year.

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New Orleans Vampire Tour

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Are you ready to face your blood thirsty foes? If you are, then good. Because in this haunted tour, vampires could very well be lurking around somewhere. The New Orleans Vampire Tour is hosted by Haunted History Tours of New Orleans. The haunted tour will meet up at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter area of New Orleans. The haunted tour will leave at about 8:30pm.

Once the haunted tour starts, your haunted tour guide will be carrying around a lamplight. You will be cautiously exploring the French Quarter area of New Orleans in the darkness of night. You will be paying a visit to the famous sites to learn about true-to-life vampire-style crimes. In the course of this haunted tour, you will be heading to a creepy tavern that legends has that was a popular hangout spot for the vampires.

You will be heading to sites that were filming locations for the 1994 movie titled “Interview with the Vampire” made by Warner Bros. You will also be stopping at the Boutique Du Vampyre which, according to legends, is where the vampires go shopping. The items crafted here are from local artists. As you wander around as part of the haunted tour, you might spot vampires.

But, are those vampires real or fake? Good question, but that is for you to figure out. The New Orleans Vampire Tour will last for about two hours and will cost about $24.99 per person.

Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour

Do you believe in ghosts? Or are you a fan of a movie or video game about ghosts such as Ghostbusters or Luigi’s Mansion? Well, this is a spooky, but fun haunted tour located in Charleston, South Carolina where you might spot some ghosts. The Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour is hosted by Tour Charleston. The haunted tour will meet at Buxton Books and Tour Charleston Headquarters in Charleston’s historic downtown.

The haunted tour will start at one of the night times. You will want to bring a flashlight for better navigation during the darkness. The biggest highlight of this haunted tour will be a visit to the Unitarian Church Graveyard. The graveyard is not normally open to the public at night, but, as a part of this haunted tour, you will be given a special access to the graveyard at nightfall.

The graveyard is a few centuries old, having originally been built in 1772 which happens to be a few years before the United States even became an independent country. There has been tales of ghosts resembling people who were buried there, haunting people at night. So, be on the lookout for them while at the graveyard.

In addition to visiting the graveyard, you will be walking around Charleston’s historic downtown and listening to stories being told about ghosts and Charleston’s spooky past. You will walk by a variety of buildings, squares, and landmarks where the former residents used to hang out a long time ago. If you look around carefully, they still might be there, in ghost form.

The Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour will take about one and a half hours to finish. The price for this haunted tour will be about $25 per person.

Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour of Savannah

Are you into bar hopping? How about hearing creepy stories about a sinister past? If you are into both of these, then you are in luck here. This haunted tour offers a combination of these two things. The Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour of Savannah is hosted by Creep Crawl Haunted Pub Tours and takes place in Savannah’s historic downtown area starting in the evening.

The haunted tour will meet and start at the Six Pence Pub. This will be your first pub as a part of this haunted tour. In addition to this pub, you will be visiting about 3 or 4 more pubs. During your visit at all of the four or five pubs during this haunted tour, you will be hearing stories about the pubs’ creepy past. You will also be given a special cup which you can take home with you as a souvenir.

You can have your special cup filled with an alcoholic drink. You will be responsible for the expense of alcoholic drinks. During your visit to each of the pubs, you will be given the opportunity to use the restroom if you need to do so. In addition to visiting each of the pubs, you will be visiting the Colonial Park Cemetery during this haunted tour.

The Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour of Savannah will last for about two and a half hours. The price for this haunted tour will be about $24.99 per person. It is important to note that you must be at least 21 years of age or older in order to participate in this haunted tour.

These are the three best haunted tours that you can take in 2019. As I mentioned earlier in this post, Halloween is right upon us. So, if you are looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this week other than or in addition to participating in the trick and treat or carving out these vivid orange pumpkins to make them spooky at nightfall, then the way for you to celebrate is to take these three haunted tours.

Just so you know, these three haunted tours aren’t necessarily limited to just the day or even the week of Halloween. So, if for some reason you can’t make it to one of these haunted tours on the day or week of Halloween, then no problem. You can still take one of these any other time of the year provided that the weather is good at any given time for the haunted tour to happen as scheduled.

Learn the History of America’s Birthplace With This Philadelphia Walking Tour

Philadelphia is one of the United States’ oldest cities. Philadelphia was the birthplace of the country that we now know as the United States of America. If there is anything that you may know about the U.S., you will know that Washington, D.C. is the nation’s capital. However, when the United States first started as a country, Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital.

The most important event that established the United States of America as a country took place in Philadelphia. That event is the Declaration of Independence which freed the country from British rule and established itself as an independent country with 13 states on July 4th, 1776. You can explore the history with the Philadelphia walking tour called “Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia”.

The Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia is hosted by Philadelphia Urban Adventures. This walking tour will stop at various historical sites that played a role in Philadelphia’s history as the birthplace of the United States of America. Let’s go over all of the places that you will stop at during this walking tour of Philadelphia.

Betsy Ross House

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Your first stop will be at the Betsy Ross House. This is a charming house on Arch Street about a few blocks away from Independent Hall and the Liberty Bell. This is where the very first flag of the United States of America was created. The flag was created by Betsy Ross who once lived in this house.

This walking tour doesn’t include admission into the house itself. But, you can soak in the external details of the house as you pass along on the walking tour, including the U.S. flag that is neatly perched onto the house’s wall.

Elfreth’s Alley

Next, you will be walking around the narrow back alleys of Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, including Elfreth’s Alley. Elfreth’s Alley is the United States’ oldest residential street, having been dated to as far back as 1702 when the U.S. was still under British rule.

The houses located on Elfreth’s Alley are built in the colonial architecture style. These houses are built with brickwork and fronts the street that is made of cobblestones. The surrounding area is now home to trendy cafes, shops, and art galleries.

Christ Church

Your next stop on the walking tour will be the Christ Church. This is a historical Christian church where the nation’s founding fathers, like George Washington and Ben Franklin, once worshipped. The church also gave birth to the Episcopal Church in the country. At the time of the country’s founding, the church’s tower and steeple was the tallest structure in the country at 196 feet tall.

Depending on if the Christ Church is open and available for public tours at the time of your walking tour, you will be able to enter the church building as a part of this walking tour. Once the Christ Church stop-by is done, you will be heading to a nearby coffee shop for a short break.

This will be your opportunity to ask the guide any questions related to Philadelphia’s history. You can order snacks and/or drinks at the coffee shop if you like. Any snacks and/or drinks that you order there will be on your own expense.

Franklin Court

Once your break has ended, you will then be heading to Franklin Court. Franklin Court is a historical site that used to host the residence of Ben Franklin. Ben was one of the founding fathers of the United States. In addition to being a founding father, Ben was also a renowned inventor during the time of the country’s founding.

The residence itself is no longer there. However, the historical site hosts the archaeological and architectural remains of the residence that was once there. The location of Ben’s residence is traced with steel “ghost structures”. The site also house a museum that is dedicated to the life of Ben and his inventions.

You will be heading into the Franklin Court site as a part of the walking tour. There are two beautiful entrances to the site. One entrance is on a path made of cobblestones. The other entrance is through the original brick passageway.

President’s House

During the first decade of the United States’ existence as an independent country, Philadelphia served as the capital of the country. As a consequence of this, a residence had to be built specifically to house the President of the U.S.. This beautiful residence is known as the President’s House. The President’s House is the predecessor to the White House which is the current residence of the President of the U.S..

The President’s House was home to the first two presidents of the country. George Washington was the first resident. He lived there from November 1790 to March 1797. John Adam was the second president to live at the residence. He lived there from March 1797 to May 1800. Entrance into the President’s House is included as a part of this walking tour.

Dream Garden Glass Mosaic

The next stop on this walking tour of Philadelphia is the Dream Garden Glass Mosaic. The Dream Garden Glass Mosaic is a hidden gem that is tucked away into the lobby of an office building known as the Curtis Center. It is home to a beautiful glass mosaic mural known as the Dream Garden.

Unfortunately, the Dream Garden isn’t open during the weekends or holidays. So, if you want to enter the Dream Garden and soak in such a beautiful glass mosaic mural, I recommend that you book this walking tour on a non-holiday weekday.

Washington Square Park

You will head next to beautiful Washington Square Park. This is one of the oldest parks designed in the country. The park was built by William Penn in 1683. While you are here, you will be hearing stories about William Penn. He was the founder of Philadelphia. He found and planned Philadelphia in 1682, just under a century before the city became the birthplace of the U.S..

Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution

The Tomb of the Unknown Solider is a graveyard located within Washington Square Park. The graveyard is the burial ground for all of the Americans who fought in the American Revolution war against British rule. There is a possibility that you will be heading into the graveyard as a part of the walking tour.

Independence National Historical Park

Your next stop on this walking tour is Independence National Historical Park. This is Philadelphia’s most notable park as this is where two of the most important events in the founding of the United States took place. Even though admission into the buildings themselves aren’t part of this walking tour, you will still get to soak in the beauty of these places from the outside.

The park contains a few places that are related to the founding of the country and to Philadelphia’s historical status as the nation’s capital.

Independence Hall

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This is the most important building, not just in Philadelphia, but also in the United States. This is where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. The Declaration of Independence freed the country from British rule on July 4th, 1776. The U.S. Constitution was ratified on June 21st 1788 in order to serve as the supreme law that governs the United States.

Congress Hall

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Congress Hall is where the U.S. Congress conducted its legislative business when Philadelphia was the nation’s capital. During that time, the U.S. Congress admitted three new states to the nation for a total of 16 states at that time. George Washington and John Adams were both inaugurated as presidents at Congress Hall. The Bill of Rights under the U.S. Constitution was ratified here as well.

Old City Hall

Old City Hall served as the United States Supreme Court during Philadelphia’s status as the nation’s capital. There were three chief justices on the bench during the time. These chief justices were John Jay, John Rutledge, and Oliver Ellsworth.

Old City Arts District

This is the last stop of this walking tour. You will be stopping at a local bar where you can enjoy a drink. The drinks will be paid for by the walking tour guide.

This concludes the Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia walking tour. This walking tour will last for about 2 hours overall. The price for this walking tour will be $39 per adult and about $34 per child aged 6 and up. Children under the age of 6 get to join for free.

The Two Best Parks in Chicago to Spend Time

There is a saying that Chicago is a “city in a garden”. That saying can be traced back to Daniel Burnham. He was a world-famous architect and urban planner who was responsible for the noted historical document called “Plan of Chicago” in the 1900s. The Chicago of today very much lives up to its proclamation as a “city in a garden”.

Even though there are numerous neatly designed parks in Chicago that are well worth the visit, there are two parks in particular that best captures the imagination when people think of Chicago. Grant Park and Lincoln Park are the two best parks in Chicago in which to spend time at.

Not only are these two parks expansive in size, but they are also packed with many attractions and features that allows you to get the most out of your time at the parks. These two parks also offers some of the best views of the Chicago skyline.

Grant Park

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Grant Park is a sweeping, scenic park located in between the central and south sections of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Grant Park has been called Chicago’s “front yard”. Attractions and features found here include Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain, and the Museum Campus.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is located in the northwest section of Grant Park. There are a few features here. The Cloud Gate is a giant shell-like sculpture that serves as a “mirror” that allows you to see reflections of Chicago’s skyline on the sculpture itself. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is an outdoors concert venue artistically designed as a place for you to catch concerts, listen to music or just to relax on the lawn under the artistic bandshell.

You can also hang around in the Crown Fountain where two giant LED screens will actually spit fountain water out of the mouths of human beings (yes, really). Another feature of Millennium Park is Lurie Garden where you can find your moment of peace among the stunning, colorful gardens found there.

Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park is the newest addition to Grant Park, having only been built a few years ago. It is located just east of Millennium Park connected by the scenic BP Pedestrian Bridge. There are a variety of compelling features available at Maggie Daley Park for your enjoyment. You can hit a round at the park’s 18 hole mini golf course. There are picnic areas throughout the park for relaxation.

Those of you who want the thrill of skating, running on roller blades, and/or scooting can enjoy them at designated areas at Maggie Daley Park. If you wish to walk, run, or bike, you can do so on one of the paths that winds its way through the park. Children of all ages will find great joy in the park’s Play Garden where they will have an opportunity to play around.

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is located just south of Millennium Park. It is accessible from Michigan Avenue. The Art Institute of Chicago houses a large collection of artwork from across the world and spans over 5,000 years of artistic expressions. This is currently the second largest art museum in the United States of America.

Buckingham Fountain

The Buckingham Fountain is located in the east central section of Grant Park just west of Lake Shore Drive. This is a large, breathtaking fountain that is built in the style of a wedding cake. From April to October, there are regular water shows. During the evening, there are colorful fountain displays. The fountain is decorated with festival lights during the winter.

Museum Campus

The Museum Campus is located in the southeastern section of Grant Park right next to Lake Michigan. The Museum Campus is beautifully designed to bring together not just one or two, but three (!) beautiful museums together in one area for convenience.

These museums are the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium. In addition to the three museums, there are a network of path for you to walk, run, or bike on while soaking in the beauty of the area.

Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park is a nature lover’s paradise in Chicago. The park, as a whole, technically extends from Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood all the way up to the Edgewater neighborhood where Lake Shore Drive ends.

However, it is the southern part of Lincoln Park north of the Gold Coast neighborhood and east of the Lincoln Park neighborhood that is the most packed as far as attractions and features are concerned.

Lincoln Park Zoo

By far the biggest attraction in Lincoln Park is the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo is located to the northwest of the interchange of Lake Shore Drive and LaSalle Drive. Admission to the zoo is free. In fact, the zoo is one of the few free zoos in the United States.

The zoo is home to over 1,000 animals from more than 200 species. Perhaps the most compelling feature of this zoo is the Nature Boardwalk where you can go for a walk around a pond and get close and personal with native wildlife including birds, frogs, fish, turtles, insects, and more. At the same time, you can take in breathtaking views of the north section of the Chicago skyline.

Lincoln Park Conservatory

To the northwest of the Lincoln Park Zoo lies the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The conservatory is an artistic glass building built in the Victorian Era style. There are four rooms in the conservatory housing many different exotic plants from all over the world.

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Look directly to the east of the Lincoln Park Conservatory and you can find the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. This scenic gem is home to a variety of native plantings throughout its garden and lily pool. The Fullerton Gate is your access point for visiting the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is across Fullerton Parkway from the Lincoln Park Conservatory. There, you can check out the wildlife from the Chicago region. One notable feature here is the butterfly house where you can observe the different butterflies that lives there.

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park is also the home of the Chicago History Museum. The museum is located south of the Lincoln Park Zoo on LaSalle Drive. Here, you can explore the history of Chicago and the United States.

These are the two best parks in Chicago for you to spend time at. While there are other scenic parks in Chicago for you to check out, these two parks in particular will give you the most comprehensive experiences that you can get. These parks speaks to the natural beauty that Chicago has to offer.

Chicago for Museums – CityPASS Is the Way to Go

Chicago is an excellent destination for many things. One of the things that Chicago is renowned for is its collection of world class museums available for you to experience. If your time in Chicago will involve multiple museums, then rejoice! For I have something exciting to share with you about this. There is a thing called the CityPASS. The CityPASS is your ticket to Chicago for museums.

In addition to visiting multiple museums, you can visit at least one tower observation deck with CityPASS. By buying the CityPASS, you can earn a saving of around 50 percent for these attractions. The CityPASS will also grant you express access to the attractions, which would allow you to avoid potentially long lines upon your arrival. There are a total of five attractions that you can go to using the CityPASS.

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Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium offers breathtaking encounters with all kind of animals from aquatic environments. These animals range from sea otters to penguins to alligators to monkeys. The permanent exhibits here include Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, and the Abbott Oceanarium.

With the CityPass, you get access to all the permanent exhibits, animal presentations, special exhibit, stingray touching (seasonal) and a 4-D experience. The Shedd Aquarium is located east of Lake Shore Drive directly to the northeast of the Field Museum of Natural History in a beautiful, landscaped area known as the Museum Campus.

Skydeck Chicago

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Skydeck Chicago is a tower observation deck located at the top of the Willis Tower which was formerly known as the Sears Tower. The Willis Tower is currently the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. When you are at Skydeck Chicago, you will be treated to a sweeping 360 degree views of not only the immediate surroundings of The Loop, but also as far as four states.

You will be standing on a floor made of glass, known as The Ledge, which offers heart pounding but amazing views far down below your feet. The Willis Tower is located in The Loop on Wacker Drive.

Field Museum of Natural History

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The Field Museum of Natural History offers a massive amount of displays showcasing all the amazing wonders of nature. The Field Museum’s signature display is SUE, which is the largest, most completed, and best preserved T-Rex ever discovered.

The permanent exhibits here at the museum are Animal Halls, Evolving Planet, Inside Ancient Egypt, The Ancient Americas, Cultural Halls, Geology Halls, Underground Adventure, Working Laboratories, and SUE, the T-Rex. With the CityPASS, you get the All Access Pass which will grant you access to all the permanent and regular priced ticketed exhibits along with your choice of one 3-D movie screening.

As is the case with the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum is located in the Museum Campus just east of Lake Shore Drive. The Field Museum is the first museum that you encounter when entering the Museum Campus from Lake Shore Drive.

Choose One: Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago

Option 1 – Adler Planetarium

Here, you have two options to choose from for this attraction slot. The first option is the Adler Planetarium while the second is the Art Institute of Chicago. The first option, the Adler Planetarium, offers exciting hands on experiences and displays showcasing the amazing science behind the space and planets.

The list of permanent exhibits here are Mission Moon, Our Solar System, Community Design Lab, Planet Explorers, Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass, Clark Family Welcome Gallery, and Astronomy in Culture. With the CityPASS, you get admission to all the permanent exhibits, the Atwood Sphere, and your choice of two sky shows.

As with the other two museums previously mentioned here, The Adler Planetarium is located in the Museum Campus just east of Lake Shore Drive. The Adler Planetarium is the museum located to the furthest right in the Museum Campus.

Option 2 – Art Institute of Chicago

The second option, the Art Institute of Chicago, is home to the greatest impressionist collection of art outside of Paris. This museum houses the galleries of art from ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and the Americas. With the CityPASS, you will get access to all the permanent collection of art, non-ticketed special exhibits, and an audio tour. The museum is located off of Michigan Avenue inside of Grant Park.

Choose One: Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago Observation Deck

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Option 1 – Museum of Science and Industry

For this attraction slot, you also have two choices. The first choice is the Museum of Science and Industry and the second choice is the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. The Museum of Science and Industry houses a massive collection of showcases in the field of science and technology. This is the largest museum of this kind in the United States.

There are a ton of immersive permanent exhibits housed here. Science Storms, Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, and YOU The Experience are just a few of the many permanent exhibits here.

With the CityPASS, you get access to all the permanent exhibits along with one timed entry experience. The Museum of Science and Industry is located in Chicago’s Jackson Park overlooking a lagoon which is about 6.2 miles south of the Museum Campus on Lake Shore Drive.

Option 2 – 360 Chicago Observation Deck

The 360 Chicago Observation Deck is a tower observation deck in a tower that was once known as the John Hancock Center, high above the famed Magnificent Mile shopping district. It offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the area stretching as far as four states.

In addition to taking in the jaw-dropping views, there is a restaurant and bar along with an enclosed moving platform called TILT. The tower is located at the northern end of the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue.

All of these attractions are packed into one package with the CityPASS. The price for the CityPASS is about $108 per adult and about $89 per child. This ticket is valid for up to nine days. So, there is no need to rush. Just take as much time as you want.

Tours of Denver – Take A Tour That Marries City and Nature

There is a misconception out there that Denver, Colorado is located within the Rocky Mountains. While it is true that Denver, Colorado is often associated with the Rocky Mountains, the city itself is technically located at the western end of the Great Plains section of the United States.

However, the city is only a few miles away from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In fact, the city is close enough to the Rocky Mountains that you will be able to view the mountain peaks from various vantages within the city. One of the tours of Denver being offered is a unique tour that offers a combination of city and mountain parks tour.

This combo tour is called Denver Mountain Parks and City Tour Combo. This tour is offered by Gray Line. This tour is split into two sections.

Mountain Parks Section

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Red Rocks Park

Your first stop on this section of the tour is Red Rocks Park. Red Rocks Park is renowned for its red sandstone formations that inspires the name of this park. This park is also host to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre which is a world class outdoors venue that is used to host many concerts and other events.

Bear Creek Canyon Drive And Lookout Mountain

Next, you will head up the Bear Creek Canyon Drive (State Highway 74) which is a road that connects the two scenic towns of Morrison and Idledale. Along the route, you can spot wildlife such as elks, deer, and buffaloes. You will eventually arrive at Lookout Mountain Park where you will get to visit the Buffalo Bill Cody Grave Site and Museum.

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

The next stop will be at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center located in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver. This is a unique shopping district that houses many luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co., and Neiman Marcus. This is the last stop for this section of the tour. So, this is your opportunity to eat lunch and go shopping before transitioning into the second section of the tour.

Denver Highlights Section

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City Park

Your first stop on this section of the tour is the City Park. This is a large urban park that is located just east of downtown Denver.

There are a few attractions located within City Park. These attractions include the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Ferril and Duck Lakes, and a boathouse. There is also a golf course right across from City Park called the City Park Golf Course. However, this golf course is currently temporarily closed in order to undergo renovations.

Colorado State Capitol

Next, you will be heading to the Colorado State Capitol. This is a beautiful, domed building located just south of downtown Denver. The building is surrounded by breathtaking landscaping.

This is where the Colorado state legislature and governor’s office is located. The capitol is noted for its gold dome which is made of real gold leaf. The capitol is where Denver got its nickname, The Mile High City, due to the elevation measurement at the steps to the building.

Denver Mint

Up next on this section of the tour is the Denver Mint. This is a branch of the United States Mint. The Denver Mint is renowned for producing coins for circulation, mint sets, and commemorative coins. The coins produced at the Denver Mint bears the letter “D” on them.

Denver Art Museum

You will then be heading to the Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum is a world class art museum located in the Civic Center area just south of downtown Denver. This art museum is especially noteable for its collection of American Indian art. This is one of the largest art museum between Chicago and the West Coast of the United States.

That concludes the combo tour called the Denver Mountain Park and City Tour Combo. By the time you have completed the combo tour, you will have gone through a mixture of city and natural attractions. This combo tour will last a total of nine hours. This combo tour is priced at $90.

Hotel Options in Denver

Are you looking for a place to lay your head at? If so, I have got your back. Even though there are plenty of hotels in the Denver area for you to choose from, I will be discussing two hotel options for you to book your stay at in Denver. I will be focusing on downtown Denver here.

Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown

The Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown is a hotel located in the heart of downtown Denver. The hotel is located just one block away from the charming 16th Street Mall which is the hub for shopping in downtown Denver. The hotel’s lobby warmly welcomes guest with its linear stacked sandstone fireplaces.

There is an outdoors running track and tennis court available for your use at this hotel. The hotel’s swimming pool is available indoors. There is also a fitness center that is available for you to use 24 hours per day. So, you can use the fitness center just about anytime.

There is an in-house restaurant at the hotel called “courier. kitchen” that is designed around the theme of a contemporary newsroom. This restaurant serves New American classics along with buffet-style and lunch dishes involving fresh regional ingredients and cage-free eggs. There are also two bars located in-house at the hotel called “courier.bar” and “Fireside The Bar”

If you are looking to order a sandwich and/or salad to go, you can do so at an in-house restaurant called “courier. market”. A branch of Starbucks Coffee is also available in-house at the hotel.

Each of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with a sweeping view of downtown Denver and is equipped with signature beds called the Hyatt Grand Beds. There is also in-room dining services available. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites have WiFi available. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $127 to $547.

Crowne Plaza Denver

The Crowne Plaza Denver is a hotel located in the heart of downtown Denver about two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center. The hotel just recently completed a renovation project. There is a swimming pool located at the hotel’s rooftop offering a breathtaking view of downtown Denver’s skyscrapers. There is also a fitness center available to use 24 hours a day.

Pets are welcome at the hotel although there are fees applied for them. Laundry services is available here at the hotel. In addition to English, the hotel’s staff can speak French, Italian, and Spanish. A restaurant and bar is located in-house at the hotel. The restaurant and bar is called “The Lockwood Kitchen and Bar”. This restaurant and bar offers a menu of classic American fare.

There is WiFi available in each room in the hotel. All of the hotel’s rooms come with a mini fridge for you to store your food and beverages in. In-room dining service is also offered in all the rooms here at the hotel. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $126 to $334.

Three Best Places to See the Fall Foliage 2019

September 23rd is the official start of the autumn season here in the United States. The autumn season means we get to see brilliant leaves, observe the spooks of Halloween, and eat a slice of the pumpkin pie. With the Autumn season officially underway, you may be wondering where would be the best places to see the fall foliage this autumn? This is where I step in and help you figure all that out.

Breckenridge, Colorado

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Breckenridge, Colorado is a charming mountain town located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. During autumn, the Breckenridge area is brimming with the famous golden aspen trees that dots the rocky mountains during this time of the year. There are endless opportunities to take in the breathtaking golden aspens.

Hiking is one of the best methods for exploring the golden aspen foliage. For hiking, you will want to consider one of the trails in the Boreas Pass located just outside of Breckenridge.

The Boreas Pass area is a great place to hike as you will go through a canopy of aspen trees brimming with golden leaves while at the same time offering a sweeping view of the soaring peaks which, if you are lucky, will be capped with snow. You will also go high enough in the Boreas Pass area in order to be able to take in the spectacle views of the town of Breckenridge.

Hotel – Residence Inn Breckenridge

If you are in need of a place to lay your head overnight, here are a couple hotels I would encourage you to check out. The first is Residence Inn Breckenridge. This hotel is located on 600 South Ridge Street, just south of the downtown area of Breckenridge.

The Residence Inn offers complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and hot tub among its amenities offering. This hotel is welcoming to pets. So, if you are planning to take your pet with you, this is a great hotel for you. All rooms and suites here comes fully equipped with a kitchen/kitchenette, allowing you to cook your own food. The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $199 to $781.

Hotel – Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center

The second hotel is Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center. This is a full service resort style hotel. Beaver Run is located at 620 Village Road to the southwest of downtown Breckenridge. There are a lot of options here for rooms and suites to choose from.

There are a broad range of exciting amenities here including, but is not limited to, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, an arcade room, multiple full service restaurants and bars, a clothing and accessory store, tennis courts, and a skiing school. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $134 to $429 here.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a scenic town located in the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park area. Even though the area is a beautiful place year round, it is especially beautiful during the autumn when the leaves turn into a vibrant mixture of reds, oranges, and yellows.

One of the best ways you can take in the breathtaking views is to go for a drive on U.S. Route 441 until you get to Clingsman Dome Road then head on that road which will lead you to the parking area. At this point, you will be at the highest elevation in the Smokies at around 6,643 feet high.

There will be a short, but steep hiking path that will lead you to the Clingsman Dome Observance Tower. For taking the drive and then making it to the observance tower, you will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the Smokies and the fall foliage that dominates the scenery.

Hotel – Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

Should you need a place to stay overnight, here are two hotels you can book a night in. The first hotel is Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. This hotel is located at 539 Parkway in the heart of Gatlinburg. It is a resort-style hotel that offers compelling amenities such as indoor and outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a couple full service restaurants and bars, a massage spa.

There are a range of room and suite options including a special, secluded bungalow called Jimmy’s Hideway, all available for you to book. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $179 to $375.

Hotel – Gatlinburg Inn

The second hotel is Gatlinburg Inn. This is a historic hotel located at 755 Parkway in the heart of Gatlinburg. The amenities offered here includes an outdoors swimming pool, free breakfast and charming front porch rockers for enjoying the views. There are also many historical photos of Gatlinburg Inn inside the hotel for your viewing enjoyment too as well. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $145 to $236.

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Bar Harbor, Maine is a picturesque seaside town located on Mount Desert Island right off the coast of Maine. The natural beauty of the area speaks for itself. I recommend going for a hike on one of the many winding trails in Acadia National Park which for the most part is located on Mount Desert Island.

You will want to aim for the summit of Cadillac Mountain which, at 1,527 feet high is the highest point on Mount Desert Island. You will be treated with stunning views of the mountain, rocky coastlines, charming towns like Bar Harbor, the ocean and of course the colorful fall foliage that dominates the scenery.

Hotel – Best Western Acadia Park Inn

If you are yearning for a place to stay overnight, may I suggest two of the area hotels for you to book a night? The first hotel is Best Western Acadia Park Inn. This hotel is located at 452 Maine Route 3 to the northwest of Bar Harbor.

There are plenty of worthwhile amenities at the hotel for your enjoyment, including a playground, a S’Mores fire pit, park-style BBQ and picnic tables, a badminton area, and more. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $180 to $255.

Hotel – Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina

The second hotel I would suggest is Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina. This is a oceanside hotel located at 55 West Street in downtown Bar Harbor. As the hotel name indicates, a massage spa and a marina are among the amenities that are offered here at this hotet and are worth checking out. The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $351 to $574.

These are the three best places to see the fall foliage this autumn season. I cannot predict with 100 percent precision as to the best time to see the fall foliage as this depends on a variety of weather factors. However, the best time to go and see the fall foliage is usually from late September through early November.

Consider One of the Hot Air Balloon Rides in Sedona for Amazing Bird’s Eye Views

Have you ever had a bird’s eye views of an area? If you have, then chances are that it came from looking down from a window on an airplane flying way, way high in the skies. But, what if you want a more close-up and personal bird’s eye views?

Then you will want to take in one of the hot air balloon rides in Sedona, Arizona in order to soak in the amazing views of scenic Sedona, in particular the huge reddish rock formations known as the Red Rocks mixed in with lush vegetation. Here are two options for which hot air balloon company to go with in order to take in the fun of riding a hot air balloon.

Red Rock Balloons

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Red Rock Balloons flies seven days a week, weather permitting. The overall length of the experience is from three to four hours. The hot air balloon ride will take around one to one and a half hours depending on the wind condition and the discretion of the pilot flying the hot air balloon. Once the ride is over, there will be a picnic event. During that time, the pilot will tell stories about the history and competitive nature of ballooning.

The price for the ride is $225 per adult (including a free DVD) and $195 per child (12 years old and under). The bank cards accepted by Red Rock Balloons include MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. Red Rock Balloons only flies at sunrise. So, you will want to be prepared to wake up early in the morning for the ride.

There is a shuttle service from and to a hotel provided by Red Rock Balloons. All passengers are required to be at least 48 inches tall in order to take part in the hot air balloon ride. A phone call is required in order to make a reservation with Red Rock Balloons as online booking is unfortunately not available. The number to call is 800-258-3754.

Northern Light Balloon Expeditions

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Northern Light Balloon Expeditions flies seven days a week contigent on weather. The length of the flight is usually one hour long although it may be a little longer in order to find a spot to land on. There will be a picnic event after the flight is completed and will be served with champagne. Most of Northern Light’s hot air balloons can hold up to seven passengers on each, although there is also one that can hold up to twelve passengers on it.

The price for the hot air balloon ride is $225 per person. Northern Light accepts the MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discovery bank cards for payment. While making a reservation for the hot air balloon ride is not required, it is recommended that you do so. Making a reservation can only be done via a phone call as online booking is not available, unfortunately.

The reservation can be made by calling one of the following numbers, 1-800-230-6222 or 928-282-2274. Northern Light will provide a shuttle service back and forward between the hotel and the hot air balloon launch site. The hot air balloon ride will start at sunrise. So, it is best to prepare yourself to wake up early in the morning.

These are the two hot air balloon companies you can choose from in order to embark on an exciting hot air balloon ride that will reward you with stunning views of Sedona, Arizona. During your hot air balloon ride, you will be able to spot wildlife activity around the Red Rocks and the lush vegetation that helps to define Sedona.

The pilot of the hot air balloon will certainly be more than happy to point you towards the wildlife as you float around during your ride.

Need A Hotel to Stay Overnight in Sedona?

Are you in need of a hotel to stay overnight in Sedona for your hot air balloon ride? No problem, I have got you covered right here. Here are two hotels that I would suggest that you book an overnight stay at. Just make sure to tell the representative from one of the two hot air balloon companies in Sedona where you are staying so that they will know where to pick you up for the ride.

Desert Quail Inn Sedona

The Desert Quail Inn Sedona is a hotel located in Sedona’s scenic Red Rock Country. It is located about seven miles south of Sedona’s bustling uptown area. There is an outdoors swimming pool and hot tub available for your enjoyment at the hotel. If you have any clothing that needs to be washed, there are laundry services available at this hotel.

Even though there are no in-house restaurants or bars at the hotel, there are plenty of them available in the surrounding area. The staff at the hotel are multilingual. So, if you need to talk to them in a language other than English, then you will be able to do so at this hotel. This is a non-smoking hotel. So, if you want to smoke, you will need to find a location outside of the hotel’s property in order to do so.

Each room at the hotel comes with mini fridges and microwaves for you to prepare or store foods and beverages. There is WiFi available in each of the hotel rooms along with air-conditioning. The hotel’s suites comes equipped with a fireplace and whirlpool tub. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel ranges from $103 to $194.

Sky Ranch Lodge

Sky Ranch Lodge is a hotel located about 500 feet above Sedona at the edge of Airport Mesa. Regardless of which direction one looks at, breathtaking views of massive red rock formations surrounds this hotel. The hotel is renowned for its beautiful landscape on property. This includes gardens, shade trees, and ponds.

The hotel includes an outdoors, heated, saltwater swimming pool and hot tub. There is a wine bar located in-house at the hotel. For meals, you will want to head over to the Mesa Grill Restaurant which is located within a walking distance from the hotel. The restaurant serves all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The hotel is surrounded by hiking trails. Laundry services are also available at this hotel.

Each of the hotel’s rooms comes with a kitchenette and a microwave. Certain rooms will come equipped with a fireplace for you to soak in the warmth. This hotel welcomes pets and offers pet-friendly rooms. WiFi and air conditioning are available in the rooms. The average rate for a standard room here at the hotel ranges from $122 to $334.

 

Hotels In The Grand Canyon – Which Hotel Should You Stay At?

When you are planning a vacation to the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most important parts of planning a vacation is figuring out where you would lay and rest your head overnight after a long and exciting day exploring the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park? You may be wondering which of the hotels in the Grand Canyon area should you stay at?

Good Question. One of the most important factors when deciding on a hotel is location. You ideally want to be as close as possible to the Grand Canyon National Park so that you can spend extra time exploring the national park rather than commuting between the national park and the hotel. I will go over a few of the hotels located in the area.

Before I start, it is worth noting that there are two entrances to the Grand Canyon National Park: the South Rim and the North Rim. Due to the vast size of the national park and the ruggedness of the area, a trip by car from the South Rim to the North Rim can take approximately four and a half hours to complete. So, I will indicate which entrance each hotel is located at. Here we go.

El Tovar Hotel – South Rim

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The El Tovar Hotel is a scenic and historic hotel that is located right at the clifftop on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park which offers sweeping views of the national park. The hotel is more than 100 years old as it was built in the early 1900’s at the end of the railroad line. At the time of its grand opening, the hotel was considered among the most elegant hotels west of the Mississippi River.

The hotel is a large building that is made of log-related construction materials that brings in a deep sense of charm to the hotel. The hotel features a full service restaurant called The El Tovar Dining Room. The restaurant is highly regarded worldwide for their gourmet menu offerings.

There is also a lounge and a gift shop on site too as well. There are 78 non-smoking rooms available in standard, dulexe, and suite rooms. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $225 to $378.

Yavapai Lodge – South Rim

Yavapai Lodge is a hotel that is about a mile walk to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. The hotel is actually divided into two parts, Yavapai East and Yavapai West, that is separated by the main lobby in the center. This is an ideal hotel for families as there are books and board games available on site to enjoy.

This is also an excellent hotel for pet owners and pet lovers as not only are they allowed at the hotel, but there are also kennels offered for rent during your stay there. Bicycles are also allowed at the hotel too as well. It is worth noting that there are three electric chargers at the hotel for Tesla automobiles. So, if you are an owner of a Tesla automobile, then this hotel is for you.

The hotel includes a full service restaurant on site called Yavapai Lodge Restaurant. The restaurant offers southwest-inspired American comfort food and other chef-inspired foods on the menu. There is also a bar on site called Yavapai Tavern. Also on site is a coffee and ice cream shop called Yavapai Coffee and Ice Cream.

There are 358 non-smoking rooms at the hotel. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $119 to $309. Do be aware though that due to the cooler climate at the North Rim of the national park, this hotel is only open from May through October.

Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim

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This is the only hotel that is available at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. This hotel is tucked into a lush forest setting of ponderosa pine trees located at the top of a canyon, offering stunning views of the depths of the national park as well as the forest itself. This is a unique hotel for these who are seeking an opportunity to ride mules as these are available at the hotel to ride on.

There are a variety of cabin options available at the hotel for those of you who desire a more rustic experience. The are also the standard hotel rooms available for your comfort. There is a full service restaurant on site offering an array of regional and sustainable menu options.

A gift shop and convenience store are located on site as well. There are a total of 219 rooms at this hotel. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $209 to $317.

Maswik Lodge – South Rim

This is a hotel that is neatly tucked inside the scenic ponderosa pine forest. The Maswik Lodge’s main lodge building is the central hub of the hotel. The main lodge building houses the registration desk, Gift Shop, Maswik Food Court, and Pizza Pub. The hotel rooms are accessible from outside walkways and staircases (no elevators are available here).

There are about 280 rooms in total here at Maswik Lodge. The rooms are spread out in 12 two story buildings. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $140 to $395.

These are the hotels that you should consider when planning a vacation to the Grand Canyon National Park. Again, location is among the most important factors when considering a hotel to stay at overnight. And so these hotels listed here takes this into account.

It is worth noting that even though WiFi is available at the hotels in the Grand Canyon, due to the incredible remoteness of the national park, the internet speed can be slow. So, don’t expect to do anything more than checking your e-mail inbox during your vacation there. With that being said, you will most likely be too busy taking in all that the national park has to offer for you to be complaining about the poor WiFi there.