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.

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.

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

(Photo courtesy of Jim Lawrence via Flickr)

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

(Photo courtesy of Mike Burton via Flickr)

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

(Photo courtesy of Dana Moos via Flickr)

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

(Photo courtesy of Red Rock Balloons)

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

(Photo courtesy of Northern Light)

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

(Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park Service via Flickr)

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.

Plan A Trip to the Grand Canyon – 100 Year Anniversary Events

Have you ever wanted to visit the Grand Canyon, but haven’t had a chance to do so? It just so happens that this year is the 100th year anniversary of the Grand Canyon’s establishment as a national park of the United States of America. The national park has gone on to become one of the greatest wonders of the world.

There are events remaining this year for celebrating the 100th year anniversary. So, at least one of these events would be a great chance for you to plan a trip to the Grand Canyon this year. Here are the events that are happening at the national park during the remainder of the year.

About the Grand Canyon National Park

Before we move on to these events, let me first introduce you to the Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon National Park is a sweeping national park located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Arizona. The central feature of the national park is the Grand Canyon which is a gorge of the Colorado River that snakes its way through the national park.

There are actually two entrances to the Grand Canyon National Park. These are the South Rim and the North Rim. Even though they are both well worth the visit, the South Rim is the most accessible way for a wide range of visitors to visit the Grand Canyon National Park. Due to the vast size of the national park and the ruggedness of the area, traveling between the two entrances takes approximately four and a half hours by car.

Grand Canyon Village is the main settlement at the national park. the settlement is located at the South Rim of the national park. This is where a concentration of hotels, restaurants, and stores are located.

So, now lets move on to the events happening during the remainder of this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon Lecture Series: Discovery, Exploration and the Grand Canyon

This is an event that will take place on September 13th, 2019 at 7pm at Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library in Flagstaff, Arizona. This event will be presented by Craig Childs. He will be discussing ways that one can go about discovering and exploring the Grand Canyon. This event will be open and free to the public.

11th Annual Celebration of Art

This annual celebration of art will happen from September 7th to 15th, 2019 at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. This event is aimed at those of you who are interested in all pieces of art that are inspired by the Grand Canyon. You will also have an opportunity to meet with the artists who are responsible for those pieces of art. This event is also intended to serve as a fundraiser in order to benefit an art venue that is located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

National Park Service Fee Free Day

This one is obivous. You will be able to visit the Grand Canyon National Park for free. That is provided that you are able and willing to visit on a specific date. This event will happen on September 28th, 2019. This is being done in celebration of National Public Lands Day. So, if you are able and willing to, head over and soak in the gorgeous beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park for free on September 28th, 2019!

Naturalization Day

This is the event in which United States citizenships are awarded to those who have applied and worked their way through the process of becoming a citizen of the United States of America. If you, yourself, have been awarded the citizenship or you simply want to participate in the cermony, then this event is for you.

This will happen on September 28th, 2019 at 10am at the Mather Point Amphitheater at the Grand Canyon National Park. This cermony is being hosted by the Phoenix field office of the United States Citizenship and Immigation Services. This cermony will be free and open to the public.

National Fossil Day

This is the event to be if you are interested in learning about and celebrating the paleontological resources that are found throughout the Grand Canyon. This will happen on September 28th, 2019 in various locations throughout Grand Canyon Village, Arizona. There will be family activites and much more during the event.

A Motivation to Plan A Trip

There they are. These are the events that are happening during the remainder of this year in celebration of the Grand Canyon’s 100th year anniversary as a national park of the United States of America. If you are looking for a reason to visit this year, then perhaps one or more of these events will motivate you to plan a trip to the Grand Canyon and soak in its gorgeous beauty.

How to Get to the Grand Canyon

If you are looking to reach the Grand Canyon by air, Phoenix and Las Vegas are the two closest major airports to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

From Phoenix

If you are flying into Phoenix, take Interstate Highway 17 until you reach Interstate Highway 40 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Once you reach Interstate Highway 40, head west on Interstate Highway 40 until you reach State Highway 64 in Williams, Arizona. Then head north on State Highway 64 until you reach Grand Canyon Village. You will have reached the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

From Las Vegas

For these of you who are planning to fly into Las Vegas, head south on U.S. Highway 93 and continue until you reach Interstate Highway 40 in Kingman, Arizona. Turn and head east on Interstate Highway 40 until you reach State Highway 64 in Williams, Arizona. Turn and head north on State Highway 64 until you eventually arrive in Grand Canyon Village. Once there, you will have reached the South Rim of the national park.