Month: June 2013

Destination Spotlight – Arizona

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You can discover all the Grand Canyon State’s unique destinations when you
plan a trip to Arizona. Besides the Grand Canyon itself, top places to see include
No trip to Arizona would be complete without a stop at the Grand Canyon,
easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark. Stretching 277 miles, the Grand
Canyon’s steep, rocky walls descend more than a mile to its floor, where the
Colorado River runs a swift southwestern course. Visitors can enter the park from
either the north or south rim, or stop at its western edge to check out the
breathtaking Havasupai Falls and the town of Supai, which are also accessible
through the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
In Flagstaff, one can take a tour of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a
sprawling, sandy preserve that borders Arizona and Utah. Located inside the Navajo
Nation, ancestral home to the Navajo, one of the largest Native American tribes in
the United States, Monument Valley is near the Four Corners area, another must-see
spot. Once a flat basin, Monument Valley is now part of the Colorado Plateau, a
region characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the tallest reaching
1,000 feet above the valley floor, which is made up largely of Cutler siltstone, a rock
formation found only in the Southwest. As such, it serves as a symbol of the Old
West, and a favorite shooting location for Hollywood films, starting with the John
Wayne flick Stagecoach.
While in the Four Corners area, you’ll want to stop by the Painted Desert, an
area of the badlands stretching from the Grand Canyon National Park into the
Petrified Forest National Park. Much of the Painted Desert’s gray and red banded
cliffs are within the Navajo Nation. But those aren’t the only colors you’ll see, as the
desert’s 93,500 acres contain every color you can imagine, from deep purples to
fiery oranges and coral pinks. Afterwards, you’ll want to stop by the Petrified Forest,
one of the world’s largest and most colorful collections of petrified wood. The area is
especially known for its fossils, some of which date over 225 million years ago.
Another symbol of the West, in the form of western technological progress, is
the Hoover Dam. Built during the depths of the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam
project offered hope to thousands of desperate people looking for work, as well as
promising to transform the Colorado River into a hydroelectric power source, which
it did, in addition to turning arid Southern California into the nation’s produce
basket. The Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, between Arizona and Nevada
on U.S. 93, about a half-hour from Las Vegas, at the bottom of Lake Mead. It offers
breathtaking and spectacular views that will leave you in marvel at what a
mankind can accomplish. A tour is the best way to see how the dam operates
firsthand. Another must-see destination is Lake Powell, a 186-mile-long body of water
offering spectacular views of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. With a
surface area of 162,700 acres and 1,960 miles of shore, Lake Powell is highly sought
out for fishing, boating, and water sports.
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Luxury Vacation Destinations

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Los Cabos is located at the southern tip of Mexico‘s Baja California Peninsula. The area started off as a fishing town but has now developed into a tourism mecca. The beautiful weather, luxurious resorts, sport fishing, golf courses and convenient location attract many celebrities. Los Cabos is a magnificent place to enjoy whale watching. Whales visit the area in winter due to the warm waters. 

 

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 Steamboat Springs, CO is internationally known as a famous winter ski resort destination.  It is located in the upper valley of the Yampa River, along U.S. Highway 40 just west of the Continental Divide and Rabbit Ears Pass.  The area is home to natural hot springs that are located throughout the area making it extremely popular among tourists. Steamboat Springs offers a variety of winter activities such as dog sledding, skiing and snow boarding.

Scottsdale AZ

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 Scottsdale, AZ has grown to be a more popular destination among tourists with deep pockets. Downtown Scottsdale has even been described as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene”.

St. Maarten

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Saint Maarten is an island in the northeast Caribbean, located east of Puerto Rico.  The island is one of the Caribbean’s most exciting vacation destinations! Tourists flock to this exotic luxury destination because of the gourmet food, world class duty free shopping, vibrant nightlife, exotic beaches, year-round warm climate and the cosmopolitan atmosphere with a Caribbean twist.

Christine’s Corner – Father’s Day Travel Ideas

Forget the tie this year and give dad a Father’s Day gift he’ll really appreciate. Make new memories together by planning an unforgettable vacation. I have some great ideas on adventurous Father’s Day activities and travel destinations.

Take dad for a once in a lifetime Ride-Along experience at the world famous NASCAR racetrack in Daytona, FL. He’ll have the opportunity to ride shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR race car driven by a professional instructor at speeds up to 160 miles per hour! If you have a thrill seeking dad treat him to the ultimate racing experience where he can get behind the wheel by himself while taking instructions from the crew chief over a radio. Then spend the rest of your vacation at nearby Daytona Beach to soak up the warm Florida sun.

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If your dad is seeking fun in the sun send him on a Caribbean retreat this Father’s Day. He’ll love a Caribbean getaway to exotic destinations such as Jamaica, Puerto Rico or the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos. Dad can enjoy a number of different water sports or simply relax and take it easy while sipping on rum and enjoying the crystal clear blue waters and white sand beaches.

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Visit Las Vegas with dad for an epic Father’s Day trip. Take dad to see any one of the famous shows that Vegas is known for, do a little gambling or tour the city from a helicopter. Vegas is known for having dozens of themed hotels so make sure to leave time in your schedule to hotel hop. The Grand Canyon is only a few hours away and there’s several day tours leaving from Vegas which will make for a trip to remember.

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Go rock climbing with dad in Utah to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise in. There’s a ton of activities to enjoy when visiting Utah. From hiking, climbing and fishing to canoeing and kayaking this is the perfect way to build memories together. Utah is known for having some of the best spas in the country so take dad to have a manly spa day for an unforgettable Father’s Day vacation.

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Does your dad like to play Golf? If so, take him to Orlando, FL where’s there’s more courses than he can image.  If dad’s a golf fanatic he’ll absolutely love to play a few rounds at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Golf Club. Stay and play at any one of the major golf resorts in the surrounding area to enjoy world-class amenities and a phenomenal golf experience that dad be talking about for years.

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