Imagine Las Vegas and you have images of neon lights, casinos and maybe a spectacular show. But Vegas has much more to offer than the expected modern pleasures. Fewer than 20 miles from The Strip is a different kind of spectacular view: Red Rock Canyon. With 1.2 million visitors per year it's hardly an unknown option. But seeing this magnificent group of sandstone cliffs and canyons isn't the sort of thing that immediately comes to mind when you picture a Vegas vacation. But it should. They're amazing.Full of wildlife and flora of the area, Rangers will give you a guided hike at no charge. Bring your best hiking boots and see desert tortoises and big horn sheep against the beautiful background scenery. Then hike over to the 3,000 foot high cliffs and be astounded. You'll get a view of petrified sand dunes, cascading waterfalls that flow into the canyons and wide stretches of the Mojave Desert, one of the world's hottest in summer. Above the expanse you may be lucky enough to catch sight of one of the many Red-Tailed hawks that circle the area looking for prey.Some of the peaks reach 8,000 feet above sea level, making them more than a mile in the air from your feet. There are enormous bands of red and white rock, with ravines running through much of the area. Joshua Trees dot the landscape. There are several areas of interest to the visitor. Calico Hills is a popular spot for climbers and features short trails and several views of the canyon with Las Vegas visible in the south. Hikers can pick out many of the distinctively-shaped casinos from there.Lost Creek Canyon is the largest gash through the cliffs and has a 20-mile dirt track that winds its way through the multi-colored hills, as it crosses into the desert town of Pahrump. This one is best reserved for the truly hardy. Spring Canyon provides a few of a 30-foot waterfall. Dry during the summer for most of its length, there is a section where it flows year round. At any time of the year, though, the view is extraordinary. Since it is the desert, be prepared with appropriate clothing for the time of day and year. Deserts are cool at night and can be scorching during the day. Bring a small backpack to store unused clothing and supplies. Pack plenty of water or, even better, a mineral laden low-sugar drink. Be sure to hit the correct spot, though. Nevada has three similarly named areas, including the Red Rock State Park. Just follow Charleston Boulevard, which crosses The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) a few blocks beyond Stratosphere Tower. The Tower is 1,149 feet high - you can't miss it. Bend to the left as it becomes Blue Diamond Road/Highway 159.For cash back deals and free deals visit http://www.dragonrewards.com/browse/all/all/all
With an elevation of 3301 feet, and a vertical drop of 600 feet, Ober Gatlinburg features eight trails: two beginner trails, four intermediate trails, and two advanced trails. There are three lifts, including two quad lifts, one double lift, and one surface lift. The Season runs from the middle of December through early March, and night skiing is allowed on all trails except the Grizzly trail.Rentals are available for both ski equipment and snowboarding equipment. Private and group lessons for skiing and snowboarding are also available through the Smokey Mountain Snow Sport School. You can also easily find food at the many snack-bars, food carts, the caf, the restaurant, or in the lounge.You must not miss the longest chair lift ride in the south! You will see awesome views of the Great Smoky Mountains. You will also get a birds eye view of some of the slopes, and you can have your picture taken on top of the mountain. If you dont ski, dont worry! You can ride back down the mountain on the chair lift as well. Dont forget the Tramway. The tramway departs from downtown Gatlinburg and takes you to the ski resort and the amusement park. Even if you dont ski, you can still explore the thrill of flying down a mountain at a high speed or a slow speed if you choose. This is possible with the Alpine Slide. The slide is approximately 1800 feet long, and takes you down a winding wooded slope. You have total control over your speed with the use of a braking device on each sled. Other attractions at the amusement park include the Black Bear Habitat, a bungee jump, a water race, go karts, indoor ice skating, kiddy land, an arcade, miniature golf, a Spider Web Velcro Wall Jump, water rides and a shooting range.No matter what type of fun or adventure you are seeking, there is something to satisfy everyone in the family at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park. This is definitely a trip worth taking, especially if you have younger kids or Senior Citizens traveling with you.
A Kenya safari Holiday would not be complete without visiting Tsavo East National Park, which is part of the Tsavo National Park, which comprises Tsavo East and Tsavo West forming the biggest game sanctuary in Kenya, covering over twenty one thousand square Km's.Amongst the main attractions of the park on your africa kenya safari are the large number of elephants although you can see many other game as well.It is easily accessible by road, and you can fly in by light aircraft to one of the nineteen different airstrips, and this is a good way to access the more remote safari camps.To enter by road you enter through the Voi or Manyani gate, from Mombasathe Bachuma gate, and Malindi the Sala gate. Road improvements mean there are a lot of visitors to the park from the North Coast enjoying their kenya camping safari.Well known places to visit in Tsavo east include the Yatta plateau, one of the worlds longest lava flows, the Lugards Falls on the Galana River, the Mudanda Rock overlooking a naturally dammed pool where animals go to drink, and the Aruba Dam across the Voi River.Tsavo East has one lodge the Voi Safari Lodge, several tented camps, the best known of which are Galdessa, Cottars, Satao, and Sobo, all of which make great stopping off points on any Kenya safari holiday.The numerous animals you may well see in Tsavo East includes:Antelopes and gazelles (per alphabetic order) :Bushbuck - Dik-dik (Guenthers) - Dik-dik (Kirk's) - Duiker (Blue) - Duiker (Common) - Eland - Gazelle (Grants) - Gerenuk - Hartebeest (Coke's) - Hartebeest (Hunters) - Impala - Klipspringer - Kudu (lesser) - Oryx (Fringe-eared) - Steinbok - Suni - Waterbuck (Common) -Other ungulates and mammals :Buffalo (Cape) - Elephant (African Bush) - Giraffe (Maasai) - Hippopotamus - Hyrax (Bruces) - Hyrax (Eastern Tree) - Hyrax (Rock) - Hyrax (Southern Tree) - Rhinoceros (Black) - Warthog (Common) - Warthog (Desert) - Zebra (Common) - Zebra (Grevys) -Carnivores :Aardwolf - Caracal - Cat (African Wild) - Cheetah - Civet (African palm-) - Civet (African) - Dog (Hunting) - Fox (Bat-eared) - Genet (Large-spotted) - Genet (Small-spotted) - Hyena (Spotted) - Hyena (Striped) - Jackal (Black-backed) - Jackal (Common) - Jackal (Side-striped) - Leopard - Lion - Mongoose (Banded) - Mongoose (Bushy-tailed) - Mongoose (Dwarf) - Mongoose (Grey) - Mongoose (Marsh) - Mongoose (Slender) - Mongoose (White-tailed) - Otter (Clawless) - Ratel - Serval - Zorilla -Primates :Baboon (Savannah) - Bushbaby (Lesser) - Galago (Large-eared greater) - Galago (Small-eared greater) - Monkey (Blue/Sykes/Diademed) - Monkey (Green Vervet) -Others (rabbits, hares, insectivores) :Aardvak - Pangolin (Temmincks ground) - Hare (Cape) - Hare (Spring) - Porcupine (Crested)
If you have only been a tourist in Mexico and have never lived here, you may have never noticed this. Mexico is a country of little butts and its entire infrastructure is designed for their small, and perky rear-ends. In know this for a fact because I am a professional writer trained to note and record such things.Americans, of course, have all of the fat-butt genes God handed out at creation. There is no use in denying this, so don't try. You will not win the argument. Americans have the fattest keisters on the planet and all the proof you need is to come to Mexico, stay for about a month, and try to get along "well" in normal daily affairs.We have to be assisted into the back seat of Mexican cabs because our fannies are so large that we cannot get in and out of the backseats without the fire department coming with the Jaws of Life. When we try riding the buses all we can get into the seat is one butt-cheek with the other hanging over the side looking and flopping about like a swollen blob-monster. It also becomes plaintively apparent when we try to get in and out of some of the doors installed in these buildingshouses included. They were all built for hobbits, which, by the way, are real and all live here in Guanajuato. Mexico.My wife and I notice this too when we try going out to eat. I swear to God that every restaurant in the town is designed for someone no more than 4.5 feet tall. This includes the entrances and the seating arrangements. I can get one side of my fundament onto the chair cushion and one kneecap under the table. The other leg has to stay extended out in to the aisle causing all manner of havoc with people trying to jump over this telephone-pole-sized leg. They act horrified since they have never seen something so huge.In addition, the toilets: I think I have some permanent damage, or something, from trying to sit on these toilet seats designed for someone with a backside the size of a hand puppet. I have actually broken many of themI am deadly seriousall around town in the public facilities. I try never to frequent the same public facility twice so as not to be recognized. I am sure there is a warrant out for my buttock crimes.It is nightmarish!Not only does this town's infrastructure cater to little-butted people but also to people who are the size of Santa's Elves. I know I have sustained multiple concussions from forgetting that the doors in all these homes and buildings are built with the "little folks" in mind. I have rearranged my scalp, not purposely mind you, on many occasions from scraping it on the doors. We had an apartment here where the back door was less than two feet wide. I swear I am not making this up. I could not enter nor exit that back door without contorting myself into an inhuman and ungodly shape. I simple could not walk squarely through that door.I cannot describe to you what it is like to be a giant in a land of little hobbits.I had to travel eight hours to a resort town that had a Wal-Mart that catered to big-butted King Kongs just to buy a pair of underwear. I do not for one nanosecond believe that I would be able to find underwear in Central Mexico to fit me. There isn't the demand to accommodate fat butts.
Antigua is a popular tropical paradise destination for vacationers from around the globe. Antigua is not all about lounging under the warm tropical sun and enjoying the balmy breezes. The island also has a rich cultural heritage, and the way of living in Antigua is a reflection of that. Antigua is well known as having 365 beaches a beach for each day out of the year. Antigua is not so well known though for its culture. Lets take a look at some of the highpoints below:ReligionThere is no predominant religion on Antigua, but rather, diverse representation from several religious branches. Christianity is the strongest influence and some of the Christian churches that are used today were built hundreds of years ago and offer an interesting historical perspective to the island.RastaThe Rasta movement has a strong following on Antigua although it did not originate there. The followers of Rasta that live on Antigua have adopted the lifestyle voluntarily. They are usually identified by the appearance of their hair and mostly live on the southern coast. The live a simple and natural lifestyle and they value the life in all things including plants and animals as well as the land upon which they live.TourismIt should be no surprise that tourism plays a very important role in the economy and daily life of those living in Antigua. Tourists from around the globe have brought a generous income to the island and created many jobs. Being a beautiful island with both secluded beaches and 5 star resorts, Antigua has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.CricketCricket is the national sport of Antigua. The United States has its basketball, Great Britain has football, and Antigua has cricket for a national pastime. The island is very proud of its athletes and even the games of minor significance are well attended.Antigua is a great place to spend a vacation, but it also an even greater place to explore as a local away from the resorts. Then you can enjoy food and music native to the island, and get a small taste of what day to day life is like upon the beautiful island of Antigua.