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Visiting Yosemite in Autumn

Before the winter weather would leave us housebound for three months here in the Midwest, my family and I decided to take one last trip out west, to visit Yosemite National Park, right before Thanksgiving. We were in northern California to visit family and wanted to take the short trip to the Sierras to see one of our favorite National Parks. It was the first time any of us had ever visited Yosemite in the off season. It was so different in fact, that I wanted to share my photos as well as my overall impression of Yosemite in autumn…

Visiting Meteor Crater Natural Landmark

Meteor Crater Natural Landmark Meteor Crater Road, Winslow, AZ GRADING Overall Score: B Recommended?: Yes Information: Open daily 8 am – 5 pm Closed on Christmas Day, open Thanksgiving Day 8 am – 1 pm Located off Exit 233 on Interstate 40 Free parking Schools and group tours welcome Admission Prices: Adults: $18 Seniors 60+: $16 Children 6-17: $9 Veterans: $9 Active Duty Military: Free Regular admission does not include the 4D Experience Room admission. This costs an additional $5 for adults and children ages 6 and up…

The Best Hiking Near Las Vegas

A trip to Las Vegas usually means, first and foremost, enjoying the city’s endless activity. Aside from walking the Strip or lounging at the extravagant resort pools, most Vegas activities are indoors, including casino games, live entertainment, clubs, and enough restaurants/bars to make your head spin! While these are all fun things to do on vacation, some people may be surprised to learn that there’s actually a lot of outdoor activity to enjoy in the American Southwest – including hiking through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. If you’re planning…

Reviewing Paris Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas

Paris Hotel and Casino 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 GRADING Overall Score: B Staff: B Room: B Amenities: B Recommended? Yes   Opulence abounds all along the Las Vegas Strip, and Paris Hotel and Casino is no exception.  With all the grandeur of high-brow Parisian decor, this hotel boasts a 95,000 square-foot casino floor as the main attraction, with over 1,700 slot machines and dozens of table games. Perhaps more popular than the casino itself is the building’s exterior. With scaled down recreations of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe…