One of the biggest joys of travel is being able to learn about other cultures. Thru our travels, we get to see how other people live, what customs they have, what foods they typically eat, where they live, and how they celebrate life. I like to say you can learn a lot about the culture of a place by walking thru its markets and by observing its festivals or celebrations. There are some great world heritage festivals around the globe and some of this world’s best festivals are huge attractions for tourists.
If you have a travel enthusiast on your shopping list, I have put together some unique and creative ideas of some gifts that you can surprise them with this holiday season. These are gifts that they can use as they trek around the globe, get some inspiration for their next big adventure, or use to keep the memories of their recent travels fresh in their memory. If you know someone who loves to travel, these gifts should put a big smile on their face this holiday season!
The Galápagos Islands is one of this world’s top tourist destinations. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to this island archipelago off the coast of South America to enjoy the beautiful vistas, interact with the diverse and amazing wildlife, and to scuba dive and snorkel in one of the world’s richest marine environments. The Galápagos Islands are truly one of this world’s greatest treasures and something that everyone should see in their lifetime.
It is a marvel of the achievement of modern man. It is the taming of one of America’s mightiest rivers. A river that has sculpted such beautiful landscapes as the Grand Canyon. Constructed starting in 1931, the Hoover Dam sits on the border between the states of Arizona and Nevada and harnesses the massive power of the Colorado River to provide electricity to much of the West Coast of the United states.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream land. In the summer months it is a mecca for boaters from all over the country and the world. Some people spend months camped out along-side the shores of the lake. There is no shortage of things to do in the area, so there is never a dull moment.
In this guide, I am going to give you some tips on how to get to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the best time to visit the area, some valuable resources to help plan your trip, and review some of my favorite places within Glen Canyon.
Twenty years ago, very few people had heard about Antelope Canyon. Flash forward to today and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the American Southwest. As more-and-more people post pictures of this stunningly beautiful place on social media, the popularity of Antelope Canyon continues to grow.
No other canyon I have visited, and I have visited a lot, is illuminated as beautifully by sunlight as Antelope Canyon is. The rays of sunlight that enter the canyon make the canyon walls glow the most beautiful shades of red and orange. It is breathtaking.
If Monument Valley looks familiar to you, there is a very good reason for that. It is one of the most used locations for media of all formats. Over the decades there have been dozens-and-dozens of movies that were filmed among Monument Valley’s beautiful buttes and mesas.
If you are into grand and beautiful vistas, then you aren’t going to want to miss a stop at Horseshoe Bend in Northern Arizona. Nowhere else is the Colorado River’s sculpting of the sandstone of the American Southwest more beautiful.
Unlike some stunningly beautiful spots in this world, Horseshoe Bend is not very difficult to get to. It is a short and easy one mile hike from the roadside parking to the viewpoint, so it is something that everyone is able to enjoy. In this guide we will let you know how to get to Horseshoe Bend, when the best times to visit are, and show you some of the stunning pictures we have been able to take of Horseshoe Bend during our many visits over the years.
While Bryce Canyon may not be as big and vast as the Grand Canyon, it is every bit as beautiful. The contrast of the red sandstone spires, known as hoodoos, against the green trees and blue sky is breathtaking. As someone who loves photography, this park is undoubtedly my favorite park to photograph.
Bryce Canyon National Park also offers a lot of fun things to do for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. The park has some great hiking paths, ample biking paths, and plenty of opportunities for horseback riding. And for those who aren’t up to hiking or biking, the park offers a number of amazing viewpoints that give you postcard worthy views of the canyon.
Devil’s Garden is a unique set of rock formations along the Hole-in-the-Rock road within the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. If you are interested in seeing some interesting and beautiful rock formations, but not up for doing a long hike, then the Devil’s Garden is perfect for you. You can see the rock formations without having to venture much past the parking area. If you are interested in doing a bit more hiking, there are plenty of opportunities to hike and explore in the area.