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    Philadelphia

    by solopes Updated Apr 30, 2016

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    I had only one day to visit Philadelphia, but with intensive planning, I think that I saw the essential. A very nice city, that I describe in Philadelphia

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    Canyons

    by solopes Updated Apr 30, 2016

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    The western part of the USA is dramatically cut by a few rivers, creating depressions several hundred meters deep. Remembering colonization it's easy to understand why it took so long, with so many deaths and sacrifices. Grand Canyon is worldwide known, but it is not alone, and for instance Bryce and Zion canyons are also impressive.

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    Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West

    by hopang Updated Apr 27, 2016

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    We went back to Hualapai Ranch mainly for lunch in its restaurant although Hualapai Ranch is located on shuttle buses' first stop. After visiting and exploring Eagle Point and Guano Point we felt a little bit hungry and decided to go back to Hualapai Ranch which is located to the north of Grand Canyon Welcome Center (as depicted in the map on our last photograph). Hualapai are native American tribes and the word Hualapai means "people of the tall trees".

    Hualapai Ranch is basically designed for kids and young adults. You may call the Hualapai Ranch real wild west experience because its setting is in wild west style for visitors to enjoy cowboy activities and entertainment. There are guided horse back rides to the rim, cowboy cookout, wagon rides and shows involving cowboy gunfights. But unfortunately the weather was not kind to us. It was a little bit cloudy and with very strong winds. So there were no cowboy activities outside the buildings.

    Anyway we came here for lunch in its restaurant (last building depicted on our fourth photograpgh). All the three attractions at Grand Canyon West have cafe/restaurants. Everyone of these restaurants is fairly crowded during visiting hours, so be prepared to queue up for between ten to twenty minutes for your food. Food in the restaurant was quite good it has to be said. There are cabins at Hualapai Ranch for visitors to stay overnight.

    Opening hours to Grand Canyon West are between 7.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. daily from April to September and between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily from October to March. For more information about Hualapai Ranch and its restaurant you may write to the following address:- reservation@grandcanyonwest.com.

    Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West Ranch's restaurant is in the last building Map of attractions in Grand Canyon West
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    Guano Point at Grand Canyon West

    by hopang Updated Apr 25, 2016

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    Guano Point was our second stop at Grand Canyon West. Many consider the views here at Guano Point to be very much better than those of the Eagle Point. At Eagle Point one can only see one side of the Grand Canyon, i.e. on the right hand side facing the Skywalk. At Guano Point one can see almost 360 degree view of the Grand Canyon.

    Once you get off the shuttle bus walk to the right of the walking trails if you do not want to dine at Guano Cafe which is near the shuttle bus stop. There are no barriers or railings at Guano Point as well. So be extra careful if you bring along children. Don't let them get too close to the edge of the cliffs which are very steep. In many areas it is sharp 90 degree drop several thousand feet to the floor of the Grand Canyon. Do not try to take souvenir snapshots too close to the edge! Some parts of the walking trails are quite narrow. It seems to be quite dangerous as the trails are quite close to the edge of the cliffs.

    When you reach the midpoint of the walking trail which is the narrowest part of Guano Point you can see both sides of the Grand Canyon. This is really amazing! The view on the left hand side is much better as we could see the Colorado River on the floor of the Grand Canyon clearly (as depicted on our main photograph). There is a little hill just after the midpoint of the walking trail (depicted on our last phototraph). If you are healthy and fit enough you may, by all means, climb up to the top of the hill and you will certainly be rewarded with a breath-taking and spectacular 360 degree view of the Grand Canyon. Due to our old age we did not attempt to climb up this little hill.

    Guano means the remains of bat droppings and visitors can visit the remnant of a tram from an old Guano mine (as depicted on our fourth photograph) right at the far end of the walking trails. There is not much left of the tram indeed. It is already in ruins and beyond repair. Anyway nobody comes here to see an old tram from an old mine!

    Opening hours to Grand Canyon West are between 7.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. daily from April to September and between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily from October to March. There are restrooms and cafe/restaurant at all the three attractions. You may e-mail to the following address for reservation or for more information about Grand Canyon West:- reservation@grandcanyonwest.com

    View on the left hand side of Guano Point View on the right hand side of Guano Point Guano Point at Grand Canyon West Remnant of a tram from a guano mine Little hill at Guano Point to have 360 degree view
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    Eagle Point at Grand Canyon West

    by hopang Updated Apr 24, 2016

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    The main highlight of our recent vacation to Las Vegas was our day trip by coach to Grand Canyon West (the west rim of the Grand Canyon). Of course you can purchase your tickets online before coming to Las Vegas. There are many operators to choose from, so choose wisely according to your budget. You can even fly directly to Grand Canyon from Las Vegas if you can afford and if you wish to save time. Nevertheless travelling by coach is half the fun as you will also visit Hoover Dam along the way. You may also take helicopter flight to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and/or take a relaxing boat ride down the Colorado River. The choice is yours.

    Grand Canyon West is owned by Hualapai Indian Reservation which comprises approximately one million acres of land extending from west of Grand Canyon to Peach Springs located on the famous Route 66 in Arizona. Grand Canyon West attracts approximately 700,000 visitors every year.

    Grand Canyon West basically has three main attractions. You board the free shuttle bus from Grand Canyon Welcome Center after purchasing your tickets. Make sure you keep your tickets properly as you may need to use the tickets again to board the shuttle bus later. The first stop is Hualapai Ranch, then Eagle Point and followed by Guano Point. Most visitors spend between three and four hours at Grand Canyon West.

    One may ask which Grand Canyon should we visit? Grand Canyon south rim is approximately 350 miles from Las Vegas whereas west rim is only about 120 miles from Las Vegas. Grand Canyon West is owned by Hualapai Indian tribe whereas Grand Canyon South is a part of Grand Canyon National Park owned by the State. It is difficult to say which Grand Canyon is more beautiful as we have seen from many photographs that we are convinced both are equally beautiful. It takes just 2½ hours to travel from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West and approximately five hours to travel to Grand Canyon South by motor vehicles.

    Eagle Point was our first stop as we felt that Hualapai Ranch was more or less meant for kids. Once you get off the shuttle bus you will be able to see the main building with skywalk jutting 70 feet out over the Grand Canyon. This is a glass-bottomed semi circle bridge 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon opened to the public in the year 1988 and is attracting more and more local and foreign tourists the past few years due to the completion of the Skywalk in the year 2007 which is its main attraction. We did not walk on the Skywalk as it involves a separate admission fee of $35.00 per adult. We don't think it is worth walking on the Skywalk with that kind of money! Furthermore you are not allowed to take your own photographs on the sky bridge. You will have to leave everything including cameras and smartphones in the lockers. They have their own photographers to take souvenir snapshots for you and charge you which we understand is quite expensive.

    The maze like Canyon at Eagle Point has the view on the opposite side the shape of an eagle on the tall rock walls (as depicted on our second photograph). The shape of the rock walls really looks like an eagle flying on its wings - quite amazing indeed! Please be aware that there are no barriers or railings on the edge of the cliffs. If you bring along small kids make sure that they don't play too close to the edge. We are aware that there are fatalities every year at Grand Canyon after falling from the cliffs.

    There is also a Native American village at Eagle Point where visitors can visit and explore. You can watch live native American performances by the members of the tribes. If you feel like buying some authentic native crafts and jewelleries there is a gift shop at the Eagle Point (depicted on our fourth photograph). These crafts are not cheap!

    Opening hours to Grand Canyon West are between 7.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. daily from April to September and between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. from October to March. In our opinion the best seasons to visit Grand Canyon West are spring and autumn when the temperatures are mild. It is too hot during the summer months and too cold during the winter months.

    Skywalk at Eagle Point at Grand Canyon West Shape of an eagle on the wall of Grand Canyon Eagle Point at West Rim Grand Canyon Authentic native crafts & jewelleries at gift shop Native American village at Grand Canyon West
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    Hoover Dam at the border between Nevada & Arizona

    by hopang Updated Apr 22, 2016

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    We took a day trip by coach to Grand Canyon West in the State of Arizona and stopped at Hoover Dam for some sight-seeing of this enginnering masterpiece. Hoover Dam is located at Clark County at the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona. It was certainly a phenomenal engineering feat to construct such a dam which is specifically used for hydro electricity generation, flood control, water storage as well as for recreation.

    It is even more amazing if you read the history of its construction. Construction began in the year 1931 during the Great Depression and was not completed until the year 1936. The construction involved several thousands workers and cost more than 100 lives. The Dam was dedicated in 1935 by President Franklin Roosevelt. It is a concrete gravity-arch dam.

    Hoover Dam is approximately 1,200 feet long, 730 feet high and 45 feet wide. It certainly is one of the country's engineering masterpieces. Hoover Dam is probably the most impressive dam that we have ever seen so far. A road bridge near the dam known as Mike O' Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (as depicted on our third photograph) was contructed quite recently, i.e. between the years 2005 and 2010, over Colorado River. The bridge, another engineering masterpiece, is approximately 1,900 feet long. The view from the bridge over Hoover Dam is certainly breath-taking!

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    High Roller at The LINQ in Las Vegas

    by hopang Updated Apr 22, 2016

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    The High Roller in the heart of Las Vegas Strip is the tallest and largest ferris wheel in the world. It is 550 feet high and is 520 feet in diameter. The second largest ferris wheel in the world is located in Singapore known as Singapore Flyer which is 541 feet high. The High Roller is a new attraction in the city of Las Vegas and it opened to the public only in March 2014. It has 28 transparent pods holding 40 passengers each. The admission fee to High Roller is slightly more expensive than that of the Eiffel Tower Experience. If you purchase from the internet it costs about $20.00 per adult. It caters certainly for the entire family. However if you are afraid of height please don't ride the High Roller. It is certainly more scary than the static Eiffel Tower Experience.

    Nevertheless it is wise to choose between the High Roller or the Eiffel Tower Experience as both offer basically the same view of the city and its valleys. The observation deck of the Eiffel Tower has a height of 460 feet, so the High Roller is 90 feet higher. In our opinion it doesn't make sense to experience both the Eiffel Tower and the High Roller while you are on vacation in the city. Therefore we did not ride the High Roller while we were in Las Vegas. Perhaps we can leave the High Roller on our next trip to the city.

    High Roller as seen from the top of Eiffel Tower High Roller at The LINQ  promenade in Las Vegas Sky Shop and entrance to the High Roller in Vegas A transparent pod as seen from below High Roller at The LINQ  in Las Vegas
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    Chihuly Glass Sculptures at Bellagio in Las Vegas

    by hopang Updated Apr 21, 2016

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    A masterpiece of multi-coloured Dale Chihuly Glass Sculptures known as "Fiori di Como" can be seen hanging from the ceiling at the front desk at Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Strip representing Italian flowers in the spring. This is quite a unique experience in Las Vegas as the sculptures contain more than 2,000 flower sculptures. The total weight of the sculptures are 40,000 pounds and the whole sculptures cost several million dollars. It is quite unbelievable! This masterpiece covers approximately 2,100 square feet of ceiling space and is the largest masterpiece that Dale Chihuly has ever produced so far in his 15 years sculpturing career. He is also responsible for redefining modern glass sculpture as fine art.

    Approximately 20,000 visitors come to Bellagio daily just to see Dale Chihuly Glass Sculptures and of course the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens nearby. This is also another free attraction in the city of Las Vegas. Make it a point to visit the front desk to see this fantastic Dale Chihuly Glass Sculptures and of course the Conservatory as well when you visit Bellagio Resort while on your vacation in Las Vegas!

    Chihuly Glass Sculptures at Bellagio in Las Vegas Chihuly Glass Sculptures hanging from the ceiling Chihuly Glass Sculptures at Bellagio in Las Vegas
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    Lovely sculpture at City Center in Las Vegas

    by hopang Updated Apr 20, 2016

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    The City Center around Aria Hotel and Casino, Cosmopolitan and Mandarin Oriental has lots of fine art collections and one of the most famous sculptures is Henry Moore's "Reclining connected forms" depicting a mother embraching her baby (as depicted on our above photographs). The sculpture was made of Roman travertine marble and is located in the park behibnd Aria Hotel and Casino's front desk and the entrance to Crystals Shopping Center. The outer shell of the sculpture depicts the growing shape of a pregnant mother protecting her child. The sculpture is approximately 17 feet long, 7 feet deep and 10 feet high. The fine art collections at the City Center are opened to the public free of charge.

    Henry Moore (1898 - 1986) was an English sculptor and artist born in Castleford, Yorkshire England. He was famous for producing abstractions of the human figures. His forms usually contained hollow spaces. This fine sculpture and the other fine art collections in the area are certainly well worth a visit if you have time to spare while taking your vacation in the city of Las Vegas.

    Marble sculpture reclining connected forms Reclining connected forms 1969 - 1974 Marble sculpture by Henry Moore at Aria in Vegas
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    Titanic artifact exhibition at Luxor in Las Vegas

    by hopang Updated Apr 17, 2016

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    Titanic - the Artifact Exhibition: - This is one exhibition that you do not want to miss while holidaying in the city of Las Vegas. It is certainly one of the more popular tourist attractions in the city even though it costs admission fees to enter. The admiision fee per adult is $32.00 but you can buy discount admission tickets from Tix 4 Tonight for only $23.00. If you love Titanic the movie you should not miss this popular attraction.

    More than 300 artifacts were recovered from the doomed ship which sank in April 1912 killing approximately 1,500 passengers and crews. Many of these artifacts are still in fairly good condition. Only slightly more than 700 persons survived the tragedy. The Titanic was supposed to be a floating palace deemed unsinkable but struck an iceberg unfortunately and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean.

    The exhibition is certainly great for all ages. A recreation of the grand staircase as seen from the movie is one of the more popular exhibits. Unfortunately photography and video recording are not allowed inside the exhibition rooms. However you may buy souvenir snapshots from their photographers especially if you take a picture standing at the grand staircase which makes an excellent snapshot!

    The first class and third class cabins are also replicas. Nevertheless the largest piece recovered from the sunken ship was the ship's hull. This is probably the best part of the ship on display here in Luxor. Other artifacts include passengers belongings such as luggages and an unopened bottle of champagne.

    Before entering the exhbition rooms you are given a "boarding pass" with the name of a passenger or crew imprinted on it and at the exhibition's exit you may check from the board to see if that person named on your boarding pass survived the tragedy or not. This is a 25,000 square feet Titanic exhibition and is probably one of the best Titanic exhibitions ever produced, if not the best.

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    Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris in Las Vegas

    by hopang Updated Apr 15, 2016

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    Eiffel Tower Experience is certainly one of the more popular tourist attractions in the city of Las Vegas. It is also very popular for wedding photographs after the wedding ceremony at a wedding chapel in the city. The Eiffel Tower Experience is only half the size of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris. For those who have not seen the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, this Eiffel Tower is certainly a very good option to visit as there are many similarities between the two. Both have enclosed observation decks and glass elevators.

    The observation deck of Eiffel Tower Experience is located at 460 feet high (approximately 50 storey high). It of course has 360 degree view of the whole Las Vegas valley. One can even watch aeroplanes taking off and landing at the international airport closeby. We understand that they in fact had plan to build Eiffel Tower exactly the same height as the original in Paris. However the plan was rejected as the safety of aircrafts flying in and out of the international airport cannot be compromised.

    The opening hours of Eiffel Tower Experience are between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 a.m. during the weekdays and between 9.30 a.m. and 1.00 a.m. during the weekends. The view from the top is certainly breath-taking even at night when one can also watch the musical and light fountains show at Bellagio just across the road. There is no time limit once you get into the observation deck. Admission fee is $17.00 for adults, $13.00 for children and seniors (62 years old and above are considered seniors in USA). There is an Eiffel Tower Restaurant on the 11th floor.

    The replica of Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas The enclosed observation deck for safety reason View of the south from the observation deck View of the northeast from the observation deck View of the north from the observation deck
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    Galleria Arte Fino at Venetian Resort in Las Vegas

    by hopang Updated Apr 15, 2016

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    Galleria Arte Fino is probably the finest art gallery in the city of Las Vegas. It is located inside Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian Resort at Las Vegas Strip. There are not so many art galleries in the city and we found this art gallery to be of high standard with really beautiful and quality paintings. Besides paintings, the art gallery also exhibits impressive sculptures and prints. Nevertheless most of the artists with masterpieces in the art gallery are unknown to us even though they come from various parts of the world and they are supposed to be quite well known in their own countries. There is even a painting of Mona Lisa (as depicted on our second photograph) by an unknown artist.

    The opening hours of the art gallery are between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. during the weekdays and between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 midnight during the weekends. Admission to the art gallery is free. Photography and video recording are permitted in the art gallery. We noticed that not many tourists patronised the art gallery while we were there. It was a waste to bypass the art gallery as it certainly has some high quality paintings and sculptures.

    Entrance to Galleria Arte Fino at Venetian Resort A Mona Lisa painting at Arte Fino in Las Vegas One of the excellent paintings at Arte Fino ..another excellent painting at Arte Fino in Vegas An impressive painting at the art gallery in Vegas
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    The aquarium at the Mirage in Las Vegas

    by hopang Updated Apr 15, 2016

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    If you love marine life the Mirage at Las Vegas Strip has a state of the art high technology aquarium. The aquarium was renovated quite recently and has become one of the most popular attractions in the city of Las Vegas. It is situated just behind the front desk. If you visit Mirage in the afternoon especially during the checking-in time of 3.00 p.m., it is almost impossible to have a good look of the aquarium, let alone taking good souvenir snapshots from your digital camera or smartphone. Come to the Mirage during late night or early morning if you wish to have a good look of the aquarium.

    The aquarium is a family friendly attraction in a crystal clear tank measuring some 53 feet long, 6 feet wide and 8 feet high, about the size of a one and a half city bus. Admission is of course free as it is located at the registration. More than 1,000 exotic fish and other sea creatures made up of at least 60 species from as far as Australia, Fiji, Hawaii and the Carribeans can be found inside the aquarium. However the corals are artificial.

    The sea creatures and exotic fish in the aquarium include sharks, eels, stingrays, angelfish and puffer fish. The aquarium has one of the cleanest, safest and clearest tanks in the world with high technology filtration and life supporting systems. Don't miss the aquarium at the Mirage when you visit Las Vegas on your vacation especially if you are very interested in marine life!

    The aquarium just behind the front desk The aquarium at the Mirage in Las Vegas The aquarium at the Mirage in Las Vegas The family friendly attraction at Mirage Crystal clear high technology aquarium at Mirage
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    The Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo in Las Vegas

    by hopang Updated Apr 14, 2016

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    When you visit Las Vegas Strip you do not want to miss this small paradise known as the Wildlife Habitat which is located in the middle of Flamingo Hotel and Casino. One thing good about the city of Las Vegas many of its popular attractions are free of charge and this one is no exception. The Wildlife Habitat is surrounded by plenty of lush greenery, so ideal to take a stroll complete with benches for you to rest and relax to escape the chaos and the hustle bustle of the city. It has among other things waterfalls, streams, ponds, abundance of trees and foliage. There are certainly lots of excellent photo opportunities inside the Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Resort in Las Vegas.

    The main highlight of the Wildlife Habitat is of course the bright pink coloured Chilean flamingos at the Flamingo Island. To be honest this was the first time we have ever seen real flamingos. It is not so often one can see flamingos in the zoos or in captivity around the world. There are also other exotic birds such the black neck South American swans, pelicans, ducks, turtles and koi fish at the Wildlife Habitat.

    Flamingos can stand as high as four feet tall and can weigh up to six pounds. They sleep on one legs (as depicted on our second and third photographs) because their legs bend on opposite direction compared to those of the human beings. The Wildlife Habitat is certainly a very peaceful and quiet natural reserve. Take your time to enjoy a little bit of this colourful nature in hot Nevada desert.

    Flamingo Island at Wildlife Habitat The pink Chilean flamingos at Wildlife Habitat The South American flamingos sleeping on one legs Other exotic birds at Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo The beautiful waterfalls at Wildlife Habitat
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    The Conservatory at Bellagio in Las Vegas

    by hopang Updated Apr 14, 2016

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    The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio Hotel and Casino is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Las Vegas. It is another free attraction in the city. However it is always crowded due to its popularity and due to the size of the Conservatory which is rather small. Sometimes it is quite difficult to take good souvenir snapshots due to the large crowd. It is opened daily for 24 hours. Probably late night when it is not so crowded you should be able to take some good photographs in the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

    The floral displays were certainly one of the best we have ever seen. We certainly love flowers. We could only think of the international flowers expo around the world and Expo 1990 Osaka came to our mind. That was certainly the best floral dispaly we have ever seen so far. We may even consider attending Expo 2016 Antalya which also has similar flowers theme.

    The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens exhibit floral displays based on different seasons and we were lucky to witness the beautiful and colourful Japanese spring celebration which are being held between the middle of March and the middle of May 2016 at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There are more than 80,000 flowers on display now and we love the beautiful cherry blossoms very much. The flowers on display are certainly very well maintained by the talented 120 horticulturists employed by the Conservatory. So if you wish to see the Japanese spring celebration at the Conservatory you can still visit the exhibition at Bellagio until the middle of May 2016.

    The Conservatory at Bellagio in Las Vegas The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Japanese spring celebration at the Conservatory The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio The Conservatory at Bellagio in Las Vegas
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    Mar 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    As I was writing some tips for a city just west of where I live this morning I found out about this interesting event happening in June this year.

    I wanted to let anyone who lives in the United States and any visitors to the U.S. this summer that there is a very unique event going on. Lincoln Highway is not as well known as its other old U.S. Highway (Route 66), but is actually older (1913 vs 1926) then its road cousin and actually does travel through the middle of the country from coast to coast (New York to San Francisco). Route 66 actually starts in my hometown of Chicago and heads to California.

    Anyway here is a link and a bit of a description for anybody who is interested. www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/tour/2013.com

    "Join fellow historians and tourists for the Official Lincoln Highway Centennial Tours, headed for Kearney, Nebraska from each coast, for the centennial of America’s first paved transcontinental road: the Lincoln Highway. Antique cars, Classics, muscle cars, ’50s cars, trucks, motorcycles, street rods, and modern cars are welcome to participate.

    You will travel the original alignments of the Lincoln Highway covering many miles of two-lane history, four-lane progress, and even gravel scenic beauty. Travel from America’s urban centers, through pastoral farm lands, over breathtaking mountains and rolling prairies.

    Travelers from the East will start at Times Square, the heart of America’s most vibrant city. You will travel through ivy-covered college towns such as Princeton, New Jersey, and the Amish country of Pennsylvania. From Pittsburgh’s steel and beer brewing industrial history, you will travel through Ohio’s diverse agricultural and commercial mix. Indiana takes you through more Amish farm land, South Bend’s Notre Dame and automotive history and on to Illinois. From Illinois you will travel to Iowa’s farmland across the Mississippi River into the prairies of Nebraska and on to the Centennial celebration in Kearney at the Great Platte River Arch Museum.

    Western travelers enjoy beginning their journey in the urban centers of San Francisco and Oakland, California. After traveling through the state’s agricultural Central Valley you are exposed to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains and Donner Pass before dropping into the deserts of Nevada and the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Climbing the mountains out of Salt Lake City, you will enter the wide open spaces of Wyoming and on to historic Cheyenne for an overnight stop. This is followed by your easterly trek into Nebraska and eventually joining the rest of the travelers from the east for the grand parade of cars into Kearney on opening day."

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