Archive for the ‘Take a Vacation’ Category

5 Las Vegas Casino Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time on the Las Vegas Strip or your 50th — it’s easy to end up stuck in a tourist trap, lost in a huge crowd of folks. Here are a few Las Vegas casino tips to help you navigate the Las Vegas Strip like a pro.

Learn the Games

This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many folks put money down on a table because the game looks interesting — but they don’t really know how it’s played, let alone how to bet wisely.

Most of the big casinos actually offer free gambling lessons. You can find a schedule here. This way, you’ll know what you’re getting into when you pull your wallet out. Even if you think you’re already a pro, it might be worth swinging by a lesson to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. (more…)

Outdoor Spring Activities in San Diego to Enjoy

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Spring is approaching in San Diego, and while we know that winter in Southern California isn’t much to recover from, it’s still an exciting time. Flowers will be blooming and more folks will be spending time outdoors. If you’re going to be in town this spring, you need to take advantage of this. To help you out, here are a few spring activities in San Diego to get you out and enjoying the beautiful climate. (more…)

Check Out These Beautiful Travel Photography Blogs

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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Traveling presents a great opportunity for amateur photographers to capture new people, places and things with their cameras that they’d otherwise never get to see and document. Do you like taking photographs when you travel? If you do, we know you’ll appreciate these travel photography blogs.

Ken Kaminesky

Ken Kaminesky’s travel blog isn’t so much a tale of his travels as it is a massive photo gallery of beautiful photos. Divided into two categories — travel and people — you’ll find gorgeous images from around the globe fit for magazines and billboards. That’s little surprise, because Ken has had his photos published in lots of prestigious places. (more…)

Hit the Slopes at the Best Skiing Destinations of 2017

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

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It’s winter, and that’s great news for skiing fans everywhere. If you’re looking to get away and hit the slopes, now is your time. Here are some of the best skiing destinations for 2017.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Lots of online publications deem Jackson Hole the best destination for skiers, and it’s easy to see why. Nestled between Grand Teton National Park and huge swatch of dedicated wilderness — and not too far from beautiful Yellowstone National Park — Jackson is a true getaway destination. (more…)

4 Money-Saving New Year’s Travel Resolutions for 2017

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

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If you’ve never quite been the international jetsetter you’ve wanted to be, you’ve got 365 days to become one in 2017. You can make the most of it while still not blowing your budget. Here are a few 2017 New Year’s travel resolutions to help you save travel dollars.

Buy Cheaper Flights

Of course, we all wouldn’t mind buying our flights on the cheap in 2017, and any other year. But it’s easier than you might think. (more…)

Check Out These 3 Snowy Winter Travel Destinations

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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Folks have mixed opinions on winter — some love the snow, some hate it. Some people live in places that are buried in snow each winter, while others live in sunny locales where “snow” might as well be a word in a foreign language.

Last week, we offered a few options for snow-weary folks to escape the cold and get some sunshine this winter. Today, we do the opposite. For those of you who are looking to get a taste of what winter is all about, here are some winter travel destinations for you to consider. (more…)

4 Sunny Winter Travel Destinations

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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While winter doesn’t technically start until Dec. 21, if you live in much of the U.S., you know it gets cold long before that each year. While some of us love snow, many folks make a habit of getting away from winter for a bit by taking a trip to a warmer, sunnier locale. So, for those of you looking to escape the cold this winter, here are four great winter vacation destinations to consider.

Florida

The don’t call it the “Sunshine State” for nothing. Visit pretty much anywhere in Florida to escape the dreary winter and you’ll understand why it’s the go-to retirement destination for people from the Northeast. With more than 1,300 miles of coastline on the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is the perfect place for a warm winter getaway. (more…)

Cheapest Places to Travel — And What to Do When You’re There

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

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Coordinating with travel booking site Kayak, Money compiled a list of destinations that dropped overall in price for 2016 — some as much as 26 percent. All are cities that offer a wealth of activities for visitors. So let’s take a look at 4 cheap places to travel at the moment, and explore what you can do while you’re there.

Hong Kong

Money’s report says that the overall cost of visiting Hong Kong was down 26 percent in 2016, thanks largely to the rising strength of the American dollar. As a World City, Hong Kong has more to offer than any visitor could ever see in one trip. (more…)

Can You Survive the Best Haunted Houses in the U.S.?

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

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Did you know that Americans spend billions of dollars each fall visiting haunted house attractions? The best haunted houses are high-budget, Hollywood-style affairs where the scares are real, not cheesy.

When’s the last time you went to one? If you’re traveling this month, you’ve got a great opportunity to check out some of the coolest haunted houses and other Halloween attractions around the nation. Here are some of the best.

The 13th Floor — Denver, CO

Find out in terrifying fashion why the 13th floor is an unlucky one when you visit The 13th Floor, a Denver haunted house that’s been featured on TV more than once. You’ll find werewolves, zombies and psychopaths with chainsaws at The 13th Floor, which includes Slasher Remix, an attraction modeled after slasher films. You get to star as the victim.

The same folks behind The 13th Floor also operate The Asylum Haunted House in Denver, which has also received a lot of positive fanfare. (more…)

Get Off the Strip: 5 Things to Do in Las Vegas Besides Gamble

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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If you’ve been to Las Vegas before, it’s a pretty safe bet you visited a casino while you were there. Vegas is one of the premier gambling destination in the world, and with good reason.

Once you’ve got Vegas gambling under your belt, though, it’s time to check out other things that Vegas has to offer. Here are some fun things to do in Las Vegas besides gamble.

Hit the Golf Course

Despite the desert climate, Vegas is home to numerous quality golf courses, including the famous Shadow Creek Golf Course, popular among the rich and elite. If you want to golf at Shadow Creek, you’ll need to stay at the MGM Grand and hand over a $500 green fee. That’s actually a good deal, considering that tee times there were invite-only when it opened. Meanwhile, a tee time at the Las Vegas Golf Club can be as low as $15 at times.

Other golf options include Chimera, the Las Vegas Country Club, the RIo Secco Golf Club and Southern Highlands.

Drive a Race Car

At the Richard Petty Driving Experience, visitors get to drive a NASCAR race car on a real track (or ride shotgun, if you prefer). It’s as exciting as driving can get, and is a must for all race fans.

If you’re into fast cars, also consider paying to take a super-expensive luxury sports car for a few laps. Options include an Aston Martin, McLaren, Lamborghini and the other usual suspects.

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Visit the Mob Museum

Housed in an enormous and ornate former post office, this museum — officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement — chronicles the rise of figures such as Al Capone and Eliot Ness. While national in scope, the museum makes sure to delve into the mob’s deep history in Las Vegas, where mobsters quite literally ran casinos in the city’s early days.

On the law enforcement side of things, visitors can listen to actual wiretaps and explore figures such as notorious one-time FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. (On the law enforcement note, consider also checking out CSI: The Experience, a forensic-themed interactive exhibit modeled after the TV show.)

Go For a Hike at Red Rock Canyon

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a beautiful desert landscape 17 miles west of the Strip. Here, you’ll find scenic hikes ranging from under a mile in length to more than 10 miles for experienced hikers. If hiking is too strenuous — after all, you are on vacation — you can just follow the 13-mile-long scenic drive that runs through the canyon.

One word of caution: It can get very, very hot at Red Rock any time of year, so be sure you’ve packed a lot of water if you’re going for a hike.

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Get a Bird’s-Eye View From a Hot Air Balloon

Take sightseeing in Vegas to new heights by watching the sun rise over the desert horizon from a hot air balloon. Vegas Balloon Rides offers rides taking off as early as 5 a.m., and they guarantee the lowest price in town. The flights go for about an hour and can reach as high as 2,500 feet.

 

Did you know the Vegas Strip isn’t even actually in the city limits of Las Vegas? There’s so much to do in Sin City than gamble. Try to get outdoors during your visit. We don’t think you’ll regret it.

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