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Site Seeing Around Flagstaff Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park, as it appears today is no more than a barren, lifeless badland; however, these badlands are a living scientific laboratory which revels that millions of years ago this land flourished with large river systems, forests, prehistoric plants and animals. They are two entrances to the park; The Painted Desert visitor center is at the North entrance and the Rainbow Forest Museum and gift shop is at the South entrance. In between is a 28-mile paved scenic highway full of hills and winding curves, which displays one of the world’s largest petrified wood deposits. Along the highway are pullovers and short drives to areas with walking trails and overlooks which allow for one to get a close-up view. For a different look of the Painted Desert, one should drive North from Winslow on Highway 87 for fourteen miles to the Painted Desert Rim View. The difference in colors are past amazing and worth the trip.

What can we say about the Grand Canyon? We learned about the canyon in school, saw it on National Geography, watched movies that were made in and around the canyon, read books about it; however, none of these comes close to actually standing on the rim looking out over the canyon. Which part of the rim is one standing on, the canyon has miles upon miles of rim to stand upon, with each place giving a person something different to see?

The best way to see the canyon along the South entrance road is by the South rim walking trail, which runs from Hermit’s Rest to South Kaibab and covers just under thirteen miles, most of this trail is paved with only slight inclines and gives excellent views of the canyon. For the person that wishes to venture into the canyon, there are four trails from which to choose. Hermit’s Rest, Kolb Studio, South Kaibab, and Grandview Trail. All four are rated as extreme difficult, with the Grandview trail recommended for experienced desert hikers only.

Leaving the visitor center and traveling Desert View Drive (hwy 64) for the next 22 miles one will follow the canyon rim with pull overs for views of the canyon and four different side roads with lookout points. Between Moran Point and Lipan point, be sure to catch the Tusayan Museum and Ruins on the right side of the road.

Tuzigoot National Monument located in Clarkdale is the remnant of a Southern Sinagua village. The ruin sits on the summit of a long ridge rising 120 feet above the Verde Valley. They are two paved walking trails here for one’s enjoyment. The quarter mile loop trail takes one to the top of the crest where the ruins are located and the other trail is a half-mile one way and takes one along the top of the ridge overlooking the valley.

Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well located near Camp Verde and eleven miles apart are part of the Sinagua people which farmed in the Verde Valley. The visitor center for both locations is located at the Castle site and contains a gift shop and museum with information on both sites. The castle site has a quarter mile paved loop walking trail through a beautiful Sycamore grove along a spring feed creek. Along the trail one will see the ruins of a cliff dwelling and a five-story castle carved deep into the wall of the cliff 100 feet above the canyon floor. The well site has a quarter mile paved loop which takes one to the rim of the well, were 1.6 million gallons of water flow through two vents at the bottom every day. On one side of the rim sits the cliff dwellings of large pueblo ruins. The shaded forest along the trail near the swallet ruins is a constant discharge of 74-degree water which traveled through 150 feet of limestone from the well.

Highway 545 off of highway 89 is a 35-mile scenic loop drive that leads one through the Sunset Crater National Park on the South end and the Wupatki National Park on the North end. Along this drive one will travel through rolling hills in the Coconino National Forest to arid open valleys.

Sunset Crater National Park preserves two volcanoes and with the 6.5 miles of walking trails, one can see the remains of what happened hundreds of years ago when these volcanoes erupted. The A’a trail goes right through where jagged blocks of basaltic lava formed. The Lenox Crater loop climbs up 200 feet in elevation through the forest to the crest of the crater where one can see views of the O Leary Peak and the San Francisco peaks. The Bonito trail leads to an overlook where a river of lava rocks got trapped between two volcanos. The Lava Flow loop travels around the base of Sunset Crater where extraordinary shapes and forms of lava can be seen and a view of a spatter cone, along the trail one can see where new vegetation emerges each year.

The Wukoki National Monument showcases six historic pueblos which can be viewed by the 2.4 miles of walking trails. The 800-hundred-year-old Wukoki Ruins is one of the most impressive masses and is visible from miles away and appears to look like an old castle towering high into the sky. Wupatki Pueblo sits right behind the visitor center and is the largest pueblo with 100 rooms. The half-mile loop takes one by the main formations with the ball court out front and to the blowhole, a fascinating geological feature. The Citadel Pueblo was built on top of a mesa and covered every available inch of space. From the top of the mesa, one can see across the valley for many miles to the mountain ranges. The Lomaki trail will lead one by two box canyon ruins and end at the Lomaki Ruins. These ruins overlook a pair of small canyons.

Walnut Canyon National Park has two walking trails which gives one an opportunity to look back into the past to see how these people adapted to the land. The one-mile Island Trail descends 185 feet into the 400-foot-deep canyon, where a loop trail winds around an island in the center of the canyon. Along the loop trail one can experience 25 cliff dwelling rooms carved into the sandstone bluff, with views of other dwelling dotted all along the cliff walls across the canyon. The.7-mile round trip canyon rim trail goes through mixed Juniper and Pinion forest where two canyon overlooks provides scenic views of the canyon below and cliff dwellings. Set back from the rim is a partially restored pit house and pueblo.

Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Byway on highway 89A is about a 28 mile stretch of road from South of Flagstaff to Sedona. The early stretch of the highway from Flagstaff is rolling hills through a Ponderosa Pine Forest where herds of Elk frequently cross the highway. The 14-mile stretch of road from the Mogollon Rim through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona, with its 4,500-foot change in elevation is a breathtaking stretch of beauty and has been rated as one of the top 5 scenic drives in America by Rand McNally.

At the Summit of the rim is Oak Creek Vista overlook, which allows for one to see parts of the road winding along the cliff walls, as well as the beauty of the canon with the towering cliffs on both sides. Initially one will snake their way down the canyon around switchbacks and hairpin curves that hug the canyon walls, with picture perfect colors of yellow and gold.

As one descends the steep winding road turns into a gentle decline along Oak Creek Canyon which opens to the foliage of oaks interspersed with evergreen pines. Due to the crystal-clear Oak Creek which flows throughout the year allows for lush greenery throughout the spring and summer. Throughout the canyon floor the creek and highway run parallel to each other with the creek being at the same level to a hundred feet lower.

A few miles into the canyon, one will notice the cliff walls changing from yellow and gold to red-faced rocks and cliffs, with the cliffs hugging the road on one side and the forest on the other side. All through the canyon, one will see the width going from very narrow to hundreds of feet wide where the canyon floor below the highway is dotted with cottages, lodging, and small campgrounds.

Red Rock Scenic loop just South of Sedona is a short 10 miles; however, it can be time consuming. Entering from the lower portion one will see the valley on one side and hills of Ponderosa Pines on the other side. After about three miles going around a curve the red-faced cliffs appear. For the next seven miles one will travel a hairpin and twisting highway across the side of a cliff with excellent views of Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte, and Bell Rock. If time permits, stop at Crescent Moon picnic area for a swim in crystal clear Oak Creek and Red Rock State Park.

Oatman is a little town off the beaten pass, but well worth the time and effort to see. Entering Oatman from the East, take historic route 66 off of I-40 just West of Kingman. For the first twelve miles the road is through flat arid land with several old homesteads along the way. The road itself is pretty neat with all the little humps in it, like a small child’s roller coaster. At Cool Spring Station, a historic building, now a museum and gift shop with antique Mobile gas pumps out front, is worth spending a few minutes at. At this point the road starts the climb through the Black Mountains along one of America’s dangerous roads.

Over the next ten-miles the narrow two-lane highway menders along the cliff walls with hairpin curves and switchbacks with very limited amount of guard rails to protect one from driving off the road and plunging down the cliff. Unfortunately, if one looks close enough, there are cars sitting on the cliff walls that took the plunge. At an elevation of 3,550 feet passing across Sitgreaves Pass the road starts the decent to Oatman, a former mining town, now a living ghost town, where the elevation is 2,710 feet.

Pulling into town, one will see why so many people come here, take away the modern vehicles parked along the store fronts, and one will feel as if they went back 100 years in time. Most of the store fronts appear early 19th century right down to the wooden walk ways along both sides of the streets, just like the old western days. The historic buildings along main street that once was the home to saloons, banks, and hotels are now museums, giftshops, and restaurants. With main street being the only street in town, visitors and wild donkeys wander freely along the highway, slowing vehicles passing through to a crawl. When noon approaches, be prepared to witness a re-enactment of a bank robbery ending in a gunfight between two costumed gunfighters, Billy the Kid would have been no match for these two gunslingers.

The Jerome State Historical Park has been an eye-catching site since 1916 when the home was originally built by James Douglas on a hill just above his Little Daisy Mine. The home is now a museum devoted to the town of Jerome and the Douglas family. The museum displays minerals, mining equipment, and artifacts from the copper mining boom around the town of Jerome. To get here, one will travel historic route 89A up the side of a cliff along a narrow steep winding road to the town of Jerome established in 1876, with spectacular views of Verde valley. At Jerome’s peak 15,000 people lived here, now just over 400 people reside in this historic town. Today art galleries and small wineries dot the downtown area.

Red Rock State Park, just South of Sedona located along the Red Rock scenic loop is a 286-acre nature preserve with stunning scenery of the red-rock formations. The five-miles of family-oriented hiking trails is a network of interconnecting loops to vistas of red rock or the lush greenery of Oak Creek, with the Eagle’s Nest loop being the highest with an elevation gain of 300-feet. The parks wildlife consists of mule deer, javelina, coyotes, bobcats and many species of birds.

Why It’s Great to Take a Holiday on the Wonderful Isle of Wight

If you like to stay at home in the UK for your family holidays but the idea of getting on a boat and crossing the water still appeals, you could do worse than spend some time on the Isle of Wight, sometimes referred to as Britain’s Sunshine Isle. When you are on the Island you are blessed with that feeling of having left the rat race behind, and yet you are still in England immersed in the familiarity of your culture, currency and cuisine.

But the Isle of Wight is far from being a mere extension of the mainland, albeit cut off by a small expanse of sea. On the contrary, it has a “feel” all of its own and a vibe that belongs perhaps to simpler and more innocent times. Those who are of a certain age may be overcome by a certain sense of nostalgia when they step off the ferry or the hovercraft for the first time and visit some of the shops and arcades along the seafront. And yet the Island is by no means stuck in the 1960s, and if you care to look around it has pretty much everything that the rest of us have come to know – it just somehow manages to keep everything in its place and retain a sense of perspective.

A unique blend of history and modernity

The largest town is Ryde, on the north-east coast, and it is here that the Island’s unique blend of history and modernity is at its most evident. When you leave the esplanade and climb the steep streets which head back inland you will encounter an interesting range of small, independent shops interspersed with others belonging to some of the big chains with which we are all familiar. Some of the pubs have a traditional seafront ambience whilst there are others more likely to appeal to the younger market.

As you head around the coast you will happen upon the beautiful marine community of Bembridge before arriving at Sandown, with its pier and coastal walk fronted by some of the Island’s larger hotels. From there it is a short drive, or for those of a more energetic bent a mere walk, to Shanklin with its seaside shops and crazy golf, and then to the quaint resort of Ventnor which rests at the foot of a sheer slope which is ever so slightly scary when attempting to negotiate it by car.

Hotels and popular holiday parks

Over at West Wight are the resorts of Yarmouth and Freshwater, out on their own but with Alum Bay and the famous Needles located between. It is always a joyous experience to spend some time at the Landmark Attraction (previously known as the Needles Pleasure Park) and, for the courageous of spirit, to take the chairlift over the cliffs and down to the beach.

The county town of the Isle of Wight is Newport, the only fairly large town on the Island which isn’t situated by the sea. Here once again the shopping experience is one where culture meets progress and the store chains compete with the more traditional outlets for the custom of locals and visitors alike.

The Isle of Wight boasts a number of quite comfortable hotels, a great many smaller bed and breakfast establishments and several popular holiday parks comprising lodges and caravans. It’s a great place to get away to for a week or two, or even just a weekend.

Things About Las Vegas Nightclubs You Didn’t Know

If there is one thing about Las Vegas is that there are secrets that their clubs keep. Actually, there are quite a number of them, and some of the most favorite and shocking ones are about to be shared with those who are reading this. This is the idea of club insiders so visitors can enjoy Las Vegas and have the most unforgettable experience. Some may think that they know everything they need to know about Sin City club scenes, but for sure, they will be surprised.

Las Vegas Clubs’ Secret: The Bathroom Attendant

There is a secret that lies in every club restroom – all bathrooms in Vegas come with a bathroom attendant. This bathroom attendant is not the secret itself, but rather the things he/she can do for guests.

Some may be too naive to think that the only job of an attendant is to see to it that the bathroom remains neat and tidy, and it definitely is. However, there is a secret in their hidden stashes. The first is for the guys.

Men’s Room

Guys can get a number of fringe benefits from the men’s room. When they give a tip to the attendant, they can get mints, cigarettes and cologne. Some hidden cabinets hold signature cologne. They can get a spray of these when giving a tip.

Attendants also offer mouthwash, condoms and Cuba cigars (some clubs even have cigars from Montecristo and Cohiba, which are highly recommended). In addition, if their cell phone has a low battery charge, they can ask the bathroom attendant to charge it for them while they party. They should not forget, though, to tip them.

Ladies’ Room

The secret stash of the ladies’ room is comparable to that of the men. Probably the best amenity of the club’s ladies’ bathroom is the shoes. When the ladies are tired from standing or dancing all night, they just have to go to the ladies’ bathroom and tell the attendant that they want to purchase some shoes. Majority of nightclubs have different options so they will certainly find a pair to fit their style.

For instance, Marquee offers both ballet flats and flip-flops. Some may find ballet flats to be a better choice since they give some form of protection, if ever someone steps on their toes. Moreover, they can easily fold up in a purse, making them perfect for another night out. These shoes sell for about $15 to $20. When feet are in pain, this is not at all a bad deal.