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The 2 Sides of Hoover Dam

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Did you know that Hoover Dam is between Arizona and Nevada? Yes it is. I only came to know when we visited few days ago. All I know is that Hoover Dam is a very famous landmark in Boulder City, Nevada. It was built around 1931 and completed 5 years later.  After visiting the famous attraction, I learned that the Hoover Dam spans from one end of Nevada and the other end of Arizona.

 

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(The Hoover Dam from the Arizona side and behind is the Memorial Bridge)

 

We drove from our hotel in Las Vegas to Hoover Dam. The drive was approximately 45 minutes without any congestion. We even got lost and drove all the way to Arizona and had to turn back to reach the road towards the entry of the Hoover Dam gate.

 

We crossed the Hoover Dam and parked our car on the Arizona side. The view was spectacular! We walked towards the sign board that indicated that we were in Arizona already. The road uphill after the state sign has more views of Hoover Dam and the surroundings. And I find them very beautiful despite of the very hot and humid weather that day.

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The water was a bit low when we visited but there were still some small sailboats sailing by beyond the buoys. We took some pictures from the upper road that has a balcony ledge on the side of the dam. After that, we went back to the car and drove to the other side, which is the Nevada side and parked in the car park.

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If you are visiting the Hoover Dam for the first time, it has a small restaurant and a merchandise/souvenir shop near the entrance, and car park. Few meters away from the shop is the Spillway House which was originally built in 1987. It was rebuilt last 2013 and has been set to house events for a beautiful vista of the Hoover Dam and the Lake Mead. All these are in the Nevada side of the dam.

 

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I just wished that the weather was not very extreme as there was a heatwave at the time of our visit. We weren’t able to cross the Memorial Bridge.

I don’t recall every paying for entrance when we entered and cross the Hoover Dam. The only fee we paid for was the parking.

 

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(This is in the Nevada side as you enter The Hoover Dam)

 

This is a perfect place to visit when you are already in The Strip in Las Vegas due to its proximity. You can either join a tour organized by your hotel or pre-booked with a tour operator of your choice. You may also drive there on your own if you don’t want to follow a rigid timing and want to explore at your own pace. You can check the web for directions on how to get there coming from The Strip of anywhere in the US if you are driving. However, consider traffic and weather conditions too when visiting. We could have stayed longer if it wasn’t from the high temperature. It is still a very memorable experience!

Address: Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, NV 89156

 

 

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Stress-Free Vacation Checklist

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on July 30, 2017

Sometimes a vacation can feel so exhausting that you need another vacation to recover from everything; it’s not that you didn’t enjoy your time away, but the travel, planning, and sub-par accommodations can sometimes sap you of all energy. However, you don’t want to feel drained after your vacation, you want to feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to take on the challenges facing you at home. Here are a few ways you can take the stressed out of your vacation, and just focus on recharging your energy.

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Plan ahead

It might feel great getting a huge discount on a last minute vacation package, but last minute planning is extremely stressful and hectic, and not the best way to start you vacation. Book your flights well in advance, and then you can sort out time off, accommodation, and even do some research into your destination so you know what you might like to do when you arrive. The further you book your vacation in advance, the more time you have to sort out little things like budgets and packing, which means you’re less likely to get worked up before you even take off.

 

Use technology

Technology has a way of making things a little less stressful, and it’s no different when it comes to travel. Although you can’t put your passport on an app, you can check in online, download your plane tickets to your phone, and check all your reservations. It can significantly reduce stress if you know you have most of your travel documents in one safe location – you aren’t as likely to lose your phone – and checking in online means you can avoid a long queue if you’re not also checking in luggage.

 

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Stay in a resort

Although hotels have amenities, and some come with meals included, there are often set times for meals, the pools are overcrowded, and they can be full of high-strung tourists. Instead, you should check out Resorts & Lodges for a more relaxing stay in your destination. A resort differs from a hotel in that it attempts to provide for most of its guests’ needs on its premises. Therefore, resorts typically not only offer lodging but also food, drink, sports, entertainment, and shopping onsite. There are many different types of resorts, from spa, golf, and ski resorts, to luxury and all-inclusive facilities. This is perfect if your aim is just to relax and recharge, but if you want to explore the sights, you’ll have to leave the premises.

 

Book a massage

Once you’ve arrived at your destination and settled in, check with your hotel or resort if there are any massage treatments available on site, or where the nearest spa is if not. Flying is uncomfortable, and it can add more tension to your body in addition to the tension you might have felt from work or from making your vacation plans. Taking the time to ease the tension at the start of your vacation means you’re better able to enjoy a stress-free vacation.

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A Vacation Idea When You Know You Deserve A Little More

 

Some people make it a point to be extravagant every time they plan a trip. They stay in the best hotels, visit exotic locations, and seek the rarest forms of recreation. This is an incredible feeling, but most people must put a little extra planning into a trip in order to make it memorable.

Many people do however, arrive a point in their lives where they realize that they need more out of a hard-earned vacation. After all, this is what is at the heart of enjoying a break, an escape, and an adventure. Enjoying a trip more means taking every aspect of hard work out of the equation. Truly memorable trips are just that because of one key thing. There should be no hard work at all!

The reason many people insist on certain luxuries when they travel is to eliminate the sweat factor. Pursuing unique amenities is best enjoyed when a person knows that they have earned something special. Finding something truly special when it comes to travel means going beyond standard fixtures of luxury. It means zero effort in all forms of planning and arranging. It also means luxury that is ultimately private and personal.

If someone wants a truly exceptional and carefree travel experience, they seriously need to consider letting their vacation cares go by hiring a concierge service. This type of service is a bit different than the concierge found at a hotel’s front desk. It is a service that takes custom travel information and designs an experience where the client doesn’t worry about a single thing. All travel, dining, recreation, and festivities are the concern of the service.

Best of all, a concierge travel service allows clients to stay in luxury vacation villas ranging from penthouses to modern mansions. Groceries are stocked, private security is on-site, the pool is prepared, and there could even be a chartered helicopter waiting to go anywhere. The villa is completely private, and the client doesn’t have to lift one finger during the stay.

This is true luxury! It’s not about brands, expenses, and bragging rights. It’s about a person having the satisfaction of knowing that a true vacation reward was earned and experienced. A truly luxurious vacation happens when a concierge team does the work. Consider this option the next time a window opens to take the trip of a lifetime.

 

Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter on Unsplash

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The Four Seasons of Canada

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It doesn’t seem that controversial to call Canada one of the most beloved countries in the world. Sure, it’s not the perfect haven that a lot of people make it out to be. But there’s no doubt that it’s an incredible place, especially when you’re looking at it in the context of geography, events, and general vacationing.

One of the greatest things about Canada is that there isn’t really a bad time to visit. Sure, there are times where it will get bitterly cold during the winter in certain places, but winter in Canada opens up so many possibilities when it comes to activities! It’s an absolutely breathtaking country, a place that needs to be seen at several points throughout the year if you really want to appreciate its beauty and breadth of things to do.

 

 

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We’re going to take a quick look at Canada across all four seasons. This isn’t a competition, mind you; we’re not here to pick the best season in which to go. More than anything, this article highlights that there basically isn’t a bad time to head up to Canada. Let’s start with our current season!

 

Summer

Summer is the most popular time to visit Canada – which seems to be true of pretty much any vacation spot on Earth! One of the reasons that summer is particularly attractive is the wealth of outdoors activities that Canada offers. June, July, and August might be a more expensive time to travel, and you’ll certainly have to deal with a lot of fellow travelers pretty much anywhere you may choose to go. But that shouldn’t sully the experience too much!

 

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Urban locations remain popular throughout the summer, and Toronto is no exception. The average peak temperature in July is about 80°F, or 24°C. So it’s pretty warm, but you’re certainly less likely to get the punishing heatwaves that other urban environments across the world see, including London and New York City.

It remains comfortably warm for most of the season, rarely getting scorching – in fact, the temperatures are perfect for festivals and other outdoor events, of which there are loads in Toronto. You can read more about some of the most popular ones at http://bloor-yorkville.com/annual-events/. If you don’t fancy throngs of people and music, then you should consider hitting up one of the national parks in the area. As with national parks in other Canada locations, they’ll all be free to visit in 2017! You just need to ensure you get yourself a pass.

 

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Montreal has its fair share of incredible summer events, too. The largest pyrotechnics competition in the world takes place throughout July and some of August – the Montreal International Fireworks Competition. Beginning in the mid-80s, the competition has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. There’s also the Montreal Fringe Festival to consider. As its name suggests, its a festival specializing in ‘fringe’ entertainment and performance. You can read more about it at https://montrealfringe.ca/. In short, its a festival of performances in which randomly selected applicants are allowed to perform what they want on stage, censorship-free. Obviously, this means that it can sometimes be very child-unfriendly – it also occasionally means you’ll see something both baffling and terrible. Still, it’s worth a look!

 

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Autumn

When it comes to vacationing, autumn is probably the most underappreciated season. You’ll hear more people talking about vacationing specifically in the other seasons than in autumn. But considering the unique visual beauty that autumn brings, as well as its perfect temperatures for those who don’t like it too hot or too cold, it’s no wonder that autumn is pretty much the perfect time to travel – especially when you consider the fact that prices are often lower in these months.

If you want to see something truly incredible in Canada during autumn, then perhaps the best place to see is Yukon. Yukon has the smallest population of any territory in Canada, which might be one of the reasons you may not have heard much about it when looking up locations to visit in Canada. But Yukon has incredibly pristine nature that has to be seen to believed at any time of the year – but especially in autumn, when a fuller variety of color can be observed. You can read more about the various activities available in Yukon at http://yukonhiking.ca/. Hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking – it’s all here. Autumn is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of aurora borealis from Yukon, too.

 

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Montreal is a particularly popular destination for autumn travelers. One of its greatest attractions is the annual Magic of Lanterns event, which takes place of the Montreal Botanical Garden. You can read more about it over at http://provincequebec.com/montreal/magie-of-lanterns/. Anyone with even a passing interest in Chinese culture and art should definitely check it out. It’s a perfect destination if you’re going with your family, but the sheer number of brightly colored Chinese lanterns that light up the night sky at the event will wow people of any age.

 

Winter

A lot of people already have a fairly good idea of the plethora of things available for them to do when it comes to Canadian winters. Many others will have a slightly more parochial take on the whole thing – they’ll think only of skiing! And, of course, there are few, in any, countries out there with better ski seasons that Canada. The skiing resorts in Quebec have to be experienced first-hand. Perhaps the most notable are the facilities of Mont-Tremblant, which you can read more about over at https://www.tremblant.ca/things-to-do/skiing. Some of the best skiing slopes in North America – perhaps even the world – are housed right here.

 

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Ottawa, the capital city of Canada (Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario, a province in Canada – some people get the two confused, which is made easier by the confusing fact that Ottawa is also in Ontario!), is an essential winter visit. The first three weekends of February are home to the annual Winterlude celebration, which features performances, elaborate ice sculptures, and ice skating. In fact, Winterlude features the Rideau Canal Skateway – the world’s largest skating rink! You can read more about Winterlude over at https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/winterlude/. However, if you’re in Quebec for the Mont-Tremblant skiing, then you may be able to make your way to the Gatineau version of Winterlude!

Of course, if you’re going to Canada in winter, then you need to be prepared for the cold. Summer may be milder here than in many other places, but winter is a bitter beast. Territories like British Columbia have more moderate winter temperatures, but even that place will probably be a little colder than you’re used to! So make sure you and your fellow travelers come prepared.

 

Spring

Is there a country on Earth that doesn’t have a beautiful spring? You’re basically going to have an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to picking a place with overwhelming natural spring beauty in Canada, but we can get the ball rolling with a suggestion in Vancouver. Vancouver has some incredible foliage, and its cherry blossoms definitely beat the cherry blossoms you’ll see in France and the U.S. (As for the ones in Japan, we’re not so confident about that!) In fact, there’s the annual Cherry Blossom Festival for those who want to behold the true power of the Canadian springtime. https://montrealfringe.ca/ has more information about this beautiful event.

 

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Back in Ottawa, one of Canada’s most pleasing spring visual feasts comes in the form of the Ottawa Tulip Festival. There are few things that are more ‘spring’ than tulips – and if you’ve got millions of them in the same place, how could you resist giving them a look? You can read more about the festival at http://www.tulipfestival.ca/. There’s fireworks at night, live music, and parades to enjoy – though, with all of those tulips across such a wide area, you won’t have trouble finding a place that isn’t quite so busy and noisy if you’re not in the mood for such festivities!

Toronto in spring means many things, but perhaps the best place to visit during the spring is Niagara Falls. Okay, so technically it’s outside Toronto, but if you’re visiting Toronto then getting to Niagara Falls is very easy, as it’s pretty close by. If you need a break on the drive, however, there’s Royal Botanical Gardens. This place features some of the best green space in the entire country – and it should go without saying that it’s particularly stunning when spring really comes into bloom as May starts turning to June.

 

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While spring doesn’t touch the brutal chill that winter can bring, it can still be fairly chilly, especially during March. The average temperature seems to hover around 32°F (or 0°C!). So you probably shouldn’t expect to be able to spend a lot of time just wearing a t-shirt when you’re outdoors – leave that for the summer months and bring a jacket with you during the spring!

 

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Book The Best Vacation Of Your Life With These Tips



Do you want to have the best vacation of your life? If the answer is yes, then you will find all the information you need for how to plan it on this guide. You can take this vacation whenever you like. But as soon as you read the plan, we think you’re going to want to book it as soon as possible. So let’s get started.

Far In Advance Or Last Minute

We think the best way to get a dream vacation is to ensure that it doesn’t cost a fortune, and there are two ways to do this. You can either book far enough in advance that prices are slashed. Or, you can book at the last minute. You can even head to the airport and jump on a flight when a cancellation is called. But, you won’t be able to decide where you are going if you travel in this manner. Aside from this, you can also look online on sites that offer great deals such as the appropriately named, Hot UK Deals. Or, consider booking everything as a package. This usually takes a couple of thousand off the price.

Avoid: Booking secret holidays is not a smart money-saving move. In effect, you are booking and paying for somewhere before you’ve seen it. You could end up in a complete dump.

More Than A Hotel

What do we mean by more than a hotel? It’s quite simple really. We suggest somewhere that is more than what you are used to. For instance, the Pilar hotel boutique is more than just a place to stay. It’s a personalised experience with services that are sure to make your stay feel like a lavish luxury. You’ll have all the personalised care you could ever ask for and you’ll be surrounded by nature. But you will also be only a drive away from a beautiful urban paradise. It’s the best of both worlds.

Or, you could consider renting an apartment rather than a hotel. This is a way to feel like you are living in a country, rather than just passing through. You’ll be able to cook your own food and enjoy the delicious culinary dishes your chosen destination has to offer.

Tick Off Your Bucket List

If you want the best holiday, you should certainly consider making it a once in a lifetime experience. You can do this by travelling somewhere you have always wanted to go, seeing a site, or challenging your courage. For instance, if you are off to a tropical destination you might want to consider diving with sharks. This is definitely on a few people’s bucket list. Or, you might want to go and explore the Christmas Islands. Who knows where your dreams could take you once you set them free.

Make It About You

The key message to take on board is to be selfish for once in your life. Make this holiday all about you. You choose where you want to go and what you want to do. If you do that, you’re sure to have the vacation of your life. You might even make some new friends along the way. 

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