I live and work in Washington, DC. I love to travel--far and near--and so I began a blog where I write about my favorite places, especially of the off-season, hidden-treasure variety.
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First, go to the old railroad station (you can’t miss it), now Flagstaff's Visitor Center--there are lots of resources there, most free, to help you choose the best things to do (staff are very helpful too). We did a self-guided walking tour along the town’s Route 66 landmarks with a brochure from the Visitor Center. I wish we had time to go to the Lowell Observatory (Pluto was discovered there)—it sounded really interesting. As it was, we decided to drive to three fascinating places a short way from Flagstaff: the Meteor Crater (35 miles east from Flagstaff, a huge crater left by a meteor that fell 50,000 years ago) and the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (20 miles north from Flagstaff, an eerie site of a volcano eruption 900 years ago; it is right next to the Wupatki National Monument, with remnants of Native American ruins, abandoned for over 800 years, so we saw that too). Loved all three. Here’s how that day was: http://transplantedtatar.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/two-craters-and-two-ruins/ over 4 years ago
I would second Alexia's mention of Da House (http://www.dahousehotelpr.com/)--it's a boutique hotel (a former Spanish monastery), each room decorated by paintings from local artists. Small rooms, but clean and very pleasant. Excellent location in Old San Juan, within an easy walking distance to the best restaurants and tourist attractions. And, it's $90 to $150 a night (depending on the room). almost 5 years ago
I am taking my mum to Las Vegas in April for our special birthdays. I will be 30 and my mum will be 50. What are the must see things?
Here are my favorites along the strip: (1) Bellagio: singing fountains outside are beautiful and free (http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx); the Conservatory & Botanic Garden, a seasonal display of flower sculptures, is also free and often breathtaking (http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/botanical-garden.aspx); if you like art, Bellagio's Gallery of Fine Art is small and always enjoyable (http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/gallery-of-fine-art.aspx); and don't miss the Chihuly chandelier over the check-in area--it really is stunning. (2) Paris, across the street from Bellagio: I like its small cafes for coffee and delicious breakfast in the morning; definitely go up the Eiffel Tower--admittance prices go up after 7pm, but the best time to go is before that, at dusk, so you can watch the sunset and the city gradually light up for the night--the view is so different in daytime and at night. The Bellagio fountains underneath look VERY different from above--well worth seeing both in daylight and all lit up at night (http://www.parislasvegas.com/casinos/paris-las-vegas/casino-entertainment/eiffel-tower-the-ride-detail.html). Mon Ami Gabi, a French bistro on Paris first floor, is one of my favorite places for lunch. Sit outside, so you can see the Bellagio fountains across the street and watch Las Vegas crowds, very colorful and strange (http://www.monamigabi.com/home/?loc=vegas) (3) If you have a car, only 30 minutes away from the Strip is the Red Rock Canyon, wild land of red mountains and desert views (http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/). Go in the morning, so you can see all the birds and a surprising number of other wild life, and the scenic drive is beautiful. I love this as a break from the lights and bustle of Las Vegas. I hope you enjoy your trip! almost 5 years ago