Palm Springs Undergoes Revitalization

For those who adore going to Palm Springs as a vacation destination, there are even more exciting plans in the works these days. A Forever Marilyn statue will be gracing the city now, as well as the Aluminaire House. With plans to rid itself of a shopping mall that no one visits anymore, it would appear that the city is serious about appealing to a more hip generation. However, the residents have been less than thrilled about some of the recent changes done to entice travelers. For instance, some believe that the Rowan hotel is blocking some of the beautiful mountain views for which the city is so well-known.

Furthermore, those who haven’t been to Palm Springs for a long time may not even recognize the city when they arrive! With chain hotels popping up to accommodate the crowds that usually stay at Airbnb listings or independent motels, the landscape in this beloved desert city is becoming different.

Once known as a haven for movie stars such as Frank Sinatra and Marlene Dietrich, the sensational spot boasts an old-school type of glamour that residents would like to preserve. As Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain stores pop up, travelers can enjoy the conveniences of home while also enjoying the natural wonders that Palm Springs possesses. These days, they can also take a ride-share vehicle like Uber from the airport, making trips to Palm Springs more accessible than ever!

Medieval Times Breaks Ground Near Scottsdale

It was an interesting and colorful sight near Scottsdale on Friday as knights clashed their swords and a regal steed came prancing in on to an empty dirt field. The occasion marked the official groundbreaking of the new Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament site, set to open in early 2019. Company officials gathered with members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to mark the ceremonies and give a hint of what is to come when the attraction opens. The 79,0000 square-foot 11th-century medieval castle recreation will be the popular dinner theater’s 10th site. Medieval Times has been in operation for more than 35 years, hosting more than 100,000 shows around the nation and delighting guests of all ages.

Guests will arrive at the castle and be invited to feast on a four-course medieval-style dinner while watching knights battle for honor. The show encourages audience participation as guests are instructed to cheer for the knight in their seating section.

The Scottsdale location will sit on the southeast corner of Pima Road and Via de Ventura and will be the latest venture for the Indian community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District. Also included in this complex is the OdySea Aquarium, Topgolf, Butterfly Wonderland, Salt River Fields, and the Pangaea Land of Dinosaurs. Officials believe that the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will be an ideal fit for the growing tourist destination.

Wine Destinations in California

When you are looking for a great vacation destination, one amazing place to visit is the state of California. California is very well known for having warm weather, beautiful scenery, and plenty of glitz and glamour. While California already has plenty of great reasons to visit, the wine scene in the state maybe one of the main reasons why you should consider traveling (https://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/california-s-wine-country-is-better-than-ever.html).

Overall, California is considered the top wine region in the United States. One of the best known areas for wine is in the region in and around Napa Valley. This area of California is the home to many of the largest and most reputable vineyards in the country. The region is also home to some of the nicest tasting rooms, restaurants, boutique hotels, and other tourist destinations. This can be a great place to take a local tour to make sure you are seeing all that should be seen.

Located just south of Napa Valley is the city of Sonoma. The Sonoma wine area is also very well known for its great quality wine. Next to Napa, it may be the most popular wine destination in the entire country. Those that are looking for cabernets and other deep red wines may find that this area has plenty of great options.

While it is not as well known, the far northern area of California also has some great vineyards. This area of the state is better known for some of its pinot noir options and a variety of white wines.

Top Tourist Destinations on the USA West Coast

The USA West coast has everything for each traveler, from the celebrity-filled Los Angeles to the neon-lit Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and the many national parks located in the states in between. This is a vast area, and it is one that cannot easily be toured in a matter of hours or even weeks. The West Coast comprises of the Mountain States including Washington, Arizona, Pacific states, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Montana, New Mexico, and Nevada.

The land mass on the western part of the Mississippi river covers more than twice the amount of land that is on the east. Alaska actually measures a fifth of the total size of the United States. Travelers looking for a nice place to relax can head to sunny California to taste their wine, while the adrenaline junkies can head towards the Rockies to try out the slopes.

Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands are as far west as you can travel and still say that you are vacationing in the United States. The islands are known for their unique culture, bubbling volcanoes, and beautiful beaches. Millions of traveler’s head to Hawaii each year to check out the 8 islands and sample their local cuisines.

Hawaii is a tropical island that records an average of 80-degrees temperature each year. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds on your next holiday to Hawaii, consider traveling in December of January. A majority of the flights to this island arrive at the HNL (Honolulu Airport).

Places To See If You Are Traveling West In The US

There are some places that should be considered “must see” spots for anyone who plans to travel west in the United States. The West Coast of the United States provides so many wonders to look at that it is difficult to narrow it down to a short list, but we will attempt to here anyway.

1) Grand Canyon

No list of Western United States travel spots would be complete without mentioning the Grand Canyon. Yes, it is one of the most talked about natural wonders in the United States, but it is so frequently discussed for good reason. It is a awe-inspiring wonder that is impossible to describe without simply going to see it yourself. If you are heading west, make sure this stop is on your list.

2) Zion National Park

Utah is a beautiful state in its own right, but its national parks are indeed a national treasure. Zion National Park is the oldest national park in Utah, and it is among the most beautiful in the whole country. Take in some hiking at this park as you check out the incredible natural waterfalls that dot the landscape.

3) Las Vegas

Obviously, you are going to have to make a stop in Sin City while you are traveling west. How could you not stop by here and just see this incredible man-made wonder. It is not like the other spots on this list, but it has a beauty all of its own making. If you are willing to, perhaps lay down a few dollars on a gamble as well and see if you come up lucky.

A Couple of Old Lovebirds Hiked Through All 59 National Parks In 7 Years

More than 43 years ago, Donna and Mike Guthrie attended their first date together at a coffee shop. Intrigued by one another, their date lasted for seven hours, and they married less than a year later. Now, they are grandparents.

In 2009, the lovebirds made a plan to visit every single national park in the United States of America by the time they were both 70 years old. This meant that they would have to reach every single park within the course of 7 seven years.

On their 36th anniversary, they spoke about their bucket lists and came up with the idea. They were both 63 at the time. The two had no idea how many parks there were; all they knew was that they wanted to visit and hike at least 5 miles in each and every one of them.

As they started their adventure, they bought National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes for seniors, which were priced at $10.00 per person. They went all over the country to hike through 59 parks. Some of their favorite memories include watching the sunrise during Easter in Utah’s Arches National Park, observing an astronomy lesson in Colorado’s Gunnison National Park and riding horses in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.

On June 11th, 2016, the couple finished their quest, ending with a hike at Great Smokey Mountains National Park. They were joined by their children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Donna Guthrie is not new to such feats. In fact, she hiked at least five miles in every state in one year to commemorate her 50th birthday.

How to Plan the Perfect Trip to the West Coast

There are a lot of people who are traveling to the west coast and having lots of fun with their families. The key to a good trip is to plan well in advance and know what you’re going to need. The problem that so many people have is that they do not plan in advance and so they have problems with actually getting and staying there, especially if they are on a strict budget.

One thing that you need to think about doing is planning out the trip and booking through an online site. Booking online allows you to save money and get the most out of your trip. You will also find that you can save tons of money by booking everything together as opposed to doing it all separately. It is also important to put yourself and your loved ones on a budget so that you do not spend a small fortune just traveling to California.

There are lots of different places you can go to if this is something that you’re looking to do for yourself. Because of this, it pays to do research on the different options out there and to know what is available to meet your needs. There is nothing worse than spending too much just to be able to travel and know that you are having lots of fun. There are so many people who want to be able to travel and get their own options available to save themselves a lot of money.

California Man Explores Pacific Coast in Repurposed Ambulance

Ian Dow’s life had hit an all-time low when his fiancée dumped him and kicked him out of their shared home. When Dow realized he couldn’t afford the high rents in Newport Beach he decided to buy a Mercedes-Benz van to serve as his mobile home. However, fate intervened when he injured his shoulder in a motorcycle accident, and he was inspired to find an old ambulance suitable for renovation. He found the perfect prototype being sold by a charity in Missouri and drove it back to California to begin renovations.

Dow’s additions took four months to complete, but he soon transformed the tired old emergency vehicle into a cozy home. Using his nascent carpentry skills, Dow added a tiny tiled kitchen with shiny hardwood floors and a wooden fold-out table. For his living area, Dow created a convertible bed and a cedar closet to store his clothes. The ambulance, affectionately known as Ambi, also comes equipped with a hot water heater, shower and generator. He also converted the roof into a makeshift guestroom with an Astroturf surface perfect for pitching a tent.

Accompanied by his trusty dog Dino and one human friend, Dow set off on an epic journey along the Pacific Coast in June. Driving from California to Costa Rica, he has explored volcanoes, surfed in the warm waters of the Pacific and become an unexpected Instagram star. Dow plans to return to Newport Beach in the spring and make a living from ambulance conversion. He wants to help spread his unique lifestyle by transforming more ambulances into rolling homes.

Wine Country is Still Open for Business

The news coverage was difficult to avoid. If you turned on your TV or looked at the internet within the past few weeks, chances are that you saw images of the devastating wildfires in northern California. With a death toll hovering at over 40 and images of fires consuming vineyards and wineries, many have made assumptions about the state of wine country. However, it turns out that some of the worst predictions have been proven incorrect. Although there were many evacuations and a lot of damages, many would be surprised to learn that areas such as downtown Sonoma are open for business and just as beautiful as ever.

Of course, it didn’t take long for tourists to react to all of the news coverage. With many canceling their trips, the embattled region has been suffering even more. After all, the tourism industry is huge in wine country. And with a whopping three billion dollars worth of damage inflicted upon the region, it’s not difficult to see how a drop in tourism could cause even more financial problems for the area. Although the region has not emerged unscathed, there are some parts of Napa Valley that only seem to have suffered from hillside damage. And even though many assumed that all the 2017 wine would be of poor quality, the evidence is indicating otherwise. In fact, this might be the best time of all for people to go visit wine country.

Disney Cruise Lines Will Expand Operations In San Diego

People living on the West Coast will have more opportunities to take a magical Disney cruise in the near future. The American entertainment giant just announced that the Disney Cruise Line will expand operations out of San Diego in 2019.

Executives say the Disney Wonder, a 1,754-passenger ship, will be the primary vessel sailing out of “America’s Finest City.” The Disney Wonder will offer guests trips ranging from two-day excursions to weeklong adventures.

This Disney Cruise Line expansion will take place between the months of March and May in 2019. A few of the Mexican port cities guests can visit include Mazatlan, Ensenada, and Puerto Vallarta.

The Disney Wonder will return to its normal hub of Port Canaveral, Florida, for three- and four-night trips during January and February. These trips will include stops at destinations in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

Anyone who lives near Miami can take a cruise on the 1,754-passenger Disney Magic on four- and five-night trips. These trips include stops at locations like the Bahamas, Nassau, Grand Cayman, and Key West.

Port Canaveral will also be adding larger ships to its fleet in the coming years. One ship Disney Cruise Lines just revealed to the public is called the Disney Fantasy. This mammoth ship will be able to hold 2,500 passengers. Disney engineers are hard at work on both the Disney Fantasy and its sister-ship the Disney Dream.

Disney Cruise Line executives say they want to add at least seven new ships to their fleet by 2023. They believe the first of these new ships will be ready for operation in 2021.