A Stop At Madame Tussauds

One fun way to pass some time on the Las Vegas Strip is a visit to Madame Tussauds. The Las Vegas location was the first ever Madame Tussauds to open in the US, though the original Madame Tussauds is over 200 years old. Two new locations will be opening in 2017, one in New Delhi, India, and the other in Nashville, Tennessee.

What I love about the wax museum is that you can wander around and spend as long as you like taking pictures with your favorite stars. You get to see what those stars would actually look like in person, if you were to run into them on the street. It’s always surprising to me how incredibly compact some of these people are, considering they have such a huge presence on the big screen.

This particular location may not be the largest Madame Tussauds, but it still has its perks. Some of my favorite people to see were Lucille Ball and Elvis Presley. I just had to have a photograph in Elvis’s car. Who wouldn’t want a picture with the King?

One fun aspect of this particular location is their 4D theater experience. You can choose to go in and watch a short Avengers film. You will feel as if you are right there battling to save civilization alongside your favorite superheroes. I enjoyed the show but I do not like it when my chair pokes me, so I sat forward the whole time in order to avoid any random jabs during battle.

Overall this experience was fun, but it still doesn’t replace the High Roller in my book of favorite activities on the Las Vegas Strip. I would rank it as a six for things to do. I think I expected the museum to be a little bigger than it was. I did greatly enjoy getting to see some of my favorite actors though.

If you would like a little more history on Madame Tussauds, or to book tickets, please visit the following site: https://www.madametussauds.com/

A Side Trip To The Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

This past July, while touring Colorado with my husband, we took some time out to visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This particular canyon has been a stop on our adventures twice now. We love the views and it’s always worth a second look, or more.

There are several great points to stop and wander around. You can take scenic drives around the perimeter or if you would like, you can venture down toward the Gunnison River. There are plenty of activities if you choose to stay in the park. You can camp, fish, kayak, rock climb, and hike.

If you enjoy wildlife watching, there are plenty of animals that call the Black Canyon their home. With a little patience you may see animals such as black bear, mountain lion, or big horn sheep. More commonly you will see deer, marmot, chipmunk, and a variety of birds. To find out more about the wildlife in the Black Canyon, I recommend checking out the visitor center.

One neat thing that the park offers is an Astronomy Evening Program that runs from the end of May until the end of September. Neal and I did not partake in this activity, but if we had been there at the right time it would have been neat to see. This event takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays in the South Rim Campground Amphitheater.

While we were in the park we took time to wander, but we did not do any serious hiking. We arrived a bit later in the day and we knew that daylight was running short. We drove the scenic route along the outer rim and stopped to enjoy the view at several different spots. I was completely satisfied with this side adventure and came away with a bunch of fun photos. I definitely recommend finding a great viewing spot to watch the sun go down. The Canyon looks pretty awesome as the light begins to change across the rocks.

During this last trip to the Black Canyon, we had intended to camp inside the park. Unfortunately we procrastinated a little too long. All of the campsites were sold out by the time we decided to seek out the Park Ranger. I honestly was not overly sad about losing out on this camping experience, because the sites are quite small and very close together. Neal and I prefer to camp with a little more space and a little more seclusion, so we headed up the road a short distance to some BLM land and we camped out there.

For more information on the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

A Visit To The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Las Vegas is a favorite vacationing spot for my husband and me, both. We love Vegas because we have family there, but we also love all of the wonderful things you can do in the area. My husband likes to tell people that each casino is like its own museum. There is more to a Las Vegas hotel than just the rooms and casino.

As I stated yesterday, the Bellagio has a great Fountain show, but that is not all the this impressive hotel and casino offers. If you venture inside this beautiful hotel and casino, you will also find out that it is the home of “O,” by Cirque Du Soleil as well as several great lounges and restaurants. The Bellagio also has a fine art gallery and a Conservatory & Botanical Garden.

I make a point of checking out the Conservatory & Botanical Garden on a regular basis. This garden is a must see for anyone who loves art and/or flowers. You will be transported to a magical land of fragrant fantastical beauty. The Conservatory’s theme is changed every season, including Chinese New Year. Bring your camera because you will definitely want pictures of this. During my last visit a bride and groom were being photographed on a bridge right in the middle of everything; the theme at the time was Chinese New Year.

This garden has lots of water and fountains incorporated into it. Most often you can find giant Coy swimming freely in the ponds. One of my personal favorite items in the Conservatory is the living painting that they make for each season. This painting is made completely of flowers and it’s always beautiful and impressive.

For more information on the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, please visit: https://www.bellagio.com/en/entertainment/conservatory-botanical-garden.html

 

Check Out The Bellagio Fountains

When visiting Las Vegas, there are so many beautiful things to see. A person could spend weeks in Vegas and never run out of new things to see and do, providing they look further than just gambling in the casinos. Something I could never get enough of, (you guessed, it has to do with water) is the Fountain show at the Bellagio.

You need to see this show up close, and many times, because it changes frequently. The Fountains are synchronized with lights and music that will draw you in and make it hard for you to walk away. If you stand on the bridges or walkways surrounding the show, you will even get to feel the spray of the water as the Fountains move with the song.

The show has different running times, dependent on the day of the week. Daytime hours have it running every thirty minutes. At night the show runs every fifteen minutes until midnight. It’s worthwhile to see during day or night. You can get great pictures no matter when you watch. The Fountains are set to music by artists such as: Katie Perry, Michael Jackson, and Frank Sinatra, for a decent mix of old and new.

I highly recommend, if it is at all in your capability, to get a room with a view of the Fountains. As I have noted in a previous article, certain rooms at Bally’s allow you to sit in the window and just watch the water Fountains go off all night long. There are plenty of other hotels on the strip that will allow for similar views, so book yours today, for a fun romantic evening.

To check times, or get more information on the Bellagio’s Fountains, please visit: https://www.bellagio.com/en/entertainment/fountains-of-bellagio.html?icid=GMB_Entertainment_Fountains

 

The Black Bear Manor In Ouray

My husband and I have visited Ouray twice; once before we got married, in 2012, and once this past year in 2016. I would like to say that I have been completely won over by the Black Bear Manor. We stayed at the Black Bear both times we visited, and in the same room.

Since our first visit, the inn did change management. Our stay was not at all impacted by this change. We still received the great service that we knew and loved, and we will definitely come back again.

What’s to love? First, the inn is clean and well kept. It has a beautiful big deck with tables and a bench swing, where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine, or your breakfast in the morning. There is this beautiful room at the top of the house, with huge windows, where you can sit and look out at the mountains. During our last visit there was a thunderstorm and my husband and I just sat in the dark with a glass of wine and watched the lightening. It was a neat experience.

The whole house is surrounded by decks and balconies. You can take time to rejuvenate your body after a long hike, with a soak in the hot tub. If you are looking for a more private and luxurious experience, the inn does have a room called the Royal Suite, which has a steam shower and private in room hot tub. I have not stayed in this room, but if it’s as nice as the rest of Black Bear, I am sure it is wonderful.

Breakfast is at two different times, one of which is buffet style. The food is amazing and I have no complaints. There were so many great options. The chef is willing to take into consideration any food allergies, or intolerance, etc.

Black Bear is romantic, and relaxing. It’s located in a beautiful city with tons of activities. The owners are great people who take wonderful care of all their occupants. I would highly recommend this experience if you are looking to get away from the craziness of your everyday life.

For more information or to book your stay at the Black Bear Manor, please visit: http://www.blackbearmanor.com/

 

 

Ouray Is The Place To Be

Yesterday I took the time to write about my experience with Box Canyon Falls. Box Canyon isn’t the only great thing about visiting Ouray, Colorado. Ouray is a beautiful, small town, surrounded by mountains. The city has a certain charm that just invites you to stay. It is notably called “Switzerland of America,” because of how it resembles Switzerland. There are many things to do during your visit to make it worth your time, even if you are more of a city person.

The downtown area has lots of quaint little shops to wander through. You can find most of the tourist items one would search for while on vacation such as: chocolates, magnets, apparel, a nice bottle of wine, etc. There are a decent number of restaurants to choose from as well. My husband and I have eaten at a few of them and so far everything has been great.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, there are several waterfalls to visit in, and near Ouray. Box Canyon Falls is my favorite. I do, however, believe that the other falls are also well worth your time. You can easily visit Cascade Falls Park; the trail is short, but steep. Another waterfall that is right in the open is Bear Creek Falls. This is right off Hwy 550 and it’s pretty impressive. No need to hike to this waterfall; it comes right out of the rocks on the side of the road.

If you are looking to stay in Ouray for a few nights, there is plenty of lodging, but you must book in advance. You can find some great hotels or old mansions turned bed and breakfast. My husband and I have stayed at Black Bear Manor both times we have visited. The experience was so exceptional that we considered getting married there after our first visit.

Other things to do in Ouray include visiting the hot springs, hiking, and off-roading. There are tons of off-roading trails in and near town. We took time to explore several of these trails on our last trip. We lost our 4-wheel drive in the process, but we will definitely go back again for more.

Just up the road you will find several old mining camps. There is one particular ghost town that is fun to explore. There are lots of old buildings. You can come away with some great pictures.

Ouray is a place that I would recommend anyone to visit at least once. This romantic town will surely win you over. With so many great activities, how could you go wrong?

For more information on Ouray, Colorado, please visit the following websites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd4tmAxx2Y4

http://www.ouraycolorado.com/

 

In Love With Box Canyon Falls

If you find that you love waterfalls as much as I do, and you are taking a trip to Colorado, I highly recommend a visit to Ouray. Ouray is home to several different waterfalls. While each of these waterfalls has its own unique characteristics, the most impressive by far, is Box Canyon. On a side note, if you choose to visit all of the waterfalls in the area, they are all quite easy to get at and require minimal, or no hiking.

Box Canyon is impressive because the waterfall is completely surrounded by rock walls. You can view this marvel from above, or on a more up close and personal level, from below. The experience is a bit noisy, but completely exhilarating.

To get to the top, you will have to climb stairs, and some bumpy terrain. Once up there you will stand on a bridge overlooking the falls and the creek. You can proceed on, after your viewing, to hike the surrounding area, or go back the way you came and head down the stairs to the lower part of the falls. I recommend both views, but the more impressive is definitely the lower.

Box Canyon is a great place to view wildlife. You may possibly see the most chipmunks you have ever witnessed in one area. These little creatures are quite daring and will run all over the place, right in front of you. While I visited the canyon, I was lucky enough to see a Black Swift in a nest on one of the rock walls.

This wonder of nature is a place that I have visited more than once, and I will continue to come back. I love the sound of the thousands of gallons of water just rushing into the creek below. It’s one of my all-time favorite waterfalls.

For more information on Box Canyon Falls, please visit the following sites: http://www.ouraycolorado.com/directory/outdoor-activities/parks/54-box-canyon-waterfall-park

https://www.boxcanyonouray.com/activities/summer-activities/box-canon-falls/

 

Adventure is wherever the desire takes us.