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Why You Should Take a Desert Jeep Tour in Palm Springs

 Why You Should Take a Desert Jeep Tour in Palm Springs

I didn’t want to do it at first… riding around the desert in a jeep and looking at the stars. After several long days of hiking and biking, I wasn’t in any kind of physical mood to go. The 3-hour tour sounded like an eternity on this last evening in town. But after five minutes in the jeep my opinion changed 180 degrees.

Our provider was Desert Adventures*, known by their signature, open-top red jeeps. We boarded our 4×4 in the parking lot of a local shopping plaza and were quickly whisked away to an almost alien landscape, leaving the comfort and safety of civilization behind us.

Exploring Palm Springs from Above: Riding the Aerial Tramway

 Exploring Palm Springs from Above: Riding the Aerial Tramway

I could wander around the streets of Palm Springs all day… admiring the mid-century modern architectural style. But a trip on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway provides both a fresh perspective on the city, great hiking trails and an excellent way to escape the insanely hot, desert heat (temperatures are significantly cooler at the top)!* It’s a must-do on any Palm Springs Itinerary.

 Exploring Palm Springs from Above: Riding the Aerial Tramway

The journey begins by taking a long road up towards the mountainous landscape. From the bottom of the valley, you’ll travel over a mile up the mountain, gliding above rocky, barren, terrain, on a cable that’s less than 2 inches thick – making it one of the largest in the world!

Eating Food With No Utensils at Medieval Times Orlando’s Newest Show

 Eating Food With No Utensils at Medieval Times Orlandos Newest Show

When we were little, it was cool to eat with our hands. Our parents would lovingly take photos of mushed peas smeared all over our faces and carrots on our fingertips. Then at some point, such behavior is deemed socially unacceptable. Not for this guy… doing something child-like is one of my 9 1/2 ways to ignite adventure in your life. And last week at Medieval Times Orlando, I was actually encouraged to eat with my hands!* I also found it fitting that one of my readers, Ali, suggested Medieval Times as a way to celebrate turning 30. So let’s get going…

Cape Town’s Steamboat Vicky: The Best $5 I Ever Spent

 Cape Towns Steamboat Vicky: The Best $5 I Ever Spent

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is a bustling place. Shops, restaurants, entertainers and attractions all vie for your attention and dollars. If you’re traveling to South Africa, a trip to Cape Town is a must… and a stop at the V&A Waterfront is a necessary part of your itinerary. And if/when you do make it there, you can not pass up the opportunity to take a harbor tour on the Steamboat Vicky (only a facebook page is available).

Judging a Book by it’s Cover

 Cape Towns Steamboat Vicky: The Best $5 I Ever Spent

A Visit to the Chena Hot Springs in Fairbanks, Alaska

 A Visit to the Chena Hot Springs in Fairbanks, Alaska

You might think that traveling through Alaska by RV would be relaxing. Just you, your home, the open road and friends. But the reality is, non-stop travel can be exhausting. So I was quite glad to take a quick diversion from the highways of the 49th State and take a (brief) rest at the Chena Hot Springs.

 A Visit to the Chena Hot Springs in Fairbanks, Alaska

Located 90 minutes outside of Fairbanks, the Chena Hot Springs is actually more than a warm pool of water. It’s actually an entire resort with hotels, restaurants, outdoor attractions and yes, it’s namesake springs. The good news is, you don’t need to be a resident of the resort to enjoy the hot springs. Ten bucks is all you need for a day pass to relax the stresses of travel away.

Snapshots from the Batu Caves

 Snapshots from the Batu Caves

The view as you approach the Batu Caves (no official homepage available) is unmistakeable. The limestone caves are home to a Hindu Shrine and are worthy of a visit outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia if only to see something strikingly different than what we have here in the United States.

 Snapshots from the Batu Caves

At the base of the caves is a 140-foot statue dedicated to Lord Murugan, a Hindu Deity.

 Snapshots from the Batu Caves

Pace yourself as you climb onward. The stairs are steep. Every once in a while, be sure to stop and turnaround to see the city off in the distance.

A Pre-Flight Trip to the Dulles Airport National Air & Space Museum

 A Pre Flight Trip to the Dulles Airport National Air & Space Museum

Sometimes when you travel home, your flight schedule is such that you don’t have enough time to really explore the city you’ve visited, but have enough time that you’d rather not waste it at the hotel or airport. And if that city happens to be Washington D.C. and you’re flying out of Dulles International Airport (IAD), you’re in luck!

Dulles has a secret that many travelers are unaware of; The Smithsonian has a satellite National Air and Space Museum, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, just minutes away from the terminal. An inside are some terrific aircraft including a Concorde Jet and even the Orbiter Enterprise!

Riding the Lilly Belle on the Disneyland Railroad

 Riding the Lilly Belle on the Disneyland Railroad

Between The Magic Castle and Club 33, my trip to Disneyland was filled with exclusives (and there’s actually one other place I visited that I am sworn to secrecy that I can’t reveal what it is). And today’s post is no exception, but despite it’s exclusivity, the opportunity to experience it is available to everyone.

What is the Disneyland Railroad Lilly Belle Car?

 Riding the Lilly Belle on the Disneyland Railroad

The Complete Guide to Visiting the Magic Castle in Hollywood

 The Complete Guide to Visiting the Magic Castle in Hollywood

What is the Magic Castle?

One of my childhood dreams came true during my trip to California last month. I had the opportunity to visit the World Famous, Hollywood Magic Castle. The Magic Castle is a private club to the Academy of Magical Arts – an organization that promotes the Art of Magic.

The castle itself is an old home that was built in 1909. Then, in 1961, Milt Larson purchased the home and transformed it into the instantly recognizable Hollywood Landmark. Inside the building you’ll find countless rooms with treasures from the history of magic, a complete dining room, magical performances and surprises. The fact that all this takes place in an old, fancy-looking mansion makes it even better.