Attractions & Things to do in Truckee, California. TOP 15
Attractions & Things to do in Truckee, California. TOP 15: Donner Memorial State Park, Emigrant Trail Museum, Northstar California, Historic Downtown Truckee, Boreal Mountain Resort, Donner Lake, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, Truckee Railroad Museum, Old Truckee Jail Museum, Tahoe Donner Golf Course,West End Beach Park, Kiva Beach,,
Visit Idaho, USA and explore by region - Unravel Travel TV
Idaho is the 13th largest state in the union, covering 83,557 square miles.
• Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls is 212 feet high – 36 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
• At 7,900 feet, Hells Canyon is the deepest river-carved gorge in North America, deeper than even the Grand Canyon.
• The world’s densest populations of nesting eagles, hawks and falcons can be found at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.
• In Soda Springs you can find the largest captive geyser in the world – it erupts every hour on the hour, reaching heights of 100 feet.
• The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Lower 48, second only to California’s Death Valley.
• A sand dune within Bruneau Dunes State Park rises 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor, making it the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America.
History and Heritage
• Idaho City was once the largest town in the Pacific Northwest it developed around gold mining in the 1860s.
• Farragut State Park, and adjoining Lake Pend Oreille, was home to a Naval Training Station during WWII.
• In the old West mining town of Wallace the entire downtown core is listed on the National Historic Register.
• Idaho had a nationally-renowned wine industry until Prohibition closed it down. Today, it is Idaho’s fastest growing agricultural industry with three AVAs in the state.
• The Oregon Trail ran right through southern Idaho, leaving behind historic landmarks and sites to explore.
• Idaho is home to six Native American tribes: The Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai of Idaho, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock, Shoshone-Paiute and Lemhi-Shoshone tribes.
• Boise is home to one of the largest Basque communities in the United States, with nearly 16,000 people.
• Lewiston is the most inland seaport on the west coast, hosting cruise and cargo ships that travel up the Columbia River.
• There are more than 50 wineries in Idaho, producing more than 25 varietals of wine.
• Idaho is known as the “Gem State” because 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones can be found here, including some which can be found nowhere else in the world.
• The Wild Huckleberry is the state fruit, and can be found on menus throughout the region.
• Idaho is bordered by Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana.
• The highest elevation point is Mt. Borah at 12,662 feet, and the lowest is 738 feet above sea level in Lewiston.
• Idaho is home to more miles of whitewater than anywhere else in the continental U.S., making it a paddlers’ paradise.
• Idaho contains nearly 600 registered campsites, which include those within Idaho’s 30 state parks, 10 national forests and on other public lands.
• There are over 300 hot springs in Idaho with over 130 deemed soaker-friendly.
• Thirty one (31) scenic byways crisscross the state, highlighting stunning scenery and area histories.
• Sun Valley Resort was America’s first destination ski resort (as well as where the first chairlifts were installed).
• Idaho claims the only state flag designed by a woman.
• The Perrine Bridge over the Snake River at Twin Falls is the only place in the country where BASE jumping (parachuting from a fixed structure) is allowed year-round without a permit.
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Things to do in Nevada Travel Guide | USA Road Trip 2017
Join us as we visit Nevada state covering attractions outside of Las Vegas on a USA road trip of a lifetime focusing on outdoor adventures in our things to do in Nevada travel guide. As many know tourism in Nevada is often focused around a trip to Las Vegas; however, what many may not know is that the state of Nevada features a plethora of National Parks, fascinating highways and roadside attractions worth visiting. Come along as we hop in our Camaro rental car exploring as much of Nevada as we possibly can on a three-day #NevadaStories road trip.
Things to do in Nevada Travel Itinerary:
1) Picking up our rental car and breakfast in Las Vegas, Nevada
2) Visiting Lake Mead National Recreation Area for a short hike in Nevada
3) Visiting the Hoover Dam in Nevada
4) Black Canyon kayaking tour visiting the Emerald Cave
5) Drove to Mesquite, Nevada to stay overnight
1) Visited the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada exploring Fire Arch Rock, White Domes, Rainbow Vista and Atlatl Rock
2) Road trip on Highway 93 to Alamo, NV
3) Checked in to the Windmill Lodge with a hotel tour of our room
4) Dinner at the Windmill Ridge restaurant eating barbecue ribs, mashed potatoes and peanut butter bar for dessert
1) Pahranagat national wildlife refuge to spot birds and walk around in nature
2) ET Fresh Jerky for delicious Alien jerky and to buy alien sunglasses
3) Driving on the Extraterrestrial Highway on our USA road trip (aka Nevada State Route 375)
4) Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nevada *(Wed-Sun 11am to 6pm)*
5) Alien Black Mailbox to communicate with Aliens
6) Visiting Little A'le'Inn in Rachel, Nevada on the Extraterrestrial Highway
7) Touring Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for sunset
This was a partnership with Travel Nevada and Expedia managed by iAmbassador.
Things to do in Nevada Travel Guide | USA Road Trip 2017 Video Transcript:
Our trip began in Las Vegas, but having already been there before, we wasted no time on the Strip. After a short night’s rest, we grabbed a hearty breakfast, hopped in our rental car, and hit the road for our first stop of the day: Lake Mead.
Hoover Dam is one of the most visited attractions in Nevada with as many as 1 million people taking the tour every year, and even more driving across the dam.
Fun fact: there is enough concrete in Hoover Dam to build a 4 foot wide sidewalk around the Earth at the Equator. That’s a whole lot of concrete!
Kayaking in Black Canyon was the highlight of the day. We lucked out with blue skies, calm waters, and the scenery was pretty spectacular - especially once we entered the canyon.
Halfway up stream we took a break from kayaking and went on a short hike.
We also stopped at the Emerald Cave, which gets it’s name from the bright emerald green colour reflected in the water.
We had an hour’s journey to reach the Valley of Fire that morning, and it was a very leisurely drive down some scenic stretches of road. We knew we were getting closer to the park when we noticed the landscape colours started becoming more saturated.
Once we entered Valley of Fire State Park, the fun began. This park is known for its rock formations, panoramic vistas, and hiking trails, so there was no shortage of things to see and do.
Back on the road, we hit our first stop on the ET Highway: ET Fresh Jerky! This is an alien-themed shop selling everything from martian soda to alien sunglasses, so we used this as an opportunity to load up on snacks.
After stopping for photos at the ET Highway marker which is covered in stickers, we journeyed on to the Alien Research Centre, which is pretty hard to miss considering they have a giant metal alien standing guard on a hill.
Out front, we spotted a UFO-towing pick-up truck and a green alien welcoming earthlings, while inside we were surrounded by Area 51 warning signs and all sorts of alien-themed souvenirs.
And then it was time to turn around, drive back to Vegas, and fly back home,.
A surprise addition to our Nevada travel guide was visiting Red Rock Canyon, which is just a 20-minute drive from the Vegas Strip.
Our final thoughts? There are way more things to do in Nevada than just Las Vegas and we’re glad we got to experience a mix of nature and quirky attractions on this mini USA road trip! If you have any other suggestions of cool things to see and do around the state, feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments below.
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What's REALLY Down Zzyzx Road? Hidden California, Explore It With Us!
If you live in southern California, and have driven the 15 to Las Vegas, or vice versa, you've been by this exit, and probably wondered, whats with the name? What's down it... A lot of history, and interesting stuff!
It's unfortunate, but most of the other videos on YouTube mischaracterize this place. It is not abandoned, it's not spooky, haunted, or scary, it's beautiful, and has a colorful history.
It was once a church, run by a well intentioned man named Curtis Howe Springer, who didn't always play by the rules. He ran a health resort and ministry on this land for decades. Way ahead of his time, he was a proponent of healthy living, health foods, healthy juices, and the like. His evangelist radio show reached millions of people all over the world. He took in the downtrodden, and charged whatever they could afford, even if it was nothing. He offered Mineral Baths in his purported Healing waters, Raised rabbits onsite, grew fresh vegetables, tea's, and sold several Miracle Cures which were generally vegetable juices. Curtis even helped save a fish from extinction. The government eventually foreclosed on his mining claims (he wasn't mining, and was more or less here illegally) and evicted him from this place after a long court battle. The property was then given to the Cal State system, and is now the Desert Studies Center. Many of the original structures are still standing, leaving a testament to a person, who's energy in this world was powerful and surreal...
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Places to see in ( Mammoth Lakes - USA )
Places to see in ( Mammoth Lakes - USA )
Mammoth Lakes is a town in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for the Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain ski areas and nearby trails. The town is a base for Devils Postpile National Monument, a formation of basalt columns, and the soaring Rainbow Falls. To the north, saltwater Mono Lake is dotted with limestone towers. Yosemite National Park, with its granite cliffs and ancient sequoias, is nearby.
Mammoth Lakes lies on the edge of the Long Valley Caldera. The area around the town is geologically active, with hot springs and rhyolite domes that are less than 1000 years old. Visitors can take State Route 203 from the town of Mammoth Lakes to the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, over Minaret Summit, then down to Devils Postpile National Monument, with access to the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
The area has natural hot springs which are sometimes used after skiing. Other features include lakes, a soda springs, and an obsidian dome. Mammoth Lakes is north of the Owens Valley, a scenic area with extensive hiking opportunities. The town is surrounded by mountains: on the west, Mammoth Mountain looms over the town, while to the south, the Sherwin Range dominates the view. This hilly terrain and the high altitude makes the area great for high-altitude athletic training, including among elite long-distance runners, who live and train in the thin air.
The town is surrounded by acres of forest and is bordered by the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas. The eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park is located 32 miles (51 km) north of town. The town is situated in the southwestern, mountainous part of Mono County, California.
A lot to see in Mammoth Lakes California such as :
John Muir Trail
Devils Postpile National Monument
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
June Mountain Ski Area
Long Valley Caldera
Lake Mary Road
Hot Creek Geological Site
Wild Willy's Hot Spring
Mcgee Creek Road
Convict Lake Road
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center
Crab Cooker Hot Springs
Crystal Lake Trailhead
Iva Bell Hot Springs
Duck Lake Pass Trailhead
Mammoth Rock Trail End
Mammoth Scenic Loop
Laurel Lakes Road
Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin
Shady Rest Park
Mammoth Ice Rink
Lake George Road
Mammoth Creek Park
Mammoth Rock Trail Parking
Sherwin Lakes Trailhead
The Green Church
( Mammoth Lakes - USA ) is well know as a tourist destination because of the variety of places you can enjoy while you are visiting Mammoth Lakes . Through a series of videos we will try to show you recommended places to visit in Mammoth Lakes - USA
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Exploring Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
Exploring Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
Glenwood Caverns Amusement Park Colorado USA
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
The new Historic Fairy Caves Tour is a 40 minute guided walking tour and is appropriate for most fitness levels. This tour leads you on a quarter-mile-long underground stroll through hidden regions, some of which were only recently excavated.
Discovered in the 1950's, these areas were not previously accessible except to a few hardy cavers willing to crawl and wiggle through them.
Two years in the making, close to 1000 tons of rocky debris were removed by hand with buckets and wheelbarrows to create this amazing cave tour. You'll see highly-decorated rooms and even a section of underground canyon with fifty foot ceilings.
In 1897 the Fairy Caves were one of the first caves in the U.S. to have electric lighting installed. Today's cave tour includes a historic lighting section called History Lane, which is illuminated with replica Edison and Marconi-style light bulbs. You will experience a portion of the Fairy Caves as a visitor would have viewed them over 100 years ago.
Highlights of the tour include: •The Cloud Room with a subaqueous calcite ceiling
•The Head Office, where deeply penetrating tree roots are visible
•The Eternal Towers underground canyon
•A trip through the Darrow Tunnel, which took three years to build, starting in 1897
•Briefly exit the tunnel to visit Exclamation Point, with panoramic views of Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Canyon and the Colorado River
•The Pendant Room with its bulbous formations, carved by air and water
•History Lane historical lighting section, with lighting design based upon Glenwood Springs Historical Society archival photographs
•A candle-lit side trip into the Back Passage Room
•The magnificent Register Room with it's brilliantly-rich saturated colors created by interaction with hot springs waters
•The Reflection Room with formation-reflecting pools reflecting stalactites, stalagmites and soda straw formations
•Views of Jam Crack Passage with rich colors, popcorn-covered stalactites, and beautiful flowstone
thumbnail •This is a walking tour designed for persons wearing regular street clothing and street shoes. As in our other cave tour, flip-flops are not recommended
•The packed fine pea-gravel floors are generally level, though there is one very gradual short slope with a handrail
•There is one short section containing two sets of 9 steps with a connecting level platform
•Passageways between cave rooms average approximately 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide
•There are three narrow sections (smallest = 25 inch or 63 centimeters, only at shoulder height) which take only a brief second to step through
•There is one reduced headroom of 5.5 feet (1.7 meters) portion which is well-lit and requires briefly ducking your head underneath it
•80+ year old visitors with canes have walked this tour without difficulties
5 Best Ski Resorts in Lake Tahoe | United States Ski Resorts
5 Best Ski Resorts in Lake Tahoe, 2017
Sunny skies, gorgeous mountain scenery, and a relaxed California attitude make Lake Tahoe one of the most desirable ski destinations in North America. Add to that several world-class ski resorts with excellent snow conditions, extensive terrain, and state-of-the-art ski lifts, and it's hard to rival this winter wonderland. Lake Tahoe has dozens of resorts, and several are world-renowned, such as Squaw Valley and Heavenly. Skiers of all abilities will find suitable terrain at all of the resorts, although some are better suited to certain skiing levels. Northstar and Homewood are great for intermediate skiers, while Kirkwood and Mount Rose challenge advanced skiers. If you are planning a day trip from San Francisco or Sacramento, then Sugar Bowl is the best choice as it's the closest and most easily accessible. The other resorts are best for a weekend getaway or longer vacation, which is especially enjoyable when staying at one of Lake Tahoe's cozy lodges or rustic cabins. Most accommodations have wood-burning fireplaces and forest views for a traditional alpine experience. Here five ski resort in Lake Tahoe, USA.
1. Squaw Valley
2. Heavenly Mountain Resort
3. Northstar Ski Resort
4. Kirkwood Ski Resort
5. Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
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Destination: Hot Springs | Sweet Treats
Cora wants to know: Is Hot Springs the sweetest place in the South? Join her in this episode as she visits:
Fat Bottomed Girl's Cupcakes
Kilwins Hot Springs
Rocket Fizz Hot Springs, AR
Pour Some Sugar on Me Sweet Shoppe
The Purple Cow Restaurants
Mueller's Bistro & Bakery
Morrison's Fried Pies
TCBY Hot Springs
Will's Cinnamon Shop
Colonial Candy Corner
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Gifford Pinchot National Forest
A 2018 visit to Gifford Pinchot National Forest, seeing Council Lake, Council Bluff, House Rock, Midway Lookout and more.