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Yellowstone National Park Tour Guide, Attractions, Pictures

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The first national park of the US and probably of the world as well, Yellowstone National Park mainly lies in the state of Wyoming but it extends to Idaho and Montana too. It is situated at the headwaters of the Yellowstone River, from which it also gets its name: It is common belief that the river gets its name from the yellow rocks seen in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, but this theory is yet to be confirmed. It was around 11,000 years ago that the Native Americans started fishing and hunting animals in the district. Here are some fun activities to do in Yellowstone National Park.Yellowstone National Park camping

Camp in the Great Outdoors

Although you need a permit to camp in the backcountry, there are several that will let you make a reservation. Others operate on the first come, first serve principle. RV’s are allowed in with size restrictions. It is vital to plan your routes ahead of time if you want to avoid worrying sharp grades. The quickest way to Yellowstone National Park’s iconic attractions such as Old Faithful geyser and Mammoth Hot Springs is through west and north entrances.Yellowstone National Park hiking

Yellowstone National Park Hiking

Yellowstone National Park’s 1300 mile trail system awaits you. Fairy Falls trail, Blacktail Creek trail, Bunsen Peak trail and Garnet Hill Loop trail are but a few of the scenic, enjoyable trails in Yellow Stone National Park. There are lots more and all of them lead to places of almost otherworldly natural beauty: geysers, springs, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, basins and mountains; all in one place. Fairy Falls trail leads to the imperial geyser and waterfall. All in all, Yellowstone National Park is an ideal place for hikers / nature photographers.

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Visitors to Yellowstone National Park have indulged in putting up bait to catch various species of fish in the river for centuries. Native Americans, too, fished for food here. However there are constraints to this activity: Firstly, Yellowstone National Park imposes fees and permits for boating and fishing, and it is absolutely necessary to abide by the rules and regulations, such as not fishing in the breeding season when the activity is banned. The cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and Arctic Grayling are specifically supposed to be returned to the water unharmed as they are very precious native fish. Since Yellowstone National Park’s prime function is to preserve native species and natural environment of the region, fishing is allowed but not given much encouragement.Yellowstone National Park Mount RushmoreVisit Mount Rushmore

No trip to Yellowstone National Park can be complete without a visit to the famed Mount Rushmore; you can go by yourself or as part of an overnight tour group, to visit the mountain bearing the stone-carved faces of famous American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abe Lincoln.

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Europa Park Travel Info, Accommodation, Pictures

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Europa Park is situated in Rust in South West Germany and is the largest theme park in the country. It possesses 12 roller coasters as well a whole host of attractions and rides meaning that some 50,000 people visit it daily, which is its maximum capacity. 2015 saw 5.5 million tourists visit it. Europa Park covers around 16 hectares and was opened in 1975. It passed the million visitors per annum mark after just 3 years of business and is run by the Mack Family which owns a business producing vehicles, circus wagons and roller coasters. Europa Park was just an outlet to their products which turned out to be an enormous success.Europa Park (3)

Europa Park accommodation

  • Accommodation at Europa Park

Five resort hotels are present in Europa Park. For visitors on a tight budget, it also has a huge camping resort; guests have to bring their own sleeping bags and then stay in a Chuck Wagon, Tipi or Log cabin. Next to the camping resort, caravanning is also allowed. The resorts are named as follows: Hotel El Andaluz, a villa of Spanish theme; Hotel Castillo Alcazar, a Spanish themed Finca; Hotel Bell Rock sporting a light house, and a New England theme; Hotel Colosseo, it features a special fountain show and has a Roman Colosseum theme; Hotel Santa Isabel, imitating a Portuguese Monastery. All the resorts in Europa Park are of four star standard; however Hotel Bell Rock, Hotel Colosseo and Hotel Santa Isabel are four star superior.Europa Park Country themed sections

  • Europa Park Country themed sections

There are rides in Europa Park that bear that are representative of various countries in Europe. Greece, Iceland, Holland, England, Switzerland, Austria, France, Portugal, Germany, Scandinavia and Italy are the countries which are featured in the park. Almost all of them possess a dark ride rollercoaster, especially Euro-Mir in the Russia area which implements the theme of Russian space missions on a steel track; it is a spinning roller coaster. Europa Park timings are 9am to 6pm however these are extended by 3 to 3 and a half hours depending upon the crowds. This is usually during holidays, celebrations and on weekends, especially the Euro Dance Festival.Europa Park (8)

  • Europa Park Other themed areas

The Enchanted Forest makes for a magical experience with its walkthrough Hansel and Gretel House, the Little Tailor, Hydro Electric Power Station and the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Also the Dwarf City, a fairytale kid’s ride is very enjoyable. The Kingdom of Invisibles is another enjoyable themed section of Europa Park.

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A Guide to Yosemite National Park

Covering an astounding 761,000 acres, Yosemite National Park is a dream come true for any outdoor adventurer. If you crave walking through millennia old trees, climbing mountains and enjoying vistas from solitary overlooks, this is definitely the place to visit.

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Over 80 mammal species reside in Yosemite National Park – black bears, marmots, mule deer and mountain lions are but a few of the prominent ones. There are also over 200 bird species living in the park, including great gray owls and bald eagles. As far as flora goes, there are 1500 unique species including giant sequoias, California black oaks and several colorful flowers. Yosemite National Park also has its share of endangered / threatened species e.g. peregrine falcon, willow flycatcher, the Sierra Nevada red fox, among others.

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  • Sentinel Dome Trail at Glacier Point Yosemite National Park

According to National Geographic, this is a moderately difficult 2.2 mile hike that traverses wide meadows and picturesque streams, reaching to the top of the valley, where you’ll be rewarded with heavenly vistas, which are everything a landscape photographer visiting Yosemite National Park could ask for.Yosemite National Park Wapama Falls

  • Yosemite National Park Wapama Falls

Another sublime hike available at Yosemite National Park, it is a five mile stretch (usually takes a couple of hours) passing through a number of waterfalls and small rivers, to the foot of Wapama Falls. The best time to visit these falls is during the spring when the water is pouring abundantly, just be careful not to get soaked as you cross one of the bridges underneath the falls!

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  • Crane Flat

Crane Flat is a picturesque mix of woods and meadows, about 16 miles (takes half an hour) from Yosemite Valley. It is in the vicinity of Tuolumne and Merced Giant Sequoias Groves, but you’ll need to hike to them. Crane Flat itself can be reached on a vehicle throughout the year, and during winters, there’s also a snow play area available.

  • Tioga Road and Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite National Park

Normally open to cars from the end of May / start of June all the way through November, Tioga Road is a 39 mile scenic stretch between Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows, which will take you through lakes, forests, meadows and granite domes, all the while dazzling you with its spectacular vistas.

At your journeys end, you will experience the expansive sub-alpine meadows of Tuolumne, with the Tuolumne River running close, and lofty peaks and domes as far as the eye can see. Between November and May though, you’ll have to don snowshoes or skis to access the area.

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Banff National Park

Banff National Park, Canada’s Oldest National Park

Located in Alberta, Canada, Banff National Park is one of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks – a collection of four national parks as well as a number of provincial parks which together make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff National Park has several native hot springs along with a hiking trails, winter sports, archeological sites, nature experiences and camping grounds, which is why it is a much loved destination for outdoor adventure fans from all over North America.

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A cave housing natural hot springs was discovered by three railway construction workers in 1883. This discovery led to the creation of a ten mile reserve around these springs two years later. Banff National Park happens to be Canada’s oldest national park, and third oldest in the world.

Today, it covers over 2500 miles, and a large part of its western edge is shared with the Continental Divide, the watershed mark which splits North American rivers into west and east.

The region used to house a boom town by the name of Silver City back in the 1880s – it was the largest town in Canada’s western region, but it didn’t last long. There’s another town, a coal mining community by the name of Bankhead that you can still visit if you’re interested in experiencing ghost towns.

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There are two official visitor centers in Banff National Park. They are located in the two chief communities in the park – Banff town, and Lake Louise village. Each visitor center has a local tourism office and also sells items such as gifts and maps. Both offices also let tourists reserve backcountry camping grounds, explore exhibits, and learn about the present weather and trail conditions.

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The most popular attraction in the park happens to be the Banff Upper Hot Springs. They are open all year long, and even have extended hours during holiday seasons. They have a separate wading area for children, comprehensive day-spa facilities, and restored 1930s era bathhouses.

The Cave and Basin Center is constructed around the two hot springs located at the park’s discovery site. Tourists can also view the very hot springs that led to the parks discovery and then go back in time to experience the restored Edwardian era bathhouse facilities.

A number of guide companies are operating in the park – they provide tours of the park’s most scenic trails and lookouts, besides ensuring that the tourists’ trips are educational and safe, whether they are on horseback, snowshoe or foot.

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Banff National Park is also home to a small network of environment friendly vehicles known as the Roam transit buses. They run throughout the year, and on extended hours during the peak season (summer). They are a major aid in transporting huge amounts of tourists during summers – in fact, visitors are encouraged to park their cars outside of the town and use these vehicles for transport instead.

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park 4 Amazing Facts

About Grand Canyon National Park
Situated in Northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park is an instantly recognized icon of both the state and the US, famous for its colourful landscape and sheer size. It spans a length of 270 miles, a width of 18 miles, and a depth of 1 mile, and its walls contain layers of rock which tell volumes about the history of the Earth. It has been a human habitat for thousands of years, and its artefacts and ruins date back nearly 12000 years. The early 1800s saw expeditions and scouting parties sent out by the US government to explore and map the Grand Canyon, and it was made a Forest Reserve in 1893. Later on, in 1919, it became a National Park.

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Scientists still disagree on how exactly it was formed
Geological evidence strongly suggests that the Colorado River sprouted out form the west end of the Grand Canyon National Park some five million years ago, and not before. But beyond this, an intense debate goes on about what the canyon looked like in the millions of years before this event.

The Grand Canyon’s nomenclature
The Paiute Indians called the canyon Kaibab, which translates into ‘mountain turned upside down’ or ‘mountain lying down’. The creamy white Kaibab Limestone constitutes the surface upon which the five million visitors to the park stand while enjoying the Grand Canyon’s vista.

John Wesley Powell, the one-armed war veteran responsible for charting the course of the Colorado River in 1891 and 1892 on a wooden boat, was the first individual to use the name ‘Grand Canyon’ with consistency.

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Of the six species of rattlesnake discovered within the confines of the park, there is one which has a unique pink hue which blends with the local rocks. It is the most common rattlesnake in the park, and frequently startles hikers as it suns itself on the sands and rocks, on the lookout for lizards.

It reveals much of the earth’s geological history
The sedimentary rocks that cover the Vishnu schist are an attraction for geologists looking to study the record of Earth’s history. These sediments are relatively unchanged, and ceased accumulation some 230 million years ago, meaning they’re older than dinosaurs. Although no dinosaur bones have been discovered in the park, relatively recent fossils, such as 11,000 year old sloth remains, have been found inside the Grand Canyon’s caves. Several animal tracks and marine fossils also appear in the canyon’s rock layers.

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The ideal time to take a trip to the Grand Canyon are March through May, as well as September through November, when temperatures during the day are cooler and the crowds thinner. Visiting during the summer means you’ll have to suffer hordes of tourists. There are deals available on hotels during winter, but most of the park (which includes all of the North Rim) is closed after the first snows fall.

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Magic Kingdom

Facts About Magic Kingdom Theme Parks

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is, without a doubt, the world’s most popular theme park when you consider the annual attendance it gets – 17.5 million people visit it each year, which means the park’s staff performs nothing short of a miraculous job keeping it running without a hitch!

Magic Kingdom (6)The Magic Kingdom has some pretty astounding facts and numbers associated to it – why not go through a few of them below and impress your family and friends with your knowledge of the first theme park in Walt Disney’s World:

  • Magic Kingdom opened as the first part of Disney’s Florida Project plan, on October 1st of 1971. It was the sole theme park in the resort at that time, and its opening was accompanied with two other hotels as well – Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It had 23 attractions at the time it started, three of which were unique while the other 20 were copied from those of Disneyland.
  • It has a system of tunnels below it called the utilidors. But these tunnels aren’t really underground, in fact, they were first constructed at ground level after which the park was constructed over them.
  • The Seven Seas Lagoon situated at the park’s front is really a manmade lake. The soil which was dug up to create the lake was used to construct the ground level upon which the Magic Kingdom was constructed.
  • When the park first opened, Disney was anticipating a crowd of roughly 100,000, but the opening day attendance only reached a tenth of that amount!
  • Magic Kingdom (9)Magic Kingdom main Street, USA got its inspiration from the town present in Marceline, Missouri, where Walt Disney lived as a child.
  • The Magic Kingdom has pipes beneath it in the utilidors tunnel system that utilize pressurized air to transport trash to its destination at speeds of 60MPH!
  • The trashcans in the park aren’t more than 30 steps apart – this was a calculated decision by Walt Disney when he designed the park, and was based on the fact that on average, people dropped trash after walking 30 steps holding it.
  • The park has a 107 acre spread, which makes it more expansive than Disneyland California.
  • The tallest structure in the park is the Cinderella Castle, at 189 feet. The second tallest structure is the Space Mountain, at 183 feet.
  • Disney bought Cinderella’s Golden Carousel from Maplewood, NJ’s Olympic Park at the Magic Kingdom in 1967. It had originally been built by The Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1917, which was one of the most respected carousel companies around. 90 of the Golden Carousel’s horses are originals that have been carved from wood by hand. There are also eleven more that have been made out of fiberglass by Disney.

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Manta at SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando A Theme Park In Florida

Entertainment, fun is the basic necessity f life. Today we are going to highlight the most famous and beautiful park of the world and its name is SeaWorld Orlando. This is a theme park; the focus of this park is based on marine and zoological things. This amazing and nearest to nature park is located in Orlando, Florida. The developer of this theme park is SeaWorld Orlando entertainment industry. This is a perfect entertainment complex and one of the best places for tourist of Florida, there is a park, restaurants, all kind of entertainment and fun. Continue reading


Disneyland Park The First Of Two Theme Parks In Paris

Disneyland was the original name of the park, later on it turned out to be Disneyland Park. It was built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, dedicated on July 17, 1955. It was the only designed park theme and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. Before discussing further in detail, we like to concentrate our discussions on its history, as the mostly people know what it is and how does it look like, but hardly people knows about its history how did it came into existence. Continue reading


Park Guell A Garden Complex In Barcelona

Park Guell is real fascinating place and we consider it more than a park and worth to visit. It is a symbol of Barcelona. Park Guell, is a combination of Antoni Gaudí’s most emblematic works with natural beauty and environment in separable from architectural elements. It is unique in the world as it was envisaged as a monumental space where the usual surroundings were indivisible from the architectural elements. Continue reading


Stanley Park A Public Park In Vancouver, Canada

Nothing like other large urban parks, Stanley Park does not come from the creation of a landscape architect and other historical building, but rather the evolution of a forest and urban space over many decades. Most of the man made structures we see today were built-in between 1911 and 1937 under the control of then superintendent W.S. Rawlings. Added attractions, such as a polar bear display, aquarium, and mini train, were added in the post-war period. Continue reading