Celebrating the Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th Anniversary

The Grand Canyon may be 5 million years old with a human history stretching back over 12 millennia, but it wasn’t until 1869—just 150 years ago—when U.S. Army Major John Henry Powell led the first expedition through the canyon on the Colorado River that the Grand Canyon was first recognized for the tourist mecca it would eventually become.

In fact, when Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives completed his 1858 steamboat expedition just 11 years earlier, he claimed that “the region is, of course, altogether valueless […] It seems intended by nature that the Colorado River, along the greater portion of its lonely and majestic way, shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed”.

Fast forward to February 26, 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson officially designated the Grand Canyon a national park. 100 years later, the Grand Canyon National Park welcomes over 6 million visitors each year, and the canyon’s lonely and majestic allure is as solid as rock. If only Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives could see the Grand Canyon now!

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How Not to Blow your New Year’s Resolutions in Las Vegas

According to U.S. News, 80% of new year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February—odds only the most daring Las Vegas oddsmakers would bet on. If you’ve made it this far without breaking your new year’s resolutions for 2019, congratulations! You’re on a roll, and nothing can stop you now—not even your upcoming spring break trip or winter getaway to Las Vegas.

Believe it or not, it is possible to keep your resolutions in Sin City without sacrificing the best of what Vegas has to offer. To help keep you on track to achieve your goals for the new year, we’ve created a guide to how you can make the most of Las Vegas without blowing the most common new year’s resolutions, including:

  1. Eating healthier
  2. Getting more exercise
  3. Saving money
  4. Trying new things
  5. Travelling more
  6. Making new friends
  7. More self-care

Let’s jump in!

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A Quick Guide to the Grand Canyon East Rim

When you picture the Grand Canyon, views of the many scenic overlooks on the South Rim, or perhaps even the rugged North Rim or growing Grand Canyon West region, are often the first that spring to mind.

Unlike the South Rim, North Rim, and Grand Canyon West, there is no officially designated tourist area on the eastern rim of the Grand Canyon. Locals use the term “Grand Canyon East” to describe an area where there are a number of famous sites and views of the Grand Canyon, but it is not an official designation used by the National Park Service; some of the “east rim” is located on Navajo Indian Tribal Lands, but the majority of the sites are encompassed by and accessible from the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Read more

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve 2019 Guide

Christmas in Las Vegas may be extravagant, but when it comes to over-the-top holiday celebrations, New Year’s Eve in Sin City tops even the tallest Christmas tree on the Strip.

Every NYE, the entire Strip is shut down to vehicle traffic and transforms into one giant block party attended by over 300,000 people. At midnight, casinos up and down the Strip launch a choreographed fireworks show, while indoors, showrooms boast the hottest entertainment, and nightclubs are packed with revelers ringing in the new year on the dance floor.

The key to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas is to plan ahead and book early, so if you’re looking to usher in 2019 in Las Vegas, make sure you check out our guide.

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Dashing Down the Strip: Walking Tour of the Best Las Vegas Christmas Light Displays, Events, & Attractions (map included)

Las Vegas is known for doing everything to the max, and Christmas is no exception. Every year, casinos and attractions throughout Sin City aim to outdo each other with elaborate holiday displays and celebrations, resulting in a festive explosion of twinkling lights, sky-high Christmas trees, and holiday activities.

It may not be at the top of your list of potential winter vacation spots, but there’s no place like Las Vegas for the holidays. Visiting Las Vegas at Christmas is a great option for every traveler, from families with children to those looking to put the “sin” in Sin City. Family-friendly displays take over resort lobbies and other Las Vegas attractions, and since everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, party-goers don’t have to worry about ending up on Santa’s naughty list or finding coal in their stockings on Christmas morning.

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