Southern California - Top 5 Places to Go
by David Bradley
When you think
about Southern California, many things come to
mind. whether you are coming to Southern
California for the first time, have been here a
thousand times, or even live here - what are the
absolute best places to visit? Here's a list of
five must sees:
Zoo: If you are a nature lover, this is the
zoo for you. Consistently rated among the worlds
best, California Condors, Giant Pandas and
Koalas. Explore animal habitats organized into
10 bioclimatic zones, from arctic tundra to
San Diego: a water wonderland well known for
its killer whale, Shamu, and its sea lion, and
dolphin shows. The park also features Journey to
Atlantis, a combination roller coaster and
splashdown ride, the Shark Encounter, the Wild
Arctic, and the Penguin Encounter, showcasing a
variety of penguins.
Studios Hollywood: Universal, always one of
the biggest Hollywood studios, has offered tours
of its studio since the silent-film era.
Universal Studios has a major theme park and
includes stunt demonstrations and high-tech
rides. Universal City Walk is also close by and
features many shops and restaurants.
Disneyland Park, the life long dream of animator
and movie producer Walt Disney, has truly become
one of the most famous places in the world. The
park is divided into separate lands, and
includes Fantasyland, Adventureland,
Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Main Street, U.S.A.,
New Orleans Square and Critter Country in
Frontierland and Mickey's Toontown. If you've
never been to Disneyland, you're missing out on
an inexpensive adventure of a lifetime!
Ballooning in Temecula: Looking to do
something totally new and completely thrilling?
Go to Temecula, about an hour's drive from LA or
San Diego, to ride in a hot air balloon. The
area is simply spectacular to look at from the
air, and it has near perfect climate conditions.
Want to try something else just as fun while
you're there? Try a bi-plane ride - this area is
ideal for this type of aerial tour as well!
Check for fun San Diego entertainment
aside from the usual events around the area.
still out for cold-weather fun visit Sheridan!
the Big Horn Mountains offer a bevy of outdoor
recreation opportunities including ice-skating
and snowshoeing. Children and adults both enjoy
skating at Whitney Community Ice Rink. The area
also offers other winter outdoor activities
including ice fishing and wildlife viewing.
Wildlife is as abundant as the snow, with large
animals such as moose, elk, and deer viewed
throughout the winter months.
Sheridan, enjoy the evening entertainment, at
fun restaurants, specialty shops, a movie, or a
live performance at the WYO Theater – all in the
original #1 Western Town in America! Embrace the
West with a Downtown Walking Tour or at the
legendary Mint Bar. Lodging options offering
value and comfort at affordable prices are
available to groups of any size. If in need,
just ask, while experiencing the friendly
hospitality here in Sheridan, Wyoming - The West
at its Best!
adjacent to Interstate 90 in north central
Wyoming, Sheridan is 203 miles east of
Yellowstone National Park, 240 miles west of Mt.
Rushmore National Monument, and 125 miles
southeast of Billings, Montana. Explore winter
sports, adventures, snow reports, trail maps and
Gallup, New Mexico
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Offers Unique
photo courtesy of New Mexico Tourism Dept.
Nestled in the
Zuni Mountains in the community of Candy Kitchen
near Ramah, along State Road 53 in west-central
New Mexico, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary offers
New Mexicans and their visitors the experience
of a lifetime.
– a New Mexico non-profit organization -
provides habitat and shelter for more than 60
abused and abandoned wolves and wolf-dogs. Come
for a tour or spend a peaceful weekend at the
fully-wooded, primitive campground, where
visitors can hear the night song of wolves under
a star-filled New Mexico sky. The Sanctuary
provides year-round camping for $10 per night
and provides propane grill rentals.
tour on the patio of our century-old cabin,”
says Director Leyton Cougar, “then take an
educational walk among our wolves. Our friendly
and knowledgeable tour guides will answer all of
your questions, while sharing amazing facts
about these majestic animals. Because education
provides the best possible hope of ending the
trade in all exotic species, including wolves,
our sanctuary develops unique, interactive
programs that give people the chance to develop
a richer appreciation for the complexities of
15,000 visitors include the Sanctuary in their
travel plans annually. It has been featured in
newspapers nationwide and on Animal Planet,
Outdoor Life Network, CNN, Finnish and German
TV, CBS, and ABC TV shows, and many others.
you’re in the “neighborhood,” don’t miss the El
Malpais National Monument, Ice Cave and Bandera
Volcano, El Morro National Monument, Ramah Lake,
Zuni Pueblo, and the Ramah Museum.
photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau/LVCVA
Diversity in the Desert
Cultural diversity is evident
all along the world-famous Strip, with
attractions representing the far corners of the
globe - from the deserts of Egypt to Monte
Carlo, from Paris to Venice, from the wonders of
the South Seas to the skyline of New York City.
But diversity doesn't stop there. It's also
reflected in the rich history of Southern Nevada
and its residents. The dynamic multicultural
lifestyle of Las Vegas, far from the mystique of
the Strip, helps contribute to the destination's
uniqueness and appeal.
Native American Heritage
and heritage of Native Americans, the first
settlers in Southern Nevada, add texture to Las
Vegas' rich cultural tapestry. Native American
contributions to the region's culture are found
in a variety of attractions and recreational
areas in and around the region. American Indians
currently account for 1 percent of the Clark
Explore ancient Native
American artifacts and petroglyphs at:
City Museum - Built by the National Park
Service in 1935 to exhibit artifacts that
were excavated from Pueblo Grande de Nevada.
These Anasazi Indian sites were threatened
by the waters of Lake Mead as it backed up
behind the newly built Hoover Dam.
Rock Canyon - Several tribal groups have
lived in the Mojave Desert within the past
2,000 years. The northern and eastern
portions, for example, were occupied by the
Kawaiisu, Kitanemuk, Serrano, Koso and
Southern Paiute bands including the
of Fire - Prehistoric users of the
Valley of Fire include the Basket Maker
people and later the Anasazi Pueblo farmers
from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley. Fine
examples of rock art left by these ancient
people can be found at several sites within
- Inter-tribal Council of
- Las Vegas Indian Center
- Nevada Urban Indians
- Snow Mountain Pow Wow
- Valley of Fire and Moapa
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