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We Toured Sedona, Arizona On Vacation

 
One of the highlights of our Arizona vacation was a tour of Sedona.  This is actually a well-known city located in hilly terrain not far from Flagstaff.

Before leaving home for Arizona, we checked Groupon for activity deals and found a tour deal costing $57 for four people (local taxes added at the site).  The tour was with a company called the Red Rock Magic Trolley. 

Our tour started out with a cookie and a bottle of water being given to each rider.  



There was a driver and guide.  They took turns sharing interesting information about Sedona and pointing out points of interests, including amazing rock formations.  There was a lizard having lunch from one angle and then lunch was all gone from another angle.  Cool!

Some interesting things we learned about Sedona included:

1. The city was named after a lady, who married a man of whom her family did not approve.

2. The city’s population is comprised mainly of people over 50 years old.

3. Sedona goes from fall to spring temperatures, with winter temperatures reaching about 55 degrees.

4. Sedona was once home to a Western town, in which several Westerns were filmed featuring popular stars like John Wayne.

5. Several Hollywood celebrities are said to have homes in Sedona, which is about a day’s drive from Los Angeles.

6. Sedona is home to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a unique chapel nestled in the hillside and a place where people may stop to pray.

7. Real estate in Sedona is quite expensive.

The city is known for its red rocks and soil.  Many people rent jeeps and take rides into the rugged terrain.  From observation, it is a well-kept city, quite clean, with authentic foods and other things to enjoy.

Plan to visit, next time you are in Arizona.

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com



 
 


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Amazing Grand Canyon Vacation

 
Whenever I think of the Grand Canyon, I can only think of terms such as “amazing”, “impressive”, “incredible!"

My family recently vacationed in Arizona.  The main reason for our trip was to visit the Grand Canyon.  We had heard all the stories, had seen pictures, but wanted to see the “thing” in person.

We stayed at the Wyndham Flagstaff Resort, which put us about 80 miles from the south rim of the canyon.  



You might have heard that there is a south and a north rim.  The distance from Flagstaff to the north rim was over 200 miles.  At first we had planned to visit Utah and then enter the Grand Canyon from the north rim, on our way home.  But we changed our plans.

From Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon we headed north on SR89 and then went west on SR64.  The trip took us about an hour and half to get to the eastern entrance.  The fee to enter is $25, but you can use the pass for seven days at the Grand Canyon or any other national park.

Our first stop inside the canyon was at Desert Point.  This turned out to be the only place we noticed with some kind of rail.  There was also a tower overlooking the canyon.  As you can imagine, we climbed the stairs of the tower (quite exhausting), to get a better view.  Amazing!

From the Desert Point, we continued to the “Grand View” and then onto the Marketplace.  After grabbing lunch, we boarded a shuttle bus (this service is complimentary) to a transfer point where we were able to ride another bus along the rim.  We got out at different points to get photos and waited for the next bus to continue the journey.

The experience was simply fabulous!  I could not fathom the vastness and interesting formations of the Grand Canyon.  It is said that this was all caused by erosion – maybe some – but I give glory to God for the natural beauty I got a chance to see.

I also learned some interesting facts about the Grand Canyon:

1. It is 277 miles in length, 10 miles across and 1 mile deep.

2. It is bigger than the state of Delaware.

3. The north rim is about 1,000 feet higher than the south rim.

4. The lone river running through the canyon is the Colorado River, which is about 300 feet across. 

5. The Grand Canyon Park houses over 1,700 species of plants, 90 species of mammals and 362 species of birds.



I can help your family to experience this kind of unforgettable vacation.  Contact me below.


Petes Travel Center
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What An Amazing Tourist Destination! 

 
Here is a Caribbean destination that is simply perfect - a true tropical paradise – and it offers packages for all budgets.

Which Caribbean country am I talking about?

1.  This tourist destination has the most number of international airports in the Caribbean – 7.

2.  This country has 28 golf courses designed by top names in the industry.

3.  This hot tourist spot has the only subway system in the Caribbean.

4.  This country is home to 40 brands of cigars.

5.  The country welcomes more tourists than any other Caribbean country.

6.  This country boasts sixteen (16) national parks and many lush forests.

7.  The country saw nearly a 4% growth in visitors in 2013, compared to 1% elsewhere.

8.  This country offers a rich experience of “Old World” meeting “New World.”

9.  This country makes up two-thirds of the second largest island in the Caribbean.

Which country is it? 

If you said the Dominican Republic, then you are correct.  Tourists from North America and Europe continue to flock to this Caribbean paradise year after year.

Will you visit the Dominican Republic?

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com



 
 


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All-Inclusive Resorts: Club Riu Ocho Rios – Jamaica


The next best vacation to a cruise getaway is an all-inclusive resort getaway.  



If you are considering a family vacation this fall or next summer, consider the Club Riu Ocho Rios Resort in Jamaica.

This resort is all-inclusive, which means you pay one price and get all your meals, accommodations, amenities and some entertainment included.

The Riu Ocho Rios is a 40-minute drive from the nearest airport (Montego Bay International Airport), but it is worth your time.  Most of the past guests of this resort recommend it as a place to be and give it an “Excellent” or “Very Good” rating. 

TripAdvisor ranks it 12th out of 39 hotels in the Ocho Rios area.

I strongly believe that your family will enjoy its stay at this all-inclusive property.  Go have fun and share your experience.

You may check for amazing resort rates at: FunJet Vacations.

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com



 
 


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You Must Give the Dominican Republic a Closer Look!

 
If you are considering a Caribbean getaway, then you must give the Dominican Republic a closer look.

Most people are familiar with popular Caribbean destinations such as Aruba, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.  While those places still remain hot destinations, the Dominican Republic (D.R.) is now the top place to visit in the Caribbean.

In 2013, nearly 5 million tourists visited the D.R. compared to 2 million going to Jamaica.

What is the great pull in the Dominican Republic?  There are several things that make the country so “hot."  Visitors can expect to find 1,000 miles of beaches, pristine golf courses, luxury resorts, budget hotels, popular all-inclusive properties, a rich combination of history and modern times, great cuisines, and an active nightlife.  Plus, the D.R. has seven international airports servicing the island.

Most of the visitors to the D.R. are from North America (USA and Canada), but there is also a large percentage from Europe.

For those who may be wondering where this country is, the Dominican Republic shares an island with Haiti.  The island, Hispaniola, is located southeast of Cuba and not far from the United States.  While Haiti has been impoverished for years, her neighbor has seen a little opposite.  There is activity everywhere as the tourist industry works to improve roads, amenities, attractions, and top hotel chains erect luxury properties.


(However, there is poverty on the island.)

If you haven’t yet done so, put the Dominican Republic on your list of must-go Caribbean vacation spots.

Go have fun!

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com



 
 


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The Westin New York Hotel at Times Square



If you are traveling to New York City sometime soon, you should consider the Westin New York at Times Square.  


As the name suggests, the hotel is located quite near to the popular Times Square.

The Westin is a 4 star hotel with a restaurant, fitness center and Wi-Fi.  Its actual location is: 270 West 43rd Street, At 8th Avenue, New York City, NY 10036 (Manhattan).

While I have noticed that someone spoke disapprovingly of the staff, most people who have stayed at this hotel gives it an “Excellent” or “Very Good” rating.  It is ranked 148th of 447 hotels in New York City on TripAdvisor. 

In addition, 81% of those who stayed at the Westin New York at Times Square recommend it as a place to stay, and it received the 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

With all things considered, the Westin sounds like a great place to stay.  As far as prices go, expect to pay about $300 per night which is common for New York City hotels.

Happy travels!

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com


 
 


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Carnival Cruise Line’s Age Policy Easier for Cruising Minors


Carnival Cruise Line does not have the biggest cruise ships on the high seas, but its Fun Ships are packed with excitement and its prices are usually the best.

Now, Carnival goes a step further and makes changes to its age policy on cruising minors.  The following are some things to note.  For additional information, see your Travel Agent.

1.  Guests must be 21 to travel alone, with some exceptions.  These exceptions include married couples younger than 21 years old and military personnel.  See an agent for more info.

2.  Previously, guests under 21 had to travel with a relative or legal guardian 25 or older.  Now, guests not yet 21 can travel with a guardian who is not related.  At the time of booking, the cabins must be linked.  See your agent for more information.

3.  Previously, most minors under 21 had to room with parents, across the hall, or in a cabin next door.  Now, only minors 12 and under must be across the hall or next door.  Guests 18 – 20 may be anywhere on the ship, while 12 to 17 may be up to 3 cabins away.

It is encouraging that Carnival has added greater flexibility to how parents/guardians and their children may be situated on their ships.  Before you book, get all the facts on the age requirements.

One key thing to note for those minors traveling without a legal guardian or relative, the guardian on the ship is urged to travel with an originally signed letter from the parent/guardian giving the minor permission to travel.

Go have fun!

Peter Grant

PetesTravel.com


 

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