Tour Amazon Fulfillment Center ~ Free Warehouse Tour

Tour Amazon Fulfillment Center Free Warehouse Tour

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Tour Amazon Fulfillment Center for great family fun. If you are taking a road trip, be sure to look up if there is an Amazon warehouse along the way.

Amazon offers free tours which are fun for the entire family.

We toured the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Phoenix, Arizona which is a sortable facility.

Amazon offers free public tours at 22 of their locations in North America. They offer tours at 47 sites globally.

Tour Amazon Fulfillment Center

They have currently suspended tours. However, you can learn about our experience, and why you will want to plan a visit when they reopen.

When they do reopen, you will have to reserve online in advance for a scheduled day and time. They don’t allow walk-ins.

You will need to tell them your name as it appears on your driver’s license or ID. In addition, you will need to provide your birth date.

You will receive an email confirmation.

We were told to wear close-toed shoes; no sandals, flip flops, etc., and to bring our IDs. (They aren’t necessary for children.) In addition, they wanted long hair pulled back, no flowing scarves, etc.
Outside Amazon Fulfillment Center in Phoenix

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When does Amazon offer tours?

They offer tours twice a day, Monday through Friday. Some locations may offer weekend tours as well.

When you go to the website, you can choose the date and time you want.

When we were going, in June, we booked a month out. At that time, there were many choices of dates and times.

After registering, we received an email confirmation.

What cities have Amazon fulfillment tours?

These are the Amazon locations that offer tours:

Arizona: Phoenix

California:

  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • Tracy

Colorado: Thornton

Florida:

  • Jacksonville
  • Opa-Locka

Indiana: Jeffersonville

Maryland: Baltimore

Massachusetts: Fall River

Minnesota: Shakopee

Nevada: Las Vegas

New Jersey:

  • Edison
  • Robbinsville Township

Ohio: Etna

Tennessee: Chattanooga

Texas:

  • Grapevine
  • Houston
  • San Marcos

Utah: Salt Lake City

Washington: Seattle (Headquarters tour; you can also tour The Spheres on select Saturdays)

Wisconsin: Kenosha

Canada: Ontario

Hopefully wherever you live, there will be one close by.

How much are Amazon tours?

The great news is you can tour Amazon Fulfillment Centers for free!

What is the age minimum for an Amazon tour?

There is a minimum age of six years old to take the warehouse tour.

On our tour, there were 24 people.

In addition to our family, there was one other family with tweens and teens. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

It’s fun to go with your family or friends. We went with our family of four. I also invited my parents to go.

Whether or not you are a frequent Amazon shopper, you will be awed by the tour.

Parking at Amazon warehouse tour

When you approach the massive Amazon center, you will see there is ample free parking.

We were able to park very close to the entrance for the tour.
Tour Amazon Fulfillment Center Amazon warehouse in Phoenix

When you get to the Amazon tour

At the Amazon tour we went on in Phoenix, there is a small lobby with a few chairs. We could see into the warehouse.

There were two employees checking people in and verifying IDs.

How long is the Amazon tour?

We were in the Amazon building a total of 58 minutes, though these will vary by location and the tour guide. (Our guide seemed to try to keep it moving along.)

This included checking in, sitting in the room getting instructions, going on the actual tour, returning the headsets, and being escorted back into the lobby.

Is there a lot of walking?

You will walk to a room with chairs where you will hear the instructions and get the headsets.

For the duration of the tour, you will be walking and standing. The actual tour, including people’s questions, took about 40 minutes.

There were stairs. One person in our group was in a wheelchair and was able to take the elevator which was right there. They also also service animals (dogs).

Taking photos while you are on Amazon tour

You can take pictures outside of the Amazon building as well as inside the lobby.

After that, you aren’t allowed to take pictures or video.

About 3/4 into the tour, you will stop in an area which overlooks the deliveries. The tour guide will take your picture and either email or text it to you. More on this below.

It’s Amazon!

Taking an Amazon tour is an amazing opportunity. We learned the Phoenix center is the size of 28 football fields!

Going on an Amazon Fulfillment Center tour means you get to go behind the scenes with this mega operation!

They have streamlined their processes so well… truly it’s a well-oiled machine. Haven’t you ordered something from Amazon and had it in less than 24 hours? It’s truly remarkable how they do it.

And you get to see it for yourself.

What happens on tour Amazon Fulfillment Center

After you check in and it’s time to start the tour, the tour guides will lead you to a room.

On your way to the room, you will be walking in the warehouse.

You will see lots of products piled up in different areas. Also, you may see some employees.

Once you are in the room, the tour guide will give you a short talk. They also talked about the benefits of working for Amazon. They really seem to care for their employees.

They gave us a disposable water bottle to take with us.

In addition, they gave us headphones with disposable ear covers.

We walked past an employee break room.

In addition, we saw a lot of positive employee recognition frames on the walls. overs. We returned the headset at the end of the tour.

Then the two guides lead us through the different areas in throughout their fulfillment center.
Amazon Main Entrance

Is it loud?

It is loud but not unbearably so.

Because you have the headset, you will be able to hear the tour.

The only difficult part is sometimes, it was hard to hear the questions and answers.

Amazon warehouse tour review

We loved it!

It’s rare in today’s world that you can go on factory tours. Very few remain throughout the United States due to liability reasons. 

To be able to go inside the mammoth Amazon center is fascinating.

Anyone who has ever ordered anything on Amazon, from the typical to the obscure, will find it interesting and will learn a lot.

It’s also likely you will leave with a sense of wonder and awe that they process so many orders each day.

The scope and scale is truly unfathomable. Even though they have honed it, they continue to improve their processes.

You will get to see a lot of the fulfillment center.

You are right in it, walking past employees, seeing the employee awards on the walls.

In addition, you will see lots of different products as well. We saw at least five things we had purchased from Amazon!

Seeing the products in the warehouse

It was interesting to see how they put the products in areas seemingly-randomly throughout the warehouse and how automated it is so that everyone can easily find the items.

They place and store items in a random order which they said is more effective for them than grouping all the same types of products together.

So many products

We were able to walk to one section lined with yellow containers — “pods” — each packed with unrelated products. These pods contained thousands of different types of products.

The guide explained how the employees, the “pickers,” found the products to fulfill the orders using bar code scanners.

There were random Lego sets next to plastic forks next to rubber gloves and a hammer.

We saw a yo-yo next to gardening shears and a stationery set.

It was a interesting to see how this random system worked for them. At first, I thought they were people’s orders because it was so random.

But think about what you order on Amazon. Oftentimes, it’s very different types of things!

From there we went to the packing area. They showed us how the products are put into boxes and envelopes and how they seal them with tape. They had automatic label and tape dispensers.

We were also able to see where the shipments come in off the delivery trucks.

Before we got to the shipping sorting section, we were able to look down at the area where the deliveries came in.

Can you imagine all the products Amazon receives each day? There are thousands that come in and thousands they send out.

Our tour guide said they try to reuse the boxes that they receive deliveries in. The rest get recycled.

At the Phoenix fulfillment center, we were a story higher looking down on this area.

This is where we were able to get our picture taken.

Photos inside the Amazon tour

You have a chance to stand alone or with whomever you came with to get your picture taken with the center in the background. They gave us some props to hold, including Amazon boxes.

We posed with the deliveries down below. The staff below was on a break or a shift change.

I’m thinking they arrange the tours around this to give the employees some privacy.

After taking our picture, they asked for a cell phone number and texted us the picture. You can have it emailed if you prefer.

It seemed like everyone in our group got their picture taken. It went quickly. While we we were waiting, we were busy looking out at everything.

This section was a little rushed so we didn’t feel we could ask for a second picture of just our kids.

Amazon Fulfillment Center Phoenix tours

They had different areas for packages with expedited shipping versus packages with slower shipping.

It was amazing to see the different conveyor belts and areas for packages that were sending out in one day, via Amazon Prime, and for slower shipping.

We loved visiting the Phoenix warehouse and look forward to touring other fulfillment centers in other locations… even if it was a Sortable warehouse again.

No matter which Amazon location you visit, you will surely learn something new and see new things.

What we liked

It’s free!

It was fascinating to be inside.

They really seem to value their employees. It made me wish I lived closer to an Amazon center to work there.

There is a fun Amazon sign to take a picture of when you enter or exit.

They handed out headphones — not ear buds — which were comfortable. In addition, they gave us disposable ear covers to put over them.

They seemed to schedule the tour when there were less staff around… we liked that. It helped give their staff more privacy.

We were all blown away by the way they sorted things randomly.

At the end of the tour, they gave everyone a reusable Amazon water bottle.

Downsides to Amazon tour

It was a little rushed.

While he certainly wasn’t rude, our tour guide wasn’t encouraging of questions. At times, he seemed a bit impatient with questions. 

It was very hard to hear the questions and answers, especially if we were in the back of our group. We would have appreciated if the guide repeated the question loudly.
Amazon Phoenix Fulfillment sign in lobby

Tour Amazon warehouse

Depending on which location you visit, you will see different things. There are three types of warehouses to tour Amazon Fulfillment Center.

Sortable facility

The Phoenix Fulfillment Center is considered a sortable facility. This is where they have everything from pin cushions and bags of candy to blenders, pillows, backpacks, planters, and poker sets.

Non-sortable facility

These fulfillment centers ship larger items such as furniture, rugs, etc.

These Amazon facilities ship large items and won’t have all the smaller items we saw on our tour. 

Robotics sortable facility

These centers ship products smaller than a typical-sized microwave. Robots work alongside the workers to ship products.

You can find out which center you will be visiting when you click on the city on Amazon’s website.

When you scroll down, go past the FAQ section, to the Site Information section.

You will see 01. It will say 01 The Fulfillment Center.

Read the paragraph to learn if that location is Sortable, Non-sortable, or Robotics sortable.

Tour Amazon Fulfillment Center field trips

It would make for an excellent field trip. It would be an ideal outing for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and other organizations and clubs.

Amazon makes special accommodations if you have a group of 20 or more.

Adults and children will enjoy it.

Tour Amazon headquarters

Oh how we wanted to do this when we were in Seattle! Unfortunately, the times didn’t work out for us because we needed to get to the airport.

You can tour Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Amazon is Seattle’s largest private employer.

They are also temporarily closed. However, when they reopen, you can take an Amazon headquarters tour.

Two Saturdays a month, they open The Spheres to the public. When they open again, this is surely something to put on your Seattle to do list.

Seattle Spheres is their outdoor botanical wonderland. They also have a greenhouse and so much more.

Amazon is a great place to work

Something we learned when we toured the Amazon Fulfillment Center is that employees definitely walk and stand a lot.

It also seems like it would go quickly because of all there must be to do.

You can tell they treat their employees well.

We walked past an employee break room which was large and comfortable-looking.

Amazon is an incredible company. They give back to their communities as well.

Amazon warehouse tour review

We were happy were were able to see everything from the shipments coming in, the areas the products were stowed in, the packing section which included boxing, labeling, and taping, and the shipping out section.

It was fun to part of the Amazon excitement.

We appreciated all that goes into their operations.

As much as we try to buy local, you can’t beat the convenience of Amazon.

It was incredible to be inside their operation and to try to fathom how they can get all these products to their customers overnight or in days.

We felt “part of the group” being Amazon Prime subscribers.

It’s a really great tour for families. Most companies do not offer tours. Kids will really enjoy seeing behind-the-scenes.

See other factory tours we were on in Denver, CO and Milwaukee, WI.

Tour Amazon Fulfillment Center warehouse

See for yourself how Amazon fulfills millions of orders each day!

It’s fascinating they open up their world to the public, especially in times when so many companies do not. 

They train and offer steady employment for area residents and should be viewed as an asset to the areas in which they are located.

Please note, we visited the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Phoenix, AZ in June 2019.

Currently, their tours are suspended. Hopefully, you can visit a warehouse next year. There may even be one in the area in which you live. It’s truly a wonderful free tour.

How to Travel with a Dog on a Plane

How to travel with a dog on a plane

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Travel with a Dog on a Plane – If you are planning to travel somewhere by airplane, chances are you are going for at least a few days.

You could leave your precious dog at a boarding kennel, but those places are expensive and often don’t give your dog the attention you are used to providing them.

Whatever the case, dogs are family, which means that you probably want to take Fido along with you for the journey.

That said, there are some very important things that you need to know about airplane travel with a dog.

Therefore, how to travel with a dog on a plane is what we are here to cover in some detail right here and now.

Tips for Traveling with a Dog on a Plane 

Here advice and a few tips for you to follow when you are looking to take your dog on a plane with you.

Size Matters

Something you want to consider before you start thinking about taking your dog with you is how large the dog is.

The reason for this is because the size of the dog will determine whether or not the pet can sit with you in the passenger cabin or if it has to travel below in the cargo hold.

Each airline has specific guidelines in this regard, so be sure to do your research.

Generally speaking, most airlines will allow small dogs to be in the passenger cabin in a carrier, but larger dogs will need to be in the cargo hold.

If you are allowed to take the dog into the passenger cabin, be aware that removing the dog from the carrier and letting it roam free in the airplane is forbidden.

The Type of Dog

Something else to consider before you get on an airplane with a dog is what kind of dog it is.

The biggest concern are dogs that have compacted snouts, such as bulldogs and pugs.

The reason for this is because these dogs already have breathing issues due to their deformed airways in their noses.

Being on an airplane can worsen these breathing issues.

If you have a dog with a compact snout, it is strongly recommended that you do not bring it on an airplane.

Proper Documentation

If you are traveling on a domestic flight, you probably won’t need much documentation to travel with your dog, just some basic stuff.

However, be aware that international pet travel is subject to strict rules and regulations, and you will need the proper authorization and documentation.

This usually involves getting a microchip for your dog, having all the proper immunizations, and other such factors too.

This is all going to depend on the destination country you are traveling to.

Be sure to do in-depth research on all rules and documentation surrounding international air travel with your dog.

A Good Dog Carrier or Crate

Now that you have your documentation and have figured out whether or not your dog will be in the passenger cabin or cargo hold, the next thing to do is to get the right kind of crate or carrier.

This is especially important for pets traveling in a cargo hold.

For one, you want the carrier to have enough slits in it for light and air to get it.

This will help calm the dog down and provide ventilation.

However, be sure that the floor of the crate or carrier is solid, as one with a grate or slits in it may injure your dog during transport.

Moreover, the size of the carrier or crate is also very important.

At the very least, your dog should be able to stand up in the crate and it should be able to turn around as well.

A cramped journey is an uncomfortable one, and nobody wants that.

How to travel with a dog on a plane
How to travel with a dog on a plane

Food and Water

The next thing to keep in mind when traveling with your dog on a plane has to do with food and water.

You will want to bring a small amount of food and water for your dog, enough so that it won’t die of dehydration or hunger, but no more; here, the bare minimum is advised.

The reason for this is because if your dog drinks or eats too much, eventually that food and liquid will need to make an exit.

If your dog is has eaten or drank too much, it’s going to end up making a huge mess in the carrier.

Moreover, many dogs suffer from travel anxiety and often end up vomiting during flights, so the less food and water is in its stomach, the less of a chance of this occurring.

Try not to give your dog water for about 6 hours before the flight, and only give it minimal water during the flight.

Pre-Flight Exercise and Potty

A dog that is tired and has had plenty of exercise is going to be much more relaxed for travel.

It’s a good idea to try and tire your dog out as close to the flight as possible.

Take it for a long run or a really long walk, play with it a lot, and make sure it uses the bathroom.

This is very important if you expect things to go well.

Some Comfort Factors

The final thing you should do to ensure that your dog is ready for airline travel is to put some nice things it is familiar with into the crate or carrier.

Generally speaking, a soft blanket to lay on is always a good option, preferably one that the dog is familiar with or even attached to.

On that same note, a few good toys which your dog loves will help pass the time and provide some familiar comfort.

Travel with a Dog on a Plane

When it comes down to it, as long as you don’t have a dog with a compacted nose, and the dog is not ill or aggressive, there is no reason you should not be able to take it on a plane.

Whether the dog can be in the cabin with you or in the cargo hold below, remember our tips in regards to feeding, exercise, the carrier/crate, and comforting items too.

Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

Traveling with your dog – Traveling alone carries with it a plethora of preparations.

When you are traveling with dogs, you will find those preparations increasing in number and difficulty.

There are a number of considerations that you should take into account in order for your dog to be comfortable and safe without risk of loss, injury, or accommodation difficulties.

Traveling with your dog

The following tips will instruct you in making traveling with your dog a breeze.

Build Your Way Up

The absolute worst time to discover a dog’s challenges with travel in a vehicle is on a long car ride or airline flight.

You should begin with short trips to places the pooch finds pleasant or get him used to an airline approved crate.

Make use of praise in plenty, soothing tones, and favored treats for desired behavior.

Be observant.

Do you notice any sign of vomiting or nervousness?

You can speak to your veterinarian regarding treatments for either issue.

Have Essential Proofs

When traveling with a dog, it is always wise to have particular documents on hand.

This is true whether you are journeying within your home state, going across state borders, and for crossing international borders.

Such identification and essential documents include proof of licensing, vaccine proofs, and current identification tags.

To add to peace of mind, consider microchipping your dog.

Be sure that the registration includes a mobile number so that, wherever you journey, your dog can be safely reunited with you.

Consider Safety

Certain safety safeguards are a must when you travel with your dog by car or other vehicles.

Dogs should, first of all, not be free to move about at their leisure.

A crate that has been secured by a safety belt or other means of securing safely is best for dogs that are larger; smaller dogs should be in carriers that are secured in a seat.

Also, front seats should be reserved for humans.

Deployment of airbags can cause significant harm to a dog, even one that is in a carrier.

Find Accommodations and Know Your Route

The Internet is a great resource when you take your dog traveling.

Many websites give lists of pet-friendly restaurants, hotels, venues, and beaches according to locale.

When traveling with a dog, you must keep in mind your dog’s comfort and enjoyment just as you do those of the party’s people.

Such websites make such efforts a breeze. Pet friendly RV rentals

Know airline specifications for how to travel with your dog before taking off, as well.

A small backpack can be an essential tool when traveling with a dog.

Keep within it a first-aid kit, treats and toys, some food, a travel bowl, and whatever medications or supplements your dog might be on.

One resource for food can be found Organic dog food here.

Also, remember to keep a bowl of cool water accessible to the dog.

Have your veterinarian’s number and numbers of veterinarians where you will be traveling on hand for emergencies.

These items, along with safety precautions and proofs of vaccinations, are vital for successful dog travel.

Fun Outdoor Activities to Do While Travelling with Your Dog

Fun Outdoor Activities To Do while Travelling With Your Dog

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Travelling With Your Dog – It’s important to regularly arrange outdoor activities to go on with your dog to keep them healthy and fit, but also to give them some fun entertainment.

You don’t want to keep your dog cooped up in the house or apartment all day long.

These outdoor activities will keep your dog happy and tire your dog out so that he or she stays out of trouble when back at home.

The best part is, these outdoor activities are great for your health and fitness, too.

Traveling with your dog
Traveling with your dog

Being outdoors and in nature are linked to happiness, as fresh air is known for being a great natural mood-booster.

Not every activity is dog-friendly, but plenty of fun outdoor activities are dog-friendly and some are even more fun when you bring a dog.

Fun Outdoor Activities To Do With Your Dog

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Hiking

Hiking is one of the best outdoor activities for physical fitness and sight-seeing.

Hiking is one of the best ways to see some of the most beautiful views in your area, and to get a great workout in as well.

Dogs love hiking because it’s great exercise and they get to spend time with you.

Most hiking trails have rest stops where you can hang out with your dog, enjoy the view – and don’t forget to feed your dog some food and water at these rest stops, too.
traveling with a dog

Boating

Most dogs are comfortable on a boat, or can be trained to ride on a boat safely.

It’s common knowledge that dogs love to stick their head out of the window of a moving car, because they love watching the world go by with the fresh air whipping onto their face.

Boating is a similar luxury for a dog, since they get to have that same feeling they get in a car, except they don’t have to roll down a window.

If you want to go boating with your dog, be sure to test the waters and make sure your dog is comfortable on a boat.

If your dog loves boating, it will become one of your favorite outdoor activities to do with your dog.

Beaches

If your dog loves swimming in the ocean, a beach day is a great outdoor activity.

You can both get some much-needed sunlight and both of you can swim.

Swimming is a great form of exercise for your dog because it’s low-impact and safe.

Pack a blanket and a picnic with dog treats and your own snacks.

Fill the day with an easy combo of swimming and relaxing on shore.

For added fun, pack a ball or Frisbee to toss around with your dog on the beach.

Camping

It’s nice to bring your dog on a camping trip, especially since it will make you feel safer.

A dog can act as a protector on a camping trip, and most campers agree that they feel more at ease camping in rural areas when they bring their dog.

Typically, camping involves some hiking to get to the camping spot, which is great since it gives you and your dog some exercise.

Once you set up your tent, you can fire up your portable grill and keep your dog warm by a fire.

Farmer’s Market

When you’re walking through a local farmer’s market, sampling new foods and shopping for produce, why not bring your dog?

Many vendors even have puppy bowls for thirsty dogs, and some vendors will even feed your dog a treat.

If your dog is friendly, it’s a great way to interact with people.

If you’re single, your dog could be the ice-breaker you need to talk to an attractive person you spot at the market.

Dog Park

The dog park is a great place to interact with other dog-owners, while your dog gets to play with other dogs.

At a dog park, you as the dog owner can make new friends in your area, and your dog gets to run free if it’s an off-leash dog park.

Your area should have some off-leash dog parks, as most neighborhoods do.

Make sure to bring a ball to play fetch with your dog, and bring some dog treats so that when you’re ready to leave the park, your dog will come to you.

Without a dog treat bribe, it might be difficult to convince your dog to leave!

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10 Places to Enjoy Green Holiday in the Wilderness

Green Holiday in the Wilderness

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Green Holiday in the Wilderness – Life in a big city is exciting as you wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and fresh bagels but there are times when you wish it was the fragrance of fresh grass that you woke up instead.

This is when you dream about a place where living green is the essence of life.

Travel planners like Far And Wild Travel help you find places for a thrilling yet sustainable vacation.

Green Holiday in the Wilderness

Nature urges true travelers to maintain the sanctity of the place they are visiting and that’s what sustainable travel is all about.

Kumarakom, Kerala, India

One of the greenest destinations in the Indian subcontinent, Kumarakom is a land of ethereal beauty.

The eye meets a different shade of green, everywhere you look.

Located on the Vembanad Lake, this little hamlet is a treasure trove of nature.

There are backwaters to explore on a houseboat which takes you through picturesque shores lined with tall coconut trees.

Staying on the houseboat, eating locally caught fresh food that is cooked fresh, right in front of you makes your holiday as green as Kerala is.

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy is the favorite destination of anyone seeking a green holiday in Sri Lanka.

The country promotes eco-tourism and staying in eco-lodges or with the indigenous tribes are just some of the things you can do to have a green holiday.

The place is perfect for a laid-back holiday in the folds of nature that has green vistas covered with tea plantations, mountains, and cascading waterfalls, as you breathe the fresh air which brings with it a whiff of aromatic tea.

As you enjoy a sumptuous meal served to you on a enormous tree leaf, you know what a bliss it is to go on a green holiday.

Madagascar, Africa

What you get in Madagascar is a holiday in the wilderness, packed with hordes of wildlife which is equally fascinating.

If you are a nature enthusiast, the place is a paradise packed with not just dense forests but also beaches that are surrounded by a green belt of palm trees.

Despite being so rich in natural beauty, Madagascar is still an economically poor country and traveling to such places warrants that we do our bit in terms of maintaining their riches by not buying anything made illegally from forest or animal resources.

Another step is to go off-piste and stay in eco-accommodation that is an important part of having a green holiday.

Botswana, Africa

The wilderness of Botswana provides the perfect backdrop for a tranquil vacation where you seek to relish the bounties of nature; be it the lush green foliage all around you or the wildlife that languishes in it.

Botswana offers you so many options to explore its beauty.

You can get on a traditional mokoro to wade through the meandering waters of the Okavango Delta, witness the beauty of the plains astride a horse or simply go around on foot.

The delta teaches you how to enjoy nature without leaving a carbon footprint.

Stockholm, Sweden

What if we told you that there is a building in Stockholm called Kungsbrohuset that uses people’s body heat for heating the building?

Or that the geothermal station in the city channels the body heat of its over 200,000 commuters into the water which is then used to provide heating to the city?

You would want to pack your travel bags and head to this vibrant Scandinavian city.

You can see the green initiatives of the city being reflected in its literal greenery as well.

The city has as many as 12 parks lined with tall trees overlooking the canals that cut through the parks.

Dominica, Caribbean Islands

Dominica, Caribbean Islands
Dominica, Caribbean Islands

Nestled between Guadeloupe and Martinique, this 29-mile long island called Dominica is a beacon for a green holiday.

It was the first country in the world to be marked as an eco-friendly destination by Green Globe.

Mountains carpeted with green tropical rainforests, thermal springs, the Emerald Pool, bubbling Boiling Lake in Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and waterfalls that spiral down graciously give this place a breathtaking look.

The eco-lodges here are built with materials like bamboo. They even compost their toilet paper and you can have a sip of water right from the fresh springs!

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is a city that urges you to take the tram and ditch your own car.

And did you know, it has as many bicycles as the number of people there?

In fact, the air of this city feels so clean because of its green initiatives that you will feel as if you have grown a pair of new lungs.

The city must be on your travel wishlist if you are looking for a green spot.

Tree-lined canals, lush green parks, and dedicated cycle tracks are a testimony to this city being Europe’s greenest city.

Oslo, Norway

It is green and it stays that way too. Oslo was Europe’s Green Capital in 2019 for its efforts in maintaining what nature has bestowed on it in terms of its beauty.

The city follows a sustainable style of living with car-free streets, clean lakes, and locals seen on bikes.

All this has made Oslo a perfect destination for having a green holiday.

This city is not just green in terms of its picturesque setting but it is also a truly green city where the pristine beauty has been maintained by people through their awareness about eco-friendliness.

Kenya, Africa

Giraffe in Kenya, Africa
Giraffe in Kenya, Africa

Love wildlife and love to travel in a sustainable way? Then Kenya is where you must plan your next holiday.

The national parks of Kenya are homes to some gorgeous animals like elephants, lions, and rhinos but when you visit the country to see these beauties you do not in any way hamper the ecological balance.

Eco-lodges that use sustainable forms of energy, renewables used for tourists and water conservation are just some of the ways Kenya is doing its bit for the planet.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana has to its credit winning the European Green Capital Award which told the world about this hidden gem of Slovenia.

The city has green walkways, gardens with fountains gushing out crystal clear water and mountains all around.

Eco-friendly public transport, the tap water which is the cleanest in all of Europe and free transport for the elderly are what make Ljubljana so impressive.

The city sets a fine example when it comes to maintaining urban sustainability in things as small as its food that uses locally grown ingredients.

These destinations have maintained their natural beauty only because the locals as well as tourists know what it means to be eco-friendly.

So, if you too want to plan a green holiday without compromising on the fun and excitement, head to one of the aforementioned destinations.

Sailing to Komodo National Park An Experience of a Lifetime

Sailing to Komodo National Park

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Sailing to Komodo – This experience all begins in Komodo National Park; home to the unique and rare Komodo dragon.

The park boasts of three islands; Komodo, Rinca and Padar, another twenty six smaller islands, the coastal stretch of Western Flores and also the converging waters of the beautiful Straights of Sape.

Komodo National Park is a world heritage site as declared by UNESCO and the park has also been selected to join the new `seven wonders of the world’. 

The Komodo Island is surrounded by waters that contain rich marine biodiversity.

Hence Komodo being part of the coral triangle stemming from its rich marine biodiversity.

The island boasts of beautiful panoramic views of sandy beaches, crystal blue seas, breathtaking corals and rain forests as well.

Once you set sail in Komodo prepare for the experience of a lifetime exploring Komodo itself and more than ten surrounding islands.

An Itinerary to Sailing around Komodo

Komodo National Park avails exiting activities for people who enjoy the open.

There are very many interesting activities for those who wish to navigate the surrounding waters of the park.

Visit the `flying foxes’ island

On request the captain of the ship can stop in Kalong Rinca. Kalong Rinca is a small but beautiful island nestled in Komodo National park with a stretch of mangrove where the bats reside.

The name of the Island is derived locally; Kalong which means bat.

The best time to catch a glimpse of the bats fly out for hunting is just before sunset.

It is indeed a breathtaking scene, another thing to watch is the velvet soft-toned sky.

This island is a favorite for tourists.

Cruise on a luxury yacht

You can catch a lot of yachts that set sail around the waters of the park.

Some of this yachts are the private chartered kind that boast of amenities such as a large open Jacuzzis and swimming deck, beautiful sky lounges and water sporting delights such as jet skis.

Once you set sail on the yacht you can catch magnificent views of the island as you wine and dine.

It could also be a nice spa treatment on deck or an encounter of the manta rays.

Watch the sunset from Gili Lawa Darat Bay

The bay of Gili Lawa Darat is unknown to many, it is an island located north east of the Komodo National Park.

Travelers who set sail for the bay, will have the liberty of exploring the expansive savanna that takes different colors upon each season.

Gili Lawa Darat has a protected bay area where you can watch dusk closing in as you take a sunset trek.

The adjacent waters are very calm and are a favorite for tourists who take delight in scuba diving.

Mangrove exploration

The entire coast of Komodo National Park as well as all other small islands in the area is bubbling with mangrove.

The mangrove make for an interesting ecosystem because of the life they affect both on land and at sea.

It is why tourists take such a keen interest on this ecosystem.

Rinca Island just close to Komodo but smaller in size is where you are likely to explore mangrove better.

To get to the island, you ride in small boat and access the bay.

It is also possible to meander in the mangrove but no swimming whatsoever, as the adjacent waters are engulfed by crocodiles.

Komodo dragon viewing

Komodo dragons are mammoth beasts exclusive to the Komodo Island in Indonesia.

The creatures have come under threat of late due to being smuggled and sold for big bucks.

It is for this reason that park fees have risen from a mere ten dollars to a whooping one thousand dollars.

This comes as a blow to many but watching this creatures in their natural habitat is breathtaking from their hunting to mating cycles.

All of this is a sight to behold for anyone who has an appetite for creatures of the wild.

Sailing to Komodo National Park

All in all sailing to Komodo makes for an interesting getaway for anyone.

It is a different experience from the other holiday destinations as it has something that is exclusive to that area the Komodo dragon.

Texas Travel A Must For The Eco-Conscious Traveler

Texas Travel For Eco-Conscious Travel

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Texas Travel – There is a strong drive in Texas to become a sustainable and “green” state.

The Texas Oil Patch is at the heart of political debates, as the hope of the Green New Deal underpins major green initiatives that will ban fracking and scrap fossil fuels.

For the eco-conscious, there’s no better place than Texas to kick off those sustainably sourced shoes, sit back on that bamboo chair, and enjoy a nice cool beverage from a recycled mason jar.

Texas Travel to Houston A Beacon For Sustainability

As the top purchaser of green power in the nation, Houston is a well-established powerhouse for sustainability.

For travelers, this means sustainable travel from start to finish.

The city has a high number of hybrid buses to offset greenhouse gases created in other parts of the city.

Hotels in the city play a major role in sustainability and are phasing out old, energy-draining appliances for new, energy-efficient ones.

Simple practices such as phasing out the one-day towel policy and harsh ingredients during cleaning also make a difference.

Houston is also packed with sustainable activities that range from epic garden and landscapes at Bayou Bend to the Beer Can House recycling project that features 50,000 recycled beer cans.

Austin Hits The High Relaxation Notes

If relaxation and pampering is the highlight of your Texas trip, then Austin should feature on your list.

It boasts a high number of plush hotels committed to being green.

Austin also has a high number of pampering spots, and if you decide to opt for a med spa in Austin, remember to ask for treatments that are eco-friendly.

A salt scrub, mineral soak or clay mask can easily relax tired muscles after an invigorating day at the Barton Springs Mineral Pool or the many hikes and bike trails in and around the city.

Austin also happens to endorse a farm-to-table approach to eating and boasts some of the top sustainable restaurants in Texas.

Many of the coffee shops source their beans from fair trade farms, and eateries include locally sourced ingredients on their menus.

Breath Of Fresh Air In San Antonio

If your trip happens to include San Antonio, you’re sure to spend a good portion of it outdoors.

San Antonio offers over 2,300 acres of outdoor leisure space that include trails, parks and reserves.

Apart from attempting some of the activities on your own, there is also the opportunity to join one of the local groups for walks, kayaking trips, cycling expeditions, and even the odd nature show.

Bird lovers are spoiled for choice when it comes to ticking off species on their list, and for those who need a bit of an adrenaline rush, adventure parks offer obstacle courses and more.

When it comes to food, keep an eye out for charcuterie-style and farm-to-table dining.

Travel in Texas for the eco-conscious ranges from the gastronomically delightful to epic scenery and guilt-free comfort.

Remember to make use of refillable cups for coffee stops, and be sure to check out local eco-transport.

Visiting the Hoover Dam ~ What You Should Know in Advance

Visiting Hoover Dam sign

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Visiting the Hoover Dam and seeing this momentous structure is even more awe-inspiring when you consider laborers built it during the Great Depression.

Plan a road trip when you are in the area or make it your destination.

It’s worth the drive and is easy to see on any budget.

Family fun at the Hoover Dam

What’s great about visiting at the Hoover Dam is kids and adults will enjoy it.

Maybe the kids won’t appreciate the engineering feat; however, they will enjoy walking over the water and looking down. It was also fun to see the birds and watch the water flowing.

Fun fact:

There is enough concrete in Hoover Dam (4.5 million cubic yards) to build a four foot wide sidewalk around the Earth at the Equator.

Hoover Dam Intake Towers
Hoover Dam Intake Towers

How much time to spend at Hoover Dam

It’s really up to you how much time you want to spend at Hoover Dam. We spent two hours which included the walk from and back to our car and walking around.

You can spend as little as an hour at Hoover Dam and still be able to feel like you were there.

After parking, we took our time walking along the sidewalks. We took pictures of the dam, read the signs, and enjoyed being outside.

It wasn’t crowded — we visited in the fall — and we were able to stop often to marvel at the construction and engineering as well as the views.

Our mistake at the Hoover Dam

Our intent was to visit the Visitor’s Center in the time we had. However, we didn’t realize there was a fee.

I’m sure it would have been worth paying to see the Visitor’s Center, but for us at the time, having allotted just two hours for us to spend at the Hoover Dam, we didn’t pay to go in.

By the time we made our way to the center, we had already been there for over an hour.

As we were waiting in line deciding what to do, we decided it wasn’t worth it to spend $40 for the four of us when we only would have been there for a short time. (We had a long drive ahead.)

The next time we visit, we will plan better. Learn from our mistake!

Next time we will take one of the other tours for the difference in price.

We talked to someone who worked there who explained them to us. More on the Hoover Dam tours below.

MAP: https://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/images/2018%20Hoover%20Dam%20Map.pdf

Where to park at the Hoover Dam

Coming from Las Vegas, you will see parking garage signs as you approach the Hoover Dam area. The parking garage has RV parking as well.

If you park in the garage, you will be closer to the Visitor Center and where the tours are.

We went past the signs, past the Hoover Dam, to the other side.

On this side there are various spots for parking, all different distances and lots. We paid $10 for parking. At this end, you will be farther away from the Visitor’s Center.

What do you do after you park?

We walked about 8 minutes to get to the Hoover Dam area. This is a through-street with sidewalks on both sides. You can walk on either side and easily cross the street if you want to see something on the other side.

While there were people everywhere, it wasn’t particularly crowded when we visited. We visited on a weekday in October.

Hoover Dam costs

Something we wish we knew before we went to the Hoover Dam is the costs. We would have planned more time at the dam and would have paid for the Visitor Center or for a tour.

Hoover Dam Spillway
Hoover Dam Spillway

There are a few options you will have. After paying to park, you have the option to pay to get into the Visitor’s Center and/or for a Hoover Dam tour.

Hoover Dam tours

You will have three options for tours.

Self-Guided Visitor’s Center Tour

Time needed: at least 30 minutes to make it worth your while

It’s $10 to visit the Visitor’s Center. You can only purchase these on-site, not online.

There are narrated exhibits as well as access to the Observation Deck. From the Observation Deck, you can see Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River, and the Hoover Bypass Bridge.

If it were free, we would have taken the time to check out the Visitor’s Center. However, because we were on a time schedule and didn’t think it would be worth the money for to be able to just stay for 20 – 30 minutes, we didn’t do it.

Guided Power Plant Tour

Time needed: at least two hours

You can purchase tickets up to 90 days in advance online. What’s nice about this is while you choose the day, you don’t have to choose a certain time.

Adults (17 – 61 years) pay $15

Seniors (62+), U.S. Military w/ ID, and Juniors (4 – 16) are $12

Plant tours are from 9:15am – 3:45pm but an employee told us it’s best to check in before 3pm.

In their 30 minute guided tour, you will have the opportunity to see the commercial generators in the Nevada Powerhouse. You will get to walk through the original construction tunnels.

There is also a 10 minute movie on the Hoover Dam’s history.

Audio and film presentations, exhibits,

You will be able to visit the viewing platform to feel the vibration from the water rushing through the pipe.

This tour also gives you access to the Visitor’s Center package.

Hoover Dam Memorial
Hoover Dam Memorial

Guided Dam Tour

Time needed: 2 hours and 15 minutes – 3+ hours for the full experience

This is their most extensive tour. It gives you access to the two above as well (Visitor’s Center and Power Plant Tour).

It’s the most expensive tour at $30. You can only purchase this in person. It’s first come, first served.

If you want to the Guided Dam Tour, pay for this as soon as you can after you park.

This is what we’d like to do the next time we visit because you will get to ride the original elevator to the top of the Hoover Dam.

Note, the minimum age for the Guided Dam Tour is 8 years old.

You also get the chance to see the Colorado River through the inspection ventilation shaft.

In addition, you can walk through the original inspection tunnels at the Hoover Dam’s center.

This includes viewing the 10 minute movie on the history of the Hoover Dam as well as the 60 minute guided tour.

What’s free at the Hoover Dam

Our family enjoys visiting national and state parks as well as sites from the Bureau of Reclamation and other government entities.

They offer so many amazing opportunities for visitors.

At the Hoover Dam, you can walk on either side of the road to see the dam and the construction.

Hoover Dam Cafe
Hoover Dam Cafe

You can also walk over the bridge which is in a different part. There are some statues and signs with information.

Tips for visiting Hoover Dam

There is walking involved. You will be closer to the buildings and the dam itself if you park in the parking garage.

It wasn’t crowded when we were there in October but there were definitely people all around. There was plenty of time to take pictures as enjoy walking around.

Visiting the Hoover Dam in the summer will likely be hot and crowded. Plan for the off-seasons, when kids are still in school.

In addition:

  • Wear good walking shoes
  • Bring a filled, reusable water bottle
  • Bring cash in case you need it for parking
  • We recommend sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Leave your hat in the car if it’s windy
  • Reserve a tour time in advance if you know when you will be there
  • Don’t bring pets
  • Bring easy-to-eat snacks or eat at your car

Know that there are cars passing by the area the actual dam is. Be sure to mind young children.

We didn’t see dogs. I don’t recall seeing benches or anywhere to sit until you get to the main area with the buildings.

However, there were (I believe two sets of) bathrooms on the south side of the street on the side the Hoover Dam is. They were surprisingly clean and decent.

We were disappointed we weren’t able to access the gift shop. It’s always fun to look around and see interesting things.

Where is the Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is located on the border between Nevada and Arizona. It’s in Black Canyon on the Colorado River.

Hoover Dam address

The Hoover Dam doesn’t have a street address but it’s easy to get to.

If you have a smart phone or are using a GPS, you can put in “Hoover Dam”, and it should come up.

Hoover Dam coming from Las Vegas
Hoover Dam coming from Las Vegas

Hoover Dam from Las Vegas

We made our visit to the Hoover Dam on our way to Arizona after our road trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, it will take about 45 minutes to drive to the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas.

If you are planning a roadtrip from Las Vegas, it’s easy to do in one day.

Even if you have to rent a car to head back to Vegas, it’s definitely worth seeing.

Distance from Grand Canyon

It’s amazing to think you could see the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon in the same day.

It’s approximately 250 miles which should take about four hours.

While you could, you probably wouldn’t want to visit the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam in one day unless you planned to spend an additional day/days at the Grand Canyon.

If you are coming from the west, you could spend the morning and early afternoon at Hoover Dam, and then drive wherever you are staying near the Grand Canyon.

Likewise, if you were coming from Grand Canyon, you could visit it in the morning, then set out for the Hoover Dam.

What is the Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch gravity dam. It’s 726 feet tall.

Highway 93 Bridge bypassing Hoover Dam
Highway 93 Bridge bypassing Hoover Dam

It was built to harness the power of the Colorado River. The water produces hydroelectric power as well as water for irrigation.

Hoover Dam facts

The Hoover Dam was built over five years during the Great Depression. Between 1931 and 1936, laborers worked tirelessly to tame the Colorado River and connect Nevada and Arizona.

There was a big push to utilize the powerful waters of the Colorado River to help aid in the expansion of the country.

It served the dual purpose of giving laborers work and giving new communities the tools they needed to thrive.

The work to build the Hoover Dam was very dangerous.

From 1931 – 1936, during construction, 96 men were killed in industrial accidents. Many workers perished in the tunnels or fell to their deaths from the dam itself.

The dam was eventually finished and has stood strong for nearly a century.

It’s amazing to think that during peak electricity periods, there is enough water running through the generators to fill 15 20,000 gallon swimming pools in one second.

Plan a trip to the Hoover Dam

According to the Bureau of Reclamation, you can visit the Hoover Dam every day between 5am – 9pm.

Make sure you check with the Hoover Dam Visiting Center if you will be visiting on a major holiday.

It’s a fascinating, family-friendly place where you can appreciate all of the hard work that was put into the dam, and see some of the inner workings for themselves.

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Make the absolute most out of your trip to the Hoover Dam.

The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is a great place for pictures

The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is located right near the Hoover Dam and is a wonderful place to take pictures.

Cross the bridge to a panoramic view of the dam itself, and a bird’s eye look at all of the stunning natural landscape that surrounds the region. You can also turn it around and get some great pictures of the bridge from the Hoover Dam.

Mike O’Callaghan - PT Tillman Memorial Bridge Highway 93
Mike O’Callaghan – PT Tillman Memorial Bridge Highway 93

Be aware of potential high temperatures

The Hoover Dam is located in the southwestern part of the United States.

Temperatures skyrocket during certain times of the year. The dry desert heat can be intense if you are not prepared.

Remember that temperatures regularly exceed 90 degrees on the hottest days, and bring lots of water with you.

There is very little shade at the dam itself — the areas around the bathrooms are the only areas that come to mind when you are near the dam.

Make the most of the history

The Hoover Dam is simply full of history, and you should immerse yourself in all of it while you are there.

The Hoover Dam Visiting Center can point you in the right direction of the “How the West was Won” exhibit; a must-see for anyone who has ever been interested in the history of the American frontier.

Also, you can see the generators in action, and learn about the specific way the Hoover Dam effectively moves water.

Make sure that you dig deep into the educational aspects of the Hoover Dam.

The Hoover Dam is one of the most memorable man-made attractions in the United States, and you will find your experience to be both enjoyable and unforgettable. Make sure that you put the Hoover Dam on your family’s bucket list.

Visiting Hoover Dam is an easy day trip from nearby Las Vegas.

This will surely be one of the highlights of your family’s vacation. It’s one of the most iconic man-made monuments to American ingenuity that exists.

When you consider it was constructed during the darkest days of the Great Depression, it’s even more awe-inspiring.

The dam provided thousands of out-of-work contractors with work when there was none elsewhere.

What to do at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Winter

Grand Canyon in the winter

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If you are planning a trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the winter, you’re in for a memorable experience.

While most people think of the Grand Canyon as the perfect summer road trip destination, some say it’s even better in the winter.

You will be able to enjoy mild temperatures, light crowds, and greater availability.

There are amazing things to do on the South Rim in this inviting season. In fact, there are some great experiences in this majestic location you can only have during the wintertime.

South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the winter

While the canyon can be accessed from both the North Rim and the South Rim, it’s the South Rim that’s the most popular.

The South Rim also is open during the winter while the North Rim is closed.

Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim in the winter

Grand Canyon National Park provides easy access to the site.

The park offers many services, visitor centers and trails.

The South Rim is located 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff and 60 miles north of Williams, AZ.

Visiting during the winter means there won’t be a long line of cars waiting to get in the Grand Canyon. There are several stations to enter, and it does move quickly. However, in winter there will be many less people.

It’s also possible to access the canyon through the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, the Kaibab National Forest and various Indian reservations.

National Park Pass

You may decide to pay the daily vehicle fee or purchase a park pass.

The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is valid at 2,000+ locations across the United States.

If you are on a road trip and will be visiting other National Parks in the area, it will be worth it. In addition, if you will be entering the Grand Canyon more than one day, it also may be worth it.

There are discounted passes for seniors, etc. We recommend buying it at the booth instead of online because the pass is valid for one year.

Grand Canyon South Rim

One of the best parts of visiting the South Rim is that it never closes. It’s open 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year.

This is the side and the area most tourists visit. One of the reasons is because it’s the most accessible part of the Grand Canyon.

There is lots to explore for all abilities. You can walk to many view points as well as drive. For those who would enjoy a more authetic experience, there’s hiking, backpacking, and more.

What’s also wonderful is you can stay for a few hours or for several days.

From Grand Canyon Village and the Grand Canyon Railway to Hermits Rest and Desert View, you will enjoy many things as you discover the South Rim.

Here’s a look at some of the best things to do on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the winter.

When you first arrive to the South Rim

Once you pay or use your pass and drive in, you will find ample parking.

This is the hub of the the national park. It’s called Mather Point.

Mather Point / Visitor Center

You will see the Grand Canyon Visitor’s Center along with a nice outside area to meet your group.

After driving, this is a good time to get the lay of the land and make sure you have everything you wanted to bring from your car.

This is a great meeting spot if you are meeting others and/or to meet up with your group later.

There are restrooms there as well.

You will likely be excited to walk up right away to be astounded by the glory of the Grand Canyon. Mather Point is one of many lookout areas with canyon vistas.

The Visitor Center has a theater with an interpretive film that runs every half hour. There are also educational, interactive displays in the building.

This is a great spot to plan your day as well as talk to guides and park rangers to ask about things to do and about the Grand Canyon. You can get maps and souvenirs as well.

Grand Canyon with kids in the winter

No matter when you visit, be sure to have your children participate in the Junior Ranger Program. Go to the Visitor’s Center with them to collect the free book.

Children complete various tasks and answer questions based on their age. Because it’s age appropriate, all ages — including teens — will learn something.

When they finish, they bring it back and will be sworn in as a Junior Ranger. They will earn a pin which they can be proud of; it makes for a great souvenir as well.

Viewpoints using the park shuttle

If the Grand Canyon is covered in snow, you should consider taking the free shuttle bus. This area is the main transit center for the park.

You will have to walk for about five minutes until you get to Mather Point. There, you can hop on the shuttle.

Drive to different viewpoints

If snow is not a factor, driving to different viewpoints around the South Rim of the Canyon is a great idea.

Basically, you have two choices: You can head east toward Desert View or west through Grand Canyon Village and out towards Hermit’s Rest.

There are many pull-off spots no matter which way you choose. You can decide to stop and get out or keep going.

Driving through an easy way to see more of the viewpoints.

Explore Grand Canyon Village

The main section of the South Rim is called Grand Canyon Village. It has three main areas:

  • Mather Point / Visitor’s Center
  • Market area with store; it’s close to Mather Campground
  • Historic area with Verkamp’s Visitor Center

A steam-powered train first visited Grand Canyon’s South Rim in 1901.

A community began developing around the depot, and that village is well-preserved for visitors today to explore.

Verkamp’s Visitor Center is one of the main attractions in the village.

Once the family home and curio shop of the Verkamp family, the structure now serves as one of the park’s visitor centers.

Inside, you’ll find the Grand Canyon Association’s informative museum and bookstore.

Also of note in the village is the Hopi House, which is built of stone masonry to resemble a traditional abode of the native Hopi people.

The house was completely restored in the 1990s, making it a remarkable place to visit.

There are various historic restaurants and hotels where the food is good and the environment is relaxing.

Consider booking a stay at one of the village’s historic hotels.

The El Tovar and the Bright Angel Lodge have been in business for well more than 100 years, providing a unique experience with rustic touches.

If you’re visiting in the winter, you’ll have a better chance of being able to secure a room than you would in the spring, summer, and fall.

Hike the South Rim Trail

Hiking the South Rim trail provides an amazing opportunity to see some spectacular viewpoints.

While the trail stretches for 13 miles from the South Kaibab trailhead to Hermit’s Rest, it isn’t necessary to hike the entire distance.

This is an easy, mostly level and well-marked trail.

It can be icy and slippery in the winter, so it’s best to use caution.

You can access the trail from Grand Canyon Village or from Hermit Road.

While a shuttle bus operates from March through November, this service is not available in the winter.

Instead, hikers may drive along Hermit Road to access different parts of the trail.

Keep in mind that portions of the road may close periodically due to the weather.

Hiking on the Bright Angel Trail

One of the best ways to experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon is to go below the rim.

You can access the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon Village. It descends 4,380 feet along its 9.5 mile-length. There are many switchbacks and it’s mostly single file.

Once again, it isn’t necessary to hike the entire trail to get the full effect.

Keep in mind that however far you go down, you’ll have to hike back up again!

If you don’t want to hike, then consider taking a mule ride into the canyon.

It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Fire at Bright Angel Lodge Grand Canyon
Bright Angel Lodge Grand Canyon

Winter camping in the Grand Canyon

You can camp at Mather Campground which is off South Entrance Road on the way to the entrance at Mather Point.

In addition, you can camp at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Be sure to access a permit in advance if you plan to camp. There are guidelines as to how many people they allow.

If you are ambitious, you can backpack down. Otherwise, you can travel by mule.

Another option is to have the mule take your belongings while you hike down, camp, and then hike back up.

Hike from the South Rim to the North Rim

During the winter, most areas in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are closed.

However, there are various roads and paths that stretch from the South Rim Grand Canyon to the North Rim.

If you like hiking, you can take one of these paths and go to one of the various viewpoints near the North Rim and then back to the South Rim Grand Canyon.

A great option is taking the Rim Trail. This popular trail stretches for over 12 miles from Hermit’s Rest to the South Kaibab Trailhead area.

Tour the Yavapai Museum of Geology

Found in the Yavapai Observation Station, this fascinating collection provides a great place to visit. Be sure to see it, especially if the weather is windy and cold.

Picture windows give you a stunning view on clearer days.

Explore Desert View

A settlement 25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village, Desert View promises some of the best views in the region.

Check the schedule for cultural demonstrations and park ranger programs. These are presented on a limited basis in the winter.

If you are able to climb stairs, you can make your way to the top of the Desert View Watchtower and tour the Tusayan Museum to learn more about Native American tribes in the region.

Watch the sunset

The sunsets in the Grand Canyon during the winter glorious. Try to plan your visit so you can watch one from start to finish.

Because the days are shorter during this season of the year, it’s very easy to catch an entire sunset right before dinner.

Without a doubt, one of the best ways to see the sunset at the Grand Canyon is Mather Point.

If you are willing to go farther, however, I recommend checking out other historical viewpoints such as Hopi Point and Yavapai Point.

Board the Grand Canyon Railway

If you don’t want to drive into the Grand Canyon National Park, another great option is taking the train there.

You’ll find the depot for the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona.

It allows you to see the beauty of the location closely and attentively, and it drops you off right at an ideal spot in the historic South Rim.

The train travels north, taking you on a magical journey to the South Rim in the National Park.

Expect the trip to take about two hours and 15 minutes each way.

It’s a leisurely and fun way to sightsee during your winter visit to the Grand Canyon. By taking the railway, you won’t have to worry at all about driving in potential snow.

Tips for visiting the Grand Canyon in the winter

Weather can change quickly so it’s important to come to the Grand Canyon prepared.

Plan to carry a daypack you can take with you while sightseeing. You can leave extra, emergency clothing, water, snacks, etc. in your car.

What to bring to the Grand Canyon

  • Wear several layers of clothing
  • If possible, wear waterproof hiking boots
  • Bring a filled, reusable water bottle
  • If you are planning on going hiking after a snowstorm, use hiking poles
  • Even if it seems counter intuitive, wear sun protection when going hiking or sightseeing

Grand Canyon facts

Until you are at the Grand Canyon, it’s hard to imagine the scope and scale.

One of the best things about visiting is the opportunity to learn more about this impressive landscape feature.

The Grand Canyon winds through Arizona, stretching 277 miles long and plunging as deep as one mile.

Depending upon where you are along the canyon, it can stretch as wide as 18 miles across.

It’s the Colorado River that we can thank for carving out this magnificent formation.

Winding through the massive Colorado Plateau for eons, the river created a canyon that highlights billions of years of geological history.

For centuries, Native American tribes have created settlements here.

The influence and culture of these people is still seen and felt today.

Going to Grand Canyon during winter

In addition to there being many things you can do at the Grand Canyon, there are many advantages to visiting in the winter months.

In the South Rim, there are many roads that are closed to private vehicles during much of the year.

In the winter, however, many of these roads are open to private cars, allowing you to take road trips and visit different viewpoints throughout the area.

One of the most notable is Hermit Road, a beautiful pathway that opens from December to February.

Amazing sights

The Grand Canyon in the winter is a sight to be seen. Even when it is not covered in snow, the Canyon has a different look during the winter months.

The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular this time of year. Because it’s lower in the sky, the sun doesn’t set directly over the Canyon, producing beautiful tones of purple, pink and orange.

Sunrises are also notable due to the clarity of the light, particularly right after a snowstorm.

Less crowded

Because many people aren’t aware of the beauty of the wintertime Grand Canyon, the location tends to be less crowded during this time of the year.

As a result, the pace slows down, everything becomes quieter and peace reigns over everything. It’s also easier to secure hotel and restaurant reservations.

Animal watching

Animal lovers will be excited to learn that a large variety of native animals can be spotted in the Grand Canyon in the winter.

Perhaps due to the peaceful climate of the winter, deer, elk, ravens, bighorn sheep, rock squirrels and other animals can be seen very often during this time of the year.

To see the Grand Canyon covered in snow is a sight to behold. However, it’s not all about the view. There are several activities you and your family can partake in during a winter visit to the Grand Canyon.

Generally, the Grand Canyon is not thought of as a winter vacation destination. During the winter, this legendary location changes its colors and imbues itself with a dramatic, beautiful flair that invokes infinity. The air becomes crisp and feels incredibly pure as one of many temperamental snow storms prepare to cover everything in white.

Arizona is a diverse state with different climate and geography. Plan to spend some time to explore. See our travels to Prescott, Tucson, Visiting the Hoover Dam and along the Apache Trail.

Come prepared for any type of weather so you can explore all there is to do. From hikes to breathtaking vistas, you’ll find plenty to enjoy when you visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the winter.

8 Ways to Travel Sustainably in an RV

Ways to Travel Sustainably in an RV

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Travel Sustainably in an RV – If you are passionate about sustainability in all aspects of your lifestyle, including your travel choices, you may have ruled out the possibility of vacationing in a fuel-guzzling RV.

However, this family-friendly, versatile, and cost-effective way of traveling can actually be a lot more environmentally friendly than you might think.

Ways to Travel Sustainably in an RV

From developments in the manufacturing processes of RVs in the U.S to eco-improvements made by RV rental companies including the installation of solar panels and wind turbines, to ways in which you can make your trip more eco-friendly, keep reading to learn how you could travel sustainably in an RV for your next vacation.

Scale down your choice of RV

Obviously, if you have a large family or are traveling in a big group, you will need a larger RV, but if you can look into a smaller RV rental, then you will use less fuel and therefore, be more energy efficient.

Although a smaller RV may have fewer mod cons than a larger one, this will encourage you to spend more time outside of your vehicle, enjoying the great outdoors.

You could even choose to cook by campfire rather than using the facilities in your RV.

Having a smaller RV will also encourage you to take less on your trip.

Less weight means less gas is used, reducing the emissions your RV is giving off.

Make eco-friendly alterations to your RV

If you own your own RV or are looking to buy one for your annual vacations, then an excellent way to ensure your RV traveling is more sustainable is by installing environmentally-friendly features such as solar panels or wind turbines.

Solar panels are a much more eco-friendly power source, plus they are light and portable.

Wind turbines can also be useful and can be created to fit on the roof of your RV; unfortunately, these can be a bit noisy.

However, what is extra noise when you are doing your part and saving the planet?

Limit your water usage

It can be all too easy to waste water when you are on vacation, especially in an RV when you may be tempted to take a lot of showers to freshen up from both driving and exploring the great outdoors.

That being said, if you can embrace the dirt a bit (and that never hurt anyone), and limit the number of showers you take, it can dramatically lessen your trip’s impact on the environment.

You may also want to consider looking for an RV with a waterless toilet as flushing uses a lot of water, too, as well as washing up in one bucket or large container rather than in the sink.

Reduce landfill waste

Rather than use plastic dinnerware and kitchenware, why not invest in reusable or recyclable plates and cutlery?

America has over 3,000 active landfills, so do you really want to contribute more waste to these unsightly and environmentally damaging sites?

Another good idea is to try and cook one-pot meals so that you are not only using less cooking equipment but also less water and gas, too.

Limit your speed

There is no need to drive fast when traveling in an RV; after all, you are on your vacation, so what’s the big rush?

Plus, by driving slower and also more smoothly, you can dramatically reduce your fuel consumption and, in turn, your carbon footprint.

If you can, try and drive at around 55mph as this is the optimal speed for an RV if you are trying to be more eco-friendly.

Don’t bring everything you own

Yes, an RV should feel like a home from home.

However, you don’t need to pack every item of clothing that you own, and you will not need a vast array of modern appliances.

One of the main joys of an RV vacation is the ability to unplug from modern life, so do yourself a favor and leave all your devices, beauty appliances, and other unnecessary belongings at home.

Everything that you need will be part of the RV – anything else, be critical as to whether you really need to take it with you.

Instead, embrace the simpler life; you never know, you might just prefer it!

Make sure your RV is well-maintained

If you are renting your RV, then this will have already been taken care of for you, but if not, it is vital that you ensure your vehicle is serviced before embarking on your trip.

Not only do you need to ensure that your RV is safe for the journey ahead, but a well-maintained RV will be more energy efficient.

Areas of RV maintenance that you should focus on for increased sustainability include:

  • Changing the oil
  • Replacing the air filters
  • Checking your tires

Try not to use the AC too much

If you are traveling in the peak summer months, it can be tempting to simply crank up the air conditioning, sit back and let the cool breeze blow over you.

That being said, this is not a great idea if you want to limit your trip’s impact on the environment.

Instead, why not invest in a handheld fan, try to park up in shaded areas for the night so that your RV does not become too hot, and, if possible, consider the direction of the sun when driving so you can limit your exposure.

Too cold?

Don’t turn on the heater, simply pop on a few more layers or snuggle up under a blanket or two, and don’t forget, you can lose up to 10% of your body heat through your head, so wear a hat.

As long as you bear these tips in mind, you will be able to travel sustainably and in style.

Be mindful when you are traveling and keep to the shortest routes.

You will be able to live a simple and sustainable life if you keep your RV well-maintained and reduce you carbon footprint in other ways.

7 Best Helicopter Tours in Nepal Costs

Helicopter Tours in Nepal

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Helicopter Tours in Nepal – Nepal can be explored in different ways.

One can trek through the varying landscapes, travel by bus or other means of land transport to different places, take an airplane flight to major places, or take a helicopter tour.

Helicopter Tour can be a quick and comfortable way of exploring Nepal because you can reach a place and return back effortlessly within just a few hours.

Trekking is usually considered first when someone wants to explore Nepal, but it may bore you or you may not have enough time or you may not be a person who likes it.

That’s not a problem at all. You can opt to take a Helicopter Tour to a number of places in the country such as Mt Everest, Muktinath Temple, Langtang valley, Pokhara and Lumbini.

These are just the popular ones. In fact, you can book a helicopter tour to any location in Nepal.

Approximately it takes about 2 to 5 hrs for Helicopter tour in mountain territories of Nepal.

Best Helicopter Tours in Nepal

Helicopter tours to mountain regions are quite common because of their uneven and high altitude that makes it difficult to reach them.

Nepal has a trusted helicopter tour industry that provides service with safe helicopters.

Various models of helicopters fly in the Nepali sky providing excellent service.

We are presenting you a list of a few popular Helicopter Tours in Nepal.

You may want to go through them in order to understand more about helicopter journeys in Nepal.

Kathmandu Helicopter Tour

Imagine flying over the ancient Kathmandu valley with guides pointing you out the historical monuments such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan, and more.

That is what this tour offers.

You will also be able to have a view of high peaks such as Annapurna, Langtang, and Ganesh.

It takes more than a day to see all the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley if you travel by roads, but with the helicopter tour, it is a matter of just half an hour.

You can take the tour if you are short on time but still want to take a glimpse of the heritage sites which have been listed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

The duration of this helicopter tour is 30 minutes.

Langtang Helicopter Tour

Langtang is a region in the Himalayas that lies north to Kathmandu and borders Tibet.

Langtang National Park lies in this region. Gosainkunda lake, a sacred lake for Hindus, lies within the national park.

You fly from Kathmandu to the terrains of Ghoretabala.

Ghoretabala is the place where you can start your trekking to Langtang valley.

You can observe the beautiful Langtang National Park, Gosainkunda lake, and Sherpa settlements from the air.

If you choose to trek alongside the Helicopter Tour, you can enjoy the local flavor of Langtang in detail.

You will be brought back to Kathmandu from Ghoretabala by helicopter. If you do not want to trek, you can fly over the Langtang area in the helicopter.

The complete helicopter tour duration (excluding trekking) takes around 2 hours.

The total cost for this tour is USD $2500.

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Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

One of the most sought Helicopter Tour in Nepal, Everest Base Camp (5643 meters) is something that nobody would want to miss.

This tour is popular for a sole reason–Mt Everest (8848 meters).

It is obviously a lifetime experience to view the world’s highest mountain from its base.

After leaving Kathmandu early in the morning, you will fly over the hilly and mountain region of Nepal.

While on your way to the base camp, the helicopter will stop at Lukla airport for refueling.

The airport is considered dangerous for airplane flights, but you need not worry about that since you will be in a safe and trusted helicopter.

Landing at the thrilling airport itself can be an experience to grab.

The tour will give you a glimpse of the settlements of Tengboche, Dingboche, and GorakShep and also the Khumbu Glacier and Gokyo lake while on your way to Kala Patthar–the location of Everest Base Camp.

You will be given 10-15 minutes at Kala Patthar so that you can enjoy the still view of the gorgeous Mt Everest and the neighboring peaks including Lhotse (8516 meters), Nuptse (7861 meters), Makalu (8,481 meters), Cho Oyu (8201 meters), etc.

After your time at the Base Camp, you will fly to the Hotel Everest View–the hotel at the highest altitude in the world.

After having your breakfast at the hotel, you will return back to Kathmandu via the same flight.

The Everest base camp helicopter tour takes about 4 hours to complete and costs you $1,000.

Helicopter Tour to Everest region

Unlike the Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp, you will not land at the base camp during this tour.

The helicopter will take you from Kathmandu to Everest region in this tour, just the difference is that you will not land at the base camp and will be in the sky throughout the tour before landing back in Kathmandu.

You can see much of the things that you would see with the help of the tour to the Everest Base Camp.

Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Khumbu glacier and Gokyo lake can be seen during this tour as well.

You can also take photographs, although they might not be as good as those from the Everest Base Camp.

Notably, you will fly very near to Mount Langtang and Jugal himal which can provide you a unique experience.

This helicopter tour also takes 4 hours to complete and costs you USD $4500

Best Trekking Destination in Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek
Best Trekking Destination in Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

Muktinath Helicopter Tour

Located in Mustang district, Muktinath Temple is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.

The temple is situated at a height of 3800 meters from the sea level.

The temple has a flame which is believed to have been ignited by the Lord Brahma, the god of creation in Hinduism.

The temple also has three statues of Lord Vishnu–the caretaker god, Garuda–the carrier of Lord Vishnu, and Goddess Lakshmi–wife of Lord Vishnu.

A bath at Muktinath is believed to free one from any kind of known or unknown sin.

Muktinath Helicopter Tour provides you an overall experience of seeing Annapurna region rather than just reaching Muktinath.

You will get a chance to see mountains such as Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri.

Apart from these, the thrilling view of deep gorges is something that might interest you.

This helicopter tour takes approximately 4 hours to complete and costs you …

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Annapurna Base Camp is the foot of Annapurna I (8091 meters)–the world’s tenth highest peak.

Trekking is usually chosen as a way to reach Annapurna Base Camp, but this helicopter tours in Nepal makes it easier to reach the base camp for those who are not fond of trekking or lack time.

The helicopter tour starts from Pokhara in the morning, takes you to Annapurna Base Camp, and brings you back to Pokhara.

The helicopter will land at Chomrong, a place at Annapurna Base Camp.

You can enjoy a spectacular view of mountains such as Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Himchuli, among other that constitute the Annapurna Massif.

You will enjoy breakfast at the base camp before returning back to Pokhara.

Once you are in Kathmandu, we will manage your trip to Pokhara from where you can take a helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp.

The duration of the helicopter tour is approximately 4 hours and it costs US $450, excluding the cost of travelling from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Chitwan Wildlife Tour by Helicopter

Chitwan National Park is one of the two national parks of Nepal enlisted in the world heritage list by UNESCO, the other being Sagarmatha National Park.

You will fly from Kathmandu to Chitwan to enjoy the wildlife of the national park.

According to the Chitwan National Park Office, a total of 68 species of mammals, 56 species of herpeto fauna, 126 species of fish and 544 species of birds have been recorded in the park.

The park is known for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile.

To witness the biodiversity of Chitwan National Park, you can take an elephant safari or jeep safari.

A guide will take you through the park before your return to Kathmandu.

The tour takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

You can take more time to explore the national park depending on your choice.

The price of this helicopter tours in Nepal depends on how much time you want to spend at the national park.

Pokhara and Annapurna Tour by Helicopter

Pokhara is a major tourist destination in Nepal with attractions such as Fewa lake, Davis Falls among others.

Imagine flying in the sky of the city of Pokhara as well as its surroundings.

And again think about flying to Annapurna after that.

What a great combination it would make!

This special tour will fly you over the numerous lakes of Pokhara–Fewa, Begnas, Rupa–which the city is known for.

Then you will reach Poonhill to enjoy the spectacular view of mountains of Annapurna range, namely Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, among others.

After having an experience of Pokhara and Annapurna region, the helicopter will take you back to Kathmandu.

You can enjoy watching the Trishuli river on the way back.

The tour takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

The cost for this helicopter tour is $600 to $800 per person