Las Vegas - The Entertainment CapitalWritten by Eric Madsen
In my opinion, Las Vegas area is one of nicest places in Western US and falling in love with Las Vegas is easy to do. This town is "The Entertainment Capital of World" city welcomes 37.5 million people a year. Visitors love to enjoy dazzling shows, five star hotels, first rate nightclubs, unique shopping experiences, world class gaming, and plenty of Las Vegas coupons. There is a lot to see and do besides gambling: You can rent a car and visit desert sights, such as Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire. A drive from Vegas to Valley of Fire is about 1 hour and you can return via Hoover Dam. This makes for a nice 1/2 to 1 day trip, depending on how long you want to spend in Valley or at Dam. There's Lake Mead, with boat rentals, picnic areas, etc. They also offer raft trips down Colorado River. Mt. Charleston offers cooler weather, horseback riding, picnic areas, camping, etc. As
Grand Canyon National ParkWritten by Gregg Strand
Grand Canyon National Park, a World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona. The land is semi-arid and consists of raised plateaus and structural basins typical of southwestern United States. Drainage systems have cut deeply through rock, forming numerous steep-walled canyons. Forests are found at higher elevations while lower elevations are comprised of a series of desert basins.
Well known for its geologic significance, Grand Canyon is one of most studied geologic landscapes in world. It offers an excellent record of three of four eras of geological time, a rich and diverse fossil record, a vast array of geologic features and rock types, and numerous caves containing extensive and significant geological, paleontological, archeological and biological resources. It is considered one of finest examples of arid-land erosion in world. The Canyon, incised by Colorado River, is immense, averaging 4,000 feet deep for its entire 277 miles. It is 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 15 miles at its widest. However, significance of Grand Canyon is not limited to its geology.