Visit CaliforniaWritten by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
Are you planning a vacation, but can't decide where to go or what to do? If you are, then stop worrying, vacation in sunny California.
California has a land area of over 155,000 square miles with almost 850 miles of coastline and beaches, 25,000,000 acres of desert, mountains, including Mount Whitney which at 14,505 feet above sea level is second tallest mountain in continental United States, numerous lakes, rivers and creeks, forests of all types, thousands of campgrounds and RV parks, beautiful scenery with plants and flowers of almost every type, amusement and theme parks like Disneyland and it's companion California Adventure Park, Knott's Berry Farm, Movieland Wax Museum, Legoland, Sea World, Universal Studios and Magic Mountain, zoos like San Diego Zoo And Wild Animal Park, museums of every type, numerous art galleries and antique shops, places of worship for every religion, restaurants to fit every ethnic and cultural taste, motels, inns and hotels to fit every pocketbook, from very inexpensive to extremely luxurious, gaming casinos, nightclubs and comedy clubs, some of most beautiful golf courses in world, most of which are playable year round, some of best wineries in world and shopping centers and areas with almost every type and brand of merchandise you can think of.
Virtually year round, whether you like climate hot, warm, cool or cold you can find a place to suite your taste.
California, with it's huge culturally diverse population of over 37,000,000 people, has almost every type of activity, restaurant, museum, store and hotel you can think of and it's people speak almost every modern language there is. Why go somewhere where you can not be understood, or you may not like accomodations or food or citizens may not like you when you can go to California and with a little bit of searching find people who understand whatever language you speak, who serve food you like, who know your customs and who value your patronage, in other words a place that suits you perfectly, a place where you are wanted.
A Georgia Country Boy Rates Vegas!Written by Ed Williams
I just got back from Las Vegas!
Man oh man, it was my first visit ever, and let me tell yíall, if there was ever a town I fell in love with at first glance, itís Las Vegas! It has The Brotherhoodís name written all over it, in fact, if there ever was ever a town that Iíll need to visit regularly for rest of my life after only one visit, itís Las Vegas!
I went out there for a speaking engagement related to some of my writing activities. Even though I spoke for only twenty minutes in a tiny conference room in one of big strip hotels, I can now say, for all eternity, that ďIíve played Vegas!Ē I was out there for all of two days, which now makes me a certified Vegas authority. And because Iím now so knowledgeable, hereís some unique things yíall can expect to see if you ever make a trip out there:
1. Some huge hotels - I thought I had seen some large hotels in places like New York City and Chicago, but nothing compares to these big mamas out in Vegas. You have Luxor, which literally looks like a pyramid with a light shining out of top. You have Mandalay Bay, well, actually there are two Mandalay Bays now, and they both have copper colored windows in their rooms. They also have eleven acres of swimming pools and a huge shark aquarium. The owner of Mandalay Bay obviously likes fish, and probably also likes having a little something on property to help keep guests in line. Letís also not forget Caesarís Palace, which is huge, and Venetian, which is even larger. Thereís one place called Excaliber that looks like a castle because one actually sits right at entrance to it, Paris Las Vegas has a replica of Eiffel Tower standing right next to it, one called Stratosphere has an 1100 foot tower built close by (get this, thereís a roller coaster on top of it), and grandest Vegas hotel of them all is Bellagio. Collectively, these have to be most unique hotels in world.
2. More gambling than you could ever imagine - every big motel has a casino, and you canít get to anything without going through casino first. Iím serious, if you want to go to your room, youíve gotta go through casino, if you want to eat at a motel restaurant, youíve gotta go through casino, and remember this - if you need to go to bathroom, donít wait til itís leg quivering time to go, because youíll have to go through casino to get to it as well. Something tells me that those Vegas motel security people wonít like guests who whiz all over their carpets or slot machines.