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Awesome Things to Do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Travel Tips - Ross French - October 6, 2016


Situated South East in the Beehive state (that’s Utah for the uninitiated) lies the majestic Bryce Canyon National Park. Famed for its towering spires of red rock and a natural amphitheater. The amphitheater offers truly unique panoramic views with shuttle stops to some of the best viewpoints in the canyon including:

Each viewpoint offers breathtaking views, so if you can only visit one on your stay, don’t feel like you’ve missed out, and be sure to come back.

It’s More Than Just a Canyon

Naturally, the canyon is the first (and often only) thing people think of when considering a trip to the park. But there is so much more that you can do and with a little forward planning you can be sure to be doing something different every single day.

Looking for Adventure?

For those of you seeking a little excitement in your vacation, there are a whole host of possibilities at your feet. Ruby’s Inn is the park’s oldest hotel (celebrating its centenary this year) and it comes highly recommended by previous guests. Ruby’s Inn has a wide range of activities that they arrange every single day. You no longer have to risk planning your own itinerary, let Ruby’s Inn do it for you – their activities include:

  • Horseback Riding
  • ATV Trails
  • Mountain biking Bryce Canyon
  • Scenic Flights

With professional guides leading you every step of the way, you can get your adrenaline fix and still be home in time for dinner!

Enjoy a Slower Pace?

If you prefer your feet firmly on the ground and prefer activities at your own pace then why not plan a hiking expedition? The National Park Ranger Service have prepared numerous day long hikes allowing you to see the very best that the canyon and the park have to offer. Hikes are graded ‘Easy’, ‘ Moderate’ and ‘Strenuous’, that allow you to pick the type of experience that you want.

Seasonal Events and Festivals

Maybe you enjoy the colder climates, in which case, why not visit during the winter months and experience Bryce Canyon National Park in a crisp blanket of snow. There is a plethora of winter themed activities that take place during the cold weather months including:

  • Snowshoe Hiking
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Winter back country camping – for the brave and experienced, permits are required
  • Winter Astronomy Programs

As with any snowy landscape, the park can be very dangerous in winter, so be sure to wrap up warm and know which trails are open and closed during these months.

There are also a number of themed festivals for those of you with particular passions. The annual Prairie Dog Day is a popular event where rangers and local enthusiasts offer their expertise to help you find the best locations to observe the prairie dog.

If rocks are more your thing, then be sure to book your vacation during Bryce Canyon’s Geology Festival held in the summer months. There are opportunities to meet professional geologists who will take you out on hikes to discover how some of the canyon’s most famous features were formed.

So next time you’re planning a vacation away, be sure to seriously consider Bryce Canyon National Park. Sure, the views are outstanding, and worth the trip alone; but there is much, much more for you to experience and do. You’re guaranteed an awesome time.

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7 Must-See Places to Put on Your Bucket List

Australia, Destinations, Travel Blog - Ross French - November 4, 2015

Whether you love adventure or just traveling, there’s always something new and exciting to see around the world. Each year, people all over the world visit some of the top tourists spots. When you’re building your travel bucket list, make sure to add in some of these places. From the wide Grand Canyon to the sights and lights of Rome, put a different location on your travel to-do list every year. Make it a point to see each of these places. Take a look at the top seven places to put on your travel bucket list.

Bucket1. Grand Canyon

With people coming from all over the world, this natural wonder is truly a sight to see. Not only does the Grand Canyon span miles and miles of the western United States, but it is also known worldwide as one of the most beautiful places in the world. From gazing out at the deep canyon to taking a ride or hiking to the bottom, you’ll be amazed at the view and the activities to do. For the more adventurous travelers, raft down the Colorado River deep inside the canyon. Take a donkey ride down a winding gorge trail, or take a hike down near the Havasu Falls. You’ll love how many sights and activities there are to do!

2. New York City

The city that never sleeps is the perfect tourist destination for those looking for a bucket list trip. Not only is Times Square a beautiful place to enjoy the lights and sounds of the city, but Central Park is a little piece of paradise right in the middle of the skyscrapers. With museums, restaurants, Broadway shows, and shopping perfect for every age, there are hundreds of things to see and do in the city. Catch the subway to the different burbs or head into New Jersey from the city for more sights to see. Make sure to take a boat to the Statue of Liberty or take a river cruise down the Hudson.

3. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

More of an adventure than a place, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Off the coast of Australia, it is the largest coral reef in the entire world. With reefs in the Caribbean coming in a close second, nothing compares to seeing the reef up close and personal. For the more adventurous traveler, grab a boat and head to the center of the reef for some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. You’ll take in some of the most amazing colors, fish, and marine life under the sea. There are thousands of different marine life species to see throughout the miles and miles of reef.

4. Niagara Falls

The perfect location for a trip the United States or Canada, Niagara Falls is right between the two. Nothing is more spectacular then getting up close and personal with a chartered boat, or take in the full picture at one of the many observation decks. After time viewing the Falls, there are museums, zoos, aquariums, and other sights to see in your spare time. Bring the entire family or go alone for rafting or rapids navigating. You’ll love how many beautiful and exciting things there are to do and see!

Peru5. Machu Picchu, Peru

Located high in the Andes Mountains of South America, Machu Picchu is an Inca city and worship center unlike any others. With terraces, ancient monuments, and pyramids to visit, it’s a history buffs dream. As an astrological center, the Inca peoples use the area for predicting future events, worshipping gods, and growing crops. The terraces are unlike any other in the world, and the views from atop the mountain are not to be missed. Explore the temples or climb high up on the mountain for even more spectacular views and photo-ops.

6. Great Wall of China

Built as early as the 7th century BC, the Great Wall of China was originally built for protection from enemy armies. However, now it has become one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world. Taking up over 5,500 miles long, there are things to see all along the way. Focus on one area or make a week-long trip of seeing as many different parts as you can. Walk along the top of the wall or take a mountain slide back down to the bottom. Hike some of the most notorious sections of the wall with a guide or take a historical tour for more information about the marvel.

7. Rome, Italy

As the capitol of Italy, Rome is the perfect mixture of the modern and the ancient world. With cobblestone streets, some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, and ancient locations perfect for history lovers, Rome has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for world-renowned shopping or the sights of years past, there are tours available for whatever interests you. Take a stroll through the Colosseum or head to the Vatican City for a glimpse at the Pope. Rome is truly a traveler’s dream!

Image by Bruce Tuten Under Creative Common License.


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