USATourist News MagazineSeptember 2005
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Welcome to the September issue of USATourist. Autumn is here and we're excited to announce an excellent fall special from Huck's Houseboats in this issue. We have the links and information so you can make your reservation today. We also have information on Las Vegas. The hot Las Vegas days will soon be coming to an end making fall and winter a pleasant time to visit. We also visit Pennsylvania Dutch Country with information on the anniversary of the movie Witness and Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides.
Looking for information on a certain city? HelloMetro.com is an excellent resource in helping you plan your next trip. The site has over 400 city guides where you can access airport information, local events and attractions, restaurants, weather, news, historic facts, and other pertinent information related to the city you're planning on visiting.
Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage on the Mississippi River in the brand new TRUMP SERIES houseboat. Designed for the most discriminating houseboaters, this luxurious boat features many new amenities.
Huck's Houseboats are perfect for family reunions.
With sleeping for 14 this boat is very popular for family reunions and revelers alike, and with the boat's bow thruster, it is one of the easiest boats on the river to pilot.
The Party Top Sundeck boasts a wet bar large enough to comfortably seat your entire crew. The party top also includes a refrigerator, gas grill, Stereo System, full fly bridge, water slide and of course, the 7-person hot tub positioned to take full advantage of the autumn sun.
Book your houseboat now for September or October and get a $500 discount!
One of the most adventurous and scenic ways to see the United States is renting an RV. GetRV.com can help you with your RV rental. When you visit our GetRV.com page you can search for the perfect RV by price, make, year, or model of RV. You can rent an RV and drive across country or just explore a small region without having to worry about sticking to a strict itinerary.
Las Vegas Casinos
The dream of going on vacation in Las Vegas and leaving with more money than you came with is a fantasy most people have. If you're willing to take your chances and want to try "striking it rich" or just play for fun you have more than your share of casino options. As you fly into Las Vegas you can't miss the line of spectacular casinos that line the Las Vegas Strip. If you prefer a more intimate environment you can choose to play at the smaller local casinos off the Strip that have been in operation long before the "big ones" moved in.
One hint about the Las Vegas Strip: the casinos seem a lot closer than they actually are so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes. Keep in mind Las Vegas has a great public transportation system that you may want to take advantage of if you decide to hit the Strip on foot. For a quick rundown of some of these impressive casinos visit our Las Vegas Casinos page: www.usatourist.com/english/places/lasvegas/casinos.html
Las Vegas Shows
Las Vegas isn't just known for its gambling, it's known for it's hundreds of shows. A Vegas show can refer to a number of performances: concerts, boxing, magic, dance, traditional showgirl performances, and the risqué adult shows. Care to book your reservations? Check out the bottom of our Las Vegas Shows page for several options: www.usatourist.com/english/places/lasvegas/shows.html
Never been to Vegas? Get a pre-visit glimpse through our many virtual tours. www.usatourist.com/english/places/lasvegas
Las Vegas Tourist Map
For a little more insight on Las Vegas, our Tourist Map will give you a visual lay out of where specific big-name hotels and casinos are. On the map you can see the location McCarran Airport (LAS), Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip), and Freemont Street (Downtown). www.usatourist.com/english/places/lasvegas/map.html
National Finals Rodeo
Las Vegas is often the host to many conventions and large group gatherings. December 2 11 the city will be full of cowboys and cowgirls as the National Finals Rodeo brings in thousands of competitors and fans. www.nfrexperience.com
Only thirty minutes from Las Vegas is the amazing Hoover Dam. It is 726 feet high (232 m) and 1244 feet long (379 m). You can park the car in a parking garage, take a tour and discover the works and history behind the famous dam. If you prefer not to take a tour you can walk across the bridge and admire the view, but due to heightened security, only during daylight hours. www.usatourist.com/english/places/nevada/hooverdam.html
The West Rim of the Grand Canyon is about a three hour drive from Las Vegas, but not nearly as impressive as the South Rim which is a five hour drive. The South Rim attracts a lot of tourists while the North Rim is more desolate than the South Rim. It closes during the winter months (October May). www.usatourist.com/english/places/grandcanyon
If you'd like to rent a car for these road trips we can help. Just click on this link to see what options are currently available: www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/reservations-cars.html
Dont forget we can help reserve your room in Las Vegas www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/reservations-hotels.html
And your airline ticket. The Las Vegas airport code is LAS: www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/reservations-flights.html
About 60 miles west of Philadelphia you'll find Pennsylvania Dutch Country which is a region of the US famous for its Amish and Mennonite communities. The way of life is simple with an absence of the common conveniences of the modern world.
Handmade crafts and quilts can be purchased on your visit and while you're in Dutch County make it a point to sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal at one of the local restaurants. www.usatourist.com/english/places/pennsylvania/dutch.html
Witness Anniversary in Lancaster, PA
The 20th anniversary celebration of the movie, Witness, is here and is being held every Monday, Friday, and Saturday at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm with a 3-hour tour. It's running through 11/21/05. The cost is $30 for adults, $20 for children. www.padutchcountry.com/witness/index.asp
Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides
During your stay in Amish Country you won't want to miss out on the Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides. There are four routes through working Amish farms which will allow you to truly experience the Amish way of life. On the several routes you'll get to experience Amish schools, quilt shops, shoe stores, blacksmiths, and so much more. www.amishbuggyrides.com
The holidays will soon be upon us and if you plan on visiting the States making early reservations are always a good idea since flights and hotels book up quickly. November 24 is Thanksgiving Day but the airports are usually packed starting the weekend before. Christmas is December 25 but the busy travel times start in mid-December and continued through the beginning of January because of the New Year and long holiday breaks for students.
October usually kicks off the ski season at mountain resorts across the US but it all depends on Mother Nature. Sometimes the mountain openings are delayed due to a lack of snow. Some resorts are able to make snow with machines if the temperatures cooperate and open at least a couple of ski runs for those skiers anxious to hit the slopes. We'll have more information next month on ski resorts.
If there's anything you'd like to see in an upcoming issue feel free to e-mail me with your requests. Until next month, happy travels!
Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair
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