Road Trip on Route 66

A couple of months ago during a school break, my mom and I were eager to go on a road trip to put responsibilities behind us. We had thought of many possible options, but after not settling on a specific choice, we put my dad in charge of determining where to go. His choice: A road trip that would take us along the old Route 66 through parts of Arizona and California. At first, I was hesitant given the fact that I was concerned about getting carsick on windy, curvy roads, but I decided to join in and see some of the historic Old West. Taking the desert scenery along our drive, I found Route 66 had plenty to enjoy including some unexpected surprises. If you’re planning on taking this drive through Arizona or California anytime soon, I’ve got a few memorable moments to inspire you for your next road trip: Continue Reading ›

Christmas at Bellagio

Las Vegas probably seems like an unusual place to spend the holidays, but before I headed home to my family, I made a pit stop here and found the city to be sparkling with its usual elaborate decoration.  Walking with my dad along the Strip, no visit would be complete without some time at Bellagio.  Previously, my visits to their Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have transported me to Japan, but tonight, their annual Christmas display is up for show.  While the glass flowers in the lobby ceiling are another impressive arrangement from Dale Chihuly, whose work I’ve also admired in Denver and Seattle, you shouldn’t miss out on any floral display from this hotel in the Nevada desert.  A few photos from my visit will show you exactly why the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens should be on your list for a future trip to Las Vegas: Continue Reading ›

Japan Among the Flowers

If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, Nevada you’ll often hear it referred to as “Sin City” or “Lost Wages.”  Images of crowded casinos and bright lights on the Las Vegas Strip or the Bellagio fountains from “Ocean’s Eleven” probably come to mind.  However, if I mention Japan, you’d most likely think I’m crazy.  It may surprise you then, that beyond the outdoor fountains of Bellagio lies and indoor flower garden flourishing with holiday, culture, and destination themed displays.  With each season this famed hotel changes its display at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and it won’t surprise you that I’m eager to see its latest display of Japanese Gardens.  If you don’t have money for a ticket to this Asian island, then come with me along the garden pathways of the Bellagio: Continue Reading ›