The Magnificent Canyon De Chelly National Monument Park

Canyon de Chelly is a fascinating historical destination at the heart of the Colorado Plateau in the far northeast region of Arizona. The canyon had been the home of tribal groups 5,000 years ago. Its walls are witness to the passing of time and countless stories that teach us about the past.

Today, the Canyon is still a place of residence for the Navajo Nation, who primarily earn a living by farming the lands and raising livestock. Both the Navajo Nation and the National Park Service administer and manage the park area. Despite being primarily barren, Canyon de Chelly has an uncanny beauty and tranquility about it. It consists of very wide empty valleys and mesas, adorned by scrubs.

The main town closest to the park is Chinle. It is equipped with a hardware store, a grocery store, laundromats, gas stations, restaurants, motels and gift shops. In other words, Chinle is the best place to replenish your supplies for camping, to communicate with the modern world or to have a nice bed to sleep in before you continue your journey into Canyon de Chelly.

One great thing about visiting Canyon de Chelly is there is no entrance fee. It makes more sense to stop by the park’s Visitor Center first. While here, you can view an orientation video, as well as pick up park maps and activity schedule, which will inform you about ranger led talks and activities. The center also has a bookstore where you can purchase books, souvenirs and other relevant items. The Visitor Center and the parking lot beside it closes at 5 pm.

Going for a scenic drive is one of the best activities to do while in Canyon de Chelly. You have the choice of driving along two paved rim roads that equally provide outstanding views of the canyon. Each rim canyon drive has their own lookouts. To be exact, North Rim Drive has two overlooks, while the South Rim Drive has seven. You will need at least half a day to cover all overlooks and drives, but it is definitely going to be time well spent.

If you are a hiking enthusiast, you can opt to tackle the self-guided public trail situated at the White House Overlook. The trail leads you to the White House Ruin, which is about 600 feet below. You will need approximately 2 hours to reach the end of the trail and go back. Restrooms are available at the bottom of the trail.

It is also possible to camp overnight in the park’s designated grounds however you need to pay a nightly fee to the park service. Take note that the 93 camping sites are not equipped with shower facilities and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Star Wars Weekends Keep Growing In Popularity Every Year

The Star Wars Weekends Event is the most anticipated festive offering in honor of America’s greatest space franchise ever. Nowhere in the world fans celebrate Star Wars in such grand style as they did during the special Weekends at the Hollywood Studios Theme Park of the WDW (Walt Disney World) Resort. With such incredible array of fun and adventures, including star-studded parades, tours, multitude of rare characters, celebrity appearances and lot more, it’s truly a celebration that brings to life the amazing world of the galaxies like never before. Thanks to Star Wars Weekends in keeping alive the legacy of a fascinating culture that a mysterious galaxy has to offer.

Being one of the most celebrated WDW Events, Star Wars Weekends popularity continues to grow with time. Every year (from May through June), the month- long Event is a great opportunity to experience the incredible creations of an extraordinary franchise that had inspired millions over generations. Moreover, with new developments around such as the advent of The Force Awakens make the Event even more exciting for us to celebrate.

When it comes to character appearances, the Event is packed with as many alien inhabitants from the alternate world. And it’s exciting to know that along with characters from the main movies, the Event also pulls out favorites from the popular Clone Wars and television shows. Action lovers can also try a hand learning the ways of Jedi at his popular Academy. The special firework spectacular show Symphony in the Stars with a Star Wars inspired score is another fun attraction to look for during the occasion.

Another highlight is the Character Dining option and The Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine is one of the crowd favorites. Dining with Disney characters, all dressed in their Star Wars best is definitely a dream come true experience. On the other hand if you are interested in dealing with characters from the dark side of the space, you can choose to have the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast. To be able to enjoy your special meal at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater with the likes of Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Greedo, Jawas, Boba Fett and more is a rare treat.

Again if you are someone, who love Star Wars merchandise then Darth’s Mall is the perfect place to look for. It’s one of the most favorite spot during the Event- the center of merchandising universe for everything Star Wars. Moreover, the Event also offers premium packages for fans who want to spend some extra dollars. Special offerings like The Ultimate Day VIP Package or Feel the Force premium packages take the experience to the next level for sure.

The Magnificent Dachstein Glacier Skywalk

Aside from its incredible beauty, Dachstein Glacier is one of the highest of its kind in Sytria, Austria. This attraction has managed to become one of the premier tourist destinations in the region. Even the journey to this alpine glacier promises to be a marvelous experience.

Aided by the Dachstein gondola service, you will be able to ascend to an altitude of 2500 meters and pass by the steep rock faces. Getting up this high up means experiencing spectacular views of the snow-capped Slovenian Triglav Mountains. Plus, you will have that exhilarating feeling knowing that you are on top of the world, an experience almost second to none.

Visiting to Dachstein Glacier is not just about stunning views, although it is enough reason to conquer its peak. Up on this glacier, there are exciting activities you can engage in. Some of the outdoor activities to try out include cross-country skiing, snowboarding, skiing, hiking and for those who are not afraid of heights, paragliding. There are local operators in the area that offer numerous ski tours as well as steep descents and crossovers, which are perfect for daredevils.

Most of the tours start at the mountain station of the Dachstein cable car. If you miss skiing in the winter, Dachstein Glacier is the best place to try out this sport in the summer. This is because snow conditions remain excellent even at this time of the year, especially on the Glacier’s flat north-faced sloped. Dachstein has ski runs that cater to all levels of skier including the beginners.

There are also a couple of amazing attractions worth exploring once you are at the glacier area. One of them is the Dachstein Ice palace, which is quite unique in all of Austria. The Ice Palace was created to give guests the opportunity of reaching into the enchanting icy interior of the Dachstein Glacier. What is even more interesting is this palace remains intact despite of changes in weather conditions. You will only need to walk for three minutes from the Dachstein mountain station to reach this attraction.

If you absolutely love views, and are not afraid of looking down, then proceed to the viewing platform called Dachstein Sky Walk. With an elevation of 2700 meters, this is probably one of the scariest yet most exhilarating viewing platforms you will ever encounter on your travels. As you stand here, the Hunerkogel rock face will be directly under your feet. If this downward view starts to scare you, just look up at the gorgeous mountain scenery, and it will remind you why you have traveled to Dachstein in the first place. Just next to the platform lies a path that terminates the Upper Station of the Dachstein Gletscherbahn. Following this path gives you an unprecedented view of the Dachstein’s southern wall.