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A Tour of Two Cities

You’ve probably heard of the ever so popular cities of the United States New York, NY and the Grand Canyon National Park. These two destinations are surprisingly very close to each other… so close in fact, that you might consider visiting them both on your vacation to either one by getting appropriate driving directions.

“What’s that you say? Visit two vacation spots?” Yes… the choice is certainly a hard one for you.

However, it would be a real shame to go to one spot and totally ignore the other ϳust because you don’t have driving directions.

This is one of those decisions you ϳust have to make.

The United States is a driver’s paradise. To get almost anywhere, you need a car. New York vacation is something that ought to be done at least once in your life, no matter if you are a resident of the US or not. For the metropolis that never sleeps, New York is absolutely a sight to lay eyes on. With the nearly uncounted number of activities you can do and see, you ever leave feeling that you have ϳust scratched only the surface. Most visitors only have a short time frame in the city, so it may be wise to plan your New York vacation carefully, because the city is compact and several places of interest still take time to experience. This is one of the most famous tourist spots due to the vibrant and colorful New York City. There are a number of things to do in the city and every one will find something of interest while in the state. There are wonderful natural and historic wonders, outdoor activities, world famous shopping and dining destinations and many more things on offer for the tourists.

The most famous shopping city in the US is no doubt New York. Probably due to such tv shows as Sex and the City, it’s very much the fashion capital of America.

New York is the biggest city in the USA and the scale and variety of the shopping in the city is unmatched. The main shopping areas are on the island of Manhattan and these include Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue, 57th Street, Times Square Shopping and the Lower East Side.

On Madison Avenue you’ll find such shops and designer boutiques as Barney’s New York, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, FAO Schwarz, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Madison Ave. Books, Prada, Valentino, Yves St.

On Fifth Avenue (which runs parallel to Madison Avenue) you’ll find even more top class high street stores. The list includes Bergdorf Goodman, Bulgari, the Disney Store, Gucci, H. Stern, Louis Vuitton, the NBA Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co. and plenty more. Don’t forget to have a quick look around Saint Patrick’s Cathedral or the Trump Tower while you are in the area, preferably before you start shopping.

And a few other places include Bloomingdales (aka Bloomies), has all the requisite big-name designer labels; SoHo, though originally an arts district, it has become famous as a shopping destination; and the biggest store in the world Macy’s which has anything and everything.

New York, NY is a vacation destination packed with things to do. This compact metropolis contains five areas: Staten Island, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Famous tourist attractions include Ellis Island, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Bronx Zoo, Broadway, Washington Square Park, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and New York Botanical Gardens. New York is also known worldwide for its shopping. With driving directions, you can easily explore the place.

For those who have an appreciation for nature, Grand Canyon National Park is a superb vacation destination to visit by receiving driving directions from local tourist guide. It is located in Arizona, along the Colorado River. The canyon is actually an incredibly steep 6000 foot deep gorge that is 446 km long. There are two areas in this park, the North Rim and South Rim. The South Rim is more popular among tourists and includes the following lookout points: Grand Canyon Village, Hermit’s Rest and the Watchtower. Lookout points on the North Rim are Point Imperial, Bright Angel Point and Cape Royal. Not only is there sightseeing, vacationers will also be able to raft, hike, ride mules, camp and take helicopter rides.

It is probably the most popular and natural tourist attraction of the world. The monumental Grand Canyon, about 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, is located in the north-west of Arizona. At its deepest point, it is more than a mile from rim to river. Most of the Canyon lies within the Grand Canyon National Park. It contains three geographically separated regions: the South Rim, the North Rim and the inner Canyon.

Management at Grand Canyon West report that map-creation sites like Google Maps are not generating correct directions to the Skywalk. Use these, which are Park-approved:

1. South on US 93 towards Phoenix
2. Go over Hoover Dam and continue South on US 93 for 40 miles
3. Turn left (North) on to Pierce Ferry Road for 28 miles
4. Right turn (East) on to Diamond Bar Road 21 miles

5. Diamond BarRoad will end at the ONLY entrance to Grand Canyon West, which is the Grand Canyon West Airport.

En route, consider these side-trips:

Lake Mead

Lake Mead, located 30 miles east of Las Vegas, is the largest reservoir in the U.S., measuring 500 feet in depth and 110 miles in length. To get to the Lake, take a right offSH 95 at the Alan Bible Visitor Center. Park entrance fee is $5. Tip: Head over to the Las Vegas Boat Harbor and check out the huge Coy fish that live around the dock.

Hoover Dam

Currently, you drive across Hoover Dam via a two lane road. That changes in the fall of2010, when all vehicle traffic will be diverted to the new bypass. For now, consider parking at the visitor center’s garage ($7 all day pass) and enjoying the Dam on foot. Tip: Take the Hoover Dam guided tour. Ticket prices are:

• Adults (Ages 17-61) – $11.00
• Seniors (62+) – $9.00
• Juniors (ages 4-16) – $9.00
• U.S. Military – $9.00
• U.S. Military (in Uniform) – Free

• Children (Ages 0-3) – Free

Photo buffs: Go to any of the Arizona-side pull-outs for greatpanorama shots.

Make sure to rent a high-clearance vehicle (SUV); check the condition of the spare tire (the last 10 miles to the Bridge is rough and rocky); and top off the gas. Great side-trips include Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. In addition to rental car and gas expenses, costs include parking; park entrance fee; and Skywalk tickets. Other great ways to get to the Skywalk include all-inclusive bus and helicopter tours (with free hotel pick up and drop off). Rent a high-clearance vehicle like a SUV (sport utility vehicle) and double-check the condition of the spare tire to make sure it’s fully inflated as getting a flat tire is not uncommon.

+Ronald Edwards