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Hollywood CA: Celebs Come To Life At Wax Museum PDF Print E-mail


If travels find you on Hollywood Boulevard next to the famous Chinese Theater, take an hour or two to visit the local branch of Madame Toussauds. Since 1831, when the French sculptress first exhibited her realistic waxworks in London, 23 other branches have opened throughout the world.

The Hollywood museum features 120 famous characters, including many from filmdom’s past. They include Marlin Brando as the Godfather, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Shrek the cartoon giant, Judy Garland as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and many others.

A recent addition is the Virtual Room Experience, where goggled visitors play realistic games of space travel and other unearthly thrills. Bring camera and smartphone for some of the best selfies you’ll ever create. For ticket prices, visiting hours and other info, go to www.madametussauds.com/hollywood/en

 
Grand Canyon, AZ: Be There For Centennial Celebrations PDF Print E-mail


The National Park was officially created on February 26, 1919, and special events are scheduled from that date throughout this year. There will be Earth Day in April, stargazing events in late June and a Native American heritage day in November.

There are many travel opportunities for transportation to the area. For visitors from Great Britain, American Airlines offers a new direct daily flight from Heathrow to Phoenix, Arizona. Private car, bus, train and other ground transportation travel the 220 miles north from Phoenix to the park.

In 1919, Grand Canyon had 44 thousand visitors. Today it welcomes five million annually. For scheduled events and other info, go to nps.gov/grca

 
Tucson AZ: Be A Ranch Dude Cowboy And/Or Girl PDF Print E-mail


Providing a taste of the Old West since 1868, Tanque Verde Ranch is the largest guest ranch resort in North America. Picturesquely located, it’s near the Rincon Mountains, Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest. For $250 a day you can enjoy riding and hiking in the nearby Arizona desert, as well as ranch dining, live entertainment, sunning and swimming.

Tucson temperatures in February average 70º daytime and 45º nights. In March, they warm to springtime 75º and 48º. Summer is busy family season, so seniors can avoid sharing the ranch with families and kids by booking winter visits. www.tanqueverderanch.com

 
Vancouver BC: Friendly Dogs & Jellyfish Airport Greeters PDF Print E-mail


Passengers can find some moments of relief from the usual crowds and noise at the Canadian terminal. Seven trained Ambassador Dogs are there to calm nerves and offer friendly tail wags from 11 am to 1 pm weekdays. Also, swimming in the airport aquarium, among other sea creatures, are equally friendly nettle jellyfish to help passengers pass away the wait times.

 
Washington DC: Hotel LINE DC Is A Former Church PDF Print E-mail


Your travel4seniors.com editor enjoys visits to hotels that historically had other identities, such as former jails, palaces and millionaire mansions. The new LINE DC originally was a house of worship, and offers stunning views of nearby city architecture, including the Washington Monument.

Today it features 220 comfy guest rooms with vintage furnishings, six distinctive dining and drinking facilities, and contemporary internet and broadcast outlets. A Rake’s Bar offers products of local distillers and brewers. Other dining and drinking areas include The Cup We All Race 4,  Brothers and Sisters and Spoken English. www.thelinehotel.com/dc

 
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