Share the DETOURS Experience at IPW 2016

Our DETOURS team is on the road in New Orleans, LA this week to connect with our friends in the travel industry at IPW 2016 powered by U.S. Travel Association. The travel industry’s premier international marketplace is not a typical trade show – it’s three days of fast paced networking of 6,000 of travel buyers, suppliers and media from more than 70 countries. IPW 2016 runs from June 18 – 22 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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DETOURS is thrilled to have both locations represented at IPW 2016: DETOURS of Arizona at booth 2477 and DETOURS of Nevada at booth 2646. We will be sharing about all the amazing experiences available in the American Southwest from the National Parks like Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon to stunning landmarks like the Hoover Dam and Monument Valley departing from Phoenix/Scottsdale and Las Vegas.

Follow our IPW 2016 journey on social media by searching #detoursaz and #detoursnv. Comment with your favorite American Southwest destination!

Make The Most Of The Grand Canyon This Summer

The average high temperature in Las Vegas, NV in June, July and August is just over 100 degrees so escaping to a cooler climate is popular when school lets out for the summer. One of the most visited destinations is the magnificent Grand Canyon. In fact, the Grand Canyon National Park is expecting more than 5 million visitors in 2016. While still warm for many travelers, the Grand Canyon South Rim has an average high temperature of about 81 degrees with the floor of the Grand Canyon being much hotter in the summer months. To make the most of your summer vacation, here are our top five travel tips when exploring the Grand Canyon:

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  1. Stay hydrated

Proper water consumption is key to a comfortable and enjoyable trip to the Grand Canyon. Whether you’re hiking into the Canyon or only stopping at one viewpoint be sure to sip on that H2O throughout the day. According to the National Park Service, if you are hiking into the Grand Canyon you should plan on bringing four liters of water per day. Don’t forget DETOURS provides complimentary and unlimited bottled during day tours so you won’t get dehydrated.

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2. Wear sunscreen

Even on cloudy days it’s important to lather up with sunscreen in Arizona. The summertime is when ultraviolet rays are at their highest in the Grand Canyon State. Higher SPFs are readily available at drugstores in Arizona so don’t be afraid to stock up and reapply every hour. The US Department of Health & Human Services suggestsa comprehensive approach to skin protection […] which includes sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, protective clothing and shade.”

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3. Bring cell phone and camera chargers

Don’t get all the way to the Grand Canyon only to realize your phone or camera is dead! Be sure to bring a phone charger and/or camera charger so you can take all the selfies and family photos you want. If you are taking a DETOUR, phone chargers are provided for iPhones and Androids – and some vehicles even include free wi-fi!

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4. Plan ahead

There’s a lot to see at the Grand Canyon and many first time visitors miss out because they are too busy waiting in lines or trying to find parking. Plan ahead by mapping out the parking lots and viewpoints you want to see. You can purchase tickets and helicopter tours in advance. If you plan on hiking into the Grand Canyon, it’s a good idea to ensure you have the proper equipment and permits necessary. Havasu Falls is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Grand Canyon, but also one of the most difficult to get permitting for. Ask a reservations specialist about planning ahead for your Grand Canyon trip: 866-438-6877

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Colorado River near Havasu Falls/Pixabay

5. Stay overnight

The summer heat can wear you out so catching some zzz’s is critical to appreciating the Grand Canyon National Park, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Consider staying the night at or near the Grand Canyon. There are many lodging options at the Grand Canyon South Rim including the El Tovar Lodge. Another favorite is the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel in Williams, AZ. Browse through multiple day packages to get ideas or book today.

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Grand Canyon National Park Mather Point at Sunset/NPS/M.Quinn

Do you have your own travel tips you swear by? Comment below and let us know!

Eldorado Mine Tours Now Available at DETOURS

Our DETOURS office in Las Vegas has been buzzing with excitement for weeks and we are thrilled to finally share our big announcement: the launch of a half day tour to Eldorado Mine! Located about 45 minutes southeast of Las Vegas, the Techatticup Mine at Eldorado Canyon is one of the oldest and richest gold mines in the United States and we can’t wait to show you around.

General Store at Techatticup Mine

General Store at Techatticup Mine

The Eldorado Mine tour begins after you are picked up from your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and driven just a short distance to the first photo stop at the Hoover Dam. Then it’s off to the Techatticup Mine at Eldorado Canyon where your expert tour guide shares about the history of the mine and Eldorado Canyon at the General Store. The Techatticup Mine entrance is just a short walk away and once inside you’ll be transported back in time to when mining was a way of life for Southern Nevada. Much of the original mining equipment can still be seen.

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Inside the gold mine at Eldorado Canyon

After the one hour mine tour, you’ll have time to shop and take photos of the surrounding mining town that appeared in a number of famous movies. At the conclusion of the Techatticup Mine tour, you’ll be treated to one last photo opportunity at the Nelson Overlook before being dropped off at the hotel with plenty of time to enjoy the remainder of the day.

Eldorado Mine tours start at just $99 and include convenient pick-up and drop off location, unlimited bottled water, snack, and all entrance fees. To book now go to detoursnv.com or call 702-458-0000.

Comment below and tell us what you liked best about your Eldorado Mine tour!

Celebrate National Park Week With Free Entry

Do you know how many National Parks are in your state? April 16th to April 24th is National Park Week and DETOURS will be joining in to celebrate the national heritage of the hundreds of national parks found in the United States. All parks are offering free admission and DETOURS will be honoring discounted rates* so locals and visitors alike can experience some of the most recognized landmarks in the world. Use the discount code NPW when you book your tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim, Bryce Canyon, and Death Valley at detoursnv.com

DETOURS of Nevada can provide unique tours to many national parks in Nevada and throughout the American Southwest, but we’ve narrowed the list to three ‘must-sees’ for your next Las Vegas vacation:

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Death Valley is located in the the Great Basin in Eastern California. Death Valley is the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America. The Great Basin is known for its often photographed basin and range topography and arid climate. One can visit the lowest point in North America at Death Valley called Badwater Basin. We recommend visiting Death Valley between November and April.

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Don’t be fooled by its name, Bryce Canyon is not actually a canyon, but a natural amphitheater of hoodoos. Hoodoos are geological structures formed by erosion and frost weathering. Most recognize Bryce Canyon by the red, orange and white colors of the hoodoos. We suggest stopping at Inspiration Point, Sunrise Point and Sunset Point for the best photo opportunities. Book now.

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When full, Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States and provides water to over 20 million people in three states. Lake Mead is formed by one of the most well-known man-made structures, the Hoover Dam. The Hoover Dam opened in 1936 and is now visited by about one million people every year. To get the most out of your Hoover Dam experience, we offer half day tours that provide the best photo opportunities as well as a tour inside the dam.

Although not located in Nevada, the Grand Canyon gets an honorable mention as it remains one of the most visited National Parks in the world.

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The Grand Canyon is the 15th oldest National Park stretching 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and over a mile deep. Some of the most popular views at the Grand Canyon are from the South Rim are at the Desert Watchtower and Moran Point. DETOURS will be hosting an InstaMeet at the Grand Canyon South Rim on Saturday April 23rd as part of our recognition of National Park Week. Follow us on Instagram for more details.

Which National Park do you want to visit most? Comment below and let us know!

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Can’t Miss Sites in Mesa Verde National Park

The best things to see and do in Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is a history buff’s dream. Most national parks were created to preserve nature, but this park was the first to preserve and protect the “works of man,” as President Theodore Roosevelt put it. The park is filled with ancient cave dwellings and other archeological sites from the Ancestral Pueblo people, and it features some of the best preserved ruins found in the country. The entire park offers a fascinating look into North America’s human history, and there’s plenty to see.

Balcony House

Balcony House

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Experience History: 5 Important Places in the Navajo Nation

The best Navajo Nation sightseeing

The Navajo Nation is a semi-autonomous territory that spans portions of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. This massive area primarily belongs to the Navajo Native American Tribe, and it’s the largest reservation in the country. Today the Nation has a sophisticated three-branch government, with its own legislative, executive, and judicial branches.

But, perhaps even more importantly, the Nation works to preserve public lands throughout the Southwest. Thanks to the Navajo Nation you can experience a variety of important Navajo Indian sites. Get up close and personal with the American Southwest’s fascinating history by visiting these top spots.

1. Monument Valley

Monument Valley

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6 Las Vegas Day Trips That’ll Make You Want to Stay Longer

The best Las Vegas Day trips give visitors a taste of the American Southwest

Las Vegas is a magnetic place – it can pull visitors in and make them want to return again and again. But, all of that glitz and glam can be exhausting. Plus, there’s so much to see around Vegas! When you’re ready to do some more exploring outside of town consider trying some of these fun Las Vegas day trips and tours.

1. Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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The Best of the Southwest: Top State Parks in Nevada

Experience the Best State Parks in Nevada

There’s more to Nevada than expansive desert landscapes and Las Vegas (there’s even lush mountain forests here.) The state has an impressive 23 state parks, recreation areas, and historic sites. With so many options it can be downright tricky to decide which parks to visit. Here’s a list of Nevada’s best state parks to help with the decision-making process. Be prepared to fall in love with this state’s unique natural landscape, though

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

Lake Tahoe

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