Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #58: Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park.  South Dakota.  Summer 2014.

Overview of Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park is a national park located in the south west of South Dakota. National Park Service is tasked with the management of this 242,756 acres land of this national park. The most endangered land mammal in North America is protected in this park. This is the black-footed ferret which is in the 64,144 acres designated wilderness area. The park is popular for its rugged terrain, which are as a result of rock formations. World’s richest fossils beds from the Oligocene epoch are also found in this park. They date back to 20-35 million years ago.

Top Attractions:

Camp Grounds
There are two campgrounds for those who want to camp at the park. Basic services are provided for in the camping grounds. Dogs and pets are allowed in these camping grounds.

White River
This is a resourceful center located 20 miles south of Scenic in the Pine ridge Reservation. There are movies, exhibits restrooms, picnic areas and water in this center. Also included in the center is an information desk. The center also gives information about the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to interested visitors.

Ben Reifel
There are educational materials for sale in this center. It is a shop operated by the Badlands Natural History Association.

How to get to Badlands

If you are coming with car, you just drive 50 miles from Rapid City. The park is in the southeast of the city. Rapid City Regional Airport serves visitors coming in by plane. Greyhound bus serves Rapid City and it is an ideal bus to the park.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Moraga Steps

The Tiled Mosaic Steps are on 16th Avenue in San Francisco.  It is also known as Moraga Steps.  The actual location is on Moraga Street between 15th and 16th avenue.

There are 163 steps total.  Warning: If you have not exercised or taken stairs for a while, your legs will hurt on the very next day. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #57: Golden Gate Bridge

Overview of Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that links the city of San Francisco to Marina County. The bridge is one mile wide and three miles long. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of San Francisco. The American Society of Civil Engineers declared it a wonder of the modern world. The bridge was officially opened in 1937. It has stood out to be among the most beautiful sites to be photographed. The Golden Bridge Gate and Highway District was incorporated in 1928 by a California legislative act. It was given the mandate to design, construct and finance the golden gate bridge. The bridge is being maintained by Golden Bridge Gate, Highway and Transportation District.

Top Attractions

From the golden gate bridge, you can have a perfect view of the Alcatraz Island. It is usually a lovely site and many people like viewing the Alcatraz Island given the worldwide popularity of the island.

Romantic Sites
The bridge offers a good place for lovers to express their love more especially during the night when the golden lights are turned on. Many residents have used this bridge as a proposing site.

How to get there

You can take bus number 28 that will get you to the bridge. There are also sightseeing buses that take tourists to the bridge. If you are driving then expect to pay toll fee ranging from $6.50. There is no charge to those walking on foot.