Top Things to do in Rapid City South Dakota

South Dakota is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th least densely populated and 17th most expensive states in the United States. Pierre is the capital, with a population of about 171,000, of the South Dakota's and the county seat of Hughes County. South Dakota shares borders with the states of North Dakota to the north and Nebraska to the south; to its east lies Minnesota and to its west is the state of Wyoming. On the southeastern side, it shares the border with Iowa while on the northwestern side; it shares the border with Montana. The two waterways, "East River" and "West River" define two different regions of South Dakota while the River Missouri flows through the region in between. The Black Hills There are numerous fossil fields in South Dakota where you can find historical remains that are thousands of years old. Hence, this state has a lot to offer to those with an interest in geological history. Exploration requires direction. The Black Hills offer excellent spots for hiking or just trekking through the Lewis and Clark Trail. You may also try out some of the places throughout the state where you get to experience Native American culture and pioneering history. Rapid City got its name from Rapid Creek, on which it was founded; in South Dakota, it is among the largest cities and is also the county seat of Pennington County is set against the eastern slope of the Black Hills mountain range. Travelers to the Black Hills often use Rapid City as a base for visiting many sites and spend a couple of days by strolling from corner to corner of a six-block area to viewing life-sized bronze sculptures of 42 presidents, each one gives insight into the personality and presidency of the subject like President Theodore Roosevelt is shown in his rough rider uniform and a President John F. Kennedy handling his son a toy plane Prairie Edge Trading Co. and Galleries Prairie Edge Trading Co. and Galleries is one-stop shopping solution where if you want to learn about the Dakota culture and see one of the best collections of authentic Plain Indian arts and the world’s largest collection of Italian glass beads from the same Venetian guild. You can purchase everything from expensive works of artists to inexpensive children’s toys. Main Street Square, a beautiful public space featuring water features, flowering gardens, granite spires and a venue that host more than 200 events, is just across the street from Prairie Edge is one of the Rapid City’s newest attractions. During the winter, the square is transformed into an ice rink. The Journey Museum and Learning Centre The Journey Museum and Learning Centre is one of the unique museums to experience, visitors to the museum can travel through history from the violent upheaval that formed the black hills 2.5 billion years ago. Exhibits include geology, dinosaurs, Lakota culture and pioneer history artifacts. Dahl Arts Centre is the largest art Centre in western South Dakota with visual art galleries. The mural narrated with special lighting effects. The center also features paintings, sculpture, crafts and original prints from regional artists. Dinosaur Park Dinosaur Park has many prehistoric creatures where replicas of monstrous reptiles are perched atop the hills that divide the city. You can visit Bear Country USA where you can see black bears, elk, mountain lions, arctic wolves and bison roaming freely in the park. Reptile Garden is the world’s largest reptile Zoo where different kind of animals can be found and entertainment includes alligator, bird and snake shows. Reptile garden is famous for one of the most popular reptiles which are 1,200-pound crocodile from Australia whose name is Maniac, who eats 40 pounds of chicken every Friday.

The Temple House Hotel in Chengdu, China Lets You Chill with Panda Bears

Chengdu, China is world famous as the ancestral home of the panda bear species. Panda bears have lived in Chengdu and China specifically for well over 4 millennia. Chengdu is also world famous for its intensive and vigorous conservatory, zoo and wildlife programs that are designed to maintain and ensure the continued propagation of the endangered panda. Simply Called ‘The Pandaland’ It's best to check your sources to get verifiable data on current global panda populations. Estimates are known to vary wildly. Most conservative estimates maintain that there are only about 1,600 panda bears left on Earth. More robust or optimistic estimates pertaining to panda bear populations in the wild will only bring that number up to 2,000 or just under 3,000.Bear in mind that those numbers mostly pertain to panda bears in the wild. There are probably only 200 or less than 300 panda bears currently in captivity. You are more likely to see a monkey, or giraffe or walrus at the local zoo than a panda bear, depending on where you live. Panda bears are a very rare species indeed. In fact, if not for sake of the intensive, 3-decade conservation programs that thrive in Chengdu, the panda bear might already be extinct. Where to Live? However, now there is a way to merge the atmospherics of a 5-star lodging with the innate cuteness and lovability of panda bears. (Because, why not?) Animal-loving luxury travelers can seize the day and stay at the 5-star Temple House Hotel in Chengdu. The Temple House Hotel, which is an affiliate of the Swire Hotels’ hospitality chain, has recently entered into a cooperative with the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The staff at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding do exactly what their unwieldy name implies. Opening in the late 1980’s with only six panda bears with the operational mandate of studying and saving the panda bear species before they became extinct. The base is now 50-strong in its panda bear population. Chengdu Research Bases places their pandas in re-constructed nature habitats and employs safe interaction protocols that allow visitors to get close-up and safely watch the pandas in safe proximity. The Temple House Hotel When you reserve a room at the Temple House Hotel, you are will be given two complimentary tickets to visit the Chengdu Research Base. The staff will help you to spend a day experiencing the life of a panda bear in close proximity in a recreated habitat. The $300-a-night Temple House Hotel was erected on land that is of immense historical significance to Chinese pride. The hotel grounds were once used in the era of the Qing dynasty. The hotel offers state-of-the-art workout facilities, a luxurious décor, and free daily continental or more Sino-themed breakfast. The aesthetical look of the Temple House Hotel inspires awe as well.  Though the name of the hotel has the word, “temple,” clearly in it, the Temple House Hotel is more of a modern, double building complex of L-shaped luxury towers. The best part of staying at the Temple House Hotel in Chengdu? You will receive a complimentary plush panda bear as a gift upon check-out. Because, why not?    Disclaimer - All Images are subject to accreditations of the Owner unless otherwise indicated so.

The Residence - Etihad Airways Luxury Flight Service Costs $38,000 One-Way

The much coveted and rarified standards for mile-high elegance, pampering, and posh service in luxury air travel, standards which are far out of reach for the average economy traveler, have just been raised to a higher level of excellence. Etihad Airways have been flying its new fleet of the state-of-the-art and mammoth A380-000, which is one of the next-generation superjumbo jets capable of transporting almost 500 passengers, in a new air corridor since late 2015.The U. A. E. based airline company initiated a New York City to Mumbai flight route for its A380-000 fleet. Moreover, the airline has instituted a new luxury hospitality and pampering service called, “The Residence,” which currently holds the distinction of being the world’s most expensive airline ticket. No other airline even comes close. Features of the Etihad Airways Luxury Flight The Residence is a two-person capacity, 3-room cabin suite on the airliner’s New York City to Mumbai route, which also has a stopover in Abu Dhabi. The Residence features head-of-state level amenities and a cost of $38,000 for a one-way ticket. If you would like to experience the Residence on the airline’s London to Mumbai route, then it will cost you about $26,000 one-way. For those of you of the budget-luxe minded persuasion, Etihad Airways also has a Residence cabin suite on its Abu Dhabi to Mumbai route that only costs about $5,000 for a one-way ticket, which relatively speaking is quite the bargain. Price of the Ticket The Residence features a living room with haute-couture designer linens and leather furniture, sofa, dining room furniture and 32-inch flat screen television. The bedroom features a bed that is almost 7 feet long and 27-inch flat screen television. In the bathroom, there is a standing shower. Your $38,000 one-way ticket also entitles you to an in-flight personal butler and private chef, breakfast in bed, access to an exclusive pre-flight and post-flight lounge and a personal chauffeur, among other elegant amenities. The Residence’s New York City to Mumbai route via Abu Dhabi takes about 20 hours to traverse. Of course, if you happen to live for such mile-high indulgence, then why not pay $76,000 for the round-trip experience of the Residence?   Disclaimer - All Images are subject to accreditations of the Owner unless otherwise indicated so.  

Top 5 Countries to Travel Alone

Costa Rica Costa Rica takes first place on the Happy Planet Index, meaning that people of the country lead long, happy, sustainable lives. Besides being a happy country, Costa Rica is also a great place for adventure — like water sports, the famous Cloud Forest canopy tour, whitewater rafting, zip lining and relaxing at the beach. Bali One of the most popular spa destinations in the world. If you want to take some time off and reward yourself for weeks of hard work, Bali is the place to choose to pamper yourself. There is also famous Sacred Monkey Forest and rice fields if you want to make your fabulous spa experience even more unique. Japan There are plenty of cities in Japan where you will enjoy traveling alone. Major cities in Japan will indulge and entertain you with its unique culture, lifestyle, and fashion. However, if you fan of breathtaking views and nature, you should definitely check out Kyoto, the city of spectacular gardens, colors, and forests. Cambodia The temples of Angkor are considered one of the largest ancient tourist attractions in the world. It has also recently ranked as the number one tourist attraction in the world by Lonely Planet, it is a great place for a little self-reflection. Chile At first solo travel to Chile might sound a little sketchy, especially for the female travelers, however, Chile has a well-deserved reputation as one of the safest countries for solo female travelers in Latin America and the world. Moreover, there are countless activities you can find in Chile, such as wine tasting, hiking, sandboarding in the desert and there is even spiritual Easter Island, where you can also do horse riding and snorkeling.

Rosie O'Donnell Reports Missing Daughter

Rosie O’Donnell’s 17-year-old daughter Chelsea has been missing since last week, the TV star confirmed on her website. The teen and her 6-month-old therapy dog named Bear, a 9-pound brown and black terrier, were last seen Aug. 11 in Nyack. “Chelsea stopped taking her medicine and is in need of medical attention,” says the post, dated Tuesday. Chelsea was last seen wearing a black hoodie, dark ripped jeans, gray Converse sneakers and a black backpack. She has a large tattoo on her right side of a dream catcher with the word “Breathe.” Nyack police have been searching for her in the Rockland County area since Sunday, but O’Donnell said on her Twitter page that her daughter could also be in New York City. The comedienne, who has four other children, tweeted a photo of Chelsea and Bear. O’Donnell adopted Chelsea in 1997, but the girl’s biological mom, Deanna Micoley, told the National Enquirer in March that the actress “stole” her kid. “I may not have been the best mother back then. I did drugs and I have a criminal record because of it,” Micoley told the newspaper. “But I surely didn’t deserve to have my baby stolen from me!” Reps for O’Donnell said her daughter Chelsea suffers from a mental illness, had stopped taking her medication and is in need of medical attention. O’Donnell’s spokeswoman Cindi Berger said,”Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness. It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe.”