Las Vegas is home to:
- 17 of the 20 biggest hotels in the USA
- The world’s largest neon sign
- Famous casino-hotels including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay, and the Venetian-Palazzo among others
Have you been to Vegas yet? Enjoy spectacular shows, world class shopping, live entertainment, mega casinos, and upscale hotels in the Live Entertainment Capital of The World! Our tour guides will show you the best of the Vegas Strip on the guided city tour, help you to book seats at awesome shows such as Cirque Du Soleil and Jubilee, and of course give you the option of exploring this world famous destination on your own.
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Yosemite National Park, a beautiful park located in Eastern California is known for it’s scenic vistas, enormous granite cliff, wildlife, plant life, and of course, various waterfalls You might be surprised to learn the meaning and origin of the name, “Yosemite.”
L.H. Bunnel, of the Mariposa Battalion, gave Yosemite it’s name in 1852. Yosemite comes from the Valley Miwok word for “Grizzly Bear” or “Killer.” It may seem surprising that a word with such a violent meaning was used as the name for this amazing landscape. The Native American people living in the area at the time actually called it “Awooni” which means “large mouth” because they thought the valley resembled a gaping mouth. Do you think this is a fitting name?
The tribe living within the valley was known as violent and were called ‘killers’ or ‘grizzles’ by the Miwoks, who feared them. This is where Bunnel got the word Yosemite, who thought that the Miwoks were using it in reference to the valley itself.
According to Bunnel, Yosemite’s scenery was “the grandest that had ever yet been looked upon.” He believed that it would be most appropriate to give it a Native American because he didn’t “see any necessity for going to a foreign country for a name for American scenery…”
Are you interested in seeing Yosemite for yourself? Go to our website and view our Yosemite Itineraries at: http://www.lassentours.com/san-francisco.aspx?SubCategory=41
- Autumn in Yosemite National Park (beautifulshares.wordpress.com)
It’s that time of year again? Have you visited your local pumpkin patch yet? Ready to carve your jack-o-lantern? Here are some handy stencils for your pumpkin-carving needs inspired by Lassen Tours and some of our favorite destinations! (Click to preview)
So what are your plans for this spooky season? Are you dressing up for a Halloween party? See some of our favorite costume ideas below and tell us whether you would prefer to dress up as a character that you’d see at Disneyland or Universal Studios!
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If you’re curious to more about Lassen Tours as a company, our goals, our itineraries, and what we can offer, our website, www.lassentours.com, is a good place to start! However, we also have some great information provided at http://www.slideshare.net/lassentours/presentations. Read on to learn more about Lassen Tours!
Lassen Tours, headquartered in San Francisco, California, was established in 1988. We offer tour packages catering to travelers from the US and abroad, including bilingual tours.
We offer organized itineraries across the United States, and can arrange flights and lodging. Some of our hotel partners include The Excalibur in Las Vegas, The Hilton, and The Marriott. Do you want a custom itinerary or a private tour for your employees, friends, or family? We can help you plan the perfect trip!
We use state-of-the art motor coaches and vans for the most comfortable tour experience. We also have a dedicated staff of 60 employees. Want to know more? View one of our informational slideshows below:
Going on a trip can lead to some fun and unforgettable moments! In honor of National Joke Day, here are some funny travel stories and jokes! Enjoy!
These characters from Universal Studios and Disney never cease to make us laugh! Who’s your favorite funny character? Visit our website to book a trip to Disneyland or Universal Studios!
- A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, “Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?”
- I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with “I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts. “Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, “Capecod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa.” Her response … click.
- A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, “Don’t lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state.”
- I got a call from a man who asked, “Is it possible to see England from Canada?” I said, “No.” He said “But they look so close on the map.”
- Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had a 1-hour lay-over in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, “I heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the gates to save time.”
- A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of llinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!
And now some jokes for travelers:
- Q: Why is it easy to get into Florida?
A: Because there are so many keys.
- Q: What is round at each end and high in the middle?
- Q:What did the sea say to the shore?
A:Nothing, it just waved!
- Q: What did Tennessee?
A: The same thing Arkansas.
- Q: What is smarter, longitude or latitude?
A: Longitude, because it has 360 degrees.
Do you have any travel jokes, riddles or funny stories? Share them in our comments!
During our last day in Los Angeles, we made a trip to Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a must-see destination for anyone who loves TV, movies, or has any interest in the film industry. It’s a theme park with rides and entertainment, but also, it’s a fully working studio where many TV shows and movies are still filmed today!
Our first stop was to take the famous Studio Tour. The studio tour takes guests on a ride to see where many popular films are made. Along the way, the tour guide will point out many props used in famous films that are on display. You can even see some famous cars from movies such as Back To The Future, The Fast and The Furious, and Transformers. Many tourists take this tour to have the chance to see many well-known movie sets that are still intact. For example, the tour drives you through the neighborhood used in Desperate Housewives, past Bates Motel, and even through a huge plane wreck used in the movie War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise. In the middle of the tour you get to experience the King Kong 360 3-D ride, which is the world’s largest 3-D experience!
After the Studio Tour, we had plenty of time to explore the rest of the park, ride the attractions, and take pictures with our favorite characters. Some popular rides include The Mummy, Jurassic Park, and the new Transformers ride. There are also plenty of stores in which you can purchase souvenirs, clothes, and movie memorabilia.
If you find that you have some extra time after going through what you want to see at the park, you can head to Universal CityWalk to shop or eat! This promenade is known for its, dining, shopping, and entertainment.