Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum

Being the largest museum of its type in the world, Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum displays musical instruments from each of the world’s continents, excluding Antartica. Located in northern Phoenix, this museum is rated as the #1 attraction in Phoenix on TripAdvisor. Their collection, made up of over 15,000 items, has everything from a Chinese erhu (二胡) to a Nigerian goge. Opened in April 2010, the museum was founded by Robert J. Ulrich, after a trip to Brussels’ Instrument Museum inspired him to do so. As I am a very musical person, and as I happen to live near Phoenix, I thought it’d be fun to visit and write about the museum for my blog, which is what I am going to be doing in this post!

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Palm Springs’ Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world, is one of Palm Springs’ most visited attractions. The tramcars, which host over 10 million visitors per year, allow visitors to get from the floor of the Coachella Valley to the peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains in just a ten minute ride. This ride ascends almost 2000 metres (6000 ft), and goes through five one of a kind life zones, from the Sonoran Desert to the Arctic Alpines. I was lucky enough to ride this tramway two times, once when I was much younger and again last year, when I last visited Palm Springs. In this post I am going to be pretty much giving you all the information you need to know before riding the tram, from the tram’s history to ticket prices for riding the tram.

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California’s Vintage Hollywood Retreat: A Guide To Palm Springs

Located in inland Southern California, at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs is one of the most visited cities in California. Back in the 50s and 60s (and still now), many Hollywood stars would come to Palm Springs as a vacation and retreat spot. Palm Springs is now very influenced by Hollywood, and it is full of architecturally famous homes that used to house stars like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. The city is surrounded by the Coachella Valley and the nearby Joshua Tree National Park, and it hosts the yearly Palm Springs International Film Festival. Palm Springs is now considered very trendy, and it attracts tons of tourists each year, from destinations all over the globe. In this post I will be guiding you through the city, informing you on all the most popular attractions in the city as well as everything else you’ll need to know to make your stay in Palm Springs enjoyable.

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Neighbourhood Guide: Old Town Scottsdale

I have lived in the Greater Phoenix area for most of my life, and I am pretty familiar with the area now. Somewhere I like to visit often is Old Town Scottsdale, a neighbourhood in south Scottsdale based around the original townsite. Old Town Scottsdale is well known for being a very unique and trendy district, full of boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. It’s a great place to visit if you’re a tourist visiting the area, as it is a very photogenic neighbourhood as well as a great place to spend an afternoon. Old Town is very “Southwestern” themed, and it is also considered the heart of the city by many locals. I’ve never really done any posts about anywhere near where I live yet, so I thought it’d be fun to guide you all through one of my favourite neighbourhoods in the area, from a (somewhat) local!

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