Chichen Itza Travel Guide | Explore the Mayan History in Mexico

Explore the incredible ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza! Travel Guide with transit time, tours, the pyramid, beyond the pyramid, Mayan History in Mexico, and more!

Art, Museums, History, Science, Natural Wonders, and Archaeology are a few of my favorite things!  So what could be better than an archaeological site full of art, culture, science, an ancient pyramid, an astronomical observatory, and more located in a jungle? That was my motivation to spend the day at Chichen Itza Mayan archaeological site.

The Chichen Itza site is located in the Yucatan state of Mexico, the nearest village is Piste (pronounced pis-tay).  Our adventure started in Cancun, Mexico on the far East coast.  The cheapest way from Cancun to Chichen Itza is by tour bus, it is also the slowest and most restrictive.  We skipped that and arranged for a private car through our resort, paying $250 USD for private driver all day including fuel.  Slightly more expensive, but we set the schedule and our little car passed all the buses so we arrived before the crowds.  By car, it is a 2 hour drive using toll roads, or an extra hour to avoid the tolls.  Tolls are charged by type of vehicle, meaning that our private car paid approx $500 pesos for both tolls (approx. $42 USD) but van or bus is more expensive.

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Chandler Center for Arts

Last weekend, I spent One Night with Queen (Cover-band) at the Chandler Center for the Arts.  Surrounded by plenty of dining options in downtown Chandler within short walking distance, we ate at El Zocolo for dinner before the show.

Queen ChandlerThe Chandler Center for the Arts is a small venue that resembles a high school auditorium.  Everyseat has a good view to the stage, but the acoustics are better away from the walls.  Even in Row Z (yes, we were 26 rows from the stage with only another 6 rows behind us) we had decent seats. Queen Chandler2 Chandler is not quite up to the same caliber of entertainment as the Showroom at Wildhorse Pass, much less Celebrity Theatre, both of which are much nicer venues.  It is worth keeping watch for upcoming shows coming to Chandler.

Wild Horse Showroom

I have a new favorite Casino showroom at Wild Horse Pass! This intimate little showroom is perfect for comedy shows and small crowd concerts.

Showroom Stage
Showroom Stage

The showroom is intimate and every seat has a fantastic view, similar to Celebrity theatre, but attached to a casino!  The theatre is split between 2 tiers.  The lower level starts stage side and radiates out for up close view of the performers.  The top tier is angled so that every seat has a perfect view of the stage.  Even the last row in the far corner has a perfect line of sight view of the stage.  It is far superior to other local casino venues.

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Seattle and Tacoma Glass Tour

More than just the home of Starbucks, Seattle and nearby Tacoma in Washington state are a Mecca for  glass art.  In every hotel, street corner, Seattle center, and all around the Seatac area are beautiful displays of glass.  On many earlier trips I noticed the glass, but never knew the story.

On this visit to Seattle I found myself in Tacoma for 4 days and 3 nights in the middle of my Seattle visit.  I remember driving through and around Tacoma, but this was the first time that I spent more than a few hours there.  Over the course of these few days, I discovered a few things. Continue reading “Seattle and Tacoma Glass Tour”

Celebrity Theatre Phoenix | Concert Venue with Charm

Celebrity Theatre is a great 1960’s design concert venue located in Phoenix, Arizona.  This circular venue includes a rotating stage to ensure that everyone has a great view of the stage, no matter where your seats are located!

Front Row at Celebrity Theatre
Front Row at Celebrity Theatre
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