cultural bus tours Overview
Although the research presentations will last 5 days, most participants would look forward to something beyond the presentations. In parallel with the presentations, each conference delegate that registers for the 5-day conference is entitled to two free bus tours. Each tour results in a unique experience that blends the area's history, tourism and multiculturalism as the delegates get to know each other during the bus tour events. Given that the delegates hail from various disciplines, there is always something new to learn for the intellectually curious.
red rock canyon tour (14 March 2018)
Our first visit will be to the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, located west of Las Vegas in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The many springs in these mountains provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men and settlers into the area. The Ranch is a 520-acre oasis.
We will then proceed to the Red Rock Loop home of the (i) Calico Hills, (ii) Limestone Indian roasting pits, and (iii) the petroglyphs at Willow Springs.
We will have a free buffet, and end our tour experience at Freemont Street, the second most famous street in Las Vegas after the Strip. This is where many famous casinos such as Binion's Horseshoe and Golden Nugget made their name. It was the abundance of neon signs, like cowboy Vegas Vic, that earned the street the nickname Glitter Gulch.
GRAND CANYON WEST TOUR (15 MARCH 2018)
Owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, Grand Canyon West provides an opportunity to connect with nature and explore the West Rim of the Grand Canyon from top to bottom. Delegates will be able to soak in nature's beauty at their own pace after the tour bus drops us at the entrance to the canyon and a hop-on hop-off shuttle takes over for departure to the various viewpoints including the Hualapai Ranch, Eagle Point and Guano Point.
We will walk 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon on the horeshoe-shaped glass bridge. In the old days, the most thrilling view one could get of the Grand Canyon came standing at its edge. In 2007, that view got even better with the opening of the Skywalk. This 10-foot wide bridge extends 70 feet out over the rim of the Canyon. Look down and you can see right through the glass platform, an engineering marvel which offers unparalleled views of one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders.