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Putting a screenshot of Bing Maps through reverse image search gives a second source (in addition to the forum) which includes some additional information. From The Most Stunning Satelite Photos by the technology publication RumbleRum. Fallon Range Training Complex, Dixie Valley, Nevada, USA The Fallon Range Training Complex is a United States Navy ...


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It is a specific form of irrigation know as Center Pivot Irrigation Fairly simply explained on Wikipedia Center-pivot irrigation (sometimes called central pivot irrigation), also called waterwheel and circle irrigation, is a method of crop irrigation in which equipment rotates around a pivot and crops are watered with sprinklers. A circular area ...


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Saguaro cactus are native specifically to the Sonoran desert. This photo outlines where the Sonoran desert is located. According to this TripAdvisor thread, you will not see them 20 minutes north of Phoenix. They seem to stop growing above 3,000 feet above sea level. You should be able to see them south of Sedona, along I-17 interstate highway.


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You can find Saguaro in South Mountain Park on the south side of Phoenix. Here's a screenshot from Google Street View showing a couple:


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From the discussion here, it seems that the structures are used for military "urban warfare" training and may be constructed from shipping containers. Probably not the best place to visit while on vacation.


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First, let's review the typical roster of questions to anyone -- the iron rule is to never lie and never offer information unasked: Why are you visiting the United States? I wanted to see Nevada. (This is enough.) Where will you be staying? If you have a hotel reservation, bring it printed. Who will you be visiting? You aren't planning to see ...


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Facebook does not have a datacenter anywhere in CA. Their datacenter is in Oregon and another one elsewhere in USA (but I know for a fact that there is none in CA). They also have one in Sweden. In Silicon Valley they have servers but those are colocated at datacenters run by different companies. Visiting a datacenter from outside is never a problem but ...


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Your segment from Palm Springs to Phoenix will probably be along I-10, which passes through Blythe at the Colorado River between Yuma and Lake Havasu City. There will be scattered saguaro all along that stretch of road and more densely populated patches just off the highway, especially to the south-east of Blythe in southern Arizona. When I lived in ...


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Leaving the Phoenix area to the east along Highway 60, there are many many Saguaro between Apache Junction and Superior. Leaving the Phoenix area to the south along the I-10, once you leave the developed area (not too far south of Chandler), you again can see many of them, and can continue to see many of them all the way until you hit the border of New ...


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Unfortunately, yes, you will have problems with most large rental car companies. Accident risks for young drivers are significantly higher, so they either avoid the risk completely, or charge an arm and a leg if you are below 25. Your best chances are to browse local companies; consider also companies that are not located at the airport. Paying a taxi to ...


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There plenty of activities for families with children as young as yours are, and lots at no cost such as Circus Circus or the Children’s Park and Playground at Town Square Shopping Mall. You also want to visit a casino with your wife, and that means child care, which can be done through most hotels. Those that don't offer in-house childcare services can ...


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Most of Las Vegas is very family friendly so you shouldn't have any problem taking the whole family pretty much everywhere. You can visit all the major hotels and attractions with the kids. However, while they are allowed in the hotels, the kids are technically not allowed in the gaming areas so unless you want to actually gamble, you don't need to leave ...


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No, these shuttles are provided for hotel guests, not for anyone to use. Also, some cursory research by Googling seems to show that most major hotels on the strip do charge their guests for using the shuttle. The hotels that provide free shuttles tend to be not the ones you think of when you want to stay on the strip. Those that do offer a free shuttle ...


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As you say, you intend to engage in 100% legal behavior, and, as others have commented, you are entering the USA as a tourist. If they ask, tell them the truth about where you are going, but don't bring up unnecessary facts or use charged language. For example: Officer: Why are you coming in to the US? You: For tourism. Officer: How long will ...


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There is also Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden 10 miles away from downtown Las Vegas. According to the pictures from Google Maps, there are some big cacti there (I don't know whether they are Saguaro or not). Those cacti are not quite "in the wild", but the question as I stated it does not specify whether I'm looking specifically for cacti in the wild. (In ...


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It is very possible that you will need chains. In both California and Nevada, the state may impose "chain controls" when necessary, meaning that it is mandatory to use tire chains in the affected area. Typically this would only be during a snowstorm, and the control would be lifted when the snow stops and the roads are plowed. This would be most likely to ...


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From our personal experience, which I've written down the following blog posts, there are surprisingly lots of fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids. If you are going to be there during the summer, you should choose a family-friendly hotel with a nice pool, like Mirage, MGM Grand, or Mandalay Bay. Many of the resorts along the strip also have kid-friendly ...


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(Really a comment to Johns-305's post, but it won't fit.) I must disagree with Johns-305. While there was a period where Las Vegas tried to market itself as a family destination it was a flop and they went back to the adult playground model. The basic problem is there is very little for kids to do here. Gambling is age-restricted and the gaming commission ...


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You might want to read up on the Donner Party and make up your own mind. While you're unlikely to spend four months trapped in the snow eating your dead, it would seem prudent to carry chains in the middle of winter in the Sierra Nevada (which means "snowy range / mountains in Spanish). I'd rather be mobile with chains than stuck because a rental company ...


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The drive on I-17 between Sedona and Phoenix has wonderful views of saguaros from a car, but not places to hike among them. You should definitely stop at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix; they have great specimens and information. The South Mountain Park and Preserve in SW Phoenix has some great hikes with plenty of saguaros. You can't go to Phoenix ...


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This isn't answering exactly what you asked, but if you are travelling through Palm Springs, and interested in the unique flora of the American southwest, you should make a side trip to Joshua Tree National Park, home to the a desert plant just as iconic and even more restricted in range than the saguaro. (image source)


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Burning Man Festival itself organises a ticket exchange programme for those interested in reselling their tickets. They call it 'STEP' (Secure Ticket Exchange Program). However, for the 2012 festival this is now closed. The Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) is an online system that facilitates the safe resale of tickets that have been purchased ...


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For 2012, it would seem you're out of luck by official routes. The main website describes the ticketing structure and process, and the final dates have indeed passed. A search on ebay reveals at least one seller of tickets, but I'd be very cautious buying tickets second-hand - not that it can't be done though.


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It has become quite difficult to find left luggage facilities in transportation centers in the U.S., but you can speak to the bell desk at any major hotel and ask them to hold bags for you. In a large hotel, the bell desk will operate more or less independently of the front desk, and not care too much whether you are a guest at the hotel or not. You should ...


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Two other excellent locations on they way are Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. They're both a side trip from I15, and both have different but excellent scenery. Doing them both in a single day would probably be too much (unless you start very early), so if you can afford an extra day it would probably be worth it.


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As @waiwai933 said, and it's applicable to most states in the US, you need to be 21 to rent a car. SmarterTravel website summarizes the issue pretty well. What you need to know is that you'll have to pay $25 to $35 a day as Young Driver Fee at most car rental agencies, with a maximum of $300 (so for rentals over 10 days you don't pay any more for the rest) ...


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I lived in Las Vegas for about a year. I was never once checked for Id. Come to think about it I have never been checked for ID at any casino anywhere. Maybe I just look old.


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You may need chains, it depends on the road conditions. tahoeroads.info says whether chains are currently required in South Lake Tahoe (highway 50) and is updated in realtime. Disclaimer: I created this website


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It should go without saying that buying in the open market is a bad idea, but don't forget Craigslist.


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