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In Sedona vortexes are created, not by wind or water, but from spiraling spiritual energy. The vortexes of Sedona are named because they are believed to be spiritual locations where the energy is right to facilitate prayer, mediation and healing.
This guide provides Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk price information, how to get there and what to expect during your visit to the Hualapai Indian lands attraction.
Santa Fe is one of the top destinations in the Southwest. These are the top 12 things to do and see in Santa Fe.
Arizona's high country and botanical gardens are a fantastic place to find fall foliage and color. We guide you to fall foliage sites in Arizona. Be sure and bring your camera!
Algodones or Los Algodones, Mexico is an unusual little border town. What’s so unusual about Algodones? We heard that within a four block radius there are more pharmacies, doctors, dentists and opticians than a similar four block area anywhere else in the world!
Quartzsite AZ is a special place that has been a rock-hound's paradise since the 1960s. More than a million people visit the area each winter, many of them in RVs, especially during January and February.
Going Nude in Texas - Naturist Clubs, Resorts and Information
Should you or shouldn't you cross the border into Nogales, Mexico? We were surprised by the ease of crossing the border and what was to be found on the other side. We provide you with what you need to know about Nogales, Mexico from the perspective of a visitor.
This traveler came upon a vortex in Sedona or did she? This rainbow effect had never appeared in her photos anywhere else. She wonders if this is a vortex energy field. Page 2.
Those who live in the Southwest or travel to the Southwest, often consider travel on Southwest Airlines. Here are some insider tips on how to save money and ease your travel on Southwest Airlines.
Should you visit Area 51? Area 51 in Nevada is a world-wide destination for UFO enthusiasts. What what will you actually see the desert and small towns around Area 51? Is it worth visiting?
Going Nude in Colorado - Naturist Clubs, Resorts and Information
The Southwest United States' Best Annual Events and Festivals.
Enjoy budget and free activities in Tucson, Arizona. A little money goes a long way toward having fun in Tucson – from art and history, to science and outdoor adventure. Frugal visitors can enjoy a host of fun and educational activities in the Old Pueblo for $10 per person or less.
I just found out about the joys of the holidays in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sometimes the best ideas come from enthusiastic friends who have explored their secret holiday place for several years and cannot contain their excitement.
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The new Cardinals Stadium is located in Glendale, about 20 miles west of Downtown Phoenix. The stadium is the first and only stadium in North America that is capable of completely removing the grass playing field from the stadium. Cardinals Stadium will be the location of Super Bowl XLII in 2008. Page 3.
If you are planning for a vacation in America's southwest, you will want to include our top vacation destinations. We have all you need to know to plan your southwest vacation.
Baby Loves Disco is a fun place to enjoy music with your baby or toddler. Really!
Traveling through Utah and Northern Arizona? You may encounter the communities of Colorado City, Arizona or Hildale, Utah. Polygamous sects have founded isolated communities in the Southwest, and have developed a society that defies the laws of both Arizona and Utah. The sects supports polygamous marriage including the marriage of under-age girls and older men.
Going Nude in Nevada - Naturist Clubs, Resorts and Information
Monument Valley, one of the most spectacular sights in the southwestern United States, is located in northeast Arizona although the entrance is actually in Utah.
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Santa Fe's historic Plaza is the center of activity for visitors and locals alike. Whether you are attending an annual festival or going shopping, the Plaza is where you will want to be.
Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel. You can visit this beautiful dam and see the sparkling blue waters of Lake Mead, walk across the dam, and if you have the right vehicle, drive across Hoover Dam.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is an amazing place to visit and to hike. Located just 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 55 miles northeast of Albuquerque, Tent Rocks is easily accessible from I-25, with plenty of signs to guide you along your way.
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You never know what you will see when you follow a Las Vegas local down a back corridor at the Bellagio Hotel. We came upon a marvelous, scrumptious contraption at the Jean-Philippe Patisserie. What we saw was amazing… a glass-encased 27 foot high chocolate fountain with 2,100 pounds of melted flowing chocolate to tempt us.
White Stallion Ranch - Tucson's White Stallion Dude Ranch - Arizona
Enjoy budget and free activities in Tucson, Arizona. A little money goes a long way toward having fun in Tucson – from art and history, to science and outdoor adventure. Frugal visitors can enjoy a host of fun and educational activities in the Old Pueblo for $10 per person or less. Page 2.
Trading posts of the southwest. History, culture, understanding the pawn system and how to shop at local trading posts. Features list of Gallup trading posts.
Save on Las Vegas Show tickets with Tix 4 Tonight. Just like in New York, where you can buy Broadway tickets the afternoon of the show, Las Vegas has a place where folks who don't plan ahead and who want to save some bucks for the slot machines, can line up and save.
Looking for Fall color? From the Aspens of Colorado to the riot of color in Arizona's high country, the Southwestern United States offers a leaf-peeper's paradise. We have chosen sites that take you to where the colors are.
You may not be a naturist but sometimes you just want to go somewhere where you can be nude for awhile. It's hot in the Southwest and there are places where you can be topless by the pool or nude in the resort's hot tub. This isn't a list for naturists, but it's a good start for someone who's clothing is getting the best of them.
How to classify Sedona Vortexes and use them for spritual exploration. It’s not easy to figure out what the Sedona Vortexes are all about. Some say the vortex is a result of intersecting Ley Lines, some say vortexes are formed by magnetic energy and yet others point out that the energy flow of vortexes exists on a dimension deeper than electricity or magnetism
Holiday time at the Grand Canyon is magical. The crowds are gone, the hotels decorated, and special festivities are scheduled. We help you plan for your Grand Canyon winter holiday visit.
Barrett-Jackson Auction Company holds the world-famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Arizona annually in January. Whether you are in the market for a world-class classic car or just enjoy looking at them the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is not to be missed.
San Antonio's River Walk is a tourist's paradise. You will find shops, restaurants, and hotels lining the San Antonio River. With sidewalks, stairs to the street level, historic sites to tour, and boats floating lazily down the canals, you will find plenty to enjoy in this area of San Antonio. In late November, the River Walk takes on a holiday glow. The colorful lights along the river will put you in the holiday mood.
Visiting the ancient Sky City of Acoma Pueblo high on the top of a mesa 370 feet above the desert floor. New museum and cultural center is not to be missed as you tour New Mexico. Acoma's history dates back as early as 1100 A.D.
Visiting Zuni Pueblo - What You Need to Know. The best part of visiting Zuni was that it was seemingly untouched by time. Important religious ceremonies go on from year to year, and families pass down language and tradition.
Enjoy budget and free activities in Tucson, Arizona. A little money goes a long way toward having fun in Tucson – from art and history, to science and outdoor adventure. Frugal visitors can enjoy a host of fun and educational activities in the Old Pueblo for $10 per person or less. Page 4.
Visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Location: 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona 85743 Map
When you are in the Southwest, it is very tempting to cross the border for a little shopping and Mexican culture. Tips, rules and information for a safe visit to Mexico.
The plant, pencil cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli), is both a popular Southwest U.S. landscaping plant as well as a threat to some people.
Rock Art Ranch is a private ranch where the buffalo roam and some of the most fascinating Anasazi petroglyphs can be seen. Conact the owner and he will show you where to climb down into a beautiful canyon with etched walls that will keep you guessing as to their meaning.
There are many places to ski within a short drive from Denver, Colorado.
The Cosanti bell foundry in Paradise Valley, Arizona is the residence and sculpture studio of Paolo Soleri and his staff. The foundry creates beautiful bells which can be purchased on site.
Enjoy budget and free activities in Tucson, Arizona. A little money goes a long way toward having fun in Tucson – from art and history, to science and outdoor adventure. Frugal visitors can enjoy a host of fun and educational activities in the Old Pueblo for $10 per person or less. Page 3.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum maintains the Georgia O'Keeffe home in Abiquiu which she purchased in 1945. You can tour the home by reservation. Find out more about touring the Georgia O'Keeffe home in Abiquiu
Since 1958, the World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up has been held in Sweetwater, Texas and sponsored by the Sweetwater Jaycees. The Round-Up is held annually on the 2nd weekend in March at the Nolan County Coliseum.
Tips for easing travel on Southwest Airlines. Page 2.
Laughlin, Nevada is a gambler's paradise right on the Colorado River. With great water sports, low cost rooms and lots of gambling, Laughlin is a destination for the savvy gambler and vacationer.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is home to beautiful shops, galleries and restaurants, but there are great outdoor things to do as well. We have chosen some great places to walk and hike during your Santa Fe vacation.
Southwest Airlines jokes and corporate humor. Whether it's the flight crew making the jokes or an outsider having fun at the expense of this successful airline, frequent fliers and those considering flying Southwest will have a chuckle.
Glendale Glitters is a holiday tradition in the Phoenix area. From the post Thanksgiving spectacular kick-off to the Glitter and Glow January Block Party, Glendale Glitters is an event not to be missed.
Taos Pueblo, located just outside the historic area of Taos, New Mexico is the largest surviving multi-storied Pueblo structure in the United States. Taos Pueblo has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pueblo is on the United Nations World Heritage List.
Wickenburg Arizona's Gold Rush Days will transport you back in time to enjoy the Gold Rush as well as give you an opportunity to enjoy arts and crafts, food and music.
The Mexican Hat rock formation is a great stopping off point if you are traveling between Monument Valley and Natural Bridges National Monument. The nearby town of Mexican Hat is a small community straddling the San Juan River. Mexican Hat is located on Highway 163, 24 miles west of Bluff.
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What are Dream Catchers? Throughout the Southwest you will see a round hoop with what appears to be a woven web. They are called Dream Catchers. But are they actually Native American? We provide you with the history and lore of the Dream Catcher and provide resources for making and purchasing Dream Catchers.
A visit to the Hopi Mesas, located in northern Arizona, is a trip back in time. The Hopi people came to the Mesas in ancient times. Hopi is the oldest continually practiced culture in the United States. According to Hopi guides, Hopi religion and culture have been practiced for over 3,000 years. We provide you with information on touring the Hopi mesas and how to choose a guide.
Like so many things in Santa Fe, Christmas is celebrated just a little differently. The combination of Western, Hispanic and Native American traditions blend into a holiday celebration not duplicated anywhere else. Here's information on all the Christmas delights in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Hieroglyphic Canyon Trail - One crisp winter day we headed east from Phoenix to the beautiful Superstition Mountains. Our destination was a short but scenic hike.
Bisbee AZ, once a thriving copper mining town, is unique because of the way it has evolved over the years. Now home to retirees and artists, Bisbee features historic buildings, homes and streets.
The La Posada Hotel, Winslow, Arizona is a gem of history that has continually changed and evolved from gracious hacienda to the Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter inspired beautiful hotel of today.
Native American Heishi Jewelry, most often from Kewa Pueblo (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo), is an ancient art form now prized by collectors. Find out how heishi beads are made and why buying from the artisan is important.
If you have ever waited in line to enter the Grand Canyon National Park or have squeezed past hoards of tourists trying to get a glimpse of the Canyons beauty, you deserve to treat yourself to at least one off-season visit. The top reasons we recommend holiday time at the Canyon may entice you to pack up the family and head out on Christmas Eve rather than settling in by the fireplace at home.
The javelina is a dark grey peccary (not a pig) with a subtle white collar. Javelina live in semi desert areas of Mexico and Southwestern United States
Located north of Phoenix, Arizona, this park allows for activities such as boating, camping and hiking. Learn more here, including about fees and hours.
Santa Fe’s Railyard is now home to more than trains. It is fast becoming a vibrant eclectic area filled with art, dining, entertainment and recreation. The Railyard is another central Santa Fe destination.
What you need to know about Grand Canyon Mule Trips. While most visitors gather to gawk at the canyon from the rim look-outs and head for the gift shops, the more adventurous may find that a mule trip into the canyon will make their visit to the Grand Canyon truly memorable.
The Top Restaurants for Green Chile Dishes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Traveling to the Grand Canyon can be confusing. Do you want to take a mule trip? See the new Skywalk? We lead you to the best Grand Canyon information sources.
Pueblo Indian Pottery is highly collectible. The Pueblo Indians have been making pottery for about 2000 years. While early pottery was made primarily for their own use, contemporary Indian pottery is mostly decorative.
Santa Fe is a mecca for shoppers. Whether you are decorating your home in Southwest decor or are looking for that special piece of Indian jewelry, Santa Fe will have what you are looking for. We provide you with suggestions for a great Santa Fe shopping experience.
Santa Fe, the City Different, is a wonderful place to explore. Many Santa Fe New Mexico places are free to visitors.[
Love trains? All aboard! Enjoy scenic and historic train rides in the Southwest. We have selected some great excursions for train buffs and sightseers alike.
In the beautiful Southwest, you can enjoy the snow or choose a more sunny climate. There is much to do and see in December.
Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona hosts live Thoroughbred racing October through May.
Altitude Sickness affects almost one out of three people who travel to high altitude destinations. What’s high altitude? Well for some, it might be 5,000 feet while for others it might not be an issue until they hit 10,000 feet. Altitude sickness is unpredictable. It can affect the young fit hiker as well as the elderly traveler. It can affect you one one trip but not the next.
Antelope Slot Canyon in northern Arizona is a mystically beautiful place. Light plays off the red sandstone walls, tour guides may play Indian flute for you and you will marvel at how the water gets from one end of the canyon to the next.
Trading posts of the southwest. History, culture, understanding the pawn system and how to shop at local trading posts. Features list of Gallup trading posts. Page 2.
Finding the right Sedona Vortex and how to use the Vortex for meditation and stress reduction. Page 2.
When we think of traveling Arizona, the magesty of the Grand Canyon comes to mind, but Arizona has some other great canyons you can visit and some are hidden finds. Have a Look at Arizona’s Other Spectacular Canyons.
A Route 66 town by town guide to the Southwestern United States. Page 3.
Enjoy Santa Fe's ARTFeast. Each February, the arts and culinary venues collide for a marvelous combination named ARTFeast. Participants can enjoy a delicious tasting tour of Santa Fe's galleries.
San Antonio, Texas is a holiday destination. The holiday season traditionally kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, and that’s no different in San Antonio, where the River Walk,normally lit by those big Texas stars, bursts into its brightest display of the year, ushering in a month’s worth of festive special events that have an authentic Alamo City feel
Monument Valley, one of the most spectacular sights in the southwestern United States, is located in northeast Arizona although the entrance is actually in Utah. Page 2.
Want to find dark sky sites in the Arizona? Arizona is an astronomer’s dream. Observatories have been built the mountains across the state. Many of these have extensive public outreach programs and offer tours and viewing opportunities year-round. In addition, dark rangers present “tours of the universe” at some of the best dark-skies sites in the country and bed and breakfast inns offer in-room telescopes, viewing decks and private observatories for stargazers.
Colorado events, holiday fun and things to do in December.
Aviation Nation is the largest free public event in Nevada and draws spectators from around the world in celebration of Veterans Day weekend each November.
Every August Gallup plays host to Native Americans from across the United States in a massive Inter-tribal ceremonial. The Indoor and Outdoor Marketplace and the Ceremonial Showroom present the country's most complete and varied displays of genuine Indian fine arts, including Navajo rugs, kachinas, jewelry, pottery and basketry. There are socials, rodeos and parades.
A leisurely Colorado River raft trip an be a highlight of your visit to northern Arizona. Colorado River Discovery provides raft trips from the base of Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry.
Fiesta San Antonio takes place each April to honor those who fought at the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto and to celebrate the city's rich and diverse cultures.
From a mule trip into the Grand Canyon, to a wild west show in Tombstone, the "town too tough to die,"
Page, Arizona didn't exist until the 1950's and the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. Now Page is a destination for Lake Powell water sports, float trips down the Colorado River, hiking the slot canyons and much more.
Lighting the way for people during the Christmas Posadas, lanterns and bonfires, gave way to the current day tradition of Luminarias and Farolitos. Celebrate the light of Christmas with your own southwest tradition.
Fall brings color, smells and special tastes to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Enjoy the Wine and Chili Fiesta, take a scenic drive to see the Fall colors or smell the roasting chilis on the corners throughout Santa Fe.
Bandelier National Monument is north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Enjoy 70 miles of trails and visit important archaeological sites. Ancestral Pueblo cliff homes are still present and visitors can actually climb via ladder into some of the rooms.
The Southwest is an ideal place to spend a Thanksgiving holiday. Many areas are warm and some have accumulated enough snow that you can ski on Thanksgiving.
Find out about turquoise, how to buy turquoise and where to learn more about these beautiful stones.
Information on boating, fishing, picnicking and hiking for Saguaro Lake, a very scenic recreation area only 41 miles from Phoenix, Arizona.
Colorado Events and Things to Do for October - Festivals, Parades and Children's Activities for Halloween.
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Want to find dark sky sites in New Mexico? New Mexico offers many dark-sky destinations and events. The possibilities afforded by its clear night skies draw dark-sky tourists from around the world.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend high tea at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel. This daily affair (offered from noon to 4 p.m.) is steeped in tradition (excuse the pun) and a wonderful way to spend a nice afternoon.
Winslow, Arizona, right on old Route 66, is a gem waiting to be discovered. With a growing historical downtown, the famous Standin' on a Corner Park and the beautiful La Posada Historic Hotel, Winslow is certainly worth a stop. Enjoy our photos of Winslow and follow in our footsteps. Page 14.
Along with Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium (Cardinals) Glendale's new Westgate City Center Village offers a sports, retail and entertainment village.
In recent years, the South Congress Avenue District – aka SoCo -- has become more than just a small strip of road south of Downtown. To the contrary, it’s become a destination of its own, featuring funky boutiques, diverse restaurants, up-tempo bars, down-to-earth honky tonks and everything in between. If you’re heading to South Congress, here are some things you need to know.
Canyon de Chelly, located in the northeast corner of Arizona 3 miles (4.8 km) from Route 191 in Chinle, AZ. Canyon de Chelly is Arizona's second largest canyon.
Wine tasting is at it's best in Southern Arizona Wine Country. The Wine Country is about 55 miles from Tucson, Arizona. The areas you will want to visit are Sonoita and Elgin and the beautiful rolling countryside in between.
Sedona, Arizona is a magical place. There is so much to see and do in Sedona. Some come to experience the spiritual side of Sedona and visit the Vortex sites. And others come to relax at a resort and shop at the galleries and boutiques. Or maybe finding some great hiking sites is what you want to do. No matter what, you will not be disappointed by Sedona.
Arizona touring for free. You'll find some great ideas for touring in northern Arizona that will cost you absolutely nothing.
Everyone raves about the pies at the Rock Springs Cafe. So I headed down I-17 and took the exit leading me to the Cafe. What I found was much more than pie.
The Red Rocks Amphitheater, located 15 miles west of Denver, is a an open-air venue for concerts with spectacular views of the city and natural surroundings
Shop for rocks and minerals in Quartzsite and items made from rocks and minerals. Page 6.
Travel with dogs can be easy if you know where your canine companion is welcome. Find out where you can stay with your dog, exercise your dog and care for your dog while on vacation.
Want to find dark sky sites in the Nevada? Nevada is known best for its bright lights and gambling but it does offer some destinations with night skies that attract stargazers and amateur astronomers.
This is an article for Native American art collectors and first time buyers alike. With the ability of people from other countries like the Philippines and China to copy our American Indian designs using cheap materials and selling them at low prices, it is even more important that we become educated in the beauty and value of real Native American art.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a vintage steam locomotive driven excursion train leaving either from Antonito, Colorado or Chama, New Mexico. You will journey throught spectacular mountains, canyons and valleys.
The Southwest US, even in the desert, has rivers and lakes for recreation, fishing and boating. This map of Colorado shows the rivers and lakes.
Want to find dark sky sites in the Arizona? Arizona is an astronomer’s dream. Part III of our Dark Sky Arizona Article. Page 3.
Tips and Hints for Low-cost Travel on Southwest Airlines - Updates. Page 3.
Planning and orientation maps of the Southwestern United States.
The Grand Canyon is one of the major attractions of the Southwest. It is one of those places you must
Carson City, just 30 minutes from Reno, is the capitol of Nevada. It’s an unassuming town, but worth a stop just to soak up the charm of the vintage homes and gardens. Spend at least a day in Carson City and find out what Nevada history treasures you can find. Carson City is colorful, quaint and definitely will hold your interest.
Texas has joined Utah and Arizona in taking a stand agains polygamy involving under-age children. On a 2008 raid, Texas authorities removed 416 children from the Eldorado FLDS compound. Page 2.
Marfa, Texas guide to the mystery lights, accommodations, restaurants, activities and events.
You can drive yourself or take a jeep tour to Wickenburg's beautiful box canyon by driving right up the Hassayampa River.
Each November Page, Arizona, home of Lake Powell, holds a balloon regatta.
The artist, Georgia O'Keeffe is known for her paintings of the New Mexico landscape as well as her floral pieces. To tour O'Keeffe country is to see New Mexico through the eyes of the artist. We start our tour at the O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and travel to the countryside to see her home in Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch.
Yuma, Arizona is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. Combine that with the yearly influx of snowbirds, seasonal winter visitors, and you might wonder why most people know little about sunny, historic Yuma, Arizona.
Find out what to expect on a Grand Canyon Mule Trip. Page 2.
The Red Rock Balloon Rally is held annually the first weekend of December in Gallup, New Mexico.
About Visiting Tombstone: Tombstone, Arizona is a historic Wild West town dubbed the "town too tough
Double D Western World in Wickenburg is a great place to shop for trendy western wear, boots and home decor. Page 3.
Navajo Sandpainting, once only part of Navajo ceremonial life, has become an art form available to collectors and visitors alike. Page 2.
The southwestern states are diverse yet travelers still need to know the type of weather they will encounter. From season to season, we provide weather information for Southwest states travel.
What time is it right now? This guide will help you set your clock as you travel through the Southwestern United States.
The Turquoise Trail is a scenic highway linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe through rolling hills with mountain views and quaint historic mining towns. The Trail begins to the South in Tijeras and the Cibola National Forest, then heads north through Cedar Crest, Sandia Park, Edgewood, Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, before ending in the San Marcos/Lone Butte Area.
Here's the best things to do and see in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Nevada is a major Southwest destination. With great casinos, shows and fine dining, you may never venture past The Strip. But if you want a bit more, we have some great ideas for your Las Vegas Vacation. Here are some great Las Vegas attractions.
Want to find dark sky sites in New Mexico? New Mexico offers many dark-sky destinations and events. The possibilities afforded by its clear night skies draw dark-sky tourists from around the world. Page 2.
The Coolest Things to See and Do in the Mile High City
Arizona's Grand Canyon Railway presents the popular Polar Express trips each holiday season.
It's important to buy authentic Native American art. Here's a list of places you can go to see fantastic art and to purchase a piece that is authentic.
The Grand Canyon Railroad is expanding its steam locomotive fleet with the acquisition of locomotive No. 539. The large locomotive arrived in Williams after being transported by rail from Battle Ground, Wash., aboard three flat cars.
How to choose authentic Native American gifts and souvenirs. Shopping is often a cornerstone of many vacations, and travelers often shop for items that reflect the distinctiveness of the destination they are visiting.
When you are in the Southwest, it is very tempting to cross the border for a little shopping and Mexican culture. Tips, rules and information for a safe visit to Mexico. Page 2.