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Soon You May Need Reservations To Visit Arches National Park

June 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

If your summer vacation involves a visit to Utah's Arches National Park, your chances to swing by for an impromptu visit may be dwindling. Apparently the crowds are getting just too darn crowded, and the park's superintendent has proposed a reservation system to help keep the herds in check.

According to the Associated Press, a reservation system has been suggested to reduce swells of crowds on certain days, and allow the park — and its rangers — to better handle the swarms of visitors. The park is already planning to charge higher fees during peak hours to help spread out crowds — which rose 20 percent last year — but dangerous traffic conditions over Memorial Day weekend really drove home the need for more significant steps. (State police even had to close the park entrance because the traffic was too much to handle.)

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Set Sail Aboard The Zumba Cruise In 2016

May 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

It’s probably a safe bet that the last time you went on a cruise you gained some weight. We’re hardly judging, and we’d likely do the same. Between all the buffets, umbrella drinks, and relaxing, it's easy to pack on some pounds. But now there’s a cruise that might help you lose a few instead: Royal Caribbean is teaming up with Zumba.

Pack your parachute pants (or whatever they’re called) and hit the high seas with the inaugural Zumba Cruise, set to depart Fort Lauderdale on January 25, 2016. They’re promising the fittest and most fun cruise ever, but we’ll believe it when we see it — because even just thinking about all that exercise kind of tires us out.

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Do You Know How To 'Find Your Park'? We Bet You Will Soon

April 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | ()

There’s a whole weekend of free national parks coming your way as complimentary admission is part of the first few days of National Park Week April 18-19. That’s all fine and dandy, but what if you’re not able to figure out the best park for you? Well, that’s where the National Park Service steps in with their new promotion and marketing spinFind Your Park.

First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will partner with the park service as part of the promotion, as everyone goes all in to show what America has in her backyard.

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The Hills Will Be Alive on May 24 for the European Day of Parks

April 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

Here in the nifty fifty we have all kinds of days and weeks devoted to national parks, but apparently we aren’t the only ones celebrating the great outdoors. Those in Europe get in on the fun as well as European Day of Parks is a thing and it’s coming up next month.

This year things are scheduled to take place on May 24, as they embrace the motto—Nature is our Business. The events and activities depend on the park, but expect lessons on the importance of protected areas to the development—environmental and otherwise—of the region. It sounds like special marketplaces will be set up to show off local products and other green goodies.

Things have been taking place like this since 1999, after the folks over at the EUROPARC Federation thought something like this might be a good idea. So if you’re in the neighborhood towards the end of May be sure to skip a museum and head into a park, show nature some support, and enjoy the day.

[Photo of Krkonoše National Park: EUROPARC / Facebook]

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Skip Powerball and Enter This Grand Canyon Lottery Instead

February 11, 2015 at 6:35 PM | by | ()

The Powerball jackpot is approaching $500 million, but there’s another lottery worth checking out this month. That’s the one over at the Grand Canyon, as it’s time for the annual entry period to score a chance for a non-commercial river trip.

Winners won’t be heading out on the Colorado River until 2016, but with only 472 permits available for 12 to 25 day river trips during next year, this could be a big win for an outdoor enthusiast. For those looking to put names and information in the hat for a chance to win note that applications are accepted between now and noon on February 24.

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New Year, New Free Admission Days to U.S. National Parks

January 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM | by | ()

Those credit card bills from the holidays are going to be here sooner than later, so it’s time to take advantage of some travel freebies. Just as in years past Uncle Sam is giving away access to a slice of his backyard, as there are a bunch of free admission days to national parks across the nifty fifty during 2015.

The government will get you back around Tax Day, but for now look forward to the following free admission days:

· January 19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

· February 14-16—Presidents Day Weekend

· April 18-19—Opening Weekend of National Park Week

· August 25—National Park Service Birthday

· September 26—National Public Lands Day

· November 11—Veterans Day

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5 Holiday Fun Runs Featuring Santas, Sweaters, and Hot Chocolate

December 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | ()

Screw the shopping and holiday responsibilities this weekend, and do something for yourself. Hit the course with these holiday runs, marathons, and 5Ks. Sure there’s a little bit of exercise involved, but since it’s Christmas time they are complete with music, candy canes, and plenty of Santa outfits:

Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk — Carmel, Indiana

Hot chocolate and donuts at the finish line?—sign us up! Take a break from shopping this weekend, and hit the course at the Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk in Carmel, Indiana. Things start at 9am on December 20 at the Monon Community Center, and if you register early enough in advance—score a Santa hat and beard.

Santa and Suds 5K Run/Walk – Clearwater, Florida

Burn off some of those holiday calories, and then put them right back on this weekend. The race begins at 3pm on December 21, and participants are welcome to run, walk, or just stroll along. All finishers will score a free beer at the finish line from Capitol Beer House, so that’s pretty darn wonderful.

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Cycling from Brewery to Brewery in Belgium is Totally Possible

Where: Belgium
December 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM | by | ()

Beer makes everything better.

This is you at brunch, when your friend asks, "Want to run a half-marathon with me?"

This is you at brunch, when your friend asks, “Want to bicycle for 10 days and 200 miles across Belgium, drinking lots of awesome beer?”


Please direct your attention (and your hypothetical friend) to Beercycling, a nifty business that organizes brewery-hopping bicycle trips. Among the awesome-sounding excursions slated for next Spring is a 10-Day Flanders Adventure Tour that covers 200 cycles across Belgium, encompassing eight towns and 10 breweries.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Five Chances to Win College Football Vacations

December 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM | by | ()

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are five vacation contests to enter right now that will help you enjoy a big win with a big game:

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Slide the Ice at These 4 Bobsled Tracks Open to the Public

December 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | ()

If you’re sick of the slopes this winter there’s a different kind of run to get your adrenaline going—the bobsled run. The tracks are few and far between, and it looks like there’s actually only a handful doing their thing within the United States and Canada—at least according to Wikipedia.

No experience necessary, as they’re eager to welcome newcomers and adventure seekers alike. So without further ado here’s the four spots where you can ride in a bobsled this winter:

Winter Comet Bobsled – Park City, Utah

Like we said, if hitting the slopes isn’t getting a little boring there’s always the bobsled run. Now through December 19 they’re even offering up a deal. Only $129.50 will get you a ride down the 2002 Olympic track, and of course the ultimate bragging rights to friends on social media. It’s all part of Utah Olympic Park—book online right here.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Hit the Slopes with 6 Chances to Win a Ski Vacation

November 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM | by | ()

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are six vacation contests to enter right now that will help you truly enjoy the winter weather:

Roam With Rice Sweepstakes – Wyoming Tourism

The big prize here is a trip to Wyoming, and that includes plenty of opportunities to hit the slopes. The winner gets a chance to take on the mountains with Travis Rive, and that’s in addition to a four-night trip for two to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. They’ll include airfare, accommodations, lift tickets, and a pair of snowboards too. Get your details in order, as you have until January 5 to enter this contest—good luck.

Steamboat Boat Load Sweepstakes

No need to hit the local mountain this year, as we have a feeling that you might be the big winner on this ski season contest. Just submit your information before April 12, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. The grand prize is a VIP trip for four people to the Steamboat Ski Resort—over in Colorado—and that includes airfare, lift tickets, lodging, ski rentals, and a couple other goodies. Even if you miss the big prize, there are other prizes too like skis, boots, snowboards, and GoPro cameras.

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Did You Know You Can Ski Inside Yosemite National Park?

November 18, 2014 at 3:45 PM | by | ()

As you prep for ski season by tracking snow reports and searching for deals, you're no doubt making a mental list of which hills you'd like to hit. We'd like to put another on your radar, one you may not have known existed: Badger Pass Ski Area inside Yosemite National Park.

That's right. As if Yosemite couldn't get any more glorious, it's best kept secret is that it offers downhill skiing during the winter. To be fair, it is pretty modest when compared against the other major players over in Tahoe. It only has 10 runs, a maximum vertical drop of 800 feet, and 85% of its terrain is dedicated to beginner and intermediate levels. But it's a cool choice for beginners who want to learn to ski in style, especially this season as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

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