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We all like to brag about our hometowns, and now it's time to make our love official: Instagram official.
Outside Magazine is holding its annual Best Towns contest, selecting 60 of what they consider to be America's best outdoor towns. But as anyone who watched the NCAA tournament knows, it takes 64 to fill a bracket, and Outside is leaving it up to the public to decide which final four make the cut.
Southern Utah Travel / Utah Travel / Salt Lake City Travel / Denver Travel / Las Vegas Travel / Phoenix Travel / Adventure Travel / Park City Travel / → All Tags
Salt Lake City and the surrounding ski areas are Utah's biggest tourist draw, providing a remarkable combination of quality skiing and extreme accessibility. Mountain towns like Park City are also a big draw during the summer, with convenience a major contributing factor. Fly into SLC, and the mountains are 45 minutes away.
The southern part of the state doesn't have quite the same luck. The abundance of state and national parks in Southern Utah is arguably a better draw for adventure travelers, but the problem is getting there. There are no major cities, making it a difficult region for out-of-state or cross country travelers to access.
Southern Utah is loaded with state and national parks, a list that includes Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Snow Canyon, and Bryce Canyon. All of these are known for, among other things, their beautiful rock formations. One of the most unique is also one of the area's smallest, Goblin Valley, famous for its lollipop formations that resemble mushrooms, or goblin heads. If you remember, it's where this idiot taught us what not to do when traveling through a state or national park.
At just under five square miles, Goblin Valley is just a blip on the radar when compared to nearby Arches (120 square miles) and Canyonlands (527 square miles). Despite its small size, there are an abundance of naturally formed caverns you can comfortably explore to lose the crowds. There are three established hiking trails, but "unofficial" trails are found all over the park, winding their way through the goblin heads and between the buttes.
Channel Islands / Island Travel / California Travel / Santa Cruz Island / Adventure Travel / Camping / National Parks / → All Tags
View from the Cavern Point Loop of Scorpion Bay
Yesterday, we showed you a glimpse of what it's like to hike around Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. We continue that showcase today with more photos, but also with some practical information on how to make a visit a reality. Because of its location off the coast and the lack of services available on the island, all visitors, both overnight campers and day trippers, must be prepared and aware of what to expect.
California Travel / Island Travel / Channel Islands / Santa Cruz Island / Adventure Travel / Camping / → All Tags
California's Channel Islands are a group of five islands about 25 miles off the central coast, most dramatically visible from the shores of Santa Barbara County. Preserved as a National Park, outdoor recreation is the big draw for visitors to the chain. Hiking and kayaking are the most popular activities, and camping is permitted on all five of the islands.
This past weekend, we made our way to the largest island, Santa Cruz, and set up shop at Scorpion Bay camp site. With no services on the island, visitors must bring everything they need for the length of their stay. This week, we'll walk you through what you need to know: How to get there, what to bring, and what to see and do.
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This year's ski season is winding down but there are some big plans for the ski scene in Park City next year.
Vail Resorts made waves in the ski industry when it announced that it had purchased Park City Mountain Resort back in the fall. At that time, it was speculated that Vail could combine, or at least create a strong connection, between PCMR and its neighboring resort, Canyons.
This week, that speculation became a reality. Vail received unanimous approval from the Park City Planning Commission to implement a $50 million "Capital Improvement Plan" that will create the largest ski area in North America (7,300 skiable acres) by connecting PCMR and Canyons via a gondola. It will also complete a number of other upgrades, such as upgraded lifts and restaurants.
Welcome to Chile. Want to star in an “Indiana Jones” movie? You’re in luck.
Dust off your felt fedora and practice your bullwhip crack, because the Montaña Mágica Lodge looks like something straight out of a Harrison Ford flick. In fact, the only way to access this luxury hotel, which is nestled within a 300,000-acre biological reserve in the southern Andes, is by traversing a swinging rope bridge of wooden planks.
To really up the adventure ante, request that staff hide behind thickets and assail you with poison-tipped blowgun darts! (Just kidding, they don’t do that. Well, maybe if you ask nicely.)
Dear snorkelers and scuba divers:
Have you ever experienced a trip out into the water which was so impressive, effortless, and magical that you just know you'll be comparing all future water adventures to it?
Such was our recent experience during a dive off the south coast of Kauai, Hawaii, with the island's Seasport Divers.
What made it special enough to become the best scuba dive of our lives (so far)? During the long, long flight home from Hawaii, we boiled down the exceptional experience to 8 factors to look in every future dive:
Travel Tips / Lake Tahoe Travel / South Lake Tahoe Travel / California Travel / Adventure Travel / → All Tags
As the largest alpine lake in North America with over a dozen ski resorts and epic Ponderosa Pine covered wilderness, Lake Tahoe is a year round destination for active, adventure travelers. The town of South Lake Tahoe is slowly but surely developing a softer side to complement that once-rugged atmosphere, but we'll dive into that later this week. First, let's take a look at the best way to get there.
Lake Tahoe's own small airport hasn't run commercial flights in over a decade, and there remains three options for travelers flying in: San Francisco, Sacramento, or Reno. Where you're coming from will obviously determine the best fare and route, but all those things being equal, the Reno airport shines through as the clear winner in terms of proximity and convenience once on the ground. Driving times from San Fran and Sacramento are three and two hours respectively, but the drive from Reno to South Lake is just over an hour.
Train Travel / Sedona Travel / Arizona Travel / Adventure Travel / Verde Canyon Railroad / → All Tags
The Verde Canyon Railroad reaches its turnaround point in Perkinsville
There are endless trails that will take you into the heart of Sedona's natural beauty, but there's only one set of tracks. The Verde Canyon Railroad's depot is located a half hour southwest of Sedona and takes a slow journey through limestone canyons, red rock buttes, and river-filled ravines, providing an alternative way to leisurely take in the unique scenery of central Arizona.
The trip softly narratives the historical ties back to the days of mining the canyons, and those interested in history can certainly dive in by chatting with the historians assigned to each car. For the general interest traveler, it will be the train's scenic journey through the canyon itself that does all the talking.
Four hours in length (two hours out, two hours back along the same path), it is a pleasant train to nowhere, with each ticket providing access to an interior cart with drink and food service as well as an open-aired viewing cart.
Sedona is best known for its beautiful red-rock landscape, but the town also has another underlying theme that makes up a segment of its culture. Amongst the New Age crowd, it carries a reputation as a place of concentrated energy, a hot bed for psychics and thinkers. This in-turn attracts tourists looking to find (or lose) themselves in the area’s energy.
When I told a fellow travel writer that I was going to Sedona, he insisted that I get a reading done. He was admittedly “into” that scene, believing in the advice of horoscopes, signs, and astrology, but he raved about the experience of a reading. I had never had a psychic reading before, but that had little to do with a lack of curiosity. I'd always wondered what the experience would be like, and I wanted to try it, if only to know what it was all about.
With so many stories out there of psychics digging deep into the soul of their subjects, and with Sedona being the psychic capital of the United States, I decided if there was ever a time to give it a shot, this was it.
Banff National Park / Ski Travel / Canada Travel / Adventure Travel / Ski Resorts / Banff Travel / → All Tags
View of North American chairlift at Norquay
Alberta's Banff National Park has three ski areas within its borders, all within a 45-minute drive of each other. We took a look at the views you can expect from each of them yesterday, but what else differentiates them? Below, we break down the Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise ski areas: