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Strip Off the Winter Coat for a Frolick in These California Flower Fields

April 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just the other day we shared a great place to tiptoe through the tulips, and now we’ve got another recommendation on where to check out all the glory that is the spring season. Pack your favorite allergy medicine—we’d recommend at least a Claritin or two—and head to Carlsbad, California, as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are now in the business of blooming until May 11.

Not too far north from San Diego sit over fifty acres of blossoms, as Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers take over the rolling hills and fields. The Fields are open to the public each and every day of the week and, judging from the picture, it’s well worth the cost of admission. It’ll set you back $12 for the adults in your group, and the kids will be just $6—with those under two scooting in for free. If you like what you see, opt for a season pass that'll set you back $25.

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From Caves to Waves: What to Do on Christmas Island

April 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

A tiny stamp of land in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a haven for crabs, birds, and, as a territory of Australia, even for asylum-seekers. Why would anyone pay the expensive airfare and trek so far to visit Christmas Island? This is the question we'll be answering all week.

Now that you've reached the island and braved the native crabs, what else should be on your itinerary while spending some time surrounded by ocean? Naturally you'll want some beach time, but there's also snorkeling or scuba diving, nature walks and animal-spotting.

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April's Most Instagrammable Festival is Found in Washington State

April 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to fields of tulips and the scent of spring, your mind may first go to the Netherlands. However, if an international journey isn’t in the cards this time of the year there’s always tulips to be seen here at home in the nifty fifty, as Washington state is pretty good at showing off their green thumb.

The Skagit Tulip Festival runs all month long around Mount Vernon, Washington, but obviously a lot of the blossoms and what not depend on how Mother Nature is feeling. Things are a little bit different than most festivals, as there’s not really just one location or thing to see—you visit to kind of see everything. Drive through the area and the different fields and farms, and enjoy the tulips as they make their debut after a long winter. There’s hundreds of acres of fields and flowers, so we don’t think you’ll be disappointed that there’s no food court.

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Crabs, Crabs Everywhere But Not a One to Eat: Spotting the Christmas Island Locals

April 3, 2014 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

A tiny stamp of land in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a haven for crabs, birds, and, as a territory of Australia, even for asylum-seekers. Why would anyone pay the expensive airfare and trek so far to visit Christmas Island? This is the question we'll be answering all week.

Yesterday we showed you how to get to the distant tropical paradise of Christmas Island, so it's about time we highlight what's actually worth doing on the island.

Along with rocky shorelines, killer sunrises and sunsets, the island is home to a plethora of exotic animals. The most popular of these, and certainly the most visible, is the red crab, which migrates across the island to spawn and hatch their young once a year. Although the island is completely taken over by the crabs in the Southern Hemisphere's early summer, rest assured spotting the crabs isn't a difficult feat any other time of the year. These little red decapods can be found all over the place, mingling with plenty of other crab varieties, like robber, blue, hermit, little nipper and ghost crabs.

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2014's Peak Dates for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

Where: Yokohama, Japan
March 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other day, we were going on and on about the lovely cherry blossoms set to show up very soon in Washington, DC, and today we still have the blooms of spring on our minds. However, this time we’re going across the globe to check out on the cherry trees that call Japan home.

Plenty of the trees that now dot Uncle Sam’s backyard originally came from Japan, so it’s not surprising that the country really knows how to do the spring thing. There’s even a word for checking out the blooms and the blossoms; Hanami is the Japanese word to specifically describe this act.

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2014's Peak Dates for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Washington, DC

March 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

We already let you know about the goings on at this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, and now we know all about the most important part of the festival. That’s because the National Park Service has run the data and reviewed the numbers, and they’re ready to make the prediction regarding the timing for this year’s peak bloom period.

Obviously there’s a little luck behind things in addition to the science and the skill, but for 2014 it sounds like they’re thinking that peak bloom will be between April 8 and April 12. That’s a little later than usual—blame it on the harsh winter?—as things usually reach their full flowering potential around April 8.

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Where to See Baby Lions While the DC Zoo's Webcam is Offline

February 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Zookeepers at Washington DC's National Zoo, which literally shares a driveway with Jaunted's DC headquarters, have been doing their best to keep the public informed about the pair of baby lions born in late January to mother Nababiep. Medical exams of the cubs have revealed that they are "adorable" - that's an actual quote - and for the first few weeks fans from around the world could track the infants on the zoo's lion cam.

Recently, however, the lion cam feeds have gone dark in anticipation of another impending litter, this time to Nababiep's sister Shera. There's a more robust explanation of where each lioness hangs out, and how that influenced the decision to cut the feeds, here. But the short story is that - for now - the Internet has one less place with baby lions.

Whatever are people to do?

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The Staten Island Zoo Would Like to Show You Its New Baby Anteater

February 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We usually save our zoo travel posts for the summer, when people are more likely to take important zoo-attending steps like opening their doors, leaving their homes, and so on. It just seems like a more reliable way to align our content with things that might interest you, our readers.

But the Staten Island Zoo has been Facebooking up a storm this week - see here and here and here - with pictures and stories about their new baby Tamandua. They've even put up a video on Instagram, which we've embedded below. Those posts seem very, very, very popular, and so who are we to argue about what is and is not seasonally-appropriate content?

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Mark Your Calendars for 2014's Cherry Blossom Festival

February 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Despite the look of things outdoors we really are going to see the sun sooner than later, as spring is just about 30 days away. That means it is time to start planning for all things warm weather, and that includes looking forward to some seasonal festivals. We’re not saying that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is the best way to welcome the spring, but the festival certainly isn’t a bad idea.

It’s still a little too soon for the National Park Service to forecast their prediction for when things will begin to bloom, but we do know that this year’s festival will do its thing between March 20 and April 13. Obviously the blooms in and around the nation’s capital and along the Potomac will be the stars of the show, but there are also plenty of other events worth checking out.

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Why You Should Visit DC's National Zoo ASAP

November 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Usually we save zoo travel posts for the spring and summer, since that's when people go to zoos, and we like to be helpful. But there are exceptions to every rule, and - wouldn't you know it - baby animals count as some of those exceptions.

The Washington DC National Zoo has in recent months been blessed with quite a few baby animals. Lots of the attention has been lavished in particular on the zoo's new baby panda and two new baby tigers. All were born around the same time and all were in the news today.

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British Airways Forecasts a Panda Epidemic for Chengdu Flights

June 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are these the best promotional pictures for a new flight route you’ve ever seen? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Of course they are.

As you might know, British Airways is launching flights from Heathrow to Chengdu in China in September – the first direct route between the two cities. Chengdu is a huge business hub, which is presumably the reason behind the route launch, but it also happens to be home to the giant pandas – the most famous breeding center (which you can visit) is on the outskirts of the city, while there are a few other centers/sanctuaries scattered around Sichuan province, within a few hours of Chengdu.

Hence the pandas—or panbassadors, maybe?—checking in and checking out the Club World cabin.

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California's Zoos are Overflowing with Baby Giraffes

May 31, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer travel means zoo travel which, for the purposes of this week, means giraffe travel. We'd argue that it should also be giraffe travel for the purposes of every other week, but we're content to use what time we have together right now to urge you to go see baby giraffes in various zoos up and down California.

In case you can't - and we feel badly for you, genuinely - we've embedded some videos at the bottom for you to look at. View, and be jealous.

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