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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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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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Thanks to a Pesky Volcano, There's Now More of Tonga to See

Where: Tonga
March 18, 2015 at 4:54 PM | by | ()

We're usually not overly excited to talk about how volcanoes affect travel plans; it gives bad flashbacks to a certain Icelandic mountain that basically stopped any type of trans-Atlantic air travel in the Spring of 2010.

Forget all that nonsense for a moment and let's talk about a new island in the archipelago of Tonga in the South Pacific.

Only a few months ago, the Polynesian nation was comprised of 177 islands. But after the Hunga Ha'apai volcano began erupting back in January, the resulting lava flow formed a narrow strip of land about a half mile wide and a 3/4 of a mile long. Now that the seismic activity is complete, visitors are flocking to the island to be some of the first people to step on this newly formed land-mass. Not a bad result after lying dormant for five years. (Tourism boards, take note!)

Still, we wouldn't necessarily start planning your next vacation dreaming of white sands, poolside afternoons and fruity cocktails.

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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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What Does Christmas Island Get for Christmas? Crabs. Millions of Crabs.

December 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | ()

Let's draw attention to Christmas Island, a tiny little speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean which, while named for a festive holiday, is expecting a little more than Santa. In December of every year, tens of millions of freshly hatched red crabs cover the landscape on their annual crab migration and, if the weather and lunar cycles go to plan, this weekend will have been the peak of season.

The crabs call the island home year-round, but it's at this time that their life cycles causes them to spawn in the ocean. The female crustaceans make a trek from the wooded areas down to the water where the egg immediately hatches, thus multiplying the island's crab population. The forests, roads and beaches of the island are utterly inundated by the crabs (and the tourists who travel here to watch them), closing roads and parts of the national park.

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National Parks to Raise Entrance Fees in 2015

October 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | ()

You best review those freebie days for your national park visit once 2015 rolls around, as it looks like Uncle Sam and friends might be raising admission prices.

Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the National Park Service is kicking around the idea of increasing admission costs. This would be the first time in eight years or so in which they have done something like this, so we can only assume it’s not something they decide quickly. The proposals for fee increases are due early next year, so it’ll be at least around spring before we hear anything official.

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Plan Now for 2015's National Park Free Admission Days

October 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

It’s never to early to start thinking about 2015, as there are trips to plan, tickets to book, and vacation days to take. That’s why we wanted to pass along the free offerings from the National Park Service, as once again they are offering up free entrance to plenty of parks across the country for several key dates.

Here’s what to expect for 2015:

· 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 (number 99 this year!)

· September 26—National Public Lands Day

· November 11—Veterans Day

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Visiting the Wyoming Ghost Town Amelia Earhart Hoped to Call Home

June 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM | by | ()

Everyone always talks about taking "the road less traveled." Well, just in time for prime summer road trips, have we got a barely traveled road to suggest: the route to Wyoming's ghost town of Kirwin.

Just outside Cody, known as the gateway to Yellowstone, is the Shoshone National Forest. it's here you'll find the abandoned mining town nestled in an alpine meadow. Originally incorporated in the late 1880s by William Kirwin and Harry Adams, the village saw its heyday in 1902 when the population reached about 200.

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From Caves to Waves: What to Do on Christmas Island

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

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

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

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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Wish You Were Here: The Middle of Nowhere in Wyoming

March 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM | by | ()

One of the best things about traveling is riding down roads less-traveled and one state in the U.S.A that's perfect for doing that is Wyoming. It's one of the least densely populated states and offers up a big sky and gorgeous surroundings, not to mention a little slice of the wild, wild West. Fresh air, mountain scenery, outdoor adventures and wildlife are all in the cards for a trip to this western state.

We snapped this shot while out riding the plains, not on horseback, but four-wheelers. Just about an hour from Yellowstone National Park and a view of never-ending prairie land in front, we thought this "little" cabin was a perfect image to represent the area.

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