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Tuesday, September 23 marked the first official day of Autumn and, while some parts of our nation are still basking in overly Summer-y temperatures, the mercury is dropping in others. This is the time of year that Mother Nature sheds her green clothes in lieu of a more vibrant and colorful wardrobe and there's no better place than to witness this in our National Parks and Forests.
These protected pockets of nature are devoted to conservation and education efforts, not to mention they provide a dazzling kaleidoscope of hues once the season changes. With this in mind, we've compiled a list of the the best places for scoring a few captivating snaps of this fall phenomenon:
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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.
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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The summer travel season may be just about over, but that can't stop us from getting out of dodge to bask in the wide open spaces of the wild, wild west. Typically travelers think of heading south, to a Caribbean island or Mexican resort, for some seclusion and relaxation, but why not WY? To be more specific, we've found all this and more just outside Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
This adventure involves nature, scenic vistas, clean fresh air, and the absence of anything that has to do with a city; fine by us! While not technically considered 'Big Sky Country' (that's Montana), we aren't too far from the state line and the skies are pretty ginormous.
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The wild, wild west. It's really not all that wild anymore. Some may constitute any place west of the Mississippi River "The West," so we are going to narrow down the large area to a small town in Wyoming named Cody. Remember this quaint little airport? It's here.
Cody is named for William Frederick Cody (whom you may know better as Buffalo Bill Cody) to honor his part in creating this town with a whole lot of character. Full of history and even more tall tales, it serves as a gateway for thousands of travelers on their way to see the wonderment of Yellowstone National Park. For those of you who might tire quickly of the bear and moose sightings, the town offers some alternatives.
As much as we love strolling through an airport with wide open space and lots of concessions, there is a soft spot in our hearts for small regional airports that not only handle far fewer passengers, but reflect the local charm. Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD) certainly falls into the latter category.
On a recent visit out west, we flew into the newly rebuilt airport and, we have to say, were quite impressed. The shiny new terminal is only 18 months old, first opening their gates to regional jets at the beginning of December 2010. This is not your typical airport; think about parking directly in front of the terminal and waiting in one line to enter the secure area. Like we said, lots of charm.
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Go West, young man.
This week we headed for the hills, if you can call them hills. These mountains are located in the northwest corner of Wyoming in a little place you may have heard ofYellowstone National Park. It's chapter in history is a large one; the park itself was the first plot of land in the world set aside for conservation and for the enjoyment of the people.
Our wild west adventure began upon touchdown in Billings, Montana before we continued on to the small town of Cody, Wyoming. This can easily be considered the gateway to Yellowstone but don't be fooled by the terrain, as it has all the modern comforts of home.
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Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements, but because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip.
When Uncle Sam hopefully probably maybe gives you back some hard earned cash this year, a great way to spend it is on a travel experience that thanks the USA for the cash. Go with Yellowstone National Park, as it's not only the the first American national park, but the world's first plot of land devoted to nature and preserving it's beauty.
It's not wonder she chose this remote resort, since Red Reflet Guest Ranch caters to families, like the Gosselins, and can be reserved for groups as large as 26; they could even fit the whole Dugger clan without a problem. And the ranch has plenty of activities to keep little cowboys and cowgirls busy like horseback rising, hiking, fly fishing, swimming, cattle work, mountain biking and nightly star gazing.
It won’t be long until Jackson Hole is covered in snow, and Dick Cheney is clogging up the town’s main arteries with his entourage. To take advantage of the warm weather and summer scenery, we suggest indulging in a fly fishing trip to the Equality State—ya, that’s actually Wyoming’s official nickname.
It’s prime trout season on the Snake River through October, and the fish are daring you to try and catch them. The Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa has created a Cast Away Fly Fishing Package to allow for the ultimate lazy and active vacation combination. During the day you’ll be learning to fly fish thanks to private lessons. At night you’ll be snoozing away in the comfort of luxury accommodations.
Package rates start at $2,166, which is a little expensive, especially in the current economy. However, you are getting a four-night stay, breakfast every morning, weeklong passes to the national parks, and dinner for two at the lodge’s fancy pants restaurant. You’ll owe a nice dinner to your sweetheart if she tags along; let’s just hope she enjoys “New Western Mountain” cuisine.
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·Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa [Official Site]
·Fresh Air Travel: Cheyenne is America's Cleanest City [Jaunted]
·National Parks coverage [Jaunted]