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Shutdown Status: States Pay To Reopen Some National Parks

Shutdown Status: States Pay To Reopen Some National Parks Oct 14th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Flickr, David Yu We're going on two weeks of government shutdown, with tourists hoping to see national parks having to sneak in or go home. Thousands of park workers have been furloughed and local businesses who generate income from tourism are feeling the pinch. Several U.S. states are taking matters into their own hands, effectively paying the federal government so that they can reopen. The...

Best Way to Spend a Weekend at the Grand Canyon

Best Way to Spend a Weekend at the Grand Canyon Sep 19th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Markusnl via Flickr The Grand Canyon astonishes even the most seasoned travelers, but a visit here offers far more than a jaw-dropping view across a 6000-foot-deep, vermilion-streaked chasm. Park staffers point out that a significant number of visitors simply drive into the park, walk up to the canyon rim, snap a few photos and speed away. Don't be that tourist. Give yourself 48 hours, and...

Photo Of The Day: The Hills In Arizona

Photo Of The Day: The Hills In Arizona Jul 12th, 2013 at 6:00PM: mw3106, Flickr Just outside of Prescott, Arizona is Williamson Valley, a quite desolate area where it's quite easy to find yourself come across a herd of buffalo, within the limits of their farm of course. This hillside sunrise, seen through immaculately kept trees, is in great company amongst Arizona's other phenomenal natural wonders. Michael Wilson, a Prescott resident, took this stunning...

#OnTheRoad: Gadling Instagram From Sedona

#OnTheRoad: Gadling Instagram From Sedona Jun 30th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Goodness gracious, it's hot here. So hot we're seeing "dangerous heat" warnings throughout the Western United States and I'm wondering why I've chosen to visit the desert in late June. My name is McLean Robbins and this weekend I've transplanted myself from my usual city of Washington, D.C., for a long weekend in Sedona, Arizona. That's Chimney Rock, at left, on this morning's hike up Brin's...

Mexican Park Offers Fake Border Crossing Attraction

Mexican Park Offers Fake Border Crossing Attraction Jun 26th, 2013 at 2:00PM: From sewer tours in France to "ghetto tours" in New York, there's no shortage of strange excursions out there. An amusement park in Mexico, however, may have the most unusual outing yet: Parque EcoAlberto is bringing in tourist dollars - and teaching Mexican youth a lesson - by simulating the experience of fleeing across the U.S.-Mexico border. According to PBS, the nighttime-only attraction...

Photo Of The Day: Ghost Town Gas Station

Photo Of The Day: Ghost Town Gas Station Jan 11th, 2013 at 5:30PM: The road trip: that iconic form of travel that lets us explore at a different pace. If you have ever crossed the country on four wheels, you know the role that gas stations play, both for keeping your vehicle going, and for strong black coffee and snacks. If you are lucky, there's even a good diner attached. But as more and more people fly to complete their trips, is the iconic...

Four Corners: A Delightfully Confusing Tourist Trap

Four Corners: A Delightfully Confusing Tourist Trap Jan 9th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Of course I knew that Four Corners – the spot where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet – would be a tourist trap. But on a recent road trip from Durango to Monument Valley, Utah, I passed just five miles away from this geographically auspicious place and found that I couldn't resist the temptation to stop and see the only spot in America where four states meet. The Navajo...

An Unforgettable Backcountry Tour Of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

An Unforgettable Backcountry Tour Of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Jan 9th, 2013 at 9:00AM: I'd seen this quintessentially Western landscape many times before in Marlboro ads, Geico commercials, Roadrunner cartoons, and in dozens of movies. But until I started to plan a trip to the Four Corners region, I had no idea that the famous, starkly beautiful dreamscape of red sandstone buttes and mesas is called the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The 30,000-acre park sits on the...

The West's Best Hostels For Winter Sports Enthusiasts

The West's Best Hostels For Winter Sports Enthusiasts Jan 6th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be young, broke, or drunk to stay at a youth hostel. I'll be the first to admit not all hostels are created equal, but as a perpetually cash-strapped journalist in her 40s, they're often my only option for indulging in the snowy outdoor pursuits I love. Fortunately, there are clean, efficient, well-run hostels throughout the West that make a stay...

Photo Of The Day: Grand Canyon After The Storm

Photo Of The Day: Grand Canyon After The Storm Nov 13th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Sometimes, the wait is worth it. After surviving a snow, hail and wind storm, Flickr user oilfighter captured this breathtaking image of the sun breaking through the clouds into the crests of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In the Gadling Flickr Pool, he recounts the adventure: It has snowed the whole day at Grand Canyon, causing us to be confined to the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge....

Outdoor Adaptive Sports Programs: Where To Find The Nation's Best

Outdoor Adaptive Sports Programs: Where To Find The Nation's Best Oct 25th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Like most of us, I didn't fully realize the extent of the daily hassles and challenges faced by those who use a wheelchair, prosthetic, or other mobility aid until it became somewhat personal. I'm fortunate to have two people in my life who've been an enormous source of both education and inspiration, and I'm writing this piece because of them. A little bit of background is in order: When I...

Steins, New Mexico: The Ultimate American Ghost Town

Steins, New Mexico: The Ultimate American Ghost Town Jul 31st, 2012 at 11:00AM: It concerns me that the gas station attendant has never heard of Steins. We are one stop away from Steins on New Mexico's Interstate 10. It's basically this gas station, flat desert, some yucca plants, then Steins. I could walk to my destination from here. Granted, I might get sunstroke and also scary close to the vultures on the fences, but the point is we're that close. "Sorry ma'am," he...

Tombstone, Arizona: The Toughest Town Of The Wild West

Jun 30th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Of all the Wild West towns in America, Tombstone, Arizona, stands out as legendary. Tombstone got its name from a mining claim filed in 1877. Prospector Ed Schieffelin had been told by local soldiers that the southern Arizona hills were crawling with Apaches, scorpions and rattlesnakes and that he'd only find his tombstone there, so he thumbed his nose at their pessimism by naming his claim...

Photo Of The Day: Horseshoe Bend

Photo Of The Day: Horseshoe Bend Jun 12th, 2012 at 7:00PM: The very best travel photos should trigger two desires. First, they should inspire the viewer to want to travel to the place that is the subject of the image. And, second, they should instill in the viewer a curiosity about the art and craft of photography. Today's photo of the day satisfies both of these criteria. Oilfighter used his Canon 5D Mark II DSLR to photograph sunset at Horseshoe...

Photo Of The Day: Antelope Canyon

Photo Of The Day: Antelope Canyon Jun 1st, 2012 at 7:00PM: Antelope Canyon, in Arizona, is a much photographed bit of the American landscape – a place so distinctive and photogenic that it's been featured in many a portrait of the American West. Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land in Page, Arizona, close to the Arizona-Utah state line. This particular image was snapped by Flickr user oilfighter, who has lots of other striking images of...

Video Of The Day: Capturing Monument Valley, Arizona

May 28th, 2012 at 7:00PM: In the United States, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff for summer. Stop by any cookout or barbeque today, and you'll likely be asked by friends or family members what your travel plans are for the summer. It seems the season is nearly synonymous with travel. With the sunshine comes plenty of daydreaming about seaside vacations, nights camping under the stars, days off to visit friends...

Photo Of The Day: Zebra Canyon

Photo Of The Day: Zebra Canyon May 22nd, 2012 at 7:00PM: Most travel photography fans are familiar with the striking, sun-dappled images of Arizona's famed Antelope Canyon popularized on computer desktop backgrounds around the world. But few people are acquainted with Zebra Canyon, its less popular, less crowded but equally fetching neighbor in Utah, captured excellently in today's Photo of the Day from Flickr user oilfighter. Named because of its...

Photo Of The Day - Arizona Desert

Photo Of The Day - Arizona Desert May 18th, 2012 at 6:00PM: The Arizona desert seduces. When I was a kid, my grandparents collected a magazine called Arizona Highways, which featured honest-to-God, awe-inspiring vistas of the Grand Canyon State. (As you can see from the link, the periodical still exists.) I wouldn't get to Arizona until I was 25, barreling down 93 from Las Vegas and crossing into New Mexico quickly. Those highways didn't look like the...

Photo Of The Day: The Wave In Utah

Photo Of The Day: The Wave In Utah Apr 29th, 2012 at 5:00PM: The amazing rock formation above, captured by Flickr user oilfighter, is called The Wave. Set near the border of Utah and Arizona, the intricate lines have been etched into the sandstone by millions of years of erosion and wind. It makes for a visually stunning setting doesn't it? If you're interested in seeing this amazing geological oddity in person, make sure to plan ahead - the Bureau of...

Video: animatronic recreation of the Gunfight at the OK Corral

Mar 11th, 2012 at 5:00PM: I've been in a Wild West mood lately. I used to live in Tucson, Arizona, and loved the tales of gunfights, gold strikes, and crooked gamblers. I've been rediscovering some of that lately and my thoughts turned to Tombstone, the West's quintessential tough town. It was here that the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday faced off against the notorious Cowboys and shot them to pieces just outside the...

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