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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...

Help The National Park Foundation Fill Its Summer Scrapbook For A Chance To Win A National Park Adventure

Help The National Park Foundation Fill Its Summer Scrapbook For A Chance To Win A National Park Adventure Jun 23rd, 2013 at 8:00AM: Kraig Becker Now that summer is officially here, the National Park Foundation is opening up its Summer Scrapbook and they're asking us to help them fill it. The NPF is inviting the public to share their favorite photos, videos and travel tips from America's national parks and in exchange, they're giving us a chance to win one of two trips to two of the country's most iconic national parks. The...

2013 Grand Canyon Star Party Begins Today

2013 Grand Canyon Star Party Begins Today Jun 8th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Photo Courtesy of Tyler Nordgren The 23rd annual Grand Canyon Star Party begins today and will run through Saturday, June 15. The annual event, which draws amateur astronomers from across the country, is a celebration of the incredible night skies that can be found above the national park. For each of the next eight evenings, many of those astronomers will be camped out on both the North and South...

'Sesame Street' Explores The National Parks

'Sesame Street' Explores The National Parks Jun 6th, 2013 at 8:00AM: National Park Service The creative minds behind the long-running PBS children's television series "Sesame Street" have joined forces with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to produce a series of videos designed to connect young children with nature. The six videos, which can be found on YouTube, star popular characters Elmo and Murray who are joined by Park Rangers from...

Summer Travel: Luxe Hotels In Or Near National Parks

Summer Travel: Luxe Hotels In Or Near National Parks Jun 5th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Flickr user YoTut Planning a trip this summer? Why not make it family friendly with at trip to a national park? While we love spending our days hiking, biking or riding the river, we're not always about camping out or grabbing the nearest roadside motel after a long day outside. Here are some of our favorite luxe hotels in or near national parks: Budget Tip: Time it right by visiting a National...

Nature Valley Trail View Adds Sequoia National Park To Virtual Hikes

Nature Valley Trail View Adds Sequoia National Park To Virtual Hikes Apr 26th, 2013 at 8:00AM: In March of last year, Nature Valley launched their Trail View website, giving deskbound outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to take a virtual hike through three of the most popular national parks in the U.S. The website employed technology similar to Google's Street View to give us the opportunity to explore more than 300 miles of trails in the Grand Canyon, Great Smokey Mountains and...

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore The Grand Canyon

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore The Grand Canyon Feb 1st, 2013 at 8:00AM: Have you always dreamed of hiking the Grand Canyon but just can't get past all of the walking that would entail? Then you'll be pleased to learn that the latest update to Google Maps brings Street View technology to the national park, allowing us to take a virtual tour of its trails without ever leaving home. Back in October we told you how Google planned to capture images from the trail by...

Rafter Mysteriously Goes Missing In Grand Canyon

Rafter Mysteriously Goes Missing In Grand Canyon Jan 17th, 2013 at 8:00AM: The National Park Service has a mystery on their hands and it is proving to be a difficult one to solve. Twenty-one-year-old Kaitlin Kenney was part of a month-long private rafting party in the Grand Canyon when she mysteriously went missing last week. Kenney was last seen on Friday, January 11, in a camp near Tapeats Creek along the northern bank of the Colorado River. What happened to her...

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....

The Grand Canyon Is Coming To Google Street View

The Grand Canyon Is Coming To Google Street View Oct 25th, 2012 at 8:00AM: By now we've all marveled at how Google Maps and its Street View option, allow us to easily explore the world around us. Not only is it possible to use the system to find a new restaurant down the street, but it also gives us the ability to visit places like the Amazon, Pompeii and the Great Barrier Reef without ever leaving home. Soon you'll be able to add yet another natural wonder to that list,...

The Grand Canyon Captured In Time-lapse

Oct 20th, 2012 at 8:00AM: There is no doubt that the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful and dramatic landscapes on Earth, drawing in millions of visitors each year. But seldom has it been captured so spectacularly as it has in this time-lapse video. To create this short film, the photographers spent seven weeks in and around the canyon, shooting over 80,000 photos in the process. The results are hard to dispute....

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...

A US National Park Ranger Tells All

A US National Park Ranger Tells All Apr 10th, 2012 at 3:30PM: Memorial Day is fast approaching, kicking off the beginning of the busiest time for America's national parks – the summer season. Budget Travel has just published some confessions from a national park ranger (stationed at the Grand Canyon, judging from his anecdotes). Think Americans are the most reverent about our national treasures? Think again. It's more likely to be a foreigner who knows...

Video: Exploring The Grand Canyon

Apr 8th, 2012 at 8:00AM: The Grand Canyon is truly epic in scale. Not only does it stretch for more than 277 miles in length it is also as much at 18 miles wide at certain points and plummets to over a mile in depth as well. It is indeed one of the true natural wonders of our planet and attracts millions of visitors on an annual basis. But what many of those visitors don't know is that there are a series of smaller...

Nature Valley Trail View is 'street view' for national parks

Nature Valley Trail View is 'street view' for national parks Mar 10th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Earlier this week, Nature Valley launched a fun new website that delivers a Google Street View-like experience for hiking trails in some of America's most popular and iconic national parks. Dubbed Nature Valley Trail View, the new site allows hikers to explore over 300 miles of trail directly from their browser. Much like its counter-part from Google, Trail View actually puts us on the ground...

Visit the Great Barrier Reef at a substantial discount

Visit the Great Barrier Reef at a substantial discount Mar 7th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Yesterday we told you about a new travel survey from LivingSocial that revealed that Americans consider themselves the worst travelers in the world. That same survey also asked respondents to rank their top international travel destinations with Australia's Great Barrier Reef coming out on top. To celebrate this distinction, and to help make some of those travel dreams come true, Hamilton Island...

A timelapse journey through the American Southwest

Feb 21st, 2012 at 3:00PM: While I don't think anybody would dispute that the American Southwest is beautiful, this timelapse video by Henry Jun Wah Lee of Evosia Studios takes the region to a whole new level of breathtaking. Without using words or special effects, the Los Angeles-based filmmaker brings the landscape to life with dancing fog, vibrant sunrises, detailed rock formations, and curvacious craters that...

Grand Canyon National Park to ban plastic water bottles

Grand Canyon National Park to ban plastic water bottles Dec 16th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Plastic water bottles are about to become an endangered species at Grand Canyon National Park. The Park Service has announced that the sale of bottled water in vending machines, shops, and hotels inside the park will be banned early next year, in an effort to cut waste and protect the environment there. But first, park officials must complete an extensive survey of the availability of other water...

A Grand Tour of the American West

A Grand Tour of the American West Sep 14th, 2011 at 10:00AM: I could see the end of my road trip, on the other side of the deserts of the American Southwest, the sun-parched stretch of near nothingness that conceals some of the country's greatest natural wonders. So after leaving Spaceport America in New Mexico, I prepared for a ironman push to the West Coast, my ultimate destination Los Angeles. Along the way, I'd stop at the Four Corners and the...

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