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Video of the Day - Make your travel photos Hollywood-worthy

Jun 7th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Vacation photos can sometimes be disappointing, or at very least, a little less 'epic' than how you remembered them. But as Youtube user postjhb shows us in today's Video of the Day, all it takes to turn those summer vacation stills into moving masterpieces is a Photoshop tutorial and a little creative energy. If you need some inspiration for this summer's big getaway, hit play &...

Five trekking options for adventurers with bad backs

Five trekking options for adventurers with bad backs Jun 3rd, 2011 at 1:30PM: If you've got a bad back or neck--and many of us do--it can make certain aspects of travel challenging, especially if you're otherwise healthy and active. Perhaps the most frustrating issue for adventure travelers such as myself is being limited to day hikes, unless there are overnight options that don't involve humping a 50-pound-plus backpack into the wilderness. I suffered a moderately...

Bigger is better: scout these mega-sized attractions on a cross-country trip

Bigger is better: scout these mega-sized attractions on a cross-country trip May 27th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Taking to the roads this long weekend or on a summer road trip? Don't miss these larger-than-life tourist attractions. World's Largest Rooftop Farm New York City Brooklyn Grange, is 40,000 square foot elevated garden is located on top of a six-story warehouse, and grows everything from tomatoes to peppers to fennel to salad greens and much, much more. Check out Inhabitat for more info...

Motorist survives 200-foot plunge into the Grand Canyon

Motorist survives 200-foot plunge into the Grand Canyon Apr 29th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week a 21-year old man drove his car off the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, surviving a 200-foot fall with only minor injuries. He then freed himself from his vehicle and climbed back up the canyon wall looking for help. He was discovered alongside the road by another traveler, who immediately called the Park Service. Park Rangers are still investigating exactly what happened, and...

5 great ways to explore national parks under your own power

5 great ways to explore national parks under your own power Apr 27th, 2011 at 8:00AM: There is no doubt that America's national parks are popular tourist destinations. The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to the parks, and many of them have been setting attendance records as a result. With the summer fast approaching, many of us are no doubt making plans for our vacations, with many electing to visit a national park once again this year. The...

Reminder: National Parks Week begins today

Reminder: National Parks Week begins today Apr 16th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Despite the fact that it was nearly shut down by the budget crisis, National Parks Week kicks off today and will run through next Sunday, April 24th. In celebration, many parks in the system will host great events all week long, and all admission fees will be waived to the parks, and dozens of national monuments as well. To find a fee-free destination near you, click here. Some of the...

New water bottle stations in Grand Canyon make park safer, more "green"

New water bottle stations in Grand Canyon make park safer, more Apr 13th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Stretching for 277 miles through the Arizona desert, the Grand Canyon is amongst the more impressive natural wonders you'll ever see. It is over 6000 feet in depth and at its widest point, it is 18 miles across. Everything about the place is truly epic in scale, and that is why the park receives nearly 4.5 million visitors a year. But all those visitors can have an impact on the environment there,...

Photo of the day - Secret spot near Grand Canyon National Park

Photo of the day - Secret spot near Grand Canyon National Park Feb 11th, 2011 at 5:30PM: Today's photo of the day depicts a secret spot near Grand Canyon National Park. Everyone loves a secret hideaway, right? This image, of a hidden spot between Grand Canyon National Park and a national wilderness area, is quite some distance from more frequently visited areas in and around the Grand Canyon. Flickr Gadling pool contributor SummitVoice1 snapped this image. The photographer...

Grand Canyon had a fee free weekend

Grand Canyon had a fee free weekend Jan 20th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Every time I think about the Grand Canyon, my mind is flooded with intense photographic memories from my first and only visit to the destination. I was touring with my now defunct band in the summer of 2006. As you likely know, it's tough to make it as a musician--particularly if you're on the road (read Emily Zemler's newest piece on Alternative Press, No Money, Mo' Problems: Why even...

Gadling's 2011 New Year's travel resolutions

Gadling's 2011 New Year's travel resolutions Dec 29th, 2010 at 10:30AM: It's that time of year again. A time when we all make certain promises to ourselves, in an attempt to make our lives more organized, our bodies stronger or leaner. We vow to spend more time with loved ones, give back to others, or ditch that cubicle job. And some of us...well, we just want to keep on traveling, any way we can manage to finagle it. In the spirit of New Year's, I asked my fellow...

Vote for the new Seven Wonders of Nature

Vote for the new Seven Wonders of Nature Nov 21st, 2010 at 8:00AM: A few years back there was an organized effort to select a New Seven Wonders of the World, which resulted in a list of seven amazing places that joined the Great Pyramids on a modern list of spectacular destinations. Now, a similar effort is being made to select a New Seven Wonders of Nature as well. The process began not long after naming the New Seven Wonders, with more than 440 locations, in...

Photo of the Day (11.14.10)

Photo of the Day (11.14.10) Nov 14th, 2010 at 6:00PM: Congratulations to Flickr user twoeightnine on this absolutely stunning shot of the Grand Canyon. From the dramatic ridges and crevices of the canyon, each crisply outlined by shadow, to the fluffy white clouds drifting on a brilliant blue sky, there's plenty of great visual intrigue to move your eye around the photo. Wondering how to take your own Ansel Adams-worthy masterpiece like this one?...

Top ten overrated U.S. travel destinations/attractions

Top ten overrated U.S. travel destinations/attractions Oct 14th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Whether or not you're an American, there are certain places that are on almost everyone's must-visit list. Some tourist traps, like the Grand Canyon or Disneyland, are worth joining the masses and ponying up the entrance fee (although I just checked the Magic Kingdom's website, and Mickey and friends are bilking the parents of children under nine for $68 a pop). Other much-lauded, highly...

Park service dedicates 'trail of time' at Grand Canyon

Park service dedicates 'trail of time' at Grand Canyon Oct 13th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The National Park Service is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon today as they dedicate a new trail that has been hundreds of millions of years in the making. The official ceremony will take place at 2:30 PM local time, with an informal hike along the trail taking place between 3:00 and 5:00 PM. The event is part of the park's celebration of Earth Science...

NPCA outlines challenges, opportunities for Grand Canyon

NPCA outlines challenges, opportunities for Grand Canyon Aug 26th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Grand Canyon National Park is easily one of the most popular and well known destinations in the entire U.S. Each year, more than 4.5 million visitors make the journey to visit the park and take part in some of the outdoor adventures it has to offer, including whitewater rafting, hiking, camping, and more. The Canyon is considered one of the great natural wonders of the world, and the spectacular...

Eat Cheerios, win a dream trip

Eat Cheerios, win a dream trip Aug 21st, 2010 at 8:00AM: Would you like the chance to do what you love? If so, then Cheerios is here to help. The iconic breakfast cereal, which touts itself as being good for your ticker, has launched their "Do What You Love" sweepstakes, offering us a chance to win one of ten spectacular vacations, and all you have to do is pledge to love your heart. The ten trips are designed to offer a little something for...

Travel writer Patricia Schultz and Nature Valley join forces to preserve the parks

Travel writer Patricia Schultz and Nature Valley join forces to preserve the parks Jul 16th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Patricia Schultz, author of the best selling book 1000 Places to See Before You Die, and spokesperson for America's national parks, has joined forces with Nature Valley in an effort to raise as much as $600,000 for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). This past April, Nature Valley launched the National Parks Project in an effort to fund three unique preservation projects in some...

Canon offering free photography workshops in national parks this summer

Canon offering free photography workshops in national parks this summer May 29th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Camera manufacturer Canon is preparing to hold a series of digital photography workshops in several national parks this summer beginning in Yosemite this June. Those workshops will run from the 7th through the 28th, before moving on to the Grand Canyon National Park in July, then on to Yellowstone and Acadia National Park in August. You can check the full schedule of locations, dates and times, by...

Into the Grand Canyon with MSNBC's David Horsey

Apr 13th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Writer, cartoonist and good-guy-all around David Horsey's most recent installment from his Escape into America series is up at MSNBC. This week, Horsey visits the Grand Canyon, not as a tourist telling stories about his vapid, two dimensional travels but rather as a visitor profiling the characters and the landscapes around one of the nation's proudest national parks. The resulting slide show and...

Travel trends: 2010 to be the best year ever for America's parks? [update]

Travel trends: 2010 to be the best year ever for America's parks? [update] Mar 30th, 2010 at 10:30AM: More than 285.6 million people visited America's national parks in 2009, making it the fifth busiest year in the 94-year history of the national park system. About 10 million fewer people visited the parks in 2008. The all-time visitation record was in 1987 with 287.2 million visitors. Weak Economy Was Good for Park Visitors During a phone interview with David Barna, the chief of public...

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