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10 Things You Didn't Know About The Idaho Backcountry Where Hannah Anderson Was Found

Aug 13th, 2013 at 4:30PM: A 16 year old named Hannah Anderson was abducted by a family friend last week in a series of events that left both her mother and brother dead. Her saga began in Southern California and ended far away, in the wilderness of Idaho, when she was rescued by FBI agents over the weekend. Anderson's abductor, James Lee DiMaggio, had fled to one of the most remote areas in the United States, the Frank...

Video: 102-Year-Old Woman Makes First BASE Jump

Jun 9th, 2013 at 8:00AM: In celebration of her impending milestone birthday, Dorothy Custer wanted to do something a little different this year. So, on the day she turned 102 she decided to make a tandem BASE jump off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho. That's a leap of 486 feet and as you can tell from the video below, Dorothy enjoyed ever second of the experience, which also gave her the record as the oldest person...

Iconic Road Trips: Enjoying Idaho's Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway

Iconic Road Trips: Enjoying Idaho's Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway May 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: If you're already in Idaho, chances are you've already had your breath taken away at the hand of your surroundings. But the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway, also known as Idaho State Highway 21, will make you fall in love with the Idaho landscape if you haven't already. Beginning in Boise, the "City of Trees," this road is carved within the Boise National Forest and the scenery here is...

Cockpit Chronicles: Getting More Out Of Layovers

Cockpit Chronicles: Getting More Out Of Layovers Apr 19th, 2012 at 9:00AM: For some, life couldn't be any more perfect than if they were paid to travel. I've run across three airline crew members who have discovered ways to keep their jobs fresh and exciting by embracing what is for them the biggest benefit that comes with working for an airline: travel. You hear about the turbulence in the airline industry nearly every week – layoffs, pay cuts, pensions lost...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

How to choose a great dude or guest ranch

How to choose a great dude or guest ranch Jul 19th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Hang on, I need to get something out of the way. "City Slickers." Okay, now that the inevitable has been mentioned, we can move on. Guest ranches--also known as dude ranches--are an excellent choice for a family vacation, regardless of season. Even if it's just two of you, many ranches cater to couples, ensuring you of an active and romantic holiday. The guest ranch tradition was established in...

EpicQuest puts cycling tours on sale

EpicQuest puts cycling tours on sale Jul 4th, 2011 at 8:00AM: With the 2011 Tour de France now underway, adventure travel company EpicQuest has announced that they have put their cycling tours to Sun Valley and Europe on sale. Travelers looking for an active escape this summer or fall will save as much as 50% on some of the more popular offerings. With tours designed to appeal to the hardcore rider and the leisure cyclist alike, EpicQuest has created...

Ten great food co-ops in the western U.S.

Ten great food co-ops in the western U.S. Apr 22nd, 2011 at 1:30PM: If the concept of food cooperatives conjures up images of burning bras and withered, wormy produce, hear me out. The times they have a'changed, and today's co-ops (about 500 nationwide) can be the hometown equivalent of a certain high-end, multi-billion-dollar, national green grocery chain. As with farmers markets, all are not created equal, but when you hit upon a good one, it's easy to see why...

5 great spring break ski destinations

5 great spring break ski destinations Mar 9th, 2011 at 8:30AM: With spring break just around the corner, many of you are no doubt looking for one last blast of winter fun before the warmer temps set in. With that in mind, here are five great ski destinations that will make your spring break a memorable one. Big Sky Resort, Montana Big Sky bills itself as the "Biggest Skiing in America," and for good reason. With over 150 runs to choose from, the longest...

Five reasons why you'll be miserable during Thanksgiving travel

Five reasons why you'll be miserable during Thanksgiving travel Nov 23rd, 2010 at 2:00PM: We've all heard that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest of the year for air travel. And, the roads tend to get clogged up with people going to visit friends and family – not to mention stuff their faces with turkey, potatoes and other traditional holiday fare. Travel isn't going to be fun tomorrow, but you already know that. But, do you know why? Personally, of course, I have...

Suit up: The best whitewater rafting in the U.S.

Suit up: The best whitewater rafting in the U.S. Sep 26th, 2010 at 1:00PM: When it comes to whitewater, bigger is not always better. In fact, some of the best whitewater paddling experiences can be had on rivers that barely break the Class III rating. Those who love to run these rivers know the importance of the rush, but also appreciate the scenery, local culture, and accessibility of a river. Here are some of the best US whitewater destinations based on the overall...

Hidden Treasures: Frozen Dog Digs Bed and Breakfast, Idaho

Hidden Treasures: Frozen Dog Digs Bed and Breakfast, Idaho Aug 12th, 2010 at 3:00PM: You have to drive into the foothills outside the small town of Emmett to find the Frozen Dog Digs Bed & Breakfast in Idaho. It is Emmett's only bed and breakfast and has been visited by many world travelers as well as B&B fans who say this place is unique! Jon Elsberry is the builder, owner, chef, welder, and landscaper of this multi-level rambling structure. The lowest level features a...

The Tour Divide mountain bike race is underway

The Tour Divide mountain bike race is underway Jun 19th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The Tour Divide mountain bike race got underway last week in Banff, Alberta, Canada, where nearly 50 hardcore fat tire enthusiasts set off on the longest off road biking trail in the world. They'll now ride the entire length of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, a distance of 2745 miles, before reaching the finish line along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The trail...

The essential Western states travel planning tool: Sunset Magazine

The essential Western states travel planning tool: Sunset Magazine Jun 18th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Sunset, the Menlo Park, California-based lifestyle magazine, is an outstanding regional magazine with excellent tips for travel and dining in the Western and Pacific states. The magazine remains fresh issue after issue, and strikes that essential editorial balance between helping and inspiring readers. Toward the former end, it offers directed tips; toward the latter, it inspires imaginative...

Five incredible sights in Idaho

Five incredible sights in Idaho May 14th, 2010 at 3:30PM: On your next trip out West, forget about Colorado or California. Visitors in the know are heading for Idaho. There's lot more here than potatoes. In fact, the state's wild, unspoiled terrain is dotted with natural wonders, a intriguing range of activities and loads of hidden finds. Wondering where to kick off your Idaho adventure? Give these five great sights a look: Craters Of The Moon...

Five ways to rock Idaho for the holiday season

Five ways to rock Idaho for the holiday season Nov 3rd, 2009 at 9:30AM: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho may not be the first destination that comes to mind for holiday travel. I mean ... who jumps to Idaho?! Well, this is a problem that needs to be remedied. If you're looking to take off for a few days between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, there's a lot happening in Coeur d'Alene. 1. Holiday Light Show: More than 1.5 million lights are hung along the Coeur d'Alene waterfront...

Abercrombie & Kent vacation clubs: try before you buy

Abercrombie & Kent vacation clubs: try before you buy Oct 13th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Let the tough timeshare and vacation club market work to your advantage this year. Upscale travel firm Abercrombie & Kent's Residence Club is offering two-year trial memberships starting at $18,700 a year for 15 nights – that's a tad under $1,250 a night. The residences tend to be around 4,000 square feet and have four bedrooms. A&K suggests that you can "even travel with the...

Wine, Dine and Raft Your Way Along Idaho's Snake River

Wine, Dine and Raft Your Way Along Idaho's Snake River Aug 31st, 2009 at 12:30PM: What better way to spend an adventure-filled whitewater rafting trip along Idaho's Hell's Canyon (the deepest gorge in North America) than to experience it while sampling an array of Oregon Pinot Noir's and delicious cuisine whipped up on-site by a renown executive chef? O.A.R.S. (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists) is offering a five day "wine on the river" adventure trip starting September...

Bruce Willis eyeing his own "Die Hard International airport"?

Bruce Willis eyeing his own Jul 12th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Did you know that Bruce Willis owns his own ski resort in Idaho? I didn't, so when I read that he's planning to build his own airport to serve his Soldier Mountain ski resort I read with great interest. Normally, the news of a new airport would be fantastic for the area, but they already have an airport, Friedman Memorial Airport, so things are starting to heat up. Mr Willis has apparently been...

Adventure Sports Week begins in Idaho

Adventure Sports Week begins in Idaho Jun 9th, 2009 at 8:30AM: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho plays host to Adventure Sports Week 2009 , which got underway this past weekend in beautiful Farragut State Park, located just outside the mountain community. Hundreds of endurance athletes descended on the region to take part in the first time event, which is already becoming one of the premiere outdoor sporting competitions of the year. Billed as "10 days, 24 races, 1 big...

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