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The West is on Fire: Here's How Travelers Can Avoid the Burn

The West is on Fire: Here's How Travelers Can Avoid the Burn Aug 23rd, 2013 at 1:30PM: Colorado has their most destructive wildfire on record this season, while a massive California blaze is currently threatening Yosemite National Park. Several of Montana's most scenic highways were closed this week due to fire conditions, rerouting many travelers and affecting local businesses. Other recent blazes have plagued Idaho, including the popular Sun Valley resort, and Utah. Travelers...

Is 'Cabineering' The New Glamping?

Is 'Cabineering' The New Glamping? Jun 29th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Courtesy of Delaware North Parks & Resorts Love the outdoors but roughing it, not so much? A new movement called cabineering might be for you. The term was coined by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, which operates historic and scenic properties throughout North America and Australia, to describe its new Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone. The upscale 50-cabin property is scheduled...

Montana's Moonlight Basin Mixes Luxury And Winter Adventure

Montana's Moonlight Basin Mixes Luxury And Winter Adventure Feb 10th, 2013 at 8:00AM: If you're looking for an adventurous, not to mention luxurious, winter escape, it's tough to beat a visit to Moonlight Basin. Located in Big Sky, Montana, Moonlight is a beautiful and exclusive resort that offers guests world-class skiing, fine dining and a full-featured spa. The resort is a wonderful oasis of refinement in a spectacular mountain wilderness, and they're currently offering...

Men's Journal Goes Glamping In Montana

Men's Journal Goes Glamping In Montana Nov 17th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Looking for a great new destination for your next "glamping" adventure? Then Men's Journal has you covered. The magazine has launched a new regular video feature on their website called "Remote and Refined," which promises to introduce us to some of the best five-star accommodations that just so happen to be in some off-the-beaten-path locations. In the premiere episode, which you'll find...

Bigfoot Hoax Results In Fatality

Aug 28th, 2012 at 2:30PM: Despite the fact that Bigfoot is a well-known pseudo-inhabitant of the Pacific Northwest, a Montana man died Sunday night attempting to create a hoax in Flathead County. According to CNN, the incident occurred in Northwest Montana when Randy Lee Tenley, attired in a Ghillie suit, walked into "the driving lane" of Highway 93, and was hit by a teenage motorist. A second car managed to miss...

10 Title-Holding National Parks In The United States

10 Title-Holding National Parks In The United States Jul 15th, 2012 at 3:00PM: National parks hold some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country, and sometimes even the world. Not only do these destinations make for great hiking, biking and adventure sports, but they also allow you to view one-of-a-kind facets you can't find anywhere else on the planet. While Black Canyon of the Gunnison holds the title of being the country's newest national park,...

Celebrate National Park Week: 5 Luxe Places You Can 'Camp' Sans Tent

Celebrate National Park Week: 5 Luxe Places You Can 'Camp' Sans Tent Apr 24th, 2012 at 4:00PM: National Park Week has begun! Many travelers will be taking advantage of free access to our country's best national parks but, if they're anything like this writer, won't want to sleep in a tent after. So, instead of camping try "glamping" at some of these great hotels near national parks that let you enjoy nature without giving up your creature comfort – no camping required. ...

Win a year's supply of beer at the Whitefish Winter Carnival

Win a year's supply of beer at the Whitefish Winter Carnival Jan 29th, 2012 at 8:00AM: For more than five decades, the Whitefish Winter Carnival has been an annual tradition in Whitefish, Montana. The 2012 edition of the event takes place next weekend, and will once again feature parades, ski competitions, a dip in the frigid waters of the nearby lake, and prankster Yetis out to kidnap the Snow Queen. The Carnival will also play host to a unique, one of a kind, competition known as...

Epic Pass holders can ski Big Sky for free

Epic Pass holders can ski Big Sky for free Jan 10th, 2012 at 7:00AM: The Epic Season Pass is an amazing deal for avid skiers. For one fee, it allows unlimited skiing and snowboarding in some of the best resorts in Colorado and the Tahoe region, including Vail, Breckenridge, Heavenly, Arapahoe Basin, and more. The trouble is, those resorts haven't been getting their usual allotments of snow so far this winter, which has made for some less than ideal conditions on...

Great apres ski locations

Great apres ski locations Nov 28th, 2011 at 3:30PM: While we love to enjoy the winter weather, our favorite part about a long weekend in a ski resort isn't the slopes but the time spent apres ski. Here are a few of our favorite luxe locations around the western US: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek After taking in any of the 146 runs available in the area, unwind by sipping adult beverages in the Resort's Antler Lounge or dine on authentic...

A real-life cattle drive: adventure travel in Montana

A real-life cattle drive: adventure travel in Montana Aug 4th, 2011 at 1:30PM: Cattle drives call to mind old western films, full of six-shooters and women in hoop skirts who faint delicately at the sight of blood. Most of all, they conjure images of cowboys - complete with hats, belt buckles and worn-in, dusty boots and spurs. Once a main method of transporting herds to stockyards and markets, cattle drives had their heyday between 1865 and 1895, when more than 10...

Glamping 101: What is "glamorous camping," exactly?

Glamping 101: What is Aug 2nd, 2011 at 3:30PM: For some, travel is about the adventure – the thrill of seeing new places, the draw of different foods, cultures and activities. Accommodations are simply a place to sleep – budgets are best spent on experiences. I am not one of those travelers. While all travel experiences have a purpose – business, pleasure, relaxation, a show or specific attraction – all travel, at...

Photo of the Day - Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

Photo of the Day - Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Jul 31st, 2011 at 6:20PM: It's not often you come face to face with a Grizzly Bear, one of nature's most awesome creatures, but Flickr user JasonBechtel was lucky enough do just that in Yellowstone National Park. Jason's photo is the perfect moment of nature photography - the streams of water dripping down the bear's mane and the huge floppy fish in its mouth suggest a shot that was a combination of great timing,...

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...

The Beartooth All American Road opens for its 75th year

The Beartooth All American Road opens for its 75th year May 23rd, 2011 at 8:30AM: Last fall we introduced you to the Beartooth All American Road, declaring it "America's Best Drive," and lauding it for its breathtaking beauty. The road, which passes through the heart of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, begins in Red Lodge, Montana, and passes briefly into Wyoming, before wandering back into Big Sky Country, passing through the sleepy little town of Cooke City, before...

US map of stereotypes

US map of stereotypes Apr 11th, 2011 at 9:15AM: We here at Gadling love maps and infographics, so we're enjoying this tongue-in-cheek US map of stereotypes, ranging from "rainy hipsters" in the Northwest, to "old peeps" down in Florida by blogger and artist Haley Nahman. We're a bit puzzled over some of the stereotypes such as the "fashion bloggers" in the Carolinas, but can't argue with the "mountains and meadows and maybe some animals" in...

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...

Travel How-to: Road trip through Glacier National Park in the winter

Travel How-to: Road trip through Glacier National Park in the winter Jan 30th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Here at Gadling, we're big fans of visiting National Parks in the off-season. There are fewer crowds, less headaches and more chances to enjoy the natural aspects that made these magnificent places so spectacular to begin with. The only trouble is the weather. Generally speaking, many of the United States' National Parks partially shut down when Old Man Winter shows up, driving away a good deal...

Travel Photo Tips: Taking photos while skiing / snowmobiling, and keeping your camera dry

Travel Photo Tips: Taking photos while skiing / snowmobiling, and keeping your camera dry Jan 28th, 2011 at 1:00PM: I recently embarked on a trip to Montana's northwestern corner, primarily concerned with a couple of things: enjoying a few days of skiing and snowmobiling, and keeping my shutter going all the while. Truth be told, it's harder than you might think. Managing to capture photos -- let alone ones that you'd be proud to show off -- in wintry conditions is certainly a challenge, but it's not...

Winter in Whitefish, Montana: where extreme snow sports and radical serenity meet

Winter in Whitefish, Montana: where extreme snow sports and radical serenity meet Jan 26th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Northwestern Montana just doesn't get the credit it deserves. When most tourists ponder Big Sky Country, they think of big lakes, outback hunting and skiing at Big Sky Resort. Truth is, all of those things are most definitely found in the Treasure State, but there's a slice of this place that manages to package a raft of winter sporting activities with a slice of natural beauty that'll burn a...

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