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The best little gear shop in Montana

The best little gear shop in Montana Jan 19th, 2011 at 8:00AM: When it comes to buying gear for our various outdoor adventures, most of us are restricted to making purchases from speciality retailers such as REI or big box sporting good stores like Sports Authority. But if you happen to live in a town with a locally owned gear shop, you probably have witnessed first hand just how different the experience can be. Often those shops create a sense of community...

National Geographic Student Expeditions expands offerings for 2011

National Geographic Student Expeditions expands offerings for 2011 Jan 17th, 2011 at 2:00PM: The National Geographic Student Expeditions program has announced a number of great new excursions for 2011, giving young travelers even more choices for what to do with their summer break. New destinations added this year include Barcelona, Spain, New Zealand, and Yellowstone National Park, amongst others. There is even an option to travel to Costa Rica to work on a new community service project...

The 10 snowiest cities in America ... bundle up!

The 10 snowiest cities in America ... bundle up! Dec 17th, 2010 at 9:00AM: I spend all summer fantasizing about winter. From the end of May to the beginning of October, I wind up drenched in sweat, wishing I could peel off my own skin and running from one air conditioned environment to another. It's miserable. When the biting cold of the winter season hits, I embrace it, finally able to be somewhat comfortable when I'm outside. Add a bit of snow to the equation,...

Gadling's favorite hotels for 2011

Gadling's favorite hotels for 2011 Dec 8th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Where do your loyal well-traveled Gadling contributors especially love to spend the night? We polled Gadling writers on their favorite hotels in 2010. Think of Gadling's favorite hotels for 2011 as our version of a hotel tip sheet. Laurel Miller. The Kirketon in Sydney for its quirkiness, cool bar, small size, helpful staff and retro-mod style, blissfully free of big-city attitude. Southern...

Man caught with drugs tied to his genitals faces five years in jail

Man caught with drugs tied to his genitals faces five years in jail Nov 6th, 2010 at 5:00PM: A passenger trying to get through the security checkpoint at Glacier Park airport in Montana was arrested when TSA staff caught him trying to transport ten grams of hashish. The drugs were found during a pat down and were tied to a genital piercing. The local County Attorney has filed charges of possession of a dangerous drug, and now the 39 year old suspect faces up to five years in state...

Five states where you're most likely to hit a deer this fall

Five states where you're most likely to hit a deer this fall Oct 4th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Leaf-peepers are about to hit the road in force – as they always do this time of year. While soaking in the burning foliage colors with your eyes, it's only too easy to forget you're behind the wheel, a situation that can lead to disastrous consequences. There are some states where beautiful foliage and deer prancing on the streets just seem to go together, according to a study by insurance...

Cowgirls hit the trail with '100 klicks for chicks' ride

Cowgirls hit the trail with '100 klicks for chicks' ride Sep 18th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The Triple Creek Ranch, located in beautiful Darby, Montana, is preparing for their inaugural "100 Klicks for Chicks" trail ride, which will send adventurous cowgirls off on a five-day excursion through the Rocky Mountains. This women's only ride will be a of mix all-day adventure with luxury accommodations back at the bunkhouse at night. Scheduled to begin on Thursday, October 28th and run...

America's best drive: the Beartooth All American Road

America's best drive: the Beartooth All American Road Sep 15th, 2010 at 8:30AM: When you think of America's best scenic drives, a few popular stretches of road always come to mind. For instance, the Pacific Coast Highway is a popular option, as is the Overseas Highway in Florida. North Carolina is home to the Outer Banks Highway and of course the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana is incredibly scenic too. But amazing as that last road is, it turns out that it isn't even the...

Contest offers 'maybe the best trip ever'!

Contest offers 'maybe the best trip ever'! Jul 29th, 2010 at 8:00AM: A new contest sponsored by Black Star Beer promises to give the winner one heck of a prize, sending them off on a jet setting vacation that will offer everything from outdoor adventure to an unforgettable taste of luxury. The contest is dubbed "Maybe the Best Trip Ever", and that seems a pretty apt description actually. The winner, and five of their closest friends, will get things started by...

Travel + Leisure names the world's best hotels

Travel + Leisure names the world's best hotels Jul 8th, 2010 at 3:00PM: You deserve the very best. You've worked hard, probably played a little hard, and you're ready to reward yourself by splurging on a much-needed gateway. So, where do the best of the best go when they want to escape? With the help of their readers, Travel + Leisure editors released the 2010 World's Best awards. The lists include everything from airlines to islands, and hotels to cruise ships....

Billings Rimrock Auto Arena shredded by tornado

Jun 21st, 2010 at 3:30PM: The MetraPark Entertainment and Trade Center in Billings, Montana was ravaged yesterday by a monstrous tornado. Several businesses in the Heights neighborhood also sustained heavy damage. The MetraPark's Rimrock Auto Arena is a major concert and event venue in the region and draws tourists from across Montana and Wyoming. The storm struck around 4:30 PM yesterday and was accompanied by heavy...

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...

Lazy rivers: The best U.S. float trips

Lazy rivers: The best U.S. float trips Jun 5th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Paddling through serene wilderness or idyllic farmland is a relaxing way to spend time with friends and family, or to reconnect with yourself. Float trips are ideal for those who don't wish to brave the uncertainty of rapids and like to stay close to home. The U.S. has millions of miles of flowing water -why not float along a few? In the early days of settlement, towns sprang up on the shores...

39 of America's best drives

39 of America's best drives Jun 1st, 2010 at 10:00AM: Summer is upon us, and that means it's time for road trips. Even with gasoline prices nudging the three dollar mark, there's no better way to spend a summer day or weekend than taking part in the American tradition of a great drive. With that in mind, Gadling has put together 39 great drives across the U.S. you'll want to check out. So grab your keys and get out on the open road! Duluth,...

Paws Up Resort Deal: Celebrate Glamping

Paws Up Resort Deal: Celebrate Glamping May 20th, 2010 at 12:00PM: The Resort at Paws Up has reason to celebrate. It's celebrating its fifth birthday and the opening of its third luxury tented camp, and these milestones, of course, come with a reason for you to head out to Montana to check the place out for yourself. There's a five-night, all-inclusive package for $2,413 a night that can't be missed. In addition to staying in a two-bedroom tent at the new...

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay Apr 20th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Spring's upon us, and those summer months you've been desperately waiting for are nearly here (in this hemisphere, anyway). We can't help but say that anytime is a perfect time for a road trip, but the prime months for hitting the highway are just ahead, and that leaves you precious little time to prepare. In haste, many road trippers tend to overlook, or simply brush aside, one critical aspect...

Can wolves help save U.S. national parks?

Can wolves help save U.S. national parks? Mar 19th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Research suggests that reintroducing small, managed populations of wolves to U.S. national parks can help restore damaged ecosystems. These areas, says Daniel Licht of the U.S. National Park Service, have been environmentally impacted by population growth of hoofed mammals (ungulates), which have prospered in the absence of "top-level" natural predators. The introduction of wolves would...

Rafting the Smith River in Montana: Now is the time to plan

Rafting the Smith River in Montana: Now is the time to plan Dec 29th, 2009 at 9:30AM: Rafting the Smith River in Montana requires planning ahead and a permit. Without the permit, you're not going. Obtaining one is simiilar to acquring a permit for a private rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. A lottery system says who goes and when a trip can happen. Not everyone wins. The application process for 2010 begins in January permits closes the end of February for trips starting mid-...

Gadlinks for Monday 11.16.09

Gadlinks for Monday 11.16.09 Nov 16th, 2009 at 5:00PM: It's "Wild West" day here at Gadling, so I dug into the travel blog archives to find some of the best "Wild West" reads. Hope y'all enjoy today's pickin's! Horse lovers, rejoice! Here are eight of the top horse-related travel experiences you can't miss around the world. [via BootsNAll] Check out this "Ask the Locals" city guide to Fort Worth, Texas. [via Peter Greenberg] Aside from Texas,...

Goin' straight to the Wild, Wild West

Goin' straight to the Wild, Wild West Nov 16th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Certain kinds of scenery soothe the soul, and for some, whether they're a cowboy or cowgirl at heart, or they just like to ride horses, or they long for that wide-open imagery so unique to America, watching old westerns over and over again doesn't really scratch the itch. One company that specializes in touring cowboy-worthy destinations is Wild West Vacations & Travel. They lead tours...

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