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MapQuest Unveils 10 Top Destinations of 2013

MapQuest Unveils 10 Top Destinations of 2013 Dec 23rd, 2013 at 10:29AM: Alamy Las Vegas, Nashville and Orlando were the top three searched for cities on MapQuest in 2013. The results are a compilation of destinations searched for on both MapQuest's website and its recently updated-and critically acclaimed-iPhone and Android apps. [Full disclosure: AOL owns both MapQuest and Gadling.] Texas was the only state with two cities in MapQuest's top 10 list: Houston...

Photo Of The Day: Balloon + Moon

Photo Of The Day: Balloon + Moon Sep 30th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Theodore Scott, Flickr The well-known Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is fast approaching, and one of our Gadling Flickr Pool members submitted a teaser shot of sorts, from a smaller festival in Louisiana. Have you ever encountered a balloon festival on your travels? We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons...

Photo Of The Day: Extraterrestrial Highway

Photo Of The Day: Extraterrestrial Highway Aug 23rd, 2013 at 6:00PM: coldcut, Flickr Labor Day weekend is coming up quickly, and although it's forecast to be the busiest in five years, that won't stop an estimated 34.1 million people from packing up and heading out... somewhere. Even though the main roads might not be as clear as this shot of the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada, you may find solace in calmer, slower back roads. So, load up the car, map your...

Drink Too Much In Las Vegas? There's A Spa For You

Drink Too Much In Las Vegas? There's A Spa For You Aug 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Wikimedia Commons It's easy to drink too much in Las Vegas. Hell, they want you to drink too much. As Hunter S. Thompson observed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, "In this town they love a drunk. Fresh meat." Not only do bosomy waitresses offer free drinks to gullible dupes who don't understand statistics classy high rollers, but pretty much all the bars and restaurants have cheap booze. ...

Mexican Park Offers Fake Border Crossing Attraction

Mexican Park Offers Fake Border Crossing Attraction Jun 26th, 2013 at 2:00PM: From sewer tours in France to "ghetto tours" in New York, there's no shortage of strange excursions out there. An amusement park in Mexico, however, may have the most unusual outing yet: Parque EcoAlberto is bringing in tourist dollars - and teaching Mexican youth a lesson - by simulating the experience of fleeing across the U.S.-Mexico border. According to PBS, the nighttime-only attraction...

Sin City Casino To Invest $30 Million In... Bowling?

Sin City Casino To Invest $30 Million In... Bowling? May 1st, 2013 at 1:30PM: Las Vegas' next big venture isn't a multi-million dollar casino or even a gimmicky 500-item buffet or wacky wedding chapel, it's a mega bowling facility constructed specifically for championship events. The Associated Press is reporting South Point Hotel and Casino has struck a 12-year deal with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) to host events in a new $30 million bowling center....

Civil War Nevada: Commemorating The Fight For The Far West

Civil War Nevada: Commemorating The Fight For The Far West Apr 30th, 2013 at 2:30PM: When we think of the Civil War, Nevada isn't the first state that generally comes to mind, yet the conflict between North and South had as much of an impact there as it did in Pennsylvania or Virginia. At the start of the war Nevada was a territory and its sentiments mostly for the Union. Its main contribution to the war effort was the plentiful supply of silver from its mines, but some 1,200...

USA Today Enters the Travel-Guide Game

USA Today Enters the Travel-Guide Game Apr 25th, 2013 at 2:00PM: With its signature bold visuals and mainstream sensibility, USA Today has entered the travel-planning arena. A new online-only series called Experience Travel launched last week, aggregating the media giant's deep bank of travel content into easy-to-use overviews of popular destinations and travel themes. Experience Las Vegas rolled out the series. Upcoming editions will cover cruising, food...

Budget Guide 2013: Las Vegas

Budget Guide 2013: Las Vegas Jan 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: If the thought of Las Vegas conjures up images of flashy clubs, glitzy shows, an endless parade of limousines and eye-wateringly high table limits – you're not entirely mistaken. This is a city where high rollers come to play and $3000-a-glass cocktails or $40,000-a-night hotel rooms are on offer for those with cash to burn. However, the good news is you don't need to have deep...

Top American Destinations To Avoid In 2013

Top American Destinations To Avoid In 2013 Jan 7th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Just as useful as a list of top tourist destinations for the upcoming year is one that gives advice on where in the world you should avoid. The truth is, we've all had bad experiences, and they can really affect our perceptions of a place. When I solicited social media users for suggestions on domestic destinations to avoid this year, many lively conversations were sparked – and several...

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...

The New Reno: Yes, Virginia, There Is Gentrification

The New Reno: Yes, Virginia, There Is Gentrification Dec 10th, 2012 at 9:30AM: I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that Reno has historically not been one of my favorite places to visit. But I spend a fair amount of time passing through, because my brother and his family live nearby, in the ski town of Truckee. Flying into Reno is convenient for anyone wanting to visit Lake Tahoe. For years, my brother, Mark, has been telling me that Reno is undergoing a...

Video: Life In The Ruby Mountains

Video: Life In The Ruby Mountains Dec 8th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Nestled in the mountains of northeastern Nevada is a fantastic little ski resort that delivers an unbeatable experience for skiers and snowboarders looking for something completely different. As you would expect, Ruby Mountains provides visitors with a comfortable and inviting lodge, featuring some of the finest cooking around. But when guests leave the lodge behind, the true adventure begins....

Reno's 'Cheese Truck' Subject Of Quirky Documentary

Nov 28th, 2012 at 12:00PM: "Reno, Nevada. The Biggest Little City in the World. Famous for our casinos, quick divorces, and legalized prostitution." So goes the opening narration to "The Cheese Truck," a funny little documentary made by Jason Spencer of Storm Front Productions. The 26-minute film follows what amounts to a day in the life of GourMelt owners/drivers/cheese geeks Jessie and Haley, as they feed Reno's hungry...

Halloween Costumes For Travel Lovers

Halloween Costumes For Travel Lovers Oct 16th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Is your love of travel part of your identity? Have you trawled every Southeast Asian backwater, and explored the twisting streets and alleyways of little-known European cities? Whether your adventurous spirit takes you abroad for work or pleasure, chances are you've seen enough of the planet to know that certain stereotypes exist for a reason. This year, Gadling decided to come up with some...

Where To Sleep During A Long-Haul Road Trip: Putting A Price On Your Safety

Where To Sleep During A Long-Haul Road Trip: Putting A Price On Your Safety Aug 14th, 2012 at 11:00AM: As you may have gathered from my last few posts, I spent the second half of July and first week of August living out of my car during a relocation from Seattle to Boulder. En route, I had a family vacation on the Klamath River in Northern California, and business trips to the Bay Area and North Carolina, which is why I was in limbo. I've road-tripped and relocated across the West many times,...

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,...

Museum Month: The Neon Museum In Las Vegas, Nevada

Museum Month: The Neon Museum In Las Vegas, Nevada May 9th, 2012 at 1:00PM: When the plug is pulled at casinos, chapels, restaurants and other businesses, Sin City's iconic art form – the neon sign – used to get sent to the scrapyard. That was until The Neon Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, began collecting and preserving these timeworn signs, ensuring the treasures won't be forgotten. Since 1996, volunteers have devoted their time to preserving the legacy...

'Vote Travel' Bus Coming To A City Near You

'Vote Travel' Bus Coming To A City Near You Apr 13th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The United States Travel Association (U.S. Travel) has rolled out a new plan to spread the word on the importance of tourism in America: A big blue bus that is now making its way across the country on a 20,000-mile tour. The bus is a roving advertisement for U.S. Travel, an organization that is on a mission to highlight the economic benefits of travel. The association makes some pretty good...

Photo of the Day: Optical illusion in Las Vegas

Photo of the Day: Optical illusion in Las Vegas Mar 20th, 2012 at 6:30PM: Las Vegas has a way of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Case in point: today's Photo of the Day taken by Flickr user Gustavo at the City Center entertainment complex. In the photo, monochrome lines and angles look more like a work of minimalist modern art than what they really are: balconies at a hotel. Do you have your own optical illusion photographs? Upload your favorite...

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