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First craft lands at Spaceport America (Exclusive Video)

First craft lands at Spaceport America (Exclusive Video) Oct 26th, 2010 at 8:30AM: The future of travel is one step closer to taking off. Last Friday, Spaceport America officially dedicated its recently completed tarmac by welcoming two craft to land in front of a large crowd of Spaceport officials, future astronauts, and press. Gadling was on-site to witness history as Virgin Galactic's spaceship VSS Enterprise, carried by mothership White Knight II, made a dramatic...

New Mexican town created by hedge fund causes layoffs?!

New Mexican town created by hedge fund causes layoffs?! Oct 13th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Hedge fund DE Shaw laid off 150 employees a couple of weeks ago, and the reason is being traced back to a town the company tried to create in New Mexico. Trying to add to the map of a state, it seems, doesn't pay. DE Shaw and real estate developer SunCal Cos carved out 55,000 acres (twice the size of Boston, according to Business Insider) and sought to turn it into a new town. The financial...

Photo of the Day (9.14.10)

Photo of the Day (9.14.10) Sep 14th, 2010 at 5:00PM: Today's Photo of the Day is a reminder that you don't have to cross the globe to find adventure; although this shot could be set in the dunes of the Sahara or Namibia, it comes straight out of America's own White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Flickr user penton42 has a great series of landscape photographs from the National Monument, with plenty of evidence that shows...

Top 10 farmers markets in U.S.

Top 10 farmers markets in U.S. Jul 26th, 2010 at 11:30AM: There's an innate pleasure to eating seasonally, especially this time of year, when berries, stonefruit, peppers, corn, and tomatoes are at their peak. Farmers markets are one of the best ways to enjoy these ingredients, not only because they afford the chance to connect with growers, ranchers, fishermen, and food artisans, but also because they're a window into the soul of a community. I'll be...

Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home

Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home Jul 13th, 2010 at 2:30PM: You know what they say..."take only pictures, leave only memories." But what if you want to take it home with you? That searing pad ka prow that leaves a film of sweat on your brow, a fragrant bouillabaisse, schnitzel so thin and crisp it practically floats? What you need is a cooking class, from one of the many resorts, hotels, or cruises offering full or half-day demonstration and hands-on...

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...

Road trip: The best roadside attractions on the east and west coasts

Jun 15th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Road trips are meant to be fun, meaningful, and inspire some reflection as you set out for the great open roads. When the driving gets a little dull, though, there's plenty to see on the side of the road. The eastern portion of the United States is home to many world-recognized sites, but many of these grandiose tourist destinations overshadow the lesser-known, roadside attractions that are...

19 perfect dive bars

19 perfect dive bars May 18th, 2010 at 2:00PM: We need dive bars more than we care to admit. They are the counterweight to a world overflowing with upscale lounges and designer "mixologist" cocktails, a way to keep it simple, hang out with friends old and new and tip back our favorite beverage. Gadling is a big fan of dive bars too. That's why we've put together this list of 19 of our favorites. Where's your favorite dive bar? Leave us a tip...

Photo of the Day (4.25.2010)

Photo of the Day (4.25.2010) Apr 25th, 2010 at 6:30PM: I found myself laughing out loud when I saw Flickr user VickiR1952's photo on our Gadling Flickr page today. Where do I even start? The amazing beard on the cowboy, the horse's expression, the pose...it's all perfect. These two look like they could be long-lost cousins. It's an image oozing with personality and charm. Taken any cowboy photos of your own? Why not add them to our Gadling group...

Four New Mexico gems worth visiting

Four New Mexico gems worth visiting Apr 13th, 2010 at 2:00PM: New Mexico - the "Land of Enchantment." This beautiful state is a popular tourist destination, no doubt, but there are plenty of amazing gems hidden in New Mexico's dusty desert corners that are well worth checking out. Most visitors here come to Santa Fe for great shopping and Southwest style or head to Taos to visit one of the nation's oldest Native American pueblos or go skiing. But the...

Document your vacation with RockResorts "Three for Free" promotion

Document your vacation with RockResorts Dec 17th, 2009 at 12:30PM: With the slumping economy and decline in hotel occupancy rates, lots of hotels and resorts are offering deals that allow you stay for free after you pay for a certain number of nights. But not many resorts are throwing in a free "adventure cam" to use during your stay. RockResorts, which operates properties in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and St. Lucia, is offering a "Three for Free"...

First snow: Eight winter activities for budget friendly fun

First snow: Eight winter activities for budget friendly fun Dec 10th, 2009 at 9:30AM: With the first snow comes thoughts of winter's smorgasbord of budget friendly travel options. Fall festivals and foliage tours are long gone. What was missed has been moved to next year's got to go agenda. The first snow is a reminder that winter, like other seasons, has a timetable that waits for no one. To make the most of winter, create a checklist of what you'd like to do. Plan for those...

Four forgotten Civil War battlefields

Four forgotten Civil War battlefields Nov 19th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Civil War battlefields are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. The most famous battlefields, such as Gettysburg and Shiloh, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. But there are many other battlefields that are just as interesting but little-known outside their local area. Here are four that any history buff will enjoy. You'll notice all of them are west of the...

Understanding the wild west: Visiting a Native American pueblo

Understanding the wild west: Visiting a Native American pueblo Nov 16th, 2009 at 2:30PM: New Mexico, like much of the western US, has long been home to many Native American tribes who shaped the history of the region every bit as much as the white settlers and cowboys who came after them. Around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos, you can't drive more than a dozen or so miles before you see another sign pointing the way to a Pueblo that is open to visitors. Each of these can...

Hotel owner makes Latino employees change their names

Hotel owner makes Latino employees change their names Oct 27th, 2009 at 1:00PM: Taos, New Mexico, is home to a large Spanish-speaking population. There are a lot of Latino people living and working in the town. So it follows that many people there have traditionally Latino names. You would think a guy from Texas (another state close to Mexico and home to many Hispanic people) would understand that. But not Larry Whitten. When Whitten came into town to take over as the...

Through the Gadling Lens: inspirational nature shots from our Gadling Flickr pool

Through the Gadling Lens: inspirational nature shots from our Gadling Flickr pool Oct 15th, 2009 at 11:00AM: As you know by now, today we're bringing attention to climate change and ecotravel here on Gadling. Personally, climate change and taking care of the environment is an issue that I've thought about a whole lot since becoming a parent -- and to be honest, my daughter has become pretty passionate about it herself ("Mom, you forgot to turn off your computer! You have to save the environment!" is not...

US Airways can't have New Mexico liquor license

US Airways can't have New Mexico liquor license Oct 2nd, 2009 at 4:00PM: US Airways sued New Mexico in 2007 because the state's Regulation and License Department denied its liquor license application. This came after a passenger killed five people in a crash while driving drunk after getting intoxicated on the flight. In the suit, US Airways contended that New Mexico can't control its on-board liquor service, require training for cabin crew about alcohol or enforce...

Nativo Lodge offers New Mexico State Fair Package

Nativo Lodge offers New Mexico State Fair Package Sep 12th, 2009 at 2:00PM: New Mexico's State Fair kicked off Friday and to celebrate, the Nativo Lodge is offering a special package. For $129 per night, families of up to four people will receive accommodations (with one king or two double beds), daily breakfast, four one-day passes to the Fair, and one parking pass. The Nativo Lodge offers spacious rooms decorated with Native American touches. The property features a...

Drag out summer after Labor Day: 12 ideas

Drag out summer after Labor Day: 12 ideas Aug 25th, 2009 at 10:30AM: So what if it's almost the end of August, kids are heading back to school in droves, and Labor Day is almost here? There are ways to drag out that summer feeling with easy-going, inexpensive travel. Pick places that you haven't been to before to heighten a sense of adventure -- something that summers are made for. Here are 12 ideas to get you started into dragging out summer--at least until the...

Scenic America: The Four Corners

Scenic America: The Four Corners Aug 17th, 2009 at 3:00PM: When you're figuring out where to go for vacation, you might want beautiful vistas, clean air, ancient ruins, and traditional cultures. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking they have to go to some remote country to find all that. You don't. Head over to the Four Corners region and you'll get all that and more. The Four Corners, where the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah...

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