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Shutdown Status: States Pay To Reopen Some National Parks

Shutdown Status: States Pay To Reopen Some National Parks Oct 14th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Flickr, David Yu We're going on two weeks of government shutdown, with tourists hoping to see national parks having to sneak in or go home. Thousands of park workers have been furloughed and local businesses who generate income from tourism are feeling the pinch. Several U.S. states are taking matters into their own hands, effectively paying the federal government so that they can reopen. The...

Utah To Reopen National Parks By The Weekend

Utah To Reopen National Parks By The Weekend Oct 11th, 2013 at 12:15PM: James Gordon, Flickr There's finally a bit of good news for travelers impacted by the Federal Government shutdown with the announcement that Utah will reopen five of its national parks despite the ongoing closures around the country. Utah made a deal with the government to pay to keep its parks open. The state will cough up more than $166,000 a day for up to 10 days for the privilege, with the...

Shutdown Won't Stop Travel: Tourists Are Sneaking Into Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks

Shutdown Won't Stop Travel: Tourists Are Sneaking Into Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks Oct 9th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Stuart Seeger, Flickr Not allowed to go where you want to on account of the government shutdown? That doesn't pose a problem for some. Because hey, if you've traveled far to see a certain landmark, you're going to do everything in your power to see it. Or at least that is the thought pattern of the people who have been sneaking into Grand Canyon National Park recently. May we remind you that...

Travel Back Thursday: Union Pacific Depot

Travel Back Thursday: Union Pacific Depot Sep 19th, 2013 at 6:00PM: vxla, Flickr Okay, today's stunning, color photo isn't actually from many years ago -- it was taken in 2011. However, the subject of the photo was most notable in the early 1900s. The Union Pacific Depot opened in 1909, and provided rail services for the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City Railroad. It served as Salt Lake City's railroad transportation center well into the 1970s. We'd...

New Dinosaur Unearthed (And On Display) In Utah

New Dinosaur Unearthed (And On Display) In Utah Jul 18th, 2013 at 12:30PM: Rick Bowmer, AP Dinosaur lovers will be flocking to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to check out a new discovery, a big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur found in what is now Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Here's some stats about this new species, now named Nasutoceratops titusi: It grew 15 feet long and weighed 2 1/2 tons. Its skull alone is approximately 4.9 feet in...

Photo Of The Day: The Milky Way In Arches National Park

Photo Of The Day: The Milky Way In Arches National Park Apr 28th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Utah is one of my favorite escapes. There's something about sitting on a slab of redrock and watching a black sky dotted with stars. You're in the middle of nowhere, alone, surrounded by silence, overpowered by the feeling of grandiose canyons. Flickr user djurma captures exactly that in this nighttime photo of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. You can feel that stillness just by...

YouTube Video Of Owl-Kicking Paraglider Prompts Investigation

Apr 10th, 2013 at 3:00PM: You'd think someone whose sport of choice is flying through the air would have respect for birds, but one paramotorist is catching heat after a video of him chasing and kicking an owl mid-air was uploaded to YouTube. The man in the video doggedly pursued a Barn Owl in flight for more than seven minutes, kicking it several times as it flew over the landscape near Utah Lake. He then proceeded...

5 Spring Break Trips That Don't Require Boozing In Mexico

5 Spring Break Trips That Don't Require Boozing In Mexico Mar 14th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Neon colored fruity cocktails consumed poolside with college students and bad house music in the background not really your thing? Spring break can be a lot of things, and it doesn't have to fit the classic stereotype of sunburned jocks taking tequila shots in Cabo. Spring is that perfect time of year when it's not quite summer but the weather's nicer so you can take full advantage of the...

Can You Afford To Stay At A Celebrity-Owned Hotel?

Can You Afford To Stay At A Celebrity-Owned Hotel? Mar 4th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Tennis star Andy Murray, one of the U.K.'s most famous athletes and the reigning Olympic gold medalist, recently purchased the Cromlix House Hotel near his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland. Now closed for renovations, the country manor is expected to reopen in the spring, in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament. Perhaps more than any other sport, tennis requires its stars to become...

Skiing Through Alaska's Abandoned Buckner Building (VIDEO)

Feb 12th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Here at Gadling, our inboxes are full of pitches on the fabulous skiing conditions in Colorado and Utah, but news about the latest lifts and bases rarely sparks our interest. You know what does? Setting up an obstacle course in an abandoned building. That does. To create the video above, Logan Imlach and Matt Wild spent six days constructing and skiing a line through the infamous Buckner...

The Best Of The West: Classic Ski Lodges

The Best Of The West: Classic Ski Lodges Jan 31st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Despite deceptively balmy temperatures in parts of the U.S., there's still plenty of ski season left. Why not spend it staying at a classic ski lodge or chalet out West? These regal or groovy remnants from the early-to-mid-20th century are a dying breed, although some have been refurbished to good effect, while still retaining their original style. They also tend to offer friendly, personalized...

Daniel Suelo, The Man Who Quit Money, On Living And Traveling For Free

Daniel Suelo, The Man Who Quit Money, On Living And Traveling For Free Jan 23rd, 2013 at 10:00AM: Daniel Suelo is easily the most famous homeless person in America. His story has been featured in Details, ABC News, BBC, The Daily Mail, the Guardian, the Oregonian, and a host of other publications. And last year, a division of Penguin Books published a book about Suelo's life, "The Man Who Quit Money." Suelo, 51, who changed his given name from Shellabarger, (Suelo means "soil" in Spanish)...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

Video: Winter Time-Lapse Of America's Southwest

Jan 19th, 2013 at 8:00AM: If you've been reading Dave Seminara's posts this week on winter hiking in Arches and Canyonlands National Park you probably already have some sense of just how spectacular this region of the U.S. actually is. But just in case you need a reminder, this beautiful time-lapse video from the American southwest will certainly do the trick. In addition to being filmed in the parks mentioned above, this...

Hiking Arches National Park In Winter With A Pair Of Worn Out Sneakers

Hiking Arches National Park In Winter With A Pair Of Worn Out Sneakers Jan 18th, 2013 at 10:00AM: How did I end up on the ass end of the famous Delicate Arch rock formation at Arches National Park in Utah? That's the question I asked myself one afternoon last week as I was standing on the slippery base of the arch in completely inappropriate sneakers, looking down at the steep drop into the canyon below. (see video below) At Arches, you can't miss the Delicate Arch, a huge rock formation...

Want A National Park All To Yourself? Visit Canyonlands National Park In Winter

Want A National Park All To Yourself? Visit Canyonlands National Park In Winter Jan 17th, 2013 at 10:00AM: It was 12 degrees as we stood before the Mesa Arch in Utah's Canyonlands National Park early on a Monday morning in January waiting for the sun to rise. But we weren't complaining because we knew that we had this wild and magnificent place almost all to ourselves. Photographers have gathered at the Mesa Arch to photograph the early morning light that unfolds into the vast, majestic canyonlands...

Monument Valley, Utah: Hollywood's Wild West

Monument Valley, Utah: Hollywood's Wild West Jan 16th, 2013 at 10:00AM: The road unfolds downhill, straight as an arrow, and appears to dead end at an otherworldly collection of sandstone buttes and mesas. We've all been here before, even if we've never stepped foot in the state of Utah. If you find yourself driving south on Utah Route 163, you will feel a strong sense of déjà vu about 12 miles north of Monument Valley. If the vista seems familiar, it's...

Experiencing Polygamy, Utah Style At Rockland Ranch

Experiencing Polygamy, Utah Style At Rockland Ranch Jan 15th, 2013 at 10:00AM: "Why do some people not like that we have two mommies?" That was the first thing that 7-year-old Faith Foster asked me when I walked into her family's home, which is carved into a 400-foot-high, ¼-mile deep rock some 30 miles from the nearest town in rural southeast Utah. Faith's parents aren't lesbians; they are polygamists. Mention the word Utah in a word association game and the...

A Skeptic Visits A Navajo Medicine Man

A Skeptic Visits A Navajo Medicine Man Jan 14th, 2013 at 10:00AM: I'm sitting on a humble metal chair inside a traditional eight-sided Native American hogan, made with wood planks and packed dirt, trying to work up the courage to ask an intimidating Navajo medicine man if he has the power to heal me. The rich, deep red clay floor looks like the tennis courts at Roland Garros. A wooly sheepskin rug lies before us, a small American flag is hung on the wall, and...

Photo Of The Day: Stand-Up Paddling On The Colorado River

Photo Of The Day: Stand-Up Paddling On The Colorado River Jan 13th, 2013 at 5:00PM: The confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers in Utah is a maginificent sight for the adventurous traveler. To see it from above is one thing – you can access it by trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park – but to see it from the ground is quite another. Today's Photo of the Day comes to us from Flickr user Terra_Tripper, who paddleboarded to the confluence...

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