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Yellowstone Avoids Delayed Opening Thanks To Efforts Of Wyoming Town

Yellowstone Avoids Delayed Opening Thanks To Efforts Of Wyoming Town Mar 24th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Over the past month or so we've all heard stories about the impact of sequestration on America's national parks. Severe budget cuts, brought on by Congress' inability to come to a fiscal compromise, have resulted in a loss of services in a number of parks across the country. In order to operate within its revised budget, this year the National Park Service has been forced to close visitor centers,...

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...

Dream Ski Trip: Heli-Skiing In Jackson Hole

Dream Ski Trip: Heli-Skiing In Jackson Hole Nov 29th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Nestled deep in Wyoming's Teton Mountains and averaging more than 450 inches of snow each year, Jackson Hole is easily one of the best ski destinations in all of North America. With more than 116 different runs, spread out over 2500 skiable acres, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a little slice of heaven on Earth for skiers and snowboarders alike. But to truly enjoy this magical place, you'll...

Video Of The Day: The 'Wildscapes' Of Wyoming

Oct 8th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Wyoming, the least populous of all of the states in the United States, is also one of the most beautiful places to visit. The land is covered in mountains, foothills, prairies and high plains, nearly half of which is owned by the U.S. Government. Each year, more than six million people come to see Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, making this one place where travelers...

The Worst-Smelling Towns In America

The Worst-Smelling Towns In America Aug 1st, 2012 at 9:00AM: Last week, I was in Eureka, California, for a couple of days with my parents and brother's family. Despite the cute, historic downtown and an epic feast at the renown Samoa Cookhouse, our overwhelming impression of this coastal city is that it should be renamed "Eureeka," because it stinks – literally. The stench of ... bait fish? Fish meal or perhaps cat food processing enveloped our...

Photo Of The Day: Grand Teton

Photo Of The Day: Grand Teton Jun 22nd, 2012 at 7:30PM: Grand Teton National Park, captured here by Flickr user oilfighter, is breathlessly beautiful. A major destination in American mountaineering – and a deeply beautiful destination for less adventurous travelers – Grand Teton is surely on the short list of top U.S. National Parks. Photographer oilfighter has developed a happy habit of snapping nature at particularly majestic...

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. ...

Meet the coldest cities in America

Meet the coldest cities in America Jan 26th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Feeling chilly? Chances are, if you're not a resident of the following five cities, you really don't have it that bad. The Weather Channel recently released a list of the coldest cities in America, according to NOAA National Climatic Data Center average annual temperature data from the last 30 years. Caribou, Maine, came in fifth on the list. Dubbed the "Most Northeastern City in America",...

Go ice climbing in Cody, Wyoming

Go ice climbing in Cody, Wyoming Dec 21st, 2011 at 8:00AM: For the first time ever, the National Forest Service has issued permits for commercially guided ice climbing expeditions into the Shoshone National Forest, located near Cody, Wyoming. Those permits open up the spectacularly scenic region to adventurous travelers looking for a winter-time challenge unlike anything they've ever experienced before. For the current ice climbing season, just two...

For Sale: Jackson Hole ski resort

For Sale: Jackson Hole ski resort Sep 18th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Snow King, an iconic and popular Jackson Hole, Wyoming ski resort is up for sale, and the current owner hopes to have it sold before the snow begins to fly this winter. The move isn't a popular one with the locals however, who worry that their favorite hill could be shut down altogether. The resort, which is just six blocks from the Jackson Hole town square, features 400 skiable acres, three...

2012 Summit For Someone registration is now open

2012 Summit For Someone registration is now open Sep 10th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Big City Mountaineers, the non-profit organization that provides urban youth with opportunities to build life skills through wilderness mentoring experiences, has announced that registration is now open for their 2012 Summit For Someone program. SFS gives adventurous travelers the opportunity to climb some of the world's most iconic peaks, while raising funds to support the Big City Mountaineers...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Go snowcat skiing at the Three Forks Ranch this winter

Go snowcat skiing at the Three Forks Ranch this winter Aug 17th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Summer may still be in full swing across the U.S., with some of us continuing to battle triple-digit heat, but it is never too early to start thinking about winter and the ski season ahead. With that in mind, the Three Forks Ranch, located in the Sierra Madre Mountains, is preparing to offer visitors plenty of opportunities for adventure in the snow this year. Located along the border of...

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers discounted ski passes

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers discounted ski passes Jul 26th, 2011 at 8:00AM: While most of the U.S. continues to recover from a nasty heat wave, certain parts of the country are already looking ahead to winter. For instance, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, located in Wyoming, has already announced new pricing on season passes for the upcoming ski season in advance of those passes going on sale on August 1st. Last year, the resort introduced the Grand Pass, as an all new...

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...

VIDEO: 50 state stereotypes in 2 minutes

May 30th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Enjoy poking fun at other American states? You might enjoy this video posted by our friends at Huffington Post Comedy covering all 50 state stereotypes in 2 minutes and change. From Alabama " Our state bird is the NASCAR" to Wyoming " We don't have any gay cowboys, alright? Okay, maybe a few gay cowboys...", no state is left unparodied (read the video transcript here). Lest you think video...

Top North American rodeos to check out this summer

Top North American rodeos to check out this summer May 12th, 2011 at 1:00PM: In honor of the approaching National Day of the American Cowboy, which I wrote about earlier in the week, I wanted to highlight some of the best rodeos North America has to offer. Even city slickers can enjoy a rodeo; it is, after all, a sporting event. With a lot of beer. And grilled meat. And a lack of giant foam fingers and face-painting (not a bad thing, I might add). In all seriousness,...

The smallest big mountain you'll ever see

Apr 10th, 2011 at 6:31PM: Rule number 18.57b in the travel blogger's handbook states that we have to fawn over tilt-shift videos, and this gem from Jackson Hole, Wyoming is no exception. In a way, it makes big-mountain snow riding a less daunting endeavor, making the precarious slopes look like tiny hills over which one might jump to get to the neighborhood creek or the community pool. In another way, it makes me...

Photo of the day - Cunningham Cabin, Grand Tetons

Photo of the day - Cunningham Cabin, Grand Tetons Apr 8th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Today's Photo of the Day was snapped last summer by JasonBechtel inside the famous Cunningham Cabin in Grand Teton National Park. The sky, mountains, and clouds contrast startlingly with the log cabin interior, presenting a skillfully handled double framing. The contrast is so sharp that it almost looks fake. We're fans of JasonBechtel, and in fact today's selection isn't his first visit...

5 great domestic adventure destinations

5 great domestic adventure destinations Feb 24th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Back in early January we posted our suggestions for the best adventure travel destinations for 2011, with places like Ethiopia, Croatia, and Guyana all earning a nod. While we gave plenty of praise to those exotic locales, we also gave a big tip of the hat to the good ole' U.S. of A. as well. We went on to espouse the virtues of adventure travel right here at home, which includes not only plenty...

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