Looking for an excuse to get away? There is no time like the present. Get up, get out, and celebrate National Park Week. From April 15th through the 23rd, the National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, will be hosting a variety of events...read more
Happy President's Day. The holiday originally celebrated Washington's birthday but became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. So,...read more
Oh, and did I mention pirates? If you are looking for a swashbuckling adventure where everyone in your crew can enjoy the ghoulish delights of Halloween just head 25 miles or so west of Minneapolis/St.Paul and discover the spooky delights at Swansbrough Manor. We’re...read more
Nature can be euphoric. It is mood altering. It can provide serenity or an intense adrenaline rush. Each of us has a different reason to get out in nature. No matter what our individual calling is, millions of us make the journey as often as possible. I suppose for many of us, one of the things we seek is to find ourselves. Being at one with nature can do that. We need that. There is no better place to experience this than in our National Parks.read more
If you are wandering in The Golden State and looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, you don’t have to look too far to find some of the nation’s most treasured landscapes and natural wonders.
California is rich with land that has been set aside, protected, and carefully managed by the National Park Service. From the iconic grandeur of Yosemite which sits in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the offshore coastal outcroppings of the Channel Islands in Southern California, there are parks and recreational areas that are food for your mind, body, and soul.
So let’s hit the road. Here are the California Parks (in alpha order), links to more information, and a few details to enhance your journey. Get up, get out, and #FindYourPark!read more
In honor of the 79th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, we have compiled a list of 79 things to do over the long weekend. From the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to Beach Blanket Babylon, there is something for everyone here – enjoy!read more
The Library Hotel, a unique boutique in Midtown, is the perfect place to stay when in Manhattan. Aptly named for its proximity to the iconic New York Public Library but also because of the impressive collection of over 6,000 books for guests to peruse. The hotel is...read more
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, add a park or two to your itinerary during your next visit to So Cal. There are more options than you might think and each provide a unique perspective on the history and the incredible landscape that we call California. There has never been a better time to get up, get out, and #FindYourPark!read more
I’m sure it’s safe for me to say that it is not Super Tuesday for most Yosemite fans. The trademark battle for the names of iconic Yosemite landmarks continues and today the Park’s new concessionaire, Aramark, takes the reigns. Their website is live and as promised by the NPS – we have a new set of namesread more
President Obama added 3 new California National Monuments to the roster over Presidents Weekend which, all told, add 1.8 million acres of protected land to the system. The new Monuments; Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument are located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in the sprawling Sonoran and Mojave deserts connecting the Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and fifteen wilderness areas previously designated by Congress, creating a series of protected lands stretching hundreds of miles.read more