Enjoy the Loop of Lake Tahoe

July 12th, 2013

The Loop around Lake Tahoe might not seem like something that sounds fun to do on a vacation, but if you take the time to enjoy what you see, then it can be a great experience. The loop takes you by areas like Emerald Bay State Park and Tahoe City. This is a non-stop look at some of the areas that you might not get to see by just walking in the city. The complete drive is about two hours, perhaps a little longer if you stop to take pictures.Never heard of this before? Get up to Read the rest of this entry »

Wagon Train Routes

May 16th, 2013

If you want to take a “less traveled” vacation, consider following one of the many wagon train routes that still exist. In many locations you can still see the ruts that were created by the wagons.

The Oregon Trail is actually the Oregon-California Trail and runs between Independence, Missouri, and Oregon City, Oregon. The whole 2,170-mile route goes all the way to California. In the 1840s most emigrants were farmers going to Oregon or ones wanting to mine for gold in California. In 1843 approximately 1,000 pioneers Read the rest of this entry »

The Overland Trail

March 22nd, 2013

The Overland Trail was a wagon and stagecoach trail that stretched through the American West in the 19th century. Since the 1820s, trappers and explorers had been using the route, but it was most traveled during the 1860s as an alternate to the trails that ended in Oregon and California.

The Overland Trail began in Atchison, Kansas, then winded through Colorado before crossing Wyoming and ending at Fort Bridger, where it joining the Oregon Trail.

Much of the original route can Read the rest of this entry »

Discovering Laurel Canyon

June 11th, 2012

Located inside Los Angeles, California is the neighborhood of Laurel Canyon, incorporated in 1923. The major thoroughfare is Laurel Canyon Blvd., and it’s considered the main travel corridor between the San Fernando Valley and West Hollywood. Homes line the boulevard, as well as retail shops, country stores and restaurants.

The beauty of the area is apparent. Wildlife and scenic views are a part of canyon life, and hiking trails and parks offer an excellent way to see nature up close. The hillsides are covered in a shrub called a Chaparral, native to Read the rest of this entry »

Take in the Views at Royal Gorge

June 1st, 2011

The Royal Gorge is an impressive canyon located near Caon City on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Royal Gorge is 10 miles long and is one of the deepest canyons in the state of Colorado. Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is a tourist attraction in which you can experience the majesty of Royal Gorge.

Royal Gorge is absolutely breathtaking. At the park, you will be able to view the scenic Royal Gorge alongside one of the loveliest bridges in Colorado. The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension Read the rest of this entry »

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway

May 18th, 2011

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most relaxing and breathtaking roadways in the world. This 469 mile stretch of 2 lane highway running from the southern end of the Skyline Drive to the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina is said to be the most popular roadway in the US National Park System.

One of the best times to enjoy the parkway is in spring when its numerous specimens of trees and wildflowers are in bloom. The area is home to more species of mammals and birds than anywhere on the entire continent of Europe. At Grandfather Mountain, Read the rest of this entry »

Hike the Appalachian Trail

May 5th, 2011

The Appalachian Trail is a trail 2,181 miles long that stretches from Mt. Kathadin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. The trail passes through 14 states and is scenic and a chance to experience the Appalachians in a natural way. This is a trail that has many serious hikers called through hikers, hiking the expanse of the trail every year. More casual hikers will tackle a portion of the trail every year,as the trail is within a days drive of 2/3 of the population of the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Canyon Mule Trips

January 28th, 2011

Sure, hiking the Grand Canyon can be a lot of fun and is one of the most common ways for visitors to get to the one-mile bottom of the 277 mile long national park. But if you want to experience the journey the way that explorers may have hundreds of years ago, you might want to consider one of the park’s mule trips. They are offered for visitors to both the north and south rims of the canyon, and range from a one hour trip to overnight rides. Obviously the one hour ride will not get you to the bottom of the canyon, but it will give you an opportunity to experience the magnificence of the canyon’s walls from a different perspective as you traverse the Canyon’s rim. An overnight ride will let visitors spend a night at Phantom Ranch which is nestled deep in the canyon very near the rustling Colorado River. These rides include Read the rest of this entry »

Stagecoach Travel

December 6th, 2010

Talk about alternate travel options the stagecoach was just the way to do just that before the advent of railway transport (and everything which followed). For those trivia buffs, the term “stage” in the name of the mode of travel refers to the distance between stations along a route with the coach traveling in “stages” to get to its ultimate destination. But the history of the stagecoach in the United States dates back to 1744 when the first one was used in New England to carry passengers between the region’s cities and towns. Eventually overland stages followed which encompassed continuous travel for up to 22 days through all types of weather conditions with only brief stops at weigh stations. Because these conditions were so Read the rest of this entry »

Top three GPS products

September 29th, 2010

With so many navigation systems on the market, choosing one can be overwhelming. Most GPS products fulfill the same basic travel needs: however, it doesn’t mean they provide the same quality. We’ve compared the systems from different brands and made a list of the three most recommended navigators.Magellan RoadMate 1700The longest running company, Magellan has been in the navigation business since 1986. The fact that Magellan is such a highly recommended brand is attributed to its features. Take for example the RoadMate 1700. The 1700 has distinctive features: such as a 7″ screen and an AAA Tourbook and Roadside Assistance program. The GPS also contains multidestination routing, a WAAS receiver, and voice navigation. For its large screen and useful applications, you can’t go wrong with a Magellan RoadMate. Read the rest of this entry »