National Park Week


National Park Week is April 19-27, 2014 - Go Wild!; photo of cowboy clicking heels on Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park by Sarah Evans

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Looking for something fun and fantastic to do with family and friends? Head out to America’s national parks where millions of stars light up the dark night sky, deer and antelope (and a few other critters!) play on the wide open range, and history is an unbelievable experience, not a boring class lecture.


The National Park Service is proud to once again join with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to present on April 19-27, 2014, National Park Week, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage.

On opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 19 to 20, every national park will give you free admission! Don’t miss the video below for a bit of inspiration.

On April 26, National Junior Ranger Day, parks will invite young visitors to “explore, learn, protect” and be sworn in as junior rangers. April 22 is Earth Day, so if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project. For more about these special events and programs or for helping planning your park trip, check out

*Information taken from the National Park Service website.

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Film Clip Art

Today starts this 16th annual event, which runs through April 13. During this time, 63 feature films and 82 shorts will be screened. These films come from 33 different countries. The aim of the festival is to showcase new films from both established and emerging filmmakers from around the globe. Roughly 18,000 people attended last year and a larger audience is anticipated this year. Prizes are awarded for each category. There is something for everyone (assuming you like movies), such as ‘Locke’ (the story of how a single phone call unravels the life of a successful construction manager during his drive home), ‘Le Chef’ is an uproarious comedy about a famous chef who faces off against his restaurant’s new CEO, ‘Joe’ (played by Nicholas Cage, who becomes an unlikely role model for the oldest child of a poor family headed by a drunk and together the two try to find redemption in a small Mississippi town), and much more, including documentaries about Gore Vidal, Alice Walker, and Jayson Blair.

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Big Changes to Delta’s Frequent-Flyer Loyalty Program

March 30, 2014

Delta Air Lines announced major changes to its frequent-flyer loyalty program, becoming the first U.S. global carrier to make a transition to a spend-based model that awards frequent-flyer miles based on the fare paid rather than the distance of flights. Under the terms of its reconfigured SkyMiles program, effective Jan. 1, 2015, Delta’s approximately 91 […]

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Win a FREE Trip to London!

March 23, 2014

Here’s a cool twist on a traditional idea. Instead of just entering a drawing, you will be asked to view some short videos highlighting one of the best cities in the world, London. You will then select your three favorite ones, which depict a different aspect of tourism, such as focusing on restaurants or attractions […]

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Where To Find Medical Help When Traveling

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There’s never a good time to get sick or have a medical emergency but the worst time is when you’re traveling. I’ve seen firsthand how devastating this can be. I watched a man have to be sent home three days into an African safari due to a kidney stone. I watched a fellow traveler have […]

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Theme Parks Raise Their Prices

March 9, 2014

Disney Raises Ticket Prices Going to Walt Disney World in 2014 has just gotten more expensive, as the theme park operator has once again raised prices of admission to its theme parks, coming close to the $100 per ticket fee. One-day, one-park tickets at Magic Kingdom will cost $99, while Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s […]

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Three Great Ideas (and Special Deals) for Spring Getaways

March 2, 2014

1. If you’re looking for FUN!!!… Don’t settle for a dinky chocolate Easter bunny. Get all the chocolate your heart desires (and lots of thrilling rides and entertainment) at Hershey, PA. The Family Package Easter Weekend (4/18-20) run roughly $400. This includes deluxe accommodations in the Hotel Hershey and full breakfast, one-day park admission, one-day […]

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Best and Worst Airports in America

February 16, 2014

With all the bad weather we’ve been having, the news is full of stories about travelers stranded at airports all across America. I thought it might be a good time to write a post about what airports are good or bad during normal times. The following is a list of the FIVE BEST AIRPORTS IN […]

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Polar Plunge!

February 9, 2014

Have you made any resolutions about doing something wild and crazy this year? Or maybe about getting more involved in philanthropic endeavors? Or maybe you want to get more involved in community events or meet new people? Well, here’s your chance… On February 22, 2014 the 10th Annual Polar Plunge (and Run-N-Plunge) will be held […]

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FREE Travel!

February 1, 2014

Travel Channel’s $100,000 Trip   Travel Channel is giving away a 14 day, super luxurious trip to Spain and Morocco worth $100,000. From first class airfare to nights in high end hotels (and $25,000 spending money), this contest is worth the price of admission. Contest ends 5 P.M. on March 24th. Win a trip to […]

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