BIG BEAR JEEP EXPERIENCE: WE GIVE YOU THE WHEEL…FOR “WHEEL”‏

July 31, 2014 on 11:03 am | In Adventure Travel, California, Los Angeles, Road Trips | Comments Off



Big Bear Jeep Experience Lets its Customers Drive its Jeeps Off Road

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. –Big Bear Jeep Experience is a new adventure that gives its customers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a fully equipped, high-performance Jeep Wrangler JK and drive it off road on rugged terrain into the backwoods. It’s a far-from-ordinary off-road tour because the customer gets to experience firsthand what it’s like to steer a 4×4 Jeep over rocks and boulders. Big Bear Jeep Experience provides two Jeeps for the excursion. The lead Jeep is driven by a skilled four-wheel drive expert who guides the driver of the other Jeep over various terrains throughout the trip.

Big Bear Jeep Experience offers a variety of off-road excursions to choose from. There are off-road trails for every skill level such as the Holcomb Valley West to East Ride or the Kid-Friendly Mining Experience for first-time drivers, to more advanced terrain for experienced 4×4 enthusiasts who want to experience crawling over rocks on black diamond trails such as the Gold Mountain Trail or John Bull Trail. Many of the trails will include a large variety of surface conditions from sand and timber to large boulders and rocky drop-offs.

“Every one of my clients has been amazed at what they’ve been able accomplish, especially those who drive over obstacles for the first time,” said Big Bear Jeep Experience Owner and Operator Desi Hauer. “For many people this is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. In a way it’s comparable to renting a Ferrari for the day or driving a race car around a NASCAR track. It’s about the thrill of doing something most people can only dream of.”

Each Jeep is fully equipped with a four-inch Teraflex suspension lift, 35” off-road tires, sway bar quick disconnect system, winches and front and rear lockers. The Jeeps are air conditioned and each Jeep is equipped with a two-way VHF radio providing convenient communication with the guide.

The meeting location for all trips is at the Big Bear Jeep Experience office, located at 42011 Big Bear Blvd. At the office, participating drivers and passengers are instructed on what to expect and drivers are given a driver’s orientation. Each driver will learn basic operations of the Jeep including the lockers and two-way VHF radio. Each excursion leaves from the office to the off-road trails in and around Big Bear or to the neighboring Johnson Valley in the Mojave Desert. Once the Jeeps arrive at the trailhead, the guide instructs the driver how to disconnect the sway bar to get the Jeep trail ready. The next step is for the driver to learn how to approach and maneuver over small obstacles. Once the guide deems that the driver understands the nucleus of driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, the tour progresses, and so does the size of obstacles. Throughout the trip the guide regularly gets out of his vehicle to give direction and helps plot the course for the driver. Also, the guide is well-versed in Big Bear historic facts and local flora and fauna, which becomes part of the overall experience.

Big Bear Jeep Experience offers up to 12 different routes to choose from including beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. The minimum age to drive a Jeep is 23 or 19 with a parent on board. Each driver must have at least three years of driving experience. There are no age requirements for passengers. Trips range in length from one and a half hours to five hours. Customized trips are available by request including overnight excursions to Johnson Valley. Big Bear Jeep Experience is open for business seven days a week, all year round.

The cost is per vehicle (not per person). Rates are $150 per hour, per vehicle or $550 per four-hour half day, per vehicle (Some tours have pre-determined times, and the customer only pays for the time that the tour is estimated to take). The guide’s Jeep accommodates up to four passengers and the follow Jeep accommodates up to five people, which includes the driver. All trips are done by appointment. To book a trip with Big Bear Jeep Experience call 909-420-5828 or visit online at www.BigBearJeepExperience.com.

For all there is to see and do in Big Bear, make lodging reservations or request a free Visitors Guide log on to www.bigbear.com  or call 800-424-4232.


Colorado Scenic Roadtrips‏

July 24, 2014 on 8:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Plains States, Road Trips, Rockies | Comments Off




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DENVER - Spending a long amount of time in the car for a road trip can sometimes be uneventful, but not a road trip through Colorado. The state is home to 25 Scenic and Historic Byways (11 of which are also America’s Byways) celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014 along with other roads and passes that offer amazing views. Summer through fall is the perfect time of year to travel the byways, roads and passes of Colorado. Following is a sampling of Colorado’s scenic drives with the best views and activities. For more information, visit http://www.colorado.com/articles/quick-guide-colorados-scenic-historic-byways.

Cache la Poudre – North Park Scenic & Historic Byway (Fort Collins). This drive, which means “the powder’s hiding place” in French, is 101 miles (three hours) following the Poudre River up to Cameron Pass. The route was once used by settlers connecting the northern plains of Colorado to the Green River settlement in Utah. Now, the route is a place to drive and see raging river rapids ideal for rafting, Colorado’s state mammal, the bighorn sheep, and amazing views around the bowl-shaped basin of North Park at the top of Cameron Pass. Don’t forget your binoculars, as North Park is a bustling habitat for wildlife.
Frontier Pathways National Scenic & Historic Byway (Pueblo). After beginning this drive in Pueblo, pass along the high plains to see buttes and flatlands before hitting the south side of a local favorite, Lake Pueblo State Park, a 4,646-acre lake. Another 25 miles down the road is the town of Wetmore, which separates the Great Plains from the edge of the Rockies. At Highway 96 and Highway 165, the byway splits west and south. The western route hits the San Isabel National Forest and sister towns Silver Cliff and Westcliffe. The southern route leads to the modern-day structure Bishop Castle and Colorado City, which is a great place to eat some local cuisine. Keep an eye out on this 103-mile (three and a half hour) drive for gray fox, mule deer, elk and pronghorn.  
Gold Belt Tour National Scenic & Historic Byway (Cañon City). The Gold Belt Tour is 131 miles (five to six hours) of rolling mountain parklands to deep rocky canyons. The drive was once the “Roads to Riches” historic route, connecting Cripple Creek to Victor Mining District and was also the world’s largest gold rush to Florence, Cañon City and Florissant. The drive climbs from 5,500 to 9,500 feet in elevation and visits Phantom Canyon Road, a road with green spotted canyons and eerie ghost towns. A great place for a rest stop towards the beginning of this trip is at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to see fossils dating back 34 million years.
Highway 160 over Wolf Creek Pass (Pagosa Springs). For a shorter scenic drive, Highway 160 over Wolf Creek Pass will not disappoint. The highway stretches 41 miles (about one hour) between South Fork and Pagosa Springs. Views from the highway include portions of Weminuche Wilderness within the San Juan National Forest, the Continental Divide Trail and the 100-foot Treasure Falls. The hike to Treasure Falls is one for the whole family and a great way to get out and about.
Mount Evans Scenic & Historic Byway (Idaho Springs). This Scenic Byway is also the highest paved road in North America at 14,130 feet above sea level. Along the 49-mile (two hour) road, alpine lakes, granite walls, mountain goats and bighorn sheep can all be seen. On the way up, views of glacier-cut valleys and many sharp, rocky peaks can’t be beat. On the way back down, stop in Idaho Springs at the Indian Hot Springs resort to relax and enjoy the hot springs.
Peak-to-Peak Scenic & Historic Byway (Estes Park). Established in 1918, Peak-to-Peak is Colorado’s oldest Scenic Byway. From Estes Park to Black Hawk, this 55-mile (two hour) drive passes through Rocky Mountain National Park (celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015), Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Eldora Mountain Resort ski area, all of which make for a beautiful drive full of mountain and high-country lake scenery. Take a detour through the ghost towns of Hesse and Apex, and walk around for a rest stop, or stop west of Eldora for an easy hike to Arapaho Glacier.
Pikes Peak Highway (Colorado Springs). In 1915, Pikes Peak Highway was built and allowed locals and visitors to reach the summit of Pikes Peak. Today, the 19-mile drive (about two hours) is filled with lakes, mountains and wildlife along the climb from 7,400 feet to 14,115 feet. There are also many activities to choose from on the way up, such as hiking, biking and boating. Once at the top, try a world-famous donut at the Pikes Peak Summit House — it is the only donut made at an altitude above 14,000 feet.
Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway (Leadville). Colorado’s two tallest peaks, Mount Elbert and Mount Massive, can been seen from this scenic drive. For 115 miles (four to five hours), pass the beginning of the Arkansas River, the town of Twin Lakes in San Isabel National Forest and Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the United States. Get off the beaten path for a bit and bike Shrine Pass, which is the perfect place for viewing wildflowers, or go trout fishing in Missouri Lake. This Byway also includes Independence Pass.
Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byway (Lake City). The Silver Thread Scenic Byway passes through two of Colorado’s historic districts, Lake City and Creede. Each has many sights worth seeing. Lake City has one of the largest collections of preserved buildings from the 1870s, and Creede has the Creede Repertory Theater, which USA Today called “one of the best places to see the lights way off Broadway.” Also along this 120-mile (two to four hour) route, see the 800-year-old Lake San Cristobal, and don’t forget to wander off a bit on Forest Road 510 to see stunning views of North Clear Creek Falls.
 
Trail Ridge Road (Estes Park). Take a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park on the 48-mile (two to three hour) Trail Ridge Road. Starting in Estes Park, hop on the highest continuous auto road in the country to see elk, glacier-carved valleys and amazing peak summits. The Continental Divide can also be seen from this route. Due to its high altitude and heavy snowfall, the route is only open from late May to late October. Don’t forget to stop by The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, which inspired Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.” Also, head to Grand Lake, which is the largest natural lake in the state of Colorado.
West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway (Gunnison). The West Elk Loop Scenic Byway is one of Colorado’s longer drives, but worth every minute. This 205-mile (eight to 10 hour) drive passes through three beautiful mountain towns — Marble, Gunnison and Crested Butte, each of which has something truly unique. See where the marble for the Lincoln Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C., came from in the old mining town of Marble. Gunnison offers a culture mixing the ranching community and a university, while Crested Butte offers amazing views of wildflowers, as is designated the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado.” Also along the drive, pass by Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.  
ABOUT COLORADO
Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 11 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet.
For more information or a copy of the 2014 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800-COLORADO. Follow Colorado on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestGoogle+Foursquare,  FlickrTumblr and YouTube.
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How You Can Like, Tweet and Plus Your Local Avis Branch

July 22, 2014 on 11:35 am | In Alberta, British Columbia, Canada, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Road Trips, Saskatchewan, Toronto, USA | Comments Off



Avis Budget Group has launched such an idea.

The car rental giant has expanded its social media footprint by localizing its presence on three major platforms. Avis Budget Group has launched local Facebook, Foursquare and Google Places pages for each of its Avis Car Rental, Budget Car Rental and Budget Truck Rental facilities in the United States and Canada.

“We are seeing a merging of local searches supplemented by social media feedback,” said Neal Zamore, vice president of consumer marketing, Avis Budget Group. “This initiative leverages this increasing trend and helps our customers find our locations more quickly and accurately …”

This first-of-its-kind initiative in the car rental industry opens the lines of communication with customers on a local level, much in the same manner that mom-and-pop style stores often do to differentiate itself from big box retailers. In this instance, Avis Budget can proactively target customers with local deals such as one-way offers from a specific facility, promotion of contests and other special offers, and provide customer service support.

In addition, it also ensures that Avis, Budget and Budget Truck locations are accurately depicted on Google maps as indicated by a “pin” inserted onto the map for each location.

“Expanding our social media presence to our locations across North America provides our customers with another convenient way to engage with our brands,” said Jeannine Haas, chief marketing officer, North America, Avis Budget Group. “This heightened level of engagement allows us to obtain real-time feedback and insights on our products and services while driving greater loyalty and share of wallet.”

To locate a particular Avis, Budget or Budget Truck Rental location in North America on Facebook, Foursquare or Google Maps, search for “Avis Car Rental,” “Budget Car Rental” or “Budget Truck Rental” preceded or followed by the airport name, city or zip code.  Read more travel news at www.travelpulse.com

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What’s New In South Dakota: Summer 2014‏

July 10, 2014 on 6:29 am | In Adventure Travel, Plains States, Road Trips, Rockies | Comments Off



Celebrate South Dakota Milestones, Exciting New Events and Attractions

PIERRE, SD ) – Home to iconic monuments, stunning national and state parks teeming with wildlife, fun family attractions, world-famous roadside stops and endless outdoor adventures, South Dakota offers the perfect destination for a summer getaway or road trip.

This year presents an exceptional time to visit, as South Dakota celebrates its 125th anniversary of statehood. In addition to new attractions, activities, lodging and festivals, visitors will find special anniversary events taking place in towns and communities throughout the state.

The following are a few examples of what visitors will find when visiting South Dakota this summer. For more information, visit www.travelsd.com

Monumental Milestones:

South Dakota Celebrates its 125th Anniversary of Statehood: The celebration of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary has prompted a number of community events to mark this milestone year. From traditional wagon trains and commemorative exhibits to celebratory festivals and special historic hikes, towns and cities around the state are doing their part to honor the state’s history and culture. For a full listing of 125th anniversary community celebrations, visit www.125.sd.gov

75th Anniversary of Badlands National Park: One of America’s most popular and iconic national parks, the Badlands were designated as a national monument in 1939. Visitors are invited to come celebrate the 75th anniversary and see the unique landscape of spires, canyons and buttes that has become a beloved landmark in South Dakota.

100th Anniversary of the Buffalo Returning to Custer State Park: One hundred years ago, the American Bison was near extinction due to hunting. Since the program to re-introduce the buffalo into Custer State Park began in 1914, the buffalo population has grown into a herd of 1,300, one of the largest publicly-owned herds in the world. An annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park is held each fall and takes place this year on September 26.

40th Anniversary of the Mammoth Site: 2014 marks 40 years since the discovery of what is now known as the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs. The site is an active paleontological dig and National Natural Landmark. To date, 61 mammoths have been unearthed at the site, making the site the world’s largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world. The Mammoth Site is hosting unique and exciting events throughout the summer, including Junior and Advanced Paleontological Digs and an Atlatl Throwing Experience.

Celebratory Events and Festivals:

South Dakota’s 125th Birthday Wagon Train: The wagon train will take place from September 3-20, and will travel from the former territorial capitol in Yankton to the state capitol in Pierre. Visitors and locals are invited to join for any length of the journey, which will include stops along the route to meet and talk with locals and learn about the history in each area. For more details, visit www.125.sd.gov

South Dakota Peach Festival: The first annual South Dakota Peach Festival will take place at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, July 26-27. The event will feature two days of live music, a peach dessert contest, and peach-flavored foods to taste and purchase with everything from pies and cobbler to ice cream and jams.

New Attractions and Offerings:

River Greenway Project: With the grand opening celebration held in June, the River Greenway Project, which focuses on the historic Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls, helps to restore and enhance the beauty of the area. The project includes an amphitheater, interactive water feature, improved walking trails and two new pedestrian bridges.

Founding Fathers Black Hills: This summer, visitors can get in touch with their patriotic side at the new Independence Hall: Home of the Founding Fathers, located near Rapid City. Opened June 15, the life-size sculpture installation of John Trumbull’s iconic “Declaration of Independence” painting offers a true American experience. The building shares a likeness with Philadelphia’s real-life Independence Hall. Inside, visitors can hear the amazing story of how the patriots forged the American Revolution. Just like the 56 men, you will have a chance to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Rippin Rapids Resort and Adventure Sports: Set to open this year in Rapid City, this huge three-dimensional resort will offer thrilling waterslides, tubing rides and a wave machine for surfing. For land adventures, guests will be able to rock climb, zip line, and do rope and obstacle courses. In addition, there will be a connected 100-room hotel for visitors, all under one roof.

Akela Spa: The state’s newest and only destination spa opened its doors in February 2014, just a mile from Deadwood in the heart of the Black Hills. The full-service spa, Akela, which draws its name from the Lakota word “Abla Kela” meaning “calm,” offers treatments that incorporate natural ingredients indigenous to the area including lavender, sage, pine and cedar oil.

Deadwood Mountain Grand Spa: Located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort, the spa opened in February 2014. A full line of salon and spa services is available including a variety of massages, European anti-aging and anti-acne facials, manicures, pedicures, and beauty salon treatments.

Denny Sanford PREMIER Center: Set to be completed this fall, the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center will add 30,000 sq. ft. of space for a combined total of over 132,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space to the current Convention Center and Arena Complex. The new space will seat 12,000 people for concerts and will be the largest venue in the region.

Belle Joli Winery: The winery, with its original location in Belle Fourche and another in Deadwood, plans to open South Dakota’s first sparkling wine distillery and tasting room in Sturgis before the end of 2014. The winery is known for its unique fruit wines made with apples, strawberries and cherries.

Firehouse Wine Cellars: Newly constructed and opened in Rapid City this past spring, Firehouse Wine Cellars offers tours, wine tastings and a wine club with memberships. The winery also features state-of-the-art equipment with a fully automated bottling line.

Easyriders Saloon Dinner Theater: The Sturgis Dinner Theater opened in the existing Easyriders Saloon this past March in Sturgis with a 20-foot screen and seats 70 people. The theater has a full bar, along with burgers, burritos and more for moviegoers to enjoy as they watch new and classic movies in recliner-style chairs.

Lodging Enhancements and Expansions:

Cedar Pass Lodge Cabins: This year, the popular lodge expanded by adding new guest cabins for visitors to the Badlands. The cabins, constructed in Rapid City, are eco-friendly and were built to meet Gold LEED standards. The exteriors are designed to resemble the original cabins built in 1928 at Cedar Pass, while using repurposed and energy saving efficiencies. The interiors are lined with fallen beetle-kill pine from the Black Hills and the blue streaking you see in the wood is a trait left from the natural defense of the pine tree.

Adoba Hotel: The environmentally-friendly hotel re-opened in Rapid City in May 2013 after undergoing multi-million dollar renovations, including all eco-friendly rooms along with eclectic decor. To ensure limited environmental impact, renovations included sustainable/recycled products, energy efficient lighting (focusing on LED technology) and water efficient fixtures. The hotel is continuing renovations to increase the resort’s sustainability and enhance public areas, like the lobby and ballroom, to make the property entirely eco-friendly. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown: One of the newest hotels in Sioux Falls, the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown opened in November 2013. The hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant and lounge called Elements on 8th.

La Quinta Inn & Suites: Opened in March of this year, the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Sioux Falls is located in the heart of Sioux Falls. Guests can enjoy easy access to the retail district, restaurants and sports venues.

For more information about exploring South Dakota and all of the state’s new and exciting offerings for 2014, visit www.travelsd.com


Moab’s National Park Photographs While Camping with Toy Haulers and Motor Homes

July 5, 2014 on 7:18 am | In Adventure Travel, Road Trips, Southwest | Comments Off



Toy Hauler, Motor Home, Camping Trailers and RV Campgrounds of Moab
RVing with toys in tow or hooking up for creature comforts of home, Moab satisfies a wilderness experience with an amazing diversity of camping conditions. Moab’s Motorized visitors often request assistance for camping close to ATV or 4×4 trails to forego hauling a trailer to trailheads. Preferring to travel lighter, Moab has ample outfitters to take you or lead you or rent to you the equipment needed to explore an enormous inventory of public lands and trails.
Not to be overlooked are photography tours, golf, leisurely auto tours of three National Scenic Byways, self-guided Rock Art auto tours and visits to Dead Horse Point State Park and Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Granted the changing light on red rock landscapes is astounding in this region, getting tips from local photographers will help turn those memories into indelible snippets of your visit or use the results of National Park shots to enter a contest. Share the Experience, www.sharetheexperience.org, is accepting national park images until December 31st for the 2014 Photo Contest and have added a new category this year for Night Skies. Among our tour companies is Red Rock Astronomy for gazing into the night sky with a telescope.

Tips for Camping:
Dead Horse Point State Park and Arches National Park provide websites on which to reserve camping in the park. Go online to reserve as soon as travel dates are determined. These campgrounds fill four months in advance.

Camping is a primary activity for Moab. Surrounding wildlands are fragile and unable to recover from any amount of cat holes a visitor might imagine are practical. Human waste and toilet paper are required to be packed out to aid in abiding to the Leave No Trace principles. Tag-A-Long Expeditions, Canyon Voyages and Moab River Rentals have toilets to rent to visitors using public lands overnight. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sites equipped with pit toilets are an alternative source for primitive camping and especially beneficial to those camping with tents. BLM sites are based on the first come, first served use system. Of course, camping at any of the commercial campgrounds in Moab will have flushing toilets and showers, often refreshing swimming pools. Commercial campgrounds will accept advance reservations to insure a base camp for exploring Moab’s more wild places beyond the hem of town.

To ride an ATV out of camp aim to camp in Horsethief Camp off of Hwy 313, Ledge Camps out Kane Creek Road, or in the Sand Flats Recreation area on BLM land. Or reserve a campsite with Archview Resort or Kane Springs Campground. If the OHV is street legal, OK RV Park, Spanish Valley Trail RV Park and Ron’s Pack Creek Campground will have some trails accessible from those business locations.

Camping with kids? Select the BLM campground at Ken’s Lake because kids’ love water. A short trail links the reservoir to the campground and two additional trails are close by for more activity from camp. Or peruse the commercial list of campground for those with playgrounds, arcades, pools and other kid notable activities. Two commercial campgrounds are situated along a creek.

Consider carrying Wag Bags, personal refuse systems, on day trips to keep the backcountry healthy and clean. These are labeled landfill safe waste bags, treated with chemicals. The bags are NOT poured into flush toilets nor disposed of in vault toilets. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved systems can be purchased locally at Canyon Voyages and GearHead shops along Main Street in Moab or from the store REI. Human waste in the backcountry is a concern for resource protection and human health with Moab’s popularity and the volume of visitation in the backcountry.

Some of the Off Highway machines are loud. Be considerate of driving during ‘quiet’ hours which is generally 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in campgrounds. Adhere to quiet hours in the rural places of Moab as well for the sake of the residents.

Moab Area Travel Council has pages of campground listings for Moab in three categories. Those first come first served Bureau of Land Management sites with pit toilets, picnic tables and fire pits; commercial campgrounds providing flushing toilets and showers, and the sites operated by Dead Horse Point (Utah) State Park, Forest Service and Arches or Canyonlands National Parks. http://www.discovermoab.com/campgrounds.htm.


Kirkland RV Releases Downloadable Guide – ‘How To Plan RV Vacations’

July 2, 2014 on 10:18 am | In Adventure Travel, Mobile Apps, Road Trips | Comments Off



Kirkland RV, an RV dealership based in Everett, WA, supplying new and used RVs and travel trailers, makes RV vacation planning easy for beginning and veteran RVers, thanks to their newly released eBook.

This free downloadable guide gives tips on everything from the pre-departure inspection, to what to pack in an RV first aid kit. New RV owners won’t need to worry about forgetting any important steps or items after reading this informational guide to RV travels.

To see Kirkland RV’s used and new RV listings: http://www.kirklandrvsales.com/search-results/?alllistings=true.

“While RVing is a blast, it’s important to be well-prepared for any misadventures or difficulties that you might face down the road,” says Kirkland RV Sales. “Smart RVers have learned that preventative measures can alleviate the risk of problems, and this eBook will explain the proper preparatory planning, budgeting, and maintenance activities that could save you time and money over the course of your excursion.”

The eBook, divided into multiple chapters, will help RV travellers know what to inspect before setting off on their vacation, how to create a well-planned budget that has cushion for emergencies and unexpected expenses, tips on how to handle the roadway (and varying state laws on RV traffic), and how to avoid RV accidents.

To download the eBook, simply follow this link: http://www.kirklandrvsales.com/rv-campers-planning-free-ebook/

Each chapter provides practical advice and clear explanations, reflecting the years of experience that Kirkland RV has in understanding and working with RVs.

About Kirkland RV Sales:
Kirkland RV Sales offers a variety of RVs, including Class A’s, Class C’s, and Fifth Wheels. Their branch in Everett is acclaimed for its high-quality customer service and satisfaction. To learn more, visit their website: http://www.kirklandrvsales.com/.

13111 Highway 99
Everett WA 98204
Phone: (866) 710-0064
Fax: (425) 710-0504


O.A.R.S. California Road Trip Sweepstakes Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant

June 30, 2014 on 9:11 am | In Adventure Travel, California, Los Angeles, Road Trips, San Diego, San Francisco | Comments Off



On June 30, 1864, Congress enacted the Yosemite Grant Act, establishing Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove as the first federally protected public park of its kind—set aside for the enjoyment of a nation.

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s efforts 150 years ago (later assisted by Theodore Roosevelt at the behest of John Muir), O.A.R.S., the world leader in whitewater rafting and nature-based adventure travel, has partnered with Visit California to sponsor a Yosemite sweepstakes that should appeal to anyone longing for that classic California road trip.

From now through June 28th, 2014, on the company’s Facebook page, legal residents of the U.S. and Canada may enter to win an all-expenses-paid road trip for two to Yosemite National Park and a two-day/one-night rafting adventure with O.A.R.S. on the renowned Tuolumne River just outside the park.

Entrants are asked to submit their name, zip code and email address and then share the link with friends and family through Facebook. The contest is open to those ages 21 and up.

To enter, visit: www.smarturl.it/WonderCalifornia

Watch the 50-second campaign video here: http://youtu.be/em2toXksuug.

The winner and a guest will also receive a complimentary one-year membership and rental car with gas from Zipcar, one night’s lodging in Yosemite, sunglasses from Native Eyewear, and some California wine from Twisted Oak Winery in the Sierra Foothills.

“The Tuolumne is a world-renowned Wild and Scenic river, but even many Californians aren’t familiar with the wonders of this one-of-a-kind stretch of Class IV whitewater,” said Steve Markle, O.A.R.S. spokesperson. “This is the best river trip in California and one of the top rafting experiences in the country, and it’s literally right at the gateway to one of our most popular national parks.”

The O.A.R.S. sweepstakes comes on the heels of the 2013 Rim Fire—the largest wildfire in the Sierra Nevada’s recorded history—which scorched 400 square miles, abruptly ended the 2013 rafting season on the Tuolumne and critically impacted access to Yosemite National Park. Last year, at the height of the summer travel season, tourism to the region all but ended, dealing a huge economic blow to Yosemite’s gateway communities and businesses. Now, the region looks to recover.

For more information, availability, reservations and a copy of the 2014 O.A.R.S. Adventures catalog call 209-736-4677 or 800-346-6277, email info@oars.com, or visit: www.oars.com/.

About O.A.R.S.

Some 500,000 guests later, O.A.R.S. has been providing whitewater rafting vacations since 1969. Over the decades the company has set the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport adventure, with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines around the world. O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries, including one-day and weekend escapes. In 2013, for the seventh consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler’s standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category. In 2013 Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, named O.A.R.S. one of the top two outfitters in the world in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program.

Follow O.A.R.S.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oars_rafting

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OARS.rafting

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/oarsweb

Blog: http://www.oars.com/blog/


New Motorcycle Tour Exploring Peru Now Offered by Yampu Tours

June 30, 2014 on 8:52 am | In Adventure Travel, Peru, Road Trips, South America | Comments Off



Yampu Tours announced a brand new excursion that takes adventurous travelers exploring throughout Peru, all while enjoying the views from a motorcycle. The 18-day tour takes travelers around Peru, and visits around a dozen major Peruvian attractions including Machu Picchu, Lima, Cuzco and Puno.

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We’ve definitely noticed a shift in interest where travelers are looking to take part in more unique adventures on their vacations.

“We’re really excited to be offering this motorcycle tour here at Yampu. We’ve definitely noticed a shift in interest where travelers are looking to take part in more unique adventures on their vacations, and this trip fits that MO perfectly!” Karolina Guilcapi, Yampu International Sales Manager.

This fully guided tour brings the traveler through diverse landscapes and cultures that make Peru both beautiful and unique. The exciting motorcycle tour begins in historic Lima, the capital of Peru with a stop to tour the Colonial City. The ride then continues on to Ica and Paracas, where the adventurer will enjoy wildlife on the Ballestas Islands and enjoy a day of exhilarating dune buggies on the beach.

The tour continues on into Nazca and Arequipa, where there is an opportunity to enjoy a Pre-Incan astronomical calendar which can be viewed by plane. Next, the tour continues to breathtaking Colca Canyon, which is one of the deepest canyons in the world. After Colca, the guide brings the motorcyclist towards Lake Titicaca for a visit to the famous floating islands of Uros and Taquile. The adventure rounds out with a visit to Cuzco and the Machu Picchu ruins before heading home.

To learn more about this and other exciting Yampu itineraries, visit http://www.yampu.com

Yampu Tours has been crafting 100% custom itineraries for the past 16 years and applies its unrivaled experience to creating tours that provide a lifetime of memories in South America, Africa, South-East Asia, India/S. Asia, and Central America.


Marcus Hotels introduces on-site Tesla charging stations

June 18, 2014 on 10:00 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels, Road Trips | Comments Off



Hospitality management firm Marcus Hotels & Resorts announced it has installed Tesla High Power Charging Stations at more than two-thirds of its owned and managed properties in the US.

The charging stations offer a fast charging option for Tesla Model S electric car owners and provides more than twice the power of normal charging stations.

With Marcus hotels sited nationwide in 10 states, Tesla owners can travel virtually coast-to-coast using only the hotels’ charging stations, according to Brian Burton, vice president, revenue generation for Marcus Hotels.

“Owners driving all day can stop at one of our hotels to recharge overnight and be on their way again in the morning,” Burton said

There are currently 13 properties with charging stations already installed, including Crowne Plaza-Northstar, Minneapolis, Hilton Milwaukee City Center, The Garland in North Hollywood, Westin Atlanta, and Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.

More installations are planned at the remaining properties in the coming months.

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Sizzling Summer Savings with Auto Europe

June 16, 2014 on 12:20 pm | In France, Germany, Italy, Paris, Road Trips, Rome | Comments Off



Auto Europe, a leader in European car rental services for over 60 years is helping you cut costs for travel to Europe with their sizzling summer savings. These savings will expire on June 27, 2014, so book early and remember, no cancellation fees.

The offers include a guaranteed free one-car class upgrade on various car classes in select European countries. For example in Germany, reserve an economy manual transmission VW Polo or similar, normally $152 per week and receive a guaranteed free upgrade to a compact manual transmission Peugeot 2008 or similar, normally $171 per week. Reserve a compact manual transmission Peugeot 2008 or similar, normally $171 per week and receive a guaranteed free upgrade to an intermediate manual transmission Skoda Rapid or similar, normally $189 per week. Reserve the intermediate manual transmission Skoda Rapid or similar, normally $189 per week and receive a guaranteed free upgrade to a full-size manual transmission Audi A4 or similar, normally $281 per week. Upgrades are also available in France and Belgium.

In addition, drive your dream in Europe and save 15% off any prestige, Mercedes Benz or sports car rental in Europe and up to 7% off any European car rental service at any of the 10,000 locations they service.

Auto Europe is offering free GPS rentals in Europe with any minimum 7 day car rental, compact size or larger. New to our services, we are also offering MiFi units with any car rental of three days or longer in the UK, France, Italy and Germany; you only pay $5.00 USD per day to access data.

This product is the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5331 model that permits connectivity with up to eight WiFi enabled devices up to 30 feet from the portable router, via a secure password protected connection. Each unit comes with a user manual, SIM equipped for 3G cellular access in the country of preference, wall & car USB charger and a convenient carrying case.

The SIM cards are only available for the UK, France, Italy and Germany (one country per SIM). There is a data limit, but it’s different per country and three of the countries are “fair use”.

All discount offers are valid for reservations made now through June 27, 2014 for travel through December 31, 2014. Upgrade offer validity dates, available locations and applicable car categories vary depending upon rental location and are available in select European countries only. Free GPS rental and MiFi rentals exclude shipping and handling charge of $40 and are available to USA residents only.. Rates shown subject to change without notice. All discount offers apply to time and mileage only. Offers cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount and are subject to change without notice.

Auto Europe services over 10,000 car rental locations in over 135 countries worldwide. In addition, through their tour division, FlyInternational.com they offer scheduled airfare to Europe with over thirty carriers and service 3, 4 & 5 star worldwide hotels.

For additional information contact your local sales representative or Auto Europe at (800) 223-5555. Visit their web site at http://www.autoeurope.com

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