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Mammoth Lakes Hot Springs – Weekly Travel Photo

This boardwalk leads out to just one of the hot springs near Mammoth Lakes in California and is our weekly travel photo.

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Mammoth Lakes Hot Springs

Mammoth Lakes Hot Springs, California, USA

Mammoth Lakes Hot Springs

After I finished University in New Zealand I needed a break from everything. Of course I chose to travel and my destination was Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. All I wanted to do was snowboard every day at Mammoth Mountain and not have to worry about anything else for 5 months.

Not only was I rewarded with probably the best snow I have ever snowboarded on but I also made some new lifelong friends.

To soothe our aching muscles after snowboarding adventures we would often drive out to one of the many natural hot springs around the town of Mammoth. The whole area is a geothermal wonderland and you can pick and choose depending on how isolated you want to be.

This one was one of our favourites and even I won’t tell you the location 🙂

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  1. D.J. - The World of Deej

    May 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Awesome shot…I had no idea there were hot springs at Mammoth…

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Top 3 Biking Adventure Destinations in the US

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Bike holidays are not only becoming more popular but are also more accessible to many. You no longer have to invest a lot of money in good bikes and other equipment to enjoy a good biking adventure. You don’t even have to do downhill biking or explore mountains to have a fun adventure; you can have as much fun in cities with their unique charms and attractions.

There are some interesting destinations to visit too, especially in the United States. We are going to look at three of the best destinations you can explore on your next holiday.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe is one of the best destinations to consider if you want to enjoy a more relaxing biking experience. The city has everything for everyone, from the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the outdoor adventures it offers, to the galleries and restaurants just waiting to be explored in the city.

Santa Fe is also home to some remarkable roads that are perfect for bikers. On top of that, there’s the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. It is one of the best trails in the world and a definite must-visit if you enjoy bike holidays and good adventures.

The San Juan Islands

Planning a biking trip in the summer? Then the San Juan Islands in Washington is the perfect destination to consider. You should visit the Emerald Isle, also known as the Orcas, for its long and beautiful biking trail. It has roads that go across forests and big, beautiful fields. In short, it has everything for those really enjoy an adventure.

You can also challenge yourself and conquer the trail that climbs Mount Constitution. Be sure to have your camera with you as the view from Constitution is unbelievable. Even better, the Orcas and the rest of the San Juan Islands are easily reachable; you just have to take the Washington State Ferry.

Los Angeles

For the best variety, however, it is difficult to beat Los Angeles. The city has everything for every type of traveler, including those who love bike adventures. Michael Palance, an actor, and producer who lives in the city, shared some of his favorite spots with us and we love them all!

The Lake Hollywood Park is one of the best places for seeing the Hollywood sign. You can also take your bike to Mount Lee and reach the Hollywood Sign directly. Biking in the city is just as exciting, especially with landmarks like the Griffith Observatory, the Amoeba Music and Capitol Records Building all offering unique takes.

 

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Top 11 Things to Do in the Okanagan

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If you’re looking for a breath of fresh adventure, packed with sports and activities for all four seasons, the Okanagan is for you. This region, located in the southern interior of British Columbia, draws people from across the world to spend their holidays and enjoy Canada’s natural wild beauty.

The city of Kelowna is the largest between Vancouver and Calgary and lands smack dab in the middle of the Okanagan. From humble beginnings in 1879, this modern city is now a star vacation destination. There are various hotels in Kelowna that offer an array of Okanagan tour packages including: romantic packages, leisure packages, wine-tasting packages, and more to cater to the distinct demands of tourists. This place is a treasure of natural wildlife and a famous tourist destination throughout the year.

Here are the top 11 things to do in the Okanagan Region:

Lake Okanagan: Come learn why this area is often referred to as Canada’s Hawaii! With a deep centre and shallow beaches, this narrow mountain-fed freshwater lake spans over 135 kilometres. Enjoy lakefront activities in Canada’s best summer weather. The Okanagan’s high desert climate provides vacationers with beautiful blue skies and hot, dry sunshine.

Knox Mountain Park: Take a hike up the most well-known natural mountain park in the area. Knox Mountain is undoubtedly the largest natural park nearby, covering 766 acres. A breathtaking panorama of mountain ranges and the city await.

Myra Canyon Park: Hike, bike, or take a horseback ride over the famous Myra Canyon Trestles in Kettle Valley. This historical railway site is a popular tourist attraction that spans 24km (12 miles). If you’re not up to hiking alone, most Okanagan tour packages include this natural park!

Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad: If you don’t want to worry about the weather, this is a wonderful place to visit year round. This family-built attraction features 4,000 square feet of family fun and more than 45 computer-controlled trains. Also included on-location is an extensive gift shop and starter train kits.

Wine Tours: With more than 60 wineries in the Okanagan, you’re guaranteed to find a wine tour that will wet your whistle. Ask any of the knowledgable staff at the hotels in Kelowna for one of their famous wine tours and discover the joys of wine tasting. There is a plethora of options to choose from half day to full day wine tours with Okanagan Wine Country Tours.

Skaha Lake Park: If you are looking for a patch of green to relax and unwind with your family, then the Skaha Lake Park in Penticton is a great stop for a picnic and family fun. This 21 acre park has year-round recreational opportunities and a gorgeous red sand beach.

Kangaroo Creek Farm: Have a taste of the outback at the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Lake Country. Animal lovers can meet a multitude of marsupials and cuddle with a swaddled joey! With wide open spaces, this farm holds hours of entertainment and photo opportunities. Don’t forget to bring some cash to donate and support the farm!

Mosaic Books: Bookworms, look no further! Mosaic Books is the Okanagan’s largest independent bookstore. Located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, this vibrant bookstore has friendly, knowledgeable staff. Filled with books, cards, journals, games, gifts, and more- this shop is a worthwhile stop!

Davisons Country Village: Located in the picturesque town of Vernon, this orchard village is a hidden gem in the Okanagan. There is something for everyone at the farm. Meet friendly farm animals, take a tractor tour, and eat fresh at the Deep Dish Café. Give yourself an afternoon because there is much more to explore!

Waterfront Park:  Craving the beach, play, and food? This park is a tourist attraction all throughout the year. Sandy beaches, a broad boardwalk, skating/rollerblading rink, food trucks, and more! Not too far from your Kelowna hotel, this park is a great for kids to play while the parents unwind after a long day of sightseeing.

Big White Ski Resort: It’s not Canada without snow! Big White Ski Resort is a must-go place for all snow sport lovers. Experience world-famous champagne powder snow across 118 ski runs, shop the village, and relax in the day spa! They have various packages for amateurs as well as experts to explore. If you’re visiting during the summer, they also have extensive bike and hike trails.

See why Kelowna is the best vacation destination, no matter what time of year you visit. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites has been offering guests a convenient launching pad to all there is to enjoy in the Okanagan. Best Western Kelowna’s amenities and extras include fibre optic internet, a mineral pool, hot tubs, free hot breakfast buffet, fitness centre, spa, a restaurant and pub and more. With dozens of eco-tourism awards and a LEED Silver environmental wing as well as a sprawling, grassy courtyard surrounding its 176 rooms, this Best Western Plus has become one of the most popular ‘green’ and pet-friendly Kelowna hotels.

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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The Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah is one of the best places to visit if you’re looking for adventure and challenging hikes. The place is filled with gorgeous trails, amazing landscapes, and some of the most challenging hikes in the world. To make it even better, the national park is also home to an amazing sunrise and sunset.

There are several hiking trails you can try if you are up for an adventure. There is a hiking trail for everyone too, regardless of your experience level and the kind of challenge you want to face. Here are the best ones to consider.

The Rim Trail

The Rim Trail at Bryce Canyon National Park is perhaps the easiest hiking trail to try. This hiking trail is perfect for those who simply want to enjoy a nice walk while absorbing the majestic scenery of the national park. You can start the trail from several points since the route forms a loop that takes you all around Bryce Canyon.

If you’re staying in the Bryce Canyon Lodge, Sunrise Point is a good place to start. As the name suggests, this is the perfect starting point for early risers who want to enjoy sunrise in Bryce Canyon. Make sure you have your camera ready for a spectacular photo opportunity.

From this point, you can see the Bryce Amphitheatre clearly. Make your way to the Boat Mesa and you will walk past places such as the Mormon Temple and Queens Garden. With just 200 feet of elevation to deal with, this is an easy hike that you will certainly enjoy.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the other end of the scale, we have a fairly challenging hiking trail to conquer. The trail starts from Sunset Point, just south of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Again, this is the place to be if you want to enjoy a nice view of the sunset in this area.

This trail involves visiting the Silent City, a gorgeous combination of limestone and urban sprawl. You will also be walking past Wall Street, Bryce Canyon’s signature attraction. The narrow walls are just too good to miss.

From this route, you can choose to return to Sunset Point or explore other short hikes, including the Queens Garden route and the Peekaboo Loop Trail. Both of these routes are equally challenging, but very enjoyable to try.

Mossy Cave Trail

The Mossy Cave Trail offers something entirely different. You can see the spires of the park up close without having to go down the amphitheater when you choose to walk this hiking trail. That said, the trail starts 4 miles past the park’s entrance. Nevertheless, it is an interesting hiking trail to try, especially if you visit Bryce Canyon often and want to enjoy something entirely different on your next trip.

These hiking trails are all worth trying. They offer adventures like no other and will help ensure you enjoy your trip to the Bryce Canyon National Park.

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