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Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

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With over 40 hilltops (and 70 by some accounts), San Francisco is the second hilliest city in the world. While we residents are accustomed to our unusual topography, visitors can get weak in the knees just thinking about some of our epic ascents. As the founder of Urban Hiker SF, it’s my job and my pleasure […]

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Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

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My friends all thought I was crazy. “Climbers fall you know. Splat — on the pavement. That could be you,” I was warned. After all, I’m not a so young any more and  I had never rappelled off a skyscraper. Nor had I ever done a “free” rappel — you have no with the […]

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A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts.  Follow the call of the weird and wild.

A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts. Follow the call of the weird and wild.

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In addition to birding or hiking, many nature enthusiasts look for the weird and wild such as a scorpion hunt to break out of the mold. Consider these wild and wooly events some national wildlife refuges have planned this spring. Earn bragging rights on a Scorpion Hunt Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge – Alamo, NV Moapa […]

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Women Travel Statistics – 80% of All Travel Decisions Made by Women

Women Travel Statistics – 80% of All Travel Decisions Made by Women

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Women—young, old, single, married, and widowed—are fueling an explosive growth in the travel industry. More women are traveling, for business and for pleasure, and they’re calling the shots. Just look around in a restaurant, how many tables are occupied by groups of women? Of those who currently take nature, adventure or cultural trips, 75% are […]

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Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

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Since the ninth century, millions of world travelers have embarked on Spain’s ancient Camino de Santiago trail, the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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The Grand Canyon of Greece: Hiking to Cliff-top Monasteries in Meteora

The Grand Canyon of Greece: Hiking to Cliff-top Monasteries in Meteora

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The best part of any good hike is the reward of an epic view.You sweat and trek your way to the top, and your hard work is repaid with a view that makes you realize just how small you are in a very big world. My hike to the Holy Trinity Monastery in Meteora, Greece […]

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Sundance: A Little Resort That’s Big on Rustic Charm

Sundance: A Little Resort That’s Big on Rustic Charm

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For some people, the word “Sundance” conjures images of Robert Redford in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a mail-order catalogue, a film festival, or a cable channel. To me, however, Sundance equals a majestic mountain retreat—nestled at the foot of a ski mountain in a grove of aspen trees. Intimate, unpretentious and […]

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How to Meet The Locals

How to Meet The Locals

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For those of us who travel a lot, the most enduring memories are often of the people we meet along the way. Remember that hilarious waiter in Rome? Or Mary Murphy, the owner of the B&B in Ireland? The best way to connect easily with locals is to stay in their homes or arange to […]

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Ten Tips for Planning a National Park Vacation

Ten Tips for Planning a National Park Vacation

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My parents saved all year for our summer family vacations.  Mom, dad and four kids piled into the station wagon and we headed west from Ohio to Wyoming, Arizona and California. There is no better way to have an appreciation of our own country and our Wild West History than to visit America’s National Parks. […]

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Five Reasons to Ski Utah

Five Reasons to Ski Utah

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The snow fell early and in great abundance in Utah so far this winter.  Here’s why  I head west to Utah’s ski slopes when the thermometer heads south. 1. Easy access.  As your plane begins its gradual decent into Salt Lake City, it’s obvious: the mountains are so close you know you can be floating through […]

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