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Paradise Found: Vacationing in Waikiki, Hawaii




Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach is like a scene from a movie set. Bronzed surfers walk the length of longboards sailing over white-capped waves as children race to build castles in the sand before the rising tides carry them away. There are vacationers attempting the hula while giddy girls slather on sunscreen while reclining in the sun. It is the iconic beach you’ve always dreamed of, the ideal getaway that even reality can’t spoil.




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Topics: Hawaii


The People of the Tides: Traveling to Saxman Native Village




The Tlingit Indians have lived, fished, and hunted along the shores of Southeast Alaska for thousands of years. As their name proclaims, they have always been “People of the Tides.” In a world that is constantly changing and reshaping, these First Nation peoples have held tightly to the traditions of their past and clung fiercely to the ways of their beautiful homeland.




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Topics: Alaska


Tips For Exploring Canyonlands National Park




At the Confluence of Canyonlands National Park, the Green and Colorado Rivers collide. From more than 2,000 feet above on a high desert mesa, visitors can view the scene from an Island in the Sky. This vast and rugged outback contains some of the most untamed landscapes in the country, 527-square miles of towering spires and sweeping arches, wandering canyons, and other-worldly vistas. Carved by the rivers and the passing of time, Canyonlands is truly one of America’s greatest national treasures. Here’s what you’ll need to know when visiting:




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Topics: US National Parks


The Day Niagara Ran Dry




Whether you’ve had the privilege of seeing it first-hand or just in pictures, Niagara Falls is a force of nature. Fierce and deafening, the Niagara River plunges over the falls in a thundering mist that is simply unforgettable. But one unimaginable day in June of 1969, those legendary waters ran dry and the thunder ceased.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Irish Phrases You Need to Learn




There’s nothing quite like the sound of an Irish brogue rolling off the tongue of a silver-headed Dubliner. Before you make your way to the Emerald Isle, here are some of the local expressions you’ll need to acquaint yourself with before your visit:




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Topics: Ireland


Visiting Kenai Fjords National Park: Exploring a Glacial Wonderland




Snow and ice blanket nearly 60 percent of Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the nation’s most fascinating and impenetrable wildernesses. The area evolved over time by glaciers, earthquakes, and ocean tempests that shaped and reshaped the fjords, constantly shifting the Earth’s topography. Intensely wild and somewhat foreboding, the area’s otherworldly landscape is as desolate as it is beautiful and a must-see for any visit to Alaska.




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Topics: Alaska


Visiting Hawaii’s Black Sand Beaches




The black sands that cover some of Hawaii’s most spectacular beaches are the result of volcanic activity. As hot, molten lava hits the water it instantly cools and hardens. Then, the waves continue to pound the lava until it begins to shatter into tiny pieces of volcanic ash which eventually becomes sand. Since only the islands with the most recent volcanic activity have these ebony-tainted beaches, you find them on the islands of Maui and Hawaii, or the Big Island.




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The Best of Sea to Sky’s Roadside Attractions




For travelers who are looking to explore highlights of British Columbia, the Sea to Sky Highway offers plenty! Here are some of our favorites:




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


Traveling the Sea to Sky Highway: Tips for One of the World’s Top Drives




Climbing up from Horseshoe Bay through the rainforests and coastal mountains of British Columbia is one of the Canada’s most breathtaking drives, the Sea to Sky Highway. Rich with wildlife and jaw-dropping views, Highway 99 follows an ancient trade route used by aboriginal coastal tribes and inland people groups. And while the name implies a journey of ascent, there’s no accounting for the views as you make your way down from the mountaintop village of Whistler. With the sea spread out before you, the descent toward Vancouver affords you spectacular glimpses of the coast blanketed out below you.




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


Photography Tips for Yosemite: Shooting the National Park




There are few places as enchanting as Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain range. With waterfalls and majestic peaks, abundant wildlife and soaring sequoia groves, it is nature’s masterpiece. Capturing the beauty of places like Half Dome or El Capitan is the dream of every photographer and a magnificent reward for those lucky enough to visit. So, if your travel plans include this High Sierra landmark, make the most of your experience by capturing your memories in photos. Here are our top tips for photographing Yosemite National Park.




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Topics: US National Parks


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