Where to see the best fall foliage across the country

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It’s not too late to leaf-peep!  (iStock)

Peak leaf-peeping season is almost over, but it’s not too late for those seeki…

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The 'Devil’s Swimming Pool' on the edge of Victoria Falls is for adrenaline junkies only

By Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure

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The Devil’s Swimming Pool is shallow natural pool atop Victoria Falls.  (Reuters)

Victoria Falls, without question…

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Moose hunter slams Facebook critics who called her 'disgusting'

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A hunter claims she’s received death threats for posting pictures from her Alaskan moose hunt on Facebook.  (iStock)

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Deer hunting tips: 6 ways to find a buck you already scared off


By Gerald Almy

Hope isn’t lost just yet. Get back that buck with these expert tips.  (iStock)

“That’s it. It’s all over,” I thought. The 4-year-old 10-point buck that I had scouted, photographed, and painstakingly …

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How to heat a camping shelter without an indoor fire


By Tim MacWelch
Published June 01, 2017

A fire lay isn’t appropriate for an indoor sleeping shelter.  (Tim MacWelch)

Nothing in the backcountry gives off heat like a roaring fire. That’s why our recent ancestors built…

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Why Iceland is on everyone’s travel radar this year

Why Iceland is on everyone’s travel radar this year

By Janeen Christoff Published February 03, 2016 Facebook677 Twitter0 Email Print Northern lights in Iceland. (Visit Iceland) From budget travel to luxury travel, Iceland can’t seem to escape anyone’s list of the best of travel this year. Luxury Travel Guide chose Iceland its number-one destination for travel this year. The country topped Budget Traveler’s list of Where to Go 2016. Women’s lifestyle website Refinery29 said Iceland was one of the places every woman should go this year. NatGeo staffers picked it, saying that it is one of the only places on earth where the “highlight of your trip (the northern lights) depends on factors such as solar wind conditions and space storms.” Praise has been heaped upon the tiny island nation with a population around 350,000 people. And for good reason. Iceland has something for everyone in this exotic, ice-capped paradise. Movie buffs will thrill at the sight of filming locations for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Adventure enthusiasts will love glacier climbing and those looking to get a glimpse of the elusive northern lights have a good chance in Iceland during the winter months. The country is enjoying a boom that is driven by increased tourism investment. There is more airlift, providing travelers around the world with more connectivity to Reykjavik. Hotels are springing up around the country – not just in the capital – and tour operators are creating new itineraries – and more options – that include Iceland. More Airlift Airlift received a major boost with the entry of low-cost airline Wow in the international market. The company took over operations of Iceland Express in 2012 and, in 2014, it had already flown 1 million passengers. The company began serving passengers in the U.S. last year and launched extremely low-cost fares to Iceland from a variety of destinations on the East Coast. Now, in 2016, the company will expand to offer direct connectivity between Reykjavik and the U.S. West Coast this summer. Influx of Hotels The number of overnight stays in the country has also risen. Iceland saw a 36 percent increase from December 2014 to December 2015 – and 89 percent of those overnight stays booked by foreign tourists were in hotel rooms, rather than other forms of rental accommodation. Perhaps this is what is leading to Iceland’s recent hotel boom. New hotels are popping up around the country. Iceland will be the home of a new Marriott Edition hotel, scheduled to open in 2018 and the new Canopy brand from Hilton will open a property in the country later this year. In 2015, Iceland welcomed a crop of new properties around the country. Mengi Kjarnholt in South Iceland is akin to a B&B. It is...

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Yosemite Park forced to change names of iconic attractions

Yosemite Park forced to change names of iconic attractions

Published March 01, 2016 Associated Press Facebook104 Twitter0 livefyre12 Email Print On Tuesday, the historic Ahwahnee Hotel will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Curry Village campground will be named Half Dome Village. (AP) Yosemite National Park is set to start showing the new names for some of park’s most iconic attractions after no settlement was reached to a bitter legal dispute. As of Tuesday, the historic Ahwahnee Hotel will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Curry Village campground will be named Half Dome Village. Badger Pass Ski Resort will now be Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The park service announced last year that it would change the names of Curry Village, the Ahwahnee Hotel, Badger Pass Ski Resort and many other attractions after failing to reach agreement with the company that says it owns the trademarks to those attractions. The company, Delaware North, has served as the park’s concessionaire since 1993, running numerous park operations until losing the contract to Aramark, which is scheduled to take over at midnight. Delaware North and the Park Service have been unable to agree on the value of the trademarks and the Buffalo, New York-based company filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit. The dispute prompted the Park Service to announce the name changes. Starting at midnight, Park Service employees will begin placing temporary signs over road signs directing visitors to the attractions while Aramark will be responsible for changing the names of the attractions. Park Service spokesman Scott Gediman said temporary signs are being used in the hope that a settlement will be reached with Delaware North. An historic sign welcoming visitors to the park’s Ahwahnee Hotel was stolen sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning, Gediman said. “It’s part of the park’s historic fabric,” Gediman said. “And we are taking this seriously.” The Ahwahnee Hotel is to be renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Delaware North spokesman Glen White said Park Service officials turned down the company’s offer to let the park continue using the trademark names until the legal dispute was resolved. Gediman said the Park Service turned down the offer made Friday because that would “acknowledge they own the names.” Mark Bartholomew, a University at Buffalo law professor who teaches trademark law, says Delaware North may also want to preserve the value of the names at issue. The iconic names will lose value if they are no longer used, he said. “I think all sides will ultimately come to an agreement after some more posturing,” Bartholomew said. Court filing show the Park Service valuing the trademarks at $3.5 million and Delaware North puts their worth at $51...

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This IMAX film captures the dazzling beauty of our national parks

This IMAX film captures the dazzling beauty of our national parks

By Barnini Chakraborty Published February 11, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook2542 Twitter0 livefyre2 Email Print Mist over Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. (VisittheUSA.com) It’s been called “the best idea America ever had.” When Congress created the National Park Service in 1916, there were just 35 parks and monuments. Today there are over 400 sites covering more than 84 million acres –including national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historic sites, seashores–even the White House. Helping to kick off its 100th birthday celebration is “National Parks Adventure” a 3D IMAX documentary film that opens nationwide Friday. The epic adventure takes viewers on a rip-roaring, heart-pounding, soulful road trip of 30 national parks. (A brown bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. VisittheUSA.com) Narrated by Robert Redford and filmed over a nine-month period using a time-lapse camera,  the movie follows a team of modern-day explorers  — world-famous mountaineer Conrad Anker, his stepson and noted photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl – as they go on a unique tour that offers stunning glimpses of America’s national parks. “For me, the most breathtaking moment was when we discovered the ice caves in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan on Lake Superior,” film director Greg MacGillivray told FoxNews.com. (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. VisittheUSA.com) The crew was there filming an ice climbing sequence on a frozen waterfall.  What they didn’t expect were the ice caves. “It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, and such a surprise to find something I had never seen before, even in photographs,” he said. “The scene was so beautiful, especially in IMAX 3D, that we use it as the ending scene in the movie.”  (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. VisittheUSA.com) MacGillivray says during filming, he was surprised to learn about how vital a three-day trek through the Yosemite Valley by President Theodore Roosevelt and conservationist John Muir was for park land.  In 1903, Muir showed Roosevelt the area’s beautiful natural spots, including Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point.  So impressed was Roosevelt that after the trip he established Yosemite a national park, and during his presidency he signed into existence four other national parks, 18 national monuments, 55 national bird sanctuaries and wildlife refuges, and 150 national forests. In the movie, the trio hike into uncharted wilderness and provide off-trail adventures that includes rock climbing through Utah’s Arches, Canyonlands and Zion national parks. (Rock formations at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. VisittheUSA.com) MacGillivrary’s biggest challenge was to highlight how and why the National Park System was created and pair it with the raw ferocity of the wilderness. “I really wanted this film to be much more than a tour,” MacGillivray said. “I wanted to make a freewheeling film...

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America’s best archipelagos

America’s best archipelagos

By Katie Jackson Published January 18, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook4851 Twitter0 livefyre15 Email Print George Fischer Photography Next The word archipelago — which in ancient Greece meant the Aegean Islands — conjures up exotic locales in far-flung places. But the U.S. has its own set of chain islands that are waiting to be explored. From the wild woods of eastern Wisconsin to the cranberry-covered isles of Maine to the bioluminescent waters of Puerto Rico, many are still predominantly undeveloped — meaning you’ll find more flora and fauna than fast food and strip malls. It’s a small price to pay for enjoying natural beauty. 1. Thousand Islands George Fischer Photography New York’s most underrated waterfront, Thousand Islands, consists of 1,864 islands spread out over Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Once inhabited by pirates and wealthy patriarchs, the islands now are frequented by vacationing families who can kayak and camp in hidden harbors or ride a ferry and rent Singer Castle — a 113-year-old, 28-room mansion built by the president of the Singer sewing machine company. Thanks to the zebra mussels that keep the water clear, Thousand Islands offers some of the world’s best freshwater diving. Fishing is also a major attraction. Professional anglers come to compete and fish for trophy-sized bass, muskie and northern pike. 2. Channel Islands The Santa Catalina Island Company Channel Islands National Park in California comprises five islands, one of which — San Miguel —is home to more than 30,000 seals and sea lions. The islands have more than 145 endemic species, and the rich, distinct marine life lends itself to unforgettable diving, snorkeling and underwater photography. Visitors can camp on the islands (the sites are primitive, with limited services) or take the ferry from Santa Barbara for a day trip. The Southern Channel Islands include the popular tourist destination of Catalina, the only island with a substantial human settlement — and a legendary herd of bison. Catalina is 1.5 hours from Newport Beach by ferry or a quick 15-minute helicopter ride from Long Beach. 3. Florida Keys Andy Newman:Florida Keys News Bureau Gephyrophobics probably shouldn’t visit the Florida Keys, because more than 40 bridges connect the 125-mile-long chain of islands. Though the Keys are part of Florida, they seem a world away. Whether they’re fishing or lazing, everyone operates on island time, and no-shoes, no-shirt is standard attire. Between the swaying palm trees and the turquoise waters, it’s hard to find a more tropical place in the Lower 48. The beaches leave much to be desired — they feature hard, crushed coral instead of soft sand — but that doesn’t bother the thousands of divers and snorkelers who come to explore the only living coral barrier reef...

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10 under-the-radar destinations for 2016

10 under-the-radar destinations for 2016

By Lyn Mettler Published January 13, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook7988 Twitter0 livefyre25 Email Print Adventure Women Next Everyone’s talking about Cuba, Brazil (host of the Summer Olympics) and Rome (for the Pope’s Jubilee Year of Mercy), but there are plenty of places around the world that the masses haven’t discovered yet. Here’s our roundup of the best off-the-radar destinations for 2016. 1. Sri Lanka Adventure Women This tropical island in the Indian Ocean, The Sunday Times’ Destination of the Year in 2015, offers sweeping landscapes of lush green countryside, towering waterfalls and golden sand beaches. Sri Lanka has several national parks and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Temple of the Tooth, which is said to hold Buddha’s tooth. It’s also known for its tea plantations. Many tour companies are offering trips to Sri Lanka this year. “We want to get there before everyone else discovers it and it changes,” says Susan Eckert, president and founder of AdventureWomen, whose women-only getaway explores many of the island’s natural and historical sites. Audley Travel’s Rural Sri Lanka trip takes travelers further off the beaten path, while Explore Worldwide has an Active Sri Lanka adventure that includes cycling and white-water rafting. 2. Colombia smarTours Voted a top-5 emerging destination for 2016 by members of the United States Tour Operators Association, Columbia “remains off the radar for most American tourists and is one of the most pleasant and surprising travel destinations in the world,” says Greg Geronemus, co-CEO of smarTours. “The country has experienced a tremendous turnaround from a turbulent past to a spectacular, up-and-coming destination, and people who go absolutely love the experience.” Highlights included the romantic walled city of Cartagena, the coffee triangle and Boyacá, with its brightly-colored colonial architecture and beautiful churches. Geronemus recommends visiting the Rosario Islands for hiking, biking, SCUBA diving and snorkeling. There are plenty of diving opportunities: Colombia is the only South American country with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Backroads’ 7-day Colombia Walking & Hiking Tour hits many of the key spots, as does smarTours’ 11-day Discover Colombia adventure. 3. Hokkaido, Japan YTL Hotels Japan’s northernmost island, a winter wonderland that averages 59 feet of snow a year, could soon become a skier’s mecca. Hokkaido also has a growing culinary scene, featuring artisanal ramen, locally produced sake and world-class sushi. The Kiroro, Tribute Portfolio’s first hotel in Japan, opened recently with a ski school, a snow park for children and snowshoe and snow cat tours. YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village, at the foot of Mount Niseko Annupuri, is known for its elegant architecture, wooden lattice façades, sliding screens and lantern-lit walkways. 4. Arosa, Switzerland Tschuggen Grand Hotel This area in the Swiss Alps, a health resort...

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Top US destinations on the rise for 2016, according to TripAdvisor

Top US destinations on the rise for 2016, according to TripAdvisor

Published December 08, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook0 Twitter0 livefyre Email Print TripAdvisor Next Looking for the hottest undiscovered getaway? Travel booking and review site TripAdvisor has released its “travel hotspots on the rise” list for 2016. Top of the ranking is a town you may never heard of: Gatlinburg, Tenn. According to TripAdvisor research, there’s been a 67 percent increase in booking interest, a major increase in site traffic to this Southern town and a big year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveler reviews feedback. What’s the appeal?  Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, it offers great food, scenic views and outdoor activities year-round, according to reviewers. There are plenty of other locations if you can’t make it to Tennessee. The 52 global destinations were selected by an algorithm measuring the year-over-year increase in metrics, such as positive TripAdvisor traveler feedback and interest in accommodations, restaurants, local attractions and more. Have a look at the list and start packing your bags. Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – World: 1. Tulum, Mexico 2. Cartagena, Colombia 3. Porto, Portugal 4. Gatlinburg, Tennessee 5. Moscow, Russia 6. Brighton, United Kingdom 7. New Delhi, India 8. Banff, Canada 9. Lima, Peru 10. Foz do Iguacu, Brazil So if you’re looking for the next big thing in travel, check out TripAdvisor’s hottest U.S. destinations on the rise for 2016. 1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee TripAdvisor Tucked away in the peaks of eastern Tennessee, Gatlinburg offers outdoor recreation year-round in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park described by a TripAdvisor reviewer as “beautiful, clean and very peaceful.” After exploring the scenic sights, travelers can dine on delicious American cuisine at the Cherokee Grill where guests rave about the steak, savory mac and cheese and Maryland crab cakes. 2. Orange Beach, Alabama TripAdvisor A beachy Southern getaway. Located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Orange Beach is a great location for travelers seeking rest and relaxation. TripAdvisor reviewers recommend a sunset catamaran cruise with Sail Wild Hearts. And if you’re craving fresh Gulf seafood, try the fried oyster with caviar at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina. 3. Destin, Florida TripAdvisor Known as the “world’s luckiest fishing village,” Destin is home to miles of white-sand beaches and turquoise water including Henderson Beach State Park. After spending the day soaking up the sun, travelers are invited to enjoy the “Catch of the Day” while watching the sunset at the Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn. 4. South Lake Tahoe, California TripAdvisor Home to the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe offers stunning views that can be seen from the Gondola at Heavenly—something that “everyone needs to experience,” according to a TripAdvisor reviewer. In between outdoor adventures, travelers can refuel at Base...

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