The animals and wildlife we encounter on holiday can be one of the most, memorable and distinctive features of a trip. Any great holiday involves seeing some of the local residents up close - whatever their species! Even if it is not the entire focus of your trip, incorporating some time into appreciating local wildlife can be a unique experience. Your animal-loving travel companion will thank you for it or you may be the animal lover yourself! Browse the suggestions below for inspiration on how to enjoy and appreciate the animals in your destination.
Off nice and early tomorrow for my first time to Salt Lake City where some dear friends are relocating. Will be my first time to the city and my first time visiting them there. So yes, that is my idea of a perfect weekend getaway - meeting old friends and visiting new places. I have three whole days there and want to relax but also check out a few touristy attractions to check off my list for my first visit to any place in Utah. The weather will be cooler than what I have been accustomed to the last few days but day temperatures seem worthy of some outdoor adventures so hope to get a bike or segway tour in the works. Other places am I eyeing are Temple Square, Red Butte Garden and Beehive House. More ideas courtesy Visit Salt Lake. Not sure how much I will be able to fit in but rest assured there will be a flurry of updates right here!
Get your hands on these fun soda fountain stamps issued by USPS this year! The postal service is celebrating soda fountain favorites—remember those? Illustrated by artist Nancy Stahl of New York City, these series comprises of a double-scoop ice cream cone, an egg cream, a banana split, a root beer float, and a hot fudge sundae. The booklet has 20 stamps and four of each design. Art director Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, designed the stamps.
This New Year’s Day 2016, California State Parks will kick-off the 4th Annual First Day Hikes, planned at more than 40 parks across the state. The First Day Hikes are a signature event designed to offer visitors the opportunity to connect to their parks and nature for recreation, and to promote a healthy lifestyle throughout the year. The events will all take place on Friday, January 1, 2016 with California State Parks offering more than 55 options to hike, paddle or off-road ride in the redwoods, the deserts and along the coast and on beaches. The First Day Hikes are guided by State Parks staff and volunteers. Distance and rigor will vary per hike/activity, so visitors are encouraged to check out details of start times and description of hikes.
This is the fourth year California has participated in the First Day Hikes program. Last year, there were nearly 1,000 hikes across the nation, with more than 41,000 visitors participating in all 50 states. California offered the most hikes in 2015 at 53 with participants hiking more than 4,900 miles.
Scheduled California State Parks 2016 First Day Hikes include (weather permitting):
Los Angeles County
the First Day Hikes page on California State Parks website or call (916) 654-7538.
Planning a trip between now and New Years can be challenging. Below are last minute holiday travel tips on booking flights and hotels: