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July 18, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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According to National Geographic, 5.5 million people visited the Grand Canyon National Park in 2015 to witness the wonders of one of the largest canyons on Earth. A mile deep and up to 18 miles wide at spots, the Grand Canyon is so vast that even from the best vantage point only a fraction of its 277 miles can be seen. (Unfortunately, during my own summer vacation visit to the Grand Canyon, I was unable to see much of anything because there was rain and it was full of clouds. I like to think I was lucky to have such a surreal and unusual experience: While there are thousands of photos documenting the canyon’s colorful beauty, the cloud-filled vistas I saw that day were also unusually dramatic.) The Grand Canyon offers a variety of lodging and camping opportunities, with free shuttles to scenic locations around the South rim, as well as commercial and noncommercial river trips along the Colorado River. Bighorn Sheep are abundant.

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July 15, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Glacier National Park, Montana

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Called the "Crown of the Continent," Glacier National Park covers more than a million acres in Montana and attracted 2.4 million people in 2015 to visit its pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. The park's Going-to-the-Sun Road, which connects the east and west sides through the middle of the park, is considered by many to be one of the world's most spectacular drives, while more than 700 miles of trails make it a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Campers can choose from plenty of options, with more than a dozen campgrounds and more than a thousand campsites to choose from.

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July 14, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

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Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses six million acres of wild land, bisected by just one long ribbon of road, most of which is only open to buses in the sumer season. Also, each September the park hosts a four-day event called "Road Lottery," during which winners of a lottery drawing are given a chance to purchase a single, day-long permit, allowing them to drive as much of the Denali Park Road as weather allows. Travelers along Denali Park Road can see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in Denali, North America's tallest peak, standing at 20,310 feet tall. Denali is the only national park with a kennel of working sled dogs, while large and small wild animals roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages.

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July 13, 2016

New RV Lifestyle Trend: 30-Somethings Living On the Road

1_RV_Lifestyle_trend_de_la_cruzNew and younger generations of campers are hitting the road in Recreation Vehicles and discovering the benefits of RV travel.

Millennials, generally those born after 1980, are appreciating the fun, freedom and flexibility of RVing -- something their parents and grandparents have known for years.

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July 12, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Channel Islands National Park, California

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Comprised of five in a chain of eight southern California islands near Los Angeles, Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural resources. Established as a national park in 1980, the Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world. Surrounded by a mile of coastline, the islands offer access to marine life ranging from microscopic plankton to the endangered blue whale, the largest animal to live on earth.

The park consists of 249,354 acres, half of which are under the ocean, and include the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Even though the islands seem tantalizingly close to the densely populated, southern California coast, isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was; in fact, archeological and cultural resources span a period of more than 10,000 years. The Channel Islands are ideal for quiet, uninterrupted time with family and friends with wonderful places to hike, camp, snorkel, kayak, birdwatch, take photographs, sketch, or just relax to the soothing sounds of the natural world.

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July 11, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Arches National Park, Utah

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The red rock wonderland of Arches National Park offers a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike any other in the world, with its 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, and sandstone formations with massive fins and giant balanced rocks. Devils Garden Campground requires advanced reservations from March to October, but there are lots of other options in the Moab area, which is especially popular for off-road adventures. View petroglyphs left by prehistoric visitors about 10,000 years ago at the end of an Ice Age or visit the incredible Courthouse Wash Panel, a series of large pictographs which may have been painted by archaic indians over a long period of time, from 1000 to 4000 years ago.

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June 10, 2016

13 #FunnyRoadSigns from @AskPatty: Be Careful of Detours!

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Have you seen something funny you'd like to share with us? Whether it's a funny road sign, or an entertaining bumper sticker, feel free to share your #FunnyRoadSigns and tag us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

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June 08, 2016

13 #FunnyRoadSigns from @AskPatty: Watch the Speed Limit!

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Have you seen something funny you'd like to share with us? Whether it's a funny road sign, or an entertaining bumper sticker, feel free to share your #FunnyRoadSigns and tag us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

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June 06, 2016

13 #FunnyRoadSigns from @AskPatty: Watch Out For Witches!

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Have you seen something funny you'd like to share with us? Whether it's a funny road sign, or an entertaining bumper sticker, feel free to share your #FunnyRoadSigns and tag us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

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May 27, 2016

Where Are You Driving for Memorial Day Weekend?

AAA_Memorial_Day_travel_report-driving_highway_cars-iStock_000025951140_MediumAccording to their annual Memorial Day Travel Forecast report, AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this weekend. Not only is this the most since 2005, but it's also the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume since tracking began in 2000. Nearly 34 million (89 percent) holiday travelers are expected to drive to their Memorial Day destinations, an increase of 2.1 percent over 2015.

Thanks to some of the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel over this Memorial Day Weekend, compared to the same time period last year.

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