Mar 8, 2011 16:55 - Kara Oberg | 2,436 views
Live music, camping and partying in Southern California? What more can you want? Coachella is April 15-17th in Coachella, CA, right outside Palm Springs. If you have not heard of Coachella, this is a festival that draws over 150,000 people each year and turns unknown bands into the next Miike Snow or Vampire Weekend. With a line up including Black Keys, Kanye, Delorean, Foster the People and Lauryn Hill, there’s no wonder tickets sold out weeks ago!
For those who don’t have tickets, Twitter (#Coachella) is one the best places to get up to date information on people selling their tickets!
For those who have tickets, but nowhere to stay, there are still places with availability! To fully emerge yourself in the Coachella culture, California camping and RV rentals are two of the hottest options. Even though you’ll be staying off-site, you’re still allowed to kick off the festival Thursday night on-site as long as you aren’t parking a car. So whether you taxi, shuttle, bike, walk, float or swim, just have your festival pass to get into the on-site party. Check out Coachella shuttles and other California accommodation options.
One last piece of advice-there will be NO cell phone service. Make sure to pick a detailed meet-up space with your friends before you get too carried away! But most of all, enjoy the festival! Once the details are figured out, go with it. You’ll be there with so many people who all share a love for music, embrace it.
Mar 8, 2011 11:45 - Regina Falkowski | 203,987 views
Heureux Mardi Gras! Today is officially Fat Tuesday. A day celebrated with jazz music, parades lined with beautiful floats, and people decorated head to toe in outrageous costumes. The crowds are full of onlookers wearing purple, green, and gold, and flaunting their collection of beads caught from passing floats. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is truly the greatest free show on earth!
It is a big misconception that the act of women flashing their breasts for beads is a Mardi Gras tradition. Although this happens quite frequently, and some people enjoy the free show, it is only a result from losing your inhibitions from too much alcohol consumption, and the influence of the French Quarter strip joints. This behavior usually takes place at night in the French Quarter and not during the day at the parade and concerts. Beads are freely given out during the celebration and you do not have to flash anyone to get them.
With this myth aside I can now mention that Mardi Gras is a great event to bring the whole family! Kids have a great time watching the parade, observing all the crazy costumes, and enjoying the outdoor concerts. Yes, the French Quarter is for the adult crowd, but the show doesn’t even parade through this area. Only the drunken wild crowd collects in the French Quarter after the sun goes down. During the day you can watch the parade, have a picnic, and enjoy what New Orleans and Mardi Gras are truly about.
It’s never too early to book your Mardi Gras vacation for 2012! Click here to start planning your New Orleans Vacation.
Mar 4, 2011 14:20 - Talia Rapp | 1,247 views
Had that song been written about the Adirondacks it would have been more like “deep green, sky blue, and purple mountains,” but that probably would have been harder for 4th graders to sing during their Thanksgiving plays.
One of the most popular hiking destinations in the US, the Adirondacks in upstate New York comprises of over 6 million acres of forests featuring plenty of mountains, streams, lakes, plains, trails, and waterfalls. Name any wilderness wonder and it’s pretty much got it.
Now that March is here and we’re all beginning to thaw out, there is no better time to plan for some quality time with nature. Get a group of your friends together or whisk away your girlfriend/boyfriend for a day trip or an overnight jaunt (Guys: your girl won’t say “no” to a night in a cozy B&B and time together on a secluded mountain top).
No need for concern, first-time hikers: the Adirondacks aren’t elitist. They appreciate you just as you are. That’s why they offer hiking options for every skill level. Here are some of our favorites in the Lake Placid area:
Blue Ledge, 5 miles roundtrip, easy
Be sure to go to the horseshoe bend to get a stunning look at the Hudson River Gorge and cliffs towering over 300 feet. A painless way to see some amazing scenery.
Indian Pass: 8.8 miles roundtrip, moderate
Trek through woodlands before climbing up to Summit Rock, where you’ll get to see the 1000 ft cliff face of Wallface Mountain – one of the tallest in the Northeast.
Baxter Mountain: 2.2 miles roundtrip, moderate
You won’t mind getting a little sidetracked on this mountain: follow a few short trails to see some spectacular views from secluded ledges. The summit offers amazing views of the Keene Valley and the High Peaks.
Hurricane Mountain: 5.2 miles roundtrip, difficult
Don’t let the name scare you off: the challenging climb will be beyond worth it when you see these views of Lake Champlain and the High Peaks.
Round out your day of hiking by strolling through some of the local villages or reserve a night at a B&B to continue your hiking adventures for the weekend (Guys- that’s your cue). After all, New York is more than a city– enjoy!
Mar 3, 2011 17:22 - Regina Falkowski | 1,160 views
If you’re looking to party hardy on your Spring Break, Panama City will not disappoint. There’s no party like a Panama City party, so get ready to party like a rock star! While you’re wildin’ out, expect to see celebrities rocking out at shows, hanging out in clubs, and chilling poolside at hotels. Some of last years appearances included Young Money, Sean Kingston, and the Jersey Shore cast! You may not be a VIP, but you sure will feel like one in Panama City! You can booze all night in the clubs, and snooze all day on the beach (or booze some more, I don’t judge). What could be better!?!
Now that you know Panama City is the place to be you just need to find somewhere to crash (yes, you will need to sleep occasionally. You want to look hot in your facebook photos right?).
You can click here to find Panama City accommodations and other Florida vacations.
Mar 2, 2011 13:35 - Kara Oberg | 1,382 views
Did you know that 100% of the buses in L.A. have bike racks? L.A. beats, NYC, Boston, and Miami for percentage of racks on city buses. With the Metro’s base fare at only $1.50 per trip or $6.00 for the day, using your bike for short trips and the bus and light rail for longer trips, is a no brainer! Bring your bike on the train as well (except during commuting hours from 6:30-8:30am and 4:30-6:30pm).
If you don’t need your bike for the last leg of your trip simply lock your bike up at the Metro station!
Since Southern California is known for having some of the best weather in the world, biking and using public transportation is an extremely reasonable way to get around. Speaking of great weather, continue your bike, bus and train travel by hopping on the Amtrak Surfliner and head down to the southern beaches! You can bring not only your bike but your board as well!
For those new to urban biking check out L.A.’s Bike Pocket Guide.