Spring is among us! The birds are chirping; the fall and winter closet is out and now it’s time for the new colorful wardrobe to come back in. Why not change your style with a new vacation? This year there are a few happening spots to really make your week-long extravaganza more worth while. I’ve consulted with American Airlines for five years for their publications and travel destinations. Now, its time for me to hand you some great secrets in the game of travel.
The Sierra Nevada Mountains are a popular snow skiing destination. For Californians living in Los Angeles and San Francisco Mammoth Mountain is the easiest resort to get to from Los Angeles.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes serves one main function: a place for these hordes of Los Angelenos to stay. Condos, motels, hotels, and restaurants fill this small town to serve the flood of winter visitors. In summer, the flood stops and rents plunge, making Mammoth an affordable base to explore the region
- Ski & Snowboard (Fall, Winter and Spring, depending on precipitation). Most years the ski season extends until July 4th. One of the top ranking Ski and snowboarding Resorts in the United States.
- Mountain Biking (Summer only). The ski resort will carry your bike up to the top of the mountain so you can coast down it. Rentals available.
- Fish. The many lakes in the lake basin just west of the city (and north of the mountain) are popular. Boat rentals available.
- Hike (Summer only). To beautiful and amazing locations such as Rainbow Falls and Devils Postpile. An easy 3.5 hike.
- Horseback Riding (Summer Only). Various of tours through beautiful remote areas.
- Snowshoeing, Tamarack Lodge. (Winter only) Many snowshoeing trails can be found on the road to Lake Mary behind Tamarack Lodge. These trails are marked and free to all hikers.
- Golf – Sierra Star Golf Course, 2001 Sierra Star Pkwy, 760.924.4653. 18 hole championship golf course in the middle of town. Narrow tree-lined fairways at an elevation above 8000 feet make it a challenging course.
- Backcountry Camping. (Summer only) The nearby Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile National Monument areas offer easy access to the John Muir, Pacific Crest and many other trails allowing entry to the backcountry Ansel Adams, Inyo, Sierra, John Muir and Yosemite nationally protected areas. Permits are required and national regulations apply.
- Sightseeing (Visitor Center), is surrounded by several scenic views and places you shouldn’t miss, Yosemite National Park, Bodie Ghost Town, Mono Lake, Devils Postpile National Monument, Hot Creek and Rainbow Falls. Visit the welcome center on your right when you pull into town.
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Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, on the South Atlantic coast. Rio is famous for its breathtaking landscape, its laid back beach culture and its annual carnival.
The harbor of Rio de Janeiro is composed of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it seem to be the mouth of a river. Additionally, the harbor is surrounded by spectacular geographic features including Sugar Loaf mountain at 395 meters (1,296 feet), Corcovado Peak at 704 meters (2,310 feet), and the hills of Tijuca at 1,021 meters (3,350 feet). These features work together to collectively make the harbor one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Rio is considered one of my favorite cities due to the rich culture and pride of Brazilians. The scene is beautiful. So much to do; Music is flowing every minute; Dance is always in the air and did I mention the weather!
Here are the districts to make your stay easier!
- Centro including Lapa and Santa Teresa. The city’s financial and business centre also has many historic buildings from its early days, such as the Municipal Theatre, National Library, National Museum of Fine Arts, Tiradentes Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Pedro Ernesto Palace.
- Zona Sul (South Zone) including Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema, as well as the districts along Flamengo Beach. Contains some of the more upscale neighborhoods and many of the major tourist sites, such as the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains.
- Zone Norte (North Zone). The Maracanã stadium, Quinta da Boa Vista Park with the National Museum the city’s Zoo, the National Observatory and more.
- Zona Oeste (West Zone), a rapidly growing suburban area including primarily the districts of Jacarepaguá and Barra da Tijuca, popular for its beaches. Most of the Olympics in 2016 will be hosted there.
By: Nicholas Clements Lindsey
Fashion & Lifestyle Editor, WM