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Photo of the Day: Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Lakes is part of Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in east-central California. Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity.

Mammoth Lakes, CA (image credit Flickr)

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth is famous for its stunning hiking trails and crystal clear lakes, excellent skiing in wintertime, and a vibrant music and arts scene year-round. Physically fit travelers will enjoy hiking Yosemite’s many trails and footpaths. Check with rangers for trail conditions; snow and hazards from falling rock close many trails in winter. No permits are required park-wide for day hikes. The valley also offers some of the most challenging and spectacular rock climbing in North America, with vertical faces more than 3,000 feet tall.

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In the midst of the “go green” revolution, people are really starting to appreciate the environment on levels once unprecedented. While there is still much to be done in terms of reducing our carbon footprint, let this Earth Day (April 22) commemorate the steps we have started to make (and hopefully will continue to make) toward preserving the world for years to come.

Coinciding with Earth Day is Nation Park Week, which began on April 17 and will continue until April 25. For these days, all 392 national parks have waived their entrance fees.

Don’t live near a national park or can’t make it out to any this week? Don’t worry; there are two more fee-free days this year: Public Lands Day on Sept. 25 and Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Start planning your national park vacation now. Here are some sample trips created by local experts to some of the nation’s most popular national parks. Check them out, use them or create your own.

The Grand Canyon. Photo: Paraflyer

The Grand Canyon. Photo: Paraflyer

Yosemite National Park
Itinerary for Yosemite

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Grand Canyon National Park
A Grand Canyon Adventure Itinerary

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Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone and Grand Teton Adventure Itinerary

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on TravelMuse.

Zion National Park

Utah National Parks Itinerary

Plan a trip to Zion National Park on TravelMuse.

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Mother’s Day Vacations

While a dozen roses, brunch and a nice scarf is a tried and true recipe for a successful Mother’s Day, why not spoil the woman who brought you into this world. A mother-daughter getaway is not only fun, but it can allow you and your mom to establish a deeper bond and create memories that will last for years to come.

In order to make the trip as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, here are some of our essential tips to planning the perfect Mother’s Day vacation:


All mothers deserve to be pampered on Mother's Day, regardless of species. Photo: Matt McGee

  • Decide as a unit what kind of trip you want. Are you looking simply to unwind or are you in the mood for more adventure? Based on this, you can both suggest ideas accordingly—i.e., a trip to a spa for those seeking relaxation or surf lessons for those craving activity.
  • Don’t let one person coordinate every detail of the trip. Rather, take turns and make compromises with the planning so that each person feels that her needs and interests are being represented.
  • Since money can be a major source of tension, determine who will be paying for what beforehand. Are you splitting everything 50-50, or will you be paying for the airfare and rooms, while she covers the meals and day-to-day activities?
  • Remember, it’s all about the quality, not the quantity. Before you book a two-week cruise, think about your past travel history. If you’re used to only spending the holidays together, opt for a beachside destination or a long three-day weekend.
  • Just because you’re committed to spending quality time with your mother or daughter, doesn’t mean you can’t embark on a group activity, such as whitewater rafting or a nature hike. In fact, the presence of strangers may prompt you to act on your best behavior and meet new families with similar interests.
  • Likewise, a mother-daughter getaway does not mean that you have to spend every single breathing second with one another. Both of you should bring along a good book or even set alone time so you can take an occasional break from one another. You’ll come back feeling reconnected and eager to continue where you left off.
  • Turn off your cell phones, iPods and what-have-you when spending time together. This only disrupts the mood and makes the other person feel as if they’re not being valued.

Here are some ideas for unique and memorable Mother’s Day vacations:


Treat your mom to a posh shopping vacation in Paris. Read our article on Paris shopping.
Plan your Mother’s Day vacation to Paris on TravelMuse.


Your mother has been working hard her entire life. Take her to Cabo for a spa vacation where she can really unwind. Read our article on Cabo spa vacations.
Plan your Mother’s Day vacation to Cabo on TravelMuse.

Grand Cayman

Ready for a little adventure? Take your mom to Grand Cayman to go scuba diving. Read our article on diving in Grand Cayman.
Plan your Mother’s Day vacation to Grand Cayman on TravelMuse.


If you and your mother are looking to build some teamwork skills this Mother’s Day, consider rafting down the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. Read our article on rafting in Yosemite.
Plan your Mother’s Day vacation to Yosemite National Park on TravelMuse.

Need additional ideas for your Mother’s Day vacation? Use our inspiration finder to give you more ideas.

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