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Mammoth Cave National Park: An Underground Wonder

Deep in the heart of Kentucky, Mammoth Cave National Park is an amazing array of hundreds of miles of underground caves. Used for mining, as hideouts for outlaws, and as inspiration for authors, a trip to this longest known cave in the world is sure to incite awe. There’s plenty to do, see, and learn, so you’re sure to have a great time.

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

With over 30 miles of rivers, the Green and Nolin, the park is great if you love to fish. Bass, catfish, bluegill and crappie are just a few of the game fish you can hook in these waters. If fishing isn’t quite your thing, kayaking or canoeing are still great ways to enjoy these waters and take in the scenery.

Mammoth Cave National Park hosts many miles of bike trails for those looking to get out and experience nature on their mountain bikes, or their road bikes. Several off road trails are designated for mountain bike use, and street bikes are permitted on all park roads open to the public, just give the right of way to pedestrians and horses.

Then there is the cave itself.
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Tours of the cave are given year round, and there are a variety of options. Take the “Frozen Niagara” tour in the winter and see some of the breathtaking, heavily decorated areas of Mammoth Cave. It’s a shorter walk, so perfect for kids or the elderly. In the summer, experience the cave as settlers did in the past by lantern light with the “Violet City Lantern Tour.” On this tour, the lanterns cast shadows and you stop by a 19th century tuberculosis hut!

Buying a Kentucky timeshare is a great way to keep visiting this phenomenal attraction annually. Premier Timeshare Resale and our licensed timeshare resale agents are more than happy to help you find a timeshare resale so you can save thousands. Contact us and be on your way to this jaw dropping park in no time!

Written by Shawn Romanick, Web Author


Visit the World’s First National Park: Yellowstone

This year the National Park Service in the United States turns 100. This is the first in a series of blogs celebrating the rich heritage of the national parks and examining many of the United States’ most iconic destinations.
Grizzly BearLocated mostly in Northwestern Wyoming and parts of Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is perhaps the most famous of all the national parks in the United States. Made a national park in 1872, Yellowstone is not only the country’s first national park, but also the first in the world. Known for its volcanic landscape and spouting geysers, the most famous of which of course is Old Faithful, Yellowstone is a must see destination for any park lover. With a high concentration of mammals like bears, wolves, elk, and bison, just to name a few, and all of the other naturally occurring wonders like petrified forests, hot springs, and mud pots, it is no wonder the park sees millions of visitors annually.
Old FaithfulYellowstone is famously known for its geysers. The park boasts nearly 500 active geysers, close to 60% of all of the geysers in the world. There are four great areas of the park to view these wonders, Lone Star Geyser, which requires a day hike, the Lower Geyser Basin, the Midway Geyser Basin, and the Upper Geyser Basin, where Old Faithful is located. Old Faithful still erupts regularly, and many buildings and viewing areas have been established for you to view the phenomenon people from all over the world have come to see.
The Mammoth Hot Springs area of the park is a great place to not only explore the thermal features from boardwalks, or by snowshoe, but to learn about the park from the Albright Visitor Center, or to take in some of the history. In the 1880s, when park caretakers were overwhelmed by the influx of those looking to exploit the area, such as poachers and vandals, U.S. soldiers came to oversee the protection of this national treasure. You can take a guided, or self-guided tour of Fort Yellowstone, where 35 structures remain from the army’s time administering the park.
Tower CreekThe Tower-Roosevelt area of the park is a wonderful place to take in some nature and capture some breathtaking views. Take a hike to majestic Tower Fall, which has been documented by some of the earliest European visitors to the region and the inspiration for many artists. Visit the Calcite Springs Overlook and view the Yellowstone River and catch a glimpse of red-tailed hawks and big horn sheep. If you would like to get off of your feet for a bit, stop by The Roosevelt Lodge, built in 1920, and determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Kick off your shoes and have a seat on the porch.
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Written by: Shawn Romanick, Web Author
 

Weekend Getaways Part II: Vail, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Boulder

As many of us who’ve resided or traveled through the Rocky Mountain West of the U.S., cities tend to be less densely populated, more spread out, and backed by tremendous views. But that doesn’t mean that residents don’t need a change of scenery or experience. Today’s post suggest a few outings for our friends living in Denver, though most of Colorado is accessible for these weekend itineraries, and some hearty Utahn drivers who don’t mind 8+ hours in a vehicle on precipitous roads (surprisingly, there are a lot of us).

 

The first, closest venture from Denver that Fodor’s suggests is Boulder. With a weekend itinerary that hinges on indulging in local produce and meat arranged and fileted in never-been-tried-before ways, Boulder’s weekend option is a foodie’s delight, of course, with a beautiful back-drop. Panorama Point, at 6,000 feet kicks off the weekend, followed by a selection of activities including a goat dairy booth at the farmer’s market, dinner at the Black Cat (where 90% of ingredients are stocked from the nearby 130 acre farm), and hiking or trail running at the 80 acre Chautauqua park. Not bad for one weekend, eh?

 

“Hi, we’re the state of Colorado and we have four national parks.” Rocky Mountain National Park is the biggest, and with 415 square miles of a visual feast, it won’t disappoint. This itinerary is great for a family, where Ranger Programs and visitor centers offer an educational and inspiring format to encounter the natural beauty of the surroundings. Adults can enjoy a stop at a nearby winery and tasting room, too, and some timeshare trade options are available for current timeshare owners and members of a trade organization like RCI or Interval International. WorldMark at Estes Park, Golden Coast Holiday Club, and Rams Horn Village Resort all offer a range of rustic and lavish accommodations to call home on your weekend away.

 

It’s hard to forget about Vail, only 97 miles away from Denver and the biggest ski resort in the U.S. (5,289 acres of skiable terrain). But Vail is not just for skiers anymore: cobblestone streets, high altitude botanical gardens, and the farmer’s market and art show are just a few of the enticing activities for a weekend away. Also, with timeshares like Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons Residence Club, and several Streamside at Vail properties nestled into the mountain town, the come-back accommodation prices are perfect. Vail timeshare owners love their units and don’t sell often, so contact Premier Timeshare Resale if you’re interested in buying a Vail timeshare resale, or have one you’d want to list for free.

 

When bouts of winter wind blast their way across your porch, your back can get sore pretty quickly shoveling snow. Why not take a weekend off? Head out for a few days and, especially this time of year, enjoy the festive lights and a cozy cup of Irish Cream by the fireside.

 

 

 

The Feds are OUT: Travel Update

Well, our federal government has come to a …rolling stop. Several US government based operations like the postal service and school lunch programs will continue to operate for a number of weeks despite the fact we are in this state of relative (furloughed) anarchy. All 116 federal prisons will continue to be operational and criminal litigation will continue as normal, and social security and veterans’ benefits will still go out, for now. (Facts pulled from this article).

 

What about travel? Well, if your travel plans included going to visit a national park, like our weekend plans to camp near Carlsbad, NM, you’re pretty screwed. National monuments are shut down, too. North Carolina has issued admonishments to travelers to plan accordingly on their Blue Ridge Parkway, since many of the rest stops are federally operated.

 

The NY Times has said that passports will still be issued, though, with the same expected turnaround that has been in place (4-6 weeks). Amtrack is still up and running, and airports are supposed to be fully operational. (Facts referenced here).

 

You know what’s NOT government funded? Your favorite vacation (minus the incredible national park vacation we took this summer). But seriously, as much of a nuisance, and serious concern, as a federal government shutdown is, it is in these times that we are reminded of how well private enterprise functions, including vacation hotspot resorts.

 

Although you may not be able to watch the Air Force versus Navy football game, you can still travel and soak up the experience of fall and winter destinations like Marriott Mountainside Resort in Park City, Utah and Marriott’s Streamside at Vail.

 

Let’s all take a moment and be grateful our internet has not been nationalized, like Costa Rica’s.

Lodges, Resorts, and the West

It began with the Arts and Crafts Movement in the early 20th Century and took root in the American West. Its artistic and political roots emphasized simplistic form and individual craftsmanship. Some of the best original examples of architectural Arts and Crafts buildings are located in America’s National Parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone.    The Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park opened in 1927 and is constructed of stone, wood, concrete, and glass. Its sweeping rustic architecture has been incorporated into the country’s very identity and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.   Also a National Historic Landmark, the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park is actually the oldest lodge in the U.S. Construction began in 1903 with a log pole interior framework for seven stories and a roof walk that once held searchlights to illuminate the geyser at night.  These buildings were instrumental in the Great Architecture of the West, and at the start of the 21st Century, Disney opened the Grand Californian in Anaheim, California. The Grand Californian Hotel by Disney was created to accommodate increased traffic in the area due to the Disney Parks but still captures the key elements of the Craftsman style: wide roofs, projecting beams, and exaggerated colors that blend with nature.  TimeshareAnnie (that’s me!) is embarking on a two-month long road trip exploring several National Parks in the western U.S. with a stop in to visit Disneyland in California. I’ll actually get a chance to stay in the Ahwahnee Hotel on the 4th of July! Look ahead for follow-up articles with photos and commentary on some of the hotels and resorts I experience along the way.   The Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland in Anaheim, California offers vacation ownership. Disney timeshare resales hold their value well and offer amazing amenities and service.   Disney timeshare resales are in high demand, so if you want to sell a Disney timeshare, contact our to licensed agents here.  Browse California timeshare resales here.

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