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Grand Canyon National Park: A Natural Wonder

grand-canyon-national-parkConsidered one of the natural wonders of the world because of its natural geological features, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona receives close to 5 million visitors annually. At 277 river miles long and at times 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep, this national landmark is truly breathtaking. There is plenty to do and see here and many ways to do it.

On the South Rim, which is open year round, a great way to get down and see the canyon is a mule trip. You can take the Canyon Vistas Ride, a 3 grand-canyon-muleshour ride around the rim of the canyon. If you feel like spending the night, the Overnight Ride takes you to the bottom where you will stay at the Phantom Ranch.

The Trail of Time, a geology exhibit that opened in 2010 is a great way to learn about the past of the canyon and its formations over time. Walking west from the Yavapai Geology Museum you go backwards in time, from the present to the canyon’s beginnings, while walking east you experience it from past to present. Stop and check out historic Grand Canyon Village, it is situated about halfway from each side.

grand-canyon-colorado-riverIf you want a more adventurous view of Grand Canyon National Park, there are whitewater trips lasting from 3-18 days or half-day smooth water trips from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry, and those can be arranged by any Lodge in the park, but the whitewater tours will require a reservation. For a more leisurely experience, you can book one of the more relaxing rowing excursions.

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Written by Shawn Romanick, Web Author


Zion: Experience Utah’s First National Park

Zion National Park 1Zion National Park, located in Utah just north of the Arizona border, is the state’s oldest and most popular national park. The park, centered by the Zion Canyon which cuts through red colored Navajo Sandstone, is a must see for any nature lover planning a trip to Utah. With mountains, canyons, rivers, and natural arches being just a few of the amazing natural things, it is well worth visiting time and time again.

The Kolob Canyons section of the park is a great way to explore the more serene side of Zion. After a required stop at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, hike into this designated Wilderness area of the park. Much quieter than the Zion Canyon section, it is perfect for those looking for a little more solitude. Experience natural cascading falls, canyon streams, and amazing peaks over twenty miles of trails for you to traverse and enjoy.

Zion National Park NarrowsIf you would like to see Zion National Park’s most popular attraction, Zion Canyon, A hike through The Narrows is a great way to do so. This narrowest section of Zion Canyon, with its thousand foot high walls can be seen by walking a wheelchair accessible walk for a mile, or by hiking the actual Virgin River, but note that you will be getting wet, and maybe even wading in some spots.

If you are a canyoneer, or interested in canyoneering, Zion National Park is a wonderful place to explore. Canyoneering, an activity that involves rappelling, hiking, swimming, and problem solving is a challenging and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Visit The Narrows above The Temple of Sinawava to get an introduction to the slot canyons of the park.

Zion National Park 2Buying a timeshare resale in Utah is a great way to visit this park, and the many others Utah has to offer, year after year. Premier Timeshare Resale and our licensed agents can help you find the perfect Utah timeshare at a fraction of the cost. Contact us with any questions!

Written by Shawn Romanick, Web Author


Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park SignLocated just an hour and a half north of Denver, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the nation’s most well known parks. Known as “the roof of the world” Rocky Mountain National Park boasts 72 breathtaking peaks that rise above 12,000 feet. At 415 square miles, there is plenty to do and take in at this fantastic travel destination.

If you enjoy fishing, it doesn’t get much better. Rocky Mountain National Park has over 50 lakes and plenty of streams for you to choose from. The park is protected land, but sport fishing is permitted. You will need a Colorado fishing license, and there are some special regulations, but the license is easily attainable so you should have no problem getting that line in the water.

Rocky Mountain MeadowA great way to tour the park, aside from hiking and the scenic drives, is on horseback. There are two stables actually located inside of the park, Moraine Park Stables, and Glacier Stables, both of which open in late May. The park does allow outside stables to bring horses in as well, so you will have a few options.

The park also offers many Ranger-led events as well as events at the many visitor centers depending on the time of year. Stop by the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center or the Kawuneeche Visitor Center to see the two short movies, Spirit of the Mountains and Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonders, which are both shown daily.

Rocky Mountain VistasThese are just a few of the things to see and do at Rocky Mountain National Park. With Denver just a short drive, buying a timeshare resale in this beautiful region of Colorado is a great way to have a memorable vacation spot for years to come. Premier Timeshare Resale and our RE/MAX agents can help you find the spot that is right for you at a fraction of the cost. Contact us today!

Written by Shawn Romanick, Web Author

Yosemite National Park – National Park Series

Yosemite National ParkCovering over 1,200 square miles of the Sierra Nevada of California, Yosemite National Park is one of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions. Well known for its picturesque waterfalls, Yosemite offers visitors so much more. With glacial carved terrain and the world’s tallest granite monolith there is plenty to see and explore in this gorgeous park.
Yosemite National ParkYosemite is lush with historic sites, museums, and even cemeteries. At the Yosemite Museum you can view historical artifacts of the native Yosemite people from 1850 to the present. There are examples of basket weaving, bead work, and cultural games. Behind the museum you can visit the reconstructed Indian Village of Awahnee. Across the street from the museum the Yosemite Cemetery is a resting place to Native Americans, and those who had an important role in developing the park, as well as casual park visitors. A guide to the cemetery is available to borrow from the Valley Visitor Center.
Yosemite National Park is home to many beautiful waterfalls. Ribbon Falls can be seen from the road as you enter the Yosemite Valley. Horsetail Falls, which looks to be ablaze during sunsets, can be seen from the El Capitan Picnic area, as it flows from the east side of said mountain. Perhaps the most famous waterfall and one of the highest in the world, Yosemite falls can be seen from many places around the park. Around Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Valley Lodge are great views without the strain of a hike, but for a breathtaking view, there is an all day trail that leads to the top of the falls.
Yosemite National ParkThese are just a few of the things to see and do at Yosemite National Park. The park is open year round, though due to snow, some roads are closed during the winter months. From hiking, horseback riding, water activities like kayaking and fishing, art galleries and exploring culture, year round the park will never disappoint.
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Written by Shawn Romanick, Web Author

Top 10 Travel Spots for 2016

Every year it seems like there are more and more lists that showcase travel trends or the hottest destinations for the next year. The start of 2016 is no different. We have compared several of the lists for you and compiled our own list of the top 10 travel spots for 2016. Let’s see where we should be traveling this year!

Top 10 Travel Spots: Oahu, Hawaii

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1) Hawaii. We know, everyone loves Hawaii. But this year also marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, so we think that Oahu is going to be the must-visit island. Events are being planned to commemorate this day that changed American history. In fact, our very own Park City High School Marching Band is making plans to travel to Oahu in December; they were selected to honor the service of the USS Utah. Beyond Pearl Harbor, Oahu has it all, beautiful beaches, majestic scenery and views, plus urban shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
2) New Zealand. Something that the travel industry is buzzing about is that airfares to New Zealand are expected to drop in 2016. The only problem with New Zealand as a destination might be deciding where to go and what to do. Our top pick is Matamata, where you can book a tour of the Hobbiton movie set from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Another great choice is Queenstown, which has a ski and snowboard season from June to October along with many more activities for all ages all year long.
3) Japan. Japan made nearly every list we looked at as a top travel destination in 2016. The fact that is becoming more affordable and the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo were among the reasons given. But we are fascinated by the contrast between the serene mountainous hikes to the thriving nightlife in Tokyo. Add to that delicious Japanese cuisine and we are convinced, Japan would make a great trip in 2016.
4) Any National Park in the USA. 2016 marks the 100th year that the National Park
Top 10 Travel Spots: National Parks

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Service has been in existence and special events are being planned to celebrate this milestone. We might be biased, but we think one of the best states to experience a National Park is Utah! We have five of them, and all have special features that are certain to amaze you. Plus, Park City is now home to the largest ski resort in the U.S. making Utah even more appealing. But, we also know there are 55 other National Parks (59 in total), so you probably won’t have to look far to find one that appeals to you.
5) Australia. For most North Americans, Australia has been on their travel bucket list for a long time. Growing concerns about natural areas being over developed is lending some urgency to a visit down under. While there, be sure to visit Sydney with must-see landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge on your itinerary. The Gold Coast of Australia is also highly desirable as a tourist destination and has recently welcomed the addition of a Marriott Vacation Club Resort expected to open in 2016.
6) Italy. One of the most highly rated global destinations last year, Italy is back on many lists again this year. With Italy, you can choose the type of vacation you want, including a laid-back beach vacation on the coast, or a culture-soaked tour of art and architecture. And then there’s the food, don’t forget the food! The cuisine alone might be worth a trip to this European gem.
Top 10 Travel Spots: Fiji

Fiji

7) Fiji. Curious what it takes to be the second-happiest country in the world? Then visit Fiji and see for yourself why 86% of Fijians say they are happy. Perhaps the fact that they are living in a literal paradise has something to do with it! Fiji is actually a collection of islands (332 to be exact) and makes the list this year because their recent political issues seem to be finally resolved.
8) Mexico. Two different areas in Mexico ranked highly for 2016: Cabo san Lucas and Playa del Carmen and we can see why. Playa del Carmen is one of the top destinations for diving. Cabo san Lucas is shaking off its reputation as a spring-break party spot and targeting travelers who want an upscale experience.  Mexico in general is attractive as a destination because it is relatively easy to find deals on airfares and you aren’t dealing with a long, exhausting flight to start your vacation. What’s not to love about that?
9) Canada. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook those closest to us, but Canadians know they live in a vast country perfect for year-round adventure. Quebec City is always a
Top 10 Travel Spots: Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa Parliament Buildings

tourist favorite, but every province in Canada has something to offer the discerning traveler. We recommend a trip to Ottawa, the capital of Canada. The European inspired architecture and scenic Rideau Canal (in the winter it becomes the world’s largest skating rink) are just some of the features of this city sure to delight.
10) U.S. Virgin Islands. Looking for white sand beaches? Look no further than the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. Each island offers its own unique experience, but all share one thing in common – the beaches. Better yet, temperatures are consistently perfect – around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Could there be a better combination than that?
With hotel rates estimated to rise in 2016 (anywhere from 2.5-4.7%), this might be a good year to consider a timeshare ownership. Many properties give you the flexibility to trade your week for other destinations around the globe. And many points based programs are targeted just for those who want to vacation somewhere different every year. We can help you determine which type of ownership or what property is a good fit for you. And we’d love to hear from you, so please visit our Facebook page and let us know where you hope to travel in this New Year.

Tennessee continues: DOLLYWOOD & Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Even if visiting theme parks isn’t your thing, there’s a southern charm about this one that is undeniably appealing. 
 
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Our family spent an afternoon at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where even our three-year-old could ride real rollercoasters and enjoy the Bluegrass and Barbeque festival that lasts over three weeks, celebrating the commencement of summer.

 

The staff were friendly and helpful, and Dollywood was as immaculate as a Disney park. And even after Memorial Day weekend: short lines and fast access to rides both large and small.  tennessee-timeshare-resales

tennessee-timeshare-resalesPlus, the park is smaller in scale than some of the more daunting theme parks, so it was walkable, even for the three-year-old, who would gather steam and start dancing every time we passed a bandstand emanating folky music complete with fiddles and banjos.

 

Accommodations nearby are plentiful, too, with timeshares in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg nearby. The Great Smoky Mountains (and their national park namesake) are nearby too, offering a serene retreat from the tourism and theme park atmosphere of the cities.

 

Camping, with lawn games and tents is a great way to enjoy being in nature and away from the hubbub.
 

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But the Wyndham Smoky Mountains timeshare resale is, too. Great for just driving through, or getting out and enjoying a dip in the rivers that run through the national park, Great Smoky Mountains is free to visitors and open year round.tennessee-timeshare-resales

 

We hopped on the Blue Ridge Parkway, too, on the north side of the national park, and enjoyed winding roads, being inside clouds…

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…and a hike to a spectacular view of a waterfalltennessee-timeshare-resales—the way the first pioneers saw this country—before we said goodbye to Tennessee. And the verdict is in: we will be back.

 

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.

 

 

 

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