American West

Hump day getaway: Yellowstone

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Now that The Obamas have come and gone, Yellowstone National Park can get down to business managing their August crowds. While advance planning is advised during this peak travel month, in the past week or so we’ve heard reports of people getting rooms inside the park on the day of their arrival. If you’re not one of them, check out this video of an iconic Yellowstone experience. 

Q & A: Park City in the summer

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Q: My husband and I have skied several times in Park City, Utah. We love the town and are wondering if it’s a good place for a summer vacation.

A: In our humble opinion, Park City is even more fun in the summer. The weather is gorgeous — lots of sun, no humidity — the restaurants are less crowded, and the surrounding mountains play host to loads of activities. The resort areas (Park City, Deer Valley and TheCanyons) offer all the standard summer mountain resort fare, including hiking and mountain bike trails, alpine slides and hot air balloon excursions. We particularly enjoy watching the U.S. Olympic aerial freestyle ski jumpers fling themselves into the sky before plunging into an enormous pool at the Utah Olympic Park.

Off the beaten path highlights include hiking in the Uinta Mountains and an evening at the Summit County Fair’s rodeo (held this year from August 1-8).