Vote for Best Western Rewards!

September 30 2010 by BW Innsider
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Thumbnail image for iStock_000013025819XSmall.jpgThe Best Western Rewards program has been nominated for two awards this year in the Frequent Traveler Awards: "Best Loyalty Credit Card" and "Program of the Year (Hotel)" We need your help in getting votes because voting is open to the public! Follow the link below to show your support for the Best Western Rewards Program. If you're not familiar with Best Western Rewards, visit our site to learn more, then vote for us on the awards site. We appreciate your loyalty for Best Western and would also appreciate your support of voting for us in these awards for program recognition.

Vote today!

Bird Watching Vacation Destinations

September 30 2010 by Mike Mason
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iStock_000004986553XSmall.jpgI can't say this is a passion of mine, but my father is bird watcher. I have spent some afternoons driving out to beautiful areas and relaxing while my dad pulls out his binoculars, bird book and rattles off the names of different types of birds while I take in the scenery. I am not an expert, but I have enough experience to know that this is a great passion for many people. It offers a great way to relax, enjoy nature and see new and beautiful places around the world. The great thing about birding is it is accessible to everyone in almost any location. All you need is some transportation, bird book and binoculars and you are ready for birding.

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Best Tailgating Parties

September 29 2010 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000004536604XSmall.jpg"Are you ready for some football?"

Ok, so I didn't coin this phrase, but every time I hear Hank Williams, Jr. or Faith Hill sing this song at the beginning of Sunday night and Monday night football, I get goose bumps. I'll just say it once, I LOVE FOOTBALL. Everything about it: looking ahead at the schedule for my favorite teams; checking on the weather to see if it's going to be hot or just merely hot (I live where it's always hot); what I'm going to wear (either the team jersey that's for hot weather or the team jersey that's for merely hot weather) and the all important questions - what time does the tailgate party start and what food are we going to have?

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See a Trillion Leaves in Northern Michigan

September 28 2010 by Karla Henriquez
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iStock_000010599738XSmall.jpgGo, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them --
The summer flowers depart --
Sit still -- as all transform'd to stone,
Except your musing heart.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

This year, I'm recommending that everyone head to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in late September or early October for a spectacular view of the Earth in autumn splendor. The peninsula is heavily forested so any road you take will be a treat, but I'm going to offer up some ideas of things to see while you bask in the glory of the leaves. Specific driving routes can also be found at www.michigan.org.

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The Best Ice Cream Parlors Ever

September 27 2010 by Amy Graff
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Amy_ice cream.JPGI scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream!

Summer isn't over yet! There's still time to treat your family to a cool treat.

USA Today put together a roundup of our country's best ice cream parlors. They asked local travel experts to name one great ice cream shop in each state and the District of Columbia. Here's a sampling of the top 50, and click here for the full story.

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Guess and Win! - NASCAR

September 27 2010 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

Anyone could win this weekend in Kansas, as the Chase for the Cup races on. Do you have a guess on who will edge out the competition and win this Sunday?


Leave your prediction of "Who's Gonna Win" in the comment section below and if you guess correctly, you will have a chance to win a $25 Travel Card and a large die cast car signed by Michael Waltrip! Make your prediction now.

*Entries must be in before the start of the race on 10/03, and winner will be announced on 10/04.

Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

Washington State Photo Contest

September 27 2010 by BW Innsider
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Submit a Photo for a Chance to Win

$800 in Prizes!

Washington state is one of the most beautiful places in the world; with activities like hiking, biking, skiing and kayaking, the state produces some amazing photo opportunities and we want to see your pictures! Do you have a photo from your trip to Washington? Send it to us and you could win the Grand Prize!

We will select one lucky winner who will receive a $500 Best Western Travel Card good at any Best Western hotel in Washington state AND a $300 Visa/Mastercard gift card! That's $800 worth of prizes and more than enough for you to enjoy an amazing vacation in "The Evergreen State".

Don't have a photo of Washington? The contest is open until Saturday, October 30 so you have plenty of time to visit and take that perfect shot. Visit Best Western Washington online to find out all about the amazing outdoor opportunities and to book your trip.

On the right hand side of You Must Be Trippin is a slideshow of all the submitted pictures. We will select one that we feel best represents the Washington outdoors lifestyle. Only one photo per person will be accepted, so choose wisely! Don't forget to give us a brief description of where your photo was taken.

How to enter:

  1. Submit an email with ONE photo attached. Or email: dill67chief@photos.flickr.com

  2. Make sure the subject line is "WA State Photo Contest"

  3. Give us your name and email address in the email along with a brief photo description

Visit Best Western Washington to learn more about the great state of Washington!

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in your removal from contest contention. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends October 30, 2010.

Traveling with Cats

September 24 2010 by Bridget Daly
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travel-cat.jpgAs a lifelong cat lover and owner, I've had to move/travel with cats on several occasions across the state and even across the country. While traveling in a car with a cat is significantly more nerve-racking than traveling with dogs, it doesn't have to be a traumatic experience. Below are some tips when you have to take your feline friend out and about:

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Summer Cities You Never Think Of

September 23 2010 by Julie Drossos
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iStock_000007096960XSmall.jpgIf you're like me and you're fortunate enough to travel quite a lot, you likely find yourself looking for new ideas for destinations to get away too. Come summer time I find myself not so much looking for an exotic tropical paradise (I'd rather save that for the grey blah winter months).... I tend to look for more urban destinations to enjoy and explore new experiences. Here are a few of my suggestions for summer cities worth dropping in on that you might not think of visiting.

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H-D CVO Motorcycles for 2011

September 21 2010 by Jason Fogelson

iStock_000002046234XSmall.jpgEver since the 1999 model year, Harley-Davidson has produced a limited number of very special, premium motorcycles out of their Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) unit. More than just mules for bolt-on accessories, the CVO bikes are showcases for the talents and abilities of Harley designers and engineers. They feature unique paintjobs, hopped-up powertrains and acres of chrome. Each CVO bike has become an instant collectible.

The first CVO bikes were the 1999 FXR2 and FXR3. Two CVO models followed each year until 2005, when the program expanded to three models. In 2007, the number of CVO models increased to its current level, four models.

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Double Prize Contest!

September 20 2010 by BW Innsider
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DOUBLE Prize Giveaway!

The Chase for the Cup continues this weekend on the track at Dover. It's the second race for the chase, but anyone can win. Who do you think will take the checkered flag this Sunday?

Leave your prediction of "Who's Gonna Win" in the comment section below and if you guess correctly, you will have a chance to win a tote bag and hat signed by Michael Waltrip! Make your prediction now.

*Entries must be in before the start of the race on 09/26, and winner will be announced on 09/27.

Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

Free Newspaper? Nah. Free Wi-Fi? Yeah!

September 20 2010 by Chris McGinnis

iStock_000013025819XSmall.jpgSlowly but surely delivery of the morning newspaper to your hotel room door is going the way of the dodo bird.

Though Best Westerns in the U.S. provide complimentary USA Today's in the lobby (in Canada, though the newspaper choice varies, one is always available), more and more business travelers are getting their news online from laptops and/or mobile devices. And according to a recent article from the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank. people are increasingly likely to bypass those hard copies as they head out to begin their day.

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Harley-Davidson Announces 2011 Motorcycles

September 16 2010 by Jason Fogelson

iStock_000013488091XSmall.jpgFor some of us, the riding season is coming to an end, as nights grow longer, days grow shorter and temperatures drop. When real riding season ends, bench-riding season begins. That's when I start looking at brochures and websites, planning out which new motorcycle I'm going to add to my stable in the spring. Never mind that I make the same plans every bench-riding season, and I still have the same 1993 Sportster in my garage.

The official start of bench-riding season is when Harley-Davidson announces their new model lineup. Including CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) models, there are 32 bikes to choose from for 2011, and I'd be pretty happy with pretty much any one of them.

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Describing Best Western

September 15 2010 by Chris McGinnis

I discovered something new and exciting about Best Western when I was at the recent National Business Travel Association meeting. You'll undoubtedly hear more about this in the coming months, but I wanted to provide a heads up.

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Niagara Falls - Day 3

September 14 2010 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000004727069XSmall.jpgThis is the third in a three-part series on my recent trip to Niagara Falls. Click here to read parts one and two.

The plan for Sunday--the final day of our Niagara Falls adventure--was to wake up, have a big breakfast at the hotel, then head across the border to check out the back-to-school deals. (You may recall how much I love the vacation breakfast and fortunately, many Best Western locations offer it for free.)

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Where is the Best Fall Destination?

September 13 2010 by BW Innsider
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Win a $250 Travel Card!

Summer gets a lot of attention when it comes to travel, but what about when summer ends? Where is the best destination to travel to in the fall?


Tell us where the best fall destination is and why, and you will be automatically entered in for a chance to win a $250 Travel Card! Then you can use your prize towards staying at a Best Western at your favorite destination!

Leave your entry in the comment section below. One lucky winner will be randomly selected from all the entries to win a $250 Travel Card. Check back often to read other people's favorite fall travel spots.

Contest ends on Oct 16, 2010. Only one entry per person. Must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada.

NASCAR - Chase for the Cup

September 13 2010 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

The Chase for the Cup has officially begun! The field is set, the chase is on, and the Sprint Cup Series is even more intense now. Who do you think will win the first race of the chase on Sunday?
Leave your prediction of "Who's Gonna Win" in the comment section below and if you guess correctly, you will have a chance to win a $25 Best Buy gift card! Make your prediction now.


*Entries must be in before the start of the race on 09/19, and winner will be announced on 09/20.

Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

Guy/Girl Trips

September 13 2010 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000004355429XSmall.jpgWhen my girls were younger, there would be those days when the dishes, laundry, schoolwork and shuttling them around to all of their activities, that I would just throw my hands in the air and wish I could just go away for a few days with a few girlfriends who were also experiencing mom "overload". I'd start dreaming about all the places I would go - just for a few days to regenerate - and then come home a happier and rested mom. My girlfriends and I would plot and plan our dream trip, but we never managed to get it done. Well, my girls are now off on their own and I have the time and the means to plan a weekend trip with my girlfriends.

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A Monumental Visit to the Black Hills

September 10 2010 by Sam Lowe
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Sam Lowe black hills1.jpgWhen autumn arrives, my thoughts turn to the Black Hills of South Dakota because fall is the ideal time to go there and be amazed.

Situated just south of Rapid City, the hills are covered with pines that, from a distance, appear to be black. To the Lakota Sioux, the original inhabitants of the area, they were "paba sapa," or "hills that are black." The name has stuck despite more than a century of dispute over actual ownership of the land.

The hills themselves are worth a visit due to the dense forests, relatively untamed wilderness, herds of wild animals and a landscape dotted with unearthly erosions and strange rock formations. But it is the two massive stone sculptures that draw the most attention, and justifiably so.

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How to Change Your Motorcycle Oil -- Sort Of

September 9 2010 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000001323158XSmall.jpgI have to be honest -- most times, changing my oil is a two-step process. First, I call the dealer. Second, I drop my bike off and slap down my Amex. I'll bet most of you use the same simple technique.

But I actually believe that it's important to know how to change your own oil, even if you choose to pay a professional to do the job for you. Then, you will be able to make sure that your mechanic is actually performing the service properly; and if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have to change your own oil, you'll be able to.

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Niagara Falls - Day 2

September 8 2010 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000011697473XSmall.jpgWhy is it when you are on vacation you absolutely have to have breakfast in the morning? When I'm at home I can go without, although there are some mornings when I need to be reminded to eat before darting out the door. I'm interested in hearing whether this happens to any of you.

We started our day--day two of our mini vacation in Niagara Falls (read about day one here)--with a great breakfast at the Best Western Fallsview's Boulevard Bistro. If you're looking for a great family activity, check out the water park in the falls. There are lots of different slides to choose from--for toddlers to thrill seekers--as well as hot tubs, a wave pool and an outdoor section if you want to catch some sun. Since the weather was overcast and rainy, this was a fantastic option for the day and our kids absolutely loved it.

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Sprint Cup Series Contest - NASCAR

September 7 2010 by BW Innsider
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Win an autographed hat from Michael Waltrip!

The Sprint Cup Series takes us to Richmond this weekend. This is the last race before the field is narrowed and the Chase for the Cup officially begins. Who do you think will win on Saturday?


Leave your guess below and if you guess correctly, you will have a chance to win a hat autographed by Michael Waltrip! Make your prediction now.

*Entries must be in before the start of the race on 09/11, and winner will be announced on 09/13.

Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

Fall = Business Travel Season

September 2 2010 by Chris McGinnis
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Plane 200.jpgAs summer winds down and the autumn season kicks into gear, business travelers will be sharing the road with fewer vacationers. Airlines and hotels are busy rolling out the fall deals and promotions, which means lower prices and some nice breathing room for travelers.

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Urban Scavenger Hunts

September 1 2010 by Julie Drossos
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iStock_000009296438XSmall.jpgRemember being a kid and excitedly embarking on scavenger hunts through your local park or camping destination? I still remember my 11th birthday party when my mom had arranged for a treasure hunt throughout the expansive park behind the house I grew up in. The thrill of seeking out unknown treats and the challenge and thrill of the chase made for a great time.

More recently I've been learning about the trend of Geocaching... Think along the lines of a global scavenger hunt of sorts, for kids or adults alike. It's a fast-growing activity that over 4 million people around the world currently take part in. "Geo" refers to geography and "caching" to the process of hiding a cache, which historically means a "hidden treasure" or concealed food, provisions or cash.

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Who's Gonna Win - $50 Prize!

September 1 2010 by BW Innsider
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Win a $50 Travel Card!

The Sprint Cup Series is back after a week break and will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. We're DOUBLING the prize since there was no race last weekend, so enter your guess below for a chance to win!


Leave your guess below and if you guess correctly, you will have a chance to win a $50 Travel Card! Make your prediction now.

*Entries must be in before the start of the race on 09/05, and winner will be announced on 09/06.

Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.