Famous US/Canada Photo Spots

November 29 2010 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000003574495XSmall.jpgAnsel Adams is one of my favorites. Photographers, that is. I think perhaps he was the best at capturing some of America's most beautiful and breathtaking scenery, most notably his black and white photographs of the West. There are so many places here in the United States and Canada that will simply take your breath away if you are fortunate enough to be able to travel and see them in person. I really wanted to be able to take photographs like you see in Arizona Highways or National Geographic; unfortunately my pictures were always slightly off- kilter, slightly out of focus or my hand in the picture. Ah well, I did the next best thing and married a man who has an eye and knack for capturing the perfect photograph.

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International Motorcycle Show

November 24 2010 by Jason Fogelson

iStock_000002263132XSmall.jpgWhen it's time to think about putting your bike away for the winter, it's time to start thinking about projects for the spring. I'm always considering my next bike purchase, and I'm always thinking about what parts and accessories I might need to add to my current ride. So, every winter, I make sure to attend the International Motorcycle Show.

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Business Travel Easing Into Positive Territory - Part One

November 23 2010 by Chris McGinnis

Best Western Logo.jpgEarlier this month, we asked a core group of Best Western's best customers about their outlook for business travel in 2011. Overall, these members of Best Western's Diamond 100 Advisory Board (BWD100) see gradual improvement when it comes to trip volume, spending levels and economic recovery. This brighter outlook comes to light when we compared findings from a similar survey taken one year ago.

The below is the first in a two-part series that examines some key findings. Come back next week for part two.

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Holiday Winter Concerts

November 17 2010 by Bridget Daly
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iStock_000001075586XSmall.jpgI really don't start getting excited about the holidays until the sound of holiday music begins to fill the air. Nothing evokes holiday memories quite like the sound of bells, drums and a lovely chorus singing traditional holiday carols. While others complain that department stores and radio stations start playing holiday music "too early", I say "Not soon enough!" If you're like me, you'll want to know where the best holiday music can be heard live and up close from talented musicians. Most likely your local symphony will offer a holiday spectacular of the musical kind, so be sure to check out your local listings for shows. In addition, below are just a few can't-miss holiday musical events.

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Holiday Gifts for Motorcyclists

November 16 2010 by Jason Fogelson
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jason_vest.jpgIt's that time again. Hard to believe it. The holidays are upon us.

If there's a motorcyclist on your holiday list, you're probably starting to think about a bike-related gift. If there isn't a motorcyclist on your holiday list - feel free to add me.

I'm going to suggest a few gifts for the traveling motorcyclist, for the biker who really enjoys putting on the miles.

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Should I Be Concerned About Bringing My Kids to London This Winter?

November 15 2010 by Amy Graff
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Amy_london.jpgOver a year ago my father made a big announcement at a family dinner: "I'm taking you all to London for Christmas!"

He shared that spending a Dickensesque holiday with his kids and grandchildren was a longtime dream and he ordered us all to start shopping for flights. Who can argue with that? We were all elated.

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Last Race for the Sprint Cup - NASCAR contest

November 15 2010 by BW Innsider
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One Race to Decide it All!

Homestead is hosting the last race for the Sprint Cup Series and the points race has never been closer. You don't want to miss this event!


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 the prize JACKPOT! The winner will receive a large die cast car, clear tote bag and hat, all autographed by Michael Waltrip AND a $75 Best Western Travel Card®! Make your prediction now.

*Entries must be in before the start of the race on 11/21, and winner will be announced on 11/22.

Thanks for playing and don't worry, Who's Gonna Win will be back in 2011 with more awesome prizes!

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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.

Living in the After Glow

November 12 2010 by Bryson Forbes
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Stanley Park_DONE.jpgIf you had to pick the new "it" spot in Canada I think most this year would have to pick the province of British Columbia and more specifically the city of Vancouver. After a rocky start the city and the province are now being recognized for hosting a spectacular event last February with Winter Olympic Games. The Games put a very bright spotlight on the region and it definitely answered the call.

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The Gift of Free Wi-Fi

November 12 2010 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000012747885XSmall.jpgGoogle announced this week that it's sponsoring FREE in-flight Wi-Fi on Virgin America, Delta and AirTran from Nov. 20 through Jan. 2. This is a major expansion of a similar holiday season Wi-Fi freebie offered by the company last year, which then only included Virgin America. Delta is currently the largest airline in the world and has more than 500 jets outfitted for in-flight Wi-Fi.

The promotion is hoping to draw more attention to Google Chrome and encourages--but does not require--users to download the browser in order to receive Wi-Fi gratis.

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A Salute to Veterans

November 11 2010 by Mike Mason

November 11th is Veterans' Day for the US, Canada and many other countries around the world. Veterans' Day is designed to honor all Veterans' of wars, in particular living veterans, but also those that have passed on. The date of November 11th is significant as it observes the signing of the Armistice which officially ended World War I (fighting ended for WWI on the 11th hour, 11th day of the 11th month).

Veterans' Day is a federal holiday (which means not everyone gets the day off), but is also a solemn holiday to remember the sacrifices that so many have made and continue to make in defense of their country. In particular it is a day to honor living veterans and all active military personnel.

For more info on Veterans' Day you can check out this video from the Department of Veterans Affairs...

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Smooth vs. Fast

November 11 2010 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000001759990Large.jpgIf you ride a motorcycle, you probably like going fast. Even the most laid-back cruiser goes from zero to 60 faster than most sports cars, so your need for speed can be fed at every stoplight. But in most situations, smooth trumps fast. In fact, smooth comes before fast in the list of skills you should be concentrating on in improving your riding. And, best of all, smooth leads to fast, so you don't even have to choose between the two.

I'm not a fast rider by nature. I actually kind of enjoy tooling along at the speed limit, relishing the ride and taking in the sights and sounds of the road. I firmly believe that the best place for speed is on a track or closed course, not on a public road. Safety first.

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Palm Springs for Seniors

November 10 2010 by Julie Drossos
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iStock_000002610434XSmall.jpgThe temperature is dropping and it's the perfect time to getaway to warmer climates. While I personally love places like Mexico and Hawaii for the ocean and beaches and lively atmosphere, more elderly travelers may be more inclined to visit somewhere easier to get to and with more senior-friendly activities. Whether you are older yourself or you are planning a trip for your parents or grandparents, a no-brainer vacation getaway is sunny Palm Springs, California.

The Easy Winter Getaway

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Turkey Time for Travel

November 9 2010 by Chris McGinnis

iStock_000000615293XSmall.jpgTime sure flies! I cannot believe we're already in November.

When the leaves are falling and the weather's cooling off, that means it's time to start plotting and planning for the peak Thanksgiving week. Whether you're hitting the road on business or for feast, here are some things you need to be considering now:

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Santa Ana Winds

November 8 2010 by Bridget Daly
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iStock_000005088802XSmall.jpgCalifornia is one of those states where the skies are predominantly blue, indicating amazing weather throughout the year. We have mild winters, beautiful springs and the perfect summer and fall weather. Being from San Diego, I had my fair share of perfect beach days well into October, it was one of the many perks of living in the coolest and most desired state in the US (according to me and my beach babe friends). As we cycle into our mid fall and early winter weather, a climate shift happens every year in California. Seasoned veterans, like my family, are used to this several week change, those who are out of towners, marvel at this change. It's known as the Santa Ana winds, and it throws everything people assume about fall weather, completely off base.

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Race in the Desert - NASCAR Contest

November 8 2010 by BW Innsider
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Dash in the Desert!

Only two more races are left in the Sprint Cup Series and tensions are rising high! What we want to know is, "Who's Gonna Win" in Phoenix 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 large die cast car autographed by Michael Waltrip AND a $25 Best Western Travel Card®! Make your prediction now.

*Entries must be in before the start of the race on 11/14, and winner will be announced on 11/15.

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.

Ontario - Yours to Discover

November 4 2010 by Bryson Forbes

CN Tower.jpgCall me a traditionalist but I still like the old Ontario slogan, "Yours to Discover." Recently, though --and quite successfully- the province has updated its tagline to "There's no place like this." Ontario Tourism has done a great job of showcasing the many things to see and do all across Ontario, and their catchy tune (I find myself humming it in the shower!) doesn't hurt either.

Ontario is home to more than a third of all Canadians. With more than thirteen million residents the province would rank as the fifth largest state in the U.S., just ahead of Illinois but well behind Florida. Density, however, is a different story: Ontario has fourteen people for every square kilometer. To put that in perspective, Illinois has eighty-five, and California has more than ninety.

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Twitter Contest With $4,500 in Prizes!

November 3 2010 by BW Innsider
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Follow Us on Twitter!

What's your dream vacation? Where do you wanna go? Who do you wanna bring? What do you wanna do?

We're asking our Twitter followers to tweet us what the answer to this question. We've set a goal to reach 10,000 followers by November 30th and we need your help getting there! Follow us on Twitter or if you're not on Twitter, sign up! It's easy, free and your gateway to exclusive deals, contests, giveaways, travel tips and lots more!

Visit our contest page to get the details on how to qualify, and for an example of what to tweet. At the end of each week, we'll pick 5 followers who have tweeted their dream, and give them a $100 Best Western Travel Card®!

But wait...there's more!

If we reach our goal of 10,000 Twitter followers by November 30th, one very lucky follower will win a $2,500 Best Western Travel Card® to help make that dream tweet come true!!! Jump on Twitter, follow us and get your friends to do the same so we can give away this HUGE prize!

Don't delay, Follow us today! BestWesternTwitter.com

Historic Apple Orchards

November 3 2010 by Karla Henriquez
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iStock_000010530843XSmall.jpgEvery year I set out to pick apples. This year I thought I'd be very highbrow about it and try to learn some history while I gathered fruit. So I set out to find a historic apple orchard. My search led to Boston, New York, Indiana, and Oregon.

I vaguely remembered that American apples originated somewhere in New England. The historical record tells us that there were apple trees planted from British seeds in Plymouth. It also places an early orchard on Beacon Hill in Boston. To my surprise and delight, a little research on Google Maps shows that there is still an Apple store in that area today! I packed my girls into the car and drove two hours to Boston, anticipating the fun of picking apples at their American genesis. When I arrived, I realized I'd made a slight mistake. There was no orchard on Beacon Hill, but I picked up a shiny new red Apple iPod to commemorate my misstep. It's fabulous.

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What To Do If (When) Your Motorcycle Gets a Flat Tire

November 2 2010 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000010354201XSmall.jpgFew things are as reliable as bad luck. Put enough miles on your motorcycle, and no matter how careful you are, no matter how diligent you are about maintenance, eventually you are going to get a flat tire. If your bad luck is good, your tire will go flat while your bike is parked. If your bad luck is not so good, you'll get a flat while you're riding.

It's actually a little bit tricky to tell if your tire has gone flat while you're in motion. Usually, you'll notice a bit of a wobble at first, and you may hear a humming sound at speed. If your rear tire is the one affected, it might feel like your bike is losing power. If you notice any of these conditions, it's time to slow your bike down and get it to the side of the road safely.

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Check-Up Time

November 1 2010 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000012211692XSmall.jpgNow that the weather is cooling off, it's time to give your car a winter once over:

  • Get out there and check the treads on the tires--or pull the studded tires out of storage.--and put the chains into the trunk if you removed them for the summer.
  • Replace worn out wiper blades, and top off the washer fluid.
  • As long as you're under the hood, check the brake fluid and oil levels, too. If the oil on your dipstick is looking a little dark, it might be time for an oil change, too.

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NASCAR - Texas Showdown

November 1 2010 by BW Innsider
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Texas Showdown!

It's anybody's race and anything can happen at the Sprint Cup Series in Texas this weekend. What we want to know is, "Who's Gonna Win"?


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 hat and clear tote bag, both autographed by Michael Waltrip! Make your prediction now.

*Entries must be in before the start of the race on 11/07, and winner will be announced on 11/08.

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

Follow Us on Twitter I Become a Facebook Fan

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.