Panning For Gold

July 29 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
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Ever heard the expression "everything that glitters is not gold"? Well, if you're going to go panning for gold, you might want to keep that saying top of mind.

How did panning for gold get started? Well, talk of gold in California had been around for years before the Gold Rush and in December of 1848, President James Polk told Congress there were confirmed accounts of finding gold in California. By 1849 the Rush was on and people from all over the United States were jumping on the wagon train and heading to California with a touch of "Gold Fever."

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Birding In Canada

July 28 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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Did you know that there are more bird watchers in North America than golfers? Some birders are passionate about traveling to remote places to get a glimpse of a rare species.

Canada alone has 630 different species of birds with 85 specialities or bird species only found in Canada. Our national bird, the common loon, is even found on our dollar coin. Check out this great list of provincial statistics on camacdonald.com

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Indianapolis NASCAR Contest

July 28 2011 by BW Innsider
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Win a Signed Copy of Michael Waltrip's Book!

After a week break, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is back! Indianapolis is playing host for the race this Sunday so the question is... "Who's Gonna Win?" Make your guess below for a chance to win!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a signed copy of Michael Waltrip's book, In the Blink of an Eye!

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

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 7/31. Winner will be announced on 8/1. 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.

Montana Road Trip: We Made It!

July 27 2011 by Amy Graff
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iStock_000007118560XSmall.jpgWe did it! Our family drove across Montana, zigzagging up and down the state to hit some of the best spots from the Big Hole Valley to Yellowstone.

We covered some 800 miles, ate nearly a dozen bowls of chili between all for of us, and hiked, canoed, and fished in the state's prettiest areas.

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Montana Road Trip: Billings

July 26 2011 by Amy Graff

IMG_3757.JPGWe spent our last full day in Montana driving through Yellowstone. We just hadn't gotten enough the day before and my husband desperately wanted to see the Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls. Due to heavy snow falls the rivers were higher than normal and the falls were dumping remarkable amounts of water. The water would fall down the face of the cliff, hit the river, and then bounce back up. The power of the water was tremendous.

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Montana Road Trip: Livingston

July 25 2011 by Amy Graff

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Montana Road Trip: Yellowstone

July 23 2011 by Amy Graff

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I'm from California where Yosemite is our go-to national park, and Half Dome and the valley surrounding it are beautiful. But it's really just a drop in the bucket compared to Yellowstone. The park is massive, covering over 2 million square acres, and stretching into Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. It could actually be its own state and is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. And it's beauty is overwhelming. I knew that it would be spectacular but I wasn't prepared for it to take my breath away.

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New Detailing Products for Motorcycles

July 22 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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I'll let you in on a little secret: Motorcycles aren't all that different from cars. Not when it comes to cleaning and detailing, anyway.

So, when new products hit the market for automotive detailing, I take notice, and think about how I might use them to keep my motorcycle sparkling.

Before I start prattling on about new products, let me remind you of the Detailer's Hippocratic Oath -- Above all, do no harm. There are few worse feelings than discovering that you've just discolored your chrome when you were just trying to get some bug juice off. Before you apply any chemicals or products to your bike, try a little bit of good old-fashioned water first, and see how that does. Always work in the shade, and if you must try a new product, test it in an inconspicuous spot first (inside a saddlebag, on the bottom side of a pipe). You'll be surprised how often "no product" works as well as "new product."

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Montana Road Trip: Bozeman

July 21 2011 by Amy Graff
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We spend the sixth day of our trip exploring Bozeman. Here are the highlights:

1) Best Western Plus GranTree Innswimming.JPGThis hotel is right off the freeway and only a couple minutes from downtown. The staff are friendly and helpful and the rooms comfortable and clean. And the indoor pool is heated--and super fun. At least that's what my kids would tell you. They spent the entire morning making up synchronized swimming dances in the pool.


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Montana Road Trip: Helena to Bozeman

July 20 2011 by Amy Graff

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After a few fast-paced days packed with driving and sightseeing we decide to spend a lazy morning at our hotel, the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern. Our room is spacious and comfortable and its large curved windows look over the town. We take an hour to work and read. When you're traveling, sometimes you have to slow down.

Later the kids splash around in the heated indoor pool. We grab lunch at the nearby Bagel Company and the kids take one last spin on the Great Northern Carousel, just a block from the hotel.

At 1 p.m., we hit the road and drive to Bozeman.

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Despite Worries, Business Travel Still on Track

July 20 2011 by Chris McGinnis

graph.jpgDespite the economy hitting a "soft patch" in the recovery from the recent recession, business travel spending remained steady through the end of June, according to the Global Business Travel Association's latest Business Travel Quarterly Outlook.

Continued business travel spending suggests the U.S. economic recovery will march on and resist a backslide or double-dip recession despite setbacks like rising oil prices, natural disasters, slowing global growth, and shaky consumer confidence. GBTA points to strong corporate profits, pro-travel sentiment on the part of company management, growth in emerging countries and rising travel prices as indicators of continued growth.

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Montana Road Trip: Helena

July 19 2011 by Amy Graff


We wake up early and drive directly from Dillon to Helena. Montana's capital is lively little town (pop. 28,000) with lots of history. We decide to dig right into its storied past and spend the day touring historical sights. Here's what we did:

1) The Parrot Confectionary, Helena

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My kids' eyes get as big as saucers when they walk inside this old-fashioned soda fountain. As soon as you pass through door, there's a colorful display of hand-dipped candies.

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Montana Road Trip: Hamilton To Dillon

July 18 2011 by Amy Graff

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We wake up early on our third day in Montana because we have a packed itinerary. Our plan is to continue our drive through the Bitterroot Valley along Highway 93, and then drive over Chief Joseph Pass, crossing the Continental Divide. We'll then cut through the Big Hole Valley along Highway 43, before hopping onto 278, which will take us to Dillon, where we will spend the night.

Here are a few highlights from our day:

1) Blodgett Canyon, Hamilton
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Hamilton locals refer to the box canyon just outside of town as a little Yosemite. And as we walk the Canyon Creek Trail, which follows a rushing river, we understand why. Granite peaks loom overhead. Not Half Dome, but still impressive.

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Montana Road Trip: Flathead Lake and Hamilton

July 18 2011 by Amy Graff

iStock_000014221333XSmall.jpgOn the second day of our road trip we drive an hour from Missoula to Flathead Lake and then we opt to take the scenic route on our drive to the Bitterroot Valley. Here are a few highlights from the day:

1) Mission Mountain Range
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We're driving through rural countryside (lots of hay bales) outside Missoula on our way to Flathead Lake, and then, Bam! Jagged, snow-topped mountains are staring us in the face. I'm so startled and excited that I scream. My husband points out that the mountains are spectacular because there aren't any foothills. They shoot right up from the valley floor. This is the moment when I fall in love with Montana and its mountains.

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Riding Solo

July 15 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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When I got my first Harley-Davidson back in the early 1990s, I brought it out to Dover, New Jersey to show to my cousin David. Dave is a lifelong biker, and he was my inspiration to ride in the first place.

After Dave gave my Sportster the once over ("Pretty cool -- for a Sporty."), I pulled him aside for some words of wisdom. Dave thought for a minute, then emitted two words: "Ride solo."

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Gotcha! Camera-Issued Tickets on the Rise

July 14 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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As technology improves and state governments become more cash-strapped than ever, an increasing number of road warriors are getting caught speeding or running red lights by cameras instead of cops.

The problem for business travelers comes when their infraction happens in a faraway place. By the time they get home and get the camera-generated ticket in the mail, they are long gone and unlikely or willing to return to contest it. So they typically just pay up.

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A Royal Occasion: The Duke and Duchess Tour Canada

July 13 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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By now, we all know the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose Canada as their first official international travel destination since their April nuptials captured world attention. Canadians welcomed the couple with open arms as they made a jam-packed, nine-day, cross-Canada tour.

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Best Summer Beach Contest

July 13 2011 by BW Innsider
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Where's the BEST Summer Beach?

You've traveled, you've swam, surfed, boogie boarded, paddle boarded, skim boarded and plenty else. So the ultimate question that has to be asked for summer travel is...Where is the BEST summer beach of all time and WHY?!

Tell us in the comments below, what ocean, lake or manmade beach you've been to that is the absolute BEST and why. One randomly selected entry will receive a $250 Best Western Travel Card®! Use that to help make it back to your favorite beach before the summer ends. Enter today!

Limit 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 entries posted in the comments below. Winner will be announced via comment post on youmustbetrippin.com and via Facebook/Twitter posts after winner is verified.

Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn, Missoula

July 12 2011 by Amy Graff
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Let me count the ways our family loved the Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn in Missoula

- The front-desk staff is friendly. Two lovely ladies checked us in to our room. They directed us to the amazing local hike to the top of Mount Sentinel.


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Who's Gonna Win in Loudon?

July 11 2011 by BW Innsider
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Win a Signed Copy of Michael Waltrip's Book!

The dramatic Sprint Cup Series moves on to Loudon this Sunday. "Who's Gonna Win?" the race this time? Make your guess below for a chance to win!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a signed copy of Michael Waltrip's book, In the Blink of an Eye!

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Book with our Race Fan Rate® for exclusive discounts at Best Western hotels!


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

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 7/17. Winner will be announced on 7/18. 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.

Montana Road Trip: Missoula

July 11 2011 by Amy Graff
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Our Montana road trip starts in Missoula, Montana's second-largest city located in the western part of the state. We instantly fall for this laid-back college town with leafy tree-lined streets and spend an afternoon exploring its riverfront park and downtown.

These are the highlights from our day in Missoula:

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Montana Road Trip

July 10 2011 by Amy Graff
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My husband and I have decided to drive through the state of Montana with our two kids--ages 6 and 8--this summer. Our plan is to fly into Missoula, dip down into the Bitterroot Valley, swoop up to Helena, spend a couple days in Bozeman and Yellowstone, and then finish up in Billings.

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Double Prize at the Kentucky Race

July 8 2011 by BW Innsider
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Double Prize Weekend!

Nobody correctly guessed that David Ragan would win last week, but that only means the prize carries over for a bigger one this weekend! "Who's Gonna Win?" the race this Saturday at Kentucky? Make your guess below for a chance to win!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Best Western Travel Card® & a hat signed by Michael Waltrip!

Follow Us on Twitter I Become a Facebook Fan

Book with our Race Fan Rate® for exclusive discounts at Best Western hotels!


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

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 7/09. Winner will be announced on 7/11. 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.

The Best of Contest Posts: Part 2

July 7 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

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Back in March, I decided to revisit some of my favorite posts to a few of You Must Be Trippin's contests. I hope you enjoyed re-reading them as much as I did. I love that so many of you take the time to respond and write your touching, funny and always entertaining comments. I am following up with Part II - Sit back, relax and read-on!

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Florida Photo Contest

July 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We will be featuring various North America regions this year for photo contests. July's contest is featuring FLORIDA! There is so much spectacular and beautiful scenery throughout Florida that we are excited to see the great photos you all have. We want you to submit a picture of Florida in the summer. The photo can be of the beach, your family, fun attractions, anything! It just has to be your photo.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card®! Don't have a photo of Florida? The contest is open until July 31, 2011 so visit Best Western Florida online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

On the right hand side of You Must Be Trippin' is a slide show of all submitted pictures. We will select one photo that we feel best represents a Florida summer. 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 you include your name and email address in the body of the email along with a brief photo description (Names & emails will not be publicly displayed. If you do not provide your name and email in the body of the email we will have no way of contacting you if you win)

  3. Make sure the subject line is: Florida Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Florida to learn more about this gorgeous state and to plan your summer visit to Florida!

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in your removal or disqualification from contest contention. Best Western reserves the right to edit submitted descriptions for length and privacy. By submitting a photo you release rights to Best Western International. Please allow 2-3 business days for your photo to be posted. Winner will be announced after verification is received and posted to Facebook and Twitter. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends July 31, 2011.

How to Make Your Bike Fit You

July 6 2011 by Jason Fogelson

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I got a call from the dealership's service manager, Tom. I had left my Sportster, Manny,with Tom that morning to get a new set of tires spooned on, and had ordered up some routine maintenance at the same time.

"I've got some bad news." You never want to hear that from your service manager. "I've only ever had to make this call one time before, and I had hoped never to have to make it again." My heart was racing. What had they discovered? What was wrong with my beloved Manny? "We dropped your bike off the lift. Your bike was up on the lift, and it fell off."

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Best Cars for Road Trips

July 1 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000000750486XSmall.jpgBest Western's most frequent guests drive much more often than they fly, putting thousands of miles on their cars each year. In a recent survey, 76 percent of Best Western Diamond 100 members reported that nearly all their business trips are taken primarily by car or truck. Sixty percent drive cars or trucks that are less than three years old, which means they are not only frequent drivers, but frequent buyers of cars.

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