La Jolla Tide Pools

August 31 2011 by Bridget Daly
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iStock_000006277940XSmall.jpgOne of my favorite adventures that I used to do as a child with my family was visit the local tide pools in La Jolla, California - a beach town that is a suburb of San Diego, California. These day trips consisted of my brother and I running around the natural tide pools looking in the smallest holes and crevices to see the sea creatures. Because this location always had a low tide, it was bursting at the seams with tide pool wildlife. On any given day during the year these tide pools are frequented by local and visiting families, as it is a fantastic activity to do with children.

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Favorite Ride: Santa Barbara, CA

August 30 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000015875408XSmall.jpgI've been using Santa Barbara as an escape from Los Angeles ever since I was in college in the 1980s. The rich and famous have been drawn to Santa Barbara since the 1920s, as the area is uncommonly beautiful and temperate. Santa Barbara County has been called "The American Riviera," and looking at the way that the shore communities are carved into the hilly coastline, it's easy to see why. Santa Barbara is heaven for motorcyclists, with great roads in every direction, and fantastic attractions in town when the riding day is done.

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Atlanta Double Prize NASCAR Contest

August 29 2011 by BW Innsider
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Guess Atlanta's Winner & You Could Win Too!

No one guessed correctly last week, so it's time for a double prize! This race is Sunday night in Atlanta so be sure to get your guesses in before the race starts!

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 $50 Best Western Travel Card®!

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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 9/04. Winner will be announced on 9/05. 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.

Motorcycle Photography Tips

August 25 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000003246289XSmall.jpgEvery biker has a pile of these pictures. "Here's my bike in Sturgis.... Here's my bike in front of Mt. St. Helens... Here's my bike in front of my family..." If you're going to take pictures of your bike (you know you are), here are a few tips to help make your motorcycle photographs even better.

Consider the background.

One of the toughest things about photographing a motorcycle is all of the negative space. Even on a fully-faired bike, you can still see plenty of the background through the body, through the wheels, and through the basic outline of your motorcycle. A black motorcycle can virtually disappear in front of a dark background. Pay attention to what is behind and around your bike, and arrange your photo so that your bike stands out.

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Retail Travel Trends In Canada

August 25 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000003542796XSmall.jpgIn early August, Canadian Travel Press ran an exclusive story highlighting a recent survey from Distinctive Travel Planner Services (DTPC) in Vancouver. The survey,conducted in the spring of 2011, polled more than 400 travel counsellors and owners across Canada and dissected the state of retail travel in Canada.

As part owner of a retail agency myself, the article and survey were of particular interest to me and the data highlighted a number of key trends. As more and more travelers turn online to research and book, it is forcing agencies to fight harder to find ways to add value to retain existing client and attract new clients.

Are you noticing some of these trends too?

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Summer Is Almost Over, I Should've Traveled To...

August 24 2011 by BW Innsider
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iStock_000008468780XSmall.jpgYour Summer Travel Wish Could Win You a $250 Best Western Travel Card! Many of us tend to have big travel plans for our summer vacation, but with the hustle and bustle of life, plans can go awry. Where should you have gone this summer that you didn't get to go to? Share your trip that you just didn't get to go on in the comment section below and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

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.

Western Oregon Day Seven & Eight - Forest Grove to Seattle and Home

August 24 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000009769780XSmall.jpgI got up early this morning. I wanted to have time to enjoy my last full day of riding. So, I rushed through a quick hot breakfast at the BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites, then hurried back up to my room to gather my belongings and get onto the bike. I'm still amazed at how close Forest Grove is to Portland. Just 30 miles up the road, the big city seems worlds away. Forest Grove may be at commuting distance, but it doesn't feel like a suburb. It is a community in itself, and the BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites is a great vantage point from which to explore.

Oregonians take their summers seriously. Whenever the sun is out, so are they. Today, they're out on two wheels -- mostly of the bicycle variety. They're also very fond of Farmers' Markets. I pass several during my journey today, and they're bursting with produce and people. It's a beautiful day for riding.

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Western Oregon Day Six -Forest Grove

August 23 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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BW University inn and suites.jpgWhile I eat a hot meal today in the breakfast room at the BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites, I do a bit of research. I don't know much about Forest Grove, but what I have seen so far intrigues me.

I discover that the school that inspired the name of the BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites is Pacific University, a prestigious liberal arts school. Its main campus is downtown in Forest Grove. Pacific University is the oldest university in Oregon, having been founded in 1849 -- ten years before Oregon became a state. The beautiful little campus educates over 3,200 students per year in undergraduate and graduate studies. It would be a very nice place to go to school, especially with its close proximity to Portland.

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Western Oregon Day Five -Corvallis to Forest Grove

August 22 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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corvallis.jpgI wake up refreshed from a great night's sleep at the BEST WESTERN Grand Manor Inn. On my way to the lobby for a hot free breakfast, I stop and chat with Ivy at the front desk. This is my first-ever visit to Corvallis, and I don't need to rush away so quickly. Ivy gives me a map of the city, and points out some highlights. I study the map while I drink some coffee and nibble daintily on a toasted bagel.

I load up the Electra Glide and set out to tool around the city. 50,000 people call Corvallis home, and another 100,000 folks live in the surrounding area. Still, Corvallis retains a small town feel, with a real sense of the natural environment and a respect for history.

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Bristol Night Race NASCAR Contest

August 22 2011 by BW Innsider
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Guess Bristol's Winner & You Could Win Too!

The night races are always different and exciting to watch and the Bristol track is no exception. This race is Saturday night so be sure to get your guesses in before the race starts!

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®!

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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 8/27. Winner will be announced on 8/29. 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.

Western Oregon Day Four -Bandon to Corvallis

August 19 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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A bike.jpgI jump out of bed at the BEST WESTERN Inn at Face Rock, get dressed and get packed up. I've got an appointment to ride this morning. "Bandon Bill" Clark has promised to take me to a place that every biker must visit.

I make time for a hot breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuit and gravy in the breakfast room at Bandon Bill's Grill on the hotel grounds. I remember the great meal I had in the dining room here last night - I wonder if I could extend my stay, just one more night? No - I've got places to go, promises to keep. You know the story.

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Western Oregon Day Three - Lincoln City to Bandon

August 18 2011 by Jason Fogelson

depoe bay.jpgI'm up early this morning. I pore over my map while I eat my hot breakfast at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Landmark Inn. I really like Lincoln City, and this hotel. I could see the ocean from my balcony, and I slept with the balcony door open so that I could enjoy the sea breeze and the sounds of the surf. I slept very well, and I'm raring to go. I've got a lot to see today.

First up, I ride back into town to see the town's namesake. Lincoln City was born in 1965, when the towns of Cutler City, Taft,Nelscott, Delake, and Oceanlake merged and incorporated. At about the same time, sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876 - 1973) was looking for a home for "Abraham Lincoln on Horseback," a big bronze that depicted youthful Abe astride a steed, reading a book (Lincoln's reading - not the horse). The statue now sits on the corner of NW 22nd Street and Quay in Lincoln City, outside of the Lincoln City Community Center.

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Western Oregon Day Two - Astoria to Lincoln City

August 17 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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cape mears.jpgI'm greeted by light rain as I pack up to ride today. There was a big thunderstorm last night, but I slept right through it in my comfortable bed.

Rain is a fact of life in Oregon, and the locals welcome it as a treasure. Lawns are lush here, flowers grow in abundance and vegetable gardens burst with bounty. None of this would be possible without the rain. Everything looks clean, fresh and healthy. I'll take a little rain early in the day in exchange for such beauty.

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Introducing The Ultimate Windshield Warrior: Michael Waltrip

August 16 2011 by Chris McGinnis

One of the best things about living in Northern California is easy access to places like the Napa Valley and big name events like NASCAR races at the Infineon Raceway, located about 45 minutes north of San Francisco.

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Western Oregon Day One - Home To Astoria

August 16 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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bike.jpgLogistics have determined that my ride through Western Oregon has to begin in Seattle, Washington. Not Oregon. That's okay - I love Seattle. It's a good starting point for any excursion, especially during the summer.

I land in Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, and take a car service to Bellevue's Eastside Harley-Davidson. I've located an Electra Glide Ultra Limited for rent through Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals. In the past, I've used the Harley Owners Group Fly and Ride, but the Motor Company has merged the two programs. Everything works out fine. I'm in and out of the dealership in 45 minutes, saddled up on a fully-loaded 2011 bike. The bike is beautifully detailed, black in color, and has a few extra features, like heated handgrips and a 12-volt outlet in the Tour Pak. That may come in handy.

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Riding The River

August 15 2011 by Mike Mason

iStock_000002005078XSmall.jpgBefore we had the convenience of trains, planes and automobiles one of the world's most comfortable methods of travel was to take a boat to the heart of a city on the smooth surface of river. Whether it was the British army sailing up the Hudson or Mark Twain's characters having an adventure on a paddleboat down the Mississippi, America has beautiful sights to be seen from the water level.

Riverboats give visitors a unique way of seeing cities from the interior on a relaxing pace. You can expect some rides to offer an evening meal, while others help your family take part in the history and culture of the area. Whatever you're looking for, we're sure one of the riverboat rides below will suit your goal of living a little part of the American dream during your visit.

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Michigan NASCAR Contest

August 15 2011 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?

After an action-packed race at Watkins Glen, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves on to Michigan. Who do you think will finish in 1st place?

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 iTunes gift card!

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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 8/21. Winner will be announced on 8/22. 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.

Universal Studios

August 12 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000004770289XSmall.jpgIf your family loves the silver screen and thrill rides that may cause some to scream, Universal Studios is the place for you and your family this summer. Universal Studios is one of the oldest movie studios in Hollywood. The first theme park originated in Hollywood when it began giving studio tours. This theme park has expanded and has also led to the creation of other Universal Studios theme parks located in Hollywood, California, and Orlando, Florida.

Between the two locations and handful of Universal Studios theme parks there are plenty of rides and attractions to keep the family busy for days! Since time is of the essence I'm highlighting the "must see" attraction of Orlando and Hollywood.

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

August 11 2011 by Jason Fogelson

iStock_000002152597XSmall(1).jpgAnother year goes by, August rolls around, and I'm not in Sturgis. How did this happen?

This year marks the 71s annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This year, the bikers are gathering from August 8-14. The party is already underway as I write these words.

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IRS Mileage Rate Increases Again

August 10 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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Best Western's most frequent guests spend a lot more time in cars than they do on planes. In a recent survey, 63 percent of members of the Best Western Diamond 100 advisory board said that nearly all of their business trips are road trips.

If you one of those road warriors who spend a lot of time behind the wheel and have been watching gas prices average nearly a dollar more than last year, this should be music to your ears.

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Touring Our Nation's Capitol: Washington D.C.

August 9 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
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Washington D.C. is one of the most picturesque spots in the entire country. Situated on the banks of the Potomac River and with so many things to see and do, it's difficult to see it all, but you can be sure that a Best Western Hotel is in the middle of it all.

You can start your tour with a visit to the Smithsonian Museum one of the largest museums in the world, you can see the countries national treasures and a range of subjects exhibits from art to space exploration.

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Big Plans for Rio de Janiero

August 8 2011 by Mike Mason
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iStock_000003438561XSmall.jpgRio has big plans. Though it has long been a popular tourist destination on the world stage and perhaps the most widely recognized party town anywhere, Rio is getting ready to host two of the world's biggest events. As one of Brazil's major cities, it will play host to the 2014 World Cup as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics. It feels like this party town is getting serious on the world stage.

It feels like this party town is getting serious on the world stage. Soccer blood runs through most Brazilian's veins, so the World Cup seems like a natural fit for them (they hosted a World Cup back in 1950) and Brazil is the home of the most famous soccer player in history, Pele.

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NASCAR Predict and Win

August 8 2011 by BW Innsider
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Guess Correct and You Could Win!

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continues on to the Watkins Glen track this Sunday. Correctly guess "Who's Gonna Win" and you will automatically be entered 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 Home Depot gift card!

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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 8/14. Winner will be announced on 8/15. 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.

My Three Travel Wishes

August 5 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000008108132XSmall.jpgLast night I watched the animated movie "Aladdin" with my two kids. As my mind started to wander while watching the kids' classic with the big blue genie, I got to thinking about the notion of being granted three wishes. From a travel perspective it would be easy to pick my top three dream destinations, but I thought it would be more fun to think about the three things I would choose to improve about the travel experience in general.

Here is what I came up with:

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Some Cities Tax Travelers More Than Others

August 4 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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The Global Business Travel Association has released the 2011 findings from its annual study of car rental, hotel and meal taxes in the top 50 U.S. travel destination cities- and the results might surprise you. For example, cities in Florida and California are cited as having the lowest taxes.

All taxes are not the same...some specifically target travelers, like Phoenix's $2.50 rental car fee that goes to the "Maricopa County Stadium for debt retirement." Or the 5% rental car tax imposed by San Antonio to fund "youth and amateur sports facilities."

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What Was Your Best Road Trip Vacation Memory?

August 4 2011 by BW Innsider
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Your Road Trip Memories Could Win You a $250 Best Western Travel Card®!

Most of us have experienced some type of memorable road trip vacation, whether with friends, family or as a child. What was yours? Who was it with? Where did you go? What did you do? Share your most memorable road trip in the comment section below and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®!

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. Contest ends 11:59 pm PST August 31, 2001

Alabama Photo Contest

August 4 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. August's contest is featuring ALABAMA! This state prides itself on southern hospitality so we want to see the best photo you have of you enjoying all that Alabama has to offer. It can be of you enjoying some outdoor activities, visiting historical monuments, scenic shots...anything!

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 Alabama? The contest is open until August 31, 2011 so visit Best Western Alabama 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 Alabama. 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: Alabama Photo Contest

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

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 August 31, 2011.

Do You Fit Into One Of These Pigeonholes?

August 2 2011 by Chris McGinnis

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When trying to understand or sell something to large and diverse groups, it's human nature to try and fit different types of people into neat categories or pigeonholes. Divide and conquer as they say.

Hoping to get a better grip on the large and fast growing population of business travelers, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) recently released a study identifying five segments of business travelers in the market today based on their travel goals, characteristics, technology usage and demographics:

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DOUBLE Prizes for Pocono!

August 1 2011 by BW Innsider
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Double Prize Weekend!

Nobody correctly predicted the winner of last week's race so our prize is carrying over for a DOUBLE prize weekend! Guess "Who's Gonna Win" this Sunday in Pocono and you could 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 AND a $25 Best Buy gift card!

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

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Zorbing

August 1 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000005438266XSmall.jpgJanuary may be the time for making life improvements, but summer is the time for seeking adventure. The increased intake of revitalizing sun, the more carefree way of life during summer makes me hungry for something new, something daring.

This summer I hope to break out of the norm with a unique outdoor adventure that originally hails from New Zealand -- Zorbing. In this extreme recreational activity the individual climbs into a double-sectioned, large, plastic orb (almost 10 feet in diameter) and rolls down a hill.

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