Hispanicize 2014 Gives Us a Preview of What's Hot and What's Trending

April 15 2014 by Manny Ruiz

hispanic family travel trends.jpgOne of the biggest perks of organizing the mammoth Hispanicize 2014 event that took place last week in Miami is that I get an inside peek at what's really trending in the U.S. Hispanic market across multiple industries. Now that Hispanicize 2014 is in the past, here's a look at what I see trending in U.S. Hispanic marketing, social media and culture:

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I Dream of Summer on a Motorcycle

April 14 2014 by Jason Fogelson

motorcycle summer vacation.jpgWe had a very mild, very dry winter here in Southern California. Too mild and too dry, actually. It means that we're headed for a hot, hot summer. I got a little bit of a preview this week, as business took me out to Temeculah, California, in Riverside County. Temeculah is in the midst of a 20-year transformation from sleepy desert town to thriving center of viticulture. It's remarkable to see.

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Minor League Baseball Has the Mayberry USA Feel to Sports That I Love

April 9 2014 by Manny Ruiz

Minor League Baseball Travel.jpgCall me jaded about the big cities, or a just Mayberry USA kind of guy, but when I travel with my family, we're often more impressed by the quaint and quirky small towns than the major metropolitan places.

Maybe it's the close-knit communities, picturesque architecture, or even the down home cooking you encounter in Small Town USA, but there's something very alluring about small cities that makes us feel that way.

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Time Travel: The Evolution of Travel

April 8 2014 by James West

Vintage-Travel-[Converted].jpgHilo! That is how we say "hello" in the future. That's right; I have traveled back in time with a very important mission: to teach you the evolution of travel. This will not be a lesson on the history of transportation, although transportation has played an integral role in my message. Instead, what I've prepared for you is a story of how traveling, as a pastime, has become such an important part of our lives. My goal and mission is to inspire you to travel more so that you don't end up like the depressing individuals I have to live with in the future who have forgotten its virtues. Shall we begin?

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Dinosaur Discovery, Best Western Style!

March 14 2014 by Claudia Kunkel

Acrocanthosaurus-skull-stamped-web-v2.jpgDid you know an Apatosaurus was as long as three school buses and weighed between 25-40 tons?

Did you know that during the Jurassic Era, huge dinosaurs like the Allosaurus and the Stegosaurus roamed what is now present day Colorado?

Did you also know that there is a Best Western hotel dedicated to these dinosaurs and others that once roamed North America? I didn't think so.

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Best Western helps you stay "Plugged In"

March 13 2014 by Bryson Forbes

electrical vehicle charger.jpgNo folks not another blog about free Wi-Fi, this time it's another amenity that industry pioneer, Best Western is making available to their clients. Best Western Canada is leading the hotel industry in the installation of Electrical Vehicle (EV) chargers with more than 50 installed or in the process of being installed across the country.

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Become a Travel Hero

March 3 2014 by Mike Mason

Thumbnail image for travel hero blog.jpgBest Western has launched a new social promotion that is sure to get you excited about your future travel plans! There's a lot of time spent away from loved ones for those who have to travel for business. Best Western offers seasonal promotions, like the one currently running, that saves guests up to 20% off, plus 1,500 bonus Best Western Rewards points. Savings like this, allow Best Western guests to save more and accumulate increased loyalty points, which in turn, enables them to reward themselves and their loved ones.

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MiL-Believers

February 24 2014 by James West

minor league baseball.jpgSo, you think you're a baseball fan do you? You watch your favorite team's home games, go to a few when you have the time, and maybe even own season tickets. Not bad...for a rookie. When you're ready to graduate to True Fan status, take a look at the MiLB.

Not to be confused with older brother MLB, Minor League Baseball is a whole other animal. Also known as Triple-A or the Farm League, fans travel all over the country just to see their favorite teams play. Why? What makes this league so special and unique? Here are a few reasons to become a MiL-Believer.

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Why I love The Olympics!

February 14 2014 by Bryson Forbes

sochi winter olmpics 2014 canada.jpgI love the Olympics. In fact, I really should consider taking two weeks vacation every four years when the winter Olympics roll around. Don't get me wrong, the summer Olympics are great too, but being Canadian, the winter means hockey, skating, curling and other sports we, as a country, are good at.

There really seems to be a huge shift that has happened for Canada and our athletes that are competing at the Olympics. We have a swagger, a confidence and after Day 5 in Sochi, we are tied for first place with no fewer than 10 medals! Our country is really getting swept up again and it now seems like only yesterday we were doing the same thing on home soil in Vancouver.

But it's not just the recent success for Canadians that is the drying force for my love of the games. Here are four reasons why I get so caught up:

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Introducing Manny Ruiz

February 12 2014 by Manny Ruiz
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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Manny Ruiz Headshot.jpgGrowing up in a lower-middle class Cuban family in Miami usually meant that exotic, long-distance travel meant taking the family station wagon to Walt Disney World two times a year. Really off-the-beaten-path travel for our family included venturing south to the Florida Keys for a fishing expedition - where I often caught more sunburn than fish but, hey, sometimes I got to eat what I caught, so it made the mystery worthwhile.

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5 Winter Sports You Don't Know About

January 17 2014 by James West

weird winter sports.jpgWith the Winter Olympics right around the corner, we thought it'd be appropriate to highlight a handful of winter sports you might not know about. They might not be activities you'll see in the Winter X Games any time soon, but they too deserve their moment of glory. Step aside skiers and snowboarders and make way for your lesser known little brothers.

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Where Is YOUR Top Travel Destination For 2014?

January 2 2014 by BW Innsider
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Now that 2014 is here and everyone is talking about resolutions, we want to know what your travel resolutions are for 2014. Where is the top destination you want to travel to this year? Is it a vacation spot with the family? A secluded beach you've always wanted to visit, but never have? A bustling city in a foreign country? Wherever it is, we want to hear about it.

Share your top travel destination for 2014 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 after winner is verified. Contest ends January 31st, 2013.

My Motorcycling Year In Review

January 2 2014 by Jason Fogelson

harley davidson road trips.jpgI entered this year in motorcycling with a few simple goals: ride further, ride longer. I achieved both, and I had a fantastic time. I rode some great bikes, I saw some amazing sights, and I met some fantastic people. All along the way, I stayed in Best Western Hotels. I was consistently delighted with the comfort, cleanliness and friendliness that I discovered along the way. The rides were great; the hotels enhanced the experience. Some of my favorite human encounters were with the folks who work behind the desks of the hotels. They spend all day meeting and greeting travelers, and turn out to be great resources for local information, stories and lore. If you don't spend a few minutes chatting with the desk clerk in Ely, Nevada or Caldwell, Ohio or Garberville, California, you're missing out on the spice of travel. The real adventure isn't on the road, it's in the stops.

Looking back over a great year, I can pick out a few highlights.

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A White Christmas

December 20 2013 by Bryson Forbes
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Canada White Christmas.jpgSaturday it happened. Actually to be precise it may have started Friday evening, but never the less we all woke up Saturday morning to a cold and beautiful snowstorm. In this case, cold was a good thing, the fact it was so cold made for a much easier shovel-a-thon. The milder the weather, the more moist and in turn heavy the snow is! I have to admit before I get all "pro-snow" on you, that I am really thankful that it hit when it did and missed us last week on our Best Western hockey weekend away!

For Canadians the weather is always a "hot" topic and I think every conversation I have had in the last forty-eight hours started with a reference to the recent storm. It struck me that most people complain about it and commiserate about all the negative things that come along with snow, tough driving conditions, shoveling, cold weather, the list goes on. Very few people on the other hand embrace it and make the most of it. Let's change that! Here are a few things to celebrate about snow!

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NASCAR Final Race Contest

November 13 2013 by BW Innsider
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Final Race of the 2013 NASCAR Season!

It's the very LAST race of the 2013 NASCAR season, but we're here to make it an exciting finale! The cup isn't a sure thing yet, but tell us who you think will win the race in Miami.

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select MULTIPLE random winners from all correct guesses to win hats signed by Michael Waltrip!

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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 11/17. Winner will be announced on 11/19. 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.

Reward Points! You shouldn't have.

November 8 2013 by Bryson Forbes

Best Western Rewards Winter Vacation.jpgI have been hearing a lot of buzz over the last few years about Canadians moving away from acquiring "things" and a trend towards collecting experiences. This week I came across a report that confirms this theory.

According to the Bank of Montreal's 2013 Holiday Spending Outlook, gift purchases in Canada will be relatively flat this season, with a slim 0.6 per cent increase over last year. Families on average will spend $678 on gifts.

However, Canadians are shifting a big portion of their holiday spend towards family getaways, which are forecasted to rise a whopping twenty-two percent over 2012, and nearly double what was spent in 2011: $689 versus $360. Woo-hoo, let's get packing!

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The Five Best Motorcycle Movies of All Time

November 6 2013 by Jason Fogelson

best motorcycle movies.jpgA few weeks ago, I wrote about "The Five Worst Motorcycle Movies of the 21st Century (So Far)." Well, I certainly heard from a bunch of you. Apparently, not everybody relishes a bad movie the way that I do. A lot of people wanted to discuss the best movies — not the worst.

I get it. Really, I do. I should clarify my position: I love movies, all movies — almost as much as I love motorcycles. Sometimes, I prefer a bad movie to a good movie. When I'm flying on a plane, or stuck in a bus or in a waiting room, I don't want to watch a good movie. I don't want to waste it. A good movie deserves to be enjoyed on a good screen, with decent sound and without distractions. A bad movie is a distraction.

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Kick Start Weekly Winners Part I

November 5 2013 by BW Innsider

Thumbnail image for kick start your business travel.jpgEach Best Western hotel is independently owned and operated. This unique organization gives us a special perspective into the world of small to medium sized businesses. We understand how important the business is for the owner and the stress that can come with investing time and money into entrepreneurial efforts. This fall, the Kickstart Your Small Business promotion helps to cover one of the most common expenses small business owners encounter as they grow. Participants must submit their best business pitch and explain why their growing enterprise is the most deserving of the grand prize:

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Best Western Instagram and Route 66

November 3 2013 by BW Innsider

best western instagram route 66.jpgWith the recent launch of Best Western's Instagram account, @bestwestern, we have been enjoying the scenic nature of the hospitality industry. But, traveling is much more than a beautiful sunset view from your room balcony or the modern hotel furniture. Sometimes, the most interesting pictures are taken on the way to your destination. There are few places where the driving is more visually and historically fascinating than on US Route 66.

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People Who Care

October 25 2013 by Bryson Forbes

The Alamo.jpgJust back home y'all from my first trip to Texas. I had a great time at Best Western's Annual Convention in San Antonio with almost 3,000 of my newest friends. Remarkable how well attended the convention is which brings hotel owners, managers, suppliers and head office staff together for an opportunity to connect, share, learn and grow.

I have attended many conferences over my career and this was by far the most impressive! Don't worry, I will update you in subsequent blogs about a few great places to eat and drink and some touristy must see things in San Antonio, but today I want to focus on the theme of the convention "People Who Care".

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Kick Start Your Business Travel

October 15 2013 by BW Innsider

kick start your business travel.jpgEach Best Western hotel is independently owned and operated. This unique organization gives us a unique perspective into the world of small medium businesses. We understand how important the business becomes for the owner and the stress that can come with investing time and funds into entrepreneurial efforts. That's why Best Western wants to do their part to help up-and-coming small businesses in the US and Canada.

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The Five Worst Motorcycle Movies of the 21st Century (So Far)

October 10 2013 by Jason Fogelson
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Worst Motorcycle Movies.jpgWhen I travel from Best Western hotel to Best Western hotel on a Harley-Davidson, I like to bring my own entertainment with me. I load a few movies into the iPad, and then when I get to my room, I'm not bound by what's on the local television -- I've got a film festival right there in my hands. And when I'm done with a day of riding, I like to watch motorcycle movies.

There have been some great motorcycle movies over the past 100 years. By motorcycle movies, I mean a movie that features a lead or significant character who rides a motorcycle, and motorcycles are a big part of the scenery and/or plot. For some reason, I'm fascinated by -- and attracted to -- the worst motorcycle movies.

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8 Wonderful Things about Fall

October 9 2013 by Bryson Forbes

Fall travel.jpgOne of the things I truly appreciate about being Canadian and living where I do is the diversity of our four seasons. There I things I like about each but my favourite time of year is with out a doubt the fall. Here are eight reasons why:

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Bonded with My Bike

September 26 2013 by Jason Fogelson

Harley Davidson Biker.jpgManny, my Harley-Davidson Sportster, just spent a couple of weeks resting in a warehouse. I had to leave him behind when I picked up a mega scooter that I was testing for another website. The motorcycle company's headquarters were located about 50 miles from my home, so I rode Manny down and rode the mega scooter home. Then I spent two weeks testing the new bike -- a 650 cc step-through scooter with an automatic transmission -- around town, on the freeways, and on the back roads near my home.

Guess what? I didn't hate riding that scooter. I wasn't self-conscious in the least. I wasn't embarrassed to be seen on a scooter. I was just thrilled to be riding on two wheels.

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H.O.G. Turns 30

September 19 2013 by Jason Fogelson

Harley Davidson.jpgIt's hard to believe that 1983 was thirty years ago, but it was. Let's face it.

Back in '83, Harley-Davidson created one of the most successful marketing schemes in history, founding the Harley Owners Group. H-D had always had a very loyal following, and in the early 1980s, that following was perhaps the brand's greatest asset. The previous decade had been tumultuous for the Motor Company. In 1969, H-D merged with the American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF), a company best known as a bowling equipment manufacturer. In 1981, a group of 13 Harley executives banded together and bought H-D from its parent company. 1983 brought two significant events that helped sustain Harley until the Evolution engine was ready in 1984: A U.S. government tariff on Japanese motorcycles over 700 cc; and the birth of H.O.G.

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Reward it Forward

September 18 2013 by BW Innsider
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BWR logo.pngHave you ever received great service from an employee at a hotel where you were staying and wish you could acknowledge that person for their special attention to your personal comfort? Now you can at all Best Western International hotels with our new "Reward it Forward" incentive program.

Best Western Reward members have been rewarded for their loyalty each and every time they Stay With People Who Care with points and prizes. Each Best Western International employee starts each day focused on providing each guest with a great day and a great stay. And now it's your opportunity to Reward It Forward to a deserving Best Western hotel associate.

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Locally Owned and Operated

August 14 2013 by Bryson Forbes
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blog indie film.JPGA few weeks ago, I had the privilege of making my third appearance as a guest on the Chris Robinson Travel Show. It was the Saturday of the long weekend in August and for those in Toronto, his radio show is live on CFRB News Talk 1010 at 10:00AM every Saturday morning or for those close to Montreal it's an hour later on CJAD 800. I have known Chris well for more than ten years and it's always fun to catch up albeit with thousands of people listening.

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What Are Your Top 3 All-Time Travel Wishes?

August 2 2013 by BW Innsider
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Tell Us and Enter for a Chance to Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

If you only had 3 wishes from our "Travel Genie", where would you want to go? No matter how big, or small, the wish - we want to hear your top 3 ultimate vacation wishes! Tell us where your 3 wishes would take you 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 after winner is verified. Contest ends August 31st, 2013.

Little League World Series

August 1 2013 by Bryson Forbes

LittleLeague.jpgIf you are looking for me this summer the best place to check is at a baseball diamond in South Western Ontario! My nine year-old son, Ethan has become a baseball fanatic. It's a long story but in a nutshell he is playing for three different teams and the result has been an awful lot of time for Ruth and I spent in a lawn chair down the first base line this summer cheering them on!

The most competitive team of the three (The Oakville Whitecaps) are a tremendous organization, have great coaches and facilities. The team has made it quite clear that the goal is to build a great team over the next few years and try to qualify for the Little World Series in 2016. It is the tournament for eleven and twelve year olds and is held each year in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The 67th edition is set to take place between August 15th and 25th, 2013.

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Vacation +1 with Michael Waltrip Contest

July 18 2013 by BW Innsider

Racing legend and sports commentator, Michael Waltrip, could really use a vacation...YOUR vacation. He is partnering with Best Western to provide a vacation to one lucky family where Michael will join for some exciting activities on one of the vacation days. Entering is free and easy - simply go to Best Western's Facebook page and submit a fun photo of your family that shows your uniqueness. Michael will caption photos and eventually choose one family to win. Watch this message from Michael about the contest and enter today!

Disney Teen Beach Movie Summer Vacation Sweepstakes

July 16 2013 by BW Innsider
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Disney Teen Beach Movie_Best Western app.jpgWant to see the characters from the Disney Channel Original Movie "Teen Beach Movie" come virtually alive? At a Best Western near you, in every hotel lobby you'll find a poster standee that comes alive with the use of the Best Western Alive smartphone app.

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Out on the Track

July 9 2013 by Bryson Forbes
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canadian race track speedometer.jpgLike many things in life, it's really difficult to understand something until you actually experience it for yourself. One of those things happened for me last week when for the first time in my life I had a chance to spend the day behind the wheel, on the track with Budds' BMW at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for their annual Driver Development Day.

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How Would You Spend 1 Million Best Western Rewards Points?

July 1 2013 by BW Innsider
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1 million rewards points.jpgTell Us and Enter for a Chance to Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

Did you know that you can redeem Best Western Rewards Points on everything from hotel stays to giftcards to theme parks to restaurants to gas? What we want to know is, if you had 1 Million Best Western Rewards Points what would you do with it? Where would you go? Tell us how you would spend the points 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 after winner is verified. Contest ends July 31st, 2013.

Best Western Hotel Owners Helping Their Communities

June 26 2013 by Mike Mason
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Vicky and Nick.JPGHow do we show people we care for them? Poet Elizabeth Browning said in her sonnet, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Perhaps caring can be defined better when exploring how we care, like Browning put it, as opposed to where and when.

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What to do with a million points?

June 20 2013 by Chris McGinnis

LoyaltyMill.jpgMost members of Best Western Rewards have been dutifully banking program points to spend on a nice weekend getaway with the spouse, or to help pay for a price new took at Home Depot.

But could you imagine what you could do with one MILLION Rewards points?

Think about this: One million Best Western Rewards points would buy 38 $100 gift cards from Best Buy. The $3,800 could be used to buy a new flat screen TV and home theatre system your family could enjoy when you are out on the road on business trips--not to mention that it would be a perk you'd enjoy when you are home on weekends!

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If I had a million Best Western Rewards Points

June 17 2013 by Bryson Forbes

million rewards points.jpgBest Western is set to launch a promotion that will award some lucky winners with a whopping one million Best Western Rewards points!

If you are not a member sign up now! It's free, it's easy, you start earning points immediately and with four thousands hotels worldwide, it's easy to rack up the points quickly!

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American Express says people will be travelling more this summer!!

June 10 2013 by Bryson Forbes

AMEX Travel.jpgHot off the heels of Best Western's Leisure Travel Summit in Toronto, American Express weighed in with some pretty optimistic numbers of their own. Their online survey shows that summer travel plans are up 17 percent from last year, with more than two-thirds (69 percent versus 59 percent in 2012) of consumers planning to take a trip in the next three months. Amazing increase!

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Americade

June 3 2013 by Jason Fogelson
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americade.JPGIt's time for the world's largest touring motorcycle rally. Already!

This year is flying by, and Americade is already upon us. From Saturday, June 1 to Saturday, June 8, riders of all brands of touring motorcycles will converge on Lake George, New York to meet, socialize, learn, shop, eat and drink with their fellow riders.

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Where is YOUR Favorite Beach?

May 31 2013 by BW Innsider
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Laguna Beach.jpgTell Us and Enter for a Chance to Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

As the weather heats up, travelers take to the roads and the air to hit the beach. We want to know - where is your favorite beach? Is it by an ocean on the east or west coast, a tropical island, somewhere international or is it by a lake close to home? Wherever it is, tell us your favorite beach 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 after winner is verified. Contest ends June 30th.

NASCAR contest in Dover

May 30 2013 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win in Dover?!

Do you have a feeling who might win this Sunday's race in Dover? Whoever you're pulling for, it could win you a nice prize if you're right!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win 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!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 6/2. Winner will be announced on 6/3. 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 Travel Effect

May 24 2013 by Bryson Forbes
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family vacation.jpgI had the pleasure of moderating Best Western's annual leisure travel summit that is held each year in New York City. This year the event was held at The Modern, a restaurant, I highly recommend by the way, that is connected to the Museum of Modern Art.

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Who's Gonna Win in Charlotte? - contest

May 24 2013 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win in Charlotte?!

It's back to business after the All Star Showdown so who's gonna win this Sunday?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Best Western Travel 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 5/26. Winner will be announced on 5/28. 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 Dakotas Photo Contest - $500 BW Travel Card

November 7 2012 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We are featuring a photo contest on our travel blog during the month of November for North & South Dakota! We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit anywhere in either DAKOTAS.

Don't have a photo from the Dakotas? The contest is open until November 30, 2012 so visit Best Western South Dakota or Best Western North Dakota online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

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 the Dakotas. 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, plus your name and email address. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

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: Dakotas Photo Contest

Visit Best Western South Dakota or Best Western North Dakota to learn more about the endless amount of activities to do and to plan your next visit to the Dakotas!

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 this article's comment section and Twitter. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends November 30, 2012.

NASCAR Heads to Texas

October 29 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win in Texas?!

With only 3 races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series, the stakes get higher and higher. Who do you think will take the checkered flag this Sunday in Texas?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Sports Authority gift card!

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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 11/4. Winner will be announced on 11/5. 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 End of NASCAR Season is Near

October 24 2012 by BW Innsider
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Martinsville Speedway

Can you believe there are only 4 races left in the Sprint Cup Series? This week's race is at Martinsville, which is guaranteed to be an exciting race, so Who's Gonna Win?!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Walmart gift card!

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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 10/28. Winner will be announced on 10/29. 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.

Charlotte Night Race Contest

October 9 2012 by BW Innsider
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Charlotte Night Race!

Who's Gonna Win this Saturday's race in prime time at the track in Charlotte? There's only a handful of races left in the Sprint Cup Chase. Who do you think will take the checkered flag?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Saturday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Staples 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 10/13. Winner will be announced on 10/15. 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.

Who's Gonna Win in Dover

September 27 2012 by BW Innsider
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Guess for a Chance to Win!

We're nearing the half way point of the Chase for the Cup and each race continues to get more exciting! So...Who's Gonna Win?!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. 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 9/30. Winner will be announced on 10/1. 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.

A Walkin' Sort of City

September 27 2012 by Sam Lowe

Columbus.jpgCOLUMBUS, Ohio - Now that I have advanced into seniordom, I can say this without hesitation - this is MY kind of town. It's comfortable, has a nice blend of the old with the up-and-coming and, perhaps most importantly, it's a place where I can see most of the good stuff simply by walking there.

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Where is the Best Place to Travel for the Fall Season?

September 26 2012 by BW Innsider
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Whether you travel somewhere to see the fall foliage, a football game or a family vacation - we want to hear about it! Tell us about your favorite place to visit during the fall season 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 Oct. 31st.

The Sprint Cup Chase Contest

September 17 2012 by BW Innsider
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The Chase Continues in Loudon

It's crunch time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series! Who's Gonna Win in Loudon this week? Predict correctly and you could win!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Walmart 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 9/23. Winner will be announced on 9/24. 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.

Chase for the Cup Begins! - NASCAR contest

September 13 2012 by BW Innsider
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The Chase is Here!

The Chase for the Cup is officially here which makes the end of the NASCAR season even more exciting! The race this Sunday in Chicago can set the tone in a big way so the question is... Who's Gonna Win?!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Starbucks 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 9/16. Winner will be announced on 9/17. 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.

Canada Photo Contest - $500 Best Western Travel Card!

September 12 2012 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We are featuring a photo contest on our travel blog during the month of September for Canada! We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit anywhere in CANADA!

Don't have a photo of Canada? The contest is open until September 30, 2012 so visit Best Western Canada online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card! .

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 Canada. 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, plus your name, email address and a brief description of where your photo was taken. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

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: Canada Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Canada to learn more about the endless amount of activities to do and to plan your next visit to any of the exciting provinces across the country!

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 this article's comment section and Twitter. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends September 30, 2012.

Richmond Night Race Contest

September 5 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

The results of the Richmond race will determine who makes it into the Chase for the Cup! There's a lot riding on this race so channel your inner predictions for a chance to win! Who do you think will win the race this Saturday?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Saturday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win 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!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 9/8. Winner will be announced on 9/10. 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.

Spelunking For Seniors

September 4 2012 by Sam Lowe
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Sam Caves.jpgSpelunking doesn't necessarily have to include scraping your knuckles and knees against rock formations in previously unexplored caverns like those shown on the television documentaries. Not hardly. Although you might miss the thrill of being the first one to see the stalactites and stalagmites that lie hidden beneath the Earth's surface, those of us in the upper ages brackets can get just as excited if we can ride an elevator down to the sights.

In fact, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico does have an elevator that takes visitors on a nine-minute ride from the surface to the depths. It's 750 feet one way and makes the trip a lot easier than taking the alternate entryway known as the Natural Entrance Route, which follows steep, narrow trails through a tall trunk passage. It's not for the weak-of-kneed or pot-of-bellied.

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Who's Gonna Win in Atlanta

August 28 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

The Chase for the Cup is just around the corner and each race gets more and more important. Who do you think will win Sunday's race in Atlanta? You could win our prize if you predict correctly!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Sports Authority gift card!

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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 9/2. Winner will be announced on 9/4. 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.

Win from Watkins Glen Race!

August 7 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

The NASCAR races are getting more and more important. Who do you think will take the checkered flag this Sunday for the Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen? You could win our prize if you predict correctly!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. 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 8/12. Winner will be announced on 8/13. 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.

Nevada Photo Contest - $500 BW Travel Card!

August 7 2012 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We will be featuring various North America regions during 2012 for photo contests. August's contest features NEVADA! There is a lot more to Nevada than just Las Vegas. We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit anywhere in the state of Nevada.

Don't have a photo of Nevada? The contest is open until August 31, 2012 so visit Best Western Nevada online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card! .

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 Nevada. 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, plus your name, email address and a brief description of where your photo was taken. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

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: Nevada Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Nevada to learn more about the endless amount of activities to do and to plan your summer visit to exciting Nevada!

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 this article's comment section and Twitter. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends August 31, 2012.

Win Prizes From Pocono

July 31 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win at Pocono?!

Do you have a premonition of who will win this coming Sunday for the Sprint Cup Series race at the Pocono track? You could win our prize if you predict correctly!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Best Western Travel Card!

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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 8/5. Winner will be announced on 8/6. 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.

Two Ways to Win at Daytona

July 3 2012 by BW Innsider
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Loads of Prizes for the Daytona Race!

For the big race at Daytona, we are giving you TWO ways to win!

1. Submit your usual prediction of who will win the race in the comments below for a chance to win a $25 MasterCard gift card.
2. Follow Us on Twitter and during the race, tweet the name of the driver in the lead each time there's a lead change with the hashtag #bestwesternleadchange. For example: "Michael Waltrip #bestwesternleadchange" That's it! We will track all hashtag tweets and each one gets you an entry for a chance to win prizes like gift cards and signed hats! It's a fun way to make the race more entertaining and rewarding. You can also find other NASCAR enthusiasts.

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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 7/7. Winner will be announced on 7/9. 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.

Hawaii Photo Contest - $500 BW Travel Card

July 2 2012 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We will be featuring various North America regions during 2012 for photo contests. July's contest features HAWAII! Gorgeous photos are not hard to come by in this tropical destination. We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit to Hawaii. Don't have a photo of Hawaii? The contest is open until July 31, 2012 so visit Best Western Hawaii online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card! .

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 Hawaii. 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, plus your name, email address and a brief description of where your photo was taken. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

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: Hawaii Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Hawaii to learn more about the absolute breath-taking landscapes and features of Hawaii and for offers for your next vacation!

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 this article's comment section and Twitter. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends July 31, 2012.

Who's Gonna Win contest

June 26 2012 by BW Innsider
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Kentucky NASCAR Showdown!

Do you have a premonition of who will win this coming Sunday for the Sprint Cup Series race in Kentucky? You could win our prize if you predict correctly!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Walmart gift card!

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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 7/1. Winner will be announced on 7/2. 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.

Iowa Photo Contest

June 11 2012 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We will be featuring various North America regions during 2012 for photo contests. June's contest features IOWA! There are many more beautiful parts of this Midwestern state than you would think. We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit to Iowa. Don't have a photo of Iowa? The contest is open until June 30, 2012 so visit Best Western Iowa online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card! .

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 Iowa. 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, plus your name, email address and a brief description of where your photo was taken. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

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: Iowa Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Iowa to learn more about the beauty and many possibilities that Iowa offers for your next vacation

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 June 30, 2012.

Michigan Hosts NASCAR

June 11 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who Takes the Checkered Flag?!

The Sprint Cup Series moves along this Sunday to the track at Michigan. Have you been seeing any patterns in the winners? We've got a prize for one person who can correctly predict Sunday's winner!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Barnes & Noble 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 6/17. Winner will be announced on 6/18. 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.

Predict Pocono's Winner

June 4 2012 by BW Innsider
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Pick Pocono's Winner

Last weekend was filled with crashes, a suspension and more crashes! What will the race in Pocono bring?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win 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!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 6/10. Winner will be announced on 6/11. 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.

Guess and Win!

May 29 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who Will Win at Dover?!

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is back at the Dover track this Sunday for another action-packed race. Will you be tuning in? Make your guess here then follow along to cheer on your driver!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Sports Authority 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 6/3. Winner will be announced on 6/4. 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.

Small Business Week Contest on Pinterest

May 21 2012 by BW Innsider
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Pintrest contest blog image.jpgIn honor of Small Business Week, we are launching a contest via Pinterest where one person will win a $500 Best Western Travel Card when you share with us the small things that you enjoy while out on the road traveling for business! Many people have to travel for work, but everyone seems to have certain ways to make the actual traveling part of travel, enjoyable.

If you travel by car, maybe it means renting a convertible. When traveling by plane, maybe it means bringing along your tablet full of games or doing some online shopping from 30,000 feet! Whatever it is you do that helps you "Enjoy the Traveling, of Travel," pin it to your board titled "How to Enjoy the Traveling, of Travel" and post a link to it in the comment section on our Pinterest Contest board at: http://pinterest.com/thebestwestern/how-to-enjoy-the-traveling-of-travel/

We are also very excited to provide a large amount of printables and DIY travel items in the near future so give us a follow to join the fun! Plus, if you've got a great travel board you want to show off, link to it in the comments below and we'll follow it!

It's easy to participate, just visit our Pinterest page to get started and HAPPY PINNING!

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Cruisin' in Charlotte - NASCAR contest

May 21 2012 by BW Innsider
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Back to the Track!

With all the excitement and drama from the All-Star race over, the Sprint Cup Series heads back to the track in Charlotte.

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. 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 5/27. Winner will be announced on 5/28. 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.

2012 NASCAR All-Star Race

May 15 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who Will Win the 2012 All-Star Race?!

It's time for one of the most exciting races of the year...the All-Star Race! The driver who wins gets a one million prize so it's guaranteed to be a tight race. We can't give away one million dollars to our winner, but we will give one person a prize!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Saturday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. 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 5/19. Winner will be announced on 5/21. 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.

Psychics Wanted - Predict and Win!

May 8 2012 by BW Innsider
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One Driver to Win at Darlington!

Leading up to the always entertaining All-Star weekend, the night race in Darlington will be vital in carrying momentum through next weekend. So who do you think is gonna win?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Saturday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Best Western Travel 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 5/12. Winner will be announced on 5/14. 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.

Two Ways to Win for Talladega!

May 2 2012 by BW Innsider
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It's Time for Talladega!

We're giving you TWO ways to win prizes for the always exciting race in Talladega.

1. Submit your usual prediction of who will win the race in the comments below for a chance to win a $25 JC Penny's gift card.
2. Follow Us on Twitter and during the race, tweet the name of the driver in the lead each time there's a lead change with the hashtag #bestwesternleadchange. For example: "Michael Waltrip #bestwesternleadchange" That's it! We will track all hashtag tweets and each one gets you an entry for a chance to win prizes like signed copies of Michael Waltrip's book, signed hats and gift cards! It's a fun way to make the race more entertaining and rewarding. You can also find other NASCAR enthusiasts.

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

Blog entries must be entered before the start of the race on 5/6. Winner will be announced on 5/7. 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. Twitter contest has no limit of entries but winners must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winners will be randomly chosen among all uses of #bestwesternleadchange hashtag.

Richmond Race Under the Lights

April 23 2012 by BW Innsider
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Night Race in Richmond!

It's another exciting night race! There aren't too many of these races so be sure to tune in and predict the winner here for your chance to win a great prize!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Saturday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Walmart gift card and a $25 MasterCard 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 4/28. Winner will be announced on 4/30. 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.

Racing in Kansas

April 16 2012 by BW Innsider
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Kansas NASCAR Contest

Think you can predict who will win Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race in Kansas? Give it a shot because one person will win a prize if they're right!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Walmart 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 4/22. Winner will be announced on 4/23. 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.

Texas Showdown - Saturday Race

April 13 2012 by BW Innsider
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Texas Under the Lights!

With a week break, the Sprint Cup Series is back! The racing is going down in Texas Saturday night and will be a sure thriller. Don't miss out on this under-the-lights race and predict the winner for a chance to win!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Saturday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Starbucks 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 4/14. Winner will be announced on 4/15. 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.

Golf Season...Already

March 29 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000001941164XSmall.jpgIt's true, with such a mild start to 2012 in many parts of Canada, golf courses are opening up about a month earlier than normal. As an avid golfer in Ontario, Masters weekend (also referred to as Easter weekend) is when I start to look forward to the new season. In fact, I have never played in Ontario before mid-April in my life. This year, although I still haven't played, I have had offers to play in early March. What's even more bizarre is many of my friends who have played already, played comfortably in shorts!!

The other benefit of the mild weather is the fact the courses are not only opening early but they are in great shape. With the extended golf season, great weather and courses in fantastic shape this is a great time to start planning a spring golf getaway. Off season rates will still be in effect so thinking about an April or early May golf trip will combine the best of both worlds and you can enjoy mid season conditions at pre season prices!

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NASCAR goes to Martinsville

March 26 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

Last week was the first time a driver repeated as the winner so far this season. What does Martinsville have in store for us on Sunday? Make your prediction of who will win and you could win too!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!

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Predictions Wanted - NASCAR contest

March 19 2012 by BW Innsider
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The Sprint Cup Arrives at Fontana

Each race so far in the 2012 season has had a different winner. Will someone get their second win at Fontana, or will we have another new driver win? Your job is to predict the winner!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Best Buy gift card!

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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 3/25. Winner will be announced on 3/26. 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.

Revisiting an Old Friend

March 19 2012 by Sam Lowe

iStock_000012623350XSmall.jpgIn our ongoing rush to go everywhere and see everything, we sometimes forget about the destinations that endeared us years ago but are now often ignored because they're close to home. So we tend to adopt a "been there, seen that" attitude toward them. I thought about that recently while Lyn, my wife, and I drove toward the Grand Canyon. We've been there several times, and we still marvel at its beauty, but perhaps we get a bit jaded even though it's one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

So we look for something different every time we visit. And, fortunately, they're easy to find. This time, we approached the Bright Angel Trail and looked down into the chasm below. But we didn't trod upon its well-traveled path. I did that once, many years ago when I was younger, stupider and very much out of shape. The trip down was a lark. I made it to the Colorado River in less that three hours. The return was an embodiment of everything hellish I could imagine at the time. Every step was agony and my legs grew heavier each time I plopped a foot down upon the wicked and rocky slants leading to the top. More than eight hours after leaving the river, I reached the South Rim and vowed never to (a) laugh about it and (b) do it again.

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Speeding in Bristol - NASCAR Contest

March 13 2012 by BW Innsider
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Predict the Bristol Track's Winner!

Three races, three winners. So who do you think will win this Sunday's race when the Sprint Cup Series hits the Bristol track?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Sports Authority gift card!

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NASCAR in Sin City - contest

March 5 2012 by BW Innsider
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Our NASCAR contest hits the Vegas Motor Speedway

The first two races of the 2012 season have not disappointed so far and the race in Las Vegas will surely be no different.

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Home Depot gift card!

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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 3/11. Winner will be announced on 3/12. 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.

What's The Best Road Trip You've Ever Been On?

March 2 2012 by BW Innsider
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iStock_000018027984XSmall.jpgTell Us and Enter for a Chance to Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

Whether it was a family vacation, a business trip or a solo adventure tell us about your favorite road trip 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 begins Mar. 1st and ends Mar. 31st.

NASCAR Visits Phoenix - contest

February 27 2012 by BW Innsider
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Predict the Winner!

What an exciting start to the 2012 NASCAR season! It continues in the Valley of the Sun in Phoenix this Sunday. Correctly predict the race's winner and you could win big!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 iTunes gift card!

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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 3/4. Winner will be announced on 3/5. 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.

Weekly NASCAR Contest for 2012

February 23 2012 by BW Innsider
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The 2012 NASCAR Season is Here!

Our popular "Who's Gonna Win" weekly NASCAR contest is back for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series! Each week will pose the question, "Who's Gonna Win" the Spring Cup Series race that week. Your job is to simply predict the winner. We will randomly select one winner from among all correct predictions to win a prize! Throughout the year, we will give away gift cards, NASCAR gear and even some signed items from Michael Waltrip!

We're kicking the year off right with the exciting race in Daytona! Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Best Western Travel 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 2/26. Winner will be announced on 2/27. 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.

What's the most romantic place you've traveled to, or would like to travel to, on a date?

January 26 2012 by BW Innsider
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Share a romantic travel destination that you've been to, or would like to go to, on a date 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 begins Feb. 1st and ends Feb 29th.

What Is Your Favorite Memory Of Traveling During The Holidays?

December 1 2011 by BW Innsider
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Share your favorite memory of traveling during the holidays - whether it's out of state, out of the country or just to Grandma's house 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 begins Dec. 1st and ends Dec. 31 st.

The LAST Race & NASCAR Contest - LOTS of Prizes

November 14 2011 by BW Innsider
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Multiple Winners for the Last Race!

It all comes down to this! Sunday's race will determine the winner of the Cup and we've got lots of prizes to give out! We have signed hats and books from Michael Waltrip and we're giving you TWO chances to win.

Leave a comment below with TWO guesses:
sample: "(Driver 1) will win the race and (Driver 2) will win the Cup"
You only need to get one of them right for a chance to win a prize.

Leave your guess in the comments below before the start of Sunday's race. We will select six random winners from all correct guesses to win a signed copy of Michael Waltrip's book In the Blink of an Eye or a Michael Waltrip signed hat!

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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 11/20. Winner will be announced on 11/21. 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!

November 11 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. November's contest is featuring WASHINGTON State! We want to see the best photo you have that best represents Washington. It can be of you enjoying some outdoor activities, visiting historical monuments, scenic shots...anything! Send us the best one you have and our Washington hotels will determine the winning 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 Washington State? The contest is open until November 30, 2011 so visit Best Western Washington online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip. It's a beautiful time of the year to visit this state in the Pacific Northwest!

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 Washington. Only one photo per person will be accepted, so choose wisely! Don't forget to give us your name, email address and a brief description of where your photo was taken. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

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: Washington Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Washington to learn more and to plan your next trip to Washington State!

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 November 30, 2011.

Phoenix Showdown - NASCAR Contest

November 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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Chase for the Cup!

It's the second to last race in the Chase for the Cup and the stakes have never been higher! There are multiple drivers that could still win so who do you think will win Sunday's race in Phoenix?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. 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 11/13. Winner will be announced on 11/14. 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.

What You Would Do With a $250 Best Western Travel Card and Who Would You Give it to as a Gift?

November 1 2011 by BW Innsider
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Share your answers to the following two questions in the comment section below and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win two $250 Best Western Travel Cards!


  • "What would you do with a $250 Best Western Travel Card?"


  • "Who would you give a $250 Best Western Travel Card to as a gift?"

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 begins Nov. 1st and ends Nov. 30th.

Get FREE Best Western Rewards Points!

October 17 2011 by BW Innsider

bwrcard.jpgWe recently launched our "Fastest Way to a FREE Night" Facebook promotion where we're giving away 10 MILLION Best Western Rewards points! Who couldn't use more loyalty points, right? All you have to do is Visit Us on Facebook and take a spin on the virtual accelerator. Participants will get anywhere between 100 and 100,000 Best Western Rewards points for FREE!

If you're not a Best Western Rewards member, you can sign up through our Facebook page; it's free! We still have millions of points left but nobody knows how long they'll last so grab your share of the 10 million stash today!

Talladega NASCAR Contest

October 17 2011 by BW Innsider
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The Showdown in Talladega!

It will be an exciting race in Talladega this Sunday and we've got multiple ways to win this weekend!

1 - Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Saturday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 iTunes gift card!

2 - Follow Us on Twitter and during the race, tweet the name of the driver in the lead each time there's a lead change with the hashtag #bestwesternleadchange. For example: "David Reutimann #bestwesternleadchange" That's it! We will track all hashtag tweets and each one gets you an entry for a chance to win prizes like signed copies of Michael Waltrip's book, signed hats and gift cards! It's a fun way to make the race more entertaining and rewarding. You can also find other NASCAR enthusiasts.

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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 10/23. Winner will be announced on 10/24. 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.

Share a Spooky Travel Destination

October 6 2011 by BW Innsider
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Share a Spooky Travel Destination and You Could Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

With Halloween right around the corner we ask "What's The Spookiest Place to Travel?" Share a spooky 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. All eligible entries must be submitted before 11:59 pm PST October 31, 2011.

Texas Photo Contest

October 6 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. October's contest is featuring TEXAS! We want to see the best photo you have that best represents Texas. It can be of you enjoying some outdoor activities, visiting historical monuments, scenic shots...anything! Send us the best one you have and our Texas hotels will determine the winning 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 Texas? The contest is open until October 31, 2011 so visit Best Western Texas online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip. It's a beautiful time of the year to visit the Lone Star State!

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 Texas. Only one photo per person will be accepted, so choose wisely! Don't forget to give us your name, email address and a brief description of where your photo was taken. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

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: Texas Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Texas to learn more and to plan your next trip to Texas!

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 October 31, 2011.

NASCAR Contest for Kansas Race

October 4 2011 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

Tony Stewart's streak was broken this past race by Kurt Busch, but whose turn is it now? The Chase for the Cup's next stop is Kansas this Sunday. Who do you think will drive away with the win?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race 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 10/9. Winner will be announced on 10/10. 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 Chase Continues - NASCAR contest

September 26 2011 by BW Innsider
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Stewart Dominates the Cup

Tony Stewart has won back to back races so far in the Chase for the Cup. Will he make it three in a row? Who do you think will win the race in Dover this Sunday?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race 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 10/2. Winner will be announced on 10/3. 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.

Fan Swap Winner

September 23 2011 by Mike Mason

Congrats to the Moak family, winners of the Best Western Michael Waltrip Fan Swap! They were able to travel with the Michael Waltrip Racing Team, have lunch with David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip, and may have even been the good luck for David to win the Richmond pole! Check out the video from their time with the team.

Loudon Hosts The Chase - NASCAR contest

September 19 2011 by BW Innsider
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The Chase for the Cup!

After a rain delay, the first Chase race is in the books with Loudon on the horizon. It's still anyone's game and you can join in on the intensity!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a hat signed by Michael Waltrip!

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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 9/25. Winner will be announced on 9/26. 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 Chase for the Cup Begins!

September 12 2011 by BW Innsider
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Chicago Kicks Off The Chase!

It's finally here, the Chase for the Cup! While the field of drivers who can win the championship is smaller, the races from here on out are only going to get bigger in intensity! Every race counts now with the playing field much more even. Who do you think will win the first race in the Cup in Chicago?

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 Sports Authority 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 9/18. Winner will be announced on 9/19. 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.

Georgia Photo Contest

September 9 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. September's contest is featuring GEORGIA! We want to see the best photo you have of the Peach State. 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 Georgia? The contest is open until September 30, 2011 so visit Best Western Georgia 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 Georgia. Only one photo per person will be accepted, so choose wisely! Don't forget to give us your name, email address and a brief description of where your photo was taken. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

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: Georgia Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Georgia to learn more about this exciting southern state and to plan your next trip to Georgia!

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 September 30, 2011.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Florida Photo Contest

July 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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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.

Daytona NASCAR Contest

June 27 2011 by BW Innsider
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Daytona is Back!

Daytona is ALWAYS one of the most exciting races in the entire Sprint Cup Series. We're running another contest during the race for even more prizes! Follow Us on Twitter to get the details later this week on our #bestwesternleadchange game, but make your guess for "Who's Gonna Win?" below for twice the chances 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®

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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 7/02. Winner will be announced on 7/05. 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.

NASCAR Guess & Win

June 20 2011 by BW Innsider
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Face Off in Sonoma!

The checkered flag is up for grabs every week and Sonoma is no different. Do you have a feeling that a certain driver will win this Sunday?

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 hat signed by Michael Waltrip!

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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 6/26. Winner will be announced on 6/27. 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.

NASCAR Contest for Race in Michigan

June 13 2011 by BW Innsider
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Start Your Engines!

The next stop in the drama-filled Sprint Cup Series is Michigan. Who will finish first when it's all said and done?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner will be for the race this Sunday 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 6/19. Winner will be announced on 6/20. 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.

Indiana Photo Contest

June 10 2011 by BW Innsider
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We will be featuring various North America regions this year for photo contests. June's contest is featuring Indiana! This state will surprise you with all its many attractions and beautiful landscapes. Share with us your favorite photo you have taken of Indiana - the outdoors, the city, at one of the many 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 Indiana? The contest is open until June 30, 2011 so visit Best Western Indiana 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 like the best of Indiana. 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: Indiana Photo Contest

  3. Give us your name and email address in 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)

Visit Best Western Indiana to learn more about this spectacular state and to plan your summer visit to Indiana!

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in your removal 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 June 30, 2011.

Time Travel Destination Contest

June 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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Where Would You Time Travel To?

We had such a great turnout when we did this contest topic last year that we wanted to do it again. Reading all the entries is tons of fun so we want to hear your story and one lucky winner will win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®!

We all have our favorite destinations, but have you ever thought about what it would be like to visit them in a time machine? Yeah, probably not. But if you could, what destination would you visit and at what point in history would you make your trip? Leave your response in the comment section below with:

1. Where you would visit?

2. At what point in history you would go?

3. Why?

Once you leave your comment, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®! 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.

World's Biggest Thank You

May 16 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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Canada Outdoors Photo Contest

May 6 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. May's contest is featuring Canada. This beautiful country has so many outdoor wonders, whether you're in the majestic mountains or vibrant cities. We want you to share with us your favorite photo you have taken of the Canada outdoors.

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 Canada? The contest is open until May 31, 2011 so visit Best Western Canada 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 the Canadian outdoors. 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: Canada Photo Contest

  3. Give us your name and email address in 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)

Visit Best Western Canada to learn more about this amazingly beautiful country and to plan your summer visit to Canada!

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in your removal 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. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends May 31, 2011.

GBTA Vlog

May 5 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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BW Indie Films - Bart

May 3 2011 by BW Innsider
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See and experience the unique, inspiring story of a small family business backed by a large family business as a young man makes his dream of independent ownership a reality. The building of a hotel business? Watch and be inspired.

Location: Davenport, Iowa
Owner: Bart Baker

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

Find the hotels featured in this film >
BEST WESTERN PLUS Steeplegate Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center

BW Indie Films - Jim

April 29 2011 by BW Innsider
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Come be our guest. Watch this inspiring story and experience the dedication and independent spirit still at work in this small Pennsylvania town.

Location: Paradise, Pennsylvania
Owner: Jim Cosgrove

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

Find the hotel featured in this film >
BEST WESTERN PLUS Revere Inn & Suites

BW Indie Films - Bill

April 22 2011 by BW Innsider

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

Location: Anaheim, California
Owner: Bill O'Connell

Thinking out of the box, one hotel at a time. This California legend turned a dream into reality with the support of his Best Western family!

Find the hotels featured in this film >
BEST WESTERN PLUS Park Place Inn - Mini Suites
BEST WESTERN PLUS Anaheim Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Stovall's Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Pavilions

BW Indie Films - Alnoor

April 20 2011 by BW Innsider

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

Location: British Columbia, Canada
Owner: Alnoor Tejpar

Who said that the independent spirit and entrepreneurship is gone? Watch this inspiring story and feel the dedication and hard work that went into building a lasting family legacy.

Find the hotels featured in this film >
BEST WESTERN PLUS Country Meadows
BEST WESTERN PLUS Langley Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Suites Downtown
BEST WESTERN PLUS Regency Inn & Conference Center

Talladega Showdown

April 12 2011 by BW Innsider
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Checkered Flag at Talladega

The famous Talladega track has produced some memorable races. Who do you think will take the checkered flag this Sunday?

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a signed hat from Michael Waltrip!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 4/17. Winner will be announced on 4/18.

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.

Exciting 2011 NASCAR Season

April 12 2011 by Mark Deyer
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iStock_000001948530XSmall.jpgIt's been 7 races into the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and already we've seen a little bit of everything. From a rookie winning the Daytona 500 (Trevor Bayne), to a near win for the sport's most popular driver (Dale Earnhardt Jr, Martinsville), to a return to winning ways for the sport's biggest love-to-hate-him driver (Kyle Busch), the 2011 season has been a mixed bag of headlines.

Here's what we can (hope) to expect in the remaining 30 races of the 2011 season:

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BW Indie Films - Dale

April 8 2011 by BW Innsider
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As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

Location: Jefferson City, Missouri

Owner: Dale Gerstner

Dreams do come true. See how one man started a small family business and turned it into a legacy to be passed along for generations to come. Find the hotel featured in this film >

PREMIERE: Best Western Indie Films

April 5 2011 by BW Innsider
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blog indie film.JPGThe independent spirit is alive and well at Best Western. To celebrate this spirit we are premiering our Best Western Indie Films series, showcasing some of these independent hotel owners and their commitment to making sure every guest at their hotel feels cared for.

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you.

Check out the first five Best Western Indie Films here.

Travel Faceoff Final!

March 31 2011 by BW Innsider
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Thumbnail image for blog bracket.jpgFor those who aren't following Best Western on Facebook (and if you aren't this is a good reason to remedy that quickly), Best Western's Travel Faceoff contest is down to the final two destinations: Honolulu vs. Rome! Over the last few weeks, Best Western followers have narrowed down 64 potential travel destinations to 2, following a playoff style bracket.

Once the final winning destination is selected by voters, one lucky follower will be selected as the winner of a trip to the winning destination. So, if you haven't signed up and voted for the Travel Faceoff Championship there is still time. Voting for the final two destinations goes until Monday. See the "Travel Faceoff" tab on our Facebook page for full contest details.

Travel Faceoff

March 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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Where's the ULTIMATE travel destination?

In the spirit of March bracketology, Best Western presents Travel Faceoff! We have 32 world destinations and it's up to YOU to vote and determine which is the best destination. Every day we will present a new matchup on Facebook and we need you to vote on which destination is better. For the first and second rounds of matchups there will be two face-offs each day. Be sure to check our Facebook page daily to vote on the new matchup. Become a fan of Best Western, then register your info on our "Travel Faceoff" tab because each day, we will select 2 random fans to win 5,000 Best Western Rewards® points! With Best Western Rewards® points, you can buy airline tickets, get free rooms, buy gift cards to stores like Target and Best Buy and so much more! Learn all about how to spend points.

And it gets better...

We will select one random Facebook fan as the Ultimate Winner and that fan will win a trip for two to the winning destination! The destination that wins the entire bracket based on your votes will become the prize destination for one lucky fan! Visit our Facebook page today to become a fan and enter your info on the "Travel Faceoff" tab to become eligible for a chance to win! Then make sure you vote on daily matchups to help us find a winning destination.

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Ultimate winner prize will be fulfilled by airline and hotel credit through 650,000 Best Western Rewards® points. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada (excluding Quebec) to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from among all entries from the "Travel Faceoff" tab on Facebook and announced in the comments below and on Facebook and Twitter. Contest ends April 4, 2011. Visit our Facebook page for full contest rules.

2010 Contest Wrap Up Report

February 14 2011 by BW Innsider

BWtravelcard.JPGIn 2010, we gave away quite a few prizes. We love having contests where we can hear your travel ideas, dreams and experiences. Over the course of the year, we gave away about 175 gift cards, totaling approximately $11,500! However, this doesn't include all of the signed NASCAR items we gave away each week, (sometimes multiple per week) of tote bags, hats and die-cast cars in our "Who's Gonna Win" weekly contests.

We look forward to 2011 where we have started more contests and given away some prizes already. The end of February will kick-off the start of the new NASCAR season with some exciting contests and we always try to feature a contest per month here on You Must Be Trippin'. Our goal is to have engaging contests about travel and award prizes to help you travel more and travel often. Keep checking back with us here on our travel blog to get daily updates on business, family, pet, and leisure travel, plus exciting news from our partners at NASCAR, Harley-Davidson and AAA.

The Month of Romantic Travel

February 10 2011 by BW Innsider
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Romance Destinations

Valentine's Day makes February the month or romantic travel and inspires people to take romantic vacations. These getaways will vary from over-the-top luxurious vacations to simple stay-cations in local areas to just steal some time away from it all. Whether you traveled this Valentine's Day or not, we want you to tell us what are the most romantic destinations to travel to? Tell us where you've traveled to for Valentine's Day and how it stacked up against other destinations.

Share your opinions in the comment section below and one randomly selected entry will win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®! Contest ends Feb. 28, 2011 so enter today!


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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.

Best Western's New Announcement

February 3 2011 by BW Innsider
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Since the fall of 2010, some small snippets of news have leaked out about Best Western introducing three new types of hotels. This week, the launch of BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® was made official. Visit our website to learn more. Enjoy!






2011 Travel Resolutions Contest

January 10 2011 by BW Innsider
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Your Resolution Could Win You a $250 Best Western Travel Card®!

Did you make it to all your must-visit destinations last year? Planning to visit a new destination this year? One thing we sometimes skip over when making new resolutions is TRAVEL. Tell us your 2011 travel resolution OR a travel resolution you accomplished in 2010 in the comment section below before Jan 31, 2011 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.

Holiday Travel Gifts Contest

December 15 2010 by BW Innsider
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Tell Us Your Holiday Travel Gifts and Enter to Win!

With the holiday season now here, we want to know, what are the best travel gifts to give this holiday? Is the best gift a GPS to keep you from getting lost? Is it a PSP to play while at the airport? Is it a travel book or gift cards?

Tell us what travel gifts you would like to give/receive this holiday season, and you will be automatically entered to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®! Tell us your answer in the comments below and one randomly selected entry will receive the Gift of Travel® from Best Western. Contest ends Dec. 31, 2010 so enter today!

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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 entries posted in the comments below.

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

Travel Time Machine

October 25 2010 by BW Innsider
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Where's Your Time Travel Destination?

We all have our favorite destinations, but have you ever thought about what it would be like to visit them in a time machine? Yeah, probably not. But if you could, what destination would you visit and at what point in history would you make your trip? Leave your response in the comment section below with:

  1. Where you would visit?

  2. At what point in history you would go?

  3. Why?

Once you leave your comment, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card! Enter today!

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Only one guess per person. Must be a U.S. or Canada resident and 18 years old or older. Contest ends November 20, 2010.

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!

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.

David Reutimann's NASCAR Victory

July 12 2010 by BW Innsider
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David Ruetimann.jpgCongratulations to David Reutimann from the Michael Waltrip Racing Team on his win in Chicago last Saturday! The victory marked Reutimann's second career NASCAR win and cleared any previous doubts of his first win on a rained out decision. Reutimann is 40 years old, but is still a determined to win driver. He was quiet during most of the race but made a pass on veteran Jeff Gordon on lap 213 and dominated the lead for the remaining 54 laps.

Reutimann had a stellar performance and is known by other drivers as the "nice guy." Carl Edwards said, "He is just such a nice person. Her is the first guy to congratulate me on something and the first guy to apologize if he feels he did something wrong. We all have to hang out with each other every week, but he is the guy you would hang out with if you had an off weekend." Congratulations again to David Reutimann, the NASCAR "nice guy" who displayed a dominating performance.

The Ultimate Travel Dilemma

July 7 2010 by BW Innsider
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Indulge us for a moment and ponder and respond to the ultimate (though quite impossible) travel dilemma for our YMBT readers:

If faced with a travel choice you had to make, would you rather...


1) Visit your favorite vacation spot every year without fail, but never be able to travel to a different location

...or


2) Visit a new destination every year, but never be able to travel to the same place twice.

Vote for your choice by leaving a comment and responding with "1" or "2" to cast your vote. One voter will be selected to win a $250 Travel Card to help them visit their favorite spot or strike out on a new adventure. Contest ends July 31, 2010

The Most Fun Summer Destination I Have EVER, EVER, EVER Been to is...

May 25 2010 by BW Innsider
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Tell us what your most fun summer destination of all time is and enter for a chance to win a $250 travel card just for sharing!
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Out of all the vacations you've taken, what trip left you eager to come back? What spot had family members begging you to let them stay one more day? Where did you have the time of your life? Summer travel is all about escaping to a care-free place to just have fun. Tell us where that is and you could win a $250 travel card to help you get back there!

Post a comment to nominate your locale and at the same time enter for a chance to win a FREE $250 travel card! Contest ends June 30, 2010.

What is YMBT's 'Place to Be' this Summer? You Tell Us

April 12 2010 by BW Innsider
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PlacetoBe.jpgNominate the You Must Be Trippin' 'Place to Be' this summer and you could win a FREE NIGHT* stay for your summer travel.

There are a wide variety of summer travel locations, but what is your 'Place to Be'? Where is that amazing beach, breath taking vista, serene escape or exciting adventure? In short, what's the summer place you long to visit?

Post a comment to nominate your locale and at the same time enter for a chance to win a FREE NIGHT stay* at a Best Western hotel. In addition, the winning location will be featured on You Must Be Trippin' as the 'Place to Be' this summer. Contest ends May 1, 2010.

*Free night stay is awarded as a $200 Best Western Travel Card. Travel card amount is equivalent to cost of average night stay at a Best Western hotel.

Tell Us Who's Gonna Win at Bristol for a Chance to Win

March 17 2010 by BW Innsider
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Join us in this weekly giveaway and celebration of NASCAR...

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This Sunday, Bristol is where it is at! Leave a comment below with your prediction of who's gonna win and you might win yourself this great hat signed my Michael Waltrip.
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The rules are simple:

  • Leave a comment below letting us know which driver you think is going to win

  • If you are correct, you will be automatically entered in to a drawing for a chance to win a signed hat.

    *Entries must be in before the start of the race on 03/21, and winner will be announced on 03/22.

    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.

  • Enter for a Chance to Win - Who's Gonna Win the Kobalt Tools 500

    March 2 2010 by BW Innsider
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    Join us in this weekly giveaway and celebration of NASCAR...

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    This week, NASCAR goes to Atlanta! Leave a comment below with your prediction of who's gonna win for a chance to win yourself a die cast car signed my Michael Waltrip.

    The rules are simple:

  • Leave a comment below letting us know which driver you think is going to win the Kobalt Tools 500 this Sunday.

  • If you are correct, you will be automatically entered in to a drawing for a chance to win a signed die cast car.

    *Entries must be in before the start of the race on 03/07, and winner will be announced on 03/08.

    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.

  • Share a Cool Travel Destination, Enter for a Chance to Win!

    March 1 2010 by BW Innsider
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    nuvi275T.jpgTell Us Cool Travel Destinations to Visit by Car and Enter to Win Your Choice of a nuvi® 275T GPS Device ($250 value) or $250 Best Western Travel Card!

    Spring is here (well, almost) and it is time to hit the open road, take in the scenery and sunshine and feel the wind in your hair. While you are doing all that, hopefully you are heading some place fun and exciting. And we want to hear about it.

    Submit a cool destination to visit by car and enter to win a Garmin nuvi® 275T GPS device ($250 value) or $250 Best Western Travel Card!

    To enter your cool car travel destination (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a Garmin nuvi® 275T GPS device or $250 Best Western Travel Card), select the Comment button and enter in a cool destination idea.

    Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a Garmin nuvi® 275T GPS device or $250 Best Western Travel Card!

    In addition, get an extra entry into the contest for adding this blog post to another site (track back). Copy and paste the URL under the Trackbacks section to add this post to your blog.

    The contest promotion ends March 31, so submit your travel destinations today.

    Who's Gonna Win? Tell us for a chance to win!

    February 23 2010 by BW Innsider
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    Racing comes to Las Vegas this week! Join us in this weekly giveaway and celebration of NASCAR... Leave a comment below with you prediction of who's gonna win for a chance to win yourself a $25 Best Western Travel Card.

    The rules are simple:

  • Leave a comment below letting us know which driver you think is going to win the Shelby American this Sunday.

  • If you are correct, you will be automatically entered in to a drawing for a chance to win a $25 Best Western Travel Card.

    *Entries must be in before the start of the race on 2/28, and winner will be announced on 03/01


    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.

  • Enter For a Chance to Win a Signed Die Cast Race Car

    February 15 2010 by BW Innsider
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    Who's Gonna Win.jpgThe Auto Club 500 is this Sunday! Do you think you know NASCAR well enough to guess who's gonna win? Use your smarts for a chance to win yourself some cool stuff!

    The rules are simple:

  • Leave a comment below letting us know which driver you think is going to win the Auto Club 500 this Sunday.

  • If you are correct, you will be automatically entered in to a drawing for a chance to win a die cast race car signed by Michael Waltrip!
  • *Entries must be in before the start of the race on 2/21, and winner will be announced on 2/22.

    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.

    Enter For a Chance to Win a $500 Travel Card!

    February 8 2010 by BW Innsider
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    Who's Gonna Win.jpgLet's kick off this NASCAR season with a little friendly competition, and a big ole' giveaway!

    The rules are simple:

  • Leave a comment below letting us know which
    driver you think is going to win the Daytona 500 this Sunday.

  • If you are correct, you will be automatically entered
    in to a drawing for a chance to win a $500 Travel Card!
  • *Entries must be in before the start of the race on 2/14, and winner will be announced on 2/16.

    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.

    Share a Romantic Destination Idea for a Chance to Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

    February 4 2010 by BW Innsider
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    TravelDestinationscontest.jpgLove is in the air! We want to hear all the great ideas out there for a romantic travel destination, whether it is a winter retreat, sunny beach or just someplace special to you. It could be someplace you've been or someplace you dream of going. Let us know.

    To submit your romantic destination idea (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®), select the Comment button and enter in a romantic destination idea.

    Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

    In addition, get an extra entry into the contest for adding this blog post to another site (track back). Copy and paste the URL under the Trackbacks section to add this post to your blog.

    The contest promotion ends February 28, so submit your travel destinations today.

    Become an Member of the "Official Tweet Crew Team"

    January 21 2010 by BW Innsider
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    tweetcrewteam-main.gifThree Internet-Savvy Race Fans Will Be Selected to Travel to Phoenix for the April 10 Race and Serve as David Reutimann's Team of Twitter Correspondents.

    Fans who visit the Best Western "Official Tweet Crew Team" Web site, www.bestwestern.com/tweetcrewteam starting today through Wednesday, March 17, will have the opportunity to submit an application, which includes a link to a creative video or picture, to become a member of this historic team. The selected three-person team will join David Reutimann in Phoenix on April 10 and spend the weekend with the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 winner, Tweeting about every twist and turn he makes on-and-off the track. Each Tweet Crew Team member will be provided with a smartphone that has camera capabilities to enable "Twitpics."

    The first-ever "Official Tweet Crew Team" will also give racing fans around the world an up-close-and-personal glimpse into the Sprint Cup Series Race in Phoenix by providing a written play-by-play of the race via Twitter from the team's different vantage points around the track. Fans can follow all the heart-pounding and intimate action by logging onto www.twitter.com and following the team at @tweetcrewteam. Finally, race fans watching from home or following the team on Twitter will be given the chance to win great prizes throughout the race including official Best Western Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing gear, as well as rewards program points that can be redeemed for future hotel stays and a wide variety of merchandise. One lucky member of Speed Rewards, Best Western's loyalty program for race fans, will also win a Travel Card valued at $500.

    Learn more >

    Put Your Points to Good Use

    January 15 2010 by BW Innsider

    wvisionbed.jpgWith the recent tragedy still unfolding in Haiti, Best Western has made it possible to donate to the massive relief effort by allowing Best Western Rewards members to contribute their rewards points to the cause.

    Members can go to www.bestwestern.com/haitirelief to make a donation of 5,000 points, which translates to $20, or more to World Vision, Best Western's official charity partner. Similar efforts are underway in Best Western regions globally.

    Donate your points >

    Share Your Travel Adventures

    January 13 2010 by BW Innsider
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    traveladventure.jpgTell Us About Your Greatest Travel Adventure and Enter for a Chance to Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®!

    Travel is exciting! We want to hear about your best travel adventures. Whether it is simply a destination or when you discovered someplace new, had a travel mishap or simply had an unforgettable travel experience, share them with us. It doesn't matter if they are brief or detailed--we just love to hear about travel!

    To submit your travel adventure (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What is your greatest travel adventure?"

    Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

    In addition, get an extra entry into the contest for adding this blog post to another site (track back). Copy and paste the URL under the Trackbacks section to add this post to your blog.

    The contest promotion ends February 10, so submit your travel destinations today.

    What is On Your Travel Wish List for 2010?

    December 11 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Travel Wish List.jpgTell us and enter for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®!

    A new year is fast approaching. This is the perfect time to start dreaming about where your travels may take you for 2010! It can be a place you are already planning on, have visited before, or if you just want to dream big. Fill us in on your wish list travel destinations and enter for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card.

    To submit your wish list travel destinations (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What destinations are on your travel wish list for 2010?"

    Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

    In addition, get an extra entry into the contest for adding this blog post to another site (track back). Copy and paste the URL under the Trackbacks section to add this post to your blog.

    The contest promotion ends on January 6, so submit your travel destinations today.

    Bill Clinton Stops Over at Best Western in Slovenia

    December 10 2009 by BW Innsider
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    This past Halloween, Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, stayed at the Best Western Premier Slon in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    The visit created a bump for stays at the hotel as well as visits from other government dignitaries. Best Western was thrilled to host the former President and his staff.

    Congratulations Fall Photo Contest Winner!

    December 10 2009 by BW Innsider
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    YMBTFallPhotoWinner.jpgThanks to everyone who participated in the YMBT Fall Photo Contest. Reviewing all the photos submitted for the contest was an impactful reminder of how many exciting and beautiful things are out there to be discovered on our travels.

    Congratulations to our winner, A.C. Merritt, winner of a digital picture frame, for the beautiful fall photo featured below. We had so many fabulous fall travel photos, it was difficult to pick one.

    You can see all the photo entries here.

    Thanks again to all who participated. Stay tuned for more YMBT travel contests coming up in the near future.

    Best Western Now Primary Sponsor of David Reutimann

    November 17 2009 by BW Innsider
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    00BESTWESTERN-David-Reutimann.jpgBest Western, a long time sponsor of Michael Waltrip and his team, is now the primary sponsor of the No. 00 Toyota Camry driven by the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 winner David Reutimann for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race being held at the Phoenix International Raceway on April 10, 2010. Best Western will also serve as an associate sponsor of the No. 00 for the remainder of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.

    "Best Western is one of the most dynamic and creative sponsors and we've experienced incredible success together over the past six seasons," said Michael Waltrip. "We know that when we start our engines that Best Western hotel owners and fans will be cheering both David and me on during the 2010 NASCAR season."

    "Racing from dirt track to dirt track across the years, I spent a lot of nights in Best Western hotels across the country," said David Reutimann. "So I know personally the kind of amazing service and great value Best Western offers. Now when I stay at Best Western, I get my own king bed, so I feel like I've made some progress. I am just so thankful that Best Western sees the value in our partnership and has decided to continue to support Michael Waltrip Racing."

    Best of luck to Michael and David and the entire Michael Waltrip team as they gear up for 2010!

    For more information on Best Western Racing or to sign up for the Speed Rewards loyalty program, please visit www.bestwesternracing.com.

    Have Fabulous Fall Travel Photos? Show Them Off!

    November 2 2009 by BW Innsider
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    DigitalPicFrame.jpgWe received great response on our summer photo contest. So much that we are can't wait to see even more of your travel adventures! Fall is a great time for seeing the sights, beating the crowds and discovering new spots. Submit a photo of your fabulous fall travel and enter for a chance to win a digital picture frame.

    Submit your photo by November 30, 2009 to enter for a chance to win a digital picture frame to display your vacation memories.

    To enter the contest:
    1. Submit an email with your photo attached.
    2. Add "YMBT Fall Photo Contest" in the subject line.
    3. Add your name and email address in the body, so we can notify you if your photo is selected as the winner!

    Submitted photos will be featured on YMBT.

    Enjoy your fall adventures!

    Cesar Milan and His Dog 'Daddy' are Inseparated!

    October 29 2009 by BW Innsider

    cesardog.jpgHave you tried the "Best Western Friends Forever Inseparator"? Take a few minutes and create a hilarious merged image of you and your pet and share it with family, friends and co-workers. Create your unforgettable photo by logging on to www.bwff.com.

    Also, check out these pet travel tips from Cesar Milan:

    Taking a Car Trip?
    Hiking with Your Dog

    Thinking about taking a trip with your pet? Check out Best Western pet friendly hotels.

    Where Did Your Summer Travel Take You?

    September 21 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Tell us and enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card®!

    You probably don't want to hear this, but summer is almost officially over. Hopefully, like us, you had a chance to get out and enjoy the summer while it was here. Whether you discovered a fantastic new beach, enjoyed a family reunion, lost yourself in the outdoors or just found some time to unwind, we want to hear about where your summer travels have taken you. Fill us in on your summer travel destinations and enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card.

    To submit your summer travel destinations (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card®), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "Where did my summer travel take me?" Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card!

    In addition, get an extra entry into the contest for adding this blog post to another site (track back). Copy and paste the URL under the Trackbacks section to add this post to your blog.

    The contest promotion ends on October 4, so submit your travel destinations today.

    Earn 4x The Rewards this Fall

    September 16 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Why not get more for your trippin' this fall? Join Best Western Rewards® Best Western's free rewards program. Stay any 2, 3 or 4 qualified* NIGHTS and earn double, triple or quadruple points when you pay with a MasterCard® card between now and November 22, 2009 (max. 4 nights). Book on BestWestern.com and earn 250 bonus points. Use points to redeem free nights, Best Western Travel Cards®, airline rewards, gift cards and more.

    Get details >

    Happy fall travels!

    Countdown to Savings!

    September 15 2009 by BW Innsider
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    alarmclock.jpgThis week on bestwestern.com, extra great travel deals will be available, but only from 12pm EDT - 4pm EDT.

    The travel can take place anytime this year, though prepayment is required to get the low rates. Make sure to set your alarm for noon EDT and check out the savings that everyone is talking about.

    Check Out Countdown to Savings >

    Summer Photo Contest Winners

    September 14 2009 by BW Innsider

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the first YMBT photo contest. We had amazing entries and it was fun to see there was plenty of trippin' going on this summer. In fact, we were so impressed with the photo entries that we couldn't bring ourselves to pick just one winner...so we picked three! The three winning images are displayed below. Check out all photo entries here.

    Each winner will receive a digital picture frame to display all their great summer travel photos.

    Thanks again to all who participated. Stay tuned for more YMBT travel contests coming up in the near future.

    Winner 1 - Submitted by Julie Henneman
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    Winner 2 - Submitted by Rhonda Geneser
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    Winner 3 - Submitted by Rachel Niemeyer
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    Winners will be contacted by Best Western regarding their prizes.

    BWFF.COM - The Inseparator

    August 26 2009 by BW Innsider
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    BWFFPET2.jpgHate being apart from your pet? Now you don't have to, inseparate yourselves! Check out our new site (bwff.com) where you can create hilarious images of the two of you as one! All you have to do is upload an image of yourself, one of your pet, press the inseparate button, and presto, you will be inseparated forever (ok, not really forever). With this new site, and 1900 Pet Friendlier Best Western properties, we are making sure that you and your best friend never have to be apart again. So log on, have fun, make some inseparations, send them to friends, and enjoy the laughs!

    Inseparate! >

    Day 10: Retro to Now Road Trip

    August 11 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip

    Family-in-ponchos-_Niagara.jpgThe Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

    We had an afternoon flight so plenty of time for another swim before we had to pack up and leave. The flight was easy; as road trippers we obviously don't fly often and I have to be honest wasn't too keen on it. Especially flying into NYC right after the small plane flew into the helicopter. That was lovely news as I was waiting to board the plane! Happy to report not even major turbulence. We had plenty of time for lunch at JFK and then our last leg home. I crawled through the door and headed upstairs to bed claiming, "I'll unpack in the morning!" The kids however, not being tired, were like "see you tomorrow we're watching the Disney Channel". Another great vacation completed!

    I would be remiss by not thanking the people who made this great memory making vacation possible!

    AAA- Great plans, great gifts, and a great company!!!

    Best Western- Obviously the "Best" hotel!

    Hertz- Who facilitated our first car pickup which was very easy and started us off on a great trip.

    Volkswagen- Great car with all the amenities a family could want! And, a very helpful gent who dropped the car off and met us at the hotel so we could go all the way to the airport in "our" new car. The kids were even allowed to watch a DVD on the way to the airport.

    Our Friends and Family - who voted for our photo and gave us the chance to go on the trip!

    Thanks to everyone behind the scenes this was a dream come true for a big Army Family!

    Vonnette

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    Day 9: Retro to Now Road Trip

    August 10 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip

    Niagara-_back-of-kids.jpgThe Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

    Last day of the road trip and the kids are still going strong. We let them swim in the morning in case we came back from the falls late. Which was a good call as we ended staying for the fireworks. We never thought we would be there that long, but time flies when you are having fun!

    Niagara was like that. We had been there several times before and I actually thought it would be a short day. We decided to purchase the discovery ticket that gives you entrance to everything. That was sooo worth it! We started out at Cave of the Winds. Absolutely phenomenal! I would recommend always starting the day there, A. you are going to get soaked and you need all day to dry off and B. it gives you a whole new appreciation for the power of the falls. Basically you take an elevator down to the bottom of the Bridal Veils which is the small part of the American falls. You then proceed to walk up into the falls as they crash down on the rocks. It is called Hurricane Deck and while I have never been through a hurricane I imagine that is what is feels like. The force is amazing and the kids loved it. It can be a little scary too; Scotty did not really dig it and clung to the rails as his sisters ran in and out of the spray. I clung to Madie not wanting a stray big wave to knock her between the slats, you know - that mother in me.

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    Day 8: Retro to Now Road Trip

    August 7 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip
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    The Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

    The big drive!

    So this was the day of the big drive. Even by our standards this was going to push the max driving range for the kids. Eight hours or more in the car - all the way from Boston to Buffalo! Good thing the Volkswagen Routan is so well-equipped; that DVD player sure is handy.

    The day went alright only one good melt down which Bryan managed to capture on video. The kids are going to rue the day they have fits when Dad has the camera. We also were planning to stop for dinner in Syracuse and meet our cousin Rob. Dinner was very enjoyable; as we met at "the Dinosaur BBQ" in Syracuse which has great food and you can sit outside and watch the "choppers". Plus, the roar of the motorcycles muffles anything the kids can attempt.

    After dinner we were within striking range of the hotel so we all knew we would make it. It's also so nice to know there is a comfortable room waiting when you arrive. Let me tell you - Best Western never looked so good as last night after ten hours of traveling! What a treat it was too! The hotel is brand new and the beds were super comfortable! We were all just super tired. Tomorrow the last day of the trip and we are off to see Niagara Falls!

    Vonnette

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    Day 7: Retro to Now Road Trip

    August 7 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip
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    Ready-to-Go.jpgThe Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

    Boston is one of our all time favorite cities and we were happy to have an excuse to visit it again. The kids made a few stipulations after having me drag them all over for the last four days. No walking and nothing historic! I hated to break it to them that they would have to spend the entire day with their eyes shut!

    We started the day by meeting Madie's God Father, Dale, at Bunker Hill. The kids overlooked the fact that we were starting the day at a key piece of history because we were meeting Dale there. I have found that when dealing with my kids it's all in the delivery - we weren't visiting Bunker Hill, we were meeting up with Dale. The two oldest also decided to walk the 250+ stairs to the top of the monument to see the view of Boston - so there went the no walking thing.


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    Day 6: Retro to Now Road Trip

    August 6 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip
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    Monteith Family.jpgThe Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

    Yesterday was spent doing what everyone should do when they go to the city; at least a little bit: Shopping! Times Square has changed so much since I used to come to town. It is way more family-friendly. We started out by going to M&M World. The kids were just mesmerized by how big everything was. There was actually so much shopping they sort of froze and in the end I had to pick out their souvenirs for them. We also walked up 5th Ave, into FAO Schwartz (of course) and peeked into Central Park. I am known for putting too much into a day so instead of doing much exploring in the park I told the kids we would come back another time. We then jumped on the subway and headed back to Times Square so we could see the Toys R Us. This store actually has a Ferris wheel inside the store. So we all rode the Ferris wheel, bought our souvenirs (with help from mom) and headed back to the hotel to pick up "our new car" as the kids keep saying.

    The "new car" is a fully-loaded Volkswagen Routan and getting it was every bit as exciting as the kids thought it would be. There are buttons for everything! As soon as they pulled the car in the kids all took turns trying out all the seats and deciding who would sit where - they all tried to claim the driver's seat. I had to remind Teddy that I would be sitting up front with Dad.

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    Day 5: Retro to Now Road Trip

    August 4 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip
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    The Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

    Left Philly this morning, what a great city! We had not had a chance to see this city before and after the day we decided we definitely need to go back.

    From there we headed to New York City - which is always so cool because you see the city skyline as you drive in so it was very fun to point it out to the kids. The kids were just amazed at all the activity and lights. The hotel was at the best vantage point for the kids, right by the M&M World store. There is a huge screen with M&Ms doing crazy things. We were outside the hotel for about 20 mins. while we were unloading and it was the quietest the kids had been the whole weekend!

    Family in front of hotel_nyc.jpgWe are staying at the Best Western President Hotel at Times Square - what a hotel!!! It was a great end to the retro portion of our trip as we walked into our room and it was all white (white tables, walls, couch, linen) and black. Not the best for a mom though. "Oh my gosh kids go wash your hands and don't touch anything!" Actually it was very fun for the kids as they have never seen anything that modern. There was also a box waiting for us from AAA. Inside was DVDs and electronic car games. The kids don't have any electronic car games, so getting them to sleep was a chore.

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    Day 4: Retro to Now Road Trip

    August 3 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip
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    Ben Frank's Grave - philly.jpgThe Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

    Gettysburg was a blast! We thoroughly enjoyed the nice weather. We also got the chance to talk to some of the actors that reenact the battles by accidently wandering up to their campfire! The interaction between the kids and the actors was the highlight of the trip. The men truly seemed exhausted from a whole day of maneuvering, but the kids sat down and chatted up a storm. Asking questions that are extremely important to a nine-year-old like, "how can you sleep if a bug crawls on you?" The funny thing was, we thought we were at reenactment campfire discussion advertised in the National Parks Service newspaper, but when we left
    found the "real" campsite discussion not too far from where we had been!

    On our way out of Gettysburg we paid tribute to "Sallie", the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment's mascot. Their historical marker has Sallie lying at the feet of her soldier. Great story and if you ever visit Gettysburg, go see her.

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    Day 3: Retro to Now Road Trip

    August 3 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip
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    The Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

    The Monteith Clan arrived at Gettysburg today! The first leg of the trip was pleasant as the kids were very involved in the car games AAA sent them. They even had invisible ink games that I played with in the car when I was a kid. I am sure they will have no problem doing the first half of the trip with no in-car TVs because the assortment of games AAA sent is perfect for all my kids. Every family should try this next time they hit the road - unplug that DVD player and pick up some car games!

    After arriving we went immediately to the visitor's center and saw the movie about Gettysburg. We then went to the National Park side of the visitor's center and signed up for the junior ranger program. We love this program as it is a very economical way to see the park and get a souvenir. The programs are very informative and the kids really have to pay attention and work to fill out the books, but in the end they all receive a badge which they can add to their collection. We try to do the programs whenever we are visiting a National Park.

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    Day 2: Retro to Now Road Trip

    August 3 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip

    The Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

    OK so it's a little later than I had hoped to leave on the great adventure. We were hoping to get out at 9:30 but its 10:00 - oh well. I managed to find my backpack from when I was a kid and went on road trips with my parents and grandparents. It actually still has all the postcards I got when I was a kid! I threw it in the car so my kids could look through it. Their one comment was, "Ewwww it stinks!" Ok, the slight odor of mildew maybe there!

    I also managed to grab all my music from the 50s, 60s and 70s that my parents used to listen too. Teddy informed me she does not like Buddy Holly, but, oh well - kid torture in a car is an amazing thing. I also grabbed some of the music I liked when in college like Ace of Base, etc.

    Our rental car is packed with probably more than we should take. It was so convenient that Hertz let us pick up the car yesterday so we could get a jump start on packing! Well, the van is packed, we are ready to go and the kids have already started to fight! What's a good road trip without kids fighting though, right?

    Vonnette

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    Day 1: Retro to Now Road Trip Takes Off!

    August 3 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip
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    Retro to Now Winner_sized.jpgAs grand prize winners of the Best Western and AAA "Retro to Now Road Trip" sweepstakes, the Monteith family will hit the road and tour some of the Northeast's most famous cities and landmarks in a way most modern day families don't - in a standard family van, without access to a CD player, cell phones or other technology. While traveling in the vehicle, provided by Hertz Rental Car, video games and DVDs will be replaced by road games and paperbacks to keep the children - a five-year-old, eight-year-old and nine-year old twins - occupied. The journey will be guided by a TripTik® Travel Planner provided by AAA.

    Midway through the journey, the family will switch to "now," with all familiar and modern amenities returning. In addition the family will drive a fully-loaded 2009 Volkswagen Routan, the only minivan in America with German engineering. Features include power sliding doors, U-Connect Bluetooth cellular phone wireless connection, DVD navigation with wide touch screen, built-in single-disc AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3, USB connection, 30GB hard drive, music storage feature, Sirius Satellite Radio and rear view backup camera.

    Follow the Monteith family on their "Retro to Now Road Trip". Their first blog post is below. Check back to see how their retro to now journey progresses!

    Preparing to Go Retro
    One day and counting. The kids are so excited. They have been packing for the last month. Every time I am looking for something I find that it has been stashed in one of many bags that is for the big trip! Tonight is the moment of truth though as I go through the kids bags and explain to Madeline (5) that she does not need to take all her Barbies on the trip and Scotty (8) does not need to take all of his favorite stuffed animals. Teddy and Katie are always within limit but I sometimes find that after they "help" the younger kids pack their favorite items are stashed in someone else's bag so they don't have to carry it!

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    Great American Road Trip

    August 3 2009 by BW Innsider
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    GART.jpgCheck out NBC's summer series, The Great American Road Trip, tonight on NBC, 8/7c as the families snake through the Grand Canyon and stay at the Best Western Inn of Sedona.

    The reality based show features 8 families traveling through cities large and small, all while competing in a medley of humorous challenges that will ultimately lead one family to victory. Along the way, the families visit iconic American backdrops like the majestic Grand Canyon and the regal Washington Monument. The families also discover quirky American landmarks, ranging from the World's Largest Chair to a sneaker the size of a car. Although family fun is the centerpiece of the show, the competition is real and one family will be eliminated each week based on their performance in the challenges. Ultimately, only one family will return home with a dream prize that perfectly complements their extraordinary and memorable summer vacation.

    Check out more details on the show >

    Having a Blast This Summer? Show Us!

    July 23 2009 by BW Innsider
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    DigitalPicFrame.jpgWe are launching our first photo contest here at YMBT. Submit a photo of you having a blast on your summer vacation and enter for a chance to win a digital picture frame.

    Sharing your summer adventure with the rest of us is the best way to keep the fun alive! Submit your photo by August 31, 2009 to enter for a chance to win a digital picture frame to display your vacation memories.

    Due to an error, if you submitted a photo to our contest between July 24 and July 26, please resubmit your image here so it can be added to our photo contest entries. We apologize for the error and hope to see your vacation photos coming in soon.

    To enter the contest:

    1. Submit an email with your photo attached to: dill67chief@photos.flickr.com

    2. Add "YMBT Summer Photo Contest" in the subject line.

    3. Add your name and email address in the body, so we can notify you if your photo is selected as the winner.

    Submitted photos will be featured on YMBT.

    Enjoy the rest of summer!


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    Countdown to Summer Savings!

    July 14 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Untitled1.pngThis week on bestwestern.com, extra great travel deals will be available, but only from 12pm EDT - 4pm EDT.

    The travel can take place anytime this year, though prepayment is required to get the low rates. Make sure to set your alarm for noon EDT and check out the savings that everyone is talking about.

    Check Out Countdown to Savings >

    Great American Road Trip

    July 13 2009 by BW Innsider
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    GART.jpgCheck out NBC's newest series, The Great American Road Trip. The second episode airs tonight on NBC, 8/7c as the families head through Branson, MO and stay at the Best Western Music Capital Inn.

    The reality based show features 8 families traveling through cities large and small, all while competing in a medley of humorous challenges that will ultimately lead one family to victory. Along the way, the families visit iconic American backdrops like the majestic Grand Canyon and the regal Washington Monument. The families also discover quirky American landmarks, ranging from the World's Largest Chair to a sneaker the size of a car. Although family fun is the centerpiece of the show, the competition is real and one family will be eliminated each week based on their performance in the challenges. Ultimately, only one family will return home with a dream prize that perfectly complements their extraordinary and memorable summer vacation.

    Check out more details on the show >

    Tell Us Your Daydream Summer Travel Destination (and Enter to Win a $100 Travel Card)!

    June 19 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Dream.jpgWe are all guilty of it; we daydream of sunny beaches, tranquil forests, or exotic locales when we really should be paying attention in that meeting. But what are the places we are all daydreaming to visit? Tell us your summer travel daydream destination and enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card.

    To submit your Daydream Summer Travel Destination (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card® ), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What summer travel destination are you daydreaming of visiting?" Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card!

    In addition, get an extra entry into the contest for adding this blog post to another site (track back). Copy and paste the URL under the Trackbacks section to add this post to your blog.

    The contest promotion ends on July 13, so submit your travel ideas today.

    Burning Up the Track

    June 17 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Race Track 200.jpgThe saying goes 'When you're good, you're good'. And right now, Best Western Sponsored driver David Reutimann is good.

    Over the course of this season in the 00 Toyota, Reutimann has captured two poles, three top 5 finishes, and notched the first win of his Sprint Cup career. The 09 season started out strong for David, scoring 12th place at the Daytona 500. He followed it up two weeks later with a 4th place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Shelby 427. David rolled through the next several weeks with a series of strong finishes before captured his first win at the rain soaked Coca-Cola 600.

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    Trippin' Deal: Stay Twice and Earn a Free Night!

    June 16 2009 by BW Innsider
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    BW-13603-1 284x208_v1.jpgThere is no better way to start the summer season than getting an amazing travel deal. Get a FREE NIGHT and a JONAS pack when you stay twice between June 21 and August 16. With a free night, you can make sure to take an extra getaway this summer.

    Get This Offer >

    Trippin' Deal: Countdown to Summer Savings!

    June 9 2009 by BW Innsider

    alarmclock.jpgThis week on bestwestern.com, extra great travel deals will be available, but only from 12pm EDT - 4pm EDT.

    The travel can take place anytime this year, though prepayment is required to get the low rates. Make sure to set your alarm for noon EDT and check out the savings that everyone is talking about.

    Find out more >

    Congratulations to Michael Waltrip Racing!

    May 26 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Rain didn't dampen the excitement of Best Western Racing driver David Reutimann on Monday. David raced his way to his first NASCAR Spring Cup victory with a rain soaked win in a shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway. A hard driven race by David and a strategic move to stay out under caution late in the race by crew chief Rodney Childers put the No. 00 team in position for victory when the race was officially stopped due to rain.
    This win puts David 13th in Cup standings and only 6 points out of the chase. Congrats Reuti!

    Last Minute Memorial Day Travel

    May 22 2009 by BW Innsider

    memorial day2.jpgAre you surprised that Memorial Day weekend is already staring you in the face? Did you wait until the last minute to start making plans? Perhaps, we can help.

    Check out some last minute travel packages.

    Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!


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    Share Your 'Unforgettable & Unplanned' Summer Vacation Experiences and Enter to Win a Flip Video Digital Recorder!

    May 12 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Video-Cameras.jpgSummer is about adventure. Veering off the main road, taking that extra detour, heading off into new territory....or doing so by accident. Either way, they usually lend themselves to unforgettable vacation experiences. And we want hear about them. Whether you inadvertently drove to the wrong travel destination, accidentally discovered a great travel spot or wandered into other unplanned vacation experiences that were unforgettable, we want to know!

    To submit your Unforgettable & Unplanned Summer Vacation Experiences (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a Flip Video Digital Recorder), select the Comment button and enter in your response. Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a Flip Video Digital Recorder!

    Maybe the next time you stumble upon an exciting vacation adventure you can capture it all on your flip video!

    In addition, get an extra entry into the contest for adding this blog post to another site (track back). Copy and paste the URL under the Trackbacks section to add this post to your blog.

    The contest promotion ends on May 31, so submit your travel experiences today.

    Trippin' Deal: Countdown to Savings is Back!

    May 11 2009 by BW Innsider
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    alarmclock.jpgThis week on bestwestern.com, extra great travel deals will be available, but only from 12pm EDT - 4pm EDT.

    The travel can take place anytime this year, though prepayment is required to get the low rates. Make sure to set your alarm for noon EDT and check out the savings that everyone is talking about.

    Find out more >

    Road Trippin'? Enter for Chance to Win a 'Then & Now' Family Road Trip!

    May 7 2009 by BW Innsider
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    roadtrip-main.jpgBest Western and AAA are giving one lucky family a summer road trip that starts in the past and ends in the present day! To enter for a chance to win, submit a photograph of you or your family on a road trip or vacation! The photograph can be recent or from any other decade.

    The winning family will embark on a road trip that hits some of North America's most popular destinations. The trip will start in "retro" style, complete with an old-school car, paper maps and car games, as well as other familiar supplies of yesteryear. Mid-way through the trip, they'll fast-forward to "now" and be equipped with a modern vehicle, GPS device and DVD players and all the conveniences of modern day.

    Get details on how to enter >

    Exec Grilled on Travel Expenses

    April 24 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Watch how one business executive gets out of a sticky situation. Enjoy!

    Tweet Tweet Travel Fans

    April 22 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Join us on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to WIN a $100 Best Western Travel Card!

    Best Western is now on Facebook and Twitter to help spread our love of travel! Join our Facebook and Twitter pages to get up-to-date travel deals and promotions, travel tips, destination ideas and more!

    Be one of the first 500 to join us on Facebook or on Twitter and you will automatically have a chance to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card.

    Double your chances to win and join us on both!

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    Tips for Green Hotel Travel

    April 22 2009 by BW Innsider

    green world.jpgIt's Earth Day 2009 and in honor of this great day, here's a list of tips for traveling "green."

    • Check to see if your hotel offers energy efficient light bulbs and appliances
    • See if hotel has recycling bins available and if not, find the closest public recycling.
    • Take the empty hotel shampoo samples with you when you leave, refill the bottles at home and next time you can bring your own.
    • Don't request housekeeping every day unless you need it. If you do request it, let them know if you don't need new sheets or towels.
    • If the hotel has multiple floors, request to be on the lower levels. The rooms above you will act as insulation and help to keep your room cooler.
    • Eat Local: Food has to travel too. Find out if there is a restaurant in town that specializes in serving foods that are grown locally.
    • Don't leave the lights, TV or other appliances on, even though there is no electric bill, you are still using energy.
    Happy Earth Day! Check out Best Western's commitment to a greener world that is helping sustain resources, save energy and prevent pollution.

    Trippin' Deal: Jump Start Your Summer!

    April 20 2009 by BW Innsider
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    JumpStartSummer.jpgSummer is coming up fast. And Best Western wants to help you get ready for your summer vacation. Earn a $50 Best Western Travel Card® to use towards your summer vacation when you stay twice between now and June 14, 2009.

    Summer is closer than you think!

    Get this offer >

    Trippin' Deal: Countdown to Spring Savings is Back!

    April 13 2009 by BW Innsider
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    alarmclock.jpgThis week on bestwestern.com, extra great travel deals will be available, but only from 12pm EDT - 4pm EDT.

    The travel can take place anytime this year, though prepayment is required to get the low rates. Make sure to set your alarm for noon EDT and check out the savings that everyone is talking about.

    Find out more >

    Tell Us Your Best Spring Break Getaway Ideas and Win a $100 Best Western Travel Card!

    April 7 2009 by BW Innsider
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    springbreakaway.jpgTaking time to get away as winter thaws and spring warms up is an annual rite. But where to go to get the most out of spring break? Whether you are heading to a beach, experiencing nature, losing yourself on the open road or just taking a quick trip close to home we want to know where the best places are to celebrate spring.

    To submit your Best Spring Break Getaway Ideas (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card® ), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What are your best spring break getaway destination ideas?" Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card!

    In addition, get an extra entry into the contest for adding this blog post to another site (track back). Copy and paste the URL under the Trackbacks section to add this post to your blog.

    The contest promotion ends on April 30, so sumbit your travel ideas today.

    Trippin' Deal: AAA Members Save 20% or More at Best Western Hotels

    March 29 2009 by BW Innsider

    trippindealAAA.jpgFind a trippin' deal this spring. Check out a list of Best Western hotels that are currently offering AAA discount rates of 20% or more off of their Best Available Rate!

    From Alabama to Wisconsin, you're sure to find a fantastic hotel deal with AAA and Best Western!

    See Hotels >

    Trippin' Deal: The Countdown to Spring Savings has Begun!

    March 9 2009 by BW Innsider
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    alarmclock.jpgThis week on bestwestern.com, extra great travel deals will be available, but only from 12pm EST - 4pm EST. The travel can take place anytime this year, though prepayment is required to get the low rates. Make sure to set your alarm for noon EST and check out the savings that everyone is talking about.

    Find out more >

    Tell Us Your BEST BUDGET TRAVEL DESTINATION ideas!

    March 3 2009 by BW Innsider
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    BudgetContest.jpgAnd enter for a chance to win 24,000 Best Western Reward points!

    Here at YMBT we understand that travel costs money. But we also understand that travel is a healthy escape, a needed getaway, a necessary business expense or a chance to reconnect with family and friends. And with the constant bad news about the economy, we need those things now more than ever. But there are places to travel that don't have to break the bank. And we want to hear about them. They could be weekend getaway spots, National or State Parks, interesting sites or special places close to home that help you get away from it all.

    To submit your BEST BUDGET TRAVEL DESTINATION ideas (and at the same time enter for a chance to win 24,000 Best Western Reward points), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What are your best budget travel destination ideas?" Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win 24,000 Best Western Reward points!

    The contest promotion ends on March 31, so submit your travel destinations today.

    Trippin' Deal: Spring Promos

    February 23 2009 by BW Innsider
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    Spring_webpage_Image_wo_tex.jpgBeat the glum economy and get ready for your spring fling! Stay any 2 qualified nights between February 15 and April 5, 2009 and earn DOUBLE points or miles.

    In addition, enter for a chance to win 1 million Best Western RewardsSM points! With all those points you can earn free night stays, gift cards and more.

    Find out more >

    Trippin' Deal - Countdown to Savings!

    February 12 2009 by BW Innsider

    cts-main-sleep.jpgCheck out specific travel deals available for 2 hours only, every day. Travel can take place anytime this year.

    Make sure to set your alarm for noon EST and check out the savings.

    Find out more

    Tell Us Your MOST ROMANTIC Travel Destinations

    February 5 2009 by BW Innsider
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    And enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card!

    This is the month for Valentine's Day and love is in air. In the spirit of St. Valentine, share with us the most romantic travel destinations on your list (or wish list). Is it a tropical hideaway, a cozy retreat or just a special place for you and your significant other? Let us know!

    To submit your MOST ROMANTIC destinations (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What are your MOST ROMANTIC travel destinations?" Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card!

    The contest promotion ends on February 28, so submit your travel destinations today.

    Trippin' Deal: Give Travel, Reward Yourself

    January 21 2009 by BW Innsider
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    img_fallpromo.jpgFor every $100 Best Western Travel Card® you purchase between now and February 1, you receive a free $10 retail gift card to go along with it. Select your free $10 gift card from your choice of major retailers.

    Now is the perfect time to give the gift of travel and reward yourself at the same time.

    Get this offer >

    What are your MUST TRAVEL destinations for 2009?

    January 12 2009 by BW Innsider
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    MustTravelPromotion.jpgShare your MUST TRAVEL destinations for 2009 with us and enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card.

    It's a new year with the promise of new possibilities, places to see and things to do. As you look forward to 2009 what are the travel destinations that are definitely on your list (or wish list)? Is it a warm weather retreat, cultural experience, family gathering or something else all together? Let us know!

    To submit your MUST TRAVEL destinations for 2009 (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What is your MUST TRAVEL destination for 2009?" Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card!

    The contest promotion ends on January 25, so submit your travel destinations today.

    Get a Trippin' Deal, 4x the Rewards

    January 6 2009 by BW Innsider
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    TrippinDeal4xRewards.jpgBest Western's winter promotion is on now through February 14. Best Western Rewards (formerly Gold Crown Club International) is offering up to 4x the rewards. Stay 2, 3 or 4 qualified nights and you can earn double, triple, and yes, even quadruple points when you pay with your MasterCard®. Better yet, book online at bestwestern.com and earn an additional 250 points. That is a lot of points. You can use your reward points for free nights, car rentals, gift cards and more.

    If you are traveling this winter, it is a great way to rack up the rewards.

    For more details, check here.

    Best Western Hotels in Prime Spots

    November 20 2008 by BW Innsider

    If you are heading out on vacation, a weekend getaway, a holiday road trip or other related travel adventure, our hope is you find a Best Western hotel that will meet your needs. And similar to all real estate, location is important when looking for a hotel. Below are some Best Western hotels in prime spots:

    hollywood.jpgHollywood, California
    Best Western Sunset Plaza Hotel
    If you find yourself out west with the sun and glamour of Hollywood, check out the Best Western Sunset Plaza Hotel, located right on the Sunset Strip and close to favorite Hollywood attractions. The Best Western Sunset Plaza is just a short walk to the Mann's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Wax Museum and the Hollywood Stars Walk of Fame. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping on Rodeo Drive or trendy Melrose Avenue. The Getty Museum, Page Museum and Griffith Observatory are also close by, not to mention the variety of amusement parks within a short drive.

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    Best Ever Holiday Travel

    November 18 2008 by BW Innsider
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    spotlight-travelcard.gifShare your best ever holiday travel experience with us and enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card.

    We love the holidays! We love the time spent with family, friends, and all the fun activities that holiday celebrations bring. Whether your travels have brought you to gatherings of old acquaintances or to exotic locales to escape from it all, they make for great memories. And we want to hear about them.

    To submit your experiences (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What is your best ever holiday travel experience?" Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commenter to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card!

    The contest promotion ends on December 5, so get your experiences in now. Happy holiday travels!

    Tell Us Where Your Travel Heart Lies...And Win!

    October 2 2008 by BW Innsider
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    BW Travel Card copy.jpgEnter for a Chance to Win a $100 Best Western Gift Card, Just for Telling Us What Travel Related Topics Interest You Most.

    We have a new blog here and we want to know what types of travel info would be most interesting, helpful and useful to you. In short, what types of things can we put up here that would have you coming back for more?

    To submit your ideas (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What travel related topic(s) interests you most?" Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commmenter to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card!

    Your responses can include anything from specific destinations (i.e. Hawaii) or travel tips (i.e. traveling with kids).

    The contest promotion ends on October 17, so get your comments in now.

    Double Up: Earn Rewards Faster for Fall

    September 30 2008 by BW Innsider
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    With things so up and down in the economy, it may seem like doubling up on anything is impossible these days. Even as the stock market continues to slide up and down, you can double your point earnings with Best Western this fall.

    Stay any 2 qualified nights between now and November 21, pay with your MasterCard card and earn DOUBLE points or miles. Reward points with Best Western can be used for free nights, gift cards, airline miles, and much more. It is comforting to know that there are still opportunities for great returns out there.

    Find out all the details on how Best Western can get you to your rewards faster.

    Get Details >

    Last Chance to Rock Your Summer with Best Western

    August 11 2008 by BW Innsider
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    This summer we partnered with the Disney Channel in sponsorship of their original movie, Camp Rock, starring the Jonas Brothers. If you haven't heard of this popular rock trio yet, chances are you are not a young teen or do not live with any. If you have kids, I am fairly certain you can get all the details from them. If you'd like some inside information so you look hip with the young generation, here is a head start (fyi, this came straight from the mouth of a 9-year old girl).

    "Nick, Kevin and Joe are their names. They are brothers, but are not triplets. They are really, really nice. I am pretty sure Kevin is the oldest. Joe is my favorite because he likes releasing his inner nerd. I think Camp Rock is awesome. I loved it!"

    You have one more week to get into the Camp Rock spirit and earn a $50 Camp Rock Travel Card. Best Western Rewards members that stay a total of six nights between June 20 and August 17 at any member hotel worldwide will receive a collectible $50 Camp Rock Travel Card. Even better, if you are a member of AAA or CAA and stay any five nights, you receive the $50 Travel Card.

    Take advantage of this last chance to rock your summer.

    Best Western for a Better World

    August 2 2008 by BW Innsider

    Being the World's Largest Hotel Chain has helped us realize just how big a world it is out there. It has also helped us realize that there is no shortage of opportunities to reach out and try and make it a better place.

    Recently, Best Western has joined with World Vision, a leading global relief agency, to help children in need. As part of this program members and staff are joining to support children in poverty through monthly sponsorships.

    Sometimes, problems seem so big it is difficult to feel that you can make a difference. One reason we joined with World Vision is that contributing a limited sum each month ($30/month) can go a long way to providing basics like food, safe water, health care and education. You can definitely see the difference you are making.

     If you are interested in joining with us to help, you can find more info here.