Jackson Hole on Ice!
Have Fun on a Snow Safari


It’s not too early to be thinking about winter excursions, especially if you’ll be visiting Jackson Hole, WY this winter. Give the nomad in you room to roam on one of Scenic Safaris guided snowmobile tours or on guided van excursions through Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks. Tour Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, legendary Gros Ventre or Togwotee in Bridger-Teton National Forest or the soothing Granite Hot Springs. Traverse the pristine off-trail backcountry (few people will ever get to see this!) of Grand Teton National Park on environmentally-friendly, easy-to-maneuver snowmobiles. Or, sit back and relax in a warm, comfortable snowcoach featuring panoramic windows, a raised roof, center aisle and other cool upgrades. There are several itineraries (full & half-day) and no extra charge for stunning scenic views, wildlife sightings, and photo-ops like none you’ve ever experienced! Scenic Safaris will even pick you up and drop you off at your hotel! Most tours can be booked online; small groups are welcomed. Tours offered through March, weather permitting. Call 888-734-8898 for information.

See Dazzling Fall Colors in Kentucky

Shorter days, longer nights, cooling temperatures, and seasonal rainfall. These are the things fall colors are made of. But here we’re not so much interested in why leaves change colors, or what makes them red, orange or yellow, but when they’re going to change and where. You can bet they’ll be changing in Mammoth Cave National Park soon and the regional display is not to be missed. Mammoth Cave is the epicenter of the Kentucky karst system (integrated drainage basins)—a 53,000-acre ceiling and collage of forests, savannah habitats and wetlands over the world’s longest cave system. With over 1,200 flowering plants, and 84 species of trees, the Park dazzles autumn visitors with diverse and colorful displays. Take it all in; horseback ride, bike or walk the many canopied trails. Plan for a picnic in the forest or grab a quick lunch at Mammoth Cave Hotel during a bike ride. There are a couple of scheduled events for the Park this fall. Why not plan to bring the family and spend the weekend at the Hotel and enjoy the Park in its entirety, above ground AND below ground?

  • Oct. 6 – The 2012 Walk in the Park, fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park. Choose between a 4-mile surface hike on the Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail, an off trail Big Woods Hike through virgin forest, or a Roll and Stroll event along the ¼ mile boardwalk, designed for parents with kids and mobility-impaired folks.
  • Nov. 9/11 – Heritage seekers will enjoy the annual Roots in the Cave gathering, focusing on the Cutliff family, which features nature walks, select cave excursions, and the sharing of community histories as part of the registration fee.

Make reservations by calling 270-758-2225. After October 31, the hotel and dining room will only be open on weekends until spring. Cave Tours are offered every day of the year except Christmas.


 
Forever Resorts Gets Your Motor Running
At the end of his first trek a motorcycling amateur declares “everyone should take at least one motorcycle trip in their lifetime!” and, Forever Resorts couldn’t agree more. Our unique resorts and restaurants and shops welcome cyclists at every turn, in every season. We know that after a hard day’s ride, it’s great to relax with a good meal, a cold drink and a comfortable bed.

If you think it’s a no brainer to cruise around the United States on a motorcycle, it's not. Let’s discuss the preparation and planning plus the places that beckon cyclists on extended trips:

First things first, Preparation: get training, get licensed, select a bike you can handle, and invest in travel and safety gear. This isn’t about simply packing a suitcase, tossing it in the trunk of the car and taking off. You’ve got to depend on yourself, your equipment, your clothing, necessities and the road and weather conditions with educated caution before you leave the driveway. (PS—You’ll also want to look into insurance for you and your ride.)

Secondly, Planning: This part is half the fun. Give yourselves plenty of time to plan your motorcycle excursion. Establish your dates. Consider if you’ll want to fly solo, with your mate, a buddy or in a group of like-minded wayfarers, perhaps to a rally or philanthropic event. How much ground can you reasonably cover in a day, while stopping to “smell the roses” en route? Will you be staying with friends, camping along the way and do you need to make lodging reservations in advance, especially during busy months or busy events. Who and what do you want to see along the way?

This brings us to our third consideration, Places that beckon: Here’s where Forever Resorts wants to be part your planning! There’s lists “a mile long” of “best motorcycle roads in America” on line; check this one out for starters. Of course, lists are subjective, so you’ll have to just get out there, explore and rate the destinations yourselves. Forever Resorts has two fantastic “circle tour” itineraries where you navigate some of the most gorgeous territory in the western United States AND get to stay and dine in comfort along the way.

The Southwest Canyon Lands Tour takes you through Utah, northern Arizona and Nevada. Yes, that means touring Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon (amongst other National Parks), scenic Lake Powell and Navajo Lands, then on to Vegas and Nevada’s world famous Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Relax in exceptional lodges including The Lodge at Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon Lodge—North Rim and Mormon Lake Lodge near Flagstaff, AZ. Or, set up camp next to the Colorado River at Willow Beach Marina or Lake Mead RV Village near Hoover Dam. There’s plenty of good food to be enjoyed as well as hospitality you won’t soon forget. You might even want to hop from land to water for a day? Why not stop and rent one of several day boats for a change of pace? Or take a scenic raft trip below Hoover Dam?

Just as amazing is The Wild West Circle Tour route that encompasses Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. From Denver, head north and stay at Estes Park’s Rocky Mountain Park Inn while you soak up the beautiful roads of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road makes many “best” lists! Then it’s up to Wyoming and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. During the summer months, stay with Forever Resorts at Signal Mountain Lodge or set up camp nearby on gorgeous Lake Jackson. Jackson Hole delivers year-round recreational activities; during shoulder seasons snow mobile or take on the world-famous Snake River white-water rapids in the spring. The Circle ultimately heads east (perhaps over the universally-acclaimed Beartooth Highway in Montana?) toward Sturgis (you’ve undoubtedly heard of this rally!), Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills and, of course, Badlands National Park. Forever Resorts offers roomy cabins right in the Park as well as RV and camping options plus terrific dining and "road-warrior" supplies. If you don’t have time and funds for an entire circle tour, check out DISCOVER’s previous "sidebar" articles about America’s Scenic Byways—stories that feature fantastic drives near Forever Resort's properties. Besides the destinations recommended above there’s some great routes in Kentucky, Texas and California as well. Whatever road you take, we hope it leads you to Forever Resorts. We are waiting and happy to be of service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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