Experience “Redding Unrestricted” in California’s Shasta Cascade

Experience “Redding Unrestricted” in California’s Shasta Cascade

American Author Mark Twain said it best: “It’s spring fever. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” Words could not be truer every spring during “Redding Unrestricted,” when the California city of Redding, located in the majestic region of Shasta Cascade, offers an endless list of activities from mid-April through May that make the heart ache for spring. Find unique adventures from stunning waterfall hikes and blood pumping races, to theater favorites like Mary Poppins, endless classic cars at Kool April Nites, and a windswept sailing regatta. With all this and more packed in a six week span, we think Mark Twain would surely have had spring fever for “Redding Unrestricted!”

Dubbed the “Gem of the U.S. Trails System” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Redding is an outdoor adventurer’s dream offering more than 200 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails all within a 15-mile radius of the city center. Off the trails, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, and fishing opportunities about throughout the region, with abundant mountain and waterfall vistas around every turn. From music festivals to paddling races, Redding’s list of cultural, sporting, and food & wine events equal fun for everyone, especially during “Redding Unrestricted.”

Visit www.visitredding.com for more information.


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Oregon Introduces New Scenic Bikeway

Oregon Introduces New Scenic Bikeway

Oregon’s newest Scenic Bikeway showcases the vivid color palette of the Painted Hills. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission formally approved designation of the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway in its Feb. 24 meeting in Portland, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Travel Oregon announced.

The Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway loops through the multi-colored John Day Fossil Beds on 130 miles, connecting the communities of Fossil, Service Creek, Spray, Kimberly and Mitchell. Viewed from a bicycle seat, riders can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of earth, one color at a time.

The hills get their name from the delicately colored stratifications in the soil—layers of yellows, golds, blacks and reds formed millions of years ago by shifting volcanic islands. A closer look reveals ancient plant and wood fossils.

The Scenic Bikeway program is a superb collection of cycling routes that inspires people to experience Oregon’s natural beauty and cultural heritage by bicycle, and that offers economic and social benefits to the state’s communities and residents.

Scenic Bikeways represent the best of the best road bicycle riding in all of Oregon. The Painted Hills route is no exception. Most of the designated Bikeways, including the Painted Hills, use existing, paved roads. As the 15th designated bikeway in the Oregon Scenic Bikeway program, the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway brings the total mileage of bikeways to more than 1,000 miles.

 

All the information bicyclists needs to plan their ride can be found on RideOregonRide.com, including a printable map, GPS data, camping and other accommodations and amenities along the route.


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2016 Spring Training – Florida’s Grapefruit League

Spring is in the air… and spring training has begun! Florida is the home of Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League and spring training 2016.

Spring training typically lasts about six weeks, starting in late February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, the position players arrive and team practice begins. Team members normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only wear their normal jerseys beginning on Opening Day.

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Top 5 Spring Break Destinations

Top 5 Spring Break Destinations

Where are we going on Spring Break in 2016?

After a long winter, Spring Break couldn’t come soon enough for many of us. Google has determined the top Spring Break destinations based on searches related to Spring Break travel. Here are the top 5 destinations where US travelers may be headed this year.

Panama City Beach, Florida

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Gulf of Mexico view from Panama City Beach – Panama City, Florida

Panama City Beach is a city in Bay County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. The city is often referred to under the umbrella term of “Panama City”, despite being a distinct municipality from the older and larger inland Panama City to the east, making Panama City and Panama City Beach two separate cities. Panama City Beach’s slogan is “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” due to the unique sugar-white sandy beaches of northwest Florida.

Panama City Beach has been a popular vacation destination, especially among people in the Southern United States. The city is also a very popular spring break destination, sometimes having been referred to as “The Spring Break Capital of the World,” due to about 100,000+ college and high school students who would arrive during the months of March and April.

South Padre Island, Texas

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Beach of South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island is a resort town in Cameron County, Texas. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen Metropolitan Area. The town is located on South Padre Island, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf Coast accessible via the Queen Isabella Causeway from the town of Port Isabel.

South Padre Island is home to many watersport activities, with personal water craft rental, kiteboarding and dolphin watches being the most popular. Other favorites are horseback riding adventures on the beach and ecological tours that explore Padre Island National Seashore.

In March, the island is a popular spring break destination for college students from around the world. The rest of the year it is a popular family resort destination, with July being the most crowded.

Disney World, Bay Lake, Florida

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Main Street of the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld, Bay Lake, Florida

The granddaddy of all theme parks, and the number one vacation destination, Disney World is a perennial favorite for Spring Breakers. Disney World, is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake, Florida, near Kissimmee and Orlando, and is the flagship of Disney’s worldwide corporate empire. The resort opened on October 1, 1971, and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million annually.

Disney property covers 27,258 acres, housing 27 themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, one nine-hole walking golf course for young golfers, two themed miniature golf courses, one camping resort, a downtown-like shopping district, and other entertainment venues. Magic Kingdom was the first and original theme park to open in the complex followed by Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which opened later throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

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Hogsmeade Village inside Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida

Spring Breakers aren’t necessarily looking for an ocean view and sandy beaches. If you’re a theme park fan and yearn for state-of-the-art attractions and entertainment, this is the place. The Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando, is a theme park resort in Orlando, Florida. Universal Orlando is the largest property operated by Universal Parks & Resorts, is the largest resort in Orlando, Florida, and is the second-largest resort in Greater Orlando after Walt Disney World.

Universal Orlando consists of two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure), a night-time entertainment complex (Universal CityWalk Orlando), and four Loews Hotels (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Cabana Bay Beach Resort).

Cocoa Beach, Florida

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View of the Atlantic Ocean from Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach is a city in Brevard County, Florida. It’s a destination year-round, and one of America’s favorite Spring Break locations. You’ll find 6 miles of ocean beaches with excellent beach access from one end of the city to the other, 3 oceanfront parks, a 27-hole public golf course on the Banana River, excellent hotel / motel accommodations , and a wide range of dining choices to fit the taste buds and budget of everyone.

Be awed – Watch a space launch from the Beach! Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Space Launch Centers are just a few miles to the north. Even the locals come out to watch the spectacular views of day and night launches. Or spend a day visiting the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – less than 30 minutes away.

Cocoa Beach is just minutes from Florida’s fastest growing port – Port Canaveral. Embark from the world class cruise terminals aboard affordable cruises to exotic Caribbean destinations or take a day cruise aboard a casino ship. Deep-sea fishing boats and day sails are also available at the Port.

Source: Google Trends, Jan. 2011–Jan. 2015, Travel, United States.
Source: Google Data, Feb. 2015, United States.


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Zip Line and Aerial Park Coming to Tampa Bay

Zip Line and Aerial Park Coming to Tampa Bay

Clearwater-based Empower Adventures Tampa Bay has approvals to build a zip line and aerial adventure park on Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve, which will cross waterways and provide open water views of Tampa Bay. Scheduled to open in May 2016, the addition of EATB to Tampa Bay bolsters Oldsmar’s reputation as one of the regions most progressive sports cities with an internationally known BMX park.

The park will feature a 55-foot-tall start tower, five zip lines of varying lengths, a 100-foot suspension bridge as well as other adventure park elements such as log bridges, catwalk bridges, steps, tires, and poles. Professional guides will lead groups through the course, which will take approximately an hour and a half to complete and will run at varying times during the day. Work on the park will start this month and take approximately 8-12 weeks to complete with an anticipated mid-May Grand Opening.


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Introducing The 2016 Florida State Fair

Introducing The 2016 Florida State Fair

The 112th Florida State Fair is scheduled for February 4 – 15 at the Florida State Fairgrounds located at I-4 and US Hwy 301 in Tampa. This year’s theme, “So Much More to Explore,” reminds everyone that there are seemingly endless activities to discover and enjoy including rides, food, exhibits, entertainment, animals, attractions and shopping. The Florida State Fair offers non-stop fun AND an excellent value with more than 112 free things to do and always free parking.

This year, music lovers will tap their toes to headliner concerts by 1960s sensation Gary Puckett; up-and-coming country singer Colt Ford; jazz and blues artist Robert Cray; and Dove Award-winning group Tenth Avenue North. Other concerts include the harmonies of Matt’s Family Jam and Indie artist Aranda. Lazy Bonez, an ‘80s tribute band, is back for their second Florida State Fair, along with Beatlemania Live. The always-popular Elvis Extravaganza and Fair favorite Dennis Lee will be back to please fans. Some of the concerts have a new home on the Coca Cola Headline Music Stage located in the Equestrian Center. Other artists will perform on the Tampa Bay Times or Sleep Number Stages.


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One of the most popular Fair concerts, Country Gold, returns to the Entertainment Hall on Feb. 9 and 10. Tickets for this concert are always a sell-out and can be purchased online at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Prices are $20 for reserved floor seating and $10 for general admission.

Family fun is at its finest at the Florida State Fair with comedy shows, stunt divers, amazing animals and livestock, as well as the Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country and other exciting entertainment throughout the 12 days of the Fair.

It wouldn’t be the Florida State Fair without outrageously delicious food and exciting rides. This year, Fairgoers once again will vote for the People’s Choice Burger from a selection of new and returning burger favorites. Daredevils won’t want to miss a ride on the Super Cyclone Roller Coaster, just one of the new attractions on the Florida State Fair Midway.

“There is truly something for everyone at the Florida State Fair,” said Charles C. Pesano, Executive Director of the Florida State Fair Authority. “This is a great year to explore all there is to offer, while having fun on a budget.”


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