To celebrate the hundredth year of U.S. National Parks Service in 2016, the release of “National Parks Adventure,” the IMAX and giant screen theatre film produced by MacGillavray Freeman Films in association with Brand USA, premiered in the US on February 12. Artist and adventurer Rachel Pohl, climber Conrad Anker, and photographer and storyteller Max Lowe guided the audience through adventures highlighting the diversity of the national parks. Legendary actor and director Robert Redford narrates the film.
The Australian premiere (re-named) “America Wild” was in Sydney on February 25th with an industry launch planned for later in the year.
For more centennial information and events throughout the 2016 summer in The Real America’s celebrated National Parks, go to http://www.nps.gov/index.htm
Wild about Wyoming www.wyomingtourism.org
As part of the NPS centenary, Wyoming’s very own Yellowstone National Park and Grant Teton National Park will be featured and celebrated.
Hot Springs Attraction
The hot springs in Wyoming have been attractions for centuries for the Native Americans and the early settlers who all stopped to soak along the way to rest their weary bones. Today, visitors still flock to the naturally heated pools and springs to relax and have fun. Our top three recommendations are:
Hot Springs State Park
Granite Hot Springs
Cassper Prepares for The Great American Eclipse
Wyoming’s Wind River Country (windriver.org) will be in the direct path of this total solar eclipse offering some of the best viewing locations. It’s the first total eclipse to span the United States in nearly 40 years and will cut a 70-mile long swath of darkness from Oregon to South Carolina. Sky gazers all over the world are already planning travel to the United States to share the eerie experience.
As many as 50,000 solar spectators could converge on Casper to view this rare celestial event as the town lies dead center along the path of the eclipse and Casper has an 85 percent possibility of clear weather on this day, based on meteorological records over the last 30 years.
Wyoming’s Wind River Country should have some of the best viewing locations.
A Raptor Experience
One of Buffalo Bill Centre of the West’s most popular & dynamic programs, The Draper Museum Raptor Experience is a live raptor education program that exhibits some of the world’s most fascinating birds & animals. Get up close and personal with some of Wyoming’s most sought-after predators, the birds of prey such as eagles, owls and hawks. While there also be sure to allow time to visit the other six fascinating and very different museums at The Centre, located in Cody Wyoming.
More in Montana www.visitmt.com
Montana celebrates the NPS’ hundredth year with a special first of their own. Travel & Leisure magazine has named Glacier National Park Campgrounds as Number 1 in their 12 Once-in-a-Lifetime Camping Sites list. With more than 700 miles of trails winding through Montana’s lakes, mountain peaks and ancient glaciers, Glacier is the perfect camping place for novice or backcountry campers.
National Geographic Partners with Montana
“Montana’s Ultimate Road Trips,” a new online hub at the National Geographic Travel website, highlights eight routes representing every region of the State. Developed around themes such as “Bighorn and Beyond,” “From Flathead to Philipsburg” and “On the Loose in Big Sky,” the road trips vary in distance. Explore “Montana’s Ultimate Road Trips”.
Hitch a ride through Big Sky Country with Nat Geo Travel’s video and get inspired to take a road trip of your own. http://www.visitmt.com/nat-geo-road-trip.html
American Airlines Announces Seasonal Service
American Airlines revealed their new flight path from Dallas/Fort Worth to Bozeman MT will run daily from June to October and December to April. This is particularly good news for those flying from Australia or New Zealand, as Dallas is a key entry point for flights from our region.
Montana’s Breweries are making an impact
Montana currently has over 50 breweries. The State’s reputation in craft brewing is built on pristine water and superior locally grown malt barley. Cozy on up to the bar for a pint of your favourite Ipa or dark stout. Several names to tempt you, Face plant, Camp Robber, Woolly Bugger, Rough Rider Wheat and the legendary Moose Drool, can be found in our breweries.
Legendary North Dakota www.ndtourism.com
North Dakota celebrates the hundredth year of the NPS with their pristine Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the only U.S. National Park named after a person. For more centennial information and events, http://www.nps.gov/index.htm.
Road trip from Medora to Fargo
Want to see North Dakota? Here’s our tip for a legendary road trip of discovery.
The road trip cross North Dakota from Medora to Fargo is a simple one-road journey, West to East, along Highway 94. Fargo, famously known from the eponymous movie and series and loved for its quirkiness, is a must see.
From West to East, here are a few key locations to visit along the way
Medora from where you can visit the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Explore the historic town and take in the famous nightly (in summer) Medora Musical and check out the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Try a hike or bike the famous Maah Daah Hey Trail.
Next stop Bismarck, a city rich with history and the capital of North Dakota. Our recommendations include a visit to Fort Abraham Lincoln and the home of General Custer, explore the On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village, see a Powwow and immerse yourself in the fascinating history at the recently expanded North Dakota Heritage Centre. If you’re looking for a working ranch experience, look into a stay at Black Leg Ranch.
From Bismarck it’s then on to Jamestown; top things to do include a visit to White Cloud the rare and sacred white buffalo and her calf, also a rare albino and don’t forget a ‘selfie’ with the ‘big buffalo’! For shopping and history visit both the landmark Trading Post and the National Buffalo Museum.
The final stretch onto Fargo at the Eastern edge of the State will bring you to the end of the road trip. Fargo’s branding, ‘North of Normal’ is a fitting description for a town with quirky attractions. Don’t miss, the wood chipper from the movie located at the Fargo Visitor & Travel Information center and see a session of Fargo at The Fargo Theatre. Visit the Newman outdoor field and catch a game if you can. For more visit: http://www.ndtourism.com/scenic-drives
South Dakota Continues the Celebrations www.travelsouthdakota.com
South Dakota celebrates the hundredth year of the National Parks Service with Badlands National Park. For more centennial information and events, http://www.nps.gov/index.htm.
South Dakota Shines Bright in Hollywood
Inspired by true events and filmed in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and South Dakota, The Revenant is set to rival Dances with Wolves for making its mark with the film industry and filmgoers. Only 3 weeks after its release The Revenant had already accumulated forty awards and had been nominated for 138 other industry awards. The Revenant took away two of the most prominent awards at the Academy Awards, Best Director and giving Dicaprio his first Oscar, Best Actor in a Leading Role. If you’ve already seen The Revenant why not visit South Dakota and experience this amazing landscape for yourself.
Summer Events in South Dakota
Major events that showcase the western spirit and natural beauty of South Dakota offer something for everyone:
76th annual Sturgis Motorcycling Rally 8th to the 14th August The Rally attracts fans from all over the world, often planning months to years in advance to make sure they make it to this event.
51st annual Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival September 30th, 2016 Each September, Custer State Park holds the Buffalo Roundup an annual open- to- the- public event conducted to keep the bison population in check with the available grassland. The buffalo are rounded up, corralled and part of the herd is prepared for auction.
75th anniversary of Mount Rushmore, October 31 Mount Rushmore National Memorial carving was completed on October 31, 1941. The completion of the carving is significant, because it marks the beginning of tourism and economic growth in South Dakota. Join Mount Rushmore in celebrating this momentous occasion.
24th annual Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo and gift from mother earth, mid June Every year Crazy Horse Memorial celebrates the arts and crafts that are melding Native American cultures and the New West.