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Hotels.com and The Active Times' Guide to U.S. National Parks

        Hotels.com and The Active Times' Guide to U.S. National Parks

Take advantage of free park admission to 401 U.S. National Parks from April 22
- 26

PR Newswire

DALLAS, April 18, 2013

DALLAS, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As National Park Week approaches,
Hotels.com® and The Active Times have teamed up to provide travelers with a
guide to where to stay and what to do in some of America's most scenic parks.
Travelers will be able to enjoy free entry to all 401 U.S. National Parks –
covering more than 84 million acres – from April 22 – 26, 2013. 

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130418/DA96876)

"National parks are one of America's true treasures, offering visitors
unrivaled access to some of the country's most breath-taking views and are a
truly unique way to experience the outdoors," said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel
expert for Hotels.com. "Adventure seekers can choose from a myriad of
activities that range from mountain biking and rafting to hiking and climbing,
but there are also plenty of options for those who just want to relax.
Whether you want to rejuvenate at a natural hot spring or eat an exotic meat
dish, Hotels.com can help find the perfect lodge or hotel to make your trip a
complete success."

Arches National Park  (Utah)
Where to Stay? The Inca Inn (4.0 Hotels.com Guest Review rating), a short
drive to Arches National Park and located in downtown Moab, has nightly rates
starting at $50 and offers complimentary wireless internet, a seasonal outdoor
pool and barbecue grills.

What to do? The best-known feature is almost certainly the world-renowned
Delicate Arch (the same glorious hunk of red sandstone rock featured on Utah
license plates). Carved over the centuries by erosion and weathering that
continues even today, the arch may not be around forever, so you best see it
while you still can. A fairly easy 3-mile roundtrip hike—go at dawn or dusk to
avoid crowds and the heat of the day—gives the postcard-worthy view of
Delicate framing the distant La Sal Mountains. Prefer two-wheeled transport?
Moab's famous slick-rock trails wind through the desert right outside the
park, and are perfect for mountain biking.

Yosemite National Park (California)
Where to Stay? Located inside the park, The Ahwahnee (4.2 guest rating) offers
four-star luxury at the foot of Yosemite Village and some of the park's most
iconic locations, such as Glacier Point,Half Dome, andUpper Yosemite Falls.
The Ahwahnee Dining Room hosts a number of culinary events throughout the
year.

What to do? There are two main reasons America's second national park was
created in 1890: to protect the pristine views of Yosemite Valley hemmed in by
towering granite cliffs; and to keep the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias
intact. Take a short, 2.2-mile roundtrip hike into the heart of the Mariposa
Grove, where walking among the hundreds of 200-foot-tall sequoias—the biggest
living things on earth—reminds us of how small we are in the grand scheme of
nature. A bit of extra effort—a six mile roundtrip—will get you to the hushed
confines of the upper grove and away from the crowds.

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve (Alaska)
Where to Stay? Located minutes from the ocean,  Gustavus Inn at Glacier Bay
(5.0 guest rating), a quaint bed and breakfast, offers complimentary daily
breakfast and many guests rave about the locally-sourced, fresh cuisine.

What to do? Sprawling over 3.3 million acres of toothy mountains, temperate
rainforest and deep fjords, Glacier Bay is an Alaskan frontier playground. For
the casual visitor, though, the most accessible way to get out into Glacier
Bay and see the massive tidewater glaciers—rivers of ice that flow down to
water's edge from high in the Fairweather Mountains—is to take a day-long boat
tour that departs from Bartlett Cove. The boats cruise 130 miles through the
park's rich waters, spotting sea lions, puffins and whales, making brief
island stops and, at last, getting you close enough to hear the dramatic
thundering of building-sized chunks of ice calving from the glaciers and
dropping into the ocean. For a true close-up, try a guided kayak trip.

Acadia National Park (Maine)
Where to Stay? Walking distance from Bar Harbor, the  Primrose Inn (4.9 guest
rating) is in close proximity to Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor Whale Watching,
Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain. One Hotels.com guest review raved
the hotel goes "out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable – CD
explanations of the area, library of guide books, maps galore and ready
advice."

What to do? Acadia represents the very best of Maine's rugged coastline its
granite peaks and rocky points affording views out into the endless blue of
the Atlantic, where humpback whales spout and lobstermen lower their traps.
For one of the best views, head up the steep but rewarding Precipice Trail, a
hike that incorporates stone steps and iron-rung ladders up a cliff-face to
the 1,058-foot summit of Champlain Mountain. The top offers sweeping views of
Frenchman's Bay and the Porcupine Islands. For an easygoing visit to a
top-secret corner of the park, take a 45-minute ferry ride from Stonington to
isolated Isle au Haut, where 18 miles of empty hiking trails await lucky
day-trippers.

Glacier National Park (Montana)
Where to Stay? The Lodge at Whitefish Lake (4.7 guest rating), located close
to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort and Glacier National Park, offers a
full-service spa, onsite recreation in the winter like snowshoeing and ice
skating, and in the summer hiking and biking trails and kayaking.

What to do? Straddling the far northern end of the American Rockies, Glacier
is, aptly, home to some of the Lower 48's last remaining glaciers. There are
25 in all, and their meltwaters fill pristine lakes and feed alpine meadows
that explode with colorful wildflowers through early summer. For a highlight
tour of the park, cyclists can take a quad-burning ride 3,000 feet up
Going-to-the-Sun Road to the crown of Logan Pass. Want to go deeper into the
park? A day-hike into the rugged-yet-spectacular Granite Park Chalet will
introduce you to the local bighorns and take you past gushing waterfalls.

Press contacts:

Megan Tyrie – Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Phone: (212) 715-5815
Email: Megan.Tyrie@FinnPartners.com
Twitter: @finnpartners

Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com
Twitter:@TravelwithTLC

Tim McGeever, Spanfeller Media Group, Inc.
Public Relations Manager
Phone: (646)-459-0604 ext 561
Email: tmcgeever@spanfellergroup.com

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