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Colorado Has Valentine's Day Treats for Lovers

This Valentine's Day, lovebirds can flock to Colorado to ski underneath the stars, soak in a natural hot springs pool, enjoy a pampering couples massage, and more with special travel packages starting at just $159/night.
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Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air Launch Winter Clearance Sale

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have launched a Winter Clearance Sale with low fares to many of the carriers' destinations on the West Coast, Alaska, the East Coast, Canada and Mexico. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase and are valid for travel through June 10, 2009.

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Masters of the American West Fine Art Show Opens Feb. 7

If you're a fan of Western art, plan on being in Los Angeles Feb. 7 to attend the 12th annual Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center.

Recognized as one of the country's most important Western art shows, this prestigious exhibition challenges nationally recognized artists to exhibit their very best work. The juried exhibition and sale feature more than 70 artists whose work is stylistically and thematically diverse.
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Horizon Air Offering Daily Flights to Mammoth From LAX

Horizon Air is now offering daily direct flights to Mammoth Mountain from Los Angeles International Airport, giving Southern Californians a quick, easy way to access one of the nation's most popular ski resorts.

"Horizon's inaugural flight to Mammoth Mountain is one of the most pivotal moments in the history of the resort and the town," said Rusty Gregory, CEO of Mammoth Mountain. "The air service transforms a five-plus hour drive from Southern California into an hour's flight, making Mammoth even more convenient to experience."
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Las Vegas Promises New Year's Eve Party Extravaganza

Las Vegas is promising a doozy of a New Year's Eve party to welcome in 2009 that will be bigger and splashier than anything the city has ever seen before.

Branded as "America's Party" the fireworks extravaganza on the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street will ring in 2009 in classic Las Vegas style. The theme of the pyrotechnic display will be "Takin' It to the Streets," with a soundtrack featuring classic rock and dance favorites.
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Denver's ‘Super Bowl of Cattle Shows" a January Must

When you see longhorns strolling through Downtown Denver in January, you know it must be the kickoff of the National Western Stock Show, The world's largest "Old West" cowboy party.

Longing for a touch of the "West?" Always wanted to "cowboy/cowgirl up," even vicariously? Ever wonder what makes one cow, horse or sheep a champion, and another an "also-ran?" Then go to Denver January 10-25, 2009 for the 103rd year of the world's largest stock show, the National Western Stock Show, an "only in Denver" extravaganza.
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Two Cruise Lines Suspend Fuel Surcharges for 2009

With the price of a barrel of oil tumbling, Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that they are suspending fuel surcharges for 2009 cruises, good news for West Coast travelers.

Carnival Corp., the largest cruise vacation group in the world, said it is suspending fuel supplements for its six North American brands effective for all voyages departing on or after December 17, 2008. Carnival's brands include Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.
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Travelers Can Experience Barack Obama's Hawaii

Honolulu, just about as far west as you can get in America's West, is the birthplace and boyhood home of President-elect Barack Obama, and visitors to Hawaii can easily explore the sites and favorite places that shaped the next President.

The young Obama flourished in the Islands, where local values foster tolerance, compromise and mutual respect - and where diversity defines people rather than divides them.
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St. Louis Opens $26.4 Million Transportation Hub

Thirty years after St. Louis' Union Station closed to passenger trains, the city on Nov. 21, 2008, finally opened a new $26.4 million multimodal hub for Amtrak trains, Greyhound buses, MetroLink and Metro Bus service.

A ribbon-cutting celebration officially opened the St. Louis Gateway Transportation Center located in the heart of downtown St. Louis at 430 South 15th Street.
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Ski Season Begins Nov. 28 at Idaho's Silver Mountain Resort

Idaho's Silver Mountain Resort starts its ski season the day after Thanksgiving, and skiers can hit the slopes for as little as $10 when they stay at Mountain Star Lodge.

Located in the Kellogg area in the panhandle, the upcoming ski season forecast includes fresh powder and affordable deals for skiers eager to hit the slopes at this Northern Rockies hideaway.
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Celebrate Autumn at New Mexico's Newest Monument

Celebración de Otoño, the third annual birthday bash for New Mexico's El Camino Real International Heritage Center, will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, and it's an event not to be missed.

El Camino Real International Heritage Center is about 30 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico on I-25, or about half-way between Socorro and Truth or Consequences. It opened in 2005 and is one of New Mexico's six state monuments.
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Arkansas Unveils Civil War Anniversary Web Site

Plans for observing the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War are starting to be unveiled, and one of the first to detail its offerings is Arkansas.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission (ACWSC) and the Department of Arkansas Heritage has a new web site at
www.arkansascivilwar150.com and the agencies are calling it a one-stop resource for all events and sites associated with the war in Arkansas, starting in 2011.
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Grand Canyon's Battered Havasupai Unveil Recovery Plan

The Havasupai Tribe of Arizona has announced a comprehensive Economic Recovery Plan to rebuild following the devastating August 2008 flash floods in the Grand Canyon that wiped out their economic infrastructure.
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San Francisco's Lands End Overlook, Trailhead Opens

Lands End, San Francisco's historic place of steam trains, recreation, and scenic beauty, has unveiled its newly rehabilitated Merrie Way overlook, trailhead, and parking area to the public.

With its wild and rocky cliffs, wind-sculpted cypress tress, and dramatic ocean vistas, Lands End is a familiar San Francisco landmark with a fascinating past-and one of National Park Service's most treasured places.
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Lassen Volcanic National Park Visitor Center Opens

Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California opened its first year-round visitor center on October 2. The new Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center receives its name from the Mountain Maidu name for Lassen Peak which means "Snow Mountain."

The new center includes a staffed information desk, exhibit hall, auditorium for the new park film, bookstore, gift sales, food services, first aid room, restrooms, amphitheater, and an after-hours backcountry registration and orientation vestibule.
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Photography Exhibit Showcases Beauty of Mojave National Preserve

If you will be traveling between Los Angeles and Las Vegas anytime soon, there's a great reason to stop for a couple of hours at the Mojave National Preserve and enjoy an excellent photographic exhibit at the Desert Fine Art Gallery at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center.
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Winter is a great time to travel the West, partly because rates drop substantially on many hotel and trip opportunities. As an example of what's available during off-peak months, here is a sampling of rate savers from Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the country's largest park concessioner.

Grand Canyon Railway

Starting Oct. 15, rates for Grand Canyon Railway getaway packages drop by as much as 32 percent. Winter rates are valid through March 14, 2009, based upon double occupancy for adults and do not include taxes or park entrance fee.
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Frontier Airlines to Expand Rocky Mountain Service

Want another way to get to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for some winter snow play? Frontier Airlines says they've got one for you.

Starting Dec. 18, Frontier will begin daily nonstop service between Denver and Steamboat Springs/Hayden. Frontier will serve the Steamboat Springs market with its fleet of 10 Bombardier Q400 aircraft operated by Lynx Aviation, a subsidiary of Frontier Holdings Inc.
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