Uniques National Park

FIND YOUR PARK: UNIQUE NATIONAL PARKS

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“Everyone finds their park in a different place and in a different way.” The National Park Foundation and National Park Service is inviting you to Find Your Park. Did you know that America is home to more than 400 national parks? The National Park Foundation has kicked off the Find Your Park program, a nationwide movement to redefine what the word “park” means. It will demonstrate that a national park is way more than anyone has previously imagined.

To help you Find Your Park during National Park Week, here’s a list of landmarks that you may not have realized are actually national parks:

ALCATRAZ PRISON

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California || Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

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California || The Golden Gate bridge is one of the most famous and beautiful bridges in the world because of its spectacular location, graceful lines, Art Deco detailing, and emblematic color. With towers extending 700 feet into the sky and over 100 feet beneath the bay, the bridge is also an engineering marvel. You may walk or bike the entire length of the 1.2 mile-long bridge, but dress warmly! On the North side of the bridge, you will enter the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which chronicles 200 years of history from Native American culture, Spanish Empire frontier, California Gold Rush, evolution of American coastal fortifications, and growth of urban San Francisco; comprising of 19 separate ecosystems & home to 1,273 plant/animal species. It has hundreds of ways to recreate including horseback riding, ranger-led programs, bicycling, hiking, and walking your dog.

GLEN CANYON DAM

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Arizona || Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a panorama of human history. Additionally, the controversy surrounding the construction of Glen Canyon Dam and the creation of Lake Powell contributed to the birth of the modern day environmental movement. The park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, backcountry hiking and four-wheel drive trips.Outdoor activities are what Glen Canyon is all about. Whether you’re on your own or on a guided trip, there is something for everyone’s taste.

MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE

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California || Rose-colored sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from the crowds of major metropolitan areas.

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Colorado || Sheer-walled canyons, towering monoliths, colorful formations, desert bighorn sheep, soaring eagles are just a few of the breathtaking landscapes and species that make up the spectacular 32 square mile Colorado National Monument. Situated at the edge of the Uncompahgre Uplift, the park is part of the greater Colorado Plateau. In fact, most of Colorado National Monument rises more than 2,000 feet above the Grand Valley of the Colorado River.

GATEWAY ARCH

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Missouri || Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis’ Old Courthouse. During a nationwide competition in 1947-48, architect Eero Saarinen’s inspired design for a 630 foot stainless steel arch was chosen as a perfect monument to the spirit of the western pioneers. Construction of the Arch began in 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965, for a total cost of less than $15 million. The Arch has foundations sunk 60 feet into the ground, and is built to withstand earthquakes and high winds. It sways up to one inch in a 20 mph wind, and is built to sway up to 18 inches.

The Museum of Westward Expansion, located below the Arch, is as large as a football field and contains an extensive collection of artifacts, mounted animal specimens, an authentic American Indian tipi, and an overview of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

NOW WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

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All information provided by National Park Foundation and National Park Service.

Qatar Visa on Arrival

Before you arrive

You have made the decision to come to Qatar, so now you need to check in advance which visa is right for you. Generally, all non-Qatari or GCC citizens entering Qatar need a visa.

Qatar has visitor travel arrangements with 33 countries (see below), so for many tourists a visa will be issued on arrival. For those whose country is not on the list, a visa should be applied for ahead of your visit.

Countries that have a visa on arrival arrangement with Qatar

The United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, the Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

Travel News | Kapcher Vacations

Travel News | Kapcher Vacations.

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Heavy air traffic between India and Nepal was disrupted by today’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Kathmandu. Air India, IndiGo, Spicejet and Jet Airways either canceled or delayed flights after the runway at Tribhuvan International airport closed for a few hours, The Financial Express reported.

Private carrier Jet Airways canceled its Kathmandu-New Delhi-Kathmandu and Kathmandu-Mumbai routes after the quake, but later operated a Kathmandu-New Delhi flight with 162 aboard.

Budget carrier IndiGo’s return to Nepal service is imminent. The carrier’s president Aditya Ghosh said to The Financial Express, “IndiGo would resume operations to Kathamandu from tomorrow morning.”

SpiceJet canceled both daily flights to Kathmandu from Delhi today, and a decision from officials regarding resumption of services is imminent.

Contributing to the massing relief efforts, SpiceJet is offering cargo space to accredited NGOs and relief organizations who want to transport relief materials and doctors to Nepal.

Air India, the state-run carrier, is holding off until given the nod to resume by Nepalese officials. “We operate three flights to Kathmandu. While the morning flight from Delhi operated as per the schedule, the two other services, one from Delhi and another from Kolkata are on hold as of now. We will operate them as soon as we get a nod from the aviation authorities in Kathmandu,” an Air India spokesperson told The Financial Express.

The carrier will also be transporting relief materials.

Good news for travelers needing to make other arrangements: Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo and SpiceJet are waiving ticket cancellation fees.

8 hours layover Amsterdam – Itineraries – Holland.com

8 hours layover Amsterdam – Itineraries – Holland.com.

After arrival at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol store your luggage and take the short, 15 minute train ride from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. To get the most out of your short stay, aboard a canal cruise at Central Station. Most tours last about 1,5 hours. A canal cruise is the perfect way of getting around Amsterdam and seeing Europe’s largest historic city center with nearly 7000 monuments from the 15th through the 19th century.

Hop off the boat at Museum Square to visit the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum or continue the rest of the tour and return to Central Station to wander around the city center. Have lunch at cozy restaurant Gartine (Taksteeg 7) and before heading back to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, quickly stop by tasting house Wynand Fockink (Pijlsteeg 31), hidden in a small alley behind Dam Square dating back to 1679!

And if you have a couple of minutes to spare before catching your flight, don’t forget to visit the Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol! Check out Schiphol’s brown pub for that last Dutch beer or shop at Europe’s best airport shops!

US Airlines Publicly Release Details of Gulf Subsidy Report | TravelPulse

Well, the Gulf airlines asked for it, and they’re going to see it.YOU MAY ALSO LIKEUnited Airlines Adding Complimentary Beer, Wine to…AIRLINES & AIRPORTSDelta To Cut Back On International FlightsAIRLINES & AIRPORTSWhat Fate Awaits Gulf Airlines if U.S. Revisits Open Skies?AIRLINES & AIRPORTSUnited Airlines Plane Goes Purple for March of DimesAIRLINES & AIRPORTSBehold Alton Brown’s Luxurious Floor Seat at LAX United…ENTERTAINMENTThe Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, the advocacy group for the three major U.S. airlines in their fight against the Gulf carriers and government subsidies, today released the financial documents it used to build a case claiming Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines have violated the Open Skies Agreement.The Gulf carriers have been asking for a more detailed look at what American, Delta and United airlines used to form the 55-page report it sent to the Obama administration in January. In this report, the U.S. carriers asked the government to investigate $42 billion in subsidies from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar governments given to the Gulf carriers over the course of 10 years.The U.S. government agreed earlier this month to look into the matter.“With the U.S. government now investigating the Gulf carriers’ massive subsidies, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates must open their books and offer the same level of financial transparency that U.S. airlines provide,” Jill Zuckman, chief spokesman for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, said in a statement.Spearheaded by Delta’s initial hiring of a forensic accounting firm to look into the financial records of the Gulf airlines, the two-year investigation yielded more than 1,000 pages of documents.“The information in the financial records already in the possession of the U.S. government provide indisputable proof that Qatar and the UAE are funneling massive amounts of money into their state-owned airlines in a calculated effort to undermine Open Skies policy and any semblance of fair competition,” Zuckman said. “We believe that the $42 billion in subsidies and other unfair state benefits that our investigation uncovered is just the tip of the iceberg.”The financial records released today formed the basis for the Partnership’s white paper, Restoring Open Skies: The Need to Address Subsidized Competition from State-Owned Airlines in Qatar and the UAE. The newly released Gulf carrier financial records are available on the Partnership’s website.In the meantime, on April 17, American Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker, Delta CEO Richard Anderson and United CEO Jeff Smisek sent a letter to the Obama administration asking for an immediate freeze on Gulf carrier routes while the matter is being investigated.Emirates, Etihad and Qatar are adding new routes almost weekly in what appears to be a mad dash for new business before the public comment period of the investigation ends next month.“It is now apparent that the Gulf carriers are taking advantage of this delay to change the facts on the ground, rushing to add new wide-body service in an attempt to gain even more market share before the U.S. government acts to counter their subsidized expansion,” the CEOs wrote.

via US Airlines Publicly Release Details of Gulf Subsidy Report | TravelPulse.