See the Grand Canyon in Two Days! – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , October 24th, 2018

Grand Canyon - Free Wheel Drive

The Grand Canyon is in Northern Arizona just north of Flagstaff. This park is massive and beautiful and it houses one of the most amazing wonders of the world. We only had two full days to spend at the park, so we packed in as much as we could. The weather was chilly with patches of rain, but we had a blast exploring the Grand Canyon National Park!

We stuck to the South Rim area, the most popular area. The South Rim has the hotels, large visitor center, and a shuttle system to help one get around. We asked around for hiking recommendations and the two trials that had a lot of feed back were The Bright Angle and South Kaibob Trails.With the weather being a little chilly and potential for rain we figured it was a good idea to have places to hang out inside. For it being our first time at the Grand Canyon the South Rim is a great place to start.

When driving North towards the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, you’ll spot Humphrey’s peak over Flagstaff. Arizona’s tallest peak. As we entered the Flagstaff area the barren landscape of shrubs and badlands turns to pine trees and snow.

We first arrived at the park late in the afternoon. This was a chance for us to find our way around, figure out our to do list, and get our first glimpse of the canyon.

By Laura Dierbeck – Full Story at Free Wheel Drive

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Nude At The Bottom of the Grand Canyon – Nude Raft Trips

Author: , December 19th, 2016

Nude At The Bottom of the Grand Canyon – Nude Raft Trips

By Beverly B. Price for GayTravelersMagazine

Grand – and magnificent, splendid, glorious, superb, impressive, awe-inspiring, majestic.   It is impossible to be in the depths of the Grand Canyon and believe that the word “grand” says it all. 

I have traveled with other nude passengers all 280 miles of Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead.  I have been in the majority of the stunning (and all different) side canyons.  I have also made shorter trips to be hauled out by chopper at Whitmore Wash.  Each trip is unique.

The rafts splash through numerous rapids.  The water is cold and deep and swift.  Or they float along in serenely where only the descending call of the canyon wren can be heard.  Or they pull up to a campsite for the night next to the warm water of a side stream.

The canyon bighorn sheep are unafraid of the rafts. The stars are endless.  It is a spiritual experience and one that should not be adulterated.

Teddy Roosevelt perhaps said it best on January 11, 1908, when he stated, “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

If you would like to experience the great wonder of nature – and do so naturally – there are nude raft trips planned.  Simply send a message to bbprice@aol.com  and ask for information.  Please put “Grand Canyon Raft Trip” in the subject line.

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We have visited multiple AANR member locations including Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, and Lake Como Family Nudist Resort and Community and we have enjoyed Florida’s Haulover Beach for years. As a gay, married couple, we have always felt accepted. There truly is something liberating, tranquil and very social about nudism and naturism.

To search for American Association for Nude Recreation clubs, visit http://www.aanr.com/places-to-go/aanr-clubs

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Beverly B. Price is the President of the American Association for Nude Recreation.


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Featured Gay Accommodations: The Inn at 410, Flagstaff, Arizona

Author: , December 10th, 2015

The Inn at 410

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The Inn at 410 B&B, Flagstaff is rich in history among Flagstaff Bed and Breakfasts and Flagstaff inns as one of the first B&B’s in Flagstaff and has been consistently ranked a top 10 Arizona B&B inn. A Northern Arizona and Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast Inn offering luxurious, romantic rooms and suites, The Inn at 410, Flagstaff B&B, combines an outstanding location, warm ambiance and gracious service to ensure a relaxing and memorable Flagstaff Bed and Breakfast experience.

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Lesbian Travel: Helicopter Tour Over the Grand Canyon

Author: , December 5th, 2015

Grand Canyon Helicopter TourWhether you spend your nights in Vegas dining at some of best restaurants in the world, catching exciting (and titillating) shows or gambling your savings away at the slots, a trip off the strip will give you a reason to rise and shine. Get yourself to Boulder City for a helicopter ride over the Canyon.

I was in Vegas for a speaking engagement at World Market Center and a helicopter tour seemed like a fun off-strip activity. I was right. After seeing buses bump along those highways, a helicopter is the only way to go. And besides, a bus tour takes an entire day and involves a lot of walking. Our tour took the morning, which left the rest of the afternoon for a helicopter tour.

There are a number of helicopter tour operators in Vegas and we chose Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters. They’ve been in business since 1965 and market themselves as the largest Grand Canyon Tour Company – important information when trusting a pilot to take you thousands of feet in the sky…

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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The Sojourner – From Phoenix to Grand Canyon: Tips for Backpackers

Author: , June 3rd, 2015

Alain - The SojournerArizona isn’t cheap if you don’t drive. The State isn’t made to be backpacker-friendly. Getting a bus in Southeast Asia is way easier than going from one city to another in Arizona.

However, if your ultimate destination is ONLY the Grand Canyon, then, you can, for sure, save a lot money. But since you’re already there, why not explore other breathtaking and amazing sights the State can offer? That’s exactly what I did—and it came with a price, of course! I had three weeks off but I choose to explore Arizona in 12 days only—because I couldn’t afford.

PHOENIX

Let’s say you’re flight lands in Phoenix. There’s really not much to do in Phoenix if you don’t drive. It’s weird to walk alone on the street, especially at daytime when the scorching heat is at its peak. And even if the weather is tolerable for a walk, it’s very rare to see someone walking. Yes, there’s a bus service but don’t rely on it. It’s only on selected routes and doesn’t really come frequently.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Lodge at Sedona, Sedona, Arizona

Author: , March 26th, 2015

Lodge at SedonaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Located In the heart of Sedona’s spectacular red rock country lies a luxury Mission style bed and breakfast inn – the Lodge at Sedona. Sedona is two hours north of Phoenix and south of the Grand Canyon, the ideal home base for your Arizona adventures. The bed and breakfast is a secluded haven on 3 landscaped acres of gardens, mature pines, bubbling waterfalls, original art, and a magical meditative labyrinth. The property offers luxurious and peaceful accommodation, artistic cuisine and warm hospitality.

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Doing The Grand Circle

Author: , November 5th, 2014

Grand CanyonThe Grand Circle – originally a loop to the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon national parks — covers much of northern Arizona and southern Utah as well as portions of Colorado, New Mexico, and a sliver of Nevada. Unless you have weeks to explore the area and a hefty travel budget, you can’t even begin to see it all. So how do you tackle it on a budget?

1. Divide and conquer: Focus on one specific area within the Grand Circle, such as northwestern New Mexico. Or hone in on a theme, like Native American heritage or iconic Southwestern destinations. You can also develop an itinerary around a specific activity, such as hiking or mountain biking. Alternatively, plan to spend several days in one national park, like the Grand Canyon, so you can truly experience what it has to offer, and then add a few days to your itinerary to see a few nearby sites.

2. Pick a base: By staying in one place and branching out to several sites, you may be able to receive discounts for an extended hotel stay and reduce transportation costs, by making a few shorter trips instead of one long, continuous road trip. You might even decide to rent a vacation home, giving you the option to save money by preparing a few meals yourself.

By Teresa Bitler – Full Story at Shermans Travel

Looking for Adventure

Author: , August 30th, 2013

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Looking for high adventure, unique architecture and dramatic views? EDGE Contributor Richard Frisbie traveled to four countries on three continents to find enough death-defying stunts to satisfy the most jaded thrill-seekers. For everyone else, the breath-taking views and award-winning architecture he discovers are worth the price of admission.

Macau Tower: Macau is a former Portuguese colony on the South China Sea that is now a special administrative region (SAR) of China, similar to Hong Kong. As one of the most visited gambling destinations in the world, some say Macau trumps Vegas! But money is not the only currency when gambling in Macau. You can also take a leap at the highest freefall in the world.

When it was built more than a decade ago, Macau Tower was one of the ten tallest freestanding buildings in the world. Rising from its needle base to the flying saucer-style, glass-enclosed observation deck at the top, the tower offers spectacular day and nighttime views of the surrounding city. On a clear day you can see all the way to Hong Kong — 50 miles away.

Authored By Richard Frisbie – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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The Grand Canyon – Not Just a Hole in The Ground

Author: , August 25th, 2013

Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon has been showered with accolades as much as any of America’s many spectacular national parks, yet few who visit this 300-mile-long gorge leave disappointed — it’s one natural attraction that truly lives up to its (considerable) reputation.

If you enjoy the outdoors and want to spend some quality time at the Grand Canyon, consider approaching from the South Rim and staying at one of its lodges, such as the famous and historic El Tovar, with its elegantly rustic rooms and atmospheric, old-fashioned dining room.

Many of the park’s LGBT visitors combine their adventure with either a stay in rollicking Las Vegas, or the groovy New Age town of Sedona. But logistically, it’s best to use Flagstaff (which we recently wrote about) as a base for exploring the Grand Canyon on a daytrip. The town is just 75 minutes via U.S. 180 to the park’s South Rim. This makes it possible to drive up for the day, check out a number of vantage points, embark on one or two short hikes along the rim, explore the visitor centers, and enjoy lunch and perhaps even dinner, while still being able to make it back to Flagstaff by late evening. For many visitors, especially those just passing through northern Arizona, this option makes good sense.

Authored By Andrew Collins – See the Full Story at The Dallas Voice

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Exploring the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff

Author: , August 21st, 2013

Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon has been showered with accolades as much as any of America’s many spectacular national parks, yet few who visit this 300-mile-long gorge leave disappointed – it’s one natural attraction that truly lives up to its considerable reputation. Many of the park’s LGBT visitors combine their adventure with either a stay in rollicking Las Vegas or the groovy New Age town of Sedona, but don’t overlook the nearest small city, Flagstaff. This laid-back, cultured, and pine-studded college town has plenty going for it and makes a terrific base for exploring northern Arizona.

The largest city on Interstate 40 between Los Angeles and Albuquerque, Flagstaff (flagstaffarizona.org) is known for its seemingly endless supply of inexpensive chain motels and restaurants. Sadly, too many road-tripping visitors never get much beyond the exit ramp before continuing on with their journeys.

In fact, this well-kept, historic city of about 66,000 is worth getting to know – it’s known for cool, dry summers and snowy but sunny winters, and has enough diversions and attractions to keep you busy for several days.

Authored By Andrew Collins – See the Full Story at Gay Calgary

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