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SUMMER’S TOP 10 U.S. DESTINATIONS FOR SINGLES

If your plan this summer is to finally find that special someone, choose a sizzling city as your summer vacation destination. Travelocity teamed up with Match.com to see if singles were traveling and where they were headed this summer.

63 percent of singles on Match.com report they love to travel, especially in the summer months. So where are they headed? Travelocity travel experts analyzed summer travel booking data and found that the majority of singles were headed to the nation’s major metropolitan cities this summer.

Cool in Red Rock Country: Sedona, Arizona

When I was a senior in high school, my family took an Arizona vacation. It was the height of summer, and my parents were able to get an amazing deal on a fancy resort in Phoenix, since it was 114-degrees outside and no one in their right mind would want to vacation in an oven. So we spent our entire time in Phoenix in the hotel swimming pool. And, after that, we went to visit the red-rock town of Sedona, which was a relief at about 20 degrees cooler, and which leaves an impression on me to this day.

Road Trip: Cooling Off at Carlsbad Caverns

Please join us in welcoming guest author Joel Frey, one of the Travelocity Roaming Gnome’s most trusted publicists.

As my wife, Heather, and I entered Carlsbad Caverns, my mind immediately hearkened back to elementary school.

“What’s the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite?” I asked with my inside voice to prevent any echoes from revealing my lack of knowledge in the geosciences.

“Stalactites hang tight from the ceiling and stalagmites grow mighty from the ground,” Heather said. I paused for a moment, waiting to see if she’d follow up with a “duh,” but she resisted. I think.

(photo of Carlsbad Caverns courtesy of Heather Frey)

5 Must-See Sites in Yosemite National Park

When I was 16, my father, a West Point professor, took two cadets to Yosemite National Park. They spent 10 days there really roughing it up, learning about the environment and their instinctual selves. They even acquired rugged wilderness names–one cadet was named “Goat” and the other “Bear”! (They, on the other hand, just called my Dad “Sir”!). Upon my Dad’s return he was ecstatic; it was their first time in Yosemite and he had tons of photos, sketches, and stories to illustrate their adventure. Needless to say, he had me yearning to experience the great National Park as well.

Fast forward 10 years and I’ve been on four great backpacking trips through Yosemite.  It’s been a profound experience each and every time, and although I grew a lot in between each trip, I always seem to visit the same familiar landmarks each time.  It’s like visiting old friends that have seen you grow throughout the years, familiar faces that you must greet each time you’re there. So, Window Seat Blog reader, please meet my best Yosemite friends:

How to Pack for a Hiking/Camping Vacation: Outdoor Vacation Deals

All I can think about at the moment is packing for my next big trip. Why? Well, it’s going to be a little like The Packing Olympics. I’m headed to a formal awards gala in Las Vegas (read: cocktail dresses) but first I’m stopping by the Grand Canyon for an ambitious hiking and camping trip. My suitcase/duffel bag is going to be confused to say the least.

Plus, though I’ve done a little camper camping in my day and plenty of day hiking, I’ve never gone on a full-fledged camping trip, much less one that involved plane travel to get there. I’ve decided that the trick is to bring the RIGHT amount of gear–not too much and not too little.

Score a cheap flight or outdoor vacation package, and then take a quick peek at my best packing tips. Plus, leave your tips in the comments section!