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Bishop CA

Bishop CA

Bishop, California is a scenic city in the central part of the state near the Nevada border. With a population of about 3,500 residents, it is the largest city in Inyo County. It is located in the Owens Valley at an elevation of 4,147 feet, at the eastern base of the towering Sierra Nevada Mountains. Bishop has a beautiful setting as the majestic mountains to the west rise nearly 10,000 feet above the city. The Bishop area has one of the largest topographical prominences in the continental United States. Bishop is an extremely popular spot for recreation and serves a gateway for hiking, rock-climbing, skiing, hunting and fishing. The Owens River flows through the eastern edge of the city and is well known for fly-fishing.

Bishop is the largest city in the remote Owens Valley Region. It is located 266 miles north of Los Angeles, and 270 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. It has an attractive downtown with a variety of restaurant, shops, and numerous lodging options. It is located 42 miles southeast of Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, which is one of California’s most popular ski destinations. Bishop is on U.S. Highway 395, which is the route between Mammoth Mountain and Southern California. Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Sequoia, and Death Valley National Parks are all within a two-hour drive.

Bishop is host to two large events each year: Mule Days Celebration, which is on Memorial Day Weekend, and the Tri-County Fair, for Inyo, Alpine, and Mono Counties, which is on Labor Day Weekend. During a busy day, the City of Bishop will attract in excess of 30,000 visitors for various events and recreation. Bishop is a great place to visit or live!

Get more information and plan your visit to the Bishop area at http://www.bishopca.net…

Most Popular Vacations for Active Seniors

Most Popular Vacations for Active Seniors

Where is the active senior heading for vacation? The choices have never been more numerous. While there are many vacation destinations that only a few years ago were unheard of, other vacation spots have updated in order to become more attractive to seniors.

Overall, seniors today are healthier and more active than ever before. Visiting new places and experiencing new activities is possible for many of today’s seniors. Of course, relaxation is still of prime importance, which is why all-inclusive vacations are still popular.

All-inclusive vacations are great for active seniors for a variety of reasons. Because everything is included in the price, including airfare and meals, it is easy for the senior to plan and budget for the trip. Many all-inclusive vacations allow the vacationer to choose from a variety of activities as well. This means that the active senior can choose to play tennis or golf, ride bicycles or scuba dive, while other participants partake in spa activities or shopping. In the past, choices in all-inclusive vacations could be restrictive, but today, it is unlikely that the senior will be forced to participate in an activity that does not interest them.

All-inclusive vacations are available on resorts or cruises, in all areas of the world. If you are interested in a particular area, it is very likely that there is an all-inclusive vacation to that spot. What to know before scheduling an all-inclusive vacation? Be sure that you understand what all is included in the vacation. While it may be necessary for you to pay airfare from a smaller city where you live to a travel hub in a large city, if there are a variety of “extras” or optional expenses, it should raise a red flag that perhaps this particular all-inclusive vacation is perhaps not the best vacation for you.

Another popular choice for active seniors is a volunteer vacation. A volunteer vacation allows you to visit a different part of the world, learn about the culture, and help others, while still reserving time for relaxation and recreation. Activities for volunteer vacations run the gamut from counting bird eggs to helping children learn to read. There are options in the United States as well as many foreign countries. Don’t think that you don’t have skills that are needed. While some volunteers find opportunities to work in the field they were in prior to retirement, there are many opportunities for volunteers with no specialized training.

How to choose the right volunteer vacation for you? It is important to do volunteer work that you are interested in. If you aren’t an animal lover, counting turtle eggs probably will not interest you that much, even if it is on a beautiful beach. Of course, this does not mean that you should only volunteer for a charity that you are already familiar with. If the work piques your curiosity, and sounds intriguing to you, it will probably be a good vacation. The volunteer work is only one part of the vacation.…

Redwood National Park: Three Tips to Effectively Travel to Redwood by Amtrak Train and Bus

Redwood National Park: Three Tips to Effectively Travel to Redwood by Amtrak Train and Bus

Redwood National Park was created in 1968 to protect land adjacent to the California state redwood parks that were formed in the 1920s.  Currently the combined state and federal lands are administered under a joint agreement between the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  The combined parks cover over 110,000 acres including 37 miles of pristine California coastline. 

Since Delta is the only commercial airline into the local airport, it is expensive to fly into the area.  Although not close to an Amtrak train line, there is bus service from Amtrak stations to the Redwood area, which may be the cheapest way to travel to the park.  Here are three tips/hints for effectively traveling to/from Redwood by land:

One:  Martinez, California is your Amtrak connection to Redwood National Park.  The San Joaquin line from Bakersfield (with connecting service from San Diego and Los Angeles) and Oakland (with connecting service from San Francisco) stops there.  Martinez is also on the Capitol Corridor line from San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento (with connecting service from Reno.)  From Martinez, there are two Amtrak Thruway Motorcoaches departing at 10:25 am and 3:25 pm for the six to seven hour ride to the Redwood area. 

Two:  Since there is no shuttle service at Redwood National Park, you must rent a car to see the entire park.  Therefore, the McKinleyville stop at the Arcata Airport is the destination for your bus ride.  If you arrive before the rental car counters close in the early evening, you have a choice of companies from which to rent.  If you arrive when the rental car counters are closed, you can take a complementary shuttle bus to your hotel for the night and come back to the airport in the morning to rent your car.  There are a number of hotels in the area that will provide this service.  The motorcoaches back to Martinez leave McKinleyville at 6:15 am and 10:30 am.

Three:  The need to make reservations for the train portion of your trip depends on the service you take.  Although the Capitol Corridor trains are unreserved, the San Joaquins are all-reserved trains.  Although you do not need reservations for the Thruway Motorcoach Connection service, you may be able to receive discounted advance purchase fares or special fares for students and seniors by buying both your train and bus ticket in advance.…