Il warm welcome program di Visit Baltimora dà il benvenuto a tutti i tipi viaggitori

Lo scorso agosto Visit Baltimora ha lanciato il nuovo warm welcome program, che mira ad accogliere i visitatori che danno maggiore importanza a quei luoghi in cui si sentono ben accolti e rispettati indipendentemente da razza, identità di genere, nazionalità, etnia, disabilità e altro ancora.
Con il warm welcome program Visit Baltimora incoraggia ristoranti, hotel e attrazioni locali a firmare un impegno online, impegnandosi così a fare la propria parte in favore dell’alleanza, del dialogo e dell’ascolto verso ogni tipo di viaggiatore e turista.

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Coloro che parteciperanno al programma riceveranno un link e un video creati per la comunità del turismo e dell’ospitalità di Baltimora. La formazione è stata presentata da Visit Baltimore e dal Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., direttore fondatore del Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice nel campus della Loyola University Maryland,.
Secondo il Dott Whithead è arrivato il momento giusto avviare queste iniziative nelle quali tutti possano trovare un posto giusto ed essere accolti indipendentemente dalle proprie diversità.

Al termine della formazione, Visit Baltimora fornirà un kit di benvenuto che include un adesivo e altri oggetti da esposizione che mostrino ai viaggiatori che in quell’hotel, ristorante o attività sono i rispettati e benvenuti.
Il turismo è solo una parte delle cose che servono a risollevare l’economia e, questo può essere un modo eccellente per accogliere i turisti e i viaggiatori nel periodo post pandemia e non solo.
Se volete sapere di più sul warm welcome program potete cliccare su questo link.

Visit Baltimore’s warm welcome program welcomes all types of travelers

Last August Visit Baltimore launched the new warm welcome program, which aims to welcome visitors who value those places where they feel welcome and respected regardless of race, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, disability and more. .
With the warm welcome program, Visit Baltimore encourages restaurants, hotels and local attractions to sign an online commitment, thus committing to do their part in favor of alliance, dialogue and listening to all types of travelers and tourists.

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Those participating in the program will receive a link and video created for the Baltimore tourism and hospitality community. The training was presented by Visit Baltimore and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., founding director of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice on the campus of Loyola University Maryland.
According to Dr Whithead, the right time has come to start these initiatives in which everyone can find a right place and be welcomed regardless of their diversity.

Upon completion of the training, Visit Baltimore will provide a welcome kit that includes a sticker and other display items that show travelers that they are respected and welcome at that hotel, restaurant or business.
Tourism is only part of the things that help boost the economy and this can be an excellent way to welcome tourists and travelers in the post-pandemic period and beyond.
If you want to know more about the warm welcome program you can click on this link.

L’Overlook Hotel del film “Shining” esiste davvero?

Siete stati terrorizzati dai corridoi infiniti e dagli ambienti dell’Overlook Hotel nelle scene di Shining, il film horror di Stanley Kubrik ispirato all’omonimo romanzo di Stephen King? Ora vi state chiedendo se quel’immenso edificio disperso tra le montagne del Colorado fosse solo frutto di qualche creazione cinematografica temporanea, oppure esista davvero un hotel simile da qualche parte negli Stati Uniti d’America?

La risposta alle vostre domande è si! L’Overlook Hotel esiste, ma ha un nome diverso, stessa collocazione ma atmosfere del tutto uguali.
Lo Stanley Hotel si trova nell’Estes Park in Colorado e pare sia stato veramente teatro di qualche manifestazione paranormale in passato.
Stephen King vi soggiornò all’inizio degli anni ’70 e trasse ispirazione per il famosissimo romanzo Shining.
Lo scrittore americano iniziò a scrivere il romanzo in cui raccontava di un uomo, Jack Torrace ( interpretato nel film da Jack Nicholson) che, nei mesi invernali di chiusura, assumeva il ruolo di custode assieme alla moglie e figlio ma, a causa di vari fenomeni paranormali e problemi con l’alcol, perdeva la testa e cercava di sterminare la propria famiglia.

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Oggi lo Stanley Hotel , un edificio in stile georgiano che ospita 140 stanze, offre diversi servizi, tra cui tour diurni e notturni, matrimoni e ricevimenti.
Potrebbe essere un’idea di viaggio interessante per scoprire le montagne del Colorado e magari qualche angolo nascosto del vostro romanzo o film preferito.
Chissà che questo hotel non ispiri anche voi un giorno…

Karl, the most popular (San Francisco) fog in the world

San Francisco’s fog has a name. His name is Karl.
And if that’s not enough, he also has 345,000 followers on Twitter and about 292,000 on Instagram.
Could it be thanks to the “monuments” that he has the honor of covering that has brought him so much popularity?
Yes, because the Golden Gate Bridge is not a trivial matter if we want to mention only the most photographed.
In truth, Karl the fog has a couple of special characteristics: it moves horizontally and creates an effect of natural conditioning. This means cooler days in the hottest periods and fewer thunderstorms in San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco’s fog has inspired poets, photographers and writers, including Jack Kerouac, Arthur Ollman, and Herb Caen.
It seems that his name is inspired by Karl the fog, a character in Big Fish (2003) and that in an episode of Carmen Santiego (cartoon), he refers several times to the fog of San Francisco using the name Karl.

But the real question is: do the inhabitants of San Francisco really like the name Karl, or is fog more than enough to represent a weather phenomenon that gives a certain charm to the American city?

Holidays in San Francisco, Powell Street cable car
Photo by San Francisco Travel Association

According to a survey conducted on various social networks at the beginning of the year, around 71% of respondents are in favor of Karl while the remaining 31% do not like this name very much or are completely against it. The most skeptical about it argue that the SF fog never had a name and therefore it is not necessary to give it one right now. Others, on the other hand, affirm that fog is, and as such it should be called.

In any case, whatever you call it, Karl or fog, it is now part of the city

… and it will probably come back anyway to cover the Golden Gate whenever it feels like it …

Alaska: the paradise of winter activities

Sunset on the Iditarod, Yukon River, Galena,
AlaskaPhoto: State of Alaska/Chris McLennan

Alaska is not only an unspoiled place full of natural beauty, but also an ideal place to practice winter sports, whatever your level. Winter here can offer much more than you can image.

Alaskans have not only made peace with winter but have begun to celebrate it, organizing festivals, dog sled races and much more.
Because winter in Alaska lasts much longer than summer and getting used to a “white version” of this extreme land is the best thing to do if you live here.


Aurora borealis

Aurora borealis near Galena, Alaska
Photo: State of Alaska/Chris McLennan

The Northern Lights typically occur a hundred kilometers above the earth’s surface and can have different colors: the most common is bright yellow but blue, purple and red patterns can also be seen.

When to see it

The Northern Lights are best seen during the winter but it can happen to spot some northern lights as early as August. The aurora is very active during the autumn and spring equinoxes, i.e. September / October and March / April with greater probability of seeing late at night. Keep in mind that many hotels in Alaska offer some kind of alarm clock dedicated to the northern lights to warn you when the lights are off (and to be able to see those outside better).

The best conditions

Ideal conditions for observing the Northern Lights require a clear and possibly moonless sky. Never forget that temperatures almost always drop below freezing, so if you go out to admire, photograph or watch the northern lights show, you need to cover up to stay warm.

How to increase the chances of seeing the aurora

The activity of the Northern Lights increases with that of sunspots. The most recent peak, known as the solar maximum, occurred in 2013.
The University of Alaska at Fairbanks has created a kind of auroras forecast with which you can check the arrival of any northern lights in the area.
If they are reliable we cannot tell you.
But you can check for yourself and let us know.

Where to see it

While it is possible to see Northern lights in several parts of the United States, there are optimal conditions that make some areas of Alaska better than others. The first factor that is almost necessary to admire the Northern Lights is the proximity to the North Pole. The further north you go, the more likely you are to admire this colorful spectacle. There are also some areas of Alaska with frequent low pressure systems and, consequently, of strong nocturnal cloud cover which makes it difficult to sight the aurora. Cities also produce artificial lights in the environment that can interfere with those of the Northern Lights. For this reason it is recommended to move to the suburbs to admire the lights and colors of the aurora more clearly.


Sledge dogs

Sled dog racing is the national sport in Alaska. People come here from all over the world to watch the most famous races:
The Iditarod is probably the most famous race in Alaska and one of the best known in the world. It runs from Anchorage to Nome.
The Yukonquest is Alaska’s other long-distance ride.
Among the medium-distance races there are the Kuskowim 300, the Copper Basin 300 and the Tustumena 200, as well as several sprint races that take place in conjunction with the winter festivals.
In summer, however, many kennels offer tours along beaten paths to allow visitors to get to know sled dogs firsthand and experience the thrill of sled dogs.

The Dog mushing is divided into three main categories:

Sprint mushing: sled dogs are trained to run as fast as possible from less than 3 km up to about 20 km. In this specialty, light sleds are used and, unlike long distances, it is not necessary to bring camping gear or other material to spend a lot of time around.

Long distance:in this case the dogs train to cover very long distances. And it must be said that these super-athletes show great endurance! The mushers organize the races in order to let their dogs run by allowing the same rest time in the same time as those spent in the race.
The running strategy must be well planned in the most important competitions. The middle class can usually be up to 300 miles (482km approx), while races like the Iditarod can go up to 1000 miles (1609km approx) and take up to 12 days of racing.

Recreational Mushing: if on the one hand there are those who practice this sport for glory and success, on the other there are also those who love to do it for pure fun or to pass the time. In Alaska, there are small kennels that have 2 to 20 dogs that take advantage of local trails maintained solely for mushing.
The Two Rivers community just outside Fairbanks has the highest concentration of dog teams in the world and other mushing hot spots that include Willow, north of Wasilla, and the Kenai Peninsula.

Another popular recreational activity for dog lovers in Alaska is skijoring, which involves skiing pulled by one or two dogs. There are many skijoring competitions during the winter, and recreational dog mushers often participate in both sports.

Winter sports

Skijoring, cross-country skiing pulled by dog, Fairbanks
© State of Alaska/Brian Adams

In Alaska, winter sports are a way of life. All winter sports lovers at any level can find the right environment here.


Skiing / snowboarding

Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area and Girdwood’s Alyeska Resort are top resort and snowboard-based skiing recreational destinations. Locals find plenty of opportunities to ski on the Anchorage ski lifts in the Hilltop and Alpenglow ski area in the Arctic Valley and in Fairbanks at Mount Aurora / Skiland and Moose Mountain. Those who prefer the backcountry choose Thompson Pass near Valdez, Palmer’s Hatcher Pass, and Kenai Peninsula’s Turnagain Pass.

Cross country skiing

Cross-country skiing is accessible in many Alaskan communities, be it the beaten track or the mountain areas with no trails. Anchorage’s Tony Knowles Coastal Trail can be a good place to start as it has well-maintained and groomed trails, as well as Anchorage’s Russian Jack Springs Park and Hillside Trail System. Fairbanks cross-country skiers can enjoy Birch Hill Recreation Area and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Trail System. Let’s not forget the Eaglegrest ski area and the Hatcher Pass for example, all areas where you can rent cross-country equipment, if you are unable to bring it with you.

Eliski

In Alaska, you don’t need to be an expert skier or snowboarder to heli-ski. Sport consists of off-piste skiing, be it skiing or snowboarding. You can access pristine slopes by helicopter rather than by ski lift. The season runs from late winter to spring, from February to April which are the periods with the best snow conditions. Daytime hours are the best because they ensure greater safety for the helicopter flight. The most popular areas in Alaska to practice heli-skiing are the Prince William Sound Communities of Valdez and Cordova, Girdwood in South Central Alaska, and the Inside Passage Communities of Hines and Juneau.

Snowmobiling

In Alaska, snowmobiling is often the ideal way to explore the most remote wilderness. Here numerous tour operators offer both guided and non-guided treks to help tourists explore on board one of the most common means of transport in these parts.
Some great places to snowmobiling are Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Preserve, Talkeetna, Valdez, Haines, the Mat-Su Valley, Girdwood and the Kenai Peninsula.
A curiosity: if you hear about “snow machines” , don’t panic!
It’s just a vulgar way of calling snowmobiles around here ..


Winter festivals

Spectator dressed for the cold, dog mushing, Open North American Championship, Fairbanks.
© State of Alaska/Brian Adams

Alaska winter festivals are fun, whimsical, and surprising.
The Fur Rendezvouz Festival di Anchorage it is only the beginning of the activities that start at the end of February and go on until the departure ceremony of the Iditarod which takes place in the city center.
Softball with snowshoes, a snow sculpture competition, the traditional Inupiaq, a set of Inuit dialects and languages spoken by the Inupiaq people of Alaska, then throwing the blanket and many other interesting events that take place in these days in Anchorage
The most fearless can choose to dive into the icy waters of the Polar Bear Jump which takes place every year in Seward. If you are in Fairbanks you absolutely cannot miss the World Ice Art Championship, where you will find ice sculptures for a few weeks sculpted by artists from all over the world. If you arrive at the beginning of the festival you may be lucky enough to see the sculptures being created!
For all other events visit: TravelAlaska.com


Useful sites and numbers for your trip

State of Alaska
www.travelalaska.com/media
Telefono: (800) 327-9372

Alaska Dog Mushers Association
www.sleddog.org
Phone: (907) 457-MUSH

Explore Fairbanks
www.explorefairbanks.com
Phone: (800) 327-5774

Visit Anchorage
www.anchorage.net
Phone: (907) 276-4118

Source and photos : travelAlaska.com