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Green Hotels: The Future of Tourism?

We’ve all seen those little signs in hotel rooms, urging us to consider the environment and reuse our towels. Perhaps you’ve entertained the cynical thought that, while saving water and energy is important, hotels are just looking out for their bottom line. To an extent, that’s true. But corporate citizenship is often closely allied with economic reward. So what if a towel/sheet reuse program saves a hotel $1.50 or more per guest room per day? The end result benefits the environment.

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Shopping in Sedona

Sedona-style shopping is a slow-paced, and unexpectedly dog-friendly experience. Whether you’re on a mission to find a specific souvenir or just enjoying a relaxing stroll, you’ll find an abundance of unique and quirky businesses to support.

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Sedona: All Paths Lead to Oak Creek

I first visited Sedona almost fifteen years ago. My best friend and I were staying at the youth hostel in nearby Flagstaff and signed up for one-day tour of the town. As the coach disgorged us at a park in Sedona, my friend decided to join a hiking party to what our guide referred to as “a sexual vortex.” After a glance at the clear river waters, I knew how I would pass this sweltering summer day.

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The Albuquerque Zoo: A Photo Essay


Unlike many larger zoos, the 64-acre Albuquerque Zoo is set up to allow visitors close encounters with its residents. The facility, which opened in 1927, is simple to navigate and well maintained.

We visited in hopes of meeting the new baby hippo—instead we saw the mother’s formidable rear, which effectively shielded her offspring from gawkers. So instead, we introduced ourselves to the zoo’s other new additions: the Tasmanian Devils.

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