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News Update: Royal Caribbean, Up for Auction in Italy, and John Muir Way

Our latest video travel round-up includes Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas; an Italian island goes up for auction; and honoring naturalist John Muir with his own walking trail, in Scotland.

The World's 6 Most Insane Ziplines

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Combining speed, height, and a totally flimsy harness that in no way looks like it can hold you up, ziplining is sheer excitement meets pure terror – an exhilarating ride atop some of the planet's most gorgeous landscapes. But which lines are worth the zip? From 165ft underground to 1,000ft in the air, here are six of the world's longest, fastest, and wildest.

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Photo by Zip2000

Daily Transporter: Montana

Now that's a tent

Luxury guest ranch Resort at Paws Up and the National Cowgirl Museum co-host an annual spring weekend for Calamity Jane wannabes (with lots of banknotes in the saddlebags) that includes trading stories with a Women’s Pro Rodeo champ and a cattle drive on the 37,000-acre Montana property.

See America’s Best Dude Ranches

Editor’s Picks: Montana
America’s Most Scenic Roads
Coolest All-Inclusive Resorts
America’s Best Lake Vacations

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc.  Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of Resort at Paws Up.

National Park Week Launches Tomorrow With Free Entrance All Weekend

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Tomorrow marks the start of National Park Week (April 19-27), and to celebrate, the country’s 400-plus parks are waiving entrance fees all weekend long. It’s a big year for the National Park Service, with milestone anniversaries (Yosemite turns 150 this year; Rocky Mountain National Park is 100) and important developments (including major renovations to Yellowstone’s oldest hotel).

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From Thrillist: Climb the Tallest Mountain in the World in 30 Minutes

 

Mauna Kea

Mount Everest gets all the credit, but Hawaii's Mauna Kea (an idle volcano that's been around for, you know, a million years) is technically the world's tallest mountain. Technically. While it stands 13,800 ft above sea level, more than two thirds of the hill is actually submerged underwater, which brings the total height to 33,136 ft.

Best part of that mathematical sleight of hand is that you can get to the top of Mauna Kea without training, oxygen masks, or even having to ask a dude to carry your fanny pack. All you have to do is sign up for this tour and hop on a mini-coach.

SEE MORE AT THRILLIST

Photo courtesy of Thrillist

Daily Transporter: Scotland

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The John Muir Way, 134 miles of trail stretching from the naturalist’s birthplace in Dunbar on Scotland's east coast across to Helensburgh on the west coast, officially opens in April in time for the centenary of Muir’s death. The first-ever John Muir Festival kicks off Scotland’s Year of Homecoming.

See the John Muir Way in 25 Selfies You Have to Take This Year

Editor’s Picks: Scotland
See Scotland in 25 Secret European Villages
And Best Instagram Photos of 2013
And World’s Coolest Staircases

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Rome; Scandinavia

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Welcome to the latest installment of T+L's promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings, where booking a trip to a destination featured in T+L is easier than ever. Here's how it works:

• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love.
• Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence.
• For a limited time, T+L readers can take advantage of exclusive savings on this month's featured trips.

February Specials

Rome
The Highlights: Spend an afternoon strolling the fashionable Via Condotti and nearby Spanish Steps; browse Dolce & Gabbana, Cavalli, and Ferragamo with a personal shopper during a private half-day shopping tour (a T+L reader exclusive) before enjoying lunch at a café housed in the former studio of renowned Neoclassical sculptors Antonio Canova and Adamo Tadolini; skip the lines to gaze upon Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City; base your stay at Rome's stylish new J.K. Place Roma hotel.
The Details: 4 days and 3 nights, from $5,750 per person.**

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Vacation Site Jauntaroo Hires a Chief World Explorer to Travel the Globe

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The best job around the world has been filled. In September we shared how vacation matchmaker Jauntaroo was looking to hire a “Chief World Explorer,” tasked with spending 2014 traveling the globe, participating in voluntourism, and then sharing the experiences via social media, webisodes, and Janutaroo.com.

This dream job not only offered up a C-suite title, but also a salary of $100,000 to travel to 50 destinations ranging from Denver and Jacksonville to St. Lucia, Berlin, and the Maldives. There were 3,000 applicants from 99 countries who applied, and after careful deliberation, the candidates were narrowed down to five finalists, and then one hire.

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Best New Outdoor Adventure Apps

Best New Outdoor Adventure Apps

These mobile tools—each vetted by T+L tech correspondent Tom Samiljan—will help you get closer to nature without cutting the (phone) cord. Pick your adventure alter-ego and find out which app is the best for you.

Stargazer: Pocket Universe

Zoom in on a planet (or star) for extra details.

This stargazing app sees the sky through your camera and instantly annotates the applicable constellations. Location-specific animations tell you when you might see certain stars based on where you are anywhere in the world. The best part: this pocket astronomer works seamlessly without data roaming. $2.99, iOS.

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Best Vacation Spots to Unplug

Device-free policies, gorgeous scenery and invigorating activities will leave you feeling recharged.

Pocahontas County, WV

The Place: West Virginia is one of our most beautiful states, full of rolling mountains, deep green valleys, picturesque farms, and endless options for outdoor recreation. Pocahontas County, on the state’s eastern end near the Virginia border, is no exception.

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