Tetons' record-breaking year
A record number of visitors went to Grand Teton National Park in 2014. Park officials report that over 4.29 million people entered the park last year, with nearly 2.8 million of those making a recreational excursion. Visitation peaked during July, with more than 686,000 people touring Grand Teton.
Show features Selma photos
First came the movie; now the exhibition. "Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March" opened at the New-York Historical Society in New York last week. It follows the civil rights march through the photographs of Stephen Somerstein, a 24-year-old picture editor at his college newspaper in New York. The photos are on display through April 19.
For the budget skier, a shiny hostel in B.C.
The Cube opened its doors in Revelstoke, British Columbia, last January, its Mondrian-patterned exterior hinting that this wasn't a traditional backpacker's hostel like the one that sits just two blocks away, with its warren of rooms housed in a big, creaky Victorian. The Cube fancies itself a newer, hybrid take on lodging, offering fewer comforts than a regular hotel, but more amenities than a hostel. The goal? To target those who want some of a hotel's comforts and privacy, but who also like a hostel's conviviality and pricing. The Cube is in a great location near downtown Revelstoke, a onetime railroad community with a mountaineering addiction. The 17 private rooms can sleep two to four people, and four other dorm-style rooms have multiple bunks. All the rooms are half-bath (sink and separate toilet), which is fine for most needs. Individual shower rooms are down the hall. Rates are from $88 Canadian for a double room. A bed in a dorm room is $34 Canadian. More info: www.cubehostel.ca; 1-250-837-4086.New York Times
Deal of the week
Get a ride to the Ice Fishing Extravaganza
The Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake in Nisswa, Minn., is offering special packages for Jan. 23-24, the weekend of the Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Known as the world's largest charitable ice fishing contest, sponsored by the Brainerd Jaycees, the event attracts thousands of anglers to the lake. Last year's contest winner pulled in a 4.73-pound walleye. The Grand View's weekend package includes breakfast, shuttles to the event on Gull Lake and access to the resort's hospitality tent there with food and drinks. Rates start at $185 per night for a king studio for two, and up to $480 for a three-bedroom cottage, based on double occupancy. For more info: www.grandviewlodge.com; 1-866-801-2951. Catherine Preus
On the web
A spontaneous flight at your fingertips
Flight Tonight, a free iOS app from Hopper.com, finds same-day flight deals — domestic and international — for your home airport and nearby cities. Results vary throughout the day because of frequent updates. If you check later in the afternoon and evening, you'll find deals that leave the next day. Check the app earlier in the day to get the broadest selection of flight and deal options. To get details on cheap flights between two destinations, see "When to Fly and Buy" on the Hopper.com website. Also check the "Deals" section, which features destination-specific deals from your hometown. If you're serious about being spontaneous, don't rely solely on the app but also search Hopper.com. Los Angeles Times