Who doesn't love passport stamps? Stamps are like little badges of honor, awarded to the adventurous wanderer, and serve as tangible reminders of the memories made while exploring new places. Hostelling International is pleased to offer 27 stamps to add to your collection, with the HI-West Coast passport. Collect a free souvenir stamp at each West Coast hostel in the U.S.
Entry Deadline: September 8, 2013
Calling all explorers! The National Park Foundation is diving into summer with a Summer Scrapbook contest. Share your best National Park photos, videos, and travel tips for a chance to win a "best of" prize package that includes hiking and camping gear valued at $750. You can also enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win overnight stays for four at the Grand Canyon or Yosemite.
Dramatically perched on the western edge of San Francisco, where the city meets the Pacific, stands the Cliff House. Over the course of its existence, the Cliff House has endured fires, earthquakes, and the coastal elements to remain a San Francisco landmark, and this year, special events will be held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this long-lasting icon.
Nothing says summer quite like a heaping scoop of creamy, housemade ice cream. From seasonally crafted sorbets to made-to-order scoops whipped up in a minute flat, here's our list of the best ice cream shops in San Francisco, along with a map to help you find them!
Entry Deadline: December 31, 2013
Love photography and the great outdoors? The 2013 Share the Experience photo contest could be your chance to shine! This competition invites amateur photographers to submit photos that showcase the best of America's federal lands, National Parks, and historic sites for a chance to win a $15,000 grand prize. Start uploading and you could also be one of the lucky weekly winners to recieve an Annual Federal Recreation Lands Pass.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013
San Francisco-based nonprofit Action for Nature invites youth ages 8-16 to submit environmental projects for their annual Eco-Hero Awards. Like Hostelling International's Outdoor Hostel Adventure program, the Eco-Hero Awards aim to promote environmental education, stewardship, and advocacy among youth.