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Best of Haleakala National Park

      Haleakala is a dormant volcano on the island of Maui. It once formed much of the island with its eruptions. Now it is a spectacular national park which attracts millions of visitors, both to see it and, for some, … Continue reading

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Best of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

     Imagine seeing fresh lava, glowing just a few feet away, or walking on hardened lava only a few hours old. Travel to the Big Island of Hawaii to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and you can do just that. … Continue reading

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Best of the Finger Lakes Region

    The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is a scenic and historic destination, offering a multitude of recreational opportunities in a fairly compact area. We traveled through this region several times as part of a “waterfalls trip” with … Continue reading

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Best of the Outer Banks

    The Outer Banks refer to the coastal area of North Carolina on the Atlantic Ocean, almost completely cut off from the mainland. These barrier islands are fairly isolated and strung together with bridges and ferries. It is a popular … Continue reading

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Best of the Berkshires

      The Berkshires are a range of the Appalachians which occupy western Massachusetts. As mountains go, they are puny, but for a state like Massachusetts, they seem significant. The area has long been a summer refuge for vacationers from nearby … Continue reading

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Best of Vatican City

     Vatican City, headquarters for the Roman Catholic religion and home of its leader, Pope Benedict XVI, is contained entirely within the city limits of Rome. For tourists, it is a must-see while in Rome, even if religion is not … Continue reading

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Best of Wine Country

     What we in the United States refer to as “wine country” describes the area just northeast of San Francisco which emcompasses the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. This is probably the most extensive wine-making region in the country and certainly … Continue reading

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Best of Cape Cod

   Cape Cod is one of the treasures of Massachusetts. Residents have gone to great lengths to restrict growth and to require that property owners comply with strict regulations about their buildings in order to preserve the charm of the … Continue reading

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Best of the White Mountains

     The White Mountains of New Hampshire, although small compared to the mountains of the American or Canadian West, nevertheless offer excellent mountain scenery to residents of the northeast. Their greatest allure comes during the autumn, when the leaves of … Continue reading

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Best of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

     This wonderful national park, which straddles the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, is one of only a few members of America’s National Park System in the populous eastern United States. As such, it is one of the most … Continue reading

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