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  • Added on: December 15th, 2005
If you come to America, TEXAS is a place to have to make a stop in. Texas offers such a diverse geography from beaches, to rivers, to lakes, forests, cities, cowboys/cowgirls, and of course... THE HILL COUNTRY. The hill country is awesome! Austin was rated one of the top five dating scenes in America for young people. It wasnt ranked 5th either. Austin is also the LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.. and home to Micheal Dell, Lake Travis, Austin Greenbelt, Art, UT, some of the most beautiful people, best musicians, and of course WILLY NELSON! Austin has a culture all of its own that cant be matched by any other city. Plus, well man, its in TEXAS... some of the most friendly people you could meet. AND NO!!!, contrary to popular belief, not everyone is a tobacco chewing, horse riding, racist, BUSH FAN... although that is what makes texas texas... other than BUSH.

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I did a road trip a few years back and the highlight of my trip was the Apache Trail. We found it by accident and it was absolutely breathtaking. Although it is fairly close to the city of Phoenix, you will really feel like you have just discovered something no one has ever seen before.

What it is is a long unpaved trail through some of the best scenery I've ever seen. You drive it, not hike, and it's a bit scary but as long as you're careful and have a small vehicle you'll be fine. DON'T take campervans or anything down this trail.

The distance from Apache Junction to Tonto NM takes about 3 hours with stops and then from Tonto NM back to Phoenix via US60 about 2 hours.

This site has some good info: http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/apache_trail/

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When over seas I found that alot of people have heard of Vancouver, British Columbia, but never Vancouver Island. I live on the island and think it is one the most beautiful places in Canada. If you are into Hiking, Kayaking, Swimming, Surfing, Biking - anything outdoors, Vancouver island is definilty worth the visit.

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Norther Minnesota in the summer in beautiful! Right along Lake Superior in Grand Marais is one of my favorite places. It is this tiny town in the middle of nowhere. The lake is fantastic and emotional, sounds weird I know. But with the size of it, it looks and moves like the ocean.

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Here is another great travel link:

Supertour
This travel portal lets you virtually "walk" and explore the hotels and the surrounding attractions. You can also check availability of the hotels and send it to your friends... pretty cool.

Too bad it's only for Miami for now...

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  • Added on: March 19th, 2006
For those hitting up the Rocky Mountain National Parks, Canada side:

Banff National Park tends to be more touristy, lots more shops, also more ski hills to choose from. Not sure if there is a non-busy time there.

Jasper National Park - due to government limitations on growth, it's much smaller than Banff, and less touristy. It's the place that a lot of people go who don't want to be surrounded by tourists, and who want to get out and enjoy their surroundings. I think only one ski hill really nearby (Marmot Basin).

In Jasper, I highly recommend the Jasper Adventure Centre - they do rentals (snowboards, skis, snowshoes, etc.) and they offer tours, as well as instruction on how to use their equipment, and advice on the best places to use it. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Prices are reasonable too. Also check out the Maligne Canyon Ice tour if you can - the later in the season, I hear it gets more magnificent.

There are several other national parks in the Canadian Rockies, but these are the two I am most familiar with.

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I am not from Kentucky, but I have driven across the country twice and I think Kentucky is one of the best parts. The mountains were gorgeous! And we had so much fun at Mammoth Caves and the surrounding area. It's definitely the "real" USA, if that's what you're looking for. But take your own liquor, because you can't buy it in some parts.

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Other places in the USA I absolutely love are:
The coast of Maine--one of the nicest summer places ever

Caifornia coast, from Napa North--redwoods, cliffs, Indian reservations--beautiful!!

Seattle area--like a really clean, outdoorsy San Francisco with plenty of nature nearby

Lake Tahoe and high sierras--I grew up there. It's so beautiful and there are plenty of water sports on the lake.

Key West--So relaxed, everything is so close and reachable by bicycle in a few minutes.

Haven't been to Alaska yet, but can't wait.

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I want to rave about Wyoming. If you get the time, you'll need a month to see it but its an amazing trip. We started in cheyenne with some old west, headed to the north west and saw the badlands, mt rushmore, devils tower, horseback rode. Heading east into the Big Horn Mountains is breath taking, be sure to see the Medicine wheel. Yellowstone speaks for itself. Pitch a tent and hike every trail on and off the map. You'll find hidden mudpots in the middle of nowhere, walk the rim of the massive canyon (better than grand canyon by far) see the geysers but get away from the paved tourist roads. Head south to Grand teton national forest. Unbelievable! Jackson Hole is a peice of the east coast out west. Hike the Tetons, I recomend crossing Jenny lake and hiking in between the tetons, I saw moose right next to the trail and the tetons are incredible. If you like to hike and love nature Wyoming is for you.

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My recommendation/rave is about a little town in Vermont called Grafton. My family used to own a house there and we spent every summer and numerous weekends just relaxing, playing in the small brook behind our house, hiking, etc. This isn't the best town for young travelers looking to have a good time, but it is incredibly relaxing and beautiful, really reminiscent of what New England should be. In town there is a hiking/biking/skiing center with miles of great trails that are open for use year round, there is a wonderfully restored Historic Inn right on the main street, and tons of little Bed & Breakfast's, antique shops, and other things to explore. It is close to great hiking and great skiing, and is much more accessible to Southern New England or the Mid-Atlantic than say Burlington or places further north. If you want to go in the fall book early - leaf peeper season starts in late September and runs through october and rooms fill up fast!

I urge everyone to take some time to check out Grafton and Southern Vermont, it is arguably one of my most favorite places in the world!
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My three top picks for most beautiful places in California are:
1. Yosemite National Park - the sheer size of the granite mountains is majestic. In the spring the waterfalls are flowing and water cascades down the rivers and streams. It's gorgeous. Yosemite is the place to see Fall colors......the Aspen trees are spectacular among the evergreen pines.
2. Lake Tahoe - This large clear lake in the Sierra Nevadas is breathtaking. There's so much to do in this area: watersports, hiking, biking, fishing, winter skiing, gambling casinos, nightclubs, and shows.
3. Monterey - Drive the scenic 17 mile drive along the coast and enjoy parnormic views of the Pacific Ocean and lovely Cypress trees.

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If you are heading to the Pacific Northwest, be sure to stroll through Portland, unbelievable weather in the summer (no humidity, 80-85 daily).

Here is a great link for Portland Hotels & Portland Travel.

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See as many of the National Parks as you can in USA.

Especially:

Maine - Acadia
Nevada - Great Basin
Colorado - Rocky Mtn
Montana - Glacier
Wyoming - Tetons, Yellowstone
Utah - Bryce, Zion, Mesa Verde, Arches,
California - Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite,
Oregon - Crater Lake
Washington - Olympic, Rainier

Also, check out Canada for:

Nova Scotia - Cape Breton
Alberta - Jasper, Banff
"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
President John F. Kennedy

"Some see things as they are and ask, 'Why'? I dream of things that never were and say, 'Why not?'" Robert F. Kennedy

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  • Added on: June 20th, 2006
ALASKA - Denali Park Field Seminar with guide
I just got back from a fabulous weekend in Denali Park. Go to the Murie Science Center web site http://www.alaskanha.org/murie-science-learning-center.htm

I took the June 16-18 weekend field seminar of studying wildflowers with the famous author Verna Pratt. She is 75 years old and her nickname is the 'mountain goat' and it sticks. We climbed several peaks just for the flowers but were also amongst the dall sheep. I saw 2 wolves and a wolverine too. The best part of these 2 day classes is that we are driven to thru the park in a 14 pass. van and stayed in yurts and were well fed. Camping and hiking without lugging all your gear.

Last year, I did a Wild Mushroom weekend seminar across the bay from Homer. We stayed in yurts and had fresh salmon for all our meals. And wild mushrooms when we could find them. Their website is
http://www.tentandbreakfastalaska.com/workshops/

Note on both - art, painting, writing, photography, etc. are offered too. Its like an outdoors classroom!
Karin, an Alaskan living in Barrio Hollywood, Tucson, AZ

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  • Added on: June 22nd, 2006
Thanks for the recommendation and description,Karin AR.

Sounds just like my kinda trip Smile (except I usually backpack it all myself).
"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
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"Some see things as they are and ask, 'Why'? I dream of things that never were and say, 'Why not?'" Robert F. Kennedy


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