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Relaxing Vacations: Everyone Comes Around Eventually

When traveling, one should partake in things that make a destination distinctive. I’ve even gone so far as to defend active travel at VIAmagazine.com.

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Oregon's Enchanted Forest, where childhood dreams come true

I have a distinct childhood memory of heading north on Interstate 5 through Oregon.

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Napa Valley: Off the menu at Gott's Roadside

Opening high-profile satellites in San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace and Napa’s Oxbow Public Market may have put Gott’s Roadside on the official tourist radar, but for in-the-know regulars, the St. Helena original drive-in grill offers a few unadvertised “secret” items.

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Grand Teton: Walking in a winter wonderland

Technically they’re the same place, but under as much as 15 feet of snow the park is a very different place—and every bit as beautiful.

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Flaming Gorge: Filling up on off-season service

With nothing but coffee and road-trip food—sunflower seeds, tortilla chips, tangerines, and chocolate—to fuel us until we reached the Red Canyon Lodge's restaurant, my husband and I nearly sank our teeth into the menu.

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Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer's Last Stand

Whenever I visit the museum at the Little Bighorn Battlefield—the site of George Custer’s famous “last stand” in Eastern Montana—I come away with two major reactions.

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Hopland, Calif.: With the hops gone, maybe they should call it Grapeland

Stay alert as you pass through the tiny Hopland on Highway 101 and you’ll spot two unusual barn-like buildings topped by cupolas.

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Salt Lake City: Little touches can make a big impression

As travelers, we can sometimes feel like the world is busy thinking up cruel new ways to take away our stuff—Hand over the moisturizer, ma’am!which is why I’ve learned to relish the freebies that get thrown my way on a trip.

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Kelso: Sand dunes sing a low refrain

It’s beautiful and eerie. Kind of like a distant foghorn, or someone playing a cello, or maybe the approach of an alien spaceship. Making the Kelso Dunes sing has to be one of the most exhilarating things one can do on a pile of sand.

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Hello, Mr. Lincoln: The best Disneyland attraction you might have missed

In the stampede to get to the E-ticket rides, most folks run right past “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” a wonderful relic from the early days of the park.

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