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Gateway Towns to National Parks

Our national parks are stunning in their own ways, collectively drawing hundreds of millions of visitors each year. Many of them, however, share a trait that many people fail to consider: wonderful small towns.

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Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park is one of the most far-flung and least visited of the country's national park system—which is a good thing.

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Kenai Peninsula's Best Places

Because it's one of the first coastal locations motorists reach upon entering Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula has become one of the 49th state's prime tourist attractions.

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Farm Destinations in the West

Writer Michelle Nowak explains the Italian concept of agritourismo, or vacationing on a working farm, and how it translates into American culture. Also: She likes figs.

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Seattle's Greatest Hits

Seattle is at once sedate, beautiful, and known as the birthplace of one of rock music's great eras.

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Pacific Northwest Cideries

As Leslie Forberg toured the Pacific Northwest in search of unique and delectable apple cider discoveries that had nothing to do with cider . . . and a few that did.

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Gearhart, Ore.: Choose Your Fun

One might think there's not much to see in a small coastal Oregon town like Gearhart.

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Tide pools: Salishan Lodge an unexpected treasure

Driving along the Oregon coast, I spotted the entrance for Salishan Lodge. Recalling that an art-savvy friend once told me that Salishan has a terrific collection of Pacific Northwest art,I made a quick turn.

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Tide pools: Muffin musings

Breakfast muffins and I have a complicated relationship. My mother taught me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And yet I have a sweet tooth the size of Mt. Whitney.

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Tide pools: You Say Tomato, I Say Dave’s

Barreling down 101 in early October, on my way from San Francisco to the Central Coast town of Cambria, I pulled off for a juicy stop in Morgan Hill.

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