Bike paths, a love letter for Japan, seaside towns, city escapes, and outdoor adventures give you ideas for summer fun.
Best Bicycle Paths 
Pedal along rivers, delve into forests, and enjoy the views in this collection of happy trails.
To Japan with Love 
Two years after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, writer Don George muses about the day he first fell head over heels for Japan.
Head for the Coast 
A roundup of articles explores seaside towns—including Cannon Beach, Ore.—and tide pools from central California to Washington’s Olympic National Park.
Get Outside 
Weird rocks, spiky cacti, blazing wildflowers, and cool mountain lakes await you in the natural wonderland of the Western landscape.
Five Top Weekend Escapes 
Denver and San Francisco are just two of five fun getaways filled with vibrant restaurants, eclectic shops, nearby world-class vineyards, and provocative museums.
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This article was first published in May 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.