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Flickr/Rian Castillo

A road trip is the ideal all-American vacation, and summer’s the time to get behind the wheel. Bonus: Gas prices are still exceptionally low, so fuel up the tank and hit the road. Here are five trips to add to your itinerary. 1. Pacific Coast Highway State Route 1, known for its... Read More

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Flounder crudo at Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina
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With rich farmland in its front yard and Atlantic fisheries along its coastline, Eastern Carolina is more than just BBQ and beer. Primed for fine dining experiences that meet — or exceed — any you’ll have in well-known North Carolina cities, these four restaurants have urban North Carolinians heading... Read More

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nobska lighthouse in woodshole falmouth, cape cod, massachusetts
Christine Wei/Nobska Lighthouse

Summer — and the heat that comes with it — is just around the corner. Escape the ever-escalating temperatures with a vacation in one of these cool small towns. Durango, Colorado: Situated along the San Juan Mountains, this railroad town offers a pleasant escape from the Southwest’s blister summer temperatures.... Read More

TimeCapsule
Emily Price

Eighty miles east of Raleigh, North Carolina, lies Kinston. Once a huge tobacco town, the city has started to undergo a bit of a renaissance in recent years. The area is now home to a large art collection, a craft brewery, outstanding restaurants, and a lot of history. Whether... Read More

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South Carolina Historical Society in the Fireproof Building, by Charleston's Washington Park

Walk up and down King Street in Charleston and it’s easy to see that money flirts with charm. So many cobblestoned paths lead to high-end hotels, wine bars, antique stores, restaurants, and apparel boutiques. But no worries, you can still carve out a quality weekend at this Southern hotspot... Read More

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina
Kim Button

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina could be America’s closest example of a real-life castle. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau is still the largest private home in the country. Built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, the current 8,000-acre estate and grounds are just a small fraction of what... Read More

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visiting vineyard in winter low season

My favorite time of year to visit Napa and Sonoma are the months of January, February and March. It’s not uncommon to be the only one in the tasting room (hello, library and reserve pours!) or be invited to the cellar or winemaking facility to meet the winemaker. Why?... Read More

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5 Great Tubing Adventures in the U.S.
The Beach Mountain

Let the adrenaline kick in as you zoom at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, just inches from the ground, and down the mountainside. Tubing has become a winter phenomenon in its own right, with resorts dedicating ample mountainside real estate to the pastime. From 1,000-foot-long runs to a... Read More

CopperRunDistillery

White lighting, city gin, corn liquor, or hillbilly pop. Call it what you’d like, but moonshine has deep roots when it comes to swilling booze. Moonshiners were outlaws who distilled the high-proof alcohol deep in the woods, always looking over their shoulders to avoid arrest. Today, laws have been... Read More

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Shenandoah National Park Road Trip
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The Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs between Virginia and North Carolina, is one of the country’s most scenic drives. The 105-mile road was built by the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps under President Franklin D. Roosevelt — taking more than 52 years to complete and encompassing over 11,000... Read More

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McAdenville - north carolina - Flickr-Annie Hall

Postcard holiday scenes often involve beautiful blankets of white snow, evoking images of cozy northern towns and ski resort havens. But who would have thought that regions like California’s Newport Beach, or the southern town of Woodstock in Virginia, are teeming with holiday cheer this time of the year... Read More

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Last month, Hilton Worldwide announced its latest foray into the lifestyle category with Canopy by Hilton, a new concept from the international hotel behemoth that will localize the guest experience. Poised to open its first set of doors in 2015, we spoke with Gary Steffen, the brand’s global head... Read More

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National wildlife refuges — protected lands managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service — offer many of the same recreational opportunities as national parks at a fraction of the cost. Some are even free, unless you plan to hunt, fish, or camp. We love these (mostly) gratis activities... Read More

Hot Air Balloon Festival (Bill Russ - VisitNC.com)

North Carolina might just possibly be at its best as summer gives way to fall. In the mountains, the leaves turn brilliant colors, and the days are still warm enough for beachcombing at the coast. But that’s just the beginning. Here are four reasons why October just might be... Read More

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Want to come back from vacation with more money in your pocket than when you left? Vegas, thankfully, isn’t your only option. In a few mining destinations across the U.S., finders are keepers. Plan a visit around these cities where you can hunt for treasure — and take home... Read More