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The 2004 American Adventure Almanac (cont.)

Raft the Grand Canyon, Arizona The Trip: Spanning up to three weeks and 277 miles, through scores of rapids and 1.7 billion years of geology, rafting the Colorado River...

The 2004 American Adventure Almanac

You don't need a passport to have some of the Western Hemisphere's greatest adventures. Problem is, neither does anyone else. Whether on your own or with a guide, here's expert advice on beating...

Charlottesville, Virginia

Population: 40,000Annual Household Income: $29,800Median Home Price: $160,000Climate: Good thing summer (sticky, sticky, sticky) just lasts three months....

Homer, Alaska

Population: 4,100Annual Household Income: $30,000Median Home Price: $109,000Climate: Cold. Get over it....

Santa Cruz, California

Population: 54,600Annual Household Income: $51,500Median Home Price: $325,000Climate: Every day's a beach--only the thickness of your wetsuit changes....

Portland, Oregon

Population: 510,000Annual Household Income: $31,260Median Home Price: $160,000Climate Perception: constant drizzle.Reality: frequent drizzle....

Franconia, New Hampshire

Population: 900Annual Household Income: $37,600Median Home Price: $131,500Climate: Typical New England, with an extra dose of mountain shade....

Hana, Maui, Hawaii

Population: 2,000Annual Household Income: $42,000Median Home Price: $200,000Climate: Not as hot as the local surfers....

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Population: 114,000Annual Household Income: $40,000Median Home Price: $160,000Climate: Spring and fall more than make up for the extreme seasons....

Boulder, Colorado

Population: 95,600Annual Household Income: $44,500Median Home Price: $280,000Climate: Rocky Mountain highs of 88 in July and 45 in January....

Portland, Maine

Population: 140,000Annual Household Income: $38,000Median Home Price: $150,000Climate: Foggy on land, windy on the water....

Making a Spectacle of Itself

EVERYONE WHO HAD the misfortune of laying eyes on Boston's messy Big Dig in the past decade can breathe a sigh of relief now that the largest highway construction project in U.S. history is...

Get Fresh

IF THE CLOSEST YOU'VE come to a cow lately is the milk in your latte, consider a farm stay for your next vacation. The trend is spreading from Europe as Americans gain interest in the origins of...

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