United States

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...

Get Fresh (cont.)

Cherry Hill Vineyard Rickreall, Oregon Budding "pinophiles," as owners Jan and Mike Sweeney dub them, will love walking the 55 acres of pinot noir vines on Cherry Hill...

Monumental Thrills

WITH ALL OF THE MAJESTY and often none of the crowds, the 161 U.S. national monuments are excellent vacation destinations in their own right. Here, a handful of our all-time favorites....

Double Park It

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK RENAISSANCE FUNHOGS, BRACE YOURSELVES: This trip, combining three days of MOUNTAIN BIKING with five days of WHITEWATER RAFTING on the Colorado...

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