North & Central America

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....

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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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ACADIA THE NORTHEAST'S ONLY NATIONAL PARK, Acadia manages to shoehorn some 2.8 million annual visits into its compact landscape, mostly on Mount Desert Island (with smaller tracts on...

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ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK Kayakers come to this roadless, carless Lake Superior island for its rocky shoreline; fishermen and canoeists, for its 47 inland lakes; and backpackers, for...

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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IN THE SMOKIES, THE NUMBERS TELL good news and bad: 800 miles of trails, almost 700 miles of fishable streams, hazy blue ridges topping out above...

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK JUST AN HOUR AND A HALF'S DRIVE from Denver and less than an hour from Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park draws legions of Front Range residents with...

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OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK FEW NATIONAL PARKS MAKE PICKING your poison so gut-wrenching as Olympic does: Should you light out for the 7,000-foot-and-higher peaks and sparkling lakes of...

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK QUICK—TRY TO THINK OF A NATIONAL PARK whose icons are more familiar than Yosemite's masterpieces of rock and water: Half Dome, El Capitan, Tuolumne...

Top 10 Hideaways

Silver City, New Mexico Bear Mountain Lodge Back in the early 1930s, Silver City residents would ride horseback three miles to this hacienda to dance the night away in the Great...

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