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    Take a Trip Up the Maine Coast

    Nothing kills romance like gridlock. Our ­advice? Pack a couple of sweaters and drive up the Maine coast this September, when lighthouse-mobbing crowds have dispersed but businesses haven’t yet closed for the winter.

    » Learn How to Take a Trip Up the Maine Coast

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    Visit All of Utah's National Parks

    The deserts of southern Utah are home to five national parks, and with a little fortitude and planning you can hit them all in one 400-mile swoop.

    » Learn How to Visit All of Utah's National Parks

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    Find the Best Oysters in Florida

    Look, I’m no food snob. I like Cheez Whiz and soft-baked cookies. But some meals should run you more than the price of a Netflix subscription. Like oysters—specifically, the wild oysters of Florida’s Apalachicola Bay.

    » Learn How to Find the Best Oysters in Florida

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    Travel Spontaneously

    Why travel to remote places? Why bother with the hassle, the expense, the danger? Because it's actually cheap, intoxicating, and easy.

    » Learn How to Travel Spontaneously

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    Roadtrip Texas Highway 67

    From Balmorhea it’s roughly 150 miles to the Mexi­can border at Big Bend National Park’s southern tip, and you can leave your itinerary as open as the terrain.

    » Learn How to Roadtrip Texas Highway 67

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    Hike the Alaska Basin

    From mid-July to mid-August, Grand Teton National Park’s Alaska Basin goes off with lupine, Indian paintbrush, and columbine.

    » Learn How to Hike the Alaska Basin

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    Find the Best Grand Canyon Trail

    It doesn’t have a name, and the only easy way to access it is to float the Grand. Stop at Kanab Canyon, at mile 144, and hike in.

    » Learn How to Find the Best Grand Canyon Trail

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    Visit Oregon's Strawberry Mountain

    “It came from Outside,” wrote my friend Jason. “I remember that specifically.” I had e-mailed him to see what he recalled about a certain article that prompted our spontaneous backpacking trip to Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Area in 1993.

    » Learn How to Visit Oregon's Strawberry Mountain

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    Hike Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail

    Tracing what geologists call a terminal moraine, Wisconsin’s Ice Age National Scenic Trail stretches as far south as the glaciers crept.

    » Learn How to Hike Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail

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    Organize a Trip for a Large Group of Friends

    We’ve all got that buddy—the one who executes an epic ski or raft mission every year. Reader Keith Pearen is one of those guys. Here’s the formula he applies.

    » Learn How to Organize a Trip for a Large Group of Friends

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    Hike the Whiskey Trail

    The views are spectacular, the fish are eager, and the name can’t be beat.

    » Learn How to Hike the Whiskey Trail

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    Take the Gulf Hagas Loop

    Deep in Maine’s Hundred-Mile Wilderness,the Appalachian Trail runs into the Gulf Hagas Loop, an eight-mile day hike through a dramatic slate gorge.

    » Learn How to Take the Gulf Hagas Loop

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    Road Trip from the East Coast to Montana

    If you live in an eastern city, at some point you’ve got to take a month (minimum) off and head west. Specifically, to ­Montana.

    » Learn How to Road Trip from the East Coast to Montana

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    Take a Rocky Mountain Road Trip

    The beauty of south-central Colorado, where the Rockies flare into the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountains, is that you’re always within two hours of world-class, well, everything.

    » Learn How to Take a Rocky Mountain Road Trip

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    Road Trip California's Highway 1

    California’s Highway 1, from Malibu to Big Sur, is beautiful. The farther up the coast you travel, the grittier and wilder everything becomes.

    » Learn How to Road Trip California's Highway 1

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    Travel the Alaskan Highway

    Until 1992, the 1,400-mile Alaska Highway featured a dearth of fuel, people, and pavement. These days, though, the road is mostly blacktop. Which means you don’t need three spare tires and the best ­adventures are found off the beaten path.

    » Learn How to Travel the Alaskan Highway

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    Sea Kayak the Maine Island Trail

    With stop-off points on 146 granite isles, the Maine Island Trail offers more options and solitude than either Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands or Washington’s San Juans.

    » Learn How to Sea Kayak the Maine Island Trail

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