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Land o' the Free

WHEN THE MERCURY RISES, it's all about freedom—to hit the road, float a lazy river, down a cold one in a mountain saloon, climb a crag or two, munch some local grub, cast for lunkers, watch the sunset from a seaside lodge. Our ten favorite stretches of American blacktop come with all the essential summer pleasures. So pick your pavement and go.


MONTANA: Here's the Beef

NORTH CAROLINA: The Outer Limits

KENTUCKY: Big Holler

VERMONT: Flowin' Slow Like Maple Syrup

WISCONSIN/MINNESOTA: Ya, Shore, You Betcha

MOAB, UTAH, TO TELLURIDE, COLORADO: Outlaw Territory

MISSISSIPPI: Miss. You

CALIFORNIA: Going Cali

NEVADA: The Loneliest Road

WASHINGTON/OREGON: It's Gorge-ous!

PLUS:
RAISING NORTH DAKOTA
NoDak is going back to the things that once made it an empty, wide-open frontier: bison, Indians, and prairie grass. And did we mention the excellent deals on ghost towns?
By Bill Vaughn

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