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The Hotel St. Francis lays claim to being Santa Fe’s oldest hotel. Rebuilt in its current location in 1924, after a fire left its predecessor completely ravaged (save the brick chimney), the property formerly known as the De Vargas Hotel...
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105 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The entire north side of Santa Fe's downtown plaza is taken up by the 1610 Palace of the Governors, the oldest continually occupied public building in the United States. Its front adobe facade is completely shaded, and in this "portal," the Native...
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125 Washington Ave Suite A, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
While sitting among treetops on a second-floor deck overlooking the colonial streets of Santa Fe, this menu description captivated me: "Made in the traditional style of Chimayó [a village in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, about a...
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A bit of a dive a mile and a half from Santa Fe’s tourist center, Maria’s has been a local favorite since 1952. The food is straightforward and delicious, but the place is at least as beloved for its margaritas—an eight-page menu lists more than...
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San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM 87506, USA
La Capilla de la Familia Sagrada sits at the base of Black Mesa, a sacred mountain on the San Ildefonso Pueblo reservation. It is one of the most photographed buildings in New Mexico. The little adobe chapel, against the backdrop of the Sangre de...
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1050 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
This unassuming adobe house in Santa Fe is home to one of the world's 'top ten places' to drink chocolate. (Seriously. It ranks up there with anything in Europe or South America.) Walk the few blocks from the city's central Plaza, open the door...
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207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Some visitors to Santa Fe are surprised to find this Gothic revival structure in the middle of all of the adobe buildings in the historic district, like a piece of medieval Paris transplanted to the Wild West. The French connection is...
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63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The Santa Fe plaza was deserted after a rare summer rain. During the day folks come to the plaza for lunch at the iconic fajita and empanada carts, stationed on the corners. Musicians, backpackers and tourists escape from the sun here. Starting...
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333 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
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High-elevation baking might not always (ahem) rise to the occasion...but at Clafoutis, the French family that owns and cooks at this bakery/restaurant has acclimated perfectly to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. While it might be hard to tear...
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Santa Fe, NM, USA
being a big Star Wars fan, I couldn't resist
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211 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The Inn and Spa at Loretto, one of Santa Fe’s iconic boutique luxury hotels, could easily be mistaken for the ancient Taos Pueblo. The hotel’s angular architecture, soothing desert hues, and romantic lighting draw heavily on the...
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150 E De Vargas St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
While many area hotels offer a subtle interpretation of Southwestern design (adobe walls, kiva fireplaces, local art), there’s nothing understated about the Inn at the Five Graces. The inn is a showcase for designers Ira and Sylvia...
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706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
“State of the Arts” is not just a clever slogan, New Mexico can actually back up its claim to that title. It is home to more working artists, studios, galleries, and artisanal shops per capita than any other state in the union. Art is on permanent...
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808 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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On a recent June night while the portal was crowded with diners, we found a dark corner in the back of this Santa Fe landmark bar. An open door let in the evening breeze and framed the famous desert light.
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319 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Check out the rocking, hip and popular Cowgirl, a melding of Texas BBQ and New Mexico flavors and Old West style. Early evening, there's happy hour including cheap, tasty margaritas. At night, patrons kick up their heels to live music. There's a...
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113 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
You’d never know that this pueblo-luxe hotel was once the town penitentiary. It’s a credit to Rosewood Hotels & Resorts that the hotel group chose to renovate the existing structure rather than level it and start from scratch. And,...
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1950 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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I think that the Whip In is my favorite place in all of Austin. Anyone who knows me can probably guess this. I am biased, as our house is only a few blocks away (and I often joke that the main reason we bought the house was its proximity to the...
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Yellowstone National Park is no secret by any stretch of the imagination. Yellowstone is one of America's most popular tourist destinations, and with good reason; there few places in the country where you can rub shoulders with grizzlies, smack...
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40060 Paws Up Rd, Greenough, MT 59823, USA
The chuck wagon dinner is a prairie classic. Today, rustic dining takes on new meaning when you hop on a wagon and head out into the wilderness for a gourmet meal. Just like an American settler heading west, the Paws Up Chuck Wagon Experience is...
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Interstate 90 Frontage Rd, Crow Agency, MT 59022, USA
Experience the defining moments of Custer's Last Stand—without the severe finality that befell his cavalry—at the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Custer's Last Stand Reenactment at Little Big Horn Days is one of the most extravagant productions of its...
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110 Main St, Martinsdale, MT 59053, USA
The historic Crazy Mountain Inn is a great place to stop while cruising through Montana, especially if you arrive with a growling stomach. The Inn's legendary chicken-fried steak will set you right (and put you in the mood for a 10-mile trek, or a...
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240 Central Ave, Whitefish, MT 59937, USA
For unique, one-of-a-kind, locally made gifts, look no further than Whitefish Pottery. The store sells personal work from their own employees as well as locally made paintings, photographs, pottery and jewelry. If you're a beer enthusiast, you'll...
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29 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
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I can think of worse places to be stuck than Bozeman, Montana. And when my flight was recently cancelled, stranding me there for two days, I decided to venture downtown and check out Plonk Wine Bar. Plonk is a term that refers to a poor quality...
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611 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
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Perfect pours and perfect pints, good friends, and great food—that's an afternoon and then an evening at the Montana Ale Works. Retrofitted in the old bones of a gorgeous freight-house, Ale Works has been one of Bozeman's most popular dining and...
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Bozeman, MT, MT, USA
The "M" is Bozeman's version of the Hollywood sign. It's a quick and beautiful hike to the top with nice views of the surrounding mountains.
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1205 Pizzini Way, Anaconda, MT 59711, USA
While you're at Old Works, scoring a few bogies and trying desperately to avoid another sand trap, pause and take some time to enjoy the scenery. What is now a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course of lush fairways and loathed bunkers was once one of the...
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63960 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730, USA
An exciting way to get outdoors and enjoy the rugged Montana scenery is from your raft seat on a wild and raging river. Montana Whitewater Raft Company offers trips down the Yellowstone, Gallatin and Madison Rivers; each river offering different...
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Logan Pass, Montana 59936, USA
An easy and highly rewarding hike in Glacier National Park from Logan Pass is to the Hidden Lake Overlook. It covers 1.5 miles with a 460-foot elevation gain. Along the way, you might even run across a mama goat and her kid as we did.
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Grinnell Glacier, Montana 59417, USA
From Many Glacier Hotel, we traveled by boat across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes to begin our hike up Grinnell Glacier Trail. From the shore of Josephine, the hike to the top covers about four miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet. The...
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Montana, USA
We stopped to take in the view before wandering through the Trail of the Cedars in Glacier. This river was so quiet and peaceful below one of the many beautiful mountains in the park and during a busy family trip it was a moment of calm.
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Montana, USA
Midway through one of our day hikes in Glacier National Park, we came across a herd of goats. As they stood on a rocky outcropping, eying all below them, they took off, scampering down the hill and out of site. A wonderful moment with great...
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1 Rte 3, Browning, MT 59417, USA
Forget about setting the alarm. The view from your lakeside window at Many Glacier Hotel is enough reward to lure you out of bed in the mornings. What makes this five-story Swiss chalet extra special besides its tremendous views from the shore of...
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Montana, USA
When you are in Glacier National Park, go for a ride on one of the famous red buses. The views along the Going-To-The-Sun Road are spectacular, and much easier to enjoy when someone else is doing the driving.
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South Dakota, USA
Majestic rock structures rise high above the dry, crackled ground at Badlands National Park. Hiking and exploring in the park on some of the less-traveled paths will make you feel like you've landed on Mars.
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13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751, USA
it was a long day waiting...but soo worth it. fireworks was awesome!!!
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13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751, USA
Mount Rushmore can be a bit touristy and generic trip, but on the way to a road trip making our way to a wedding at a Ranch in Wyoming, some friends and I stopped by. I really love the photos we took hiking around and seeing the memorial from...
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South Dakota, USA
The minute we entered Badlands National Park I was in love. From the roaming buffalo, the perfect blue sky & the puffy white clouds to the sandy colored plateaus, swaying prairie grasses and the strong, warm breeze it was like walking into another...
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12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730, USA
A small sculpture of the final Crazy Horse monument, with the bigger than life sculpture in the distance.
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Black Hills, United States
Top things to do in Custer State Park Swim in Legion Lake Hike to the tallest point in South Dakota - Harney Peak, definitely for older kids. Drive the Wildlife Loop, Needles Highway, and Iron Mountain Road (on different days of course). These are...
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Rapid City, SD, SD, USA
Driving though the Black Hills is stunning and the icing on the cake is Rushmore. The Crazy Horse Memorial is worth a stop too.
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607 Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730, USA
Let's say we struggled to find good food and tasty brews during our time in South Dakota, at least until we found Bitter Ester's Brewhouse in Custer. Atmosphere, tap list, and menu were all refreshing and delicious. A must on your trip through the...
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Black Elk Peak, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
At 7242 ft, Harney Peak is the highest point in the U.S. east of the Rockies. You must bag this peak! The historical fire lookout atop the peak is a must see. 360-degree views await. Use the old iron "windows" to frame your photos of the beautiful...
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12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730, USA
Two weekends a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, the annual Volksmarch is held, where visitors are allowed to hike to the worlds largest mountain carving in progress. The hike is an organized event, much like a 10k run, where an...
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Wyoming, USA
Having been raised on National Geographic magazines, I have always been fascinated by western landscape of America. The jagged peaks of Tetons have been on my to-see list ever since I have known the works of Ansel Adams. Last labor day weekend, my...
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Wyoming, USA
Having never been to the Rockies before this trip and having never seen an actual real-life in-the-flesh buffalo before, it was a pretty overwhelming moment to come across an entire herd of them crossing the main road to graze in the Snake River...
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265 S Millward St, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
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Snake River Brewery is a great place to have a beer in and of itself. The brew pub is bright and open, the food is top notch, and the beer is sensational (Snake River Pale Ale is one of the best American Pale Ale's in the country). That being...
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Moose, WY 83012, USA
Traveling through the wide open skies of the American West can be one of the most spiritual experiences a person can have. But right in Grand Teton National Park there are actually 2 more traditional monuments to greater powers. One of the most...
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Sapphire Pool, Wyoming 82190, USA
The brilliant blue color of Yellowstone National Park's Sapphire Pool looks like the perfect hot tub for chilly winter park visitors. Sadly, its pristine waters reach temperatures of 200-plus degrees. A little too hot for a soak, but when the wind...
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Wyoming, USA
The endless fence that separates us from the absolute beauty of an untouched America.
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25 N Cache St, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
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This bar has been around forever, and the biggest tourist hit in town but it's cool with the locals again.
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3079 Sinks Canyon Rd, Lander, WY 82520, USA
The Popo Agie (locally pronounced puh-PO-zhuh) flows down from the Wind River Range, through Lander, Wyoming and on to the Big Horn, Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. In Sinks Canyon State Park outside Lander, the river abruptly...
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1615 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001, USA
Downtown Cheyenne was full of history -- cattle barons, railroad workers, outlaws, rodeo stars, soldiers, gamblers, and more have walked these streets. Now you can join them -- just pick a historic hotel near the Railroad Depot and start walkin'....
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23 Country Club Ln, Sheridan, WY 82801, USA
The Powder Horn Grill offers a culinary tour of the American West by way of buffalo short ribs with bacon risotto, ranch-hand rib-eye steaks, mouth-watering prime-rib, roasted butternut squash salad, and chicken fried steak that is every bit as...
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3917, 312 Broadway St, Sheridan, WY 82801, USA
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I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for the Black Tooth Brewing Company. Serendipitously, the ‘tooth opened during my first visit to Sheridan, and since that time, a few years have passed and a few pints have gone down the hatch. Stewarded by the...
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Sheridan, WY 82801, USA
Shell Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire Bighorn National Forest, and also one of the most easily accessed – the Shell Falls Interpretive Center is located partway down massive Shell Canyon, near the quaint town of Shell,...
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84 E Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
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While I haven't tried every restaurant in the area, I can only imagine this one sets the standard. The interior is striking, with high stone walls, warmed by a fire place in the middle, stunning art work on walls and ceiling, and a beautiful cozy...
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550 Trails End, Jackson Hole, WY 83001, USA
Living and loving fall in Jackson, Wyoming.
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Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming 82834, USA
Standing proudly at the doorstep of Sheridan, Wyoming are the Bighorn Mountains; where the air is brisk, the sky is big and everything is bold and beautiful. For just a small sampling of the majestic Bighorns, take a small road trip on Highway 14....
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4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215, USA
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. At the 100-seat Bluebird Cafe, hear aspiring songwriters as well as chart-topping geniuses perform their original works. Featured on the TV series Nashville, the venue first gained acclaim as a testing...
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2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA
The radio show that made country music famous, beginning with its first broadcast in 1925, still entertains lovers of any musical genre. The weekly broadcast and performance offers a fast-moving, rotating cast of musicians performing...
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30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Kansas City’s Union Station is most notorious for 1933 shootout between Pretty Boy Floyd (allegedly) and the FBI and KCMO police (supposedly the bullet holes still exist). Today, Union Station has been restored to its architectural glory, hosting...
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302 W 8th St, Kansas City, MO 64105, USA
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A Kansas City landmark on the corner of the old Garment District in downtown, The Phoenix is downtown’s best jazz joint. I’ve had very good Old Fashioneds and Side Cars here, they do the best Guinness pour in town, and they always have a good...
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1312 W 12th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, USA
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To deal with the constant quest for appropriate family-friendly dining, our investment in the book Roadfood proved fruitful. Far from a Zagat’s, this book highlights some of the best local eateries along our nation’s most traveled roads, according...
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2043, 113 N Broadway, Billings, MT 59101, USA
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A flight of beers at the Montana Brewing Co. in Billings is sure to deliver to you a state of hoppy bliss. The brewery has been in operation since 1994, delivering liquid gold to lucky local folk in the form of Custer's Last Stout, Sandbagger...
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55 N Cache St, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
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A modern American steakhouse and bar, Local offers a menu of dry-aged steaks and spicy elk sausages, with meat butchered in-house. The ski crowd piles into the bar for local microbrews, oyster shooters, and seasonal cocktails. For dinner, order...
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50 W Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
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Outfitted with leather booths, ornate chandeliers, and velvet wallpaper, the Rose draws outdoorsy hipsters for old school and modern cocktails. Almost too pretty to sip, the Ty Webb blends Hendrick’s gin, cucumber shrub, Darjeeling tea syrup, egg...
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California, USA
“We wanted to go to Yosemite, but didn’t have time.” I’ve heard this refrain from several San Francisco visitors and they all have said it with regret. Yes, the reverent national park is outside of a short-drive comfort...
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Terrebonne, OR 97760, USA
Even on a cold, gray day in winter, this state park is something to be celebrated. (The last time I was this impressed with a six-mile hike I was in the diverse and mind-blowing landscape known as the South Island of New Zealand.) Smith Rock State...
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Row River Trail, Dorena, OR 97434, USA
On a recent road trip hiking and biking my way through Oregon, I fell hard for the entirely car-free, 17 miles of paved biking/walking trail just outside of Cottage Grove called the River Row Trail. Pine forests, roaring rivers, Dorena Lake—it was...
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Fish Creek Falls is that easy gem of a short hike to do with your kids or elders, as long as you can avoid the crowds. It's located five miles east of downtown Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest and the parking lot typically fills and...
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It's impossible to capture the scene with a photo. As you move along the well-marked trails on the Western Summit side of Rabbit Ears Pass, the trees appear to lean in and study you as you go. There are seven set trails to choose from at the...
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2305 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
New to winter sports and Steamboat Springs, I've been searching out trails on in and around Ski Town USA where I can run or snowshoe, to get my bearings. On Friday I took the gondola with skiing colleagues to the top of the ski hill and found a...
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Multnomah Falls, Oregon 97014, USA
Even a day spent only hiking through and along waterfalls, can't quite prepare you for the beauty of the 642 foot Multnomah Falls. You can hear it as you approach on foot and the first glimpse leaves you needing to plant your feet firmly in one...
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Presidio Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Artist Andy Goldsworthy's Wooden Line meanders its way through a grove of Eucalyptus in the Presidio, inviting all to take off shoes and balance beam through the forest. The sculpture, formed from the trunks of eucalyptus, gently curves its way...
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Nevis Peak, the towering bulge rising from the middle of the island, can be hiked alone or with a guide. If you’d rather explore with a professional, go with Lynell E. Liburd of Sunrise Tours. He’ll lead you on a strenuous hike to the...
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Mt Moran, Wyoming 83414, USA
9 mile loop trail with beautiful views, and 1 sole backcountry camping site on the point of a small peninsula in Jackson Lake.
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
I’m not sure at what age humans develop the skill to stand still and appreciate scenery, but based on a scientific survey of kids who live in my house, it’s not age seven. (On a trip to the Canadian Rockies, as my wife and I snapped photos of the...
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Utah, USA
As its biblical name implies, Zion National Park has the appeal of a place out of time. Established on November 19, 1919, the canyon and its surrounding landscape feel like a natural temple, full of arches, hoodoos, and imposing walls, some of...
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Pinney's Beach, Charlestown, St Kitts & Nevis
Brothers Wincent, Wilbert and Winston grew up in a fishing family, on the tiny West Indian island of Nevis. On a hot, blustery June morning we motored out beyond the placid Caribbean Sea and into the rough Atlantic. As their junky old boat rose...
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4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Opened in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is tops. The incredible horticultural displays include an English Woodland Garden, a 14-acre Japanese garden, a fantastic home gardening demonstration garden, and specific gardens dedicated to roses,...
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1104 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63101, USA
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This noted brunch spot does excellent sweet and savory crepes as well as classic plates. Also, you have to try their Bloody Marys. They have outdoor sidewalk seating.
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St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
This shot was taken looking straight down and then westward over St. Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch. (If you look at the bottom corners of the photo, you'll see the two bases of this audacious structure, 640 ft/192m below.) The city is...
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308 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA
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Located in the Central West End, SubZero Vodka Bar, of course, has vodka. However with over 500 varieties, they boast the largest selection of vodka in the country. Set behind a 28-foot ice bar, this place has the atmosphere and selection to find...
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900 Spruce St, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
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The first location of this friendly taproom opened in 1995 in Texas, but the brand has since established itself across the country. Most people come to sample the extensive selection of beers—Flying Saucer offers more than 240 varieties—but don't...
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7726 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105, USA
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One of the best sushi restaurants in St. Louis, Tani Sushi Bistro is also a fantastic bar. Offering traditional and fusion-style sushi as well as traditional Japanese cuisine, the restaurant is a great addition to the city. In the same building...
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730 Carroll St, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA
Soulard Market had its beginnings in 1779 and remains flourishing today. Located between downtown and the Budweiser brewery, it covers two city blocks, and is divided into five sections. The northwest, southeast, and northeast wings have locally...
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Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Featuring more than 19,000 animals, the St. Louis Zoo has been a great destination for all ages since its inception in 1910. Renowned as much for its beautiful naturalistic exhibits as for its diverse collection of animals from the major...
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1 Busch Pl, St. Louis, MO 63118, USA
In 2013 Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest brewer in the world for over 50 years, opened a biergarten with 15 beers on tap as an addition to their complimentary brewery tour. Close to downtown, the oldest operating brewery in the state is a treat...
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8400 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221, USA
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. You can eat other things at Loveless Cafe, but if you don't try the flaky buttery biscuits, you're missing out. Carol Fay Ellison started at Loveless as a dishwasher in 1979. She graduated to the stove a...
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Radnor Lake, Oak Hill, TN 37027, USA
Once on a trip to this wooded park by tranquil Radnor Lake, I spotted an owl, three wild turkeys, two deer and musician Peter Frampton, who had just moved back to town. Only in Nashville. This popular park is located in Davidson Country just south...
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Nashville, TN, USA
I ran into a MAJOR problem during my week in Nashville; I couldn't find cognac anywhere! I must have tried 7-8 different bars before I finally hit the jackpot: MORTON'S STEAKHOUSE! I will forever be grateful to this establishment.
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20 E 5th Street #201, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA
The City Market in the River Market District of Kansas City hosts one of the largest farmers' markets in the Midwest, perhaps the most popular Saturday morning even in KC. But the City Market is much more: restaurants and shops ring the rows of...
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The path is paved and equipped for even the most leisure-savvy of hikers, but what made this experience so different from others was the weather. It had just rained in the rolling hills of north eastern Wyoming, draping the scenery with a thin...
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2501 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
This isn’t your regular brewery tour. Boulevard is the largest craft brewery in the Midwest, coming online in the late 1980s, before the craft beer revolution. You’ll get a forty-five minute tour of the facility to see how the beer is made and get...
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400 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA
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One of the most romantic restaurants in Kansas City, Mano and Barbara Rafael’s French bistro in the River Market brings Paris to the Paris of the Plains. Start with the traditional French Onion soup (sweetened with Port), but leave room for one of...
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1900 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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One of Kansas City’s four James Beard Best Chef Midwest winners, Michael Smith operates both Michael Smith and its sister restaurant, Extra Virgin, in the same building in the Crossroads District. Michael Smith is a full menu restaurant, offering...
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900 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
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2013 James Beard Best Chef Midwest winner Colby Garrelts heads Bluestem, an unassuming boutique restaurant in the Westport neighborhood south of downtown. The best way to enjoy Chef Garrelts’ wares is the five course menu, which gives you...
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200 E 25th St #400, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
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Four different James Beard Best Chefs Midwest have helmed The American, which features an ever-changing menu of four-star meals at the upscale dining experience in Kansas City. New Executive Chef Josh Eans has put together a summer menu of seafood...
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228 Old Santa Fe Trail #10, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The Turquoise Trail is a National Scenic Byway in New Mexico linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. If you plan to drive to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, avoid the interstate and take this well beaten path instead. You will be rewarded with majestic...
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South Dakota, USA
We found the drive through the park full of amazing wildlife views—time spent above ground at Wind Cave was well worth it!