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Stetattle Creek Trail, Rockport, WA 98283, USA
It doesn’t matter how many mountains you may have already hiked: The views from Sourdough Mountain will blow your doors off. This stony summit gives you a 360-degree view of the North Cascades’ most jagged peaks, from the sawlike Picket Range to...
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68317 WA-410, Enumclaw, WA 98022, USA
“Resort” seems like a bit of an overstatement when describing these 23 suites and log cabin. The vibe is low-key, particularly in summer, when guests make the most of the long daylight hours by logging long days in Mount Rainier National Park (the...
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Sunrise Park Rd, Ashford, WA 98304, USA
It’s a 40-minute drive from Alta Crystal Resort to the Sunrise Visitor Center, the jumping-off point for some of the most scenic hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. Trails here put hikers thisclose to Rainier’s northeast face, so that the...
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118 E Stewart Ave, Puyallup, WA 98371, USA
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You’ll find hamburgers and chips on millions of menus nationwide, but Crockets proves just how good basic grub can be when it’s made in small batches, using fresh ingredients. The kitchen grinds whole cuts of aged beef to make its burgers (the...
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18113 Upper Hoh Rd, Forks, WA 98331, USA
A one-hour drive from Kalaloch Lodge, the Hoh River Valley receives over 140 inches of rain annually (Seattle sees just 36), which makes it the rainiest spot in the continental U.S. and creates one of the world’s rare temperate rain forests....
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Hurricane Ridge Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
Olympic’s beaches and rainforests are incredible, but so are its mountains: 7,980-foot Mount Olympus sits just 33 miles from the ocean and is surrounded by thickets of sharp, glacier-wrapped peaks. Few paths reach those summits, so admire them...
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35846 US-101, Lilliwaup, WA 98555, USA
The Hood Canal slices through the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula and produces some of the region’s most celebrated oysters. Taste them at Hama Hama oyster farm and outdoor saloon, which pours Finnriver Cider (made just north of the oyster...
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120 W Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
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Jackson’s cool kids kick back at Hatch, a stylish newcomer to the cocktail scene (it opened in December 2014). Sure, it serves Tex-Mex tacos and snacks, even chicken in an unctuous pumpkin-seed mole. But you don’t come here for the food: The draw...
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Alta, WY 83414, USA
The pointy Tetons offer plenty of eye candy, but when you pair them with kaleidoscopic wildflowers, the scenery rating soars off the charts. That’s what you’ll find in Death Canyon—which sounds menacing but actually serves up some of the park’s...
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12170 Dornans Rd, Moose, WY 83012, USA
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With views this splendid, you’d expect the food at Dornan’s to be underwhelming, since the panoramas alone might seem like plenty of value for your money. But, surprise! The sourdough pancakes are fluffy, the lunchtime buffalo burgers are...
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Jenny Lake Road, Moose, WY 83012, USA
Handmade quilts top pine beds in the 37 cabins of this 1920 lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Horseback rides, cycling excursions, and epic views of the Teton Range are all part of the experience; lucky travelers might spot elk, bald eagles, and...
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Wyoming, USA
The best way to access the most scenic hike in Grand Teton National Park is with a boat ride—which is plenty panoramic, too. Book a shuttle ($15 round trip) with Jenny Lake Boating, operating out of South Jenny Lake near the park Visitor Center,...
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Wyoming, USA
Most anglers put the Snake on the bucket list, because fishing for native cutthroat trout is so exciting: Think big fish slamming flashy streamers and dry flies. But you can be a total greenhorn and still have a great time, because this is also...
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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
Here’s a little-known fact about Lone Star Geyser: Hiking isn’t the only way to reach it. Bikes are also permitted on the flat, 2.5-mile path (a former road now closed to auto traffic). So if you happen to have a bike strapped to your car, you can...
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1 Grand Loop Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
First things first: You don’t stay at Old Faithful Inn for the luxury or the amenities (there’s no Wi-Fi, no AC, no TVs in the rooms, and some don’t even have private bathrooms). You stay at the lodge to watch bison graze nearby,...
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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
Most Yellowstone springs are so hot or noxious that soaking in them could kill you, but the Boiling River is a delightful exception. This fiery hot spring enters the Gardiner River two miles north of Mammoth Hot Springs, where the cooler water...
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Canyon Lodge and Cabins, in Canyon Village near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, just recently unveiled five new lodges in a $90 million expansion that raises the facility’s total number of rooms to 590—the largest number of...
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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
Grizzly bears, wolves, pronghorn, elk, and bison all cluster in the Lamar Valley, making this one of the world’s great wildlife-watching regions. Dawn is the best time to spot wolves, which are nocturnal and generally feed in the mornings, so...
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17632 Winton Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
You’ll hear no highway traffic at these twelve lakeside cabins and 3 bunkhouses, which sit beyond roads’ reach and are accessible only by boat. Supplies are delivered via barge, and even the accommodations float upon the water: Initially built to...
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United States
No roads reach these 10 mountaintop cabins, which receive supplies by helicopter and by llama trains (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), so all guests walk up via one of five hiking trails. The Alum Cave Trail is the shortest and most panoramic...
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United States
A quintessential Appalachian waterfall, Hen Wallow spans 90 vertical feet and spills silvery currents of water over ink-dark slabs of rock. Mosses cover the nearby cliffs, and salamanders swim in the pool below the falls. (30 salamander species...
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151 Veritas Lane, Afton, VA 22920, USA
It’s a five-hour drive from Great Smoky Mountain National Park to Shenandoah, so relax after the trip with a drink at Veritas, a Virginia wine producer headquartered 10 minutes from the Rockfish Gap entrance to Skyline Drive. The Veritas tasting...
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Virginia, USA
This 105-mile byway runs right through the middle of the park, cruising atop its high ridges to offer pretty panoramas across the lowlands. There are 75 scenic overlooks along the route, and the speed limit is a dawdling 35 mph—but efficiency isn’...
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Skyland Upper Loop Mile 41, Luray, VA 22835, USA
Staying at this ridgetop property lets you put Skyline Drive on pause without leaving the park. Plus, it’s pretty: Some rooms perch on the edge of the mountain and offer sweeping views across the valley. Those rooms were also renovated in 2013,...
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Virginia, USA
Yes, this is one of the most popular hikes in Shenandoah, because the views are spectacular and the length is relatively short (4 miles for the whole circuit). And since you circumnavigate the Stony Man summit rather than climb it from the valley,...
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Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
One bite of the cream puffs at Triple Oak Bakery, and you’ll never again scoff at gluten-free pastries. Ditto for the pizza, the carrot cake, Greek baklava, and even Jewish-style bagels. Everything here is made without wheat, and it’s leagues...
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400 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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From the hilltop of the U.S. Capitol to the riverfront behind the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall is “America’s Front Yard.” Lined with museums and accented by monuments and memorials, the 1.9-mile stretch of green space is...
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Washington, DC, USA
From mid-March to mid-April, thousands of crab apple and Yoshino cherry trees explode into bloom, surrounding this 2.1-mile path with tunnels of white petals. But that’s just one reason to walk (or run!) the paved trail encircling the Tidal...