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Girls’ Getaway: Best Things to Do in the Outer Banks

Four narrow barrier islands skimming more than 100 miles of stunning coastline separate the North Carolina mainland from the Atlantic Ocean, and make up the region of the Outer Banks.  Bodie, Roanoke, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands are linked together by bridges and ferries. Each island has its own distinctive personality. There are charming beach towns, […]

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Lake Murray SC

How to Spend 24 Hours at Lake Murray, South Carolina

Called “the jewel of South Carolina,” shimmering, man-made Lake Murray is approximately 50,000 acres in size with more than 600 miles of shoreline. The lake is named after William Murray, the chief engineer who conceived what was “the world’s largest earthen dam” at that time. Although the lake was originally completed in 1930 as a […]

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kayaking flint river georgia

Kayaking Flint River Georgia: That Time My Friends Left Me for Dead (Sort of).

Albany, Georgia has a lot of really fun outdoor pursuits.  When I heard our girls’ getaway weekend was going to include on a kayak excursion on the Flint River, I had mixed feelings.  I like kayaking…but I don’t love it. “Will we have to struggle against the current?” I asked, recalling most of my previous […]

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Where to Get Your Swim On in New York City

By TopView Sightseeing If there’s one thing that doesn’t come to mind when you think about visiting New York City, it’s the swimming opportunities. Most people do not think about the beach scene when visiting New York and want something a little more exciting than a hotel swimming pool. There are plenty of swimming opportunities […]

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13 Things You Don’t Want to Miss in Branson, Missouri

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Branson has been called the family-friendly version of Las Vegas. Branson offers a plethora of entertainment venues, especially along 76 Country Boulevard, and draws visitors from all regions of the country. 1. Stunning Views Branson has a number of picturesque views, including the Route 165 panoramic overlook at the top […]

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Helen Georia

The One Thing You Must Do In Helen, Georgia

Bavaria? No. Trade the Alps for the Appalachians, and you’ll find the tiny, charm-packed town of Helen, Georgia nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains  along the Chattahoochee River. Covering only 2.1 square miles and home to a mere 430 residents, this cozy re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village, lays claim to receiving the third highest […]

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The Art of Dog Sledding in Bend, Oregon

The first dog started yelping, barking and jumping wildly on his hind legs, instigating the others to join in the commotion.  “They’re really excited,” grinned Jerry Scdoris, sled dog trainer and racer.  “This cold, clear weather is exactly what they like, and they can’t wait to run!” I was excited, too.  I clambered into the […]

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Potato Chip Rock

How to Conquer Potato Chip Rock

“Hiking is NOT one of my superpowers,” I said to my three companions.  But it was too late to turn back; we were more than halfway there. A week before, I had seen a photo taken at San Diego’s Potato Chip Rock – a sliver of stone hovering 2,800 feet over the ridge near the […]

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Fredericksburg Virginia

12 Reasons Why You’ll Fall For Fredericksburg

Resting on the banks of the Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg, Virginia is a quintessentially charming historic city, with an appealing and lively downtown area brimming with shops, cafes and restaurants.  Sporting a mild autumn climate that can only be described as perfect, there’s no better time to visit this gem of a city. Within hours of […]

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Great Smoky Mountains

Unlock the Secrets to the Great Smoky Mountains in a Weekend

With 520,000 acres spanning North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest protected land area east of the Rockies and the most visited park in the American Park System. The park preserves the history of the Appalachian Mountains from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to the European settlers of the 18th century […]

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