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California — Thanks mostly to the international glamour of Hollywood and the freewheeling reputation of San Francisco, even those who have never been to California have no trouble picturing the famously diverse state. Equally a source of wonder are the Napa and Sonoma wine regions, the towering redwood forests, the dramatic coastline of Big Sur, the sheer cliffs of Yosemite, and the desolate dunes of Death Valley.

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For everything from the natural and idyllic to the urbane and hedonistic, all packed into the Golden State.

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Slideshow: 13 Scenic Lighthouses in America

April 24, 2014 by Tommy Burson

Before defined ports and shipyards, mariners guided their ships to, well, any visible land. Eventually, to help these men see at night, cities built fires on ... Read More »

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Celebrate National Train Day with These 5 Cheap Day Trips

April 23, 2014 by Darren Murph

Traveling by rail might not be as popular or convenient as it is in Europe, but it can sometimes provide a nice change of scenery. In celebration of the upcoming ... Read More »

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Slideshow: 15 Stunning Lakefront Views Around the World

April 21, 2014 by Alex Schechter

As views go, lakes provide a backdrop that is at once soothing and full of mystery. Unlike oceans, these mighty bodies of water are contained. You can row across ... Read More »

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15 Lake Views Around the World

April 21, 2014

Lake Annecy, France: Each August, Fête du Lac (Lake Festival) attracts over 100,000 spectators to the city Annecy. Read More »

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All the U.S. Is a Stage: A Guide to Free Summer Shakespeare

April 21, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

This year marks William Shakespeare's 450th birthday. If you can't make it to England to honor the Bard with a pilgrimage to his hometown of Straford Upon Avon, ... Read More »

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“On an open-seating flight, head for the back of the airplane. If the flight's not full, it'll likely be emptier back there.”

Karen Dion Freelance Editor

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